Aug 292014
Port of Newport International Terminal

Port of Newport
International Terminal

An email from the Governor’s Office states that the green light has been given to proceed with more dredging in Yaquina Bay, alongside the newly rebuilt International Terminal so the port can accommodate large log ships. Log exporter Teevin Brothers had indicated that half loads, due to a shallow draft beside the terminal, was not satisfactory. They want to load ships to capacity, which of course makes them sink deeper into the water and therefore need enough depth beside the terminal.

The Department of State Lands issued the dredging permit today (Friday) which will allow their current shipping channel dredging to spill over into a two or three day dredging operation alongside the International Terminal.

The news was well received by the port which was hoping the terminal dredging would be approved under the dredger’s current work schedule. Now that permission has been granted to extend the ship channel project to include the terminal dredging, the spoils brought up from the bay bottom can be more economically disposed of off the coast. Otherwise, they would have to be deposited at some site on land at a cost of $200,000 if dredging was held off until November 1st. All in water works between November 1st and February 15th requires dredge spoils be deposited on land.

Port Manager Kevin Greenwood said he’s heartened by the decision and gives great thanks to the Department of State Lands for seeing their way clear through a very complicated array of information – both environmental as well as economic.

Greenwood said he expects the dredging to begin in late September. He cautioned, however, that if simply removing river bottom silt does not provide the required minimum 35 foot depth, further dredging would be required, which would begin sometime in early November.

So the issue is still unfolding.

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 Posted by at 5:07 PM
Aug 292014

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, August 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: We began yesterday socked-in, but the fog and low clouds burned off in most areas by lunchtime and we logged another elegant Summer day. The thermometer played around in the 60s, and northwest winds were lighter at 10-15 mph. Fog and low clouds returned, at least near the beach, by late afternoon and persisted through the evening. Overnight, low clouds filled in everywhere and covered the sky; low temps were in the 50s. This morning, there was damp ground from drizzle with some locations on the Central Coast receiving recordable precipitation.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 69F/59F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 62F/52F/<0.01”
Newport: 64F/52F/<0.01”
Waldport: 63F/50F/0.01”
Yachats: 65F/51F/0.01”

Forecast: It seems the best plan is to plan for everything this holiday weekend. Over the next four days we could see fog, clouds, showers and sunshine, in that order. For today, tonight and tomorrow, patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies, a slight (20%) chance of showers, high temps 60-65F, lows in the low-50s, and light breezes. Sunday should be at minimum partly sunny but with a lingering chance of showers. Labor Day itself will probably be the best for a barbecue as we anticipate mostly sunny skies, dry and the mercury rising to 65F or a little warmer. Outlook is for routine Summer weather the rest of the week with mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, highs of 65F, lows of 50-55F and the return of stronger northwest winds.

Travel: Expect heavier than normal traffic and some delays on Central Coast highways late this afternoon through Monday evening due to the Labor Day weekend. In the Coast Range today, cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, mostly cloudy; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is a chance of showers and wet pavement tomorrow and again Sunday evening; partly cloudy and dry on Monday.

Marine: It’s virtually calm this morning with rounded seas 4 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Nearly flat conditions are predicted today with variable winds less than 5 knots, a NW swell of 3 feet and occasional drizzle. Look for a light W breeze tonight, 5-10 knots, and long-period seas around 4 feet. If you’re going to be chasing salmon tomorrow as the non-selective Coho sportfishing season opens, SW winds 5-10 knots, the swell rising to 5 feet and a chance of showers. On Sunday, W to SW winds 5-15 knots, seas around 5 feet. Labor Day, it’ll be back to NW winds of 10-15 knots with higher gusts in the afternoon and evening; swells 5 feet with 3 foot chop on top. Outlook is for Summer northerlies 15-20 knots and lumpy 3-5 foot seas into midweek.

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On the Beach… Drizzle early, mostly cloudy, surf 3 feet (low).
*Gray whale viewing has been terrific at Yaquina Head, Depoe Bay and other areas where you can see these leviathans up close from shore. Whale-watching charters have also been offering phenomenal encounters.
* The Water Contact Advisory remains in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/29 Fri 08:54 AM 1.45 L
08/29 Fri 03:15 PM 7.94 H
08/29 Fri 09:34 PM 1.38 L
08/30 Sat 03:41 AM 6.79 H

In Short: Mostly cloudy, light breeze, then slight chance of showers.

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 Posted by at 8:10 AM
Aug 292014
Pam Salisbury Retires from Children's Advocacy Center, Newport

Pam Salisbury
Retires from Children’s Advocacy Center, Newport

In 2008 Pam agreed to assume the position of Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County an organization that was experiencing significant financial and managment challenges at the time. In the ensuing six years Pam’s leadership and management talents have resulted in a stable and financially sound organization. The staff of the center, her friends, family and associates all wish Pam the very best in her return to her loves of plein air art painting and golf. She has certainly earned this second retirement and our gratitude for a job well done.

Pam earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northwestern University in Chicago and became a nurse administrator for St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, CO. While there, she earned her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Colorado and was subsequently recruited to be an Associate Administrator for Pacific Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco which is now part of Stanford University.

In 1987, Pam was recruited to be the Chief Operating Officer of the 575 Bed Grossmont Hospital in San Diego county. Three years later, that hospital was acquired by Sharp Healthcare, a multi-hospital integrated health care system covering San Diego County. That is where she met her husband Steve, a Senior Vice President of that system. In 1993 they both took a one year sabbatical to sail on their 41 foot sailboat, Just Being.

Upon return, both consulted for several years across the country for health sytems, Universities and other healthcare clients. In 2000, Pam was once again summoned by Sharp Healthcare to direct the construction, staffing and organizsation of what became San Diego’s largest free standing Oupatient Services health center, a position she held until “retiring” to Newport in 2006.

And the rest is prologue.

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 Posted by at 6:13 AM
Aug 282014
OCCC Newport Campus

OCCC Newport Campus

Oregon Coast Community College had lost its academic accreditation back in July during a switch from Clatsop to Portland Community College. It was during that transition that summer term students at OCCC lost their ability to get financial aid while taking classes. Well, that’s all been reversed with OCCC being taken under the wing of PCC. They’ll get that financial help in arrears.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 8:16 PM
Aug 282014
Yachats prepares for another peaceful summer evening.... Ken Gagne

Yachats prepares for another peaceful summer evening….
Ken Gagne

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 Posted by at 7:57 PM
Aug 282014

lincoln city chamber logo


Birgitte Ryslinge, the new president of the Oregon Coast Community College, is the guest speaker at the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Lunch Forum on Friday, September 12th, at the Surftides Inn at 2945 NW Jetty Avenue in Lincoln City.

Ryslinge, who holds 5 degrees and speaks several languages, will guide OCCC through a seven year accreditation process. She comes to OCCC with much leadership experience, most recently as Interim President of the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus.

The Chamber luncheon will begin at 11:45am and the cost will be $10. The public is always invited to attend Chamber Lunch Forums and should RSVP to the Chamber by calling or emailing the Chamber by 5pm Wednesday, September 10th.

For more information contact the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce at 541-994-3070 or email or visit the website at The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce is an organization made up of local business members supporting one another and the community. Their office is located at 4039 NW Logan Rd., Lincoln City.

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 Posted by at 7:21 PM
Aug 282014
Former Mayor Bill Bain Withdraws his candidacy for City Council

Former Mayor Bill Bain
Withdraws his candidacy for City Council

Former Newport Mayor Bill Bain today withdrew his candidacy for City Council. Bain said the reason he is withdrawing is that there are now enough quality candidates running for council so whoever wins will help move the city forward in a positive way. He said that for him to remain in the race would be an unnecessary distraction.

Tomorrow the 29th is the last day a candidate can withdraw from a race and NOT have his/her name on the ballot.

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 Posted by at 7:00 PM
Aug 282014

Marion Moire Newport Artist

Marion Moire
Newport Artist

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Canyon Way Gallery is presenting long time Newport Artist Marion Moire who will be displaying a variety of her collages, acrylics and Asian Art, September through October. She’s featuring new works that she painted ‘upriver’ during the summer. Two of her watercolors were chosen for the “Plein Aire” Art Show in the Toledo Art Walk this weekend.

Marion’s studio is located at 6 NW Brook, in Newport. She can be reached at 541-961-1295 Or by email:

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 Posted by at 3:40 PM
Aug 282014
Buddy Valentine Courtesy photo

Buddy Valentine
Courtesy photo

Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies are asking everyone on both sides of the Lincoln-Lane County line to be on the lookout for this man…Buddy Valentine (he has a number of aliases). Valentine allegedly beat his roommate at their residence just inside the Lane County Line, south of Yachats. Pending charges include attempted murder, assault and arson. The victim was transported to the Riverbend trauma center in Springfield.

Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies say no one should approach Valentine due to possible volatile behavior. Simply call 9-1-1 and give the operator your information – where and when you saw him. As you can see, he’ll stand out in a crowd. Again, don’t approach him, just call 9-1-1 and give your information.

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 Posted by at 3:12 PM
Aug 282014
Yachats Lions Club Breakfast Sunday,  7:30am-11am

Yachats Lions Club Breakfast
Sunday, 7:30am-11am

Big Yachats Lions Club fundraiser breakast on Sunday, August 31, from 7:30am to 11am. On the menu are pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and ham and ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Proceeds support many Lions Club charities and causes including Lions Sight and Hearing program, South Lincoln Resource Center, and Y-FAB.

The Lions Club is on 4th, a block or so west of 101, just west of the Yachats Commons.

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 Posted by at 2:49 PM