Standing with Standing Rock – in Yachats

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Dec 102016

A community conversation regarding the current events at Standing Rock Reservation will be hosted by Shoshi Morginn on Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m. in the Yachats Commons building in Yachats, Oregon.

Shoshi Morginn is a retired cardiac nurse with over 30 years of experience in teaching and utilizing non-violent communication skills.

Recently she spent five weeks at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, where she worked with the medic team to support Water Protectors on the front line.

Shoshi’s presentation will include photos of her visit and the protest that continues.

Admission is free, but there will be easy ways for you to make a donation and support this cause, if you so choose.

Wire down in Waldport

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Dec 102016

Wire down at 1225 NE Broadway. Watch for emergency vehicles. Looks like a power line to a home. Power company being notified.


Dec 102016

There have already been a couple of wrecks due to black ice on Highway 18 nine miles and eleven miles east of Otis. Law enforcement strongly urges drivers to slow down – even if you think you see bare pavement – there’s likely a transparent layer of ice on it.

One guy spun out and had to be cut out of his car. Slow down and not only live…but get to where you want to go!

Weather or Not: First Look at Christmas

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Dec 102016

Saturday, Dec. 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: You didn’t have to sit on the edge of your seat yesterday waiting for possible Wintry weather. Conditions were about average for late Fall. High temps peaked in the low-50s, it was windy at times and showers of varying intensity produced precip totals of varying intensity, though generally around a third of an inch. The showers came to an end ’round midnight, skies turned partly cloudy and lows dipped into the 40s. This morning there were sucker holes in the overcast, the breeze was very light out of the north, even dead calm in some areas.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,000’, broken @ 3,600’ & 7,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 29.97”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/44F/29mph/0.47”
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/35mph/0.26”
Newport: 52F/43F/34mph/0.36”
Waldport: 52F/44F/32mph/0.33”
Yachats: 53F/49F/37mph/0.28”

Forecast: Northwest Oregon has been given the All Clear this morning as far as advisories, watches or warnings are concerned. Warming temperatures have brushed Winter aside for at least a few days. On the Central Coast, showers this morning, rain midday, showers again this afternoon and tonight, steady rain returns tomorrow. Breezy with highs about 50F and a low of 45F. Outlook is for showers Monday, partly sunny and cooler Tuesday and Wednesday, and then showers Wednesday through Friday with some extended forecasts showing a possibility of a Wintry precip mix late in the week. The mercury dips below seasonal as highs top out around 45F and lows slump to 35F.

Christmas Eve/Day… Realizing that it’s challenging enough getting the forecast right even for the next 24-36 hours, the long-range 14-day computer prediction models for Christmas weekend are out. We’ll be updating this section daily tracking the ever-elusive possibility of a White Christmas. As of this morning, the first look shows rain showers with a high of 44F and low of 39F.

North Pole Weather Conditions… And, just for fun, there’ll be daily updates on current conditions at the North Pole. (Because there isn’t a weather station at the geographic pole, we’ll use North Pole, Alaska, near Fairbanks for these reports.) Today, it is -23F, calm and clear.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on Winter’s rapidly changing conditions. We provide updated travel info and notification of any advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement with possible patches of ice and 30-35F in the passes; rainy and breezy today, temperatures 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for freezing rain this morning, then just rain this afternoon, east wind gusting 25 mph, high of 30-35F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning, temps are near 30F, chains or traction tires are required over all the passes; numerous snow showers today with an additional 1-4 inches of snow above 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet roads at the lower elevations but continued accumulating snow (up to a foot) in the Cascade highway passes through tomorrow night, the snow level will stay at 2,500-3,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Seas are 10 feet at 11 seconds this morning with a SW wind 10-20 knots. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through tomorrow. Sou’westers rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and tonight, square seas 11 feet at 11 seconds. Tomorrow, the breeze eases a little to W 15-25 knots but seas remain rough 11-footers at 11 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 10 knots on Monday veering to E in the afternoon, swells subsiding to 7 feet, E winds 10-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday, swells 4-6 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
12/10 Sat 08:39 AM 9.24 H
12/10 Sat 03:20 PM 0.44 L
12/10 Sat 09:40 PM 7.10 H
12/11 Sun 03:03 AM 2.46 L

In Short: Rain, windy, showers, then wet and cool.

Partial opening of commercial crab fishery….

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Dec 092016

F/V Eclipes unloading crab last season in Newport.
Ken Gagne photo

State opens a portion of the coast for commercial Dungeness crabbing, extends recreational opening

NEWPORT – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has announced the opening of the commercial crab season from Cape Blanco (just north of Port Orford) to the OR/CA border is set for Dec. 18.

“We have consistently taken a very precautionary approach when opening our crab fisheries,” said Caren Braby, ODFW Marine Resources Program Manager. “ Recent test results have consistently shown low biotoxin results on the southern end of the state and decreasing levels in ports north of this area indicating they are of excellent quality, safe for consumption and ready for harvest.”

The two agencies also announced the immediate opening of the recreational bay and ocean crab fishery from Tillamook Head (just south of Seaside) south to Cape Lookout (just south of Netarts Bay) effective Dec 10. Recent test results met the criteria to remove the shellfish health advisory in this area. All recreational harvest from Tillamook Head north to, and including, the Columbia River remains open. All recreational harvest of Dungeness crab from Cape Lookout to Cape Blanco remains closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

“We are excited to be able to open up another section of the coast for recreational crabbing as we see biotoxin levels decrease and stay below alert levels, Braby said. “We hope this trend will continue and allow us to open the remaining areas for recreational crabbing and commercial harvest soon.”

Opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season along the other areas of the Oregon coast is still delayed due to concerns about domoic acids levels in the central section of the coast. ODFW will continue to work closely with ODA and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry to test crab in central section of the coast. In close coordination with ODA, fishery managers from Washington and California and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry, ODFW plans to evaluate options for opening the commercial season once additional domoic acid test results are available.

It is recommended that crab always be eviscerated prior to cooking. Evisceration includes removing and discarding the internal organs and gills.

Despite the delay, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers.

Domoic acid or amnesic shellfish toxin can cause minor to severe illness and even death. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases can result in memory loss and death. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and originate in the ocean. Toxins cannot be removed by cooking, freezing or any other treatment. For more information on toxin closures, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448‐2474 or visit the

ODA shellfish closures web page at:

Take a break from the holiday bustle with a Labyrinth Walk – Dec. 19

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Dec 092016

Walk the Peaceful Labyrinth at Lincoln City Cultural Center

As the holiday season continues, at a pace that can sometimes seem manic, it can be nice to take a quiet, meditative walk. On Monday, Dec. 19, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will be hosting just such an experience: the Winter Solstice Labyrinth and Food Drive, open from 10 am to 6 pm in the auditorium. Admission is suggested donation of non-perishable food, cash or checks for the Lincoln City Food Pantry.

What is a labyrinth walk? In this case, it’s a slow, deliberate walk around a painted canvas labyrinth that is based on the design found in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral. There’s a single winding path leading to the center, where a lotus pattern signifies a place for prayer, meditation and reflection. When you’re done in the center, simply walk your way back out again.

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol, known in many cultures for thousands of years. All are asked to honor the silence and be respectful of others along the path. Participants can walk in honor of loved ones who have passed on, to give thanks or ask for help, and to enter the mystery of life. There are as many reasons as there are walkers, and all are welcome.

The labyrinth will be open, with gentle music and light refreshments, from 10 am to 6 pm. Walkers may arrive any time during the 8-hour period, and to take part for as long or as little as they like. This event is all made possible by donations from the public, and the generosity of the Congregational Church of Lincoln City-United Church of Christ.

For more information, call the Cultural Center at 541-994-9994. The Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in the historic DeLake School in Lincoln City.

OR 22 back open…but drive very cautiously in the area

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Dec 092016

OR 22 Three Rivers Highway is now open between Dolph Junction and Grand Ronde Rd, west of the intersection of OR 18 Salmon River Highway. The roadway has been cleared of fallen trees and branches.Travelers are advised to be aware of possible road hazards as winter conditions continue, and check routes before they go.