Oct 312014

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, October 31st – Lincoln County

Summary: The latest weather front arrived on schedule around noon yesterday, beginning with a building breeze followed by a decent shot of moisture. Rainfall ranged from under a quarter to over three-quarters of an inch with Yachats drenched most heavily. Southerly winds were a little higher than projections; some areas of the Central Coast recorded gusts above 30 mph. The mercury rose to the low-60s. Rainy periods continued throughout the afternoon, evening and overnight, albeit the breeze died before sunset. This morning it was still raining on and off, winds were light and lows dipped to the low-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/53F/19mph/0.18”
Depoe Bay: 61F/51F/30mph/0.24”
Newport: 61F/50F/31mph/0.56”
Waldport: 63F/52F/26mph/0.54”
Yachats: 63F/52F/36mph/0.76”

Forecast: Will it be a Trick or a Treat for those on the prowl for candy? We’ll have some sunbreaks today and the showers are expected to subside, but they may not be entirely absent by this evening. A cool and unstable atmosphere is dominating our weather, so early tonight we’re facing temps around 50F, WON THUNDERSTORMa 50-50 chance of showers, possible Frankenstein-style thunderstorms with small hail, Casper’s friendly and ghostly winds (except near thunderstorms) and with any clearing, a peek-a-boo Werewolf Moon. Tomorrow looks mainly dry, some sunny periods and cooler; highs around 55F and lows down to 45F. Outlook is for the next weather system to make landfall on the Central Coast sometime Sunday bringing more rain and gusty winds. Look for varying chances of rain Monday through Wednesday, but we could get a stretch of clearing and drying to wind-up the workweek.

Travel: Be extra cautious today driving on local highways, roads and streets as mask-wearing pedestrians with limited visibility will be near traffic on the shoulders and sidewalks. This warning applies during daylight hours (people in Halloween costumes for school, work and parties) as well as this evening, especially from 4:00pm-9:00pm.

In the Coast Range today, showers, chance of thunderstorms and 50-55F. Valley destinations are also expecting showers and a chance of thunderstorms with highs of 55F. For the Cascades, rain and snow; the snow level is 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed conditions at lower elevations but accumulating snow is possible down to the Cascade highway passes tonight through Sunday. Oregon’s Chain Law allows the use of studded tires beginning tomorrow. However, because of the damage caused by studded tires, the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages motorists to use studded tires only when necessary. Delaying putting on studded tires, or using other types of traction tires, is helpful for the condition of our highways.

Marine: Choppy seas 8 feet at 8 seconds this morning, but winds are light and variable, 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, WON SCADepoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect at 2:00pm and runs through late tonight for Central Coast waters mainly 10 miles or more offshore. SW winds today and tonight 5-10 knots gusting 15 with seas 8-10 feet at 13 seconds, and a chance of thunderstorms. Tomorrow, expect a NW breeze of 5-10 knots and swells subsiding to 6-8 feet. Outlook is for increasing southerlies on Sunday, 10-15 knots gusting near 20, seas 6 feet. Another storm system arrives Monday, lasting into Tuesday, packing S winds 20-25 knots with seas rising to 11-14 feet.

On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/31 Fri 07:25 AM 7.20 H
10/31 Fri 01:03 PM 3.17 L
10/31 Fri 06:47 PM 7.14 H
11/01 Sat 01:29 AM 0.53 L

In Short: Showers, partial clearing, light wind, then rainy next week.

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Oct 312014
Off Yachats Ken Gagne photo

Off Yachats
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Oct 302014
Flowerree Community Center, Toledo

Flowerree Community Center, Toledo

The Central Coast Child Development Center has found a new home after it learned it would have to vacate Arcadia School in Toledo. The Development Center provides early childhood education for children aged 6 months, infants, toddlers and up.

Once the Development Center settles in at their new location at Flowerree Center in Toledo, a main fundraising arm of the non-profit will swing into action to help it expand – especially to accommodate the younger ones. We’re told that there is a horrific shortage of care for very young children throughout the region. The Center aims to fix that at Flowerree.

Part of the fix is a fundraiser being held November 7th at Muggly’s Bowl at the west end of the downtown and Business 20. It’s a bowl-a-thon running from 5 to 8pm. The group is looking for businesses or individuals to sponsor a lane while the public bowls continuously for three hours. The public can bowl their hearts out from 5 to 8pm, November 7th – at a very reasonable price.

So if you or your family would like to sponsor a lane on the 7th of November or just want a deeply “feel good” fundraising experience, just call the center at 541-336-2477.

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 Posted by at 11:12 PM
Oct 302014

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The Toledo Eagles will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on November 8th from 9 to 4. They still have tables available to rent. If you are interested, call Patti at 541-336-1022. The cost is $10.00 per table.

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 Posted by at 10:30 PM
Oct 302014
Courtesy graphic CDC

Courtesy graphic

Lincoln County Health officials Cheryl Connell and Rebecca Austen told Lincoln County Commissioners this week that Lincoln County is ready to act quickly and effectively if an Ebola case shows up on the coast. Connell said it is very unlikely to happen – but if it does, they’re ready for it.

Austen said that health professionals convened this week at Oregon Coast Community College with first responders and top medical officials from Pacific Communities and North Lincoln Hospitals. Austen says everybody’s being well trained on the protocols and procedures in the event an Ebola case erupts.

If one does materialize, the patient will be immediately transferred to a special unit at Good Sam Corvallis. No cases will remain on the coast. They’ll all go to the valley Connell said that if a case reaches Lincoln County, it will likely be carried by someone returning to the coast from West Africa. She reminded everyone that the disease is not contagious until the carrier starts showing symptoms, as illustrated above.

Connell said the medical community is sticking to the science surrounding Ebola and not rumors or politics about the disease. Connell said county health workers are participating in Ebola protocol webinars, networked phone calls, Governor Kitzhaber’s Office and valley hospitals to stay up to the minute on what’s happening with Ebola. Austen said County Emergency Services Manager Jenny Demaris is ensuring all lines of communication are open and effective in relaying critical information in the event of a case appearing in the county and that the Sheriff’s community communications network called Everbridge is ready anytime to alert county residents when any information breaks on the issue.

Connell summed it up: “We’re ready.”

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 Posted by at 9:21 PM
Oct 302014
Toledo City Council  File photo

Toledo City Council
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The Toledo City Council has decided to tax both medical and recreational marijuana at a rate of 3% on both. The tax on recreational would depend on whether Measure 91 passes next Tuesday night at the polls.

City Attorney Wes Chadwick said the legal theory put forth by the Oregon League of Cities is that if cities have the sales tax on recreational marijuana before the voter initiative takes effect in December, then the tax would be grandfathered in despite the fact Measure 91 provides that the state alone will have taxing authority on recreational marijuana. All over Oregon, cities are enacting a sales tax on recreational marijuana thinking Measure 91 will pass. The vote in favor of taxing recreational marijuana was 4 to 3 in favor; Mayor Grutzmacher and Councilors Lyon, Dunaway and Baxter. Those against taxing recreational marijuana were Johnson, Strom and Kaufman.

Toledo councilors also passed a 3% sales tax on medical marijuana as well despite spirited disagreement from a medical marijuana dispensary operator and those who are waiting to re-open their’s – the argument being that marijuana is a medicine like any other and so should not be taxed like any other. They and a few medical marijuana patients also cited financial hardship already in purchasing medical marijuana without the added tax. They also predicted that the added tax would hurt sales within Toledo since other cities in Lincoln County have decided not to tax medical marijuana. The vote in favor of taxing marijuana was among Mayor Gruzmacher and Councilors Lyon, Dunaway, and Baxter. Those opposed to taxing medical marijuana were Councilors Johnson, Kaufman and Strom. Councilor Dunaway said his vote for taxing marijuana rises out of a desire to simply have a placeholder ordinance in effect prior to the enactment of Measure 91, if it passes. His comments about voting for taxing medical marijuana seemed more couched in terms of perhaps not really wanting to tax medical marijuana but voting for it simply as a precautionary endorsement pending the outcome of how the state legislature decides the issue.

Looking at other Lincoln County cities, Newport, Lincoln City and Yachats have have decided to tax recreational marijuana but not medical marijuana. Waldport is likely to pass a tax on recreational marijuana at their special city council meeting coming up Monday afternoon.

Lincoln County County Counsel Wayne Belmont has said several times that a lot of this is very much up in the air because the legislature will have a great deal to say early next year about these taxation issues, both medical and recreational will play out. And whether any lawsuits are produced by the outcome is quite unpredictable. Waldport City Manager Kerry Kemp said a great deal of the Waldport’s City Council’s opinion centers more around the idea that local taxes are local taxes and should not be infringed upon by state government. So although there may be some interest in taxing marijuana, an important element in the decision is to reflect the council’s concern about cities exercising their options under the state’s constitutional provisions of home rule.

Watch out for kids Friday night!!!

Watch out for kids Friday night!!!

And the council learned that Main Street will be closed on Halloween, October 31st, from 3:30 to 5:30pm to allow Main Street merchants to set up their Downtown Toledo Trick or Treat Street for the kids, who arrive at 4pm to enjoy the candied dreams of children everywhere. The trick or treaters will be scaring everyone up and down the sidewalks through 5pm. Just Main Street will be closed. No side streets will close except as they cross Main. Barricades will be clearly placed.

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Oct 302014

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of October 30th

In the Creel: Things are winding down. The seasons for ocean Chinook and nearshore halibut, and river cutthroat trout, all close at midnight Friday, October 31st. But that still leaves some nice wild Coho and Chinook fishing available in the rivers and bays, with the catch rates of both species improving over the past week. In the bays, fishing is fair to good and crabbing remains decent. Clammers are facing a bum situation; all minus tides occur near sunset or overnight for the remainder of 2014. Next on the horizon will be winter steelhead for sport fishermen and crab season for the commercial fleet. So, keep casting forward.

Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing is fair with anglers catching kings in upper tidewater and through the mainstem up to the deadline. Many fish are in spawning condition this time of year. Casting lures or floating bait under a bobber can be effective. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair through the mainstem but the season ends at midnight on Friday, October 31st.

Siletz River/Bay: Fall Chinook fishing is fair to good. Anglers are having success from middle to upper tidewater and all through the river below the deadline at Illahee Park. Recent rains have pushed a lot of fish out of tidewater for their migration to the spawning grounds. The wild Coho fishery has slowed down but anglers can still catch bright fish in tidewater up to the deadline. Summer steelhead fishing is slow in the upper river above Moonshine Park. The cutthroat trout fishery has slowed down and the season closes at midnight Friday, October 31st.

Yaquina River/Bay: Fall Chinook fishing is slow to fair with anglers having the best results in the middle to upper areas of tidewater. Recent rains have pushed many fish upriver and into the spawning grounds but new bright fish should be around over the next couple weeks. The wild Coho salmon fishery has slowed down a bit as recent rains have pushed many fish upriver towards the spawning grounds. Bright fish can still be caught from Sawyers Landing up through tidewater. Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the season scheduled to close at midnight Friday, October 31st.

Alsea River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery is producing fair to good results with anglers having the best success in the river above tidewater either from a drift boat or bank fishing. Recent rains have moved a lot of fish up river towards the spawning grounds. Fishing above tidewater should be productive through the weekend. The wild Coho salmon fishery is producing fair to good results with the best action in the river above tidewater. The fishery is expected to remain productive through the weekend. Like other rivers, cutthroat trout season is over for the Alsea on Friday at midnight.

Central Coast Lakes: Rainbow trout fishing has picked up since water temperatures have dropped a little. However, Big Creek Reservoirs have not been stocked since June and there are no current restocking dates listed by ODFW, so the number of fish available may be limited.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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Oct 302014
Check the battery this weekend!

Check the battery this weekend!

From the Oregon State Fire Marshall

Sunday, November 2nd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker. “Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit


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 Posted by at 10:57 AM
Oct 302014
During the hunting season this is the best defense - stay alert -blend in - and do a 10 second quarter mile.

During the hunting season this is the best defense – stay alert -blend in – and do a 10 second quarter mile.
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 Posted by at 10:40 AM
Oct 302014
Student Scholarship Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday 5-8pm. Bring the family - invest in our kids!

Yachats Lions Hall
Student Scholarship Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday 5-8pm.
Bring the family – invest in our kids!

The Yachats Lions Club is holding their First Annual Student Scholarship fundraiser at the Lions Club Hall this Saturday evening. Runs 5-8pm at the hall on 4th, just a bit west of 101.

It’s a big family affair for mom, dad and the kids. Up to five at the table for $25. Otherwise $10 a head.

We all know that a high school diploma gets you mostly a lifetime career at your local fast food drive-thru – SO! – Invest in our kids and in their future economy. Scholarships in the past have gone for a lot of nursing, forestry and other practical occupations. Stop by with your family, friends and maybe a few in-laws and chow down at the Yachats Lions Club 1st Annual Student Scholarship Fundraiser at the Lions Hall, on 4th, just a little west of 101 this Saturday, from 5-8pm.

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