Mar 202015


ODFW hosting Family Fishing Event Saturday at Devil’s Lake

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hosting a Family Fishing Event Saturday, March 28 at Devils Lake in Lincoln City.

The event will take place from 9 AM to 2 PM at Regatta Park. ODFW will stock the lake with 6,500 rainbow trout, including 2,000 fish that will be released in a large net pen reserved for youths.

ODFW staff and volunteers will hand out equipment, and be available to teach youngsters how to bait, cast, and “reel in” their catch.

Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting.

This is the first of dozens of family fishing events that will be held throughout the state this year. These events are intended to help families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be.

“This will be our 2nd annual event at Devil’s Lake,” said Christine Clapp, fish biologist. “It’s still a relatively small event compared to some others, so it’s a great opportunity to get your kids out fishing without the lines that form at some of our other events.”

Licenses are required for anyone over the age of 13, and are not available at the events. If you need a fishing license you may purchase one online or at one of ODFW’s license outlets. Juvenile licenses cost $9 each. To purchase a license on-line, visit ODFW’s website at:

 Posted by at 11:18 AM
Mar 202015

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Mar. 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: The final full day of Winter went out in style with a flourish of Summer yesterday. There was a contoured mix of sunshine and high clouds, light winds and thermometer readings around 60F; Waldport checked-in at 63F for the warmest locally. Except for a little haze along the beach, skies stayed fair through the early evening but became overcast shortly before midnight. Cloud cover varied overnight and low temps dropped into the 40s. At daybreak, there was a light east wind under mostly cloudy skies.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 62F/49F
Depoe Bay: 58F/47F
Newport: 59F/41F
Waldport: 63F/44F
Yachats: 60F/48F

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Forecast: You might recall that the first day of Autumn began with a storm. Well, it’s déjà vu for the first day of Spring as a storm approaches the Central Coast and may actually hit right about the time the new season officially begins this WON WINDY RAINYafternoon at 3:45pm. This weather system had a tap into tropical moisture earlier in its career, so we could see an inch or so of rain over the next 24 hours. It’ll be breezy, too, with southerlies 15-25 mph gusting 40 through tonight. Tomorrow, the rain turns to showers and some sunbreaks are feasible. Outlook is for another wet one scheduled to arrive on Sunday and last through Monday bringing an additional half inch or better of rain. Look for showers Tuesday and Wednesday, then drying and clearing late in the week. Temperatures are expected to stay between 45F and 60F through the entire period.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy, breezy, with 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by this afternoon and highs of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; cloudy, sprinkles, the snow level is 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations, but a few inches of snow possible in the Cascade passes tomorrow through Sunday night with the snow level 4,000 to 5,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. NOTE: Studded tires are legal in Oregon through March 31st.

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 24”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” in the past seven days; 94” less than this date last year; 94% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/0”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/0”/closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 0”/40”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/23”/reopened, frozen and loose granular
Timberline 0”/41”/spring riding

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Marine: Southerlies are already up to 15-20 knots well offshore this morning in advance of an approaching weather WON SCAsystem, with seas 6-7 feet at 10-12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 9:00am through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from 11:00am through late tonight. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and this evening, easing to 15-20 knots after midnight, with lumpy seas building to 8-10 feet at 10 seconds. Tomorrow, W winds 5-15 knots and swells down to 7 feet. Outlook is for another blow Sunday afternoon through early Monday packing southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas rebuilding to 10 feet or higher. The breeze eases to SW 5-15 knots on Tuesday with swells around 9 feet.

On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week beginning tomorrow and running through next Saturday, March 28th, at twenty-four designated sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the ‘Whale Watching Spoken Here’ program will help visitors spot gray whales migrating north from Baja California to Alaska. Details and site locations are available here.
* Tides
03/20 Fri 06:48 AM 0.15 L
03/20 Fri 01:00 PM 9.05 H
03/20 Fri 07:08 PM -0.26 L
03/21 Sat 01:26 AM 9.31 H

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In Short: Rain developing, windy, showers, then more rain.

 Posted by at 8:06 AM
Mar 192015
R/V Sound Leader Sank off the central coast in July 2012

R/V Sound Leader
Sank off the central coast in July 2012

An $8 million lawsuit over the loss of a crab boat crewman in the summer of 2012 off the Lincoln County Coast has been settled. But no details are releasable due to secrecy requirements of the owner of the F/V The Sound Leader.

A crew member new to the commercial fishing industry signed on to the F/V Leader and immediately set sail with its crew to start throwing crab pots over the side. Forty-eight year old David Terris had grown weary of no work back in his home state of Michigan so he headed west with his family to try commercial fishing off the Oregon Coast.

But on July 2nd 2012, with the F/V Sound Leader three miles off the coast of Newport, heavy waves pounded the Sound Leader and it began to sink. What happened next has got to be one of the worst nightmares a commercial fisherman can have. When everyone tried to launch the life raft, they couldn’t get the release mechanism to work. So when the Sound Leader went down, it pulled the crew’s liferaft down with it.

Here’s the rest of the story from The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 10:28 PM
Mar 192015
Oregon gun background checks already cover gunshows.

Oregon gun background checks already cover gunshows.

With strong majorities in both houses of the Oregon Legislature, Oregon democrats are about to introduce a bill that would close the last back-door method of selling a gun – through private party or family transactions. Washington State recently enacted such a law. In addition to wanting to close the last gun sale loophole, there are those who say the stricter law is now critical for Oregon because those who can no longer acquire a firearm through a private party transaction in Washington need only to come to Oregon where such transactions are still legal. Oregon democrats say they want to close that loophole.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 9:21 PM
Mar 192015

As we reported earlier, sea lions are congregating around Yaquina Bay for some reason and they’re looking to haul out of the water wherever they can to stay away from sharks and Killer Whales (ORCAS).

As it turns out some of the sea lions you see in Ed McVea’s drone video have been climbing up on tie up docks for fishing boats at Port Dock 5. And they’re a real threat to the docks from the crushing effects of their weight. Port Manager Kevin Greenwood told News Lincoln County that some port workers were using paint ball guns, but only in ways to get them off the docks. Greenwood said there’s little else a human can do to get sea lions to comply with a human order to move. Loud pyrotechnics can damage sea lion hearing, not to mention the hearing of people in the area. And there are dangers from fires that are sometimes associated with large firecracker type devices.

Greenwood also referred News Lincoln County to a NOAA Bulletin that acknowledged the west coast’s growing problems with congregating sea lions and also acknowledged the damage that such huge beasts can inflict on port and marina docks and other property. NOAA says neither private nor public agencies can harrass endangered species which the sea lions in Yaquina Bay are not. They are not endangered. They were taken off the Endangered Species List in 2013. So the port has been trying to save property from these sea going squatters who could otherwise run up quite a repair bill and inconvenience fishing vessel owners if their slip at any port dock is damaged and no longer useable.

So while many would decry the use of paint ball guns, they are non-lethal and are acceptable devices of deterrence with sea lions.

No word on what’s causing the congregation of sea lions in Yaquina Bay.

 Posted by at 5:26 PM
Mar 192015
Drop in computers available now at the Newport Public Library

Drop in computers available now at the Newport Public Library


As part of its ongoing improvements, the Newport Public Library unveiled a suite of new public computers this week. These “all-in-one” computers come with software that allows library users to log in with their library cards and use up to 90 minutes per day, in one or more sessions.

“We used this software at my previous library,” said library director, Ted Smith. “It simplifies logging on for the users, and requires less monitoring by staff.”

All 16 computers are in the lower level of the library, in proximity to the reference desk, so people can ask for help if they need it. “We’ve had very positive feedback from computer users this week,” said Sheryl Eldridge, supervising librarian in charge of reference. “We’re very grateful to the City’s IT department, Richard Dutton and Tad Taylor, for making it happen.”

The computers all come with the basic Microsoft Office software, as well as Internet Access and a photo editor called “Gimp.” Funding for the new computers was made possible through grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Ford Family Foundation, and private donations. For more information about the Newport Library and the services it offers, go to or call 541-265-2153.

 Posted by at 4:03 PM
Mar 192015

Captain Richard Giles and a race "straight up" for a cure for childhood cancer!

Newport Fire Captain Richard Giles and
a race “straight up” for a cure for childhood cancer!

Columbia Tower, Seattle 76 stories, over 1,300 steps vs. Captain Richard Giles!

Columbia Tower, Seattle
76 stories, over 1,300 steps vs. Captain Richard Giles!

What inspires a person to push themselves to the limit? Visit with just one young person fighting leukemia, and you will find yourself doing what you can to make difference – even a small difference.
That is what has kept Richard Giles going back to the SCOTT FIREFIGHTER STAIR CLIMB for the past five years. The climb to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a 1,311 step – 788′ straight-up climb at the Columbia Tower in Seattle, while wearing full firefighting gear weighing 50+ lbs. 

As Richard explains, “It didn’t start out that way. I was goaded into it by Yachat’s paramedic, Tony Mooney, and Central Coast’s, Dennis Canon. It started as a challenge, to see if I could actually compete against other firefighters in a grueling test of pure cardio output. It sounded ‘fun.'”

When asked what the hardest part is, Richard replies, “Not the training and not the extreme heat build up (remember the firefighters are covered head to toe with nowhere for your body heat to go)–the hardest part is asking for donations, even though I know 100% goes to the LLS for this important cause.”

The Leukemia / Lymphoma Society (LLS), has made astronomical gains toward a cure for blood cancers in the past 50+ years. Thanks to LLS driven research and access to better treatments for patients, survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled since 1960. This great success has inspired the LLS battle cry, “Someday Is Today,” showing just how close we are to 100% survivor rates for blood cancers–even reaching a cure for blood cancers.

Captain Richard Giles and a race "straight up" for a cure for childhood cancer!

Captain Richard Giles and
a race “straight up” for a cure for childhood cancer!

With only 8.6% of all funds raised going to “overhead expenses,” the LLS has one of the highest donation-to-patient/research ratio out there.
“I have done many fundraisers throughout my life,” says Richard, “for many very good causes. However, the men, women, children, and their families stricken with some form of blood cancer have had nothing but praise for the LLS.

This year, this one day e Scott Firefighter Stair Climb has raised just over 2.1 million dollars. The fundraising deadline for this year’s stair climb is March 31st. This years goal for this event is 2.25 million dollars. If you would like more information on the LLS or its actives, visit 
Help Richard reach his fundraising goal of $1,500 by visiting the event’s web site,  (You can also do an internet search for SCOTT FIREFIGHTER STAIR CLIMB.)  

Click “DONATE,” enter “Richard Giles,” and make your donation. It’s that easy to make a big difference.

 Posted by at 2:51 PM
Mar 192015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of March 19th

In the Creel: Chinook salmon fishing is now open offshore until the end of April; early indications are that the mighty kings are plentiful and hungry. Though Coho were hotter than a pepper sprout last season, this may be the year of the big slabs. Ocean bottom fishing remains strong, and winter steelhead has picked up a little in the rivers since the deluge of rain we got last weekend. Trout fishing is still very good in the reservoirs. Bay clamming is decent, but razors are mostly out of reach due to marginal minus tides. Crabbing’s still slow, but should get better once the freshwater content of the bays subsides. Spring begins Friday, March 20th, at 3:45pm; so, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, it’s fishin’ time!

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Salmon River: Winter steelhead fishing is fair but should become good this week following last weekend’s heavy rain. The river is open to the harvest of wild winter steelhead through March 31st. Anglers are advised to read the new regulations as there are harvest restrictions and new deadlines in effect. The deadline for steelhead fishing is at the confluence with Prairie Creek which enters the Salmon River west of the Van Duzer rest area at the same point where Sulpher Creek enters the Salmon.

Siletz River/Bay: Steelhead fishing is fair following the recent rain events though new fish should be available throughout most of the river as flows drop. This time of year tends to produce a good percentage of native fish. Bank fishing in the upper gorge area or floating the upper to middle reaches will produce the best results this week. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as side drifting, bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners.

Yaquina River/Bay: The winter steelhead fishery is slow in the Big Elk. The fishery is typically very slow for the rest of the season. Anglers are advised to watch for private property. Typical steelhead fishing tactics apply but the Big Elk is bedrock dominated and does have a lot of snags.

Alsea River/Bay: The winter steelhead fishery has picked up again following the recent heavy rainfall. The upper river will produce the best results this late in the season. This time of year more native fish tend to show up in the catch. Casting lures, bobbers and jig/bait or drifting beads along the bottom can be effective techniques.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: The rainbow trout stocking program is underway with the Central Coast reservoirs and lakes already well-stocked. They’ll be replanted multiple times until early June. Be sure to check out the 2015 stocking schedule here. Fishing for the various warm water fish species can be productive during this time of year. Anglers may need to target different areas of a lake (typically deeper) versus when fishing more shallow areas in the spring or summer.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 11:00 AM
Mar 192015

Volunteer divers at Oregon Coast Aquarium at South Beach

Volunteer divers at Oregon Coast Aquarium at South Beach

Volunteer diver checks out a sturgeon!

Volunteer diver checks out a sturgeon!

Ask any Northwest diver – the waters off the Oregon coast are cold, dark and turbulent. Braving these conditions requires a drysuit, dedication, and perhaps even a bit of obsessive zeal.

But for those who’d rather do it in a far more friendly environment, they can volunteer at the Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCA) where calm conditions and the opportunity to view abundant wildlife are guaranteed.

At the Oregon Coast Aquarium, approximately 150 volunteer divers travel from as far as Portland and Vancouver to splash in OCA exhibits which offer crystal clear waters, teeming with swimming and slithering creatures.

Volunteer divers’ service involves a variety of tasks including scrubbing acrylic, wielding a thigh-sized vacuum hose and observing animal behavior.

Thousands of venomous rockfish, curious halibut or over 100 sharks keep them company depending on which Passages of the Deep exhibit they work in that day.

Volunteer divers, while fully submerged, speak through special microphones on behalf of their aquatic companions to crowds of visitors during dive presentations and special events.

To be a volunteer diver at OCA requires participation once every three weeks and offers a number of benefits including complimentary Aquarium membership after 50 hours of service.

Jenna Walker, Dive Safety Officer for the Aquarium said, “Many volunteers tell me they enjoy diving to maintain their proficiency locally as there aren’t many dive opportunities in Oregon.”

The Aquarium will hold an orientation on March 28 for those interested in joining the volunteer dive program. For details, contact the Aquarium’s Volunteer Services department at

 Posted by at 10:18 AM