Depoe Bay Mayor Barbara Leff and her city council demand an end to chemical spraying near the town’s water supply

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Apr 052017
 

Spray area adjacent to a Depoe Bay neighborhood and the town’s primary source of drinking water.
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Upon learning that a large timber company was about to begin chemical spraying on a clear cut hilltop overlooking the city’s water reservoir, Depoe Bay Mayor Barbara Leff and her city council sent a letter to the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Environment Quality, asking that the spraying not move forward until more is known about the cocktail of chemicals that will be used in the spray operations. Mayor Leff said….

“This ‘cocktail’ of chemicals has never been tested for their toxicity in aggregate,” Mayor Barbara Leff wrote. “This information is essential to any assessment of the environmental and human health effects of the proposed spraying. We therefore are also requesting a postponement of the spraying project until Hancock, Oregon Department of Forestry or Oregon DEQ provide us with peer-reviewed data on the environmental and human health effects of the eight products (including both active and “inert” ingredients) in combination with each other and in total mixture that Hancock Forest Management is planning to spray.”

A list of the chemicals to be used in the spraying operations above the city’s drinking water reservoir were listed in a Hancock letter to the city as:

* Atrazine * Heazinone * Oxyfluorfen
* Glyphosate * Indaziflam
* 2,4-D * Clopyralid
* Clopyralid * Penoxsulam

Below is Mayor Leff’s letter to Department of Forestry

Kyle Williams
Department of Forestry
763 NW Forestry Rd.
Toledo Oregon 97391
kwilliams@odf.state.or.us.

April 5, 2017

Dear Mr. Williams:

We urgently ask you to delay the planned start to the Hancock Forest Management backpack spraying operation next to our water reservoir and salmon bearing streams (operation Depoed Again, VZ77711, 9s11w5). We also request a wider no-spray buffer area around the salmon bearing streams and water reservoir.

Depoe Bay City Superintendent Brady Weidner received a “voluntary notification” on March 24th of a herbicide spraying operation that could take place starting as early as April 1st and June 30th of this year.

Concerned about the spraying, Brady called Rudy Fradzini in your office to ask for a delay, allowing more time for pre-spray water testing and to inform our citizens. He was told that everything “is being done according to the Oregon Forest Practices Act.” Brady felt that his concerns were being marginalized and that Mr. Fradzini was reading to him from a prepared script.

We hope that you will pay more attention to our very real concerns for the health and safety of our citizens. Please delay the spraying operation to give us more time to inform our citizens of the planned activities and to set up a comprehensive monitoring effort that will help us determine pre-spray and post spray impacts (after the first and second storm events) on our stream network and reservoir.

Depoe Bay’s water is known for its high quality and we want to keep it that way. While we do not doubt that the OFPA rules will be followed, that is little consolation to those of us whose charge it is to protect the public’s health and safety. We know that the Oregon Forest Practices Act is significantly weaker than forest practice regulations regarding both spraying and buffer sizes in both Washington and Idaho, for example. When they work in those states, timber companies, including Hancock, follow those stronger regulations. Why are our citizens and our fish subject to less protection?

It should also be noted that neither the BLM nor Forest Service uses pesticides for timber production on the west coast at all. Additionally no atrazine and no 2,4-D is allowed to be used on Forest Service lands, and no atrazine is allowed to be used on BLM lands for any purpose. If these chemicals are too dangerous to be used on federal lands, why would their use be allowed on lands next to our waters?

We understand that the chemicals Hancock is planning to spray may include: Atrazine, 2,4-D, Glyphosate, Hexasinone, Clopyralid, Penoxsulam, Oxyflourfen, and Indaziflam. This “cocktail” of chemicals has never been tested for their toxicity in aggregate. This information is essential to any assessment of the environmental and human health effects of the proposed spraying. We therefore are also requesting a postponement of the spraying project until Hancock, Oregon Department of Forestry or Oregon DEQ provide us with peer-reviewed data on the environmental and human health effects of the eight products (including both active and “inert” ingredients) in combination with each other and in total mixture that Hancock Forest Management is planning to spray.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Barbara Leff, Mayor
For the City Council
City of Depoe Bay

Cc
Peter Daugherty, State Forester
Tom Imeson, Chairman, Board of Forestry
Senator Arnie Robison
Representative David Gomberg
Board of Commissioners, Lincoln County; Terry Thompson, Chairperson

 Posted by at 12:50 PM

Weather or Not: Wet… Ad Infinitum

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Apr 052017
 

Wednesday, Apr. 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy, sprinkles, warm yesterday, mainly overcast overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/48F/25mph/0.16”
Depoe Bay: 59F/45F/24mph/0.04”
Newport: 59F/45F/30mph/0.04”
Waldport: 56F/45F/27mph/0.01”
Yachats: 57F/44F/28mph/~0.01”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 2,200’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SSW 18 mph G29/Altimeter: 29.94”

Forecast: Be prepared for nothin’ but wet during the foreseeable future as an active weather pattern becomes well established. Several fronts are expected to bring steady rain and windy conditions interspersed with cool showery periods. Rain today, tonight and tomorrow, up to an inch total accumulation possible, southerly winds gusting 25-30 mph, highs of 55F and lows of 45-50F. Outlook is for rain and winds gusting 50 mph Friday, showers Saturday, rain Sunday, a chance of showers Monday and Tuesday. The thermometer dips below seasonal averages by the weekend as highs stop at 50F and lows slump to 40-45F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: Expect lane closures and short delays for brush-cutting along the US 101 Newport-Waldport corridor weekdays between 8:00am and 4:00pm through April 14th. In the Coast Range this morning, highways are getting wet, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings near 45F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F. For the Cascades, dry pavement on the highways this morning, 35-40F, the snow level is 6,500 feet. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are S 15 knots gusting 25-30 this morning with choppy seas 11 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon, and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Another low is expected to form along a stalled front offshore later today and move north across local waters tomorrow. This system continues to show the potential for high end small craft advisory winds. An even stronger low is expected to form along the front and move north on Friday. There is still an outside chance that we could see some low-end storm force winds and seas in the mid-20s with this system. The active weather pattern continues through at least early next week. Another decent front is expected on Sunday. Seas will likely remain above 10 feet throughout the extended period. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/05 Wed 08:08 AM 7.44 H
04/05 Wed 03:00 PM 0.36 L
04/05 Wed 09:51 PM 6.96 H
04/06 Thu 03:25 AM 2.99 L

In Short: Rainy and windy, then rain/showers ad infinitum.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM

Spouting Horn near Yachats

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Apr 042017
 

This guy gets three “F’s” for safety at the beach – Fish Food Fotography.
He’s so focused on the horn, he’s blind to see what’s coming from the sea side. He’s not standing on dry rocks.
Ken Gagne photo

 Posted by at 10:25 PM

“Other Desert Cities” Explores Family Secrets

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Apr 042017
 

“Other Desert Cities” Explores Family Secrets
Broadway sensation comes to Newport

Red Octopus Theatre Company presents Jon Robin Baitz’s gripping drama, Other Desert Cities, April 14th – 30th, 2017, at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

Director Barbara Berge, known from numerous productions on the coastal stage, has assembled an incredible cast of actors from far and wide, including Corvallis actor Cathleen Hockman-Wert (A Streetcar Named Desire, Salem’s Pentacle Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, Albany’s Willamette Theatre Festival; The Memory of Water, Corvallis’ Willamette Stage Company), Bonnie Ross (Wit, Sex Please, We’re Sixty), Justin Atkins (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lend Me a Tenor), Linda Capshaw (Cuckoo’s Nest, South Pacific), and Rhodd Caldwell (The Fantasticks).

The play’s author, Baitz, is a former writer for “The West Wing” and “Alias”, as well as a Drama Desk Award nominee. Local composer and musician Milo Graamans has composed original music for the show. “I am excited to bring Other Desert Cities to the Newport Performing Arts Center,” said Berge. “The story, with its surprise ending, weaves in themes of family loyalty, the role of the writer, loss and grief and the cost of keeping secrets. Though a drama, there are wonderful moments of humor and comedy. The characters are richly drawn giving actors a great opportunity to explore their craft.”

After its acclaimed Off-Broadway debut and esteemed Broadway run, the New York Times called Other Desert Cities, “The most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups that New York has known in many seasons… leaves you feeling both moved and gratifyingly sated.”

Other Desert Cities opens on Friday, April 14th and runs thru Sunday, April 30th at the Newport Performing Arts Center (777 W Olive Street in Newport.) Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Audiences are advised that this play includes one short scene with cigarette smoke.

Advance tickets are $15 (or $14 for Seniors & Students w/ID.) Tickets at the door on show nights are $16 (or $15 for Seniors & Students w/ID.) Tickets may be purchased online at www.coastarts.org, by phone at 541-265-ARTS, or in person at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office (777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365.) Further information is available at www.OctopusOnStage.com, or find this event on Facebook!

 Posted by at 4:51 PM

Sign of the times in Toledo…

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Apr 042017
 

One of three new flashing light speed signs around Toledo!
Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart and friends…


The Toledo Police Department recently acquired three Speed Display Signs to alleviate the speeding problems in and around Toledo. Many residents have voiced their concerns about the speeding in their neighborhoods. In fact, violation of the posted speed limit was the third highest ticket generator for the Toledo Police Department in 2016. Throughout the State of Oregon, speed contributed to 30% of the traffic fatalities in 2015.

The “Shield 15” sign collects speed data while in “stealth mode” (not displaying speed) to create a baseline data table. When the speed display is activated, the driver is made aware of their speed through large illuminated numbers. If the driver exceeds the speed limit by 10 mph, the speed sign flashes the vehicles current speed. When the driver exceeds the speed limit by 20 mph the sign flashes a strobe light and a picture is taken of the violator. This is not a photo radar sign and speeding tickets will not be issued from this device. The pictures the sign takes will assist the Toledo Police Department in identifying repeat offenders. The speed signs also have an anti-tamper device taking pictures of suspected vandalism. The main purpose of the speed display sign is to correct a drivers speeding behavior through visual stimulation and not financial penalties.

The Toledo Police Department would like to especially thank Georgia Pacific for their generous donation of two Shield 15 Speed Displays. Georgia Pacific has supported many organizations throughout the community through their community enrichment program. Representatives of Georgia Pacific recognized the severe problem of how speeds contribute to vehicle fatalities and serious car accidents not only in the state of Oregon but also in our community.

The third sign was awarded by a grant through the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Supervisory Academy.

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 Posted by at 4:46 PM

Easter + Eggs = Neighbors For Kids

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Apr 042017
 


Depoe Bay’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday April 15th!

Neighbors For Kids (NFK) invites the children of the community to Depoe Bay’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15th. The event will take place in Depoe Bay City Park and will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

This hunt is open to all ages and families are encouraged to show up early and they can meet the Easter Bunny at 9:45 am. Prizes will be awarded to those lucky kids in each age group who are able find the eggs with the special silver and gold tickets. NFK is happy to once again sponsor this fun event with the help of local volunteers.

Feel free to call the Kids Zone at 541-765-8990 for more information.

 Posted by at 3:38 PM

Fire Alarm at 120 NE Avery Street, Newport

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Apr 042017
 

10:35am
Fire Alarm at 120 NE Avery Street in Newport.

10:36am
Fire HQ called 9-1-1 to say it’s an alarm technician on scene testing the system.

 Posted by at 10:39 AM

Weather or Not: End of the Streak

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Apr 042017
 

Tuesday, Apr. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly sunny, light winds yesterday, increasing clouds overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/44F/19mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 54F/37F/21mph/0.00”
Newport: 50F/35F/22mph/0.00”
Waldport: 50F/36F/24mph/0.00”
Yachats: 53F/38F/20mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 7,000’, overcast @ 9,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 9 mph/Altimeter: 30.01”

Forecast: If you need dry weather for any outside chores, it looks like this it for quite a while. Mostly cloudy today, a slight chance of light rain, but warm with the thermometer headed for 55-60F this afternoon and light southerly winds. Overcast tonight, low around 50F. The big change comes tomorrow when the dry streak ends, rain returns, gusty sou’westers blow and the high reaches 55F. Outlook is for steady rain and/or showers daily Thursday through Monday; windy at times and the mercury should be near seasonal early in the week, but dips below normal by the weekend.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: Expect lane closures and short delays for brush-cutting along the US 101 Newport-Waldport corridor weekdays between 8:00am and 4:00pm through April 14th. In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temp 40F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F. For the Cascades, possible spots of ice on the highways this morning, 30-32F, the free air freezing level is 6,500 feet. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SE 5-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with seas 6 feet at 12 seconds. Inside 10 miles from shore, a Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning, and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning. Out past 10 miles, a Gale Warning is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Additional systems are expected to develop along a stalled frontal boundary Thursday through the weekend, but the details remain low in the extended forecast period. Expect periodic small craft advisory winds during this time. There could be potential for gales with a system on Friday. Unsettled weather looks to continue into the upcoming weekend. A building westerly swell will arrive tonight, which along with the gusty southerly winds will push seas back into the low to mid-teens. Seas likely remain above 10 feet through much of the extended forecast period. However, there will be periods between systems where seas fall below 10 feet. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/04 Tue 06:51 AM 7.72 H
04/04 Tue 01:49 PM 0.31 L
04/04 Tue 08:44 PM 6.63 H
04/05 Wed 02:05 AM 3.43 L

In Short: Overcast, warm, then back to wet and sometimes windy.

 Posted by at 8:09 AM