Feb 092015
Gail Green needs some help to fight an illness.

Gail Green needs some help to fight an illness.

On February 13th from 6~8pm we will be holding a silent auction at the Newport Church of the Nazarene for Gail Green, a Newport native. Gail was born in Toledo before there was a hospital in Newport. Gail started her working life at the age of 12, delivering the Oregonian in the morning and the Oregon Journal after school. She worked for Mo’s on and off for 27 years. She also worked at Mark’s Market Basket, The Bayhaven Cafe, Lazio’s, Fowlweather Trawl, The Port of Newport and Point Adams Fish Point.

She has given generously of her time to the Read and Feed Program, Celebrate Recovery and VBS. She was also a member of the Newport FisFisherman’s Wives, the Moettes, the Bumbusters, the Nye Beach Nerds, the Bayhaven Bozos and her favorite, the Groundhog Girls.

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Gail has been suffering with a debilitating illness and needs our help, so we encourage you to show your support by attending the silent auction in her honor. All proceeds will be presented to this wonderful lady who has given so much of herself and get time to this community that she loves.

Please contact Melanie Lee at 541-207-7410 with questions or to make a donation.

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 Posted by at 4:08 PM
Feb 092015

Described by the Washington Post as “a riveting artist” classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan returns to the LCCC for a one-day only matinee performance on Sunday, February 15 at 3 pm.

A wide-ranging solo program titled “Bach to the 21st Century” includes Aaron’s arrangements of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and Franz Schubert, original works by Latin American, Spanish and Japanese composer, and new lullabies written for Aaron’s New Lullaby Project including a world premiere by Bay-Area composer Garrett Shatzer.

An avid solo and chamber music performer, Aaron’s performances combine the traditional expressivity with contemporary passion. A gifted speaker and performer, Aaron has a unique ability to connect with audiences allowing both the traditional and new repertoire to come to life.

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Of his new solo program “Bach to the 21st Century Aaron says, “the seed of the program came from a love affair I have had with a few of these compositions. Since I was a student at the New England Conservatory I have been challenged and enamored by the music of Bach and Scarlatti. Of course they are technically difficult, but finding one’s own voice with such masterpieces is the true challenge. The contemporary composition to balance the emotional strength of Bach and Scarlatti come from the Legend of Hagoromo by Keigo Fujii, which I first heard in Spain in 1998. From that moment my heart was taken by this most expressive and phenomenal masterpiece.”

Tickets for his Lincoln City Cultural Center performance are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, on sale at the LCCC box office, 541-994-9994 or lincolncity-culturalcenter.org. The box office accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express, as well as checks and cash.

Doors open at 2:30 pm. A selection of Northwest beers and wines, My Petite Sweet cookies and bars, and Mountain Man savory snacks will be sold before the show, and during intermission. For details and tickets, call 541-994-9994.

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 Posted by at 2:11 PM
Feb 092015
Valentine's Evening with the Lincoln Pops Orchestra in Lincoln City!

Valentine’s Evening with the Lincoln Pops Orchestra in Lincoln City!

From Lincoln City Cultural Center

Still looking for a destination this Valentine’s Day?


You’re invited to the Lincoln City Cultural Center, where the Lincoln Pops Orchestra will be playing Big Band dance music from 7-10 pm on Saturday, Feb. 14. Tickets include a flower for every lady, beautiful heart-shaped cookies, sweetheart décor and plenty of punch.

The Pops will be playing favorites from the era of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and the gang, and the dance floor will be open. You’re invited to just sit and listen, or really cut a rug, in the auditorium at the LCCC. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available for sale. The doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the concert scheduled to begin at 7 pm.

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Advance tickets for this Valentine’s Day event are $14 each, or $25 per couple. You can purchase them online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (“Click Buy Tickets”) or by calling the box office, 541-994-9994. Prices will be $16 each, $28 per couple at the door.

The LCCC is also offering a Beginners’ Dance Class, led by Bonnie Prater, from 6 to 6:45 pm in the dance studio. Admission to the class, open to singles as well as couples, is $5.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located within the historic Delake School, 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. For tickets and further information, drop by the center (open 10 am to 4 pm every day but Tuesday), call 541-994-9994, or check out the website, lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

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 Posted by at 1:54 PM
Feb 092015
Seafood & Wine tents damaged again this year by big winds....

Seafood & Wine tents damaged again this year by big winds….Danielle Emerick photos

seafood and wine blow down 2015 2 ds

Jim Fairchild photos

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seafood and wine blowdown 5 2015

Newport Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorna Davis is on site assessing the damage conferring with the tent vendor on a fast track re-build of the tents. Damage appears to be extensive but in years past, with similar situations, the vendor got the tents back up in time for the beginning of the Seafood and Wine Festival. This year’s event is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 19-22.

The forecast is for continued very heavy winds today with winds gusting to 60 miles an hour, diminishing somewhat tonight. Tomorrow may be the earliest work crews can start re-assembling the Seafood and Wine tents.

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 Posted by at 9:49 AM
Feb 092015

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Feb. 9th – Lincoln County

Summary: We got to spend a little time in our corner between rounds yesterday, dressing our wounds and catching our breath. It was a little breezy at times and we had about half an inch of rain, but we didn’t get knocked out by a real haymaker. The mercury stayed in the upper-50s. Winds fell nearly calm in the evening and for much of the overnight period; lows were around 50F, still abnormally warm for February. The bell rang for Round 4 in the storm bout just before 4:00am this morning when the wind and rain returned. At daybreak, it was becoming quite breezy with moderate rainfall.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/52F/42mph/0.42”/5.05”
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/51mph/0.43”/5.67”
Newport: 55F/50F/54mph/0.38”/4.72”
Waldport: 58F/50F/58mph/0.56”/5.29”
Yachats: 59F/53F/64mph/0.68”/6.23”

WARNING NWS SWSA High Wind Warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 7:55am this morning for the Central Coast. Expect south winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph, strongest on beaches and headlands. The warning is in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon.

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Forecast: Round 4, which earlier this morning looked like it wouldn’t pack quite the punch of previous rounds, came ashore a little south of the Central Coast, but still brought strong winds. Gusts of 60-65 mph are possible, especially from Newport south to the Waldport and Yachats area, and 50-55 mph elsewhere. Look for about half an inch of rain and the thermometer climbing to 55F or so. A good chance of showers continues tonight with west winds 20-30 mph and low temps 45-50F. Tomorrow, the bout of storms ends when we’re down to a slight chance of showers, partly sunny skies, light winds and highs of 55F. Outlook is for partly sunny and warm on Wednesday, high around 60F, mostly cloudy Thursday, some sun again on Friday, chance of showers Saturday, and then mostly sunny Sunday. Expect highs of 60F and lows near 50F through the extended period.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and breezy with 50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, windy and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy, light east winds, temps 50F. For the Cascades, there is wet pavement on the highway passes this morning, it’s raining with temperatures around 40F; showers and breezy, the snow level is at 6,500 feet. NOTE: The snow level will be down near the passes at 4,500 feet tonight with 5-9 inches of snow expected. Carry chains or traction tires.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 28”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 53” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/0”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 2”/48”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/26”/soft and packed mix
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed

Marine: Another fairly strong blow is underway this morning with S winds 20-35 knots gusting 40 and rough seas 11-12 WON GALEfeet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is unrestricted. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon for southerly winds 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 and combined rough seas building to 13-17 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze veers to W 20-25 knots this evening, easing to 15-20 knots overnight with the swell subsiding to 12 feet at 11 seconds. For tomorrow, SW winds 10-15 knots dropping to 10 knots and seas falling from 10 to 7 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 10 knots on Wednesday with the swell around 6 feet. Thursday and Friday, look for S winds 10-15 knots and seas rebuilding to 8-10 feet.

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 12-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this afternoon’s high tide. 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
02/09 Mon 09:36 AM 2.35 L
02/09 Mon 03:27 PM 6.55 H
02/09 Mon 09:20 PM 2.13 L
02/10 Tue 03:57 AM 7.96 H

In Short: Rainy and windy, then drying and partial clearing.

 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Feb 082015
The Chocolate Frog Hwy 101 @ Hwy 34, downtown Waldport

The Chocolate Frog
Hwy 101 @ Hwy 34, downtown Waldport

From Leslie Hohstadt – Chocolate Frog

Ahhh, February! The month for sweethearts, a time for planning vacation or thinking of spring fever. I choose all three. When it comes to sweethearts I think of Love. The four letter word that creates hope, you know the one that springs eternal? But love is in many different sizes, shapes, colors, and depth. Such as the love of our town Waldport. I think loving where you live is very important. We should think on that for a second or so. Did you know it takes love for your town to be in business? Love for your town to shop local? Love for your town to support and thereby build it from what once was to what could be?

Whether you involve yourself in a beach cleanup or make your purchases at the many small businesses you are showing love. So many of our small businesses here are locally owned and stocked. Even if they are corporate owned you are showing your love by shopping there as they are employed by our own community. We have restaurants making foods by local residents pouring their love into your meal. We have new young entrepreneurs putting their all into a new business showing their love for their town.

We have candy stores and specialty shops that carry local arts that show their love for their craft. We have so much here that shows love. Are you tired of the word love yet? It seems alot, I know, but its important to say it. Outloud. Spring is almost here and if we keep showing our local businesses the “local love” then everything can bloom beautifully!

See you in Waldport,

Leslie Hohstadt
Chocolate Frog
Hemlock @ 101

 Posted by at 11:15 PM
Feb 082015

Highway 22 closed both directions at Red Prairie Road. Diana Portwood photo

Highway 22 closed both directions at Red Prairie Road.
Diana Portwood photo

Fatal head on - Hwy 22, six miles east of 18/22 interchange

Fatal head on – Hwy 22, six miles east of 18/22 interchange

One fatality.  Two others injured.

One fatality. Two others injured.
Lower two photos from OSP

From Oregon State Police –

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s head-on crash on highway 22W at milepost 6.5 – near Red Prairie Road in Polk County.

Preliminary information indicates shortly before 4:30 p.m., a green, 1995 Plymouth Neon, was westbound on highway 22W near Red Prairie Road overtaking another vehicle in the oncoming lane. The Neon collided head-on with an eastbound, Gray, 2004 Chevrolet Venture. The driver of the Neon, identified as Mr. JOSHUA DEEDS, 19, of Otis, was transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Venture, identified as Ms. ORSENE L. DAVIS, 73, of Salem, was transported via air ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The passenger in the Venture, identified as Mr. CARROL L. DAVIS, 70, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Highway 22 was shut down completely for several hours while evidence was gathered at the scene in an effort to figure out what happened.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time. OSP is working with the Polk County District Attorney’s office and any further release of information will be coordinated with the District Attorney.

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 Posted by at 10:20 PM