Dec 182014
Look at the red!!!!!  This one is going to be a deluge...

Look at the red!!!!! This one is going to be a deluge…

Our old friend the “Pineapple Express” is shooting more moisture-laden tropical air up from the mid-Pacific this weekend. And the rain may be torrential at times – meaning don’t cross fast-moving waters in your car, bicycle or motorcycle and don’t take the family out for a “flood watching party.”

Here’s the grim warning from The Oregonian. Click here.

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Dec 182014
...after the storm... Steve Power photo

…after the storm…
Steve Power photo

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 Posted by at 1:12 PM
Dec 182014

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of December 18th

In the Creel: The focus now is mainly on winter steelhead as more start entering the rivers. Most all salmon fishing is either closed or the fish are in rough spawning condition. Offshore, if you can get there in current ocean conditions, could produce some great catches of rockfish and lingcod. Bay crabbing is in a slump due to too much fresh water, but ocean crabbing can produce a handful of beauties, though probably not limits. Some of the commercial crab fleet, mostly the bigger boats, are pulling up stakes and heading to Alaska searching for higher numbers of crustaceans. And, the evening and nighttime minus tides are keeping clam shovels in the shed instead of digging in the sand. There will be no report next week as we enjoy some family and friends holiday time. With slow fishing and uncooperative weather right now, you might want to consider doing the same. Happy Holidays!

Salmon River: Winter steelhead are starting to show up in most coastal basins. The Salmon River does get a good return of wild winter steelhead and an occasional stray hatchery fish.

Siletz River/Bay: Winter steelhead season is underway with a small number of steelhead being caught from the lower river up to Moonshine Park by both bank and boat anglers. This time of year is typically slow to fair for winter steelhead. Fall Chinook fishing is slow as most remaining fish have moved onto the spawning grounds. Coho salmon are still being caught but anglers are reminded that the wild Coho fishery ended on November 30th.

Yaquina River/Bay: The winter steelhead run is starting to kick in with anglers getting into a few fish now along the Big Elk as conditions allow. Some Coho salmon are still moving through the system but anglers are reminded that the wild Coho fishery ended on November 30th.

Beaver Creek: Recent rains should bring some early winter steelhead into the system, and angling will improve over the next couple of weeks as more fish arrive.

Alsea River/Bay: Winter steelhead season is underway with reports of some being caught from the lower river up to the hatchery. Good numbers of fish typically start returning over the next couple of weeks. Some Coho salmon are still being caught but anglers are reminded that the wild Coho fishery ended on November 30th.

Central Coast Lakes: The wild Coho salmon fishery in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes is slow. Most fish have migrated onto the spawning grounds. It is possible for a small number of new bright fish to be available through the end of the season on December 31st.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 10:45 AM
Dec 182014
Lincoln County Fair 2013

Lincoln County Fair

The Town and Country Fair organization’s OPEN LETTER to the community.

On December 16, 2014, the Town and Country Fair & Rodeo Association (TCF) resigned as the Lincoln County Fair event producer/promoter. Prior to resigning, in October of this year, we floated the idea of a transition partnership with the Lincoln County Fair Board members: Frank Geltner, Bill Hall and Jim Buisman. We were advised that the Board was unable to commit time to the production of the county fair. In return, they asked for another four year commitment to allow more time for the Fair Board and County Commissioners to develop a viable fairground plan.

Given this scenario, our Board made the difficult decision to resign from the fair event obligation. Our hope was that a suitable organization, experienced in event management, might be interested and that organization would also have sufficient fiscal ability to produce the event in years to come.

Going back to the beginning, April 2009, we assumed the County Fair — without county fair funds or office space — 2-1/2 months before the mid-July fair. Looking back, the County Commissioners announced that there would be “no county fair” in 2009, until Debra Jones raised her hand. Details were worked out and the first Town & Country Board was assembled. TCF relied on a former fair board member, Susie Clement, whose contributions to this process were invaluable, to guide them through the challenging first year event, since the county did not give them access to prior fair records, prior fair contracts or contacts, or vendor information held in the fair office.

Thanks to the Confederated Tribe of the Siletz Indians, who fully funded the 2009 Lincoln County Fair that year, we did have a county fair – in spite of the news surrounding the departure of the previous fair board. We cannot express sufficient thanks for the commitment of the Confederated Tribe of the Siletz Indians to tradition, heritage, and county fair culture. Without their support, the fair would have ended in 2009. And, special thanks must be extended to the numerous local musicians, artists, and community members who volunteered to keep the fair open – Admission that year was $1. Despite predictions of going in the red by the Commissioners, the Town and Country Fair Association produced a fair and came out in the black.

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Dec 182014
R/V McArthur heading for Seattle to a new owner and a complete "re-do."

R/V McArthur heading for Seattle to a new owner and a complete “re-do.”
Fred & Karen Jones photo

Former NOAA research vessel R/V McArthur is towed out through the Newport Jaws for the last time as “The McArthur,” having been just sold by NOAA to an outfit in Seattle. There, the McArthur will be refurbished and re-configured to accommodate a wide variety of ocean research missions – not necessarily for NOAA – but for other oceanographic and marine science institutions. So we may see the old ship with a new name calling on the Port of Newport in the not-too-distant future. Both the McArthur and Ka’imimoana were stripped of much of their NOAA related equipment but will live to sail again unlike HMSC’s recent replacement of the R/V Wecoma with the R/V Oceanus. The R/V Wecoma was towed to Ensenada Mexico where it was chopped up for scrap.

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 Posted by at 10:01 AM
Dec 182014

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Dec. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: When the tenacious east wind event finally collapsed yesterday, the switch to a southwest breeze was rapid. Between noon and 2:00pm we went from easterlies 8-10 mph to southerlies 15-20 mph gusting into the 30s. The heaviest rainfall came after sunset with amounts generally between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. The thermometer was in the low-50s for most of the day. Rain continued until about midnight as the front passed and lows dropped into the 40s. This morning, it was cloudy with a light and variable breeze.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/46F/35mph/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/35mph/0.08”
Newport: 52F/45F/28mph/0.15”
Waldport: 54F/47F/27mph/0.27”
Yachats: 54F/48F/34mph/0.28”

Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for potential flooding WARNING NWS SWSSaturday night through Monday for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington rivers. A storm system developing over the Pacific is expected to bring heavy rain to the Pacific Northwest Saturday evening through Sunday. As of now, it looks like the heaviest rain will be in the North Oregon Coast Range and the North Oregon and South Washington Cascades. But this forecast is uncertain. Meteorologists will be keeping a close eye on the development of this storm. This is a classic atmospheric river event that could produce some areas of very heavy rain. Rainfall amounts are currently projected as 5-8” for the coast, Coast Range and Cascades with 2-5” for Valley locations. Snow levels will be high, well above pass level, for most of this event. If we get these amounts of rain or more, there will likely be flooding on area rivers and creeks Saturday night through Monday.

In the near term, today looks moderately dry until late this afternoon when the next band of heavier rain is expected to arrive backed by south winds 15-20 mph gusting 25-35. High temps should be a tad warmer, 55F or so. Rain tonight, up to half an inch, southwest WON WINDY RAINYwinds 30-35 mph gusting to 45, and the mercury settling to about 45F. Tomorrow, look for a showery pattern with maybe a tenth of an inch of precipitation, southerlies gusting 20 mph and a high of 50-55F. Outlook, as noted above, is for some serious ark-building necessary before the weekend as rainfall accumulation for the Central Coast could reach 6” total between Friday night and Sunday. It’ll probably be windy, too, with this Pineapple Express storm although not hurricane force winds like last week. Rain is likely on Monday with a chance of rain Tuesday. Cooler temperatures and drying are projected for mid-to-late week.

Christmas Eve/Day… Showers, some clearing, low 35F, high 47F. The chance of snow is less than 10%.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain and wind developing with highs of 50F. Valley destinations are expecting rain late this afternoon and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain later, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there are icy spots and areas of packed snow on the highway passes this morning, a chance of rain and/or snow showers today; the snow level is at 4,000 feet. Heads-up for 1-3” of snow possible in the passes Friday through early Saturday. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 8”, unchanged since yesterday; an overall gain of 3” in the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 2”/31”/Open, variety of conditions
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/18”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 2”/7”/Closed
Timberline 4”/14”/Open, Bruno’s lift only

Marine: The breeze is light SE nearshore this morning but 10-15 knots gusting 20 farther offshore; seas are lumpy, 11 WON GALEfeet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 34 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 28 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is also in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. A Gale Warning goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon and runs through this evening. S winds rising later today to 30-35 knots gusting 45 and combined seas 11 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, gale force winds gusting 45 knots early but easing to 20-25 knots gusting 30 after midnight with rough seas 13 feet at 12 seconds. A longer period swell, 15 feet at 20 seconds is expected tomorrow along with SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25. Outlook is for another good blow on Saturday with southerlies 35-40 knots gusting to 45 and seas running up to 20 feet or higher. Sunday and Monday, SW to W winds 15-25 knots, seas slowly subsiding from 15 to 13 feet.

On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* High surf, up to 20 feet, is projected for this weekend.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
12/18 Thu 08:46 AM 8.82 H
12/18 Thu 03:50 PM 0.48 L
12/18 Thu 10:21 PM 6.41 H
12/19 Fri 03:11 AM 3.38 L

In Short: Rain later, windy, then very wet and robust winds.

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 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Dec 182014

Be sure to click “older stories” at the bottom of the page to make sure you don’t miss stories on the second or third page of News Lincoln County.

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 Posted by at 7:00 AM
Dec 172014

Coast Guard helo Courtesy photo

Coast Guard helo
Courtesy photo

Bryan McKinney Missing south of Waldport on or along the beach.

Bryan McKinney
Missing south of Waldport on or along the beach.
McKinney’s hair is long, blonde, believed wearing white jacket.

On Wednesday at approximately 11:30am, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a report of a missing person from the Tillicum Beach Campground, a US Forest Service park north of Yachats. The caller advised her adult son, 27 year old Wenatchee, WA resident Bryan Edward McKinney, was staying with his father in their motor home at the campground when he went missing at approximately 5:00pm on Tuesday.

Following the initial report, deputies responded to the campground and contacted the missing man’s father to obtain further information. Lincoln County Search and Rescue was activated and responded to the scene to conduct a ground search of the area. A Coast Guard helicopter joined the search for McKinney.

Search and Rescue volunteers searched the area surrounding the campground as well as the beachline for McKinney. They suspended their search at 9:00pm due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Search and Rescue will resume the search in the morning.

McKinney is described as 5-10, 140lbs, with dark blond shoulder length hair and blue eyes. McKinney was believed to be clean shaven at the time he went missing. He was last seen wearing a dark colored long sleeve plaid shirt with a white under shirt, blue jeans, a black beanie cap, and brown “Sketcher” brand shoes. McKinney is autistic and may exhibit irrational behavior.

Anyone with information about the possible location of McKinney is asked to call the Lincoln County Dispatch Center at 541-265-4231.

The Yachats Fire Department and Oregon State Police assisted with the initial search efforts.

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 Posted by at 9:55 PM
Dec 172014
Lincoln County Courthouse Website down - they're working on it.

Lincoln County Courthouse
Website down – they’re working on it.

The Lincoln County Government website is now back up. It was out for several hours while IT technicians fixed it.

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 Posted by at 12:35 PM
Dec 172014
Lincoln County Fair hangs up their spurs...

Lincoln County Fair support organization hangs up their spurs…

County Commissioner Bill Hall dropped a bomb on the county commissioner’s meeting this morning by announcing that he was notified that the Lincoln County Town and Country Fair Board has ended their involvement Lincoln County Fair after six year’s of trying to make it work.

HOWEVER! The Fair may continue under a different vision, details of which are yet to be worked out between the Lincoln County Commission and the Oregon State University County Extension Office in Newport.

Extension’s Todd Williver told that there have been discussions between the two agencies, and there will likely be descriptions next month of how the Lincoln County Fair may look this summer – a weekend event that more closely reflects the soul and spirit of the people who live and work in Lincoln County. Williver said “Obviously that includes substantial representation by Lincoln County 4-H, but by no means would it mean that 4-H would be the centerpiece. There are other important elements of life in Lincoln County – emerging neighborhood and small farm agriculture, fisheries, marine science, forestry and other evolving aspects of life on the Oregon Coast.” When asked if popular events like bullriding might survive, Williver answered quickly, “That’s a possibility too. The commissioners and the extension office are considering a lot of options.”

So while the Lincoln County Fair may have appeared to be going down for the count, that’s only half true. With aggressive visioning and public input, the fair could rise from it’s semi-demise with a bold new vision of what the Lincoln County Fair really ought to become in these fast changing times.

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