Drought + Open Burning Ban = Cancelled Salmon Bake

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Aug 202015
 

Salmon Bake cancelled due to lack of planners and volunteers. Chamber photo


Chamber photo

See flames on left.  They're serious about fire!

See flames on left. They’re serious about fire!

DROUGHT + Open Burning Ban = CANCELLATION OF 60TH ANNUAL DEPOE BAY SALMON BAKE

The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce announces with deep regret that the 60th Annual Salmon Bake, scheduled for September 19th is cancelled due to the ban on open burning just declared by the Depoe Bay Fire District.

Severe drought conditions in Oregon have forced many fire districts to declare a complete ban on any kind of open burning. Beginning today in Depoe Bay, according to Fire Chief Joshua Williams, “All open flame fires are prohibited…until further notice.”

“We are so sorry to call off this historic traditional event,” said Chamber officer Beatrice Ray. “However, our first concern is for the safety of the many volunteers and visitors who participate each year. The Indian-style Salmon Bake requires a fire line (length of the open flame fire) 60 to 80 feet long and we cannot, in good conscience, risk their well-being or take the chance of any properties burning.”

The Chamber will announce plans for next year’s Salmon Bake in the near future.

 Posted by at 11:59 PM

Waldport: Smoke coming out of a storm drain at 101 and Starr/Maple intersection

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Aug 202015
 

101 traffic through downtown being diverted to Maple to the west of 101 from Hemlock.

101 traffic through downtown being diverted to Maple to the west of 101 from Hemlock.
Google Earth Image


Looking south from the Shell Station at the drain investigation at Starr.  Casey Wittmier photo

Looking south from the Shell Station at the drain investigation at Starr. Casey Wittmier photo

6pm
Report of smoke coming out of a storm drain off Highway 101 and Starr road at the south end of Waldport – just before you hit the sea wall. Fire units on scene trying to figure out what it is and where it might be coming from.

6:15pm
Traffic is being diverted west on Hemlock to Maple in order to bypass the fire trucks at 101 and Starr at the south end. And coming north traffic is being diverted to Maple to Hemlock back to 101.

 Posted by at 6:11 PM

Toledo: Big House Fire at Alder Lane and Maple

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Aug 202015
 

1741 Alderlane Drive Central area of Toledo

Alder Lane Drive and Maple
Central area of Toledo
Big Red Construction photo


Fire is spreading...other homes may be threatened.  Toledo firefighters are urgently requesting more manpower.

Fire is spreading…other homes may be threatened. Toledo firefighters are urgently requesting more manpower.
Dave Day Photo

Firefighters using deck gun to just dump water in to the center of the fire.

Firefighters using deck gun to just dump water in to the center of the fire.


Toledo Fire smoke seen from the Bayfront in Newport 9 miles away.

Toledo Fire smoke seen from the Bayfront in Newport 9 miles away.

Toledo fire seen from east of Toledo.

Toledo fire seen from east of Toledo.


View of the fire uphill of the house.

View of the fire uphill of the house. Bob Edwards photo

Firemen really sweating it over the fire's spread.  Notice the way the trees exploded in flame.  Very unusual for coastal areas.  Drought has extended to the coast.

Firemen really sweating it over the fire’s spread. Notice the way the trees exploded in flame. Very unusual for coastal areas. Drought has extended to the coast.Bob Edwards photo


Owner trying to salvage anything he can find.  Firefighters still soaking the trees.

Owner trying to salvage anything he can find. Firefighters still soaking the trees.


Corner of Alder Lane Drive and Maple.  Intensity of the fire reflected a very full house.

House before the fire – Corner of Alder Lane Drive and Maple. Intensity of the fire reflected a very full house.
Google Earth Image

A massive house fire is burning at Alder Lane Drive and Maple. The sole occupant of the house got out okay. Toledo Fire & Rescue is calling for more mutual aid from other area fire departments. Of course they’re down some employees as well due to a number of them working to save property and homes in those big Central Oregon Fires around John Day and Canyon City.

At the moment the sparks and embers from the Toledo Fire are falling on neighboring roofs and on lawns. Firefighters are scurrying around, putting more emphasis on saving them since the burning house is a complete loss. There are downed power lines in the area that are still live. So it’s a hellish fire that firefighters are having to confront.

Firefighters are hosing down sparks that are trying to start brush fires over on Pine street.

Firefighters are chasing down lawn fires.

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters now on scene.

Powerlines are being turned off by the PUD. Soon that whole part of East Toledo will shut down.

Newport Firefighters are on scene joining the firefight.

5:05pm
Fire contained. No longer spreading. Will take a while to completely put out.

5:19pm
Dousing hot spots.

 Posted by at 4:46 PM

Hurry up drill: OHA issues draft regs for medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana for a while

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Aug 202015
 
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Oregonian photo

Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Oregonian photo

An often cited reason for cities and counties to disallow recreational marijuana sales by medical dispensaries is that the rules surrounding those sales were not available – yet. So it appears that the Oregon Health Authority – in charge of the medical marijuana part of the industry – has done a hurry-up drill to get at least some draft rules and regulations on the table for public and government discussion. The OHA released those possible regulations today. And as you’ll see in this story from the Oregonian, the rules look pretty straight-forward. Click here.

 Posted by at 4:04 PM

Building fire at video game store – 228 SW 10 – caused by electrical plug overload.

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Aug 202015
 

Video Game Store  228 SW Coast Highway

Video Game Store
228 SW Coast Highway
Ed McVea photo


Fire from a distance Robin Lavoie photo

Fire from a distance
Robin Lavoie photo


Southbound 101 through Newport blocked - Detour! Big Red Construction photo

Southbound 101 through Newport blocked – Detour!
Big Red Construction photo


No word on any injuries.  Sounds like everybody got out. Big Red Construction photo

No word on any injuries. Sounds like everybody got out.
Big Red Construction photo

Update from Newport Fire & Rescue:

Cause of the blaze was a daisy chained series of extension cords that were not equipped anywhere along the line with a circuit breaker to prevent overloads. Each plug, either in the wall or in a multi-plug strip or wheel, has a limit to the amount of power it can handle. If the electrical flow exceeds the capacity of the extension cord(s), heat builds up, circuits fail or short circuit, and fire is the natural result.

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8:09am
Smoke and flames visible at video game street, at 228 SW 101. Black smoke seen inside.

There are two apartments upstairs. Reports say the residents got out safely.

8:16am
One resident ran back upstairs and into the building to try to retrieve a cat.

8:19am
First fire hydrant was a dud. Didn’t work. Going to another one nearby.

8:20am
Toledo and Depoe Bay Fire have been summoned to the scene to help Newport to put out the fire. Southbound lanes of 101 are blocked. Detour around the area.

8:34pm
Fire knocked down. All personnel accounted for.

 Posted by at 12:04 PM

Fishin’ with Chris

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Aug 202015
 

Chris Burns - Fishing

CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of August 20th

In the Creel: There was enough quota remaining, so the summer all-depth halibut season will be open again tomorrow, August 21st, and Saturday, August 22nd. Coho salmon fishing is currently closed but the non-selective season is just around the corner; meanwhile, the Chinook bite remains slow. Rockfish are still a good bet and lingcod limits have been showing up at the dock. Crabbing is excellent, but no joy yet for razor clammers as the entire coast remains closed to digging them, and mussels are also closed along the Central Coast (the clam and mussel closures are due to shellfish toxins). The rivers continue to run low and warm but a few steelhead and cutthroat are being picked up by early birds each morning. This week’s Fish Tale: I fish, therefore I am… not here right now.

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Northwest Oregon Streams: Until further notice, all waterbodies defined as ‘streams’ in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations will be closed to angling for trout, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from 2:00pm to one hour before sunrise, daily. All Northwest Zone tidewater areas (tidewater is defined as ‘stream or estuary waters affected by the daily ebb and flow of tides’) will remain open for angling for these species during normal hours under 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Angling for warmwater gamefish and other fish, as defined in the regulations, remains open under normal rules.

Salmon River: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the early morning bite being the most productive. Using small lures like spinners, spoons or various flies can be productive.

Siletz River/Bay: Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the upper river. Low flows and unusually warm river temperatures are making new fish race up into the cooler holding waters of the gorge area. New fish will continually be moving into the river through the summer. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners. Cutthroat trout are also open to harvest and can be found throughout the main stem river and many large tributaries.

Yaquina River/Bay: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair. The best opportunities are coming in the early mornings when river temperatures are the coolest. River levels are very low and warm for this time of year. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: The cutthroat trout fishery is fair in the mainstem and in some of the large tributaries. With the low and warm river conditions, the best chance of hooking one will be in the early morning when water temperatures are the coolest. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Rainbow trout fishing is likely to continue slow due to warm conditions. Concentrate on early morning hours when fish are likely to be the most active, and work the deeper holes. Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good during the summer months. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
Continue reading »

 Posted by at 11:00 AM

Awaiting orders on Canyon Creek/John Day Fire in central Oregon

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Aug 202015
 

Canyon Creek Fire the U.S.'s #1 priority wildland fire operation. Toledo and Newport firefighers are there.

Canyon Creek Fire the U.S.’s #1 priority wildland fire operation.
Toledo and Newport firefighers are there.
Oregonian photo


Newport Chief Rob Murphy and Toledo Firefighters await assignment on Canyon Creek Fire.

Newport Chief Rob Murphy and Toledo Firefighters await assignment on Canyon Creek Fire.


Fire bears down on Canyon City off Hwy 395

Fire bears down on Canyon City off Hwy 395


Helpless homeowner snaps goodbye picture of his family's home as fire comes down the ridge near Canyon City.

Helpless homeowner snaps goodbye picture of his family’s home as fire comes down the ridge near Canyon City.


Same home hours later.

Same home hours later.

From the Oregonian:
The Canyon Creek Complex fire, which destroyed 36 homes 50 garages and barns, is Oregon’s most destructive in nearly 80 years. Damage is in the millions.

Other wildfires have burned more acreage but none has destroyed so many homes since a 1936 blaze swept through the coastal city of Bandon, leveling nearly 500 buildings, records show.

UPDATE FROM FIRE COMMAND CENTER ON CANYON CREEK FIRE:
JOHN DAY, Ore. -The Canyon Creek Complex is currently estimated at 48,201 acres. It is the number one priority nationally for resources with approximately 649 personnel currently assigned to this incident.

Yesterday, firefighters set hose lines in the northeast corner of the fire as a contingency should winds shift and again push the fire towards homes located there. The fire burned very actively in the Vance Creek area during the morning, advancing toward a main powerline that is a priority resource to protect. Late in the afternoon, the fire advanced to the south and west of the Dry Soda Lookout area. The fire also backed into the Canyon Creek area, where firefighters successfully defended homes.

Today, firefighters will again concentrate work in these two areas in order to limit the fire’s expansion and protect houses and private lands. Some priority areas today are around the Wickiup Campground and Road 3925 areas on the south side of the fire and the Fall Mountain area to the west.

Recent weather patterns are expected to continue. Afternoon northwest winds may generate increased fire activity and visible smoke throughout the area.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews will continue to work along the Highway 395 corridor removing hazardous trees and material on or near the roadway.

Due to successful work on the north end of the fire, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office decreased evacuation levels from Level 3 to Level 2 in some areas on the north end of the Canyon Creek Complex fire yesterday. These changes are for residents of the affected areas only. The areas reduced to Level 2 are as follows:
* Adam Marysville
* Eagle Peak Gardner Ranch
* Pineview Buckhorn
* Edgewood Little Pine

Marysville from Hwy. 395 to Dog Creek and the junction of Hwy. 26 is CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC. Only homeowners will be able to access that portion of the road. Homeowners on the lower Little Canyon Mountain Trail area can also access their homes.

Areas remaining at Level 3:
* South from Dog Creek to Little Dog Creek will stay closed and under a Level 3 evacuations
* Upper end of Pine Creek from the road closure near the rock pit will remain under a Level 3 evacuation.
* Canyon Creek, from the fire perimeter north at Canyon City, south to the 15, 16 junction will remain under a Level 3 evacuation.

Both sides of Izee Road from 395 to the Mike Moore Ranch remain at Level 2.

An American Red Cross shelter has been established at the Mt. Vernon Community Center at 640 Ingle Street.

 Posted by at 9:44 AM

Weather or Not: DIY

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Aug 202015
 

Chris Burns Weather

News Lincoln County’s weatherman is taking this morning off, so you can try your hand at prognosticating. Have some fun using the links below for do-it-yourself forecasts, observations and conditions. No experience necessary and no seriously unusual weather is on the horizon. The daily ‘Weather or Not’ reports will resume on Friday.

Summary: Observations

Forecast: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats

Travel: ODOT TripCheck, Activity Planner, Coast Range, Cascades

Marine: Local Waters, Bar Reports

Tides: Tide Tables

 Posted by at 8:00 AM

Drug bust a mile east of Waldport

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Aug 202015
 

Earlier this week detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant at a residential property just east of Darkey Creek Road and East Alsea Highway, Waldport. Controlled substances were found at the location which included methamphetamine and evidence related to suspected drug trafficking. Further investigation resulted in several other arrests in the area related to drug possession/sales and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The following suspects were arrested as a result of this investigation:

Dustin K. Ware, 33, Waldport Resident
-Charges- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine

Patrick R. Olson, 34, Waldport Resident
-Charges- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine
Felon in Possession of a weapon (Firearm)

Nathanael L. Hargrove, 29, Waldport Resident
-Charges- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine

Gerald E. Laplant, 28, Waldport Resident
-Charges- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

 Posted by at 7:51 AM

Picking a new city councilor, kicking four off the Harbor Commission, punting on recreational marijuana sales but moving ahead with cute scenic park

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Aug 192015
 
Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday evening

Depoe Bay City Council
Tuesday evening

Who’s on first?

The Depoe Bay City Council gave themselves more time to consider recreation marijuana sales before the Oregon Liquor Control Board develops rules and regulations on the subject.

The agenda item referred to whether current medical marijuana dispensaries could sell recreational marijuana before January 1st but the discussion went sideways – focusing instead on recreational marijuana as a stand-alone subject. There are no medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city of Depoe Bay that can even sell the plant.

However, there was an applicant in the audience who’s been trying to open Depoe Bay’s first medical marijuana dispensary. His application has already been approved by the state and is awaiting local approval from Depoe Bay City Councilors. Later that applicant, Josh Gilleo, was informed there were five citizen letters in opposition to him establishing his dispensary at 443 NW Highway 101. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been routinely approved around Oregon since 1998 and were not affected by the passing of Measure 91, the recreational marijuana initiative last November. Medical marijuana dispensaries are a completely separate entity under the law with their own rules and regulations already firmly set by the Oregon Health Authority. The central question in this instance is whether medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to sell recreational marijuana temporarily starting October 1st. When the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which controls recreational marijuana, establishes their own regulations, medical marijuana dispensaries will stop selling recreational marijuana. But nobody knows exactly when that date will be. They’re shooting for January 4th of next year.

The whole point in the temporary sales arrangement is to keep legitimate marijuana in the marketplace, sold by legitimate businesses – not by black marketers in back alleys or darkened cars selling illicit marijuana either grown locally or imported from central or South America. The temporary sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries is supposed to provide easy to obtain legal marijuana without feeding that criminal black market.

But plowing ahead anyway, the council passed an ordinance that bans recreational marijuana sales in Depoe Bay starting October 1st, lasting until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission comes up with rules and regulations controlling its sale. Meanwhile Mr. Gilleo’s application to establish a medical marijuana dispensary awaits a public hearing September 21st, 6:30pm at Depoe Bay City Hall. Mr. Gilleo is facing five residents who are revealed in their written complaints as still being opposed to Measure 91 which passed at the polls last November. Measure 91 had nothing to do with medical marijuana dispensaries.

Sometimes it’s a good idea for city councils to invite their city attorney to sit in on complicated discussions, especially as complicated as this one.

You’re FIRED!

The city council’s conversation about what should be done about their Harbor Commission took an interesting turn Wednesday evening. You may recall that four commission members, either working for or in association with Tradewinds Charters, have been charged in court for racketeering with the primary aim of defrauding the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State Police of fishing license revenues – basically charging charter customers for licenses that were never purchased at ODFW. They scammed their customers and state government, prosecutors contend.

But instead of acknowledging the elephant in the room, that there appears to be a damning case against the four, and possibly the rest of the defendants, the council each trumpeted loudly their virulent discontent with what they portrayed as a dysfunctional Harbor Commission. Councilor Zeke Olsen led the charge complaining that the commission has sat on its hands while City Hall has had to subsidize its operations for years. Other councilors pretty much went along with that characterization. So when it came time to declare four seats on the Harbor Commission vacant, by an act of the council, Eva Harmon, Noeli Achen, Roman Smolcic and Dan Zimmerman were shown the door. Their seats were declared “vacant” on a 5 to 1 vote of the city council. Mayor AJ Matilla thought they ought to get their day in court before being bounced.

And with that they declared that the council is shopping for new appointees to the Depoe Bay Harbor Commission. They’re accepting applications down at City Hall.

Who’s going replace Kathy Wyatt on the council?

The City Council interviewed three candidates who want to fill the unexpired term of City Councilor Kathy Wyatt who resigned recently. She said her job was demanding more of her time. The three candidates, Colin Teem, Bill Johnson and Jeff Wiseman all seemed qualified based on business and life experience – Johnson with heavier government experience than the other two. So we’ll see who gets the thumbs up at the next council meeting

A stunning addition to Depoe Bay’s oceanview boardwalk

And the Depoe Bay City Council approved going out to bid on a rather quietly advancing project overlooking scenic Depoe Bay. It’s to be a new bay overlook platform with stairs going down to another platform with benches to get a more grand experience of the thunderous and spectacularly beautiful restless ocean that so typifies Depoe Bay – especially in the winter.

The scenic overlook park is expected to be completed by Halloween and is sure to be a favorite spot with tourists and locals alike. It’s to be located between the little bed and breakfast north of the Whale statue and the Emerald Realty office.

 Posted by at 11:30 PM