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Central Oregon Coast Drowning, July 1

Ocean Drowning on Central Oregon Coast
A 54-year old woman died Friday morning in a drowning accident off a Lincoln City-area beach state wayside. Oregon State Police (OSP) and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are conducting the death investigation. With the upcoming hot weather and expected influx of visitors and others recreating at Oregon's beaches, safety information and tips are provided at the end of this release.  On June 28, 2013 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the victim and her 23-year old daughter went swimming off the beach at D River Wayside State Recreation Area ( About 15 minutes into their swim, both women were pulled out by a rip current and began to yell for help toward people on the beach. The daughter was able to swim away from the rip current and back to shore. The victim disappeared for several minutes before being spotted face down in the water off shore.  Emergency responders from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, US Coast Guard, and OSP went to the scene. The victim was retrieved from the water and transported by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where she later was pronounced deceased.  The victim was visiting the area from Vancouver, Washington, with her husband and daughter. They have requested withholding her name until they had sufficient time to make other notifications. OSP will send out an updated news release when family has advised it is OK to release. (Please note this may not be for a couple days).  According to Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website, "rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. These currents can swiftly sweep unwary beachcombers and waders off their feet and out to sea. Rip currents may appear as dark, choppy water. Any time you see debris and foam floating out to sea, chances are you have found a rip current. Avoid the area."  Water safety experts advise if one is caught in a rip current, don't panic. Swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then head for the beach.  Additional beach safety tips are available on the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website at:

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Wildfire North of Gardiner, July 1

Wildfire north of Gardiner
A wildfire broke out north of Gardiner in Western Douglas Co. Sunday, June 30.  The fire was burning in steep terrain off of Sparrow Park Road on the westside of Hwy. 101.  As of 5:30 p.m., the fire had blackened ten logged acres.  Some logging equipment and a fire truck were reportedly consumed by the flames.

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Special Events at New River, south of Bandon, June 28

Special Events Planned at New River ACEC
The public is invited to come learn about insects, mammals and birds during a series of special events this summer at the New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), south of Bandon, Oregon. The events are free of charge and open to all ages.  The events start Saturday, June 29 with a program titled Dragonflies and Damselflies of New River from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. During the program, Ron Lyons with the Oregon Entomological Society will show examples of various species and where to look for the creatures. The event includes a short hike to Muddy Lake.  Other events include:  Small Mammal Search - Saturday, July 13 - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Bring the whole family to join New River’s naturalist for a hands-on exploration of Oregon’s small mammals. Participants will hike through various habitats at New River searching for the little creatures.  Birding New River - Saturday, July 20 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on hike to discover the sounds and signs of the birds of New River.  Owls of Oregon - Friday, July 26 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Learn about the unique features of local owls, how recorded calls are used to locate owls and hopefully catch a glimpse of one at New River.  All events begin at the New River Nature Center at New River ACEC. Space is limited at all events and those interested in attending should call the Bureau of Land Management at (541) 756-0100. To obtain additional information, contact the BLM at the phone number above or visit the New River ACEC webpage at Additional events will be coming in August and September.  In addition to the special events, the New River Nature Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibits in the center allow visitors to investigate the native plants and animals of the area.

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Shoreline Science Workshop offered, June 28

Shoreline Science Workshops Offered This Summer
Those who would like to learn more about coastal natural history have an extraordinary opportunity this summer.  CoastWatch is offering three intensive training workshops, led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, an authority on the Northwest’s coastal region.  He will be joined by Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator.  The three full-day workshops will be held in Netarts (July 26-28), Newport (Aug. 8-10) and Coos Bay (Aug. 11-13).  They will cover everything from tidepools and sandy beaches, to estuarine and ocean ecosystems, to geology and forests, to marine mammals and birds.  Matters of concern such as marine debris and invasive species will also be discussed. Each session will include field trips, indoor presentations and laboratory experiences (with some variation, depending on the weather).  Teachers can obtain 26 Professional Development Units by taking a workshop.  While the workshops were developed to provide training to volunteers in the CoastWatch program, they are open to the public.  CoastWatch is a project of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, through which volunteers adopt one-mile segments of the coast and keep watch for both natural changes and human impacts.  Online registration is now open.  Go to  Stewart Schultz is the author of The Northwest Coast:  A Natural History.  His wide-ranging experience in studying the Oregon coast makes him a very knowledgeable guide to the shoreline environment.  An Oregonian who grew up playing on the shore near Gearhart, he went to Reed College and obtained his doctorate in botany from the University of British Columbia.  He worked on the Oregon coast for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gaining wide field experience, before pursuing an academic career as a professor at the University of Miami, and now the University of Zadar in Croatia.  During the academic year he studies marine ecology, as well as his specialty of plant evolution and genetics, but every summer he returns to the Oregon coast to teach shoreline science.  Fawn Custer, who will assist him, is an experienced marine educator who taught for 14 years at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.  The three workshops will be held:  July 26-28, Netarts-Oceanside Fire District Meeting Hall, 1235 5th St. Loop, Netarts; Aug. 8-10, Newport High School, 322 N.E. Eads St., Newport; Aug. 11-13, Marshfield High School, S. 10th and Ingersoll St., Coos Bay.  Each workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day, and at 7 a.m. on the final two days, and will run until approximately 4:30 p.m. each day.  Workshop fee will be $50 for those who are both CoastWatchers and Oregon Shores members, $60 for those who are either CoastWatchers or Oregon Shores members, and $90 for others (who are invited to join Oregon Shores on the registration site and take the discount).  Reservations can be made online at, or by linking through the CoastWatch website,  Registration can also be by check:  Send to Oregon Shores, P.O. Box 33, Seal Rock, OR  97376.  For more information, or to reserve a place in one of the workshops in advance of payment, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Phillip Johnson, (503) 754-9303, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For more information about CoastWatch and adopting a mile of the shoreline, contact Fawn Custer or Phillip Johnson, or visit the website,

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Reedsport Clean Up, June 28

11th Annual Reedsport Clean-Up
Save the date to get rid of your junk! It's the big annual event to dispose of almost everything and it's free to residents of Western Douglas County.  When: June 29th from 8am-4pm; Where: Mast Bros. Pick & Pull Yard, just behind Roseburg Forest Products off Port Dock Rd.  Local pick up is also available for vehicles (271-3019) or appliances (271-2100). Crews will only travel as far as Gardiner, Tugman Hill, Smith River Store, and Bob's Market.  What: Items to be accepted include: hot water heaters, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washers/dryers, scrap metal, metal siding and metal roofing, metal wheels, tires, automobiles and car batteries.  Items Not Accepted: commercial or semi truck tires, tractor tires, tires or rims with debris, items with liquids, and absolutely no chemicals.  To Dispose of Old Autos: You must have legal title or be in legal control of auto; be within 30 miles; and contact Mast Bros. prior to pickup or drop off. For more information call Officer Bob Corcoran, Reedsport Police at 271-2100. The event is free, but donations are accepted and will benefit Reedsport Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF). Mast Bros. will donate $50 for each vehicle collected.

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