Oct 082014
Port of Depoe Bay

Port of Depoe Bay

Old Fish Plant to be open for Crab Season

Depoe Bay City Councilors appear to have a lease that they can comfortably sign with Living Pacific Seafood so the old fish plant on the harbor (recently renovated) can be back up and running in time for this winter’s crabbing season.

Living Pacific’s Geoff Malfino and his partner Liu Xian are expected to sign the proposed lease fairly quickly, now that it’s been negotiated to the satisfaction of the city. The city has been pretty busy fixing up the old facility in hopes that Malfino will get the word out that the facility is open for business. The city has also ordered a new jib crane as an upgrade for the facility. It’s expected the completed lease agreement will be ready for signing by both the city and Living Pacific by the middle of the month. Lease amount to the city: $2,000/month.

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New City Councilor picked to replace Skip Hoitink

News-Times newspaper advertising salesperson Kathy Wyatt was selected Tuesday evening to replace Skip Hoitink on the city council. Wyatt will serve out the remainder of Hoitink’s term which ends at the end of 2016. Wyatt’s resume includes holding an employee training position with Fed Ex in Utah. She was also the president of a homeowner’s association. The only other candidate for the position was Bob Lewis who, with his wife, retired to Depoe Bay recently. Lewis was in the coffee distribution business in Alaska and ran unsuccessfully for the Alaskan legislature. The council’s long-running political division was clearly evident in the vote taken to pick Wyatt. Councilors Zeke Olsen and Robert Gambino, along with Mayor Mattila voted for Wyatt, while Councilors Goddard and Leff voted for Lewis. Councilor Brent Berry was absent. So doing the math, a minority of the council picked Hoitink’s successor.

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Moving ahead on replacing harbor docks 2,3 and 4

And the city council voted to get moving on renovating harbor docks 2,3 and 4. Dock 1 was replaced with FEMA and other funds after the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami took it out. Its replacement ran about $430,000 which could put the total price tag on the other docks at around $1.4 million. So obviously the city will be trolling for grant monies from as many sources as they can find. Tuesday evening the council voted to advertise a request for proposals to do an assessment on exactly what will be required to replace the docks. Engineering estimates will be a big part of it. After the docks master plan is finished the council will take the next step in formulating a financing plan and begin the hunt for grants.

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 Posted by at 11:00 AM
Oct 082014

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, October 8th – Lincoln County

Summary: The Summer gravy train was derailed yesterday by a hefty deposit of marine air on the tracks. While there were a few partly sunny periods, the weather scene was dominated by low clouds, fog and drizzle for much of the day. Thermometers struggled to get past 60F (many didn’t) and winds were light out of the southwest. Overcast skies continued through the evening and overnight, blotting out the total lunar eclipse, and low temps were in the 50s. The fog finally lifted about 3:00am revealing a solid cloud deck above. This morning, there were some bright spots in the overcast and it was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 65F/58F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 58F/54F/0.01”
Newport: 59F/52F/0.01”
Waldport: 64F/54F/0.01”
Yachats: 59F/54F/0.01”

Forecast: The weather train will soon be on a different track, the storm track. For the next few days, however, we’ll be mopping up yesterday’s Summer derailment with messy and conflicting solutions. Meteorologists and computer models are wrestling with a variety of possibilities, so we’ll take the center track. For today, becoming partly sunny with highs of 60-65F and light northwest winds. Patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies and calm tonight with the mercury settling to 50-55F. A little more sunshine is expected tomorrow after morning fog, highs of 60-65F, and light west wind. Outlook is for a chance of rain Friday and/or Saturday, highs in the low-60s and light winds. The Pacific storm track could be laid as early as Sunday with increasing chances of precipitation. It looks like next week will be wet and windy, with current projections showing the Pineapple Express train roaring toward us. If/when it arrives at the Central Coast station, we may see rainfall measured in inches along with our first high wind event(s) of Autumn.

Travel:: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have partly sunny skies with a high of 75F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet.

Marine: It’s dang near flat out there this morning – dead calm and rounded 3-4 feet seas at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Fairly benign conditions with N winds 5-10 knots, seas 2-3 feet and patchy fog are on tap for today, tonight and tomorrow. Outlook is for winds turning SW 5-15 knots Friday through Sunday. The big story will be seas as a W swell of 10-12 feet is projected to arrive over the weekend. SW weather with a series of storms is on the table for next week.

Columbus Day Hospice Regatta… Light and variable winds 5-10 knots with a chance of rain. Large ocean swells may make the W end of the course a little lumpy.

On the Beach… Fog, mostly cloudy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/08 Wed 12:33 PM 9.47 H
10/08 Wed 06:57 PM -0.72 L
10/09 Thu 01:18 AM 8.41 H
10/09 Thu 07:02 AM 1.10 L

In Short: Patchy fog, mostly cloudy, then rain by weekend.

 Posted by at 8:17 AM
Oct 082014
Some pretty serious canning about to begin around a few households on or near the coast... Courtesy photo

Some pretty serious canning about to begin around a few households on or near the coast…
Barb Dudley photo

U DA MAN Salmon Tournament

The 2014 U DA MAN Salmon Tournament saw 156 individual entrants in 54 tournament registered boats. Entrants were allowed to fish from the tips of the Newport jetties to approximately 1 mile east of Cannon Quarry County Park on the Yaquina River from 7:00 AM to 3:15 PM.

Winners of this year’s event for the largest Chinook were:
1st Dustin Boatright $500
2nd Don Schmidt $300
3rd Mark Sax $200
The winner of the single largest Coho in the side pot event was by Chad Freeborn which paid $425.

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The U DA MAN group wishes to thank all the area businesses, individuals and those who entered the tournament for their continued support. We also wish to thank the members of the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Central Coast Fly Fishers and student volunteers from the Newport High School Leadership Class who assisted on tournament day. All proceeds from this event are used to enhance salmon populations in the Yaquina River system by working with area partners and state agencies.

Past habitat enhancement projects by the group include stream and river cleanups, placement of recycled Christmas in the Yaquina river to help provide temporary protection for migrating salmon smolts from predatory birds, support of the proposed establishment of spring Chinook in Yaquina Bay and stream and spawning bed enhancements.

In 2013, U DA MAN established a $500 scholarship fund for any qualified graduating senior in Lincoln County who attends college with a major in the fisheries sciences.

You can follow them on Facebook at  https://m.facebook.com/UDAMANFishingTournament

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 Posted by at 8:12 AM
Oct 072014

From OSP

OR 126W (Florence-Eugene Hwy.) remains closed following a fatal crash approximately three miles west of Walton (MP 30). A detour is in place. Eastbound motorists are being directed to OR 36 (Mapleton-Junction City Hwy.) at Mapleton. Westbound motorists are being directed to Poodle Creek Road to OR 36.

 Posted by at 5:26 PM
Oct 072014
"Children of the Raven" Oregon Coast Children's Theater

“Children of the Raven”
Oregon Coast Children’s Theater

The Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre is doing a fund-raiser for the Fairview Grange on October 24th. The Theatre will present it’s original presentation of “Children of the Raven” using puppets, masked characters, and multimedia. The show is one of the longest running shows of the theatre who celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary on 1-1-2015.

Raven has performed all over the Western U.S. and in Europe in 1997. The show is usually done for school performances only meaning the general public does not have many opportunities to see the performance.

The Grange Fund-raiser will start at 6:00 p.m. with a chili feed, and the performance will be at 7:00p.m. Suggested donation is $5.00 at the door.

The grange is located east of the Tillamook County Fairgrounds at 5520 3rd Street in Tillamook, Oregon.

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 Posted by at 3:43 PM
Oct 072014
Jessica Smith, 40 Homicidal mother?

Jessica Smith, 40
Homicidal mother?
Oregonian photo

Jessica Smith, 40, accused of killing her 2 year old daughter and trying to do the same to her 13 daughter in a Cannon Beach hotel room was in Clatsop County Circuit Courtroom today. Smith, who was tracked down by an observant Coast Guard helicopter pilot on a rural forest road, has pleaded innocent of both crimes.

Smith’s children were found on a bed in the hotel room. The two year old dead, the 13 year old badly injured.

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 Posted by at 3:03 PM