May 112014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, May 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: The last of those pesky rain showers passed through our area before 10:00am yesterday and we were dry the rest of the day. Precipitation amounts were just barely measureable and west winds remained light at less than 15 mph. Sunshine prevailed with a few puffy, non-threatening cumulus clouds providing texture for the afternoon and evening sky. Highs came in around 60F. A vivid sunset kept camera shutters clicking and drew throngs to the beaches. After dark, a waxing gibbous moon delivered additional light for those hesitant to head indoors. This morning, there was blue sky above, a few clouds offshore, light east wind and lows in the low-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/42F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 60F/42F/0.01”
Newport: 55F/41F/No measureable
Waldport: 63F/43F/No measureable
Yachats: 61F/42F/0.02”

Forecast: After Mom finishes breakfast in bed and opens the gifts, you can take her outdoors for stroll on the beach today. Sunshine, light northwesterly winds of 5-10 mph and a high of 60-65F should make it a charming Mother’s Day. Today’s conditions will be ideal for the Devils Lake Dash personal watercraft races in Lincoln City, too. Tonight, partly cloudy skies with a low around 45F, northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20. Tomorrow, look for mostly sunny skies, a high of 70F and light northeast breezes. Outlook is for sunny and warm Tuesday through Thursday. Daytime mercury readings could reach 70-75F; overnight lows of 55F. Cooler conditions are expected on Friday with a high temperature about 65F and increasing clouds. There’s a chance of some light rain by next weekend.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with temps of 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 70F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies today with the freezing level above the passes at 5,500 feet rising to 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mostly sunny skies and warmer in the Coast Range, Valley and Cascades.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 127”, a gain of 2” since yesterday, or 87% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 1/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 1/112/Machine Groomed
Timberline 9/164/Powder

Marine: Let’s go fishin’! The bars are open, the wind is down to E less than 5 knots and seas have subsided to 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The outlook for today through Wednesday is northerly winds 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 in the afternoons and evenings, seas about 4 feet through the period. The next disturbance on the horizon begins with a wind shift to southerly on Thursday and a minor weather system predicted for next weekend.

On the Beach… Sunny, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/11 Sun 10:59 AM 6.09 H
05/11 Sun 04:30 PM 1.80 L
05/11 Sun 10:49 PM 7.97 H
05/12 Mon 05:28 AM 0.06 L

In Short: Mostly clear and warmer.

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 Posted by at 8:05 AM
May 102014
 

11:40PM
EARLIER REPORT OF 9 ORANGE FLARES SPOTTED OFFSHORE FROM NEWPORT HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY THE COAST GUARD AS A FALSE ALARM. THE COAST GUARD CANCELLED THEIR ALERT.

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 Posted by at 11:25 PM
May 102014
 

Vehicle description has migrated somewhat from the initial couple of descriptions that went out to police in the field.

10:15pm
Authorities are scrambling to catch up with a burgundy Dodge pickup (no canopy), with tinted windows that was allegedly used in the abduction of a woman walking alone near the old middle school site. The vehicle was last seen headed northbound on Highway 101.

Anyone seeing this vehicle should immediately call 911.

11:45pm
Sounding more and more like a domestic violence incident. Will follow up with the Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

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 Posted by at 10:21 PM
May 102014
 

Yaquina Bay Bridge About as pretty as it gets. Ken Gagne photo

Yaquina Bay Bridge
About as pretty as it gets.
Ken Gagne photo


Roads End Trail Cascade Head Cherise Glaze

Roads End Trail
Cascade Head
Cherise Glaze

Roads End Trail looking south toward Lincoln City Cherise Glaze

Roads End Trail looking south toward Lincoln City
Cherise Glaze


Beautiful day up the Yaquina today -  Greg Henton

Beautiful day up the Yaquina today -
Greg Henton

Nearing Sunset Yachats Ken Gagne

Nearing Sunset
Yachats
Ken Gagne

Sunset off Bayshore Kerry Terrel

Sunset off Bayshore
Kerry Terrel

Another Bayshore sunset CD photo

Another Bayshore sunset
CD photo

Newport Sunset Dave Morgan

Newport Sunset
Dave Morgan

VIP seat  Dave Morgan

VIP seat
Dave Morgan

Sunset afterglow at Yaquina Head Christian Flores-Munoz

Sunset afterglow at Yaquina Head
Christian Flores-Munoz

Moon movin' in... Dave Morgan

Moon movin’ in…
Dave Morgan

Copernicus Crater  Dave Morgan SX-50 at 200 X (1200 mm)

Copernicus Crater
Dave Morgan
SX-50 at 200 X (1200 mm)

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 Posted by at 9:56 PM
May 102014
 

Burning two auxiliary buildings at old Waldport Elementary School. CD photo

Burning two auxiliary buildings at old Waldport Elementary School.
CD photo

Learn to burn at old Waldport Elementary Saturday.

Learn to burn at old Waldport Elementary Saturday.

Second auxiliary building burned next.

Second auxiliary building burned next.


Old Elementary School itself will be bulldozed this July - not burned.

Old Elementary School itself will be bulldozed this July – not burned.

Waldport had another Burn to Learn exercise today as Central Coast Fire Rescue hosted several regional fire departments to practice setting and extinguishing fires at various stages of destruction of the two auxiliary buildings behind the old elementary school, near the Moose Lodge.

Fire fighters practiced their tactics and got the feel of a lot of heat and smoke that they would face in a real fire situation where they’re trying to save lives and property. Firefighters from Florence came up and others from Lincoln County first lit the building closest to the old school, then the farthest away, up the street.

Come July, the rest of the old school will come down – not with fire but with a bulldozer. The wood and other recyclables will be separated out and then hauled to a recycling center.

All the old schools that a lot of the older townspeople attended, will soon be gone. First the high school, then the middle school, and soon the rest of the old elementary school.

A true passing of an era.

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May 102014
 

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Farmers Market 9-1 Newport City Hall

Farmers Market 9-1
Newport City Hall

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Newport Farmers Market back outside in the sunshine at Newport City Hall through 1pm today.

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 Posted by at 11:31 AM
May 102014
 

Yachats Valley Rainbow Saturday

Yachats Valley Rainbow
Saturday

Ken got so close to the end of the rainbow Wall Street was calling him on his cell phone.

Ken got so close to the end of the rainbow Wall Street was calling him on his cell phone.

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 Posted by at 11:20 AM
May 102014
 

Anybody care to email some pictures of the big control burn going on in Waldport at the Waldport Annex???

Send a photo or two to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

It’s good to share with your neighbors!

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 Posted by at 11:11 AM
May 102014
 

Old WHS site

Old WHS site

Old Middle School Gym and Cafeteria - preserved

Old Middle School Gym
and Cafeteria – preserved

A year to 18 month journey has been laid out for Waldport and the Lincoln County School District – both trying to figure out the “Art of the Possible” for future use of the 11.5 acres of mostly bare ground where once stood the old Waldport High School. Right off the side, to the west, is the still-standing old middle school gym and cafeteria. Senitila McKinley and her Seashore Family Literacy agency has laid a “Dream Claim” on it for use in their many education and family service programs. McKinley and the school district are still dreaming out loud about how that may play out.

On a parallel track, the city of Waldport and the school district are launching a study of the kinds of activities the empty ground might host. Top of the list of hoped-for uses include a community garden, baseball and soccer fields, general open space, a trail system, an arts/music performance area and a dog park, among others. But again, before any of that can happen, the community needs to wrap its collective mind around what is even possible.

One of the big issues is ground water. The site used to be a slough and Mother Nature will turn it back into a slough unless something’s done to stop her. Does that involve fill dirt? If so, how much? And where? What are the costs? Then there are issues about how to lay out a detailed drawing of what uses will fit comfortably inside those 11.5 acres and how space should be allocated.

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) bought the development rights to the property it meant that construction of ANY facilities had to meet strict criteria. It can’t be anything big or long-term permanent. It appears that playing fields, backstops, goal posts, gazebos and the like are permitted, but that’s about it.

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Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff said the city and the school district will begin very soon their joint study of what uses make sense and are affordable for the community. Building a sports complex along with other uses outlined above will take some planning and a lot of public meetings to sort it all out. Mayor Woodruff said once the site’s “carrying capacity” becomes clear then the city and the district will invite vigorous public involvement on specific uses and their configuration on the site. Woodruff predicted that debate may begin within 9 months or so. She said nothing in the preliminary analysis will preclude any options for discussion. All uses people have been talking about will still be on the table, except for maybe basketball. She says the Waldport area has plenty of basketball courts, inside and out.

Another long term issue will be determining what the community wants, how to pay for it and how to maintain it. In short the dreaded “annual budget.” Woodruff said Waldport City Hall doesn’t have any extra money laying around that could fill the bill. So it’s going to take some additional revenue from the community – and by the community Woodruff means the region – both sides east along the river, and residents on both sides up and down Highway 101. To make any intense use of the 11.5 acres will require that the expense to be spread over a wide enough area to make it affordable for everyone. It might involve the creation of a recreation taxing district, much like a neighborhood might want to raise funds for street repairs or drainage improvements. But talk of such a district is not even on the horizon yet because the community doesn’t yet know what’s possible for the site, how it would be divided up among uses and the costs of maintaining it.

But at least the journey has begun.

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 Posted by at 11:10 AM
May 102014
 
Yummie Tomato Wiki photo

Yummie Tomato
Wiki photo

Plant Sale and Free Tomato Barrel Workshops Scheduled in May

Thanks to the generous contribution of extra tomato plants by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners and the innovative growing techniques of the TomatoBarrel approach, members of the 4-H Sustainable Living Club were enjoying fresh, ripe tomatoes in July last year. Now the Club wants to show you how you can do the same and the Master Gardeners are ready to sell you starter plants!

Youth, their parents and all interested adult community members are invited to participate in a free, three-hour workshop at the Club’s Toledo garden. Upcoming opportunities include:
· Saturday, May 10 – 5:05pm
· Tuesday, May 13 – 5:05pm

The 4-H Sustainable Living Club garden is located near the Toledo Library and south of the town’s skateboard park.

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