Jan 282015

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Jan. 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: Bland weather dominated the Central Coast yesterday. We had mostly cloudy skies, a few brief sunbreaks, light winds and a handful of raindrops, which fell early in the day and left only trace amounts in the rain gauges. High temps were in the 50s. Though it remained cloudy throughout the evening and overnight, there was a bright spot as the familiar flash of Yaquina Head Lighthouse once again pierced the gloom. The light has been reactivated following three months of painting and restoration work. Thermometers dipped to around 50F early this morning. At daybreak, it was overcast and calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/51F
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F
Newport: 55F/50F
Waldport: 52F/49F
Yachats: 55F/52F

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Forecast: Stagnant conditions are expected to continue today with mainly cloudy skies, light winds and a slight chance of drizzle. The mercury rises to 55-60F. We should start seeing a change tonight as the overcast begins to come apart, low WON CLOUDYaround 45F. Tomorrow, sunshine is on the way with a light northerly breeze and highs near 60F. Outlook is for patchy fog nights and mornings, but otherwise mostly sunny Friday and Saturday. A weather system is anticipated to show up sometime Sunday bringing a chance of rain, which morphs into the rain likely category on Sunday night. Headed into next week, it looks like we may be in store for a more progressive seasonally-wet pattern with varying chances of rain. Temps, however, persist unseasonably between 45F and 60F.

Travel: The Siuslaw River Bridge on Highway 101 at Florence will be restricted to a single lane from 9:00am to 3:00pm today and tomorrow as ODOT installs bird netting; bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range today, cloudy, patchy fog, drizzle, highs 50-60F. Valley destinations are expecting cloudy skies, patchy fog, drizzle and a high of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, a chance of light rain, light winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass but bare pavement elsewhere this morning; cloudy, a chance of drizzle with the freezing level at 6,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 16” less than this date last year; 85% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/3”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/43”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/4”/open 2-5pm for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/frozen granular
Timberline 0”/28”/packed

Marine: Winds remain light southeasterly this morning, 5-10 knots, and seas are 6 feet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, WON MARINE WXDepoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. East winds 5-10 knots today, veering SE gusting 15 this afternoon, along with swells 5 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, a SE breeze of 5-10 knots veers SW after midnight, seas drop to 3 feet. Light northerlies tomorrow around 5 knots and mixed swells 4 feet at 11-17 seconds. Outlook is for NE wind 10-15 knots on Friday, going E 5-10 knots Saturday, and then as a weather system approaches, S winds 15-20 knots on Sunday; expect swells 5-7 feet through the latter period.

Notices to Mariners… Yaquina Head Light has been reactivated and is watching properly, Fl(2)20s. Electronic editions of all 2015 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website here.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, maybe some drizzle, surf 4 feet (low).
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* Tides
01/28 Wed 01:37 PM 0.98 L
01/28 Wed 08:03 PM 6.16 H
01/29 Thu 01:01 AM 3.31 L
01/29 Thu 07:31 AM 8.91 H

In Short: Mainly cloudy, chance of drizzle, light winds, then clearing.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Jan 272015
Missing kitty, Newport

Missing kitty, Newport

My kids and I are devastated that he is gone!

MISSING KITTY! Please help bring him home. He disappeared Saturday January 24th from NW 55th St. in Newport. His name is Nim and he is a gray 12 year old fixed male. He may be headed back to our former home on NE 70th st., Newport. Please call 541-207-4096 if you have seen him!

 Posted by at 7:31 PM
Jan 272015
Lions Hall 344 W. 4th Yachats

Lions Hall
344 W. 4th

On Saturday, January 31st, the Yachats Lions Club will holding their annual Crab Feed. Tickets for this year’s event are $35 and the meal is all you can eat until it is all gone. Dinner includes crab, baked beans, cole slaw and garlic bread.

Seating times will be at 12:00 and 4:00 at the Yachats Commons and 4:00 at the Lions Hall on 4th St. Seating at the Commons is reserved and seating at the Hall is open cafeteria style. Please call Kevin or Peggy at 541-563-5629 for information and ticket purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door at the 4:00 seating at the Lions Hall only.

All proceeds from the event are used to help the local community. The Lions annually support numerous charities in the area including South Lincoln Resources, YFAB, scholarship grants to local graduating seniors, the Diabetes Foundation and Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

Please come and join us for this fun event. Bring your bibs, wine and appetite and thank you for supporting the Yachats Lions Club.

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 Posted by at 7:08 PM
Jan 272015

stand down poster

Lincoln County’s first Veterans Stand Down will take place Wednesday, January 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion post at 424 West Olive Street, Newport. The event is a collaboration between Legion Post 116, the Oregon Employment Department, Lincoln County Veterans Services and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Since 2002, Stand Downs have been held in communities across the United States to connect veterans of the armed forces with a variety of services. The initial event was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. Stand Downs afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
The Lincoln County event will include many service providers including the Veterans Administration medical van and the Vet Center Mobile Unit. A hot meal will be available along with free haircuts. Tangible goods will be offered including boots, socks, camp gear and tools. Lincoln County Transit will offer free service to the nearest bus stop.

 While this event is designed to honor the service of all veterans, organizers said they hope to see veterans who are homeless or in an unstable or substandard housing situation to attend. All those who attend will be asked to take part in a confidential housing survey. The organizers said they hope that better documenting the housing challenges facing local veterans can help bring more resources to community in the future.

 “These are men and women who answered our country’s call and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice” said County Commissioner Bill Hall. “I’m glad we’re coming together to give something back to them

 Posted by at 6:59 PM
Jan 272015
Joe Ravi photo

Joe Ravi photo

Apple guru Steve Jobs must be smiling from his Heavenly perch as his company continues to blow past all forecasted sales and profits. And bigger screen cellphones and thinner iPads are leading the way. In fact it’s likely an indication of what more is coming.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 2:23 PM
Jan 272015

Suspects approach BofA ATM enclosure.

Suspects approach BofA ATM enclosure.

Male suspect in front of ATM machine.

Male suspect in front of ATM machine.

Suspect's wife looks on.

Suspect’s wife looks on.

Both attempt to break into ATM machine.

Both attempt to break into ATM machine. Bank of America surveillance photos

From Newport Police

Earlier this month, Newport Police Officers took a report of an attempted break-in to an ATM machine located outside the Bank of America at 10 S. Coast Highway. Although the ATM machine was heavily damaged, the suspects were not able to access or take any cash. The investigating Officer received digital photos from the bank security cameras. The photos were published on the Newport Police Department’s Facebook page, along with an appeal to the public to help identify the two suspects.

On Monday, Newport Police Officers received an anonymous tip leading to the residence of Mitchell Lee Higgins, age 61 of Newport, and Judith A. Higgins, age 64 of Newport. Officers contacted the Higgins and positively identified them from the security photos. Both confessed to damaging the ATM machine in an attempt to retrieve money inside. The Higgens were both taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree. Their bail was set at $100,000 for Judith Higgins, and $50,000 for Mitchell Higgins.

 Posted by at 11:59 AM
Jan 272015
Baby Liam Died suddenly  last Thursday at Toledo home

Baby Liam
Died suddenly last Thursday at Toledo home

Fishermen’s Wives, family and friends are fundraising to allow the parents of infant Baby Liam to bury their son who died of natural causes last Thursday. The boy was discovered not breathing at his Toledo home January 22nd. Valiant efforts by paramedics and doctors were not successful at bringing him back.

Baby Liam’s grieving fishing family and close friends have set up a “Go Fund Me” account to raise the nearly five thousand dollars that will go to Bateman Funeral Home and the Eureka Cemetery for burial costs. To donate simply click here.

Those would prefer to donate locally can do so at any branch of Oregon Coast Bank in Newport, Waldport, Toledo, Lincoln City or Pacific City. The account is under the name of “Baby Liam.”

 Posted by at 11:05 AM
Jan 272015

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, Jan. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: The sky was about a 50-50 mix of sunshine and high clouds yesterday but the mercury still climbed to around the forecast high of 60F. Winds were mostly light out of the southwest except for a short burst of 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s during the late morning; Yachats recorded a gust of 28 mph. Clouds thickened after sunset and it was overcast through the evening and overnight. There were a couple of light rain showers, some patchy fog and drizzle early this morning, with lows in the 40s. At daybreak, it was overcast and calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 59F/45F/<0.01”
Newport: 61F/45F/0.01”
Waldport: 56F/46F/0.01”
Yachats: 58F/51F/0.01”

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Forecast: A blah stretch of weather is on tap. Mainly overcast skies, possible sunbreaks, patchy fog, maybe some drizzle or light rain, very little breeze and high temps in the mid-50s will leave nothing to write home about today. And, these lackluster WON CLOUDYconditions are predicted to last through tomorrow. Outlook is for an end to the blahs beginning on Thursday with partly sunny skies, becoming mostly sunny and cheery Friday and Saturday, and then a chance of rain develops for Sunday and Monday. The thermometer floats around between 45F and 60F, unseasonable, but not record breaking on either end of the scale. Normal temps for late January are between 40F and 48F.

Travel: The Siuslaw River Bridge on Highway 101 at Florence will be restricted to a single lane from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily through Thursday as ODOT installs bird netting; bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, drizzle, highs 50-55F. Valley destinations, except for Portland Metro, are under a Dense Fog Advisory with visibilities less than a quarter mile, cloudy, drizzle and a high of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, light winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass but bare pavement elsewhere this morning; mostly cloudy with the freezing level at 7,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 16” less than this date last year; 84% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/8”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/43”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/5”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/frozen granular
Timberline 0”/28”/packed

Marine: A light southerly less than 10 knots is wafting across local waters this morning and seas are 6-7 feet at WON MARINE WX14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. SW winds 5-10 knots early today, veering NW with gusts to 15 knots possible this afternoon, and swells 6 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, a northeast breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15 with swells down to 5 feet. Outlook is for light E to NE winds 5-10 knots Thursday through Saturday and swells remaining 4-6 feet.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, drizzly/foggy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
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01/27 Tue 12:24 PM 1.30 L
01/27 Tue 06:35 PM 6.23 H
01/27 Tue 11:52 PM 2.76 L
01/28 Wed 06:31 AM 8.96 H

In Short: Mainly cloudy, patchy fog and drizzle, light winds, then slow clearing.

 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Jan 272015
Red line is road access to new trail head off NE Devils Lake Road Courtesy graphic

Broken red line is new NE Devils Lake Road extension ending at new trail head.
The solid line is the new trail intersecting with Forest Service trail north and northwest of the trailhead.
Courtesy graphic

Lincoln City has a chance to link the end of NE Devils Lake Road to a new trail that intersects a new Forest Service trail from the Fraser Road Interpretive Center off 101 near Highway 18, all the way across to Cascade Head – to “The Thumb.”

The three million dollar project is in the planning stages but an application by the city to be a part of it looms later this week which is the deadline for the city to apply to be a partner.

The project largely acts as a grant, but the lion’s share of the money comes from the federal government and requires only about a $156,000 match from Lincoln City. Part of that $156,000 can be offset in staff time, design, construction materials and other soft costs. And remarkably enough, the project is so inviting to the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation that they’ve invited the city to submit a grant application TO THEM to cover whatever costs still remaining that the feds don’t cover.

Such a deal! The council said ‘go for it!’

The project would extend NE Devils Lake Road that ends in a cul-de-sac in The Villages. From there, the city would build a road 1,600 feet to the north where it would end at a 20 space parking lot complete with restrooms and a “welcome” kiosk with hiking and trail information. From there a new asphalt trail would continue to head north for another 1,400 feet and intersect with a trail being built by the Forest Service. That trail will begin at their soon-to-exist Fraser Road Information Center near 101 and the Salmon River Estuary down below. The trail from there will head west, pick up the city’s trail and then continue west to Cascade Head, ending at “The Thumb.”

Principal planner Deborah Martzhan said city staff has been working with the Forest Service and the Federal Highway Administration on the project for quite a while. She expressed optimism that the city has a very good chance of grabbing the project and having the city’s portion of it pretty well zero out in terms of cost. Martzhan says the hiking and scenic experience for visitors to the area will be spectacular. She also expects inter-connecting trails to “The Knoll” will nicely tie in as well.

Logan Park development area off Logan Road near Port.

Logan Park development area off Logan Road near Port.

Logan Road development given tentative “thumbs up”
The Lincoln City City Council gave a tentative “thumbs up” to a long awaited plan by Portland developer Chris Barnes to do something attractive with a timber clear cut scar on the hill overlooking the Logan Road and the south end of Roads End.

Barnes wants the city to annex the 11 acre scar left by a former partner, with whom he is no longer associated, and build what he calls a good mix of housing, all of which will look very upscale with a 3.3 acre park in the middle of it.

Barnes’ architecture firm told the council that it will have the aura of other quality developments in the area that they have had a big hand in developing, including Olivia Beach. The architects say it will be a very attractive 71 unit special development with houses facing the open space with the garages ’round back. It will be built in four phases – the first involving 32 housing units using four-plex designs but will appear as if they’re single family units. The second phase will involve attached and detached single family units, then the rest in single family configurations. Barnes said prices will reflect attention to housing attainable by middle class families. From Logan Park, it’ll be a quick walk to the beach, to shopping, to hiking and entertainment. What’s more they’re contemplating putting in a large roundabout (traffic circle) at the intersection of Logan and Port.

The council appeared to like what they saw and gave the project tentative approval but only so that Barnes, the city planning department and city attorney can come up with an air tight development agreement between Barnes and the city that he’ll deliver what he promises. Barnes said when completed, his development will transform the area from an being ugly scar to a welcoming gateway to Lincoln City and Roads End.

The council sent the Logan Park plan back to staff and the city attorney to forge the development agreement which will then come back to council with ample time for the public to make comments on it.

Public comment on the project last evening was largely positive with one resident contending that the city’s handling of the project ignored proper procedures in allowing it get as far as it has. Another point raised was that there are nearly 800 empty lots for sale in Lincoln City that don’t require taking in more raw land into the city. But the council was obviously impressed with Barnes and his architecture team and their plans to turn a completely city-surrounded vestige area of the county into an attractive asset by annexing it.

The issue will be coming back to the city in a month or so for more council review and thoughts and observations from the public.

Community Center recreation rates to rise 10% on average.

Community Center recreation rates to rise 10% on average.

Community Center Recreation programs going to cost 10% more come July 1st
A few members of the city council were having some trouble swallowing a 10% rate hike for residents and drop-ins from out of town when they use community center recreation programs. Center Director Gail Kimberling told the council that ten to 12 years of no rate increases caught up with the city and so they’re raising rates bits and pieces each year to make up for lost ground. She said that by any comparison, for what Lincoln City offers, it is charging less than half as much as community center recreation facilities throughout the region.

Mayor Don Williams tried to make a case that if the center can’t make ends meet then maybe the city needs to take a different tack on what’s offered. City Councilor Jim Davis said senior citizens on a fixed income will be hurt by the increase. And councilor Kip Ward said he understands that the center is being subsidized by the city’s general fund but that other methods of making the deficit less should be explored. One option Ward alluded to earlier in the meeting was expanding the facility into some kind of regional water park that would attract far more visitors and put the whole operation onto more solid footing. He admitted, however, that “alternatives” aren’t in front of them at the moment and the city’s general fund is being hit to the tune of over $300,000 a year to match the center’s costs with its income.

In the end, councilor Chester Noreikis reminded the council that they have a full report in front of them that shows which category of customer will be hit the hardest, and which ones will be hit the least. Noreikis told his fellow councilors that Kimberling had done a good job of making sure that the rate hike will be levied as fairly as possible. When the roll call vote was called the vote was 5 to 2 to grant the ten percent rate hike starting July 1st. Those voting for the rate hike was Sprague, Noreikis, Ryan, Wahlke, and Ward. Voting no was Mayor Don Williams and Councilor Jim Davis.

Sewering Devils Lake, one pipe at a time...

Sewering Devils Lake, one pipe at a time…

Resurrecting attempts to begin sewering Devils Lake

The city council decided take another swing at sewering Devils Lake, even if in painfully small installments. A more ambitious plan to sign up a lot of shoreline residents failed recently to garner enough support so the council tried another approach. They reduced the number of homes to those more predisposed to getting help from the city at installing sewer collection lines and paving some new streets in their area, complete with storm water ditches that empty into a storm water manhole to pretreat stormwater before it enters the lake. 53 homes in total. The council asked staff to proceed with creating a smaller Local Improvement District (LID) along with LID fees to cover the cost of the installation of pipes, pumps, storm ditches and paving. Over time, it’s hoped that other lake residents will help grow the system as more and more septic tanks fail and allow waste to migrate into the lake which causes horrific toxic algae blooms and makes enjoying the lake virtually impossible, except at a great distance.

City staff was directed to get things moving on the new, but smaller LID.

Mayor Don Williams: Let’s resume religious invocation at city council meetings – 5-2 vote said no.

And lastly, Mayor Don Williams said he wanted the council to consider putting a prayerful invocation back at the beginning of all city council meetings. He said the U.S. Supreme Court does one – so does the U.S. Congress. Mayor Williams said a number of local church ministers were very excited at the prospect and agreed to take part on a rotating basis among clergy. Williams pointed out that the city charter shows an invocation before the beginning of all city council meetings but was dropped sometime back due to lack of participation by local ministers.

One councilor reminded his fellow councilors of America’s separation between church and state, one of the cornerstones of American Democracy. Councilor Wes Ryan chimed in that if the council wanted to reinstate an invocation, he would insist that it be based on equal representation of holy leaders, including those who are Christian but also Buddhists, Sikhs, Islam, Jews, Wiccan and non-believers along with others who may chose to participate. Ryan said “There are plenty of Lincoln City churches who pray for us already. They don’t have to come down do it down here. And by they way I’m a believer.”

A visibly rattled Mayor Williams said “I would support opening the invocation to all religious faiths. That way we wouldn’t have to run around and chase them down. This is a huge deal. We should not be afraid or shy away from it.”

The motion to remove religious invocations as being required under city law passed by a vote of 5 to 2. Councilors Wahlke, Ryan, Ward, Noreikis and Sprague voting yes to repeal the law. Mayor Williams and Councilor Jim Davis voting no.

The city attorney will now construct an ordinance repealing the requirement to conduct invocations. No specific date was set for the vote to repeal. An earlier council also ordered the ordinance to be repealed, but apparently nobody got around to actually following through with it.

 Posted by at 12:12 AM
Jan 262015
Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Adviser Waddell & Reed

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Adviser
Waddell & Reed

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To pay, or not to pay off a mortgage
by Duane J. Silbernagel

I was asked this question by a client of mine this week, and thought it’d be very relevant to giving some general guidance and ideas. How do you go about evaluating whether it makes sense to pay off the house, or invest?

First, one needs to analyze internally the comfort level of paying off the mortgage. If one has to have absolute certainty in their life, maybe paying the mortgage off is the best bet. Why? Money and mortgage payments are simply math problems. If one needs absolute certainty (which you cannot get in the markets), pay off the mortgage. In doing this, you know – for certain – that monthly obligation is gone. You can quantify with accuracy, how much money that “saved” you in the long run (it’s saving you the interest rate you’re currently paying). Money saved is just as good as money earned (the bank will not discriminate).

If this doesn’t describe you, you’ll want to start analyzing the opportunity cost. If I invested the money today, what after-tax returns can I potentially get compared that to the interest rate you’re currently paying. Make sure you factor in any tax deduction you receive on your mortgage interest, if applicable to your personal situation. Also keep in mind that investing in securities involves risk and the potential to lose money.

There are some mortgage specifics that come into play also: Do you have a pre-payment penalty? Are you paying mortgage insurance?

Other points to consider are as varied as each person(s) individual situation:

* What are the household dynamics?
* Do you have an emergency fund established?
* Do you have children going to college that you were planning on helping?
If so, what’s been done to prepare for this?
* Do you have other debts (credit cards, car loans, etc) with higher interest rates?
If so, maybe you look at paying those off first.
* Do you have the discipline to actually invest the funds?
How long do you plan to live in the home?
* Do you have the discipline to use the funds (saved or otherwise) constructively?
* What insurances do you have in place?
 Disability, Life, Long-Term Care insurance policies are put into place to cover a specific risk that could happen to you. A review of the insurance portfolio is necessary in this scenario also.

What is the solution? The answers will vary as the plethora of individual factors play in.

As a financial advisor, I’m a firm believer in Occam’s Razor (maybe it’s my civil engineering background). If you’re not familiar with Occam’s Razor, it essentially states:
when multiple outcomes exist, the simplest one, is correct.

In the end there will likely be a scenario that makes the most sense for you.

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Thank you for reading.

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Advisor
Waddell & Reed, Lincoln City

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This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. Waddell & Reed does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult with a professional regarding your personal situation.

Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. Insurance products are offered through insurance companies with which Waddell & Reed has sales agreements.  He can be reached at (541) 614-1322, via email at [email protected]

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 Posted by at 5:46 PM