Jul 132014

Local gens d'armes on hand to maintain "order"

Local gens d’armes on hand to maintain “order”

...heading for the coast, 70 miles away...

…heading for the coast, 70 miles away…

...arriving at Rogue Brewery some hours later!

…arriving at Rogue Brewery some hours later!

"We got the runs" team took the event for 4th straight year.

“We got the runs” team took the event for 4th straight year.

"Mixed Six" team 1st among mixed teams.

“Mixed Six” team 1st among mixed teams.

Hot dusty runners never felt so relieved when they hit the cool air of the coast on the annual Barrel to Keg 70 mile relay from Philomath to Newport on Saturday.

The team relay event started at Harris Bridge Winery in Philomath (Barrel) and wrapped up many hours later at Rogue Ales Brewery (Keg) at the South Beach Marina in Newport.

The race is an annual fundraiser for the Community Service Consortium, a non-profit agency that helps financially stressed individuals and families in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with job search, financial assistance, help with utilities and housing.

This year’s race wound its way around rivers, mountains and along long dusty backroads that required runners to have no small amount of water and sunscreen to see them through, all 633 of them. There were 101 running teams and 8 walking teams. Two runners ran the full 70 miles…the winner of the two was Seth Paredes who ran it in 14 hours, 44 minutes and 4 seconds, for an average of 12 minute 49 second miles.

The winning team was the same one for the past four years, “We got the runs.” The winners among the mixed teams was “The Mixed Six.” For coming in first “We got the runs” won a free entry into next year’s Barrel to Keg Relay.

The Community Services Consortium wants to point out that such an event could not be possible without an army of 150 volunteers. To help keep the runners on time and on course, a small army of ham radio operators, coordinated by local attorney Doug Holbrook, kept track of the participants and made sure they all stayed healthy and safe since much of the course was well out of cell phone range. So any calls for medical assistance or any emergency, would be handled quickly and accurately. Over six hundred runners is a lot to keep track of.

Other volunteering organizations and businesses included Newport Police, Harris Bridge Winery, Rogue Ales Brewing, Oregon Coast Rentals, Mainstream Music, Health Haven Vitamins and those ever so necessary Vertebrata Chiropractic massage masters at the end for an army of tired runners.

Other volunteering businesses included La Quinta Inn and Suites, Bespoken Coffee Roasters (for the pause that motivates), Ripleys Believe It or Not, barre3 Corvallis, Central Willamette Community Credit Union, Odwalla Water, The Corvallis Clinic, Mountain Rose Herbs and batting at “clean up” was Thompson Sanitary Services.

And as they say, “We’ll see y’all next year when we do it all over again for the community.”

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Jul 132014

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, July 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: While the vast majority of Northwest Oregonians were roasting in temps of 95-99F yesterday, we were over 30F cooler. On the Central Coast, the mercury rose to the low-60s with mostly cloudy skies after morning drizzle and fog. The sun was heavily filtered at best and made only a very brief appearance through a hole in the clouds around 4:00pm. Complete overcast returned after dinner and has been in place ever since. Drizzle overnight was heavy enough to be measureable and fog developed again around 3:00am. This morning, there was drizzle, fog, light wind and temps in the mid-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 64F/56F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 63F/54F/0.03”
Newport: 61F/54F/0.01”
Waldport: 64F/54F/0.02”
Yachats: 63F/54F/0.02”

Forecast: You might want to wear a light rain-jacket for the last day of the Lincoln County Fair & Rodeo. Though drizzle should be ending before noon today, there’s a chance of showers by the time bull riders buck across the arena this afternoon; high temps of 60F or so. Cloudy tonight with a lingering chance of showers and a low of 55F. Tomorrow, partly sunny skies and a bit warmer as thermometers reach 65F or better. Outlook is for some sunshine on Tuesday and Wednesday along with higher temps, maybe climbing to 70F. The rest of the week, night and morning low clouds, mostly sunny afternoons, highs of 65F, lows of 55F and moderate northwest winds.

Travel: Due to increased coastal traffic from inland residents escaping the heat, expect delays on Highways 18, 20, 34 and 101. In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms and 70-80F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies, a chance of thunderstorms and highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, partly sunny, warm, a 50-50 chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for very warm conditions with a chance of showers and thunderstorms through tonight.

Marine: Visibility remains marginal this morning, but otherwise conditions are light with N wind about 5 knots and seas at 3 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today and tonight, NW wind 5-10 knots with gusts to 15 this evening, seas 3 feet, drizzle, fog and a chance of thunderstorms. Tomorrow, look for light southerlies early veering to NW 5-10 knots gusting 15 by afternoon, seas 3-4 feet. Outlook is for a N breeze 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 on Tuesday and the swell building to 5 feet. Wednesday and Thursday, NW winds 5-10 knots, swells 5-7 feet with 3 foot windwaves.

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On the Beach… Fog, clouds and possible showers, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* If you come to the Central Coast from outside the area to cool off, remember that the ocean and local rivers are extremely cold and can quickly cause acute hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/13 Sun 07:38 AM -2.05 L
07/13 Sun 02:16 PM 7.88 H
07/13 Sun 07:36 PM 2.07 L
07/14 Mon 01:37 AM 9.66 H

In Short: Cloudy, light wind, showers, then partial clearing and warmer.

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Jul 132014
Connie Hansen Gardens Orphan Plant Sale

Connie Hansen Gardens Orphan Plant Sale
July 26, 10-2


Lincoln City, OR – Every plant needs a good home. And now is your chance! The Connie Hansen Garden will be holding its “Orphan” plant sale on Saturday, July 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the best opportunity to find a large selection of reasonably priced local plants. For the best selection, plan to get there early as numbers of some plant varieties are limited.

The garden also offers prime specimens of favorite varieties, especially those that bloom in the summer and fall.

Take this opportunity to chat with like-minded gardeners and ask advice regarding planting challenges. The garden is located at 1931 NW 33rd St., open daily, and hosted on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, March through November. Admission to the Garden is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact the Connie Hansen Garden at 541-994-6338 or visit www.conniehansengarden.com.

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Jul 132014

national night out

‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’
From Newport Police Department

On Tuesday, August 5th, neighborhoods throughout Newport are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide for the “31st Annual National Night Out” crime prevention event.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and co-sponsored locally by the Newport Police Department, will involve more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime, drug, and violence prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know the neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

On the evening of August 5th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Newport and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. Neighborhoods throughout Newport are encouraged to host a variety of special events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from law enforcement, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities, and anti-crime rallies.

If you need help planning an event, visit the National Night Out Website at www.nno.org.

The Newport Police Department is committed to working with neighborhoods to prevent crime, and will be visiting those hosting events on August 5th. If you are in Newport, and would like us to join you, contact us at 541-574-3348 to make an appointment.

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Jul 122014

lincoln county transit

There and Back Again
With Lincoln County Transit

You may not know it, but whichever direction you’re heading, more than likely, there’s a bus that can get you there. The new Oregon Connector bus line serves every major city in Lincoln County, and can even transport you to the valley for shopping, doctor’s appointments, or to visit friends and family.

On Tuesday, July 15th from 11am to Noon, the Newport 60+ Activity Center will be hosting representatives from Lincoln County Transit, who will bring us all up to speed on how to get around using public transportation.

Lincoln County Transit Operations Supervisor Fred Collazo, and colleague Julie Kay, have generously offered their time and expertise to bring this invaluable information to us about our options when it comes to getting from point A to point B on public transportation. This will also be a good opportunity for children with aging parents to assist them with their transportation transitions.

The presentation will be held in the multi-purpose room at the center and light refreshments will be served. The Newport 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport. For more information, call the Center at 541-265-9617. To learn more about the Connector Bus, visit www.co.lincoln.or.us/transit.

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Jul 122014
Depoe Bay City Councilor Barbara Leff

Depoe Bay City Councilor Barbara Leff

City Council will continue discussion on the street light request from Hour Lane and review bid requests for the Fish Plant Jib Crane at this week’s meeting (Tuesday, July 15, 7:00 pm, at City Hall).

Other agenda items include the resolution setting solid waste removal fees and the one for the 2015 ODOT Special City Allotment Grant for improvements to Schoolhouse Lane from Hwy 101 to Shell Ave. and to Shell Ave.. The complete agenda is attached.

Thank you to those who attended the last meeting. We hope you can join us this week. Your opinion matters to us and your presence informs our deliberations. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Thank you and Enjoy Today!

Barb Leff

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum

III. Approve Minutes: July 1, 2014 Regular Meeting

IV. Accounts Payable

V. Special Orders

VI. Reports of Officers, Boards, or Standing Committees

VII. Public Comments

VIII. Unfinished Business
A. Street Light Request – Hour Lane

IX. New Business
A. Bid Award – Fish Plant Jib Crane
B. Proposed Resolution No. 436 – A Resolution Setting Solid Waste Removal Fees Pursuant to Ordinance No. 277, as Amended; Superseding Resolution No. 432
C. Proposed Resolution No. 437 – A Resolution for 2015 Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Special City Allotment (SCA) Grant – Schoolhouse Street from Highway 101 to Shell Avenue, and Shell Avenue Improvements

X. Correspondence

XI. City Staff Report

XII. Council Comments

XIII. Adjourn

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Jul 122014

Surfers down from Manzanita - small swells and lotsa fog at Bayshore

Surfers down from Manzanita – small swells and lotsa fog at Bayshore
Dr. G Phd photo

Workin' hard for the shortest ride of the day...looks like...

Workin’ hard for the shortest ride of the day…looks like…

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Jul 122014

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Jul 122014

All kinds of carnival rides, pony rides, rope rescue demonstrations, food, gifts, indoor zoo, food, 4H animals, live music, food, interesting things for the kitchen, food and…did we mention food.

At 4 and 6pm this evening (Saturday) you’ll see some heart stopping motorcycle acrobatics with young men risking their lives 75 feet in the air. Here’s a quick sample of what you’ll see.

The Lincoln County Fair runs through Sunday. Live music this evening, Firefall at 7:30pm, free with regular admission.

Beau Bramberg (Gresham) rides the Red, White & Blue Bike
Greg Garrison (Reno) Blue Bike
Jared Armstrong (Newport Beach, CA) White Bike

TEAM LIV*FAST is sponsored by Walmart, Kelloggs, Coca Cola, Suzuki and RCH. Riders are on Suzuki RMZ 450′s, 60hp

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Reptiles at the Lincoln County Fair

Reptiles at the Lincoln County Fair

Nice gator, nice gator

Nice gator, nice gator

4-H exhibits

4-H exhibits

There's a good pig...

There’s a good pig…

Looks like the "supervisor goose" doesn't he!?

Looks like the “supervisor goose” doesn’t he!?

A little bunny drink'll do ya...

A little bunny drink’ll do ya…

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Jul 122014

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, July 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Fairgoers were mostly under the gray big-top yesterday as the sun struggled to make a few filtered appearances. It was cool, too, with high temperatures around 60F. Variable winds were less than 10 mph. There was a short break in the marine layer in the evening, but low clouds filled back in by sunset and the Full Buck Super-Moon wasn’t visible. A light drizzle developed overnight but produced barely enough moisture to trigger rain gauges, and lows were in the low-50s. This morning, fog, drizzle and low clouds started our day.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 63F/55F/Not measureable
Depoe Bay: 60F/52F/0.01”
Newport: 59F/54F/Not measureable
Waldport: 61F/52F/0.01”
Yachats: 58F/53F/0.01”

Forecast: There’ll be a night and day difference today between the scorching Willamette Valley and the cool Central Coast. For day two of the Lincoln County Fair, not much, if any, sunshine is on tap with high temps of 60F. Winds will remain light. Tonight, while other Northwest Oregon residents are sweatin’ like pigs in hot and humid conditions, we’ll be cool as a cucumber with low clouds, fog and more drizzle; the mercury falling to 55F or so. Tomorrow, a chance of fog and drizzle until about noon, then continued mostly cloudy, light winds, and a high of 65F. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny skies from Monday through Friday, a little warmer with highs of 65-70F, and increasing northwest winds.

Travel: If you plan to venture away from the immediate Central Coast this weekend, even into eastern Lincoln County and the nearby flanks of the Coast Range, you should know that the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all areas of Northwest Oregon except the North and Central Coast. The advisory is in effect from 5:00am this morning to 2:00pm Tuesday. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and 80-90F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, hot, a chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for hot conditions with a chance of thunderstorms through Sunday night.

Marine: It’s dead calm with seas down to 4 feet at 8 seconds this morning, but visibility is poor in fog, drizzle and low clouds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. If you’re headed out fishing today, except for the fog, conditions will be light. W to SW winds of 5 knots with a 3-4 foot rounded swell. Ditto for tonight. Tomorrow, a NW breeze builds to 5-10 knots gusting to 15 in the afternoon along with a 3 foot chop. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots with higher gusts in the afternoons and evenings and seas building to 5-7 feet through Wednesday.

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On the Beach… Fog, clouds and possible sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* If you come to the Central Coast from outside the area to cool off, remember that ocean and local river waters are extremely cold and can quickly cause acute hypothermia and drowning.
* A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane County, was lifted yesterday by the Oregon Health Authority. New samples show fecal bacteria contamination has subsided to safe levels. To check the current health status of Central Coast Beaches, click here.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/12 Sat 01:32 PM 7.50 H
07/12 Sat 06:42 PM 2.35 L
07/13 Sun 12:45 AM 9.89 H
07/13 Sun 07:38 AM -2.05 L

In Short: Mostly cloudy, light wind, drizzle, then partial clearing and warming.

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