Dec 192014

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Dec. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: Extreme amounts of rainfall and possible flooding are projected for this weekend; see Forecast below. High surf conditions are expected today and tomorrow; see On the Beach below.

Yesterday, the transition to seasonal stormy weather was complete by early afternoon when the sou’westers reappeared in earnest gusting 30-40 mph. It was mostly dry during the daylight hours with only a couple light rain showers. High temps climbed into the upper 50s; Waldport and Yachats toyed with 60F. More serious rain developed during the evening before turning to showers and thunderstorms overnight. Lightning strikes and rumbling thunder were reported at Newport and down in Florence early this morning. Low temps stopped around 45F. At daybreak, broken overcast and showers dominated the area, winds were light.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F/28mph/1.31”
Depoe Bay: 56F/44F/31mph/0.51”
Newport: 55F/43F/39mph/0.71”
Waldport: 59F/46F/29mph/1.15”
Yachats: 58F/50F/40mph/0.99”

Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the flooding threat WARNING NWS SWSincreasing Saturday night through Monday for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington rivers. Strong and deep moist westerly flow will begin crossing the coast Saturday morning. A very long fetch of moisture is stretching across the Pacific with origins west to the South China Sea and has above average potential to bring heavy rains to the area. As such, this continues to give the appearance of a classic high precipitation atmospheric river event where the deep moist flow will spend a significant amount of time on a nearly perpendicular course against the Coast Range with the Cascades taking a bit higher of the impact. Latest forecasts for Friday night through Monday afternoon bring 8-12 inches of rain to the Cascades and foothills, 7-11 inches for the Coast Range, 5-7 inches along the immediate coast, and 3-4 inches along the I-5 corridor. Given the latest data, it appears multiple Coast Range rivers have a moderate potential of exceeding flood stage. Additionally, this event has sufficient depth to bring significant rains to the North Oregon and South Washington Cascades where rivers will also see potential for notable flooding. Keep in mind that details will always be in flux under these scenarios as subtle north or south shifts could make dramatic differences in which basins receive extended periods of moderate to heavy rain. Please continue to follow the latest forecasts and impacts as conditions warrant. River forecasts are available here.

For the Central Coast specifically, today’s lead-in to the Pineapple Express heavy rain event will be showers, a chance of thunderstorms, sunbreaks, southwest winds 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so and highs about 55F. Tonight, steady rain develops with maybe WON SUN-RAINthree-quarters of an inch, southerly winds 15-20 mph gusting 25 and lows near 50F. Tomorrow, the really heavy rain arrives drenching us with at least 1-2 inches, winds rise to south 30-40 mph gusting 50, and the mercury parks at 55F. Outlook is for continued very heavy rainfall Sunday and Sunday night with additional accumulations of 2-4 inches, giving us a weekend storm total up to 6 inches or more. Keep your gutters, downspouts and street drains cleared of debris to lessen the impact of that much water. Landslides are also possible as the ground becomes supersaturated. We drop to showers on Monday and a chance of rain Tuesday with seasonal temperatures and normal precipitation values.

Christmas Eve/Day… Showers, some clearing, cooler, low 36F, high 47F. The chance of snow is less than 10%.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain showers with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is showers, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on all highway passes this morning, more snow showers today with up to 4” accumulation; the snow level is at 4,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range, Valley and Gorge is heavy rain and possible highway flooding through Sunday night; the Cascades are expecting additional snow showers through tomorrow with 4-12” of snow, but turning to heavy rain with possible flooding Saturday night through Sunday night.

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 3”/34”/Open, fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/18”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 2”/7”/Closed
Timberline 4”/14”/Open, Bruno’s lift only

Marine: The wind is light SE nearshore and S 10-15 knots offshore this morning; seas are 10 feet at 11 seconds. As of WON SCA8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is unrestricted. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. A Gale Watch is in effect from late tonight through Saturday afternoon. SW winds today 20-25 knots with seas building from 13 to 16 feet at 20 seconds. Tonight, southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30, but rising to 30-35 knots gusting 45 after midnight with combined very rough seas 22 feet at 18 seconds. Seas stay high and rough tomorrow at 20 feet and SW winds remain gale force at 30-35 knots gusting to 45. Outlook is for moderating breeze and seas on Sunday, SW winds 20-25 knots and swells 15 feet at 13 seconds. Monday and Tuesday, W to SW winds 5-15 knots and seas 12-13 feet.

On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 20-22 feet (extreme).
WARNING SURF* A High Surf Advisory is in effect from 10:00am this morning to 4:00pm tomorrow for the Central Coast. Seas and surf will build rapidly this afternoon, reaching 20-22 feet by this evening. Seas will remain around 20 feet through most of Saturday, falling below 20 feet by Saturday evening. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. 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 high tides. 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
12/19 Fri 09:27 AM 9.24 H
12/19 Fri 04:31 PM -0.21 L
12/19 Fri 11:08 PM 6.84 H
12/20 Sat 03:59 AM 3.40 L

In Short: Showers, partial clearing, then extremely wet with blustery winds.

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 Posted by at 8:08 AM
Dec 192014

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The Alsea Bay Classic will return to Waldport High School on Saturday, January 10th, 2015!! Save the date and come watch the magic happen. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 kids age 5 and up, for ALL DAY!!!

Wrestling Begins at 10:00 am

Events will be taking place throughout the day:
* Weigh-ins will begin at 8:00 am
* Coaches Meeting at 9:00 am
* $5 Breakfast 8:00 – 10:00am
* Duct Tape Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Bittick to the wall!!! – Fundraiser for Senior Drug and Alcohol Free All Night Celebration

There are many ways to be part of this amazing event. Here are a few!

Advertise in the Program
Business Card Size $25
Half Page $50
Full Page $100

Contact [email protected] or mail art and payment by January 5th to:

Waldport High School
P.O. Box 370
3000 Crestline Drive
Waldport, OR 97394

Interested in helping out on “Game Day”? There will be a volunteer meeting at Waldport High School on Monday, December 22nd at 5:30pm.

Lady Irish Softball Fundraising Breakfast for $5 – 8:00 – 1030am – Tickets available on site, from any softball player or by contacting [email protected]

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 Posted by at 12:56 AM
Dec 182014
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort With undefined liability, will ticket prices go through the roof?

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort
With undefined liability, will ticket prices go through the roof?
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A Bend teenager who was paralyzed after being injured on a Mt. Bachelor ski jump, and then was told he was legally barred from suing the resort, has been given a long awaited victory before the Oregon Supreme Court. He can sue the resort. And the case will go to trial.

The high court ruled that just because there is a waiver of liability for injury that goes with every ticket bought at Mt. Bachelor, it doesn’t mean that Mt. Bachelor isn’t completely free of liability. The ruling is sending a chill through ski resorts, river rafting services, ice skating rinks and other recreation facilities open to the public.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 11:54 PM
Dec 182014
Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon

Sen. Jeff Merkley

Merkley says the rigged big bank Wall Street casino is open again, using taxpayer backed funds – a situation that sparked the worst recession in our nation’s history starting in 2008.

WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley decries Federal Reserve action to give banks broad exemptions in complying with the Volcker Rule for 2015, and that it is likely to continue those exemptions through January 2017. Merkley said
“The Wall Street Casino is alive and well. Last week it was Congress granting the big banks the right to keep trading on risky derivatives with government (taxpayer) backing. Today it is the Fed making it worse by granting big banks two more years to make big bets through direct ownership of private equity and hedge funds that otherwise would be banned under the Volker Rule.

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“It all amounts to the same thing – spineless giving in to the big banks’ desire to run taxpayer-subsidized hedge funds – funds guaranteed by the taxpayers of the U.S.” Merkley argues that if the banks gamble and win, they keep the payoff. If the banks lose, they get paid a taxpayer guarantee to ensure they don’t lose money. So it’s not really a gamble. They win no matter what. Merkley said “This is wrong for taxpayers and it is wrong for the stability of our banking system. We expect more of the Federal Reserve.”

Merkley is one of the two co-authors of the Volcker Rule, along with retiring Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).

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 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Dec 182014
Have your donation doubled by donating now to Food Share.  Limited time!

Have your donation doubled by donating now to Food Share. Limited time!

Food Share of Lincoln County has been offered challenge funds by Coastal Farm & Ranch in Albany to try to raise $2,000 in donations to Food Share this holiday season. If Food Share raises $1,000 in donations from Lincoln County residents, Coastal Farm & Ranch will match those donations with a matching $1,000 of their own. In short, whatever donation a person makes to Food Share becomes double that those who help feed low and no income families in Lincoln County.

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To donate just stop by Food Share of Lincoln County in Newport near the corner of Eads and NE 1st. That’s just south of Highway 20 (East Olive Street). Or you can donate through Pay Pal. And you don’t even have to set up an account with Pay Pal to do it. ( It’s very simple.

If you would like to donate food yourself, please note that Food Share needs holiday type foods: Cranberries or cranberry sauce, canned tuna and any other canned meats you’d care to donate. Just drop them off at Food Share. Again they’re near the corner of Eads and NE 1st. For more info call 541-265-8578.

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 Posted by at 11:01 PM
Dec 182014
Whale watching Jeff Cox

Whale watching
Jeff Cox

The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center will host programs and activities for Winter Whale Watch Week from Saturday, Dec. 27, to Wednesday, Dec. 31. Festivities will include themed films, whale exhibits, children’s activities, and Winter Series presentations. Whale Watch volunteers will be on hand throughout the week to share their knowledge of whale biology, migration patterns, and sighting techniques. Naturalist Michael Noak will offer his presentation, “Experiencing Gray Whales”, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Dec. 29.

Situated 100 feet above sea level with an expansive ocean view, the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is an ideal place to scan the horizon while waves crash against the rocky basalt shores below. Grey whales have already been seen passing the Oregon coast on their southward migration. Their journey will span the Pacific Coast, from feeding areas in the Bering Sea to their breeding and calving grounds in the warm lagoons of Baja California — the longest migration of any animal on earth.

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Winter Visitor Center hours are Friday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. For Whale Watch Week, the Visitor Center will be closed on Friday, Dec. 26, and remain open on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Cape Perpetua is a partner of Whale Watch Spoken Here, a program of Oregon State Parks that promotes whale watching at 24 designated locations along the Oregon coast.

The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is located three miles south of Yachats on Highway 101. For more information, please call the Visitor Center at 541-547-3289 or visit us on the web at You can also follow us at and

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 Posted by at 9:37 PM
Dec 182014
8 inches of rain will make this creek look like the Rogue River...

8 inches of rain will make this creek look like the Rogue River…
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 Posted by at 9:07 PM
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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 Posted by at 1:24 PM
Dec 182014
...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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