Oct 252014
 
State Capitol Salem

State Capitol
Salem

A big push to get Oregon colleges students to register to vote has pumped up the number of registered voters in Oregon to an all time high for a non-presidential election. But the higher numbers don’t benefit either Democrats or Republicans nearly as much as you might expect. The big beneficiary of this voter registration season is the Independent Party of Oregon which is within 5 percentage points of catching up with Republicans. The Republicans are falling farther and farther behind Democrat and other party registrations. Republicans now make-up less than 30% of total registered voters in Oregon.

The story is in the Oregonian and political reporter Jeff Mapes is driving the keyboard. Click here.

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 Posted by at 7:23 PM
Oct 252014
 

These pelicans don't need storm warning signs to tell 'em which way the blows! Ken Gagne photos

These pelicans don’t need storm warning signs to tell ‘em which way the blows!
Ken Gagne photos


Bumper to bumper traffic for those trying to stay warm!

Bumper to bumper traffic just trying to stay warm!

"Groober" takes off saying..."You guys can have this stuff!  I'm headed for Miami!"

“Groober” takes off saying…”You guys can have this stuff! I’m headed for Miami!”

"I'm on a bead to Biscayne Bay, boys!"

“I’m on a bead to Biscayne Bay, boys!”

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 Posted by at 5:57 PM
Oct 252014
 

Chris Burns Weather

5:00pm – Update with Peak Gusts:
Wind gusts up to 80 mph were clocked along the Central Coast on Saturday, causing widespread damage to trees and utility lines, which at times blocked various highways, roads and streets. The highest official local wind gust was 76 mph recorded on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Of our regular reporting stations, Yachats had the strongest gust at 64 mph, Newport hit 63, Waldport was 56, both Depoe Bay and Lincoln City had 48.

* On Mary’s Peak east of Newport in the Coast Range, winds were sustained at 50-plus mph and a top gust of 91 was logged. Elsewhere along the coast, the overall peak gust was 94 mph at the Cape Blanco Coast Guard Station; the wind hit 85 on the beach near Florence, and 87 atop Cape Meares. As you can see, the windstorm impacted the entire coast.

* The Willamette Valley didn’t escape this storm, either. Wind gusts on Saturday were generally 40-55 mph from Eugene to Portland, with many trees down, roads blocked and tens of thousands without power.

* A mariners’ Storm Warning was posted for local offshore waters through 6:00pm Saturday. The weather buoys have reported seas to 27 feet and winds gusting to near 50 knots (about 60 mph).

* The High Wind Warning for the Central Coast expired at 5:00pm Saturday and winds were expected to subside throughout the evening and overnight.

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 Posted by at 4:02 PM
Oct 252014
 
Newport - Muni parking lot 9th & Hubert Greg Harlow photo

Newport – Muni parking lot
9th & Hubert
Greg Harlow photo

Winds found their way under the hood of this unsuspecting Mercedes. Wonder if the hood wasn’t fully latched.

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 Posted by at 1:57 PM
Oct 252014
 

1:28pm
Fella with a yellow Jeep is running around pulling trees off the highway. Milepost 7 cleared – Highway 18 re-opened. For how long, no one knows.

"Jeep Man" yanking trees off the highway...

“Jeep Guy” yanking trees off the highway…

Downed trees Hwy 18 "V" photo

Downed trees Hwy 18
“V” photo

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 Posted by at 1:14 PM
Oct 252014
 

1:00pm
Tree down across westbound lane of Highway 20 near Olalla Road (milepost 7). Stay alert. Trees are coming down all over the region.

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 Posted by at 1:03 PM
Oct 252014
 
Highway 18 Milepost 10 "V" photo

Highway 18
Milepost 10
“V” photo

12:50pm
Highway 18 has just been re-opened to normal traffic 10 miles east of 101.

1:10pm
Locals with proper resources clear the road. ODOT and OSP spread really thin.

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 Posted by at 12:59 PM
Oct 252014
 

12:50pm
Wind gusts of 65-85 mph are being recorded along the Central Coast causing damage to trees and power lines. The highest official coastal wind gusts so far are 87 mph at Cape Blanco, 71 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, 63 mph at Yachats, and on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range, winds are sustained at 50-plus mph gusting to 90. Trees are reported down in several areas between Florence and Clatsop County.

The National Weather Service says peak gusts on the Central Coast should subside by 3:00pm.

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 Posted by at 12:51 PM
Oct 252014
 

12:35pm
Wire down at 125 NE Hospital Hill Road. Resident has taped the area off.

12:38pm
Power is out all along NE Hospital Hill Road. Power company advised.

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 Posted by at 12:36 PM
Oct 252014
 

12:30pm
Wire down at 25387 Siletz Highway. Wire is said to be NOT arcing.

12:36pm
A tree has come down on a power line. The line is holding up the tree.

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 Posted by at 12:33 PM