Shooting on Highway 20 – Property owner shoots at transient

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Sep 022015
Highway 20 a mile east of Newport, near Norman Road.

Highway 20 a mile east of Newport, near Norman Road.

Highway 20 and Norman Road east of Newport.  Near the shooting site.

Highway 20 and Norman Road east of Newport. Near the scene of the shooting.
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Details are very sketchy, but it appears that a transient has been shot on private property off Norman Road, off Highway 20, immediately east of Newport. The transient is thought to be down the side of an embankment. They haven’t gotten to him yet. Very thick brush.

One report from the area was that the property owner ordered the transient off the property – then gunshots – and the believed-to-be wounded transient moved off into the brush.

The area is just east of Newport – an area used extensively by transients for setting up tents and enclaves – basically transient camps with varying
From Newport Police:

Due to closure of Highway 20 between Milepost 1 and Moore Drive, west-bound traffic is being diverted through Toledo.

Searching officers cannot find the transient. Developing new search strategies.

One report just given to News Lincoln County is that someone (transient?) suffered a seizure and fell down a ravine. The guy’s friend went down the ravine to help him, and the property owner shot at the friend.

Officers are checking local transient camps for anyone involved in the incident or who knows anything about it.

Some officers are clearing the scene. Unable to locate what or who they’re looking for.

 Posted by at 4:27 PM

Music, music, music in Depoe Bay, September 12, at 3pm

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Sep 022015

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society will present baritone Anton Belov and pianist Albert Kim on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 3PM in the home of Dick and Laurel Young in Depoe Bay. Tickets are $25 per person.

Please make checks payable to OCCA (fiscal sponsor of OCCMS). To make reservations, call Laurel Young at 541-765-7770.

 Posted by at 3:44 PM

“Fun-raiser” at Toledo’s waterfront this Sunday!!

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Sep 022015

kyaq funraiser

Greetings KYAQ supporters! As your newly elected Board Chair I would like to personally invite you to our second annual FunRaiser this Sunday at the Toledo Waterfront Park from 2 to 5pm. Deanne Dunlap, our newest board member takes this on each year as her contribution to our station. Lots of exciting things are happening! Come celebrate our successes and help KYAQ move forward into the future!

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey

 Posted by at 2:15 PM

No stampede (yet) to outlaw early sales of recreational marijuana

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Sep 022015
Marijuana Oregonian photo

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Oregon is down to the last thirty days during which Oregon cities and counties can decide whether to let medical marijuana dispensaries sell recreational marijuana until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) develops rules for its sale by regular marijuana outlets which are expected to start getting licensed after the first of the year.

It’s been ten months since a 56% to 44% majority of Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana, subject to state regulations, of course. But it’s been the lack of those final state regulations that has had local governments tied in knots. After Measure 91 passed, the legislature went into high gear acknowledging the counties and cities that passed it, but gave the counties and cities that didn’t pass it a way to soften the blow of losing.

One of those “compensatory” options is not allowing the growing, processing and sale of recreational marijuana inside their cities, or in the unincorporated parts of their counties. But remember – anyone over the age of 21 can still legally possess small amounts of marijuana – even grow a few of their own plants – but they can’t smoke or otherwise consume it in public view or in public places.

As of this writing 15 cities and five counties have outlawed recreational marijuana growing, processing and sales. But that’s only 6% of the overall state population. Of those 20 entities, most made their decisions as the final word – there will be no chance for the voters to overturn those bans. At least not anytime soon.

But most of those cities and counties are east of the Cascades (except for Douglas County) – not prime growing areas for marijuana. So no great loss there. But anyone in central or eastern Oregon who might want to buy recreational marijuana rather than a six pack of beer, or a bottle of wine, will have to make quite a drive to get some.

Which gets to the core argument surrounding the debate about local sales of recreational marijuana. If it’s hard to buy it, the black market will step in and provide the service – something that most elected officials in the “ban it” communities complain the most about. So there’s no small amount of irony in play here. But there are also those who contend that the black market will be everywhere anyway – even in communities that allow its retail sales. They say the black marketeers will sell it cheaper than the store-front marijuana retailers, made possible, in part, by heavy state and local taxes on it.

Many other Oregon cities and counties are awaiting final regulations from the Oregon Health Authority, which runs the current MEDICAL marijuana part of the issue. OHA officials say they will have “final” rules and regulations about temporary (gap sales) recreational marijuana sales via medical dispensaries before the October 1st deadline. Those cities and counties that allow medical dispensaries to sell it will do so until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission develops final rules on sales by regular retail outlets – at which time dispensaries will cease selling it – going back to just medical sales.

However, there have been some discussions in Salem about EVENTUALLY combining both medical and marijuana sales under one roof.

So again, as of September 2nd, 94% of Oregonians will have convenient access to recreational marijuana beginning October 1st – 6% will not – most of them in eastern and central Oregon where the NO vote on Measure 91 was most strong. But that is not to say that as the October 1st deadline approaches, more cities and counties won’t step up and ban recreational sales themselves until OLCC gets its act together on how recreational sales will operate.

By the way, those areas that continue to ban any aspect of recreational marijuana growing, processing or sales, will not receive any tax revenue from its sales elsewhere in the state. But if their resolve buckles, and they allow growing, processing and sales, they get to put a 3% sales LOCAL sales tax on product grown, processed and sold within their city or county.

Carrot and stick, don’tcha know…

 Posted by at 1:11 PM

Contents of ethics allegations against LC Mayor Williams revealed

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Sep 022015
Mayor Williams Under fire from his council.

Mayor Williams
Under fire from his council.

Details of an ethics violation allegations against Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams have been revealed by The Oregonian newspaper. In today’s edition, The Oregonian reports that allegations made by every member of the city council claim that Williams revealed information discussed in a council executive session to his vacation rental business partner (his wife) and that Williams misused his powers of mayor – and that one particular large vacation rental has been used more often than allowed by law, based on its location being in a regular neighborhood zone.

Here’s the details. Click here.

 Posted by at 8:10 AM

Weather or Not: Camp/Beach Fires Still Banned

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Sep 022015

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Sep. 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: 57F was quite popular for a low temperature yesterday; that’s what all of our reporting communities recorded. There was, however, much disparity on precipitation totals. Lincoln City had the heaviest shower and received two-tenths of an inch, while just down the road, Newport had the lightest rain with only a hundredth of an inch in the gauge. Light southwest winds never gusted above 20 mph. The Sun gave us a bright morning but for the rest of the day and on through last night, scattered clouds to full overcast created mainly drab skies. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy with some showers in the area and dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/57F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 64F/57F/0.03”
Newport: 66F/57F/0.01”
Waldport: 67F/57F/0.02”
Yachats: 66F/57F/0.02”

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Forecast: We’re not quite out of the woods yet. Showers remain possible today through early Friday, but chances are WON SUN-RAINsteadily fading. There should be increasingly longer sunbreaks intermingled with the clouds, too. The mercury may be running a touch cooler; high temperatures of 60-65F are projected and lows could dip into the upper-40s, albeit mainly 50-55F. It still looks like the weekend will be dry.

Labor Day Weekend… Partly cloudy, patchy fog, north winds, high 65F, low 50-55F.

Fire Ban: Sorry, campers, no campfires allowed over the holiday weekend. The statewide Oregon State Park ban on open flames NoFireswill continue for another week, this includes all Oregon Coast beaches. While temperatures have moderated in some areas and a little rain has fallen, especially in the Willamette Valley and on the Coast, conditions have not improved enough to warrant relaxing the restriction. Propane stoves and charcoal briquettes for cooking are not covered under the statewide ban, but some parks have more restrictive prohibitions in place that do cover briquettes. Before traveling, you should verify what’s allowed at your destination by calling the specific park, or phoning the Oregon State Parks toll-free information line at 800-551-6949, or looking up the park online here. The restriction will be reviewed again next week.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, a chance of showers with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting partial clearing, showers and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, showers likely, moderate southwest winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are a cool 40-45F; mostly cloudy, showers, the snow level is 7,500 feet falling to 6,000 feet this afternoon. Outlook for the long Labor Day weekend is mainly dry roads in Northwest Oregon all three days, except for a chance of showers in the Cascades with the snow level dipping to near the passes on Saturday.

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Marine: It’s a little lumpy this morning with seas 7-8 feet at 12 seconds but westerly winds are only 5-10 knots. For WON MARINE WXtoday, tonight and tomorrow, look for a NW breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells 7-8 feet at 10-11 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 Friday through Sunday with mixed swells/windwaves 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sun and clouds, chance of showers, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* No beach fires allowed through Labor Day weekend.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
09/02 Wed 09:23 AM 0.27 L
09/02 Wed 03:49 PM 8.88 H
09/02 Wed 10:07 PM -0.26 L
09/03 Thu 04:27 AM 7.37 H

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In Short: Mixed skies, chance of showers, then slow drying.

 Posted by at 8:02 AM

Warm water fishing bans are lifted in Oregon

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Sep 012015
Fishing on the Deschutes near Tetherow

Fishing on the Deschutes near Tetherow

Oregon fishery managers announced today that the afternoon fishing ban in place on most rivers and streams in the state will be lifted beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. Managers also re-opened the lower Willamette River below the Willamette Falls and the Clackamas River downstream of the I-205 Bridge to fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon.

With the lifting of the ban, fishing hours for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon on streams open to fishing will return to one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

According to Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager, the ban is being lifted after a return to more seasonal weather patterns, with stream temperatures moderating to those more typical of a dry year.

“Our biologists in the field are reporting that water temperatures in most places are back to within the seasonal averages for this time of year,” Gauvin said. That, and a 30-day weather forecast for more moderate seasonal temperatures, prompted managers to lift the ban.

The ban on trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing in streams after 2 p.m. was put in place on July 18 in response to an unprecedented combination of unseasonably high air and water temperatures and low stream flows. The goal was to help protect native fish by reducing angling stress during the hottest part of the day.

Although water temperatures have improved since July, water levels remain very low in many areas, Gauvin said.

“Anglers should continue to exercise good stewardship and take precautions when catching and handling fish,” he added. These precautions include:

* Fish early in the day when water temperatures are cooler.
* Check water temperatures frequently and stop fishing when they exceed 70 degrees.
* Use barbless hooks so you can release fish quickly.
* Use appropriate gear to land fish quickly.
* Keep the fish in the water while you unhook it, and cradle the fish upright until it revives enough to swim away.
* Use your judgement. If conditions seem especially severe (low, hot water) stop fishing, or move to another location where waters may be cooler.

In the meantime, Gauvin said the agency will continue to monitor fisheries and, if necessary, take additional actions to try to protect fish
Anglers should continue to check the regulation update pages on the ODFW web site before fishing for any temporary emergency regulations that have been put in place.

 Posted by at 3:34 PM

Newport: Public hearing on whether marijuana dispensaries will sell recreational marijuana in Newport

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Sep 012015
Medical Marijuana Dispensary - some of which will be selling recreational marijuana beginning October 1st. Oregonian photo

Medical Marijuana Dispensary – some of which will be selling recreational marijuana beginning October 1st.
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The Newport City Council will hold a second public hearing on whether to allow early sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries beginning October 1st. The hearing will be held at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 8, at 6:00 P.M., in the City Council Chambers of the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway.

In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91. This law provides for the personal growing, possession of limited amounts of recreational marijuana, and directs the Oregon Liquor Control Board to develop and administer a licensing system for the production, processing, and sales (wholesale and retail) of recreational marijuana. Since that time, the state legislature has approved four separate bills that prescribe actions that local governments can take regarding the regulation of recreational marijuana. One of the effects of the voter-approved measure, and legislative actions, has the following impact: On October 1st, sales of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries can begin unless the city enacts an ordinance prohibiting early sales prior to that time.

Newport City Manager, Spencer Nebel, prepared a more comprehensive report on recreational marijuana issues which he presented to the City Council at its meeting of August 3rd. Follow this link to view the City Manager’s full report. Nebel also provided the City Council with a copy of the Oregon Health Authority rules related to the sale of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries at the special City Council meeting held on August 31st.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing on September 8, 2015 to provide comments on whether the city should allow the early sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries beginning on October 1st.

Written comments may be submitted to the City Recorder, via e-mail, at, or by mail, or dropped off to the City Recorder at City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365.

Written comments must be submitted by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 8th, and will be included as a part of the record during the public hearing scheduled that evening.

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