And the Walrus said “Coo Coo Cachoo!”

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May 242016
 

Artist and photographer Ram Papish paints walrus mural at HMSC

Artist and photographer Ram Papish paints walrus mural at HMSC

The mural transformed into a paper mache extension holding up two Walrus tusks!

The mural transformed into a paper mache extension holding up two Walrus tusks!

Ram Papish HMSC photos

Ram Papish
HMSC photos

A new mural has emerged at Hatfield Marine Science Center, featuring a life-size, three-dimensional walrus head and other marine mammals at Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center in Newport.

Toledo wildlife artist Ram Papish created the mural, which displays two donated walrus tusks protruding from a paper mache walrus head that seamlessly transitions into a two-dimensional acrylic painting. A wood and metal frame under the paper mache provide support for the head, which features whiskers made from turkey quills. Other painted animals in the mural include Stellar sea lions, a California sea lion, a harbor seal, and Pacific herring. Oregon Sea Grant commissioned the piece as a way to display the two tusks, which were donated, along with seven others by the Lee A. Hotchkiss Trust in December 2015.

For over 20 years, Papish worked as a biologist studying birds and other wildlife, primarily in Alaska. His illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the “Handbook of Oregon Birds”and “Afield: 40 Years of Birding the American West,” both published by Oregon State University Press. This is his first 3D mural.

Managed by Oregon Sea Grant, the Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 30. It is inside Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and is at 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive in Newport.

 Posted by at 3:38 PM

Hangin’ out with Ken Gagne on a sunny coastal day…

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May 242016
 

Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain on Newport's Bayfront Ken Gagne

Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain on Newport’s Bayfront
Ken Gagne


Seal Rock at low tide and the school kids love their field trip! Ken Gagne

Seal Rock at low tide and the school kids love their field trip!
Ken Gagne


Yaquina Bay Bridge Picture perfect day! Ken Gagne

Yaquina Bay Bridge
Picture perfect day!
Ken Gagne

 Posted by at 2:43 PM

Brown water coming to taps in the PCH neighborhood Thursday

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May 242016
 

A message from Newport City Hall - Brown water possible starting Thursday in the PCH neighborhood.

A message from Newport City Hall – Brown water possible starting Thursday in the PCH neighborhood.


Message from Newport City Hall:

Newport Public Works announces the testing of water line pressure. Beginning 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26, the City’s Water Distribution Division will begin mandatory testing of water line pressures in the area of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. Customers in those areas, especially south of the hospital, will probably experience some “brown water” for several hours. The color is due to a harmless sediment that normally lies dormant in the water mains, but gets stirred up when large amounts of water are pushed through the lines at higher-than-normal flow rates.

While the water is safe to drink, you may want to stock up on bottled water. Once the testing is completed, you may flush your water lines by opening the cold water taps in your house, and the hose bibs in your yard, for about 15 minutes, or until the water runs clear.

 Posted by at 2:26 PM

Walking your way to better health…

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May 242016
 

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.

Walk With Ease is a structured group walking program that offers support, information and tools to help participants develop successful exercise routines. This program is free and will be offered in a six-week series beginning June 20th with classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

Pre-registration for the Walk With Ease Program is required. For more information about the program and to register, please contact Jennifer Pettit (certified Walk With Ease Leader) at the Lincoln County Extension Service, 541-574-6534, Ext. 57423. Before starting any exercise program, always check with your physician.

 Posted by at 1:02 PM

Oregon invites families to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

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May 242016
 
Free fishing weekend coming up!!

Free fishing weekend coming up!! ODFW photo

SALEM, Ore. – Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 4-5, and many events are planned around the state to help families make the most of this opportunity.
During Free Fishing Weekend, fishing licenses, tags and endorsements are not required anywhere in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will make sure there are plenty of fish to catch. During the week leading up to Free Fishing Weekend ODFW will release more than 185,000 trout at 80 locations around the state. Many additional locations were stocked in the preceding weeks, and some of those fish should be available as well.

Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Rick Hargrave, administrator of ODFW’s Information & Education Division. “Lakes and ponds are fully stocked, a number of rivers are open, and don’t forget about the coast for crabbing and clamming.”

As in years past, ODFW is teaming up with the Oregon State Parks Department to inspire people to explore Oregon’s parks and outdoors by waiving fees and offering such activities as fishing events, nature walks, and specialized outdoor-related workshops. Several state parks will be hosting ODFW Free Fishing Weekend fishing events and waiving park admission and camping fees on “State Parks Day” Saturday, June 4.

The following scheduled Free Fishing Weekend events will take place on Saturday, June 4, unless otherwise noted. At most of these events, fishing gear, bait and instruction will be provided at no charge to participants. Some events will have additional activities for kids.

WILLAMETTE

Alton Baker Canal/Eugene, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Katherine Nordholm, 541-726-3515
Benson State Recreation Area/Columbia Gorge, 9 a.m.-noon, Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser, 503-695-2261
Detroit Reservoir/Hoover Campground, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Isaac Morris, 503-854-3522
Silverton Reservoir, (anglers with disabilities event) 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Skip Bouskill, 503-873-7269.
Silverton Together Fishing Event, Silverton Reservoir, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dawn Olson, 503-873-2681.
St. Louis Ponds/Gervais, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jeff Fulop, 971-673-6024
Willamette Fish Hatchery/Oakridge 9 a.m.-noon, Tami Edmunds, kids 10 and under, 541-782-2933

NORTH COAST

Cleawox Lake/Honeyman State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
Coffenbury Lake/Ft. Stevens State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Dane Osis, 503-861-3170
Hebo Lake, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Debbie Hobbs, 503-392-3161
Nedonna Pond/Rockaway, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Brian Johnson, 503-368-6828
Olalla Reservoir/Toledo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
Trask Hatchery/Tillamook, 8 .am.-3 p.m., James Skaar, 503-842-4090

SOUTHWEST

Cooper Creek, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Diamond Lake, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Eel Lake/Tugman State Park, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mike Gray, 541-888-5515
Galesville Reservoir, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sunday, June 5), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Hyatt Lake, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Diana Bauman, 541-772-4970
Lake Marie, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (June 5), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Lake Selmac, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Judy Lollich, 541-295-7700
Libby Pond, 8 a.m. – noon, John Weber, 541-247-7605
Elk River Hatchery/Port Orford, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., David Chambers, 541-332-7025, for kids 10 years old and younger
Thissel Pond/Alsea, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., call ODFW’s Alsea Hatchery for assistance, 541-487-7240

HIGH DESERT

Caldera Springs/Deschutes, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tim Foulk, 541-593-1510
Klamath Hatchery/Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greg Lipsiea, 541-381-2278
Lake of the Woods/Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., George Gregory, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery/Camp Sherman, 9 a.m. – noon, Doug Curtis, 541-595-6611

NORTHEAST

203 Pond/Baker City, 9 a.m. noon, Shannon Archuleta, 541-523-1385
Cutsforth Pond/Heppner, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Bill Duke, 541-276-2344
Marr Pond/Wallowa, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ron Harrod, 541-426-4467
Twin Pond/Ukiah, 7 a.m. – noon, Bill Duke, 541-276-2344
McHaley Pond/Prairie City, 9 a.m. – noon, Emily Davis, 541-777-2831
For those who prefer a little more solitude, there dozens of other lakes, ponds, streams and ocean waters around to explore. Many are listed on ODFW’s website (www.odfw.com) under the Fishing tab, along with additional fishing information, including:

Weekly Recreation Report – Fishing reports updated every week by the state’s fish biologists.
Easy Angling Oregon – Great sports to take the family fishing
Trout stocking schedules and Google-based maps of stocked trout fisheries
Learn to Fish – See ODFW’s acclaimed “learn to fish” video series.

Free Fishing Weekend is always the first full weekend in June. But remember, trout fishing is always free fishing for kids under 12 years old.

 Posted by at 12:08 PM

Lincoln City: Natural Gas line punctured NW Inlet and Jetty

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May 242016
 
Gas line punctured by work crews at NW Inlet and Jetty.  Gas leak not severe.  Gas company enroute.

Gas line punctured by work crews at NW Inlet and Jetty. Gas leak not severe. Gas company enroute.
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9:40am
A natural gas line has been punctured near NW Inlet and Jetty. Natural gas is leaking but not a lot, is reported from the scene. Looks like the line was accidentally pulled up by a heavy equipment operator working on a construction project.

9:55am
No evacuations are necessary according to fire-rescue command. Gas company is enroute to repair the line.

10:06am
Gas company on scene. They’ve taken over the leak. Fire-rescue can return to quarters.

 Posted by at 9:56 AM

Highway 20 Eddyville area update from ODOT

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May 242016
 
Highway 20 project entering final phases which includes closures.  Stay current on updates.

Highway 20 project entering final phases which includes closures. Stay current on updates.

Construction Update 5/24/16

Construction on U.S. 20 between Newport and Corvallis is underway. This Construction Update will be a consistent and reliable source for information about scheduled closures and delays near Eddyville (milepost 16).

The road will be open with minimal delays between June 1 and July 15. Expect some delays of up to 20 minutes for equipment moving across the roadway, but the contractor is going to attempt to use very few of the previously anticipated two-hour closures. Whenever a two-hour closure is planned, the exact time will be announced a week in advance on the website schedule.

Ten-hour nighttime complete closures are planned to occur from mid-July through the end of October, five nights a week, Sunday through Thursday. These are necessary because the drilling, blasting and earthwork operations are above and alongside the highway and the contractor needs enough room and time to do this safely. These are currently scheduled to occur from 6:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., but that time may be adjusted, depending on construction safety needs. The current plan is for the road to be completely open on Friday and Saturday nights. The contractor is permitted to close the highway on Saturday nights as well, but will only do so if it is needed due to progress or weather issues.

 Posted by at 9:48 AM

Air ambulance summoned to crash scene at Boiler Bay

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May 242016
 

Lifeguard Medical Chopper landing at Boiler Bay  to transport crash victim

Lifeguard Medical Chopper landing at Boiler Bay to transport crash victim


Pickup off 101 near Boiler Bay.   Extracated by Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue.  Flown to trauma center.

Pickup off 101 near Boiler Bay. Extracated by Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue. Flown to trauma center.


7:30am
Report of a blue Mazda that left the road at Boiler Bay and down a 20 foot embankment. 25 year old male driver trapped inside. He finally found his cellphone and called 9-1-1. Emergency responders on scene. They have summoned Lifeguard Med-evac chopper out of Tillamook to the scene.

8:45am
Driver has been extricated from his vehicle and under care of paramedics. Being transported to Lifeguard Med-evac landing zone.

8:55am
Lifeguard landing at Boiler Bay State Park – big green area out on the point.

8:56am
Chopper on the ground. Crash victim being loaded aboard for trip to a trauma center.

Call for citizen pictures. Email to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

 Posted by at 8:25 AM