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When a very thin majority of the Depoe Bay City Council voted last week to select local newspaper ad saleswoman Kathy Wyatt as Skip Hoitink’s replacement on the council, little did the council realize just how thin of a majority did the selecting. It was so thin that it wasn’t legal. So they’re going to have to hold another vote to make it clear what a “legally sufficient” majority of the council prefers.

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Since the death of Hoitink earlier this summer, the council has been operating with one less city councilor – six instead of seven. When Kathy Wyatt was selected to be Hoitink’s replacement last week, three of the five councilors present, Robert Gambino, Zeke Olsen and Mayor Mattila, voted for Wyatt. Councilors Barbara Leff and Dorinda Goddard voted for Bob Lewis. Although it was a majority vote, it was not a big enough majority vote to satisfy the city charter which requires a “majority of the council” – a majority of ALL members – which means it takes four votes to select a replacement councilor. What will likely be that fourth vote for Wyatt will be cast at the next council meeting when Councilor Brent Berry is back. Berry usually votes with the Olsen-Gambino-Mattila voting block which was, and still remains frequently at odds with the political tendencies of Councilors Leff, Goddard and the late Skip Hoitink.

Both Leff and Goddard have indicated that they will not be running for re-election to the council. However, Leff announced in deference to the many townspeople who have encouraged her to run as a write-in candidate for Mayor, if elected as a write in she would serve in that capacity if the voters decide that’s what they want her to do.

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 Posted by at 8:27 PM
Oct 112014
 
Group of teens get caught on large rock, surf building - no escape back to beach. Lisa Olsen photo

Group of teens get caught on large rock, surf building – no escape back to beach.
Lisa Olsen photo

1:30pm
A Coast Guard helo is enroute to Fogarty Creek Beach on a report that a number of teens are stranded on a rock just off shore. Fire rescue personnel from at least two local departments are on the beach assessing the situation.

Here’s a short video Depoe Bay Fire Rescue video of the arrival of the Coast Guard rescue helicopter which was there in less than 10 minutes.

Coast Guard rescue helo arrives on scene. Dennis Bartoldus photo

Coast Guard rescue helo arrives on scene.
Dennis Bartoldus photo

Coast Guard lowers rescue guardsman and attachments. Joe Zoellin photo

Coast Guard lowers rescue guardsman and attachments.
Joe Zoellin photo

1:38pm
At least one person is being transported to a hospital for evaluation. Unclear how many remain on the rock.

1:47pm
One female victim reportedly went unconsciousness and suffered hypothermia.

Guardsman and chopper retrieves one male victim. Joe Zoellin photo

Guardsman and chopper retrieves one male victim.
Joe Zoellin photo

Teen lowered onto the beach.  Dennis Bartoldus photo

Teen lowered onto the beach.
Dennis Bartoldus photo

...the Coast Guard back for more... Dennis Bartoldus photo

…the Coast Guard back for more…
Dennis Bartoldus photo

All teens were rescued from the rock... Lisa Olsen photo

All teens were rescued from the rock…
Lisa Olsen photo

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Depoe Bay Fire Chief Josh Williams said “Ironically, this rescue comes just days after the USCG announced it was closing the Newport based helicopter station. “The quick response by a helo out of Newport made all the difference” said Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua L. Williams. “There were five frightened, cold, wet people stranded on those rocks, I needed a helo here in 10 minutes, not an hour. We depend on the USCG helo. The surf is too dangerous and too cold for firefighters to enter the water and time is not a luxury you have when performing rescues.”

The seas are expected to be very high over the next few days. Huge waves came ashore today at Nye Beach in Newport, knocking down beach walkers and generally scaring folks. Seas are not expected to subside until late Sunday or early Monday. Then high waves are currently forecasted to return by mid-week.

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Oct 112014
 

11:41am
Some kind of emergency at the public restrooms at Port Dock 7 on the Bayfront. Other law enforcement are racing to the scene.

11:42am
Police officer has subdued a difficult person. The subject is in custody. Sounds like a taser was used.

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 Posted by at 11:42 AM
Oct 112014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, October 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: A little sunshine burned through the clouds late yesterday afternoon helping boost temperatures to the mid-60s, but overcast skies and light winds were the dominant features. All in all, it was a pretty good day to prep for the approaching stormy period. By evening, the clouds thickened in advance of a weather front that brought rain and southwest winds of 15-20 mph overnight and early this morning. The rainfall was in the form of showers so total precipitation amounts varied along the Central Coast; Lincoln City had the most, Newport the least. At daybreak, showers were fading, it was cloudy and southwest winds blew 10-15 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/57F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 62F/55F/0.07”
Newport: 63F/55F/0.06”
Waldport: 66F/56F/0.04”
Yachats: 64F/56F/0.12”

Forecast: The Special Weather Statement for high surf and sneaker waves remains in effect. Dangerous waves are possible along the Central Coast today and tomorrow. The danger is magnified this weekend because the weather is not stormy and long pauses between the larger waves will create a false perception of safe conditions. Today has the greatest potential for sneaker waves, but the surf will remain high throughout the weekend.

For today’s Newport and Waldport Farmers Markets, it should be fairly dry after the showers dissipate. The mercury rises to 60-65F and winds are expected to be light. Tonight and tomorrow look for patchy fog, otherwise dry with some partial clearing; lows near 50F, highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for partly sunny Monday followed by the first in a series of wet and windy weather systems arriving Monday night. Rain, possibly heavy at times, and sou’westers of 20-30 mph are projected for the entire workweek.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers and 65-70F. Valley destinations will have morning showers turning to partly cloudy skies with highs near 70F. For the Cascades, showers; the snow level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is showers and wet pavement this morning, dry this afternoon and tomorrow, but areas of fog are possible. We could see snow down to the Cascade highway passes by Wednesday.

Marine: The long-period swell is building this morning with seas 6 feet at 19 seconds. Winds are W 10-15 knots offshore, but SW 5-15 knots near the beach. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect at 11:00am today and runs through tomorrow evening. A westerly breeze of 10-15 knots will accompany the rising W swell, up to 11 feet at 19 seconds by this afternoon. Tonight, the long-period swell builds to 15 feet at 17 seconds, and the breeze eases to NW 5-10 knots. Seas remain high and steeper tomorrow at 14 feet with a 16 second period, light winds and patchy morning fog. Outlook is for a series of Pacific storms next week, beginning late Monday as S winds rise to 20-25 knots with choppy 8 foot seas. Tuesday and Wednesday, SW winds 15-25 knots and lumpy seas around 10 feet.

Columbus Day Hospice Regatta… W to SW winds 5-10 knots with a chance of showers today. Dry tomorrow with light NW winds, 5-10 knots, and possibly foggy in the morning. Large, westerly ocean swells entering Yaquina Bay may affect the W end of the course.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, sunbreaks, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* Stay away from jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and exposed beaches this weekend. These areas may be periodically inundated by high surf. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean. Surfers: strong rip currents are also expected Saturday and Sunday.
* Tides
10/11 Sat 08:29 AM 2.17 L
10/11 Sat 02:33 PM 9.11 H
10/11 Sat 09:18 PM -0.66 L
10/12 Sun 03:54 AM 7.38 H

In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, patchy fog, then stormy.

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 Posted by at 8:08 AM
Oct 112014
 
C Linden photo

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Siletz Warriors took on Mapleton Sailors during their homecoming. Final score 28-22 – Siletz pulling out another victory!

This is a picture of #75 Gaiten Haynes making the tackle #55 Colton Burr and #20 Isaac Butler trying to deflect the pass.

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 Posted by at 6:27 AM
Oct 102014
 

Setting sun doing an imitation of an angel. Ken Gagne photo

Setting sun doing an imitation of an angel.
Ken Gagne photo

Ed Cowells captured the sun hanging it up at Huckleberry Hill

Ed Cowells captured the sun hanging it up at Huckleberry Hill

And the afterglow off Yachats... Ken Gagne photo

And the afterglow off Yachats…
Ken Gagne photo

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 Posted by at 9:30 PM
Oct 102014
 

Fire at 110 Fruitvale Lane Halfway between Newport and Toledo Crews will be on it all night.

Fire at 110 Fruitvale Lane
Halfway between Newport and Toledo
Crews will be on it all night.
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Donald Thompson photo

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A very large older home went up in ball of fire Friday afternoon on Fruitvale Lane, about half-way between Newport and Toledo. No one was home at the time but some lucky rabbits were rescued by a neighbor. However, the fate of two family dogs inside were not immediately known.

When firefighters pulled up they told other fire crews racing to the scene that there was lots of smoke pouring out from under the eaves, indicating that the fire was well developed inside the house.

As it turned out, the home had lots of furnishings and other household items inside it. One neighbor said she’d heard that the owner, Katie Moran Gaulstan, had been planning to open an antique/collectibles sort of shop. But of course, that’s all gone now, along with the house.

Because it was so full of material the house stayed inflamed for hours. Firecrews are staying with it all night to ensure it doesn’t rekindle and ignite the nearby woods or a home just to the east.

The home was at 110 Fruitvale Lane, the fourth house west of the intersection with Fruitvale Road. It was a large two story blue structure.

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Saturday morning fire wrecking crews are expected to begin pulling the remnants of the house apart to ensure that the fire is not still lurking in the considerable pile of debris. They’ll drag out debris, hose it down, then pull out more debris, hose it down…until it’s all done.

Fire departments up and down the county are expected to remain on alert in case the fire re-erupts. Firefighters will be vigilant because the house backs right up against some very thick woods. And since it’s been a long dry summer so it wouldn’t take much for those woods to take off if cinders drifted off between the trees. Fortunately lots of rain and fog are forecasted for the area over the next week.

No word yet on what caused the blaze.

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 Posted by at 6:20 PM
Oct 102014
 
Stranded jet skiers off Newport's South Jetty.

Stranded jet skiers off Newport’s South Jetty.
Julie Sacchetti photo

6:13pm
Two people were stranded aboard a single jet ski that quit on them a quarter mile off the south jetty. Coast Guard is being dispatched.

6:28pm
Stalled jet ski has been spotted 500 yards out and 100 yards south of south Jetty.

6:45pm
Coast Guard launches 47 foot motorlifeboat and soon reaches the stranded skiers, takes them aboard the motorlifeboat and tows their jet ski back into port.

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 Posted by at 6:18 PM
Oct 102014
 

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The League of Women Voters in Lincoln County is sponsoring a candidate forum for city mayoral and councilor positions for the cities of Newport and Toledo candidates. The public is invited to meet their future leaders.

There will be an opportunity for candidates to present goals as well as an opportunity for voters to ask questions.

This will take place in Newport, at the community recreation center. It is scheduled for Thursday, October 16th, from six to eight pm. We hope to see voters and candidates take advantage of this opportunity to share ideas on the future of these two cities.

Thank You

Gen Rosin, 503 569 2550
President, League of Women Voters, Lincoln County

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 Posted by at 4:36 PM
Oct 102014
 
Kids Sing Out Lincoln City!

Kids Sing Out Lincoln City!

Registration has begun for the fall/Christmas session of Kids Sing Out at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy 101. The workshop develops vocal and performance skills for kids in the fourth grade and up. The cost is $40 per child. The first workshop begins at 9:30am, Saturday, October 18. The workshop meets 2 hours every Saturday for 8 weeks. Tech week follows the last regular rehearsal on December 6. Contact the director Valerie Kendall at 541 996-4045 for registration forms or for more information.

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Last Spring KSO took a quantum leap in performance excellence as 22 kids accomplished 14 Broadway & Disney songs completely memorized, choreographed, and stage directed. The full house audience was captivated by the finesse of their own Lincoln City children. “They grew so much in the disciplines and joys of performance,” said Valerie Kendall the KSO director. “Now in this fall workshop we want to take it a step further by introducing more harmony.” This workshop will culminate in a Broadway style Musical written specially for Lincoln City and the Christmas Season. All 3 performances will take place in the Lincoln City Cultural Center Auditorium; Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13 at 7pm, Sunday, December 14 at 3pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Christmas & support the developing artists of Lincoln City.

Kids Sing Out Begins their Fall Vocal Performance Workshop:

First Workshop begins 9:30am Saturday, October 18, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy 101, www.LincolnCity-CulturalCenter.org

Performance Dates and Times: Friday – Saturday, December 12-13 at 7pm; & Sunday, December 14 at 3pm

Register by calling Director Valerie Kendall at 541 996-4045 or email: vkendallsong@gmail.com

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