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Kip the Skip’r on the S.S. Whale in the Portland Rose Parade

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Jun 162017

Capt. Kip Ward
S.S. Whale
Portland Rose Parade

Corrie Martin, Jason Miranda, Tyler Rini, Kendra Arns, Cameron Ogle, Levi Huppert, and Jordan Serden, Float Artiste’s

Career Tech Students Take on Whale of a Project for The Portlad Rose Parade

By Kendall S. Cable

It all began with a used golf cart. Then came a metal frame welded by Lincoln City’s Maintenance staff. Next, seven students from Career Tech High School’s Woods and Metals Program created a plywood foundation of PVC and chicken wire. Finally, from burlap, rice and thistle, breached a whale that migrated to the Portland’s Rose Parade.

The float, a promotion for Lincoln City’s Pixiefest to take place June 24-25 at Chinook Winds Casino and Resort, was helmed by Pixie Captain and Lincoln City City Councilor Kip Ward, who intentionally grew a beard for the event. The whale, accompanying pixies, and Pixiefest are a nod to Pixie Kitchen and Pixieland – former local establishments which catered to children.

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“Float engineers” located a used golf cart and the city maintenance staff constructed the brackets for a wood platform to be attached to, but all the rest was courtesy of the Career Tech crew. They designed the platform, the whale, and the waves and then put it all together. The 14-foot-by-8-foot float was built at Schooner Creek Designs’ wood shop. High school students learned a variety of skills and worked with tools from sanders to jig saws.

A big sa-loot! to the kids from Career Tech High School, Schooner Creek Designs and the Pixieland event group that made it all possible.

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Law Enforcement Looking for Suspects in Attempted Murder

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Jun 162017

Coast law enforcement is looking for a suspect – possibly two – who were involved in some kind of attempted murder in Tillamook County. They were last seen near Cape Lookout in a Red 1998 Food 150 pickup, Oregon license plate WNR-091. There is a tool box in the bed of the pickup.

Two suspects inside are considered to be armed and dangerous:

Toby Latour, 32 and Chad Thomas, also 32 years of age. No hometowns given.

Authorities say the suspects have now likely left Tillamook County and may be headed away from the coast.

Anyone who may have seen the pickup or the two suspects are urged to call your local law enforcement agency or 9-1-1.

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Smoke wafting up from the ground and from leaky sewer lines and storm drains next week in Newport

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Jun 162017

Checking for leaks in sewer/storm drain pipes
Surfrider photo

Newport Public Works will be doing smoke testing of sanitary and storm sewer lines in the Newport area on Wednesday, June 21st. This testing may cause smoke to emerge from the ground, openings in the street, sewer vents, and gutter drains. The smoke is harmless. The smoke may enter residences, which indicates a plumbing issue. If you observe smoke is your residence or have questions, call 541-574-3366.

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The whole point in the exercise is to find where sewer and storm drains have cracks or are otherwise leaking. Coastal communities especially have year round soggy soils – some soggier than others. That means the ground is moving around (often downhill) and stress-cracks or breaks sewer and storm drain pipes. Smoke is the fastest and most visible method of finding out “There’s something wrong down here…” It also helps public works crews find out where the bigger problems are so they can fix those first.

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Weather or Not: Ripening for Summer

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Jun 162017

Friday, June 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: Rainy and very windy yesterday, light rain showers overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/56F/42mph/0.57”
Depoe Bay: 59F/54F/43mph/0.59”
Newport: 57F/54F/40mph/0.55”
Waldport: 58F/56F/41mph/0.33”
Yachats: 60F/57F/50mph/0.18”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 300’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: SW 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.13”

Forecast: That was indeed a pretty good blast of breeze for mid-June yesterday. Winds of 40-50 mph were recorded in our Central Coast communities, over 50 mph on the headlands and beaches, and 60 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range. Much lighter winds are expected today along with another half inch of rain, high of 60F. A chance of showers lingers tonight, low near 50F. Tomorrow the atmosphere ripens for Summer as a week-long stretch of dry weather begins under partly sunny skies, light winds and the mercury rising into the low-60s. Outlook is for mostly clear Sunday through Thursday, afternoon and evening sea breezes, temperatures in the seasonal range as highs reach 60-65F and overnight lows dip to 50-55F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 50-55F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 60F. For the Cascades, highways are wet, 45-50F, the snow level is 7,500 feet.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at all elevations today and tonight, then dry roads tomorrow through Sunday night.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SW 5-10 knots this morning with choppy seas 8-9 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 10:00am this morning. Steep and hazardous seas hovering just below 10 feet with a dominant period of 10 seconds should drop below advisory thresholds later this morning or around midday. High pressure will build back into the Northeast Pacific later today. Aside from a weak front briefly turning winds southerly Saturday night, this weather will bring a Summer-like northerly wind pattern that will likely continue into at least the middle part of next week. As a result, expect the strongest winds during the afternoon and evening hours, particularly over Central Coast waters. * 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… Rain, light breeze, 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
06/16 Fri 11:43 AM 0.32 L
06/16 Fri 6:41 PM 6.94 H
06/17 Sat 12:34 AM 2.77 L
06/17 Sat 6:14 AM 5.96 H

In Short: Rain, light wind, showers, then mostly clear and warm all week.

Oregon House has passed a half-billion dollar bill to pay for Oregon Medicaid. Now it’s on to the Senate.

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Jun 152017

State Capitol

The Oregon House has narrowly voted for a bill to rescue Medicaid with a $550 million dollar check that will maintain medical care for the poor at what some might call a reasonable level. It’s funded by a tax on hospital earnings and on private insurance premiums.

So it’s off to the Senate where passage is a little dicey since it has to pass by a three-fifths vote. Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

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Fire Alarm at Overleaf Lodge off 101

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Jun 152017

Firefighters from Seal Rock, Waldport and Yachats are racing to the Overleaf Lodge at 280 Overleaf Lodge Lane in Yachats on a report of a fire alarm sounding.

The desk at the Overleaf Lodge said they experienced an electricity flutter and that may have set off the alarm. No fire that they know of. Checking.

Yachats fire unit on scene confirming it was a false alarm. All units returning to base.

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Lots of talk could produce some great action down at the Taft Dock in Lincoln City

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Jun 152017

Taft Dock out from Mo’s
SE 51st, Lincoln City
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At the reported urging of Mayor Don Williams, there seems to be a growing contagion to see what might be possible to upgrade, or even expand a major tourist draw at the south end of Lincoln City – the Taft Dock just south of Mo’s Restaurant on SW 51st.

The Taft Dock has always been a kind of tucked-away little gem of a locals and tourist attraction where families and individuals brought their crab pots and threw them over the railing during high tides to see how many crab they could catch. Boats – both fishing and pleasure – also used to tie up at the dock as a rest stop as they sailed and motored up and down the coast, many years ago.

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But over the years, the relentless waves and the logs they tossed up against the piers took their toll. The dock has been repaired several times over the years, but lately the maintenance hasn’t kept up. But that may be changing.

Lincoln City officials have approached federal and state agencies to see if the dock can be strengthened with new pilings and new cross beams to help the dock better withstand the fierce storms and marauding log jams. There’s also the opportunity to create greater access to those in wheel chairs and with strollers who find it difficult to navigate out toward the dock. And even if they get there, it can be hard to find a spot where they can see anything from wheel-chair height.

City officials say they’re putting together some preliminary plans to gauge the feasibility of making such improvements. The Army Corps of Engineers has expressed an interest in making a preliminary analysis of the situation and perhaps develop a way forward to upgrading the old dock – to add some features and generally broaden its appeal to locals and tourists alike.

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All this could start, we’re told, fairly soon. But there’s the need for applying for permits and finding and directing the money to make the vision come true.

As with any project like this, one that has the power to draw large crowds, any funds expended from local, state or federal sources, could easily be recouped if the dock becomes a catalyst – a tourist facility with a “big look” that means fun for families and for locals. These kinds of dock facilities may or may not make a lot of money themselves. But they can act as an attraction magnet that draws in more visitors who then spend their money in local restaurants, stores, drinking establishments and shopping centers. And it also means higher revenues from motel, hotel, and VRD room taxes.

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This idea of a facility with little or no income but being a strong economic catalyst is a major variable in many business plans across a wide array of project ideas.

So we’ll see what transpires over the next month or two as the city takes a closer look at upgrading the old Taft Dock – again becoming a great spot for crabbing and fishing. Who knows – with a little dredging from the new small harbor dredger that is working small harbors up and down the Oregon Coast, small boating options might also be in the offing.

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Home Fire Alarm at 101 and Wakonda Beach Road, Waldport

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Jun 152017

5392 SW Pacific Coast Highway.
White house on far left.
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Report of a home fire alarm going off at 5392 SW Pacific Coast Highway, at the foot of Wakonda Beach Road.

Fire units coming on scene say there is no smoke showing. Homeowner has called to say that there is no fire. The fire alarm company was doing some testing.

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Fire units are returning to bases in Yachats and Waldport.

As a footnote: Those with fire alarms in their homes…before testing, always call the business line of your local fire department and tell them you’re testing. That way the fire department isn’t rolling to a false alarm while a real fire alarm or a bad traffic crash comes in, and they’re delayed getting there. In some cases, minutes – even seconds – can mean the difference between life and death.

If you’re testing your alarm, make sure you or your alarm company has FIRST warned the local fire department that you will be testing and that there is no fire.

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Fire in Lincoln City – 6702 NE Park Lane

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Jun 152017

6702 NE Park Lane
Tree leaning against power line, profuse sparking

Report of a fire at 6702 NE Park Lane – east of east shore of Devils Lake. North Lincoln Fire has just toned out an “all call” for emergency responders.

Report of a tree into some power lines. Lots of sparks.

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Current weather conditions, rain, 25mph winds.

First arriving fire crew says a branch is touching some power lines. No arcing at the moment but there is smoke in the immediate area.

Some arcing now visible.

Arcing has stopped. NE Park Lane is sealed off to all but emergency vehicles. Waiting for the power company to get on scene.

The power company has arrived. Firefighters say this should be wrapped up in a few minutes.

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Public Meeting in Depoe Bay about the Eclipse

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Jun 152017

The Eclipse – August 21
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PUBLIC HEARING – Depoe Bay City Council is requesting public input during the City Council Meeting on July 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


The Depoe Bay Parks Commission is requesting City Council approval on the following rules/regulation changes for five (5) days only (August 17-21, 2017), during the upcoming Solar Eclipse.

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* Allow tent camping only
* No trailers or motor vehicles allowed
* No open fires allowed (charcoal BBQs or gas stoves only)
* No generators allowed
* No loud music or parties after 10:00 p.m.

We are seeking Depoe Bay citizen’s input on the above rule changes for the limited time period stated above.

Please make your comments known at the July 5, 2017, City Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall regarding opening up camping in the City Park(s) OR email your suggestions to info@cityofdepoebay.org.


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