Dec 142014
 
Mr. Fluffy!  Now Appearing at a Shelter near YOU!

Mr. Fluffy! Now Appearing at a Shelter near YOU!

Our Pet of the Week for the third week of December, 2014 is Mr. Fluffy! Mr. Fluffy is 1.5 years old, and is a neutered, male, Domestic Long Haired, handsome white and orange cat. Mr. Fluffy has been an indoor cat his entire life and was raised with a dog. He has never lived with other cats. We tried Mr. Fluffy in a Cattery, but he just did not want anything to do with the other kitties! Maybe Mr. Fluffy thinks he’s a dog? He sure does love having his belly rubbed! Whatever he may think he is, Mr. Fluffy is sweet and playful and we think he’s great!

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You can name your own adoption fee (no less than $10) for Mr. Fluffy, or any of our wonderful cats! All kitty adoptions include a vet visit (generously supplied by our local veterinarians), microchip, and vaccinations, as well as a free bag of food courtesy of The Feed Corral. Please contact the shelter to find out if the animal you want is still available.

Please come and visit all the animals at your Lincoln County Animal Shelter, located at 510 NE Harney St. in Newport (just east of the Fairgrounds). Hours are: Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm until 5pm. You can also see all of our available animals on our website at www.lincolncountyanimalshelter.org.

Also, if you can help us restock our pet food pantry for our Meals on Wheels and Food Bank programs, that will really help. We distribute hundreds of pounds of pet food each month to those in need.

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 Posted by at 9:56 AM
Dec 142014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Dec. 14th – Lincoln County

Summary: All in all, yesterday was beachin’ with some scattered clouds but mostly sunny skies after a light rain shower or two early in the morning and the mercury climbed into the mid-50s. The beginning of a change appeared on schedule right after sunset when an east wind sprang up, light at first but rising through the evening and overnight to 15-20 mph gusting 25 early today. Reaching its Last Quarter at 4:51am this morning, a haloed Moon portended the transformation to wetter weather. At daybreak, blustery east winds produced windchills into the mid-30s and a few clouds were visible off to the west.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/42F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F/0.01”
Newport: 54F/39F/0.01”
Waldport: 55F/42F/0.01”
Yachats: 57F/44F/0.01”

Forecast: A weather system trying to come in from the west is running smack dab into a dry, offshore east wind flow. It’ll be a struggle, but it does appear we’ll see increasing clouds for today’s Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count in Lincoln City; WON SUN-CLOUDSeast winds gusting to 25 mph and high temps of 50-55F. Tonight, west pushes east back a little more and we’re up to a 50-50 chance of some light rain and lows about 45F. The workweek begins tomorrow with rain likely, east winds continuing to put up a fight at 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so, and a tad cooler as the thermometer tops out at 50F. Outlook is for rain Tuesday and Wednesday, a chance of rain Thursday, rain likely again Friday, and maybe some drying by Saturday. Seasonal temps of 45F-55F are expected through the extended period.

Christmas Eve/Day… Mixed sky, chance of rain, low 37F high 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice are possible, patchy fog, increasing clouds with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog early, partly sunny and 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is increasing clouds, east winds 15-20 mph gusting 25-35, temps of 40-45F. For the Cascades, there are icy patches on all highways today, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed sky and mainly dry pavement at the lower elevations through tonight, except the Gorge where a wintery mix of ice and snow is possible late tonight; expect icy areas on the Cascade highways with a chance of snow showers by tonight; the snow level drops well below the passes to 3,500.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 3”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/1”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/25”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/3”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/5”/Closed
Timberline 0”/12”/Open, Bruno, Magic Mile & Palmer

Marine: Seas are 6 feet at 12 seconds this morning with east winds 15-20 knots. As of 7:30am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina WON SCABay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this evening through Tuesday morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect beyond 10 nautical miles from shore now through late Monday night. East winds today, 10-15 knots gusting 20 nearshore and to 25 knots farther offshore; seas 7 feet at 18 seconds. Tonight, the swell builds to 8-9 feet and easterlies continue 10-15 knots gusting 20-25. Less breeze and higher seas tomorrow; SE wind 10-15 knots with swells rising to 11 feet. Outlook is for mainly sou’easters all week, 10-15 knots, and seas 9-11 feet.

On the Beach… Sunshine, increasing clouds, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
12/14 Sun 12:20 PM 3.11 L
12/14 Sun 05:45 PM 5.71 H
12/14 Sun 11:42 PM 2.22 L
12/15 Mon 06:41 AM 7.76 H

In Short: Increasing clouds, east windy, then wet.

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Dec 132014
 
The Governor and First Lady

The Governor and First Lady

After being made to wait a very long time for access to public documents, the Oregonian says it has uncovered evidence that First Lady Cylvia Hayes blurred her role as Oregon’s First Lady while also being the top executive of a private environmental protection firm she owns based in bend. The Oregonian also strongly infers that there may have been additional possible ethics violations as she was also an advisor to her fiance, Governor Kitzhaber.

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

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Dec 132014
 

Next door to Newport Fire Rescue HQ Courtesy Ed McVea

Next door to Newport Fire Rescue HQ
Courtesy Ed McVea


The Newport Fire Department has a number of "Burn to Learn" exercises planned.  Very controlled - good training for new recruits.

The Newport Fire Department has a number of “Burn to Learn” exercises planned. Very controlled – good training for new recruits.
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Correction on behind which church: Was behind Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Newport Firefighters are learning the “in your face” experience of fighting a ferocious building fire off Highway 101 behind the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They typically first practice individual room fire suppression. Then when they’ve gotten through those drills, they set fire to the whole building and practice what’s called “defensive tactics,” when a building is so consumed with flame there is no chance of saving it. So firefighters use water mainly to ensure the fire doesn’t reach out and ignite brush, trees or other nearby buildings.

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Dec 132014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Dec. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: What showers did develop yesterday were rather intense, but they were few and far between. A mixed sky with some decent extended sunny periods and light east winds, along with highs in the mid-50s, teamed-up to provide a nice break from the stormy weather. Scattered clouds continued through the evening and overnight; a handful of lingering showers dappled the Central Coast after midnight. The mercury fell to near 40F in some areas with Newport dipping slightly below just before sunrise. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy with a light east wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/45F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 54F/43F/0.18”
Newport: 54F/39F/0.31”
Waldport: 54F/42F/0.07”
Yachats: 56F/45F/0.08”

Forecast: On this 12-13-14 date, there’s still a chance of showers early in the day, but some sunshine is in the cards, too, with highs around 50F and a smidge of east wind. For the lighted-dog bridge walk in Waldport this evening, partly cloudy, WON SUN-RAINdry, east winds of 10 mph and lows of 45F. Tomorrow looks sunny early, but increasing clouds with a chance of rain by late afternoon; the thermometer rises to 50-55F. Outlook is for rain Sunday night, a 50-50 chance of rain Monday, rain likely Tuesday, and then rain and showers during the week (but no big storms looming). Temperatures throughout the extended period will be seasonal between 45F and 55F.

Christmas Eve/Day… Cloudy, chance of rain, low 36F, high 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice this morning, then partly sunny with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog early, partly sunny and 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is partly sunny, light wind, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow at Santiam and Willamette Passes, and spots of ice at Government Camp, chance of snow showers; the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed sky and mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations through tomorrow, rain Sunday night; east windy in the Gorge, possible icy spots; look for icy areas on the Cascade highways with the freezing level 3,500 to 4,500 feet tonight and tomorrow, and 3,000 feet with a chance of snow Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 3”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/0”/Closed
Willamette Pass 2”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/25”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/2”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/8”/Closed
Timberline 4”/11”/Open, Bruno & Palmer

Marine: Variable winds around 10 knots this morning but seas are still square and choppy, 9 feet at 9 seconds. As of WON SCA8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 11:00am this morning. By this afternoon, seas should fall to around 8 feet and lengthen to 14 seconds with SE winds 10 knots or so. Tonight, E wind 10-15 knots, seas 7 feet at 13 seconds. A little stronger E breeze is expected tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20; the swell should be down to around 6 feet with 4 foot windwaves. Outlook is for mainly easterlies 10-20 knots along with swells of 9-11 feet Monday through Wednesday.

On the Beach… Showers early, sunny periods, light breeze, surf 9-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
12/13 Sat 11:11 AM 3.47 L
12/13 Sat 04:31 PM 6.16 H
12/13 Sat 10:54 PM 1.70 L
12/14 Sun 05:58 AM 7.55 H

In Short: Waning showers, mixed sky, light winds, then unsettled.

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 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Dec 122014
 

Being pulled to Seattle for renovation then return to duty with whichever oceanographic operation wants to "lease or charter" it.

The Ka’imimoana leaving Newport and bound to Seattle for renovation then return to sea with whichever oceanographic operation wants to charter it.


The McArthur will leave Newport by tug also - next week - also bound for Seattle for renovation and oceanographic chartering.

The McArthur will leave Newport by tug also – next week – also bound for Seattle for renovation and oceanographic chartering.

Both veteran NOAA oceanographic research vessels Ka’imimoana and the McArthur have been sold to Sabbart Maritime in Seattle and are destined for Seattle. Reports say Sabbart will renovate and then charter them to various oceanographic institutions worldwide.

The vessels are expected to be eventually replaced with a different class of vessels which can accommodate a wider range of oceanographic research missions. The NOAA docks are expected to remain busy due to a number of ocean research institutions that routinely direct their vessels in for supplies along with conducting crew and scientific entourage change-overs.

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 Posted by at 11:52 PM
Dec 122014
 

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Get out the cameras and visit the beach during the King Tide Events.

This year the project focuses on three sets of extreme tides: Dec. 21-23, Jan. 19-21, and Feb. 17-19.

For the fifth year, CoastWatch is sponsoring the King Tide project. This is the Oregon branch of an international volunteer effort to trace the year’s highest tides by means of photography. Documenting the highest reach of the tides tells us something about areas if the natural and build environments which are subject to erosion and flooding now. It tells us even more about what to expect as sea level rises. Our co-sponsor this year is the state’s Coastal Management Program.

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We’re asking anyone capable of taking a photograph and able to get to the coast during the series of high tides to take shots at the highest point of the tide on those days. These photos 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.

** Whenever you are on the Oregon Coast it is imperative that you keep an eye on the ocean at all times. Never put yourself in danger. Photos should be taken at a safe distance from the surf. **

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CoastWatch is making a special effort to organize photographers to document the reach of the King Tides in the vicinity of the 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 we would particularly like to document, please let us know.

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]

More information about the project, including links to tide tables and suggestions for posting photographs, can be found on the King Tide website,http://www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/. For more information about the technical aspects of the project, please contact Meg Gardner, NOAA Coastal Fellow, at the Oregon Coastal Management Program in Newport: (541) 574-4514 or [email protected]

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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 (some refreshments provided, beer and meals available from the Rogue).

For information about the project, and about participating in the special effort to document the King Tides in the marine reserve areas, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, [email protected]

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 Posted by at 9:17 PM
Dec 122014
 
"Hey cutie - let me talk yer ear off..."

“Hey cutie – let me talk yer ear off…”
Ken Gagne
Triple D Ranch, Yachats Valley

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 Posted by at 7:10 PM
Dec 122014
 
Skies have cleared for some good Christmas shopping in Waldport!

Skies have cleared for some good Christmas shopping in Waldport!

Well it’s almost Christmas here in Waldport. Our tree lighting festivities are coming up and although its been lit for a couple weeks to increase season cheer, they are going to do it officially with a bridge walk and goodies and fun! All of the stores seem to be ready for shoppers. You would be amazed at what one can find here in little ol’ Waldport.

There is a little jewelry store on hwy 34 close to the Alsea florist. It’s called Doug and Mim’s and she has the prettiest sparkles and pretties! Her prices are outstanding too! And when she smiles the whole place lights up.

Then there is the Holiday Saturday Market at the Senior Center this weekend! I can’t wait to go to that. Wonder what cool things I will find for everyone. Just about every shop here has gift cards or gift certificates too.

The Chocolate Frog actually has a holiday special for 20% off all of theirs through Christmas Eve. Lil’ Joe’s General Store has wonderful furnishings and antiques too! I got a beautiful side hutch there, wait til you see it!

We ate at the the China Restaurant the other night and it was soooo goooood!

And remember Waldport Drug and Gift? Well they just moved a 1/2 block south and are Hi School Pharmacy now. They carry all of the oh-so-good huckleberry chocolates still and all of the gifties we used to spend hours shopping for.

We even have a new store in town over by the barber shop. I saw his jewelry and stuff the other day, oooooh I want some!

Last weekend my girlfriend was in town and watched me make a hat and she wanted to do it too. So we went across the street to Family Fabrics, and did you know? They had the same loom I have but I had to go all the way to the valley for mine! It’s getting easier to shop local!

Christmas is going to be so nice this year with all of the holiday lights the city put up on the poles and the businesses sparkling! Wind? What wind? We don’t even notice anymore ha ha!

Anyway, just wanted to tell you all I love you and hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

Leslie Hohstadt
The Chocolate Frog

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 Posted by at 7:05 PM
Dec 122014
 

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