Jul 212014
The Oregonian Graphic

The Oregonian Graphic

Oregon’s job growth was pretty soft in June, statewide the jobless rate remained stuck at 6.8%. It improved slightly in Bend, falling from 8.3% in May to 8.1% in June. In lane County, it stayed stuck at 6.8%. Around the Portland metro the jobless rate fell from 6.3 in May to 6.1% in June.

Here on the coast, Lincoln County improved slightly, falling a tenth of a percent in May to June, 7.6% down to 7.5%. Benton County with its high tech industry remained at a healthy 5.3% May to June.

The national jobless rate fell from 6.3% down to 6.1%. But the unemployment rate does not measure those who have given up on finding work and dropped out of the job market, or those who have part-time work and want a full time job. It also does not include qualitative data like what percentage of new jobs are minimum wage versus family wage jobs.

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Jul 212014

3:37pm Report of a vehicle off Highway 18, twelve miles east of Otis. The vehicle is reported to be off the pavement, over the side and down into a ravine. Unknown if any injuries.

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Jul 212014
Daryl Hugulet, 67 Got drunk, killed his dog

Daryl Hugulet, 67
Got drunk, killed his dog, say police.

Early Monday morning Lincoln City Police Department Officer Steven Dodds arrested Daryl Hugulet, age 67, of Lincoln City for 1st Degree Aggravated Animal Abuse – firearm involved.

Sunday evening Lincoln City Police Dispatch received a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of NE 10th street in Lincoln City. The caller also reported hearing a dog yelping after the shots were heard. Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the source of the shots or the animal.

At about 6:47 a.m. Monday morning LCPD received a call from Hugulets’ neighbor that there was a deceased black Labrador dog in his backyard. Officers responded to the caller’s residence and investigation led to Hugulet’s arrest. It is alleged that Hugulet’s dog got out of his house and Hugulet, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time, shot the dog.

Hugulet was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Animal Abuse in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Recklessly Endangering. Hugulet’s bail was set at $115,000.

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 Posted by at 2:38 PM
Jul 212014

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Bike Newport is hosting the Trek Factory Demo Truck today from 5:30-7:30PM out at the Wilder Trails at Oregon Coast Community College.

The demo truck is loaded w/ Mountain & Road bikes for people to take out on real world test rides. Free and open to the community to come and ride.

The college is located in South Beach on 40th Street and the bike event will be at the end of the road.

For more information call Daniella @ Bike Newport (541) 265-9917.

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 Posted by at 2:25 PM
Jul 212014
Sunday's fatal accident near Cannon Beach off 101

Sunday’s fatal accident near Cannon Beach off 101

Sometime Sunday morning, a car with two young women aboard was headed south on 101, just north of Cannon Beach. For some reason, the car left the road, rolled down a 50 foot embankment and smashed into some trees.

The crash severely injured both both women.

Because the car rolled quite a ways down the embankment, the thick forest hid the wreck from passing motorists. As a result the two women were trapped inside the vehicle for 12 hours. It was at 8:10pm that a passing hitchhiker heard the driver’s cry for help.

Cannon Beach Police Department and Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue arrived first and confirmed one person was deceased and another suffered serious injuries.

According to OSP, their preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Chevrolet four-door driven by GABRIELA RAYON, 21 of Vancouver, WA was traveling southbound on Highway 101 with a passenger identified as RUTH A. DELGADO, 23, of Los Angeles. For an unconfirmed reason, the car left the roadway and down the embankment where the passenger side struck a tree. The car then came to rest on the ground in heavy brush amongst the trees and was not visible from the roadway.

DELGADO was pronounced deceased at the scene.

RAYON was seriously injured and transported initially by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. She was later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she is listed in fair condition.

Both occupants were using safety restraints.

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Jul 212014

Major natural gas leak at 2121 Oceanview - sewer line installation crew severes large gas line.  Neighborhood evacuated.

Major natural gas leak at 2121 Oceanview – sewer line installation crew severes large gas line. Neighborhood evacuated.

Area cordoned off.  Oceanview Drive blocked.

Area cordoned off. Oceanview Drive blocked.

Emergency personnel warn neighbors to close windows, refrain from smoking or any open flame.

Emergency personnel warn neighbors to close windows, refrain from smoking or any open flame.

Sewer line being installed.  Gas line repaired.

Sewer line being installed. Gas line repaired.

Construction workers working on a new sewer main have accidentally severed a 2-inch natural gas line at 2121 Northwest Oceanview Drive. The area is being evacuated and fire rescue is enroute.

The public is advised to avoid the area. Find alternate ways to get around the area.

Roads in the area are being closed.

Oceanview @ 17th is being blocked northbound

1:15pm Gas leak fixed. Back to normal. Mis-marked locator paint on the pavement is being blamed for the incident. The contractor is installing a new sewer main along Oceanview.

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Jul 212014

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Jul 212014

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, July 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Though yesterday wasn’t completely clear, clouds were few and far between. The thermometer hovered at seasonal highs in the mid-60s, the daily northwest wind stayed fairly light at 10-15 mph, and no precipitation was recorded. All in all, the Central Coast had a nicer day than other parts of Western Oregon. Visitors may have been surprised when they crossed back over the Coast Range to find cooler and cloudier conditions in the Valley. Our delightful sunset was followed by partly cloudy skies overnight and lows in the low-50s. This morning, thin clouds partially obscured the blue and there was a light NE wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/53F
Depoe Bay: 65F/49F
Newport: 64F/50F
Waldport: 65F/52F
Yachats: 65F/51F

Forecast: Looks like we’ll squeak out one more mainly sunny day before the next hiccup in the weather. High today about 65F and probably not much northwest wind this afternoon – 10-15 mph tops. Beginning tonight, the leading edge of a minor atmospheric disturbance approaches the Central Coast, bringing increasing clouds and an outside chance of showers; lows in the mid-50s. Tomorrow and tomorrow night, the chance of rain builds and winds remain light with highs of 65F and lows of 55F. Outlook is for a better than 50-50 chance of rain on Wednesday. By Thursday and on through the weekend, we should be back into Summer with mostly sunny skies, northwest winds 20-25 mph, highs 65-70F and lows in the 50s.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, isolated showers and 70-75F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, possible showers; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.

Marine: Light winds and moderate seas dominate the ocean this morning. There’s a NNE breeze of 5-10 knots and 6 foot seas at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For today and tonight, N winds 10 knots gusting 15 this afternoon and evening, and a W swell of 5-6 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze backs to NW 5 knots with 4 foot seas. Outlook is for SW wind 5-10 knots and swells around 4 feet on Wednesday, and then a return to Summer weather with afternoon and evening nor’westers 20-25 knots and lumpy 4-5 foot windwaves Thursday and Friday.

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On the Beach… Mostly sunny, 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.
07/21 Mon 09:38 AM 5.76 H
07/21 Mon 02:31 PM 3.02 L
07/21 Mon 08:57 PM 8.48 H
07/22 Tue 04:08 AM 0.15 L

In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, increasing clouds, then showers.

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 Posted by at 8:11 AM
Jul 212014
Siletz Firefighters  Archive photo

Siletz Firefighters
Archive photo

The Siletz River Festival is being put on by the Siletz Valley Volunteer Firefighter Association in effort to raise funds so we can continue to serve emergencies with the most up to date training and equipment.

The Association is hosting a festival which will have games, events, live music, food and a lot of family fun all day long, Saturday August 2nd, from Noon until dark.

Come support your Siletz Volunteer Firefighters as they fundraise for the safety of their community.

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 Posted by at 2:10 AM
Jul 212014

Newport City Hall Appears ready to green light medical marijuana dispensaries.

Newport City Hall
Appears ready to green light medical marijuana dispensaries.

Medical Marijuana The Oregonian photo

Medical Marijuana
The Oregonian photo

Out of “abundance of caution,” as was said several months ago, the Newport City Council held off approving medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits of the town until it could attach reasonable regulations surrounding their operations.

Armed with those additional regulations the city council Monday evening could approve medical marijuana sales to anyone who possesses a medical marijuana card. At least one state approved medical marijuana dispensary at 15th and 101 has been waiting for the better part of a year to open up.

The new regulations that are expected to be approved by the council include criminal background checks on not only the owner of a marijuana dispensary, but also everyone who works there. State required surveillance video on premise must also be made available to local law enforcement for their review to ensure the dispensaries are properly operated since the state has not yet hired enough field inspectors to do the job properly, according to Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda. And all security alarms that go off at dispensaries will be forwarded to the police – even false alarms. But a request by Chief Miranda that dispensaries carry extra liability insurance was turned down since it could be construed as unequal treatment of a legally operating retail establishment since no other similar retail businesses are required to carry such special insurance.

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According to the Oregon Health Authority Lincoln County has 14 paid applications for medical marijuana dispensaries – 7 fully approved by the state but still subject to local county and city review and concurring approval. Dispensaries already open include Pipe Dreams in Lincoln City at 1745 SW Highway 101, Ste. C. In Waldport, there are two – Coastal Cannabinoids at Range Road and Highway 101 and Waldport Cannabis at 250 SW 101. Going Green West, although approved by the state for a site on Olalla Road and Highway 20, is still being held up by Lincoln County Commissioners under advice of County Counsel Wayne Belmont who appears to be shepherding a more conservative view of regulatory options for the commissioners.

The Newport City Council begins its regular twice a month meeting Monday at 6pm at city hall.

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