A general fire alarm has chased students and teachers from Taft Elementary School in south Lincoln City. North Lincoln Fire/Rescue and back ups are heading toward the school.
One by one, Oregon’s coastal communities were recently compelled to confront the reality of coastal bluff erosion and its implications for those wanting to build homes or other structures on those bluffs. A recent collaborative study between Oregon State University scientists and the U.S. Geological Survey shows that Oregon’s coastline is always in a state of flux. And that some of the more restless stretches lie along Tillamook and Lincoln County coastlines.
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December 12 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: Sunglasses on, lighter coats and flirting with 50 in the sunshine yesterday afternoon along the Central Coast (Yachats actually hit 50F). East winds in the morning hours kept it cool, but as those died down after lunch, it turned out to be a downright nice day. Overnight the clouds began rolling in from the northwest, but not completely overcast as the moonset was visible early this morning. Temperatures dropped to the low-30s, the light wind had a minor southerly component at daybreak, and the clouds began thickening.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 47F/36F
Forecast: There is some cold air leaking into our area from the Valley this morning and rain is on the horizon. That said, it looks like we’ll be warm enough when the precipitation from an approaching front arrives about midday that the two types of weather won’t collide to produce freezing rain or snow locally. High should be around 45F with temps staying roughly there through the night and into tomorrow. It’ll be windy by this afternoon — southwesterly breezes 20-25 knots gusting to 30 or better. Rain potential over the next 24 hours is around half an inch. The bulk of the wet stuff should be past us by early morning tomorrow. Outlook is for showery conditions through the weekend, sunbreaks, light winds, temperatures remaining in the 40s, even at night. The second front approaching the coast on Saturday night has weakened considerably and will be less of an issue than previously thought.
Travel: Not a good day for travel to Corvallis or Portland. Central Coast to Valley highways still have icy spots and some packed snow. The ODOT “Carry chains or traction tires signs” are flashing on Highway 18 at Murphy Hill summit in the Van Duzer Corridor; on Highway 20 between Cline Hill and Dudlee Hill summit; and on Highway 34 at Alsea Mountain summit. The caveat: even if you clear the passes, expect colder air, slicker conditions and a threat of freezing rain on the highways as you head east. The icy conditions could develop by early afternoon and last through tonight before it warms up. So, while a run to the Valley may be possible this morning, you run the risk of getting stuck there tonight.
Marine: The weather change has already begun with winds at Stonewall Bank west of Newport up to S at 20 knots this morning. Small Craft Advisories have been posted for winds and seas through tonight. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted, but that could change later today as we see S winds ramp up to 20-25 knots gusting 35, and steep seas 4-7 feet. After midnight, the breeze is expected to veer to the SW 10-15 knots gusting to 20, with seas building to 9 feet. As we come up on the commercial crab opener on Monday, those out for pre-soaking their pots this weekend should find better conditions. Outlook is for winds down to SW 5 knots by tomorrow, seas 8 feet. Saturday S wind 5 knots, seas 8 feet. A blow Saturday night with winds near small craft advisory levels, 15-20 knots, but dropping Sunday. The fly in the ointment is rising seas which could top 10 feet by Sunday. Light northerlies for Monday’s opener with seas still at or above 10 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, windy, surf building to 8 feet
12/12 Thu 08:05 AM 9.01 H
12/12 Thu 03:04 PM 0.62 L
12/12 Thu 09:26 PM 6.34 H
12/13 Fri 02:28 AM 3.0 L
In Short: Warmer, windy, rain, turning showery.Share on Facebook
The Lincoln City Council got an update Monday on how the redesign of NW Harbor between 15th and 21st is going. It was clear from the presentation that a set of recommendations from a hired consultant have been unceremoniously tossed aside and the job given to city staff to come up with something more workable in the opinion of the community and the city council.
The design update shows that city right of way will be taken back to make public use of the street, sidewalks and other amenities more convenient for the public.
At 15th, a sidewalk that runs the full length of Harbor north to 21st is pieces together with existing stretches of sidewalks with additions of new sections of sidewalk. The sidewalk at the south end of Harbor on the west side wraps around the corner and heads toward the beach. New curb and gutter.
At 16th and Harbor, some on street parking on the east side of Harbor north and south of 16th.
At 17th and Harbor, some on street parking on the est side of Harbor south of of 17th.
At 18th and Harbor, a few on street parking spots on east side of Harbor, north of 18th.
At 19th and Harbor, some on street parking on the east side of Harbor north and south of 19th.
At 20th and Harbor, no on street parking on east side of Harbor, either north of south of 20th.
At 21st, no on street parking north to the intersection of 21st. Sidewalk on west side of Harbor continues through the intersection with 21st.
City staff said further community meetings and adjustments to the plan are still going on. They’ll have another update to the city council in January.
City Manager David Hawker led the council through a discussion of buying a 150 acre parcel of prime timberland up the Schooner Creek Watershed, which is important to the city’s water supply. The parcel, in blue above is surrounded by Forest Service and BLM agencies which means it is in good company when it comes to good stewardship. Hawker said if the city didn’t buy the land from the county commission, which has a property tax foreclosure on it, it might fall into the hands of a private timber operator and just clear cut the whole area, causing silting and slides down into Schooner Creek – all a threat to the creek’s water quality and to the city’s quality water supply..
Because Lincoln City is a little strapped for cash lately, Hawker told the council that the county commission is okay with $100,000 a year payments until the nearly $600,000 price is paid. Most of the land value is tied up in the trees. Hawker said the city could harvest the alder on the land, netting the city perhaps up to $70,000 for select cutting in the near future. The very valuable stands of conifers will remain untouched for now, according to Hawker. But eventually the city could reap the benefits of select cutting of the conifers some years in the future. The vote to purchase the Schooner Creek property from the county was unanimous.
Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradley and City Manager David Hawker outlined plans to strengthen city regulations on proper restaurant operation of grease traps. A video of clogged sewer laterals underneath various restaurants showed that while most restaurants and other grease generators do a good job of removing grease from their waste flow, there are others who have not performed well. Bradley ask the council to approve new regulations that require grease traps to be cleaned out when they’re at 25% capacity. Accurate maintenance logs must be faithfully fillout and a record kept of what was done with the grease. Bradley said grease and wastewater treatment plants don’t get along. It’s a problem at the sewer plant.
Mayor Dick Anderson said although there has been substantial contact between the city and the restaurant industry in town, he wanted to make doubly sure all businesses have been heard and understand the new rules. Hawker said that they would ensure that Lincoln City businesses are aware of the new requirements and that they understand them, including the fines that can be levied if established best management practices are not followed by the business owner. Final adoption of the new maintenance mandate is to be added the city code sometime in January, or early February.
And Lincoln City City Engineer Stephanie Reid gave the council an update on fixing a big water main that runs along SE 48th. A minor landslide brought down the edge of 48th street some time back. Reid said when the city hired a contractor to fix it, they couldn’t find the water main. She said it was installed through there only about six or seven years earlier so it didn’t make any sense they couldn’t find it.
When they finally did find it it was way off course and around 15 feet deep – not in the configuration claimed by the contractor who did the work in 2006. The current contractor, Devil’s Lake Rock, retrieved the line, brought it up to the proper depth and re-aligned it along SE 48th. Reid said the original $60,000 estimated for the fix will likely be twice that – but that all the costs haven’t been added up yet. There has been some talk among city councilors as to whether the city ought to go after the original contractor who laid the pipe in the first place but allegedly not as specified by the city back in 2006.Share on Facebook
Central Coast firefighters are enroute to a report of a possible house fire at 492 SE Gibson Road. Report from the caller is that there is smoke coming out of a bathroom wall socket.
Firefighters pull up. Say there is no smoke showing from the outside of the house. Going inside to investigate.
Firefighters on scene say that other mutual aid engine companies can slow to normal traffic speeds. Some to hold up at Central Coast Headquarters on Hemlock.
GOVERNMENT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE HOTLINE
Oregonians are encouraged to use the hotline
SALEM – Secretary of State Kate Brown is reminding all Oregonians that they can report state government fraud, waste or abuse to the Oregon Government Waste Hotline. Anyone can report with complete confidentiality any waste or misuse of state government resources.
“We are fortunate to have a state government that expects the best of its employees,” said Secretary Brown. “But when inappropriate use of government resources occurs, we need to put a stop to it.”
Enacted by the Legislature, the hotline helps provide accountability by providing a secure way to express concerns about possibly inappropriate conduct. You can call the Hotline at 1-800-336-8218. Professional operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also file a report online. The name of anyone who contacts the hotline will remain confidential by law.
Waste is defined as conduct that causes unnecessary expenses or mismanagement of state resources. Fraud involves misappropriation of funds and corruption. Abuse is the intentional, improper use of state resources or an employee’s position.
“I urge all Oregonians be on the lookout for fraud, waste or abuse in state government,” said Secretary Brown. “If you report it, I’ll make sure it gets investigated.”Share on Facebook
Gomberg Persuades Employment Department to Keep Lincoln City Satellite Office, Expand Services
At the urging of State Representative David Gomberg, Oregon Employment Department officials have reconsidered their previous plan to shutter the satellite Lincoln City employment office. In fact, service levels are set to increase next year.
Due to budget cuts, the office was originally set to close October 31st, but Gomberg secured and agreement to keep the office open though the end of December. At a recent meeting, Gomberg sat down with Employment Department Director Lisa Nisenfeld and her staff to make the case for keeping the office open permanently.
“Oregon is experiencing a slow climb out of recession, but we’re not on top of it yet. Now is not the time to be cutting resources to help our unemployed neighbors find work,” Gomberg said. “The folks who need our help the most can’t afford a 30 minute trip each way to the Newport employment office every week. The Lincoln City employment office is an important resource for North County residents trying to get back on their feet,” Gomberg said. The decision to close the office was initially based on its low number of contacts per employee. However, this number included phone and internet contacts which were credited to the county hub office in Newport. For in-person contacts, the Lincoln City office compared favorably. Director Nisenfeld recently toured the office with Rep. Gomberg and spoke with department staff there, which contributed to her decision to keep the facility open.
Tom Erhardt, Area 3 Manager for the Business & Employment Services Division made the decision official Sunday via e-mail: “I am very pleased to be in the position to tell you that Oregon Employment Department (OED) Executive Leadership has decided to maintain our presence in Lincoln City beyond December 31, 2013. In fact, we plan to increase our service level beyond the current two day per week schedule.”
“I would like to thank Director Nisenfeld and Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson for their partnership on this issue. I’m so glad we could find a solution to continue serving the residents of north Lincoln County who are looking for a job,” Gomberg said.
The Lincoln City office is housed in City Hall space now donated free of charge by the city. The Employment Department is currently working with the mayor to secure permission for facility upgrades in the space to expand employment services to north Lincoln County job seekers.Share on Facebook
The Mayor & Newport City Council is seeking interested citizens to serve on the Planning Commission. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Applications are available at the City Manager’s office, located at 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, Oregon, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; or you can also go online at http://newportoregon.gov, click on ‘City Government’, scroll down and click on ‘Committee/Commission Application’.
Fill out this form and return it to the City by clicking on the ‘submit’ button at the bottom of the form.Share on Facebook