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Big garage fire at 1040 N. Bayview Court, north side of Alsea River

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Jun 052016
 

Fully engulfed garage fire that is threatening the house.  Command is calling for more engines and water.

Fully engulfed garage fire that is threatening the house. Command is calling for more engines and water.
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9:20pm
Report of a large garage fire at 1040 N. Bayview Court, just across the Alsea River from Waldport. Arriving fire units say they see flames and smoke. The garage is detached but believed to be very close to the house.

9:35pm
Very tight quarters on the scene. Fire command telling incoming firefighters that they’ll be using their “deck guns” atop their rigs rather than just using hose water. The garage is really going.

9:42pm
Fire command is requesting a Newport Fire crew standby at Seal Rock Fire Station for coverage. Also a Newport Fire Rescue is responding to a medical emergency on North Beaver Creek Road.

9:46pm
Power company is being summoned to the scene to disconnect power to the residence.

9:50pm
Yachats Fire-Rescue also enroute.

9:52pm
Fire command says they’re making good progress at knocking the fire down. They still need two more tenders full of water to get on scene ASAP. Dispatch says they’re trying to find some available.

9:58pm
Request has gone out for a Toledo Fire crew to man an engine and head for Newport to help in coverage for Newport while Newport crews are on the Bayview fire and responding to a medical emergency on North Beaver Creek Road.

10:14pm
Depoe Bay Fire and Toledo Fire are sending tenders to aid in fighting the fire and providing water for mopping up.

Early in the fire, the occupants of the home evacuated as a precaution. No reports of any injuries thus far.

10:40pm
Sounds like they’ve got a good handle on the fire. Getting more water by running one of the tenders they’ve got down to a water supply, filling ’em up, and headed back to the fire. Two other tenders are arriving in the area. They’ll soon join a water shuttle bucket-line type operation to keep putting water on what’s left of the fire. Sounds like it burned pretty hot. Vehicles inside the garage.

Any citizen photos can be emailed to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

 Posted by at 9:29 PM

Sensum by N.R. Adams

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Jun 052016
 

Available from Amazon.com

Available from Amazon.com

If you have to work that hard to fit in or to rebel, you’re not following your heart and it’s not real.

You’re putting on a show, just like everyone else.

Find your own truth path. Don’t fake yourself out.

Sensum: Available at Amazon.com

 Posted by at 8:08 PM

Another running of the Newport Marathon

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Jun 052016
 

Finishing Times
Male Participants
1.Daniel Kinsella 2:37:42
2.Rob Russell 2:39:23
3.Heath Wiltse 2:44:40
4.Aaron Beddes 2:47:11
5.Shawn Fisher 2:48:05

Female Participants
1.Katie Wolfe 2:58:20
2.Lauren Horne 3:05:32
3.Tara Struyk 3:07:38
4.Dawn McElvain 3:09:21
5.Miriam Udosenata 3:18:26

Newport Marathon runners in Nye Beach.... Doris Posner photo

Newport Marathon runners in Nye Beach….
Doris Posner photo

For all the details of the race go to the Newport Marathon website at: Newport Marathon.org, or just click here.

 Posted by at 6:35 AM

Toledo CC wants to help low income pay their water bills

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Jun 052016
 

Helping low income seniors and others pay their water bills.

Helping low income seniors and others pay their water bills.


The Toledo City Council has taken a step toward helping low income water users in town to pay their water bill.

The H2O low income water program was actually started last year, but never got the other half of it going – actually qualifying residents who need the assistance. But now they’re rolling.

The council is announcing in everyone’s water bill that if they’re low income they can get help through the Community Services Consortium (CSC) that is collecting donations to help pay the water bills of low income residents. A similar program is being talked about to help low income families with their power bills as well.

The consortium is also in charge of letting everyone know that if they’re not low income and they have a few extra dollars to spare to help a neighbor or two make ends meet on their water bill, there’s a place where they can donate. Again, the information is in everyone’s water bill or you can call CSC at (541) 574-2280 or Toledo City Hall.

To qualify for assistance a household must make no more than 60% of the community’s median income – that median income is around $45,000 – and 60% of that is right at $27,000. So if you make $27,000 a year or less you qualify for up to $100 a year in water bill payment assistance. Right now CSC is taking applications from low income families. There is currently nearly $2,100 in assistance monies in that fund waiting to be allocated to low income households.

Toledo City Councilors don't want this going on close to the town's drinking water. BLM photo

Toledo City Councilors don’t want this going on close to the town’s drinking water.
BLM photo

Enhancing tree growth at Mill Creek Reservoir without using herbicides
The Toledo City Council, sensitive to the recent upwelling of opposition to using herbicides near bodies of water that provide human drinking water, the council took steps to ensure that herbicides are not used near Mill Creek Reservoir.

Thanks to a one year grant, the city will have the funds to manually clear competing plants on the forest floor in areas recently harvested for timber in the Mill Creek area. It’s a five acre parcel along Mill Creek. It is also a site where 1,800 seedling trees will be planted to create another cycle of wood growth in the Mill Creek Watershed. Those seedlings will include Western Hemlock, Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. The manual preparation of the ground for planting will run around $20,000 – roughly $15,000 from a grant, and $5,000 in matching funds from the City of Toledo.

City officials hope that when further plantings are made two and three years out there will be further grants available to manually clear the ground of competing brush to make way for the seedlings that will be planted right after.

With the recent flurry of opposition to forestry herbicide spraying with their wayward clouds of herbicides allegedly making some residents sick, Toldeo city councilors were very supportive of handling tree planting preparations in a way that doesn’t require aerial or ground spraying of herbicides.

Toledo Municipal Pool Old, needs a lot of work, including the roof.

Toledo Municipal Pool
Old, needs a lot of work, including the roof.


Trying to keep the Toledo Pool open while plans are made for a new one.
The Toledo City Council is also trying to figure out how to keep the old Toledo Municipal Pool open until a way can be found to build a new one. One idea is to create a new recreation district stretching far beyond the Toledo city limits to include enough properties to raise enough revenue to build a new pool that hopefully everybody in the new district will want to use and enjoy.

A group of citizens that are focused on a new special recreation taxing district have set a deadline of December 31st for a final plan to be submitted to the city council for consideration. If the plan doesn’t get enough support, it could be the end of the old pool. City staff says the city has many projects that are required to be built for public health and safety and with the pool costing the city a quarter million a year just to operate, that’s a big piece of the city’s annual budget that could be going to other things.

The old pool is literally falling apart to hear some city employees describe it. But if the citizens committee can come up with a plan that has some legs to broaden the pools funding sources, the Toledo area just might get a new pool.

 Posted by at 1:06 AM

Very expressive clouds up there today…

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Jun 042016
 

Child grasping pillow - dressed in bunny suit! Pauline Morrison

Child grasping pillow – dressed in bunny suit!
Pauline Morrison


Sheep dog begging for his dinner... Pauline Morrison

Sheep dog begging for his dinner…
Pauline Morrison

 Posted by at 10:08 PM

Another beautiful ending to a delightful day on the coast…

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Jun 042016
 

Beautiful sunset and they have it all to themselves!  Oh!  And Bob O'Brien taking the picture, of course!

Beautiful sunset and they have it all to themselves! Oh! And Bob O’Brien taking the picture, of course!

Yachats sunset with a rare configuration of light and clouds. Ken Gagne photo

Yachats sunset with a rare configuration of light and clouds.
Ken Gagne photo

Sunset on Siletz Bay and the Four Sisters  off Drift Creek. Bea Ray photo

Sunset on Siletz Bay and the Four Sisters off Drift Creek.
Bea Ray photo


Yachats Sunset light show. Ken Gagne

Yachats Sunset light show.
Ken Gagne

Central Coast Sunset Pauline Morrison

Central Coast Sunset
Pauline Morrison

Driftwood State Park Dennis Meredith

Driftwood State Park
Dennis Meredith


Sunset near Newport Bonnie Fuertes Rio

Sunset near Newport
Bonnie Fuertes Rio

 Posted by at 9:49 PM

Dog fight turns into human fight near 243 No. Deer Drive, Otis

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Jun 042016
 

9:15pm
Reports of a dog fight that escalated into some kind of a human fight has sparked a large law enforcement response. County and OSP Troopers are responding to the scene, said to be 243 N. Deer Road. Awaiting further details.

9:30pm
A nurse on scene reports that the human injuries do not require REACH air ambulance but law enforcement is keeping REACH coming anyway.

9:31pm
Law enforcement and PacWest Ambulance have just arrived on scene.

 Posted by at 9:29 PM

Amanda grotto replaced and rededicated in Yachats

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Jun 042016
 

Doc playing Amanda's Song during the re-dedication ceremony of the Amanda Trail.

Doc playing Amanda’s Song during the re-dedication ceremony of the Amanda Trail.


A new Amanda statue stands on higher and safer ground above the creek that swept the original statue away...

A new Amanda statue stands on higher and safer ground above the creek that swept the original statue away…


Amanda, a young Native American girl, who saw so much  cruelty and death inflicted by U.S. Calvalry that forced them to walk from Coos Bay to Yachats where many died.

Amanda, a young Native American girl, who saw so much cruelty and death inflicted by U.S. Calvalry that forced them to walk from Coos Bay to Yachats where many died.


Yachatians keeping history and accountability alive for future generations.

Yachatians keeping history and accountability alive for future generations.


Historic trail that became one of many "Trail of Tears" for Native Americans.

Historic trail that became one of many “Trail of Tears” for Native Americans.
Kerry Terrel photos

The Amanda Trail has been reopened and the Amanda Statue donated by Beth Cook and Joan Wikler is now facing her homeland in what is hopefully a safer location. A big storm a number months ago washed out the Amanda Trail Bridge and carried away the original statue of Amanda.

Today, there were Siletz Nation tribal representatives recounting the story of how the statue came to be and why its story must be told again and again to prevent such horrific abuse and death of so many Native Americans. A young Indian girl named Amanda was among those forced to march to an unknown area and a foreboding future. She watched as so many died of starvation and disease as they were forcibly removed from their native lands near Coos Bay and forced to walk every foot between Coos Bay and Yachats where they were ordered to resettle, for a time, in the Yachats Valley. Until these Native Americans mastered farming under quite different coastal conditions, many died of starvation.

The “Amanda Song” was played by Doc on his redwood flute – the notes floating through the forest and into the hearts and minds of everyone in attendance – a melody of healing, now forever found along the Amanda trail and in her statue.

So many from the Yachats Trail Committee, Forestry Service and others poured their hearts and souls into this Re-awakening. Yachatian Joanne Kittel worked tirelessly on the restoration. The grotto looks completely different and, fortunately, a portion of the old bridge was able to be salvaged and re-adapted for use as a crossing to the next portion of the trail.

Photos and story by Kerry Terrel with additions from News Lincoln County archives.

 Posted by at 6:56 PM

Small boat on Alsea River with two fishers aboard sinking, drifting downstream toward Drift Creek Landing. NO DOG ABOARD as earlier reported.

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Jun 042016
 

After man and woman rescued Central Coast Fire and Sheriff's Marine boat retrieved the overturned boat.

After man and woman rescued Central Coast Fire and Sheriff’s Marine boat retrieved the overturned boat. No dog aboard, as it turned out.
Becky Knowlton photo


2:40pm
Central Coast Fire is amassing a rescue for a man and woman, possibly from Toledo, who are in a small outboard boat that has taken on water, forcing the two into the waters of the Alsea River. They have are drifting down stream toward Drift Creek Landing – currently just downstream from 4259 Alsea Highway.

2:52pm
Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter has been requested to help out.

2:53pm
Seal Rock Water Rescue is enroute – will launch from Drift Creek Landing at 3911 Alsea Highway.

3:02pm
Victims are now in front of Drift Creek Landing headed west.

3:10pm
Rescue boat and a two Seal Rock Surf Rescue jet skis are in the water speeding toward the stranded boaters.

3:12pm
Coast Guard told to stand down.

3:14pm
One victim has been rescued by a jet ski and will soon be enroute to Drift Creek Landing where the ambulance is standing by.

3:17pm
First victim is ashore at Drift Creek Landing.

3:19pm
Rescuers going back for the second victim.

3:21pm
Have acquired second victim. Soon will be enroute to shore.

3:24pm
Second victim is back on shore at Drift Creek Landing. The wife is going to be transported to PCH in Newport. The two were in the water for quite a while.

3:25pm
Boat is upside down. Can’t be righted in stream. Putting a flag on it to make it visible to other boaters.

3:26pm
Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Boat is enroute from Port of Alsea headed upstream to help re-right the boat and retrieve it.

3:35pm
Boat is ashore, being emptied out by Seal Rock personnel and being prepared so it can be returned to its owner. Central Coast water rescue and Sheriff’s Marine Patrol folks are towing it back to Port of Alsea boat ramp to be re-trailered.

Fire Rescue personnel remind everyone going out on the water to carry life jackets and WEAR THEM!

Call for Citizen Photos: Email to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

 Posted by at 2:49 PM