Jul 242014
 
Artist Michael Gibbons demonstrates liberated En Plein Air painting in Toledo

Artist Michael Gibbons demonstrates expansive En Plein Air painting in Toledo

Naturalist painter Michael Gibbons’ annual 3-day En Plein Air Painting workshop begins Friday, June 25 and runs through the 27th. A maximum cohort of ten students will gather for instruction at the JP Art Studio in Toledo each day followed by journeying to and painting at sites around the Yaquina Bay.

Mr. Gibbons always schedules his workshops during Toledo’s Summer Festival and invites students to join him at his studio parking lot at 10pm in the historic 1887 1st Methodist Church to watch Toledo’s fabulous fireworks. The Workshop’s last day will find the students in the artist’s garden of his home in the 1926 Vicarage to paint and enjoy a Pizza lunch from Cobblestone Pizza.

For more about the art of Michael Gibbons please visit his website at www.michaelgibbons.net

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Jul 242014
 
Waldport Sunset John Harris

Waldport Sunset
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Jul 242014
 

Where Jon Culton left the pavement on Highway 34 enroute to Corvallis

Where Jon Culton left the pavement on Highway 34 enroute to Corvallis

Culton's Camry rolled way down an embankment and landed upside down in a creek.  Spent the night trapped in his car.

Culton’s Camry rolled way down an embankment and landed upside down in a creek. Spent the night trapped in his car.

Culton was taken to the hospital in Corvallis and his car was retrieved.

Culton was taken to the hospital in Corvallis and his car was retrieved.
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An alert Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy found a vehicle Thursday morning down an embankment off Highway 34 belonging to an elderly Waldport man reported missing the day before to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The man was rescued from his vehicle northeast of Alsea and taken to a Corvallis hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Oregon State Police is investigating the crash and the man’s family was notified that he was found safe.

At approximately 10:44 a.m., Benton County Deputy Chris Dale was patrolling along Highway 34 near milepost 51 checking for signs of a vehicle belonging to the missing elderly Waldport man, identified as Jon Culton, 80.

Deputy Dale was checking a curvy section of the highway near Botkin Road. He stopped and got out to look off the eastbound shoulder where he spotted a vehicle not visible to highway travelers approximately 90 feet down an embankment with a person inside. Upon calling out to the person inside, the occupant responded he was OK but thirsty. The deputy confirmed the car matched the description of Culton’s missing 1998 Toyota Camry four-door that had rolled down the embankment and landed on its roof in a shallow creek.

OSP and firefighters from Corvallis and Philomath fire departments joined BCSO at the scene. Firefighters went down the embankment, removed Culton from the vehicle, and brought him back up in a basket to the road. Culton was transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non-life threatening chest injury.

Culton told investigating OSP Senior Trooper Nathan House that he crashed yesterday while enroute from Yachats to Corvallis for a doctor’s appointment. He said he attempted to use his cell phone but couldn’t get a signal. Trapped in his car, he used the floor mats to keep him warm during the night until he was found this morning and rescued.

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Jul 242014
 

Double rollover accident atop Foulweather Thursday afternoon

Double rollover accident atop Foulweather Thursday afternoon

Randy Getman photos

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2:37pm. North and southbound traffic should take otter crest loop at either end of Cape Foulweather. Otherwise you have a long wait. A very long wait.

2:02pm Two vehicle accident on Highway 101 at milepost 132, which would put it right at Devil’s Punchbowl, north of Beverly Beach. Two vehicles have collided and both vehicles have rolled over. One still on its top.

2:07pm One person is out of one of the vehicles on the ground, complaining of neck pain. One person still trapped inside one of the vehicles.

2:09pm May be one other vehicle involved. But they can’t find it.

2:30pm Locals were using Otter Crest Loop to dog-leg around the accident.

3:00pm None of the injuries sounded life-threatening. No word on what precipitated the smash-up.

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Jul 242014
 

toledo summerfest

Toledo is the place to be all weekend long. Especially for the fireworks! We take you now to Toledo for all the details. Click here.

BY THE WAY:
OSU Lincoln County Extension Master Gardeners will have a booth at the Toledo Summer Festival for the first time.

Master Gardeners will be on hand Saturday July 26th Noon to 6:00pm and Sunday July 27th Noon to 3:00pm.

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The annual Toledo Summer Festival is coming up July 25-27th with our big grand parade to be held on the July 26th at Noon. Please pick up your parade applications at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce office at 311 NE First Street in Toledo or go on line at Toledo Summer Festival. You can also call 541 336-3183 and Judy will be happy to email an application to you.

The Toledo parade is a great one – don’t miss seeing it and/or we hope to see you marching by!

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While you are in town plan to visit the carnival or the beer garden or any of the other many wonderful events at the 2014 Toledo Summer Festival! Oh, and don’t forget to stay for the fabulous fireworks when it gets dark. Our fireworks are something to behold!

For additional information, please contact:
Judy McDougal
Executive Director
Toledo Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (541)336- 3183
Email: info@visittoledooregon.org
Website: www.visittoledooregon.org

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Jul 242014
 

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Jul 242014
 

Chris Burns - Fishing

CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of July 24th

In the Creel: Almost everything is picking up. This is a great time of year to wet a line or manhandle a shovel. Limits on salmon, rockfish, clams and crabs are being reported this week as the weather has allowed more folks to get out for longer periods. Tuna and halibut are still a smidge slow, but some boats are bringing them in, too. The rivers are producing nice catches of cutthroat trout and steelhead, though it varies from basin to basin. Reservoir trout fishing is off as water temperatures increase and the rainbows feel less hungry. Bay clamming has been okay when the tides allow, and razors were fairly abundant during the last minus tide series. Mussel harvesting has been reopened.

Salmon River: The river is open for cutthroat trout, and fishermen report fair to good success over the past week. Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide but small spinners, spoons or fly fishing can be very fruitful. The river is also open for spring Chinook and summer steelhead but catches are few and far between.

Siletz River: Steelhead fishing has picked up recently with best success in the mid to upper river. The month of July tends to be the peak of the migration. The best bank access is from Moonshine Park up to the deadline.

Yaquina River: Cutthroat trout fishing in the Yaquina, Big Elk Creek and tributaries is open and angling has been good. Cutthroat can be found throughout the river system. Sea-run cutthroat trout are arriving now, too, and can be found in tidewater up into the lower reaches of the river.

Alsea River: The Alsea is open for cutthroat trout with many opportunities for bank fishing along Highway 34. Cutthroat are being landed just about everywhere in the river and recent catches have been fair to good. Sea-run cutthroat trout typically start to show this time of year and should be most abundant in the lower river.

Central Coast Lakes: The warm summer days are starting to heat up water temperatures in many low-elevation lakes and reservoirs. So, while the trout are pouting, target bass, bluegill, crappie and other warmwater fish that can be much more active this time of year.

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Jul 242014
 

A very happy FV Endeavour crew as they approach the bridge.  Coast Guard right behind them.

A very happy FV Endeavour crew as they approach the bridge. Emergency pump aboard keeping them afloat. Coast Guard right behind them.

Captain making a bee line for the fish docks to unload his catch ASAP.

Captain making a bee line for the fish docks to unload his catch ASAP.

FV Endeavour took a big swell real hard last night that caused the leak.  Fought it all night.

FV Endeavour took a big swell real hard last night that caused the leak. Fought it all night.

Coast Guard ready to step in if anything goes sideways.

Coast Guard ready to step in if anything goes sideways.

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The Coast Guard is racing to aid the fishing vessel Endeavour that is taking on water 9 miles northwest of the Yaquina Bay jaws. A 47′ motorlifeboat is expected to be on scene by 10am. The Endeavour’s captain reports that he’s still able to make 5 knots forward speed.

Latest conversation with the Endeavour is to arrange the best way to get a bail pump aboard the stricken craft based on current sea conditions.

The Endeavour is positioned at 44.40.21N and 124.16.31W.

9:58am Coast Guard motorlifeboat is nearly on scene. Coast Guard is approaching F/V Endeavour with rescue bail pump ready to transfer. The Endeavour is apparently low enough in the water that wave heights are a factor in lining up the Endeavor with the motorlifeboat.

10:03am Sounds like the pump has been transferred. Captain aboard the Endeavour already arranging repairs for his ship.

10:15am They continue to wrestle with getting suction.

10:18am The motorlifeboat crew is now passing over a second pump.

10:19am Transfer called off.

10:24am Endeavour Captain says it’s not a pump problem, the pump is not getting deep enough water to maintain suction so when the boat is tossed by the waves it doesn’t lose suction.

10:26am Endeavour Captain has put his ship in neutral – stopping his shaft so he can climb down and remove the smaller pump he tried to use after they started taking on water last night. Apparently they took a big wave that caused the initial problem. When the smaller pump is removed they’ll have a more reliable water level for the Coast Guard pump to maintain suction.

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10:32am Endeavour Captain removed small pump. He says the leak appears to be a small one. Sounds like they’re going to be getting back into Newport pretty soon.

10:36am Coast Guard told its motorlifeboat crew that other Coast Guard craft will be ready for the Endeavour as it enters the bay to ensure that the Captain can unload his fish catch without having to worry about taking on more water at the dock. The Coast Guard will provide more pumps if necessary to get the job done.

12:10pm F/V Endeavour slowly creeps through the jaws and into Yaquina Bay. Endeavor makes a bee line for the fish docks to unload his catch. Coast Guard standing by to ensure things go smoothly. Next step for the Captain is to get someone to plug his leak.

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Jul 242014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, July 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: City water rates being what they are these days, who couldn’t appreciate a free lawn and garden watering? Rarely do we get enough rain in late July to help much, but this latest weather system really soaked the ground yesterday. Most Central Coast locations received around half an inch, but a heavy downpour stalled over Lincoln City and dumped a deluge, over an inch. Southerly winds were 15-20 mph with gusts into the mid-20s, and high temps rose to the low-60s. There was a break in precipitation during the afternoon before another round of showers arrived, which lasted through the evening and overnight. This morning, it was still spitting a little rain, the wind was light and lows dropped to the mid-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/58F/1.04”
Depoe Bay: 61F/54F/0.66”
Newport: 63F/54F/0.30”
Waldport: 62F/53F/0.27”
Yachats: 63F/56F/0.45”

Record daily maximum rainfall for July 23rd was set at several regional locations…
(City – Precipitation / Previous Record and Year)
Astoria – 0.82” / 0.42” in 1952
Portland – 0.62” / 0.06” in 1959
Vancouver – 0.52” / 0.47” in 1918
Hillsboro – 0.36” / 0.02” in 1992
McMinnville – 0.30” / 0.06” in 1919
Eugene – 0.21” / 0.17” in 1918
Hood River – 0.42” / 0.15” in 1935

Forecast: We’ll be slowly on the mend today as the rain fades away and the sun tries to break through the thinning overcast. The mercury should climb to about 65F and northwest winds will be moderate. Tonight, partly cloudy skies are expected with a low in the low-50s and increasing north winds. It looks like we should be back to mostly sunny skies tomorrow, highs of 65F, lows of 55F and gusty northwest winds. Outlook is for classic Summer weather through the weekend and into next week. Mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, highs of 65F, lows of 55F, and northwest winds gusting 25-30 mph in the afternoons and evenings.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, showers and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have showers with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, a chance of showers; the freezing level is at 7,000 feet.

Marine: Pretty choppy this morning with 7-8 foot seas at 8 seconds and winds WNW 10-15 knots. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 34 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Not much improvement is expected today with WNW winds 15-20 knots and steep seas 6-7 feet at 8 seconds. Tonight, N winds 10-15 knots with subsiding seas, down to 5 feet or so. More typical conditions return tomorrow as the breeze comes from the NW 15-20 knots gusting to 25 by nightfall. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots, strongest in the afternoons and evenings, with steep 6-7 foot windwaves through the weekend.

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On the Beach… Showers, some clearing, windy at times, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
07/24 Thu 12:23 PM 6.57 H
07/24 Thu 05:21 PM 3.19 L
07/24 Thu 11:21 PM 8.53 H
07/25 Fri 06:20 AM -0.46 L

In Short: Showers, mostly cloudy, moderate breeze, then partly cloudy and windy.

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Jul 242014
 

Siletz Bay Sunset Steve Power

Siletz Bay Sunset
Steve Power

Central Coast Sunset BBMapper

Central Coast Sunset
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South Beach Sunset Julie Sacchetti

South Beach Sunset
Julie Sacchetti

Sunset at Bayshore Kerry Terrel

Sunset at Bayshore
Kerry Terrel

Wind, sand and rain Bayshore Kerry Terrel

Wind, sand and rain
Bayshore
Kerry Terrel

Kerry Terrel

Kerry Terrel

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