Oct 232014
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The Depoe Bay had a rather light agenda this week producing a nice compact little meeting.

First off the fella who was runner-up to be appointed to Skip Hoitink’s city council seat has “hung in there.” Although losing his bid to be a city councilor, he turned right around and applied to sit on the city’s planning commission. And this time he came in first. Bob Lewis, who recently moved to Depoe Bay with his wife after spending many years in southern Alaska, said he wants to get involved in the community just like he did up in the Great White North. Lewis is a retired businessman and likes to stay busy, it appears. The vote of the council to appoint Lewis to the planning commission was unanimous which triggered a round of applause

And the city council decided to apply for a grant so they can fix up the harbor dock electrical panel and storage shed. The council went for $23,000 and should know in a few months whether they got the money.

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Oct 232014

Lights on after school! Lincoln County Fairgrounds 3-6pm School Days!!

Lights on after school!
Lincoln County Fairgrounds 3-6pm School Days!!

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A group of great people this week put on a demonstration of a Lights On After School program at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. And as you can see from the pictures, the turn out was terrific.

It was a joint operation of 21st Century After School, After School Alliance, OMSI Science and Youth Resource Fair, Youth Development Coalition of Lincoln County and other great groups like OSU Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, 4-H, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Newport Recreation, Samaritan Health and HELP!

The whole point of all this is to keep kids busy – engaged in the world around them in interesting ways, and to keep them out of trouble.

This week’s one time demonstration of Lights On After School saw 12 activity tables filled with all sort of fun learning games and projects including hands on art, sports challenge, Make It and Take It, OMSI Chemistry Show and other supervised, safe and interesting learning activities.

If you or your children are interested in learning more about such an after school programs for our kids, just check them out on line at AfterSchoolAlliance.org

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 Posted by at 10:51 PM
Oct 232014
Fishing Rock Lincoln Beach Steve Power

Fishing Rock
Lincoln Beach
Steve Power

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 Posted by at 9:29 PM
Oct 232014

The U.S. Congress at The Capitol

The U.S. Congress at The Capitol

Is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security forcing the Coast Guard to shut down Newport helo base?

Is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security causing the Coast Guard to shut down Newport helo base?

Earlier today we told you about some digging around that retired commercial fisherman Herb Goblirsch did to get to the bottom of the Coast Guard Air Rescue station being shut down at the end of next month. Goblirsch blamed part of the problem on the fact that the Department of Homeland Security had recently swiped some of the Coast Guard’s current year budget to tend to major border problems with Mexico. It seems that House Speaker John Boehner had overlooked the need to renew Homeland Security’s border operations budget, prompting Homeland Security to grab (as it’s allowed to do) some of the budgets of the Transportation Safety Administration, FEMA and the Coast Guard.

We’re finding that this isn’t the first time that the Coast Guard’s budget has been raided to fill budget gaps in other agencies thought to be “more important.”

Here’s an update of an article that lays it out in detail, an article written at about the time the Coast Guard’s budget for THIS YEAR was being hammered out in Washington DC.

Click here.

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 Posted by at 4:44 PM
Oct 232014

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Oregon State Police (OSP),are on scene of Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver is deceased and a second driver was injured. Names and other details will be released following confirmation of next of kin notification.

Preliminary information indicates today at approximately 3:00 p.m., a pickup was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge Road, at about milepost 84, when it crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound passenger car.

The passenger car’s adult male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The pickup’s adult male driver was injured.

A detour around the crash is available.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office are investigating the cause of the crash.

Assisting at the scene are Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway is closed in both directions.

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Oct 232014

Restoring the Yachats River Covered Bridge

Restoring the Yachats River Covered Bridge
Ken Gagne photos

New, inside and out

Lookin’ good!

Pushing hard to finish on time.

Pushing hard to finish on time.

As you can see, the old Yachats River Covered Bridge is back to looking much like a restored version of its old self. They tore the old gal down to bare everything with only a wisp of two walls still standing. Workers went about restoring the historical landmark to its original configuration.

The bridge was built originally in 1938 and was last restored in 1989. The current restoration began several months ago after a spirited disagreement between the county public works department and the adjacent property owner who claimed the bridge emptied out onto her private property. County Commissioners disagreed and said that the bridge touched a public road on the north side of the crossing and said the road extends past her house and up into the woods – even has a name as given decades ago – Forest Road 5590 which wound its way through the woods, past several homes and a lumber handling area back in the days when there was lots of logging going on in the area.

The renovation of the Yachats River Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of November. If you want to drive through it, go on through but on the other side, the road ends by a very close by-house and you have to turn around in the drive and head back through the bridge.

The sticker price on the renovation is $820,000 with some coming from the county. The county’s other covered bridge restoration is going on at the Chitwood Bridge off Highway 20 near Eddyville.

Chitwood Bridge Off Highway 20, near Eddyville. Oregonian photo

Chitwood Bridge
Off Highway 20, near Eddyville.
Before current renovation.
Oregonian photo

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 Posted by at 2:51 PM
Oct 232014
Sandra Roumagoux

Sandra Roumagoux

The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is hosting a Celebration of Women “Wine & Chocolate” event on Sunday, October 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street, Newport. In addition to wine and chocolate, light hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase.

“Brava! Women in Theater” will present three vignettes coordinated by Akia Woods, and directed by Mary Eastman. Hosting the performances will be Cindy McConnell. Actresses will be Khlo Brateng, Bonnie Ross, Nikki Atkins, and Barbara Berge.

Many local women authors will have their books for sale and will also be available to autograph them. Women candidates for local offices will be present so that you can get to know them better. In addition to NOW, Altrusa, American Association of University Women (AAUW), and League of Women Voters (LWV) will have information available about their local organizations.
There will be a silent auction with many exciting donations to bid on. Among the items are artwork by several local artists, restaurant certificates, handcrafted jewelry, gift baskets, an excursion, and a variety of gift certificates.

One of the premier auction offerings is the painting “Ocean Cliffs-Lost Creek” by internationally-known artist and Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux. It is the only still available piece from a series of six paintings, one of which sold for $2,000. The work shows the fragility of the cliffs from sea waves and wind erosion on the Oregon Coast. The painting is currently available for viewing in the lobby of the Newport Performing Arts Center. It has an opening bid of $250.

Proceeds from the Celebration go towards Central Oregon Coast NOW’s various programs focused on helping women and girls achieve their full potential. Two projects are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which partners with the school district to broaden the participation of girls and young women in STEM fields, and CourtWatch, which collects data and reports information about the local judicial system’s good practices and problems in domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases.
Celebration of Women highlights how Newport is rich in talent, organizations and businesses that support women. We invite you to come to the Celebration of Women to honor these achievements with “Wine & Chocolate”. If you need further information, please email centraloregoncoastnow@gmail.com or phone 541-614-4677.

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 Posted by at 11:39 AM
Oct 232014

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of October 23rd

In the Creel: The rain may be keeping landlubbers indoors, but those who go out fishing are instead seeing the rain move a lot of fish into the rivers, and catch rates are going up. This is particularly true for the wild Coho run. Meanwhile, the ocean has been too rough for all but the hale and hearty; fishing offshore is reasonably problematic even on a ‘good’ day. Even the charter fleet has been mostly in port hoping for a break in the weather. Bottom fishing, though spotty due to poor sea conditions, may be picking up again; the winter bite can be red hot. Clammers are stuck with the lower low tides occurring after dark until next year, so not much effort recently, especially for razors. So, overall, we’re looking at a mixed creel this week, with Mother Nature in charge of affairs.

Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing is fair to good with this week’s rain likely pushing a lot of fish out of tidewater. Casting lures or floating bait under a bobber should work well. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair through the mainstem with sea-run cutthroat found in the lower portion of the river.

Siletz River/Bay: Fall Chinook fishing is fair to good with anglers having success from the jaws all the way up to the deadline. Recent rains have pushed a lot of fish out of tidewater so anglers have a large fishing area to choose from. Trolling down low, bobber fishing or drifting down from the deadline should all produce through the weekend. The wild Coho fishery is producing good results with anglers catching fish around the mouth up to middle tidewater. Coho are also being caught above tidewater but to a lesser extent so far. Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the upper river above Moonshine Park. The cutthroat trout fishery is fair with sea-run cutthroat available throughout the mainstem. Using small presentations such as spinners, jigs under a bobber, or fly fishing can produce good results.

Yaquina River/Bay: Fall Chinook fishing is fair with anglers catching a few from around Sawyers Landing all the way to the head of tide near Elk City. Fish are in a variety of spawning stages but a good push of new bright fish is expected. Trolling herring, large spinners or bobber fishing on the incoming tide have been working, especially around slack tide. The wild Coho salmon fishery is fair with anglers having the best success in the lower river from Sawyers Landing up to the airport boat ramp. Trolling herring or spinners faster and higher in the water column than you would for Chinook is a good bet.
Cutthroat trout fishing is fair with sea-run cutthroat found in upper tidewater and in the lower portions of the Yaquina and Big Elk above the head of tide. Using small lures or fly fishing can be very productive as well as trolling near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery has slowed down recently in tidewater but rain events this week will really improve the bite. Fishing the river above tidewater should be productive through the weekend. The wild Coho salmon fishery is producing fair to good results in the middle to lower bay and we should see improvement in the river above tidewater following this week’s rain. Sea-run cutthroat trout can be found in the lower to middle section of the mainstem. Resident cutthroat are spread out through the basin. The Alsea has many opportunities for bank fishing along Highway 34.

Central Coast Lakes: Rainbow trout fishing should pick up as water temperatures drop. However, Big Creek Reservoirs have not been stocked since June and there are no current restocking dates listed by ODFW, so the number of fish available may be limited.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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Oct 232014

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, October 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: The Pineapple Express helped fuel intense rainfall along the Central Coast yesterday with amounts near predictions at 2-4”. The Valley got plenty, too, as record rainfall of 1.88” fell in Portland, breaking the old mark of 1.31” in 1951. The breeze was nothing to sneeze at, either. Yachats had a gust of 51 mph, it hit 52 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 71 mph at Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range. The thermometer topped out at about 60F and the wind settled down for a while in the afternoon, but returned sporadically in the evening and overnight. The steady rain turned to showers, but some were drenching. This morning, showers continued, it was windy at times and low temps were in the mid-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain*…
Lincoln City: 59F/55F/40mph/2.22”
Depoe Bay: 59F/54F/38mph/2.67”
Newport: 59F/54F/41mph/3.75”
Waldport: 60F/54F/37mph/2.93”
Yachats: 61F/56F/51mph/3.15”

*Rainfall listed is for the past 24 hours, but overall storm totals surpassed 4.00” in some areas.

Forecast: The National Weather Service issued a new Special Weather Statement this morning for potential WON RAINstrong winds this weekend for Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, including the Central Coast. A low pressure system is forecast to develop well off the Northern California coast Friday and move northeast toward the Oregon and Washington coasts and then inland on Saturday, possibly bringing high winds to the coast and even the Willamette Valley. If high winds do occur, they would knock down trees and cause power outages as well as make driving difficult particularly in high profile vehicles and on bridges and overpasses. At this time it looks like the highest winds would occur late Saturday afternoon and into the overnight hours.

Remnants of Hurricane Ana are involved in the weekend prognosis; right now, the storm is tracking toward the Northwest. Albeit Ana will lose its classification as a tropical storm, impacts for us could still be substantial.

For today, look for showers and a chance of thunderstorms, high about 60F and breezy. Mostly cloudy tonight, showers likely with lows of 50F. Steady rain returns tomorrow along with light east winds and the mercury just makes 60F. Outlook is for a storm to arrive Saturday with the potential for strong winds up to 60 mph, high surf and deluges of rain. Sunday and Monday, we’re down to a chance of showers again and a break from the intense weather systems. But that’ll be short-lived as the next storm arrives Monday night into Tuesday and then possibly yet another later in the week.

Travel: For all areas of Northwest Oregon, heavy rain showers may cause debris flows and localized flooding on streets, roads and highways. In the Coast Range today, showers, chance of thunderstorms and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting showers with highs of 60F. For the Cascades, showers; the snow level is at 6,500 feet. Snow is possible down to the highway passes late this weekend.

Marine: Seas have receded to 10-11 feet at 13 seconds this morning and winds are SSW 15-25 knots. As of 8:00am, WON SCADepoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 6:00pm. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is up through late tonight. Today, expect SW winds 15 knots gusting to 25 and seas 9-10 feet at 12 seconds with showers and a chance of thunderstorms. The breeze eases to S 10-15 knots tonight and tomorrow, choppy seas about 9 feet. Outlook is for another storm Saturday with southerly gale-force winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 or higher, seas building to 16 feet, and then up to 20 feet by Saturday night. Sunday and Monday we’ll be between systems so the wind drops to SW 10-15 knots with seas 12 feet subsiding to 7 feet. Next storm is on track for Monday night and Tuesday.

Notices to Mariners…
* The commercial fishing fleet is already gearing up for the opening of crab season in December. Operation Safe Crab is a coordinated effort to protect fishermen in the Oregon and Washington Dungeness Crab Fishery. Many unsafe conditions can be detected and corrected at the dock prior to a vessel getting underway. Fishing vessel safety examiners will be conducting voluntary safety checks and dockside examinations in Newport October 28th-31st and November 24th-26th.
* On October 20th, Oregon State University deployed four research buoys approximately 7 nautical miles SW of Yaquina Bay. For exact coordinates and more information, see the latest US Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners.
* Yaquina Head light has been discontinued until December for a lighthouse restoration project.

On the Beach… Showery, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* Surf and wind may build to very high levels this weekend.
* Tides
10/23 Thu 12:18 PM 8.62 H
10/23 Thu 06:52 PM -0.02 L
10/24 Fri 01:17 AM 7.35 H
10/24 Fri 06:44 AM 2.26 L

In Short: Heavy showers, moderate winds, then continued stormy.

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Oct 232014
Is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security forcing the Coast Guard to shut down Newport helo base?

Is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security forcing the Coast Guard to shut down Newport helo base?

Commercial Fisherman and prominent Newport area figure Herb Goblirsch walked into the Lincoln County Commission meeting Wednesday morning and dropped a bomb on the place – a credible explanation on why the Coast Guard is so intent on closing down their Newport Air Helo Rescue base.

Goblirsch says his research shows that Congress went home without approving a Border Protection appropriation. Without funds from that appropriation to intercept tens of thousands of Latin American children at the border and tens of thousands more from other Central American countries, it is bankrupting the Department of Homeland Security border operations. Goblirsch says the Director of Homeland Security, who has enormous powers, raided the budgets of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Transportation Safety Administration AND THE COAST GUARD to the tune of $405 million dollars. Budgets approved last year for all three federal agencies have been thrown out the window and it appears there isn’t much anyone can do about it. Homeland Security has a lot of power.

Goblirsch said he attended this week’s Newport Town Hall Meeting dealing with the Coast Guard’s intended closing of the Newport helo air rescue operations. He told commissioners that he asked one of the coast guard brass where the two soon-to-be “homeless” air rescue choppers are being transferred to. Goblirsch said the response was, “Nowhere,” they’re being de-commissioned.” Goblirsch said that leaves just three Coast Guard Air Rescue helos to patrol the entire Oregon Coast. Three.

And of course each county commissioner could do the math. If one helo has a mechanical problem, you’re down to two. If the weather is bad where another one is based, you’re down to 1. Which is like no coverage at all.

The numbers are clear. The situation is beyond outrage. This is the richest country on Earth and we’re told, in so many words, that people will just have to start dying because the federal government can’t seem to figure out how to properly run the country.

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