Former Newport Firefighter who raised tall dollars for local poor and hungry, now needs help herself.

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Nov 302015

Meredith and Beckett's apartment building gutted by fire.  They lost everything.

Meredith and Beckett’s apartment building gutted by fire. They lost everything early Thanksgiving morning.

During "Hose Down Hunger" Food Drive for Newport Food Pantry. NFD Engineer Richard Giles (L) Kathy Myers with food pantry (M) and Volunteer Firefighter Meredith Savage (R)

During “Hose Down Hunger” Food Drive for Newport Food Pantry.
NFD Engineer Richard Giles (L) Kathy Myers with food pantry (M) and Volunteer Firefighter Meredith Savage (R)

Meredith and her son Beckett

Meredith and her son Beckett

A former volunteer Newport Firefighter and her son lost everything early Thanksgiving morning as their apartment building in upstate Massachusetts was destroyed by fire. It was more than a painful irony since Meredith Savage assisted in fighting home and business fires in Newport and comforted those who were devastated by the loss.

But there she was, 3:10 AM Thanksgiving morning, along with her son Beckett, watching their apartment and all the others, go up in flames. Meredith says her son Beckett was awakened by screams coming from the apartment next door. He jumped out of bed and quickly ran up and down the outside hallways, rousting up everyone in the building. Fortunately they all got out safely. And they too lost everything.

Meredith and Beckett need our help. Meredith was a hard working Newport volunteer firefighter – was President of the Newport Volunteer Firefighters Association – and was a tireless community booster. She helped spearhead efforts to help those down on their luck and in great need. In the photo to the left Meredith helped to conduct another “Hose Down Hunger” food drive sponsored by Newport firefighters and the Newport Food Pantry.

No one is more deserving of our help than Meredith, who so selflessly gave so much to the Newport community. As a news reporter for News Lincoln County, I witnessed her volunteer spirit and commitment to her job at many structure fires and serious traffic crashes – always there – always a team player – and always giving her full measure of devotion to saving property and comforting the injured.

A “Go Fund Me” on-line donation account has been set up for Meredith and her son. Donate a dollar, ten dollars, twenty-five or more, it’s all needed. Tell your friends and co-workers and share the information on your Facebook page.

Meredith helped Newport in our moments and hours of need. Now it’s time for all of us to step up and give Meredith and her son our appreciation along with the financial resources to help them rebuild. Click here to donate.

 Posted by at 1:20 PM

National Velvet showing at Newport Library Dec. 8, 6:30pm

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Nov 302015
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National Velvet
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“National Velvet,” to show AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 1944 film National Velvet will be shown at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Based on the 1935 novel by Enid Bagnold, National Velvet tells the story of Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), a 12-year-old girl living in a small town in Sussex, England. When she wins a spirited horse in a raffle, she decides to train him for the Grand National Steeplechase.

Mickey Rooney plays Mi, a former jockey who becomes a hired hand for Velvet’s father, and is drawn into helping Velvet train “The Pie,” short for “Pirate.”

National Velvet was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two, one for Best Supporting Actress (Anne Revere) and one for Best Film Editing (Robert J. Kern).

In 2003, National Velvet was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or go to its website,

 Posted by at 12:38 PM

Don’t Forget About Year-End Investment Planning

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Nov 302015

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Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Advisor Waddell & Reed

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Don’t Forget About Year-End Investment Planning
By: Duane J Silbernagel

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As the year draws to a close, there might be a slew of tasks on your to-do list. One task to consider is setting up a meeting with your financial professional to review your investments. If you take the time to get organized now, it may help you accomplish your long-term goals more efficiently. Here are some steps that might help.

Evaluate your investment portfolio
During the meeting with your financial professional, review how your overall investment portfolio fared over the past year and determine whether adjustments are needed to keep it on track.

Here are some questions to consider:
• How did your investments perform during the year? Did they outperform, match, or underperform your expectations?
• What caused your portfolio to perform the way it did? Was it due to one or multiple factors?
• Were there any consistencies or anomalies compared to past performance?
• Does money need to be redirected in order to pursue your short-term and long-term goals?
• Is your portfolio adequately diversified, and does your existing asset allocation still make sense?
Addressing these issues might help you determine whether your investment strategy needs to change in the coming year.

Aim for balance
During the portfolio review process, look at your current asset allocation among stocks, bonds, and cash alternatives. You might determine that one asset class has outperformed the others and now represents a larger proportion of your portfolio than desired. In this situation, you might want to rebalance your portfolio.

The process of rebalancing typically involves buying and selling securities to restore your portfolio to your targeted asset allocation based on your risk tolerance, investment objectives, and time frame. For example, you might sell some securities in an overweighted asset class and use the proceeds to purchase assets in an underweighted asset class; of course, this could result in a tax liability.

If you own taxable investments that have lost money, consider selling shares of losing securities before the end of the year to recognize a tax loss on your tax return. Tax losses, in turn, could be used to offset any tax gains. When attempting to realize a tax loss, remember the wash sale rule, which applies when you sell a security at a loss and repurchase the same security within 30 days of the sale. When this happens, the loss is disallowed for tax purposes. If you don’t want to sell any of your current investments but want to change your asset allocation over time, you might adjust future investment contributions so that more money is directed to the asset class you want to grow. Once your portfolio’s asset allocation reaches your desired balance, you can revert back to your previous strategy, if desired. Keep in mind that asset allocation and diversification do not guarantee a profit or protect against loss; they are methods used to help manage investment risk.

Your financial professional can help you understand how your investments may be affected by capital gains and other taxes. You can learn more about current tax laws and rates by visiting

Set goals for the coming year
After your year-end investment review, you might resolve to increase contributions to an IRA, an employer-sponsored retirement plan, or a college fund next year. With a fresh perspective on where you stand, you may be able to make better choices next year, which could potentially benefit your investment portfolio over the long term.
Note: There is no assurance that working with a financial professional will improve investment results. All investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal, and there can be no guarantee that any investing strategy will be successful.

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 Posted by at 12:11 PM

Rare view of skillful methods of investigative reporting

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Nov 302015
Bryan Denson Investigative Reporter

Bryan Denson
Investigative Reporter


The Newport Public Library is hosting investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. Denson is the author of The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia. It’s the riveting and extraordinary true story of the Nicholsons — father and son co-conspirators who sold national secrets to Russia.

Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA’s top veteran case officers. By day, he taught spycraft at the CIA’s clandestine training center, The Farm. By night, he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his three kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia’s foreign intelligence service in locations around the world and turned over troves of classified documents, including the identities of hundreds of trainees. In 1997, Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn’t stop there.

While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. In his early twenties, Nathan was easy prey for his father. When Nicholson asked him to courier messages out of prison to his Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to not only make something of himself but to make his father proud by following him into the spy world.

The Spy’s Son was published in May 2015. Paramount Pictures has optioned the rights of the book. Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf will play a father-son spy duo in “Spy’s Kid.”

Denson is a veteran journalist who specializes in telling hard-to-get stories in long-form narratives. He spends weekdays as a federal courts reporter and national security writer for The Oregonian newspaper & OregonLive.

His work has helped uncover scandal in the government’s biggest work program for disabled Americans; pressured the U.S. Air Force to rewrite deadly flight manual instructions; and exposed wasteful and duplicative efforts to clone monkeys at a national primate lab. His award-winning series “The Slaying of a Generation” chronicled a 300 percent increase in the gunfire deaths of Houston’s African American teens in the early 1990s.

Copies of The Spy’s Son will be available for purchase and signing. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to or call 541-265-2153.

 Posted by at 10:48 AM

Accident on Boulder Creek Drive

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Nov 302015

Another four wheel drive vehicle off the road…driver suffered minor injuries on Boulder Creek Road.

Driver tells 911 that she’s got uncontrolled bleeding from her head.

 Posted by at 10:12 AM

It’s a mess out there…

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Nov 302015

Temperatures remain below freezing this morning, causing ice to build up on roads up and down the coast. Cars and trucks are slipping and sliding – some sliding off roads and generally getting into trouble. Cut your speed in half and you’ll get to where you want to go. Late, but you’ll get there.

If you think it’s bad here, dial around other state websites and you’ll see a chaotic ice skating rink where below zero temperatures last night is taking a brutal toll on Monday morning commuters.

Be careful out there. Drive slowly on Highway 18 – ESPECIALLY. Injury accident on Deer Lane.

 Posted by at 8:49 AM

Weather or Not: Ice Advisory for Travelers

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Nov 302015

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Nov. 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: The timing couldn’t have been better. The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend came to a close under sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s. The bulk of travelers were easily able to return over the river and through the woods to their homes without any driving issues. Those who dilly-dallied too long found wet pavement as a weak weather system moved in overnight with overcast and the first rain in nearly a week. At daybreak it was raining but, fortunately, the mercury was above freezing along the immediate coastline, which will not be the case farther inland.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/36F/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 52F/34F/0.02”
Newport: 52F/38F/0.01”
Waldport: 54F/34F/0.02”
Yachats: 56F/38F/0.03”

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WARNING NWS SWSA Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service in effect until noon today for the South Willamette Valley, the Central Coast Range (including the passes on Highways 34, 20 and 18) and the Cascade foothills of Lane County. Occasional light rain and freezing rain between 6:00am and 11:00am today. Ice accumulations generally only a few hundredths of an inch. Temperatures in the 20s this morning rising above freezing after 11:00am. Even though ice accumulations will be light, any ice will create hazardous travel conditions. If freezing rain occurs, avoid steep hills and other terrain that will create loss of traction.

Forecast: Though it looks like the Central Coast will miss the wintry conditions this morning, things will be WON SHOWERScompletely different this week as a ‘progressive pattern’ is in place with wet weather systems arriving almost daily. Rain is likely this morning, ending by afternoon; highs 50-55F and southeast winds 10-15 mph gusting 20. There’s a slight chance of showers tonight, low 40-45F. Tomorrow, rain developing again in the afternoon, high 50F and south winds to 25 mph. Outlook is for rain Wednesday and Thursday, a chance of rain/showers Friday and Saturday, and windy with rain likely on Sunday. Near normal mercury readings are expected as highs reach 50-55F and lows dip to around 45F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, Freezing Rain Advisory in effect with ice possible on the highways this morning as rain is approaching and temperatures are still only about 25F in the passes; a chance of rain today, temps warming to a high of 45F. Valley destinations have a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until noon, then a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain and patchy freezing fog, east winds gusting 25 mph, highs 35-40F. For the Cascades, the highways have packed snow and ice this morning with temperatures near 20F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet.

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Marine: SE winds are blowing 25 knots gusting 30 offshore this morning with seas 10 feet at 17 seconds. Small WON SCACraft Advisories for both winds and hazardous seas are in effect from 10:00am this morning through tomorrow morning. A Gale Watch is then in effect from tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening. Today and tonight, SE winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 with swells subsiding to 7 feet this afternoon but rebuilding to 11 feet overnight. Tomorrow, SE winds rising to 20-30 knots gusting 35 and combined rough seas 11 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots with swells 8-14 feet all week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Rain early, mostly cloudy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/30 Mon 3:38 AM high 7.9 ft
11/30 Mon 9:01 AM low 3.5 ft.
11/30 Mon 2:54 PM high 8.1 ft.
11/30 Mon 9:33 PM low 0.1 ft.

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In Short: Rain, overcast, then continued mainly wet and windy.

 Posted by at 7:05 AM

When all else fails, surf with a kayak –

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Nov 292015

These surfers are sittin' down on the job off Waldport!

These surfers are sittin’ down on the job off Waldport!

Some said it was too cold to surf regular style...

Some said it was too cold to surf regular style…

So just about square of their bodies is covered - except their face.

So just about square of their bodies is covered – except their face.
Glen Weaver photos

Glen Weaver of the Cliff House B&B caught these sit down surfers in their element off Waldport Sunday afternoon. Nice sunny skies, warming back up to something more civilized after a couple of days of frigid (for the coast) temperatures. One advantage to kayak surfing you can stay trimmed in the wave and not fall off your board. Paddling back out is probably a little faster too. But much over 5′ waves and it might get rather unforgiving. Then it’s time for a board.

 Posted by at 11:20 PM