Apr 262015
 

Daniel Fullmer Jumped the fence in Coos Bay

Daniel Fullmer
Jumped the fence in Coos Bay

Harlan Brown Jumped the fence in Coos Bay

Harlan Brown
Jumped the fence in Coos Bay

Two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates escaped Sunday morning from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend. Oregon State Police, Coos County County Sheriff’s Office, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit are responding.

SCCI staff discovered inmates Harlan Earl Brown and Daniel Oliver Fullmer missing at approximately 7:45 a.m., Sunday, April 26, after they did not check in for scheduled medical appointments. Staff found footprints near a section of the facility’s boundary fence, indicating the two inmates escaped over the fence.

Brown is a 44-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Fullmer is a 39-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. They are most likely wearing blue jeans with the word “inmate” and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), and a blue t-shirt with the word “inmate” and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Brown entered DOC custody on Aug. 8, 2014, on two counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of theft in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date is Nov. 9, 2016. Fullmer entered DOC custody on Oct. 16, 2014, on one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one count of possession of methamphetamine out of Jackson County. His earliest release date is March 22, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Brown and Fullmer’s whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

 Posted by at 9:53 AM
Apr 262015
 
Kristin Cochran  Former NHS Softball Now U of Washington

Kristin Cochran
Former NHS Softball
Now U of Washington

It hasn’t taken long for University of Washington freshman Kristin Cochran to buy into head softball Coach Heather Tarr’s motto:

How we do anything is how we do everything.

“I really never thought about it before,” the former two-time all-state Newport High softball player said. “But anything you do — being going to class, practice or getting up early for weights — it all reflects on who you are. There’s no room for slacking.”

Motivated and dedicated, Cochran hasn’t had time for slacking. The 5-foot, 11-inch right-hander said she chose to pitch for Washington because she loved the program, the coaching staff, the academics, the tradition and the school’s location relatively close to home in the formidable Pacific 12 Conference.
It made for the perfect combination, her high school coach, Mark Schiewe, said.
“Kristin wanted to play on the West Coast and she wanted to play in the Pac-12,” he said of Cochran, who led the Cubs to semifinal and quarterfinal state playoff appearances in her final two seasons. “She was driven and achieved her goal.”

To read the complete story, go to SportsLincolnCounty.com or click here

 Posted by at 9:27 AM
Apr 262015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Apr. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: It just doesn’t get much better than yesterday. Visitors, who left the showery Valley and made it over to the sunshine coast, relished a real beaut. A couple of lingering showers drifted through early in the morning but then skies cleared with tons ‘o Sun the rest of the day. Temperatures were not out of the ordinary; Lincoln City and Yachats both hit 60F for the highest locally. What made it especially pleasant was the lack of wind as light nor’westers couldn’t spin the anemometers much past 10 mph. Some clouds at the horizon doused the sunset and sky cover varied through the night with lows in the 40s. At dawn, under cloudy skies and light east winds, we kicked off a full 14 hours of daylight today and we’re still gaining 2 minutes 45 seconds a day.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/45F
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F
Newport: 54F/41F
Waldport: 58F/44F
Yachats: 60F/45F

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Forecast: Today won’t be like yesterday, but just how different it’ll be is still up in the air, so to speak. Mixed messages are being spit out of weather computers and the mouths of meteorologists concerning the chances of rain. Estimates ranging WON SHOWERSfrom 20% to 90% have been rendered this morning, so it’s anybody’s guess how wet we’ll get. It does look like skies will be mostly cloudy, the thermometer should hit 60F and winds will be moderate southerlies. A slight chance of rain is predicted for tonight, lows around 45F. Tomorrow, we’re back on the Sun Train with the boiler good and warm as highs reach 65F; Lincoln City may hit 70F with Cascade Head blocking the afternoon sea breeze. Outlook is for showers likely again on Tuesday, and then unsettled conditions serve-up a potpourri of sunshine, clouds and showers the rest of the week. Seasonal mercury readings between 45F and 60F are projected.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, chance of rain with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting overcast, a chance of rain and highs of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, a chance of rain, light west wind, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; a slight chance of rain and snow showers today with the snow level at 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers tonight is a mix of wet and dry pavement at all elevations with the snow level rising above the Cascade highways to 7,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”; a gain of 5” since yesterday; no overall change in the past seven days; 82” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

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Marine: The front we were expecting is now coming into local waters and S winds are up to 15-20 knots at Stonewall WON SCABank this morning with choppy seas at 5 feet. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from noon through this evening. Southerlies rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 today with 5 foot swells and 3 foot windwaves. Tonight, the breeze eases to S 10-15 knots, falling light after midnight, and swells around 6 feet. A fairly stagnant day is on tap for tomorrow with SE winds 5 knots and seas 6 feet. Outlook is for another front to arrive on Tuesday with sou’westers 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells 6 feet building to 8 feet. Wednesday and Thursday, WNW winds 10-15 knots, swells 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mainly overcast, possible showers, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
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04/26 Sun 06:48 AM 6.26 H
04/26 Sun 01:38 PM 0.79 L
04/26 Sun 08:37 PM 6.47 H
04/27 Mon 02:25 AM 2.88 L

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In Short: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers, moderate winds, dry and warm, then unsettled.

 Posted by at 7:35 AM
Apr 252015
 

3:25pm- Firefighters are enroute to 402 NE Park on a report of a structure fire. Occupants are said to have evacuated.

3:28pm- Doesn’t sound serious. First engine on scene telling 2nd engine enroute that it can proceed Code 1 which would indicate nothing major.

3:29pm- The inbound engine has just been flagged off and is returning to quarters.

3:32pm- Determined to be a false alarm.

 Posted by at 3:28 PM
Apr 252015
 
The University of Washington softball media guide’s page on former Newport all-state pitcher Kristin Cochran. Read all about Cochran’s first year in major college softball, which already includes a no-hitter, on Sunday at SportsLincolnCounty.com.

The University of Washington softball media guide’s page on former Newport all-state pitcher Kristin Cochran. Read all about Cochran’s first year in major college softball, which already includes a no-hitter, on Sunday at SportsLincolnCounty.com.

This Sunday, SportsLincolnCounty.com will unveil a special weekly feature — “Sunday Special” — which will address various topics and document the achievements of past and present Lincoln County student-athletes. coaches, officials and other sports personalities.

This week, SLC.com reporter Mark Boster takes a look at former Newport star pitcher Kristin Cochran, who is already making a name for herself as a freshman at the University of Washington, a perennial national softball power in a conference that has won 24 NCAA championships in 32 years.

“Pitching in the Pac-12 is extremely difficult,” Cochran, a two-time all-state player, tells SLC.com. “Every hitter coming to bat is an all-American or really good and fast. You can’t take any pitch off.”

To read the story on Sunday or for complete information regarding county sports, go to SportsLincolnCounty.com, or click here:

 Posted by at 2:27 PM
Apr 252015
 
Chevy Spark

Chevy Spark

A Portland State University executive has written an editorial to The Oregonian about the public benefits if state government offered financial incentives for buying electric or electric assisted cars. The federal government already offers a $7,500 rebate – but now there is a bill in the Oregon legislature to have the state kick in another $1,500 to $3,000 to encourage more Oregon residents to buy them. And many more do, but they still can’t quite afford them.

It would mean a combined $9,000 to $10,500 dollar discount on a Prius, Leaf or Tesla, depending on the muscularity of one’s banking account.

Here’s the pitch found in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 2:00 PM
Apr 252015
 
Habitat improvements by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Habitat improvements by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

A message from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

The annual banquet of the Lincoln County Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is coming up on May 2nd, starting at 3:00 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. We will have games,raffles and a live and silent auction. A prime rib and chicken dinner will be served at 6:00 with all the trimmings. Please come join us for a fun time and help raise money to conserve our natural habitat.

For ticket information contact Karen Pettis at 541-961-8038. Early bird ticket prices end on Saturday April 25,2015 so get your invitation in the mail as soon as possible and thank you for your support!

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is a conservation organization with a mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our country’s hunting heritage.

Since 1984, the RMEF helped to conserve more than 6.6 million acres of habitat. RMEF also helped to restore long-absent elk populations, with herds being reestablished in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ontario, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin. RMEF strives to be a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management, and conservation policy issues.

Here is a sample of recent wildlife habitat enhancement projects sponsored by RMEF in Oregon:

Crook County—Thin juniper on 450 acres and burn 767 acres that were thinned in 2014 to promote native grasses and enhance the bitterbrush and sagebrush steppe habitat on elk, mule deer and pronghorn winter range as well as greater sage-grouse habitat on the Ochoco National Forest (also affects Grant County).

Douglas County—Create eight acres of forage openings and maintain an additional 34 acres of forage openings to help address declining Roosevelt elk populations in southwestern Oregon that will also assist black-tailed deer, black bear, ruffed grouse as well as other birds and mammals on the Umpqua National Forest.

Grant County—Treat 450 acres of weed infestations across a 13,000 acre landscape that includes crucial winter range to complement an ongoing program of spring development, forage openings, fuels reduction and wet meadow protection on private land that allows public hunting adjacent to the Bridge Creek Wildlife Management Area; spray 11,000 acres and drill seed 4,200 acres on the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands which burned in a 2014 wildfire; and thin 100 acres of overstocked lodgepole pine stands to improve forage on summer range with high elk use southeast of Fish Lake on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

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 Posted by at 11:29 AM
Apr 252015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Apr. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: From the depth of water in the rain gauges yesterday, we should be bloomin’ with May flowers. April showers generated about a third of an inch, dispersed about evenly along the Central Coast, which was surprising given the spotty nature of the heaviest rain. Sunny periods were in the mix, too, with high temps hitting the mid-50s and southwest winds blowing 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s. The evening and overnight were mostly cloudy and the showers continued; lows slumped to the mid-40s. At dawn, some of the last showers on the radar were traipsing through, skies began clearing and it was calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F/0.30”
Depoe Bay: 53F/42F/0.36”
Newport: 54F/41F/0.34”
Waldport: 55F/46F/0.30”
Yachats: 55F/46F/0.39”

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Forecast: Nascent May flowers may get another drink tomorrow, and then the heat they’ve been waiting for arrives on Monday. Today is shaping up to be a nice one after the showers clear out, with skies becoming mostly sunny and the high headed for WON PARTLY CLOUDY55F. Winds should be light. Increasing clouds are expected tonight, lows around 45F. Tomorrow, look for a blah day with some cloudiness and a slight chance of showers, high again 55F or so. Outlook is for a spike in both sunshine and the thermometer on Monday as a blast of warm air pushes highs up to 65-70F. It’ll have a short lifespan, however, as we return to mostly cloudy and April showery for the rest of the week with seasonal temps throughout the period.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and possible thunderstorms with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, a chance of thunderstorms and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, west wind gusting 20 mph, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is ice and slushy snow on the passes this morning, temperatures are around 30F; a Special Weather Statement is in effect for the Cascades for snow accumulations of up to 2 inches today, the snow level is at 3,500 feet, well below the passes. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is a mix of wet and dry pavement; isolated rain and snow showers for the Cascades with the snow level about 5,000 feet, rising to 6,500 feet by tomorrow evening.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”; a gain of 5” since yesterday; no overall change in the past seven days; 82” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

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Marine: Winds are light, 5-10 knots, out of the N this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze backs to WON MARINE WXNW 5-10 knots today and seas subside to 7 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, NW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15, veering E after midnight, swells around 5 feet. A southerly tomorrow, 10-15 knots, as a warm front approaches, but swells remain low at 4 feet. Outlook is for the brunt of the front to come through Sunday night with SE winds rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 along with choppy 5 foot seas. Winds return to NW 5-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday but a 10 foot swell train is projected to affect local waters. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
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* Tides
04/25 Sat 12:36 PM 0.43 L
04/25 Sat 07:38 PM 6.36 H
04/26 Sun 01:10 AM 3.18 L
04/26 Sun 06:48 AM 6.26 H

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In Short: Clearing, light winds, chance of showers, then dry and warm.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM