Aug 282014

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, August 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: The fog and low clouds cleared out in many areas yesterday by late morning, though some spots near the bays and beaches were socked in most of the day. High temps climbed to the low-60s, northwest winds blew 10-15 mph with gusts into the 20s, and no precipitation was recorded. As evening approached, the ribbon of marine clouds and fog meandered back in over parts of the Central Coast and held sway overnight. Just before sunrise, it was mostly clear inland again, foggy at the sand, calm, and the sky revealed the changing seasons. The constellations Orion, Auriga, Taurus and The Pleiades rose in the east telling us the Earth is racing around in its orbit and we’re closing in on Fall.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/57F
Depoe Bay: 62F/53F
Newport: 63F/50F
Waldport: 63F/52F
Yachats: 62F/51F

Forecast: Even though the stars are saying Autumn is less than a month away, we still have lots of Summer left. Look for more sunshine today in areas where the fog burns off. The mercury will stop around 65F and northwest winds of 10-15 mph gusting 25 will keep it light-jacket cool on the beaches. Tonight, skies become mostly cloudy, and lows dip to about 50F. The edge of a minor weather disturbance is predicted to brush the Central Coast tomorrow resulting in additional cloudiness and even a chance of drizzle in the morning.

Labor Day Weekend… Slight chance of showers Saturday and Sunday, mostly sunny Monday.

Travel: Highway 34 was closed early this morning at its intersection with I-5 south of Albany due to a crash. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 75-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs near 80-90F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.

Marine: Choppy seas of 4 feet at 5 seconds and N winds 10-15 knots are what you’ll run into offshore this morning. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Mariners are in for a period of lighter winds right on through the holiday weekend. NNW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with a 3 foot swell and 2-3 foot windwaves is the forecast for today through Saturday. The only fly in the ointment will be periods of fog and drizzle reducing visibility at times. Make sure your GPS and radar are working properly. Outlook is for swells rising to 5 feet Sunday and Monday, but winds remaining reasonable at 5-15 knots.

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On the Beach… Fog and low clouds, partly sunny, windy, surf 2 feet (low).
* A Water Contact Advisory is in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/28 Thu 08:24 AM 1.01 L
08/28 Thu 02:45 PM 7.88 H
08/28 Thu 08:52 PM 1.47 L
08/29 Fri 02:56 AM 7.22 H

In Short: Patchy fog, partial clearing, breezy, then mixed sky.

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 Posted by at 7:24 AM
Aug 282014

Report of a domestic violence case that involves a man chasing a woman on Gaither Street in Siletz, near a mobile home area. Reports say the woman is screaming for help and running away while the man is running after her yelling he is going to kill her.

Law enforcement is racing to Siletz.

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 Posted by at 1:33 AM
Aug 282014

Entrance to Jack Morgan Park, off Siletz Highway 229.

Entrance to Jack Morgan Park, off Siletz Highway 229.

New concrete boat ramp at Jack Morgan Park

New concrete boat ramp at Jack Morgan Park

Cutting the ribbon on what will be among the most popular river boat ramps in the county.

Cutting the ribbon on what will be among the most popular river boat ramps in the county.
(L to R)
Parks Supervisor Keith Andresen, Public Works Director Roy Kinion, County Commissioners Bill Hall, Terry Thompson, Doug Hunt, Former Parks Supervisor Jim Chambers and Scott Brewen, Director Oregon State Marine Board

It’s amazing what a long slab of new concrete will attract. No better proof that the governmental notables that helped celebrate Tuesday’s Grand Reopening of the newly replaced Boat Launch Ramp at A. W. Jack Morgan Park, off Highway 229, six miles north of Siletz.

Jack Morgan Park and Campground covers eleven acres along both sides of the State Hwy 229. On the west side of the Hwy there is newly replaced boat ramp that offers convenient boat launching into the Siletz River. Facilities on that side of the highway includes concrete vault restrooms and a picnic area with tables. Fishing for Chinook and Steelhead on this section of the Siletz River is extremely popular. The west side of the park is day use only with no fee.

A note to river mariners: Jet pump boats are NOT allowed on the Siletz River upstream from Jack Morgan Park.

Camping Facilities

Access to the campground is on the east side of the Highway. Camping areas are private and woodsy along Hough Creek. Each of the 13 campsites are complete with a picnic table, fireplace/barbeque pit and fresh drinking water is available nearby. The camping area is sheltered by a canopy of tall spruce trees.

A volunteer camp host is on site March through November.

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 Posted by at 12:51 AM
Aug 282014

Yaquina Head Lighthouse Greg Hinton photo

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Greg Hinton photo

Steve Power

Steve Power photo

Dean Sawyer photo

Dean Sawyer photo

Stormy Winter day at Yaquina Head Lighthouse by Ellis Lampman at Sky-View Photography

Ellis Lampman, Sky-View Photography

Yaquina Head Volunteers Receive
President’s Gold Service Award

Newport, Ore. – Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area volunteers were recently presented the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award. The award encourages United States citizens, or lawfully admitted permanent residents, to live a life of service. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, recognized the efforts of Harry Olund (2,258 hours), Richard and Linda Crooks (2,050 hours each), Fae Kelley (1,907 hours), Bill and Betty Jones (1,809 hours each), Rebecca Field (1,617 hours), Tom Quayle (1,509 hours), Doug Purcell (883 hours) and Chris Burns (836 hours).

“Many of these individuals have given their time to Yaquina Head for more than a decade,” said Salem District Manager Kim Titus. “Together they have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of visitors and have assisted the Bureau of Land Management with many visitor service tasks including lighthouse tours, interpretive center operations and tide pool education.”

A number of additional Yaquina Head volunteers, including full time “apprentices” – volunteers who serve as rangers-in-training, were also recognized. During the past year, 39 volunteers provided 8,308 hours of service, (valued at $184,000).

Yaquina Head also recognized the efforts of high school tide pool rangers, who played an important role in the site’s Cobble Beach tide pools for the first time this summer. Local teens helped significantly reduce the impact of 100,000-plus people visiting the tide pools, provided educational opportunities, and also helped keep visitors safe while traversing the rolling cobbles and slippery seaweed.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area’s peak visitor period comes to a close as children return to school, but for those who enjoy less crowds, fall and winter are great times to visit. The site is open daily with a $7 fee providing three days of access. An annual pass to Yaquina Head is $15. A number of other passes are honored and available at the site. For more information, call 541-574-3100, or visit Yaquina online at:

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 Posted by at 12:19 AM
Aug 272014

Alsea River fishermen up against a wall of fog from the ocean...

Alsea River fishermen up against a wall of fog from the ocean…

Then this fishermen started some clearing air and a few more bites...

Then the fog started breaking up…

And finally the fog cleared like it wasn't even there to begin with... Ken Gagne photos

Of course, upriver, fishing paradise complete with suntan lotion.
Ken Gagne photos

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 Posted by at 11:51 PM
Aug 272014

Toledo Tomatoes Get 'em while they're juicy!

Toledo Tomatoes
Get ‘em while they’re juicy!

...they start out very most plants do...

…they start out very young…as most plants do…

Some tomatoes don't want to "face" the salad bowl...

Some tomatoes don’t want to “face” the salad bowl…

The Great 4-H Tomato and Seed Giveaway

The 4-H Sustainable Club has been enjoying a healthy harvest variety of tomatoes since early July – now there are plenty to share. On Saturday, August 30, the 4-H club will be giving enough tomatoes to make a salad and tomatoes seeds at the 4-H garden in Toledo from 1pm-3pm.

During those hours, the public is welcome pick up tomatoes, tomatoes for seeds, and view the new features of the garden. The seed packets given away will be in the form of a ripe tomato. To harvest the seeds from a tomato, chop or mash the tomato into a jar and fill the jar with water. Remember to shake the jar from time to time and allow the tomato to decompose for 1-6 days. Once the seeds sink to the bottom of the jar, rinse the seeds clean and allow them to dry.

The decomposition of the tomato discourages transmission of diseases to the seed, while drying the seed promotes better germination and makes it easier to separate.

The tomato seeds available are for Stupice tomatoes, pronounced “stoo-pee-chay.” This tomato is an indeterminate heirloom and cold-tolerant tomato plant which makes it ideal for the Oregon coast; this is why the 4-H club has tomatoes in early July.

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Aug 272014
Kelp Becky Miller Debut exhibit during this weekend's Toledo Art Walk

Becky Miller
Debut exhibit during this weekend’s Toledo Art Walk

Comment from artist Becky Miller:

It’s called “This Glorious Life” and is a 24″x36″ oil on canvas of bull kelp in the surf on a sunny Oregon day at Nye Beach. It was the sparkling sunlight and the sense of the cool water that captivated me. I’ll be unveiling it for the first time during Art Walk this weekend. Becky Miller Studios 167 NE First, Toledo.

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 Posted by at 11:15 PM
Aug 272014

From Lincoln City Police

On Monday, August 25, 2014 at approximately 5:07pm a female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and severely injured. She was transported to OHSU Medical Center in Portland. On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 the investigating officer from Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) was notified that she has died as a result of her injuries.

The victim, Roberta L. Morton, age 61, of Gales Ferry CT, was struck by a 2000 Ford F250 Pickup. Morton was legally crossing Hwy 101 from the west side to the east side in the crosswalk at NW 6th Street in Lincoln City. The driver of the pickup, Ronald E. Hults, age 57, of Lincoln city, was entering Hwy 101 from NE 6th Street and making a left turn across the crosswalk to south bound Hwy 101. He remained at the scene and has been cooperating with the continuing investigation.

Hults was cited for Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian (Violation).

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 Posted by at 3:32 PM
Aug 272014
Toledo Library Art Walk Founders Exhibit Must see!

Toledo Library
Art Walk Founders Exhibit
Must see!

The Toledo Public Library, a big supporter of the arts has, under the direction of Peter Rayment, Past Library Director, started a Permanent Collection of Art for the viewing of the community. Continued by Deborah Trusty, Library Director, the Collection is growing and includes the work of Karen Fitzgibbon, who works in mixed media/clay and wood.

Michael Gibbons, Douglas Haga, and Ivan Kelly, all artists of Toledo, are Founders of the Art Walk which will celebrate the 21st year showing the art of Toledo artists and their invited guests.

A group of original paintings by the founders will be shown this year at the Library which will be open 1:-5:00 pm Saturday Aug. 30, Sunday Aug.31 and Monday Sept 1 , Labor Day for Art Walk 21. Look for the #10 on the telephone pole and the big ART WALK A-Frame sign outside of the Toledo Public Library, 173 NW 7th, Toledo. Call (541) 336-3132 for more information.

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 Posted by at 1:46 PM
Aug 272014

New Port of Newport Headquarters just west of Englund Marine

New Port of Newport Headquarters just west of Englund Marine

Profile of new admin building - open in Aug. '16

Profile of new admin building – open in August 2016

Port of Newport commissioners signed on the dotted line Tuesday night to give the green light to their architectural and development firm to proceed with drawing up detailed plans for the port’s new administrative headquarters. The port offices are currently housed in what amounts to a double wide mobile home just west of Englund Marine. And it’s pretty cramped in there.

Under the agreement, CapriArchitecture will refine the design of the single story building which will be the first major upgrade to port offices in recent memory. It will have a streamlined work flow layout so staff offices are effectively situated to promote efficient staff interaction. It will also be wired for state of the art computer and internet access to facilitate workflow. The port commissioners will also have a formal commission meeting room complete with COMFORTABLE audience seating. The lower building roof line was also designed to minimize the building’s impact on residential scenic views just up hill from the port offices.

According to CapriArchiture’s timeline, construction will begin in June of next year, with completion expected in August of 2016, which is just about the same time as ODOT’s Highway 20 project just east of Newport.

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