Next step toward keeping Devil’s Lake as blue as possible as long as possible….

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May 222015
 
Algae blooms - recurring problem for Devil's Lake in Lincoln City

Algae blooms – recurring problem for Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board this week decided to move ahead with efforts to hopefully eliminate persistent algae blooms that have been plaguing the lake year round.

A lot of the blame has been laid at the feet of homeowners whose septic tanks have long outlived their functional life-span, and are now pumping human waste into the lake which feeds the algae.

Other arm chair scientists who live around the lake adamantly claim it has nothing to do with septic tanks but rather with how the lake’s water flow is too slow to keep it flushed of organic build up. And they have strongly urged the improvement district to remove the underwater dam at the mouth of the lake so that more water could flow out toward the sea.

This week’s district board meeting saw a new consensus on a way forward – to hire who was described as a world class lake scientist, Dr. Alex Horn of the University of California, Berkley, as well as an Oregon engineer to sign off on the project.

The project, of course, is lake aeration – using injected oxygen down into the lake bottom to cause dormant bacteria to consume all the organic muck that’s down there – not only on the bottom but a ways down below that.

This will, however, change plans on what the board thought it was getting itself in to. Board members were told that an expert lake hydrologist predicted that even if the dam at the south end of the lake were to be removed, it would not cause a big enough water outflow to the sea to change the lake’s basic chemistry, or flush sufficient lake sediments to head off future algae blooms. So the board decided to hold off on the removal of the dam for at least the time being.

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Search is on for a missing man along the coast…

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May 212015
 

Shook, missing since May 13th

James Shook, missing since May 13th

Similar to Shooks vehicle

Similar to Shooks vehicle

Oregon State Police Troopers are continuing their investigation into a missing Sheridan man whose vehicle was located at Cape Lookout State Park.

On Tuesday, May 19th, troopers responded to the report of an abandoned vehicle located at the Cape Lookout State Park day use area. Investigation revealed the registered owner, James SHOOK, age 49, of Sheridan had not been seen since May 13th in Lincoln City. It was learned SHOOK has a history of mental illness and had recently been working in Depoe Bay and residing in Sheridan.

The vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Venture Van was removed from the scene and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue conducted a search of the immediate area.

OSP is asking for the public’s help for information on SHOOK’s whereabouts. Please call OSP Northern Command Center with information, 503-375-3555

 Posted by at 9:59 PM

Crack in the chimney caused fire at Salishan Lodge – Fireplace down ’til fixed

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May 212015
 
North Lincoln Fire Rescue Hook and Ladder Truck going after roof fire at Salishan Lodge early Wednesday morning.

North Lincoln Fire Rescue Hook and Ladder Truck going after roof fire at Salishan Lodge early Wednesday morning.

Depoe Bay fire officials say the cause of the fire at the Salishan Lodge early Wednesday morning was a crack in the concrete casing that surrounds the lodge’s fireplace chimney as it goes up through the roof.

Depoe Bay Assistant Chief Bill Johnson says the crack allowed flame and heat to escape to the outside air at the base of the chimney, as well as within the lodge’s attic. So the fire was burning atop the roof, and below it in the attic crawl space.

Johnson said the saving grace was the attic sprinkler system that fired perfectly and slowed the fire down to where firefighters mainly had to check to see where there were any pockets of fire the sprinklers missed.

When the fire was out, the lodge was advised to shut down their big fireplace until repairs can be made to the chimney.

Johnson says anyone with a fireplace should have their chimney checked and cleaned EVERY YEAR to ensure no heat or flame is escaping, either at the base of the chimney or from the flue. Chimney fires, he says, are one of the most common causes of house fires even though they are almost entirely preventable.

Johnson says annual inspections and cleanings dramatically reduce chimney fires – that and burning only seasoned wood. Burning green wood is very dangerous since it doesn’t completely burn, leaving creosote coating the interior walls of the chimney which weakens it. Cracks can easily develop as occurred at the Salishan Lodge earlier this week.

 Posted by at 3:55 PM

Lincoln County grows by 374 souls since 2010

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May 212015
 
Lincoln County population up, but not by much over the last four years.

Lincoln County population up, but not by much over the last four years.

The latest population figures from the U.S. Census shows that that Newport is still the biggest city in the county, now officially over 10,000 population – 10,117 to be exact. That’s a 128 more folks moving to Newport in the past four years.

Lincoln City added 110 people from 2010 to today’s population of 8,040. Toledo rose from 3465 in 2010 to 3466 in 2014 – a gain of a single person. Waldport grew slightly from 2063 in 2010 to 2081 in 2014. Depoe Bay gained 2 new residents going from 1,398 to an even 1,400. And finally Yachats also grew a bit rising from 690 in 2010 to 703 in 2014.

County-wide, Lincoln County added 374 residents from 2010 to 2014 for a total population of 46,406.

 Posted by at 3:25 PM

Fishin’ with Chris

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May 212015
 

Chris Burns - Fishing

CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of May 21st

In the Creel: Halibut were hot for last week’s first three-day opener of 2015. Limits and decent-sized slabs were boated. Bottom angling for rockfish continues to be exceptional, too. On the other hand, razor clam diggers are really bummed as a closure of the entire Oregon Coast (due to high levels of a shellfish toxin) coincides with a great minus tide series; mussels are closed along the Central Coast for the same reason. River fishermen can get back in action starting Saturday with the opening of the cutthroat trout season. And, the weather looks fairly benign for the holiday weekend. This week’s Fishing Rule: A treble hook triples the odds of catching a fish but quadruples the odds of getting the hook stuck in your thumb.

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Call now: 541-968-5811 or email Smith.and.Loya@gmail.com

Salmon River: The river is closed to fishing until this Saturday, May 23rd, when it opens for cutthroat trout.

Siletz River/Bay: Steelhead fishing is slow but should continue to improve on a weekly basis. The winter steelhead run is over with only a few post-spawn fish remaining. The summer steelhead run is just getting started with initial signs indicating a decent early run compared to most years. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as side drifting, bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners.

Yaquina River/Bay: The river is closed to fishing until this Saturday, May 23rd, when it opens for cutthroat trout.

Alsea River/Bay: The river is closed to fishing until this Saturday, May 23rd, when it opens for cutthroat trout.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Rainbow trout stocking in Big Creek and Olalla Reservoirs is underway this week, so angling should be great family fun. Check out the 2015 stocking schedule here.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 11:00 AM

New Newport Pool Project coming in a little high – “We can handle it” – Tim Gross, Public Works Director

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May 212015
 
New Newport Pool

New Newport Pool

An engineering estimate for the total cost of the new Newport Municipal Pool has come in higher than expected, but city Public Works Director Tim Gross says he’s not concerned. “There are some things we can shave off the project to bring it back within budget and add the items later,” said Gross. Gross says none of them are critical to the functioning of the pool. He says a spectator entrance can be added later along with a few other elements.

Gross said the pool project is still being refined and the city has built financial reserves into the project fund so there will be enough money to cover the cost of the pool as advertised to the public. He said as the project proceeds toward its opening in the fall of 2016, there will be some minor ups and downs but that’s common for projects of this magnitude.

 Posted by at 9:55 AM

Car fire on 101 south of Newport

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May 212015
 

Newport Firefighters dousing a burning car on 101 near 118th

Newport Firefighters dousing a burning car on 101 near 118th, Tracy Cummings photo


Kyle Smallwood photo

Kyle Smallwood photo

Car fire near 101 and 118th this morning. No reports of injuries, but the vehicle appears to be headed for the recycling plant.

 Posted by at 8:46 AM

New Guin Head Librarian at HMSC

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May 212015
 
Mary Markam New Head Librarian Guin Library, HMSC

Mary Markam
New Head Librarian
Guin Library, HMSC

Mary Markland has been named Head Librarian of the Guin Library at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport. She began her new position on May 18. A welcome reception for Markland will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 4:30 pm in the Guin Library. The reception is free and open to the public.

Markland was formerly a librarian at the University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library. She earned a BS in Biology with a French minor from Iowa State University, Ames IA, and an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Markland is the third Head Librarian in HMSC’s 50-year history. She succeeds Janet Webster, who retired in January 2015 after 25 years in the position, and Marilyn Potts Guin, Librarian from 1976 until her death in 1989, for whom the Guin Library is named.

“The OSU Guin Library is central to HMSC’s collaborative, interdisciplinary culture of marine research, especially as OSU launches the Marine Studies Initiative,” said Bob Cowen, HMSC Director. “We look forward to an expanded role for the library and I am excited to have Mary join us now, bringing her perspective into the planning process.” 

The welcome reception and open house on May 28 is a chance for community members to meet Markland and learn about the Guin Library and its special marine science collections. The Guin Library, which is open to the public M-F from 8am to 5pm, also hosts an impressive art collection and a special exhibit for HMSC’s 50th anniversary, “Deep Roots.”

The Guin Library is located on the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center campus in Newport. It is accessible via HMSC’s West Entrance on Marine Science (OSU) Drive, just before the traffic circle. For more information contact Judy Mullen or Susan Gilmont, staff at Guin Library: 541-867-0249.

 Posted by at 7:53 AM

Newport Marathon sprinting in to view…

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May 212015
 
marathon

Newport Marathon, May 30th

(Newport, Oregon) – May 30th sees the return of one of the largest races in Oregon with the 16th annual Newport Marathon and Half Marathon. It brings in about 1,250 runners and about three times as many spectators, who line up along side streets, the Historic Bayfront and areas with ocean views. There’s even a special category for walkers.

Aside from being a major attraction and sports event, it’s a benefit for the Newport Boosters Club, where proceeds go to the club’s help with sports and other activities at Newport High School. It’s also a nice boost to the local tourism economy when summer hasn’t quite kicked in yet.

Special shuttles will be provided for the crowds, to take them to various areas of the race. New this year: only the westbound lane along Yaquina Bay will be closed until 1 p.m. to allow even safer access for spectators. However both east and westbound lanes will remain closed from Benson to the marathon finish line. At the finish line – the Yacht Club on the Bayfront – awaits beer, chowder, t-shirts and even a live band for watchers and participants.

Walkers begin at 6 a.m. Runners begin at 7 a.m. at Yaquina Bay State Park. The Half Marathon starts at 7:45 a.m. Awards will be presented at the Yacht Club at approximately 2:30 p.m. following the race.

The course is USATF certified and numerous runners have used it to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Along the route, runners get an eyeful of the town, its beaches, shops, its fishing industry and even an oyster farm. The course is mostly flat, with a few minor inclines along the neighborhoods and to the east of Yaquina Bay.

In the first few years of the run, registration ended up closing within a month or two, with the event reaching its maximum of 1,000 runners. These days, it’s the crowds that keep growing. Organizer Tom Swinford estimates each runner brings about three supporters.

More race information is at http://www.newportmarathon.org . Contact the Newport Chamber for viewing options and places: 541-265-8801. 800-262-7844.

For Newport lodging and activity information and complete calendar of events see www.discovernewport.com and www.newportchamber.org. 800-262-7844

 Posted by at 7:41 AM