Nov 172014
 
Ken Gagne

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 Posted by at 4:10 PM
Nov 172014
 

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners™ (LCMGA) recently braved wet and windy weather to congratulate and welcome the Graduating class of 2014 Gardening Apprentices into the program. The event was held at the Oregon Coast Community College Campus where the Master Gardeners continued their support to “Reduce Hunger in Lincoln County” through their hand grown donations to the Food Panty. The theme for the event featured edible table decorations and 72 pounds of winter vegetables that were donated in addition to 92 pounds of canned goods brought by the gardeners. The organization has contributed 10,030 community service hours, made 7,500 public contacts, and donated over 1,200 pounds of fresh produce from their gardens.

There were 19 graduates this year and the following recognition awards were made to individuals that made outstanding contributions of service to the organization.

Extension Leadership Award:            Cathi Block
Early Bloomer Award:                   Marlene Shapiro
Master Gardener of the Year:           Jill Johnson
Behind the Scenes MG of the Year:     Betty Orr
Presidents Award:                      Mark & Nancy Dixon
Lifetime Membership Award:             Claudette Schroeder

Now is the time to register for the Master Composter Class, December 8 – 12. The deadline to register for 2015 Master Gardener’s ™ class is December 15th. The Master Gardener ™ classes are held every Tuesday beginning January 6, 2015 – March 24, 2015. Contact the OSU extension office for information about both programs. 541-574-6534.

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 Posted by at 3:45 PM
Nov 172014
 
In Otis at Durette and North Bank Road Saturday morning

In Otis at Durette and North Bank Road
Saturday morning

Two family dogs perished in a fast moving house fire at Durette and North Bank Road Friday night. This is all that was left of the home. Firefighters could not mount an aggressive fire attack because where there’s escaping propane it’s no place to be if your a firefighter. So all that North Lincoln Fire Fighters could do was to stand back and pour a lot of water on it – which they did for more than an hour.

One fire fighter was slightly injured in the early stages. He was taken to North Lincoln Hospital for treatment and then was sent home.

Unfortunately two family dogs died in the blaze – one of them running downstairs to seek refuge in the basement. The lone occupant at the time was an elderly woman who made it out okay.

A young couple was living in another part of the house. All have been assisted by the Red Cross in finding temporary quarters until they figure out what they’re going to do in the long term.

The official cause of the fire has not been released. However, a few witnesses said they heard it was a burning candle.

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 Posted by at 3:19 PM
Nov 172014
 

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Yes, fire departments rescue more than stranded cats up a tree. It seems a puppy got into the street on Egbert and was hit by a car. Siletz Valley Fire and Rescue was called and the retrieved the pooch. Fire-Rescue called a veterinarian as well as the County Animal Shelter. The shelter sent an animal control officer out, picked up the dog and took it to the vet’s office where after much agonizing – the puppy was hurt REALLY BAD – the owner had the pooch put to sleep.

Animal Shelter Director Laura Ireland says for those who need assistance with veterinary emergencies, they should contact the Central Coast Humane Society. The humane society administers their own fund and can receive donations at P.O. Box 71, Newport, OR 97365 or at 541-265-3719. At FOLCAS, their fund to help owned pets can receive donations at P.O. Box 2264, Newport, OR 97365 or by calling 541-961-5852.

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 Posted by at 3:08 PM
Nov 172014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Nov. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: The mercury is still thicker’n molasses, but it is making a slow gain on the emplaced arctic air. Yesterday’s high temps did creep up a ways, into the low-50s in most areas, chillier Waldport notwithstanding. A few high clouds passed overhead early in the day and east winds were ‘normal’ at 20-25 mph gusting to around 30. Skies remained clear through the evening and overnight; none of our reporting stations dropped to freezing, though Depoe Bay and Newport flirted with frost. This morning, it was cool, clear and east winds were blowing 10-20 mph. In the region yesterday, Eugene tied its record low of 21F set in 2000, and Vancouver, Washington, set a new low of 19F, just below the old record of 20F in 1955.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 50F/40F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/33F/25mph
Newport: 50F/34F/33mph
Waldport: 48F/38F/17mph
Yachats: 55F/38F/26mph

Forecast: Before you order the local tailor to craft a dryer-sheet suit, the static cling and unexpected snaps of dry, electrically-charged cold air are about to get nosed out. It looks like we’re just on the edge of the current weather pattern WON SUN-WINDbreaking down. While today will be sunny, breezy and cool again, the thermometer should reach the mid-50s and by tonight the east wind is projected to moderate. Low temps near 40F. Tomorrow, mostly sunny, lighter east wind and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for increasing clouds tomorrow night with a 50-50 chance of rain developing on Wednesday. Rain is likely Wednesday night and Thursday. There’s a chance of rain Friday, and then it’s off to the races with what is shaping up to be a warm, wet and windy storm for the weekend. Temperatures should be seasonal at 45-55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny, breezy, 45-50F. There are still spots of ice this morning on Highways 18, 20 and 34, especially near the summits. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs around 45F. For the Cascades, mainly clear, cold and windy; the freezing level is at 10,000 feet. Watch for patches of ice and packed snow on all Cascade highway passes. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 6”, a loss of 1” since yesterday.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/7”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Opens November 19th
Mt. Bachelor 0”/23”/Opens November 26th
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Tubing Hill open weekends
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/18”/Closed
Timberline 0”/9”/Palmer lift open weekends

Marine: E winds continue this morning at 15-20 knots with seas 4 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and WON MARINE WXYaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The breeze will have a southerly component today, tonight and tomorrow, SE 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas remain 3-4 feet at 12 seconds with choppy windwaves. Outlook is for southerlies rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Wednesday, seas building rapidly to 12 feet at 11 seconds. Thursday, SW wind 20-25 knots, a steep 14 foot swell and 6 foot windwaves. Stronger winds arrive Friday, S 25-30 knots, with combined rough seas 13-15 feet. Possible gale force winds are projected for Saturday; seas building to as high as 20 feet.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, cool, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/17 Mon 08:24 AM 7.73 H
11/17 Mon 02:58 PM 1.89 L
11/17 Mon 08:58 PM 6.07 H
11/18 Tue 02:30 AM 2.36 L

In Short: Mainly clear, windy, warming, then wet and seasonal.

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 Posted by at 8:15 AM
Nov 162014
 

12:42pm
Report of a family disturbance involving a firearm in the 200 block of Deer Road. Sounds like everybody is okay. Male of the house has walked off the property. There is also a medical issue going on at the home.

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 Posted by at 12:47 PM
Nov 162014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Nov. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: What has recently become ordinary continued yesterday as east winds blew 10-20 mph with gusts near 30 and temperatures peaked in the mid-40s. Waldport and Yachats were again a tad warmer and even saw a few clouds but it was totally sunny all day elsewhere. Mainly clear skies held sway through the evening, overnight and into this morning with the thermometer down to freezing or slightly above. Around the state, it’s really cold. Corvallis had 20F early today, single digits were common in the Cascades, and Eastern Oregon temps plunged to well below 0F; Madras was down to -11F. So, it isn’t all that bad here on the Central Coast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 45F/36F
Depoe Bay: 47F/30F
Newport: 46F/31F
Waldport: 48F/35F
Yachats: 49F/37F

Forecast: Partly cloudy and windy today, though a little warmer with the mercury headed for 50F. The east winds will still be fairly stiff through the day at 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. Tonight shouldn’t be quite as cold; look for lows of WON PCLOUDY-SUN-WIND35-40F. Moderating winds and temperatures begin tomorrow. Sunny with a few clouds on Monday, a high of 50-55F and the east winds drop off to 10 mph gusting 15. Outlook is for continued partly cloudy on Tuesday, high 55F, but thicker clouds begin to come onshore by evening. An increasing chance of rain is predicted for Wednesday, a chance of showers Thursday and Friday, then a stronger wet and windy weather system is in the cards for next weekend. Thermometer readings should be back to seasonal between 45F and 55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny, breezy, 45-50F. Spots of ice are reported this morning on Highway 18 at Murphy Hill Summit, Highway 20 from Cline Hill to the Dudlee Hill Summit, and on Highway 34 at Alsea Summit. ODOT is advising motorists to begin carrying chains or traction tires while crossing the Coast Range. Valley destinations are expecting clear skies, breezy and highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, clear, very cold and windy; the freezing level is at the surface, and there are spots of ice on all of the highway passes this morning. Outlook for weekend travelers is for clear, cold and breezy with patches of ice in the mountains tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, no change since yesterday.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/7”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/24”/Opening November 26th
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Tubing Hill open
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/18”/Buttercup Lift open
Timberline 0”/8”/Palmer lift open

Marine: Seas are 5 by 5 and winds are E 15-20 knots with higher gusts this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and WON SCAYaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until this afternoon. E winds 10-15 knots gusting 25 are expected through much of the day with choppy seas 4-5 feet. Tonight, the breeze eases a little to 10-15 knots out of the E and seas relax to about 3 feet. We start seeing a change tomorrow as the wind goes SE 10-15 knots with a 3 foot swell. Outlook is for SE winds again on Tuesday, 10-15 knots gusting 20 with choppy 3 footers. S to SW winds 20-25 knots and seas rising to 8-10 feet are projected for Wednesday and Thursday. Southerly gales may return by late week as a typical Fall weather pattern emerges.

On the Beach… Sunny, cool, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/16 Sun 07:46 AM 7.39 H
11/16 Sun 02:11 PM 2.55 L
11/16 Sun 07:55 PM 5.88 H
11/17 Mon 01:44 AM 2.13 L

In Short: Clear, cold, windy, then slow warming and wet.

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 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Nov 152014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Nov. 15th – Lincoln County

Summary: The last of the cold rain showers vanished early yesterday (along with all of the nearby weather warnings), the sun broke out and cool east winds returned by afternoon. Highs came in at projections near 45F, though Yachats nailed 50F. The easterly breeze topped out around 20 mph with a few gusts in the upper 20s. Clear and cold conditions took us through the evening and overnight with the mercury dipping to freezing in most areas. At daybreak, it was pretty obvious that Jack Frost is back in town, busily dusting roofs and windshields. It’s a lot chillier elsewhere in Oregon; Meacham recorded -14F this morning for the state’s cold spot.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 45F/36F
Depoe Bay: 49F/30F
Newport: 46F/32F
Waldport: 49F/36F
Yachats: 50F/37F

Forecast: We’re in for a stretch of cold, clear and breezy weather as another blast of arctic air leaks through the mountains. Clear skies are on tap today and tomorrow with high temperatures of 45-50F and lows around 30F. East winds will make it WON SUN-WINDfeel a lot colder as they blow 15-20 mph gusting to 25 or higher. Outlook is for a slow change to begin on Monday with a few clouds appearing, but a little warmer, too, with the thermometer rising to 50-55F and dropping to about 40F overnight. Partly sunny on Tuesday, high 55F, though thickening clouds and a chance of rain are expected by evening. Rain is likely on Wednesday with a chance of rain the rest of the week. Southerly winds and seasonal temperatures ranging from 45F to 55F are projected from midweek into next weekend.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny, breezy, 40-45F with spots of ice possible especially before noon. ODOT is advising motorists to begin carrying chains or traction tires whenever crossing the summits on Highways 18, 20 and 34. Valley destinations are expecting clear skies with blustery east winds and highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, clear and windy; the freezing level is at the surface, and there are spots of ice on the highway passes this morning. Outlook for weekend travelers is for clear, cold and breezy with patches of ice in the mountains.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, no change since yesterday. (Throughout the Winter we’ll provide daily snow pack levels, and as the ski areas open, daily conditions will appear in this section as well.)

Ski Report – New Snow/Total/Condition…
Hoodoo 0″/7″/Closed
Willamette Pass 0″/3″/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 11″/15″/Closed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0″/8″/Tubing Hill open today
Mt. Hood Meadows 0″/12″/Buttercup lift open today
Timberline 0”/7”/Palmer lift open for advanced skiers and boarders

Marine: The breeze is E 10-15 knots this morning and seas are square 5 footers at 5 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay WON MARINE WXand Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. E winds are expected to rise today and tonight to 10-20 knots with occasional gusts to 25 along with 6 foot swells and 4 foot windwaves. Tomorrow, look for easterlies 10-15 knots and seas around 4 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 10-15 knots on Monday, westerly swells 6 feet. Seasonal southerly weather returns by midweek. The breeze veers to SE on Tuesday and then S on Wednesday, 20-25 knots possibly gusting to gale force, with seas building to 7-10 feet.

On the Beach… Sunny, cool, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/15 Sat 07:03 AM 7.13 H
11/15 Sat 01:12 PM 3.14 L
11/15 Sat 06:41 PM 5.87 H
11/16 Sun 12:53 AM 1.86 L

In Short: Clear, cold, windy, then slow warming and wet.

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 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Nov 152014
 
Those easterly winds pushing the foggy and damp marine layer back out to sea... Donna Hyden photo

Those easterly winds pushing the foggy and damp marine layer back out to sea…
Donna Hyden photo

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 Posted by at 8:01 AM
Nov 142014
 
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When Ian Elias shot and killed his estranged wife in front of their children and then himself in Portland earlier this week, he did it with a gun that had been ordered by the court to be turned in. Apparently, no one made sure he followed the judge’s order.

A report in The Oregonian indicates that such lax enforcement of court orders is very common throughout Oregon. Here’s the story. Click here.

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 Posted by at 7:01 PM