Volunteers Needed at Cascade Head Preserve

The Nature Conservancy LogoThe Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday, April 30th.  Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.  Volunteers will be removing invasive blackberry during this event.  The work party includes a four to five-mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working.  Please bring hiking shoes, a daypack, lunch and snacks, a full water bottle, layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather–including raingear and a hat and sunscreen.  Also bring gloves, if you have them–if not, we have gloves for you to borrow.

Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact (503) 802-8100, orvolunteers@tnc.org or the alternate contact; Debbie Pickering at (541) 994-5564.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. In Oregon, the Conservancy owns or manages 47 nature preserves and has helped protect over 505,000 acres of important habitats, with support from 20,000 member households. Visit The Nature Conservancy online at http://www.nature.org/.

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Free Early Childhood Educator Workshop at the Yachats Commons

Early Childhood Educator Workshop - Exploring Wetlands Mud Bugs and Other Ughs!

Free Early Childhood Educator Workshop

Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Yachats Commons

Exploring Wetlands: Mud, Bugs and other Ughs!

Audience: Pre-K-2nd Grade Educators

Curricula: Environmental Experiences, Growing Up WILD

Description: This full day early learner Project Learning Tree and Project WILD workshop will focus on the Pre-Kindergarten-2nd grade educator. Learn how to incorporate natural sciences and multi-sensory activities into your early learner curriculum and build a firm foundation for ongoing inquiry in science. We will focus on how to teach using multiple learning styles, enjoy classroom activities and field experiences alike.

Location: Yachats Commons, Yachats, OR 441 Highway 101 N. Yachats, OR 97498

Lunch and curriculum materials provided. Substitute reimbursement available.

Register Here: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops/registration

Email ruth.mcdonald@lincoln.k12.or.us with questions.

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April 15, 2016 · 3:22 pm

OCWCOG and SHIBA to Offer Free Medicare Class

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and SHIBA Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Logo

Medicare Class

The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), in partnership with the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program and the Oregon Coast Community College, is holding a Medicare class that will cover the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C, and D.

This class is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare. Current beneficiaries who would like a better understanding of their Medicare benefits and options for changes or additional coverage in 2016 will also find this class valuable. Spouses and other relatives are welcome to attend.

This class will be held at the Oregon Coast Community College, 3120 Crestline Drive, Waldport, on April 19, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Reservations are required.

A SHIBA counselor will present this class, which is sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the OCWCOG. Call 541-574-2684 to reserve your seat today.

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Sheriff to Host Town Hall Meeting

Sheriff Lincoln County Logo Tip of the WeekSheriff Dennis Dotson is hosting another Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 18. This is the 14th Town Hall hosted by Sheriff Dotson since these meetings were started in 2006. This Town Hall will be held at the Gleneden Beach Fire Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sheriff Dotson notes, “That while the meeting is being held in Gleneden Beach, citizens from around the county are welcome to attend.”

Citizens will hear from Sheriff’s Office Division Commanders and the Sheriff. Citizens will also view the most recent Sheriff’s Office Community Video and learn about improvements in jail operations, what’s happening in the area of emergency preparedness, programs in the Animal Shelter, and much more.

As with all previous Town Halls, the last half of the scheduled meeting time is reserved for citizens to offer their suggestions and ask questions. “This always turns out to be the most enjoyable portion of the meeting,” said Sheriff Dotson.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Openings Now Available for the WIC Program in Lincoln County

WIC Has Openings for More Families

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition education program that helps families identify healthy nutrition choices that work for them. WIC has room to serve 60 more families in Lincoln County. Share the WIC experience with someone else that might benefit from WIC. Please help spread the word.

WIC participants must: Live in Oregon; Be a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child under 5 years old; Have a household income less than 185% of poverty guidelines [Recipients of SNAP (food stamps), OHP, or TANF are income-eligible]; Have a nutritional need or risk.

People on WIC get: Answers to their nutrition questions; Nutritious foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans, peanut butter, eggs, cheese, milk, juice, and more; Breastfeeding help; Help getting other services.

Lincoln County Health & Human Services WIC Program:

Newport: 36 SW Nye Street, Between the post office and the library, (541) 265-4163, Open Monday-Friday 8-5, Walk-ins: 1-2 pm daily.

Lincoln City: 4422 NE Devils Lake Boulevard, Suite 2; Next to the DMV; (541) 265-0578; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8-12, 1-5; Walk-ins: 3-3:30 Tues., Wed., and Thurs.

Services provided in English and Spanish at both locations.

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April 14, 2016 · 4:27 pm

Reminder Razor Clamming Is Closed From Tillamook Head South

By Kiera Morgan

Razor clamsWith the nicer weather and low tides many people may be thinking of getting out and clamming. However there are still some areas of the coast that are closed to certain types of clamming. The recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from Tillamook Head south of Seaside to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. The recreational harvest of razor clams is open from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head. The recreational harvest of mussels and bay clams is open along the entire Oregon Coast.  Recreational crab harvesting from the ocean, and in bays and estuaries, is open from the Columbia River to the California border. Scallops are not affected by closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten.

The consumption of whole recreationally caught scallops is not recommended. Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. Samples show no biotoxins at this time. The Oregon Health Authority has issued an advisory for softshell clams along the entire Oregon Coast because they may contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Domoic acid and PST are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

For more information go online to http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx.

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