Sewer problem in Lincoln City

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Jul 292015

From Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradely:

Sewer discharge on NE Holmes Road and Union Avenue

On July 28the, a sewer spill occurred, due to a force main pipeline that broke. The broken pipe is in the process of being repaired. The Wastewater crew used our vactor to stop the leak immediately.

The estimated amount of overflow was reported at 5,000 to 10,000 gallons. The overflow was discharged into a forested area and it did not reach any waterway.

The affected area was posted and will be treated with lime.

The City notified appropriate personnel at Oregon Emergency Response and the
Department of Environmental Quality.

 Posted by at 9:22 AM

Weather or Not: Covering your Windows

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Jul 292015

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, July 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: Much of Western Oregon really started heating up yesterday (even Brookings on the South Coast hit 100F), but the Central Coast experienced another round of typical Summer conditions. High temperatures were mostly in the upper-60s with Lincoln City recording 71F. The Sun ruled the sky and the sea breeze arrived on schedule about noon gusting to around 30 mph until sunset. As darkness set in, there was a little haze over the beaches and the wind fell calm. Overnight lows slipped into the 50s and some patchy fog developed. At sunrise, it was mostly clear and calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/57F/35mph
Depoe Bay: 68F/53F/24mph
Newport: 68F/50F/30mph
Waldport: 64F/53F/31mph
Yachats: 66F/52F/27mph

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Forecast: As the new Windows 10 computer operating system is launched today, you might pull the shades over your windows so the house doesn’t heat up. This will probably be the warmest day of the week locally with a high of 70-75F, but it’ll be WON SUN-WINDsubdued somewhat by the cooling effect of a strong sea breeze gusting 30-35 mph. Expect clear skies this evening and windy before midnight, lows 50-55F. Tomorrow, copy and paste more sunshine, highs of 70-75F and an afternoon sea breeze. Outlook is for no rebooting in the long-term – mainly clear Friday through Tuesday, although the mercury will be returning to near normal 50-55F lows and 65-70F highs, with the sea breeze projected to be lighter.

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WARNING NWS SWSTravel: A Heat Advisory remains in effect from 11:00am this morning to 9:00pm Friday, for the Oregon Coast Range, Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge. High temperatures of 95-102F are expected. 90F-plus temperatures may persist into the weekend with the hottest areas likely the Central Columbia River Gorge and Southern Willamette Valley.

A Red Flag Warning has now been issued by the National Weather Service for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels from noon today through 11:00pm Thursday evening. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest west of the Cascade crest, and the Willamette Valley plus its adjacent foothills.

In the Coast Range today, sunny with 90-100F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 95-100F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light northeast winds, temps near 95F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-55F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.

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Marine: While there isn’t much wind close to shore this morning, it’s blowing NNE 15-20 knots gusting 25 offshore and WON SCAseas are choppy 7 footers at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tomorrow night. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through late tonight. N winds today and tonight 20-25 knots gusting 30 with swells 3-4 feet being overpowered by windwaves 6-8 feet at 7-9 seconds. Tomorrow, northerlies 20-25 knots easing to 15-20 knots in the afternoon, windwaves 5 feet at 6 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 15-20 knots Friday through Sunday with lumpy mixed swells/windwaves 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is still extremely cold and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* Tides
07/29 Wed 12:10 PM 6.70 H
07/29 Wed 05:09 PM 2.94 L
07/29 Wed 11:15 PM 9.24 H
07/30 Thu 06:14 AM -1.12 L

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In Short: Mostly clear, warm and windy, then repeat.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM

Gov. Brown makes it official – Recreational marijuana goes on sale Oct. 1

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Jul 292015
Medical Marijuana dispensary in Portland The Oregonian photo

Medical Marijuana dispensary in Portland
The Oregonian photo

It’s official. Recreation marijuana goes on sale in Oregon October 1st, this in an effort to head off strong market forces to supply Oregonians through the black market. The sales will be through regular medical marijuana dispensaries.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 7:53 AM

Hatfield Marine Science Center turns 50

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Jul 292015
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Hatfield Marine Science Center archive photo

From HMSC:

Fifty years ago this summer, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center opened its doors as a fledgling research and education facility envisioned to help revive a then-depressed central Oregon coast economy.

Today it stands as one of the most important and unique marine science facilities in the country, bringing together an array of scientists from different agencies to tackle pressing issues facing the world’s oceans, educating a new generation of students about these issues, and reaching out to inform the public about their impacts on the natural environment.

This month, OSU and the Hatfield Marine Science Center will commemorate their half century of success with a celebration and reception on Friday, Aug. 7, at the center. The public is invited.

“This is an opportunity to look at the past and honor the people and events that have made the Hatfield Marine Science Center such a special place,” said Bob Cowen, director of the center. “It’s also a time to celebrate the future, as OSU is launching its Marine Studies Initiative and working on plans to expand the center and its capacity.”

The 50th anniversary celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. just outside the Hatfield Marine Science Center, located south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. The celebration will feature speakers, displays, a historical slide show, and a video featuring faculty, student and community perspectives on the center’s future plans. A reception will follow from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; the events are free and open to the public.

Earlier in the day, a special presentation by Rick Spinrad, chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be held in the Visitor Center Auditorium. His talk, “How Oceanography Saved the World,” which begins at 3 p.m., is part of the 50th Anniversary Alumni Speaker Series. He is former vice president for research at OSU – and a former graduate student at the center.

Other speakers include former Oregon State President John Byrne, a former NOAA administrator.

Event information and links to HMSC archives, historic photos, video and a timeline of landmarks for the Hatfield Marine Science Center can be found at:

 Posted by at 7:08 AM

Earthquake strikes 140 miles SW of Anchorage – No tsunami warning

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Jul 282015
6:35pm moderate earthquake shakes Alaska.  63 miles deep.  No tsunami warning issued.

6:35pm moderate earthquake shakes Alaska. 73 miles deep. No tsunami warning issued.

A moderate earthquake shook southwestern Alaska this evening. The 6.3 richter event was centered on land about 140 miles southwest of Anchorage near where the Aleutian Islands take off westward to form their chain that nearly reaches Russia.

The quake was notable for being at a depth suggesting it’s a subduction-style quake – at a depth of 73 miles. Thus far there’s been nothing from NOAA that would suggest there are any tsunami concerns about tonight’s earthquake.

 Posted by at 9:10 PM

Sleeping Beauty – Lincoln City Cultural Center

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Jul 282015

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From Lincoln City Cultural Center

We’re so pleased to announce the return of the touring directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, and their rock ‘n roll fable production of “Sleeping Beauty.”

As always, this production will feature our own local stars, kids entering grades 1-12. Thanks to grants from the Walter R. Behrens Foundation, the Ankeny Foundation and the Studio to Schools Project, participation is FREE for all local children (visitors are welcome to take part, too, for a small fee). Auditions will begin at 10 am sharp on Monday, Aug. 3, with rehearsals scheduled throughout the week and two performances on Saturday, Aug. 8. Don’t hit that snooze button — this is one show you won’t want to miss.

Call 541-994-9994 for more info.

 Posted by at 6:29 PM

Waldport phones & internet back up – bad mega-switch in the system

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Jul 282015

Waldport got a taste of what it’s like to be without phones and internet today. It was around 2pm when both services went down and stayed down for over two hours, according to Pioneer Telephone.

The trouble was quickly traced to a mega switch in the main office in the valley. They fixed it – but for many it was a long two hours.

The internet spoils us. And we like it. But like anything man made, it breaks on occasion. Main thing is that everybody’s back on.

 Posted by at 6:04 PM