Oregon Beach News, Monday 9/18 – Sneaker Waves Alert for Coastline, Anvil Fire and Three Buttes Fire Updates

The latest news stories across the state of Oregon from the digital home of the Oregon coastal cities, OregonBeachMagazine.com

Monday, September 18, 2023

Oregon Beach Weather



* WHAT...North winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt and seas 10 to 14 ft at 15 seconds expected.

* WHERE...All waters north of Cape Blanco.

* WHEN...From 5 PM this afternoon to 5 AM PDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds and/or steep seas could capsize or damage smaller vessels.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://go.usa.gov/x6hks


* WHAT...Sneaker waves possible. 
* WHERE...In Oregon, North Oregon Coast and Central Oregon Coast. In Washington, South Washington Coast. 
* WHEN...From 8 AM PDT this morning through Tuesday afternoon. 
* IMPACTS...Waves can run up significantly farther on a beach than normal, including over rocks and jetties. These sneaker waves can suddenly knock people off of their feet and quickly pull them into the cold ocean waters, resulting in serious injury or death. 
Keep children and pets away from the surf zone. Keep off of jetties, rocks and logs near the surf zone. If you see someone swept into the sea do not swim in after them. Call 911 and keep an eye on them until help arrives.
Sneaker Waves Possible Monday - Tuesday. Sneaker Waves are unusually large waves that run up on shore much further than other waves. These waves can surprise beach-goers and quickly pull you into the water. Safety tips: Stay alert. Keep children and pets close, and away from the surf zone. Stay off of jetties. Keep off rocks and logs on the beach.

Sneaker waves are possible along Oregon & southern Washington beaches Monday – Tuesday. This means the water may move further up the beach than expected at times. Stay back from the water’s edge, and keep your eyes towards the ocean at all times.

Sneaker waves are potentially dangerous and powerful waves that suddenly surge much farther up the beach than expected, according to the NWS Portland. They can sweep people out into the ocean, and can lift and roll heavy logs along the beach, potentially knocking over or pinning people.

Anvil Fire and Three Buttes Fire Updates

BLM Edson and Sixes recreation sites and campgrounds closed due to Anvil Fire

Coos Bay, Oregon – As a result of the Anvil Fire, the BLM is closing the Edson and Sixes campgrounds and recreation sites until further notice. This order is for the safety of the public and firefighter personnel. 

Members of the public may not enter closed areas. All uses—including hiking, hunting and camping—are prohibited.  

“This closure order is to keep the public and firefighters safe,” said Steve Lydick, Coos Bay District Manager. “The BLM continues to work closely with the fire team and county emergency managers on public safety measures resulting from the Anvil Fire.”  

Flat Fire and Anvil Fire Quick Facts for 9/18/2023 Flat Fire Acres: 34,242 Containment: 75% Anvil Fire Acres: 9,023 Containment: 0% Closure orders are in place around the Flat and Anvil Fires for firefighter and public safety. Please visit Inciweb bit.ly/AnvilFireOR and bit.ly/FlatFireOR for the latest closure information.

Please call 911 to report any signs of new fires. 

A list of fire restrictions and closure orders for BLM Oregon-Washington public lands are available at https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BLMOregon.

Anvil Fire column from Old Mill Sept. 14

This new mapping was conducted by firefighters walking the entire perimeter of the fire, where safe to do so, while the previous total acreage was calculated by a combination of walked fireline and helicopter reconnaissance by air, fire officials reported.

The Upper North Fork Siuslaw Road is open for travel. Drivers should maintain safe speeds and watch for increased fire traffic. For the complete Three Buttes Fire closure order, including a map of the closure area, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1135475.pdf

For more information, visit the Siuslaw National Forest Facebook page (@SiuslawNF) and the Siuslaw National Forest Webpage.

Free Disaster Readiness Fair in Astoria on September 30th

Senior Communications Specialist Jennifer Benoit of Astoria, Oregon, has cordially invited the community to attend a free readiness fair. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, at Warrior Hall at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.

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The fair aims to educate the community about preparing for natural disasters. Free lunch and survival tools will be provided to attendees, however, these are subject to availability. The event invites not only adults but also children, with planned activities specifically targeted for their entertainment and knowledge growth.

Opportunities to interact with local experts, view outdoor displays, and win prizes are some additional highlights of the event.

This initiative by the local authority intends to increase disaster preparedness among the community while promoting engagement and learning in a relaxed setting. https://www.facebook.com/events/2150610985143287/?ref=newsfeed

LCPD Plans Traffic Safety Enforcement Operations Including Upcoming Pedestrian Safety Operation and Distracted Driving Operations

The Lincoln City Police Department plans to conduct a Pedestrian Safety Operation on Monday, September 18, 2023, on Hwy 101 in the area between N 10th Street and N 14th Street.


The primary focus of this operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. With the use of a decoy pedestrian, the Lincoln City Police Department hopes to raise the awareness of drivers through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. The operation will be conducted between the hours of 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. 

LCPD last conducted a pedestrian safety operation on August 11, 2022. During that operation, twenty-one citations and thirteen warnings were issued for violations of the crosswalk laws (Failing to stop for pedestrian in crosswalk or Passing vehicle stopped at a crosswalk). 

In addition to the pedestrian safety operation, the Lincoln City Police also plans to conduct several Distracted Driving Enforcement operations through the end of September 2023. These operations are designed to stop drivers who are distracted while operating their vehicles and talking on their cell phones or other electronic devices. In addition, the officers will be looking for drivers who are driving aggressively by speeding, following too close, making dangerous or unsignaled lane changes, or running stop signs. 

The members of the Lincoln City Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of our citizens and guests of the city, and these safety operations are conducted in an effort to reduce the potential for injuries or death caused from traffic collisions. 

Funding for the pedestrian safety operations and the distracted driving operations are made possible through grants provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact. 

Waldport Gallery Owner Launches Art Contest For Teenagers

Teens in Waldport, Yachats and Tidewater can showcase their artistic talent in a new event created by gallery owner/photographer Donna Bader.

Gallery owner Donna Bader with Gary Herd when he was painting a mural on her downtown Waldport building in 2021.

The South County Youth Art Contest and Show is aimed at young people in two age groups: 12-15 and 16-18. In categories for painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and mixed media, entrants can have their works judged and displayed, and compete for awards including cash prizes.

Winners will be announced at a free reception and awards ceremony from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Bader Fine Art Gallery, 120 N.W. Highway 101 in Waldport. Artists may submit up to two pieces, and must deliver their work(s) by Oct. 14 to the Bader Gallery.

Full details and contest rules, along with an application form, are available from sponsor Polly Plumb Productions, the Yachats nonprofit art and cultural events organization, on its website. The Waldport and Yachats chambers of commerce are also supporting the effort.

“I wanted to encourage young people to show their art and get involved,” said Bader. She was also inspired to create the show and contest by her late partner, Tony Klein. He died in May 2022. “He loved children; I’m doing the show partly to honor him, and to keep the love going.”

Noting that it’s sometimes difficult to get funding for the arts in public schools, the Yachats resident said the event is “something I wanted to do for the community.”

The two divisions are broken down by age — and not school grade — to encourage homeschooled teens as well as their public school counterparts to participate.

“All the entrants’ work will be displayed in my gallery, so people can see how talented kids in this community are,” Bader said. “It’s about young people getting involved in the arts.”

A panel of two independent judges will judge the show. Artists will have the opportunity to sell their works during the event. Awards will be given for first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention and “People’s Choice Awards” in the two divisions.

Proceeds from the event will benefit young people interested in the arts. (SOURCE)

Woman sentenced to (20) months in prison for incident involving vandalizing the Millington Fire Department and ramming a Sheriff’s Deputy’s patrol vehicle in mid-August 2023

On August 12th, 2023, Chelsea A. Praus (38) of Coos Bay was arrested on several charges after damaging the Millington Fire Station and subsequently ramming a Sheriff’s Deputy’s patrol vehicle.

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Deputy District Attorney John Blanc diligently worked with the victims in this case (Millington Fire, Deputies J. Gray & H. Francis) and the defendant’s attorney. Ultimately, a decision was reached which was supported by the victims in this case to offer Ms. Praus a plea agreement for several reasons.• Hold Ms. Praus accountable for her actions.• Ensure Ms. Praus has access to drug treatment programs/classes in prison• Continue Ms. Praus’ supervision post-prison during her re-integration period into society.

As a result, on September 11th, 2023, Chelsea A. Praus (38) pleaded guilty to Burglary I, Criminal Mischief I (2 Counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Attempt to Commit a Class B Felony (Assault II), and Reckless Endangering Another Person. Ms. Praus was sentenced to (20) months in the Department of Corrections. Ms. Praus will have (36) months of post-prison supervision.

For the complete sentencing order, click the link and search case 23CR39091https://webportal.courts.oregon.gov/portal/

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Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office Introducing Quarterly Coffee with a Deputy

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is excited to introduce quarterly “Coffee with a Deputy” events. Every three months our office will partner with a local coffee shop in Lincoln County to provide a time, space, and coffee for community members to meet our team and share what’s on their minds. Coffee with a cop events are a friendly and relaxed way for communities to connect with the deputies that serve them. 

To kick off our first Quarterly Coffee with a Deputy event, Pirate Coffee Company in Depoe Bay will be hosting our team. Join us on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 9am – 11am for a cup of coffee and a conversation at Pirate Coffee Company (located at 10 Vista St., Depoe Bay, Or 97341).

These events offer a unique opportunity for community members to directly engage with law enforcement, ask questions, voice concerns, and build positive relationships. Whether you’re a regular coffee drinker or simply curious about the work of law enforcement, this is a chance to connect with deputies on a personal level, learn about each other’s experiences, and share local feedback. Join us on October 4, 2023, at Pirate Coffee Company to connect with your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. 

Oregon’s First Legal Psychedelic Mushroom Service in Eugene States They Already Have Thousands on Waitlist

The first legalized psychedelic mushroom service center in America reportedly has thousands of hopeful clients on its waiting list.

EPIC Healing Eugene | Eugene Psychedelic Integrative Center

A clinic offering legal magic mushrooms, containing the mind-bending drug “psilocybin,” opened in Oregon this June after voters in the state approved Measure 109 in 2020.

Eugene Psychedelic Integrative Center (EPIC Healing Eugene), the first licensed psilocybin service center in the United States, now has more than 3,000 people on its waitlist, according to the Associated Press . The list reportedly includes people who are suffering from PTSD, depression, or end-of-life dread.

Adults over the age of 21 are invited to the clinic to spend up to six hours experiencing what it calls a “transformational psychedelic facilitation” in its “safe, nurturing space.”

The business admits that while its waitlist for “psilocybin sessions” is long, no prescription or referral is needed. Those who wish to join the waitlist need to simply fill out a form , but they will have to travel to the center in Eugene, Oregon, for the session.

Those wishing to enlist the center’s services must first undergo a preparation session with a licensed facilitator, who will stay with them while they experience the mind-altering drug. The facilitator has the right to deny prospective clients based on a variety of factors, with safety being the most important.

Pricing for the sessions varies and are taxed. EPIC Healing Eugene prices its offerings based on a combination of manufacturer and facility costs along with the 15% tax in Oregon. A 10 mg dose of magic mushrooms at the facility will run you $172.50, while a 35 mg dose will cost $603.75.

EPIC partners with its sister company, Radiant Heart Consulting, for its facilitation services which range from $1,600-$2,800 , depending on the number of clients and the seniority of the licensed facilitator. Senior facilitators cost more and groups of three can reduce the price by nearly 43% in some cases.

The full amount for the psilocybin product must be paid in cash to EPIC before the center will host its administration session with a client. Clients are unable to take any magic mushrooms home with them and must remain at the center while undergoing treatment. Clients are unable to leave the center until the drugs wear off, as well.

Oregon’s Psilocybin Services Act is the first law in America that “establishes a regulatory framework for receiving psilocybin, also known as psychedelic mushrooms.” Proponents believe legal use will help improve mental health in the state.

“This can be a life-changing opportunity for many people’s health and well-being,” said Angela Allbee , manager for the Oregon Psilocybin Services Program. “It gives communities a health and wellness option that might better align with their cultural needs.”

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound, according to an Oregon Health News Blog written in April this year. The compound is said to be found in more than 200 species of mushrooms that grow around the globe naturally. The drug has a history of being used by tribal and indigenous groups for ceremonial, spiritual, and other purposes. MORE INFO: https://www.epichealingeugene.com/

Juniper Creek Fire Cause release; A reminder on wildfire prevention

Sisters, Ore. – Preliminary findings in the Juniper Creek Fire investigation indicate that the fire cause was consistent with target shooting. The Juniper Creek Fire started August 20, 2023, and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) contained it at 106 acres.

The responsible party took several safety precautions while shooting on their property.  Nevertheless, a bullet fragment appears to have ignited the fire. With how dry the conditions were, the fuels were extremely receptive to ignition sources. As soon as the fire was noticed, it was reported to 911.

“This is a great learning opportunity to show that no matter how many precautions you take, you can still accidentally start a wildfire,” said Ben Duda, Sisters Wildland Fire Supervisor. “We’re grateful that the responsible party reacted quickly and called 911. Without that fast reporting, ODF wouldn’t have been able to catch the fire as quickly and keep it small.”

ODF wants to remind people that the risk of wildfire is still very present across the state. Even with cooler weather, the state has not experienced any season-ending changes in weather. No matter how many precautions you take, the best way to prevent wildfires is to not engage in activities that could start one. Check local fire regulations at www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx and find wildfire prevention tips at www.keeporegongreen.org.

If you do find that a fire has started, do not hesitate to call 911. Quick reporting leads to quick response and helps to keep the fire small.

Media Advisory: Union Leaders for Nurses at OHSU to Announce Strike Vote Results, Hold Public Rally, Sept. 18

WHAT: Oregon Nurses Association (ONA)-represented nurses from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) will announce the results of their strike authorization vote during a public rally at Elizabeth Caruthers Park on the South Waterfront Monday, Sept. 18. Nurses will also be available for one-on-one interviews. The rally will be livestreamed on ONA’s main Facebook page. The 3160 frontline nurses at OHSU are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) through the Association of University Registered Nurses (AURN).

WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 18, 2023

WHERE: Elizabeth Caruthers Park (3508 S Moody Ave, Portland, OR)

WHO: Hundreds of frontline nurses at OHSU along with elected officials, community allies and supporters.

WHY: Local nurses are demanding OHSU executives reach a fair contract agreement with frontline caregivers that will retain the highly skilled and valuable nurses who work at the hospital, ensure a safe environment for patients and nurses, provide high-quality care through appropriate staffing levels and give them the opportunity to reopen negotiations if the acquisition of Legacy Health System is finalized.

Negotiations commenced December 2022 and have continued through the contract’s expiration on June 30, 2023. The nurse bargaining team declared impasse in August and the two sides have been working with a mediator during a 30-day cooling off period.

If ONA members vote to authorize a strike at OHSU, ONA’s nurse leaders will work to determine next steps, including setting potential strike dates. If a strike is called, ONA will provide OHSU with a 10-day notice to allow OHSU executives adequate time to cease admissions and transfer patients or to reach a fair agreement with nurses and avert a work stoppage. ONA’s nurse bargaining team at OHSU continues to meet with OHSU management with a mediator.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 16,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org

Oregon’s Voter-Approved Gun Safety Law, Measure 114, Will Go To Trial Again This Week In Harney County

Starting Sept. 18, the Harney County Circuit Court will hear arguments on Measure 114’s constitutionality under the Oregon Constitution. Harney County put the implementation of the policy on hold last winter.

In next week’s trial, lawyers for the Oregon Department of Justice will argue that Measure 114 is in line with the Oregon State Constitution and should be allowed to go into effect.

“Historically, the Oregon Supreme Court has been explicit that lawmakers and voters have authority to regulate the possession and use of firearms in order to promote public safety,” says the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety

The state trial comes after the July federal court ruling upholding Measure 114. The U.S. District Court ruled that Measure 114 is both constitutional and in line with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings on gun safety. Lawyers for the gun lobby are appealing the federal court’s ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ahead of the trial, the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety will hold a virtual press briefing at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, to highlight research from the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The organization says this research shows the effectiveness of Measure 114’s policies on reducing gun homicides, shootings, and suicides.

The press briefing will also feature an expert on firearm policy and a Portland author who recently survived a shooting. We will update as more information is released.

Federal Officials Order Oregon State Hospital To Make Immediate Changes Following Escape

Two weeks after an “extremely dangerous” man facing felony charges escaped from the Oregon State Hospital in a state-owned van, federal health authorities ordered immediate changes to ensure the secure transport of patients, especially those involved in the criminal justice system.

Late Friday, the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the hospital, issued a brief news release saying an inspector for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had visited the hospital and found “immediate jeopardy” conditions related to the transport of patients. The finding means that the hospital’s transport system poses a threat of injury or harm to patients or others that could even result in death.

Federal officials often give facilities weeks to correct problems but in a case like this one involving the escape of a man facing attempted murder, robbery and assault charges, federal officials demanded a fix within 23 days. If the hospital fails to comply, it will no longer be eligible for reimbursement for the care of Medicaid and Medicare patients.

“We appreciate the findings the investigator provided us this afternoon,” the hospital’s superintendent, Dolly Matteucci, said in the release Friday. “We are taking steps right away to reduce the possibility that an unauthorized leave could occur during transport and potentially put themselves, staff or members of the community at risk.”

Robb Cowie, the health authority’s communications director, told the Capital Chronicle that the inspector found “deficiencies” at Oregon State Hospital but declined to say what they were or how they would be fixed.

“The surveyor arrived on site Tuesday to conduct a CMS certification review following a recent incident that involved secure medical transportation,” Cowie said in an email. “These deficiencies involved physical alterations to vehicles used for secure medical transportation. For security reasons, we are not providing additional details, until these issues are addressed.”

He said the health authority cannot release the inspector’s report without federal approval and that it would be posted by the federal agency in five days.

He declined to confirm the patient’s name involved in the “incident,” citing federal privacy regulations, but the inspector’s visit came 12 days after 39-year-old Christopher Pray stole a state van hours after being admitted to the hospital for treatment. He’s an “aid-and-assist patient” who needs to be treated to stand trial.

After admission, Pray got into a fight with another patient and was transported to an outside emergency room for medical care. He was brought back to the Oregon State Hospital and made his getaway.

Oregon State Police said he drove away while “fully restrained” with leg shackles, a belly chain, handcuffs and a device connecting the three means of restraint. State police waited three hours before alerting the public after being contacted by the Capital Chronicle about the escape.

Pray was fished out of a muddy pond in north Portland 36 hours after his escape by a rescue crew and returned to the Salem hospital.

The hospital has the capacity to treat 700 patients, and its satellite facility in Junction City can treat about 175. A majority of the patients in the hospital are aid-and-assist cases who are treated according to a court-determined timeline of 90 days to a year, depending on the severity of the charges.

Pray, a convicted felon facing seven felony charges dating to 2022, could spend a year at the state hospital. (SOURCE)

Republicans Barred From 2024 Elections File Papers Anyway

State senators in Oregon with at least 10 recorded absences in the Legislature have filed candidacy papers, despite potential disqualification.

Following record-setting walkouts by Republicans in 2019, 2020, and 2021, voters in Oregon backed a constitutional amendment, known as Measure 113. It disqualifies legislators seeking reelection if they missed 10 or more legislative floor sessions without a valid excuse or permission. Nine Oregon Republicans with 10 absences in this year’s session have now reapplied, as well as one independent candidate.

GOP members have staged walkouts in recent years, not only in Oregon, to block Democrat bills covering a range of topics, including abortion, gun rights, and transgender health care. This prevented a quorum, the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly necessary to conduct the procedures of that group. Statehouses in Tennessee and Montana have also been affected.

“It is clear voters intended Measure 113 to disqualify legislators from running for reelection if they had 10 or more unexcused absences in a legislative session,” said Oregon Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade in August. “My decision honors the voters’ intent by enforcing the measure the way it was commonly understood when Oregonians added it to our state constitution.”

The Associated Press has reported that GOP Senate leader Tim Knopp went to the election offices in Salem early on Thursday and submitted a candidate filing form for the 2024 primary election, paying the $25 fee. Sen. Dennis Linthicum and Sen. Art Robinson also filed, having both exceeded the limit on absences.

All three have said that the way the amendment is written means they are permitted to seek another term. Measure 113 states that 10 or more unexcused absences “shall disqualify the member from holding office as a Senator or Representative for the term following the election after the member’s current term is completed.”

Five Republican senators in the northwestern state are hoping to fast-track a lawsuit over the case. If successful, it could force state officials to allow them another shot at reelection. This could go all the way to the Supreme Court after lawmakers and Griffin-Valade filed a joint motion requesting the case head directly to the Oregon Supreme Court, which would move the process along more quickly.

A joint motion filed in August states: “Immediate review by the Supreme Court is the only effective way to resolve this dispute in a timely manner.” The motion was filed by Knopp, Linthicum, and Robinson, as well as Daniel Bonham and Lynn Findley.

“Petitioners and other similarly situated legislators need to know whether they can file for re-election and serve if elected; the Secretary needs to know whether those legislators must be listed on the ballot (and, if so, whether they would be eligible to serve if elected); other potential candidates need to know whether incumbent legislators are running for re-election; and Oregon voters have great interest in the proper construction of a constitutional amendment that was enacted by the voters last fall,” the motion reads, as reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting. (SOURCE)

Oregon Service Alerts Public About Nearby Forestry Work

Oregon residents can sign up to be notified about timber activity and pesticide use in their local area.

Under The Oregon Forest Practices Act, foresters working on non-federal land in the state must disclose when they plan to do pesticide sprays, logging, road building or other forestry operations.

Those rules apply to a recent, controversial plan to spray herbicide by helicopter in Lincoln County.

A notification system called FERNS (Forest Activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System) displays those plans online and sends alerts to subscribers. Users can also choose to only be warned about imminent aerial sprays within a mile of their home.

“Some people just want to know what’s going on in their neighborhood,” said Scott Swearingen with the Oregon Department of Forestry, which manages FERNS. “They want to know where the log trucks are coming from.”

Casey Miller is a Lincoln County Commissioner. He said the public can use the service to evaluate Oregon’s forestry practices.

“If you have the bandwidth, sign up and get those notifications. This will tell you a lot about what’s happening around you,” he said. “Explore this. Take some of your time and think about what it means to be an Oregonian.”

Additionally, FERNS notifies users when a forestry application has opened for public comment. Swearingen said community input can reveal that an operation would violate the law.

“That’s a 14-day period for folks to comment in case we miss something,” said Swearingen, “if they know something about that resource, or they know another resource there that should be protected.”

Swearingen said those with questions about FERNS should contact their local ODF Stewardship Forester. MORE INFO: https://ferns.odf.oregon.gov/E-Notification/

Two state parks will host OMSI star parties Sept. 23 for the Autumnal Equinox

Visitors setting up telescopes for a star party at Rooster Rock

L.L. Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock state parks will celebrate the beginning of autumn with free star-gazing parties starting at sunset Saturday, Sept. 23.

The parks are partnering with OMSI and Rose City Astronomers to host the events, which include a presentation at dusk and star gazing 9 to 11 p.m. Telescopes will be provided by volunteers and visitors are welcome to bring their own. Viewing highlights include stars, Jupiter, Saturn and more, weather permitting.

The event is free, but parking in the day-use area does require a $5 parking permit fee per vehicle. The star party at L.L. Stub Stewart also requires a free Stargazing permit, which is available at the park.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, warm clothing, snacks and water. Bug repellent is always a good idea. Please use red flashlights to avoid interfering with the dark sky viewing. You can also cover your flashlight or smartphone with red electrical tape.

Star maps will be provided along with recommended astronomy apps that visitors can load on their phones if interested.

Visitors should arrive early to familiarize themselves with the area and only park in designated spaces for the event. Overnight camping is not permitted in day-use areas, though visitors can find campground reservations by visiting stateparks.oregon.gov. Guests are expected to exit Rooster Rock by 11 p.m. as the park will close at that time.

On the scheduled day for OMSI Star Parties, interested visitors should check back on the OMSI website for possible weather-related cancellations and any additional information. The long-range forecast looks like it offers great viewing opportunities for this event.

Media Availability: Let’s talk defensible space

Oregon State Fire Marshal

SALEM, Ore. – Every year, communities across Oregon are impacted by wildfire. The Oregon State Fire Marshal wants to help all home and property owners be better protected against wildfire.

The OSFM is hosting media availabilities around the state to talk about defensible space: what to do and where to start. The agency is offering free defensible space assessments.

Assistant Chief Deputy Chad Hawkins and Defensible Space Program Coordinator Leslie Neu will be available for interviews and to show defensible space best practices with interested media partners.

Wednesday, September 20
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To schedule an interview, please email osfm.publicaffairs@osfm.oregon.gov.

Red Cross Facing Blood Shortage

Donors needed now as hospital demand outpaces blood donations

Portland, Ore (Sept. 11, 2023) — The American Red Cross is experiencing a national blood shortage. Fewer donors than needed gave this summer, drawing down the national blood supply and reducing distributions of some of the most needed blood types to hospitals. Hurricane Idalia further strained the blood supply with blood drive cancellations and reduced blood and platelet donations in affected areas.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed, and there is an emergency need for platelet donors and type O blood donors to make an appointment to give now to ensure patients across the country continue to receive critical medical care. 

When Idalia slammed into the Southeast – leading to widespread power outages, travel hazards and flooding – the storm also forced the cancellation of over a dozen blood drives and caused hundreds of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This compounded a shortfall of about 30,000 donations in August. Right now, blood product distributions to hospitals are outpacing the number of blood donations coming in.

The Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors now. Schedule an appointment to give by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In thanks for helping rebuild the blood supply, all who come to give Sept. 1-18 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Those who come to give throughout September will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, thanks to Sport Clips Haircuts. Plus, they’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/RaceToGive.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org and put in your zip code to find a donation site near you.

How to donate blood 

To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Amplify your impact − volunteer

A stable blood and platelet supply is critical to national preparedness. Additionally, as we are in the beginning of what is expected to be another active hurricane season, the Red Cross urges everyone to get ready now and consider becoming a volunteer to help people affected by the growing number of climate-driven disasters.

Support impacted communities by assisting at Red Cross shelters, using your professional skills as a licensed health care provider or becoming a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. To learn more, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.

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MissingYachats Man’s Vehicle Found in North Lane County

On 08/25/2023, Dustin Steyding was reported missing to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after he left work on 07/22/2023 and hadn’t been located since. Dustin was living and working in the Yachats area. 

Dustin was reported to be in good physical condition, having previously worked as a hot shot firefighter in New Mexico. Dustin is very experienced in the woods and commonly goes out for hikes to stay in shape. Without means to locate Dustin, Deputies entered Dustin as a missing person in a national database. 

On 09/04/2023, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Dustin’s family after they located his vehicle on Keller Creek Rd, just outside of Lincoln County in Lane County. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputies contacted the vehicle and determined it had been at the location for some time. Deputies were unable to determine Dustin’s direction of travel from the vehicle.

The vehicle having been located in Lane County, Lincoln County Deputies contacted the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and arranged for their response the next day to started searching the area. After two days of searching, no clues to Dustin’s have been found.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dustin Steyding should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-0777 and reference case number 23S-07321.

83-year-old Clarence Edward Pitts walked away from his home in Bandon on Tuesday, January 31 at around 1:00 p.m. Pitts is described as:

  • 6′ 00″
  • 150 lbs
  • Gray hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing an orange beanie, plaid jacket, tan pants and white shoes
  • May have a walking cane
  • Has dementia and PTSD

Pitts may be in a vehicle that was also found to be missing from the home:

  • 1999 Toyota Van
  • White
  • Oregon license plate: WYN 788

If you see Clarence or have any information pertaining to where he may be, please call the Coos County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 541-396-2106 or the Bandon Police Department at 541-347-3189.

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