Schools coming up – and so must the donations!

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Aug 032015
 
H.E.L.P. is on its way!

H.E.L.P. is on its way!

AmeriCorps volunteer Brenda Cabrera, from the Lincoln County School District’s Homeless Education and Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.) Center (left), delivers a school supply donation box to Janet DeSau at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (right). School supplies are needed again this year for our homeless and students from low income families.

Last year 397 stuffed backpacks were distributed in Newport to students grades K-12. For your convenience, collection boxes can be found at:

* Atonement Lutheran
* First Baptist
* First Christian
* First Presbyterian
* Newport Nazarene
* Ocean Unity
* Sacred Heart
* Yaquina Chapel
* St. Stephen Episcopal Churches

as well as Columbia and Washington Federal banks, Oregon State Credit Union, and Walmart until Aug. 10.

Donations may also be made through Rotary, The Salvation Army, and The Newport Elks. Assistance is needed to stuff backpacks and distribute them at the Back2school Bar-B-Q. To volunteer for either of these events or to make a donation after Aug. 10, please contact Joyce Atchley at 541-265-5222.

 Posted by at 12:30 PM

Weather or Not: Mottled & Motley

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Aug 032015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, August 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: The weekend wrapped-up in a motley manner yesterday with clouds, a handful of short sunbreaks, fog, spotty rain, light and variable winds less than 15 mph and the mercury struggling to reach 60F. What few raindrops fell could be hand-counted; they’re only real effect was mottling our dusty car windshields. Along with the overcast, it was fairly foggy from about 101 west and visibility dropped to as low as a quarter mile at times. Temperatures dipped into the low-50s overnight. At dawn, it was cloudy, foggy and dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/57F
Depoe Bay: 60F/53F
Newport: 59F/54F
Waldport: 59F/53F
Yachats: 59F/53F

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Forecast: A low pressure system arriving from offshore has shot down the Valley’s heatwave and given us a day or two of cloudy and cooler weather. We’ll be slowly returning to a regular Summer pattern as partly sunny skies are expected this afternoon, WON MIXEDhighs about 65F and northwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25. Mostly cloudy conditions are on tap tonight and tomorrow morning as a trailing ‘short wave’ from the current weather system sweeps through. Then it’s on to gradually becoming sunny tomorrow afternoon with highs 65-70F and a stiff sea breeze. Outlook is for mostly clear skies, seasonal temperatures and strong afternoon/evening nor’westers Wednesday through Friday. Changes could be on the way beginning Saturday and lasting into next week as a chance of showers develops. We’ll keep an eye on it.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, chance of showers, partly cloudy with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine by afternoon and highs of 80-85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers early, sunny skies later, light northwest winds, temps near 85F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 60-65F; chance of showers and thunderstorms, becoming partly cloudy, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.

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Marine: The breeze is NE 10 knots or less and seas have come down to 5 feet at 8 seconds this morning. N winds rising WON MARINE WXto 15-20 knots this afternoon and tonight with seas 4 feet at 5 seconds. Tomorrow, northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 and choppy swells/windwaves 5 feet at 6 seconds. Outlook is for standard Summertime N winds 15-25 knots Wednesday through Friday with swells 3 feet overpowered by 5 foot windwaves. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Fog, partly sunny, breezy, surf 4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
08/03 Mon 09:00 AM -0.78 L
08/03 Mon 03:32 PM 8.62 H
08/03 Mon 09:28 PM 1.27 L
08/04 Tue 03:28 AM 8.25 H

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In Short: Mixed sky, patchy fog, then partly cloudy, windy and seasonal.

 Posted by at 7:51 AM

Racing schooner “America” on the Newport Bayfront

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Aug 032015
 

Racing schooner "America" on the Bayfront in Newport Greg Henton photo

Racing schooner “America” on the Bayfront in Newport
Greg Henton photo


"America"  Charles Burke photo

“America”
Charles Burke photo

Charles Burke photo

Charles Burke photo

Charles Burke photo

Charles Burke photo

Charles Burke photo

Charles Burke photo

Charles Burke told us today that he went down to Port Dock 3 today to view the Yacht Schooner “America”, which is a replica of the first one built back in 1851. This version won the trophy by sailing the race around the Isle of Wight and won the trophy that now bears the name America’s Cup today.

Here’s a fun synopsis of The America’s Cup, which is said to be the oldest sporting trophy awarded to a winner of a sailing competition dating back to 1851. For a fun read Click here.

 Posted by at 12:01 AM

12:20am – Gale Thurman has been found safe!

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Aug 022015
 
Gale Thurman, 50 Missing from his Toledo home

Gale Thurman, 50
Missing from his Toledo home

12:44am – Monday
This update – Gale Thurman has been found safe. An unconfirmed report is that he was found at the Embarcadero in Newport.

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Original news story –

Gale F Thurman Sr., 50, left his home today, Sunday, in Toledo Oregon on foot between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. He is described as 5’4, 170lbs and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a brown hat, gray sweatshirt, tan khakis and red and white shoes.

Gale uses a purple walker with a built in seat. Gale walks regularly but has a medical history including seizures, heart problems and has a tendency to fall. Gale also has a history of non-military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. But he is not believed to be
suicidal.

Gale is considered a missing person by law enforcement. Gale has longer hair, ‘scruffier’ beard and is heavier than he appears in the picture.

If anyone has seen or know the whereabouts of Gale Thurman, please call Toledo Police at 541-336-5555.

 Posted by at 11:26 PM

Newport: Sailboat runs aground north of the jaws

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Aug 022015
 
Sailboat comes in for a "soft landing" north of Newport Jettys

Sailboat comes in for a “soft landing” north of Newport Jettys
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Kind of an uneventful, if not unceremonial arrival in Newport over the weekend. This 26 foot sailboat named the S/V Knightly showed up on the beach north of the north jetty. The Coast Guard and Oregon State Police say they’re supposed to remove it from the beach tomorrow morning at low tide.

No word on how it wound up on the beach as opposed to a dock at South Beach Marina.

 Posted by at 7:55 PM

Kids’ cries, not cheers, to stick with ex-Taft QB Lahti

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Aug 022015
 

Ex-Taft star Pete Lahti, senior Tigers cheerleader Jenna Richards and former Toledo quarterback Jackson Cross were honored Saturday with appearances in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in Baker City. Proceeds benefited the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

Ex-Taft star Pete Lahti, senior Tigers cheerleader Jenna Richards and former Toledo quarterback Jackson Cross were honored Saturday with appearances in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in Baker City. Proceeds benefited the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

The plight of sick children, not football, will be the lasting impression former Taft quarterback Pete Lahti will take from the honor of competing Saturday in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game at Baker City. “I got to represent Taft again, which was great,” said Lahti, the Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback with the Tigers. “I got to play football at a competitive level. I made a lot of friends that I believe will last a lifetime. Most importantly, though, all of us as a whole helped the kids at the Shriners hospital. Nobody can put a price on that.”

To read more on the East-West Shrine Game, go to SportsLincolnCounty,com or click here.

 Posted by at 7:34 PM

Newport: Man with a knife threatening two women arrested

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Aug 022015
 
Anthony Garcia Burglary, Menacing

Anthony Garcia, 27
Burglary, Menacing, Reckless Endangerment

Newport Police Officers this week were dispatched to a report of a male subject attempting to stab a female with a knife, and yelling he was going to kill her. Officers quickly arrived on scene in the 600 block of SW 9th and were advised by persons involved that the suspect had fled on foot. The suspect was identified as Anthony Francisco Garcia, age 27 of Newport.

The two victims involved, a 42 year-old female and a 31 year-old female, stated Garcia had been at their apartment and was asked to leave. Garcia refused. When the 31 year-old female stepped outside, Garcia, locked himself inside with the 42 year-old victim. Garcia then threatened the victim by telling her not to say anything or he would “tape her mouth shut.” The 31 year-old female returned to the apartment and said Garcia was standing in the doorway with a black folding knife. Garcia made two stabbing motions at the younger female victim, striking her hand with his, and barely missing her with the knife.

A 60 year-old male from a neighboring apartment had heard the commotion and one of the two victims saying, “He’s got a knife.” The neighbor ran downstairs and yelled at Garcia to leave. The neighbor grabbed Garcia and shoved him out the door. Garcia fled on foot. Newport Police Officers searched a nearby area behind homes and apartments, and detained Garcia.

During a search of Garcia’s backpack left behind, a black folding knife was found and positively identified by the victims. Garcia stated he had just stopped to “re-pack” his belongings; he denied any other involvement.

Garcia was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on charges of Attempted Assault II; Menacing; Unlawful Use of a Weapon; Reckless Endangering; Harassment; and Burglary I. His bail was set at $490,000.

Anyone with information about this event is encouraged to contact Officer Brad Purdom at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

 Posted by at 1:56 PM