In Memory of Wanda Ellenburg

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Jul 202018

Wanda Ellenburg

Wanda Ellenburg 1948-2018

Wanda Jean (Sandy) Ellenburg (Long) was born February 14, 1948 and went home to be with Jesus on July 6, 2018 after a long illness.

Sandy was born in Sacramento, California and married her husband, Peck, on March 31, 1970. They renewed their vows on August 14, 1976. Their son, Jason, was born on October 30, 1978.

Sandy had a warm, humorous presence and delighted her family and friends with her contagious smile and sense of humor. Though she suffered from ill health for many years, she never let herself get down. Her family will remember her strong spirit in the face of her illness.

She was survived by her husband, Peck, son Jason (Katie), adopted sister, Gail and cousin Judy.

A celebration of life service will be held at The Salvation Army Church, 140 NE 4th Street, Newport on Saturday, September 15 at 11:00AM, with a potluck luncheon to follow. All are welcome in this celebration.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to send donations to the Heart Foundation.

Substation Fire Declared Worst Wildfire in the Country

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Jul 192018

Light air tanker drops water on Substation Fire burning near where the Deschutes empties into the Columbia River

MORO, OR – Day 3 of the Substation Fire brought winds gusting to 35-40 mph, making it a very tough day for firefighters.

The winds blew out the south end of the fire near Deschutes river canyon further damaging agricultural and wildland areas. Bucket helos and air tankers, along with dozers on the ground, helped to bolster firefighters resolve to push for containment of the blaze.

The Substation Fire is now designated the number one wildland fire in the nation. Additional resources arrived Thursday afternoon. The Pacific Northwest incident management team added greater depth to the operational forces who will assist in managing all aspects of the fire. Meanwhile, 217 firefighters representing 73 firefighting agencies are battling the blaze.

The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18th. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, equipped with water buckets, are joining in the fight.

Other air tankers known as “Super Scoopers” and “Fire Bosses” that can drop thousands of gallons of water continue to be used, as well as single-engine air tankers that can disperse fire retardant.

Evacuation levels have gone back and forth. Law enforcement and fire officials appreciate the community’s understanding and responsiveness regarding evacuations. Fire officials are working closely with the Wasco and Sherman County Sheriff’s Offices to continually evaluate the risk to life and property. Level 3 (“Go”) evacuations continue to be in place for Moro and Grass Valley. The communities of Wasco and Kent remain under Level 2 evacuation. Area residents are urged to heed local emergency notifications as well as check the local sheriff’s office Facebook page and the Substation Fire Facebook page ( for updates.

Segments 3 and 4 of the lower Deschutes River remain closed.

The American Red Cross shelter at The Dalles Middle School at 1100 E. 12th St remains available to residents impacted by the fire. In addition to sleeping accommodations, the shelter is providing meals, community updates, and a cool place to get out of the heat and smokey conditions.

Locally, smoke is in the moderate to unhealthy range. Sensitive groups, such as those with asthma, chronic respiratory disease or cardio vascular disease, are encouraged to avoid smoke exposure, reduce time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activity during smoky conditions.

John Skipper – A lifelong passion for service

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Jul 192018

John Skipper
A life-long passion for service….

John Lloyd Skipper Jr. was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sept. 26, 1932, barely three years after the start of the Great Depression. After losing the family business, John’s father started over by helping build one of the biggest Army training bases during World War II. His dad also developed a 60-unit trailer park for Army trainers, where he often left his young son, John Jr., in charge, when he was away. This instilled in John a sense of self-sufficiency and caring for others that continued throughout his life.

John put himself through college at the University of Florida, marrying, and fathering three boys before graduating. A “Big 8” CPA accounting firm quickly snatched him up and early-on moved him into management.

He first worked in Miami, leading engagements there and in the Caribbean. He relocated many times, helping companies in Hawaii, Washington DC, Hawaii (again) and then back to Florida, as CFO. It was in Hawaii where he met and married Joni, his lasting love. John and Joni decided to settle in Lincoln City, Oregon. In 1992, John reinvented himself by becoming a realtor, and joined Taylor & Taylor Realty in 1993.

John’s life of public service began in 1995 serving on the local LCBR Governmental Affairs Committee for four years. During this time, he also served on OAR’s Land Use, Political Action, and Governmental Affairs Committees for several years. In 1999, John was voted Realtor of the Year by his colleagues. He served as the local RPAC Representative from 2000 through 2004.

In 1998, John served on and chaired Lincoln City’s Urban Renewal Advisory Board for four years, and the Budget and Transient Room Tax Committees for three years each. He also chaired the Planning Commission for many years. In 2002 John ran for Lincoln City mayor, but lost in a tight, yet well fought race.

John was highly accomplished at starting over having learned to be resilient throughout life’s successes, failures and tragedies. He often knew what had to be done, how to get it done, and was determined enough to see things through. He was an optimistic realist, a wise and kind-hearted tough-guy that people could count on to help and do the right thing, in so many situations.

John passed away at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Beaverton, following surgery.

Those remembering John include his brother Stan, his sister Frances Carroll, his namesake son John L. Skipper III, and his daughter Janice, who moved to Lincoln City to live with her dad, to enjoy his later years.

A remembrance of John’s life will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m., at St. James/Santiago Episcopal Church, 2490 NE Highway 101 in Lincoln City, where John was an active member of the vestry for over 20 years.

John’s “retirement” celebration of life, hosted by Taylor & Taylor Realty Co, will be held on Sunday, August 5th, at Eden Hall (next to the Side Door Cafe) at 6675 Gleneden Beach Loop, in Gleneden Beach. As an important part of the community there are many stories to be heard, so please come help celebrate John, enjoy some great food, and share your favorite memories from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity in John’s name.

Confirmed Structure Fire 22164 Siletz River Highway

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Jul 192018

North Lincoln and Siletz Fire Departments are enroute to a report of a building fire at 22164 Siletz River Highway. Milepost 22, so sounds pretty close to Siletz.

Arriving units confirm it is a house fire.

Firefighters from Newport and Seal Rock are being summoned to the scene to help battle the blaze and to prevent a forest fire.

Siletz has it handled the fire. All other units are turning back around and heading for home.

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Nye Beach remains in “Don’t go in the water” status….

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Jul 182018

Nye Beach
Sara Schneiber photo

Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Nye Beach

The Oregon Health Authority has issued a recreational use health advisory for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Nye Beach, located in Newport.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Nye Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Peruvian Music just east of Little Switzerland

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Jul 182018

Peruvian genre-bending musical force Novalima will be performing in Tidewater Falls, OR on Friday, August 10th! From their humble start, file-sharing musical ideas and producing their first album in separate countries during the dawn of the internet, Novalima is now revered worldwide for breaking boundaries and uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations. They have created an inspiring movement and revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru by bridging a longstanding divide between the mainstream and the minority Afro-Peruvian community, who have struggled against discrimination and cultural dissolution for generations. The band is touring in support of their upcoming album release Ch’usay, and press passes are available.
You can listen to Novalima’s upcoming album Ch’usay, out September 14th, 2018 here:
Show Details:
Beloved Festival 2018 | Sacred Art, Music & Movement
August 10-13, 2018

Bulletin from Emergency Services

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Jul 182018

Residents in the counties of Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman have had their power cut off by the Bonneville Power Administration due to local wildland fires in Wasco and Sherman Counties. The BPA is assessing damage and there is no estimate as to when the power will be switched back on.