Dec 222014
Highway 101 south of Yachats.  Very steep drop off to the left. Ken Gagne

Highway 101 south of Yachats. Very steep drop off to the left.
Ken Gagne

Highway 101 is back open to one lane only. Flaggers are controlling traffic through the repair zone on the highway 12 miles north of Florence. Crews are repairing a piece of the seaward-side embankment that gave way.

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 Posted by at 5:50 PM
Dec 222014
Naterlin Drive back open - Clean as a whistle Ed McVea photo

Naterlin Drive back open – Clean as a whistle
Ed McVea photo

One block of Naterlin Drive at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay was closed by the City of Newport late Saturday afternoon due to a slide that blocked both lanes of the street. Heavy rains and wind contributed to destabilizing a large tree on top of the slope that contributed to the slide at this location.

The City Engineering Department has reviewed the slide area and authorized crews from Public Works to conduct a cleanup of the slide at this location. This cleanup was completed on Monday afternoon and Naterlin Drive is now open to traffic. The City of Newport appreciates the patience and understanding for any inconvenience that the closure may have caused to the traveling public.

What it looked like Sunday

What it looked like Sunday
Ed McVea photo

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 Posted by at 4:52 PM
Dec 222014

With the exception of a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas in the current marine forecast, the Central Coast is clear of all special weather statements, advisories, watches and warnings. It’s the first time in over a week that we haven’t had some type of weather bulletin in place.

The final land-based notice, a Coastal Flood Advisory, expired on time at 4:00pm this afternoon.

Chris Burns

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 Posted by at 4:14 PM
Dec 222014

breastfeeding graphicLincoln County Breastfeeding Support Group is pleased to announce it’s first meeting on Monday, January 5 at 10 am at the Newport Public Library. Our goal is to educate, support, promote and celebrate the health, social and emotional benefits of breastfeeding. All mothers are welcome! There will be information, snacks and prizes. This will be an ongoing support group meeting the first monday of every first monday of the month at a location to be decided. Find us on Facebook at Lincoln County Community Breastfeeding Support.

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 Posted by at 4:11 PM
Dec 222014
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 Posted by at 3:49 PM
Dec 222014
Between big trees and dock parts in the surf and residual rip currents.....

Between big trees and dock parts in the surf and residual rip currents…..

With the lure of a big sky, big surf and the immense majesty of the sea, who wouldn’t want to get down to basics on the beach and immerse yourself in it?

Answer: People who have no clue as to the killing power of the natural environment.

With a massive disgorging of trees, limbs, pieces of docks and all the rest floating around in that surf, it’s just plain dangerous. Add in rip currents that are in full bloom and it’s REALLY dangerous. These two guys are obviously of the opinion that what you can’t see, can’t hurt you.

And no sooner as I wrote those words North Lincoln Fire-Rescue got a call that a seven year old child had been run over by a floating log near the 21st Street beach access in Lincoln City. Two family members were with the child.

Rescuers rushed to the scene but had to access the beach at 15th due to high surf. Incident happened at a high tide at a 7.5 and high tide was at 11:45am.

Rescuers weaved and dodged their way down from 15th to 21st. In the meantime Lincoln City Police Officers jumped in to immediately access the victims.

An ambulance that had been initially staged at 15th was ordered south to 21st. Beach rescue personnel finally got to the 21st Street stairs and loaded the child onto the rescue rig. A few minutes later the child was in an ambulance bound for North Lincoln Hospital. Condition of the child was not immediately released.

So…real life lesson here. Stay off the beaches for the next few days.

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 Posted by at 12:01 PM
Dec 222014
LC Community Center Pool is closed for possibly a few weeks.  Pump motor gave out.  Holiday fixes always take more time, apparently.

LC Community Center SMALL Pool is closed for possibly a few weeks. Pump motor gave out. Holiday fixes always take more time, apparently.

Murphy strikes again. Just when the kids need “something to do” over the long Christmas holidays one of the pools at the Lincoln City Community Center is down. It’s the smaller pool. Its pump motor gave out and getting a new one shipped and installed may take a few weeks. Here’s how Community Center Director Gail Kimberling described the current situation:

Community Center’s small pool temporarily out of service

The small instructional pool at the Lincoln City Community Center is currently out of service due to a failed circulation pump motor. A new motor has been ordered, but due to the holidays it may take three to four weeks to arrive.

The main pool and hot tub are not affected, and are still open for swimming. Customers are welcome to use the main pool, hot tub, walking track and fitness rooms while the small pool is down.

Kimberling apologized for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone’s understanding.

For up-to-date information check, go to the Lincoln City Community Center Facebook page, or call 541-994-2131.

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 Posted by at 11:12 AM
Dec 222014

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Dec. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday kicked off rainy, and showers continued through much of the day adding a little more water to our rain gauges. Yachats was the clear winner in terms of total precipitation from the Pineapple Express event with well over 4 inches. As Winter arrived at 3:30pm, temperatures topped out in the upper-50s, the breeze switched from southerly to westerly 10-15 mph and the rain turned to showers. Light rain and drizzle occupied the evening and overnight. Winds were calm to light and lows dipped to the low-50s. At daybreak, there was patchy fog, some areas of clearing and no wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Storm Total…
Lincoln City: 58F/52F/0.17”/3.39”
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/0.66”/3.87”
Newport: 55F/50F/0.69”/3.21”
Waldport: 57F/52F/0.38”/2.92”
Yachats: 57F/52F/0.76”/4.57”

WARNING NWS SWSAdvisories, Watches, Warnings: As of 8:00am Monday morning, we’re down to a couple of cancellations and two advisories from the National Weather Service still in effect for the Central Coast and local ocean waters. We should be given the All Clear by this afternoon.

The Flood Watch is cancelled for all of Northwest Oregon including the Central Coast.

The Flood Warning is cancelled for the Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw Rivers.

River levels, flood stages and forecasts are available on a real-time map here.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10:00am to 4:00pm today.
* Tides: the observed high tide late Sunday morning was around 11 feet at South Beach. The high tide Monday afternoon around 1:00pm is expected to be of a similar magnitude.
* River flows: flow on the coastal rivers remains high as a result of recent abundant rainfall. While flows will be decreasing in the next 24 hours, they will remain high enough for the midday high tide today to contribute to minor tidal overflow.
* Timing: minor tidal overflow can again be expected during the high tide around 1:00pm today with impacts likely occurring between 10:00am and 4:00pm.
* Impacts: affected locations will include low lying areas near bays and sloughs, Highway 101 and the roads near the lower reaches of coastal rivers. These impacts should ease as the tide moves out again this afternoon.
* Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

Forecast: Patchy fog, sunny periods, some clouds and a 50-50 chance of showers today; the thermometer rises to about 55F. Look WON SUN-RAINfor an increasing chance of showers tonight and tomorrow, lows around 50F, highs remain near 55F.

Christmas Eve/Day… A blast of rain and wind (neither very serious) is now projected for Wednesday with up to three-quarters of an inch of precipitation, but turning to showers before the Jolly Old Elf makes his midnight rounds on Christmas Eve; low temp 39F. On Christmas Day, partial clearing is probable, a chance of showers and the mercury cooling to 45F. The odds of a White Christmas are negligible.

Outlook is for varying chances of showers/rain Friday through late Sunday with seasonal temperatures. The early part of next week is shaping up to be a period of drying, clearing and colder temperatures as highs reach 45-50F and lows drop to near freezing.

Travel: Highway 101 remains closed 12 miles north of Florence due to hazardous geological conditions; use an alternate route. Highway 180, 7 miles east of its intersection with Highway 20, is closed due to high water over the roadway. High water may also affect Highway 20 itself along the Mary’s River near Philomath. In the Coast Range today, a chance of rain with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting some rain and 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain, temps around 45-50F. For the Cascades, it is above freezing and wet in the passes this morning, rain and snow showers today; the snow level is at 5,500 feet. Outlook for holiday travelers is mainly wet pavement at all lower elevations including the Coast Range, but snow showers are likely in the Cascade passes from Christmas Eve through the weekend with the snow level hovering around 2,500-3,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: NRCS snow pack sensors are still offline due to technical problems.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/8”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/0”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/38”/Open, wet packed, weather permitting
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/16”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 5”/21”/Open, Ballroom, Buttercup, Easy Rider
Timberline 9”/24”/Open, Bruno’s and Pucci

Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning, but seas remain rough, 12 feet at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, WON SCADepoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. Variable winds 10 knots or less today with seas running 11-12 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, a southerly breeze 10-15 knots with lumpy seas 11-13 feet at 13 seconds. A bit of a blow tomorrow, S winds 20-25 knots but seas rounding to 12 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook for Wednesday and Thursday is mainly W wind 15-20 knots with a few gusts to 25 and swells 11-12 feet. Expect southerlies on Friday, 15-20 knots, and swells 11 feet subsiding to 7 feet. A possible gale is looming for Saturday.

On the Beach… Showers, surf 10-11 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* King Tides
12/22 Mon 11:35 AM 10.05 H
12/22 Mon 06:35 PM -1.49 L
12/23 Tue 01:17 AM 7.88 H
12/23 Tue 06:24 AM 3.11 L

In Short: Showers, light winds, then showers and cooler.

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 Posted by at 8:10 AM
Dec 212014
Marine phosphorous marker.  Found on a Lincoln County Beach Sunday. Kent Gibson photo

Marine phosphorous marker. Found on a Lincoln County Beach Sunday.
Kent Gibson photo

With a series of storms like we’ve had lately here on the coast, it’s not uncommon to find all kinds of exotic objects and materials washing up on our beaches. Like this one. A military phosphorous marker. If a kid came a long and picked this thing up and took it home…well…you don’t even want to think about it.

Fortunately Kent Gibson got to it before any innocent fingers could grab it. He called 9-1-1 and they sent a hazmat team out to retrieve it. Disaster averted thanks to Mr. Gibson.

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 Posted by at 9:46 PM
Dec 212014

Schooner Creek in Taft getting some "back up" armor.  Folks work and live very close to Schooner Creek.  Ongoing tug o' war in this area... Maggie Hamlin

Schooner Creek in Taft getting some “back up” armor. Folks work and live very close to Schooner Creek. Ongoing tug o’ war in this area…
Maggie Hamlin

The "beach" off 101 and 51st. Maggie Hamlin

The “beach” off 101 and 51st.
Maggie Hamlin

The flowing liquid horsepower it took to do all this is boggling... Maggie Hamlin

The flowing liquid horsepower it took to do all this is boggling…
Maggie Hamlin

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 Posted by at 8:59 PM