Lincoln City: Garden Bark Fire NE 47th & West Devils Lake Road

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Jul 282015
 

1:34pm
Smoke and flames visible from a bark fire outside an apartment house at NE 47th and West Devils Lake Road. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute.

Flames and smoke are visible.

 Posted by at 1:24 PM

What’s new in the housing market for 2015?

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Jul 282015
 
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Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Advisor Waddell & Reed

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Advisor
Waddell & Reed

What’s New in the Housing Market for 2015?
By: Duane J. Silbernagel

Home buyers and sellers finally have reason to celebrate in 2015. After almost a decade of limping along toward recovery, it seems as though the housing market has finally hit a more comfortable stride.

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, well-known gauges of the U.S. housing market, real estate is finally showing healthy signs of improvement.

Data released by Case-Shiller at the end of April indicates that home prices have continued to rise across the United States. (Source: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, April 2015) And as it turns out, no one factor is responsible for the trend. Rather, a variety of factors are being credited for the recovery.

Low mortgage interest rates

This year, mortgage rates have remained at all-time lows. (Source: Freddie Mac U.S. Economic & Housing Market Outlook, April 2015) A slower-than-expected economic recovery may be partly responsible, with the Federal Reserve holding off on raising interest rates until the economy is on more solid ground. And while interest rates are expected to go up at some point (possibly later this year), home buyers are taking advantage of the historically low rates while they can. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 11:54 AM

En Plein Air avec Monsieur Gibbons

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Jul 282015
 

A student of Mr. Gibbons adapting to his suggestions...

A student of Mr. Gibbons adapting to his suggestions…


Michael Gibbons alone with his thoughts, observations and technique...

Michael Gibbons alone with his thoughts, observations and technique…

Michael Gibbons paints and teaches plein air class during Toledo Summer Festival each year. Students spend 3 days on location painting en plein air (outdoors) in various locations around Yaquina Bay and end the course at the Yaquina River Museum of Art Vicarage House Museum garden at 140 NE Alder Street. Gibbons is shown in the photo in the background with two student painters. He has been teaching this course for 8 years in Toledo. For more information contact him at (541) 336-2797 or email
michaelgibbonsart@charter.net.

 Posted by at 11:21 AM

FBI statement on the flurry of “suspicious letters” to Oregon Sheriff’s

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Jul 282015
 

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From the FBI

The FBI, Oregon State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working with affected Oregon counties to determine the origin and nature of a series of suspicious letters that started arriving in the mail on Monday, July 27th. To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown NO toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope. In addition, at this time there is no evidence of a visible powder to be found in any of the envelopes/letters.

There are approximately 20 known letters delivered and all were addressed to Oregon sheriffs or their offices. Law enforcement is collecting the letters and transporting them all to the FBI and/or the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for analysis as appropriate.

Due to the on-going nature of this investigation, we are not releasing any further information.

 Posted by at 11:10 AM

Where we stand on bills now signed into law – and those still in the wings

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Jul 282015
 
Crowd in Portland celebrates the changing of an era and a changing of "escapes" available for Americans

Crowd in Portland celebrates the changing of an era and a changing of “escapes” available for Americans
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As Governor Brown keeps signing her Joanne Hancock to bills…they become law. Here’s the latest tally and when they become effective. For those living in Central and Eastern Oregon, March won’t come soon enough.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 9:14 AM

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…

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Jul 282015
 
Grace and her dad Craig MacDougall

Grace and her dad Craig MacDougall

Reminder, this Saturday July 25th is the Newport American Legion Kidney for Grace Spaghetti feed and auction from 12 noon to 5pm at the Newport American Legion. Just show up and feed your family and meet Grace Waluck and her family. $8-$10 a plate. All you can eat spaghetti and garlic bread. Bid on an auction item if you so choose. We could use more auction items and volunteer servers. Just show up 1 hour prior to the event please.

Also the Waldport Moose Lodge kidney for Grace fundraiser is next Friday July 31st from 5pm-10pm. Chicken fried steak buffet style meal. $10 a plate. Public invited. Kids are welcome. No membership required. Come meet Grace. This will be her last day in Oregon! She flies back to Arizona the next day. There will be a cakewalk and Karaoke competition also. We are needing more cakes. Please bring a cake, make a cake, find a cake (or pie) and bring it to the event. Also a small number of volunteer help would be appreciated. See you there!

 Posted by at 9:08 AM

Newport: Homeless family’s husband ‘loses it’ at their camp at Jump Off Joe

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Jul 282015
 
Jon Jennette, 28, Newport Domestic Battery

Jon Jennette, 28, Newport
Domestic Battery

Newport Police Officers were dispatched on a report of a domestic disturbance in a beach camp site near Jump Off Joe’s. A citizen walking heard a women screaming in a camp about 100 yards from the roadway near the beach. A short time later the victim’s 13 year-old son reached the top of the bluff and summoned police.

Police Officers arrived and learned the suspect, Jon Michael Jennette, age 28 of Newport, was living in the camp with his wife and three children, ages 13, 12, and 8. It was reported Jennette had been drinking, and became physically aggressive. At some point Jennette was asked by the family to leave the camp for the night. Jennette refused, and began being physically abusive.

It was reported the Jennette had pushed his children to the ground, and kicked them when they asked that he leave. He also struck his wife in the face with a closed fist, and kicked her when she fell to the ground. During the altercation, Jennette used a pocket knife to slash his own wrist. He told the victim he was going to harm himself if she tried to leave him.

The 13 year-old victim obtained a cell phone and tried to call 911 for help. Jennette grabbed the phone and threw it into the thick vegetation. The 13 year-old fled on foot and began knocking on doors to get help.

Once the child had contacted a citizen that agreed to help, they returned to camp to remove the mother and siblings. The 13 year-old was able to lead the family up the trail to responding Police Officers.

Jennette was taken into custody and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. He was treated and released for the self-inflicted wounds on his arm. He was then transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the following charges: Fugitive from Other State; Assault IV (Felony); four counts of Harassment; and Interfering with Making a Report. His bail was set at $100,000.

The Newport Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this event is encouraged to contact Officer Cummings at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM

Weather or Not: Nothin’ But Net

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Jul 282015
 

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Tuesday, July 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: If you were inspired to write a script for a typical Summer day on the Central Coast, all the research you’d need is yesterday’s weather roundup. Sunny skies followed some patchy morning fog, the northwest sea breeze blew steadily from noon to sunset at 20-25 mph, and high temperatures were in the upper-60s. The wind softened at dusk and went calm by midnight, skies remained clear with the thermometer bottoming out in the 50s early this morning. At dawn, it was bright blue above and a meager northeast breeze wafted through the trees.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/56F
Depoe Bay: 66F/52F
Newport: 68F/50F
Waldport: 67F/53F
Yachats: 68F/54F

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WON SUN-WINDForecast: In basketball terms, the current prognosis is nothin’ but net. The rim won’t even be grazed as the Sun swishes through our days and the Moon pulls off clean three-point nights for the entire week ahead, becoming full on Friday. The mercury is expected to shoot for 65-75F daily, fading to 55-60F overnight, with stiff sea breezes dominating the court afternoons/evenings scoring 20-25 mph gusting 30 or higher. Slam dunk.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Travel: A Heat Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, in effect from 11:00am Wednesday to WARNING NWS SWS9:00pm Friday, for the Willamette Valley and the Western and Central Columbia River Gorge. High temperatures of 95-100F are expected. 90F-plus temperatures may persist into the weekend with the hottest areas likely the Central Columbia River Gorge and Southern Willamette Valley.

A Fire Weather Watch has also been issued by the National Weather Service for significantly unstable conditions from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening. The affected area includes the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest west of the Cascade crest, and the Willamette Valley and adjacent foothills.

In the Coast Range today, sunny with 80-90F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 85-90F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light winds, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet.

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Marine: The breeze is light nearshore this morning but blowing NNE 15-20 knots out at the Rockpile with seas 5 feet WON SCAat 8 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through late Wednesday night. N winds rising to 20-25 knots this afternoon, gusting 30 tonight and tomorrow; 4 foot swells overpowered by steep 4-6 foot windwaves at 6-7 seconds. Outlook is for little change Thursday through Saturday with northerlies 20-25 knots and 4-5 foot swells buried in 5-6 foot windwaves. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
07/28 Tue 11:27 AM 6.21 H
07/28 Tue 04:16 PM 3.21 L
07/28 Tue 10:27 PM 8.87 H
07/29 Wed 05:32 AM -0.65 L

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In Short: Clear, warm and windy, then repeat.

 Posted by at 8:04 AM

Newport: Recreational boat “Shanti” runs aground north of the north jetty

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Jul 282015
 
Ran aground at 2am.  Just missed the entrance to the bay.

Ran aground at 2am Monday. Just missed the entrance to the bay.
Bill Posner photo

Those aboard a 36 foot pleasure craft, trying to enter Yaquina Bay in the wee hours of Monday morning, misjudged the opening to the bay. The boat captain, thinking he was inside the jaws, motored east and eventually hit sand off the north jetty.

The Coast Guard says two men aboard jumped off and waded to shore. The boat’s name is the Shanti. There are several west coast boats with that same name. The Coast Guard says the boat is a total loss and will be salvaged on the beach.

Several weeks ago the captain of an older fishing vessel couldn’t figure out where he was either, and hit the end of the north jetty, the boat breaking up on the rocks.

Conditions early Monday morning were clear, visibility 6 nautical miles.

 Posted by at 7:47 AM

For those who knew and loved Robert Winters….

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Jul 282015
 
Robert Winters

Robert Winters

From a friend of Robert’s –

In lieu of a funeral service, we ask that you please gather together in celebration of Robert’s life, on Sunday, August 2nd, at 1:00 p.m. at Frank Wade Park, in Newport, on the baseball field for a community potluck.

If you are able to bring an easy potluck dish, it would be helpful for planning purposes if you would please drop Taunette a note or text, and let her know what you plan to bring, @ 541 961 3385, or to taunette at hotmail dot com.

Any photos you would like to share at the gathering can be sent to Cindra, by 5pm on Thursday, to cindramadison @ comcast dot net

If you feel like sharing your favorite Robert stories and best memories, there will be opportunity to do so at the gathering.

Thanks so much, and many blessings.

More details to follow, as plans unfold.

Please share with, and invite those who knew and love Robert.

 Posted by at 12:47 AM