Lively debate expected as political candidates sell their vision of the future of Lincoln County and of Lincoln City in particular

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Oct 202016

Lincoln City File photo

Lincoln City
File photo

It may prove to be the ole “hot time in the old tonight,” as candidates running for office give their best pitch to win the votes of the citizens of Lincoln City. The forum is expected to be lively as there are strong under-currents surrounding issues like the growth of short-term vacation rentals. Allegations have been made that the VRD growth has hurt and continues to harm low to middle income families and individuals who have increasingly been priced out of the market by the scarcity of affordable housing. However, VRD supporters contend that Lincoln City’s tourism economy is what holds the town together while also acknowledging that something must be done to provide more affordable housing, around which there has been much talk but little construction. In fact, it’s been pretty much the case all around the state.

Not only will city council candidates be pushing their agendas, state wide office holders will be on hand like those running for the State House of Representatives and the Senate.

The event will be held at Chinook Winds Casino Resort which is helping to sponsor the event along with the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.

The evening event begins with a reception and social hour at 5:30pm with the forum starting promptly at 6:30.

And to help ensure as many Lincoln City area residents get the benefit of the debate, The News Guard newspaper is broadcasting the event live on the internet over their website But for those who won’t be able to see it live, be advised the the News Guard will be offering replays of the debates on their website after the forum is over. Watch it at “”

 Posted by at 12:27 AM

Beachwalkers wanted…

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Oct 192016

Agate Beach at low tide Ken Gagne

Agate Beach at low tide
Ken Gagne

Beachwalkers Wanted!

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and to promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST Marine Debris participants survey local beaches and collect data on the characteristics and location of debris – data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris, as well as the potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems. Volunteers need NO prior experience, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month.

If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for the training session. There is no charge to attend the training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit. Training activities take place indoors. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more – please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.

Sunday, October 30, 2016
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center – Classroom 30/32
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365

RSVP to attend the training at or 206-221-6893.

If you can’t attend this event, please check our website at for additional information on upcoming events and trainings.

 Posted by at 2:53 PM

Lincoln City: Smoke in a building

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Oct 192016
1843 NE 19th Smoke inside the home... Google Maps

1843 NE 19th
Smoke inside the home…
Google Maps

11:05am – Report of smoke in a home at 1843 NE 19th. North Lincoln Fire is enroute.

 Posted by at 11:06 AM

Preparedness message from Governor Brown

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Oct 192016

Earthquake safety is a priority for many places around the world, including Oregon — a state that has seen its share of minor tremors and that is at-risk for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. This is why Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management supports the Great ShakeOut, a national earthquake safety drill. Each year on the third Thursday in October, people are urged to “drop, cover and hold on” to practice what to do when seismic activity occurs. The 2016 ShakeOut takes place at 10:20 a.m. on October 20. Registration is open at

Last year, more than 500,000 Oregonians participated in the Great Oregon ShakeOut. Governor Kate Brown has issued a proclamation encouraging participation in the ShakeOut that also urges Oregonians to be 2 Weeks Ready.

The 2 Weeks Ready campaign is being launched by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with this year’s Great Shakeout. It aims to inspire citizens to
be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a natural disaster such as a Cascadia earthquake.

“In addition to helping to ensure everyone is safe, 2 Weeks Ready lessens the strain on emergency responders who will need to focus limited resources on the injured and other vulnerable populations immediately following a disaster,” said Andrew Phelps, the director of Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “The events in Tohoku, Japan in 2011 brought new awareness to the reality of what could happen in Oregon in the aftermath of a high-magnitude quake and tsunami. We know the risk is there and this makes our job of spreading the message of preparedness that much more important,” he said.

A new 2 Weeks Ready Facebook page has been created (www.facebook/ and each week OEM will suggest a preparedness activity or item to include in your preparedness kit. Tips and tools will be available, and community members are encouraged to contribute comments and share their progress. A series of “2 Weeks Ready” brochures and short videos will be released in the coming months.

“2 Weeks Ready is not just having enough food and water to keep you going for a period of time. It’s thinking about and planning for the ability to bounce back after a disaster,” said Phelps

 Posted by at 11:04 AM

Weather or Not: Afternoon Delight

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Oct 192016

wxon-cbWednesday, Oct. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: After a rocky start in the morning with a few showers, we had our first extended stretch of sunshine yesterday afternoon since the storms began last week. Winds were light throughout the day staying below 20 mph and rain gauges recorded a quarter to a third of an inch, all of that before noon. As warm as the Sun felt, temps remained fairly cool; none of our reporting stations quite made it to 60F, falling short by a degree or two. Scattered clouds continued through the evening and overnight with lows dipping into the upper-40s. This morning, some high clouds were moving in in advance of the next weather system and east winds blew lightly at about 10 mph.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 7,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 10 mph/Pressure: 30.12”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/50F/0.39”
Depoe Bay: 58F/47F/0.12”
Newport: 59F/45F/0.20”
Waldport: 59F/47F/0.24”
Yachats: 58F/48F/0.35”

Forecast: Our short respite from wet weather will be drawing to a close shortly. Expect increasing clouds and possible showers this morning, a chance of steadier rain developing late this afternoon, light winds, and the mercury stopping at wxon-showersaround 55F. Rain tonight, up to three-quarters of an inch, light winds and lows down to 45F. Additional steady rain tomorrow, another half to three-quarters of an inch, west winds 5-15 mph and a high of 55F. Outlook is for partly sunny with a chance of showers Friday and Saturday, rain Sunday, showers likely Monday, and a chance of rain on Tuesday. Seasonal thermometer readings are projected through the long term as highs reach 55-60F and lows drop to 45-50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement, patchy fog and 40F in the passes; mostly cloudy, a chance of rain later and light winds today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting increasing clouds, a slight chance of rain this afternoon, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, light east winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are right at 32F; cloudy with a chance of rain by afternoon, light winds, the snow level is above the passes at 5,500 feet, carry chains or tractions tires. * Travelers should visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the highway.

Marine: Seas have struggled to subside and are still 11-12 feet at 13 seconds this morning with winds 10-15 knots. A wxon-scaSmall Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow morning. SE winds today 10-15 knots rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 this afternoon, seas 9 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and swells 8 feet at 12 seconds. Southerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 tomorrow, fading to 10-15 knots by afternoon, swells holding around 8 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for SE winds 5-10 knots on Friday with seas 7 feet, SE winds 20-25 knots Saturday, swells building to 10 feet, and then S winds 10-15 knots Sunday, seas around 9 feet. * Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/19 Wed 08:56 AM 1.98 L
10/19 Wed 03:07 PM 9.35 H
10/19 Wed 09:44 PM -1.25 L
10/20 Thu 04:25 AM 7.70 H

In Short: Rain, chance of showers, then more rain.

 Posted by at 7:42 AM

Enjoy a “Morning Crawl” at Wilder Dog Park in South Beach this Sunday!

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Oct 182016


Wilder Dog Park Next to Oregon Coast Community College

Wilder Dog Park
Next to Oregon Coast Community College

Come join the Lincoln County Animal Shelter this Sunday, October 23 for a fun morning crawling under nets, scaling straw bales, and stomping through mud puddles with your pup (or a shelter pup) while helping homeless animals…all happening at the Wilder Dog Park in South Beach.

You may walk/run a .5, 1.5, or 2 loop with easy obstacles along the way, or just hang out by the DJ and try parts of an agility course. Waves start every 15 minutes from 10 am to noon at the Wilder Dog Park in South Beach.

Friendly pups may participate with a 6 foot (non-retractable) leash and people under 18 need a parent or guardian. Registration is $20, but just $5 for kids under 12. There will be prizes for best costume.

Don’t forget to bring shoes to donate for our shoe drive, which also benefits the medical fund!

 Posted by at 8:35 PM