Oregon Beach News, Wednesday 9/29 – Cannon Beach Health Advisory Issued, North Coast Beaches Open for Razor Clamming, Lincoln City Police Arrest Driver of Stolen Vehicle After Short Pursuit

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Oregon Beach Weather

Today– A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. South wind 7 to 11 mph.

Thursday– A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 67. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Friday– Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a north northeast wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Saturday– Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday– Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Cannon Beach and Tolovana State Park Health Advisory Issued

OHA issues advisory due to high bacteria levels

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a public health advisory today for unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach and Tolovana State Park in Clatsop County. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted.

Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Children, elderly and those with a compromised immune system should use extra caution as they are more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Levels of fecal bacteria tend to be higher in these types of water sources.

Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources including:

  • Stormwater runoff.
  • Sewer overflows.
  • Failing septic systems.
  • Animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

Even if there is no advisory in effect, avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Ocean waters will be re-tested after an advisory is issued. Once bacteria levels are at a safe level, OHA will notify the public that the advisory is lifted.

While this advisory is in effect at Cannon Beach and Tolovana State Park, state officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory.

For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Lincoln City Police Arrest Driver of Stolen Vehicle After Short Pursuit

Lincoln City Police arrested 36-year-old Joshua D. Davis of Lincoln City, Oregon after he stole a vehicle from an acquaintance and then led police on a short pursuit.

On Monday, September 27, 2021 at about 6:32 PM, a Lincoln City Police Officer observed a green Ford Ranger pick-up traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Hwy 101 through the intersection of SW 12th Street.

The officer pulled out and attempted to catch up with the speeding pick-up to conduct a traffic stop on it. The driver of the pick-up failed to stop and continued south on Hwy 101 before making an abrupt turn onto SE 23rd Street.

The officer followed and the driver continued driving erratically and at estimated speeds of 50 miles-per-hour eastbound on SE 23rd Street. As the pick-up attempted to turn up a gravel driveway near the end of SE 23rd Street, it collided with some boulders and became high centered and stuck.

The male driver and only occupant was taken into custody without further incident and identified as Joshua D. Davis. 

During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that the pick-up Davis was driving had been reported stolen out of California by its owner. In addition, it was found that Davis had an active, extraditable felony warrant issued for his arrest out of Arkansas for Parole Violation.

Davis was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the following charges: Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felony Elude in a Motor Vehicle, and Reckless Driving. He was further lodged on being a Fugitive from another state as a result of the Arkansas arrest warrant. The vehicle was towed from the location. 

The Lincoln City Police are thankful there were no injuries and only minor property damage sustained as a result of the pursuit.   Lincoln City Police

North Coast Beaches Open for Razor Clamming

Clatsop beaches reopen to razor clamming October 1 with good news: domoic acid levels are below the closure threshold and razor clam abundance is the highest seen since 2004 when ODFW began assessing the population.

Extremely high juvenile recruitment and good survival rates of both juvenile and mature clams over the 2020-21 winter should lead to a very promising season. This year’s population has a large number of mature clams that average over four inches with a tremendous number of juvenile clams under three-and-a-half inches.

To increase the chance of only digging mature, larger clams, harvesters should be sure to dig the largest razor clam “shows.” Clammers are reminded the daily harvest limit is the first 15 razor clams dug regardless of size or condition. Each clammer must have their own container, dig their own clams, and may only possess one daily limit. View ODFW’s video on razor clamming basics:

The most popular razor clamming area in Oregon, Clatsop beaches stretch 18 miles between the Columbia River south jetty and Tillamook Head. These beaches closed Oct. 30, 2020 due to high levels of domoic acid that remained elevated until recently.

Each year since 1967, ODFW closes Clatsop beaches to razor clam harvest July 15 – Sept. 30. This conservation measure prevents disturbance of the young clams, increases chances of good survival rates, and helps ensure future harvest. During the closure, ODFW shellfish biologists conduct stock assessment surveys to determine population health and status. Learn more about the conservation closure on ODFW‘s video.

Other good opportunities to harvest razor clams include Agate Beach, North Jetty, and South Beach in the Newport area along with Cannon Beach, Cape Meares, and Yachats Beach.

Clammers should always check for toxin-related closures before harvesting clams or crabs by calling the shellfish safety hotline 1-800-448-2472 or visit ODA’s Recreation Shellfish page. Closures are also noted on ODFW’s Recreation Report – Clamming and Crabbing Report.

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Oregon reports 1,658 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 41 new deaths

There are 41 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 3,750. The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,658 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 326,191.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (15), Benton (22), Clackamas (88), Clatsop (9), Columbia (15), Coos (66), Crook (23), Curry (11), Deschutes (103), Douglas (81), Gilliam (1), Grant (7), Harney (28), Hood River (19), Jackson (55), Jefferson (27), Josephine (29), Klamath (109), Lake (21), Lane (141), Lincoln (11), Linn (68), Malheur (58), Marion (118), Morrow (5), Multnomah (115), Polk (31), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (167), Union (9), Wallowa (2), Wasco (26), Washington (103) and Yamhill (70).

Governor Brown press conference highlights new booster guidance

Governor Kate Brown held a press conference this morning with OHA Public Health Director Rachael Banks, Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill and OHA Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Tom Jeanne.

Director Banks provided an update on newly issued guidance for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine for Oregonians currently eligible to receive one. This includes Oregonians who completed the Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago and who are ages 65 and older and those who live in a long-term care facility, as well as those 18-64 who have underlying medical conditions and persons in occupational or institutional settings that put them at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission.

Dr. Jeanne provided an update on the ongoing COVID-19 surge and encouraged all Oregonians not yet vaccinated to schedule their shots to protect themselves and those around them against the infectious Delta variant. Talking points for the media availability can be found here.

Covid Cases From Pendleton Round-Up

Health officials in Umatilla County, Oregon, say they are starting to see COVID-19 cases linked to the Pendleton Round-Up. Umatilla County Public Health Director Joseph Fiumara told county commissioners Monday the county’s case count last week was 550 cases of COVID-19, and Fiumara said he had 151 pending cases from the weekend.

So far, there are 44 cases of the illness tied to the Pendleton Round-Up, most from Umatilla County and some from Wallowa County, and his staff will eventually parse out what parts of Round-Up yielded which cases of the virus, he said. The current number of cases associated with Round-Up includes those who got COVID-19 at the event and those who attended while already sick, he said.

Hospitals in the county are still relatively at full capacity, public health officer Dr. Jonathan Hitzman reported, noting with the mandate that healthcare workers must be vaccinated, there is possibility some services within St. Anthony Hospital and Good Shepherd Medical Center will have to close for lack of staff.

More Oregonians died with COVID-19 in September than in all but two other months of the pandemic, according to new state data released Monday.

September’s death toll now stands at 424 people, surpassing August for the third-most fatalities of the pandemic. And the carnage from the delta surge could push this month’s final tally past January, when 476 people died.
The monthly record, set in December, is 603 COVID-related fatalities.
Oregon’s summer coronavirus wave has largely killed the unvaccinated, and state officials continue to say vaccination offers the best protection against severe COVID-19.

With cooler weather and some rain, there are fewer major fire events in Oregon listed on Inciweb, the online tracker and information system. Containment has improved, and many evacuation levels and closure notices have been reduced or removed.

Kyle Reed of the Douglas Forest Protective Association says autumn often brings other conditions known as east wind events. “That’s when winds come down off the Cascades and they funnel down through the valleys and come down the hill, and as they come down they compress,” he explained.

“Which causes them to warm up, so it’s a warm wind. And typically it’s a strong wind. So it’s very similar to what we saw last year with the Labor Day storms, except that was a very severe case of east winds. But even a mild case could really accelerate fire behavior.”

Reed adds precipitation is also improving, though much of the heaviest rainfall so far has been closer to the coast. He says while fire crews had hoped for heavier rainfall in their area, they are currently at “LOW” fire risk, and gradually issuing permits for backyard debris burning.

“So those permits from DFPA are free. They do require an on-site inspection.  We have to have a fire trail around those, make sure you have fire tools and water on-site, and have a chance to explain safe burning to the people before they actually do the burn.”

Reed says the fire season is winding down, and typically ends in mid-October. But that timeline could be extended if conditions run warmer and drier than usual.

Thanks to recent wetting rains and cooler temperatures, the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership has reduced the fire danger from “extreme” to “high” in many areas in Klamath and Lake Counties.

Public use restrictions will be lifted on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, wildlife refuges and the Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District, with the exception of the Klamath River Canyon. Oregon Department of Forestry Regulated Use Closures remain in effect, according to a SCOFMP release.

That means campfires are now allowed in most areas. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is also being reduced from Level III to Level II, having been knocked down from Level IV several weeks ago. Power saws, cable yarding, blasting, welding and metal cutting is allowed between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.

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Governor Brown Signs Redistricting Map

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation to create 90 legislative districts as well as add a sixth congressional district. The bills passed largely along party lines.

The final congressional boundaries approved by the Oregon Legislature on Sept. 27, 2021.

Republican lawmakers say the process is “rigged” to give Democrats an advantage in elections, but showed up to allow the passage. Despite a threat to block new political maps Republican state lawmakers returned to the Oregon Capitol as the Legislature passed legislative and congressional boundaries that included a new, sixth U.S. House seat. The new map includes four U.S. House seats that either are safe Democratic or lean in the party’s favor, one reliably blue seat and one seat that could be a toss-up.

SNAP benefits will increase permanently in October, most Oregonians receiving SNAP will continue to receive additional emergency SNAP benefits

Starting Oct. 1, Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a permanent average increase of about $36 per month, per person to their regular SNAP benefits. This permanent increase is the result of federal changes to the Thrifty Food Plan.

  • Oregonians who receive SNAP benefits will see a permanent average increase of about $36 per person, per month to their regular SNAP benefits.
  • Most Oregonians who receive SNAP benefits will continue to receive emergency benefits in October.
  • Find resources to meet your basic needs: Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211, www.211info.org 
  • Support and resources from the Oregon Department of Human Services 

In addition, most SNAP recipients in Oregon will continue to receive additional emergency SNAP benefits in October. 

The federal government has approved emergency allotments every month since March 2020. This gives SNAP recipients additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In October, approximately 408,000 SNAP households will receive approximately $64 million in extra food benefits in addition to their regular SNAP benefits.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to increase regular SNAP benefits and to provide additional emergency benefits to most SNAP households in Oregon,” said Dan Haun, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Self-Sufficiency Program. “We also know that many Oregonians are still struggling to meet their basic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we encourage them to contact our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank for support during this difficult time.”

Emergency food benefits will be available on Oct. 12 for current SNAP households. New SNAP households will receive the emergency allotments Oct. 29 or Nov. 2.

SNAP recipients do not have to take any action to receive these  benefits as they will be issued directly on their EBT cards. 

More information about emergency allotments is available at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/About-SNAP.aspx.

Questions about your SNAP benefits should be directed to the ONE Customer Service Center at 1-800-699-9075.

If you are a SNAP household and your income or the number of people in your household has changed, it could impact your benefits. It is important to make sure ODHS has the most up-to-date information. 

You can report any changes to your income or household in many ways: 

  • Online at: ONE.Oregon.gov
  • By mail at: ONE Customer Service Center, PO Box 14015, Salem, OR 97309
  • By fax at: 503-378-5628
  • By phone at: 1-800-699-9075 or TTY 711

Resources to help meet basic needs

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372. — Oregon Department of Human Services

ODFW Cautions Collisions with Wildlife Becoming More Common

As the days grow shorter, Oregon deer are beginning their seasonal migration. That makes October and November peak months for collisions between vehicles and wildlife. Nearly 6,000 vehicles in Oregon crashed into wild animals last year.

Oregon experiences a higher rate of animal-vehicle collisions than any other West Coast state, according to one insurance industry report. “Oregon is working to reduce the risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions,” says Michelle Wheat of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. ODFW is mapping migrations to determine where they intersect with busy roads.

Most of those collisions killed the animal and took a chunk out of the car, according to a recent report from the Oregon Legislative Policy and Research Office. The average insurance cost from such collisions: $4,135.

There are certain hot spots on the 79,045 miles of roads that crisscross the state: near Roseburg and Klamath Falls and where Highways 20 and 97 meet in northern Deschutes County. As the state’s population increases and development encroaches on wilderness areas, collisions are becoming more common.

One bright spot: Over the past decade, the Oregon Department of Transportation has installed three underpasses so animals can safely cross Highway 97 in Central Oregon. Those installations have led to a reduction in collisions of up to 95% in affected areas. DMV will soon offer a specialty wildlife license plate to help pay for improvements.

By far the most common victims in animal crashes: deer. But more exotic species such as eagles, mountain goats, and even bighorn sheep also get hit. (One change: A law allowing Oregonians to salvage roadkill for their dinner tables went into effect in 2019. But ODFW warns, “Intentionally hitting a deer or elk in order to salvage it remains unlawful.”)

Oregon Department of Human Services urges Oregonians to help one another be prepared before the next disaster

Honor those impacted by the 2020 wildfires by proactively preparing for future disasters.

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) joins the national observation of Preparedness Month during September by encouraging Oregonians to help one another in their readiness efforts.

“This past year’s extreme heat, wildfires and ice storms remind us of the importance of preparing ourselves for any kind of disaster, as well as our responsibility to help our neighbors, friends and family,” ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht said. “We urge Oregonians to use this heightened awareness and take action today to ensure their community is prepared before the next emergency strikes.”

“If you already have an emergency plan and kit, that’s great! Now’s the time to help others be prepared,” Ed Flick, director of ODHS’ emergency management unit said. “If you haven’t started, or haven’t finished your emergency planning, why not use this time to work with others to get it done? The experience of working together with another person can make this essential task easier.”

ODHS suggests Oregonians act now by taking these steps: · Be aware of potential hazards in the area and sign up for emergency alerts.

· Be “2 Weeks Ready” with at least two weeks’ worth of food, water and critical supplies. Learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit at Ready.gov or American Red Cross.

· Talk with your friends and family about being prepared. Ask if they have a plan yet and what concerns them about disasters. That can help you know where to prioritize planning efforts. · If your family or friends includes people with disabilities or older adults, learn about specific steps they might need to take to be prepared. Many of the tips for people with disabilities also apply to older adults. Understanding and preparing for needs like medications, mobility devices, equipment that needs electricity and specialized transportation can make the difference in a person being able to remain safely in place or evacuate.

· Do your friends, family or neighbors have language, cultural or religious considerations that need to be addressed? Have an early conversation about how to address those needs before disaster strikes.

· Talk with your neighbors. Are they prepared? Do any neighbors have specialized equipment, like a generator that could help another neighbor use their life-saving equipment? Or expertise like medical training? Develop a plan on who will check on neighbors in need during an emergency.

“Let’s all use the valuable lessons of the disasters we’ve experienced in 2021 to plan together so we can be more resilient and prepared for the future,” Flick said.

About ODHS and disasters: Oregon’s emergency and recovery plans give ODHS responsibility to support impacted Oregonians during emergencies and recovery, at the request of and in partnership with local and tribal governments. This is in keeping with the agency’s primary role to assist people in meeting their basic needs while moving toward independence. ODHS is responsible for supporting the sheltering, feeding, emergency assistance and human services needs of people impacted by disasters. In this role, ODHS coordinates efforts among local and Tribal governments and nongovernmental organizations. Oregon Department of Human Services 

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