Earthquake strikes 140 miles SW of Anchorage – No tsunami warning

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Jul 282015
 
6:35pm moderate earthquake shakes Alaska.  63 miles deep.  No tsunami warning issued.

6:35pm moderate earthquake shakes Alaska. 73 miles deep. No tsunami warning issued.

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A moderate earthquake shook southwestern Alaska this evening. The 6.3 richter event was centered on land about 140 miles southwest of Anchorage near where the Aleutian Islands take off westward to form their chain that nearly reaches Russia.

The quake was notable for being at a depth suggesting it’s a subduction-style quake – at a depth of 73 miles. Thus far there’s been nothing from NOAA that would suggest there are any tsunami concerns about tonight’s earthquake.

 Posted by at 9:10 PM

Sleeping Beauty – Lincoln City Cultural Center

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Jul 282015
 

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From Lincoln City Cultural Center

We’re so pleased to announce the return of the touring directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, and their rock ‘n roll fable production of “Sleeping Beauty.”

As always, this production will feature our own local stars, kids entering grades 1-12. Thanks to grants from the Walter R. Behrens Foundation, the Ankeny Foundation and the Studio to Schools Project, participation is FREE for all local children (visitors are welcome to take part, too, for a small fee). Auditions will begin at 10 am sharp on Monday, Aug. 3, with rehearsals scheduled throughout the week and two performances on Saturday, Aug. 8. Don’t hit that snooze button — this is one show you won’t want to miss.

Call 541-994-9994 for more info.

 Posted by at 6:29 PM

Waldport phones & internet back up – bad mega-switch in the system

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Jul 282015
 

Waldport got a taste of what it’s like to be without phones and internet today. It was around 2pm when both services went down and stayed down for over two hours, according to Pioneer Telephone.

The trouble was quickly traced to a mega switch in the main office in the valley. They fixed it – but for many it was a long two hours.

The internet spoils us. And we like it. But like anything man made, it breaks on occasion. Main thing is that everybody’s back on.

 Posted by at 6:04 PM

What’s new in the housing market for 2015?

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Jul 282015
 
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Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Advisor Waddell & Reed

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What’s New in the Housing Market for 2015?
By: Duane J. Silbernagel

Home buyers and sellers finally have reason to celebrate in 2015. After almost a decade of limping along toward recovery, it seems as though the housing market has finally hit a more comfortable stride.

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, well-known gauges of the U.S. housing market, real estate is finally showing healthy signs of improvement.

Data released by Case-Shiller at the end of April indicates that home prices have continued to rise across the United States. (Source: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, April 2015) And as it turns out, no one factor is responsible for the trend. Rather, a variety of factors are being credited for the recovery.

Low mortgage interest rates

This year, mortgage rates have remained at all-time lows. (Source: Freddie Mac U.S. Economic & Housing Market Outlook, April 2015) A slower-than-expected economic recovery may be partly responsible, with the Federal Reserve holding off on raising interest rates until the economy is on more solid ground. And while interest rates are expected to go up at some point (possibly later this year), home buyers are taking advantage of the historically low rates while they can. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 11:54 AM

En Plein Air avec Monsieur Gibbons

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Jul 282015
 

A student of Mr. Gibbons adapting to his suggestions...

A student of Mr. Gibbons adapting to his suggestions…


Michael Gibbons alone with his thoughts, observations and technique...

Michael Gibbons alone with his thoughts, observations and technique…

Michael Gibbons paints and teaches plein air class during Toledo Summer Festival each year. Students spend 3 days on location painting en plein air (outdoors) in various locations around Yaquina Bay and end the course at the Yaquina River Museum of Art Vicarage House Museum garden at 140 NE Alder Street. Gibbons is shown in the photo in the background with two student painters. He has been teaching this course for 8 years in Toledo. For more information contact him at (541) 336-2797 or email
michaelgibbonsart@charter.net.

 Posted by at 11:21 AM

FBI statement on the flurry of “suspicious letters” to Oregon Sheriff’s

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Jul 282015
 

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From the FBI

The FBI, Oregon State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working with affected Oregon counties to determine the origin and nature of a series of suspicious letters that started arriving in the mail on Monday, July 27th. To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown NO toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope. In addition, at this time there is no evidence of a visible powder to be found in any of the envelopes/letters.

There are approximately 20 known letters delivered and all were addressed to Oregon sheriffs or their offices. Law enforcement is collecting the letters and transporting them all to the FBI and/or the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for analysis as appropriate.

Due to the on-going nature of this investigation, we are not releasing any further information.

 Posted by at 11:10 AM

Where we stand on bills now signed into law – and those still in the wings

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Jul 282015
 
Crowd in Portland celebrates the changing of an era and a changing of "escapes" available for Americans

Crowd in Portland celebrates the changing of an era and a changing of “escapes” available for Americans
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As Governor Brown keeps signing her Joanne Hancock to bills…they become law. Here’s the latest tally and when they become effective. For those living in Central and Eastern Oregon, March won’t come soon enough.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 9:14 AM

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…

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Jul 282015
 
Grace and her dad Craig MacDougall

Grace and her dad Craig MacDougall

Reminder, this Saturday July 25th is the Newport American Legion Kidney for Grace Spaghetti feed and auction from 12 noon to 5pm at the Newport American Legion. Just show up and feed your family and meet Grace Waluck and her family. $8-$10 a plate. All you can eat spaghetti and garlic bread. Bid on an auction item if you so choose. We could use more auction items and volunteer servers. Just show up 1 hour prior to the event please.

Also the Waldport Moose Lodge kidney for Grace fundraiser is next Friday July 31st from 5pm-10pm. Chicken fried steak buffet style meal. $10 a plate. Public invited. Kids are welcome. No membership required. Come meet Grace. This will be her last day in Oregon! She flies back to Arizona the next day. There will be a cakewalk and Karaoke competition also. We are needing more cakes. Please bring a cake, make a cake, find a cake (or pie) and bring it to the event. Also a small number of volunteer help would be appreciated. See you there!

 Posted by at 9:08 AM

Newport: Homeless family’s husband ‘loses it’ at their camp at Jump Off Joe

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Jul 282015
 
Jon Jennette, 28, Newport Domestic Battery

Jon Jennette, 28, Newport
Domestic Battery

Newport Police Officers were dispatched on a report of a domestic disturbance in a beach camp site near Jump Off Joe’s. A citizen walking heard a women screaming in a camp about 100 yards from the roadway near the beach. A short time later the victim’s 13 year-old son reached the top of the bluff and summoned police.

Police Officers arrived and learned the suspect, Jon Michael Jennette, age 28 of Newport, was living in the camp with his wife and three children, ages 13, 12, and 8. It was reported Jennette had been drinking, and became physically aggressive. At some point Jennette was asked by the family to leave the camp for the night. Jennette refused, and began being physically abusive.

It was reported the Jennette had pushed his children to the ground, and kicked them when they asked that he leave. He also struck his wife in the face with a closed fist, and kicked her when she fell to the ground. During the altercation, Jennette used a pocket knife to slash his own wrist. He told the victim he was going to harm himself if she tried to leave him.

The 13 year-old victim obtained a cell phone and tried to call 911 for help. Jennette grabbed the phone and threw it into the thick vegetation. The 13 year-old fled on foot and began knocking on doors to get help.

Once the child had contacted a citizen that agreed to help, they returned to camp to remove the mother and siblings. The 13 year-old was able to lead the family up the trail to responding Police Officers.

Jennette was taken into custody and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. He was treated and released for the self-inflicted wounds on his arm. He was then transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the following charges: Fugitive from Other State; Assault IV (Felony); four counts of Harassment; and Interfering with Making a Report. His bail was set at $100,000.

The Newport Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this event is encouraged to contact Officer Cummings at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM