Oct 242014
 

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While the Department of Homeland Security has been reportedly cutting the Coast Guard’s budget, along with that of FEMA and the Transportation Safety Administration, Homeland Security agents have found a new, “creative” way to spend those dollars – by going on a panty raid at a Kansas City lingerie store.

We know it sounds far fetched, like a couple of Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi look-alikes pulling off a gag raid, but the story is running in legitimate news outlets nationwise and on network television.

If it’s true, it would be a clear case of Grandpa in Hee Haw rising up in a corn field to exclaim: “Fact is stranger than the truth.”

Here’s the story in the Kansas City Star. Click here.

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 Posted by at 10:01 AM
Oct 242014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, October 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: For the most part, we got a break from the stormy weather yesterday. There were mixed conditions with some extended sunbreaks, a modest southwest breeze of 15-20 mph, a couple of light rain showers and a few minor thunderstorms, mainly offshore. While the Central Coast saw a few flashes of lightning, an intense thunderstorm actually generated a tornado which touched-down in Longview, Washington, about 12:30pm. Officially classed as an EF1, winds topped 50 mph and considerable damage was caused. Locally, the showers faded away during the evening and overnight with starbreaks in the clouds and low temps rather warm in the mid-50s. Lincoln City was tied with Brookings for the highest low temperature in Oregon, 55F. By dawn, clouds again masked the sky and a light breeze wafted out of the east-southeast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/55F/0.17”
Depoe Bay: 59F/54F/0.09”
Newport: 61F/54F/<0.01”
Waldport: 61F/54F/0.09”
Yachats: 60F/53F/0.18”

Forecast: The National Weather Service renewed its Special Weather Statement this morning for possible strong winds this weekend in Northwest Oregon. A low pressure system is forecast to develop well off the Northern California coast today and move northeast toward the Oregon coast tonight. There is the potential for high winds, especially along the Central Coast, and windy conditions in the Willamette Valley. There is still plenty of uncertainty regarding the strength and timing of this system. If high winds occur, downed trees and power outages would be possible. At this time it looks like the strongest winds would blow late Saturday afternoon through the evening.

The early part of today should be an extension of our break from the stormy weather, but rain is expected to develop again by lunchtime. Temps rise to 60F or so this afternoon. The breeze will be light from the southeast, but a High Wind Watch for strong WON WINDY RAINYsou’westers may be issued before the day is out as the next storm’s track and strength becomes more apparent. Rain tonight with northeast winds 10-15 mph gusting to 25 and the mercury drifts down to 55F. Sometime tomorrow the next more powerful weather system arrives, the breeze rises to southerly 25-30 mph gusting 45 and rainfall increases. Outlook is for showers on Sunday and Monday. A wild card will be played Monday night as remnants of Hurricane Ana impact the forecast. Though specifics are still up in the air, so to speak, this storm could include another round of high winds and heavy rain. Looks like a break on Tuesday before another storm hits the Central Coast midweek.

Halloween… Trick or Treaters face a 50-50 chance of showers and light winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain developing and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by noon with highs of 60F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement and windy, with snow possible down to the Cascade highway passes on Sunday.

Marine: Conditions are relatively benign this morning with light SE winds around 10 knots and seas 8-9 feet at 11 WON GALEseconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less at Buoy 7. A Gale Watch goes into effect this evening and runs through tomorrow morning. Light ESE winds today, 10 knots or so, with the swell around 8 feet and rain by this afternoon. Tonight, expect E winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 early and to southerly 25-35 knots with gusts to 40 after midnight; combined seas building to 11 feet at 12 seconds. Really rough seas are projected for tomorrow, averaging 17 feet at 10 seconds along with S winds 30-35 knots gusting to 45. Outlook is for an easing breeze on Sunday, 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells subsiding to 8 feet. But, don’t get your hopes up. Another storm is forecast for Monday night and Tuesday, packing sou’westers 25-30 knots and lumpy seas rebuilding to 8-13 feet.

On the Beach… Rain by afternoon, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* Surf and wind may build to high levels this weekend.
* Tides
10/24 Fri 12:49 PM 8.81 H
10/24 Fri 07:29 PM -0.34 L
10/25 Sat 01:58 AM 7.34 H
10/25 Sat 07:19 AM 2.52 L

In Short: Rain developing, light winds, then stormy.

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 Posted by at 8:11 AM
Oct 242014
 
The Governor and First Lady

The Governor and First Lady

Badly behind in the polls, Jackson County Representative Dennis Richardson is trying to turn up the heat on Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes, accusing them of a number of criminal acts. Richardson wrote a demand letter to the U.S. Federal Attorney for Oregon to investigate the pair with a list of serious sounding criminal charges, which if proven, could put somebody in prison for a long time.

Kitzhaber’s campaign chief called the demand letter a waste of the U.S. Attorney’s time and taxpayer dollars with what is obviously a political stunt. Richardson denied that it’s a stunt but rather an attempt to follow through on the public’s right to know what their governor has been up to.

Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 12:06 AM
Oct 232014
 

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Lincoln County deputy sheriffs are really going by the book these days when they investigate domestic violence with a child in the house. It elevates the crime from a misdemeanor type crime to a full felony – something that follows somebody around forever. It also prohibits them from ever owning or using a firearm for the rest of their lives. And a felony charge usually entails substantial jail time, or depending on the record of the batterer, time in state prison.

And deputies had another bad one this week in Burnt Woods. Here’s their report:

On Wednesday at about 8:00pm, a female reported she had suffered injuries in an assault that occurred at a residence in Burnt Woods. Senior Deputy Barry Bruster investigated the report and determined the victim was assaulted by her spouse, Tony Prindel, age 27 of Logsden.

The assault, which occurred in the presence of Prindel’s two year old minor child, elevated the crime to a class C Felony. Prindel was later contacted, taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail. There Prindell was booked for Assault IV, which is a felony. His bail was set at $50,000.00.

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Oct 232014
 
Depoe Bay Archive

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The Depoe Bay had a rather light agenda this week producing a nice compact little meeting.

First off the fella who was runner-up to be appointed to Skip Hoitink’s city council seat has “hung in there.” Although losing his bid to be a city councilor, he turned right around and applied to sit on the city’s planning commission. And this time he came in first. Bob Lewis, who recently moved to Depoe Bay with his wife after spending many years in southern Alaska, said he wants to get involved in the community just like he did up in the Great White North. Lewis is a retired businessman and likes to stay busy, it appears. The vote of the council to appoint Lewis to the planning commission was unanimous which triggered a round of applause

And the city council decided to apply for a grant so they can fix up the harbor dock electrical panel and storage shed. The council went for $23,000 and should know in a few months whether they got the money.

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 Posted by at 11:00 PM
Oct 232014
 

Lights on after school! Lincoln County Fairgrounds 3-6pm School Days!!

Lights on after school!
Lincoln County Fairgrounds 3-6pm School Days!!


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A group of great people this week put on a demonstration of a Lights On After School program at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. And as you can see from the pictures, the turn out was terrific.

It was a joint operation of 21st Century After School, After School Alliance, OMSI Science and Youth Resource Fair, Youth Development Coalition of Lincoln County and other great groups like OSU Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, 4-H, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Newport Recreation, Samaritan Health and HELP!

The whole point of all this is to keep kids busy – engaged in the world around them in interesting ways, and to keep them out of trouble.

This week’s one time demonstration of Lights On After School saw 12 activity tables filled with all sort of fun learning games and projects including hands on art, sports challenge, Make It and Take It, OMSI Chemistry Show and other supervised, safe and interesting learning activities.

If you or your children are interested in learning more about such an after school programs for our kids, just check them out on line at AfterSchoolAlliance.org

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 Posted by at 10:51 PM
Oct 232014
 
Fishing Rock Lincoln Beach Steve Power

Fishing Rock
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 Posted by at 9:29 PM
Oct 232014
 

The U.S. Congress at The Capitol

The U.S. Congress at The Capitol


Is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security forcing the Coast Guard to shut down Newport helo base?

Is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security causing the Coast Guard to shut down Newport helo base?

Earlier today we told you about some digging around that retired commercial fisherman Herb Goblirsch did to get to the bottom of the Coast Guard Air Rescue station being shut down at the end of next month. Goblirsch blamed part of the problem on the fact that the Department of Homeland Security had recently swiped some of the Coast Guard’s current year budget to tend to major border problems with Mexico. It seems that House Speaker John Boehner had overlooked the need to renew Homeland Security’s border operations budget, prompting Homeland Security to grab (as it’s allowed to do) some of the budgets of the Transportation Safety Administration, FEMA and the Coast Guard.

We’re finding that this isn’t the first time that the Coast Guard’s budget has been raided to fill budget gaps in other agencies thought to be “more important.”

Here’s an update of an article that lays it out in detail, an article written at about the time the Coast Guard’s budget for THIS YEAR was being hammered out in Washington DC.

Click here.

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 Posted by at 4:44 PM
Oct 232014
 

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Oregon State Police (OSP),are on scene of Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver is deceased and a second driver was injured. Names and other details will be released following confirmation of next of kin notification.

Preliminary information indicates today at approximately 3:00 p.m., a pickup was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge Road, at about milepost 84, when it crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound passenger car.

The passenger car’s adult male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The pickup’s adult male driver was injured.

A detour around the crash is available.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office are investigating the cause of the crash.

Assisting at the scene are Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway is closed in both directions.

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 Posted by at 4:29 PM
Oct 232014
 

Restoring the Yachats River Covered Bridge

Restoring the Yachats River Covered Bridge
Ken Gagne photos

New, inside and out

Lookin’ good!

Pushing hard to finish on time.

Pushing hard to finish on time.

As you can see, the old Yachats River Covered Bridge is back to looking much like a restored version of its old self. They tore the old gal down to bare everything with only a wisp of two walls still standing. Workers went about restoring the historical landmark to its original configuration.

The bridge was built originally in 1938 and was last restored in 1989. The current restoration began several months ago after a spirited disagreement between the county public works department and the adjacent property owner who claimed the bridge emptied out onto her private property. County Commissioners disagreed and said that the bridge touched a public road on the north side of the crossing and said the road extends past her house and up into the woods – even has a name as given decades ago – Forest Road 5590 which wound its way through the woods, past several homes and a lumber handling area back in the days when there was lots of logging going on in the area.

The renovation of the Yachats River Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of November. If you want to drive through it, go on through but on the other side, the road ends by a very close by-house and you have to turn around in the drive and head back through the bridge.

The sticker price on the renovation is $820,000 with some coming from the county. The county’s other covered bridge restoration is going on at the Chitwood Bridge off Highway 20 near Eddyville.

Chitwood Bridge Off Highway 20, near Eddyville. Oregonian photo

Chitwood Bridge
Off Highway 20, near Eddyville.
Before current renovation.
Oregonian photo

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