Apr 182014
 
The Oceanus has been making the Newport-South runs now for quite a while.

The Oceanus has been making the Newport-South runs now for quite a while.
Julie Sacchetti photo

Beach go’er, walkers, residents and commuters have been getting an eyeful of Hatfield Marine Science Center’s research ship R/V Oceanus over the two or three weeks as it runs up and down the Central Coast. Anybody have any idea what they’re studying so close to shore?

Tell us what you find out, or already know! Email the info to:

Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

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 Posted by at 1:59 AM
Apr 182014
 

Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed and Rubber Ducky Race April 19-20

Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed and Rubber Ducky Race April 19-20

Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 19th, 10am. Easter Bunny pictures after the event. Dress warm, bring your own basket. At boat launching area in the harbor.

Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed and Ducky Derby, Community Hall in the harbor.
Saturday, April 19, Wooden Boat Show 9-5, Crab Feed 11-5 (Free both days)
Wooden Boat Show 9-5, Crab Feed 11-3
Both at the Commmunity Hall and the harbor

Ducky Derby is at the south end of the harbor – free shuttle service from downtown parking areas.

Saturday, April 19th

8-12 Registration for boat exhibitors at Dockside Charter Office.
8-All Day, Coast Guard motorlifeboat tours at the Coast Guard Boat House
11-5 Crab Feed Dinner, $20 whole crab, $15 half crab. Bread/Slaw included
Desserts for sale by Neighbors for kids
Noon Blessing of the Fleet by Princess Jewell (Boats pass by end of dock)
1pm Kayak Demonstration by Tom Murphy
3pm Toledo Floating Boat Shop by Andrew Linn
5pm Reception for exhibitors and committee members at Spouting Horn (upstairs)

Dungeness Crab Feed both days

Dungeness Crab Feed both days

depoe bay crab feed and boat show face stuff kid
Boat Building Abounds!

Boat Building Abounds!

* No camping on the boat launch parking lot (south parking lot) Friday night because of the Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning. Saturday night and Sunday is OK.

Sunday, April 20

8-All Day Coast Guard Rescue Boat tours resume at their boat house.
8-10 Registration for boat exhibitors at Dockside Charter office.
9-3 Boat displays and exhibit areas are open.
11am Crab Feed resumes at the Community Hall. Served until it’s all gone.
1pm Kayak safety demonstration.
2pm Ducky Derby, south end of the harbor. Tickets for ducks at Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, Depoe Bay Liquor Store, The Taffy Depoe, Fuddy Duddy South,
harbor Lights Inn and Big Mountain Coffee through Friday.
3pm Winners of the Ducky Derby announced, in front of Dockside Charters.

depoe bay crab and boat making boat

Look out guys, she's ketchin' up!

Look out guys, she’s ketchin’ up!

Ongoing throughout the weekend on the harbor:
* Boat building demonstrations by Andrew Linn, Rick Johnson and Mike Bogoger
* Souvenir booths at Crab Feed and Wooden Boat show
* Kids model boat building and painting
* Salmon Enhancement Commission display table with video.

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Apr 172014
 
Keep and eye out.  They say it won't hurt ya...

Keep and eye out.

Next week (4/21-25), Newport residents may notice colored water coming from storm sewer outfalls and in local drainages. Don’t panic. It won’t hurt you.

The City of Newport Public Works Department will be using dye to investigate possible cross-connections between the City’s sewer and storm water systems. The dye is biodegradable and non-toxic.

However, because public works is testing for cross connections with real sewer lines, discourage your pet or small children from sampling it.

Anyone with questions about this work can contact Public Works at 541-574-3366.

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 Posted by at 6:25 PM
Apr 172014
 

Little bird spots a landing spot...

Little bird eyes a landing spot…

Gear down, flaps down, back off on the gas....

Gear down, flaps down, back off on the gas….

"Hello Dinner!!"

“Hello Dinner!!”

Bird wisely chooses an alternate runway... Vivian Mills photos

Bird wisely chooses an alternate runway…
Vivian Mills photos

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 Posted by at 3:52 PM
Apr 172014
 

Chris Burns - Fishing

CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of April 17th

In the Creel: The rivers are running near their normal Spring levels and clarity. There could be slight rises in the week ahead with additional rain predicted. Bays and estuaries are also in about average shape for this time of year, with decent salinity and visibilities. The ocean is warming up a little; sea temperatures are now about 52F. Getting out has been on-again, off-again with varying wind and sea conditions keeping a lot of fishermen, especially those with smaller boats, tied up ashore.

Salmon River: The river is closed to fishing through May 23rd to protect out-migrating salmon and trout smolts. The river will re-opened on May 24th with the start of the trout season.

Siletz River: The winter steelhead fishery is slow and few quality hatchery fish remain. This time of year is when native steelhead tend to be more prevalent in the fishery as they are nearing or are already spawning. The good news is that over the next few weeks, summer steelhead will start to transition into the river. Decent bank access is from Moonshine Park up to the deadline.

Yaquina River: The Yaquina and Big Elk are closed to angling through May 23rd and will re-open with the trout season on May 24th. Tide water remains open year round, but for marine species only.

Alsea River: Fishing has been very slow with the upper river occasionally productive. Wild fish tend to make up most of the catch this time of year.

Central Coast Lakes: Trout fishing has really improved recently as water temperatures have warmed and a lot of fish have been stocked. Be sure to check out the 2014 stocking schedule for the most up to date information. Some good-sized hatchery winter steelhead are still available in Olalla and Big Creek Reservoirs. Remember, these fish are considered ‘trout’ in those reservoirs so you only get to keep one per day over 20 inches.

Saltwater fishing and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 11:00 AM
Apr 172014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Apr. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy skies with a handful of short sunbreaks and a few periods of drizzle gave us a well-rounded Wednesday. Highs were in the mid-50s and southwest winds topped out at 10-15 mph. The drizzle intensified about 10:00pm last night and eventually turned to regular rain showers, though not exceedingly heavy, with higher amounts in our northern area. Low temps stopped in the upper-40s. By daybreak, the overcast had thickened and a more steady rain had begun to fall as a weather front nudged its way through the ‘dirty ridge’ and onto the Central Coast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 53F/50F/0.14”
Newport: 54F/48F/0.12”
Waldport: 53F/47F/0.08”
Yachats: 52F/49F/0.04”

Forecast: You won’t need a ticket. It’s a free ride on the rain rollercoaster over the next few days. Rain today with accumulations of a quarter inch or better, highs around 55F and southwest winds increasing to 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. For those attending the ladies-only benefit (for My Sisters’ Place) performance of “Anton in Show Business” at the Newport Performing Arts Center tonight, expect showers on your way there, but not on the way home as precipitation tapers off quickly in the later evening. Overnight, mostly cloudy with a low of 45F. Tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny and warmer, highs of 55-60F and light north wind. Outlook is for another blast of rain on Saturday, mostly cloudy but dry on Sunday, and then we ride up and down chances of rain for the remainder of the week ahead.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 45F this morning; rain and highs of 50-55F today. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs 55-60F. For the Cascades, rain likely today with the freezing level at 6,000 feet, but falling to pass level tonight creating a chance of light snow accumulations on the highways.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 115”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 67% of normal. Weekly snow total, -7”; difference from last year, -18”; deviation from 30 year average, -24”. The above statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins are well below half of their annual average snow pack. Willamette is 46% of normal; Rogue is only 29%; and Klamath is at just 22%.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/101/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/110/Wet
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/145/Wet

Marine: SSW winds are light this morning, under 10 knots, and seas are about 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The benign conditions aren’t expected to last long as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 11:00am today and runs through this evening. S winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with 7-9 foot lumpy seas. The breeze veers to W then NW tonight, 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and a swell of 8-10 feet with 4 foot wind waves. A brief break is predicted for tomorrow as winds subside to NW 5-15 knots, seas 9 feet. Outlook is for another front to arrive on Saturday packing S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with choppy seas at 7 feet. Sunday and Monday, S winds 10-20 knots and a very large swell of 15-20 feet or possibly higher arriving in local waters.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/17 Thu 08:28 AM -0.85 L
04/17 Thu 03:00 PM 7.04 H
04/17 Thu 08:19 PM 2.23 L
04/18 Fri 02:24 AM 8.70 H

In Short: Rain, windy, clearing, then unsettled.

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 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Apr 172014
 
Birgitte Ryslinge New President Oregon Coast Community College

Birgitte Ryslinge
New President
Oregon Coast Community College

Following a national search, the Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education has selected Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge as OCCC’s fifth president in the college’s 27 year history from four finalists.

Dr. Ryslinge currently serves as Campus President for Portland Community College’s (PCC) Sylvania Campus. She has earned five degrees: a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University from which she also holds a Master of Arts in the same discipline; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Pacific, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific. In addition to working as Campus President, Dr. Ryslinge has served PCC as a Dean of Instruction, and as Dean of Academic Services at Chabot-Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She has taught Business Management, Communications, Marketing, and Accounting at Chabot-Las Positas, and Management, Organizational Behavior and Marketing at University of the Pacific.

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“The members of the board and I are very pleased Dr. Ryslinge has agreed to lead Oregon Coast Community College,” said Board of Education chair Chris Chandler. “Dr. Ryslinge has served on PCC’s leadership team for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the agency responsible for ensuring accredited institutions meet and keep to rigorous standards. As Oregon Coast is the last community college in Oregon not to have stand-alone accreditation, we need an executive with direct experience to lead us through the anticipated seven-year process toward accreditation. Tillamook Bay and Columbia Gorge community colleges were very recently accredited, and we are confident Oregon Coast will successfully earn this designation as well. In the meantime, Portland Community College will be our accreditation partner, as Clatsop and Chemetketa community colleges have done for OCCC in the past. I would also like to thank our interim president, Bruce Koike, for his fine work serving OCCC during some difficult times, particularly in especially tough years financially. We wish Bruce the very best in his future endeavors.”

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Dr. Ryslinge is a native of Denmark who immigrated to the United States with her family when she was in elementary school. She speaks Spanish and Danish, and she and her husband have three adult children who all began their post-secondary studies at a community college.

“I am honored and thankful that the Board of Education has chosen me to be the next President of Oregon Coast Community College,” she said. “I am highly impressed with the faculty, staff and students of the college and also the extent of support for the college in this community. I look forward to engaging with all of these stakeholders in Lincoln County and leading the College in its mission of transforming lives.”

Dr. Ryslinge is expected to begin her duties with OCCC on July 1.

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 Posted by at 7:44 AM
Apr 162014
 

11:15pm Wednesday
Report of a chimney fire at a home at 35 North Deer Hill Court. Residents say the top of the chimney is putting out flames that may be igniting the roof.

11:30pm
Arriving fire units seem to have the situation in hand. Other responding engines are told to return to quarters.

Firefighters recommend sweeping chimneys at least every other year, if not every year, depending on the wood you burn. The greener the wood the more often. Buying cheap green wood can come back to bite you with an expensive repair due to fire damage in your chimney if not in your attic if the fire escapes from the chimney due to hot spot build ups in the chimney. Good, long seasoned wood is your best bet. It costs a little more but it won’t burn down your house if you follow standard recommendations on chimney cleaning.

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 Posted by at 11:37 PM
Apr 162014
 

Fishpeople Seafoods hopes to set up shop with 14 employees in mid-July.

Fishpeople Seafoods hopes to set up shop with 14 employees in mid-July.

Where Fishpeople Seafoods wants to begin preparing gourmet tuna meals bound for Alaska to northern California.

Toledo Port Station One
Where Fishpeople Seafoods wants to begin preparing gourmet tuna meals bound for Alaska to northern California.

Anxious to meet the seasonal surge in tuna landings in Newport this summer, Fishpeople Seafoods, a major northwest seafood preparation company, along with the Port of Toledo, are working quickly on parallel tracks to ensure that two things get done:

1) That the city steps lively to establish rules and regulations for the operation of the seafood preparation facility, and,
2) That the facility is built quickly and be ready to receive a large segment of the Oregon Coast tuna catch that is landed annually in Newport. Instead of that tuna being shipped to Washington state for processing, it will be processed in Toledo by Fishpeople Seafoods who specialize in pre-prepared gourmet seafood meals and who have well established markets throughout the region.

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Port Manager Bud Shoemake says they’re running on a pretty tight schedule but he says they can make it if everybody pulls together in order to create 14 new jobs (to start) with this new endeavor. Shoemake says Fishpeople is a top notch group of folks who are devoted to sustainable world fish stocks and who have a top drawer reputation in the industry.

Shoemake reiterated that all tuna will be gutted and drained in Newport. After they’re trucked to Toledo, all tuna will be kept inside the Port Station One building. NOTHING outside. The building will be air tight with all outside air highly filtered and conditioned before it’s pumped into the work area, which is right next door to the port office. And all air inside will be stringently filtered before being released to the outside.

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Shoemake said the port is extremely sensitive to the neighbors, in that part of Toledo, who were nearly driven off their rockers when Cyclone Marine moved into a building just north of there. Cyclone Marine rained fish slime and stinky contaminated water down their streets and into their storm drains. The city eventually cancelled their business license and forced them to move.

Shoemake says Fishpeople’s operations are quite high tech with all operations INSIDE the air-tight the building. He said it’s going to be a great economic boost for Toledo.

Fishpeople say they need their new operation ready to go by mid-July.

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 Posted by at 10:18 PM
Apr 162014
 

The old Sam Case School seed starter incubator!

The old Sam Case School seed starter incubator!

New and larger Sam Case greenhouse arrives.

New and larger Sam Case greenhouse arrives.

 Dub Bellinger, MG 2010, decorated war hero and Siletz Tribal member blessing with sage at the new greenhouse at Sam Case.


Dub Bellinger, MG 2010, decorated war hero and Siletz Tribal member blessing with sage at the new greenhouse at Sam Case.

A nine year dream came true recently for a valiant band of Extension Master Gardeners when they witnessed the arrival of the brand new greenhouse for the students of Sam Case Elementary School in Newport.

As you’ve seen on News Lincoln County over the last few years, OSU Extension Master Gardeners meticulously educate young Sam Case Elementary students by gathering them together outside the greenhouse at the northwest corner of the school every spring. There they select seeds and ensconce them in little starter cups and place them inside the greenhouse.

Over the years, that little greenhouse seemed like it was either shrinking with old age or the seedling program was outgrowing it. The vote was to seek funding for a new, and larger, greenhouse.

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And voila! That day finally came. The new greenhouse arrived at the curb on NW 12th! And before you knew it, Dub Bellinger, Master Gardener class of 2010 and a Siletz Tribal Member, was ceremoniously blessing the new “grow place” with smoking sage inside the greenhouse.

Little wonder at the ceremony, because the funds to acquire the greenhouse came largely from the Siletz Tribe Charitable Contribution Fund as well as a grant from the Oregon Master Gardener Association Extension Educator grant fund, with additional support from the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association, Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, Oregon State Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln County School District.

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The new greenhouse didn’t sit idle for long. Soon a wave of elementary school kids swooped down and began planting vegetable seeds in little starter cups and placing them inside the greenhouse. Everything from green beans to squash will be sprouting up very shortly. Then on June 6th, a number of vegetable-loving 2nd grade students will embark on a field trip to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse at Government Park, overlooking the entrance to Yaquina Bay.

Once there, they’ll transplant the little seedlings into raised garden beds full of yummy rich earth for the little plants to feed on. Harvest time is later in the summer with much of the crop going to Food Share of Lincoln County.

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 Posted by at 9:41 PM