Jan 132015
Wiki Commons graphic

Wiki Commons graphic

A quick phone call to Clerk Recorder Peggy Hawker has confirmed that the problem with city hall phone service appears to be re-approaching normal. At least for the moment. Newport City Hall cut the cord with the phone company sometime back in favor of using VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol. And this is not the first time that the VOIP system has failed to deliver, for whatever reason. Hawker said this time is was a problem with a firewall associated with the system.

Hawker said the city’s IT folks worked through 11pm last night trying to restore phone service. But this morning phone calls still weren’t going into or leaving the building. But as of 3PM Tuesday afternoon, it appears that phone service is working again. But Hawker quickly added “they’re still working on it.”

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Jan 132015
Coal headed for the Oregon Coast for exports

Coal headed for the Oregon Coast for exports

Former Oregon Transportation Commmission Chair Catherine Mater claims she was fired from her job after she stood in the way of a big energy company getting two million dollars in state subsidies to build a coal export dock at Clatskanie. And that Governor John Kitzhaber fired her because she stood with two other commissioners who also opposed the subsidy.

Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

And here’s a follow up article with a broader take on the story. Click here.

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Jan 132015

Retirement Image courtesy
What You Should Know Before Retiring
Free Presentation at Newport 60+ Activity Center

On Tuesday, January 20th at 12 Noon, Duane Silbernagel, a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc., will present “Your Retirement: What to Expect and How to Plan It.”

As retirement nears, you need to develop a plan for ensuring your income will last as long as you do. What will retirement look like? What are your sources of retirement income? And what financial risks may pose a threat to that income? Duane’s presentation will help you know what to expect in retirement and guide you through the steps so you can head confidently into the future.

Duane grew up in Scio, Oregon, and moved to Lincoln County with his wife in 2010. He earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology, and worked in that field for 3 years before becoming a financial advisor. Duane says, “So much of what I do is outside the investing aspect of my capabilities. I help people put together their financial plan; outlining where they are now, where they want to go, and the avenues to try and reach those goals. In my experience, these concerns grow more prevalent as one approaches retirement.”

This educational presentation about developing a plan for spending and protecting your retirement income includes ample opportunity for questions. There is no charge for this event, and you are welcome to bring guests.

The 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport. For more information, contact Duane Silbernagel at 541-614-1322 or [email protected]

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Jan 132015
Toledo home project by Habitat for Humanity with help from LC Board of Realtors

Toledo home project by Habitat for Humanity with help from LC Board of Realtors

Lincoln County Realtors award $5,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity

The Lincoln County Board of REALTORS is proud to announce that they were again instrumental in securing an OAR Home Foundation Grant in the amount of $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County. This is the fourth year that the Board of Realtors has awarded a Home Foundation grant to Habitat.

The Home Foundation is committed to assisting Oregonians realize the dream of home ownership. Their mission is to provide financial resources to organizations that directly or indirectly increase home ownership in Oregon.

According to Sally Bovett, Habitat Executive, “The grant is intended to be used to purchase land or building material for Habitat’s next build, hopefully located in Newport/South Beach area. Where we find something suitable will determine where are next home build will be. We are just finishing our rehab in Siletz.” Bovett added that they appreciate the ongoing support of the Lincoln County Board of Realtors and that they simply could not do what they do without it.

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln Count is a non-profit organization building homes and providing critical home repairs for low income families with volunteer labor, believing that everyone deserves to live in safe, decent and affordable housing.

Grant applications are accepted by the Home Foundation every year from nonprofit organizations dedicated to home ownership. For more information, please contact the Board of Realtors at 541-994-4949.

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Jan 132015

PCH Newport Visits to the  mommy & baby ward now restricted...

PCH Newport
Visits to the mommy & baby ward now restricted…

Birthing centers and pediatric units at Samaritan Health Services hospitals are limiting visitors!

From Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital – Newport:

To protect pediatric patients as well as mothers and their newborns from flu viruses circulating in our region, all Samaritan Health Services hospitals will limit visitors in birthing centers, beginning Thursday, Jan. 15. The restrictions will remain in place until the flu season is over.

Each new mom and pediatric patient will be allowed a total of four visitors during their hospital stay, and no visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed in the birthing centers or pediatric units unless they are a healthy sibling of a newborn or pediatric patient. This means four designated visitors throughout the entire hospital stay, not simply four at a time. The designated support people need to be free of flu symptoms and carefully follow infection control guidelines, such as hand washing.

Pregnant women and children are among those in high-risk categories for complications from influenza-like illnesses, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control. Limiting visitors to hospital birthing centers and pediatric units reduces the potential for exposure for this vulnerable population.

The best defense against flu viruses, both at hospitals and in the community, is to avoid exposure through the following basic hygiene and infection control measures:
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper sleeve.
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and regularly, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is how germs are spread.
• Get your seasonal flu shot. The vaccine remains the best way to prevent influenza illness for ourselves, our families, and our patients (subject to availability).
• If you are sick, stay home.

For basic information about the flu, visit the Oregon Department of Human Services’ flu prevention website at flu.oregon.gov

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Jan 132015
Teens yelling for help to be rescued, which they were.  Evidence of speeding according to witnesses.

Teens yelling for help to be rescued, which they were. Evidence of speeding according to witnesses.

A report of a traffic crash on the Bay Road a mile west of Toledo. Witness said he can hear a woman calling for help. Police and fire enroute.

Reports say the crash is off the road and over an embankment a mile south of Airport Road. Teens in the car. No serious injuries reported thus far.

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Jan 132015

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, Jan. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday turned out as anticipated, except, of course, for the score of the Ducks game. We saw mainly cloudy skies and a few light rain showers in the morning, a period of sunbreaks around noon, and then back to cloudy but dry until evening when it started clearing off. The mercury rose to the mid-50s; Yachats was the warmest at 57F and had the most precipitation, 0.06”. It was clear to partly cloudy overnight, lows dipped to the low-40s and the Moon reached Last Quarter at 1:56am. At daybreak, mostly blue sky with some patchy fog and east winds were blowing 5-15 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/47F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 54F/43F/0.02”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.01”
Waldport: 55F/45F/0.01”
Yachats: 57F/49F/0.06”

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Forecast: We’re in for a delightful halftime show today and at least part of tomorrow. Between last weekend’s rains and the next weather systems, sunshine takes the field today. Highs head for 55F and east winds are projected to blow 10-15 mph. Tonight, WON SUNNYmostly clear and a tad chillier as the thermometer drops to around 40F. Tomorrow should start off sunny but increasing clouds are probable by afternoon with high temps again near 55F. Outlook is for a rainy and windy game-plan to unfold beginning Thursday, with additional storms playing out through the weekend. These systems will bring blustery southerly winds and they have a tap into tropical moisture; the potential for rainfall totals is on the order of several inches for the Thursday night through Sunday night period. Expect thermometer scores from 45F to 55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog early, mostly sunny later, highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog this morning, slow clearing and 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, east windy, temps 40-45F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning; mostly sunny with the freezing level at 7,000 feet, rising to 9,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 20” less than this date last year.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 1”/12”/closed
Willamette Pass 1”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/10”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/packed and granular
Timberline 0”/43”/packed

Marine: Winds are easterly 10 knots or so this morning with seas 4 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and WON MARINE WXYaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. E winds 5-15 knots today and tonight, with rounded swells 5-6 feet at 12-13 seconds. Tomorrow, expect a slight shift in the breeze to SE by afternoon, 10-15 knots, and swells up to 8 feet. Outlook is for a gale on Thursday as S winds rise to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined seas build to 12-15 feet. Sou’westers continue Friday and Saturday at 20-25 knots, swells slowly subside from 13 to 9 feet, and windwaves run 5-6 feet.

On the Beach… Sunshine, a little 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
01/13 Tue 12:30 PM 2.55 L
01/13 Tue 06:17 PM 5.55 H
01/13 Tue 11:34 PM 2.97 L
01/14 Wed 06:27 AM 8.16 H

In Short: Mainly clear, moderate east wind, then rainy and windy.

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Jan 122015
Oregon Coast Community College - Newport Campus

Oregon Coast Community College – Newport Campus

OCCC to hold financial aid and scholarship workshops this month

If you are considering college, but have questions about financial aid and scholarships, be sure to attend one of two free events coming to Oregon Coast Community College this month.

The college will host two “College Goal Oregon” events to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) scholarship applications. The first will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Central Campus in South Beach, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the next held on Saturday, Jan. 31, at OCCC’s North County Center in Lincoln City, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the second year the College has offered this opportunity.

OCCC’s Financial Aid Specialist, other OCCC staff and volunteers will be available to answer students’ questions about the FAFSA and the OSAC scholarship application and help guide them through the applications. All current and prospective college students are invited to attend. Free coffee and other refreshments will be provided, and Spanish translation will be available at the North Center event on Jan. 31. Anyone wanting more information or who is interested in volunteering at this event, should contact Kimberly Jones, Financial Aid Specialist, at 541-867-8503 or visit collegegoaloregon.gov.

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Jan 122015
ODFW photo

ODFW photo

Banner runs of Pacific salmon helped feed thousands of Oregonians in 2014.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries donated more than 350,000 pounds of Chinook and coho salmon to food banks in communities across the state.

The huge donation of high quality protein was made possible by one of the largest returns of Pacific salmon in years. A record 1.2 million Chinook and 1 million coho returned to the Columbia River in 2014. Similar returns are expected again in 2015.

“The unprecedented returns salmon to our region the past two years have benefited fishermen, the economy, and helped feed thousands of people who might otherwise have gone hungry,” said Chris Kern, deputy administrator of ODFW’s fish division.

The vast majority of salmon donated to Oregon’s food banks are collected after ODFW hatcheries gather enough eggs to produce the following year’s crop of juvenile salmon. Once the young salmon are reared at the hatcheries and then released, a small percentage of them will return to the hatcheries as adults after spending three or four years maturing in the ocean.

“We’re proud that our hatcheries have such positive impact on the lives of Oregonians,” said Manny Farinas, ODFW West Region hatchery coordinator. “Thanks to all of our great volunteers that helped collect, process, and deliver the fish to the various food banks.”

If forecasts materialize as hoped, 2015 could be another outstanding year for salmon returns. Preliminary data compiled in December by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington suggests Chinook returns will be even larger than 2014 while coho returns could be mixed.

“All the indicators are pointing to another good year of salmon returns,” Kern said.

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Jan 122015

King Tide, Bay Road near Newport

King Tide, Bay Road near Newport

King Tide, Waldport Stairs to the bridge

King Tide, Waldport
Stairs to the bridge


If you can get to the coast with a camera January 19-21, you can play a role in this year’s King Tide project. The Oregon branch of this international volunteer effort to document the reach of the year’s highest tides is sponsored by the CoastWatch program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and the state’s Coastal Management Program, along with the Surfrider Foundation and local watershed councils.

This is the fifth year that Oregonians have been invited to participate. (The project began in Australia, where the highest annual tides are known as “king tides,” the source of the project’s name.) Documenting the highest reach of the tides tells us something about areas of the natural and built environments which are subject to erosion and flooding at present. It can also give us a preview of what to expect in the future as sea level rises.

 This year the project focuses on three sets of extreme tides: Dec. 21-23, Jan. 19-21, and Feb. 17-19. The first sequence is over, but photographers of every level of ability are needed to document the next set of high tides on Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 19-21, and again in February. Learn more about the project, and find links to tide tables and suggestions for posting photographs, at http://www.oregonkingtides.net/, or on the CoastWatch site, http://oregonshores.org/coastwatch.php5

Volunteers are asked to take photos at the highest point of the tide on those days. These can focus on any feature. Those that show the location of the tide in relation to the built environment (roads, seawalls, buildings) are especially useful in demonstrating impending threats. The ideal photo would be taken from a location where the photographer can return later at an ordinary high tide to take a comparison shot. 

CoastWatch is making a special effort to organize photographers to document the
reach of the King Tides in the vicinity of Oregon’s new marine reserves (Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua and Redfish Rocks). If willing to help with this citizen science project and seeking directions to areas it would be particularly valuable to document, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, [email protected]

Participating photographers are asked to post their photographs on the project’s Flickr site, http://www.flickr.com/groups/oregonkingtides/. Those who don’t wish to use Flickr can e-mail their photo files to [email protected]

For more information about the technical aspects of the project, please contact Andy Lanier, coastal resources specialist with the Oregon Coastal Management Program, (503) 934-0072, [email protected]

 At the conclusion of the project, a celebration will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, at the South Beach location of the Rogue Brewery in Newport. The best of the King Tide photos will be shown, photographers will be on hand to comment, and there will be a special speaker. The event is free and open to all, with some refreshments provided, and beer and meals available from the Rogue.

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