Category Archives: Waldport

Waldport Crash Kills One And Seriously Injures Two

DSCN5473On August 22, 2015 at approximately 4:57pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle traffic crash in the 600 Block of E. Eckman Creek Road, Waldport, Oregon. Upon arrival, deputies learned the driver of the vehicle, 37 year old Zachary John Pedro, and the two passengers, 32 year old Mandi Lee Sagraves and 36 year old Phillip Ross Olson, all three of Waldport, were being treated for serious injuries by fire and rescue personnel. All three occupants were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

The Lincoln County Major Crash Team was dispatched to the scene to assist with the investigation. Collision Re-constructionists determined the vehicle, a black 1999 four-door Volkswagon Jetta operated by Pedro, was traveling northbound on E. Eckman Creek Road and entered a curve too fast for conditions  in which the driver had no control over the vehicle, which began a lateral slide. The vehicle struck an address sign post before impacting an embankment where it came to rest. The vehicle sustained extensive driver side damage as a result of the impact. Continue reading

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Get Ready Lincoln County Community Resiliency Presentation And Emergency Readiness Fair.

Get Ready Lincoln County 2015, Sept 12The Event is Free and Open to the Public!

Community Resiliency: What we can learn from Joplin, 10:00 – 11:30 am , Samaritan Center for Health Education Center, 740 SW 9th St, Newport, Oregon (free event to the public)
Get Ready Lincoln County, Emergency Readiness Fair, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 633 NE 3rd St, Newport, Oregon (free event to the public)

The readiness fair will provide various booths with educational information, demonstrations on how to mitigate hazards in your home, business or community places of gathering. Local public safety representatives and volunteers will be on hand to help guide attendees or answer the “How to”, “What if” and “Why should I” type questions they may have. Local vendors will be on hand with emergency readiness kits, gadgets, and nutritional items, etc. to help you in your preparedness efforts. Featured exhibits at the fair include:
Children’s Bike Helmets, Fitting of and Bike Safety Rodeo, sponsored by Northwest Natural Gas and Newport Police Department
Travel size Emergency Red Cross Kits – to the first 100 attendee’s, sponsored by American Red Cross and Northwest Natural Gas
Emergency Go Kit (1 Day Adult Kit) Door Prize (2 each), sponsored by the Office of Oregon Emergency Management
Key Note Speaker, Director Lane Roberts, Missouri Department of Public Safety, Community Resiliency: What we can learn from Joplin, presentation prior to readiness fair (see location, time information below), sponsored by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Just In Time Training Topics
Prepare in a Year:
Water resiliency for home and on the go
Handwashing, how clean is clean?
What’s C.E.R.T. got to do with it? (Community Emergency Response Teams)
The Wiggle Watcher Challenger – activity stations on important aspects of earthquakes and tsunamis
Pets and animals in disasters: Go or stay…What do you need to be ready?
Emergency Kits: Make your own, purchase premade, benefits of both and examples
Food Ration Bars: Taste before you buy…samples, samples, samples
Getting Back to Business – continuity planning for businesses
Amateur Radio – What’s your downtime family communication if your cell phone won’t ring?
Emergency Preparedness Trivia: Put on your game face and show us what you know
Utility Safety: What you should know about gas and electricity safety
Marine and Water Safety: Are you sure you’re ready to take on the sea’s, river or the surf?
Emergency Medical Transportation/Care Services: Life Flight, Reach, Pacific West Ambulance
Know Before You Go: National Weather Service and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Shelter Me Building In Waldport Serving Up Food And Fun

By Kiera Morgan

joy garden SenitiliaThe Seashore Family Literacy Center is growing in more ways than one this summer. The board approved the purchase of the old middle school cafeteria and gym. This has been transformed into the Shelter Me building. Sentilia McKinley has been working with students this summer to provide mentorship and fun. Devontae Otness is going to be a senior this year at Waldport High. With encouragement from his family and Sentilia he has been working at the Shelter Me building in the morning and afternoon’s to help serve food to those in need through the USDA food program for kids 18 and under.

Senitilia  in the gardenAlso working the food service program this summer is Jonah Land, he will be a junior at the high school. He works in the kitchen as a prep cook and also helps with busing and clean up. He said he enjoys working with the kids and making the food from scratch such as biscuits and gravy or chicken and vegetables for lunch. They serve a fresh breakfast in the morning from 9-9:30 and then the kids have an opportunity to join in some fun and educational activities.Lunch is served from 12-12:30.

Devontae also works in the Shelter Me community garden, called the Joy Garden. He has helped with harvesting the fruits and vegetables, which are used to make the meals for the summer program and has helped to install the pathways around the garden. Johah said the program has helped him to learn some new skills and has brought about more awareness of the increase in need within his community. Both students will be able to use their experiences for college résumé building. Those interested in receiving a meal are welcome to come by the Shelter me building Monday through Friday this summer. To make a donation or to learn more go online to

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Wildfire Training

By Larry Coonrod

Firefighter Gabriella Cook uses a drip torch to ignite a burnout during a training exercise next to the Alsea Bay on June 28. Cook is a volunteer with Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue and a paid summer intern with the Newport Fire Department. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Firefighter Gabriella Cook uses a drip torch to ignite a burnout during a training exercise next to the Alsea Bay on June 28. Cook is a volunteer with Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue and a paid summer intern with the Newport Fire Department. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

WALDPORT—While one doesn’t usually think of the Oregon coast as forest fire country, an extremely dry year has local firefighters training for the worst. This past weekend, Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue teamed up with the Newport and Yachats fire departments and Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service crews for a hands on wildland firefighting exercise. Firefighters burned a large field overgrown with brush and grass on the south side of Alsea Bay. They used flares and drip torches to simulate controlled backfires and burnouts.

Fighting Fire with Fire

On actual wild fires, burnouts are used to burn an area in front of an advancing fire to starve it for fuel. While it’s standard practice for the experienced Forest Service and Department of Forestry crews, it’s not a technique local firefighters use battling structure fires. “We’re used to taking care of buildings,” said Central Coast Fire Chief Dennis Cannon. “These guys are used to just having five gallons of water and putting out a very large wildland fire.”

Local fire departments deploy personnel to fires around the state as part of a Lincoln County task force. The June 28 training burn in Waldport gave local firefighters the opportunity to work alongside the state and federal teams they would work with on a deployment. “What we’re trying to do is build a little bit more of a comradery during a non-emergency issue,” Cannon said. “Most of the time when we get state, federal and local agencies together it’s usually because there’s a big disaster or emergency that’s going on.”

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City of Waldport Wants Road Improvements For Range Drive

By Kiera Morgan

Lincoln County bannerThe Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met in a joint session with the Waldport City council last week. One of the items discussed was the increase in usage of Range Drive by pedestrians. Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff said now that the schools are all located off Range Drive there is concern of students walking beside the road and they would like the county to work with them to put in sidewalks. City Manager Kerry Kemp explained the cities concerns.

Waldport logoHe said “we are considering using some urban renewal funds to increase signage, but we would like to see some sidewalks or shoulder improvements put in. We would like to work with the county on that.” Part of the property at Range and Crestline is owned by the city and part of it is owned by the county. Roy Kinyon county public works director told the council an improvement project would likely cost between $250,000 and $300,000. It was also brought up that Samaritan will be building their new medical clinic up on Range drive and this too will increase traffic. Continue reading

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Two Arrested For Burglaries From Depoe Bay To Yachats

yorkBetween the dates of April 30, 2015 and May 30, 2015, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to several burglary and theft complaints from businesses located in the Yachats, Waldport, Seal Rock, and Depoe Bay areas. On May 30, 2015 at approximately 11:07am, a Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a theft complaint of $100 taken from a business located in the 300 Block of NW Hemlock Street, Waldport, Oregon. Descriptions of two suspects, a male and female, and their associated vehicle were obtained during the investigation.

At approximately 12:05pm, the deputy located a female matching the suspect description on Starr Street across from Kendall Field in Waldport. The female, identified as 36 year old Yachats resident Rebecca Emily York, was interviewed and subsequently arrested for theft of money taken from the Waldport business. During contact with York, suspicion was developed regarding her involvement in the business burglaries over the past month. York was subsequently taken into custody for the Theft of money and transported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading

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Waldport High School MOWDOWN!!! Lawn Mower Drag Racing—This Weekend in Downtown Waldport!

Waldport High School MOWDOWN
Lawn Mower Drag Racing—
This Weekend in Downtown Waldport!
Saturday May 30th
Races begin at 12:00 noon!

WHS Mowdown GraphicA community event for the whole family!

Come on down to cheer on students, family and friends, as they take to the track in fun-filled, high speed lawn mower racing!

The event features customized lawn mowers modified and fabricated by Waldport High School students, guided by WHS shop teacher Daniel Wirick.

Bring your folding chairs, enjoy burgers and drinks at the concession stand sponsored by Central Oregon Coast Fire + Rescue, or sip a fruity sno-cone!

Have a lawnmower and want to take it for a spin on the tracks? Register your vehicle at 8:00 am for a day of racing fun!

The MOWDOWN is happening at the corner of Hemlock and lower Crestline Drive in downtown Waldport. Parking provided at Seashore Family Literacy Center.

For more information, contact Waldport High School 541-563-3243 or

WHS High School Local Artists!!

WHS Watercolor PaintingWHS Animal PortraitWHS Abstract Sculpture

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