High speed chase ends badly for Yachats resident and his passenger

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Dec 122018

On December 9th at approximately 2:20 AM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a silver Jeep Patriot driving erratically through Waldport. The driver of the Jeep refused to stop for the deputies and attempted to flee eastbound on Highway 34. After attempting to elude deputies for approximately eight miles, the vehicle left the road on a curve and crashed down an embankment.

The driver of the vehicle, 28 year old Yachats resident Jay Plaisted, was injured in the collision and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. Plaisted’s passenger, a 51 year-old female, was transported by Life Flight to a hospital out of the area.

Impairment is believed to have contributed to the crash. The incident remains under investigation and updates will be released as they become available.

Sen. Wyden Secures Critical Provisions in Farm Bill

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Dec 122018

Sen. Ron Wyden
On the farm front…

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR, announced that he secured several critical measures in the 2018 Farm Bill, including provisions to legalize industrial hemp, help hop growers and provide drought relief to Oregon farmers. The Farm Bill was passed by the full Senate today and now advances U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

“Rural Oregon communities can grow stronger with this bill’s big wins for hemp, hops and innovative opportunities in timber and agriculture,” Wyden said. “I am gratified that the fight for legislation that provides so many seeds for job growth has emerged with this bill helping Oregonians throughout our state.”

Hemp Legalization

Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley worked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to ensure the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was included in the final Farm Bill. The Hemp Farming Act clearly defines hemp as an agricultural commodity and removes it from the list of controlled substances. It also gives states the opportunity to become the primary regulators of hemp production, allows hemp researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and makes hemp farmers eligible to apply for crop insurance. Wyden, Merkley, McConnell, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,introduced the bill earlier this year.

For Hop Growers

Wyden secured a provision to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fight the two costliest diseases that affect hop plants, ensuring that Oregon State University can continue its work to address these threats. The provision was cosponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and supported by the Brewers Association.

Soil Health

Wyden also secured a win for climate with a provision to establish a pilot project for farmers across the country to implement advanced farming practices to capture carbon in soil. These farming practices have been shown to improve soil health and crop resilience while lowering the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. The soil health provision is supported by the American Coalition for Ethanol, Environmental Entrepreneurs, the National Corn Growers Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Drought Assistance

Wyden and other western senators included a provision to ensure long-standing Farm Bill programs will be easily accessible to states, counties and communities to combat drought. The provision streamlines USDA’s ability to get funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) on the ground to help western farmers with water conservation projects.

Energy Efficient Farms

Wyden included a measure that he sponsored with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., to improve the energy efficiency of farms. The provision would allow federal funding from the Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP) to be used to buy energy efficient farm equipment, which will help farmers reduce their operating costs. It will also encourage the expansion of energy and water efficient vertical farming.

Collaborative Forest Restoration

Wyden and Merkley secured a provision to increase funding for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) to empower rural communities across Oregon to restore effective forest management and improve forest health. The provision was also cosponsored by Jim Risch (R-ID), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Mass Wood Products

Wyden and Merkley secured several provisions in the Timber Innovation Act, supporting the development of mass timber products for building construction and promoting the growth of Oregon’s cross-laminated timber industry.

Fencing Assistance

Wyden and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, sponsored a bipartisan amendment to provide farmers with up-front federal funding through conservation programs for fence repairs that is included in the final Farm Bill.

Weather or Not: Surf’s Up

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Dec 122018

12/12/18 Broken sky cover/slight chance of showers today-tomorrow, S winds gusting 20-30mph, highs 50-55F, low 45F. Outlook: rain Fri, chance of showers Sat, rain Sun, showers likely Mon, rain – possibly heavy – on Tue, breezy at times, average temps with highs 50-55F, lows 45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..18 to 23 ft.
Weather………………Mostly cloudy. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southwest 5 to 10 kt, becoming south 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…7.3 ft at 03:53 AM PST.
Low tide….4.2 ft at 09:08 AM PST.
High tide…7.5 ft at 02:48 PM PST.
Low tide….0.7 ft at 09:37 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:47 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

Marine: Small Craft Advisory in effect through tomorrow evening.

Smoke non-structure on SE 84th

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Dec 122018

Smoke non-structure – smoke wafting over Highway 101 near the Newport Airport. Emergency responders are enroute.

Firefighters traversed the area where the smoke was reported. They didn’t find anything. Returning to quarters.

A Nice Family Christmas

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Dec 112018

Theatre West presents A Nice Family Christmas, a comedy by Phil Olsen. The director is Rich Emery. Rich directed Meanwhile, Back on the Couch last season. He has both acted and directed at Theatre West.

The play will run from December 27 through January 20, 2019 at Theatre West. It will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M. There will be one Sunday matinee on January 20 with curtain at 2:00 P.M.

On regular performance days, the box office is open at 4:00 P.M. The doors open at 7:00 P.M. and play begins promptly at 7:30 P.M. Advance reservations for all performances are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (541) 994-5663. Please leave a message and someone will call you back.

Theatre West is a non-profit, all volunteer community theatre dating back to 1975. Membership is open to all with dues at $15.00 per year for individuals, $25.00 for couples and $35.00 for families. Everyone in the community is invited to join and support our Lincoln City community theatre. More information about the theatre may be found at www.theatrewest.com or call (541) 994-5663 anytime. You will also find Theatre West of Lincoln City on Facebook and Twitter.

Statewide meeting about the Oregon Housing Plan

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Dec 112018

Deadline for public comment on Statewide Housing Plan, Wed. Dec. 19. Public meetings to learn more held this week in Eugene, Redmond, Forest Grove and Newport

Please review the Public Review Draft of the Statewide Housing Plan prior to taking this survey: https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/oshp.aspx

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is accepting public comment through December 19 on their draft Breaking New Ground: Oregon’s Statewide Housing Plan. The Statewide ​Housing Plan is an important step forward to articulate the extent of Oregon’s housing problem and what can be done to address it. A copy of the Plan, appendices, a survey for your comments, and an interview with Director Margaret Salazar can all be found at this link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OregonStatewideHousingPlan (Survey closes Dec. 19, 2018)​

Four remaining public meetings are being held this week to learn more and provide comments:
Eugene – December 10th 10 AM -12 PM at UO’s Knight Library
Redmond – December 11th 12 PM – 1 PM at Redmond City Hall – Part of the Housing For All meeting
Forest Grove – December 11th 1 PM – 3 PM at Forest Grove City Hall
Newport – December 13th 1 PM – 3 PM at Oregon Coast Community College
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is accepting public comment through December 19 on their draft Breaking New Ground: Oregon’s Statewide Housing Plan. The Statewide ​Housing Plan is an important step forward to articulate the extent of Oregon’s housing problem and what can be done to address it. A copy of the Plan, appendices, a survey for your comments, and an interview with Director Margaret Salazar can all be found at this link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OregonStatewideHousingPlan
(Survey closes Dec. 19, 2018)​

Four remaining public meetings are being held this week to learn more and provide comments:
Eugene – December 10th 10 AM -12 PM at UO’s Knight Library
Redmond – December 11th 12 PM – 1 PM at Redmond City Hall – Part of the Housing For All meeting
Forest Grove – December 11th 1 PM – 3 PM at Forest Grove City Hall
Newport – December 13th 1 PM – 3 PM at Oregon Coast Community College

What’s in the plan?
Breaking New Ground: the OHCS Statewide Housing Plan, is a five-year look at the agency’s priorities, goals, and strategies in ensuring a stable and affordable housing landscape.

“There is no single solution that can solve the housing crisis in Oregon, but together, we are making progress,” said Governor Kate Brown. “The new Statewide Housing Plan, driven by Oregon Housing and Community Services, will serve as our roadmap to make sure more Oregonians have a safe, affordable place to call home.”

The Plan identifies six priorities with corresponding goals and strategies including:
Equity and Racial Justice: Advance equity and racial justice by identifying and addressing institutional and systemic barriers that have created and perpetuated patterns of disparity in housing and economic prosperity.
Homelessness: Build a coordinated and concerted statewide effort to prevent and end homelessness, with a focus on ending unsheltered homelessness of Oregon’s children and veterans.

Permanent Supportive Housing: Invest in permanent supportive housing, a proven strategy to reduce chronic homelessness and reduce barriers to housing stability.

Affordable Rental Housing: Work to close the affordable rental housing gap and reduce housing cost burden for low-income Oregonians.

Home ownership: Provide more low- and moderate-income Oregonians with the tools to successfully achieve and maintain home ownership, particularly in communities of color.

Rural Communities: Change the way OHCS does business in small towns and rural communities to be responsive to the unique housing and service needs and unlock opportunities for housing development.

For more information: Ariel Nelson, Government Relations and Communications Liaison, Oregon Housing and Community Services, 503-949-0201, Ariel.Nelson@oregon.gov

Housing Oregon is working towards the day when every Oregonian has a safe and healthy place to call home.
Our mission is to support and strengthen our members through advocacy, communications, and best practices development.

PO Box 8427 | Portland, OR 97207 | 503-475-6056 | Brian@HousingOregon.org

Names released in Monday night’s fatal crash in north Newport

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Dec 112018

On Tuesday, December 10th, Newport Police officers and OSP, along with Newport Fire, were dispatched to the area of NW 68th Street and Highway 101, on a report of a head-on collision. Officers arrived and determined two vehicles were involved and there were multiple injured occupants, including one occupant trapped inside a vehicle.

The investigation revealed a white GEO Metro headed southbound on Highway 101 had crossed the centerline where it crashed head on into a Chevrolet S10 Blazer, which had been traveling northbound.

Newport Fire and PacWest Ambulance arrived and pronounced the driver of the Geo, who was trapped inside the vehicle, deceased as a result of the injuries.

The drivers of the vehicles involved in the fatal crash on Highway 101 at NW 68th have been identified. The driver of the Geo Metro was identifeid as Candous Lee Holberg, 52, Waldport. Holberg was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Chevrolet Blazer was identified as Jacqueline Eve Read, 34, Lincoln City. Read’s passenger was identified as Carl Vincent Davidson, 44, South Beach. Read and Davidson suffered minor injuries during the crash.

The crash remains under of investigation.

Highway 101 was closed for several hours while the Lincoln County Interagency Major Crash Team completed their investigation.

A lot to know about Seal Rock…

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Dec 112018

Seal Rock
The Book!

Great Christmas Gift!
Interested in local geology and our beautiful coastline?

Seal Rock resident, Maxine Centala, authored a book on The Geology of the Seal Rock Area a few years ago. 94 pages, with OVER 100 COLOR photographs, as well as maps and diagrams. Truly an exquisite book. It’s available at the Fireside Motel in Yachats for $20.50, which is the cost of printing it. Thank you to Drew Roslund of the Overleaf Lodge and Fireside Motel, who discusses local geology with guests, and because of their interest offered to have print copies of the book available for sale at the Fireside.

This book is for the lay person who wants to learn about this spectacular part of the Oregon coast. It focuses on many aspects of the basalt, sandstone and sea cliffs that are visible on a walk along the beach between Alsea Bay and Ona Beach State Park. It includes a section on Yachats Basalt and briefly mentions the basalts of Yaquina Head, Cape Foulweather and Depoe Bay. It covers topics such as paleontology, buried forests, beach sand, marine terraces, changing sea levels and earthquakes.

It is also available for downloading at

Weather or Not: Blustery Wet Day

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Dec 112018

12/11/18 Rainy/breezy today-tonight, precip totals 1-2″, S wind gusts to 45mph, high 55F, low 45F, mostly cloudy tomorrow, high 50-55F. Outlook: chance of rain Thu, rain/wind Fri, mixed skies Sat, rain Sun-Mon, with more wet weather to follow in the long term, highs 50-55F, lows 40-45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..10 to 14 ft.
Weather………………Cloudy with rain. Highs around 55.
Wind…………………Southwest 25 to 30 kt with gusts to 35 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…7.4 ft at 03:11 AM PST.
Low tide….4.1 ft at 08:21 AM PST.
High tide…8.0 ft at 02:07 PM PST.
Low tide….0.2 ft at 08:57 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:46 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

Marine: Gale Warning in effect until this afternoon nearshore, through this evening offshore out past 10 miles.

For some, Christmas is not all that joyful – How to cope….

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Dec 102018

The Christmas Tree!
Viggo Johansen, 1895

Grief and loss during the holidays

Family, togetherness and celebrations are main themes during the holidays. As we grow up we are consistently told that the holidays are times for connecting with those we love. We have traditions that are followed year in and year out. The same foods are shared, gifts are exchanged and our homes are decorated. Walking into any store with the holiday music and decorations reminds us of the holidays.

These traditions or customs can feel like an injury if we have experienced grief or loss through death, divorce or illness. It reminds us of the good times and the togetherness we will no longer share with the loved one. Watching others celebrate when feeling overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to recognize, once again, how much our lives have changed .

Although grief and loss are part of life, it comes in many different ways. Many grief specialists have compared grief and loss to a ride on a roller coaster. To some it can be a frightening ride, to others it can produce anxiety at unpredictable times. It is the plunge into the unknown that overwhelms and isolates us.

Here are some strategies that may help you or someone you know that is experiencing grief and loss at this time,

Set realistic expectations for yourself. Remember that this year is different from years past. Ask yourself if you want to continue the traditions or customs of the past.

Start a new tradition. During this time of year, create a tradition to honor the loved one or past memories. Go out to dinner instead of creating an decorative and festive meal. Or schedule a trip with friends or family.

Surround yourself with those who love and support you. Share your feelings and memories with others who may also miss the traditions of the past.

Help someone else. Consider donating a gift in memory of your loved one. Invite friends who might otherwise be alone to your home. Offer your services and time to non-profits.

Give yourself time. The grieving process cannot be managed in a prescribed manner. Every individual has his/her own unique grief experience and may have different needs during the holidays.

Take care of yourself. Try to avoid the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Stay active. Keep a journal of your journey through grief and your recovery. Buy yourself something frivolous.

The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to commemorate the holidays and to know that grief is a wild and crazy ride.

As once stated, “Grief is something you never really get over, but you put it in a place inside you and deal with it the way you have to,” Laura Branigan, singer and actress.

If you are interested in participating in a grief recovery group please contact me at (925) 550-0361.

Submitted by Nancy Resnikoff, M.A., LMFT, (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)

Bad crash 101 at NW 68th north of Newport

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Dec 102018

A serious traffic crash on Highway 101 at Nw 68th north of Newport. Head on collision. Possible fatality in one of the vehicles. Caution if you’re headed through that stretch of 101.

Highway 101 is completely shut down.

Traffic Crash on 101 at milepost 135 – south side of Foulweather

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Dec 102018

Newport Fire-Rescue is enroute to a report of a traffic crash south of Cape Foulweather near Beverly Beach. Elderly man and his care crashed into a hillside.
Watch for emergency vehicles.

Driver is out of his vehicle. Appears to be okay.

Running from police lands young motorcyclist in jail in Newport

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Dec 102018

Jason Avery
Failure to pullover.
Crashed motorcycle in the process.

Late last week Newport Police Officers tried to stop a motorcyclist for traffic violations near the intersection of South Coast Hwy and SW Case St.

When Officers activated their emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop, the motorcycle quickly accelerated southbound on S Coast Hwy with the Officers on a pursuit.

Officers observed the motorcyclist speeding through traffic at speeds estimated between 80 mph and 90 mph over the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Officers lost sight of the motorcycle and terminated the pursuit. A short time later, Officers were notified by a passing motorist that the motorcycle had crashed near the intersection of South Coast Hwy and SE 32nd St. Officers responded to the area and located a male subject walking away from the area. The male was identified as 21 Year Old, Jason Avery of Newport.

Avery was detained while the investigation continued. Officers were able to locate Avery’s motorcycle hidden off the roadway on SE 32nd St. Avery had stashed his motorcycle in an attempt to evade being located.

Avery was subsequently taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the charges of Attempt to Elude Police and Reckless Driving. Avery also received citations for Speeding, Unsafe Passing, and No Motorcycle Endorsement.

On the Road to Retirement, Beware of These Five Risks

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Dec 102018

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Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Advisor
Waddell & Reed

On the Road to Retirement, Beware of These Five Risks
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel

On your journey to retirement, you’ll likely face many risks that have the potential to throw you off course. Following are five common challenges retirement investors face. Take some time now to review and understand them before your journey takes an unplanned detour.

1. Traveling aimlessly
Setting out on an adventure without a definitive destination can be exciting, but probably not when it comes to saving for retirement. As you begin your retirement strategy, one of the first steps you’ll need to take is identifying a goal. While some people prefer to establish one big lump-sum accumulation amount — for example, $1 million or more — others find that type of number daunting. They might focus on how much their savings will need to generate each month during retirement — say, the equivalent of $5,000 in today’s dollars, for example. (“In today’s dollars” refers to the fact that inflation will likely increase your future income needs. These examples are for illustrative purposes only. They are not meant as investment advice.)

Regardless of the approach you follow, setting a goal may help you better focus your investment strategy. In order to set a realistic target, you’ll need to consider a number of factors — your desired lifestyle, pre-retirement income, health, Social Security benefits, any traditional pension benefits you or your spouse may be entitled to, and others. Examining your personal situation both now and in the future can help you determine how much you may need to accumulate.

2. Investing too conservatively…
Another key to determining how much you may need to save on a regular basis is targeting an appropriate rate of return, or how much your contribution dollars may earn on an ongoing basis. Afraid of losing money, some retirement investors choose only the most conservative investments, hoping to preserve their hard-earned assets. However, investing too conservatively can be risky, too. If your investment dollars do not earn enough, you may end up with a far different retirement lifestyle than you had originally planned.

3. …Or too aggressively
On the other hand, retirement investors striving for the highest possible returns might select investments that are too risky for their overall situations. Although you might consider investing at least some of your retirement portfolio in more aggressive investments to potentially outpace inflation, the amount you invest in such higher-risk vehicles should be based on a number of factors. Appropriate investments for your retirement savings mix are those that take into consideration your total savings goal, your time horizon (or how much time you have until retirement), and your ability to withstand changes in your account’s value. Would you be able to sleep at night if your portfolio lost 10%, 15%, even 20% of its overall value over a short time period? These are the types of scenarios you must consider when choosing an investment mix.

4. Giving in to temptation
On the road to retirement, you will likely face many financial challenges as well — the unplanned need for a new car, an unexpected home repair, an unforeseen medical expense are just some examples.
During these trying times, your retirement savings may loom as a potential source of emergency funding. But think twice before tapping your retirement savings assets, particularly if your money is in an employer-sponsored retirement plan or an IRA. Consider that:
• Any dollars you remove from your portfolio will no longer be working for your future
• You may have to pay regular income taxes on distribution amounts that represent tax-deferred investment dollars and earnings
• If you’re under age 591⁄2, you may have to pay an additional penalty tax of 10% to 25% (depending on the type of plan and other factors; some exceptions apply)
For these reasons, it’s best to carefully consider all of your options before using money earmarked for retirement.

5. Prioritizing college saving over retirement

Many well-meaning parents may feel that saving for their children’s college education should be a higher priority than saving for their own retirement. “We can continue working, if needed,” or “our home will fund our retirement,” they may think. However, these can be very risky trains of thought. While no parent wants his or her children to take on a heavy debt burden to pay for education, loans are a common and realistic college-funding option — not so for retirement. If saving for both college and retirement seems impossible, consider speaking with a financial professional who can help you explore the variety of tools and options.
No investment strategy can guarantee success. All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of your contribution dollars. There is no assurance that working with a financial professional will result in investment success.
I hope you found this beneficial and informational. For more information about me and my services, visit my website: www.duane.wrfa.com

Thank you for your interest.

Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322 or via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com.

This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. The article was written by an independent third party, Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (Copyright 2018) and is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Waddell& Reed is not affiliated with www.newslincolncounty.com website and is not responsible for any other content posted to this website. (10/18)

Weather or Not: Spigot Off, Spigot On, etc.

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Dec 102018

12/10/18 Chance of showers with mixed skies, light winds, high 50F today, rain tonight-tomorrow night, up to 2″ total, S winds gusting 30-40mph, low 45F, high 50F. Outlook: chance of showers/rain Wed-Thu, rain Fri, chance of rain Sat, rain likely Sun, seasonal highs near 50F, lows about 45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..13 to 17 ft with sneaker waves.
Weather………………Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs around 50.
Wind…………………Southwest less than 5 kt with gusts to 10 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…7.6 ft at 02:31 AM PST.
Low tide….3.9 ft at 07:39 AM PST.
High tide…8.5 ft at 01:30 PM PST.
Low tide…-0.1 ft at 08:18 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:45 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

Marine: Gale Warning in effect this evening through tomorrow afternoon out past 10 miles offshore, Small Craft Advisory for seas and winds in effect nearshore.