Weather or Not: High Wind Watch/Gale Warning

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Aug 282015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, August 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: We’re already off to a roaring start with precipitation, even though the predicted heavy rain is still about 12 hours out. Showers arrived on the Central Coast overnight leaving from a tenth to a third of an inch in the rain gauges. Of course, that was on the heels of very nice Summer weather yesterday, including sunshine, highs about 70F and light winds. The transformation began around sunset as clouds moved in and there was already some light rain being reported before midnight. The heaviest shower passed through at 1:30am this morning. Drizzle was in the air at dawn, and it was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 73F/57F/0.37”
Depoe Bay: 69F/55F/0.27”
Newport: 70F/52F/0.22”
Waldport: 67F/53F/0.10”
Yachats: 67F/56F/0.09”

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WARNING NWS SWSA High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from late tonight through tomorrow morning. An unusually strong late August storm system is becoming increasingly likely to move northward along the coast producing south winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 65. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and produce power disruptions. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

The Special Weather Statement is also still in effect for the most rain we’ve seen since March. Rainfall accumulations through the weekend will probably range from 1-2 inches along the Central Coast and Coast Range to 0.75 to 1.5 inches in the Cascades and 0.5 inches or higher in the valleys. The heaviest rain will be tonight into tomorrow, but a second system will add to the rainfall totals Saturday night into early Sunday. If all of this unfolds as expected, the rain will likely ease the dry fire conditions dramatically over Northwest Oregon for at least the next week or two. The rain and wind will also cause problems for those with outdoor activities planned for this weekend. Snow levels will generally stay above 8,000 feet, but climbing area mountains is not recommended.

Forecast: Light rain is possible until about noon today before we transition to a chance of showers for the afternoon. The mercury tops out in the low-60s and winds are expected to be light. The storm is on track to come ashore tonight with WON SHOWERSincreasing winds and rain, up to a half inch. Tomorrow is going to be the big wind day as southerlies howl at 25-30 mph gusting 50-60, and another half inch or better of precipitation falls. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers Sunday, then slowly decreasing shower probabilities Monday through Wednesday, and back to Summer with mostly sunny skies on Thursday. Seasonal temps range from 50-65F all week.

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Travel: Oils that have built up on the pavement during our extensive period of dry weather this Summer will cause Northwest Oregon roads to become extra slippery during the first part of the coming rain event. Be sure to slow down, use caution and leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

In the Coast Range today, rain turning to showers with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, showers and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-60F; a slight chance of showers, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet and possibly slick roads through Sunday night.

Despite the forecast, outdoor burning remains banned in most of Northwest Oregon including State Parks and ocean beaches.

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Marine: Conditions remain light this morning with S winds 10 knots and seas 4 feet at 15 seconds. But, it’s gonna WON GALEchange quickly by tonight when a Gale Warning goes into effect. For today, southerlies 10-15 knots with swells holding at 4 feet. Tonight, S winds rising to 25-30 knots and windwaves building to 5-7 feet. The biggest blow is expected tomorrow as southerly winds increase to 30-35 knots gusting 45 with very rough combined seas 10-15 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for sou’westers 15-20 knots Sunday through Tuesday, swells staying up around 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 3 feet (low).
* Strong winds with surf building to high levels Saturday and Sunday.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
08/28 Fri 05:48 AM -1.10 L
08/28 Fri 12:21 PM 7.50 H
08/28 Fri 05:53 PM 1.50 H
08/29 Sat 00:04 AM 8.90 H

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In Short: Showers, light wind, then rainy and very windy.

 Posted by at 8:00 AM

Newport driver jailed on hit and run charges – lots of damage

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Aug 282015
 
Steve Stewart, 66 Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief LCJ photo

Steve Stewart, 66
Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief
LCJ photo

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched early Thursday evening to a hit and run traffic collision in the parking lot of a Waldport Hotel off Bayshore Drive. Deputies gathered several witness statements and surveillance video of the incident. With the help of the Newport Police Department, the vehicle was located unoccupied in South Beach. The driver, who was also the registered owner of the vehicle, was located at a nearby bar.

An investigation revealed Steven Craig Steward, a 66 year-old Newport resident, struck a parked vehicle and left the scene without exchanging insurance information. Because of the speeds involved, the victim’s vehicle suffered heavy front end damage.

Steward was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver when Property is Damaged. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a total bail of $65,000.

 Posted by at 7:44 AM

A list of cities and counties banning recreation marijuana sales in their cities or unincorporated areas of their counties beginning October 1st

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Aug 272015
 
There are 242 cities and 36 counties in Oregon

There are 242 cities and 36 counties in Oregon

Although there are sure to be more cities, and perhaps a few more counties, whose elected officials will outlaw marijuana growing, processing and sales in their area (including Lincoln City), the tally so far is 14 cities (5.8% of cities) statewide, and 5 counties (13.8% of counties) statewide.

Although some city councils and county commissions contend that their bans reflect an absence of rules being brought forth by the Oregon Health Authority as to time, place and manner of those sales, the OHA has already issued draft regulations for public review. OHA officials promise that a version of those rules will be in place by October 1st, the day that medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to begin selling recreational marijuana.

An often heard criticism of the sales bans is that residents in ban-enacted areas will still purchase recreational marijuana from “someone,” and that “someone” will be black market sellers who will take over the “local market” – the exact thing that those enacting the ban say they don’t want in their communities. On the flip side of that argument is a widely accepted assumption that black marketers of marijuana will continue to operate – even in areas without a ban, selling illegal product cheaper than legitimate sellers.

 Posted by at 11:16 PM

Sen. Merkley sounds like he’s ‘had it’ with the way the country deals with wildland fire

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Aug 272015
 
Unmanaged forests burn quicker, hotter and do more damage than forests that are managed.  It's just that simple.

Unmanaged forests burn quicker, hotter and do more damage than forests that are managed.

Editor’s note: Senator Jeff Merkley has been watching the scorching of the Western third of the country by wildfires. There simply isn’t enough equipment or manpower to keep up with them either in fighting the fires or in working to prevent them in the first place. Senator Merkley’s call for change couldn’t come at a more obvious moment.

Washington, D.C. — Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after reports that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is now implementing fire borrowing — the practice of halting other programs, including fire prevention efforts — to free up funds to combat the record-setting wildfires that ‎are blazing across the Northwest:

“There’s a slow-motion hollowing out of the Forest Service as the result of our backwards approach to funding efforts to fight inevitable wildfires. This year, for the first time in history, more than half of the Forest Service’s budget has been set aside to address wildfires. Unless Congress acts, Americans will continue gradually losing the benefits of our forests – fewer available campgrounds, erosion polluting our streams and rivers, lost jobs as timber projects stall, and most ironic and worrysome, more frequent and more severe wildfires as we loot fire prevention to pay for the fires burning right now. There’s a common-sense fix with bipartisan support, and I am going to be pushing hard to see it signed into law this year. It’s time to fund huge wildfires like the natural disasters they are, and stop fueling the vicious cycle of cutting fire prevention and everything else to pay for the fires that are already burning‎.”

According to today’s reports, the USFS will cut up to $20 million from the National Forest System, $30 million from the State and Private Forestry organization, $12 million from land acquisition under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and $5 million from capital improvement and maintenance projects. Additionally, the agency is preparing to cut up to $200 million from other programs, including hazardous fuels reductions, which helps prevent fires from spreading quickly and growing out of control.

Earlier this year, Senator Merkley led the effort in the Senate Appropriations Committee to pass a version of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, bipartisan wildfire funding legislation developed by Sens. Wyden and Crapo.

 Posted by at 6:46 PM

Report of boat half capsized in Yaquina Bay.   Same one as last week. It’s still sitting there on a sand bar. Nobody aboard.

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Aug 272015
 

Derelict fishing boat back on August 21st.  Keith Nelson.

Derelict fishing boat back on August 21st. Keith Nelson.

From the air, Dave Szmansky photo showing it's stuck on a sand bar.

From the air, Dave Szmansky photo showing it’s stuck on a sand bar.

From the air, Dave Szmansky photo showing it's stuck on a sand bar.

From the air, Dave Szymansky photo showing it’s stuck on a sand bar.


Boat viewed on the Int'l Terminal dock, looking straight across the river.

Boat viewed on the Int’l Terminal dock, looking straight across the river.
Keith Nelson photo


Got in some photos from readers and it appears it’s the same fishing boat from last week – directly across from the international terminal. Apparently it’s not much of a threat to navigation.

The case has been turned over to Oregon State Police so they are now in charge of removing the vessel before it breaks up and spills whatever fluids, including diesel, that may still be in in. Thus far the name of the vessel has not been released so there’s no telling who owns it.

Hopefully we’ll learn something more tomorrow.

 Posted by at 3:11 PM

Mother Nature throwing a late Summer tantrum…

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Aug 272015
 
Sustained winds to 40mph with gusts to 65 Friday night into Saturday

Sustained winds to 35 mph with gusts to 65 possible Friday night into Saturday

A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather ServiceWARNING NWS SWS
for the Central Coast, in effect from late Friday night through Saturday morning. South winds to 35 mph with gusts to 65.

These winds may be strong enough to damage trees and produce power disruptions.

A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

 Posted by at 1:55 PM

Poor baby Puffin! Her parents kicked her out of the nest!

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Aug 272015
 

Orphan baby Puffin Parents are stinkers... OCA photo

Orphan baby Puffin
Parents are stinkers…
OCA photo


puffin straight on oca
When a tufted puffin chick hatched in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary on July 24, it seemed as if everything was going to plan.

The baby bird, nicknamed Stella, weighed in at a healthy 64 grams, and was under the care of experienced parents.

By Stella’s day-two checkup, something was clearly amiss. The chick was not gaining weight, and the parents were not delivering fish or brooding the chick to keep it warm as puffin parents should.

Following a second day of careful observation, it was clear Stella needed a helping hand. The aviculturists brought Stella behind the scenes to be hand raised.

“We do not want Stella to imprint on us, so we limited interactions to feeding and cleaning time, and made adult puffin noises as we feed,” said CJ McCarty, Curator of Birds for the Aquarium.

“Stella is so fluffy she’s is a little hard to resist cuddling, but because we plan to reintegrate this puffin with the population in the Seabird Aviary, minimizing human contact is in its best interest.”

During the early days, a heat lamp kept Stella warm, and a feather duster stood in its parents’ stead for snuggling. The Aquarium’s aviculturists fed Stella every two hours, and even came in late and early to ensure she receives the nourishment she needed.

Despite its early circumstances, Stella is growing at a healthy rate and weighed 574 grams during its day 31 checkup.

Now just over one month old, Stella is losing the downy chick feathers on her chest and face to make way for grown-up feathers. A complete set of adult, waterproof feathers indicates the little seabird is ready for water.

Aviculturists will start Stella’s practice swims in small pools behind the scenes, making sure she is a strong swimmer before her next transition.

If Stella turns out to be a male, the bird will be assigned an identification number, as all the Aquarium’s birds are, and transition to the Seabird Aviary. If Stella is a female, she will be placed with another Association of Zoos & Aquariums accredited facility that has requested a female tufted puffin.

The Aquarium’s other puffin chicks, are thriving in their burrows, and should start to explore the Aviary on their own in the next week or two. The common murre chick is already exploring the aviary, and maintains constant vocal communication with its parents while away from its nest site.

Like Stella, the other new additions will find a home at other facilities, or take up permanent residence in the Seabird Aviary among Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and Horned Puffins.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.

 Posted by at 11:51 AM

So! You wanna be a fireman, huh?

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Aug 272015
 
Firefighting - See if you've got the right stuff...

Firefighting – See if you’ve got the right stuff…

Volunteer firefighter training begins September 9th for those who picture themselves driving big fire trucks, saving lives and property!

Contact: Greg Musil, Volunteer Coordinator for the Fire Districts of Lincoln County Phone number: 541-921-3059
Email: gmusil@depoebayfire.com

The Fire Districts of Lincoln County are hosting a Firefighter 1 Academy starting September 9th. Classes meet at 6:00-9:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Toledo Fire Department, 285 NE Burgess Rd. Classes run through mid-December and are free. The minimum age requirement is 18 years old with the exception of cadets in Toledo 15 years old and Newport, Waldport and Seal Rock the cadet age is 16 years old.
Recruits from all Lincoln County Fire Departments are welcome to attend.

Training includes classroom presentations and hands-on instruction on topics such as firefighter safety and health, ladders, use of hoses and nozzles, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building construction, and fire prevention.

Students who complete these classes and serve a successful internship with their department are eligible for Firefighter 1 certification.

People interested in attending, but not yet affiliated with a department, can call the Lincoln County Volunteer Firefighters Hotline at (541) 574-4000.

 Posted by at 11:34 AM

Bidding farewell to former Circuit Court Judge Charles Littlehales

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Aug 272015
 
Judge Charles Littlehales Memorial

Judge Charles Littlehales
Memorial Saturday, 1pm, Newport Performing Arts Center

Lincoln County Courthouse flags will be lowered to half staff this Friday through Sunday honoring The Honorable Charles Paul Littlehales.

A celebration of Charles’s life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29th, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive St. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the University of Oregon School of Law Class of ’69 Scholarship Fund. Checks payable to the U.O. Foundation may be sent to 1720 E. 13th Ave., Suite 410, Eugene, OR 97403 or to www.Giving.UOregon.Edu.

Donations may also be made to the Lincoln County Bar Association Scholarship Fund at Lincoln County Foundation (Charles Littlehales), 1121 S.E. Spruce Way, Newport, OR 97365.

 Posted by at 11:06 AM

Fishin’ with Chris

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Aug 272015
 

Chris Burns - Fishing

CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of August 27th

In the Creel: With the all-depth halibut season closed this week and offshore Coho fishing closed until Tuesday, rockfish will be your best bet in the meantime, if you can get out. A storm is brewing for this weekend, so you’ll probably be stuck in port, anyway. Tuna fishing has been good, but the schools are moving in and out; as close as 25 miles and as far away as 40 miles. Crabbing remains excellent with 6-12 keeper Dungies per pot puller. Other shellfish opportunities vary from the ongoing razor clam closure, to the reopening of mussel harvesting, to a minus tide series starting today for bay clam diggers. Still no joy for river fishermen as water levels are low and temperatures unusually warm. This week’s Fish Tale: The rockfish were bitin’ so good we had to hide belowdecks to bait our hooks.

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Northwest Oregon Streams: Until further notice, all waterbodies defined as ‘streams’ in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations will be closed to angling for trout, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from 2:00pm to one hour before sunrise, daily. All Northwest Zone tidewater areas (tidewater is defined as ‘stream or estuary waters affected by the daily ebb and flow of tides’) will remain open for angling for these species during normal hours under 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Angling for warmwater gamefish and other fish, as defined in the regulations, remains open under normal rules.

Salmon River: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the early morning bite being the most productive. Using small lures like spinners, spoons or various flies can be productive.

Siletz River/Bay: Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the upper river. Low flows and unusually warm river temperatures are making new fish race up into the cooler holding waters of the gorge area. New fish will continually be moving into the river, but we’re now ast the peak. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners. Cutthroat trout are also open to harvest and can be found throughout the main stem river and many large tributaries.

Yaquina River/Bay: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair. The best opportunities are coming in the early mornings when river temperatures are the coolest. River levels are very low and warm for this time of year. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: The cutthroat trout fishery is fair in the mainstem and in some of the large tributaries. With the low and warm river conditions, the best chance of hooking one will be in the early morning when water temperatures are the coolest. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Rainbow trout fishing is likely to continue slow due to warm conditions. Concentrate on early morning hours when fish are likely to be the most active, and work the deeper holes. Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good during the summer months. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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