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.”
By Kiera Morgan
The 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.
He 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
Between 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
Waldport High School MOWDOWN
Lawn Mower Drag Racing—
This Weekend in Downtown Waldport!
Saturday May 30th
Races begin at 12:00 noon!
A 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 Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org
WHS High School Local Artists!!
During the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting held May 13th, Sentila Mckinley, of Seashore Family Literacy Center appeared before the County Commissioners to proclaim, this week as “Shelter Me Week,” for Lincoln County. The proclamation states that the community join together to provide essential needs to local families and the greater community to acknowledge there isn’t sufficient affordable housing available in the county.
There needs to be more support for local families and activities to help children thrive. Approximately 10% of the children in Lincoln County have been identified as being homeless. Instability of living situations affect the education, relationships and overall development of the children. During the presentation a video was presented with the children of Seashore sharing what people can do to help the situation. Continue reading
The 2014 fishing event at Eckman Lake on the new dock funded by an ODFW Restoration and Enhancement grant with help from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Family fishing is coming to Waldport on Saturday, May 16 when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and First Baptist Church of Waldport host a free fishing event at Eckman Lake. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for youth ages 17 and younger. Each participant will be able to catch two rainbow trout from the fish enclosure and fishing gear and instruction will be provided free of charge.
“We’re pleased to be working with the First Baptist Church to bring the 18th annual Eckman Fishing Derby to Waldport,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW Biologist. “This is a great opportunity to take your kids fishing and make memories that will last a lifetime.” In addition to family fishing, there will also be a carnival at the event, complete with bouncy house, cotton candy and lots of other fun activities. Kids can also make their own fishing lures and flies, get some extra cast practice with a backyard game, and learn about fish anatomy and physiology while volunteers clean their catch.
Eckman Lake is located about 2.5 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34. The family fishing area will be set up at Nelson State Recreation Area across from the First Baptist Church parking lot. The event is open to everyone, and no pre-registration is required. Anglers 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Anglers 14-17 years of age will need a juvenile fishing license, which can be purchased for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website (www.odfw.com). Licenses will not be sold at the event.
Oregon has declared this week as Science Technology Engineering and Math or STEM week. STEM Week Oregon involves students, educators and communities across Oregon. It is a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage young people in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math. The event runs through May 10. There are some events and activities going on this week to celebrate.
The Oregon Coast Stem Hub is sponsoring a few events tonight including the launch of Waldport High School’s new vision for their STEAM programs, which include the arts. Exciting things are happening at Waldport High School, and all South County residents are invited to learn more about it, at a community event planned for 6:30 p.m tonight at the school. Staff will roll out the vision for Waldport High School and discuss the new opportunities that will be available to students next year. Continue reading