Nov 222014

An old battered sign comes down in Waldport Saturday, 101 @ Hemlockl

An old battered sign comes down in Waldport Saturday, 101 @ Hemlock

Old sign - headed for the old sign burial ground.

Old sign – headed for the old sign burial ground.

Ahhh...much better! Leslie Souza photos

Ahhh…much better!
Leslie Souza photos

Leslie Souza and hubby opened their Waldport Chocolate Frog store some months back. And they really did a nice job renovating the inside of the place, right there on the southeast corner of 101 and Hemlock (34). The only blemish to the outside seemed to be a bent and weather-beaten sign on top of the building that, to its credit, has probably survived as many wind storms as Terry Thompson has out at sea.

Ramsey Signs came out, got on the roof, unbolted the sign and gently lowered it down onto the parking lot.

Instant urban renewal!

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 Posted by at 12:41 PM
Nov 222014
Coast Guard  File photo

Coast Guard
File photo

The Coast Guard received a call last evening that someone on the beach at Roads End heard cries for help coming from somewhere beyond the surfline. On the beach were some shoes with footprints leading to the water.

A Coast Guard helo and motor lifeboat searched last evening and resumed their search this morning from Roads end northward to the mouth of the Salmon River. Lincoln City Police say there have been no reports of anyone missing.

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 Posted by at 9:17 AM
Nov 222014

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Nov. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday’s storm really packed a wallop. It was a classic fast-moving Autumn tempest with vigorous southwest winds and buckets of rain. The peak wind gust in our Central Coast communities was at Yachats where the anemometer spun-up to 63 mph. Other top gusts in the area were 70 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, 82 mph at Sea Lion Caves, 90 mph atop Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport, and the highest recorded in Oregon was 123 mph on the south side of Mt. Hood. Locally, thermometers homed-in on 60F and total precipitation amounts were up to an inch and a half. The breeze and rain reached their zenith in the late afternoon and began trailing off through the evening. It was basically all over by midnight. This morning, the southwest wind had fallen to 10-15 mph, it was mostly cloudy, foggy in spots, showery and temps were in the low-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/53F/46mph/1.50”
Depoe Bay: 58F/52F/58mph/1.42”
Newport: 57F/52F/56mph/1.21”
Waldport: 58F/50F/50mph/0.88”
Yachats: 59F/51F/63mph/1.51”

Forecast: While the storm has passed, we’re not out of the wet woods just yet. The breeze will be considerably lighter today at 15-20 mph but gusting to 30 mph in heavy showers and possible thunderstorms; high about 55F. Tonight, look for a WON SHOWERScontinued threat of showers and a chance of thunderstorms, light winds and the mercury dipping to around 45F. Rain is likely again tomorrow as another front comes in with sou’westers 15-20 mph gusting 30 or better and high temps again of 55F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy skies and a 50-50 chance of showers/rain during the week ahead including the holiday period Thursday through Sunday.

Thanksgiving Day… Chance of showers, high 55F, low 45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and breezy with temps around 50F. Highway 34 has standing water on the pavement at Alsea Mountain summit, near Milepost 38. Valley destinations are expecting showers and highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for 5-10 inches of snow on the highways through tomorrow. There are already numerous areas of snow and ice on the pavement this morning; the snow level is at 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is showers and wet pavement at the lower elevations, but significant snowfall on the Cascade highways continuing tonight and tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires, and be prepared to use them, if you plan to cross the Cascades.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 3”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 4″ during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/15”/Opens Monday
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/Tubing Hill open today and tomorrow
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/Closed today, possible opening tomorrow
Timberline 0”/6”/Bruno’s Lift open today, limited terrain

Marine: The breeze is down to SW 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 this morning and seas are square 10 footers at 10 WON SCAseconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 34 feet and less at Buoy 7. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in place until late tonight. Winds veering to westerly 15-20 knots gusting 25 today along with very rough seas 13 feet at 13 seconds, and there’s a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, expect a SW breeze 15 knots occasionally gusting to 25 and seas hovering around 13 feet. Another front pushes through tomorrow bringing sou’westers 20-25 knots with rough square seas remaining around 13 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-25 knots through Wednesday and seas slowly subsiding from 12 to 8 feet.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 12 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this morning’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
11/22 Sat 11:15 AM 9.43 H
11/22 Sat 06:11 PM -0.96 L
11/23 Sun 12:49 AM 7.39 H
11/23 Sun 05:53 AM 3.07 L

In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, moderate wind, then showers.

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 Posted by at 7:56 AM
Nov 222014

North Lincoln County Fire was rushing to a report of flames seen on the east side of Devils Lake. It’s a slash burn. State Department of Forestry burn. All fire units returning to base.

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 Posted by at 7:38 AM
Nov 222014

Deputies find driver and friends trying to winch the vehicle back up to the road. Driver uninjured.

A vehicle has been spotted off road and down an embankment in the Deer Creek/Baber Road area south of Highway 20. No sign of anyone around. Looks to be an old accident according to initial reports. Sheriff’s deputies are enroute.

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 Posted by at 7:30 AM
Nov 222014
Darted seagull.  More and more frequent in the Waldport area. Ken Gagne photo

Darted seagull at old town crab docks, Waldport.
Ken Gagne photo

Over the past few months, more and more seagulls have been seen with darts shot through them in the south county area. Besides being very disturbing, it’s a sign that there is a very sick individual out there who needs to be stopped and undergo mental health therapy.

Animal cruelty is a common component in criminal behavior among children and teens that can evolve into tragic endings. Anyone who may know who is doing this, can do that person and the community a favor, by calling 9-1-1 and talking with an officer.

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 Posted by at 7:18 AM
Nov 212014
Hit car and fence - was chased down by Sheriff's Deputy.  Driver Tazed.

Hit car and fence – was chased down by Sheriff’s Deputy. Driver Tazed.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched Thursday evening to a reported hit and run traffic crash at Ray’s Food Place in Waldport. Witnesses said the suspect vehicle was a red 1996 Chevrolet Blazer and was last seen fleeing the scene. Minutes later, deputies were advised of a second hit and run crash (damage to yard fence) in the 100 block of SW Maple Street involving the same vehicle.

A Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lane of travel on Highway 101 and followed it as it turned east onto Highway 34. The vehicle had lost its driver’s side front tire and was traveling on the rim. The deputy initiated a stop on the vehicle by activating his overhead emergency lights and siren but the driver refused to yield. The deputy continued to pursue the vehicle until it came to a stop near the intersection of Highway 34 and Spring Street.

The deputy gave verbal commands to the driver of the vehicle to get on the ground. The driver refused and moved toward the deputy ignoring commands to stay where he was. The deputy deployed a Taser which successfully stopped the driver’s movement and kept him contained on the ground until a second deputy arrived on scene. The driver was taken into custody without further incident by the deputies.

An investigation revealed the driver, identified as 36 year old Waldport resident Anthony Joseph Wright, was driving recklessly in the area of Ray’s Food Place and struck a 1997 gold Honda Accord traveling north on Commercial Street causing it to spin into the ditch.

Wright fled the scene and continued west on Highway 34 to SW Maple Street where he left the road crashing into a picket fence and a utility pole before coming to a stop. Wright then backed out of the yard and continued back out onto Highway 101 and continued to Highway 34 driving on only the front rim until coming to a stop where he was taken into custody.

The victim driver in the first crash was transported to PCH in Newport with what were believed to be minor injuries.

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 Posted by at 10:24 PM
Nov 212014

surplus sale

To raise funds for the Waldport High School small engines class and racing program, Lincoln County School District is holding a surplus sale Nov. 21-22 at the Arcadia School in Toledo.

Items to be sold include equipment and supplies from the school building, located at 1811 NE Arcadia Drive. Sale times are 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.

Daniel Wirick, the shop and technology teacher Waldport High, says his small engines and racing program is buzzing with activity. Plans for a Mow Down racing event in the spring are underway with excited students ready to take on the challenge. The program is looking to grow with after school activities and clubs. The surplus sale will help to fund these programs, giving students with an interest in engineering a place to apply themselves.

For information, call 541-563-3243 or send an email to:

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 Posted by at 5:58 PM
Nov 212014

Tom O. and John Craigie LCCC December 6th

Tom O. and John Craigie
LCCC December 6th

John Craigie Keeping "real folk music" alive...

John Craigie
Keeping “real folk music” alive…

LINCOLN CITY – When December comes along, there’s a whole lot of sparkle to deal with. Anxious shopping, ugly sweaters, rich food and carols coming from everywhere – it’s easy to get an overdose of Christmas spirit. The Lincoln City Cultural Center has the pre-holiday inoculation concert you need: funny folk singer John Craigie, playing at the LCCC at 7 pm on Saturday, Dec. 6.

For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk singer, taking his distinctive musical style across the United States, and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica. He stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of the past century, with timeless melodies and insightful lyrics, interspersed with witty storytelling, his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. Craigie’s themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love. In Lincoln City, he’ll perform local favorite Tom Owczarzak, also known as “Tom O.”

This concert is part of the center’s Weekender Concert Series, sponsored by the City of Lincoln City and designed to combine beach getaways with a Saturday night live music experience. Lodging packages, complete with ocean views and concert tickets, are available at the Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging ( and Ocean Terrace Condominiums ( Show-only tickets are $14 in advance, available online through the LCCC website ( or by calling 541-994-9994. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free.

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 Posted by at 5:52 PM
Nov 212014

Scott Hiatt, 47, Neskowin Acquitted via 2nd hung jury.

Scott Hiatt, 47, Neskowin
Acquitted via 2nd hung jury.

Richard Swanson, Soccer Fan Charity Fundraiser - Hit/Killed on 101 Lincoln City last May 14th

Richard Swanson, Soccer Fan Charity Fundraiser -
Hit/Killed on 101 Lincoln City last May 14th

Motorist Scott Hiatt who hit and killed a Seattle area soccer fan in Lincoln City, on his way to the World Cup last year, has been acquitted in a second jury trial.

Fox 12 News has the story. Click here.

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 Posted by at 5:24 PM