Smoke coming from the Embarcadero

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Dec 022016
 

8:25pm
Smoke coming from somewhere in the Embarcadero, 1000 SE Bay Blvd. Newport Fire enroute. Reports say there is smoke coming from an area of the Embarcadero.

8:30pm
Embarcadero residents are evacuating.

8:47pm
Sounds like everything is okay. Not what they thought it was. All fire units are returning to stations.

8:50pm
Turned out to be somebody pulled a fire alarm. May have thought that steam coming fromm the sauna (and there was lots of steam) for a fire. Everything is fine.

 Posted by at 8:29 PM

Oregon coast open for recreational crabbing from Floras Creek to the California border

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Dec 022016
 

Recreational crabbing is open at the north and south end of the Oregon Coast.  Closed the entire length to commercial crabbing.

Recreational crabbing is open at the north and south end of the Oregon Coast. Closed the entire length to commercial crabbing.
Ken Potter photo


Salem – The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the opening of the ocean and bay recreational crab fishery along the southern Oregon coast from Floras Creek (just north of Port Orford) to the California border.

The ocean and bay recreational crab fishery also remains open along the northern coast from Tillamook Head to the mouth of the Columbia River, including the area inside the Columbia River mouth. Tillamook Head is located between Seaside and Cannon Beach.

The 210-mile area between Tillamook Head and Floras Creek will remain closed to ocean and bay recreational crabbing due to elevated levels of domoic acid recently detected in the viscera of Dungeness crab.

Commercial crabbing is currently closed along the entire Oregon coast (in the ocean, in bays and in estuaries). Changes in the status of the ocean commercial crab fishery will be considered next week upon consultation with the commercial crab industry and the Washington and California Fish and Wildlife agencies. Additional crab viscera samples from impacted areas are being analyzed on a weekly basis to determine when and where additional fishery openings will occur. Two successive tests with domoic acid levels below the alert level are required to re-open areas for recreational and commercial crabbing.

It is recommended that crab always be eviscerated prior to cooking. Evisceration includes removing and discarding the internal organs and gills.

Despite the closure, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers because these products were not harvested in areas closed for biotoxins.

Domoic acid or amnesic shellfish toxin can cause minor to severe illness and even death. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases can result in memory loss and death. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and originate in the ocean. Toxins cannot be removed by cooking, freezing or any other treatment.

For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.

 Posted by at 5:12 PM

Portland State University offering “instant acceptance” to high school seniors

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Dec 022016
 
PSU comes to the high schools and meets directly with students. OPB photo

PSU comes to the high schools and meets directly with students.
OPB photo

Because many high school seniors don’t think about college, or don’t think they’re qualified to go to college, Portland State University has launched a new admissions program. And it’s aimed at giving high school seniors a thumbs up or down while meeting them in their respective high schools. The student sits down, the college evaluator looks over their test scores and grades and right then and there they get an answer.

Here’s the story from Oregon Public Broadcasting. Click here.

 Posted by at 1:03 PM

Oregon’s way forward, according to Governor Brown

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Dec 022016
 

Governor Brown Specific drops in spending, specific increases in taxes and little bit of borrowing... Oregonian photo

Governor Brown
Specific drops in spending, specific increases in taxes and little bit of borrowing…
Oregonian photo


Governor Brown appears to be directing the state’s functions in a way that lowers spending in certain areas, raises taxes while also borrowing money. Governor Brown says it was all made necessary by the failure of Measure 97 which would have taxed larger corporations doing business in Oregon.

Here’s a run down on the Governor’s proposal to the upcoming legislature. Click here.

 Posted by at 12:46 PM

High Surf Advisory

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Dec 022016
 

wxonwarning-nws-swsA High Surf Advisory for the Central Coast has been issued by the National Weather Service, which is in effect from 2:00am to noon Saturday. Seas 11-13 feet today will build to 20-24 feet early Saturday morning. Surf 15-18 feet today will build to 28-32 feet early Saturday morning. Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and washing over large rocks and jetties. These large waves can be erratic, unpredictable and carry ocean debris like large logs with them. Use extra caution near the surf zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean waters.

A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.

 Posted by at 11:32 AM

Saving Toledo Pool: $1.3 to $1.6 million headed to May 17 tax override vote

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Dec 022016
 

Toledo Pool Archive photo

Toledo Pool
Archive photo


Pool needs repairs as well as to the building that houses it...

Pool needs repairs as well as to the building that houses it…


Toledo’s old swimming pool across from the library needs a lot of work if it’s to remain open very much longer. Maintenance and operating costs are no longer affordable to the city – and for that the city council has declared that the pool will be permanently closed either in 2017 or at the latest 2018.

A group of Toledo area citizens got together and formed the Keep Our Pool Open Committee (KOPOC) aiming to raise the money to renovate the decades-old building and do repairs to the pool. The committee told the Toledo City Council that after an inspection of the aging pool, the costs would run between $1.3 million and $1.6 million dollars – the upper amount includes a new pool structure itself. To build a totally new pool and building is estimated at up to $4.5 million which the council and the committee admitted was just too expensive for the town and surrounding residents.

The committee said the strategy is to create a brand new Toledo Parks and Recreation District that could capture enough population and property tax revenue, both inside and outside the city limits, to float a bond to get everything paid for. The new special tax district would conform to the present boundaries of the Toledo Fire District which spreads well outside the city limits. There is always an outside chance that fundraisers and charitable donations from local affluent families and foundations might be able to fund part of it. Who knows. Maybe all of it.

But the plan appears to be to firm up the renovation estimates and then to put the issue on the May ballot next year. The proposed tax rate is 74 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. So for a home assessed at $100,000 the tax would be $74/year, a home at $200,000 would be $148/year, a home at $300,000 would be $222/year and for a $400,000 home it would be $296/year.

KOPOC members told the council they will be coming back before them again to give a progress report on setting up the taxing district and confirming the vote on the tax will be on the May ballot.

 Posted by at 11:27 AM

Weather or Not: Drops in the Bucket

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Dec 022016
 

wxon-cbFriday, Dec. 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: The first drops of rain went into December’s bucket yesterday with just a couple hundredths of an inch recorded. Nevertheless, we started chipping away at the average 11.36” for the month. Winds were light, a few sunbreaks broke up the overcast and the mercury reached seasonal highs in the low-50s, except for chilly Depoe Bay where the peak was 49F. A couple of short periods of light rain and drizzle came through overnight and temps sagged to the low-40s. This morning, a few sucker holes dotted the sky with blue and what little wind there was wafted lightly out of east.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Pressure: 30.37”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/44F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 49F/40F/0.03”
Newport: 50F/41F/~0.01”
Waldport: 52F/42F/0.01”
Yachats: 52F/42F/0.01”

A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for all of Northwest Oregon except the coastal strip. The cold front expected Sunday afternoon will bring snow levels down to 1,500 feet or below with moderate to heavy snow in the Cascades and several inches of accumulation in the Coast Range (where passes are generally less than 1,000 feet). Snow accumulation is less likely below 1,500 feet with little or no accumulation below 500 feet. Those who are planning outdoor activities or are going to be transiting Cascade and/or Coast Range highway passes should pay close attention to the latest forecasts.

Forecast: We’ll continue adding to the December precipitation total today with another tenth of an inch as rain returns along with southerly winds gusting 20 mph and a high of 50F. Tonight, the rain slowly subsides, lows around 45F. A break forwxon-rain some showers tomorrow morning but steady rain developing after dark, thermometer readings in the low-50s. Outlook is for rain Saturday night and Sunday with an inch or so, showers Monday, showers and partly sunny Tuesday, a chance of rain and snow showers Wednesday (little or no snow accumulation expected), then rain likely and breezy on Thursday. Cooler, with highs of 45F and lows of 35F until late in the week.

wxon-twitterNOTE: Be sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep updated on Winter’s active and rapidly changing weather; you’ll get immediate notification of any advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement and 35-40F in the passes; areas of fog, rain developing today, high temperature 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, rain likely, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east winds 10-15 mph, high of 40F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning, temps near 25F, carry chains or use traction tires over the passes. Rain and snow today, snow accumulation up to 1 inch, the snow level rising from 3,500 feet to 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet through Sunday night at the lower elevations, but snow in the mountains by late Sunday. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Seas have come down to 8-9 feet at 11 seconds this morning with southerly winds 10-20 knots, strongest out wxon-scapast 10 miles. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through Tuesday. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect today and this evening. S winds 10-20 knots gusting 30 today, swells 10 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to W 10-15 knots by midnight but seas will build from 12 feet to 16 feet at 13 seconds. W winds continue tomorrow at 10-15 knots, swells 16-19 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 20-25 knots Sunday and Monday, E winds 10-15 knots Tuesday, swells around 13 feet throughout the extended period. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

Notices to Mariners… Yaquina Bay South Jetty Light 4 has been reported as currently extinguished. Also, Heceta Head Lighthouse has been off and on recently dues to power problems.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, 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
12/02 Fri 07:26 AM 3.77 L
12/02 Fri 01:19 PM 8.50 H
12/02 Fri 08:06 PM -0.19 L
12/03 Sat 02:57 AM 7.45 H

In Short: Rain, showers, moderate winds, then unsettled and cooler.

 Posted by at 8:09 AM

The boatworks up in Toledo are keeping their new boat lift REALLY busy!!

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Dec 012016
 

R/V Pacific Storm & Crew Hatfield Marine Science Center At Port of Toledo for a little work...be back later next year for more... Port photo

R/V Pacific Storm & Crew
Hatfield Marine Science Center
At Port of Toledo for a little work…be back later next year for more…
Port photo


The Port of Toledo’s new 660 ton boat lift has been transforming port operations since the day they fired it up. All manner and fashion of seagoing craft have been worked on and sent back out to sea to make their owners either more money or gather more scientific data, like the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Research Vessel Pacific Storm.

The Pacific Storm motored upriver to the newly rebuilt Port of Toledo for a wash job and some minor going-over. Port Manager Bud Shoemake says the Pacific Storm will be back next year for a more thorough assessment and possible upgrades and/or repairs.

The new boat lift has grown the port employee base to 17 full time workers and 3 part-time – and of course a whole slew of new contract workers as well. Shoemake said after the Pacific Storm is done the F/V Lady Kay will pull in under the lift and up she’ll go for a new cutless and a beautiful new paint job.

Bud Shoemake and his port team are having a lot of fun being the big lift on campus – that’s for sure. The next big item to be added is the new – and very Yuuuuge – indoor work building where repairs can be made to boats out of the weather and boat painting year round inside the building’s climate controlled interior.

Economic development and job growth. This is how you do it!

 Posted by at 3:40 PM

New State Budget: Gov. Brown reveals spending cuts and marginally higher taxes in “some areas”

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Dec 012016
 

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Between the failed attempt to pass a higher corporate income tax, and the monster in the room, PERS, Governor Brown unveiled today her strategies to move Oregon forward with what revenues it can raise (and even borrow) for its people. Some taxes will rise and some services will be trimmed or even cut out altogether.

Here’s an overlook from The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 2:33 PM