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Tip of The Week For January 24, 2022 - Elk And Deer Winter Migration (Photo) - 01/20/22



Date:           January 20, 2022      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers




Elk and Deer Winter Migration


The Central Oregon Coast is experiencing its seasonal cold weather. Although the weather slows down our daily commute, we are not nearly as affected as wildlife, specifically elk and deer. 

Natural food sources are lean in the upper elevations in the coast range during the winter as snow falls, covering the ground. This time of year with snow accumulation in the coast range and freezing temperatures periodically down to sea level, elk and deer may move to even lower elevations to find adequate food. 

These additional movements often mean that the animals are crossing major roads both day and night which creates hazards to motorists. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like motorists and spectators to be mindful of the animal movements. If you see one deer cross in front of you, chances are there is another one behind. 

Please take into account that the animals are often stressed due to additional migration in search of food. When spectating please keep a minimum distance of 100 yards from wildlife. If the animals begin to move from your presence, don’t follow them. Oregon Revised Statute 498.006 does protect the chasing or harassing of wildlife.

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Tip of The Week For January 17, 2022 - Scammers Posing As The IRS (Photo) - 01/13/22



Date:           01/13/2022             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                                            SCAMMERS POSING AS THE IRS 

As we get into tax season, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam e-mails, texts, and phone calls aimed at tricking you into disclosing personal and financial information that could be used to steal your identity and financial assets. The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails, phone calls or texts asking for personal information.

The IRS has seen a recent increase in these scams, many of which originate outside the United States.  To date, investigations have identified sites hosting hundreds of IRS-related phishing scams.  These scam websites have been found to originate in at least 20 different countries.

 Scammers claiming to be from the IRS, tell you that you are due a federal tax refund, and direct you to a website that appears to be a genuine IRS site.  The bogus sites contain forms or interactive web pages similar to IRS forms and web pages.

Don’t be fooled!  These sites and forms have been modified to request detailed personal and financial information from the e-mail recipients. E-mail addresses involving users in professional and educational communities seem to be heavily targeted.

The information obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer identity and financial assets.  Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services, or benefits in the victim’s name and even file fraudulent tax returns.

The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal information.  Additionally, the IRS never asks people for their PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank, or other financial accounts. The IRS primarily uses the mail when they need to notify you regarding any tax-related matter. They do not phone you late at night, or text you. 

 For more information on phishing (suspicious e-mails) and identity theft, visit the IRS Web site at .

For information on preventing or handling the aftermath of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission Web sites at and (and click on Topics).

Please report the fraudulent misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property by calling the Treasury inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

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Tip of The Week for January 10, 2022 - Tie It Down (Photo) - 01/06/22




Date:  January 6, 2022         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers




Tie It Down

Thinking of making that annual or semi-annual trip to the dump? Ridding your home of unwanted items and trash is a great way to keep it a healthy, safe, and clutter-free place.

Remember also, that we want to keep our environment and fellow motorists healthy and safe. So, take a moment to inspect your cargo. Are there any light, loose items that can scatter and become unsightly litter or pollution along the roadway?  Or worse, unsecured larger items that may fall out and cause another drive to swerve or crash? 

The National Sheriffs' Association Traffic Safety Committee is working to raise awareness of the problem with unsecured loads.  Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that road debris played a role in more than 50,000 crashes each year in a four-year period. These resulted in over 9,800 injuries and approximately 125 deaths.

To be secured, loads should be:

  • Tied down with rope, netting or straps
  • Tied directly to the vehicle or trailer
  • Covered entirely with a sturdy tarp or netting
  • NOT overloaded
  • Packed with lighter weight items at the bottom and evenly distributed to prevent them from sliding.

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Tip of The Week for January 3, 2022 - Unlawful Lights On Motor Vehicles (Photo) - 12/30/21


Date:          December 30, 2021                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654




There appears to be some confusion among some motorists about the color of lights that can be lawfully displayed on motor vehicles while travelling on Oregon’s public highways.  Your Sheriff’s Office receives calls from time to time inquiring if a variety of colored lamps can be lawfully displayed on motor vehicles.  Some callers express concern over the use of some colored lights, especially those involving headlights.

There are a number of AFTER-MARKET bulbs and headlights appearing on some motor vehicles that emit a blueish or greenish color.  The argument that a person purchased the bulbs, headlights or “light bars” at the local car parts store is not the standard used to determine if they’re legal to use or not in Oregon.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 816.050 states that headlights shall show a white light described in Standard Number 108 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

ORS 816.360 addresses the use of prohibited lighting equipment for motor vehicles in this state as well.  It also identifies the penalty for not complying with this law should a motorist be cited by a police officer.  As a Class C infraction, the fine imposed by a court can range from $80 to $500.

The law states the following:

  • All headlamps must be WHITE in color as defined by Society of Automotive Engineers and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 108.      White lamps have been tested to meet all headlamp requirements.
  • Maximum wattage allowed in a headlight or accessory light is 70 watts.
  • FMVSS 108 disallows any color coating on headlights and/or headlight bulbs.
  • Blue and green lamps are designated for use on emergency vehicles only.
  • Red lamps to front are reserved for emergency vehicles and school bus warning lamps.
  • Colored bulbs give a distorted headlamp pattern, which may prevent the driver from seeing a person or object at the road edge or starting to cross the road.
  • Blue or other colored lights in the taillights of a motor vehicle are also prohibited, unless the vehicle was manufactured before 1959.

Markings on headlights and their packaging typically indicate if the product is Department of Transportation (DOT) approved.  If the bulb or headlight packaging doesn’t include this information, more research should be conducted with law enforcement before making your purchase.

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