Mar 052015
Recreational marijuana arrives in Oregon July 1.  How it's handled in the long run is up for debate.

Recreational marijuana arrives in Oregon July 1. How it’s handled in the long run is up for debate.

The Oregon Liquor Control Board is headed for Newport next week to wrap up its lengthy “listening sessions” held across the state on how the citizens of Oregon want recreational marijuana handled and sold starting in late 2016. That’s right, at the end of NEXT year. OLCC officials say it’ll take them that long to get their minds wrapped around the best way to offer marijuana just like they offer beer, booze and wine. Many ask, who cares? It’s legal, put it in liquor stores if you want.

But it’s not working out to be that easy. Marijuana is coming off over 100 years of social demonization. It also comes with heavy emotional baggage. Hence the extended period from November of 2014 when it passed until it finally becomes available in retail stores – TWO YEARS LATER.

OLCC Chair Rob Patridge and his “listening facilitators” will hold a lively and very interactive session next week with Newport area residents who want to become involved in how marijuana is “eased” into contemporary Oregon society. The listening session is set for Thursday, March 11, at the Hallmark Resort on Elizabeth Street. It starts at 7pm and runs until 9.

When you walk in you’ll be given a handful of red dots and directed to “issue posters,” listing a lot of statements about how to properly grow, handle, distribute, tax and sell recreational marijuana. For about the first 20 to 30 minutes, people will be milling about, putting their red dots on the posters and then there will be a very lively discussion among a lot of folks on stuff you already knew about marijuana, but also a lot of aspects that you never thought of. It’s a very worthwhile exercise.

Below is a news story about such an OLCC marijuana listening exercise held in Bend recently. It’ll give you more of feel of what you’re in for. It’s truly worth going to – not only for the fact that your opinion will affect the way marijuana enters mainstream Oregon, but also witnessing the actual changes that come about when “the past collides with the present” in the same room among a lot of people. We found it fascinating.

Here’s a story we ran at the Bend meeting: Click here.

 Posted by at 3:15 PM
Mar 052015


Amanda Remund Selected for School Board Vacancy

After the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors interviewed three Waldport applicants to fill a vacancy on the school board, they extended their collective hand to an active parent volunteer, Amanda Remund, to fill the (southern) Zone 5 vacancy through June 30. The appointment will become official at the board’s next regular meeting, to be held Tuesday, March 10, at Toledo Elementary School.

“Amanda Remund has children in the school system and she has been very active at their school. That was a big draw for us,” says LCSD School Board Chairman Liz Martin. “We are happy to welcome Amanda to the board and look forward to her contributions and fresh perspective.”

The board also interviewed candidates Greg Holland and Heide Lambert for the seat, which was vacated when member Terri Woodd resigned last month for health reasons, after serving 18 months. Board members expressed appreciation that three excellent candidates stepped forward and were willing to serve in this volunteer position.

In her application, Remund describes herself as an involved parent of two Waldport High School students. She has been a parent helper in the classroom, a Booster board member, secretary for the Senior Parents of Waldport High, and member of the school site council.
“I am very passionate about our school, all our students, the education they are receiving, and making everyone a success story,” Remund wrote in her application. “I want to be part of making our schools, and the education our children receive, excellent!”

Although the term of the appointment is less than four months, Remund says she plans to run for office when the seat comes up for election on May 19. At that special district election, three school board positions are to be filled: Zone 1, currently held by board Vice Chairman Karen Bondley, who lives in Lincoln City; Zone 2, currently held by Liz Martin, who lives in Depoe Bay; and Zone 5, held by Amanda Remund. The Zones 1 and 2 positions are for full four-year terms, through June 30, 2019. The Zone 5 position is a two-year remainder term, through June 30, 2017.

Along with Martin, Bondley and Remund, the other community volunteers serving on the LCSD School Board are Ron Beck of Newport and Kelley Ellis of Siletz.

 Posted by at 2:19 PM
Mar 052015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of March 5th

In the Creel: Lingcod are back on the bite offshore and rockfish remain a good bet these day, too, especially since ocean weather has been and will be cooperative. The bigwigs are hammering out this year’s salmon seasons, and we should know what they’ll be in another month or so. Need bait for those salmon? Herring are still running in Yaquina Bay, so stock up now. In the rivers, winter steelhead angling is slowing to a molasses crawl as water flows have dropped to low and clear because of the lack of rain. Dungeness crabbing remains typically slow for this time of year, but clamming (other than razors) has been quite good. And, with lots of stocked rainbows, trout fishing in the reservoirs continues to be fun and rewarding. Need bait? The Full Worm Moon should be bringing out a herd of fat and juicy nightcrawlers.

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Salmon River: Winter steelhead fishing is slow to fair. River conditions are low and clear. You should focus on the deeper holding water. The river is open to the harvest of wild winter steelhead through March 31st.

Siletz River/Bay: Steelhead fishing is slow as river conditions continue to drop and clear. New fish will continue to move in but this time of year tends to produce a good percentage of native fish. Bank fishing in the upper gorge area or floating the lower reaches will produce the best results until the next good rain event. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as side drifting, bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners.

Yaquina River/Bay: Herring are in Yaquina Bay right now. Anglers jigging for the small silver fish, popular as bait, found a lot of them in the lower estuary and all the way up past Sawyer’s Landing this week. The bag limit is 25 pounds. Meanwhile, the winter steelhead fishery is slow in the Big Elk. River conditions are low and clear. The fishery is typically very slow for the rest of the season.

Alsea River/Bay: The winter steelhead fishery has slowed down as river conditions are low and clear. Look to fish the deeper holding water and use smaller more subtle presentations. This time of year more native fish tend to show up in the catch. Casting lures, bobbers and jig/bait or drifting beads along the bottom can be effective techniques.

Central Coast Reservoirs: The rainbow trout stocking program is underway with local reservoirs already well-stocked. They’ll be restocked multiple times until early June. Be sure to check out the 2015 stocking schedule here.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
Continue reading »

 Posted by at 11:00 AM
Mar 052015
Coast Guard helo Fishermen's Wives and others still fighting to keep it in Newport

Coast Guard helo
Fishermen’s Wives and others still fighting to keep it in Newport

Fishermen’s Wives’ Ginny Goblirsch and others spent several days this week driving the point home to the Coast Guard and members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation, of the critical importance of keeping a Coast Guard rescue helicopter based in Newport. Goblirsch, speaking from Washington DC, told News Lincoln County that “It looks good, very good.” Goblirsch added that Eugene area Congressman Peter DeFazio has become a very effective ally in the coast’s quest to make the Newport helo a permanent fixture in Newport.

Goblirsch says she also met with a number of Coast Guard officials who she said do “get it” about the absurdity of their adopted national response standard of two hours when applied to the deadly cold waters off the northwest coast of the U.S. She says Congressman DeFazio told her that the next big step in keeping the helo in Newport is to make sure it’s in the Coast Guard’s basic operations plan and is fully funded in the federal budget. Goblirsch said the big political push will take place this fall.

Wrapped around this whole issue is the behavior and motivations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard was put under the department’s control which means getting straight answers from what is largely a top secret defense operation is nearly impossible. The one advantage the Oregon Coast has in this struggle to keep its helo is that Homeland Security is also proposing to end helo rescue operations off the coast of South Carolina which is represented by some very powerful members of Congress. So Oregon is not alone in its effort to keep the Coast Guard in full-out search and rescue mode which is what they say is their primary mission.

 Posted by at 8:51 AM
Mar 052015

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Mar. 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: On the heels of a frosty morning, sunshine pushed the mercury up into the mid-50s yesterday. Summer-like northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s during the afternoon, but quickly faded after sunset. As darkness fell, the Full Worm Moon rose in the eastern sky. This apparition is also sometimes called the Full Sap, Crust or Crow Moon, and is the smallest full moon of the year. It is 30,000 miles farther away from Earth than will be 2015’s closest full moon, the Harvest Supermoon on September 28th. At dawn, the Moon was sinking into the western horizon, skies were partly cloudy and low temps were just above freezing.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/42F
Depoe Bay: 55F/37F
Newport: 54F/34F
Waldport: 54F/35F
Yachats: 56F/40F

Click ad for details

Forecast: We’re in for another mostly sunny day with highs around 60F this afternoon and light winds. The Moon reaches its full stage at 10:05am and rises tonight behind partly cloudy skies at 6:28pm, so viewing should be very good. The WON FULL-MOONthermometer is expected to dip to about 40F overnight. Patchy fog kicks off tomorrow, followed by a few clouds mixed with sunshine and highs of 60F. Outlook is for mostly clear skies Saturday through Monday, high temps rising to 60-65F and lows near 45F. Long range projections are coming into better alignment showing a change to wet weather beginning sometime Tuesday and possibly lasting all week.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice early, then mostly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass this morning, but bare pavement at Santiam Pass and Government Camp, temperatures are 25-35F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 9,000 feet.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” in the past seven days; 72” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/50”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding

Click ad for details

Click ad for details

Marine: Let’s go fishing! You just don’t get Winter conditions much more tranquil than this morning – winds are NNE 5 WON MARINE WXknots with rounded seas 3-4 feet at 16 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. There could be a smidge more breeze by this afternoon, northerly 15 knots, and mixed swells/chop about 3 feet. Tonight, a light E wind 10 knots gusting 15 along with 5 foot swells. A weak weather disturbance brings the wind around to SE 5-10 knots tomorrow but seas hold at 5 feet. Outlook is for a sunny and mild weekend with N winds 5-10 knots and swells around 4 feet. On Monday, a light NW breeze, 5-10 knots, seas 4 feet. Southerly weather with a bit more wind is possible beginning Tuesday and lasting into the week.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/05 Thu 05:55 AM 1.99 L
03/05 Thu 11:55 AM 8.10 H
03/05 Thu 06:15 PM 0.50 L
03/06 Fri 12:38 AM 7.82 H

Click ad for details

In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, warm days, cool nights, then repeat.

 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Mar 052015

Jeremy Monroe Photos

Jeremy Monroe Photos

crayfish jeremy monroefish jeremy Monroe

Jeremy Monroe, executive director of Freshwaters Illustrated from Corvallis, will join us to talk about the vibrance, diversity, and wonder of freshwater ecosystems. His background in aquatic ecology and story-telling celebrates the beauty and value of freshwater life. Jeremy works with talented visual artists and communicators to share these compelling stories.

Motivationally, Jeremy’s life is one shaped by water… touched by the beautiful life that swims in, crawls through, wades in, or skates on it… inspired by those who work to understand and protect its wonders. Jeremy Monroe founded Freshwaters Illustrated to help create and share imagery and stories that can demonstrate the diversity and shared values of the rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands that run through our landscapes and our lives.

Come hear from expert scientist/artist Jeremy Monroe at the MidCoast Watersheds Council’s Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm. The meeting is held in the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln PUD building located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex. Refreshments will be served.

 Posted by at 12:02 AM
Mar 042015


Public Invited to Meet Sam Case Principal Candidates

Sam Case Elementary School in Newport will have a new principal to lead students and staff during the coming school year, and parents, students and just plain folks from the community are invited to help with the selection.

We’re all invited to meet the three finalists in the school gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. At this get together, each candidate will have 20 minutes to speak and answer questions. School district officials will gather written feedback from those in the audience filling out a simple form and turning it in at the end of the meeting.

The pool of 29 applicants was narrowed down to 10 who were then interviewed via video/voice online calls. The final three candidates selected for an in-person interview and the public meeting are: Eric Fuchs of McMinnville, Jose-de-Jesus Melendez of Renton, Wash., and Kimberly Seidel of Tillamook.
Fuchs has been an educator for the past 17 years in the Newberg School District, teaching third, fourth and fifth grades at Edwards Elementary School, with certifications in elementary education, English as a Second Language, and reading. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in financial management from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in elementary education from George Fox University.

Melendez has been an educator for the past 16 years – nine years as a dual immersion elementary classroom teacher and eight years as a building and district administrator. For the past three years, he has been Director of Equity for the Bellevue School District, located east of Seattle. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Eastern Oregon University, a master’s degree in curriculum instruction and bilingual education from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and an education specialist degree in educational leadership, also from Northwest Nazarene.

Seidel has been an educator for the past 18 years in the Tillamook School District. For 15 of those years, she served as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher and Title I math specialist, and for the past four years as Dean of Students/Assistant Principal at East Elementary. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Oregon University, administrative license credentials from Concordia University in Portland, and a master’s degree in education, also from Concordia University.

The upcoming change of leadership at Sam Case Elementary School is part of the overall reconfiguration of schools in Newport and Lincoln City for the coming school year. Libba Sager, who has been principal at Sam Case this school year, will transfer to the newly reopening Yaquina View Elementary School this Fall.

 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Mar 042015

Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Adviser Waddell & Reed

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Adviser
Waddell & Reed


The Small Business Retirement Plan Guide
By: Duane Silbernagel

If you own a business, or are self-employed and haven’t established a retirement plan yet, why wait any longer? In today’s economy, talent can be hard to come by. Establishing a company retirement plan may give your business a leg up in recruiting new talent as well as retaining current talent. As business owners, decisions are based on the absolute raw numbers. Always analyzing such metrics as new customer acquisition costs (what do I have to spend to bring in one client)? As this is measured, one must also be concerned about the cost to maintain the existing customers. If you bring in 5 new customers per day but lose 7 existing customers per day, it’s clear; the business is heading for trouble.

A similar analogy can be used with employees. Bringing on new talent is a challenge – an expensive one at that. The business is taking a risk that this person will learn the internal policies, practices and procedures in a relatively short time frame, and be productive in the near future. However, if your current talent leaves at a more rapid rate than new talent can be brought in to replace them, the business can be in a tough spot.

By putting a retirement plan in place, you’ll give your existing talent an avenue to save for their future and (depending on plan type) potentially an incentive, such as a match or profit-sharing. The options that are available to small business owners seem overwhelming. It turns into a numerical version of alphabet soup: 401(k), 457(f), 403(b), 401(a), 457(b). These codes generally are nothing more than the IRS code section that allows the stated plan. Want to know what is allowed in a 401(k), for example? Check IRS code 401, subsection k.

Each plan has benefits and drawbacks, so the idea is finding one that is most suited to your current situation. Plans can be limited by the number of employees that the business employs, or how much money the business would like to share with the employees. So consider aspects like:

How much money does the business owner wish to save?
How do you want to be able to fund the plan:
Employee contributions only;
Employer contributions only;
What are the tax advantages?
Is there flexibility in the business liability for contributions?
What does one want:
Lower costs?
Easier administration?
How many investment options does one want to allow?
Avenues to save:
Roth option (post-tax money);
Traditional option (pre-tax money).
How many employees do you have?
Do you have employees that you’d like to give some preference to?

When it comes to small businesses there are generally three choices: SEP IRA’s, SIMPLE IRA’s and 401(k)’s. Now, each of these have benefits and drawbacks.

SEP IRA plans allow a business owner to contribute for themselves and for their eligible employees. Business owners can require that an employee be at or over age 21, and have been employed by the company for at least 3 out of the last five years in order to be eligible for the plan. In order to receive a contribution once they have satisfied eligibility to enter the plan, the employee can also be required to have earned at least $600 in order to receive a company contribution for that year. The company contributions to the employees need to be the same percentage of compensation, or a flat dollar amount in which each employee gets the same amount. Yet, the employer is not required to make yearly contributions; they are discretionary each year. The 2015 limit for SEP contributions is 25% of pay or $53,000, whichever is lower.

SIMPLE IRAs are available to employers with less than 100 eligible employees. Employees have the ability to contribute their own salary tax-deferred to the SIMPLE IRA account. The 2015 salary deferral contribution limit is $12,500, with an additional catch-up contribution of up to $3,000 for people age 50 and over to total $15,500. Yet unlike the SEP, the employer must make an annual company contribution. The company contribution options are: 1) a match of the employee salary deferral contributions up to 3%, or 2) contribute 2% to every eligible employee’s accounts (whether or not they are contributing). With the SIMPLE IRA match contribution, the employer may reduce the percentage to 1% or 2% instead of 3% for 2 years in a 5-year period.

The 401(k) is very popular in the business world. These plans generally allow for both Roth and traditional contributions by the employee. Any company match that is provided, but not required, will be subject to a vesting schedule. For 2015 contribution limits on a 401(k) are $18,000 (under age 50) and $24,000 (over age 50). Administration costs of the 401(k) are generally notable.

There are so many factors that plan into every businesses retirement plan. There is no perfect answer. Retirement plans can be changed or adopted as a current retirement plan may no longer suit the needs of the business. As an employer, you play a vital part in aiding your employees in saving for retirement. Now is the time to put a retirement plan into place for you and your employees.
If you’d like to find out more about me visit my website:
Have an idea for a topic? Email me:

This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. Waddell & Reed does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult with a professional regarding your personal situation prior to making any financial related decisions.

Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322, via email at 

Waddell& Reed is not affiliated with website and is not responsible for any other content posted to this website.  (02/15)

 Posted by at 11:27 PM
Mar 042015

Just in an update on what some killer whale chasers were up to off the Oregon and Washington coasts the last few weeks. And it comes with a video of a NEW BABY KILLER WHALE!!

He’s the scrumptious academic “nummie” that showed up in our email inbox! Enjoy!

Endangered Southern Resident killer whales spend much of the year in the inland waters of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea but in winter commonly leave on forays along the outer Northwest Coast. Their extended range and winter conditions often make the whales difficult to monitor during this period.

Assisted by satellite tracking, NOAA Fisheries researchers followed the whales for three weeks in February to learn more about their winter behavior, health, feeding and use of coastal habitat. The survey was the most successful so far in allowing consistent observation of the whales and their ecosystem. In late February biologists sighted the third Southern Resident calf born this year. Research findings will help inform recovery actions for this endangered species, including revisions in the critical habitat that NOAA Fisheries designates for the endangered whales.

Here’s some video of the little one –

B-Roll: New Southern Resident Killer Whale Calf, L121 from NOAA Fisheries on Vimeo.

 Posted by at 10:58 PM