Lincoln City Warming Shelter says “It’s time to warm up for Winter!!

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Nov 042017

Lincoln City Warming Shelter on SE 48th, a block north of 101.
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The Lincoln City Warming Shelter will hold a “Warm up for Winter” reception on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to showcase its new premises and raise funds for its winter shelter operation. The reception will run from 5 to 7 pm at Taft Hall, the former fire station on SE 48th Place, where the shelter will be serving the homeless this winter.

Guests at the reception will get to enjoy coffee, mulled wine and homemade cookies as well as taking a tour of the building, which will provide both overnight accommodation and daytime resource referral services.

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The event is free but donations to help cover the shelter’s operational costs will be gratefully accepted.
“The City’s decision to award $45,000 to the warming shelter earlier this year was a huge boost to our operation and has allowed us to expand our services,” said Lincoln City Warming Shelter President Patrick Alexander. “We want to preserve as much of that funding as possible to establish a permanent shelter location, so we are hoping the public will also lend their support to a program that serves the most needy among us and benefits our community as a whole.”

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 15, the shelter will open its doors on nights when temperatures are forecast to fall below 40 degrees. Shelter guests will get dinner, a bed for the night and breakfast in the morning.

Shelter guests who want to take the first steps toward addressing the causes of their homelessness will be able to schedule appointments for resource referral sessions offered onsite by Lincoln City Homeless Solutions.

The shelter will operate from Taft Hall through mid-February, with the option of extending into March in the event that low temperatures continue into late winter.

For more information, call Shelter Manager Amanda Cherryholmes at 541-264-0457.

Lincoln City: Traffic crash on 101 at Clancy Drive, at milepost 111

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Nov 042017

Report of a traffic crash on 101 just north of Lincoln City at milepost 111. Emergency responders just coming on scene.

If there are any injuries they appear to be minor.

Officers are calling for an ambulance.

Young buck on the come back trail after a brutal encounter with a car…

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Nov 042017

Deer hit by a car some time back now getting around better thanks to Steve Griffiths back yard…full of nummies.
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They make ’em tough on the coast. And a little luck in finding the right recovery nook doesn’t hurt.

Steve says: The photo of a young deer feeding in my garden that I sent you a few months ago. He had been hit by a car in 12/16. He limped badly for months but eventually recovered. I haven’t seen him for a few months but this morning here he was again. From the scars on his back legs I’m pretty sure it’s the same deer. My healing garden — as you described it — worked.

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“The Nitty-Gritty of Self-Publishing.”

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Nov 042017

Valerie Ihsan

Thinking about publishing your own book? Author Valerie Ihsan of Willow Bench Books will present “The Nitty Gritty of Self-Publishing” at the Nov. 19 meeting of Willamette Writers’ Coast Branch. The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Library.

Ihsan, author of The Scent of Apple Tea and Smell the Blue Sky: Young, Pregnant and Widowed, will discuss why indie publishing is a lucrative and viable alternative to traditional publishing, what you need to know before starting the process, and what to consider while making important decisions. She will share her self-publishing checklist and answer attendees’ questions.

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion for top indie-published books, Ihsan co-chaired the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers for seven years and currently teaches low-cost publishing classes for authors. She also teaches various workshops on writing and offers editing and proofreading services through her Yellow Pen Editing company.

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As a certified bereavement facilitator and licensed massage therapist, she teaches workshops on managing grief, such as “Booze and Chocolate Aren’t the Only Ways to Cope: Turning Negative Emotions into Art.” Visit her website at

Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.

Willamette Writers thanks the Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, the Inn at Nye Beach, and the Elizabeth Street Inn for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.

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Weather or Not: Falling Back

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Nov 042017

Saturday, Nov. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy, showers yesterday; mixes skies, chilly overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/43F/21mph/0.07”
Depoe Bay: 52F/38F/22mph/0.34”
Newport: 52F/36F/26mph/0.04”
Waldport: 56F/41F/17mph/0.07”
Yachats: 53F/40F/18mph/0.06”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 6,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.09”

Forecast: We’re currently between weather systems so there was plenty of clearing last night for viewing the Full Beaver Moon and Taurids Meteor Shower. Today, there’s a slight chance of showers, high of 50F. The next storm arrives tonight with heavy rain, up to an inch, southerly winds gusting 30 mph or more, and a low of 45F. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour as we Fall Back to Standard Time officially at 2:00am Sunday morning. Showers tomorrow, high 50F. Outlook is for partly sunny Monday and Tuesday, then rain likely Wednesday through Friday. High temps 50-55F and lows in the mid- to upper-40s.

wxon-twitterWith the stormy season upon us, use Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to get updated regional travel info and immediate notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings affecting the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are damp, spots of ice possible, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, 20-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet; carry chains or tractions tires.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range. Snow is likely in the Cascades with up to a foot of accumulation possible through tomorrow night, the snow level remains at 2,500 feet, and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 11:00pm tonight through 10:00pm Sunday night.

* Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.

Marine: Winds are variable 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from late this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. Another weak low off the south coast of British Columbia will drop southward today, and move inland over Southwest Washington tonight. This will tighten pressure gradients later today and tonight, with gusty south to southwesterly winds for a time. Winds will gradually ease as they become westerly Sunday, but we could see swells rise to 9-10 feet on Central Coast waters. Expect a bit of a break in the weather as winds turn more offshore later Sunday night and Monday. Another front will approach the region from the west on Tuesday and Wednesday, with increasing east to southeasterly winds. Looking more likely it will stay breezy for a good part of next week, with seas getting near 15 feet later Wednesday through Thursday. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Possible showers, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/04 Sat 6:26 AM 1.74 L
11/04 Sat 12:35 PM 9.72 H (King Tide)
11/04 Sat 7:15 PM -1.18 L
11/05 Sun 1:45 AM 7.99

In Short: Chance of showers, rainy/windy, a dry break, then stormy.