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Lincoln County Celebrates Recovery and Wellbriety This Weekend

Recovery-WellbrietyMonthCelebration2012Lincoln County Recovery/Wellbriety Month will be recognized this Saturday [September 26] with the annual Hands Across the Bridge Ceremony and Recovery Celebration, in Waldport. The event, now in its seventh year, is a joint effort of the county, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, and local prevention, treatment and recovery organizations.

It honors local residents who are in recovery from substance use and mental health disorder, recognizes both U.S. National Recovery Month and Native American Wellbriety Month (wellness + sobriety); and seeks to increase public awareness that “prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover” every day from addiction and mental illness.

The Hands Across the Bridge Ceremony features a walk across the Alsea Bay Bridge at Noon from the bridge interpretive center at the south end of the bridge. (The first 200 marchers to arrive will receive a free event T-shirt.)
The Recovery Celebration follows immediately after the bridge walk, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Seashore Family Literacy Center Shelter Me Building, at the old Waldport Middle School on Hwy 34.

The celebration features a free barbecue, courtesy of Chinook Winds Casino; information booths; a participatory all-ages rhythm jam (drums provided) with the Newport Community Drum Circle’s Chandler Davis (pictured left) ; Native American drummers; and Mary-Beth Nickel, of the Thunder & Lightness Duo, on Native American flutes. (Davis is a retired addictions and mental health counselor, Nickel is a mental health therapist in Portland.)

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Waldport Crabbers Upset About Dock Closure

By Larry Coonrod

The Port of Alsea recently closed its east dock to the public after conflicts between recreational crabbers and commercial crab vessels moored there. The recreational boat docks and crabbing platform remain open. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

The Port of Alsea recently closed its east dock to the public after conflicts between recreational crabbers and commercial crab vessels moored there. The recreational boat docks and crabbing platform remain open. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

WALDPORT—The Port of Alsea angered many recreational crabbers when it recently decided to close one dock to all crabbing. Port Director Roxie Cuellar said the move came after the loss of a $10,000 Oregon State Marine Board grant forced the port to dedicate the east dock — adjacent to the crabbing platform — to commercial vessels. Marine board officials were apparently dismayed to discover that a grant to promote recreational boating was in effect benefiting commercial vessels.

Currently five commercial boats use the east dock – four bay crabbers and a sand shrimper. Consolidating the commercial boats on one dock caused conflict between the boat owners and recreational crabbers, leading port officials to close it to the public. In one incident, crabbers initially refused to move their pots from a returning boat’s moorage space, Cuellar said. Although they eventually relented, as soon as the boat tied up the crabbers threw their crab pots and lines over the boat.

“That almost resulted in a physical fight,” Cuellar said. “It was that kind of thing that made us think let’s close that dock off.” There was a report of at least one theft from a crab vessel as well. Cuellar said it is common for ports to restrict recreational crabbing and fishing from commercial docks to avoid conflicts between vessel owners and crabbers. Recreational crabbers are still welcome and encouraged to use the recreational boat docks and the large crabbing platform maintained by the port, Cuellar said. “If we really felt that we were depriving people of the opportunity to crab here, it would more of a concern, but there really is ample room for crabbing,” Cuellar said. “Some of the people who have come in are concerned about the fact that commercial crabbing is allowed here, but that’s up to the state. We don’t have anything to do with that.”

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Swimmer Rescued By Coast Guard

Coast Guard helicopterA Coast Guard aircrew rescued a swimmer who was reportedly showing signs of hypothermia in Alsea Bay near Waldport, Friday evening (9/18). An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport hoisted the man at 7:38 p.m. and transported him to Newport Hospital for medical treatment. An onlooker on shore contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend around 7 p.m. requesting assistance after she lost sight of the swimmer. Watchstanders launched both the Dolphin crew and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay in Newport. “Even with a wet suit, this man was showing signs of hypothermia,” said Lt. Loren Sancineto, who piloted the helicopter during the hoist. “This case confirms the importance of wearing proper safety gear, especially in cold water conditions. Without it, he would have been in even greater peril.” The weather at the time of the rescue was reported to be clear skies with 2-to-4-foot waves and water temperature of 57 degrees.

Information and photo provided by USCG

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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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