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Amy Ryan Courser blasts do-nothing politicians for wildfire negligence

Heads should roll on Nov. 3 for slipshod forest policies that changed Oregon into a tinderbox waiting for a spark, declared a contender for Congress who is turning the U.S. 5th District into a hot seat. 

Lincoln County/A Galaxy of Stars

Behold the sinister orange glow that highlights the struggling red sun's attempt to melt the dense smoke.

Depoe Bay resident boosts Portland Police morale with gift bags

A Depoe Bay woman recently organized delivery of gift bags to an embattled Portland Police Bureau, who have been the target of attacks by rioters in the City of Roses.

Multi-agency Resource Center opening at Lincoln City Outlets

Lincoln County community services and FEMA are hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) that will be available for those whose homes and businesses were affected by the Echo Mountain Complex Fire and accompanying wind event.

Lincoln City man shoots self in groin at checkout

Lincoln City Police responded to McKay's Market Sunday for a reported gunshot wound, discovering a man had accidentally shot himself in the groin.

Echo Mountain Complex: 293 homes destroyed, Zero fatalities

Officials with the Echo Mountain Complex have completed preliminary structural damage assessments in the fire area and 293 residential structures have been determined to be a total loss.

Echo Mountain Complex Fire 40 percent contained

A lack of expected rain hasn’t stopped firefighters from getting more control over the Echo Mountain Wildfire as 40 percent of the fire is contained and mopping up efforts are underway. 

New ‘dignified’ donation distribution center at Lincoln City Outlets

Lincoln County Public Health officials and members of the Lincoln City church community will be opening a centralized donation distribution center in Lincoln City, 2 p.m. Tuesday to get needed supplies in the hands of people affected by the wildfires.

Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire 33 percent contained

A milestone was reached for firefighters on the Echo Mountain Complex yesterday as 100 percent of the control line has been completed on both fires.

Garbage fire at North Lincoln Sanitary Service

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a fire inside a garbage truck behind the main office of North Lincoln Sanitary Service Monday evening.

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

Local men face drug, weapons charges following ATF search and arrest raid

Two Lincoln City men and a Cloverdale resident were charged Wednesday after Special Agents from the ATF Seattle Field Division executed multiple federal search and arrest warrants in Lincoln City.

Superheros wear masks

You’ve probably seen photos of hospital healthcare workers with bruises on their faces from hours of wearing a facemask while working with COVID-19 patients — they truly are superheroes and angels of mercy.

With Phase One and businesses reopening in the vast majority of counties in Oregon it’s time to take the next few months seriously and do our part. Our actions will affect our future success.

Overall, we should be very proud of the how the majority of Oregonians, especially here in Lincoln County have conducted themselves.  However, there are many people who still do not wear masks or keep physical distancing while out in public.  Wearing a face mask and maintaining physical distance are two small, caring and preventative steps we all could take.

When I see people covering their nose and mouth with a N95, homemade mask or neckerchief, and are aware of their distance to others, it shows me that they care and are aware.  They care for their community’s well-being and health, and they are aware that COVID-19 can spread easily.

COVID-19 droplets from simply talking can be enough to spread the coronavirus according to researchers.  National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America scientists found that one minute of talking can produce more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets that could linger in the air for over eight minutes, and a person who sneezes can project droplets ejected up to 27 feet if there’s no barrier to stop them.

As states continue to gradually reopen, scientists fear that reopening too soon could worsen the virus outbreak. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified in front of a Senate panel Tuesday and said the consequences for states reopening without following proper guidelines “could be really serious.”

We’ve seen in other states when they relaxed restrictions, crowds gather and infections spread!

People will travel into our town, don’t be rude to our visitors or paranoid. If we all model social distancing, walking in the one-way lanes correctly in stores and wearing face masks, our visitors will get the message.  Businesses might consider placing signs at the front of the stores saying:  Welcome to the coast!  However, for our protection, NO shoes, NO shirt, NO mask, NO service!

Let’s all be Superheroes…you’d never see Batman leave Bruce Wayne Manor in his Batmobile without his mask, would you?

Remember these simple guidelines:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. Do not gather in groups.
  • Remember that people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If you don’t need to go out, “Stay Home”!

Together we can protect our community and educate our visitors.

Be Safe, Be Informed, Be “BATMAN.”

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Jim Kusz
Jim Kusz
Oregon Coast Community College, Disaster Preparedness Educator

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4 COMMENTS

  1. If you follow the science this propaganda is BS. I challenge you to link social distancing policies with per capita fatalities. YOU CANT. Sweden had relaxed policies and did better than half its neighbors. US proves the same.
    Covid is very contagious, yes. Protect the at risk, yes. But all you healthy folks need to grow a pair and go on with your lives.

  2. I agree, more propaganda. I thought Kate said those spring breakers who flooded LC back in March were going to infect our town.
    I must have missed that.
    Or how about the rally in Salem with all those disloyal subjects who hugged, shook hands and stood shoulder to shoulder. Comrade Kate needs to send those disloyal citizens to “Retraining” camp. Hey Jim maybe you could teach a class there. You might start with this article.

  3. Hey Jim,
    Its obvious that you benefit by prolonging
    the FEAR FACTOR that accompanies this virus. As a disaster educator you don’t want to let the disaster go. What would you do if you could let it go? I think you could again focus on the the ultimate coastal disaster, A TSUNAMI.

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Officials with the Echo Mountain Complex have completed preliminary structural damage assessments in the fire area and 293 residential structures have been determined to be a total loss.

Amy Ryan Courser blasts do-nothing politicians for wildfire negligence

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A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

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