Nov 282014

Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge Courtesy photo

Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Tufted Puffin Courtesy photo

Tufted Puffin
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Roy Lowe Loves his job!

Roy Lowe
Loves his job!

The public is invited to hear from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Roy Lowe on 30 years of seabird research and restoration work at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

Come learn about six National Wildlife Refuges and two wilderness areas, including offshore rocks and islands, which protect salmon, ducks, and millions of seabirds.

The presentation is a part of the MidCoast Watershed Council’s monthly meeting and will be held at the Lincoln County PUD building in Newport, across Highway 101 from the Newport Safeway shopping center. Light refreshments will be served.

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 Posted by at 10:00 PM
Nov 282014

On Friday at about 1:38 PM, Lincoln City Police responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the 800 block of Hwy 101, just south of Burger King. Rescue personnel from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance Company were also dispatched to the scene.

When officers arrived they located a white Ford Econoline van, stopped in the inside southbound lane of Hwy 101, in the crosswalk area. The driver of the van was indentified as 59 year-old Robert Cline of Reedsport Oregon. Laying on the pavement near the front of the van was an elderly adult male who was being attended to by several good samaritans.

The elderly male, who was later identified as, 76 year-old Jack Selich of South Beach Oregon, had visible injuries and swelling to his face. Personnel from Pacific West Ambulance and North Lincoln Fire & Rescue arrived on scene, and immediately began providing emergency medical treatment to Mr. Selich before transporting him to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for further medical treatment. Mr. Selich’s condition and the extent of his injuries are undetermined at this time.

Based on the preliminary crash scene investigation, it appears the white Ford van pulled out of the Burger King driveway turning southbound onto Hwy 101. At the same time the elderly male pedestrian began crossing Hwy 101 in a designated crosswalk heading from the east side of the highway to the west side of the highway. The van struck the pedestrian as he crossed the highway. The driver of the van was not injuried. He remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

There are no indications that alcohol or speed were involved in the crash. The investigation remains open and no citations have been issued.

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 Posted by at 1:41 PM
Nov 282014
First Crabber off Yachats Three days early - awaiting the starting gun...

First Crabber off Yachats
Three days early – awaiting the starting gun…
Ken Gagne

It can’t be much fun out there with gale force winds and the constant pounding waves. But they’re out there waiting for Monday, 9am, December 1st when they can hit the “go” buttons on their winches and pull up what the Chinese REALLY like the most about America – their crab. Demand for fresh crab in China is huge which is likely to keep prices internationally high. Great news for crabbers.

Meanwhile, lots of folks are working hard to keep their airborne guardian angels ready to pluck them from the jaws of death if the need arises – the U.S. Coast Guard. A federal court hearing is set for December 11th when a judge could rule that the Coast Guard cannot legally close down their helo rescue operations at the Newport Airport. At least until the Coast Guard goes about it in the proper and lawful way – which in this case is a contradiction in terms. If an injunction is slapped on the Coast Guard brass in Washington D.C., it’ll take them up to 9 months to do their homework. But by then the congressional delegations of Oregon and South Carolina may find the funds to keep the Newport helo at the ready, as it should be. And we may all learn what role the Department of Homeland Security played in what most coastal Oregonians would call the worst and the most mindless decision ever to come out of a modern day government agency.

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 Posted by at 1:15 PM
Nov 282014
Toledo Business 20 How not to drive past Dairy Queen Dave Day photo

Toledo Business 20
How not to drive past Dairy Queen
Fortunately no injuries
Dave Day photo

Here’s how not to drive this weekend. Big storm coming ashore and heading inland. Lots of wind and rain on the coast, downpours inland, snow in the valley and substantial snow in the Cascades.

Both hands on the wheel, turn off your cruise control and steer toward your skid or slide. Better yet, keep it slow so you arrive home upright.

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 Posted by at 10:46 AM
Nov 282014
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 Posted by at 10:26 AM
Nov 282014
Ducks vs Beavers Civil War The Oregonian photo

Ducks vs Beavers
Civil War
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From Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are expecting heavy traffic as football fans travel to Reser Stadium for this Saturday’s ‘Civil War’ game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers at 5:00 P.M., in Corvallis. Troopers and transportation safety officials are prepared for the big game and are urging the drivers and fans to be also.

According to ODOT estimates, more than 15,000 additional vehicles may be expected on Interstate 5 and other roads leading to Corvallis this game day and fans and drivers should have a plan. Here are some travel tips to keep your ‘Civil War’ day memorable and safe:

1. Know Before You Go! 24-hour access to ODOT’s up to the minute traffic alert system @ or by calling 5-1-1. Need more help – call 800-977-ODOT (6368).
2. Plan patience into your drive – expect congestion and build in extra travel time.
3. State law prohibits the ‘Use’ of cell phones while driving. Avoid the hassle and put away the distractions.
4. Buckle up and if you plan to drink – plan a driver who’s sober, rested and alert.
Everyone travelling on area roads is asked to report any traffic related incidents and drunk or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1, or OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).
Have a great Civil War game day!

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 Posted by at 9:23 AM
Nov 282014

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Nov. 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: A wet and windy Thanksgiving day. Nice to be indoors.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/54F/31mph/1.03”
Depoe Bay: 56F/53F/37mph/0.79”
Newport: 55F/52F/41mph/0.69”
Waldport: 57F/54F/33mph/0.55”
Yachats: 57F/51F/36mph/1.05”

Forecast: The National Weather Service has updated its Special Weather Statement. Unseasonably mild weather WARNING NWS SWSto give way to much colder temperatures and possible low elevation snow beginning tonight. While Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon have been experiencing record setting warmth for the last several days, a major change in the weather pattern is on the way. A strong cold front will move through the region from north to south tonight. While snow levels will initially be high, they will lower dramatically behind the front. As a result, post-frontal showers may fall as a mix of rain and snow down to the Valley floor late tonight and Saturday before the precipitation ends by Saturday night. Travel will become increasingly difficult through the Cascades and eventually the foothills tonight as rain changes to snow and starts to accumulate on area roads. Several inches of new snow are possible in these areas by the time snow tapers off Saturday night. Offshore flow will then develop Saturday night with gusty east winds continuing through Sunday. Areas in and around the western Columbia River Gorge may see wind gusts of 50-70 mph at times Sunday. The easterly flow will also usher in a period of much colder temperatures as it pulls in air from an arctic air mass on the east side of the Cascades.

For the Central Coast, Black Friday bargain hunters might want to look for a deal on raincoats as the next storm has arrived and it’s fairly wet. We could see up to another inch of rain with this weather system accompanied by a southwest breeze of 15-25 mph gusting to WON WINDY RAINY30-35; the mercury is expected to top out at 55-60F. This evening, we quit the unseasonably warm weather ‘cold turkey’ as low temps plummet to 40-45F, and the rain turns to showers. It looks like it’ll stop spitting rain before noon tomorrow, the Sun makes an appearance, too, but highs only reach 45F. Outlook is for a clear and frosty Saturday night as the thermometer falls to 30-32F and a chilly east wind kicks in. Sunny and cool on Sunday with east winds 15-25 mph gusting 30 or better, high 40-45F. Monday through Wednesday, a chance of rain and highs near 50F, lows of 40-45F.

Travel Today: In the Coast Range, rain with 50F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and highs of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 6,000 feet.

Outlook for Holiday Travelers…
* The Coast Range could see some snow in the passes tonight, maybe an inch, and a chance for rain/snow showers tomorrow with highs of 35-40F; the snow level will be around 1,000 feet. Colder with icy conditions tomorrow night and then mostly sunny and a little warmer Sunday and Sunday night.

* The Willamette Valley may get a rain/snow mix tomorrow and perhaps some freezing rain on Portland Metro’s east side tomorrow night through Sunday night.

* The Columbia River Gorge will have strong and cold east winds with some type of wintery mix, i.e., ice, snow and/or freezing rain, tonight through Sunday night. Travel may become treacherous.

* The Cascade highways are in for a quick but healthy shot of snow, 3-6”, beginning late tonight and lasting through tomorrow night. The snow level drops to 2,500 feet tonight. Areas of ice are possible on the pavement Sunday and Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 5”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; no overall change during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/1”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/17”/Open, limited terrain
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/3”/Tubing Hill open
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/10”/Closed, may open tomorrow
Timberline 0”/10”/Closed, may open tomorrow

Marine: The SW wind is blowing 20-25 knots this morning with rough and square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. As of WON SCA8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. For today’s kick-off of the presoak period for commercial crabbers, westerly winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and 12 foot seas at 13 seconds. Tonight, look for NW wind 15-25 knots with 11 foot lumpy seas subsiding late to 8 feet. A N wind of 15-20 knots is on tap for tomorrow and seas remain rough, 10 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for change to a nor’easter on Sunday, 20-25 knots, and longer-period swells dropping to 5 feet. The weather moderates just in time for Monday’s opening of the offshore crab season; E winds 10-15 knots with 6 foot swells. A NE breeze is expected on Tuesday, 15-20 knots, and seas hover around 6 feet.

On the Beach… Rainy and breezy, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this afternoon’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
11/28 Fri 10:34 AM 3.21 L
11/28 Fri 04:23 PM 7.52 H
11/28 Fri 10:54 PM 0.33 L
11/29 Sat 05:50 AM 8.10 H

In Short: Wet, warm and windy, then quickly becoming colder with east winds.

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 Posted by at 7:57 AM
Nov 282014

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 Posted by at 12:34 AM
Nov 272014

A large tree is down and lying across Highway 20 at milepost 7, which is about at the east junction to Business 20 that takes you in to town. ODOT has been called to the scene and OSP is enroute as well.

Extreme caution in the area, please.

Any reader that can provide a picture would be appreciated.

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 Posted by at 3:49 PM
Nov 272014
Salishan Golf Resort Courtesy photo

Salishan Golf Resort
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The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce would like to announce that the next lunch forum will be held Tuesday, December 16th at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. Salishan is hosting and sponsoring this event. Instead of a featured speaker the Chamber has a special holiday program planned. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue Toy Drive.

The Chamber luncheon runs $12.50 and begins at 11:45am. The public is always invited to attend Chamber lunch forums and should RSVP to the Chamber by calling or emailing the Chamber by 5pm Friday, December 12th.

The Chamber would also like to note that this will be the only Chamber lunch forum held in December. The normal schedule of two luncheons per month (the 2nd Friday and 4th Tuesday) will resume in January. The Chamber would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.

For more information contact the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce at 541-994-3070 or email

The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce is an organization made up of local business members supporting one another and the community. Their office is located at 4039 NW Logan Rd., Lincoln City.

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 Posted by at 3:01 PM