Mar 032015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, Mar. 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: As has been the case all Winter, most weather systems can’t gain any long-term traction. Sure, they roll through once in a while, but consistent high pressure over the Pacific Ocean quickly rebounds and we’re dry and mainly clear again. Yesterday was a prime example of this pattern as Sunday night’s overcast and showers were knocked down to fleecy, fleeting clouds after lunch and sunny skies triumphed by late afternoon. The mercury rose into the 50s and Summer-like northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so. After sunset, Venus was shining brightly off to the west, Jupiter and the waxing gibbous Moon ruled the eastern sky. This morning, Jack was back, frosting parts of our area as temps dipped to around freezing.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/37F
Depoe Bay: 53F/33F
Newport: 52F/32F
Waldport: 52F/36F
Yachats: 53F/33F

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Forecast: Same old, same old weather is in store for the Central Coast for the week ahead. With only minor variations, WON PARTLY CLOUDYwe can anticipate mostly sunny days, clear nights, patchy fog, light northeast winds and temperatures ranging from 55-60F during daylight to 35-45F at night. The latest extended outlook does show a possible short-term change to wet conditions developing in about a week.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, except some fog near Eugene, and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning, temperatures are 20-30F; sunny, the freezing level is at the surface.

Surface Rescue

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 70” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/50”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding

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Marine: As usual, there is a light easterly breeze nearshore this morning and NE winds 10-15 knots offshore with seas WON MARINE WX6 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. High pressure is predicted to dominate the week’s ocean weather with Spring-like, mellow conditions. So, for today through Saturday, N to NE winds 10 knots occasionally gusting 15 and swells 4-6 feet with periods slowly lengthening from 8 seconds to 12 by week’s end.

On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/03 Tue 10:39 AM 8.16 H
03/03 Tue 05:14 PM 0.29 L
03/03 Tue 11:43 PM 7.44 H
03/04 Wed 05:19 AM 2.31 L

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, then repeat.

 Posted by at 8:03 AM
Mar 032015
 
Newport from the air Ken Gagne photo

Newport from the air
Ken Gagne photo

Cool pool news -

Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross gave a glowing report Monday evening to the city council on how plans for the new Newport Municipal Swimming Pool are coming along. In short – swimmingly. There’s even going to be enough parking.

Gross said although the new pool will wipe out quite a few parking spaces, the plan is to put additional parking along the west side of 10th street just to the east along with a new full length sidewalk. More parking is also contemplated for the south side of city hall along Angle. They’ll take out all the grass and hillside and fill it in with striped parking. They’ll re-locate the rain garden around to the east side. They’ll also re-configure parking for the police department and the senior center with universal access to Highway 101. Gross said they’ll have what should be enough parking for city workers, visitors to the senior center, the recreation center and to the new pool.

The only hitch is that it’s just enough parking without having one of the three main parking users having a special event. A swim meet, a regional basketball tournament or a big senior citizen center program. All three entities will have to check with the others before scheduling a high volume event.

Gross said parking could become a problem again if the Farmer’s Market remains on the east side of 101. For that reason they may find it more convenient to locate the market on the west side of 101, opposite Angle. There is also plenty of parking on the west side of 101 on Saturdays. It should also reduce the number of people crossing 101 at the crosswalk and having to wave the yellow flags in the air so oncoming drivers can see them.

As for the pool design itself, Gross and the architect said they have enough money to make good on all the the ingredients alluded to on the bond measure passed many months ago. Big 8 lane pool, multi-use pool and a hot tub with easy access for those using wheelchairs. Well lit, lots of room, spectator seating for swim meets and intelligently connected to the recreation center with activity rooms in between the pool and the recreation center’s main desk, which will also double as the main desk for the pool. Pool users will use the recreation center main desk, then proceed to the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Pool spectators will walk in, hang a right, traverse a covered walkway and emerge inside the new pool facility.

Gross said the pool project is still on time and within budget and that the big challenge about parking appears solved. He said the pool will be ready for its grand opening in late Summer of 2016.

Gross said pictures of the pools final plans and parking reconfiguration will be posted on the Newport Public Works Department’s Facebook page for all to see. Also on the city’s “Mind Mix” site as well as on the regular Newport city website.

Agate Beach – Your water tank finally cometh –

Public Works Director Tim Gross reported that they opened the bids on the new Agate Beach water tank. And the good news is that it came under bid estimates. A $400,000 savings. Gross said “We’ll take it!”

Sewer and water project upgrades via “Lids”

Well, maybe the word isn’t “lids” but the city council was referring to “Local Improvement Districts.” As everyone knows Newport is exactly like most communities across the country. The explosion of sewer, water, streets and highway expansions in the 1950s through 1980s are, decades later, rotting in the ground. They have to be replaced. The city doesn’t have the money to pay for the projects up front so they’ve been scrambling trying to figure out how to raise the money without jacking utility rates up through the roof. One option, Local Improvement Districts, or “Lids,” was tentatively approved by the council Monday night as ONE of SEVERAL funding mechanisms. There will be others, including urban renewal, but LIDS will likely become more common. Public Works Director Tim Gross predicted that LIDS are expected to be approved by property owners in certain neighborhoods. Neighbors will agree to property tax increases to pay off the loans or bonds the city floats to install new pipes. City officials say the financial hit to homeowners could be softened if the city wins grants or low interest loans for some of the plumbing replacement but they caution against counting on those sources for money. Every city and county across the country is competing for smaller and smaller federal and state funds to where many communities hold out no hope that grants or loans will do all the heavy lifting.

 Posted by at 2:19 AM
Mar 022015
 

Coastal Critters at Snowshoe
4-H Critter Show Offers Unique Educational Opportunity
Critters can be a lot more than cute and cuddly, they can be educational – just ask any of the 
4-H youth who will be showing off their small animals at the Hippity Hop Eggstravaganza being hosted by the 4-H Coastal Critters Club on Saturday, March 14. Come to the Newport Intermediate School that morning and you’ll see rabbits, cavies (guinea pigs) and poultry (chickens, pigeons and doves), plus pocket pets that could include chinchillas, hamsters, hedge hogs, mice and who knows what else!

During 4-H small animal shows, youth compete alongside others in their age category and against a standard that all strive to attain. Not only must youth hone their showmanship skills, they must also demonstrate their knowledge about their animal and its care. The animals’ physical characteristics are then also judged against the standard for that breed. Youth are awarded blue, red, or white ribbons based on whether they exceed, meet or do not meet the required standards. Because 4-H is a youth development organization and not about competition, the focus is always on improving ones own performance rather than outperforming someone else.

This is the second year the Coastal Critters 4-H Club has put on the Hippity Hop Eggstravaganza. This small club depends on the support of local community members and businesses to make the event possible, which is the only one of its kind in the area. The club would still welcome donations and sponsorship for this year’s show, all of which helps pay for the judges, venue, prizes and other expenses. Sponsors donating more than $250 will be recognized with a banner at the show. A silent auction will also take place. All money remains with the show or the club to continue to support educational opportunities for the 4-H youth.

To donate or find out more about the event, please contact the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, 29 SE 2nd Street, Newport, OR 97365; 541-574-6534.

 Posted by at 9:29 PM
Mar 022015
 
Kitzhaber & Hayes In happier times

Kitzhaber & Hayes
In happier times

As the Kitzhaber-Hayes investigation moves ahead, facts that emerge can cast shadows or bright lights on former Governor John Kitzhaber, but also on his staff who were tap dancing as fast as they could, no doubt, to either please their boss(es) in good faith or for something less. It’s far too early to know beyond the small circle of investigators who are watching all this from front row seats.

In the meantime, Kitzhaber, as well as those staffers, who have technically done nothing wrong until proven culpable, are deserving of state taxpayer paid-for legal counsel to ensure their civil rights are protected during the investigation. There’s a cap on those attorney fees if issues lean toward criminal issues – no cap it they’re skewing civil.

It’s all so complicated. Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 7:22 PM
Mar 022015
 

Creativitiy Camp logo
The Toledo Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of Creativity Camp, an unusual learning opportunity that is a collaboration with SolaLuna Studios and the Toledo Public Library.

This unique program, designed for 10 – 17 year olds, provides students the opportunity to discover, develop, and explore their personal creativity. The class will meet each Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm from March the 11th through May 27th. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per session. Cost is $8 per session and some scholarships are available. Participants are asked to complete an application form and an informal interview.

The two hour workshops will engage kids in a wide variety of creative learning experiences and build opportunities for adults in our community to share their creative passions with our children. During the three months, the themes we will utilize to set our imaginations free are “Down the Rabbit Hole,” “Ocean Commotion,” and “Pie in the Sky.” Activities include, but are not limited to, creative writing, pet craft projects, nature art, home design, watercolors, seaweed cards, sailor’s valentines, movement, drama, drawing, cooking and dream catcher design.

We will be learning from a wide variety of creatives in our community, including Heather Fortner, Guy DiTorrice, Mary Eastman, Steve Travis, Jeff Ingram, Robert Trusty, and Wayne Plourde. The Artistic Director for the camp is Sarah Gayle Plourde.

Applications are available on the Library Page of the City of Toledo Website, at the Toledo Public Library at 173 NW 7th Street, and at SolaLuna Studios at 179 N Main Street both in Toledo. Funding for Creativity Camp comes from the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Deborah Trusty, Director Toledo Public Library at 541-336-3132 or by email: librarydirector@cityoftoledo.org.

 Posted by at 10:05 AM
Mar 022015
 
Meningococcus virus  Goes after brain, spinal cord, respiratory system. Anti viral medications are available along with new vaccines.

Meningococcus virus
Goes after brain, spinal cord, respiratory system.
Anti viral medications are available along with new vaccines.

The death of a University of Oregon student has triggered a mass vaccination of students against a deadly virus making the rounds on campus in Eugene.

It’s a virus that is shared when people kiss, drink from the same cup, glass or straw or from sharing the same cigarette. A student died from Meningococcus virus February 15th. Anyone who had “close contact” with the student is urged to contact the Lane County Health Department at 541-682-4041. A nurse will help decide whether anti-biotics are needed to prevent coming down with the virus.

Symptoms include severe headache, fever, neck stiffness or rash. If any show up get to a doctor immediately. Delay in getting treatment can result in brain damage, deafness, paralysis and loss of fingers, toes or limbs. About ten percent of cases are fatal.

The Meningococcus virus spreads through being in close quarters with someone infected with the virus. Coughing, sneezing, or close personal contact such as sharing drinks or kissing. It’s less contagious than the flu or a cold but the main difference is that it can kill you.

A new vaccine is now available on the University of Oregon campus and they’re vaccinating as many students as possible. If you are a parent of a University of Oregon student, health officials urge that your student be strongly encouraged to be vaccinated.

In addition to getting vaccinated other ways to avoid an infection of meningococcus is washing your hands regularly, not sharing cigarettes or eating utensils and not drinking from the same bottle, cup or straw used by someone else.

 Posted by at 9:03 AM
Mar 022015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Mar. 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was an exercise in truth in advertising as conditions wholly aligned with the forecast. Following a sunny morning, increasing clouds began nipping away at the blue sky until it was completely overcast at dusk. The rain began on schedule around 9:00pm with amounts above a tenth but below a quarter of an inch. The rain fell on and off through much of the night, ending for the most part around 4:00am. At dawn, it was still mostly cloudy but breaking up and winds were light out of the east.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/43F/0.18”
Depoe Bay: 56F/36F/0.19”
Newport: 54F/36F/0.22”
Waldport: 53F/34F/0.17”
Yachats: 55F/41F/0.13”

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Forecast: We’re kicking off today with a slight chance of a lingering shower, and then looking for increasing WON SUN-CLOUDSsunshine with highs of 50-55F. It could be chilly tonight when the clear sky allows daytime heat to escape and the mercury settles to about 35F, feeling cooler as north winds blow 10-15 mph gusting to 20. Beginning tomorrow and for the rest of the week’s outlook, boring but pleasant. Mostly clear skies, a little northeast wind at times, some patchy fog, highs of 55-60F, lows around 40F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, chance of showers, partly sunny, with 50F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers early, gradual clearing and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for possible showers, partly sunny skies, light winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice at Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp, temperatures are 25-30F; a slight chance of snow showers early, becoming partly sunny, the snow level is at 2,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 69” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/51”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/33”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding

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Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore this morning but still blowing NNE 10-15 knots gusting 20 well offshore WON SCAand seas remain lumpy, 7 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon for the outer waters. Nearshore, NE winds 10-15 knots today; offshore winds N 15-20 knots gusting 25; seas in all areas 7-9 feet at 8 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to N 10-15 knots with seas subsiding to 5 feet at 8 seconds. Lighter E wind is on tap tomorrow, 10-15 knots, and swells drop to 4 feet. Outlook is for NE winds Wednesday with a long period swell, 3 feet at 14 seconds. N wind 10 knots Thursday, SW wind 10 knots Friday, and swells around 4 feet.

On the Beach… Becoming sunny, breezy, surf 6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/02 Mon 09:56 AM 8.11 H
03/02 Mon 04:40 PM 0.31 L
03/02 Mon 11:13 PM 7.21 H
03/03 Tue 04:41 AM 2.67 L

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

In Short: Gradual clearing, moderate winds, then fair and mild.

 Posted by at 8:05 AM