Sep 012014
Have you seen Jack? Call 541-336-4748

Have you seen Jack?
Call 541-336-4748

Little Jack went missing yesterday from its home near Criteser Loop. If you have seen Jack, please call his very worried family at 541-336-4748.

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 Posted by at 10:47 AM
Sep 012014
Boat recovery underway in Newport

Boat recovery underway in Newport

Looks like Road and Driveway got the job of recovering a 24 foot pleasure boat that sank a mile off the Newport jetties a few days ago. All four aboard were rescued by the Coast Guard. No word on what caused the boat to take on water. No injuries were reported.

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 Posted by at 10:20 AM
Sep 012014
Cascade Head Archive photo

Cascade Head
Archive photo

The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday, September 20th. Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.

We will be removing invasive blackberry at this work party. The work party includes a four to five-mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working. Please bring hiking shoes, a daypack, lunch and snacks, a full water bottle, layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather–including raingear and a hat and sunscreen. Also bring gloves, if you have them–if not, we have gloves for you to borrow.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact (503) 802-8100, or the alternate contact; Debbie Pickering at (541) 994-5564.

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 Posted by at 9:29 AM
Sep 012014

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, September 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: The tail end of our recent weather system kept skies mostly cloudy yesterday, at least until early evening when lots of blue broke through. Winds were light out of the east and high temps stayed in the 60s; Yachats had the warmest reading at 69F. The sunset was little hampered by a few clouds and the sky remained mostly clear overnight. At daybreak, a light east wind was holding the majority of marine clouds and thicker fog at bay offshore, though it was hazy along the beach.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/55F
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F
Newport: 64F/52F
Waldport: 63F/50F
Yachats: 69F/53F

Central Coast Precipitation Stats…
August 2014: 0.63”
August Norm: 1.02”
So Far 2014: 33.03”
Annual Norm: 69.57”

Forecast: We’ll wrap up the holiday weekend with the sunniest day of the bunch. For those who want to spend Labor Day not working but happily planted in a lawn chair, mostly sunny skies are expected, the thermometer rises to 65-70F and northwest winds of 5-15 mph this afternoon, gusting to 20 by evening. Increasing clouds tonight, low of 55F. Tomorrow, look for mostly sunny skies, windy late in the day and a high of 65F. Outlook is for more Summer with mainly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, seasonal temperatures and gusty northwest winds through Wednesday. A pattern of northeasterly offshore wind flow is setting up for late in the week, which could produce warmer temps of 70F or even a little higher on Thursday and Friday.

Travel: Heavier than normal traffic and some delays are possible on Central Coast highways through this evening due to the Labor Day weekend. In the Coast Range today, sunny and 75-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 75-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for holiday travelers is clear and dry through tonight.

Marine: It is nearly calm across local waters this morning and seas are 4 feet at 8 seconds. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Heads up if you’re headed out fishing today as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and runs through late tonight. Gusty N winds 15 knots are expected by midday, but rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this evening; combined choppy seas building to 6 feet. Tomorrow, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, a NW swell of 5 feet and windwaves 3 feet. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots and combined short-period seas 4-6 feet through Friday.

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On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunshine, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
*Gray whale viewing has been terrific at Yaquina Head, Depoe Bay, Boiler Bay and other areas where you can see these leviathans up close from shore. Whale-watching charters have also been offering phenomenal encounters.
* The Water Contact Advisory remains in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/01 Mon 10:49 AM 2.93 L
09/01 Mon 05:16 PM 7.92 H
09/02 Tue 12:21 AM 1.11 L
09/02 Tue 06:53 AM 5.73 H

In Short: Patchy fog, mostly clear, windy, then more Summer.

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 Posted by at 8:08 AM
Aug 312014
Tim Waonze Flute Player with Chandler Davis Sept 13, 12-3pm Cafe Mundo

Tim Waonze
Flute Player with Chandler Davis Sept 13, 12-3pm
Cafe Mundo

Summer drumming building to a crescendo in Nye Beach

Summer will end as it began in Newport’s historic oceanfront Nye Beach neighborhood — with the beat of hand drums and the song of wooden flutes.

The season finale of the Fourth Annual Nye Beach Second Saturday Summer Celebration & Drum Jam, on Saturday [September 13], from noon to 3:00 p.m.(rain or shine), in the Courtyard at Café Mundo, will feature Thunder & Lightness Duo percussionist Chandler Davis along with a special guest Native American flute player.

Tim Fields-Lardie, a well know performer and flute maker in Eugene and Lane County, will be filling in for Mary-Beth Nickel, the usual Native American flute player with the duo, who has family commitments. Fields-Lardie — of Lakota, Huron, and Celtic descent — performs under his Indian name, Waonze (Grizzly Bear). He was a compelling presence, along with Nickel, at the First Annual Waldport Native American Flute Concert in June and played with Thunder & Lightness at the Yachats River Valley Farm Tour on August 24.

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 Posted by at 11:51 PM
Aug 312014

Mr. Sun preparing his big high dive from the clouds. Dr. G PhD photos

Mr. Sun preparing his big high dive from the clouds.
Dr. G PhD photos

There he goes!

There he goes!

...and it's lights out time!

…and it’s lights out time!

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 Posted by at 10:54 PM
Aug 312014
Buddy Valentine Jail photo

Buddy Valentine
Jail photo

Update: Further information has surfaced at the National Crime Information Center that Valentine is also the subject of a warrant out of California for possible charges of murder in that state. Details aren’t yet available. Valentine will be arraigned on local charges of attempted murder, arson and assault in Lane County Circuit Court this week.


Lane County Sheriff’s deputies picked up Buddy Valentine today in the Ten Mile Creek area and whisked him away to the Lane County Jail in Eugene. There, he was booked for attempted murder, first degree assault and arson.

The charges stem from an alleged assault on Valentine’s one-time roommate who was badly injured in the melee which involved different weapons, according to reports. The victim, who lived near Ten Mile Creek, was taken to the Trauma Unit at Riverbend in Springfield.

Residents say they are breathing a sigh of relief knowing Valentine is in custody.

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 Posted by at 9:50 PM
Aug 312014

Reports that a vehicle crash has put one on its side in the brush on West Devils Lake Road near 22nd, and another damaged vehicle still on the road. Also a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident they’re trying to track down.

First responders can’t find the accident. Unable to locate.

Vehicle vs. pedestrian mainly road rash.

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 Posted by at 9:32 PM
Aug 312014
Marijuana related crash  Near Astoria - OSP photo

Marijuana related crash
Near Astoria – OSP photo

With alcohol at the wheel, the driver merely needs to breathe into a tube or allow a blood draw to determine whether he or she was drunk behind the wheel. The law also provides that even though a driver may to have a .08 blood-alcohol level, an officer’s opinion that the driver was “impaired via alcohol” can carry a very heavy weight in court.

What authorities are learning, is that marijuana ingredients are elusive and tend to be hard to track leading to a big credibility gap in determining when someone is “too high to drive.” Juries want specifics in order to convict. Lacking that they cannot find someone guilty if there is reasonable doubt about the evidence.

Here’s the full story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 9:09 PM
Aug 312014
Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Provided by Siuslaw National Forest Office

Yachats – Join us in the grand finale celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, 1964-2014, Saturday, September 6th from 1 – 3 p.m. at Cape Perpetua Visitors Center.

“All year has been a celebration of Wilderness and how important it is for people to experience untrammeled pristine areas,” stated Stacey Forson, Recreation and Lands Staff Officer for the Siuslaw National Forest. “On the Siuslaw National Forest our three wilderness areas – Drift Creek, Cummins Creek, and Rock Creek provide opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation which is what wilderness is all about.” Forson added.

Open House activities include a wilderness film festival showing in the visitor center theatre, Native American flute music, photo contest results, auction results from the Artist in Residence summer program, and a primitive tools exhibit. Desserts will be provided by interpretive partner Discover Your Northwest.

The schedule is as follows:
Wilderness Film Festival – showing in the Theatre
1:00 p.m. – “The Meaning of Wild” – 30 minutes. Take part in an epic journey through one our nation’s wildest landscapes to learn the true meaning of wild, with wildlife cameraman Ben Hamilton.
1:30 p.m. – “Untrammeled” – 27 minutes. Experience the personal emotions a horse- packing trip evokes in young men and woman, many who are experiencing wilderness for the very first time.
2:00 p.m. – “50 Years and Counting: Is Wilderness still Relevant?” – 30 minutes. Get inspired by retired Deputy Chief of the Forest Service, Jim Furnish as he makes a compelling case for the next 50 years of wilderness stewardship.
On-going 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
· Artist in Residence Program – Meet the artist Margie Lopez-Read
· Primitive Tools Exhibit 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Forest Service trails specialist
· Wilderness Exhibits
· Desserts available – Sponsored by Discover Your Northwest

2:30 p.m. Wrap-up Program
· People’s Choice Awards for Wilderness Photos
· Artist in Residence Program – Reveal highest bidders
· Informal Wrap-up and Reminiscence

All activities are free, although a federal day use pass is required for vehicles within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. This can be obtained at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.

Participating partners with the Wilderness 50th celebration include the City of Yachats, Angell Job Corps, Audubon Society and the Siuslaw National Forest.

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