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Oct 302014
This year's calendar cover

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Photographs Sought for 11th Annual 2015 Newport Calendar

Newport LAZERQUICK is now seeking photographs for its 2015 Newport Calendar. The scenic calendar features memorable and unique images celebrating Newport’s scenery and personality as captured by local photographers.

Landscape format color photographs must have been taken by the submitting photographer. Please limit to five photos. “Remember these are for a calendar,” said Reed. “All images must be of good quality and high resolution and show Newport from a distinct perspective.”

Photos may be submitted in .jpg or .tif format on a cd, emailed to print@lazerrose.com or uploaded to our ftp site. Include your name, email, phone or way to contact you. If you have a caption, please include. Here’s the link. Click here.

Photographers whose work is selected will receive 2 copies of the completed calendar. Deadline for submission is October 31st. The photographers will retain all copyright privileges to their own photograph and are providing Newport LAZERQUICK a one time use of their photo for the 2015 calendar.

This is the eleventh year Lazerquick will publish the calendar. Reed said, “We’re very happy and proud to publish this calendar. They’re popular as gifts. The photographs are printed on acid free cover paper and are works of art. They can be framed after using the calendar. People tell us they love to show their friends and family this beautiful place where we live.”

There are two versions available, one with local events that are scheduled and the other without.

The calendar will be ready for purchase November 28 and will sell for $15.00 at LAZERQUICK, 145-C North Coast Highway, Newport 97365, in the JC Center at the junction of Highways 101 and 20. The calendar can be ordered by calling 541.265.6425 or online. There is a $5.00 shipping charge if necessary to mail.

Rose Reed
145-C North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365

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 Posted by at 8:52 AM
Oct 302014

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, October 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: Clouds controlled the sky for most of yesterday, though tossed-in were some puny sunbreaks and a couple of showers around midday. Easterly winds blew lightly 5-10 mph, high temps breached 60F and rainfall was about a tenth of an inch. The broken overcast filled in completely just after sunset and rain showers returned before midnight. Overnight featured a few clearing periods and mainly dry conditions, but more rain started falling about 5:00am. At daybreak, lows were warm in the upper-50s, it was overcast, calm and a light drizzle was keeping the ground wet.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/58F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 61F/57F/0.10”
Newport: 61F/55F/0.08”
Waldport: 63F/57F/0.14”
Yachats: 63F/58F/0.06”

Forecast: The next round of regular ol’ rain is expected to develop today and last through tonight. Precipitation amounts could be near an inch, but it doesn’t appear there’ll be much wind with this system. Highs today around 60F and lows WON RAINtonight in the low-50s. Tomorrow, we switch over to showers for most of the day with cooler unstable air; the mercury may struggle to hit 55F, and conditions will be ripe for a chance of thunderstorms. We’re still looking (hoping) for a dry weather window for Trick-or-Treaters tomorrow evening, but projections are sticking to a 50-50 chance of showers and possible thunderstorms. It’s all in the timing. If today’s system moves through quickly enough, there is an equal 50-50 chance that the showers will dissipate by sunset. Outlook is for relatively dry on Saturday and Sunday, maybe even a few sunbreaks; the mercury should top out in the 50s, but nighttime lows could dip into the mid-40s. Another storm is predicted to affect the Central Coast Sunday night through early Wednesday. Long term models show a possible dry and partly cloudy stretch late next week.

Halloween Night… Showers likely, possible thunderstorms, calm and a First Quarter Moon.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain and 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is 8,000 feet. Snow is possible down to the Cascade highway passes (especially Santiam and Willamette) Friday night through Sunday. ODOT is advising motorists to carry chains or traction tires regardless of conditions over Santiam Pass on Highway 20. Oregon’s Chain Law allows the use of studded tires beginning this Saturday, November 1st.

Marine: Breeze and seas are down this morning with 10-15 knots or so of SE wind and swells 5 feet at 6 seconds. As of WON SCA8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until this evening. S winds increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and a 6 foot swell topped by 4 foot windwaves. Tonight, look for SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with a westerly swell around 5 feet. The breeze should be down to SW 5-10 knots tomorrow, but seas build to 9 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for a NW wind on Saturday, 5-10 knots, and seas about 8 feet. Moderate southerlies 10-20 knots are predicted for Sunday and Monday with seas rising to 10-12 feet.

Notices to Mariners…
* The Alsea Bay Bridge downriver southern red light is out.
* The dredge Karen and assist vessel Bar Boy will be working in Depoe Bay Harbor through November 3rd, 6:00am-6:00pm daily. They monitor VHF Channels 8 and 16.

On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/30 Thu 11:41 AM 3.50 L
10/30 Thu 05:27 PM 7.50 H
10/31 Fri 12:26 AM 0.26 L
10/31 Fri 07:25 AM 7.20 H

In Short: Rain, light wind, then showers.

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Oct 292014

On November 1 and 2, Toledo artists invite the public to join them in their studios and galleries as they explore the theme “Joyful.” This month’s featured artist is Impressions Pacific.

Impressions Pacific invites the public to come see all of the new local artists represented in the gallery. Featured works include fantastic pottery, glassware, woodcraft, paintings, jewelry, and photography, as well as handcrafted Christmas ornaments.

Angela Lehrbass Impressions Pacific

Angela Lehrbass
Impressions Pacific

This month the gallery is especially focused on the photography of Angela Lehrbass, and particularly her photograph “Good Morning”. Impressions Pacific also has a newly completed portrait studio and a full service frame shop. During First Weekend, enjoy refreshments, lots to see, and a woodturning demonstration all weekend by Master Woodturner, Rodney Lehrbasss. The gallery and shop are located at 333 N. Main St., between “Gallery Briseño” and “Clayworks,” and will be open from 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday. Visit them on the web at www.ImpressionsPacific.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific, or call (541) 336-2207.

Scarves Paulette Visceglia

Paulette Visceglia

The Yaquina River Museum of Art this month is featuring the artist Paulette Visceglia and her award winning silk scarves in the YRMA Gift Shop. Paulette lived in Newport for several years and was a major volunteer in the arts. She now lives with her husband Joe Visceglia in Pennsylvania and sends her scarves to the Musuem. A raffle for jewelry by Sondra Humphrey and gently used art books, Rick Bartow CDs and artist’s cards and mugs round out the interesting array of treasures to be found at the Old School House, which is open noon to 5:00 Saturday and Sunday during First Weekend. The Museum is located in the1887 School House Exhibit & Office space at 151 NE Alder St. and is open from noon to 4:00 pm every Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (541) 336-1907, email yrmaoffice@qwestoffice.net, or see www.YaquinaRiverMuseumofArt.org.

House on the Hill Michael Gibbons

House on the Hill
Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons continues to draw a literal line between art and nature in his First Weekend feature painting “House on a Hill.” This large 36×48″ oil painting, done on location along the Yaquina Bay between Newport and Toledo, emphasizes a difficult perspective while showing the exceptional beauty of the yellow dotted flowering hillside. The architectural feature (the house) becomes an integral part of the landscape as Gibbons, Landscape Award winner of Allied Artists of America, New York for the Advancement of American Art, continues to explore in his work. The public is invited to see “House on a Hill” at the artist’s Signature Gallery in the Uptown Arts District, 140 NE Alder Street, Toledo during First Weekend from 11 to 5 both days, as well as Wednesday through Sunday weekly. Complimentary Oregon wines and cheese are offered in the gallery and the artist looks forward to talking with visitors. Please see his website for more available paintings and prints, cards, and art mugs; www.michaelgibbons.net ; email michaelgibbonsart@charter.net; call (541) 336-2797.

Sea Otters Ivan Kelly

Sea Otters
Ivan Kelly

A depiction of one of the many wonders of nature, joyfully romping and feasting in the sea, “Sea Otter,” 8 x 16″ oil will be on exhibit at the Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery, along with several other landscape and wildlife oil paintings by self-taught Irish painter Ivan Kelly. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery will be open from 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday and is located at 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, email info@ivankelly.com, or see www.ivankelly.com.

Square Knot Becky Miller

Square Knot
Becky Miller

Becky Miller will be showing her oils, watercolors, and prints of kelp, and will be featuring “Square Knot,” a 24×24” joyful exploration of bull kelp in rich blues and greens in oil, along with other newly completed works that have not been shown before. Throughout the weekend she will be working on her newest creations and will be available to talk color theory and technique with anyone who is interested. She is joined by the other members of B*A*C*K (a group of Toledo artists that is made up of Becky Miller, Alice Haga, Caroll Loomis, and Karen Fitzgibbon), who are showing a variety of work including colorful fused glass pieces, encaustic paintings, and mixed media soft sculpture. Enjoy a glass of wine and visit with the artist.

Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Street, half a block above Main St. and will be open from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday. For more information, call (503) 504-7289, email becky@beckymillerartist.com, or see www.beckymillerartist.com or www.facebook.com/Becky Miller, Artist.

For more information on First Weekend and art events throughout Toledo, see www.ToledoArts.info.

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Oct 292014

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Oct 292014
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Harmful Algal Bloom Update:

The Harmful Algal Bloom in Devils Lake has dissipated significantly over the last week, and is hardly noticeable through most of the lake. However the Water Contact Advisory officially remains in place until further notice. Toxin analysis shows that all but one site are well below the state’s guidelines for Microcystin. Please note though that other toxins may be present. Certain sites also do still have scum washing ashore depending on the wind direction at the time of sampling. This was at Holmes Road and the Campground at the time of sampling, but may change quickly.

Always look before you leap! The next sampling period will be the week of November 17th.

During this water contact advisory:
* Do not drink the lake water (Please note that the Devils Lake State Campground does not use lake water for drinking, so their water as well as all city water is safe for consumption)
* Avoid swimming or waterskiing in areas of scum or where toxins are known to be present
* Keep pets away
* Clean fish well and discard guts
* Avoid areas of scum when boating
* Call your doctor or veterinarian if you or your animals have sudden or unexplained sickness or signs of poisoning.
* Please note that activities that do not result in ingestion of lake water or inhalation of lake water droplets are low risk. This includes sun bathing, pleasure cruising, catch and release fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Individuals who choose to eat fish caught during a bloom are advised to thoroughly clean, gut, remove skin and remove the head before cooking as toxins are not destroyed by cooking.

This advisory remains in effect until further notice. Additional samples will be analyzed every two weeks until the notice is lifted.

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Oct 292014
Jennifer Mini captured this fleeting moment when summer lingered for a moment in Cutler City...

Jennifer Mini captured this fleeting moment when summer lingered for a moment in Cutler City…

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 Posted by at 6:39 PM
Oct 292014

Red Cross closed Newport office some time ago.

Red Cross closed Newport office some time ago.

Interested in helping Lincoln County prepare for coping with disasters, large and small.

Interested in helping Lincoln County prepare for coping with disasters

Ever since the Red Cross, based in Eugene and Portland, closed their Newport offices, it’s left a bad feeling among a lot of residents, government officials and those in the business of emergency planning and preparedness. And with the specter of a large earthquake and tsunami predicted for sometime within the lives of our younger population, that feeling has, among many, turned into a sense of being abandoned by the Red Cross.

That view was in full bloom this week before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Several members in the audience who claimed to be the last vestiges of active Red Cross Volunteers said it’s probably time for the county to re-align itself with some other non-profit that is willing to be based in the county and to help run a more effective disaster preparedness and assistance plan than just something on paper.

Commission Chair Terry Thompson, himself a former Red Cross Board member for Lincoln County, was sympathetic to what the volunteers had to say. He said he too has been very concerned about the Red Cross’ pull out. Volunteer Willie Mortimer agreed, telling commissioners that the Red Cross has effectively abandoned Lincoln County, retreating to the valley and to Portland. Mortimer said that the Red Cross shows up to provide temporary shelter for victims of house fires but not much more than that.

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Mortimer went on to say that the Salvation Army is rebuilding its role in the community and introduced Salvation Army Captain Matt Matsden who said the Salvation army will build a new building in Newport soon and that it remains committed to the welfare and well-being of Lincoln County. He said he would be quite willing to meet with county officials and emergency preparedness employees to discuss how the Salvation Army could fill the emergency assistance void that everyone in the room was talking about.

The commissioners set an agenda item for next Wednesday morning at 9:30am for further discussions on a possible way forward on a partnership between the county and the Salvation Army. Chairman Thompson remarked that the county has a disaster preparedness plan that contemplates a rather large role for the Red Cross that now appears vacant, and that something needs to be done to fill it.

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Meanwhile, the commissioners’ position on the issue took at least one Red Cross official quite by surprise. At the Red Cross offices in Eugene, the agency’s Paula Negele said the Red Cross remains fully engaged in Lincoln County – that they have volunteers and an organizational structure in place. Negele said they have participated in a number of emergency preparedness events including those held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds which included a recent “Get Ready” event. She said they conduct regular volunteer meetings, conduct readiness classes when asked and that they remain firmly committed to Lincoln County.

Obviously to be continued. But the discussions appear ready to evolve beginning at the next Lincoln County Commission meeting at 9:30am, Wednesday, November 5th, at the commissioner’s meeting room at the courthouse in Newport.

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Oct 292014
Ballots are coming in strong and steady... Oregonian photo

Ballots are coming in strong and steady…
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Interest in the current off-year general election is running at about the same as it was in 2010, even though races for Governor and U.S. Senator have turned into shoe-ins for the two incumbents. But there are a number of other issues that are also prompting more Oregonians to vote.

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Oct 292014
OMSI Coastal Discovery Center - bunkhouses for families, a big lodge - classrooms and gathering areas.

OMSI Coastal Discovery Center – bunkhouses for families, a big lodge – classrooms and gathering areas.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today that they’re wrapping up their design and funding for their Coastal Discovery Center at South Beach and are planning to begin construction of their project in the Spring of next year. They say it’ll be complete by Spring of 2016.

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Omsi officials say that the last bit of funding is aimed at raising money for scholarships for kids and their families who will get a first hand look at the camp’s delivery of ocean and shore education, stewardship and exposure to marine science careers in a compelling way. Scholarships will be available to Lincoln County families as well. The Oregon Community Foundation has put up $50,000 toward the $100,000 goal for the scholarships. Those who donate will have their gift matched dollar for dollar until the $100,000 goal is attained.

The camp will be very close to the NOAA Pacific Marine Headquarters, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Community College, a new Oregon State University campus at Newport and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Opportunities for inquiring young minds abound while “camping out” with OMSI at their new facility. It provides 156 student beds, staff housing, classrooms and part of the construction entails restoring coastal dunes, trees and native plants. It’s estimated that over the course of a year, the center will accommodate upwards of 5,000 visitors from various school groups and families.

Again, construction begins in spring of next year with opening in the spring of 2016.

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