Apr 252015

3:25pm- Firefighters are enroute to 402 NE Park on a report of a structure fire. Occupants are said to have evacuated.

3:28pm- Doesn’t sound serious. First engine on scene telling 2nd engine enroute that it can proceed Code 1 which would indicate nothing major.

3:29pm- The inbound engine has just been flagged off and is returning to quarters.

3:32pm- Determined to be a false alarm.

 Posted by at 3:28 PM
Apr 252015
The University of Washington softball media guide’s page on former Newport all-state pitcher Kristin Cochran. Read all about Cochran’s first year in major college softball, which already includes a no-hitter, on Sunday at SportsLincolnCounty.com.

The University of Washington softball media guide’s page on former Newport all-state pitcher Kristin Cochran. Read all about Cochran’s first year in major college softball, which already includes a no-hitter, on Sunday at SportsLincolnCounty.com.

This Sunday, SportsLincolnCounty.com will unveil a special weekly feature — “Sunday Special” — which will address various topics and document the achievements of past and present Lincoln County student-athletes. coaches, officials and other sports personalities.

This week, SLC.com reporter Mark Boster takes a look at former Newport star pitcher Kristin Cochran, who is already making a name for herself as a freshman at the University of Washington, a perennial national softball power in a conference that has won 24 NCAA championships in 32 years.

“Pitching in the Pac-12 is extremely difficult,” Cochran, a two-time all-state player, tells SLC.com. “Every hitter coming to bat is an all-American or really good and fast. You can’t take any pitch off.”

To read the story on Sunday or for complete information regarding county sports, go to SportsLincolnCounty.com, or click here:

 Posted by at 2:27 PM
Apr 252015
Chevy Spark

Chevy Spark

A Portland State University executive has written an editorial to The Oregonian about the public benefits if state government offered financial incentives for buying electric or electric assisted cars. The federal government already offers a $7,500 rebate – but now there is a bill in the Oregon legislature to have the state kick in another $1,500 to $3,000 to encourage more Oregon residents to buy them. And many more do, but they still can’t quite afford them.

It would mean a combined $9,000 to $10,500 dollar discount on a Prius, Leaf or Tesla, depending on the muscularity of one’s banking account.

Here’s the pitch found in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 2:00 PM
Apr 252015
Habitat improvements by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Habitat improvements by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

A message from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

The annual banquet of the Lincoln County Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is coming up on May 2nd, starting at 3:00 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. We will have games,raffles and a live and silent auction. A prime rib and chicken dinner will be served at 6:00 with all the trimmings. Please come join us for a fun time and help raise money to conserve our natural habitat.

For ticket information contact Karen Pettis at 541-961-8038. Early bird ticket prices end on Saturday April 25,2015 so get your invitation in the mail as soon as possible and thank you for your support!

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is a conservation organization with a mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our country’s hunting heritage.

Since 1984, the RMEF helped to conserve more than 6.6 million acres of habitat. RMEF also helped to restore long-absent elk populations, with herds being reestablished in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ontario, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin. RMEF strives to be a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management, and conservation policy issues.

Here is a sample of recent wildlife habitat enhancement projects sponsored by RMEF in Oregon:

Crook County—Thin juniper on 450 acres and burn 767 acres that were thinned in 2014 to promote native grasses and enhance the bitterbrush and sagebrush steppe habitat on elk, mule deer and pronghorn winter range as well as greater sage-grouse habitat on the Ochoco National Forest (also affects Grant County).

Douglas County—Create eight acres of forage openings and maintain an additional 34 acres of forage openings to help address declining Roosevelt elk populations in southwestern Oregon that will also assist black-tailed deer, black bear, ruffed grouse as well as other birds and mammals on the Umpqua National Forest.

Grant County—Treat 450 acres of weed infestations across a 13,000 acre landscape that includes crucial winter range to complement an ongoing program of spring development, forage openings, fuels reduction and wet meadow protection on private land that allows public hunting adjacent to the Bridge Creek Wildlife Management Area; spray 11,000 acres and drill seed 4,200 acres on the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands which burned in a 2014 wildfire; and thin 100 acres of overstocked lodgepole pine stands to improve forage on summer range with high elk use southeast of Fish Lake on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

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 Posted by at 11:29 AM
Apr 252015

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Apr. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: From the depth of water in the rain gauges yesterday, we should be bloomin’ with May flowers. April showers generated about a third of an inch, dispersed about evenly along the Central Coast, which was surprising given the spotty nature of the heaviest rain. Sunny periods were in the mix, too, with high temps hitting the mid-50s and southwest winds blowing 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s. The evening and overnight were mostly cloudy and the showers continued; lows slumped to the mid-40s. At dawn, some of the last showers on the radar were traipsing through, skies began clearing and it was calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F/0.30”
Depoe Bay: 53F/42F/0.36”
Newport: 54F/41F/0.34”
Waldport: 55F/46F/0.30”
Yachats: 55F/46F/0.39”

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Forecast: Nascent May flowers may get another drink tomorrow, and then the heat they’ve been waiting for arrives on Monday. Today is shaping up to be a nice one after the showers clear out, with skies becoming mostly sunny and the high headed for WON PARTLY CLOUDY55F. Winds should be light. Increasing clouds are expected tonight, lows around 45F. Tomorrow, look for a blah day with some cloudiness and a slight chance of showers, high again 55F or so. Outlook is for a spike in both sunshine and the thermometer on Monday as a blast of warm air pushes highs up to 65-70F. It’ll have a short lifespan, however, as we return to mostly cloudy and April showery for the rest of the week with seasonal temps throughout the period.

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Call or email George today!

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and possible thunderstorms with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, a chance of thunderstorms and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, west wind gusting 20 mph, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is ice and slushy snow on the passes this morning, temperatures are around 30F; a Special Weather Statement is in effect for the Cascades for snow accumulations of up to 2 inches today, the snow level is at 3,500 feet, well below the passes. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is a mix of wet and dry pavement; isolated rain and snow showers for the Cascades with the snow level about 5,000 feet, rising to 6,500 feet by tomorrow evening.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”; a gain of 5” since yesterday; no overall change in the past seven days; 82” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

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Marine: Winds are light, 5-10 knots, out of the N this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze backs to WON MARINE WXNW 5-10 knots today and seas subside to 7 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, NW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15, veering E after midnight, swells around 5 feet. A southerly tomorrow, 10-15 knots, as a warm front approaches, but swells remain low at 4 feet. Outlook is for the brunt of the front to come through Sunday night with SE winds rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 along with choppy 5 foot seas. Winds return to NW 5-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday but a 10 foot swell train is projected to affect local waters. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/25 Sat 12:36 PM 0.43 L
04/25 Sat 07:38 PM 6.36 H
04/26 Sun 01:10 AM 3.18 L
04/26 Sun 06:48 AM 6.26 H


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In Short: Clearing, light winds, chance of showers, then dry and warm.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM
Apr 252015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of April 23rd

In the Creel: Trout, lots of ‘em, will be available at the Olalla Fishing Derby this Saturday; see Central Coast Lakes below. Not much action in the rivers this week and offshore angling has been a struggle due to the weather and rough seas. When fishermen do get across the bar, though, bottom fishing has been excellent. The 2015 salmon and halibut seasons have now been set, so check out our Saltwater Angling section for details. Razor and bay clamming were okay to good the past few days with the minus tide series, but that ends tomorrow. Crabbers are still crabby due to low catch rates, but we should see an uptick before long. Fishing Rule #2: The worse your line is tangled, the better the fishing is all around you.

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Call now: 541-968-5811 or email Smith.and.Loya@gmail.com

Salmon River: The river is closed to fishing until May 23rd, when it opens for cutthroat trout.

Siletz River/Bay: Steelhead fishing is slow. This time of year tends to be a transition period from winter steelhead ending and summer steelhead just beginning. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as side drifting, bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners.

Yaquina River/Bay: The river is closed to all fishing until May 23rd with the cutthroat trout season opener.

Alsea River/Bay: The winter steelhead fishery is very slow this time of year. The river will be closed to all fishing starting May 1st and will reopen with the cutthroat trout season beginning May 23rd.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: The annual Olalla Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday, April 25th, rain or shine. Gates open at 8:30am. All parking will be at Toledo High School and there will be shuttles running every 20 minutes. So get ready to have a lot of family fishin’ fun. The rainbow trout stocking program is in full swing and most local water bodies have been stocked recently or will be again soon. Most areas will be stocked multiple times until early June. Be sure to check out the 2015 stocking schedule here.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 6:33 AM
Apr 242015
Chuck Gerttula Seeking re-election to Toledo Port Commission

Chuck Gerttula
Seeking re-election to Toledo Port Commission

I am a lifetime resident of Lincoln County with nautical and logging family background, a retired Army officer and a teacher in the Lincoln County Schools for 30 years. I have served on the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation Board, the North Lincoln Historical Museum Board, City of Toledo Budget Committee for many years. I am a member of Vietnam Veterans and have been with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for twelve years.

During my three terms as Commissioner, the community has seen the Port move from a little known governmental unit to one which has excellent docks, a dredged Depoe Slough, a waterfront park, a boatyard with increasing employment and soon to have really meaningful capabilities to our fishing fleet and leased space to businesses which contribute 50+ jobs to our local economy.

I want to see the completion of the Port of Toledo Boatyard build-out and the continuing economic growth we are working toward. The recent creation of Fish People’s plant creating 8+ fulltime jobs in our building which was the old Toledo fire hall and also houses our Port offices is the most recent example.

It was my idea to hold the Toledo Wooden Boat Show which has grown each year and since 2005 has provided a free and family friendly venue to thousands of locals and visitors. The commission has provided for recreational boating as well as commercial boats including the Paddle Park on the Bay Road for kayaks and canoes.

* The environmentally sound completion of the boatyard build-out which we were able to fund through the state Connect Oregon grant and will allow Lincoln County fishermen to maintain and upgrade their boats up to 600 tons or about 130 feet in length,
* Developing more family wage jobs for Lincoln County,
* Finding a suitable site to place the material dredged out of the Depoe Slough,
* Providing rental moorages including a newly built transient dock which is bringing recreational boats up to 50 feet long to visit our community,
* The Port of Toledo Boatyard facilities remaining viable with adequate water depth for their customers.

* The quality people we have working for us.
* The fact that we have created and updated a Business Plan which we have followed as a guide for where we wanted to go and how we could get there.
* That we have put economic development and the creation of family wage jobs as one of our primary goals and have continued to work in that direction in a viable and financially responsible manner.

* Keeping the momentum and priority for economic development. This does not happen overnight nor does it “magically” appear. It happens because the commission works toward creating an environment which fosters and encourages businesses to site projects in their district and creates the right space for the right business as a steward of the environment.
* Keeping our talented workers and finding new talent as conditions demand.
* Maintain the fiscal well-being of the district while creating the economic growth that is the primary duty of Oregon Ports.

Any candidate for local office here in Lincoln County is offered a free introductory bio on themselves and the reasons they want to be elected to office. There is no charge whatsoever for this opportunity to address our 45,000 readers directly.

 Posted by at 10:59 PM
Apr 242015
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - "Hell on legs" according to bug scientists

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – “Hell on legs” according to bug scientists

Oregon’s long dry spell has given a very destructive little pest a rather large opportunity to lay waste a number of crops in Oregon this summer – including trees.

It’s a stink bug that has made landfall in the Beaver State that has a lot of central and eastern Oregon ranchers and farmers nervous and more than a few Willamette Valley farmers downright scared.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 8:47 PM