Mar 042015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Mar. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: The Sun reigned over our area again yesterday engendering persistent unseasonably high temperature readings ranging through the 50s; Lincoln City was the warmest. North-northwest winds blew 10-15 mph from noon to sunset putting a cool twist on the afternoon. Clear skies prevailed during the evening and overnight leaving the door open for Jack Frost to perform his magic early this morning. At daybreak, early risers were scraping Jack’s handiwork from their windshields under a clear sky and light east winds. It’s much colder east of the Cascades with 8F in Meacham being the state’s lowest temperature.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/36F
Depoe Bay: 56F/33F
Newport: 52F/34F
Waldport: 53F/35F
Yachats: 54F/33F

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Forecast: Static, stagnant, still, stationary, silent – pick one. No changes are predicted for the foreseeable future WON SUNNYas mostly sunny days, patchy morning fog and clear nights dominate Central Coast weather over the next several days, maybe a week. The mercury is expected to top out at 55-60F each day and dip to around 40F at night. Winds should remain light throughout the period. Computer models are hinting at a transition to wet weather by next Tuesday or Wednesday, but the jury is still out.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice and patchy fog early, then sunny with 55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps 55-60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, but bare pavement at Government Camp, temperatures are 20-30F; sunny, light winds, the free air freezing level is at 5,500 feet rising to 6,500 feet.

Surface Rescue

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 74” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/50”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding

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Marine: The breeze is light NE 5-10 knots this morning and seas are negligible, 4 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, WON MARINE WXDepoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Mainly N winds 5-15 knots are predicted from today through Sunday, with a brief interlude of light SE wind 10 knots on Friday. Swells are projected to remain 3-5 feet with periods of 10-12 seconds.

On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/04 Wed 11:18 AM 8.17 H
03/04 Wed 05:46 PM 0.35 L
03/05 Thu 12:11 AM 7.65 H
03/05 Thu 05:55 AM 1.99 L

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In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, warm days, cool nights, ad infinitum.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Mar 032015
 
Major crime sweep in Newport last week of February.

Major crime sweep in Newport last week of February.

Newport Police, with a lot of help from outside agencies, busted up a large home and car burglary and vehicle theft ring operating in Newport during the month of February.

It started out with Newport stopping a known stolen car on February 20th – the driver later learned to be linked to a small army of thieves and drug pushers.

One by one, house by house, car by car, law enforcement swept Newport area residences and charged 11 addition individuals, mostly in their 20s and 30s, charging them with various crimes from possession and distribution of illegal drugs to possession of stolen property and probation violation – weapons violations, even stolen lab equipment from the Newport Sewer Plant.

Newport Police say much of the crime spree (20 separate crimes) was mostly easy for the criminals due to unlocked cars and other vehicles as well as unlocked apartments and homes. Police say failure to secure your property is obviously a fast way to lose it.

Police say there is likely to be more stolen property yet undiscovered and/or claimed. They say if you’re missing something, make sure you’re not missing more. If you do find that you were a victim of one of the biggest burglary rings to surface in a long time, call Newport Police to see if they’re holding your property as evidence against the 12 individuals now in the Lincoln County Jail.

Those arrested on various charges include Stephanie Wheeler-Davey, Jason Owens, Shane Walls, Tanya Schriver, Shannon Thomas, Jason Gemkow, Chelsey Allen, Gabriel Evans, Erin Swinford, Christopher White, Tyler Milbert, and Joshua Sanders. They were all booked on various charges with bails running between $150,000 to a half million dollars.

 Posted by at 10:34 PM
Mar 032015
 
Toledo Elks Lodge  Spaghetti Feed Saturday

Toledo Elks Lodge
Spaghetti Feed Saturday, 5pm

From Toledo Elks

To show our appreciation to the kids who participated in the Elks Americanism Essay Contest and the Hoop Shoot, as well as all Veterans, the Toledo Elks Lodge will be hosting a Spaghetti Feed on Saturday, March 7th starting at 5:00 PM. Veterans will receive a complimentary dinner, as well as the kids and their families. Cost for the dinner is $5.00. The public is invited and encouraged to participate in honoring these kids and our Veterans.

 Posted by at 4:26 PM
Mar 032015
 

Newport City Hall

Newport City Hall

Seal Rock Water District Office

Seal Rock Water District Office

It’s not quite yet a done deal, but it appears like they’re getting there. The Seal Rock Water District, which still serves parts of South Beach north and south of the Newport Airport, has approached the Newport City Council to better connect the two communities’ water systems. In the event of an emergency at either end, it sure would come in handy.

The deal is to help pay for what is called Seal Rock’s “stubbing in” municipal water service on SE 66th and 68th as well as a line to the Newport Airport which will greatly enhance the airport’s potential for future economic growth.

Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross said the timing is a bit off for Newport’s needs but there may never be a perfect time to get the two water systems together. So when he was approached by Seal Rock Water’s general manager to help pay for the stubbing-in he said he’d have to check with his city council – which he did Monday night.

Gross said both the water district and the city have vulnerabilities. Newport’s water line under Yaquina Bay that serves South Beach and almost all the way to the airport, is a long perilous run, subject to earth movement and being underneath a busy waterway. Seal Rock, he said, suffers from a very long supply pipe from Toledo all the way down the South Bay Road to its distribution center. With the new solid inter-tie at the airport, Seal Rock could pump water north to Newport if needed, just like Newport could pump water south to Seal Rock in an emergency.

The city council agonized over Seal Rock’s last-minute request for $75,000 to solidify the inter-tie infrastructure which they’re right in the middle of completing as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency project. Gross re-iterated that the timing isn’t just right but the inter-tie is a standing goal for his department. And the city would be getting a significant benefit from the completed work.

Councilors seemed amenable to the request. They seemed to warm up to it when they were reminded that the city’s budget process for next fiscal year, which starts July 1st, would have time to evaluate the proposal and try to fit it in to the city’s spending plans. City Attorney Steve Rich reminded the council that the city and Seal Rock are next door neighbors. And although the timing may not be the best, in the interest of being a good neighbor and knowing there will be many other challenges and opportunities for cooperation between Seal Rock and Newport, he’d like to see the council find a way to make it happen.

And they did. But again, they only went so far as to say that the proposal must go through the city’s budget process before the city can, as Gross said, “cut them a check after the work is done – because it will be done before the city’s budget process is complete.”

Bottom line: No guarantees, but unless something really big comes up, Seal Rock will likely have their request honored because the intertie is a very important component in terms of water service reliability for both Newport and Seal Rock and they’ve been talking about a permanent “hook up” between the two communities for a long time.

 Posted by at 4:01 PM
Mar 032015
 
 Newport City Council wants to hear from residents on city goals

Newport City Council wants to hear from residents on city goals


CITY OF NEWPORT TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON CITY COUNCIL GOALS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015/2016

The Newport City Council recently got an earful from its various city departments, advisory committees, and the public on goals for the 2015-16 fiscal year. In response the City Council prioritized fourteen goals for next fiscal year. The goals will help the City Council identify priorities as the city begins developing the next city budget that runs from July 1st through June 30th of next year.

A public hearing on all this will be held during the City Council meeting of March 16th. The meeting begins at 6:00PM in the City Council Chambers inside Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway.

The fourteen identified goals include:

* Pursue the hiring of a Fire Prevention Officer/Emergency Manager;
* Pursue city beautification with flower plantings, stronger code enforcement,
annexation of certain South Beach properties, and billboard ordinance modifications;
* Proceed with an update of the Parks Master Plan;
* Assign a Police Officer to the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT);
* Jointly fund a School Resource Officer with the Lincoln County School District;
* Install street lights at the Newport Public Library;
* Create an online information page that would include financial reporting on project costs and scheduled completions for Public Works projects;
* Pursue negotiations among various stakeholders on regionalizing the Newport Municipal Airport;
* Replace city halls heating and air conditioning system;
* Proceed with Stage Two of the Library Strategic Plan;
* Develop a long-term financing plan for city facilities and begin funding that plan;
* Work with property owners in the City Center to repair their buildings;
* Encourage economic development by being friendly to small businesses and
finding ways to make Newport a better place for small business success;
* Create a larger, more prominent, display for Coast Guard memorabilia in the
city.

All of the City Council suggestions arising from the goal setting session are
available in the City Council packet for March 2, 2015. This document is available on the city’s website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City Government,” then on “City Council Meetings, and on “City Council – Agenda – Packet – March 2, 2015.”

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing on March 16, 2015 to provide comments on the proposed City Council goals. Written comments regarding the goals may be submitted to the City Recorder, via e-mail, at publiccomment@newportoregon.gov, or by mail, or dropped off to the City Recorder at City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365.

Written comments must be submitted by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, March 16, 2015, and will be included as a part of the record during the public hearing scheduled that evening.

 Posted by at 1:28 PM
Mar 032015
 
Meningococcus infection.  Goes after brain, spinal cord, respiratory system. Anti-bacterial medications are available along with new vaccines.

Meningococcus infection.
Goes after brain, spinal cord, respiratory system.
Anti-bacterial medications are available along with new vaccines.

University of Oregon students and faculty are lining up by the hundreds to receive a just recently FDA approved vaccine against Meningitis B.

The Oregon Health Authority and University of Oregon Health officials launched the vaccination drive following the death of a student last week and reports that three other students have come down with the potentially lethal infection.

More in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 1:09 PM
Mar 032015
 

Street closure at NE Avery St., between Highway 101 and NE 70th St. today Tuesday, until 5:00 p.m.

The City’s Public Works Department announces the closure today Tuesday, of NE Avery St., between Highway 101 and NE 70th St., due to construction. The street will be closed until approximately 5:00 p.m. today. Please use NE 73rd St. for access to this area.

 Posted by at 12:32 PM
Mar 032015
 
Portland based land trust non-profit

Portland based land trust non-profit

The Newport City Council hit what might be described as a hiccup in turning over the reigns of the Lincoln County Land Trust to a similar organization out of Portland. The group, which likewise seeks to place home ownership within reach of lower to lower-middle income families, is called Proud Ground based in Portland.

Lincoln County Land Trust board members Bill Hall and Derrick Tokos said the hand-off to Proud Ground would jump-start Lincoln County’s own efforts to shepherd more Lincoln County families into a home of their own. Surplus or tax foreclosed land in the county could be deeded to the land trust, and any home built on it would cost just the price of the home, not the land. The homeowner pays a mortgage but only a lease payment to the trust for the land. Then when that family is ready to move into a better home, the starter home can go to another lower income family to start the process of upward housing mobility all over again. Proud Grounds has hundreds of them in the Portland metropolitan area.

But the hiccup was prompted by an observation by city councilor David Allen that the contract with Proud Ground would not use up the full amount that is being donated annually to the Lincoln County Land Trust – $50,000 rather than $90,000. Allen said it suggests that the donor entities – Lincoln City, Newport and the county – might be justified in getting a rebate on their donations.

It seemed to catch Hall, Tokos and the council momentarily flat-footed. But then Tokos brought up a strategic element that Allen had overlooked – that land trusts routinely tap federal Community Development Block Grant funds that often require local match money to help finance the housing creation process. The council decided to continue exploring the Proud Ground option but also asked Hall and Tokos to bring back more information on funding details to the next council meeting.

 Posted by at 11:49 AM
Mar 032015
 
Software development is "in" big time in metro PDX Oregonian photo

Software development is “in” big time in metro PDX
Oregonian photo

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.3 Percent–Lowest Since July 2008

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January, down from 6.7 percent in December. January’s rate was the lowest since July 2008. This continues the trend of decline we’ve seen since May 2009, when Oregon’s rate peaked at 11.9 percent. The number of unemployed also declined to 124,000, from 138,000 a year ago.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 7,600–the fourth time in five months we’ve added more than 6,000 jobs. In addition to Oregon’s continued economic growth, January weather was unusually mild, which allowed many outdoor industries, particularly construction, to keep more workers on the job than they might usually at this time of year.

Employment set another record level in January and rose 55,600 above a year ago, a 3.3 percent increase. Oregon’s private sector grew by 49,100 jobs or 3.5 percent. Meanwhile, government expanded by 6,500 jobs or 2.2 percent.

The fastest growing of the major private-sector industries each grew by at least 4 percent over the year: retail trade (+8,000 jobs or 4.1%); manufacturing (+7,000 jobs or 4.0%); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (2,600 jobs or 4.6%); and professional and business services (+13,100 jobs or 6.1%). Several component industries within professional and business services expanded at very rapid rates of near 6 percent or more, including computer systems design, management of companies, administrative services, and employment services.

Putting Oregon’s employment growth into perspective, the rate of growth has steadily accelerated over the past few years: jobs grew 1.4 percent in 2012, 2.4 percent in 2013, and 3.3 percent in the past 12 months. This most recent over the-year growth of 3.3 percent is the fastest pace since June 2006. Other than brief periods during 2004 through 2006, the last time Oregon jobs grew faster was during the four-year period ending in July 1997 when Oregon averaged 4.0 percent growth.

 Posted by at 10:11 AM
Mar 032015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, Mar. 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: As has been the case all Winter, most weather systems can’t gain any long-term traction. Sure, they roll through once in a while, but consistent high pressure over the Pacific Ocean quickly rebounds and we’re dry and mainly clear again. Yesterday was a prime example of this pattern as Sunday night’s overcast and showers were knocked down to fleecy, fleeting clouds after lunch and sunny skies triumphed by late afternoon. The mercury rose into the 50s and Summer-like northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so. After sunset, Venus was shining brightly off to the west, Jupiter and the waxing gibbous Moon ruled the eastern sky. This morning, Jack was back, frosting parts of our area as temps dipped to around freezing.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/37F
Depoe Bay: 53F/33F
Newport: 52F/32F
Waldport: 52F/36F
Yachats: 53F/33F

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Forecast: Same old, same old weather is in store for the Central Coast for the week ahead. With only minor variations, WON PARTLY CLOUDYwe can anticipate mostly sunny days, clear nights, patchy fog, light northeast winds and temperatures ranging from 55-60F during daylight to 35-45F at night. The latest extended outlook does show a possible short-term change to wet conditions developing in about a week.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, except some fog near Eugene, and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning, temperatures are 20-30F; sunny, the freezing level is at the surface.

Surface Rescue

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 70” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/50”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding

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Marine: As usual, there is a light easterly breeze nearshore this morning and NE winds 10-15 knots offshore with seas WON MARINE WX6 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. High pressure is predicted to dominate the week’s ocean weather with Spring-like, mellow conditions. So, for today through Saturday, N to NE winds 10 knots occasionally gusting 15 and swells 4-6 feet with periods slowly lengthening from 8 seconds to 12 by week’s end.

On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/03 Tue 10:39 AM 8.16 H
03/03 Tue 05:14 PM 0.29 L
03/03 Tue 11:43 PM 7.44 H
03/04 Wed 05:19 AM 2.31 L

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, then repeat.

 Posted by at 8:03 AM