Partial lifting of fire bans on the Central Coast

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Sep 032015
Some fire restrictions are being lifted on the Central Coast.

Some fire restrictions are being lifted on the Central Coast.

From: Chief Joshua L. Williams, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Chief Don Baker, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Chief Rob Murphy, Newport Fire and Rescue

RECREATIONAL BURNING TO RESUME (warming,fire pit,cooking, etc)

Effective at noon on Friday, September 4th, the Depoe Bay Fire, North Lincoln Fire, and Newport Fire departments will allow recreational burning to resume. This lift any covers outdoor warming, cooking and recreational type fires.

Open vegetation burning has been banned since July, and remains in effect. Open burning of vegetation, barrels, and backyard debris remains closed until further notice. OREGON STATE PARKS (including beaches) ARE CONTINUING THEIR BAN.

If you have any questions regarding what is allowed to be burned, please contact your local fire agency:

Chief Joshua L. Williams, Depoe Bay, 541-764-2202, EMail:
Chief Robert Murphy Phone: 541-265-9461, EMail:
Chief Don Baker Phone: 541-996-2233 EMail:

 Posted by at 11:59 PM

Toledo Labor Day Weekend Art Walk….

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Sep 032015

"Unveiling" Ivan Kelly Studio Gallery Sept. 5,6 & 7, Toledo

Ivan Kelly Studio Gallery
Sept. 5,6 & 7, Toledo

"Inside Passage" Ivan Kelly Ivan Kelly Studio Gallery

“Inside Passage”
Ivan Kelly
Ivan Kelly Studio Gallery

22nd annual Toledo Labor Day Weekend Art Walk – focus on “en plein air”; a specialty of Ivan’s and the foundation for his masterful ability to capture light and shadows in his oil paintings since he began painting over forty years ago. There will be a selection of landscape, marine and plein air oil paintings on view at Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery during the 22nd annual Toledo Art Walk this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 5,6 & 7, 10-5.

For decades Ivan has painted the landscapes of the Canadian Rockies all the way to the high desert of New Mexico. He loves the way light transforms the landscape, especially in early morning when the air is fresh and the shadows are long and
transparent. “I believe the best way to paint the beautiful subtleties of light is with easel, firmly planted where it’s happening, on a cliff edge, riverbank or sand dune” Ivan remarked.

Long before “en plein air” became fashionable, Ivan did just that when he first began painting in the Rocky Mountains. No matter what it’s called, it’s evident that hundreds of outdoor paintings truly make a difference when it comes to the making of indoor studio paintings.

Painted with energy and confidence, the paintings are alive, each one with a unique mood, light and authentic sense of place.

Ivan’s latest upcoming national exhibit includes “Unveiling,” selected by the 16th Annual National American Impressionist Society Exhibition for its show at the prestigious Trailside Gallery, in Scottsdale AZ. “Unveiling” graces the walls October 1– 29, at Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery, 207 East Graham St. as well as during the Toledo Labor Day Art Weekend, Sept. 5,6 & 7th, from 10am to 5pm daily.

More information can be found at
or call (541) 336.1124.

 Posted by at 11:42 PM

Please keep an eye out for “Echo”

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Sep 032015
Echo is missing.  If you see her, call the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or 541-252-5672

Echo is missing. If you see her, call the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or 541-252-5672

From Jodena:

My therapy dog Echo went missing Thursday, Sept. 3.

Echo is black and brindle. She went missing on highway 20 in Toledo. She’s about 20-25lbs. She’s my therapy dog for my anxiety. She was tied up while I was gone due to the fact she likes to go visit the unfixed male dog in my friends backyard.

Her collar came unclipped while I was at an appointment – I’m not sure how, since it takes a decent amount of force to unclip without pushing in the tabs. I figure she or got picked up. It is unlike for her to go very far or even leave the yard. She’s wary of men but may come to you. Echo is barky but won’t bite. She has all her shots but not fixed. If you say her name she’s more likely to come to you especially if you’re sitting down. She turns 1 year old this month.

If you picked her up please call the Lincoln county shelter or myself 541-252-5672. (I can receive texts as well.) I really need my dog.


 Posted by at 4:45 PM

Dressing up Newport’s smile!

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Sep 032015
Newport Keeping the ole gal pretty! Newport Chamber of Commerce!

Keeping her pretty!
Newport Chamber of Commerce!

As part of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to improve the appearance of the City of Newport, the Chamber’s Beautification Committee is conducting a “highway clean up.” It’s scheduled for September 12th.

Clean-up gear will be distributed at 8:00 AM at the Newport Chamber Office at 555 SW Coast Hwy. Come join the Chamber’s Beautification Committee and other volunteers to help keep our city clean! Be entered to win a gift card to a favorite local restaurant! For more information call Carol at 541-265-8801

 Posted by at 2:54 PM

Ayeeee! Thar she swimmmms!

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Sep 032015

A little pleasant diversion for an inter-ocean swimmer! Joyce Grogan

A little pleasant diversion for an inter-ocean swimmer! Yaquina Bay.
Joyce Grogan

Joyce Grogan photo

Joyce Grogan photo

 Posted by at 2:18 PM

Toledo Boat Lift Spat Appears Over – “Travelift” backs down

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Sep 032015

Ascom lift similar to the one Toledo is purchasing.

Marine Travelift has backed down on their threat to take the Port of Toledo to court because the port did not pick Travelift to be their next boat lift provider. Toledo picked Ascom that offers a bigger lift at a considerably lower price.

Marine Travelift contended that the Ascom lift was inferior and that parts would have to come half-way around the world from Italy, causing serious delays for commercial fishermen. Port officials denied the charges and are prepared to make the bid award final to Ascom on the 7th of September. They say the Ascom lift will lift a heavier boat for less money than a model offered by Travelift. Total lift capacity, 600 tons. It will insure that Toledo will be able to work on just about any fishing vessel in the Alaskan and West Coast fishing fleets.

Port officials say they did their homework on Ascom and found a number of ports that bought one or more of their lifts and they say they’re very happy with them. Port officials also point out that a local Toledo heavy marine supply and maintenance firm has experience with several brands of heavy lifts and can help manage any major maintenance or repair issues.

Port officials say Travelift’s court intervention cost the port time and money due to the delay. They say they’re glad they can move ahead and get the new lift to Toledo and get back to work. The port’s small, near-ancient dry dock was recently taken out of service. They say it’s just worn out prompting safety concerns.

 Posted by at 11:18 AM

Fishin’ with Chris

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Sep 032015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of September 3rd

In the Creel: The top story this week is the beginning of the non-selective (wild and hatchery) Coho season which opens offshore tomorrow, September 4th. With an increased quota, there are a lot of silvers available out there. Also, there was enough halibut quota left for another all-depth opener tomorrow and Saturday! Following the big storm last weekend, ocean fishermen are getting out again and bringing in lots of rockfish and lingcod. However, tuna fishing has slowed considerably. Crabbing remains very good right now, but clamming is for the birds with no minus tides again until late in the month. In other good news, afternoon fishing is now allowed in the rivers and streams as ODFW lifts its ban; details below. And, action has returned to the rivers as we’re starting to see some nice fall Chinook catches now. This week’s Fish Tale: A fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other.

Traveling Notary Service

Call now: 541-968-5811 or email

Northwest Oregon Streams: The warm water fishing bans have been lifted. Read all about it, here.

Salmon River: The fall Chinook fishery is off to a fair start by boat and bank anglers catching fish from the month of the bay through tidewater. Trolling or casting lures or baits during the incoming tide can be effective. Cutthroat trout fishing from upper tidewater through the lower river can be effective during the early mornings with sea-runs moving through this time of year.

Siletz River/Bay: Expect fair results for fall Chinook in the lower bay up to the Chinook Bend area. Trolling or bobber-fishing through the high slack seem to be the most productive. The wild Coho fishery does not begin until September 15th. Summer steelhead fishing is slow in the middle to lower river. The upper river above Moonshine Park is still closed to public entry because of high fire danger. Cutthroat trout can be found in most sections with sea-runs in the middle to lower river this time of year.

Yaquina River/Bay: Anglers are just beginning to see some fall Chinook action from the lower bay up to the airport boat launch. Trolling herring or spinners during the incoming tide is a good option. The wild Coho fishery does not open until September 15th. Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair from upper tidewater to the lower reaches of the mainstem. The Yaquina River and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery is producing fair results so far this season. Anglers are having the best action from the lower bay up to Taylor’s Landing during the incoming tide. The wild Coho fishery does not start until September 15th. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair in the lower mainstem below the confluence with Five Rivers. With the low and warm river conditions the best opportunities will be in the early morning when water temperatures are the coolest. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Rainbow trout fishing is likely to continue slow due to warm conditions. Concentrate on early morning hours when fish are likely to be the most active, and work the deeper holes. Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good during the summer months. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.

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

Shooting on Highway 20 – Property owner reportedly shoots at transient

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Sep 032015

Highway 20 a mile east of Newport, near Norman Road.

Highway 20 a mile east of Newport, near Norman Road.

Matthew Reel, 27 Weapons charges

Matthew Reel, 27
Weapons charges

Wednesday afternoon at about 3:40 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report shots fired call near Highway 20 and Norman Road, immediately east of Newport.

The investigation revealed that Newport resident, Matthew Reel, 27, fired several shots from a handgun into a wooded area. The shots were determined to have been fired in an unsafe direction and came close to persons located in the immediate area. Officers at the time indicated they were looking for someone who had possibly been shot – possibly a transient.

During the investigation law enforcement became aware that a possible transient in the area may have been wounded and that a second subject may have been with the transient. But after an extensive search, no one was found in the area into which the shots were fired.

Reel was taken into custody for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering and Menacing, then transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on $80,000 bail.

 Posted by at 10:06 AM