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BLM Open House at New River, south of Bandon, May 17

Join BLM for Open House at New River ACEC
The public is cordially invited to join the Bureau of Land Management for a day of fun activities at the New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern Open House on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  “We hope people will come out and learn what’s happening at New River. It will be a great opportunity to explore the area with BLM staff and learn how you can be involved in the management of New River in the future,” said Kip Wright, Manager of the New River ACEC.  The BLM will offer nature center tours and interactive activities for kids, and serve light refreshments throughout the day. Interpretive hikes along some of New River’s trails will be offered at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.  To reach New River from Bandon, drive south on Highway 101 and turn right on to Croft Lake Lane. Drive to the end of the lane, where signs direct visitors through the entrance gate to the ACEC.  The BLM manages 1,356 acres of public land at New River with the intent to maintain biodiversity and quality habitats for native communities of plants, birds, animals and fish.  For additional information, contact the BLM’s Coos Bay District office at 541-756-0100.

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Coastal Flasher near Newport, May 15

Coastal Flasher
A thermal imager was deployed by deputies on the Central Oregon Coast to assist them in tracking down a male who was reportedly standing on Hwy. 101 early Tuesday morning, May 14, with his pants and underwear around his feet.  According to a news release from the Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office, a southbound deputy spotted the adult male about 12:05 a.m. near the intersection of South Otter Crest Loop.  When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the individual fled down a beach path.  At 1:35 a.m., the thermal imager located a heat source down a brushy ravine and 26-year old Grant Thomas Eason, of Newport, was taken into custody.  He was charged with one-count of Public Indecency and lodged in the county jail at Newport.

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US 101 Corridor Plan in Brookings, May 15

Open house set for U.S. 101 Corridor Plan
ODOT is hosting a public open house on Wednesday, May 15, in Harbor to present information on the U.S. 101 Corridor Plan. It is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harbor Water PUD Building, 98069 W. Benham Lane.  The U.S. 101 Corridor Plan is a strategic transportation plan examining the section of U.S. 101 from the Chetco River to the Oregon/California border. Once complete, it will result in a list of improvements for U.S. 101, from improving traffic flows and safety to filling in gaps in the bicycle and pedestrian system.  During the drop-in open house planning staff will present information, answer questions and take comments.  ODOT attempts to hold all public meetings in accessible buildings. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities, and alternate formats of printed material are available upon request. Please call John McDonald at 541-957-3688 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting (or statewide relay 7-1-1).

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Soccer Promoter Killed in Lincoln City, May 15

Soccer promoter killed
A 42-year old male walking from Seattle to Brazil by dribbling a soccer ball to help promote the 2014 World Cup, was struck by a pickup truck and killed on the Central Oregon Coast Tuesday, May 14.  Richard Swanson was hit from behind by a Nissan pickup truck on Hwy. 101 about 10 a.m., as he walked through Lincoln City.  He set out on his journey May 1 and had planned to visit eleven foreign countries.  The 52-year old male driver of the truck was reportedly cooperating with investigators.

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Tsunami Evacuation Plan for Florence Area, May 14

Tsunami Evacuation Maps for Florence area
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released tsunami evacuation brochures for the communities of Florence and Dunes City in coastal Lane County.  The maps show modeled tsunami evacuation zones for both local-source (Cascadia Subduction Zone) and distant-source (such as from Alaska) tsunami scenarios. The maps also show evacuation routes and assembly areas.  The evacuation brochures are available free for download from the and websites.  Upcoming Tsunami Readiness Rally in Florence, Oregon, Tuesday, May 14, 2013:  This event is free and open to the public.  * Get your new, free evacuation map; * Learn from Japan's devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami; * Prepare for a tsunami in Oregon now; * Talk with local readiness groups like CERT, American Red Cross, and more.  Where:  Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence; 6:30 pm - Doors open, information tables; 7:00 pm - Presentation by Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.  Residents can volunteer for the TsunamiSmart Neighbor program, which involves teams conducting door-to-door outreach to distribute the new maps and inform the community how to prepare for and safely escape from tsunamis.

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