Jan 122015

Lincoln City Community and Recreation Center

Lincoln City Community and Recreation Center

Rates likely going up 10%

Rates likely going up 10%

When the Lincoln City City Council sits down Monday afternoon at 4pm (they don’t want their meeting to collide with the Oregon vs Ohio State playoff game later in the day) they’ll be bidding a fond farewell (mostly, depending on who is in the audience) to outgoing city councilors and welcoming new councilors and a new mayor. Mayor Dick Anderson will be passing the gavel to the new mayor, Don Williams. Councilors Henry Quandt, Gary Ellingson and Gordon Eggleton will be giving up their seats (none ran for re-election) and will be replaced by new Councilors Susan Wahlke (Ward 1), Councilor Jim Davis (Ward 2) and Councilor Kip Ward (Ward 3).

Those only half-way through their current terms will remain of course. They include Councilor Wes Ryan (Ward 1, Councilor Chester Noreikis (Ward 2) and Councilor Roger Sprague (Ward 3). Sprague made a run for the mayor’s job but Don Williams outpolled him.

There are expected to be some parting words by outgoing councilors and the mayor, along welcoming remarks from incoming Mayor Don Williams. But with Oregon taking on the “other” OSU, Ohio State University in a playoff game a little later in the evening, goodbyes by the old city councilors and mayor, along with welcoming remarks for the new councilors and mayor, it will all be rather brief, we surmise.

But when the Lincoln City City Council sits down again on Monday, January 26th at 6pm, they’ll be asking for public opinion on a proposed ten percent rate hike across the board for all Community and Recreation Center activities.

It’s a recurring agenda item every year as the center tries to play catchup with other similar centers up and down the central coast on covering the cost of providing recreation center activities. In short, the taxpayers of Lincoln City are shouldering a huge portion of the costs whether they use the center or not. Although recreation is a standard service of most communities, Lincoln City’s recreation fees have been well below the average amount that other coast community residents pay to use their facilities. Lincoln City’s relatively lower rates puts a big strain on Lincoln City’s general fund to make up the difference – a fund that is also tapped for roads, streets, police, Visitors and Convention Bureau, city worker salaries and the like. City officials say even with a ten percent boost in rates overall, Lincoln City recreation rates for gym, pool, spa and other activities are still a bargain compared to other cities in northwest Oregon.

That’s all going to come to a head on Monday, January 26th, 6pm at Lincoln City City Hall.

 Posted by at 1:35 AM
Jan 122015
Our beaches need a pre-Spring clean up.  Some tsunami stuff, some just regular junk...

Our beaches need a pre-Spring clean up. Some tsunami stuff, some just regular junk…

Newport Oregon Beach Cleanups
Date: Saturday January 17th, 2pm to 4pm.
Two Locations: Nye Beach and Agate Beach Headlands

Meeting Place:
Location 1: Nye Beach Parking Area, Nye Beach
Location 2: Agate Beach Headlands, Lucky Gap Trail Parking area across from Surf Shop

Cleanup Details
Individuals have already removed hundreds of pounds from these beaches in recent weeks but there is still lots more plastic bins, bottles, rope, unrecognizable plastic debris, and crab floats.

We will meet at the two locations listed above and pick up debris both to the north and south of these locations. If you have questions please contact Sage. Please spread the word to others and come join us at these two locations. RSVP’ing also helps us plan on supplies for these events.

Contact: Sage DeLuna, Beach and Highway Cleanup Coordinator |
Surfrider Foundation, Newport Chapter
beachcleanups@newport.or.surfrider.org | beachcleanups@yahoo.com

 Posted by at 12:11 AM
Jan 112015
Tense situation outside Bank of America Friday in Newport

Tense situation outside Bank of America Friday in Newport

A wanted man was spotted - thought to be possibly carrying a gun

A wanted man was spotted – thought to be possibly carrying a gun

Robert Edington Parole Violation Resisting Arrest

Robert Edington
Parole Violation
Resisting Arrest

The parking lot of Bank of America in Newport filled up very quickly with police and sheriff’s patrol cars Friday afternoon as a wanted man was spotted there – a man who was possibly high on meth and had a gun.

When a Newport Police Officer observed Edington in the area of 10 SW Coast Highway, the officer tried to detain him. But Edington refused to comply with the officer’s commands. Due to previous information about a possible weapon, and Edington’s resistance, the officer deployed a Taser. The Taser had only a temporary effect on Edington, who became combative and tried to take the officer’s Taser. The officer was able to take Edington to the ground and restrain him until additional officers arrived.

Edington continued to resist several Newport Officers by kicking, shouting, and struggling. Edington was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail.

During a search of Edington and his property, officers located a larger pocket knife in the shape of a handgun, equipped with sights and a grip, but with a knife blade rather than a barrel. officers also discovered methamphetamine.

Edington was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Resisting Arrest, Carrying Concealed/Possession of Knife and Felony Warrant. His bail was set at $90,000.

 Posted by at 10:40 AM
Jan 112015

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Jan. 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: Absolutely nothing to write home about yesterday as dreary and drizzly conditions persisted; winds were calm to light northwest and high temps came in in the low-50s. The precipitation dissipated and a few holes appeared in the cloud cover around sunset. Overnight, skies were broken overcast and winds basically nonexistent; no rain. This morning, clouds from the next disturbance began filling in and it was dead calm. Even though we’re on Dreary Lane for a spell, the amount of daylight continues to increase and is up to 9 hours and 5 minutes today.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/46F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 50F/44F/0.10”
Newport: 50F/43F/0.03”
Waldport: 52F/46F/0.05”
Yachats: 53F/47F/0.15”

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Forecast: We can’t really use the word ‘storm’ for today’s approaching weather system. ‘Ho-hum’ would be more fitting as winds are expected to remain light, rainfall totals should be less than a quarter of an inch and the thermometer reaches for 50F. WON RAINThe rain is projected to end late tonight with lows around 45F. Tomorrow’s a ‘tweener day as a few lingering showers are feasible, but drying out again and a touch warmer as highs rise to 55F. Outlook is for patchy morning fog and mainly sunny skies on Tuesday and probably Wednesday, a slight chance of rain Thursday, and then a seasonal pattern of rainy and windy conditions from Friday through next weekend. Expect temperatures during the week to stay in the range of 45-55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, rain likely, highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog this morning, rain and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, light winds, temps 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Santiam and Willamette Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp; rain/snow with the snow level at 4,000 feet; 1 inch of snow is possible today. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is rain with wet pavement through tonight. In the Cascades, snow is likely, with 1-3 inches accumulation on the highway passes tonight; carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 35”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 5” less than this date last year.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/12”/packed
Willamette Pass 0”/16”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/44”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/frozen granular
Timberline 0”/41”/packed

Marine: For January, it doesn’t get much mellower than this morning. Seas are 5 feet at 10 seconds and winds are ENE WON MARINE WX5 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The breeze veers S 5-10 knots nearshore today but rises to 10-15 knots gusting 20 out past 10 miles this afternoon; swells 4-5 feet at 13-14 seconds. Tonight, look for the wind to veer SE 10-15 knots with 3-4 foot windwaves atop 4-5 foot swells. Light southerlies tomorrow 5-10 knots, swells 5 feet. Outlook is for E to SE winds 5-10 knots Tuesday and Wednesday along with swells of 4-5 feet. A gale is probable on Thursday as S winds rise to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 and combined seas build to 10-12 feet.

Notice to Mariners… Electronic editions of the 2015 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website here.

On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/11 Sun 10:21 AM 3.15 L
01/11 Sun 03:52 PM 6.41 H
01/11 Sun 10:04 PM 1.86 L
01/12 Mon 04:57 AM 7.82 H

In Short: Rain developing, light winds, then showers, but drying midweek.

 Posted by at 8:09 AM
Jan 102015
Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes in 2011.

Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes in 2011.

Following the embarrassing revelation that Governor Kitzhaber’s “wife-to-be” Cylvia Hayes may have used state resources for her own personal gain, a state representative from West Linn says she’ll introduce legislation next month that will more clearly define the financial firewalls separating the formal duties of a First Lady from outside private business pursuits or other interests.

Representative Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, said state laws dealing with elected officials’ spouses can be confusing and become blurred, either by intent or innocently. An investigation into Ms. Hayes’ use of state resources for some of her travels dealing with business and environmental protection issues, that some say had a bearing on her own business, is ongoing. Parrish said she just wants to clear things up so that future first ladies can get better advice on what is, or is not appropriate use of state funds for special projects that might, even in a round-about way, financially benefit her or her husband.

Here’s more on the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 11:55 PM
Jan 102015
Last year Congress eased restrictions on hemp growing in ten states.

Last year Congress eased restrictions on hemp growing in ten states.

Just when you thought that a battle line is a battle line, along comes an issue so compelling it’s got the likes of both U.S. Senators from Oregon teaming up with the new GOP leader in the Senate – Mitch McConnell. All three agree that it’s time for a change on what’s been a controversial subject for decades. Growing hemp and using it in commercial applications.

McConnell and Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley maintain that the ban on growing the non-intoxicating version of cannabis, “hemp,” and putting it to commercial uses, needs to come to an end. All three point to hemp’s long historical usefulness in terms of it being refined into products such as hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel. Even building materials.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 11:13 PM