The die-off of one of the most popular creatures that children like to see at the seashore, starfish, is still grinding on. But marine scientists still don’t have a firm handle on what’s causing it. But it appears that they might be getting there.
In an article published by a Hatfield Marine Science Center blog, the starfish die off may have been caused by a “one-two” punch from higher ocean water temperatures coupled with a commensurate rise in ocean acidity. Both higher acid and temperature levels are produced by human industrialization with its growing levels of greenhouse gases which are being absorbed by air the oceans of the world.
During a recent Hatfield Marine Science Center symposium, a gathering of marine biologists brought together information from lab testing and lots of fieldwork. They produced a consensus that although the suspicion might still focus on viruses and bacteria, they asked the question: What opened the door for them to get inside the starfish?
OSU Researcher Bruce Menge said rising ocean temperatures can lead to many oceanographic changes, among them higher acid levels in ocean waters which the west coast of the U.S. and many other countries are currently suffering. Oregon oysters have already begun showing the deteriorating effects of higher acid levels as they trying fruitlessly grow their shells off the Oregon Coast. Greenhouse gases absorbed by the oceans become a carbonate, which dissolves the calcium in developing shellfish.
In the same manner, starfish could be suffering from the deterioration of their outer layers which would make them struggle to maintain the proper balance of salt water in their bodies. As their outer layers fall away the (higher) acidic water could be attacking the starfish’s skeleton.
Another theory is that warming ocean water, with it’s higher acid levels, are severely stressing the starfish, causing their immune systems to weaken which invites harmful bacteria and viruses to do their worst.
Further studies on these and other variables are already underway. Scientists hope to report more progress in their pursuit of a cause, or set of causes, of the biggest starfish dieoff in modern history.
Starfish are a prime predator in intertidal areas along the coast. Starfish feed on sea urchins which generally feed on kelp. Without starfish, the population of sea urchins would dramatically increase, thereby increasing predation on kelp. Kelp is a primary source of refuge for fish as well as for sea lions and sea otters which are hunted by sharks and orcas. With a dwindling “forest of kelp,” the ecological balance of the near shore areas would likely be severely disrupted, say scientists.Share on Facebook
August 8 to September 8
LINCOLN CITY- Starting August 8th, the Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center will host a very special exhibition of the renowned art group called “The Casbah”. This group of artists and writers have been putting on fantastic shows for the last few decades. They have a unique combination of visual arts mixed with spoken arts and are sure to be a feast for your eyes and your ears! The opening reception is on Friday, Aug. 8th, from 5-7pm and there will be wine and refreshments as well as poetry readings! The show will run from August 8th to September 8th in the Chessman Gallery.
The Casbah is a group of central Oregon coast artists who have a long history of putting on art shows that fill the senses, by engaging the viewer with visual arts, as well as music, poetry and theater. This group was one of the 1st artist groups to exhibit with the 4C’s as the Cultural Center was first being developed. The artists of this group work in a variety of media such as drawing, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, furniture design, pottery and photography. A number of “non visual” artists are also members and will be doing poetry and readings at the opening reception.
For more information, call 541-994-9994, head to
lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
Theatre West presents Murder Is A Game, a Comedy Farce by Fred Carmichael.
Theatre West presents Murder Is A Game, a Comedy Farce by Fred Carmichael.
The play runs through August 30th.
Laughter, suspense, intriguing characters, sparkling dialogue, plot twists and irresistible mystery are all here. A successful, married mystery writing team has dried up, so their publisher gives them an anniversary present of a weekend in an old mansion built for a movie set and peoples it with hired characters unknown to each other to act out a murder plot. The couple, Sloan and Toby Bigelow, delight in the game and solve the fake murder but then there is a real murder and further hilarious plot twists. The actors all have delightful opportunities to act as imaginary people and then themselves during this sophisticated, laugh filled mystery evening.
Murder is a Game will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 P.M through August 30th. On Sunday, A matinee will be performed Sunday, August 17th at 2:00 P.M. with doors opening at 1:30 P.M.
On regular performance days, the box office is open at 2:00 P.M. The doors open at 7:30 P.M. and the curtain goes up promptly at 8:00 P.M. Advance reservations for all performances are recommended and can be made by calling (541) 994-5663. Please leave a message and someone will call you back.
Theatre West is located in Lincoln City at SE 35th and 101. Tickets for the show are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62 and up) and for students (over 12) and $8.00 for children 12 & under. A special group discount is available at $9.00 per ticket for groups of 10 or more with a pre-paid reservation.
Theatre West is a non-profit organization. Their website is at www.theatrewest.com. You will also find Theatre West of Lincoln City on Facebook.Share on Facebook
1:56pm Boat fire at the dock behind 1510 Lake Drive. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute.
2:05pm Arriving firefighters say it’s an active fire. Hydrant right at the street.
2:07pm Getting water on the fire.
2:11pm Asking assistance from the Coast Guard for debris/hazardous materials containment in the lake.
2:12pm Fire Command says the fire is knocked down.Share on Facebook
From Violet Young
Pathways to Transformation 18th Annual Holistic Health, Psychic & Crafts Fair on August 2, 10-6, and August 3, 9-5, is inside Yachats Commons, a charming, refurbished vintage elementary school at 441 N Hwy 101 @ 4th St., in Yachats – The Gem Of The Oregon Coast.
The Event Program is available on line at www.chucklingcherubs.com.
Pathways to Transformation is the longest running and largest event of its type on the Oregon Coast and is produced by Chuckling Cherubs Spiritual Ministry. Attendees have a great opportunity to explore all kinds of interesting products and services. This family friendly event offers something for everyone. The $3 Weekend Pass Donation includes the 22 seminars and demonstrations. Kids are welcomed and there is free parking. For more information please call 541-547-4664 or go online to www.chucklingcherubs.com.
When in Yachats make sure to take time to visit the many shops, galleries and restaurants in our lovely seaside village.Share on Facebook
Sunday, July 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: If you didn’t mind your hat flying off in the breeze, yesterday was a good time to participate in outdoor activities. The northwest winds sprang up around noon and blew fairly strong until just before sunset at 15-25 mph gusting 30; Waldport recorded the highest gust, 32 mph. Profuse sunshine, no precipitation and highs in the mid- to upper-60s kept conditions pleasant. The wind declined rapidly in the late evening and it was calm by midnight. Overnight, clear skies prevailed with a bit of fog developing along the beach just before sunrise. This morning, it was partly cloudy, the fog was dissipating and winds were light out of the northeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/54F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/53F/25mph
Forecast: Our dreamy midsummer weather has taken a few days to arouse after the wet period last week, but it’s fully awake now. Expect mostly sunny skies today for the Toledo Summer Festival and Whale Watch Weekend at Boiler Bay, highs of 65-70F and northwest winds of 20-25 mph gusting to 30 or higher this afternoon and evening. Winds ease overnight, low temps fall to 50-55F and patchy fog develops. Tomorrow looks like a sleepy echo with mostly sunny skies, highs in the mid-60s and northwest winds a tad lighter than today. Outlook is for continued sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, the mercury rising to 65-70F and dropping to 50-55F with varying strengths of northwest wind through the week and into next weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs around 90F. For the Cascades, sunny, chance of thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for warm temperatures near 90F away from the coast, mostly clear skies and dry pavement, except for the Cascades where a chance of thunderstorms remains in tonight’s forecast.
Marine: Winds are light and there’s patchy fog near shore this morning, but the breeze is N 15-20 knots at Stonewall Bank with choppy 5 foot seas. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Like yesterday, today is get out, get your limit, and get back inside the jaws by early afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight, and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in force from this afternoon through late tonight. N winds 15-20 knots gusting 30 by this afternoon and windwaves building to 5-7 feet. Tonight, continued northerlies 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 and a lumpy 6 foot chop. The breeze eases a little tomorrow to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with 5 foot windwaves. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots and rough short-period seas 5-7 feet through Thursday.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, windy this afternoon, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/27 Sun 07:27 AM -0.44 L
07/27 Sun 02:04 PM 7.12 H
07/27 Sun 07:22 PM 2.72 L
07/28 Mon 01:16 AM 8.24 H
In Short: Mostly clear, patchy fog, breezy, then repeat.Share on Facebook
10pm Saturday: WE’RE UPDATING THE VIDEO. BACK UP AT 10:15PM
After hours of examining the charred remains of the Kernville Steak and Seafood House, just south of Lincoln City, fire investigators say they need to be able to actually go inside what’s left in order to track Friday night’s fire back to its point of origin. They say the building is too unstable to have anyone go inside. There also still remains hot spots that were doused throughout the day, there on Siletz Highway just east of Highway 101.
Early witnesses said that flames were initially seen from the kitchen area but that hasn’t jived so far with what fire investigators have been able to see during a cursory view of the building’s interior. They said they will be back on Monday to resume their investigation. The restaurant crew said they left the building at around 11:30. The fire broke out probably within 30 to 45 minutes after that.
One thing that is confirmed is that the old classic cedar restaurant and bar has suffered the same fate as the recent demise of the also historic Crab Pot Restaurant and Seafood Market in Taft. There the cause was determined to be related to a seafood smoker. No word yet whether Crab Pot owner Allen Black will rebuild.
But whatever the cause turns out to be at the Kernville Steak and Seafood House, owners Michael and Theresa Thompson still need to rack their brains as to how to rebuild and perhaps re-open at a temporary location while the restaurant is rebuilt. That is, if they can find the resources.
A plea is going out to the community with some thought given to running a loud and consistent bullhorn on any of a number of internet donation websites that have proven quite effective at raising money based on their national and international draw.
More to come in the weeks ahead.Share on Facebook