Sep 192014
 
Cascade Head Nature Preserve Volunteers needed!!

Cascade Head Nature Preserve
Volunteers needed!!
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The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday, October 4th.

Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.

We will be planting violets in the upper meadow at this work party. The work party includes a four to five-mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working.

Please bring hiking shoes, daypack, lunch and snacks, full water bottle, layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather–including rain gear, hat and sunscreen. Also bring gloves, if you have them–if not, we have gloves for you to borrow.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (503) 802-8100, orvolunteers@tnc.org or the alternate contact; Debbie Pickering at (541) 994-5564.

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Sep 192014
 
Boat trafficus  jamus maximus Waldport Glen Weaver photo

Boat trafficus jamus maximus
Waldport
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This inner-coastal traffic report brought to you by Cliff House Bed and Breakfast, on Waziyata in Waldport.

From your eye in the sky, Live Copter NLC, you can see that traffic between Alsea Bay Bridge to the jaws is backed way up due to fishermen striking a number of slithery objects in the water. And funny enough, nobody’s called for a tow. But it will make for slow angling for everyone else for a while.

Those who would like to get around the pile-up, take either the Oceania or Alsea Bay Drive exits and re-launch just outside the jaws. Those trapped inside the jam-up might consider exiting on Waziyata, loop around the point, and re-deploy at Patterson State park. As for the rest caught in the middle, hang-on, help is coming. The “Fish or Die” fish processing company has setup a buyer’s dock connected to the sea wall.

This is Dave Morgan aboard Live Copter NLC for Cliff House Bed and Breakfast.

We return you now to our regularly scheduled programming.

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 Posted by at 11:00 AM
Sep 192014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, September 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: A smattering of high clouds was all that ever-so-slightly marred an otherwise picture-perfect late Summer scenario yesterday. High temperatures were on target in the mid-60s and the light breeze came out of the northwest at less than 10 mph. No precipitation was recorded. Skies remained mostly clear through sunset and into the overnight period. A marine cloud layer developed around 3:00am and persevered until shortly after dawn when the blue returned, though it was partially veiled by thin fog. The wind was nearly calm and lows dipped into the mid-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/59F
Depoe Bay: 64F/54F
Newport: 66F/54F
Waldport: 63F/52F
Yachats: 66F/54F

Forecast: Two major weather patterns will be players over the next few days – warm and storm. For the clamming clinic at Siletz Bay today, typical seasonal temperatures of 65F or so, mostly sunny and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting to 20. Tonight, partly cloudy skies with lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow is expected to be unseasonably warm with sunshine, blustery east winds and the mercury headed up to 75F, maybe higher. Outlook is for cooling on Sunday and Monday, highs of 60-65F, patchy fog, and mostly cloudy conditions. Tuesday, just as Fall begins, it looks like the calendar and the weather will come into agreement as we nudge our way into an unsettled wet and windy period. For Wednesday and Thursday, the season’s first ‘storm’ is predicted with rain likely and a good blow of southwest winds 20-30 mph. Showers may extend into next weekend.

Travel: Areas of smoke from the 36 Pit Fire (which is 4,000 acres in size though about 35% contained) may affect travelers in Northwest Oregon over the next couple of days as east winds return. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 70-80F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, areas of smoke; the freezing level is 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry pavement with hot and smoky conditions on Saturday; cooling Sunday. (Tomorrow, Eugene stands a good chance of adding to their record 35 days of 90F or higher in 2014.)

Marine: Winds are nearly calm and seas are 5 feet at 10 seconds offshore this morning. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today’s last chance to reel in an ocean Coho (season closes at midnight tonight), get out early and back inside the jaws before a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon; it runs through tomorrow morning. NW winds 5-10 knots veering to N 15-20 knots gusting 25 by late afternoon and evening with a choppy mixed swell of 3-5 feet. Tomorrow, N winds early 15-20 knots gusting 25, but easing to 10-15 knots by afternoon and lumpy seas rising to 8 feet. Outlook is for S winds 10-15 knots on Sunday along with seas to 5 feet. Light southerlies on Monday, but what could be our first significant Autumn blow is predicted Tuesday and Wednesday as a storm brings S winds 20-25 knots and rising seas.

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On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
09/19 Fri 10:35 AM 6.71 H
09/19 Fri 04:06 PM 2.94 L
09/19 Fri 10:02 PM 7.30 H
09/20 Sat 04:37 AM 0.86 L

In Short: Mainly clear, windy, warm, then storm.

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 Posted by at 8:15 AM
Sep 182014
 

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Veterans Administration Hosting Ribbon-cutting and Open House at New Veterans Clinic in Lincoln City

The U.S. Veterans Administration will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the new Veterans Clinic in Lincoln City on Friday, September 26, at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

“The Board of Commissioners is very pleased to see the expansion of VA medical services to Lincoln County,” said Commissioner Bill Hall. “When the Newport clinic was established in 2010, it was the first partnership of its kind in the country, and it’s been successful beyond anyone’s expectations. That’s a tribute to good work on the part of county staff and the VA.”

The clinic is co-located with the Lincoln Community Health Center at 4422 N.E. Devils Lake Road and is open on Fridays. It is modeled on the successful partnership between Lincoln County and the Veterans Administration that has been in place at the Newport clinic since 2010.

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To obtain VA medical services contact:
* Lincoln City VA Clinic: 4422 NE Devils Lake Blvd., Suite 2 Lincoln City, OR 97367, Phone: 541-265-0547
* Newport VA Clinic: Suite 203 – 1010 SW Coast Highway – Newport, Phone: 541-265-4182
* Parent Facility: Portland VAMC, Phone: (503) 220-8262 or (800) 949-1004

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Sep 182014
 
Yaquina River Cleanup this weekend sponsored by SOLV

Yaquina River Cleanup this weekend sponsored by SOLVE

This is the big annual Yaquina River Cleanup push, sponsored by SOLVE and other groups and a long list of sponsors. For all the details, just click here.

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 Posted by at 10:59 PM
Sep 182014
 
Oregon Coast Community College, Newport Campus Children's Advocacy Center Musical Fundraiser Sept. 27

Oregon Coast Community College, Newport Campus
Children’s Advocacy Center Musical Fundraiser Sept. 27, 6:30pm

Rustling Leaves, Hollow Reeds, A Universal Peace Celebration featuring Native American flute, storytelling, drumming and dance will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Community College Commons in South Beach. This special evening celebrating cultural diversity will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County.

Musicians include Mary-Beth Nickel on the Sacred Native American flute, Doc Slyter of the Coos Tribe playing his beautiful handcrafted flutes and Tim Fields-Lardie and Rodney Turner playing flute, drums and percussion. Native American storytelling told by Mark Pullam with stories of people, animals, weather, spirits and love will begin after intermission.

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Bear Spirit Drummers and singers lead by Violet Lafferty, James Williams and Jesse Cordova will perform along with Rusty Butler to present the rarely performed public “feather dance” which welcomes and celebrates the sacred changing of the seasons and gathering bounty of harvest from the land, the air and the sea.

Silent auction items featuring several handmade flutes, a Quiet Bear Drum and many priceless donated items.

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Tickets are $10 each for adults with children under 12 $ 5.00. Tickets are available at the door, at Oregon Coast Bank Main Branch or from the Children’s Advocacy Center. Please contact lmartin@lccac.com or call 541-574-0841 for more information. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

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 Posted by at 10:24 PM
Sep 182014
 
New Goodwill Store  Grand Opening Oct 2, 7am Four days of grand opening! Across from LC City Hall

New Goodwill Store
Grand Opening Oct 2, 7am
Four days of grand opening!
Across from LC City Hall

From Goodwill Industries

In two weeks the shelves will be fully stocked with overflowing merchandise. Thousands of colorful fashions on the silver racks will be thumbed through by treasure hunters. Beginning at 7:00 A.M. on October 2nd, hundreds of customers are expected to fill the stores nearly 9,000 square feet of retail space when Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (GICW) opens its first Lincoln City store built from the ground up.

During the four day event, shoppers are encouraged to enter to win one of four $100.00 Goodwill shopping sprees. One new 40” flat screen TV will be awarded and for the first group of customers to arrive, Goodwill is giving away free coffee and 200 kites.

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The 22,000 square foot facility, located at 1000 SE Highway 101, nearly twice the size of the current location @ 4157 NW Hwy. 101. Shoppers will enjoy a retail floor many 100’s of square feet larger and donors will be able to drive through a covered drop off location. In addition, our Job Connection office is expanded. Since we began offering free job services through Job Connection in 2005, Goodwill has helped place 1,500 Lincoln County area residents in jobs.

In the store about seventy-two percent of our 40 employees have barrier to employment. This year alone, just-under one-million dollars in wages, benefits and taxes will be paid to those who work in the Lincoln City Goodwill store. “Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette is eager to expand its involvement in the north coast,” says Goodwill C.E.O. Michael Miller.

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In the summer of 2001, Goodwill opened the original Lincoln City location. Store revenues pay wages and benefits for people with various barriers to employment and fund Goodwill’s network of job training and placement services. Last year this Goodwill system served more than 62,000 people in NW OR, Central OR and SW WA with an overhead of just 4.6% of annual revenues.

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 Posted by at 9:42 PM
Sep 182014
 

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake Saturday, Sept. 20, 10-5

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake
Saturday, Sept. 20, 10-5

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59th Annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake at Depoe Bay
Saturday, Sept. 20

For the 59th consecutive year, Depoe Bay, Oregon will host the annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake on Saturday, September 20, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Salmon Bake is the Oregon coast’s signature salmon celebration.

The salmon is cooked in a traditional technique used for generations by native coastal tribes. Preparations begin months before the feast, as volunteers head to the woods to cut 350 six foot long stakes of alder wood.

Before sunrise on the morning of the event, volunteers ignite a huge 80-foot fire line with six cords of fir and three cords of alder. Thousands of pounds of salmon fillets are positioned on the alder wood stakes and held in place with cedar strips. The alder stakes are then positioned diagonally over the smoldering fire line, imparting rich flavors to the salmon as they bake to perfection.

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Each salmon is cooked about 20 minutes on each side before being sent off to be served in 8-ounce steaks together with coleslaw, garlic bread and a drink. Visitors enjoy their meals sitting at tables in the sun or under a tent, listening to Native American music and watching performances by native tribal dancers.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Salmon Bake for “Discover Depoe Bay” packages, which include lodging, dining, fishing and whale watching trips.

You can experience this delicious tradition at the Depoe Bay City Park, located at the south end of the town’s picturesque harbor. Free shuttles will take visitors to and from the park, as well as from the park to downtown shops along the ocean front. Many Depoe Bay merchants offer special discounts for the Salmon Bake event.

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Admission to the Indian Style Salmon Bake is free. Advance sale meal tickets are offered at a discount price of $20. Meal tickets will be $24 at the gate on the day of the event. After prices are announced, advance ticket sales will be available from several Depoe Bay locations including: Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, 223 SW Highway 101, Suite B; Pacific Brass & Copper Works, 20 Bay St.; What Not Shop, 411 South Highway 101, The Spouting Horn Restaurant, Highway 101 at the bridge; Fuddy Duddy Fudge, 112 North Highway 101; Depoe Bay Liquor Store, 531 N. Highway 101, and in Lincoln Beach the Big Mountain Coffee Company, 3940 N. Highway 101.

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For those unable to attend the event, meal deliveries are available from Salishan to Otter Rock for orders placed in advance.

For more information about the Indian Style Salmon Bake please contact Nick Bruyer (541-270-3944 or njbruyer@msn.com) or the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce (541-765-2889 or toll free 877-485-8348, info@depoebaychamber.org).

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 Posted by at 8:50 PM
Sep 182014
 

South Beach Sunset Julie Sacchetti photo

South Beach Sunset
Julie Sacchetti photo


Apres sunset Little tug that could... Julie Sacchetti photo

Apres sunset
Little tug that could…
Julie Sacchetti photo


Yachats sunset Ken Gagne watching it...click!

Yachats sunset
Ken Gagne watching it…click!

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 Posted by at 7:28 PM
Sep 182014
 
Highway 20 at 229 this evening.  Injured motorcyclist.

Highway 20 at 229 this evening. Injured motorcyclist.

Initial reports say vehicle turned left in front of oncoming motorcyclist.

Initial reports say vehicle allegedly turned left in front of oncoming motorcyclist.

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