Depoe Bay: Major accident near Gleneden Beach Loop

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Jan 162016
Looks like one car punched right off the road. Beatrice Ray photo

Looks like one car punched right off the road.
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Major accident near Salishan at 7775 North Highway 101. Depoe Bay Fire Rescue is enroute.

Collision between a van and a Subaru at milepost 122, which puts it closer to Gleneden Beach Loop intersection.

First responders report two vehicles, both with heavy damage.

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 Posted by at 5:23 PM

Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society presents….

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Jan 162016

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OCCMS will present its next chamber music concert on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 3PM in the ocean- view home of Dick and Laurel Young in Depoe Bay. Internationally esteemed performers Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi Bunch (appreciated by OCCMS audiences for their 2014 performance in The Thunder Egg Consort with Anthea Kreston and Jason Duckles of the Amelia Piano Trio) will perform as a viola and piano duo.

Composer and violist Kenji Bunch, a native of Oregon, has received worldwide acclaim from audiences, performers and critics alike for his unique brand of “New American” music which reflects his classical background and elements of Asian and American culture. He earned Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees at the Juilliard School and won the school’s highest honor-the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Leadership in Music. His symphonic works have been performed by over 50 American orchestras, and his chamber works have been heard in major venues of six continents.

Pianist Monica Ohuchi Bunch made her orchestral debut at age ten with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. She is a distinguished Juilliard graduate and was hailed by the New York Times for her “commanding pianism.” Today Monica is an active and extolled international soloist, chamber musician, and piano educator who has performed to audiences in prestigious concert halls across the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. She has been featured on television and radio broadcasts across the country. Colorado Symphony Conductor Jeffrey Kahane described her as ”a pianist of the first rank.” Her debut album, Monica’s Notebook with twelve etudes written for her by her husband Kenji, was released in May 2011 on Helicon Kleos Classical Records.

To learn more about Kenji and Monica, visit their websites: and

FOR RESERVATIONS: Contact Mickey Boersma at 541-765-2474 OR Laurel Young at 541-765-7770

Seats are $25 per person ($35 for Benefit Concert). Make out checks to OCCA (our fiscal sponsor) and mail to OCCMS, 275 Midden Reach, Depoe Bay, OR 97341.

OCCMS also announces its upcoming April 2, 2016 Benefit Concert and Auction featuring renowned pianist and composer Michael Allen Harrison in order to continue bringing outstanding world class musicians to the Oregon Coast. Donations are welcome if you are unable to attend.

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 Posted by at 5:07 PM

And my diet was going soooo well…..

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Jan 162016
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The wait is over! Girl Scouts throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are now taking Girl Scout Cookie pre-orders from family, friends and neighbors. Eight varieties, including Thin Mints®, Samoas®, Tagalongs®, Do-si-dos®, Trefoils®, Savannah Smiles®, Rah-Rah Raisins™and gluten free Toffee-tastic™, return for 2016 at the same price of $4 per box (with the exception of Toffee-tastic™, which are $5).

While almost everyone knows about Thin Mints® and Samoas®, few know about the valuable life skills learned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls learn how to run a small business by actually running a small business.
In addition to traditional door-to-door and booth sales methods, for the second year in a row girls are also selling cookies online to faraway friends and family via Digital Cookie™. The interactive platform is designed to help girls develop and practice online marketing, budgeting, resource allocation and ecommerce skills.

Girls will take pre-orders now through January 24. Don’t know a Girl Scout? No problem! to learn more about pre-ordering Girl Scout Cookies. Following the pre-order period, Girl Scouts will sell cookies at booths outside of local retailers February 19 through March 13. Customers can find a booth nearby with the Cookie Locator or use the Cookie Locator app available for iPhone or Android. The iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program only runs through March 13, so act fast before they’re gone! Learn more at

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No fair Ken Gagne…

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Jan 162016
"No fair Gagne.  We'd never take a picture of you right after a shower!"

“No fair Gagne. We’d never take a picture of you right after a shower!”
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 Posted by at 3:42 PM

Newport street closure Monday

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Jan 162016
2nd and Avery Closed part of thd day Monday. Google Earth photo

2nd and Avery
Closed part of thd day Monday.
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The City of Newport Department of Public Works advises the intersection at SE 2nd and Avery will be closed Monday, January 18, from 7 AM until about 2 PM for construction activities related to the Newport Aquatic Center.

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 Posted by at 1:20 PM

Trees down, on fire on Logsden Rd

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Jan 162016

Siletz Fire is responding to a report of trees across the roadway about 9.5 miles up Logsden Road, as well as a report of a tree on fire in the same area near the creek.

Siletz Fire engine arriving on scene. Tree blocking the entire roadway, and a power line down and on fire on the south side of the road. Requesting CPI respond to the scene.

2 lines down, resting in a tree, which is causing the fire. No damage to any power poles.

Fire is extinguished. Now it’s time to work on the trees in the road.

Siletz Fire crews sill waiting on CPI. County roads is removing the trees and awaiting the arrival of CPI to handle the downed lines. The two lines down have become entangled and are on the roadway.

Siletz Fire engine crews have cleared their original location and found a power pole snapped in half on Moonshine Park Rd, with lines down, no sparking or arcing. It is blocking the roadway.

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 Posted by at 11:03 AM

Weather or Not: Unsavory Surf’n’Turf

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Jan 162016

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Jan. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: Fairly peaceful and dry conditions were the rule yesterday with the mercury rising into the mid-50s and winds mainly southeast 5-10 mph. Just after sunset, the clouds thickened and some light rain began falling but it still didn’t feel stormy. That changed, however, ’round midnight when the body of the next weather system came barreling in. The wind picked up from the south as the front arrived producing gusts of 40-45 mph. Low temps overnight sagged into the upper-40s. This morning, both wind and rain were beginning to ease a little.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/47F/41mph/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/40mph/0.38”
Newport: 54F/45F/43mph/0.21”
Waldport: 54F/45F/46mph/0.29”
Yachats: 56F/48F/45mph/0.26”

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WARNING NWS SWSA High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 10:00am Saturday to midnight Sunday night. Seas will build to around 20 feet on Saturday, drop a couple of feet Saturday evening, then rise back to near 20 feet Sunday morning and 20 to 25 feet Sunday afternoon before subsiding below 20 feet late Sunday night. Large waves will have the ability to wash over jetties and wash higher up on beaches than normal. They may also dislodge and move large logs and other debris on beaches that can easily catch people off guard and cause serious injury. Due to the long period between these seas, dangerous sneaker waves, larger than those that precede or follow them, will intermittently arrive without any warning. You should stay well back from the surf this weekend.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook remains in effect along the Central Coast for rain and gusty winds this weekend. Expect south winds 20-30 mph gusting 40-50 mph especially on the beaches and headlands this morning, easing later today. Another front arrives tomorrow with potentially heavier rainfall. Total precipitation through the weekend may reach 2-5 inches. The active weather pattern continues for the foreseeable future.

Forecast: On land and sea, it’ll be a stormy day. The steady rain should change to showers by late morning with a WON WINDY RAINYthreat of thunderstorms in the mix today, the breeze eases to 20-25 mph gusting 35, and the thermometer heads for 55F. Tonight, showers early turning back to steady rain, possibly heavy at times, by midnight, southerly winds gusting 25 mph and a low of 45F. Rain starts tomorrow off, becoming showers and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, high of 50F or so. Outlook is for steady rain and/or showers every single day in the extended period Monday through Friday. Average temperatures are expected as highs reach 50-55F and lows dip to 45-50F.

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Travel: Highway 20 Note… Beginning Monday, January 18th, travelers in the area of US Highway 20 at Milepost 16 near Eddyville should expect safety delays of up to 20 minutes while trees are felled and removed. All work that will impact traffic will be done during daylight hours on Monday through Thursday between 9:00am and 4:00pm, and on Fridays 9:00am until noon. The work is expected to be completed by the end of February.

In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, rain and 45-50F in the passes; rainy and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rainy and breezy conditions, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy at times, east winds gusting 30 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways are mostly wet but some slush and icy spots remain this morning with temps 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; an Avalanche Warning is in effect through 6:00pm tonight, rain this morning with the snow level at 7,000 feet, then 1-3 inches of snow this afternoon as the snow level drops to 5,000 feet near the passes. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is rainy and windy at the lower elevations, mixed rain and snow in the Cascades through tomorrow, but becoming all snow tomorrow night into Monday night.

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Marine: Southerly winds are 25-35 knots gusting 40 this morning with very rough seas 19 feet at 10 seconds. A WON GALEGale Warning remains in effect until 10:00am. S winds easing to 20-25 knots gusting 35 later today with combined seas 16-18 feet at 12-14 seconds. Tonight, southerly winds rising again to 30-35 knots gusting 45 and combined seas 20 feet at 19 seconds. The breeze eases tomorrow to SW 15-25 knots gusting 30 with swells 19 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 20-30 knots and seas 14-17 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Rain, very breezy, surf 15-25 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches this weekend. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
01/16 Sat 11:21 AM 2.14 L
01/16 Sat 05:20 PM 6.82 H
01/16 Sat 11:10 PM 1.90 L
01/17 Sun 05:57 AM 8.94 H

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In Short: Mainly rainy and windy through next week.

 Posted by at 7:10 AM