From Fire Chief Rob Murphy:
The City of Newport will be participating in the Great Oregon Shakeout emergency drill on Thursday, October 15th, at 10:15 A.M.
During the drill, certain city services will briefly be unavailable as staff and the visiting public will be evacuating city buildings.
The purpose of this drill is to give city staff and the public an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures. Even though the Great Oregon Shakeout focuses on earthquakes, evacuation of a building may need to occur for a variety of reasons. Evacuations due to fire, hazardous materials spill, or a police matter, are just a few examples. The goal of city staff is to be able to handle any type of emergency in an effective and efficient manner and drills help accomplish this goal.
All city buildings that typically have citizens in them will have notices posted on the public entry doors and in other areas that the public may frequent, such as reception counters and control desks. The notices will be posted at the opening of business on October 15th.
At 10:00 A.M., the staff and public will be notified that a drill will occur in 15 minutes. At 10:15 A.M., staff and public in a number of city facilities, will be directed to the nearest exit and to an assembly area. Once everyone has been accounted for, business will resume, and the drill will be concluded.
The city is asking for the public’s cooperation in making this drill a success. If you are in a city building at 10:15 A.M. on October 15, you will be required to evacuate the building as requested by city staff. Various city facilities will also have displays of emergency “Go-Kits.” This is a great opportunity to see what should be included in a “Go-Kit,” so that you can make sure that your kit is adequately supplied and ready to go in the event of a disaster.
Questions may be directed to Rob Murphy, Fire Chief, at 541.265.9461 or by email: R.Murphy@NewportOregon.Gov
After careful study and consultation with state regulatory agencies, Georgia Pacific has determined that declining water levels at Olalla Lake have created a substantial public safety hazard at the reservoir. In particular, the earthen slopes leading to the water have become too steep for visitors to safely walk on.
Effective sundown today, Oct. 8, Georgia Pacific is suspending public access to the reservoir until the water rises to a safe level for visitors. The access gate will be locked 24 hours a day, a no trespassing sign will be posted and only authorized personnel will be allowed to enter the reservoir area.
GP will notify the public when access is restored. But it’ll take a lot of water – maybe even a rain-heavy winter – to make that happen. And the long range weather forecast doesn’t look good due to the presence of a very strong El Nino offshore.
The reservoir provides water to GP’s Toledo mill for the production of containerboard (the mill buys its drinking water from the city of Toledo). The company built the reservoir at the same time the mill was constructed (1956-57). For many years, GP also has allowed the public to use its reservoir during daylight hours for recreational purposes, such as fishing, swimming, boating and hiking. Each fall, GP closes the gravel boat launch at the reservoir as a safety precaution due to seasonally low water.
The Olalla Lake reservoir is fed by a combination of rainfall, stream flows, and surface water pumped from the Siletz River. There’s been little rainfall, stream flows have all but dried up and the level of the Siletz River is so low that the state prohibits any river water being pumped to Olalla Lake.
So, what is GP doing to conserve water at the mill? GP says they strive every day to use water responsibly, but when levels are low, they look for additional opportunities to reduce water use. Various conservation measures, implemented earlier this year in their production processes, save about 20 percent of daily water use.
At what water level are mill operations affected? GP says they continue to study the potential effects of low water levels in the reservoir on mill operations. As with any large manufacturing facility, we have contingency plans for various situations, including water scarcity. For now, they say they continue to operate normally and they’ll let the public know if anything changes.
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, among other Democrats, today told a Washington news conference that the time has come for Americans to demand action to make it harder for those who have no business having access to guns to actually buy them.
Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.
Coast Guard North Bend has broadcasted multiple times a notice to mariners to keep their ears and eyes pealed for a mariner possibly in distress about 11 miles west of Newport.
The Coast Guard reported that a male voice emerged on Channel 16 just before noon with the simple statement “Help Me!” Efforts to get the man to respond beyond that were unsuccessful.
That is all…
HURRICANE OHO CONTINUES TO MOVE NORTHEASTERLY OVER THE PACIFIC AND WILL REMAIN WELL OFFSHORE AS IT TRANSITIONS INTO A STRONG LOW PRESSURE AREA.
A LARGE SOUTHWEST SWELL GENERATED BY THE STORM IS EXPECT TO ARRIVE IN THE COASTAL WATERS BY LATE THURSDAY NIGHT OR EARLY FRIDAY. WITH SURF SWELLS REACHING 14 FEET ON FRIDAY…THE THREAT OF BREAKING WAVES OVER JETTIES AND SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES WILL BE HAMMERED HARD…ALONG WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF GENERATING SIGNIFICANT SURF.
A SWELL OF THIS DIRECTION AND MAGNITUDE IS SOMEWHAT UNCOMMON…AND THESE WAVES MAY ALSO RESULT IN BEACH EROSION IN AREAS THAT DO NOT COMMONLY SEE EROSION FROM INCOMING WAVES.
VISITORS TO THE COAST THIS WEEKEND SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL IF VENTURING OUT TO OREGON BEACHES. VISITORS SHOULD REMAIN OUT OF THE SURF ZONE AND OFF JETTIES AS BREAKING WAVES CAN SWEEP PEOPLE INTO THE WATER. WAVES CAN ALSO ROLL DRIFTWOOD LOGS AND MOVE OTHER DEBRIS THAT CAN CAUSE TERRIBLE INJURIES – EVEN KILL.
REMEMBER TO NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE OCEAN!
MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE ABUNDANT CAUTION WHEN VENTURING OUT ALONG THE OREGON COAST. THURSDAY NIGHT THERE IS A GALE WATCH POSTED. FRIDAY WINDS OFF THE COAST WILL RANGE FROM 20 TO 35 MPH, RAIN, AND SEAS TO 13 FEET. ON SATURDAY, WINDS WILL FALL SLIGHTLY 20 TO 30 MPH WITH SEAS LOWERING TO TEN FEET.
SUNDAY THE STORM WILL HAVE PASSED WELL TO OUR NORTHWEST, HITTING NORTH AMERICA AT THE NORTH END OF CANADA’S VANCOUVER ISLAND.
On Sept. 18, DEQ issued a civil penalty of $11,200 to Seaview Homes LLC of Newport for allegedly conducting a demolition and renovation in June 2015 without first having an accredited inspector survey two facilities for asbestos. The DEQ says the violations occurred at 520 NW Alpine St. and 426 Coast St. in Newport. DEQ officials said they issued the penalty because the violation could have released asbestos fibers into the air and exposed workers and the public to asbestos. Asbestos fibers are a respiratory hazard proven to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.
DEQ says asbestos is a danger to public health and a hazardous air contaminant for which there is no known safe level of exposure.
The company has until October 23 to appeal the penalties.
CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of October 8th
In the Creel: Stormy conditions Friday and Saturday may keep most fishermen off the ocean as gales and hazardous seas are expected, and the beaches may be inundated by big surf over the weekend, too. So, most effort will be on the bays and rivers. In fact, the rivers are seeing increased water flows and cooler temperatures with the fish becoming more active; Fall Chinook and wild Coho are a good bet right now. Clamming tides aren’t in the tables until the end of the month, which is probably okay since there’s a new advisory out for arsenic in gapers; mussels have been closed from Yachats south; and razor clams are still off-limits coastwide. Crabbing remains decent in the bays as does salmon fishing. This week’s Fish Tale: Good things come to those who bait.
Salmon River: The fall Chinook fishery is producing well for both boat and bank anglers in tidewater. Trolling, casting lures or bobber fishing through the high slack tide tends to be the most productive. Cutthroat trout fishing from upper tidewater through the lower river can be effective during the early mornings with sea-runs moving through this time of year.
Siletz River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery has been producing fair to good results in the lower bay up to the Chinook Bend area. Chinook can be found through the head of tide but still in small numbers. Trolling or bobber fishing through the high slack seems to be the most productive. The wild Coho fishery continues through November 30th with a daily bag limit of 1 adult Coho and seasonal limit of 2 adult Coho (in aggregate with other areas with the same bag limit). The lower bay up to Coyote Rock typically produces the best results early in the season. Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the upper river above Moonshine Park. Cutthroat trout can be found in most sections with sea-runs found in the middle to lower river this time of year.
Yaquina River/Bay: Anglers are having fair to good results for fall Chinook from the lower bay up to the Canyon Quarry boat launch area. Trolling herring or spinners during the incoming tide through the high slack typically produces the best results. Small numbers of Chinook are also up near Elk City. The wild Coho fishery is open through November 30th with a daily bag limit of 1 adult Coho and seasonal limit of 2 adult Coho (in aggregate with other areas with the same bag limit). The lower bay up to the airport boat ramp typically produces the best results for Coho. Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair from upper tidewater to the lower reaches on the mainstem. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.
Alsea River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery is producing fair to good results for both bank and boat anglers. Anglers are having the best action fishing from the lower bay up to the head of tide. Trolling, casting lures or bobber fishing are all producing depending on the section and conditions. Bank fishing near the Highway 101 bridge or up at the newly-opened Don Lindly Park (Milepost 7 on Highway 34) can be good for both Chinook and Coho. The wild Coho fishery is under way and will continue through October 15th. The daily bag limit is 1 adult Coho and a seasonal limit of 2 adult Coho (in aggregate with other areas with the same bag limit). The lower bay typically produces the best results early in the season. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair in the lower mainstem below the confluence with Five Rivers. With the low and warm river conditions the best opportunities will be in the early morning when water temperatures are the coolest. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.
Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.
Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
Senator Ron Wyden told Washington reporters today that the list of gun mass killings is far, far too long and has gone on far, far too long. He told reporters and the nation that it is now time to act. He said we can no longer receive the latest news of another mass killing of innocent men, women and children and just shrug our shoulders.
Here’s his short statement on the steps of the U.S. Senate today in Washington.
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: An overturned semi is blocking US 101 approximately three miles south of Yachats (MP 168) in Lane County. The highway will experience intermittent closures during the morning as the fully loaded chip truck is offloaded and righted. There is no detour. Travelers should expect delays at the crash site as well as several construction work zones between Yachats and Florence.