May 042015

5:49pm- Single vehicle rollover accident on Highway 18 8 miles east of Highway 101. Red car said to be over a 10 foot embankment. Single female occupant trying to get herself out of the car. Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement enroute.

6:05pm- The rescue of the woman still inside the car turned out to be more complicated that first estimated. Looks like it it’ll involve vehicle stablilization and rope rescue.

6:38pm- Two more accidents are now fouling traffic on 18.  Two SUVs and travel trailers have blocked 18 just a half mile east of the original crash at milepost 8.  Both over an embankment. THEN there is another crash on 18 at about milepost 40.  Not a good time to try Hwy18.  18 is completely shut down.

9:03pm- All wrecks cleared – Traffic on 18 re-opened.

 Posted by at 5:54 PM
May 042015
Postal Carriers Food Drive coming up...

Postal Carriers Food Drive
coming up…

On Saturday May 9th, local letter carriers in Toledo, Newport, and Lincoln City will be participating in this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” National Food Drive, the largest one-day Food drive in the nation. City Carriers, rural carriers, and highway contract carriers, will be collecting non-perishable foods along their route and delivering them to their respective Food Share, and food pantries.

To participate, customers are encouraged to place non-perishable food donations, (such as tuna fish, soups, cereals, canned vegetables, peanut butter, no Glass,) by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 9th. Earlier in the week, carriers will deliver plastic bags for use in the drive. Use these bags or one of your own. Post Office Lobbies, and local businesses may be set up for donations.

 Posted by at 4:57 PM
May 042015
Clary Grant Candidate LC School Board

Clary Grant
Candidate LC School Board

The Lincoln County Education Association (LCEA) endorses Clary Grant’s candidacy for Lincoln County School Board Position #2

I am Clary Grant and I am running for the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors position #2. My husband, Jerome, and I own and operate Gracie’s Sea Hag, in Depoe Bay. Not only did I attend Lincoln County schools, my daughter, having started kindergarten at Mary Harrison in Toledo, graduated from Newport High in 2014. Being involved at the classroom level with my child during the last 12 years will aid me in understanding the needs of our students and teachers today.

I want to be a listening ear and a new voice for parents, teachers and the community. I am concerned about the direction our school district is headed and I believe we need new leadership on the school board. There is a top down approach to leadership in our district. I’ve heard from teachers, parents and the community that micro- management in the classroom is a serious problem. Teachers are being told what and how to teach instead of allowing them some professional freedom.

Our teachers are professionals, most having Masters Degrees, yet they are not given enough opportunity to be innovative in the classroom because of the top down leadership in conjunction with excessive testing. Excessive testing takes instruction time and creativity out of the classroom. Testing is stressful and our children are becoming data, not individuals.

As a school board member I will communicate with the people I represent. I believe the school board should work closely with the parents, teachers, and the administration to foster and create a sense of community. We need people working together and listening to each other. We have great teachers, concerned parents, and a supportive community.

I will not be a rubber stamp for policies that are not in the best interests of our students, teachers and community.

I’m asking for your vote to represent us on the school board.

Change is needed, vote for Clary Grant!

 Posted by at 4:48 PM
May 042015
Governor Kate Brown "Legislature isn't going home without passing ethics reform."

Governor Kate Brown
“Legislature isn’t going home without passing ethics reform.”

Governor Brown’s first in a series of ethics related bills has made it out of the Senate and is now enroute to the House. The bills erupted after the John Kitzhaber/Cylvia Hayes scandal that forced Kitzhaber to resign as governor back in March after what was described as a number of blatant ethics violations threw state government into a political crisis.

Governor Brown vowed that ethics reform is a top level priority in her new administration. Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 1:27 PM
May 042015

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, May 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: You could tell early in the day that the north winds would be lighter. Sure, they came up yesterday around noon as usual, but not with the force of the past few days. Peak gusts were in the low-20s which was down 10-15 mph from Saturday and Sunday. Sunshine and thermometer readings of 55-60F made for an overall pleasant day. Fortunately, clouds from an approaching front held off long enough after sunset for a killer moonrise; atmospheric conditions were just right to make the deep-orange Full Flower Moon appear about twice its actual size. And then it was gone as overcast filled in and held sway all night; lows dipped to 45-50F. This morning, low clouds covered the sky and winds were light out of the west.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/52F
Depoe Bay: 54F/48F
Newport: 55F/45F
Waldport: 57F/44F
Yachats: 56F/49F

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Forecast: The current change in our weather pattern is like slipping on a windbreaker – low pressure approaching from offshore has shut down the blustery north wind machine. A light breeze from the west-southwest is projected for today along with WON SUN-CLOUDSmostly cloudy skies and a high around 55F. Tonight, look for a 50-50 chance of showers, light winds and a low of 45F. Showers are likely tomorrow, maybe a thunderstorm, too, and cooler with the mercury rising to just above 50F. Outlook is for lingering showers Wednesday, a return to clear and breezy Thursday through Saturday, followed by the possibility of another weak weather system arriving on Sunday. Seasonal temps throughout.

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Travel: Construction of a new fish passage culvert and restoration of the natural tidal flows in Fraser Creek north of Lincoln City will result in a traffic diversion around the worksite and a speed limit reduction. Beginning today, both lanes of Highway 101 will be diverted around the construction area near 101’s junction with Highway 18 (Milepost 104). The diversion and reduced speed of 45 mph will remain in effect until mid-July.

In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. A Special Weather Statement has been issued for the Cascades for a 50-50 chance of snow showers down to highway pass level tonight through Wednesday night. Snow accumulations may cause wintry driving conditions during this period. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 30”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 15” in the past seven days; 86” less than this date last year; 90% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

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Marine: The strong northerlies have faded and we’re down to NW winds 5-10 knots this morning with seas 5 feet at 9 WON SCAseconds. However, a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect late tonight and runs through Tuesday evening. Today, W winds 5-10 knots backing to SW 10-15 knots this afternoon with seas 4-6 feet at 10-12 seconds. A mish-mash of swells affects local waters tonight and tomorrow creating hazardous seas; one swell is W 7 feet at 14 seconds, another is S 4 feet at 20 seconds, plus windwaves of 3-4 feet on top. WSW winds 5-15 knots are expected. Outlook is for a return to nor’westers 5-15 knots gusting 20 Wednesday through Friday with swells subsiding to 3-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, 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
05/04 Mon 07:20 AM -0.57 L
05/04 Mon 01:50 PM 6.77 H
05/04 Mon 07:08 PM 2.25 L
05/05 Tue 01:10 AM 8.36 H

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In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, cloudy, showers, then sunny and breezy.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM
May 042015

 Sweet swinger Stanfill making sweet music off golf course

Sweet swinger Stanfill making sweet music off golf course

kid golfer

Taft High boys golf Coach Mark Swift has only known third-year player Evan Stanfill for a relatively short time. Pardon the expression, but to know him is to love him, Swift will tell you. But just who is Evan Baltazar Stanfill? And why is he such a compelling young man?

“Evan has always been an interesting guy,” Swift, longtime golf pro at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, said. “I say that because he is always so thoughtful in the way he goes about his daily life.”

Born in McMinnville, the 17-year-old lifelong Lincoln City resident has blended music, sports and zest for life as a competitive golfer and accomplished musician.

For the complete story, go to or click here.

 Posted by at 8:01 AM
May 032015

Sports Lincoln County

Sports Lincoln County

Infield doodling.... SLC photo

Infield doodling….
SLC photo

Lincoln City Youth League baseball action Saturday brought not only keen competition on the diamond, but some creative artwork by the players in and around it. The Lil’ Sluggers Division pitted My Sweet Petites (in pink) and Pacific Power in an early afternoon game at Kirtsis Park.

For photo coverage and results from Saturday, go to Sports Lincoln or click here.

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 Posted by at 9:30 AM