Jul 302014

6:37pm Possible surfer in distress off the Newport South Jetty. Reporting party says a windsurfer board is adrift with no sign of its rider. Party says has been watching for about 20 or so minutes.

Firefighters combing the area.

6:50pm Windsurfer is safe and sound. Not in distress.

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Jul 302014
Devil's Punchbowl - inside Steve Power

Devil’s Punchbowl – inside
Steve Power

Steve Power is not satisfied with photographing the incredible power of the sea at Devil’s Punchbowl. He wants to show us the inner machinery that produces such spectacular water shows to those above.

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 Posted by at 6:19 PM
Jul 302014

Cascade Head Archive photo

Cascade Head
Archive photo

Cascade Head Courtesy photo

Cascade Head
Courtesy photo

The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday & Sunday, August 23rd – 24th. Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.

On Saturday, we will work a full day removing Queen Anne’s lace on the pinnacle. On Sunday, we will work a half day performing trail work. The work party includes a four to five-mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working. Please bring hiking shoes, a daypack, lunch and snacks, a full water bottle, layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather–including raingear and a hat and sunscreen. Also bring gloves, if you have them–if not, we have gloves for you to borrow.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (503) 802-8100, or the alternate contact; Debbie Pickering at (541) 994-5564.

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Jul 302014

Drone Videographer Ed McVea happened to catch a few Orcas rummaging about the bay in search of something that’s usually high on their grocery list – sea lions. There was no indication that they managed to bag any. But you never know.

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 Posted by at 4:59 PM
Jul 302014

Terry Thompson, Chair Lincoln County Commission

Terry Thompson, Chair
Lincoln County Commission

Wind Farm proposed off Coos Bay - A clear threat to commercial fishing say fishermen...

Wind Farm proposed off Coos Bay – A clear threat to commercial fishing say fishermen…

The Lincoln County Commission and Oregon Coast commercial and recreation fishers are in “yell mode” over federal plans to approve a giant wind energy farm 16 miles off Coos Bay. They say the Wind Float/Principle Power project would dramatically affect the Whiting fishery along the Oregon Coast – one of the more lucrative fisheries for the Oregon Coast economy.

A Lincoln County Commission protest letter was sent out today asking the federal agency in charge of the process to back off and start the permitting process over, mainly because the agency moved ahead without adequately consulting Oregon’s fishing industry and other related interests. Commission Chair Terry Thompson, himself a commercial fisherman, said the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) did not do its homework in siting the proposed Wind Float project because if they had they would have realized that it’s right on top of one of the most strategic fishing areas off the Oregon Coast. Thompson told News Lincoln County that “It’s not too late to do this right. There are areas where the wind farm could be placed that doesn’t hurt the fishing industry.”

Thompson said the commission asked BOEM to do ALL the research necessary to ensure that wind energy interests are not given the impression that everything is moving along fine only to learn later that it’s not. Thompson said the focus should be on a thorough process, with everyone at the table, so everybody gets it right the first time.

Thompson said the protest letter was sent to BOEM and to U.S. Senators Wyden and Merkley and to Congressman Kurt Schrader.

Thompson says the permitting process for the Wind Float project could take up to three years to complete so there is plenty of time to do a better job of figuring out where the project should be located.

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Jul 302014
Lincoln County Animal Shelter

Lincoln County Animal Shelter, 541-265-6610

Found female beagle, older, mile 2.5 Hwy 34. Has collar but no tags. Is micro-chipped but have been unable to reach owner. Maybe vacationing in area? Dog in good shape and hasn’t missed many meals. She’s safe with us for now. Owners can call Animal Control in Newport and get our contact information.

Lincoln County Animal Shelter: 541-265-6610

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Jul 302014
Speed Advisory Signs Helps traffic slow down well ahead of a traffic issue.

Speed Advisory Signs
Helps traffic slow down well ahead of a traffic issue.

ODOT will activate 17 new advisory speed signs on southbound Interstate 5 and southbound Interstate 405 Thursday July 31, the next in a series of projects using new technologies to provide real time information to drivers so they’re not rear ending each other entering or leaving the downtown area.

The advisory speed signs, part of ODOT’s new RealTime technologies, will display an advisory speed when weather, congestion, a crash, a stall or other obstruction slows traffic.

The signs will give drivers a heads-up to slow down before they reach a problem area, helping reduce rear-end crashes and the congestion they cause. As traffic slows, the signs will display a lower advised speed. The advised speed will continue to decrease as drivers approach the backup.

Advisory Sign Locations

Advisory Sign Locations

The signs are along southbound Interstate 5, from the Marquam Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge, and along southbound Interstate 405 approaching the intersection with I-5. ODOT chose the I-5/I-405 area south of downtown Portland because it’s particularly prone to rear-end crashes. Rear-end crashes most commonly take place when motorists unexpectedly encounter a line of vehicles slowed by congestion.

The advisory speed will be generated automatically by sensors in the road. The signs will go dark when not needed. Drivers will not be ticketed simply for exceeding the advisory speed. However, the Oregon Basic Rule still applies, which provides that drivers can be cited for driving recklessly or too fast for conditions, regardless of the speed limit.

Advisory speed signs are also part of the ODOT RealTime signs activated last week on OR 217.

National studies show that advisory speed signs have reduced overall crashes by 20 percent, reduced rear-end collisions by 30 percent and reduced secondary crashes by 40 percent.

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Jul 302014
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Jul 302014

Siletz Pow Wow Fri-Sat-Sun, Aug 8-10 On Government Hills

Siletz Pow Wow
Fri-Sat-Sun, Aug 8-10
On Government Hills

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Bring Your Family to the Siletz Pow-Wow

Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 8-10 in Siletz, held by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly event, a tradition for the Siletz people and other American Indians.

All events, except the parade, take place at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Government Hill in Siletz.

“I would like to extend an invitation to the surrounding communities to experience our pow-wow and learn about American Indian culture and dance,” said Buddy Lane, Tribal cultural education director and pow-wow coordinator. “Please join us at our annual celebration.”

The celebration will start with the crowning of the 2014-2015 Siletz Royalty on Friday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. All dance styles will enter the arena at 7 p.m. during the first Grand Entry. Dances in which the public can participate that are non-competitive will follow the Grand Entry.

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A parade winds through downtown Siletz at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. This hometown event includes Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, equestrian units, vintage cars and floats.

Pre-registration is available by accessing a registration form on the Tribe’s website –; picking one up at the Tribal administration building, 201 SE Swan Ave. in Siletz; or by contacting Lane at 541-444-8230 or
800-922-1399, ext. 1230.

Registration also is available the morning of the parade at 8 a.m. at the Tribal administration building. If you are not registered by 9 a.m., you cannot take part in the judging, which starts at 9 a.m. You can, however, still participate in the parade.

The parade is followed by a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. at the pow-wow grounds. Competition dancing for youth and teens takes place in the afternoon. Competition dancing continues after the 7 p.m. Grand Entry with Golden Age and adult categories and the finals for youth and teens.

On Sunday, Aug. 10, the final day of the pow-wow, a Grand Entry takes place at noon. This session will end with awards for the Golden Age, adult, teen and youth category winners. Prizes range from $25 to $500.

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A variety of food and Native arts and crafts and jewelry will be offered for sale by more than 50 vendors on the pow-wow grounds.

“We encourage everyone to come and see the variety of vendors at our annual summer pow-wow. Many facets of indigenous America are represented both in craft and food,” said Lane. “There’s something for everyone here.”

A free shuttle will be available from various parking lots in Siletz to the pow-wow on Government Hill. Signs will be posted. Parking is extremely limited at the pow-wow grounds, so the shuttle is the best way to get there.

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This alcohol- and drug-free event is free. Listen carefully to the pow-wow announcer, who will tell you when you can and when you should not take photos. The announcer also will explain the significance of the events taking place in the dance arena throughout the pow-wow.

Pow-Wow Schedule:
Friday, Aug. 8
6 p.m. – Royalty Crowning
7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Saturday, Aug. 9
10 a.m. – Parade
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Sunday, Aug. 10
Noon – Grand Entry

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Jul 302014

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, July 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: At least it didn’t rain. We had about everything else yesterday. The only things missing were a good dousing and Valley-like blast furnace temperatures. Over the past 24 hours the Central Coast has had sunshine, fog, low clouds and winds from calm to breezy. As anticipated, high temperatures were cooler, generally just above 60F, and the northwest wind was status quo at 15-20 mph gusting near 30 from noon to sunset. Fog and low level marine overcast hid the Moon and stars overnight; visibility ranged from 2-5 miles, so the fog wasn’t quite as thick as Monday’s. This morning, cloudy skies and patchy fog greeted early risers, a light northwest wind rustled the leaves and temps were in the low 50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 65F/57F/27mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/53F/26mph
Newport: 61F/52F/31mph
Waldport: 59F/50F/22mph
Yachats: 61F/51F/30mph

Forecast: A broad array of colors will fill the weather palette over the next few days – bright yellow sun, light blue sky, coal black nights, gray tinted clouds and pure white fog. And it appears that, like a good painting, none of the hues will dominate the scene. Mixed skies are predicted today for the Waldport Wednesday Market, with patchy fog especially near the beaches, highs around 65F and our standard northwest winds this afternoon and evening. Tonight, mostly cloudy with patchy fog and lows about 55F. Partly to mostly sunny tomorrow after patchy morning fog, high 65F and moderate northwest winds. Outlook is for increasing use of the color yellow as the week progresses and more sunshine is illustrated on our overhead canvas. The mercury stays in the seasonal range of 55F-65F and northwest winds arise to dry the paint in the afternoons.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.

Marine: Conditions are mild this morning with a N wind 10-15 knots, seas 4 feet at 7 seconds and patchy fog. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 11:00am and runs through this evening. Northerlies build to 15-20 knots gusting 25 later today and this evening with choppy combined seas of 6 feet at 7 seconds. Winds ease after midnight to 10-15 knots, and it looks like these lighter winds may persist through tomorrow, along with seas of 5 feet at 6 seconds. Outlook is for mainly N wind 10-20 knots gusting 25 and steep windwaves of 5-7 feet through the weekend.

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On the Beach… Patchy fog, clouds and sun, windy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the hot Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape high temperatures; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/30 Wed 08:59 AM 0.33 L
07/30 Wed 03:34 PM 7.46 H
07/30 Wed 09:21 PM 2.37 L
07/31 Thu 03:10 AM 7.15 H

In Short: Mixed sky, foggy areas, breezy, then repeat.

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 Posted by at 8:13 AM