Thursday, September 01, 2011

Cullaby Lake Health Advisory Lifted!


A health advisory prompted by high algae levels found in Cullaby Lake was lifted Thursday, Sept. 1 by Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and Clatsop County Public Health Department officials.
The lake is again open to swimming, boating and other activities.
The advisory went into effect July 1. The public was warned against contact with the lake water, particularly activities that could result in swallowing or inhaling water.
Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.
These reduced levels are not likely to be associated with dangerous toxin concentrations in the water, according to World Health Organization guidelines.
Oregon health officials advise people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid water contact if there are visible clumps of algae in the water.
For health information, contact the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance program at (971) 673-0400 or; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or Clatsop County Health Department at (503) 325-8500.

Released by:
Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

Monday, August 29, 2011

Scam Alert From Oregon Department Of Justice


The Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Hotline has received a surge of complaints about telephone calls claiming to be from Wells Fargo Bank. The caller is telling consumers that their debit cards are locked and that they should provide their debit card number to bank security. This is a phishing scam.

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger reminds Oregonians that legitimate financial institutions will never ask you for debit card, bank account or social security numbers, or for sensitive information, like your username or password, over the phone or by email.
Never respond to phone calls or emails soliciting personal information. If you suspect it might be legitimate, pick-up the phone and call the company to confirm.
Do not click on any links embedded in phishing emails. They may contain viruses or malware designed to steal your personal information.
Make sure your computer has up to date anti-virus software.
The Attorney General's Consumer Hotline received nine complaints since late last week from the Portland area and the Willamette Valley about this scam. This is a significant number of calls for such a short period of time.

Anyone who believes they have been approached by a scammer should contact the Oregon Department of Justice at 1-877-877-9392 or