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Amateur Radio "Field Day" June 23-24 Demonstrates Science Skill And Service - 06/18/18

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. 

Members of the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23-24, 2018 at the Port of Toledo Waterfront Park next to the Toledo Post Office.  The Club Members will be on site from 11:00 am Saturday to 11:00 am Sunday; this event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio - sometimes called ham radio- has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet.   Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.  Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

"It's easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other," said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio.  "But if there's an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate.  Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.  That's the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communication outage."

"Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world," Kutzko added.  "Hams do this by using a layer of Earth's atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves.  In today's electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down."

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.  There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100.  And with clubs such as the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, it's easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office also sponsors the Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group, 70+ Amateur Radio Operators specifically supporting local government emergency response, information brochure attached.

For more information:


Respectfully submitted,

Virginia “Jenny” Demaris

Emergency Manager

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management

225 W Olive Street, Suite 103

Newport, Oregon 97365">

(541) 265-4199 Office

Tip of the Week-June 18, 2018-Beach Safety - 06/14/18

When visiting the scenic Oregon coast and participating in recreational activities, safety should be a prime concern.  Tragic water accidents can happen quickly and we recommend the following safety tips:

  • Follow posted regulations.
  • The ocean in this area is normally 55 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.  In these temperatures, it takes just minutes for hypothermia to set in.
  • Supervise children closely.
  • Stay clear of coastal bluffs. They can collapse and cause injury.
  • Never turn your back to the ocean. You may be swept off coastal bluffs, beaches or tide pool areas and into the water by “sneaker” waves that can come without warning.
  • Be aware of sneaker waves, even on the calmest days. They’re called sneaker waves because they appear without warning, often surging high up on the beach with deadly force, and are impossible to predict. Don’t turn your back on the ocean and keep your eye on the surf.
  • Have your beach access available to you at all times. A big wave can come right up to a seawall, leaving you no path for safety.
  • Do not climb up onto logs on the beach. While they look heavy and sturdy when climbing on them, the smallest wave will roll it over you or a child. Killer logs are real.
  • Stay on accessible high ground when storm-agitated surf is on the beach. Oregon State Parks maintains dozens of safe roadside parks and campground access points right along Highway 101 where you can get great photos of dramatic winter surf without endangering yourself.
  • If you are in trouble, call or wave for help.
  • Dress for the weather. Layer your clothes to provide you warmth and comfort. And carry along your rain gear to keep you dry when it does drizzle.
  • No beach fires except in designated areas.
  • Tides and waves can sweep over rocks, jetties and headlands, knocking you off and carrying you out to sea.
  • Incoming tides isolate rocks from headlands and the shore. Avoid the temptation of strolling out to an interesting rock without knowing when the tide rolls back in. Free tide tables are readily available at state park offices, information centers and many shops and motels. You can also find this information by visiting the tidetable website from the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Take care around high, steep cliffs

Assume that all cliff edges are unstable. Wet trails or soft sand and earth can make for unstable footing. Rocks can be slippery even when it isn’t raining.  Make sure you wear proper footwear, and stick to the trails. Stay behind guard fences and railings and don’t get too close to the edge.

Standing at the base of an oceanside cliff can be dangerous, especially if it has an overhang. In some places, winter storms and high waves have eroded the shoreline, increasing the chance of collapsing landforms and slides. Beware of falling rocks, and don’t climb on bluffs and eroding hillsides. Don’t walk along the base of cliffs unless absolutely necessary.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 061818-Beach_Safety.pdf
Command Post
Command Post
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Hosts Region 3 Search and Rescue Training (Photo) - 06/11/18

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team hosted the annual Region 3 training this last weekend in Newport. The state of Oregon is broken up into different regions, Region 3 is comprised of Lincoln, Benton, Polk, Lane, Marion, Linn, Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes County’s.

On Friday, the group trained with Life Flight and the USCG Helicopter crews, both stationed in Newport, on landing zone preparation, approach to and loading of patients into the aircraft, and the capabilities of each aircraft and crew.

Saturday training consisted of Lost Person Tracking, K9 Searching, Patient Packaging and Transport, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Search Operations.

Sunday was spent going over downed aircraft safety and a mock search for a missing subject.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the helicopter crews of Life Flight and the USCG for their time and expertise; also the Newport Airport for the use of their facility during this training exercise.



Respectfully submitted,

Bruce McGuire
Senior Deputy / SAR Coordinator

Tip of the Week-June 11, 2018-Fingerprinting - 06/07/18

Your Sheriff's Office provides non-criminal fingerprinting services to the public.  Citizens sometimes need to have their fingerprints taken for purposes of employment, license applications, expunging records, etc.

When can you have your fingerprints taken?

We provide fingerprinting services to the public on Wednesday mornings 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., all day Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Friday mornings 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  We are closed on holidays and no appointments are necessary.

Where can you get your fingerprints taken?

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, 225 W. Olive Street, Room 203, Newport, OR 97365 Phone (541) 265-4912

How much will it cost you for fingerprinting?

$25.00 for the first two cards.  $5.00 for each additional card for the same individual for the same fingerprint request purpose. Payment is accepted in the forms of cash, money order, check or by credit card (MasterCard, Visa and Discover).

What do you need to bring with you?

The person being fingerprinted must bring a current and valid government issued photo identification (such as driver license, DMV official ID, or passport) and a second piece of identification. Both pieces of identification must include a signature.

Bring any correspondence, forms, fingerprint cards and envelopes you received from the employer or other agency requesting the fingerprints.   DO NOT FILL OUT ANY INFORMATION ON THE FINGERPRINT CARD, regardless of your instructions.  We have a Livescan machine and will print your name and other information on the card along with your fingerprints.  If you were not provided a fingerprint card, we can provide one.

What happens to your fingerprints?

In most cases you will take the completed fingerprints with you, sometimes in a sealed envelope, if required.  You are responsible for routing the fingerprint cards to the appropriate agencies following the instructions you received from the agency requiring your fingerprints.

Questions: Please call our Support Services Division at (541) 265-4912.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 061118-Fingerprinting.pdf
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office participated in traffic safety blitz in May - 06/05/18

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies successfully completed a safety belt enforcement campaign aimed primarily at increasing safety belt and correct child safety seat use and juveniles riding in open pickup beds.  The blitz took place in May.  The local enforcement blitz was part of an effort funded by The Oregon Department of Transportation and involved several other law enforcement agencies. 

During the enforcement blitz the Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies made a total of 36 enforcement contacts which included violations of safety belt use, speed, suspended license, and vehicle equipment.

One more safety belt enforcement blitz is scheduled for August of 2018.


Respectfully submitted by:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive St.

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: 541-265-0684

Fax: 541-265-4917

Missing Lincoln City man found deceased - 06/04/18

On June 3, 2018 members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, Lincoln City Police Department, and the  Oregon State Police responded to the area of the Devils Lake State Recreation Area to search for Keenan R. Fernandez, 23, of Lincoln City.  Fernandez was entered as a missing person by the Lincoln City Police Department on June 2, 2018.  Fernandez's vehicle was located in the day use area of the Devils Lake State Recreation Area on June 2, 2018. 

On June 3, 2018 additional personal items belonging to Fernandez were located approximately a mile and a half away from the recreation area on Forest Service Road #1726.  Search and Rescue efforts were focused in the area and at approximately 6:35 p.m.. Fernandez was discovered on a logging landing approximately 1/4 mile from where Fernandez's personal items were located using a Drone (unmanned aerial vehicle).  Once responders reached the landing Fernandez was found deceased additional investigation was conducted and there was no indication of foul play.  

Tip of the Week-June 4, 2018-Safety Tips for Runners - 05/31/18

Every runner should take a few moments and consider their safety while running.  Running is generally a safe activity, but there are still perils worth considering and preparing for.  For example running at night, while often pleasant due to lower temperatures and decreased traffic, brings with it the added danger of decreased visibility. The weather can pose running safety risks; for example, running in extremely hot or cold weather requires special precautions, in addition to running in inclement weather.

Before the Run

Consider running with a partner.
Leave word with someone or write down where you plan to run and when you will return.
Carry some I. D. and a cell phone.
Take a whistle with you.
Don’t wear a radio/headset/earphones or anything which distracts you from being completely aware of your environment.
Avoid unpopular areas, deserted streets, lonely trails - and especially avoid unlighted routes at night.
Vary the route and the time of day you run.
Run in familiar areas.  Note the location of neighbors you trust along your route.
Know where police are usually to be found and where businesses, stores and offices are likely to be open and active.

During the Run

Always stay alert.  The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.  Think about possible escape routes in case of confrontation.
Take notice of who is ahead of you and who is behind you.  Know where the nearest public sites are with some general activity - there is usually safety in numbers.
When in doubt, follow your intuition and avoid potential trouble.  If something seems suspicious, do not panic, but run in a different direction.
Run clear of parked cars, bushes, dark areas.
Run against traffic so that you can observe the approach of automobiles.
If the same car cruises past you more than once, take down even a partial license number and make it obvious that you are aware of its presence (but keep your distance).

If Confronted

Run toward populated areas, busy streets, open businesses.
Ignore jeers and verbal harassment.  Keep moving.
Use discretion in acknowledging strangers.  Be friendly, but keep your distance and keep moving.
Do not approach a car to give directions or the time of day.  Point toward the nearest police or information source, shrug your shoulders, but keep moving.  If you feel you must respond, do it while moving.
Don’t panic and don’t run toward a more isolated area.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.


Lincoln Alerts Update, Follow-up from 05.29.18 State Message - 05/30/18

Please note - due to the length, graphics and attachments included in the media release please refer to the attached files; the PDF version contains all of the noted attachments. An excerpt of the media release follows...

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to clarify the disseminated Civil Authority message sent last night by the Office of Oregon Emergency Management and the follow-up disregard message through our local Lincoln Alerts program.

We have also provided a list of tips to check your individual opt-in profiles to make sure you get the most from our local emergency notification system, Lincoln Alerts.


Office of Oregon Emergency Management Initial Message – Tuesday, 8:30pm

  • The message was sent on behalf of the surrounding water systems to the City of Salem and County of Marion as these two entities do not currently have this capability.
  • The message was sent through the Federal Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system which activates the cell phone towers in a specific geographical area and distributes a text message. The message was intended for those in the Marion County areas. However, the message did not display the correct wording and it was disseminated across multiple counties. A correct follow-up message was then sent to the appropriate areas.
  • Another message was also sent via the Federal Emergency Alert System (EAS) which disseminates to local television and public radio stations.
  • News Releases for Office of Oregon Emergency Management –


Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Follow-up Disregard Message – Tuesday, 8:55pm

  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office upon confirmation of no “emergency” in the Lincoln County area activated our local emergency notification system – Lincoln Alerts - and disseminated a disregard message to the opt-in subscribers via text message only.
  • It was determined that the State message was sent via text and the most appropriate way to follow-up with our local community members was to send the disregard notice via text to our opt-in subscribers. We also updated our social media outlets, Twitter and Facebook, as they were heavily impacted with individuals trying to determine if any action should be taken.
  • Attached to this media release is our Lincoln County Emergency Notification System overview document that outlines all of the pathways we have in place to receive and disseminate information to the public and emergency responders.


Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank">
(541) 265-4199 Office

City of Yachats - Tsunami Hike and Seafood Celebration Planned - 05/29/18

Lincoln County Sherriff's Office is assisting the City of Yachats with their local community Tsunami evacuation exercise on June 23rd. Please see the attached corresponding media release with further details. 

Contact Information:

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank"> 
(541) 265-4199 Office

Tip of the Week-May 28, 2018-Pet Licensing - 05/24/18

Buying a license for your dog isn’t just about obeying the law ?"? it can save your dog’s life.  Anyone who has experienced the panic and sorrow of having a lost dog knows how important it is to license your pet.  Our dogs are our friends and companions and they look to us for nearly everything: food, shelter, water and love.  They also need us to bring them home after they have wandered.

One of the best and most basic things we can do for our dogs is to license them.  Our goal is to be able to reunite all lost dogs with their families and you can help us reach that goal with increased dog licensing.  When Good Samaritans or Animal Services Deputies find stray dogs that are licensed, they can call the Lincoln County Animal Shelter for your information and your pet may never even have to come to the shelter.

While happy reunions are the most important consideration, failure to obtain a dog license can result in a $242 fine.  All dogs in the county are required to be licensed within thirty days of residence whether or not you live in the city and whether or not your dog leaves your property.  While cat licenses are not required, they help the animal shelter reunite families with their feline friends, too.

You may easily purchase or renew a license by mail, at the Animal Shelter, or at many local veterinarians’ offices.  Applications and additional information are available online at

Please keep your pets safe with a license, ID tag, and microchip, and remember to search for your lost pet at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter at 510 NE Harney St. in Newport and by calling 541-265-6610.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.


Attached Media Files: 052818-Pet_Licensing.pdf
Christopher Lowes Booking photo
Christopher Lowes Booking photo
Depoe Bay man arrested for charges related to using a firearm during a domestic disturbance (Photo) - 05/24/18

On May 23, 2018 at about 2:00 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responding to the 300 block of Vista Terrace in Depoe Bay to a report of a disturbance involving a gun and round being fired inside the residence. Deputies were able to contact the caller outside the home and determined there was an argument over property inside the home between the caller and family member Christopher A. Lowes, age 31 of Depoe Bay.  During the argument Lowes presented a small caliber handgun, a struggle ensued over the firearm and it discharged.  The caller was able to flee the residence and wait for police outside.

Deputies called Lowes outside where he was taken into custody without incident.  Lowes was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he is being held on charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering with a bail set at $80,000.00.

No one was injured.


Respecfully submitted by:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive St.

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: 541-265-0684

Fax: 541-265-4917



Attached Media Files: Christopher Lowes Booking photo