By Kiera Morgan
The Depoe Bay City Council approved a resolution to hold a special election for the city in May for the voters to consider a proposed city charter amendment related to declaring vacancies in the positions of mayor and councilor. In Depoe Bay City Charter amendments require voter approval. The City Council proposes this amendment to the City Charter to require continued residency within the City for those holding office of mayor or councilor. The current City Charter does not clearly require those holding the office of mayor or councilor to maintain residency within the City during the term of such office.
This is something that has been debated by the city council since last year when then city council member Skip Hoitink admitted having a part time residence in Newport. His primary residence however was in Depoe Bay. The council approved the resolution based on information provided by their attorney. City recorder Pery Murray told the council when they wanted to make further changes beyond what was suggested by the attorney that in the past that method has backfired as it has caused too much confusion for voters. She recommended keeping the language simple. This proposal would amend Section 32 of the City Charter to provide that an incumbent’s ceasing to reside in the City would be reason to declare the incumbent’s position vacant. If adopted by the voters at the May special election, the City Charter amendment will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
Solstice the turtle receives fluids at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. (photo by Oregon Coast Aquarium)
Solstice, a distressed sea turtle that was rescued and then successfully treated by the Oregon Coast Aquarium and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), is heading back to warmer waters. Swimming is a turtle’s regular mode of transportation, but swimming in cold, Northwest waters is what caused trouble for Solstice in the first place. Instead, the U.S. Coast Guard stepped up and will airlift the turtle to southern California during a C-130 Hercules training mission on February 24.
The endangered olive ridley sea turtle was found comatose, hypothermic and malnourished in December. “The Oregon Coast Aquarium provided Solstice urgent care and worked for the past few months to stabilize her so that she would be healthy enough for transport to a facility closer to her natural range,” said Jim Burke, the Aquarium’s Director of Animal Husbandry. “We are glad these efforts were successful, and may have a positive impact on the future of this endangered species in the wild.”
After Solstice leaves Newport, she will complete her rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego in preparation for release later this summer. This turtle was saved thanks to conscientious members of the public. Because they immediately alerted authorities, Solstice was quickly transported to the Aquarium where specialized equipment and expertise provided the sea turtle critical care. At least five other sea turtles succumbed to the elements and stranded on Oregon and Washington beaches this winter. Rapid response is the only hope of returning these large endangered animals to health. Continue reading
February 22-28 is National Engineers Week, and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub would like to thank all the engineers who work on the Oregon Coast and make a difference in our communities. Local engineers work in a variety of different industries, including marine technology, medicine, food production, natural resource management, and computer science. Whether they are building bridges and roads, providing our homes with electricity, processing timber or restoring wetland habitats, engineers are applying technical expertise and innovation to improve processes and solve problems.
The Oregon Coast STEM Hub would also like to thank the engineers who share their work and knowledge with coastal students, parents and teachers through their participation in the many “STEM” activities occurring in our region. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and these disciplines are often interconnected. From serving as mentors, coaches and judges for student engineering competitions, to visiting classrooms to talk about their work, these local men and women are helping young people learn about cool and locally relevant engineering careers and pathways. Do you know any engineers? This week, ask the engineers in your community about what they do. Continue reading
Lincoln County is participating in a statewide effort to collect 20,000 socks to raise awareness about Oregon’s homelessness crisis. The 20,000 socks represent the 20,000 students and tens of thousands of others who experienced homelessness last year. The socks will be piled on the Oregon State Capitol steps on March 11, which is the Oregon Housing Alliance’s Housing Opportunity Day. Afterwards, the socks will be donated to homeless services providers locally and around the state.
Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall is a Samaritan House board member and has been active in the Housing Alliance for several years. He said, “I can’t think of a better way to visibly demonstrate the reality of student homelessness to Oregon lawmakers, as well as doing something practical to address a need.” Housing advocates are hoping to convince legislators to allocate $20 million in funding to the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and the State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP). EHA provides rental assistance funds to those experiencing homelessness or those on the brink of homelessness. SHAP provides funds for homeless shelters. Continue reading
No one wants to be a victim of burglary; it’s a traumatic and distressing experience. Many burglaries occur when the residence is not occupied. This could occur at a vacation home or permanent residence.
There are several crime prevention techniques when it comes to protecting your residence. Obvious techniques would include locking all doors and windows and the use of motion lights for the exterior of your home.
Listed below are some recent suggestions from your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to help protect your home and or property:
• Consider getting a video recording system for your home. Video quality has improved within the last several years and the cost associated with such equipment has been reduced to an affordable rate.
• Install a motion activated “game” camera in an inconspicuous location (Tree, Shrub etc) on your property. If the camera is directed toward the driveway, a suspect vehicle description with license plate could be obtained.
• Burglars have been recently targeting high definition flat screen televisions located inside unoccupied residences. Record the make, model, size and serial number of each flat screen television to assist the Sheriff’s Office in the event of a recovery.
• Look into getting an audible alarm system. Suspects to do not like attention being focused on them. An audible alarm being activated during a burglary in progress could be the difference of a suspect being inside your home for a few hours versus a few seconds.
• Having dogs at your residence can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized. A burglar will most likely choose a house without a dog due to a better chance of not being detected or attacked.
• Engrave you driver’s license number on valuable tools, electronics, etc. Often times, Patrol Deputies encounter suspected stolen property, but without a serial number or identifying marks it becomes difficult to determine what items are linked to a burglary victim.
• Keep photographs of items of value in a secure location. In the unfortunate event of a burglary, photos can aid law enforcement when recovering suspected stolen property.
• Keep all firearms and valuable jewelry in a safe that is bolted to the floor or studded wall. Typical burglars usually like to take items without much effort. There is a reason why old bulky television sets are typically left behind.
Your Sheriff’s Office encourages all of our citizens to employ some or all of these prevention techniques to help reduce criminal activity, aid in identification of suspect(s), and also identifying stolen property.
For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.