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Red Cross Hometown Heroes

Red Cross
Hometown Heroes

Heroes Wanted: Red Cross Calls for Community Superstars

Central Coast residents are invited to submit nominations to celebrate local men, women, children, and pets who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and exceptional service in our community.

Do you know someone who has saved a life, provided care to someone in need, or given back to his or her community in a significant way? If so, you have until May 1 to nominate that exceptional person to be considered as an American Red Cross Hero. Last year, the Red Cross responded to 60 local disasters, providing temporary shelter, food and clothing to victims; collected 23,808 units of blood; assisted 133 military families in emergency situations; and educated more than 1,735 local residents in disaster preparedness throughout Marion, Polk and Lincoln County.

Five heroes will be chosen from among the nominees by a special volunteer committee and be honored at the 10th Annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast in Salem on September 11th. The presenting sponsor for this year’s breakfast is Fred Meyer.

“Hero” nominations are open in eight categories: Humanitarian Youth Hero, Humanitarian Adult Hero, Professional Rescue Hero, Military Hero, Medical Hero, Community Partner Hero, Animal Rescue Hero, and Spirit of the Red Cross Hero. Nomination forms are available online at www.redcross.org/willametteheroes, or by contacting the Willamette Chapter at (503) 779-1268.

The Heroes Breakfast is an annual event sponsored by the American Red Cross Willamette Chapter. The event honors local heroes, and also helps the chapter raise money to fund programs that help people who are victims of fires, floods and other local disasters.

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Hawk riding the wind Yachats Bay Ken Gagne

Hawk riding the wind
Yachats Bay
Ken Gagne

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Fishing Derby @ Olalla Lake Saturday, 8:30am-3pm

Fishing Derby @ Olalla Lake
Saturday, 8:30am-3pm


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NEWPORT, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and several of its partners are sponsoring a fun day of fishing and other outdoor activities at Olalla Reservoir near Toledo, Ore. on Saturday, April 26.

The Olalla Reservoir Fishing Derby and Earth Day Event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include both youth and adult fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other family-oriented outdoor activities. Joining ODFW as event sponsors are Georgia Pacific, the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers and several other local organizations and businesses.

“We have a full slate of fun activities planned at Olalla Reservoir,” said Christine Clapp, family fishing event coordinator for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed District. “We’re excited about this event and encourage everybody to come out and join us for a great day on the water.”

To ensure there are plenty of fish, ODFW will stock the reservoir with more than 5,000 rainbow trout ranging from 10-16 inches. Some of these fish will be placed inside an enclosure reserved for youths under the age of 18. The remainder will be released outside the enclosure for general fishing and reservoir-wide youth and adult fishing derbies. There are no entry fees for the fishing derbies and prizes will be awarded. Clapp said there should be enough prizes for all of the youth participants to go home with something.

ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis to anybody who wants it. People who have their own gear are welcome to us that instead, if they’d rather. Volunteer angling instructors will be available to answer questions and assist anybody who wants help setting up or using their gear or cleaning their catch. Non-anglers can enjoy kayaking, hiking or a variety of other hands-on activities at the reservoir, according to Clapp.

“We want to make this as fun and easy for everybody as possible,” she said. “All you have to do is show up.”

The event is open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Anglers 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Anglers 14-17 years of age will need a juvenile fishing license, which can be purchased for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website (www.dfw.state.or.us). Everybody else must have an adult fishing license. Licenses will not be sold at the event so individuals planning to participate should obtain their licenses ahead of time.

Parking is limited, so take the shuttle

.Parking at Olalla Reservoir is reserved for people launching boats. All other participants will need to park at Toledo High School and ride the shuttle to Olalla Reservoir. The shuttle will be running between Toledo High School and the reservoir every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Toledo High School is located at 1800 NE Sturdevant Road, about five miles from the reservoir. There will be signs posted to guide people to the high school from east or westbound on Hwy. 20.

Olalla Reservoir is one of more than 350 water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout. Persons interested in fishing can explore many other opportunities by perusing ODFW’s stocking schedules, maps, guides and other resources at ODFW’s website, located at www.dfw.state.or.us under the “Fishing” tab.


Christine Clapp (503) 265-8306, ext. 253
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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Newport High School Robotics Team and Thompson’s Sanitary Service are
hosting Earth Day Electronics Recycling on Saturday, April 26th. The
event, which will begin at 10 am and continue to 4 pm, will be held in
the east campus parking lot of Newport High School at 322 NE Eads St.

They are accepting the following items for recycling, at no charge:

computers (monitors, towers, laptops, desktops); computer peripherals
(mice, scanners, speakers); game consoles and handheld electronic games;
camcorders & cameras; MP3 players (ipods, zunes, etc.); printer ink and
toner cartridges; cables and power supplies; cellular, corded and
cordless phones; and batteries (NO car batteries.) Data Security on
computers is the donator’s responsibility. Hard drives can be removed
prior to recycling, or erased by downloading a program called “killdisk”
from killdisk.com.

For more information call Mark Saelens at 541-265-4171 or email

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Stray Birds At LCCC

Stray Birds

Cristian Sedelmyer & Dave Goldenberg

Cristian Sedelmyer & Dave Goldenberg


LINCOLN CITY – The fiddle and mandolin join the sound of a trio of voices with woods and strings Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. when Christian Sedelmyer and Dave Goldenberg join the Stray Birds in concert.

In the ever-expanding world of acoustic folk music, it is becoming rare to find two musicians whose earliest influences so closely parallel one another. Sedelmyer and Goldenberg play the 5-string fiddle and mandolin, respectively, but drawing from early exposure to retro folk rock and the popular music of the 1990s, their collective imagination has appreciably expanded the book on what these instruments can create. Stumbling into bluegrass and old-time later in life, both spared little expense emerging themselves into the depths of a vibrant tradition.

Their duo debut album, “The Show About Nothing,” features original compositions that incorporate all of these influences and even, at times, the driving backbeat of hip hop and the frenzied jumble of electronica. But this isn’t some slap-dash, stir-fry of half-cooked ingredients; it is a well conceived and pristinely executed statement by two immensely sensitive musicians, with melody as the chief arbiter.

When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Meunch make up the trio.

Their full-length debut, “The Stray Birds,” was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Tickets for this performance are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard, call 541-994-9994.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, classes, and visitor information inside the former DeLake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City.

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The newest edition of "Baby Goat Cute"

The newest edition of “Baby Goat Cute”
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Nursing student fundraiser May 17, OCCC, Newport

Nursing student fundraiser
May 17, OCCC, Newport

From Oregon Coast Community College Student Nurses:

Please join us for the 1st Annual OCCC Foundation Benefit Disc Golf Tournament, Saturday, May 17th. The event is a benefit for the College’s Nursing and Occupational Health Programs as well as Nursing Student Scholarships. We will have a great day of disc golf at the Wilder Disc Golf Course in South Beach, right across the street from our beautiful central college campus.

Thank you for your support of OCCC Nursing Students and the OCCC Foundation.

Tourney Includes:
Random draw doubles, 18 holes

Pro, Am, Rec and Women’s.
9:00am registration, 10:00am tee time.
$35.00 preregister or $40.00 on day of tourney.

If you are a woman, play at Pro or Am level & are confident in your abilities, you are more then welcome to register in the Amateur Division.

Players Pack Includes:
Stamped custom mini disc, festival type beer mug, one beer ticket & one raffle ticket for a portable basket, t-shirt, shopping bag & discount for food vendors. Free coffee in morning will be provided to players by Dutch Bros.

Custom made trophies will be awarded to the each player on the top two teams in each division. Custom fundraiser Gateway discs are available for an additional $10.00 at the tournament. Music, trees &
entertainment provided at no charge.

For more info:

Bryn Huntpalmer
Director of Development &
Foundation Executive Director
Oregon Coast Community College
(541) 867-8531
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366

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Apr 232014

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Apr. 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Several costume changes were required yesterday as diverse conditions repeatedly sent us into and out of the dressing room. Sunshine, showers, hail and wind were all center stage for a scene or two. Rainfall amounts varied from under a quarter of an inch to over a half depending on the location of the showers. Southwest winds were mainly 20-25 mph gusting to around 30. Yaquina Bay Bridge (elevation 160’) had a gust of 45 mph; highest in the area was on Mary’s Peak (elevation 4,137’) at 49 mph. The play continued overnight with the southwest wind’s soliloquy and showers made an occasional appearance. This morning, on William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, an ominous overcast was the spoiler alert for the storm waiting in the wings.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 55F/49F/0.54”/29mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/45F/0.16”/34mph
Newport: 54F/45F/0.32”/36mph
Waldport: 56F/47F/0.47”/29mph
Yachats: 53F/46F/0.39”/27mph

Forecast: It has all the earmarks of an October storm including strong southwest winds and rainfall amounts up to 2 inches. The weather system on its way in doesn’t look much like late April. Today, the southwest breeze is expected to build to 25-30 mph with gusts near 50 by this afternoon along with steady and fairly heavy rain. More rain and even windier tonight; sustained sou’westers of 30-35 mph could gust as high as 55, which is near warning level. Tomorrow, rain turns to showers and the wind drops to 20-25 mph gusting 45. High and low temps in the low-50s. Outlook is for showers on Friday and Saturday, rain likely and windy again Saturday night and Sunday, followed by a drying trend and sunshine early next week.

Travel: In the Coast Range, rainy and windy today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and temps of 50-55F. For the Cascades, there’s slush and packed snow on all highway passes this morning with more snow on the way. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 5:00pm this afternoon for an additional 4-10 inches of snow. The freezing level is at 3,500 feet, well below the passes. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 124”, a gain of 11” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 3/105/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 8/116/Powder
Timberline 11/156/Powder

Marine: Rough conditions this morning. SW winds are 20-25 knots and seas 11 feet with 8 foot wind waves. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. The current Small Craft Advisory for winds is being upgraded to a Gale Warning beginning at 10:00am this morning and it’ll run through tomorrow morning. SW winds today rising to 25-30 knots with gusts to 40 by this afternoon, and combined seas of 12 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, S wind 25-30 knots gusting 40 with very rough combined seas of 13 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze eases a little tomorrow, SW 20-25 knots early and down to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by afternoon; short period combined seas of 12 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for a break on Friday with SW winds of 5-10 knots and wave heights falling to 8-10 feet. Another storm system arrives on Saturday with southerlies 25-30 knots, seas 10-12 feet. By late Sunday, winds should be down to SW 10-15 knots with seas around 10 feet.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/23 Wed 07:26 AM 6.97 H
04/23 Wed 02:08 PM 0.12 L
04/23 Wed 08:56 PM 7.21 H
04/24 Thu 02:51 AM 2.03 L

In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then rainy and windy.

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Apr 222014

Logs awaiting shipment Wiki photo

Logs awaiting shipment
Wiki photo

Newport Port Commission Tuesday

Newport Port Commission

Log exports appear to be on schedule

Newport Port Commissioners learned Tuesday evening that things appear to be “steady as she goes” for the commencement of log exports to the Far East starting this summer for Alcan Timber. Alcan is expected to process their logs in Toledo, and load them aboard ships at the International Terminal but only half-full because the riverbed off the terminal hasn’t been dredged deep enough yet.

Teevin is still gathering permits for the construction of their log export operation just off to the east of the International Terminal. Once those permits are issued for storm drains and stormwater treatment and for a few other odds and ends they could be ready to ship logs in half-full ships to the Far East as early as mid-November. The later start time is due to having to build their log handling and debarking yard just east of the terminal, starting July 1st. Teevin manager Eric Oien said the six million dollar project should be complete by late September or early October – and then they could begin shipping half-loaded ships.

Fully loaded log ships are not expected to set sail from Newport until after additional dredging is complete sometime in late November. Log ships ride lower in the water when fully loaded, so an extra deep channel will have to be dug out for them. That extra dredging is expected to start after November 1st, the earliest any construction activities can begin, “in water” under state law. All “in water” work must be completed by February 15th.

Meanwhile Port Manager Kevin Greenwood says he’s optimistic that the dredging will begin on time. He says the port has completed plans to make up for the loss of fish habitat in front of the terminal due to the dredging. He said such mitigation, required by law, will be achieved by expanding habitat right across the river behind the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Greenwood says all the paperwork should be signed in time to get the dredging permit approved and the dredging underway on, or just after, November 1st. It’s expected to take around two weeks to complete. Again, Teevin hopes to be shipping full loads to the Far East sometime in mid-to-late November. Certainly before the first of the year, Oien said.

Port hears a polite protest over proposed higher moorage rates

F/V Miss Raven and F/V Misty captains protest higher moorage rates.

F/V Miss Raven and F/V Misty captains protest higher moorage rates.

Some charter boat captains dropped by the port meeting to let the commission know they’re not at all happy to see their moorage fees rising 30-40%. One boat captain said his rate moorage rate was rising $700 – another said his total moorage fees were rising $2,000. They said such rates will severely eat into their profit margins. One said that their operations bring fishing tourists to Newport who not only fish, but they stay in hotels and motels and frequent local restaurants and gift shops, all of which boosts the local economy.

The sincere, if not earnest complaints caught the commission by surprise. Commissioners turned to their still new-in-the-saddle Port Manager Kevin Greenwood and asked, in so many words, ‘what’s with this?’

Greenwood and his finance director told the commission that they are in the process of categorizing the boats in the South Beach Marina so that the proper moorage rates can be correctly applied to each. A rather detailed discussion ensued during which the commission asked Greenwood to “fix the problem.” Greenwood and his finance director said they would. After the meeting the “fix” appeared to involve classifying the boats to their proper designations but maintaining the discount that charter boats have historically received for several decades, ostensibly for their over-sized contribution to the local economy.

A revised moorage schedule is expected back before the commission at its next meeting.

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