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August 27, 2015 · 11:59 am

County Veterans Office Closed On Thursdays

Lincoln County bannerAs of Thursday August 27th the Lincoln County Veterans’ Services Office will remain closed to the public every Thursday as an administrative sustainability measure. The office’s new hours will be Monday through Wednesday and Friday’s 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed 12-1 for lunch. Lincoln County Veterans’ Services Office will continue to conduct outreach at the Lincoln City Senior Center on the first Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday housebound outreach can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis by contacting the office during regular hours. The change comes as a quality and productivity control measure in order to ensure the highest level of representation to the county’s veterans. If you have any questions about the change, if you are or know of a veteran in need of services you are encouraged to call John or Devin at (541) 574-6955.

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Archery Season Will Be Open On Saturday

HUNTING MAPDespite a flurry of internet rumors claiming otherwise, statewide deer and elk archery seasons will open as scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 29.

“The archery season is starting soon and we hope bowhunters have a fun, safe and successful experience,” says Ron Anglin, ODFW wildlife division administrator. “Because of the extreme fire danger, hunters should be aware that there are fire restrictions throughout Oregon and some local closures of public land associated with active fires and firefighting.”

Hunters need to know what those fire restrictions and closures are before they go afield. The InciWeb website has information on fires and closures due to firefighting, plus maps of closure areas in some cases. Currently, there are active fires and related closures on the Malheur, Rogue-River-Siskiyou, Umatilla, Umpqua, and Wallowa-Whitman national forests. Closures are also in effect on some BLM lands where there is fire activity. Continue reading

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Water Contact Advisory Lifted For Seal Rock Beach

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

oha-logo-179x50[1]The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory August 11 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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August 27, 2015 · 11:14 am

Lincoln City Says No To Early Sales Of Marijuana

By Larry Coonrod

http://www.lincolncountydispatch.com

KillianLINCOLN CITY—City Councilors this week unanimously voted to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from selling recreational cannabis. The vote followed a recommendation from Police Chief Keith Kilian to block the city’s five medical marijuana dispensaries from offering marijuana to non-medical marijuana card holders as allowed under Oregon Senate Bill 460.

Possession and use of small amounts of marijuana and plants by adults 21 and over became legal July 1, 2015 after Oregon voters approved Measure 91 last fall. However, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is still drafting regulations and doesn’t expect to issue growing and retail sales licenses until sometime in 2016. That puts recreational users in the uncomfortable position of of breaking the law by buying the drug in order to legally consume it.

“We sort of jokingly refer to it as the immaculate conception portion of the law,” said Oregon Liquor Control Commission spokesman Tom Towslee. “Where people get marijuana on July 1 is not something we can offer any advice or direction on.” As a temporary fix, the Oregon Legislature authorized medical marijuana dispensaries to sell customers plants, seeds and up to 1/4 ounce of dried flowers and leaves a day between Oct. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016. Senate Bill 460 gives cities and counties to block the early sales.

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Immunization Clinic Offered

Lincoln County bannerLincoln County Health and Human Services (LCHHS) is working smarter to reduce the number of students in need of vaccinations as they return to the classroom this year. 2 LCHHS divisions, Lincoln Community Health Center and Lincoln County Public Health, are teaming up to offer vaccination clinics this month in Newport and Lincoln City. The goal is to reduce the number of students who are impacted by the annual school immunization exclusion day. Under Oregon law, students who are not up-to-date on a series of required vaccinations are excluded from school in February of each year.

Rebecca Austen, Director of the Lincoln County Public Health Division emphasizes that “nearly 100 students in Lincoln County Schools were affected by the exclusion law during the 2014-15 school year. Our hope is to reduce that number significantly.”

Carol Hall, RN, Lincoln Community Health Center Clinic Manager adds, “Our goal is to make access to vaccinations simpler for everyone, including working families, in Lincoln County.” Vaccinations are available before school starts at the following locations:

Newport–Newport High School School Based Health Center Clinic
322 NE Eads St.
Thursday Aug. 27th and Friday August 28th from 9am-4pm.
Walk-ins are welcome, appointments preferred (541)265-4947

Lincoln City–Lincoln Community Health Center
4422 NE Devils Lake Blvd, Suite 2, Lincoln City
Thursday Aug. 27th from 9am-4pm.
Walk-ins are welcome, appointments preferred (541)265-4947
For more information, please contact either Lincoln Community Health Center at 541-265-4947 or Lincoln County Public Health at 541-265-4112.

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