Nov 232014
Half of all undocumented families will benefit from the temporary reprieve from deportation.

Half of all undocumented families will benefit from the temporary reprieve from deportation.

When President Obama signed his executive order the other night, it gave “deportation relief” for certain undocumented families. Obama’s order affected the lives of about half of Oregon’s undocumented population – about 100,000 people. In California, the number approaches one million. A state by state tally is found in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 5:31 PM
Nov 232014

A hit and run accident has left a mess in the southbound lane of 101 near Seal Rock State Park. The vehicle hit by a white van contains an injured elderly male.

Reports say the white van took off without stopping. It has considerable front end damage and its lights are off. It was last seen headed south on 101 and may have exited onto a side road leading into the Bayshore area of Waldport. The vehicle is leaking fluid so that may help in tracking it down.

The offending vehicle is now reported to be a white Chrysler mini-van. Latest report said van was seen southbound on Alsea Bay Bridge heading in to Waldport.

Vehicle now reported southbound on 101 at milepost 166, two miles south of Yachats.

One law enforcement unit is following a trail of minor debris in the southbound lane about 3 to 4 miles south of Yachats. Florence Police have now also been notified.

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 Posted by at 5:20 PM
Nov 232014
Rocky Creek Saturday Steve Power

Rocky Creek Saturday
Steve Power

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 Posted by at 8:32 AM
Nov 232014

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Nov. 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Let’s describe yesterday as one of those where we need to dredge up the old, hackneyed phrase, “If you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, it’ll change.” We had everything from heavy rain showers to some cheery sunbreaks. West winds blew 10-15 mph with gusts to around 25, and the mercury rose to the mid-50s. Rainfall amounts varied with the intensity of the showers; Lincoln City received the most wet stuff. Variable cloudiness but no rain to speak of took us through the evening and overnight with lows of 45-50F. This morning, clouds were thickening, the breeze was light out of the south and we were right between two large areas of rain, one passing north of us and the other to our south.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/51F/0.41”
Depoe Bay: 55F/46F/0.10”
Newport: 55F/45F/0.04”
Waldport: 56F/43F/0.13”
Yachats: 57F/49F/0.14”

Forecast: It looks like a wet week, beginning with rain likely later today, high 55F and sou’westers 10-15 mph gusting 20-25. Tonight there’s a 50-50 chance of rain early, then turning to showers, patchy fog and lows of 45-50F. Tomorrow, expect a WON RAINdiminishing chance of rain, areas of fog, and the mercury rising to 55F or so. Outlook is for rain likely on Tuesday.

Thanksgiving Holiday Period… Chance of rain Wednesday through Friday, rain likely and breezy Saturday and Sunday, high 50-55F, lows around 45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain likely with 50-55F. Highway 34 has standing water on the pavement at Alsea Mountain summit, near Milepost 38. Valley destinations are expecting rain and highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, windy, snow accumulations of 1-4 inches at the passes; the snow level is at 4,000 feet. Willamette and Santiam Passes have packed snow this morning; it’s slushy at Government Camp. Carry chains or traction tires, and be prepared to use them, if you plan to cross the Cascades. Outlook for weekend travelers is rain and wet pavement at the lower elevations, but more snow is possible on Cascade highways through tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 13”, a gain of 10” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6″ during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 7”/24”/Limited opening tomorrow
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/7”/Tubing Hill open today
Mt. Hood Meadows 7”/19”/Ballroom Carpet, Buttercup and Easy Rider open
Timberline 7”/17”/Bruno’s Lift open today, limited terrain

Cascadia: Two good-sized earthquakes occurred early this morning about 150 miles west of Newport. A magnitude 5.4 shaker was recorded at 3:01am, followed by a 4.9 at 4:51am. Epicenters for both temblors were along the Blanco Fracture Zone of the Juan de Fuca Tectonic Plate, where two other 3-plus quakes have happened in past couple of weeks.

Marine: There are rough square seas this morning, 14 feet at 14 seconds, but winds are not very strong, SSW 10-15 WON SCAknots with a few higher gusts. Some rather intense thunderstorms are occurring early today over offshore waters north of Cascade Head. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar has not reported. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow morning. Today, expect seas 12-14 feet at 13-14 seconds and SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with rain. Seas stay lumpy through tonight, 13 feet at 13 seconds, though winds should be a tad lighter, S 10-15 knots. S winds tomorrow at 10-15 knots gusting 20 with subsiding seas, 10 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots and swells 7-9 feet through Thursday.

On the Beach… Rain, a little breeze, surf 12 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the high tide around noon today. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
11/23 Sun 11:54 AM 9.53 H
11/23 Sun 06:51 PM -1.19 L
11/24 Mon 01:34 AM 7.49 H
11/24 Mon 06:37 AM 3.17 L

In Short: Rain, moderate wind, then showers/rain all week.

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 Posted by at 8:12 AM
Nov 222014
Blue Heron Ken Gagne

Blue Heron
Ken Gagne

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 Posted by at 8:56 PM
Nov 222014

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Nov 222014
Pond up the Alsea Ken Gagne

Pond up the Alsea
Ken Gagne

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 Posted by at 8:15 PM
Nov 222014
If you've seen Wilbur call

If you’ve seen Wilbur call 970-901-8889

Wilbur is missing! He is a 50 pound white dog with light brown patches that went missing from South Beaver Creek Road near Bayview Road in Waldport. Wilbur is not wearing his collar.

Please call 970-901-8889 with any information.

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 Posted by at 8:06 PM
Nov 222014

surplus sale

School District Surplus Sale Extended
Sunday, November 23rd 10am – 4pm!!!

To raise funds for the Waldport High School small engines class and racing program, Lincoln County School District is EXTENDING the surplus sale at the Arcadia School in Toledo.

Items to be sold include equipment and supplies from the school building, located at 1811 NE Arcadia Drive, in Toledo!

Daniel Wirick, the shop and technology teacher Waldport High, says his small engines and racing program is buzzing with activity. Plans for a Mow Down racing event in the spring are underway with excited students ready to take on the challenge. The program is looking to grow with after school activities and clubs. The surplus sale will help to fund these programs, giving students with an interest in engineering a place to apply themselves.

Everything must go!!

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 Posted by at 6:59 PM
Nov 222014

An old battered sign comes down in Waldport Saturday, 101 @ Hemlockl

An old battered sign comes down in Waldport Saturday, 101 @ Hemlock

Old sign - headed for the old sign burial ground.

Old sign – headed for the old sign burial ground.

Ahhh...much better! Leslie Souza photos

Ahhh…much better!
Leslie Souza photos

Leslie Souza and hubby opened their Waldport Chocolate Frog store some months back. And they really did a nice job renovating the inside of the place, right there on the southeast corner of 101 and Hemlock (34). The only blemish to the outside seemed to be a bent and weather-beaten sign on top of the building that, to its credit, has probably survived as many wind storms as Terry Thompson has out at sea.

Ramsey Signs came out, got on the roof, unbolted the sign and gently lowered it down onto the parking lot.

Instant urban renewal!

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 Posted by at 12:41 PM