Apr 122014
 

5:45pm
Rollover accident at milepost 133 of 101 on Foulweather. Two occupants. Does not sound like injuries are life threatening.

Watch for emergency vehicles and flaggers.

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 Posted by at 5:59 PM
Apr 122014
 
Lester on his favorite quad to scoot around his Yachats River ranch - watch his cattle and keep the cougars and coyotes at bay...

Lester on his favorite quad to scoot around his Yachats River ranch – watch his cattle and keep the cougars and coyotes at bay…
Ken Gagne

Lester Hall’s pal Ken Gagne caught Lester heading out this week in his favorite quad that helps him navigate his spread up the Yachats River a ways. Lester turns 103.25 years old in two weeks. He figures at his age, he may as well celebrate the aging process in quarters instead of waiting all year for another birthday party.

103 and still making some rounds.

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 Posted by at 3:14 PM
Apr 122014
 
Depoe Bay Courtesy photo

Depoe Bay
Courtesy photo

The Vacation Rental question is on the agenda for our next meeting–Tuesday evening, April 15, 7:00pm at City Hall. As you may know, this has been a controversial issue in the past. Please do let the City council know your views–pro or con–on this issue.

Other agenda items include (once again!) the harbor restroom lease renewal, the Depoe Bay promotional video project and a number of other items. The complete agenda is attached.

I hope you can join us—the more you come to the meetings, the better you can judge how we work on your behalf. If you can’t be there, listen to us—recordings are posted on the city’s website, usually within 24 hours after the meeting (www.cityofdepoebay.org).

Thank you to those who made it to our last Council meeting. Your presence is an important asset to our deliberations.

Thank you and Enjoy Today!
Barb Leff, City Councilor

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 Posted by at 3:03 PM
Apr 122014
 
Regatta Park - Devil's Lake Huge green algae bloom

Regatta Park – Devil’s Lake
Huge green algae bloom

From Paul Robertson
Devils Lake Water Improvement District

The Harmful Algal Bloom that began around parts of the lake in mid January to early February in what is often our coldest times of the year morphed into not only a lakewide bloom, but most recently into one with colors and looks unfamiliar to most of us. The white, blue-gray, green, blue-green, oily, latex paint looking scums seen around the lake in the earlier part of the week have fortunately dissipated. However there exists a strong potential for scums to form again should the winds die down or if the blue-green algae are blown along the shorelines as the lake is an aqua-marine color and thus very much in a bloom, it is just mixed throughout the water column and thus toxins may be present.

Remember as Oregon Health Authority will say that anytime of the year, the best precaution for recreating on lakes is “If in doubt, stay out.”

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Samples taken today are being processed for toxins and total blue-green algae concentrations. Data should be back by the end of next week.

In the meantime we can say this; the odd colors we have seen lately are consistent with Blue-Green Algae Blooms. As far back as 1994 the lake suffered a similar documented bloom as shown in the slideshow last night. One of the primary risks associated with Harmful Algal Blooms are toxins, so as mentioned we are working on getting updated information. Other primary issue is oxygen depletion as the bloom dies and decomposes. Testing today confirms this is an issue in Devils Lake.

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The dissolved oxygen in the lake is between 35% and 65% of normal for the main lake. Low oxygen stresses and can kill fish and wildlife. Following a recent stocking of rainbow trout dozens of fish were found dead near where they had been stocked the day before at Regatta Grounds. Thousands of fish have been stocked over the last month or so, so thankfully we have not heard of any other fish kills. All other measurements, pH, conductivity, temperature, were within the normal range of the lake as shown below:

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation: 30% – 70% in water column
Dissolved Oxygen Concentration: 3.93 – 7.17 mg/L in water column
Lake Temperature: 12.4 C to 14.5C (54F to 58F) in water column
pH: 6.31 to 6.61 around the lake
Conductivity: 113 to 127 uS in water column
Lake Level: 9.70′ (Maximum summer time impoundment is 9.53′)

Look for future updates at the normal weekly interval and through our website next weeks as we get an early start to the monitoring season and get fully ramped up with all the water quality data including E.coli and others as we have done for the last several summers.

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Apr 122014
 

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 Posted by at 2:28 PM
Apr 122014
 

As one day fades... Christian Flore Munoz

As one day fades…
Christian Flore Munoz

...the morning silence of a new day... Ken Gagne

…the morning silence of a new day…
Ken Gagne

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 Posted by at 10:40 AM
Apr 122014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Apr. 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was nearly a carbon copy of Thursday. The sun blazed throughout the day and by noon northwest winds had become steady 20-25 mph with the south end of the Central Coast at Waldport and Yachats recording peak gusts of 35 mph. The north end had lighter winds and higher temperatures as Lincoln City and Depoe Bay waltzed up into the upper-50s. During the evening we had to peek into the ‘maybe file’ mentioned in Thursday’s report as some low clouds scudded by in the breeze. These were from a weak weather disturbance north of us, which produced some light rain on the Olympic Peninsula though nothing but a few clouds farther south. By 1:00am, our skies had cleared again and the northwest wind died out. This morning, there was a light easterly breeze, mostly sunny skies and lows in the low-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 58F/46F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/38F/32mph
Newport: 55F/37F/32mph
Waldport: 55F/41F/35mph
Yachats: 54F/44F/35mph

Forecast: Grab another sheet of carbon paper for today, as more sunshine and highs around 55F return, along with the blustery northwest winds. You can get out of the wind in Yachats at the Commons this afternoon for the family-friendly community talent show. Mostly clear tonight, lows in the low-40s, the wind veers to the northeast and becomes lighter. Tomorrow could be our warmest day so far this year with highs of 65-70F, sunny and east winds of 10-15 mph. Outlook is for mostly sunny but a little cooler on Monday. Then, a change begins. Cloud cover is expected on Monday night, a mix of sun, clouds and a chance of showers Tuesday, followed by an increasing threat of showers Wednesday and rain likely Thursday and Friday.

Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny and warming to 60-65F today. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs around 65F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny and highs of 50-60F.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 119”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Spring Fling Slope Slide
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/110/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/116/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/152/Machine Groomed

Marine: Moderate NE winds of 10-15 knots near shore this morning, but it’s blowing 15-25 knots out of the N at Stonewall Bank and seas are a little under 7 feet with 5 foot wind waves. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. N winds today and tonight 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 with a 6-8 foot swell and choppy wind waves to 5 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze develops an offshore component and eases to NE 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas around 6 feet. Outlook is for NW winds Monday and Tuesday, 15-20 knots and a 5 foot swell. Unsettled SW weather begins on Wednesday and runs through the remainder of the week. NOTE: Oregon State University has temporarily deployed ‘OSU Research Lighted Buoy A’ at approximate position 44-38-28.08N, 124-18-12.06W. The buoy is yellow with a flashing yellow four-second (FL Y 4s) light.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy this afternoon, surf 4-6 feet (low).
If you get blown off the beach this afternoon, it’s Marine Science Day at the Hatfield Center in Newport’s South Beach where you can learn more about the ocean and our local beaches. For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/12 Sat 11:22 AM 6.87 H
04/12 Sat 05:21 PM 1.14 L
04/12 Sat 11:40 PM 7.64 H
04/13 Sun 05:54 AM 0.79 L

In Short: Mostly clear, windy, warmer, then unsettled.

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 Posted by at 8:04 AM
Apr 122014
 
Off Rocky Creek Steve Power photo

Off Rocky Creek
Steve Power photo

You think you know a lot about our world oceans? Then get down to the Hatfield Marine Science Center to test how much you really do know. Lots going on in our oceans, not the least of which are impacts from global climate change on our planet’s sea water.

A full run down on the Saturday Schedule is to be found by clicking here.

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 Posted by at 1:58 AM
Apr 122014
 

Cayden Fitch Forever 18

Cayden Fitch
Forever 18

OSP Trooper Bryan Fitch Traveling a long, long come back road in the hospital...

OSP Trooper Bryan Fitch
Traveling a long, long come back road in the hospital…

One of the largest fundraising websites in the country has taken on the task of raising donations for the Fitch family of Lincoln City. GoFundMe.com has a plea out for contributions to the Fitch family who lost their 18 year old son Cayden in a head-on crash near Dallas on April 4th. That same crash terribly injured Cayden’s father, Oregon State Trooper Bryan Fitch, who was returning home with Cayden from Salem when the crash occurred.

Those who would like to donate through GoFundMe.com can do so by simply Clicking here.

Funds go directly to US Bank where donations are gathering for Bryan, his wife, and their two remaining sons. For the family, there will be large out of pocket medical bills and a long medical recovery, followed by physical therapy – a long period of healing for Trooper Fitch.

Trooper Fitch has devoted his life to his family and to the larger family of Oregon. It’s time we all gave something back to Bryan and his family with the same spirit he gives so much to us.

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 Posted by at 1:23 AM
Apr 112014
 
Upper Yachats River Covered Bridge Ken Gagne

Upper Yachats River Covered Bridge
Ken Gagne

Though a picturesque covered bridge may symbolize simplicity in design as well as singularity in function, the Upper Yachats River Bridge has fallen into what appears to be a terribly complicated battlefield. Homeowner Katrina Wynne, and her legal advisor (not an attorney) Thomas Anderson all but guaranteed the Lincoln County Commission this week that the next time they see each other will be in Circuit Court and perhaps all the way to the State Supreme Court.

The covered bridge is in need of some very substantial repairs and the county has received a large federal grant to cover most of the costs. But in order to have that federal grant come through, the public have direct access to it, which presumes access from both sides. The road leading up to the bridge, North Yachats River Road, is a normal piece of pavement that branches off from the main stem of Yachats River Road. The road that branches off from there to the bridge is on North Yachats River Road and is presumed to continue across the bridge and onto the other side of the North Yachats River.

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But the woman who lives in the house immediately adjacent to the bridge claims she owns the land where the county claims the public road crosses. Which means she denies it’s a public road. County Public Works Director Jim Buisman said it IS a public road and he’s got proof. Homeowner Katrina Wynne says she has proof that he’s WRONG. And she gave an exhausting account of what she claimed were supportable remembrances, personal and neighbor documents and even official county documents that refute Buisman’s position. Buisman laid out his documentation, his own personal remembrances, offered testimony of public works road crews that predated him as having maintained the road beyond the bridge, complete with signed documents from them, all refuting Wynne.

At that point Wynne’s legal advisor Thomas Anderson, reiterated their claim that the county was trying to legalize, for public use, a private road. Anderson claimed that because the county had initiated a legalization process back in 1980, but never finished it, means, under state law, the county, in effect, accepted that it was not a public road. Buisman said nothing of the sort happened – that because the forest service was in the process of remapping the area, the county backed off to let that process be completed. The fact that the county never came back to finish the job, he said, was probably due to other priorities emerging that were deemed more important.

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Buisman said construction crews will need to build a temporary bridge just upstream so they can access both sides of the river while renovating the bridge. And that includes heavy lifting equipment.

Sharon Salizar, a member of the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon testified that preserving the Upper Yachats River Bridge is very important since it is one of only four covered bridges left standing in Lincoln County where there used to be 26. There are only 52 of them left in the entire state.

In a moment of trademark Terry Thompson clarity, the commissioner asked Salizar “Do you know of any covered bridge in Oregon that dead ends on one side of a river?” After a brief pause Salizar muttered, “W-well no. I don’t.” The bridge in question was built in 1938 with county taxpayer dollars for the tidy sum of $1,500.

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County Counsel Wayne Belmont said that the very power of road legalization is given to local governments precisely because there are many instances of irreconcilable differences of opinion and memory about history, government or private intent, apparent conflicts in personal and government records and endless streams of he say, she say. What matters is the road, and, in one example, if it’s been serviced by a county road crew for more than ten years, it can be considered a public right of way. Or just by unrestricted use by the public it can create a prescriptive right, in some instances. It’s all very complicated.

With that, commissioners voted unanimously to move ahead with the legalization of the 805 road past the north end of the bridge, to aid in the repair of the old structure. The action is expected to be formalized within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, Anderson appeared poised to seek a court injunction to stop the action if the county follows through with it. It was said earlier in the meeting that if “for some reason” renovation of the bridge is stalled, the county can get a time extension on the grant.

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