Jan 292015

Rescue off "Finger Jetty."  Newport Fire Rescue waiting for arrival of Coast Guard Helicopter.

Rescue off “Finger Jetty.” Newport Fire Rescue waiting for arrival of Coast Guard Helicopter.

Coast Guard helo approaches the rescue scene.

Coast Guard helo approaches the rescue scene.

Fall victim is lifted off the jetty and lowered down next to an ambulance.

Fall victim is lifted off the jetty and lowered down next to an ambulance.

Report of a 50 year old male who fell about 8’down large boulders of the South Jetty near Brandt. Fire Rescue is enroute.

Sounds like the victim fell just west of the apartments on the rock that lines the shore and the road. Big huge boulders. Fire Department has major access challenges. He’s on the channel side of the boulders.

4:10PM (Approx) Coast Guard called for assistance.

Coast Guard reports they’re getting underway to the scene.

Coast Guard arrives on scene.

Coast Guard determines there are access problems for them too. They’re calling North Bend Coast Guard Station to launch a helicopter.

Coast Guard helo arrives to begin rescue.

Injured man is off the jetty and inside an ambulance headed for PCH.

EMAIL TO: [email protected]

 Posted by at 3:48 PM
Jan 292015
Lincoln City traffic crash 101 at SW 14th.  At least two injuries.

Lincoln City traffic crash 101 at SW 14th. At least two injuries.
Lauren Bailey photo

Traffic crash in Lincoln City. Highway 101 at SW 14th. Injuries. Both southbound lanes are blocked.

North Lincoln Fire Captain Jim Kusz says 1 female is injured. Still assessing.

Wreck cleared. Traffic back to normal. Police say cause of the accident was the driver of the sedan crossing 101 from SE 14th to SW 14th and broadsiding the Jeep that was headed southbound on 101. Driver of the sedan was cited.

 Posted by at 1:01 PM
Jan 292015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of January 29th

In the Creel: Offshore bottom fishing continues to be exceptional. In fact, last Sunday both the weather and the fishing were red-hot. Overall during the past week, charters and private boats have been bringing in quick limits, and the ocean has been mostly cooperative. The bays have been good fishing, too, with lots of greenling and perch being caught. As far as the rivers are concerned, winter steelhead may think it’s summer. Flows are low and clear and water temperatures are rising, so steelhead angling remains fair to good. Dungeness crabs continue to be elusive, and razor clams are hiding offshore below the not-so-low daylight tides. Get your copy of ODFW’s 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, here.

Salmon River: Winter steelhead fishing is fair to good in many coastal basins and the Salmon River typically follows this trend. As river flows continue to drop and clear this week, the middle to lower river should produce the best results. The Salmon is open to harvest of wild winter steelhead through March 31st. Anglers are advised to read the new regulations (see above) as there are harvest restrictions and new deadlines in effect. For instance, the deadline for steelhead fishing is at the confluence with Prairie Creek which enters the Salmon River west of the Van Duzer rest area at the same point where Sulpher Creek joins the Salmon.

Siletz River/Bay: Steelhead fishing is fair with a high proportion of wild fish mixed into the catch this season. As river levels continue to drop and clear this week, anglers should focus on the middle to lower river when fishing from a boat and above Moonshine Park from the bank. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as side drifting, bobber and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners. River conditions should be good through the weekend.

Yaquina River/Bay: The winter steelhead fishery is fair in the Big Elk. River conditions are low and clear this week and anglers should focus on the deeper holes and runs in the middle to lower reaches. Anglers are advised to watch for private property. Typical steelhead fishing tactics apply but the Big Elk is bed rock dominated and does have a lot of snags.

Alsea River/Bay: The winter steelhead fishery is fair to good throughout most of the river. This week should see flows continue to drop and clear. Fishing from the lower north fork down to around the Mike Bauer plunking shack should be productive. Casting lures, bobber and jig/bait or drifting beads along the bottom can be effective techniques in the Alsea this time of year.

Central Coast Lakes: The 2015 stocking schedule for Central Coast lakes is expected to be announced in March and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. Fishing for the various warm water fish species can still be productive during the winter months but anglers may need to target different areas of the lakes, typically deeper than when fishing in the spring or summer.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 11:00 AM
Jan 292015

Truck arson on Benton in Newport. Ed McVea photo

Truck arson on Benton in Newport.
Ed McVea photo

Truck deliberately torched near outside Oceana Natural Foods

Truck deliberately torched near outside Oceana Natural Foods

Truck set ablaze outside Oceana Natural Foods Coop
From Newport Police

Some very fast “quick draw” Newport Firefighters saved Oceana Natural Foods early this morning after a delivery truck, parked right next to it at the curb, was set ablaze by an arsonist.

When Newport Police officers arrived, the entire front end of the Freightliner box-style delivery truck was fully engulfed in flame.

Witnesses reported seeing a young male next to the truck minutes before it caught fire. Then he was seen running from the scene a short time later.

He was described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 9″ tall, wearing a black jacket – possibly with a white stripe.

Newport Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the fire preventing serious damage to Oceana Natural Foods. Evidence discovered at the scene indicated that the truck was intentionally set on fire.

The Newport Police Department is requesting help in identifying the subject seen running from the area of the truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Brad Purdom at 541-574-3348.

 Posted by at 9:49 AM
Jan 292015

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Jan. 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was nearly a clone of Tuesday with sunshine penetrating thin upper-level clouds and high temps climbing to around 60F. Winds were light and variable, albeit mostly out of the northwest. A smidge of haze developed along the beach after sunset, but otherwise skies cleared overnight and the mercury dropped to the mid- to upper-40s. A wind switch to easterly occurred early this morning, which had the effect of keeping fog to a minimum (unlike the Valley) and taking all the steam out of an already very weak weather system just offshore. At daybreak, it was clear as a bell and winds were out of the east at 5-10 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F
Depoe Bay: 62F/47F
Newport: 61F/46F
Waldport: 57F/44F
Yachats: 62F/49F

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Forecast: High temperatures are consistently running about 10F above normal for this time of year, and today will be no exception as we take another shot at 60F. Mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm temps are in the cards for the next few days, through Saturday at least. WON PARTLY CLOUDYPatchy fog is possible during the nights and mornings with lows around 45F, which is about 5F above normal for late January. Outlook is for the thermometer to remain in the 45F to 60F range through the extended period, but some wet weather is on tap for late Sunday into Monday, and then a chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday along with partly sunny skies. Long range forecasts show a ‘No Winter Winter’ for the Central Coast as above average temperatures linger into Spring. Additional evidence for this unusually dry and warm Winter can be found in the Cascades snow pack which is currently just 15% of the 30-year average.

Travel: The Siuslaw River Bridge on Highway 101 at Florence will be restricted to a single lane from 9:00am to 3:00pm today as ODOT installs bird netting; bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, partly sunny, highs 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, partly sunny and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, blustery east winds gusting 40-50 mph, temps near 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass but bare pavement elsewhere this morning; partly sunny with the freezing level at 6,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 15” less than this date last year; 85% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/2”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/43”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/3”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/loose frozen granular
Timberline 0”/28”/packed

Marine: Light NE winds 5-10 knots again this morning and seas are running 5 feet at 17 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe WON MARINE WXBay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Summer-like conditions are expected today with northerlies 5-10 knots gusting 15 and a mixed swell; one is 3 feet at 17 seconds and the other is 4 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, N wind 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 4-5 feet at 10-15 seconds and 3 foot windwaves. NE winds tomorrow, 5-15 knots and seas 6 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for NE winds 5-10 knots on Saturday, S winds 10-15 knots Sunday, and a SW breeze 15-20 knots on Monday. Swells of 6-8 feet are projected through the period.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/29 Thu 07:31 AM 8.91 H
01/29 Thu 02:42 PM 0.60 L
01/29 Thu 09:20 PM 6.40 H
01/30 Fri 02:11 AM 3.57 L

In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, then continued fair.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM
Jan 292015

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From Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Improve your understanding of the features in our government, long-time in the making, that today make it so difficult for the voice of the people to be heard, much less taken into account, by our elected leaders. These same features allow corporations to exercise power at the expense of the peoples’ health, safety, and well-being and that of our environment and ecosystems.

In this free three-hour workshop on Monday, Feb. 2, 6-9 p.m. at the Newport Public Library Meeting Room, learn how communities across the country are working to regain their constitutional right to live in a healthy and safe environment.

The instructor is Kai Huschke, Northwest Representative of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Kai will lead you through the following:
* Why we have a corporate dominated, state-assisted structure of law (which allows aerial spraying of pesticides, fracking, and sludge-dumping on agricultural land.
* What happens when communities try to find justice within that system.
* What communities are doing to reclaim their rights for the sake of health and democracy for people, communities, and nature.
* How Oregon counties are creating “community bills of rights” to protect their communities and move them towards sustainability.

* Although not required, donations will be gladly accepted.

For further information and to sign-up, please call 541 961 6385, or write [email protected]

 Posted by at 1:41 AM
Jan 282015

Depoe Bay Crab Feed April 18 & 19 Depoe Bay Community Hall

Depoe Bay Crab Feed
April 18 & 19
Depoe Bay Community Hall

Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed and Rubber Ducky Race April 18 & 19

Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed and Rubber Ducky Race April 18 & 19

2015 Depoe Bay Crab Feed & Classic Wooden Boat Show
Sat-Sun April 18-19

Delicious Dungeness crab and finely crafted wooden boats will be the star attractions at the upcoming Depoe Bay Crab Feed & Classic Wooden Boat Show. The event will be held at the harbor on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19.

Thousands of pounds of locally caught whole Dungeness crab will be cooked to perfection on the spot by volunteers at the annual feast, which takes place at the Depoe Bay Community Hall. The Chamber of Commerce hosts the non-profit event, which has become a favorite coastal tradition for residents and visitors alike.

Dungeness crab dinners will be served at the Community Hall on both Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19. Indoor and outdoor dining options and a beer garden will be available. Whole crab meals will be $25 and half crab meals $20. It’s a true bargain for a complete meal that includes coleslaw, garlic bread and a beverage.

This will be the 21st year for the Classic Wooden Boat Show at “the world’s smallest harbor”. Dozens of exhibits will feature hand-crafted vessels both vintage and modern from across the Northwest. Always a favorite of the show is the model boat building booth, which provides both young and old the opportunity to build their own boat. Both admission and the model boat building demonstration are free.

Hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks will be released to race into the harbor Sunday afternoon for the Ducky Derby. Buy a ticket for a chance to win great prizes provided by Depoe Bay merchants, including clothing, food and an authentic centuries-old silver shipwreck treasure coin.

Depoe Bay’s U.S. Coast Guard station plans to open its doors to tours of its patrol and rescue boats stationed in “the world’s smallest harbor”. If you’ve ever wondered what its like to be on the Pacific with the Coast Guard, this is your opportunity!

Thanks to a resident pod of gray whales, Depoe Bay enjoys near year-round whale watching and has become known as “Oregon’s whale watching capitol”. At the Whale Watching Center park rangers are ready to help spot gray whales. The center is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM and admission is free.

For advance information please contact Nick Bruyer at 541-270-3944 to plan your group trip. Email address: [email protected]

 Posted by at 11:51 PM
Jan 282015
The Governor and First Lady Cynthia Hayes

The Governor and First Lady Cynthia Hayes

It’s hard to tell what round of scandal it is for Governor Kitzhaber and his life partner and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. The Oregonian is reporting that based on their probe and a parallel effort by the Portland Tribune, there appears to be more THERE, THERE in Ms. Hayes personal business dealings while living at Mahonia Hall. And from what those two publications are kicking out, it’s getting thicker and deeper. And one can’t help but wonder if Governor Kitzhaber has run out of teflon.

Here’s the beginning of what will surely be the next round of Representative Dennis Richardson’s “I told ya so’s….” Click here.

 Posted by at 11:11 PM