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Three Local Dancing Moon Press Authors featured at book release party, August 2 at Cafe Mundo

On Saturday afternoon, August 2, from 3 to 5 p.m., Dancing Moon Press will be hosting a book release party and live readings by three local authors at Cafe Mundo, 209 NW Coast Street in the Nye Beach area of Newport. Books will be available for sale and autographing. Light refreshments will be available.

Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will be reading from her new poetry collection, “What She Knows.” Catherine’s first book of poetry, “Labyrinth Dance,” was also published by Dancing Moon Press. She has taught poetry and creative writing at the high school level, uniting the visual arts and poetry, and American Literature and speech at the community college level, as well as composition at the university level.

“In “What She Knows,” Catherine Rickbone collects five sections of poems that chronicle a “…family tree of regrets and recriminations.” Although they recount difficult, daunting experiences, Rickbone’s poems call on wisdom and wit to offer readers their “…moments of salvation.” – Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita.

Deborah Trusty, Director of the Toledo Public Library, will be reading from her book, “The Kid From Valsetz: Donald A. Davis, the first City Manager of Newport, Oregon.” Don Davis served as City Manager from for almost 30 years, retiring in 1991. This book is not only the life story of the man most responsible for what is good about Newport, it also provides an education in how to run a city when the highest priority is doing what is best for the people.

From the back cover: “On October 1, 1962, the day Don showed up for his first day of work, no one had told the city’s staff he’d been hired. Ernie Zurbuchen, the city recorder/municipal judge welcomed him with the challenge, ‘Who are you?’ Don answered that he was the new City Manager and he was trying to locate his office. He was given a small room just to left of the entrance to the building, which he shared with Henry E. Miller, the halftime building inspector. Henry was a carpenter and so they built a wall between Miller’s counter and Don’s area. For furnishings, Don found a couple of old chairs and an oak desk that had been left in storage.

“At my first council meeting I was told, ‘We are passing two resolutions tonight. The first gives you the power to write checks, but there isn’t any money. The other is that we are disbanding all our committees.’” — Don Davis.

Carla Perry, owner of Dancing Moon Press, will be reading from her new poetry collection, “Wanderlust.” “I’ve done a lot of wandering – and just got back from a 30-day Amtrak adventure of readings set up by FootHills Publishing in upstate New York. I’ve come to the conclusion that you are only who you appear to be when you show up, and it’s true, you can’t go home again, but you can visit and reminisce.

My new book of my poetry and photographs has four sections—Section 1: Wanderlust, which covers the years after leaving New York City, stopping for college and marriage in the Midwest, ending up in Oregon. Section 2 is named Oregon Lust, which reflects the love I feel for the natural beauty and the spirit of the people in this state. Section 3 is Just Plain Lust, which is self-explanatory. Section 4 is Bloodlust, which is what happens when love goes bad. The poems are mini-stories of real people and real events.” –Carla Perry.

For additional information: or call 541-574-7708

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8:50am Report of a head-on crash at 4809 So. 101, in South Beach (near Lincoln Storage). Blocking both lanes. Non-injury.

9:02am One of the drivers is now experiencing chest pains. Ambulance enroute.

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Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Newport, Government Park

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Newport, Government Park

Yaquina Head Lighhouse Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses photos

Yaquina Head Lighhouse
Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses photos

From Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses
Special Lighthouse Tours Offered in August

(Newport, Oregon) – Newport’s two lighthouses will feature rare after-hours tours in August. The first happens August 7, part of National Lighthouse Day, spotlighting the Yaquina Bay Ligthhouse. The second happens on August 20 at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, in honor of the landmark’s 141st birthday.

Both tours celebrate the colorful local history of these grand constructs, providing an unique opportunity to experience them up close.

The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse tour on August 7 goes from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Lighthouse interpreter Sylvia White will be on hand to give a guided tour, or visitors may choose to view at a self-guided pace. An informational video will be shown, and the downstairs nonprofit gift store will be open. Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is located in Newport on Government Street overlooking Yaquina Bay State Park.

Then, on August 20, Yaquina Head Lighthouse celebrates its 141st anniversary with evening tours beginning at 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. A limited number of visitors can climb the stairs at once and tours will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. These tours will be led by trained volunteers to provide historic information and accounts from the daily lives of lighthouse keepers at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is located three miles north of Newport on Lighthouse Drive.

The tours at both lighthouses are free, but the entrance fee to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is $7. The park also accepts Yaquina Head Annual Passes, the Oregon Coast Pass, and America the Beautiful Annual, Access and Senior Passes. For more information on the passes accepted at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area or the park hours and information please call 541-574-3100, or for information on Yaquina Bay Lighthouse hours and information please call 541-265-5679.

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Chris Burns Weather

Friday, August 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: Bob Dylan was right… You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Our daily northwest winds were up to strength yesterday blowing 20-25 mph with gusts into the 30s. High temperatures were spread from the low-60s to 70F; Lincoln City was the warmest, Yachats the coolest. Scattered clouds marked the sky but plentiful sunshine kept the Summer feeling in place. While thunderstorms hammered the Valley, Coast Range and Cascades (more than 800 lightening strikes recorded!), mostly clear skies and a bright waxing crescent moon took the Central Coast through the evening and into the overnight period with lows in the 50s. Low clouds and fog formed around 3:00am. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy, foggy along the beach with a light north wind and Newport tied Baker for the lowest temperature in Oregon at 51F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 70F/59F/26mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/57F/34mph
Newport: 63F/51F/35mph
Waldport: 64F/52F/30mph
Yachats: 62F/52F/29mph

Forecast: With the exception of a few more clouds, the outlook for the next several days is status quo. Partly to mostly sunny days, some night/morning low clouds and areas of fog, with Dylanesque winds 15-25 mph afternoons/evenings. The mercury hangs around seasonal norms of 50-55F at night and 60-70F during the day.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy, chance of showers and thunderstorms, and 80-85F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies and a chance of thundershowers with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, partly sunny, chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is partly cloudy skies and dry pavement.

Marine: The situation is reversed this morning, with light winds offshore and a N wind of 10-15 knots near the beach. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, expect the NW wind to return by afternoon at 15-20 knots with occasional gusts to 25 and choppy 5 foot seas. Tonight, the breeze eases after midnight to 5-10 knots but seas remain around 5 feet. Winds ease slightly tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20, while windwaves subside to about 4 feet. Outlook is for slowly decreasing winds through Tuesday, 10-15 knots, with lumpy seas 4-5 feet during the period.

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On the Beach… Partly cloudy, windy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the hot Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape high temperatures; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning. Also, if you’re staying in Lincoln City, it’s no time for a dip in Devils Lake; a No Contact Advisory is in place due to toxins in the water from an algae bloom.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/01 Fri 10:02 AM 1.31 L
08/01 Fri 04:40 PM 7.61 H
08/01 Fri 10:57 PM 2.13 L
08/02 Sat 04:46 AM 6.11 H

In Short: Mixed sky, breezy, patchy fog and low clouds, then repeat.

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Pacific Lamprey Lecture by Dr. Laurie Weitkamp, NOAA Fisheries Aug. 7, 6:30pm, CLPUD Public Room, Newport

Pacific Lamprey
Lecture by Dr. Laurie Weitkamp, NOAA Fisheries
Aug. 7, 6:30pm, CLPUD Public Room, Newport

From MidCoast Watershed Council
Pacific Lamprey: This 450 million year old species faces tough challenges

Join us in welcoming Dr. Laurie Weitkamp, whose presentation will cover the current outlook regarding Pacific Lamprey.

Dr. Laurie Weitkamp, a research fisheries biologist for NOAA Fisheries’ NW Fisheries Science Center, who usually studies the ecology and conservation of salmon, will talk about these ancient creatures. Lampreys, an eel-shaped fish, use their toothed, sucking mouth to migrate upstream to spawn and like salmon, spend time in both fresh water and the ocean. But about half their 10 year lifespan is spent in the beds of our streams, where they are sensitive to some of the same water quality and habitat problems affecting salmon; dams, even with fish ladders, also create serious passage barriers as well. While once an important food source for native Americans throughout the region, they are now thought to be endangered, though their status is only now being studied and remedial work undertaken to recover them.

Dr. Weitkamp has been a Research Fisheries Biologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries since 1992. Her marine research has focused on estuarine and nearshore studies. She is the guest of the Mid-Coast Watershed on August 7th at 6:30 pm at the Lincoln PUD community room (located at 2129 North Coast Highway in Newport, across the highway from Safeway). The public is welcome to attend and refreshments provided.

MidCoast Watersheds Council is a Newport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration and protection of watersheds in the central coast area, in the context of healthy local communities. The Council provides a forum to the community for discussion of issues related to economic and environmental health. The Council also has an extensive program of natural resource education.

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Getting into the mood... Brooke Foiles, Toledo

Getting into the mood…
Brooke Foiles, Toledo

Yachats Sunset Ken Gagne

Yachats Sunset
Ken Gagne

Sunset Depoe Bay Beatrice Ray

Sunset Depoe Bay
Beatrice Ray

Sunset South Beach Julie Sacchetti

Sunset South Beach
Julie Sacchetti

Newport Afterglow Christian Flores Munoz

Newport Afterglow
Christian Flores Munoz

South Beach Afterglow Julie Sacchetti

South Beach Afterglow
Julie Sacchetti

Bayshore Afterglow Daniel Wollin

Bayshore Afterglow
Daniel Wollin

Siletz Bay Sunset Steve Power

Siletz Bay Sunset
Steve Power

Yachats Sunset A'lyce

Yachats Sunset

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Jul 312014

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A water contact advisory associated with Harmful Algal Blooms has been issued for Devils Lake due to elevated levels of the toxin Microcystin. This toxin is produced by a type of blue-green algae called Microcystis currently growing in the lake in high numbers. The recreational limit for the toxin is 10 parts per billion (ppb) with many sites reporting levels above 25 parts per billion. Areas of highest blue-green algae density are typically the most affected, however the toxin has have been found lake wide to varying degrees. Also please note that conditions can change rapidly as the blue-green algae are circulated around the lake by wind and wave action, so toxin levels where they may have been less elevated can increase rapidly.

During this water contact advisory:
Do not drink the lake water (Please note that the Devils Lake State Campground does not use lake water for drinking, so their water as well as all city water is safe).

Avoid swimming or waterskiing in areas of scum or where toxins are known to be present.

Keep pets away
Clean fish well and discard guts
Avoid areas of scum when boating
Call your doctor or veterinarian if you or your animals have sudden or unexplained sickness or signs of poisoning.
Read the Harmful Algal Bloom FAQ and Water Contact Advisory for more information.

Also visit DLWID’s water quality page for links to additional information.

This advisory remains in effect until further notice. Additional samples will be analyzed every two weeks until the notice is lifted.

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Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden

Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon

Sen. Jeff Merkley

Provided by Senators Wyden and Merkley

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden made the following joint statement regarding the Veterans Administration (VA) scandal:

“The results of this new internal VA audit show 30 percent of VA schedulers at Roseburg and 50 percent at White City reported pressure to manipulate or falsify data. That’s completely outrageous and it’s one of the reasons why we were proud to stand with our colleagues today and pass this urgently-needed VA reform bill. This legislation will enable the VA Secretary to fire VA officials for poor performance or malfeasance—including pressuring staff to manipulate data—and we hope he takes a hard look at using this authority. The bill also provides resources to help thousands of Oregon veterans facing unconscionably long wait times, authorizes the VA to hire more doctors and nurses, and enables veterans who can’t be seen at VA facilities to more easily seek care outside the VA. This is an important step toward addressing the mess at the VA, but there’s more to do. We will continue face-to-face meetings with Oregon VA officials and our staffs will continue to talk with veterans and advocates on how to improve access and care across the state.”

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Jul 312014

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Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon Angry about Senate GOP shoots down more funds to fight wildfires in the West.

Sen. Jeff Merkley
Angry about Senate GOP shooting down more funds to fight wildfires in the West.

Merkley: ‘Irresponsible’ to Leave without Wildfire Funding

Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Senate Republicans used a procedural tactic to kill an emergency supplemental spending bill, which included $615 million in emergency funding to fight wildfires in the West.

“With thousands of acres engulfed in flames in the Northwest, and lives and property in jeopardy, it’s irresponsible that some in Congress would refuse to address this crisis. We need to recognize these devastating fires as the emergencies they are. We must end the vicious cycle of robbing fire prevention and forest management funds to pay for fires that are already burning. There’s a crisis in the West and it deeply troubles me that Congress is leaving before finishing the job.”

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