Weather or Not: DIY

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Apr 132017

News Lincoln County’s weatherman is off today and tomorrow, so use the links below for do-it-yourself forecasts, observations and conditions. Our daily ‘Weather or Not’ reports resume on Saturday morning.

wxon-twitterNOTE: Weather or Not’s Twitter feed will still keep you posted on any major changes in conditions, and you’ll get updated travel info and an abbreviated forecast each morning tailored to the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Summary: Observations

Forecast: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats

Travel: ODOT TripCheck, Activity Planner, Coast Range, Cascades

Marine: Local Waters, Bar Reports

Tides: Tide Tables

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A message to all News Lincoln County readers:

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Apr 132017

Herbicide spraying
archive photo

As you can clearly see there is a highly controversial citizens’ initiative on the May 16th ballot. It has to do with whether the voters of Lincoln County demand an end of aerial (from planes/helicopters/drones) pesticide spraying in the county in light of what they call a clear danger to the health and well being of Lincoln County residents. But also to rivers and streams that lie a short distance away from those spraying operations. has declined to accept any political advertising for or against Measure 21-177 in favor of running opinion pieces from readers who are for or against the measure.

We invite supporters as well as detractors to the ballot measure.

Email them to:

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Further discussion of Measure 21-177 – Aerial Spraying Ban

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Apr 132017

This Letter to the Editor submission does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of, nor of it’s staff or advertisers. The writer is solely responsible for its content.

Who’s trying to defeat measure 21-177?

A few local Lincoln County residents are voicing opposition to 21-177, the measure
to ban aerial spraying, but the majority against the bill are not our residents, farmers
or foresters.

Oregon Secretary of State’s website shows who organized and is funding the “Coalition to Defeat 21-177”.  The first red flag is that the treasurer, Carol A Russell, also serves on campaigns such as Umpqua Valley Republican Women’s PAC, Friends of Paul Savas, Citizens to Elect Dennis Richardson, etc.  She is a treasurer for many Republican PACs throughout Oregon.  It is unlikely that Lincoln County’s economy or the health of it’s citizens concern her, ostensibly never having been a resident.

The donation list isn’t populated by our friends and neighbors but instead the likes of Weyerhaeuser, along with “Oregonians for Food & Shelter”, a front organization for Ag and Chem companies.  Please look up “Oregonians for Food & Shelter PAC” on Oregon Secretary of State’s website so you can see for yourself the large donations made by Monsanto, Dow International, Simplex, Syngenta, Sprague Pest Solutions and others. These aren’t farmers or foresters but companies that profit from the sales of toxic chemicals.

Next we find a laundry list of Oregon Farm Bureau’s aka fronts for big agriculture, a handful of timber companies, and a few individuals such as Rick Krohn, President of Western Helicopter Services.

Hilltop Public Solutions, a giant public relations firm, has received over $10,000 from the Coalition to Defeat 21-177, to provide, in their words, “What it takes to win”. They will be the ones crafting misleading arguments, designing elegant websites and posters, and using every other political machination to deceive the voters.

Citizens of our county have spent their time and money trying to affect positive change and once again big business is trying to ensure that they can continue to harm our health and environment for their shareholder profits.

Recently I became aware that our own Lincoln County Commissioners have come out against measure 21-177 after having been pressured by corporate interests, in spite of a large volume of letters, emails, and phone calls urging them to reconsider.   

Matt Newell


From: John Colman-Pinning

For immediate relief from the exaggerations and unsubstantiated assertions made by Coalition to Defeat Measure 21-177 and Protect Family Farms and Forests, Lincoln County residents need only focus on the assertion made by the above named Political Action Committees that aerial spraying (spraying from aircraft) is “the safe, effective application of approved products.” Please note this carefully worded phrase does not say the products (poisons) applied by aerial spraying are themselves safe; it only implies the poisons so sprayed are safe. In truly deceptive fashion, the phrase says only that the application of the poisons is safe and effective and the poisons so applied are approved (presumably by some government agency). To further mollify legitimate concerns of Lincoln County residents, the above named Political Action Committees also state “spraying is tightly regulated by federal and state law, ensuring the public and environment is protected.”

Sounds good, right? But, not so fast. The laws ensure nothing. If government agencies charged with evaluating the safety of the poisons being sprayed are themselves corrupted by the very corporations who manufacture the poisons, then federal and state laws [based on evaluations manipulated by the poison manufacturers] intended to protect the public and the environment are themselves bogus. Think Monsanto. Think glyphosate a.k.a. Roundup.

Need convincing? Read on.


March 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding reports that unsealed court documents raise new questions about the safety of Monsanto weed killer Roundup and its chief ingredient glyphosate.

“New questions about the safety of Monsanto weed killer Roundup are deeply troubling. I worked on the glyphosate issue last term and I believe consumers should immediately stop using Roundup, whose core ingredient glyphosate has been labeled a likely carcinogen and has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. We need to find out if Monsanto or the Environmental Protection Agency misled the public.”

“Reports suggest that a senior official at the EPA worked to suppress a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review of glyphosate, and may have leaked information to Monsanto. I believe that a Department of Justice investigation is warranted to look into any potential misconduct by employees of the EPA. I also believe a congressional hearing is immediately warranted.”

It should be noted that the corporations cited above (Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow Chemical) are major cash contributors to the Political Action Committees who fund (directly or indirectly) Coalition to Defeat Measure 21-177 and Protect Family Farms and Forests.

Need proof? See: (Coalition to Defeat 21-177 PAC) (contributions and expenditures) (Oregonians for Food & Shelter PAC) (contributions and expenditures) (Oregon Farm Bureau PAC) (contributions and expenditures) (Oregon Forest Industries Council PAC) (contributions and expenditures)

The foregoing submittal by John Colman-Pinning reflects his own views and opinions which does not necessarily reflects the views and opinions of, its staff or advertisers. Mr. Colman-Pinning’s statements are strictly his own.

 Posted by at 1:50 AM

Hey Toledo! Everybody in to the pool!!

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Apr 132017

Toledo Pool on its last legs.

Toledo Chamber of Commerce luncheon April 20

Jim Chambers, co-chair of the Keep Our Pool Open Community Committee, will be guest speaker at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 20. Chambers will discuss Toledo’s efforts to restore its municipal swimming pool.

Always Tea Time caterers will serve an Easter-themed lunch. All attendees are asked to pay $10 at the door to cover the cost of lunch. The meeting begins at noon at the Toledo Fire Department, 285 NE Burgess Road. The public is welcome to attend; no RSVP is necessary.

C. J. Drake
Communications & Public Affairs Manager
Toledo, Oregon
Office: 541-336-8202/Cell: 541-272-4781

 Posted by at 1:38 AM

Chowder Bowl and Altrusa help students in an emergency

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Apr 122017

Project School Bell 2017 Volunteer Gail Willet with Altrusa.

Chowder Bowl big supporter of Altrusa Project School Bell Project.
(L>R)julie Baldwin, Lin Shubert, Mike Franklins (Chowder Bowl) Robin Morgan, Gail Willet

Students from 12 of Lincoln County’s public schools have access to emergency supplies this spring, thanks to a generous donation by a local business and the work of Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay.

Twice each year, Altrusa volunteers shop for the kinds of items that can sometimes be needed unexpectedly. Sweatpants, t-shirts, underwear, hygiene products, lice kits and a variety of other purchases are made in response to lists formulated by school representatives and provided to Altrusa. This spring the purchases were covered entirely by a $5,000 donation from Chowder Bowl restaurant in Newport. The business earmarked its donation specifically to this student necessities effort, known as Project School Bell.

“Newport Chowder Bowl is committed and enthusiastic about supporting Project School Bell,” said owner Liz Shell. “These are the innocent faces of children who live under the cloud of poverty. We hope our involvement will bring awareness to how many children in the county need our assistance.” Shell has owned the Chowder Bowl for 38 years and her son, Mike Franklin, manages the restaurant.

In the 2016/2017 school year, Project School Bell (PSB) purchased supplies to the tune of $11,349, which also includes shoe vouchers for students unable to replace tattered footwear. Even with that kind of investment, PSB was not able to cover all requests. In the course of the school day, more than 3,000 kids attend these 12 schools, so it’s not surprising that torn clothing, illness, bathroom-related issues for elementary-aged students and other mini-disasters occur and require more than just the typical supplies.

Franklin, who has managed the Chowder Bowl for seven years, said the business is always interested in giving back to a community that has been so supportive. He and his wife, Amy, were pleased with the donation to PSB. “My wife and I feel strongly about helping local causes and there is a special feeling for Altrusa because of what you do for kids in the community and the people who truly need you,” he said. Shell agreed,

PSB has also received funding from the Siletz Tribe and Pacific Communities Hospital Foundation in the past. Wal-Mart also continues to play a supportive role, giving Altrusa a 10 percent discount on items purchased in the store for Project School Bell.
Women who want to help Altrusa further its mission to help women and children in Lincoln County are invited to join. For more information, call Angela Nebel at (541)264-8735.

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Male involved in a domestic confrontation taken at gunpoint in 22-hundred block of Oceania, across the Alsea from Waldport

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Apr 122017

Local law enforcement was finally able to bring some tense moments to a safe conclusion Wednesday at a home near the intersection of Oceania and Clipper Streets in the Bayshore, just across the Alsea River from Waldport.

Reports say 9-1-1 dispatch got a call from a woman who said she was in a domestic dispute with a man and that she needed help getting out of the house. At that point, a male voice was heard and quickly the voice said “There’s no emergency here,” and then hung up the phone.

Law enforcement made a bee line to the house in the 22-hundred block of Oceania. Deputies knocked on the door. No answer. Phone rings and it’s the female inside stating “There is no emergency.” Either on the same phone call or another one, law enforcement said they talked with the female again and she said, “I don’t feel safe.”

A short while later, the woman made a break for it, and got outside to safety.

Officers told the male to come out. He didn’t. Officers then went inside and searched the home but found no sign of him. Officers assumed he was hiding up in the attic.

Eventually law enforcement managed to get him in handcuffs and into a patrol car for a quick trip to the Lincoln County Jail.

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Blues and other guitar workshop with Walter T. Ryan in Toledo

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Apr 122017

Young Walter T. Ryan and friends….MANY years ago.

Walter T. Ryan
Guitarist – Blues

Delta Blues Player Walker T. Ryan offers popular guitar workshop again!

Walker T. Ryan’s blues guitar workshop was such a success, that he is again offering his popular Mississippi Delta Blues Slide Guitar workshop on Saturday April 29th from 1 to 4pm at the KYAQ studio in Toledo Oregon at 321 SE 3rd in the Floweree Community Center.

The workshop is designed for guitar players who want to learn what makes the Delta Blues the Delta Blues. All you need is a guitar, a slide, a recording device and paper. Class size is limited to 6 players, so personal attention and an intimate atmosphere is guaranteed. Players do not need to be professionals or even advanced to participate, just have a basic working knowledge of the guitar and the desire to learn Delta blues style of playing. Walker uses Robert Johnson’s classic song, Walking Blues and works it from the ground up to get to the bone and the meat of the rhythm and chords and then spices it up with basic techniques to make it more than just the notes.

Walker is well regarded as a master of the Delta blues. He started playing guitar as a folk singer and when his family moved to New York City, he found himself immersed in the pre-hippie folk scene of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Dave VanRonk. But Walker got bit by the blues bug when he was exposed to the music of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Lightnin Hopkins, Son House and Fred McDowell. Walker was a rambler most of his life and he played his music in bars, dives, churches, on the streets, bakeries, and bordellos; wherever there was a gig. When he moved to Eugene in the 90’s, in addition to playing the blues, he worked with kids at risk. Walker still plays every day and makes regular trips to Clarksdale Mississippi. He is essentially retired from the stage and spends his time working on musical projects. Dave VanRonk, said of Walker, “That boy’s got a soul of his own.” Cost of the workshop is $50.00, and interested players can contact Walker at to reserve a place or to get more information.

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Weather or Not: Dry Hopes for the Weekend

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Apr 122017

Wednesday, Apr. 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Moderate rain and breezy yesterday, heavy rain, windy overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/45F/44mph/0.89”
Depoe Bay: 52F/47F/45mph/0.97”
Newport: 52F/48F/51mph/1.28”
Waldport: 51F/45F/42mph/1.29”
Yachats: 54F/43F/50mph/1.27”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,000’, broken @ 1,600’, overcast @ 2,700’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SSW 22 mph G29/Altimeter: 29.67”

Forecast: A break from the wet weather is shaping up for this weekend, but expect lots of rain between now and then. Showers continue today through tomorrow, up to another inch or better of total precipitation, windy with sou’westers gusting 25-40 mph, highs in the low-50s and a low about 45F. Outlook is for showers lingering into Friday, partly to mostly sunny and dry Saturday, a chance of rain returns late Sunday, then showers likely again Monday and Tuesday. The thermometer should be near seasonal over the next week.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 45F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, 35-40F, the snow level is 5,000 feet, but dropping to 4,500 to 3,500 feet with several inches of snow at pass level tonight and tomorrow, carry chains or traction tires. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SW 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 9-10 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. A low-pressure area along the North Oregon Coast early this morning is continuing to move north and weaken. An upper level trough remains over local waters today through tomorrow. High pressure returns late Friday and holds through Saturday. Seas 6-10 feet through the extended period. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/12 Wed 07:56 AM -0.04 L
04/12 Wed 02:17 PM 7.41 H
04/12 Wed 07:56 PM 1.62 L
04/13 Thu 02:09 AM 8.26 H

In Short: Showers, dry weekend, then continued wet.

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