Report of dog in distress in Alsea Bay near the mouth of the river

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May 112017

Report of a barking dog out in Alsea Bay – appears to be in distress. The tide is coming in. The reporting party lives in the 100 block of Alsea Bay Drive, near the mouth of the river. The dog is in the water off the peninsula, according to the reporting party.

Firefighters say they see a number of seals in the area. May not be a barking dog afterall.

Firefighter says “A black lab just came out of the water and came right up to me.” The firefighter said the lab then took off barking running down the street. Dog has a collar and tags. No Lincoln County Animal Control Officer available today.

Firefighters say the dog has run off into the Bayshore neighborhood. Firefighters are returning to stations.

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 Posted by at 10:09 AM

NEWPORT-Street closure and detour

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May 112017

NEWPORT-Street closure and detour

Beginning Monday, May 15th, NE 54th St in Newport will be closed on weekdays from 7 AM to 6 PM for a street and storm sewer project. Access to Longview Hills Manufactured Home Community will be from NE 57th St. NE 54th St will be open during evenings after 6 PM and weekends. The weekday closure is expected to continue through early June.

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 Posted by at 9:00 AM

Weather or Not: Familiar Territory

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May 112017

Thursday, May 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly sunny yesterday, cloudy evening, rain developing overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/53F/29mph/0.55”
Depoe Bay: 59F/47F/30mph/0.49”
Newport: 57F/50F/31mph/0.50”
Waldport: 60F/49F/25mph/0.59”
Yachats: 57F/51F/33mph/0.35”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 600’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: SW 9 mph/Altimeter: 29.93”

Forecast: After a three-day Spring weather break, we’re back in familiar territory for a while with wet, cool and sometimes windy conditions expected. Rain turning to showers today, thunderstorms possible, sou’westers gusting 30 mph and a high of 55F. Showers continue tonight and tomorrow, total rainfall an inch or better, thunderstorms may be in the mix, gusty southerlies, a low of 45F and highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for showers and occasionally breezy Saturday through Tuesday, then a chance of showers and partly sunny Wednesday. The thermometer is projected to be a few degrees below normal throughout the extended period.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 50F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has bare pavement, temperature 55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, 40-45F, the snow level is 7,500 feet, dropping to 4,500 feet tonight with 1-3 inches of snow possible in the passes, carry chains or tractions tires. * 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 SW 10-15 knots this morning with choppy seas 7-8 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from noon today through this evening. After a break this morning, wind speeds will increase again this afternoon as a surface low drifts closer to the shoreline. Solid small craft winds can be expected by tonight ahead of this surface low. Beyond tonight, continued borderline small craft conditions can be expected as the upper trough remains over the Pacific Northwest. Will need to keep an eye on seas Friday and Saturday as latest guidance now has seas over 10 feet for at least a portion of the period. The best chance for these higher seas will be in Central Coast waters. * 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… Showers, 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
05/11 Thu 7:34 AM -0.63 L
05/11 Thu 2:06 PM 6.91 H
05/11 Thu 7:27 PM 2.40 L
05/12 Fri 1:31 AM 8.17 H

In Short: Rain, showers, windy, then continued wet, cool and unsettled.

 Posted by at 7:57 AM

Mother’s Day at the Beach – both worth fighting for!!

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May 102017

Beaches are forever rally!
Not exactly yesterday!

Charles K. Johnson
Featured Speaker

Mother’s Day March Celebrates Beach Battle

A key moment in Oregon’s campaign for public beaches will be celebrated this Mother’s Day, May 14, in Pacific City when the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition sponsors a beachwalk and history talk to honor the famous “Mother’s Day March.” The original event, in 1966, sparked public opposition to a proposed highway that would have run alongside the ocean for many miles and destroyed the natural shoreline.

The public is invited to gather at 10:30 a.m. at the Kiawanda Community Center (34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr.) in Pacific City. After refreshments and a few brief reminiscences, the group will head to the nearby entrance of Bob Straub State Park at 11 a.m. and walk down the Nestucca Spit. The walk will take place rain or shine, although its length will depend on the weather.

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At the conclusion of the walk, participants will return to the Kiawanda Center to hear a talk about former Gov. Bob Straub, the original Mother’s Day March, and the battle to preserve Oregon’s public shoreline. The speaker will be Charles K. Johnson, author of “Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon.” The talk will be followed by a potluck picnic, either on the beach or inside the Kiawanda Center, depending on weather. There is no charge for the event; bring something to share if staying for the picnic. Local sponsors the Pelican Pub and the Grateful Bread restaurant are providing free beer and coffee and baked goods, respectively.

In 1966, then-State Treasurer Bob Straub took leadership of a desperate effort to prevent an environmental disaster on the Oregon coast. The State Highway Department (predecessor to today’s Oregon Department of Transportation) had formulated a plan to move the route of Highway 101 south of Cape Lookout, so as to straighten the highway and enable drivers to see the ocean out of their car windows. The new highway alignment would have cut across farmlands, paved over part of the Sand Lake estuary, barreled straight down the Nestucca Spit, bridged the Nestucca River’s mouth, and blasted its way down to a point near Cascade Head.

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With Straub as the prominent face of the campaign, opponents organized against the highway project, and eventually succeeded in getting it cancelled. One key organizing gambit to draw public attention to their cause was to hold a march led by Straub on Mother’s Day, 1966, which was attended by hundreds of people and galvanized public opposition to the loss of the natural shoreline.

Straub commented shortly thereafter to the Highway Commission, “Our beach resource is a
limited resource. The demand for it, the need for it, the value of its beauty is stronger and stronger every day…A few individuals, a few short-sighted promotional type organizations…are beating the drums for this beach route as a way for them to make a quick dollar and destroy, in the process, their most valuable asset…Gentlemen, they would sell out too quickly and too cheaply.”

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The event is the first in a series that the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition will hold in 2017 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, which preserved the state’s entire shoreline for the public. This initial activity, though, honors an occasion that preceded the Beach Bill campaign, but served as a prelude to the struggle to keep Oregon’s beaches open, natural, and public. Future Gov. Straub and the group he founded, Beaches Forever, played a key role in the battle to reserve the state’s beaches and rocky shores for public use and enjoyment. Straub’s efforts are less well-remembered than those of former Gov. Tom McCall and Oregon Shores’ founder, Bob Bacon (who led the citizen advocacy group which pushed for passage of the Beach Bill), which is why Oregon Shores chose to kick off the Beach Bill anniversary celebration by emphasizing Straub’s place in that history.

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Notes Straub historian and keynote speaker for the May 14 event, Charles Johnson, “Without Bob Straub’s early warning, highway crews would have scarred beautiful stretches of Oregon’s northern coastline with development from Winema Beach to Cape Kiwanda and the Nehalem Spit to Manzanita. The citizen movement that Bob Straub started became a wave of protest that swamped Gov. McCall’s beach highway plan. It was the precursor to the tsunami of public outrage that descended on the State Legislature over plans to privatize Oregon’s beaches and led directly to the Beach Bill. On this issue and many others, Straub’s early challenges helped Tom McCall find his voice as Oregon’s environmental champion.”

For more information about the May 14 Mother’s Day March, or other plans for celebrating the Beach Bill, contact Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores’ executive director, 503-754-9303,, or Oregon Shores board member and local organizer Graham Klag, (971) 998-6604,

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 Posted by at 9:48 PM

Pink Nail Polish Gala features classical guitarist Scott Kritzer!

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May 102017

Pink Nail Polish Gala features classical guitarist Scott Kritzer!

Neighbors For Kids (NFK) in Depoe Bay invites the community to their upcoming fundraising event, Pink Nail Polish Gala, taking place on Saturday, May 20th at Freed Gallery, located at 6119 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City. The doors open at 5:30 and the evening will offer a live musical performance by the talented, well- known classical guitarist Scott Kritzer, fine wine from the Flying Dutchman and delicious local cuisine from the area’s top restaurants, such as Side Door Café, The Bay House, Restaurant Beck & Sorella, Salishan Lodge and Café on Hawk Creek.

There will be opportunities to buy surprise gift bags with items donated by local supporters and valuable pieces of artwork to add to your personal collection. Unique artwork that will be available at the event include a metal Wind Sculpture by renowned sculpture Lyman Whitaker, a painting which will be up for bid called, “I See A Landscape With Lavender Water”, by internationally known artist Russell Jacques, plus a stone sculpture and array of other paintings created by talented artists.

Dr. Anne McEachern
Dr. of Audiology
Sea Towne Shopping Center
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This fundraiser supports the Gail Glickman Program for Learning and Enrichment. This new program was developed in honor of Lee Freed’s daughter Gail Glickman, a talented teacher who dedicated her life to children with special needs and spent her entire career working with students requiring special education. Within this program NFK’s Kids Zone will be able to better serve students with special needs and those who require individualized attention and curriculum that supports their personal, academic and social growth, therefore helping them reach their full potential and enjoy a quality childhood experience. NFK is very honored to help Gail’s vision of serving children with special needs live on, and is excited about the project as it will continue to benefit children throughout the Lincoln County region.

A highlight of this event will be the live performance by Scott Kritzer. Scott has demonstrated his musicality and commitment to technical excellence in concert halls in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Vancouver, B.C., Los Angeles, Sapporo, Washington, D.C., and Munich, including in critically acclaimed performances in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. In Classical Guitar Magazine, Colin Cooper wrote of Mr. Kritzer in his Wigmore Hall debut: “a guitarist in the best modern American mold.” New York Times critic Bernard Holland wrote of Kritzer in his Carnegie Hall debut that he is “an intelligent and self-assured musician with a sure technique and a deep musical sensitivity.” The community is invited to the gallery to enjoy this top quality performance by Scott Kritzer.

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Feel free to call the Kids Zone at 541-765-8990 or visit the website at for more information, to make a contribution or to purchase tickets to this event. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and an RSVP is requested.

 Posted by at 9:33 PM

Traffic Alert: Newport

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May 102017

Beginning Monday, May 15th, at about 7 AM, NE 54th St will be closed on weekdays from 7 AM to 6 PM for a street and storm sewer project.

Access to Longview Hills Manufactured Home Community will be from NE 57th St.

NE 54th St will be open during evenings, after about 6 PM, and weekends.

The weekday closure is expected to continue through early June.

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 Posted by at 7:50 PM

If it’s May it’s time for Tall Ships in Newport!

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May 102017

Tall ship “Chieftain” heading into Newport – Lady Washington right behind.
Ken Gagne photo

Lady Washington
Tall ships in Newport next week.
Joe Novello photo

Tall Ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington will be pulling in to Yaquina Bay next week to begin a few days of make-believe sea battles and just plain ole good times riding on the deck of floating maritime museums. It’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience first hand what it was like to be 16th and 17th Century sailors aboard tall-masted freighters and warships.

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 Posted by at 10:14 AM

Missing Madras woman loves the coast – Including Newport

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May 102017

Marilyn Sue Lancaster, 67
Missing since late April

Madras police reports an older woman who drove off from her Madras home late last month is still missing. And no one has seen any sign of her.

Marilyn Sue Lancaster’s roommate became concerned after Lancaster failed to return home. The roommate said Lancaster had left wearing only light clothing so it’s obvious she did not intend to go camping. The roommate said Lancaster loves the outdoors and the Oregon Coast as evidenced in the above photo of Lancaster visiting Beverly Beach north of Newport.

Lancaster does not own a cell phone which makes searching for her very difficult. Law enforcement can send a signal to any cell phone and if the cell phone owner has programmed it to answer back with satellite coordinates. It can then be tracked down by law enforcement.

Lancaster is described as a 67 year old white female, 5-2 and 140 pounds. She was last known driving a blue 2006 Subaru Outback with Oregon license plate 141 CRZ.

As stated earlier, Lancaster enjoys the outdoors as well as fishing. But she is sometimes unsteady on her feet.

Anyone having seen or have information as to where Lancaster might be is encouraged to contact Madras Police at 541-475-2424.

Surface Rescue

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 Posted by at 9:54 AM