Make sure you don’t miss a thing about the eclipse!

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Jul 202017

The Eclipse – August 21
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Toledo Chamber of Commerce hosts eclipse speakerd

Ricky Love, operations and emergency services manager for ODOT Region 2, will be guest speaker at the next monthly luncheon of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 20. He will discuss ODOT’s local readiness plans for the August 21 eclipse.

The luncheon is at the Toledo union hall, 138 NW 1st Street. The union hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for socializing and the program begins at noon. All attendees are asked to pay $12 at the door to cover the cost of lunch. The public is welcome to attend.

Here’s Your Chance! City of Toledo has an opening on the City Council!

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Jul 202017

The Toledo City Council is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the City Council. The vacant position term expires on December 31, 2018. To qualify r the of ce, the applicant must be a registered voter within the Toledo City limits and have continually resided in the City for 12 months. The application deadline is 5 pm on August 23, 2017.

Interested persons may pick up an application at Toledo City Hall, 206 N. Main Street, Toledo, Oregon or visit the city website at For more information contact Toledo City Recorder, Nancy Bryant, at (541) 336-2247 ext. 2110

Traffic Crash in Lincoln City

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Jul 202017

Report of a two vehicle crash in the 2500 block of NE Highway 101. The crash is blocking the southbound lane.

There are injuries. Ambulance headed to the scene full lights and sirens.

Traffic is being redirected to Holmes Road.

Traffic is being restored on 101.

Weather or Not: Back to Normal

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Jul 202017

Thursday, July 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly sunny, light wind yesterday; cloudy, light rain overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 69F/58F/14mph/0.06”
Depoe Bay: 65F/56F/13mph/0.06”
Newport: 63F/57F/14mph/0.06”
Waldport: 66F/56F/13mph/0.02”
Yachats: 63F/54F/11mph/0.02”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,600’, overcast @ 4,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: S 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.20”

Forecast: A lingering, but slight, chance of additional light rain or drizzle this morning, then back to our normal July weather as the clouds begin to dissipate this afternoon, high around 60F. Patchy fog and mainly overcast tonight, low of 50F. Mostly sunny tomorrow after a bit of morning fog, high in the low-60s. Outlook is for mostly clear skies and sea breezy Saturday through Wednesday with seasonal temps – highs of 60-65F and lows of 50-55F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are damp, temps 55-60F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 60-65F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 45-50F, the free air freezing level is above 12,000 feet. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SW 5-10 knots this morning with seas 2 feet at 5 seconds. High pressure develops over Central Coast waters later today and persists through Saturday with benign wind and sea conditions as a result. Northerly winds will increase with gusts into the 25-30 knot range Saturday night, and continue through Monday. Seas will respond by building to 8-10 feet, with relatively short periods, by late Sunday morning. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Partly sunny, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
07/20 Thu 11:01 AM 6.31 H
07/20 Thu 4:07 PM 2.57 L
07/20 Thu 10:26 PM 9.13 H
07/21 Fri 5:21 AM -1.49 L

In Short: Mixed skies, light wind, then clearing and breezy.

Shark sightings along beaches of Cannon Beach and Seaside…

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Jul 192017

Reported shark sightings in Cannon Beach and Seaside prompt advisory

Cannon Beach OR — A person surfing off the north Oregon coast around Haystack Rock near Cannon Beach, and a visitor in Seaside both reported shark sightings Tuesday, July 18. State park staff have posted advisory signs in both areas. No injuries were reported. The beaches will remain open, and the advisory signs will stay up for several weeks at least.

As a natural, wild place, people coming to the Oregon coast can prepare themselves to enjoy the ocean shore by visiting this website: click here.

For people using the ocean offshore, especially surfers, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recommends consulting fellow surfers for advice since the agency doesn’t manage the ocean shore below low tide. In an emergency, beach visitors should call 911 and explain their location in as much detail as possible. Many developed beach accesses have signs with names and numbers to help visitors pinpoint their location.

The size and species of sharks among the sightings are unknown, and the reports haven’t been verified. More than a dozen shark species live off the Oregon coast.

Flames and smoke seen just north of Ona Beach

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Jul 192017

Flames and smoke seen near SE 143rd, just north of Ona Beach. Firefighters are enroute.

Firefighters are near the fire – they see column of dark smoke just north of Ona Beach, possibly off a hiking trail.

It’s a driftwood fire getting into some beach grass just north of Ona Beach.

Newport: Dump truck into an outside wall at Money Saver Hotel, Newport

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Jul 192017

Newport Police and Fire Rescue are enroute to the Money Saver Hotel in Newport. Initial reports from the scene indicates there was an argument going on, then a dump truck hit the back-side of the hotel.

A building inspection official from the City of Newport has been summoned to the scene to evaluate the damage to the outside wall.

Gary Ellingson Death Investigation Underway in Lincoln City – Police say NO gunshot

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Jul 192017

Gary Ellingson
Dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

From Lincoln City Police:

On July 17, 2017 at about 8:30PM Lincoln City Police received a call requesting assistance at the entrance to The Villages property at the end of NW Voyage Avenue in Lincoln City. The caller disconnected before 911 Dispatchers were able to obtain any further information.

Approximately 8 minutes later the first LCPD Officer, who is also a trained paramedic, arrived at the scene. The officer located a deceased male, lying on the ground, outside of a parked vehicle. At this time the investigation indicates there is no evidence of foul play involved.

Lincoln City Police and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation.

The deceased person has been identified as Mr. Gary G. Ellingson, age 66, of Lincoln City. Mr. Ellingson has been a very respected and longtime resident of Lincoln City and had served in the past as a member of the City Council.

Mr. Ellingson’s family has been notified and has requested their privacy be respected at this time.

End of LCPD News Release

News Lincoln County heard over the police scanner that there had been a gun shot. Police are disputing that assertion. Nor have they indicated the exact circumstances of Mr. Ellingson’s death. We’re awaiting more information from police and the medical examiner.

Gary Ellingson had been in declining health. He will be remembered for his phenomenal smile, his tireless devotion to his family and community – including serving on the Lincoln City City Council a few years back. He always had an open heart and a lightning quick mind and a similar sense of humor. His smile could light up the beach from Roads End to Siletz Bay. And everyone who knew Gary will miss him dearly. Our condolences to his loving family.