Dec 172014
 
Carpe Diem String Quartet Coming in January!

Carpe Diem String Quartet
Coming in January!

Neskowin Chamber Music

When the Carpe Diem String Quartet takes the stage at the next Neskowin Chamber Music concert at 3 p.m. on January 11th, it will bring the audience a wide repertory of modern music, ranging from Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. Although its members champion living composers, its programs also include traditional compositions.

True to their eclectic programming, the quartet will play a string quartet by Grieg and several jazz pieces, including “Take Five” by Paul Desmond, “Fiddle Suite Montana” by Korine Fujiwara (the violist with the group), and “Blue Rondo a la Turk” by Dave Brubeck.

The quartet—Charles Wetherbee, violin; Amy Galluzzo, violin; Korine Fujiwara, viola; and Carol Ou, cello—is the only such group in America to receive the prestigious ArtsAlive Awards from the PNC Foundation for three years in a row.

Carpe Diem is much in demand from other artists to collaborate: singer/songwriter/guitarist Willy Porter; Latin Grammy winner/bandoneon player Raul Juarena; klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer; and cellist Yo Yo Ma, among others.

The quartet is devoted to community involvement and performs regularly for schools, senior centers, hospice centers, and hospitals. They give a series of free family concerts each year in the Columbus, Ohio area where they live. Carpe Diem members take their music into the classroom, from grades kindergarten to 12th grade.

Concerts take place at Camp Winema, located three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101. Season tickets are $110. Individual tickets are $25. For more information, call 503-965-6499, write Neskowin Chamber Music, P.O. Box 1044, Pacific City, Oregon 97135, or check the website: www.neskowinchambermusic.org.

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Dec 172014
 
South Beach State Park OPRD photo

South Beach State Park
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For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike to take place at South Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website–go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for “First Day Hikes” under Event Category.

Hike time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Starting location: Day-use parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Flat paved or dirt path–2 1/4 miles
Contact information: (541) 270-1578
Additional details: Hike through scenic coastal foredunes and forested wetlands and come back on the beach, weather permitting.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to [email protected]

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Dec 172014
 

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On December 16, 2014 at about 3:00 a.m. a Newport police officer was patrolling the Nye Beach District in Newport. While checking businesses in the area he found the front door to a popular cafe had been smashed out. The owner of the business was contacted and responded to the location. Officers checked the interior of the business, and through their investigation they learned somebody had entered the business through the smashed window and taken an undisclosed amount of cash and liquor. Those responible are still at-large.

Anyone who has information concerning this incident may call the Newport Police Department’s Tip-Line and leave a message at 541- 574-5455, or Text-A-Tip by texting a message to 541-270-1856.

You can remain anonymous and you will not receive a response, or be contacted by the Newport Police department unless requested.

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Dec 172014
 
Beverly Beach State Park FREE New Year's Day hike with State Parks rangers...

Beverly Beach State Park
FREE New Year’s Day hike with State Parks rangers…

For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Beverly Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website–go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for “First Day Hikes” under Event Category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-noon
Starting location: Day-use parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Flat–2 miles
Contact information: (541) 270-9127
Additional details: Interpretive nature hike along Spencer Creek with a chance to see wildlife. Coffee or tea available after the hike.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Images can also be e-mailed to [email protected]

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Dec 172014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Dec. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: Spilling across our area like molasses out of a tipped-over jar, the clouds from an approaching weather system sluggishly covered the Central Coast late yesterday. The early part of the day was quite pleasant with a long stretch of sunshine and a few high clouds; high temps were in the low-50s with Waldport slightly warmer. The east wind stayed below 20 mph. It didn’t become completely overcast until after sunset and the anticipated rainfall began about 8:00pm. Overnight was a mix of clouds, showers, a light easterly breeze and the thermometer holding in the mid-40s. At daybreak, it was showery with a handful of sucker holes in the cloud deck and the wind was east at 10 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/46F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/0.04”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.03”
Waldport: 56F/45F/0.03”
Yachats: 54F/48F/0.02”

Forecast: The persistent east winds are predicted to finally dissipate today as we get into a southerly breeze regime. It looks like another shot of rain is headed this way today, light winds veering to southeast and the mercury reaching about WON RAIN55F. Tonight, a 50-50 chance of showers, south winds 5-10 mph and lows around 45F. Seems tomorrow could end up dry, or nearly so, with a mixed sky, high 50-55F and the southerly wind starting to pick up. Outlook is for a moderate storm system to arrive Thursday night with rain and sou’westers 25-30 mph gusting to 40. Expect showers on Friday with lighter winds. Saturday is shaping up to be a wet one as a possible Pineapple Express (atmospheric river) sets-up with heavy tropically-induced rainfall and blustery south winds. Rain in some form remains likely Sunday through Tuesday.

Christmas Eve/Day… Showers, partial clearing, low 36F, high 47F. The chance of snow is less than 10%.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain likely with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain, east winds gusting to 35 mph, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there are icy spots on all highway passes this morning, rain and/or snow showers today; the snow level is at 4,500 feet. Heads-up for snow in the passes Friday night and Saturday. Always carry chains or traction tires when crossing the Cascades.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 8”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/30”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/18”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/5”/Closed
Timberline 0”/12”/Open, Bruno’s; Palmer & Magic Mile on hold

Cascadia: A minor earthquake, magnitude 2.6, occurred at 5:19pm last evening close to shore, 22 miles west of Bandon.

Marine: There’s still an easterly component to the breeze this morning, but it’s light at around 10 knots; seas are 8 WON GALEfeet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Gale Watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening. The crab fleet gets decent, benign conditions for working their pots today as the wind slowly veers to the SW 5-10 knots gusting 15 with swells 9 feet at 12 seconds. For tonight, southerly winds build a bit to 10-15 knots gusting 20 but seas remain under 10 feet. The situation escalates tomorrow as S winds rise to 25-30 knots gusting 35 by afternoon and 8 foot windwaves overpower the 7 foot swell. Outlook is for even stronger southerly winds Thursday night, 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined seas building to 12 feet. Friday through Sunday, expect sou’westers mainly 20-30 knots and seas building to 15-20 feet.

On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 8 feet (moderate).
* High surf is forecast for this weekend.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
12/17 Wed 08:05 AM 8.42 H
12/17 Wed 03:07 PM 1.20 L
12/17 Wed 09:27 PM 5.99 H
12/18 Thu 02:20 AM 3.27 L

In Short: Rain, light southeast winds, then wet and windy.

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 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Dec 172014
 
2015 Yachats Calendar

2015 Yachats Calendar

Thanks to the generous donation of local photographer, Ken Gagne, Yachats Youth & Family Activities Program is selling a beautiful 13 month calendar to raise funds for their program. This stunning calendar, featuring gorgeous ocean shots and other local flora and fauna is on sale now locally at the following businesses: CK Market, Just Local, Pirates Bounty Boutique, The Green Salmon, Dark Water and the Village Bean. The calendar contains local tide tables as well as all events in Yachats for each month in 2015. Calendars are $20 and can be ordered by phone with credit or debit card and mailed by calling YYFAP directly at 541-547-4599. They make lovely holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit local youth and families.

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Dec 172014
 
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Dec 172014
 
Final dredging in front of the newly renovated Newport International Terminal. To accommodate larger log ships.

Final dredging in front of the newly renovated Newport International Terminal to accommodate larger log ships.

Natt McDougal Co. (NMC) is completing the final dredging of approximately 2500 yards of siltstone. The siltstone is all that remains from the summer Army Corps dredging that removed approximately 5500 yards of silt material. Upon completion, the terminal’s west berth will have a depth of 35 feet, deep enough to load 5-million board feet of logs onto a single ship. The contract with NMC will also calls for the installation final rip rap under the terminal.

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After that, NMC will remove earthen berms behind the Oregon Coast Aquarium to install a bigger culvert to maximize tidal influences between a decommissioned log pond and Yaquina Bay to mitigate the fisheries habitat loss from the terminal dredging.

Then NMC will turn its attention to another attempt at getting more mitigation value installing more habitat that fish love – Eel Grass. They’ll be altering the Eel Grass site as part of the unfinished mitigation for construction of the new NOAA MOC-P facility. The $657,000 work order will bring the port one step closer to finishing the Terminal project and NOAA projects.

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 Posted by at 12:09 AM
Dec 162014
 

Dave Price of Oregon Coast Community College was probably headed home to Lincoln City from work during our big storm sequence a few days ago. And while passing through Depoe Bay he couldn’t help but notice the huge fountains of sea water spraying up from the rocks below. Taking care to not get too close Dave whipped out his cell phone and documented what a spouting horn is all about, along with how to give your car a wash and rinse all in one cycle.

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 Posted by at 11:19 PM
Dec 162014
 
Jeff Cox photo

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Dive into the exciting world of whales and other marine mammals during the biannual Whale Watch Week! From December 26 through 31 the Visitor Center will be open every day from 10am to 4pm. Explore marine mammal displays, watch films, and get the daily migrating gray whale count. At 1:30pm each day join us in the Hennings Auditorium for a special marine mammal presentation.

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