Watch Out For Nesting Sea Birds

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By Kiera Morgan

Beachgoers are reminded that Western snowy plover nesting season restrictions remain in place on area beaches until September 15. Violators put vulnerable eggs and young of this federally threatened shorebird at risk, and may also be ticketed and fined. Each year, local government agencies implement nesting season restrictions on the beaches they manage to reduce disturbance to nesting birds. On beaches known to be occupied by plovers, vehicle and bicycle access to the beach is prohibited during nesting season, as are camping and campfires, dog walking, and kite flying.

According to Dawn Harris with US Fish and Wildlife Service it’s the middle of the nesting season for thousands of seabirds and shorebirds along the coast of Oregon. These include Tufted Puffin, Black Oystercatcher and Common Murre. “What people may not realize is that all of the coastal islands and rocks here are part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.” Harris added that people who do ignore the signs and climb out on the rocks and disturb the nesting birds is a violation of the plover chicks_Adam Kotaich smallMigratory Bird Treaty Act. “This means that people need to stay off the rocks and islands or they could face federal fines.”

With the intense heat hanging over Oregon lately, lots of people are hitting the beach. Unfortunately according to Harris they are receiving reports of people going into areas where they can disturb nesting birds. Visitors to the beach should keep dogs on a leash so they don’t disturb nesting birds. Harris also reminds that it is illegal to set off fireworks on Oregon’s beaches. If you see anyone climbing on seabird nesting islands call Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888.

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Depoe Bay Fire Bata Testing EMILY Device

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By Kiera Morgan

The Depoe Bay fire district this week took delivery of the newest generation of an Emily lifesaving rescue device. Emily is a Emergency Intergrated Lifesaving Lanyard. It is a remote controlled buoy boat that can cruise through rip-currents and swift water at speeds up to 22 mph to reach distressed swimmers faster than human lifeguards and water rescue personnel. emily oceanThe new device can bring up to eight people to shore from the water. According to Depoe Bay fire chief Josh Williams they started using the Emily device about 5-years ago. “Using the remote control we can send the device out to a victim in the water allowing them to grab onto the device tethered to a 2,000 foot rope allowing us to pull the victim(s) back to safety.” He said Depoe Bay is the only fire department in Oregon utilizing the Emily device. In 2010 they were also the first in the world to use Emily for a water rescue of a father and son off the Oregon Coast. The company that created Emily has been working on improvements to the hull and deck along with a new motor and battery. Depoe Bay is beta testing the device for Hydronolix. The remote controlled buoy Williams said is perfect for rescue conditions on the Oregon Coast.

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Lincoln County Recovering Slowly From Recession

county health logoLincoln County is recovering from the economic downturn, just at a slower pace than the rest of the state according to the Oregon Employment Department. Lincoln County added 90 payroll jobs in 2014. This followed a gain of 190 in 2013. The job count for February 2015 was 110 more than February 2014. This is evidence that the county is still adding jobs, albeit at a slow pace. February’s job count showed that the county had gained back about 450 of the jobs it lost from February 2008. Unfortunately that means that the county has another 1,200 jobs to go before getting back to its pre-recession level.

It is likely that the pace of job growth will increase. If it doesn’t, it could take the county another six to seven years to recover from the recession. Most industries in Lincoln County are still well below their pre-recession highs. Construction in particular has not recovered from the housing boom and may not for a long time. The county’s large leisure and hospitality industry was also down a couple of hundred jobs from its pre-recession high in February.

Historically the county has had the ability to add jobs rapidly, but so far has not managed to do that as it recovers from the Great Recession. Wages are increasing in northwest Oregon – but not always enough to keep up with inflation. From 2004 through 2014 the average wage – including full and part-time jobs increased 28 percent in Lincoln County. Lincoln County had a gain in real wages; and increase of 1.4 percent over the 10 years.

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July 2, 2015 · 10:24 am

Lincoln City Chamber Elects New Board Members

Hatton, HeatherThe Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce announces its Presidential Transition Dinner at Chinook Winds Casino Resort on July 10th at 5:30pm. Outgoing president Dave Price, having completed the one-year term as president, will hand the reigns over to incoming president, Heather Hatton. Hatton is the Public Relations manager of Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

New Chamber board members, Patrick Alexander of Oregon Coast Today, Misty Ness of Bryan P. Fitzsimmons, and Chad Ulrich of Oregon Coast Bank will be seated, as well. They will serve a term of three years. The Directors completing their terms are Susan Wahlke of Andrews Ersoff & Zantello and Chris Waugh of On the Fly.

This event is a BBQ dinner with a cash bar and that will require casual dress. Those dressed in golf attire will be entered into a prize drawing and all in attendance will receive a Chinook Winds Casino Resort goodie bag. The cost to attend the transition dinner is $15. Please RSVP to the Chamber by July 7th by calling (541) 994-3070.

The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce is an organization made up of local business members supporting one another and the community. Their office is located at 4039 NW Logan Rd., Lincoln City. For more information, go to http://www.lcchamber.com, or call the Chamber office at 541-994-3070 or email info@lcchamber.com.

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Lincoln County Expands Health Clinics

county health logoIt’s going to be easier than ever to access quality health care through the Lincoln Community Health Centers this summer. Beginning July 1, additional clinic appointments and expanded hours will be offered at clinic locations in Newport and Lincoln City. Working in partnership with the school district, the clinic will offer access to patients of all ages at the Newport High School Health Center, 322 N.E. Eads Street. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Expanded hours are now being offered at the Lincoln Community Health Center, 4222 NE Devils Lake Road in Lincoln City. These expanded hours allow greater flexibility for those with busy schedules.
“We have quality doctors and nurse practitioners on our staff who can provide high-quality care for anyone looking for medical care,” said Rebecca-McBee Wilson, Lincoln Community Health Center Director. “We know having more locations available to the public and extended hours will help make our great care available to more people.”

Carol Hall, RN, Clinic Manager, said, “We’ve also have friendly, caring staff. We know that dealing with the medical system can be intimidating and confusing for some people, but our staff will help you through every step.” All clinics are currently accepting new patients. For more information, or to schedule an appointment at any location of the Lincoln Community Health Centers, please call 541-265-4947.

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Newport Supports County Application For NOAA Grant

By Kiera Morganemergency prep cacheThe Newport City Council during a special meeting on Monday considered an opportunity to apply for funding from the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant in the amount of $1.5 million. Of this amount, $500,000 would come in local funds and in-kind matching funds with $1 million being provided by NOAA. Jenny Demaris Lincoln County emergency manager along with Sue Graves with the Lincoln County School District gave a presentation about the grant to the council on June 15th.

Jenny indicated that the local match would be covered by the Board of Commissioners utilizing their Annual Public Safety Emergency Grant Program of $30,000 per year towards this project for four fiscal years. In addition, they would be requesting other governmental districts to provide matching funds. According to Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel this grant opportunity could be very significant for Lincoln County. He said if the grant is awarded it is a great opportunity for the city to participate.

If the grant is awarded, funds will be used for: 1.The purchase and placement of a 100
disaster supply caches throughout Lincoln County. 2. The development of an emergency
water plan that will review current water systems throughout the County to determine the
capability to provided purified water during catastrophic events. 3. The development and
implementation of a citizen and business emergency water education plan to include
resilience building in homes and businesses. Continue reading

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