Sep 292014


The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has become aware of a number of fraud complaints being investigated by the Newport Police Department related to a telephone scam.

Several Newport residents have reported receiving telephone calls from a male claiming to be a law enforcement official. He tells victims that they have a warrant out for their arrest for failing to show up for jury duty and that the fine is $1,500. The caller directs victims to pay a $1,500 fine or they’ll be arrested. The caller provides an account number into which the victim is to pay the fine.

The Sheriff’s Office says if anyone gets these kinds of phone calls, do not give the caller any personal or financial information. DO NOT give your credit card number or your bank account information. If you have caller ID, write down the number showing up on your phone. Immediately notify local law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1.

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Sep 292014

oktoberfest twisted

Twisted Snout Brewery and Pig Feathers BBQ are pleased to invite the public to its 4th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday from 4:00-9:00 pm at 300 S. Main Street in Toledo. Live music begins at 4:30 with James Kasner, followed at 7:00 by Franz Paul van den Bogaard and The Sons of the Beaches.

Patrons will be able to spin the “Twister” spinner for prizes. Barbecue, beer dogs, pretzels, and Twisted Snout’s 12 hand-crafted ales will be available. This is an all ages event with no cover charge.

Carmen Pigranda by Karen Fitzgibbon

Carmen Pigranda
by Karen Fitzgibbon

Twisted Snout Brewery will also be showing off its newest one-of-a-kind lamp created by artist Karen Fitzgibbon (Fikaa Designs) of Toledo. “Twisted Pigs in Space” was installed this week and is the second in a series of lamps that Fitzgibbon is creating for the brewery. The first one, “Carmen Pig-Randa,” was installed this summer.

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Sep 292014

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Sep 292014

Serena Profitt funding poster

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Sep 292014
Yachats Fire Rescue

Yachats Fire Rescue

Yachats Fire got a call from a homeowner just south of town, saying that her water heater was on fire. Yachats Fire responded and put out the fire.

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Sep 292014
Newport North Fire Station 225 NE 73rd Street Near OSP Offices

Newport North Fire Station
225 NE 73rd Street
Near OSP Offices

Being that it’s the 5th Monday of the month, and the city council likes to hold Town Hall meetings on those days, the council decided to introduce the town’s new Fire Hall to its citizens. So the Town Hall meeting is being held at the new fire hall, 225 NE 73rd.

A formal dedication of the facility is set for 5:30pm.

After that everybody goes inside and city staff will discuss issues facing the north end of Newport, including a new urban renewal district, likely to help pay for water and sewer renovations in the area. Also they’ll discuss improvements to the Agate Beach Wayside and other infrastructure issues, which could include roads, bike paths and pedestrian facilities. It depends on what people bring up.

And, perhaps everybody’s favorite, Public Comments. Wide open. And it’s an election year.

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Sep 292014

Puzzled By Medicare

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Sep 292014

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, September 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: It’d be pretty hard to beat yesterday’s weather as we nudge up against October. Sunshine dominated our skies and the mercury climbed to the mid-60s. Afternoon northwest winds were 10-15 mph and no precipitation was recorded. However, things started changing around 9:30pm last night as clouds began filling in ahead of an approaching cold front, and the wind went calm. When a light breeze returned overnight, it came ominously from the south. This morning, it was overcast with a light southeast wind and low temps were in the 50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/54F
Depoe Bay: 64F/50F
Newport: 64F/50F
Waldport: 66F/51F
Yachats: 66F/52F

Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the coolest weather so far this season expected over the next few days. The Cascades may see the season’s first snowfall. A narrow but potent cold front will move across Northwest Oregon today and tonight, and mornings will feel very Autumn-like for much of the week. That said, it’ll also be warmer as temperatures recover Thursday and Friday. For today’s Joe the Sea Lion statue dedication ceremony in Lincoln City, expect an increasing chance of showers, southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting to around 20 and a cooler high temperature of 60F. Showers remain likely tonight with west winds 15-20 mph gusting to 25 and lows near 50F. Scattered showers linger tomorrow and skies remain mostly cloudy, high of 60F. Outlook is for a chilly night Wednesday with the thermometer dropping to the low 40s, but high temps around 65F. Thursday through Sunday, mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, highs warming to 65-70F and lows about 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, showers likely and 65-70F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies and showers with highs around 70F. For the Cascades, showers, breezy; the snow level is at 8,000 feet, but drops to 5,500 feet tonight. Snowfall is predicted to remain above the Cascade highway passes.

Cascadia: A magnitude 3.4 earthquake occurred at 7:59pm last night about 170 miles southwest of Newport on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. The temblor was shallow at a depth of 6 miles.

Marine: It’s dead calm with rounded 4 foot seas this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A cold front is approaching local waters and SW winds are projected to rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20 by this afternoon; seas build to 6 feet with 3-4 foot windwaves. Tonight, the breeze veers to NW 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a 7 foot W swell. Look for lighter winds tomorrow, down to 5-10 knots, with swells around 6 feet. Outlook is for a light northerly wind flow of 5-10 knots Wednesday through Friday, along with swells 4-6 feet.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, showers, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/29 Mon 09:40 AM 2.99 L
09/29 Mon 03:49 PM 8.15 H
09/29 Mon 10:48 PM 0.43 L
09/30 Tue 05:29 AM 6.30 H

In Short: Showers, windy, then clearing with cooler nights, warmer days.

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Sep 282014
Wehby (l) Merkley (r)  Looking better now for Merkley.  Wehby stumbling badly in the polls.

Wehby (l) Merkley (r) Looking better now for Merkley. Wehby stumbling badly in last 10 days.
Oregonian photo

Vice President Joe Biden is headed for Portland to support Senator Jeff Merkley for re-election October 8th in Portland while Arizona Senator John McCain will be stumping for GOP nominee Monica Wehby in Portland on October 2nd. On October 6th, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will be drawing a pretty large crowd in Eugene as she shows up to urge everyone to vote for Merkley in November.

A busy early part of next month for Oregon politics. More from the Oregonian. Click here.

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Sep 282014
Columbia River sailboats Dr. G photo

Columbia River sailboats
Dr. G photo

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