Several forces cause crab fishing hiccups…

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Jan 222017

F/V Anona Kay
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A combination of forces has led to some unusual hiccups in the commercial crab fishing season. Another late start, a huge harvest and perhaps too many crab pots going down to the ocean bottom. Throw in some snotty weather that caused truck transport tie-ups and you get a “cluster-mess.”

Here’s the straight skinny from the Daily Astorian. Click here.

 Posted by at 10:31 AM

Weather or Not: Jet Stream on the Move

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Jan 222017

Sunday, Jan. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, short sunbreaks and breezy yesterday with mild temps.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/44F/38mph/0.49”
Depoe Bay: 50F/42F/35mph/0.56”
Newport: 50F/41F/33mph/0.46”
Waldport: 49F/41F/35mph/0.88”
Yachats: 51F/44F/39mph/0.69”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 9 mph/Altimeter: 29.45”

Forecast: With the jet stream meandering north this week, the majority of weather systems will be tracking into Canada beginning Tuesday. There is one fly in the ointment, however, which is Wednesday when a weak front is expected to impact the Central Coast. Today and tonight, showers and possible thunderstorms continue, sunbreaks, breezy as southerlies blow 15-25 mph gusting 35-40, the mercury climbs to the low-50s this afternoon and dips to about 40F overnight. A fading chance of showers is expected tomorrow, mainly in the morning, then mostly cloudy and a high around 50F. Outlook is for partly sunny and dry Tuesday, a chance of rain Wednesday, then mostly sunny days and partly cloudy nights Thursday through the weekend. Look for seasonal thermometer readings with highs of 50-55F and lows 40F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on Winter’s rapidly changing conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and temperatures 35-40F in the passes. Willamette Valley highways are wet, temps 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has spots of ice and 30-35F. For the Cascades, expect packed snow and ice, snow flurries, chains required over Willamette and Santiam Passes, temps 25-30F. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations, except for the Gorge where a Wintry mix is forecast to continue through tonight, and in the Cascades, snow showers are predicted to last until this evening. * A map of the latest travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: S winds are 15-25 knots gusting 30 this morning with seas 17 feet at 12 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening. Conditions are expected to settle down considerably by Tuesday. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 12-16 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/22 Sun 07:49 AM 8.10 H
01/22 Sun 02:59 PM 1.63 L
01/22 Sun 09:32 PM 6.03 H
01/23 Mon 02:19 AM 4.16 L

In Short: Showers, then clearing and drying.

 Posted by at 8:09 AM

Traffic Crash: Newport – 10th and Nye

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Jan 212017

Report of a vehicle accident in Newport at the intersection of Nye and NW Nye. Watch out for emergency responders.

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Women’s March – Newport

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Jan 212017

Women’s March rally outside Newport City Hall
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Women’s March
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Women’s March in Newport
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Well over a thousand women, men and children turned out Saturday in Newport to rally outside City Hall to express their dismay, and for some, their disgust with the way things are going in Washington DC.

Although it was specifically a Women’s March dealing with issues of abortion, birth control and equal employment rights, many others joined to protest what appears to be a major political backslide on voting rights, job protections, equality, the general state of the economy, access to college and other issues like climate change, the growth of America’s military, to where it’s well over half the country’s budget, environmental and housing issues, among others.

Rally organizers urged attendees to call their U.S. Representatives and Senators to express their feelings about the state of the country.

March organizers vowed that today’s march was but the opening act to what will be a long and persistent state of protest by millions of Americans on policies that are looming for adoption by the Congress and President Trump, who they say want to take America back to the 1930s.

 Posted by at 3:48 PM

One day in office and Trump raises mortgage payments for low to moderate income families

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Jan 212017

President Donald Trump
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One day in office and President Trump’s housing chiefs have raised mortgage payments for many low and moderate income families by at least $50 a month. Families that have their mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, which helps lower income families especially to buy a home, were set to enjoy a discount in their homeowner’s insurance due to FHA’s swelling revenues. But Trump’s staff decided the savings bonus should go to the big banks that partner with the FHA. Not to the homeowners.

Here’s the story in the Huffington Post. Click here.

 Posted by at 9:47 AM