We apologize for the interruption in News Lincoln County

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Apr 262017

We’re working on the problem. The website is operating very slow. It’s likely going to take at least a day to fix it. Keep checking back in.

Thanks for your patience,

Dave Morgan

 Posted by at 10:01 AM

Weather or Not: Two in Two

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Apr 262017

Wednesday, Apr. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: Light rain and breezy yesterday, cloudy with showers overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/48F/33mph/0.57”
Depoe Bay: 53F/47F/41mph/0.61”
Newport: 52F/46F/37mph/0.52”
Waldport: 53F/47F/30mph/0.55”
Yachats: 55F/49F/37mph/0.61”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 3,100’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 29.89”

Forecast: The latest predictions show that after two more wet days we’ll get two that are dry and mostly sunny. Rain this morning, turning to showers this afternoon, northwest winds gusting 20-25 mph and a high near 55F. There’s a 50-50 chance of showers continuing tonight and tomorrow, moderate westerly winds, a low of 45F and a high in the low-50s. Outlook is for mostly sunny Friday and Saturday, warmer with highs of 55-60F, then a chance of showers Sunday followed by partly sunny and possibly dry again Monday and Tuesday. The mercury will still be mostly a little below average for this late in the season. If long-range projections hold up, next week could be mainly dry with daytime temperatures rising to near normal for the beginning of May as highs reach the mid-60s.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 45F. For the Cascades, highways have slush and packed snow this morning, 30-35F, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 7:00pm this evening, the snow level lowering to 4,500 feet today with 2-6 inches of snow possible in the passes, carry chains or traction tires. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are WNW 10 knots this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 7 seconds. Wind is slowly settling down to mostly below advisory criteria. There are a few spots gusting in the 15-20 knot range but will be slowly decreasing in the afternoon. Seas running 7 feet with a short period will create some rough conditions, though these should abate this morning. Broader high pressure then builds over the NE Pacific keeping a relative lull in winds through Friday. Seas may next reach 10-11 feet Thursday through early Friday as the southern end of a swell train clips the northern waters from a surface low crossing Southeast Alaska. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 6 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/26 Wed 06:59 AM -1.10 L
04/26 Wed 01:24 PM 8.01 H
04/26 Wed 07:03 PM 0.90 L
04/27 Thu 01:18 AM 9.36 H

In Short: Rain, showers, then clearing and warmer.

 Posted by at 9:17 AM

Newport: Chip truck fire at 1950 SW Coast Highway south end of Yaquina Bay Bridge.

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Apr 262017

Semi fire at 1950 SW Coast Highway. Semi – second trailer on fire. Northbound lane is blocked. The trailer is full of wood chips.

North and southbound lanes are now blocked at the south end of the bridge.

Fire in the second trailer is knocked down.

 Posted by at 6:55 AM

Banner-rama up and down 101 through Yachats…coming soon!!

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Apr 242017

Lamp post banners to be hung up and down Highway 101 in Yachats

Photographer Ken Gagne captured this quick snap of one of the artistic banners that will soon adorn newly installed lamp posts through Yachats as part of the highway improvements through town. Gagne says the banner of the mermaid was created by Martina Olson, with many more by other artists to follow over the next month or so.

 Posted by at 11:11 PM

…more on Measure 21-177…aerial spraying of pesticides…

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Apr 242017

The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Lincoln County, its staff and advertisers. The views of the writer are strictly his/her own.

To the Editor:

A Red Herring is something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.

This letter is to the fishing community in Lincoln County and to everyone whose business and livelihood depends, directly or indirectly, on a healthy fisheries industry.
For example: seafood processing on the Bayfront, seafood restaurants, seafood markets, boat maintenance and supply, tourism as relates to sport fishing, fishing charter boats and many other businesses on the Bayfront and at the South Beach marina.

Fishing and crabbing are valued contributors to Lincoln County’s economy and an indelible part of the county’s heritage. Thanks to everyone who contributes to this vital and important industry. What I have to say has a direct effect on your livelihood.

Concern has been generated by the false rumor that Measure 21-177, when passed, will result in fishing boat owners being unable to paint the hulls of their boats via spraying. This false rumor is but one part of the tactics and propaganda generated by the “public relations” firms headquartered far from Lincoln County and hired by the Coalition to Defeat Measure 21-177. This propaganda is indirectly paid for by the poison manufacturers (Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow Chemical) who will benefit most from continuing the status quo. The purpose of this propaganda is to manipulate you by “pushing your buttons” with specious arguments intended to alarm you, to divert your attention from the real matter at hand and, most importantly, to vote against your own best interests.

The primary matter at hand is the negative effect of spraying poisons from aircraft.

Whatever poisons are sprayed from aircraft into the atmosphere inevitably settle on land, on plants, people, wildlife, or on water. Whatever poisons settle on land,
plants or water inexorably find their way into the oceans.

Whatever poisons or other toxic contaminants find their way into the oceans also find their way into the bodies of the fish, shellfish, and other marine creatures on which the fishing industry depends. Any substance that degrades the marine environment and contaminates the creatures on which your livelihood depends should be of grave concern to everyone involved,directly or indirectly, in the fishing industry.

Let’s think this through.

Why should you care?

What will happen to the fishing industry in Lincoln County when seafood brought to port for sale tests positive for any of the poisons sprayed from aircraft?

You can’t sell your catch.
Your livelihood disappears overnight.
Your boats are worthless.
All the businesses that depend on a healthy, vibrant fishing industry collapse.

Do yourselves a favor. Vote in your own best interests. Vote YES on Measure 21-177.
Spread the word.

John Colman-Pinning


Vote Yes on 21-177

My name is Sandy Schindler, just a citizen of Lincoln County and a drinker of water from the Depoe Bay Water District. I’m not a farmer, scientist or chemical engineer, but I don’t think it takes that to figure out aerial spraying a chemical brew all over our forests and clear cuts to kill pests and weeds might eventually get washed down the water sheds right into our reservoirs. The very place where that glass of water you may have drank today came from.

Think too of all the animals and fish in the wrong place at the wrong time that will get sprayed. Maybe a deer that some hunter may take home and eat. Some fish that a fisherman brings home for dinner. Who knows what long term effects those chemicals could have on us. My Mother once told me that if you can’t pronounce the name of the chemicals in a can of food, don’t eat it. The names of these chemicals fall into that category and I for one don’t want to take a chance for myself or my family. The timber industry has gotten along for many, many years without the use of helicopters to spray this toxic brew over the landscape. I don’t think it would hurt them to keep doing things the way they always have.

If you follow the money, you will see huge corporations putting thousands of dollars into defeating this measure. That always tells me a lot – who wants it defeated. Sure they are just looking at their bottom line which is what big corporations do and the bottom line here is that aerial spraying is the cheapest approach to accomplish their goals. Our problem is the cheapest way for them means potential health risks for all of us.

I see many people trying to defeat this measure through scare tactics, but if you read the measure closely I for one don’t see that it is there. The other big argument against the measure is the potential loss of jobs and hurting the economy if they are not allowed to aerial spray. Can’t quite correlate all of that since there were jobs and an economy before aerial spraying. Seems like they are pretty much thinking about themselves and not the good of the community. One could also say what good are those jobs they talk about, or for that matter even the economy, if you and your family or your children end up sick, or worse, simply by drinking a glass of our water.

I therefore ask everyone to read Measure 21-177 closely. After you do, think about those helicopters spraying chemicals over our forests and water sheds and please consider a YES vote on this measure.

Sandy Schindler
Depoe Bay, Oregon

NewsLincolnCounty.com cordially invites any and all citizens to share their views and opinions on Measure 21-177. Email them to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

 Posted by at 9:21 PM

Get your last minute 2-cents in on Newport’s future!!

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Apr 242017

Carla Perry
Newport Vision 2040

I am a member of the City of Newport’s Vision 2040 Advisory Committee. I had been chairperson of the Vision 2040 Task Force that got this whole process started. I am really Carla Perry, sending out this message.

The City is gathering input from children, teenagers, and young adults, as well as the rest of us on what we’d like the Greater Newport area to have going for it 25 years from now. If we know where we’re heading, we’ll have a better chance of getting there.

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out an on-line survey. Most of the information already gathered indicates residents appreciate the beautiful surrounding of nature, our small town feel, maritime industries, arts presence, and distinct neighborhoods. What is now needed are your comments about the challenges you see regarding housing, health care, transportation, employment, infrastructure, etc…

We’re hoping to capture last minute ideas from people who have not yet provided input.
Go to www.tinyurl.com/jxgcma8.

There are 7 broad categories:

Choose any one category and answer 4 questions.
(To see an explanation of focus areas and sub topics, go to: https://goo.gl/hdi3vT)

If you’d like to provide answers for more than one category, just return to the main page, click a second (or third, or fourth) category, and answer the 4 questions with the new category in mind.

The City of Newport has committed to using the results of this Visioning process when setting City goals and developing the City budget, so your voice needs to be heard.

If you know others — especially young others — who would be inclined to share their thoughts, please forward this email on to them. I’d love to get the opinions of elementary, middle, and high school students.

If you have questions about this project, contact Rachel Cotton, assistant planner for the City of Newport: R.Cotton@NewportOregon.gov or 541-574-3341.

Thank you so much for your time.
Most sincerely,
-Carla Perry
If we know where we’re heading, we’ll have a better chance of getting there.

 Posted by at 6:09 PM

Traffic crash: Otter Crest Loop and Otter Crest Drive

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Apr 242017

Report of a traffic crash on Otter Crest Loop and Otter Crest Drive. No word yet on injuries.

Crashed vehicle is a green pickup with a camper. Witness says the vehicle went into a rock wall and looks totaled. Driver is older white male. No word yet on extent of injuries.

Driver is trapped in the vehicle. He will need extrication. Driver told arriving firefighters that he’s hurting from a body strain on his seat belt.

Otter Crest Loops is closed due to the wreck.

 Posted by at 5:47 PM

They’re signing them up for Head Start for the upcoming school year!!

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Apr 242017

Apply Now at CSC Lincoln County Head Start for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Lincoln County, OR…CSC Lincoln County Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year at their Newport, Toledo, and Lincoln City locations. Apply now to increase your child’s likelihood of enrollment – spots are filling quickly!

Head Start provides a free preschool education to children ages three to five years old. Children must be three years old as of the first of September, and 3-year-old and 4-year old children are eligible to apply.

CSC Lincoln County Head Start will be offering one full day (7-hour), full-year (through June) class at each location, and two half-day classes in Newport and Lincoln City, with one half-day class in Toledo.

Applications can be picked up outside of all three Lincoln County Head Start locations. Spanish and English applications are available. Applications must be fully completed when submitted (directions are included). A Head Start staff member will conduct an application interview with you at the time you turn in your application. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the application.

Head Start is a “family affair,” with parents and guardians fully participating in all aspects of the program and their children’s education. Children succeed at the very start of learning, and that beginning helps them build on success in the future. Families learn the importance of supporting their children’s education. Join our family!
Below are the CSC Lincoln County Head Start locations and contact information:

Newport Head Start
253 NE 1st Street
Newport, OR 97365

Toledo Head Start
845 NW “A” Street
Toledo, OR 97391

Lincoln City Head Start
2130 SE Lee Street
Lincoln City, OR 97367

 Posted by at 4:53 PM