Otis: House Fire at 852 No. North Bank Road

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Aug 012015
 

3:30pm
Report of a house fire at 852 No. North Bank Road. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue enroute.

3:40pm
Residents are evacuated. Strong electrical smell about the home. No fire or smoke. Reducing to single engine response.

 Posted by at 3:41 PM

Traffic Crash: In front of The Adobe, Yachats on 101 – both lanes blocked

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Aug 012015
 

White car hit dark car full out.  NO skid marks.

White car hit dark car full out. NO skid marks.


White car hits dark sedan at full speed.

White car hits dark sedan at full speed.


Sedan hit hard...

Sedan hit hard…


Two injuries from the accident...

Two injuries from the accident…
Ken Gagne photos


A high speed rear-ender crash in Yachats today sent two people to the hospital. Although injured, the two were not suffering life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said the white car was southbound on 101 at a fairly good clip and slammed into the back of a black sedan. You can see from the picture of the white sedan there are no skid marks at all behind its wheels. The white car hit the dark car at full speed. No information yet available on what the driver of the white car was doing before the accident.

Names of those involved not immediately available.

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1:40pm
Report of a traffic crash on 101 at milepost 163.5…in front of the Adobe in Yachats. Both 101 lanes are blocked.

1:51pm
Three injured. One still trapped in the wreckage.

2:09pm
No life threatening injuries. At least one to the hospital

 Posted by at 1:41 PM

Weather or Not: Last of the Red Hots

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Aug 012015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, August 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: Mainly sunny skies dominated the Central Coast yesterday, but there was a wild temperature swing caused by Summer beach fog. Lincoln City got the most sunshine and had the highest thermometer reading at 74F; Waldport and Yachats got stuck in the fog during the warmest part of the day and barely made it out of the 50s. The sea breeze was about normal for the last day of July, blowing 20-25 mph gusting 30, and it didn’t fade until almost midnight. Haze, fog and scattered clouds partially obscured the Blue Moon overnight; low temps dipped into the upper-40s and low-50s. At daybreak, there were a few clouds around, some fog and the wind was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 74F/51F/29mph
Depoe Bay: 71F/52F/23mph
Newport: 64F/45F/34mph
Waldport: 60F/48F/33mph
Yachats: 61F/50F/27mph

won-themometer-hotRegional Record High July…
Salem recorded its warmest month on record with an average temperature of 73.1F in July. The previous record was 72.5F set twice in 2014, in July and August. Eugene set a record for the warmest July ever with an average temperature of 71.5F. The previous record for the month was 71.0F in 1958. With six days in July of 100F or more, Eugene also set a new record for the most days in a year with a temperature of 100F or more. The previous record was five days in 1978.

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Forecast: We’ll start the new month here today with scattered clouds and patchy fog but still see mostly sunny skies with WON PCLOUDY-SUN-WINDa stiff afternoon/evening sea breeze and the mercury rising to 65-70F. Partly cloudy, patchy fog and windy tonight and tomorrow, lows of 50-55F and highs around 65F. Outlook is for mainly clear skies for the entire workweek ahead and seasonal temps between 55F and 65F.

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Travel: The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 9:00pm this evening for the WARNING NWS SWSWillamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Upper Hood River Valley. High temperatures of 95-100F are expected with the hottest in the Central and Southern Willamette Valley and Central Columbia River Gorge. Today should be the last excessively hot one for these areas. Slow cooling starts tomorrow, though some 90s will probably persist through Monday.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels through 10:00pm this evening. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest, portions of the Siuslaw National Forest, and the Willamette Valley plus its adjacent foothills.

In the Coast Range today, a Heat Advisory is in effect, sunny with 90-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 100F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light southwest winds, temps near 100F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 60F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is hot temperatures and dry roads through Sunday night.

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Marine: NNE winds are 15-25 knots this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for WON SCAwinds is in effect through late tonight. Northerlies 20-25 knots early today, easing to 15-20 knots this afternoon and mixed swells/windwaves 5 feet at 6 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow N winds 15-20 knots, seas subsiding to 4 feet. Outlook is for N winds 10-20 knots Monday through Wednesday with mixed swells/windwaves 3-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is extremely cold (55F) and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* Tides
08/01 Sat 07:36 AM -1.45 L
08/01 Sat 02:09 PM 8.03 H
08/01 Sat 07:40 PM 1.82 L
08/02 Sun 01:41 AM 9.35 H

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In Short: Mainly clear, beach/headland fog and windy, then partly cloudy.

 Posted by at 7:48 AM

Governor Brown signs bill to help Habitat for Humanity and others to build more affordable housing.

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Jul 312015
 

Coast Rep. David Gomberg, D-Lincoln City

Coast Rep. David Gomberg, D-Lincoln City

Rep. Gene Whisnant  Deschutes County

Rep. Gene Whisnant
Deschutes County

Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday signed HB 2690, a bill strongly supported by state Reps. David Gomberg (D-Lincoln City) and Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver). Now signed by Governor Brown, it allows property tax exemptions for well established non-profit housing developers – developers that acquire land for strictly for building affordable housing.

“Many of us have constituents — maybe even family or friends — who have experienced housing insecurity or homelessness,” Gomberg said. “This bill will make it easier for groups like Habitat for Humanity to provide decent affordable housing to people in that situation.”

HB 2690 allows nonprofits to hold such lands exempt from property taxes for seven years from the time of application give those organizations more time to seek and find the financial where-with-all to proceed building affordable housing.

During the past three years, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon built and sold 212 homes, providing first-time affordable home ownership opportunities for hardworking families,” said Laura Ahrens of Oregon Habitat for Humanity. “As a result of this tax exemption, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon will save approximately $200,000 each year, money that will now be used to serve more low-income families faster.”

“We are thrilled by the support from Rep. Gomberg and Rep. Whisnant whose dedication to passing HB 2690 empowered proven non-profits throughout Oregon to serve more families in need of affordable housing.”

“During the past three years, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon built and sold 212 homes, providing first-time affordable home ownership opportunities for hardworking families,” according to Laura Ahrens, Oregon Habitat for Humanity. “HB 2690 will allow Habitat affiliates to hold property tax-free from the point of acquisition until the property and the new
home are sold to Habitat home buyers. As a result of this tax exemption, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon will save approximately $200,000 each year, money that will now be used to serve more low-income families more quickly.

We are thrilled by the support from Rep. Gomberg and Rep. Whisnant whose dedication to passing HB 2690 empowered proven non-profits throughout Oregon to serve more families in need of affordable housing.”

“The seven-year exemption window, with an extra three years for special circumstances, gives groups like Habitat extra support whenever the economy is weak,” said Rep. Whisnant. “Cities and counties will recover the taxes on the undeveloped land when the family moves into the home. This bill will provide affordable housing for urban and rural communities.”

The bill was developed collaboratively with Habitat for Humanity, the Association of Oregon Counties, the Oregon Tax Assessors Association, the City of Beaverton and the League of Oregon Cities.

It includes strict requirements that ensure only proven low-income housing developers qualify, and a strong clawback provision to keep non-profits accountable to their development goals.

For information contact Rep. Gomberg or Rep. Whisnant at rep.davidgomberg@state.or.us and rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us respectively.

 Posted by at 11:04 PM

Waldport: Bridge climber told “Don’t start climbing this bridge again…or else…”

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Jul 312015
 

Young man begins climbing the north end of the Alsea Bay Bridge Friday, mid-afternoon.

Young man begins climbing the north end of the Alsea Bay Bridge Friday, mid-afternoon.

The climber, surrounded by law enforcement, is the dark haired young man with the dark/grey sweatshirt.

The climber (center), surrounded by law enforcement, is the dark haired young man with the dark and grey t-shirt.
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A young unidentified man in the black and grey t-shirt was getting a good talking to by law enforcement Friday afternoon about climbing up the Alsea Bay Bridge, just north of Waldport.

The report came in late in the afternoon that a young dark haired man, wearing a black and grey t-shirt, was climbing up the north end of the bridge and that he had just about reached the arch’s first cross-member.

Suddenly the man stopped his ascent and headed back down to the bridge deck where he was met with arriving law enforcement that had raced with lights and sirens to the scene. No doubt the climber heard them from quite a ways away from up there. He must’ve known they were coming for him.

Back down on the bridge sidewalk police told the young man that it’s illegal to climb on the Alsea Bay or any other bridge. It wasn’t immediately announced whether the fellow got a citation. All witnesses could see was the officers getting back in their cars and driving off and the bridge and climber more properly walking across the bridge – not climbing it.

 Posted by at 8:23 PM

Jenna Cheering – Peter taking the snaps at East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game

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Jul 312015
 

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Taft High senior Jenna Richards and recently graduated Pete Lahti will join Toledo’s Jackson Cross for the prestigious East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in Baker City.

Lincoln County stars featured in Shriners’ All-Star football game
Taft High School’s Jenna Richards will lead the cheers, while the Tigers’ Peter Lahti will take the snaps Saturday night in Baker City for the 63rd playing of the East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game.

Toledo High’s Jackson Cross will play quarterback for the East in the game, which will be televised on a taped delayed basis throughout the Pacific Northwest.

To read more on the East-West Shrine game, go to SportsLincolnCounty.com or click here.

 Posted by at 7:42 PM

Siletz:  Man threatening to shoot himself in front of library

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Jul 312015
 

5:08pm

Law enforcement is racing to the Siletz Library on a report that a man standing outside is threatening to shoot himself.  Now reports say he’s in an altercation outside.

5:16pm

Police now on scene.  Now over at a park east of the library.

5:40pm

Sounds like they have him.

 Posted by at 5:15 PM