Fishin’ with Chris

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Jul 302015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of July 30th

In the Creel: When ocean conditions allow, tuna fishing is great, while Coho angling seems to have fallen off. Rockfish continue to be the hot bite offshore as most anglers are returning to the dock with a tote-full. Nearshore halibut fishing is slow but steady, and lingcod apparently aren’t very hungry these days. Crabbing has been excellent and bay clamming should be quite good during this weekend’s minus tides. Unfortunately, razors clammers are going to miss these tides because they’re still locked out by a coastwide toxin closure. The rivers are running shallow and warm so steelies and cutthroat are tricky to hook, but there are still some nice rainbows left in the reservoirs if you’re hankerin’ for a trout supper. This week’s Fish Tale: Give a man a fish and he has a meal; teach a man to fish… and you’ll never see him again.

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Northwest Oregon Streams: Until further notice, all waterbodies defined as ‘streams’ in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations will be closed to angling for trout, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from 2:00pm to one hour before sunrise, daily. All Northwest Zone tidewater areas (tidewater is defined as ‘stream or estuary waters affected by the daily ebb and flow of tides’) will remain open for angling for these species during normal hours under 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Angling for warmwater gamefish and other fish, as defined in the regulations, remains open under normal rules.

Salmon River: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the early morning bite being the most productive. Using small lures like spinners, spoons or various flies can be productive.

Siletz River/Bay: Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the upper river. Low flows and unusually warm river temperatures are making new fish race up into the cooler holding waters of the gorge area. New fish will continually be moving into the river through the summer with peak numbers typically this month. River flows are much lower than normal for this time of year so think small and subtle presentations. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners. Cutthroat trout are also open to harvest and can be found throughout the main stem river and many large tributaries.

Yaquina River/Bay: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair. The best opportunities are coming in the early mornings when river temperatures are the coolest. River levels are very low and warm for this time of year. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: The cutthroat trout fishery is fair in the mainstem and in some of the large tributaries. With the low and warm river conditions, the best chance of hooking one will be in the early morning when water temperatures are the coolest. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Big Creek and Olalla Reservoirs still have rainbows available even though the stocking program is over for the summer. The water’s warm, so work the deeper holes and shady spots. Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good during the summer months. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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Ride for Recovery 2015 – To Benefit Hope and Drug Courts in Lincoln County!

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Jul 302015
Riders from throughout the Pacific Northwest converged on Siletz to support recovery from mind-altering substances.

Riders from throughout the Pacific Northwest converged on Siletz to support recovery from mind-altering substances.

The Lincoln County Drug and HOPE Court would like to express our gratitude to everyone that helped make the Ride for Recovery a huge success. $1381.00 was raised to support our programs for the next year! This money will help fund drug and alcohol free events for participants and graduates, and provide support for the Mentor Program.
The event was organized by Willy Smith from ReConnections Counseling with help from volunteers including participants of the programs, staff from Reconnections Counseling, Celebrate Recovery and our Mentors. We are fortunate to have such strong support for our programs and appreciate all of the hard work it takes to make this community a better place.

We received generous donations and support from the Sunset Chapter of the Alky Angels, Automotive Solutions, ReConnections A&D Counseling, Georgies Beachside Grill, Barrel Head Building Supply, Birdies Irish Faire, South Beach Market, Attorney Bruce McCrum, Crazy Eights Tattoo and Piercing, Edge Art Gallery, Snap-on Tools Newport, England Marine Supply, Fish Tails Café, All Rides Motor Sports, Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B, Tradewinds Newport, Newport Rental, Toby Murry Motors, Old World Tattoo, Smoke and Shop Toledo, Newport Napa Auto Parts, The Kite Company, Reanimate Me Cafe Toledo, JC Thriftway Toledo, Seagull Haven and Mike Douglas Hand Crafted Arts.

Hon. Thomas Branford, the Drug and HOPE court Judge said, “sincere thanks to all who participated in the Ride for Recovery. Tragically, addiction is a scourge for so many lives. Those in the Ride for Recovery recognize that and have been providing ongoing help for those in Drug and Hope Courts in their struggle for good health. The people in the Ride for Recovery exemplify selfless humanitarianism. We all owe them a big thank-you for their efforts to help.”

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Port of Alsea hires a new Port Manager

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Jul 302015

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The Port of Alsea Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Roxie Cuellar has been selected as their new Port Manager. According to Port Commissioners, Cuellar’s qualifications and her subsequent interview made her the obvious choice for the job.

Cuellar will assume responsibility for the management of the Port of Alsea on August 3. Along with the day-to-day operations of the marina and launch ramp, she is also responsible for managing the fiscal aspects of the business including property rentals and potential revenue sources. As Port Manager, she will also represent the Port at a regional level addressing concerns of all the ports in operation in the Oregon.
“Roxie is bringing a strong set off skills to the Port, I believe she will play a major part in helping the Board of Commissioners implement our Strategic Business Plan and our vision for the Port over the next 5-10 years. I’m excited about where Roxie can take us,” said Jan Power, a Commission member.

One of her first challenges will be facilitating our boarding float and launch ramp capital project. Oregon State Marine Board funds have been granted for the first phase of the project, a dredging and environmental impact study, which was just completed. Her next challenge will be identifying funding for the actual project.

Cuellar comes to the Port from the Port of Newport where for the past year she was the Administrative Assistant to General Manager Kevin Greenwood. Cuellar acquired her BA in Political Science at the University of Oregon, her Masters of Teaching at Portland State, and her Doctorate at the University of Oregon School of Law. She practiced law for 8 years and served as a lobbyist for the Home Builders Association of Lane County for 10 years before becoming involved in legislative activities.

For further information, Commissioner Jan Power by leaving a message at the Port of Alsea at 541-563-3872. Roxie Cuellar will also be available at the Port of Alsea beginning August 3.

Former Port Manager Maggie Rivers recently retired after many years at the helm.

 Posted by at 6:24 AM

Weather or Not: Travel Warning… H-O-T!

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Jul 302015

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Thursday, July 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: Projections for coastal high temperatures of 70-75F were danged close to the target yesterday. But you didn’t have to travel very far east for an entirely different story. An unofficial weather station between Eddyville and Cline Hill in the Coast Range recorded 100F on Wednesday with many Valley locations also at or near the century mark. For us, it was just a tad warmer than average and the sea breeze kept a lid on the mercury. Lincoln City pulled off a Central Coast trifecta with the highest daytime temperature, the warmest overnight low and the strongest wind gust. The breeze pooped out at sunset, there was some haze and fog along the beaches overnight and lows dipped to around 50F. At dawn, it was mostly clear and calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 74F/57F/37mph
Depoe Bay: 68F/51F/32mph
Newport: 70F/48F/33mph
Waldport: 69F/51F/29mph
Yachats: 67F/51F/25mph

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Forecast: Look for another couple of Summer days in the same mold as yesterday with sunshine, highs of 70-75F, lows WON SUN-WINDof 50-55F and stiff afternoon sea breezes through tomorrow. Outlook is for a few clouds to occasionally dot the sky Saturday through Wednesday while the thermometer returns to seasonal averages of 65F highs and 55F lows.

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Travel: An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for most WARNING NWS SWSof Northwest Oregon except the immediate coastline. The warning is in effect from noon today to 9:00pm Friday night. The Heat Advisory is no longer in effect. High temperatures of 100F to 105F are expected with the hottest in the Central and Southern Willamette Valley and the Central Columbia River Gorge. Daytime temperatures of 90-98F will likely persist through the weekend and possibly into Monday. Nighttime lows of 60-65F are predicted.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels through 11:00pm Friday evening. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest west of the Cascade crest, and the Willamette Valley plus its adjacent foothills.

In the Coast Range today, sunny with 95-100F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 100-105F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps near 105F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-65F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet.

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Marine: The breeze is NNE 10-15 knots this morning and seas are 7-8 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft WON SCAAdvisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect until noon today. N winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, tonight and tomorrow with seas subsiding to 4 feet at 6 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 15-25 knots Saturday through Monday; mixed swells/windwaves 5-7 feet, highest on Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is still extremely cold and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* Tides
07/30 Thu 06:14 AM -1.12 L
07/30 Thu 12:50 PM 7.18 H
07/30 Thu 05:59 PM 2.58 L
07/31 Fri 12:03 AM 9.50 H

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In Short: Mostly clear, warm and windy, then repeat.

 Posted by at 6:05 AM

Pet of the Week – Sweet Kitty Named Persia

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Jul 292015
Persia - Pet of the Week!

Persia – Pet of the Week!

Our Pet of the Week for the week of July 29 is Persia.

Persia is a young female kitty who is looking for a cat lover who appreciates her beauty. She is a friendly cat that loves to cuddle and purr. Persia prefers not to share her new home with other kitties. Having raised a litter of three kittens, Persia is ready for a home where she can be the center of attention. If you need a friend like Persia to cuddle with, please visit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

You can name your own adoption fee (no less than $10) for Persia, or any of our wonderful cats. All kitty adoptions include a vet visit (generously supplied by our local veterinarians), microchip, and vaccinations, as well as a free bag of food courtesy of The Feed Corral.

Please come and visit all the animals at your Lincoln County Animal Shelter, located at 510 NE Harney Street in Newport (just east of the Fairgrounds). Hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information on our available animals, or on volunteering, please call the shelter during business hours at 541-265-6610 & press option 6, or check out our website at

 Posted by at 11:52 PM

A message to our readers…

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Jul 292015


News Lincoln County is moving equipment to a new location for most of Thursday. So the pace of the news may slow down a bit as we’re moving boxes from location A to location B and hooking up the equipment back up. But if something serious breaks, we’ll be on it.

But as always, dear readers, if you see something that people ought to know about, just call 541-351-1408 and in mere moments everybody WILL know about it.

We should be back to our normal routine by Friday morning.

Dave Morgan

 Posted by at 10:57 PM

Oregon gets 3 year reprieve on link between teachers and test scores

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Jul 292015
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Some time back, Oregon protested that a teacher’s performance evaluation depended heavily on how their students scored with standardized No Child Left Behind tests. Oregon’s position with the U.S. Department of Education was that linking teacher performance scores with how their students do on sterile federal assessments is an insult to the teaching profession.

Recently a compromise was struck between Oregon and the U.S. Department of Education. As long as Oregon gets on board with the teacher evaluation program, based partially on their students’ standardized test scores, and does it by the 2016 school year, the feds will go along with it.

Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 9:34 PM

They finally got a suspect in the “peculiar letters” case….

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Jul 292015
One of many suspicious letters addressed to high ranking law enforcement officials all over Oregon.  Thus far no official word on what was in them.

One of many suspicious letters addressed to high ranking law enforcement officials all over Oregon. Thus far no official word on what was in them.
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From Oregon State Police –

On July 27, multiple government offices received suspicious letters which drew concern they may be contaminated with hazardous materials.

Hazardous material teams responded to these locations as well as investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies. Preliminary testing from the hazardous material teams could not detect any harmful substances.

On July 28, investigators identified Lance T STORM, age 34, of Eugene, as a person of interest. He was located and interviewed regard this investigation. STORM was very forthcoming and eager to discuss the letters he mailed. STORM told investigators the communications were not intended to cause alarm and he denied the inclusion of harmful substances.

STORM did not appear to present any violent or dangerous behavior and was not perceived as a threat to the community. He was released and the reports containing detailed information obtained during the investigation involving will be forwarded to several district attorney offices for consideration of charges.

The following counties where letters are known to be received were Grant, Harney, Umatilla, Klamath, Lake, Grant, Jackson, Wasco, Marion, Polk, Lane, Sherman, Tillamook, Gilliam, Columbia, Linn, Jefferson, Wheeler, Union, Douglas, Baker, Yamhill, Wallowa and Coos.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the FBI, US Postal Service, The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and law enforcement agencies from counties where the letters were received.

 Posted by at 8:56 PM

Volunteers to spruce up Cascade Head

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Jul 292015

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Cascade Head Nature Preserve Volunteers needed!!

Cascade Head Nature Preserve
Volunteers needed!!

Volunteers Needed at Cascade Head Preserve

Saturday – Sunday, August 22nd – August 23rd

The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday – Sunday, August 22nd – August 23rd.

Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.

On Saturday, volunteers will work a full day, helping remove Queen Anne’s lace on the pinnacle. On Sunday morning, we will perform trail work. The work party includes a four to five-mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain. It may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working.

Please bring hiking shoes, a daypack, lunch and snacks, a full water bottle, layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather–including raingear and a hat and sunscreen. Also bring gloves, if you have them–if not, we have gloves for you to borrow.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (503) 802-8100, or the alternate contact; Debbie Pickering at (541) 994-5564.

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