Oct 252014
 
Two Horses up Yachats Valley...greening up from recent rains...

Two Horses up Yachats Valley…greening up from recent rains…
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Oct 252014
 
Bicycle Sharrows popping up in several areas of the county

Bicycle Sharrows popping up in several areas of the county

The Lincoln County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee wants drivers and bicyclists to be on the lookout for new “Sharrows” that have been placed on roadways around the county: Yaquina Bay Road, Otter Crest Loop and East Devils Lake Road. Sharrows are painted on pavement to remind motorists that there are bicyclists on these roads and that drivers should be very aware of their surroundings and bicyclists that may not be as visible as a driver might think.

The new bike sharrows are located in the following locations:

• Yaquina Bay Road – MP 11.3 to MP 12.2
• Otter Crest Loop- MP 1.9 to MP 2.6 (Look Out south to the Inn at Otter Crest)
• East Devils Lake Road- MP 1.4 to MP 1.7

What do these sharrow markings mean for bicyclists?
Sharrows are used to assist bicyclists with positioning on a shared roadway. Sharrow markings are also meant to remind bicyclists to share the road with motorists. Sharing the road means bicyclists should:

• Ride your bicycle predictably
• Follow the rules of the road
• Watch for motorists when making lane changes and turns
• Ride in the correct direction of travel at all times

What do these sharrow markings mean for motorists?
Sharrow markings are used to alert motorists of the location a bicyclist may occupy within the travelled way. Sharrow markings are also meant to remind motorists to share the road with bicyclists. Sharing the road means motorists should:
• Drive your vehicle predictably
• Follow the rules of the road
• Watch for bicyclists when making lane changes and turns
• When parked, check for bicyclists before opening your door
• Be respectful of both bicyclists and pedestrians

Be aware that bicyclists are vulnerable to different hazards than drivers (e.g. minor pot holes and debris), so give them space to maneuver. Even where there are no sharrows or bike lanes, motorists should always share the road.
Why are some sharrow markings in the middle of the travel lane? Aren’t cyclists supposed to move to the right?

Some sharrows are positioned in the middle of the travel lane in order to pull the bikes out into the lane which will prohibit the tendency of vehicles to go left of center to pass. As street and lane widths vary, so too does the position of the sharrow. Bicyclists are expected to use these markings as a guide to positioning themselves safely. Bicyclists should remain positioned in the sharrow “path” to avoid weaving in and out of travel lanes.
Should cyclists and motorists only share the road in lanes with sharrow markings?

Cyclists and motorists should share the road on all these streets regardless of whether there are pavement marking or signs encouraging them to do so.

By the way, the Lincoln County Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking members to help advise the county commission, public works department and others concerned as to where bike sharrow signs should be painted onto road and highway surfaces. Members are especially needed for the eastern and southern reaches of Lincoln County. To apply to serve on this valuable committee, simply click here.

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Oct 242014
 
Learn how to referee youth basketball.

Learn how to referee youth basketball.

There will be a free referee training clinic at the Newport Recreation Center on Tuesday, November 4th, from 6pm-7:30pm.

Anyone who would like to be a referee for youth basketball season with Newport Parks and Recreation Department should attend this training. Referees will work youth games that are played on Saturdays throughout the months of December-March.

The minimum age to referee is 14 years old. Please wear proper athletic clothing and shoes to the training because there will be some running and demonstrations involved.

For more information, contact the Mike Cavanaugh at 541-574-5453 or visit www.newportoregon.gov.

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Oct 242014
 

Food Share of Lincoln County

Food Share of Lincoln County & Thriftway!!

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Lincoln County Food Share and Thriftway Stores are gearing up to “Bag Local Hunger” in our community from Oct 29th through November 18th. And it’s easy to take part in this rally against hunger.

Customers can purchase a bag of food for $10 (value $20) at your neighborhood Thriftway and it will be donated to your local food bank or partner program.

Choose from a list of selected Western Family non-perishable items for a “Buy one-Give one” opportunity. For each Western Family item you purchase from the select list, Western Family will donate one of the same.

Cash donations may also be accepted through a scan coupon at the checkout register.

Your support can make a big difference for families and individuals in our community. No one should go hungry.

For more information contact Food Share of Lincoln County at 541-265-8578 or visit us online by clicking here.

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Oct 242014
 
Cable median divider Stepped up installation between Salem and Corvallis

Cable median divider
Stepped up installation between Salem and Corvallis

Governor Kitzhaber and ODOT Director expedite cable barrier installations

Governor John Kitzhaber, in consultation with ODOT Director Matthew Garrett, today ordered ODOT to move up plans to install cable barriers on sections of Interstate 5 medians between Salem to Albany. It’s a project designed to reduce the number of crossover freeway crashes.

ODOT had planned to put out bids for the two projects beginning this February. But after consulting with the Governor, the department decided to implement an emergency procurement process and now expects to complete the work much sooner. Recent storms, bringing heavy rainfall in these areas, contributed to two recent crossover fatalities.

“Extreme conditions call for extreme measures,” said Garrett. “Safety has always been and will always be our top priority. We will work diligently with our construction partners to see this project completed as soon as humanly possible.”

Next week ODOT will contact contractors who have constructed cable barriers for the department in the past. The department expects to receive bids back from those contractors by the end of next week. The goal is to select a contractor by Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The department’s goal is for construction to begin by mid-November.

Some facts about cable barriers compared to concrete barriers:

* Softer hit – lower energy impact, generally fewer injury crashes or less severe injury crashes.
* Less expensive to purchase and install, allowing more coverage.
* Easier to repair and restore to effectiveness after an impact.
* Better in snow because its open design prevents drifting snow along the roadway.
* Requires little or no drainage modifications.

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Oct 242014
 

YOUTH COALITION THANK YOU

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Oct 242014
 

New headquarters building for Port of Newport - blue building, center.

New headquarters building for Port of Newport – blue building, center.


New HQ building viewed from northwest corner.

New HQ building viewed from northwest corner.

The Port of Newport’s new administration building, complete with a REAL port commissioners meeting room, is expected to be built and ready for occupancy in about two years.

The facility will be located at the end of NE 5th in Newport, on port property abutting Bay Boulevard. The cost is estimated right around a cool million – all of it coming from left over cash from the NOAA headquarters facility on the other side of the bay.

For decades port employees have operated out of one form of manufactured housing or another with all of the cramptness and draftiness that goes with it. Port Manager Kevin Greenwood says in addition to having more space, the space will be more smartly organized to improve work flow for individual as well as staff joint-work areas. Greenwood says port business will get done more effectively, in less time and in a more pleasant environment which port workers will no doubt appreciate. It will also make port headquarters more inviting for the public. The new building will also provide a more professional environment for port commission meetings complete with overhead projection and, eventually, devices to record commission meetings so folks at home can watch either live or by recorded playback via the internet.

A suggestion by one homeowner just uphill from the new buildings site asked that the building be positioned parallel to Bay Boulevard, rather than perpendicular. A discussion ensued with the end consensus pointing to keeping the building perpendicular which produces the least amount of visual impact for the greater number of homes.

More dredging coming up next month alongside International Terminal

More dredging coming up next month alongside International Terminal

Greenwood also says the port will be doing more dredging this fall alongside the newly renovated International Terminal – taking out silt stone next to the terminal, making it deeper, so log ships can head for the orient with full loads. Rip rap will also have to be added to stabilize the bottom. He says Teevin Brothers is expected to begin building their four million dollar log handling yard shortly after the first of the year with log shipments commencing in mid-to-late summer.

On another front, Greenwood says the port will be installing a big culvert across the bay from the terminal, just east of the Oregon Coast Aquarium to allow tidal flows to fill in a rather shallow wetlands to expand and make them deeper. The $900,000 project is part of the mitigation for the original NOAA project which took out a lot of aquatic habitat. The law says if you take out productive habitat in one area, you have to make it up in another. So that’s what the port is doing.

The port is also having to go back and improve the function of one mitigation area the port thought it had completed. It was the planting of Eel Grass near the NOAA facility itself. Unfortunately tidal movement of bottom sand was something the port hadn’t anticipated and the Eel Grass didn’t take. Greenwood says the port will have to go back in and recontour and refortify the bottom and then plant more Eel Grass. Eel Grass is prime habitat for juvenile salmon that are waiting to head out to sea as part of their life cycle.

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Oct 242014
 
Courtney Campbell Life & Death according to our cultural understandings  of it all...

Courtney Campbell
Life & Death according to our cultural understandings of it all…

Contemporary American culture is commonly portrayed as death-denying or death-defying. However, other cultural traditions understand our mortality as a teacher about living a purposeful life. Can acknowledging our mortality bring greater meaning to life?

This is the focus of “Cultural Diversity on Life and Death,” a free conversation with Courtney Campbell on Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Campbell is the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and a professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. He has been on the faculty at OSU since 1990 and has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. Campbell serves on the board of directors for Benton Hospice, the ethics committee for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and coordinates the program in medical humanities at OSU.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153 or go to www.newportlibrary.org.

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Oct 242014
 

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While the Department of Homeland Security has been reportedly cutting the Coast Guard’s budget, along with that of FEMA and the Transportation Safety Administration, Homeland Security agents have found a new, “creative” way to spend those dollars – by going on a panty raid at a Kansas City lingerie store.

We know it sounds far fetched, like a couple of Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi look-alikes pulling off a gag raid, but the story is running in legitimate news outlets nationwise and on network television. Including Fox News.

If it’s true, it would be a clear case of Grandpa in Hee Haw rising up in a corn field to exclaim: “Fact is stranger than the truth.”

Here’s the story in the Kansas City Star. Click here.

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Oct 242014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, October 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: For the most part, we got a break from the stormy weather yesterday. There were mixed conditions with some extended sunbreaks, a modest southwest breeze of 15-20 mph, a couple of light rain showers and a few minor thunderstorms, mainly offshore. While the Central Coast saw a few flashes of lightning, an intense thunderstorm actually generated a tornado which touched-down in Longview, Washington, about 12:30pm. Officially classed as an EF1, winds topped 50 mph and considerable damage was caused. Locally, the showers faded away during the evening and overnight with starbreaks in the clouds and low temps rather warm in the mid-50s. Lincoln City was tied with Brookings for the highest low temperature in Oregon, 55F. By dawn, clouds again masked the sky and a light breeze wafted out of the east-southeast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/55F/0.17”
Depoe Bay: 59F/54F/0.09”
Newport: 61F/54F/<0.01”
Waldport: 61F/54F/0.09”
Yachats: 60F/53F/0.18”

Forecast: The National Weather Service renewed its Special Weather Statement this morning for possible strong winds this weekend in Northwest Oregon. A low pressure system is forecast to develop well off the Northern California coast today and move northeast toward the Oregon coast tonight. There is the potential for high winds, especially along the Central Coast, and windy conditions in the Willamette Valley. There is still plenty of uncertainty regarding the strength and timing of this system. If high winds occur, downed trees and power outages would be possible. At this time it looks like the strongest winds would blow late Saturday afternoon through the evening.

The early part of today should be an extension of our break from the stormy weather, but rain is expected to develop again by lunchtime. Temps rise to 60F or so this afternoon. The breeze will be light from the southeast, but a High Wind Watch for strong WON WINDY RAINYsou’westers may be issued before the day is out as the next storm’s track and strength becomes more apparent. Rain tonight with northeast winds 10-15 mph gusting to 25 and the mercury drifts down to 55F. Sometime tomorrow the next more powerful weather system arrives, the breeze rises to southerly 25-30 mph gusting 45 and rainfall increases. Outlook is for showers on Sunday and Monday. A wild card will be played Monday night as remnants of Hurricane Ana impact the forecast. Though specifics are still up in the air, so to speak, this storm could include another round of high winds and heavy rain. Looks like a break on Tuesday before another storm hits the Central Coast midweek.

Halloween… Trick or Treaters face a 50-50 chance of showers and light winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain developing and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by noon with highs of 60F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement and windy, with snow possible down to the Cascade highway passes on Sunday.

Marine: Conditions are relatively benign this morning with light SE winds around 10 knots and seas 8-9 feet at 11 WON GALEseconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less at Buoy 7. A Gale Watch goes into effect this evening and runs through tomorrow morning. Light ESE winds today, 10 knots or so, with the swell around 8 feet and rain by this afternoon. Tonight, expect E winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 early and to southerly 25-35 knots with gusts to 40 after midnight; combined seas building to 11 feet at 12 seconds. Really rough seas are projected for tomorrow, averaging 17 feet at 10 seconds along with S winds 30-35 knots gusting to 45. Outlook is for an easing breeze on Sunday, 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells subsiding to 8 feet. But, don’t get your hopes up. Another storm is forecast for Monday night and Tuesday, packing sou’westers 25-30 knots and lumpy seas rebuilding to 8-13 feet.

On the Beach… Rain by afternoon, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* Surf and wind may build to high levels this weekend.
* Tides
10/24 Fri 12:49 PM 8.81 H
10/24 Fri 07:29 PM -0.34 L
10/25 Sat 01:58 AM 7.34 H
10/25 Sat 07:19 AM 2.52 L

In Short: Rain developing, light winds, then stormy.

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