Feb 272015
Diane Gettis Making soil from dirt...go figure...

Diane Gettis
Making soil from dirt…go figure…

Turning Dirt into Soil

Dirt is for kids. Soil is for grown-ups. Soil is essential for the successful growing of crops, development of our forests and the sustainability of our Earth’s environment. “Turning Dirt into Soil”, third in the Lincoln County Master Gardeners Round Table series, takes place at the Newport Library, Thursday, March 12, from 10:00 am to noon.

“Gardening begins with proper soil preparation,” recommends Sonja Lovas. Sonja, Claudette Schroeder and Sally Reill, Master Gardeners with extensive growing experience on the Central Coast, will guide a discussion about how to develop, amend and maintain healthy soil; prepare soils for seed planting, improve fertility, and much more.

Agriculturalists have known for years that nourishing and protecting the soil is critical for growing vegetables, fruit and landscape plants. “Soil is not dirt, but a complex, living, breathing aggregate of minerals, bacteria, fungi and arthropods, working together to make nutrients available to support healthy plants,” says Sally Reill. In recent years, soil scientists have improved our understanding of minimum ground disturbance, encouraging microorganisms and caring for soil over time. “Healthy soil is the foundation of successful coastal gardening,” emphasizes Claudette Schroeder.

A bonus during this program will be free soil pH testing. Participants are welcome to bring a small amount of soil from their garden beds or problem areas. Master gardeners will be on hand to conduct a quick test to determine the acidity level of their sample.

“Turning Dirt into Soil” is free to all, but please call the OSU Extension Office at 541-574-6534, ext. 57410, to ensure adequate seating and materials.

This is the fourth year that the Lincoln County Master Gardeners are presenting Round Table discussions oriented to gardeners and the general public. A list of Round Table topics, dates and times is available on line at or by calling the Extension office.

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 Posted by at 2:03 PM
Feb 272015

From MidCoast Watersheds Council – Newport

Beautiful underwater footage of salmon and fish habitat will be a real treat for those who attend the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday March 5th at 6:30 pm.

Jeremy Monroe of Freshwater Illustrated with be the guest speaker. He is a great story teller and will offer interesting information and show images of the diversity and wonder of Oregon’s freshwater ecosystems. There is NO CHARGE for the program.

Jeremy Monroe is the executive director of Freshwaters Illustrated based in Corvallis. Jeremy will join us to talk about the vibrance, diversity, and wonder of freshwater ecosystems. His background in aquatic ecology and story-telling celebrates the beauty and value of freshwater life. Jeremy works with talented visual artists and communicators to share these compelling stories.

Jeremy’s aspirational life is one shaped by water… touched by the beautiful wildlife that swims, crawls, wades, or skates in it or through it… inspired by those who work to understand and protect its wonders. Jeremy Monroe founded Freshwaters Illustrated to create and share imagery and stories that demonstrates the diversity and shared values of the rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands that run through our landscapes and our lives.

Come enjoy the insights and lessons of scientist and visual artist Jeremy Monroe at the MidCoast Watersheds Council’s March 5th meeting.

The meeting is open to the public and is held at the Central Lincoln PUD meeting room, across from the Safeway Complex in Newport.

Light refreshments will be served.

 Posted by at 10:39 AM
Feb 272015

Newport High Robotics  They look really life like, don't they!!

Newport High Robotics
They look really life-like, don’t they!!?

Figuring out how to pass the trash really fast!

Figuring out how to pass the trash really fast!

The Recycling Arena - Thompson Sanitary, are you paying attention?

The Recycling Arena – Thompson Sanitary, are you paying attention?

NHS Robotics Team to participate in Recycle Rush˛ competition

How do you engineer a robot to stack recycle bins on top of totes, pick up
litter and then recycle the litter in the bin that caps the towers of

How do you manage a team of over 30 members, the majority of
them rookies?

How do you raise $15,000 in five months to finance the cost of
sending your team to the competition?

These are just some of the challenges facing the Newport High School robotics team. The team, otherwise known as YAK Attack˛ (Yaquina Applied Kinetics), learned of this years challenge on January 3rd during the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) Robotics Kickoff.

Along with thousands of other high school teams across the country, the team had six weeks to design and build robots for regional competitions. Their build season˛ officially ended on February 17th, and now the team is planning their competition strategies. The first
challenge faced by YAK Attack will be in Wilsonville on March 12-14, followed by another competition in Philomath on March 26-28.

This yearąs challenge is called Recycle Rush˛. It’s played by two alliances of three robots each. The field is divided into two equal halves, with each side trying to stack as many totes as possible in specific areas of the field (recycle zones), topping each stack with a recycle bin. Scattered around the field are pieces of litter, or green pool noodles, which subtract points if they are left on the ground. However, if a team can put their litter into the recycle bins, they can earn points. The goal of Recycle Rush is for each alliance to form a tower of totes with a recycle bin filled with pool noodles on top.

Sponsors of this year’s group include the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, Plum Creek Timber, Georgia Pacific, NASA, the Oregon Department of Education, Advantage Real Estate, Rodeway Inn, Figaro’s Pizza, Optimists Club, Siletz Roadhouse and

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire in youth the application of science and technology. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. With support
from three out of every five fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high school students, FIRST LEGO League for 9 to 14 year-olds and Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds.

To learn more about FIRST go to To learn more about the NHS Robotics Team, visit their facebook page at or just click here.

 Posted by at 9:37 AM
Feb 272015

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Feb. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: In the midst of our Summer-like Winter, yesterday was an utterly classic late February day with rainy and breezy conditions. Precipitation totals were between a quarter and a third of an inch and the mercury topped out in the low-50s. Winds peaked just after lunch blowing out of the south 15-20 mph, then faded to calm by evening, but came up from the northwest 15-20 mph gusting 25 after midnight. Showers continued overnight with low temps dipping slightly to the upper-40s. This morning, it was showery and the breeze was fading.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/49F/0.31”
Depoe Bay: 51F/46F/0.38”
Newport: 52F/46F/0.14”
Waldport: 53F/49F/0.22”
Yachats: 54F/50F/0.21”

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Forecast: While the big story is snowfall in the Cascades (heads-up, travelers), the Central Coast is in for one more wet one today with plain ol’ rain showers, a slight chance of thunderstorms, maybe even some small hail, and an occasional sunbreak. High this afternoon around 50F and WON RAINnorthwest winds gusting 20 mph or so. Tonight we should see the end of the showers, light winds and temps about 45F. Tomorrow, open the glovebox and get your shades back out for a sunny day, east winds 15-25 mph and temps rising to 50-55F. Outlook is for more sunshine on Sunday, a chance of showers Monday, and then mostly clear and east windy Tuesday through Thursday. Look for cooler, seasonal thermometer readings with highs of 50F and lows down to 35-40F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, possible thunderstorms and hail with 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, maybe a thunderstorm and a high of 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, light winds, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are right at 32F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 2-4 inches of snow in the passes today, the snow level lowering to 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is showers with wet pavement tonight, clear and dry tomorrow through Sunday night; in the Cascades, another 1-3 inches of snow in the passes tonight, then clearing and cold with areas of ice through Sunday night. Carry chains or traction tires.

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Call or email George today!

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days; 74” less than this date last year; 92% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack). To read our Special Report: Oregon’s Dismal Snow Pack, click here.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 2”/3”/closed
Willamette Pass 1”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 3”/50”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/12”/cosmic tubing tonight, day tubing Sat-Sun
Mt. Hood Meadows 2”/33”/packed powder, granular
Timberline 4”/51”/it’s snowing!

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Marine: Breeze and seas are up this morning with WNW winds 15-20 knots and choppy swells 6 feet at 11 seconds. As of WON SCA8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 10:00am this morning for waters inside 10 miles, and until late tonight farther offshore. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect for the outer waters through this evening. NW winds today, 15-20 knots, with mixed swells/windwaves 5 feet at 12 seconds. Expect steep seas tonight, 8-9 feet at 9-10 seconds, winds becoming NE 10-15 knots nearshore but 20-25 knots offshore and seas 6-8 feet at 9-10 seconds. For tomorrow, nor’easters 15-20 knots along with seas subsiding to 6 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for N to NE winds 15-20 knots nearshore and 15-25 knots offshore Sunday through Tuesday; swells should be 4-6 feet through the period.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
02/27 Fri 07:02 AM 8.07 H
02/27 Fri 02:13 PM 0.74 L
02/27 Fri 09:00 PM 6.35 H
02/28 Sat 02:02 AM 3.56 L

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, then clearing, east windy and cooler.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Feb 262015

Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale in April

The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to once again organize the annual Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale to take place April 17, 18 and 19th. Registration begins March 1st and ends March 31st. Individual sales are listed in the newspaper for $15 and group sales are listed for $20. Registration forms are available at the Chamber office, 4039 NW Logan Road in Lincoln City. They can also be printed from the Chamber’s website:

New laminated signs have been made this year and are available for a $15 refundable deposit. The Chamber will accept cash, check or credit cards for registration. The refundable sign deposit must be a separate transaction of cash or check.

The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce is an organization made up of local business members supporting one another and the community. Their office is located at 4039 NW Logan Rd., Lincoln City. For more information, go to, or call the Chamber office at 541-994-3070 or email

 Posted by at 5:25 PM
Feb 262015
Cylvia Hayes Suing to keep her emails confidential.  AG and FBI say they're public documents.

Cylvia Hayes
Suing to keep her emails confidential. AG and FBI say they’re public documents.

The Kitzhaber-Hayes scandal is proving to be a quicksand of he says, they deny, she denies, she sues. Both former Governor John Kitzhaber and former First Lady Sylvia Hayes are locked in a sword fight with the State Attorney General’s Office, the IRS as well as the FBI as all three are investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by Kitzhaber and Hayes dealing with alleged influence peddling and then trying to cover up their trail.

Kitzhaber is having problems keeping his own so-called private email accounts out of the spotlight as well.

Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

Here’s a related article on Kitzhaber’s situation as of this afternoon. Click here.

 Posted by at 5:11 PM
Feb 262015

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4:54PM – Report of smoke billowing up from behind the last home at the north end of Logan Road, Roads End – the white one on the left. A structure fire all-call-out has been dispatched to the scene.

5:00PM – Fire units arriving in the area. Nothing seen.

5:02PM – Now they see smoke up the hill a bit.

5:03PM – More units arriving – staging a bit south of the end of Logan Road until investigators figure out what’s going on.

5:05PM – They have found the source of the smoke. It’s an illegal backyard burn at 6338 NE Port. The residents are being instructed to put out the fire.

 Posted by at 4:57 PM
Feb 262015


It’s exciting to learn that wind is being considered in Lincoln County. I hope that in the future Oregon’s Green Radar will pick up other types of renewable energy such as solar. Oregon currently gets less than 1% of its energy from solar even though the state needs to receive 25% of its power from renewable sources by 2025, according to the Oregon renewable portfolios standards (RPSs).

There are currently four bills making their way through the Oregon state legislature that aim to facilitate solar energy development in Oregon. One of these bills would allow small communities to produce their electricity locally through community solar gardens. New innovative projects like this are exactly what we need to reduce our dependence on coal and act as an example to the rest of the country. I suspect that if it can be done, Oregon is the best place to start and I hope our state leaders make solar a priority!

Lauren Anderson
Oregon State University

 Posted by at 3:29 PM
Feb 262015
Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden

GI Bill Fairness Act would ensure education benefits for wounded Guard and Reserve members

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and John Boozman, R-Ark., along with Rep. Mark Takano, D-Ca., today introduced the GI Bill Fairness Act, legislation that would ensure wounded Guardsmen and Reservists receive the GI Bill benefits they’ve earned.

Members of the Guard or Reserve who are wounded in combat are often given orders under 10 USC 12301(h) for their recovery, treatment and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, federal law does not recognize such orders as eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill education assistance, meaning that unlike other members of the military, these members of the Guard and Reserve actually lose benefits for being injured in the line of duty.

The GI Bill Fairness Act would end that unequal treatment and ensure these service members are eligible for the same GI Bill benefits as active duty members of the military.

“By disqualifying wounded Guardsmen and Reservist from benefits they should be earning, this quirk in law is literally adding insult to injury” Sen. Wyden said. “That’s not anything I want to support, and our commonsense, bipartisan legislation will fix this problem by making sure these brave Americans get the benefits they’ve earned.”

“It is truly unjust to deny wounded and injured service members the ability to accrue educational benefits for the time they spend receiving medical care. Today, I am proud to join Sen. Wyden and Rep. Takano in sponsoring legislation that fixes this oversight in the law,” Sen. Boozman said.

“Many Guardsmen and Reservists serve in nearly the same capacity as active duty service members, and we should treat them equally if they are injured while putting their life on the line for our country,” Rep. Takano said. “This legislation would ensure those members get the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits they deserve. No veteran should lose their benefits simply because they were in the National Guard or Reserves. I’m proud to introduce this legislation in the House, and I hope that Democrats and Republicans can come together to treat these heroes with the respect they deserve.”

 Posted by at 3:15 PM
Feb 262015
Yaquina Bay Bridge to be down to one lane from 12midnight to 5am Friday morning

Yaquina Bay Bridge to be down to one lane from 12midnight to 5am Friday morning

From your friends at ODOT:

NEWPORT– Utility work will result in a rescheduled lane closure on the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, early Friday morning.

Travel across the bridge will be restricted to a single, flagged lane on Friday, February 27 beginning at 12:01 a.m. and continuing until 6 a.m.

Delays of up to twenty minutes should be expected.

The closure is necessary to allow a telephone utility to repair a conduit.

 Posted by at 2:39 PM