Aug 212014
 
Don't eat this peanut butter

Don’t eat this peanut butter

Notice of almond butter, peanut butter recall at all
Oregon Food Bank Network locations

Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of almond butter and peanut butter due to a potential Salmonella contamination.

The product being recalled is in pint sized glass jars with a white label listing ingredients and stating “distributed by Oregon Food Bank.” All products with a BEST BY date of July 21, 2015 or earlier should not be used. The BEST BY date is located on the lid of product.

The almond butter and peanut butter was donated to Oregon Food Bank and intended for use in feeding people experiencing hunger. The potential contamination, which was traced to the manufacturing facility prior to donation, was identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during routine testing.

In addition, food recipients may have received peanut butter and almond butter included in the nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. recall. Affected product includes certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged for Safeway, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Specific information on this recall is available through the FDA’s website.
All recipients of food from the regional food banks and food pantries should check for items received that may be related to these recalls. Affected products should be safely disposed of immediately.

“We are concerned about the health and safety of the people we serve,” said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. “All 21 regional food banks have been alerted to this recall. In turn, they are notifying their local partner agencies.”

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Aug 212014
 
Building on artistic expression...

Building on artistic expression…“Watch us Grow” a new art mural being built by OCCT/OCCCA is shown in progress on the side of the Olalla Center/Flowerree Center in Toledo. “Art Walk” patrons have the opportunity to see the work in progress and take part in the mural making as well as take part in a children’s workshop in assemblage art on Saturday the 30th from 11-4p.m./caption]

“Master Class” is a new arts initiative being launched by the Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre and Center for the Arts in Toledo. The project will begin with a free family workshop during “Art Walk” on Saturday August 30th from 11-4p.m. by staff artist and master artist Neciah Morrison who works in Jewelry making, Assemblage Arts, and Fabric Arts. Visiting youth and parents will have the opportunity to take part in 2 projects. The 1st will be making assemblage flowers or Cards, out of old beads and jewelry, glass, fabric and paints and other items.

We invite children and families to come to the youth art center during their “Art Walk” Experience in Toledo. The Olalla Center for Children and Families/ & Flowerree Community Center is the location of the youth art center on 3rd st in Toledo just follow the signs for “Art Walk” as there is 3 other artists who also have their studios located in the Olalla Business Center next to the main parking lot at the building. Maps of Art Walk sites are available at any location.

While there you can also view the work and take part in laying down some ceramic and glass pieces as part of “Watch us Grow,” the new community art mural at the Olalla Center for Children & Families & the Flowerree Community Center. You will be instructed by Laurie Leedy, Art Center Manager and Dina Britton Kirk, Education Director, refreshments will be served for quests to the center.

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Aug 212014
 

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Aug 212014
 

Chris Burns - Fishing

CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of August 21st

In the Creel: Tuna and halibut have really been coming in over the gunnels as ocean sport fisherman enjoyed a very good week. Cooperative weather and high success rates are putting lots of yummy fish on barbies and in freezers and smokers. River fishermen are landing some very nice cutthroat trout these days and even some fall Chinook are now making their way into coolers. Crabbing has been excellent with Central Coast bays reporting quite respectable pot-pulls. Commercial fishing ain’t so bad, either, with tuna landings up and salmon commanding a reasonable price. By the way, a report released this week shows that income from commercial fishing has grown 37-percent in Lincoln County over the past decade.

Salmon River: Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good from tidewater through the mainstem with sea-run cutthroat found in the lower portion of the river. Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide but small spinners, spoons or fly fishing can be very productive. Some fall Chinook are starting to move in on the high tides with the best success this time of year coming from the lower bay up to the Highway 101 bridge.

Siletz River: Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up in the lower to middle sections of tidewater. Trolling spinners of herring seems to be producing the best results at this time. Look to fish early in the morning and during the incoming tide through high slack. Steelhead fishing is slow to fair. The best chance to hook into a summer steelhead is in the early mornings from Moonshine Park up to the deadline. Using small spinners, jigs, or pieces of bait can be effective during these low clear flows. The cutthroat trout fishery is fair to good with sea-run cutthroat being found throughout tidewater and into the middle and lower sections of the river. Using small presentations such as spinners, jigs under a bobber, or fly fishing can produce good results.

Yaquina River: We’re starting to see some early returning fall Chinook. The Yaquina is producing some catches between River Bend and the Toledo Airport boat ramp. Trolling herring or large spinners on the incoming tide can be fruitful. The Yaquina River Basin and many tributaries have good cutthroat trout fishing now with the sea-run cutthroat fishery picking up in the upper tidewater reach. Using small lures or fly fishing can be very productive as well as trolling near the head of tide. Use of bait is not allowed above tidewater until September 1st.

Alsea River: A small number of Chinook salmon are starting to enter the river. Trolling spinners of herring in the lower portion of the bay will give you the best results early in the season. Sea-run cutthroat trout can be found in tidewater and in the lower to middle section of the mainstem. Resident cutthroat are spread throughout the basin. The Alsea has many opportunities for bank fishing along Highway 34 as well as some good riverside camping options. Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide until September 1st. However, using small lures such as spinners, spoons, jigs or crank baits can be very effective. Fly-fishing dry flies, nymphs, or streamers can also produce well.

Central Coast Lakes: Rainbow fishing tends to be slow during the summer months as warm water temperatures can put trout off the bite. Fish early in the morning or near cool water zones until water temperatures start to cool off in the fall.

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Aug 212014
 

The City of Newport advises motorists that on Friday, August 22, WW Construction will be repairing a storm/sewer line on SW Lee Street between West Olive Street and SW Second Street near the Post Office.

Traffic flow in the area will be affected. The work is anticipated to be completed in one day.

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Aug 212014
 

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We all know that political advertising is no substitute for doing our homework on who we elect to represent us in the Congress – or at city hall for that matter.

Oregon, like most other states, is getting lambasted with political ads that range from “she’s an angel” to “he’s the devil himself.” Many “behind the scenes” groups are spending millions upon millions of dollars hoping that when we fill out our ballots and mail them in, they’ll be based on the last political ad we saw on a Portland TV station.

It is quite true that what passes as an ad on a TV station often would not pass the smell test in any of their newsrooms…yet those ads are being broadcast 24/7 as if they could. Including during their newscasts. And you can’t run from them. Well…not very far, anyway.

Many of these ads are brilliantly written to give the viewer the impression that down is up and backward is forward. That’s why those who write and shoot those ads are paid a lot of money. Truckloads. One such ad making the rounds of the TV towers contends that Sen. Jeff Merkley has been about as effective in Congress as a neutered unicorn. A group called FactCheck.org took a look at one of those ads and provides a very interesting “insider view” of how these ads are made and constructed to give you more of a romp through fantasyland than any useful information.

Put on your thinking cap. Click here.

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Aug 212014
 

What is described as a “Totally Gorgeous” kitty has been found holed up a tree in Waldport. Caller says it has a raccoon looking face, with spots like an ocelot and a dark tail. If it’s your kitty, call 541-961-0771.

Sorry, no picture. The finder said the kitty shoots up the tree every time she whips out her cell phone.

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Aug 212014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, August 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday turned out to be nearly idyllic with bright yellow sunshine from late morning on, mellow northwest winds of 10-15 mph and high temps mainly in the mid-60s. Foggy spots along the beach kept a lid on the mercury and visibility until mid-afternoon, but eventually even that dissipated. By sunset, the wind died away entirely, skies were clear overnight, the thermometer dipped into the 40s in some locations and patchy fog developed over the sand. At daybreak, a thin slice of waning crescent moon coupled with calm winds heralded another mellow yellow day for the Central Coast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/51F
Depoe Bay: 66F/47F
Newport: 66F/46F
Waldport: 64F/48F
Yachats: 66F/51F

Forecast: Extending our mellow theme today we’ll look for partly cloudy skies, light winds and highs about 65F. A change is projected for tonight as a marine cloud layer builds in from offshore and produces a chance of drizzle; the thermometer drops to the low-50s. Tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny, high 65F, and north winds 5-10 mph. Outlook is for sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, a light northerly breeze, highs of 65F-70F and lows of 50-55F. Forecast models are backing away from higher temps for next week, so we probably won’t get much past 70F.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highway 20 was closed between Corvallis and Albany due to a crash. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 70-75F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 11,000 feet.

Marine: The breeze is light, but seas are somewhat steep this morning, 5 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay had not reported bar conditions. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. If you don’t mind a little chop, it’s a good day to go fishing offshore. Light N winds of 5 knots are forecast today, backing to SW 5 knots this afternoon with 4 foot swells and 2 foot windwaves. Tonight, look for westerlies 5-10 knots, seas 2-4 feet, patchy fog and a chance of drizzle. A return to N winds tomorrow, rising to 10-15 knots by late in the day, choppy 3-4 foot seas. Outlook is for standard Summer ocean conditions with northerlies 10-20 knots, swells 4-5 feet and windwaves 3-4 feet through the weekend.

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On the Beach… Mostly sunny, patchy fog, 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
08/21 Thu 11:14 AM 6.48 H
08/21 Thu 04:21 PM 3.23 L
08/21 Thu 10:22 PM 8.01 H
08/22 Fri 05:15 AM 0.25 L

In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, drizzle, light winds, then partly cloudy.

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Aug 212014
 
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Aug 202014
 
View looking toward the Cascades from Mary's Peak. Dennis Meredith photo

View looking toward the Cascades from Mary’s Peak.
Dennis Meredith photo

Looks a little strange to us coasties to see so far and not see water! Thanks for the refreshing change, Dennis.

But then he re-aligns his thinking to bring us back to reality with this exquisite photo of a Waldport sunset later that evening…

Sunset by a reluctant Sun...Dennis Meredith

Sunset by a reluctant Sun…Dennis Meredith

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