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The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended its deadline for victims of September’s Echo Mountain Complex fire to apply for assistance to Nov. 30. For help completing the application process, appealing a denial of benefits and complete details on assistance available, visit the Lincoln County Emergency Management website at (Photo by Michael Heinbach)

Freeze order temporarily closes community center

LINCOLN CITY — Earlier this week, Lincoln City Parks & Recreation announced that due to Gov. Kate Brown’s order of a two-week freeze to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it was forced to temporarily close the Lincoln City Community Center to the public from Wednesday through Dec. 2.

The city will extend all community center memberships during the two-week period.

According to Lincoln City Parks & Recreation’s website, all city-managed parks, open spaces, trails, public restrooms and parking lots at beach accesses remain open during the freeze.

The city’s RECKids Adventures program for youths ages 5-11 will continue during the freeze. Slots remain available for those interested for November and December participation in the program, which runs Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. RECKids costs $310 per month for Lincoln City residents and $341 per month for non-city residents. Scholarships are available.

For more information about RECKids, call 541-364-1171 or email Recreation Coordinator Sara Hohenberger at [email protected]

FEMA extends rebuilding resource application period

OTIS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced recently it has extended the application period for its Individual Assistance Program for victims of the Echo Mountain Complex fire and other wildfires that swept through the state in September.

Disaster victims now have until Nov. 30 to submit information required of disaster assistance applicants. For help completing the application process, appealing a denial of benefits and complete details on the assistance available to disaster victims, visit the Lincoln County Emergency Management disaster financial assistance website at

FEMA assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the wildfire.

To apply, go to or call 1-800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week.

According to FEMA, as of Nov. 15, 230 Lincoln County individuals and households had been approved for about $1.8 million in grant money through its Individuals and Households Program. As of Nov. 13, nearly $5 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster recovery loans had been approved for 34 Lincoln County homeowners and renters.

More than $1.5 million in federal grants have been approved for housing repairs or replacement for 121 Lincoln County homeowners, and almost $388,000 in federal grant money has been approved for personal property loss, transportation and other disaster assistance for more than 200 Lincoln County applicants.

FEMA’s External Outreach Site at the Lincoln City Outlets closed its doors Nov. 14 and assisted 125 visitors. 

Additionally, FEMA is in the process of contacting those eligible to participate in its Direct Temporary Housing Program. Based on information provided by disaster victims to the agency, FEMA will determine housing needs of applicants. Those approved must work toward long-term housing solutions and will be eligible to receive benefits through March 15, 2022.

Driftwood library seeks virtual solstice celebration performers

LINCOLN CITY — Driftwood Public Library is looking for performers to submit videos for its annual Winter Solstice celebration.

Performances of all types will be considered, and videos approved will be edited together and posted Dec. 21 to the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Performances should be no longer than five minutes and should focus on the theme of winter solstice. Videos must be submitted by Dec. 14.

For information on how to submit a video or for further information, contact Circulation Supervisor Ken “Hobbes” Hobson at 541-996-2277 or at [email protected]

In other Driftwood Public Library news, due to Gov. Kate Brown’s two-week freeze order that began Wednesday, the library is suspending in-person computer appointments through at least Dec. 2. For further details, call the phone number listed above or visit 

Information compiled by reporter Michael Heinbach.


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