Apr 012015
Fatal crash on 101 milepost 100.  Lincoln City man killed.  Not wearing seat belt.

Fatal crash on 101 milepost 100. Lincoln City man killed. Not wearing seat belt.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this mornings single vehicle traffic crash which resulted in a fatality on Highway 101 near milepost 100.5 in Tillamook County.

Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that this morning, shortly after 6:00 a.m, a silver Pontiac Sunfire was northbound on Highway 101 near Cascade Head when for unknown reasons the vehicle struck the guardrail and rolled over onto the roadway. The driver, 57-year-old DAVID KYTE, of Lincoln City, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Early information suggests KYTE was not wearing safety restraints. Heavy rain and speed are being investigated as additional contributing factors in this crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Nestucca Fire Department, Tillamook Police Department and the Tillamook County Medical Examiners Office.

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 Posted by at 11:41 AM
Apr 012015

Pitchin' in the rain...

Pitchin’ in the rain…

A few minutes later just hittin' in the sunshine...

A few minutes later just hittin’ in the sunshine…

Flash rain storm can’t dampen Taft baseball’s league opener

LINCOLN CITY — Grant Prins had waited for this moment for months now — the starting pitching assignment in Taft High’s first-ever baseball game as a member of the West Valley League. It was validation of his stature as the player Coach Dustin Hankins and his teammates could count on most to get them off and running in their venture into unexplored territory.

Little did he know he had a date with Mother Nature. From seemingly nowhere — just seconds after the umpire yelled ‘Play ball!’ — driving rain from a sudden cloudburst greeted Prins on the mound in the team’s Class 3A league opener, apparently dampening his concentration. However, by the time the Tigers came to bat, the skies had erupted into brilliant sunshine and the day was saved for the Tigers’ senior ace. Sometimes even the baseball gods throw a pitch that can’t be hit.

“It ruined his control,” Hankins said after the Tigers assumed first place in the West Valley League with a 13-2 five-inning victory over the Pirates. “He pitched early in the season in the rain and didn’t fare too well, and it’s kind of gotten to him a little bit. It’s just one of those things. He gets to thinking about it and things go haywire.”

For the full story, go to SportsLincolnCounty.com or just click here.

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 Posted by at 9:34 AM
Apr 012015

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Apr. 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: Our discombobulated weather unfolded about as expected yesterday with everything from sunshine to heavy showers, lightning and even a peppering of small hail. Of course, what you experienced was highly dependent upon where you were. The most robust local shower by far deluged Yachats with half an inch of rain, while Newport got some hail but not much overall precipitation. High temps were in the 50s, and variable winds stayed below 20 mph. The unsettled weather continued throughout the evening and overnight with some of the stronger shower cells producing lightning strikes off the Central Coast just after midnight. The mercury dipped to the low-40s. At daybreak, there was a mixed sky and mostly light winds.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/44F/0.14”
Depoe Bay: 53F/43F/0.16”
Newport: 54F/41F/0.09”
Waldport: 58F/43F/0.38”
Yachats: 57F/43F/0.51”

WARNING NWS SWSA Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for isolated thunderstorms, small hail and locally heavy rain possible again today. An unsettled weather pattern will once again bring the potential for a few heavy rain and small hail showers to develop across Northwest Oregon today. The cool and unstable environment may also allow some isolated thunderstorms to develop this afternoon and evening. Heavier showers yesterday produced localized issues with ponding of water on roadways as well as some localized accumulation of small hail. Similar issues will probably occur today but again they will be fairly localized to stronger showers.

While most locations will just experience occasional showers, drivers should be aware of the potential for rapidly changing conditions especially this afternoon. Ponding of water in heavier showers may cause fast moving vehicles to hydroplane. Small hail may briefly accumulate, making roadways locally slick.

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Forecast: So, it appears our schizophrenic weather pattern will produce those notorious April showers for our May flowers. Like yesterday, the heaviest showers, thunderstorms, hail and sunshine will be geographically isolated today. High temps are WON SUN-RAINpredicted to top out in the low-50s. Tonight, we should be down to scattered showers and a low of 40F. Look for partly sunny skies and somewhat settled conditions tomorrow; light north winds and a high of 55F. Outlook is for regular old rain on Friday with gusty southwest winds, a 50-50 chance of showers Saturday, and then back to unsettled Sunday through Tuesday with showers and possible thunderstorms. The thermometer ranges from 40F lows to 55F highs throughout the period.

Travel: The use of drilling equipment will result in daytime lane restrictions on Highway 20 between Toledo and Eddyville (Mileposts 16.1-16.4) today and tomorrow from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Flaggers will control traffic with delays no longer than 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, heavy showers, small hail, isolated thunderstorms, with 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers likely, possible thunderstorms and highs of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there’s ice, packed snow and slush on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are hovering around 30F; widespread snow showers today with 3-6 inches accumulation, the snow level is 2,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Surface Rescue

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 38”; a gain of 10” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6” in the past seven days; 99” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo closed
Willamette Pass closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 2”/43”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl summer activities only
Mt. Hood Meadows 8”/33”/packed powder
Timberline 8”/57”/fresh snow, Pucci and Magic Mile on standby

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Marine: Winds are variable around 10 knots with seas 8-9 feet at 13-14 seconds this morning. The old adage used to WON MARINE WXdescribe boating as ‘hours of boredom punctuated by seconds of sheer terror’ may apply today as relative calm conditions change suddenly at times with thunderstorms, heavy showers and bursts of 25 knot winds. Otherwise, NW winds mainly 10-15 knots and swells around 8 feet through tonight. Tomorrow, a light N wind 5-10 knots backing to NW in the afternoon with swells down to 7 feet. Outlook is for a sou’wester 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Friday, swells holding at 7 feet. Saturday and Sunday, SW to W winds 10-15 knots and seas building to 10-11 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Heavy showers, sunbreaks, breezy at times, surf 8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/01 Wed 11:23 AM 7.18 H
04/01 Wed 05:37 PM 0.86 L
04/01 Wed 11:59 PM 7.41 H
04/02 Thu 05:59 AM 1.41 L


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In Short: Heavy showers, hail, bursts of wind, partial clearing, then unsettled.

 Posted by at 8:09 AM
Apr 012015

National Walking Day 2015 digital pic

National Walking Day Community Walk – April 1

These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

Wednesday, April 1, is designated by the American Heart Association as National Walking Day. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take time out of their day to get up and walk.

To celebrate National Walking Day, the Newport Walking Club, sponsored by the Newport Parks and Recreation Department, is inviting everyone to join them for a walk on the beach. Meet at Don Davis Park at 5:15 pm and walk to the north jetty and back (approximately 3 miles). All are welcome and the walk will proceed, regardless of the weather. Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible for controlling their dogs and cleaning up after them. For more information, please call Lori at 541-264-0751.

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 Posted by at 1:12 AM
Apr 012015
Commons Graphic

Commons Graphic

In an ironic flipping of rhetoric about public education, Oregon House democrats are hailing a 9% budget increase for public school in the upcoming fiscal year. But the minority republicans are complaining the increase is not near enough.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 12:50 AM
Mar 312015

11:40pm- A two vehicle crash on Highway 18 at North Deer Road has left at least one vehicle badly smashed up. Highway 18 is completely closed. Two people involved. No apparent injuries but the impact has first responders calling for an ambulance to have the two checked out anyway.

11:47pm- Sounds like a Jeep taking on a semi. First responders still checking things out.

12:18am- One lane of traffic now open. No word on how long until the wreck is completely cleared.


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 Posted by at 11:47 PM