Mar 302015
 
Lost kitty

Lost kitty

We have lost our 15 year old black male cat. Name – Sylvie.

Lost in Lincoln City – SW 9th Street and Ebb/Fleet Streets.

If anyone sees Sylvie, please call Ann Hayward at 541-519-6023.

 Posted by at 2:05 PM
Mar 302015
 
Kiwi went missing three days ago after escaping for a romp in the wild through a window that was left ajar...

Kiwi went missing three days ago after escaping for a romp in the wild through a window that was left ajar…

Toledo resident Gina Baird several days ago sent News Lincoln County a picture of her lost little “Kiwi,” a Brazilian parakeet missing from her Toledo home. The Green Cheek Conure was playing outside his cage in the bedroom of Gina’s daughter. The daughter had left her window cracked a little too wide apparently – just enough for Kiwi to squeeze through and take off flying into the woods.

Understandably, Gina and her family were worried sick about Kiwi – and who wouldn’t be – for a little brightly colored tropical bird that would stick out brightly against a solid green coastal forest background. Easy pickin’s for any number of large predatory birds or tree climbing mammals.

For three days Gina’s husband and their daughter combed the woods around their home looking for Kiwi. They wandered far and wide repeatedly calling out his name – but to no avail. No Kiwi. They feared the worst.

There's Kiwi - a  tiny orange dot - high on a tree limb in the center of the picture.

There’s Kiwi – a tiny orange dot – high on a tree limb in the center of the picture.

Then today they continued their search, the daughter calling out Kiwi’s name again and again. Suddenly Kiwi answered!! There, on a lofty limb, high above them, Kiwi was bobbing his head and talking to them. Brazilian parakeets are great talkers. The daughter called out to Kiwi to come down – and he did, fluttering down right onto her shoulder.

Kiwi smiling - obviously quite happy to be back home with his family!

Kiwi smiling – obviously quite happy to be back home with his family!

Happy family. Happy Kiwi who is now back inside his safe Toledo home after beating the odds in the wild. You can bet from now on that Gina’s family will be more careful about how wide they crack their windows!

 Posted by at 12:09 PM
Mar 302015
 
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Aging parents are starting to need assistance – feeling obligated to help them;
Just finished paying off college for the youngest child; Considering retirement in a few years.

Any wonder why this is called the “sandwich generation?” Your children may not be out of the house yet – or they’ve left and then come back – and you need to help with your own parents as well, for any reason. How does one manage to balance the potential financial obligations that come with children and parents? It’s a relatively safe assumption that very few actually dream of spending their retirement years taking care of aging parents or supporting grown children. What is the plan when the individual needing care is looking back in the mirror?

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Generally the most informal level of care. This type of care is usually administered by family aiding in daily activities, such as dressing or eating.

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* Reduction
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Transfer the responsibility for it (generally in exchange for some monetary amount). This is the general premise around an insurance policy.

* Retain
Decide to self-pay for any costs that arise if and when they occur.

What is the best approach? There is never a one size fits all solution. A combination of these approaches could be implemented.

What do these mean in reference to LTC? It is basically impossible to avoid LTC risks because we cannot predict the future. One can potentially reduce the chances, by eating healthy, exercising or avoiding hazardous conditions. Another common way to address what may happen in the future is purchasing an insurance policy that covers the expense of LTC. Insurance will transfer some of the financial burden to the insurance carrier – subject to the terms of the individual contract. Keep in mind, however, that these insurance policies can be expensive. Finally, one can simply decide that they will take the risk they won’t need this type of help for themselves or someone close to them, and will just pay for it out of pocket if it does happen.

No one knows what the future holds. Having a plan for how you will deal with LTC expenses if you do end up needing assistance can affect the type of services you or a loved one are able to receive if they are ever needed.

If you’d like to find out more about me, this topic or have an idea you’d like me to write about or would simply like to contact me – visit my website: www.duane.wrfa.com.

Thank you for reading.

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Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322, via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com. 

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 Posted by at 10:24 AM
Mar 302015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Mar. 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: An even-steven blend of sunshine and clouds with light winds and highs near 60F closed out Spring Break yesterday. All in all, those who came to visit the Central Coast over the past week now probably have a passel of pretty pictures as most days were dry and/or sunny. And they headed home just in time – clouds thickened in the late afternoon and it was completely overcast by 6:00pm last evening, remaining so throughout the night. The thermometer dipped into the 40s in most locations. This morning, the breeze had a slight southerly vector and skies were grayed-out like an inaccessible menu option.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 62F/52F
Depoe Bay: 57F/43F
Newport: 55F/41F
Waldport: 60F/43F
Yachats: 60F/46F

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Forecast: The long stretch of warm and mostly dry conditions we’ve become accustomed to is crashing, and rebooting will take about a week (just like Windows). Though we still have a partly sunny icon on the desktop today, it might be more hope than forecast as a weather front WON SUN-CLOUDSapproaches. High temps should reach 55-60F this afternoon with southwest winds 5-10 mph. The brunt of the front comes ashore tonight conveying up to a half inch of rain and southerlies 15-20 mph gusting 25. Tomorrow, the rain turns to showers, possible thunderstorms with small hail and cooler temps as highs stop in the low-50s. Outlook is for a suite of showers, clouds and sunshine all week. The mercury is expected to display lower readings than recently with highs 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny, light west winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, spots of ice possible on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-40F; mostly sunny, the freezing level is 8,000 feet, plummeting to 4,000 feet tomorrow with 1-4 inches of snow expected in the passes. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 29”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 109” less than this date last year; 93% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo closed
Willamette Pass closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 0”/42”/soft or spring
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/0”/summer activities only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/26”/granular turning soft
Timberline 0”/47”/does not report conditions

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Marine: The breeze is light SE nearshore this morning and variable 10 knots offshore; seas are lumpy 10 footers at 12 WON SCAseconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 2:00pm this afternoon and runs through this evening. Southerly winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 today, rising to 20-25 knots by this evening with 9 foot seas building to 11 feet at 12 seconds; seas and breeze subsiding after midnight. For tomorrow, NW wind 10-15 knots, swells 9 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for W wind Wednesday, 10-15 knots, with seas holding at 9 feet. Thursday and Friday, look for nor’westers 5-10 knots and swells around 8 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Clouds and sun, light breeze, 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
03/30 Mon 09:45 AM 6.95 H
03/30 Mon 04:20 PM 0.80 L
03/30 Mon 10:57 PM 6.87 H
03/31 Tue 04:42 AM 2.37 L

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In Short: Partial clearing, light winds, rainy and windy, then unsettled.

 Posted by at 8:04 AM
Mar 302015
 
Newport Police swarm to men in a stolen car downtown late Sunday night.

Newport Police surround two men at gun point in a stolen car downtown late Sunday night.
NLC reader photo

An alert Newport Police Officer ran a plate late Sunday night on a car going through town and it came back stolen out of Klamath County in central Oregon.

As you can see in the photo, provided by a News Lincoln County reader, the officers surrounded the car and ordered the two men out at gunpoint. Within a very short time at least one of them was bound for the Lincoln County Jail to be booked for unauthorized use of a vehicle. No word if the passenger was also booked.

More details are expected later in the morning.

 Posted by at 1:11 AM
Mar 292015
 

Algae bloom at Devils Lake

Algae bloom at Devils Lake

Devil's Lake It's winter and the lake color hasn't changed.  Heavy nutrient content to feed algae.

Devil’s Lake
It’s winter and the lake color hasn’t changed. Heavy nutrient content to feed algae.

Hydroplane racer on Devils Lake.  Spewing out toxic algae Pea Soup  during the summer.

Hydroplane racer on Devils Lake. Spewing out toxic algae Pea Soup during the summer.

Devil's Lake flow heading to the ocean. DLWID photo

Devil’s Lake flow heading to the ocean.
DLWID photo

D-River from the lake to the sea. Bryce Harrington photo

D-River from the lake to the sea.
Bryce Harrington photo

D-River looking eastward toward the dam at the mouth of Devil's Lake

D-River looking eastward toward the dam at the mouth of Devil’s Lake

Reducing algae blooms and septic tank and drainfield contamination in Devil’s Lake is music to the ears of those who live around the lake and those who rely on income from tourists who come to this picturesque body of water during the tourist summer months.

There have been endless meetings and discussions in public and private about what should be done about summertime algae blooms which have now become common in the winter as well. The city of Lincoln City has launched a program to begin sewering the whole lake – eventually getting everyone off their septic tanks and onto city sewer. But that’ll take a long time.

So with that as a reality, the Devils Lake Water Improvement District is taking bold steps at the southwest corner of the lake where the lake water connects to the ocean under the Highway 101 bridge.

On April 9th, the district board will hold a regular public meeting at Lincoln City City Hall to formally present a plan that the board feels might go a long way to improving the lake’s overall health – especially during the summer months.

What the DLWID board is proposing is to return the river part of the lake, at the southwest end, back into a naturally flowing stream. For a long time a dam has stood between the lake and its short channel flow to the D-River Wayside that opens up to the ocean. District officials say removing the dam won’t drain the lake – but it will lower it by a foot or so, 8 to 9 months out of the year. During those months, water flowing into the lake from the north will move through the lake faster and thereby flow out to the ocean quicker. And because the “lake turnover” will be more rapid, the lake will more thoroughly flush out its accumulated nutrients from septic tanks, drainfields and storm water sediment, not to mention general run-off from individual properties around the edge of the lake – fertilizers and whatever else comes from those properties.

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But again, in order for all this to happen, the district board is proposing to remove the dam. Currently the dam is comprised of two components – the submerged concrete footing that stretches across the river bed and the wood and metal vertical extension on top of it. Both have to come out. But in their place the board is proposing to install a new temporary dam that would be placed across that same spot on the river so the lake rises a little higher to maintain its traditional slightly higher summer level. They’re only talking about a foot or so, something the old dam has always provided. But instead of being made out of concrete, metal and wood, it will be comprised of sand bags and/or flood control tubes – something that can be installed late in the spring and easily removed in the fall.

Devil's Lake Revival DLWID photo

Devil’s Lake Revival
DLWID photo

Again, the benefits are lake and river flushing during 8 to 9 months out of the year, less saturation of septics and drainfields around the lake, less algae blooms and easier Coho Salmon access through the lake and up into the spawning streams that feed it.

And there is another benefit – fixing a long running problem between the dam and the beach. There is a permanent sandbar that has built up below the current dam and which attracts huge flocks of seagulls which, understandably, see it as a convenient place to dine on fish that come and go from the lake to the sea. Sort of a ring side seat at a buffet line. But those seagulls leave quite a lot of seagull poop that makes its way out to the beach where kids and their families routinely gather and frolic in the fast flowing water. Not a good thing.

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Once the temporary dam is removed in the fall, the river will flow faster through there and that sandbar will permanently melt away back to the beach.

Other benefits of having no dam on the river for three quarters of the year include easier passage by those in canoes, kayaks and on paddleboards. It will also give the river a different feel and character during those 9 months out of the year.

DLWID photo

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But again the biggest benefit will be keeping Devil’s Lake well-flushed. By allowing the lake’s self-cleaning function to play out, algae blooms and their toxins won’t erupt nearly as often and so those attending regularly scheduled recreational, boating and other watercraft events, won’t have to wonder what the lake is going to look like when their events come up on the calendar. And that should enhance the lake’s tourist draw and therewith Lincoln City’s economy.

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The Board of the Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District wants to hear from not only residents around the lake, but anyone from around the region who has a positive attachment to it. What do people think about the district’s plan to replace the old dam with a seasonal one?

Board members say before they commit to the plan they want to hear from the public. They want to hear any and all suggestions that might make the proposal work even better. The board meeting begins at 6pm, Thursday, April 9th, in the Lincoln City City Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

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 Posted by at 5:36 PM
Mar 292015
 

1:28pm- Report of a boat fire at Port Dock 7 even though the deep black smoke has diminished. Nothing seen from the Embarcadero.

1:31pm- Fire crew arrives. No smoke showing. May now be a boat in the bay. Coast Guard notified. Firefighter at Embarcadero says he sees no smoke either in the dock area or in the bay.

 Posted by at 1:31 PM