Sep 222014
 

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Fire alarm going off at PCH at 930 SW Abbey. Call in side revealed there is no smell of smoke or any smoke seen.

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Sep 222014
 
Sea Lions getting antsy for that new Sea Lion Dock we keep hearing about! Ken Gagne photo

Sea Lions getting antsy for that new Sea Lion Dock they keep hearing about!
Ken Gagne photo

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Sep 222014
 
Yaquina Head Lighhouse Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses photos

Yaquina Head Lighhouse
Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses photos

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Newport, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, is celebrating National Public Lands Day. On Saturday, September 27, entrance fees will be waived and there will be a day of special events.

Why did 19th century Willamette Valley farmers need coastal lighthouses? What marine mammals and birds visit or make Oregon’s rocky shores their home? Solve these mysteries and more at “exploration stations” set up throughout the park. Search for word clues using one of Yaquina Head’s “Quest” hunts to find the hidden treasure. Get an activity passport at the Interpretive Center and learn about the day’s special events. Participants completing at least three stations or activities will receive a prize.

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Get your hands dirty working with staff to pull invasive plants and learn about the importance of managing the park’s natural resources. One hour work sessions begin at 11 am and 2 pm.

Schedule:

10 am-4 pm: Activity stations and Quests

12– 3 pm: Lighthouse tours (Limited to 16 per tour, sign up starts at 10 am)

11:00 am and 2 pm: Resource management work parties

3:30 pm: Scenes of the Oregon Coast photograph reception

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses will hold a public reception at 3:30 pm to announce the winners of the 13th annual photography competition. This year’s theme “Public Lands: Preserving History and Nature” has drawn submissions from amateur photographers from all west coast states and all age groups.

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Sep 222014
 

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Sep 222014
 
Georgia Pacific Mill Toledo

Georgia Pacific Mill
Toledo

Final two drills will be tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. So if you hear sirens, it doesn’t mean anything bad is happening or about to happen. It’s just GP doing some emergency preparedness drills with its workers.

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Sep 222014
 
Lincoln City City Hall City Council tonight 6pm

Lincoln City City Hall
City Council tonight 6pm

The Lincoln City City Council tonight will go over the latest visitors survey conducted on behalf of the city. Here are some highlights that will be discussed by the council, during their meeting which begins at 6pm, third floor of City Hall.

One standout finding indicates that while visitors come to Lincoln City often for the Kite Festival and for the glass blowing “beach search,” they don’t come for most of the other events that the city has helped to provide over the years.

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ANALYSIS
The results of this survey suggest a typical visitor to the VCB website is as follows:
 Lives in Oregon or Washington, and most likely lives in the Portland or Salem metro area.
 Is likely to have visited Lincoln City in the past two years, and is extremely likely to have visited Lincoln City before.
 Has visited other towns in our area, like Newport and Depoe Bay. Also may take a trip to the North Coast for something different / to explore the coast.
 Uses Destination Websites, such as oregoncoast.org, Family Friends, and Travel Sites to plan trips.
 Plans trips 3 months out or less
 Either found www.oregoncoast.org from a search engine (such as Google) or had visited the site before in planning a previous trip.
 Enjoys Scenery, Dining, Shopping. A lot of visitors also like to experience arts, history and culture and enjoy our regional festivals; the Kite Festival especially.
 Are coming to Lincoln City to relax, enjoy our natural environment, and to enjoy our recreational opportunities. They also appreciate Lincoln City’s lodging opportunities, casino, shopping and “glass culture”.
 Beach is primary reason for coming
 Has most likely decided to visit already
 Will visit in Spring/Summer
 Is coming for leisure, and isn’t coming for a special event or festival
 Will have a party of about 3. Most likely parents aged between 45-54 with children under 24.
 If staying overnight, will spend between $200-700 (most likely staying for 1-3 nights).
 Will stay in a hotel or, perhaps, a VRD
 If coming for the day, will spend between $1-300 (suggesting shopping, restaurant and casino visits are likely).
 Is happy to receive an enewsletter or a follow up email from the VCB.

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The survey also suggests that Lincoln City should put more promotion into the Chinook Winds Casino, the Tanger Outlet Mall, Antique shops and events like the Kite Festival and Glass Floats. Visitors Bureau Chief Sandy Pfaff also says if Lincoln City is to enhance visitor number, making it more of a destination, it will have to generate much higher caliber restaurants than it has today.

These and other aspects of boosting Lincoln City tourism will be tossed about the council this evening.

Also on the list of issues is the introduction to the council the new Open Space Maintenance Coordinator, an update on the 48th Place road repair job and sidewalk construction and some comments from Community Center Director Gail Kimberling.

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Logan Park, upper right 71 units, 4-plexes to single units

Logan Park, upper right
71 units, 4-plexes to single units
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Logan Park layout

Logan Park layout
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Also on the agenda is whether the city council would entertain the idea of annexing 11 acres of recently timber-harvested ground on Logan Road, somewhat northwest of Chinook Winds. Seventy-one dwellings would range from four-plexes to to slightly less dense dwellings – aimed at retiring boomers and upcoming young singles and families.

The Planning Commission approved the annexation 3-2, two of the commissioners dissenting saying that Lincoln City already has plenty of vacant land and that those lands ought to be built on first. However, City staff said the Logan Park proposal is strategically located for recreation, access to shopping, services and employment – all in one neat compact package. City staff said the annexation would be contingent upon the owner agreeing to a tightly planned and constructed planned unit development which tends to eliminate any surprises between groundbreaking and grand opening.

The item comes up about mid-way through the meeting which begins at 6pm.

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Sep 222014
 
Paul Cohen Bayshore Realty Broker

Paul Cohen
Bayshore Realty Broker

Bayshore Realty wants to introduce a new broker to their real estate operations based in Waldport. He’s Paul Cohen and is waiting for your call.

In his own words…

I moved to Seal Rock Oregon from SW Montana, where I designed and built a home on the banks of the beautiful Bitterroot River. I lived all the good life Montana has to offer. But still, I had a lifelong yearning to live by the sea, to smell the fresh air and hear the waves crash. After a weekend trip to Yachats it became my passion to find the perfect place along the central Oregon coast.

Moving from Montana meant leaving my government job! What would I do for a living? Well I was lucky enough to stumble upon a great realtor, who also became my friend, and who said to me one day, “I think you would be good in this business!” And so the seed was planted. Now I am that person that people come to, wanting to live out their dream, find their place by the sea, and live the life they dream of.

I am a one-on-one type person and like to learn just what it is people want and then go explore what’s out there – what can work and what are good options. As I learned over my own search, having someone who cares and is willing to go the extra distance makes all the difference in turning your dream of living by the sea into your own reality.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Paul Cohen, Broker
Bayshore Realty
pmcbroker@gmail.com
541-961-4654
220 NW Alsea Hwy 34
PO Box 1210
Waldport, OR 97394

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Sep 222014
 
Yachats River Covered Bridge restoration underway. Ken Gagne photo

Yachats River Covered Bridge restoration underway.
Ken Gagne photo

Restoration of the historic covered bridge spanning the north fork of the Yachats River is underway. You can see in the photo that before they can tackle the covered bridge they’re having to build a temporary crossing immediately adjacent to it so workers, machinery and materials can be properly placed on both sides of the river – also to provide access to a home immediately north of the bridge.

The project is proceeding according to original plans, with the bulk of the necessary funds coming from a federal grant, some from ODOT and a small part from Lincoln County. A property owner just to the north of the bridge initially tried to argue that the bridge emptied out onto private property, and not a public road. But after extensive public hearings it was determined that the bridge was built with public funds and connected to a public road that was built early in the last century and remains a public road to this day.

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Sep 222014
 
North Fork of Yachats River Ken Gagne photo

North Fork of Yachats River
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Sep 222014
 
Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge USFW opening it to hunting waterfowl.

Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge
USFW opening it to hunting waterfowl.

From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest waterfowl on a portion of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). “Waterfowl hunting has not been offered on any part of Siletz Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 199 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Siletz Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan,” stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks, geese, and coots on October 4th seven days per week on refuge-owned lands that are west of Highway 101. These lands consist of 80 acres of salt marsh where the Siletz River empties into the bay. Waterfowl hunting has occurred on state-owned tidelands of Siletz Bay west of U.S Highway 101 for many decades. The tidelands are managed by the Oregon Division of State Lands and are legally open to hunting so long as the hunter remains 200 yards or more from the shoreline/road. The Service has established a 100-yard safety zone to prohibit hunting on refuge property that extends westward from the refuge property line on the west side of the housing development of Siletz Keys.

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The Service will allow hunting of waterfowl three days per week on 119 acres of refuge lands that are east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough. Specifically, hunters will be allowed to hunt ducks, geese, and coots on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hunters accessing lands east of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough will access the site by using a small parking area and trail located on South Millport Slough Road or by boat. In the future, the existing parking area and trail will be improved by the Service to support waterfowl hunting.

To minimize potential conflict between refuge users and reduce associated safety issues, lands south of Millport Slough that are open to waterfowl hunting will remain closed to wildlife observation, photography, and interpretation. Hunters accessing lands west of U.S. Highway 101 via foot will be directed to use caution since no parking or official access point will be provided by the Refuge.

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State hunting license requirements apply to waterfowl and coot hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day’s hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot (NO LEAD) may be transported or used on the Refuge.

Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or to view a map of the areas open to hunting visit the Siletz Bay Refuge website at
(www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/siletzbay/index.htm) or call the Refuge Manager at (541) 867-4550.

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