Weather or Not: A (Brief) Break in Sight

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Oct 272016
 

wxon-cbThursday, Oct. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: It was indeed fairly breezy yesterday with southerly gusts 30-40 mph lasting from mid-morning through the late afternoon hours. Rainfall amounts weren’t terribly impressive, between a third and half an inch; the southern section of the Central Coast received the most. Thermometer readings topped out in the low-60s. The wind subsided after dark, the rain faded by midnight and low temps dipped into the low-50s. While the overcast hung on overnight, what precipitation fell was negligible. This morning, skies were cloudy and a light southeast wind wafted along at about 5 mph.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,700’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 6 mph/Pressure: 29.71”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/54F/41mph/0.30”
Depoe Bay: 61F/53F/39mph/0.41”
Newport: 61F/52F/41mph/0.43”
Waldport: 61F/51F/34mph/0.62”
Yachats: 65F/53F/35mph/0.58”

Forecast: Unstable conditions continue to dominate the Central Coast with additional showers expected today and tonight, southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting 20-25, highs of 55-60F and lows about 50F. We should get a break from the wet weatherwxon-showers tomorrow as projections show brief drying, partly to mostly sunny skies, light winds and a high of 60F. Outlook is for the break to be short-lived with another round of rain tomorrow night lasting into Saturday midday, followed by rain likely Sunday and Monday, and then a chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Temps remain seasonal with highs of 55-60F and lows about 50F.

Halloween Night… A chance of rain, light winds, temps near 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 50F in the passes; rain turning to showers today, high temperature 55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain early, showers later, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps near 40F; rain today, the snow level is above the passes at 6,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the road.

Marine: S winds are 15-20 knots this morning with seas 8 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for wxon-scawinds is in effect through late tonight. Southerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, seas 7-8 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, S winds 15-25 knots and seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. Still breezy and choppy tomorrow, at least in the morning, as S winds blow 20-25 knots with swells 7 feet at 13 seconds; winds easing to 10-15 knots by afternoon. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots Saturday through Monday, swells 8-12 feet, highest on Saturday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/27 Thu 11:05 AM 8.06 H
10/27 Thu 05:22 PM 1.12 L
10/27 Thu 11:31 PM 7.15 H
10/28 Fri 05:20 AM 1.57 L

In Short: Showers, a short break, then continued wet.

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Kaufman, Dunlap and Smith for Toledo City Council

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Oct 262016
 

L-R:  Jackie Kaufman, Deanne Dunlap and Josh Smith for Toledo City Council

L-R: Jackie Kaufman, Deanne Dunlap and Josh Smith for Toledo City Council


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Kaufman, Dunlap and Smith for Toledo City Council

Jackie Kaufman, Deanne Dunlap and Josh Smith are well qualified candidates for Toledo City Council and, together they will work well with the continuing Councilors to provide Toledo with a community-centered, forward-thinking, and fiscally responsible City Council.

All three have demonstrated their dedication to Toledo through numerous volunteer activities. They believe that the most important role of a City Councilor is to listen to and value the voices of community members and be the link between the community and the city government.

Deanne Dunlap is the owner of Gallery Briseno, on Main Street. She serves on the Boards of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, the Toledo Downtown Association, the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association, and KYAQ 91.7 Community Radio. Whenever there is a community event or activity, she will be found working to make it successful. She is currently coordinating the Halloween on Main Street event. Deanne is interested in local issues and has attended many City Council meetings to voice her ideas and concerns. She is well informed on the activities and policies brought before the Council.

Jackie Kauffman has served on the Toledo City Council for the past 4 years and is the only incumbent running. Her experience will provide a continuity that will be vital as new Councilors and a new City Manager and Public Works Director come on board. She listens to community members and considers their concerns as she makes her decisions on the Council. Jackie has been a Toledo business owner since 2002, and is a champion for the Toledo business community.

Josh Smith is committed to improving his hometown. He graduated from Toledo High School, attended Spokane Falls Community College, and has returned to Toledo. He has worked in small business finance and retail management and operations, and is currently the manager of the gift and book shop at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Josh understands how the City works, and the issues it is facing. He has been attending City Council meetings, and is serving as a member of both the Budget Committee and the Planning Commission for the City. He now wants to step up to be a strong advocate for the citizens of Toledo by determining and improving public policy. Josh Smith will provide the Council with the much needed voice of a young citizen who cares deeply for his community.

The ballots are out, and Toledo citizens who want their ideas and concerns to be heard will want to consider their ballots carefully and vote for Deanne Dunlap, Jackie Kauffman, and Josh Smith for City Council.

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Bipartisan Group of Pacific Northwest Senators Pushes for Pioneering U.S. Wave Energy Test Facility

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Oct 262016
 
Site for offshore grid connected wind energy farm proposed.  Funding sought. Courtesy photo

Site for offshore grid connected wind energy farm proposed. Funding sought.
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A group of northwest U.S.Senators, including Sen. Ron Wyden, have urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to support the construction of the United States’ first open-ocean, power grid-connected wave energy test facility at a site about seven miles off the Oregon coast.

The senators wrote in support of a partnership made up of Oregon State University, the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, along with other renewable energy partners, that have applied for a competitive, cost-shared federal funding award worth up to $40 million to build the wave energy test site near Newport, Ore.

If awarded the funding, the Newport-based site would be the first open-water test facility for wave power connected directly to the electric energy grid in the U.S.

“This project is critical to advancing the ability to capture and utilize the abundant marine and freshwater renewable energy resources found in our nation’s waves, currents, and tides,” the senators wrote in a letter today to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The clean, renewable energy found in waves and tidal currents holds the potential to deliver up to one-third of our nation’s electricity needs, according to the DOE.

The funding award would allow the universities to build infrastructure, such as undersea cables, which private companies would then use to test their wave and tidal current energy innovations in real conditions. Companies seeking to test their designs at the site would not have to go through separate permitting and installation processes – lowering the cost and speeding up the process for developing new wave energy technologies, while bringing business and jobs to the area.

The grant award decision is expected later this year.

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Finding out who our closest aquatic neighbors are….

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Oct 262016
 

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The public is invited to a talk by Greg Krutzikowsky at the upcoming MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting to hear about a new resource for learning about the fish and wildlife in our nearshore waters.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently updated both the Oregon Conservation Strategy and the Oregon Nearshore Strategy, that focuses on species dependent on the marine environment. Now these in-depth resources are available to the public in an online interactive format.

The new online tool is designed to engage Oregonians in conservation of our fish, wildlife and their habitats. This site brings 300 pages of text to life with pictures, videos, and interactive features to search for topics of interest about Oregon’s fish and wildlife species, their habitats, and many of the conservation issues they face. Greg’s presentation will introduce the new website with a focus on the Oregon Nearshore Strategy.

Greg Krutzikowsky earned a Bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a Master’s degree in oceanography. He has worked as an educator, research scientist, boat captain, and fishery manager. His work has taken him to many parts of the North and South Pacific, the North Atlantic and the Arctic oceans. Greg works at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife currently, where his work focuses on the conservation and sustainable use of Oregon’s living marine resources and their habitats.

We hope you can join us on November 3rd, 6:30pm in the Central Lincoln PUD public meeting room on Highway 101 in Newport across from Safeway. Plenty of parking.

Video Lander equipment being retrieved after investigating species and habitats on rocky reefs off Newport.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Last Weekend at the PAC!

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Oct 262016
 
Last Weekend at the PAC in Newport

Last Weekend at the PAC
in Newport

This bird is ready to take flight! Tickets are still available for the last four performances or this Ken Kesey classic. This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, performances at 7:00 p.m. with the final performance on this Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

This isn’t film folks, it’s the real deal! Get tickets at the Newport Performing Arts Center or call 541-265-ARTS or online at OctopusOnStage.com

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Weather or Not: Friend or Foe?

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Oct 262016
 

wxon-cbWednesday, Oct. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: For the second day in a row, we started yesterday off with blustery winds and heavy rain, only to be replaced by a lighter breeze and a few showers in the afternoon. Precipitation totals were generally in the neighborhood of two-thirds of an inch, though Waldport picked up 0.85” for the most locally. Winds remained under 30 mph, skies were mainly cloudy with a few brief sunbreaks and the mercury rose to near 60F. As predicted, the next weather system arrived just before midnight bringing additional rainfall and southerly winds gusting to 25 mph or so overnight. At daybreak, it was still raining with a moderate southeast breeze.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,000’, broken @ 1,600’, overcast @ 3,600’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 14 mph G 22/Pressure: 29.56”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/54F/0.67”
Depoe Bay: 59F/52F/0.65”
Newport: 59F/52F/0.66”
Waldport: 58F/52F/0.85”
Yachats: 59F/53F/0.76”

Forecast: It’s hard to tell if the Jet Stream is a friend or foe these days. A southerly dip in this upper-level wind river is allowing storms to move through the northeast Pacific Ocean on a regular basis, but the Stream’s track is keeping thesewxon-windy-rainy storms just offshore. Given that scenario, the heaviest rain and strongest winds are staying out to sea a few miles. Nonetheless, expect rain today, up to three-quarters of an inch, with southerly winds 15-25 mph gusting 30-40 this afternoon, high around 60F. Showers tonight, easing winds and lows of 50-55F. Still a 50-50 chance of a few showers tomorrow, a light breeze and a high of 60F. Outlook is for a break on Friday with some sunshine and light east winds, showers return Saturday, rain likely Sunday and Monday, and a chance of rain Tuesday. Highs 60F, lows 50F throughout the period.

Halloween Night… A chance of rain, light winds, temps near 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 50-55F in the passes; rain at times and windy today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, south winds gusting 25-30 mph, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for up to an inch of rain, light east winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps near 45F; rainy and breezy today, the snow level is well above the passes at 8,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the road.

Marine: Conditions have lightened up this morning as SSE winds are down to 20-25 knots with seas just 6 feet at 11 wxon-galeseconds. But, a Gale Warning kicks in at 11:00am this morning and remains in effect through the evening. S winds 20-25 knots gusting 35 by this afternoon and combined seas building to 13 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to S 10-15 knots gusting 20 by midnight, swells subsiding to 9 feet at 10 seconds. Southerlies continue tomorrow at 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas down to 7 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for light SE wind 5 knots and swells around 6 feet on Friday, SE wind 10-15 knots Saturday, swells building to 11 feet, and S wind 5-10 knots Sunday, seas dropping to about 8 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/26 Wed 10:28 AM 7.80 H
10/26 Wed 04:39 PM 1.73 L
10/26 Wed 10:41 PM 7.01 H
10/27 Thu 04:40 AM 1.37 L

In Short: Rain, windy, a short break, then wet and breezy.

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Lost or stolen in Lincoln City: If you see Gus check the link!

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Oct 252016
 
Help find "Gus" missing in Lincoln City.

Help find “Gus” missing in Lincoln City.

Please help us find Gus! Anyone with connections to Lincoln City please repost. Today around 10:30 our truck was broken into and Angus was either taken or jumped out after them. The Lincoln City PD are working on finding him but all eyes looking for postings about Bostons for sale or if anyone sees him please let us know by clicking here.

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