Oct 212014

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, October 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday unfolded as predicted with everything from sunshine to showers.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/57F/22mph/0.66”
Depoe Bay: 62F/55F/27mph/0.32”
Newport: 63F/54F/30mph/0.30”
Waldport: 65F/56F/25mph/0.15”
Yachats: 63F/58F/32mph/0.28”

Forecast: The first major storm system of Autumn is predicted to arrive on the Central Coast this afternoon, packing WON WINDY RAINYwinds of 50-70 mph and heavy rain. We could receive as much as 2-4 inches of rainfall by Thursday. Another storm may impact our area this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a High Wind Warning in effect from 3:00pm this afternoon to noon Wednesday for the Central Oregon Coast near beaches and headlands.

* Winds: near beaches and headlands, sustained south winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 60-70 mph. In Central Coast communities, south winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50-55 mph.

* Timing: beginning late this afternoon and continuing until midday Wednesday.

* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.

* Impacts: the winds will likely cause difficulties for those accessing beaches and headland areas; tree damage is possible on the headlands.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Special Weather Statement for a wet and windy week ahead for Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon.

A strong and wet Pacific frontal system will bring periods of heavy rain and gusty winds to much of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon starting today, continuing throughout the midweek period before the front finally exits to our south and east late Wednesday night or Thursday. This frontal system also has a solid tap to tropical moisture, which will enhance rainfall near the front as it slowly moves through the area tonight through early Thursday. Rain will be heavy at times along the coast and in the higher terrain, and possibly in the inland valleys as well. Currently, rainfall totals of around 2 inches are expected in the inland valleys by Thursday afternoon. Coastal locations are expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain, and 3 to 6 inches of rain are forecast for most of the Coast Range and Cascades.

Leaves downed by the rain and gusty winds may clog storm drains and exacerbate minor urban flooding issues as the rain becomes heavier Wednesday into Wednesday night. Additionally, there is a possibility of minor flooding on some faster-responding small streams and rivers due to the heavy rain. Burn scar areas from recent wildfires in the Cascades may also be subject to debris flows. All of this will be monitored closely over the coming days.

After a lull on Thursday, it is starting to appear that another strong system could affect at least part of the area Friday into this weekend. Details on this system are still quite uncertain but it appears Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon is in for a fairly extended period of wet and unsettled Fall weather.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, windy by late this afternoon and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 6,000 feet. Outlook for all areas of Northwest Oregon is strong winds and heavy rain possibly causing downed trees and power lines, debris flows and localized flooding on streets, roads and highways throughout the week.

Marine: S winds are already up to 20-25 knots this morning and seas are running 13 feet at 14 seconds. As of 7:30am, WON GALEDepoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas runs until 1:00pm this afternoon. Then, a Gale Warning will be hoisted from 1:00pm this afternoon through Wednesday morning. For today, SW wind 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 in the morning then becoming S 25-30 knots with gusts to 40 in the afternoon, and combined square seas 14 feet with a dominant period of 14 seconds. Tonight, S wind 30-35 knots becoming 30-40 knots after midnight with gusts to 45 knots and combined very rough seas 17 feet at 12 seconds. Tomorrow, southerlies 25-30 knots, easing to 20-25 knots in the afternoon with gusts to 35 knots and combined steep seas 17 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-25 knots, seas 10-15 feet with another storm system possible later in the week.

On the Beach… Rain, very windy, surf 12-15 feet (high).
* High Wind Warning in effect for beaches and headlands.
* Surf may rise to dangerous levels this week.
* Tides
10/21 Tue 11:20 AM 8.03 H
10/21 Tue 05:42 PM 0.91 L
10/21 Tue 11:55 PM 7.12 H
10/22 Wed 05:37 AM 1.84 L

In Short: High winds, heavy rain, then continued stormy.

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 Posted by at 7:22 AM
Oct 202014
Barbara Left City Councilor and write-in candidate for mayor...

Barbara Left
City Councilor and write-in candidate for mayor…

Hi All –
The agenda for Tuesday is straightforward–the usual monthly items, a few City “housekeeping” actions, one grant opportunity and validating Kathy Wyatt’s election to Council. The complete agenda is attached.

Thank you to those who attended the last meeting. We hope you can join us this week. Your opinion matters to us and your presence informs our deliberations. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting…

Be safe and enjoy today,
Barb Leff

Tuesday evening's city council agenda...

Tuesday evening’s city council agenda…

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 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Oct 202014

community rights meeting

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 Posted by at 11:25 PM
Oct 202014

A pedestrian walking in the drive through lane at Burger King slipped and fell shortly before 9pm and remains on the ground with what he describes as severe neck pain.

Ambulance and fire rescue are enroute.

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 Posted by at 8:57 PM
Oct 202014

Coast Guard Helo Town Hall Meeting OCCC, Newport Craig Putman photos

Coast Guard Helo
Town Hall Meeting
OCCC, Newport
Craig Putman photos

Estimated 250-300 people attended Town Hall Meeting

Estimated 250-300 people attended Town Hall Meeting
To the person – opposed to the closure of the Newport Coast Guard Air Rescue Station

One by one, whether from organizations or speaking only for themselves, residents continued to demand Monday night during a Town Hall Meeting at Oregon Coast Community College that the Coast Guard radically change course on their plans for the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Base in Newport. They said firmly and consistently, “DON’T CLOSE IT.” Many predicted that deaths will rise and the coastal economy will suffer if the Coast Guard pulls out, leaving only two choppers, one in Astoria, the other in Coos Bay, to respond to emergencies along the chronically storm-tossed central coast.

The biggest factor is cold ocean temperatures which can kill in a matter of minutes. Despite the Coast’s Guard’s boasting of upgraded locational electronics and advances in survival suits, most of those who go overboard or find themselves in the water from a sinking, they have neither. Especially civilian charter fishing boats as one charter boat capsized this past summer off Depoe Bay throwing five people in the water, one nearly dying of hypothermia. And that was with the Newport Coast Guard chopper getting on scene in a matter of minutes…not in a little under an hour as will be the case if the Newport base is closed.

The Coast Guard Admiral from Seattle told the crowd that he has standing orders to close the base. And if those orders hold, he will do it.

Fishermen’s Wives produced a petition asking the Coast Guard to reconsider, signed by over 18,000 people. “And they’re still coming in,” said one Fishermen’s Wives member. Even a contingent of tree fallers who work deep in the woods testified that when a logger gets hurt hours from any hospital, the Coast Guard swoops in and saves lives that otherwise would be lost.

Local fire-rescue departments, including Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Seal Rock and others, strongly urged the Coast Guard to examine the facts and those facts will compel them to withdraw the closure order. Many in the crowd said that the Coast Guardsmen themselves, who bravely work to save lives, are still near and dear to the hearts of all coastal residents – that their anger is not not directed at those who do the heavy lifting. It’s the brass, they say, in Washington DC who have no clue what life is like on the coast of the Pacific Northwest and that they ought to do a little homework before they move to close the base. If they close the base, many believe the Coast Guard will be signing death warrants on fathers, sons, husbands, wives, grandfathers and grandmothers who make their living on the sea as well as unwary visitors to the coast from Portland and other inland cities, those seeking wholesome recreation – not a quick death while on vacation.

The Coast Guard Admiral and others commented that the Oregon Congressional Delegation is negotiating with top Coast Guard officials in Washington, so far centering on postponing the closure until the Coast Guard can develop other strategies for cutting costs, if that is, in truth, what’s really needed. Others, both inside and outside the town hall meetings have complained that there always seems to be money for millions upon millions of dollars for pet projects back home for congressmen and senators yet in this case, in matters of life and death, the government is choosing death for commercial and recreation fishermen, pleasure boaters, and anyone who visits the Oregon Coast. Some have noted the cruel irony in that the Coast Guard plans to withdraw their helicopter during the first week of the crabbing season just as crabbers begin sailing off into what can quickly become howling gales and mountainous seas – the deadliest time of year. Without the helo, they will be largely out there on their own.

The Admiral noted that the town hall meeting was being video taped so higher-ups in Washington can see the see the magnitude of the turn-out by those opposed to the closure.

So…we’re back to waiting to see what the Oregon Congressional Delegation can come up with.

Nothing has change.

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 Posted by at 7:50 PM
Oct 202014
More storms headed out way this week...

More storms headed out way this week…
Lisa Olsen photo

The view from Boiler Bay this evening…

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 Posted by at 7:31 PM
Oct 202014
First wave of food donations on North Lincoln Fire-Rescue's annual holiday food drive.

First wave of food donations on North Lincoln Fire-Rescue’s annual holiday food drive.

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue started early this year for holiday food drive and collected food bags this past weekend. Those living in the north county area who would like to donate, just drop off your bag(s) of non-perishable items to the Oceanlake Fire station at 2525 NW Highway 101, on the corner of 25th and 101 on the ocean side of 101.

For further information just call 541-996-2233.

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 Posted by at 7:22 PM
Oct 202014
William McGinnis Auto theft and burglary

William McGinnis
Auto theft and burglary

A vehicle that had been stolen early Monday morning was spotted a short while later on Laurel Street in Gleneden Beach. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked it down, finding the 2013 Chevrolet pickup unoccupied at the location. Deputies then received a report of a vehicle theft from a garage nearby on Neptune Ave in Gleneden Beach. The victim reported that her vehicle, a 2005 Ford Expedition, had been stolen from inside her garage.

Correctly assessing the situation, oifficers got on the phone to Newport Police who quickly spotted the stolen Ford Expedition in the McDonald’s parking lot in Newport. Inside was William McGinnis. Not knowing exactly what they had, Newport Police, Sheriff’s Deputies and Oregon State Police pulled what’s called a full felony traffic stop – guns drawn with very loud orders for McGinnis to step out of the car with his hands up and then lay face down on the ground. McGinnis was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. McGinnis’ bail was set at $172,500.

Maurice Gardner Assault

Maurice Gardner

Also this morning, a Lincoln City Police Officer patrolling the area of NW Logan Road encountered an injured male crawling across the pavement. The injured male was identified as 52-year-old, Kenneth Gaffka. Gaffka had suffered serious injuries to his head and face.

Gaffka’s campsite, located behind the Lighthouse Square Dollar Tree, was identified as the crime scene. Gaffka reported being assaulted by another transient male.

Witnesses and evidence at the Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, and Lincoln Plaza Shell gas station helped the Lincoln City Police Department identify the assailant as 42-year-old Maurice Gardner. Meanwhile, Gaffka was initially transported to North Lincoln Hospital where his injuries were so severe that he was transferred to a Portland trauma unit.

Meanwhile, Gaffka’s alleged assailant was spotted about an hour later by Lincoln City Police Department at the south end of Lincoln City. Gardner was stopped and was soon cuffed and placed in the back seat of a police car enroute to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for Assault in the 2nd Degree.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Lincoln City Police Officer Mike Blakely or Sgt. Brian Eskridge, at (541) 994-3636.

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 Posted by at 4:58 PM
Oct 202014
Coast Guard  chiefs to attend Newport Town Hall meeting tonight, 5:30pm, Oregon Coast Community College - Newport

Coast Guard chiefs to attend Newport Town Hall meeting tonight, 5:30pm, Oregon Coast Community College – Newport

The Commandant for the Coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest is expected to get an earful this evening when another Newport area Town Hall meeting kicks off at 5:30pm

The meeting, being held at the Newport Campus of Oregon Coast Community College, is expected to draw an overflow crowd of residents that are angry at just the thought of the Coast Guard closing down their rescue helicopter facility at the Newport Airport. Although they agree that enhanced navigational and emergency radio beacons greatly reduce search times for helos overhead, the time it takes for the Coast Guard to fly from North Bend or near Astoria is long enough that they’d be looking for bodies rather than survivors. Ocean temperatures off the central coast are cold – not like Miami Florida or the east coast or Gulf of Mexico which are fed by a warm southerly flow. The waters off Oregon can and do kill within 15 to 20 minutes.

The commanding Admiral of Coast Guard-Northwest is flying down from Seattle to try to explain what many contend is the unexplanable – that the Coast Guard would all but abandon their mission along the Oregon Coast just to save a tiny portion of the Coast Guard budget.

Those attending are urged to be civil and not create a huge background noise of sideline conversations.

Congressman Kurt Schrader will be moderating the meeting with State Senator Arnie Roblan and State Representative David Gomberg on hand as well.

It will be packed so arrive no later than around 5pm for a decent parking place and a seat where you can see and hear what is going on.

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 Posted by at 3:06 PM
Oct 202014

Report of a vehicle on Highway 28 that left the road headed eastbound, and ran up an embankment. Occupants still in the car.

Driver of the vehicle managed to free the vehicle and continue their journey. No injuries.

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 Posted by at 1:30 PM