Sep 302014
 
Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge USFW opening it to hunting waterfowl.

Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge
USFW opening it to hunting waterfowl.

From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USFW sent out a corrected set of dates

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest waterfowl on a portion of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). “Waterfowl hunting has been not been offered on any part of Siletz Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 199 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Siletz Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan,” stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks, geese and coots October seven days per week on refuge-owned lands that are west of Highway 101. These lands consist of 80 acres of salt marsh where the Siletz River empties into the bay. All waterfowl hunting will follow state seasons, with duck and coot season beginning October 11 and goose hunting on October 18. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for waterfowl hunting seasons. Waterfowl hunting has occurred on the state-owned tidelands of Siletz Bay west of U.S Highway 101 for many decades. The tidelands are managed by the Oregon Division of State Lands and are legally open to hunting so long as the hunter remains 200 yards or more from the shoreline/road. The Service has established a 100-yard safety zone to prohibit hunting on refuge property that extends westward from the refuge property line on the west side of the housing development of Siletz Keys.

The Service will allow the hunting of waterfowl three days per week on 119 acres of refuge lands that are east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough. Specifically, hunters will be allowed to hunt ducks, geese, and coots on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hunters accessing lands east of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough will access the site by using a small parking area and trail located on South Millport Slough Road or by boat. In the future, the existing parking area and trail will be improved by the Service to support waterfowl hunting. To minimize potential conflict between refuge users and reduce associated safety issues, lands south of Millport Slough that are open to waterfowl hunting will remain closed to wildlife observation, photography, and interpretation. Hunters accessing lands west of U.S. Highway 101 via foot will be directed to use caution since no parking or official access point will be provided by the Refuge.

State hunting license requirements apply to waterfowl and coot hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day’s hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or to view a map of the areas open to hunting visit the Siletz Bay Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/siletzbay/index.htm) or call the Refuge Manager at (541) 867-4550.

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Sep 302014
 

10:11am
A life-jacket is bobbing in the water just offshore at Boiler Bay. They don’t know if there’s anyone in the water with it. The Coast Guard and Depoe Bay Fire Rescue is enroute to the area.

10:27am
Appears to be floating crab pot or debris.

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Sep 302014
 
Julie Sacchetti photo

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Sep 302014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, September 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers infected the area on schedule just before noon yesterday, producing rainfall amounts between a quarter and a third of an inch (which was a little more intense than the diagnosis). Lincoln City received the most precipitation, Waldport the least. The bulk of the wet stuff arrived in heavier showers occurring after midnight. Monday’s high temperatures came in in the low-60s, and southwest winds blew 15-20 mph with some higher gusts. This morning, a few showers were still on the radar, lurking offshore, the sky showed signs of breaking up, and the mercury was in the 50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/55F/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 62F/55F/0.22”
Newport: 63F/52F/0.32”
Waldport: 65F/52F/0.17”
Yachats: 63F/55F/0.28”

Forecast: The prognosis is for slow healing today albeit rain showers may mar our otherwise speedy recuperation. The pathogen is a cool, northwest flow that is carrying a few clots of moisture, and they’re headed this way. By nightfall, the threat of additional complications should pass, the rain goes into remission and we’re on the road to recovery. The thermometer is expected to bounce between the chills and a fever as nighttime readings drop into the 40s, but daytime highs rebound later in the week to 65-70F. Outlook is for mostly sunny days, partly to mostly cloudy nights and patchy fog Thursday through Monday.

Travel: Expect flagged delays up to 20 minutes for paving of the Depoe Bay Bridge approaches on Highway 101 between 7:00pm tonight and 5:30am tomorrow morning. In the Coast Range today, scattered showers and 60-65F. Valley destinations will have a few showers with highs around 65F. For the Cascades, showers, breezy; the snow level is at 6,000 feet. Any snowfall is predicted to be above the Cascade highway passes.

Marine: NW winds are 10-15 knots this morning with seas of 7 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The forecast for today and tonight is the same as current conditions, i.e., NW winds 10-15 knots and a NW swell of 7 feet at 11 seconds. Tomorrow, expect northerlies 10 knots gusting 15 with seas 6 feet. Outlook is for mainly N wind 5-15 knots, swells 6-8 feet and 2-3 foot chop Thursday through the weekend.

On the Beach… Showers, partly sunny, surf 7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
09/30 Tue 10:32 AM 3.34 L
09/30 Tue 04:41 PM 7.93 H
09/30 Tue 11:49 PM 0.50 L
10/01 Wed 06:40 AM 6.22 H

In Short: Showers, then drying and clearing, cooler nights, warmer days.

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 Posted by at 8:10 AM
Sep 302014
 

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Lead with Love at October 8 Coming Out Meeting
6 – 7:30 pm, St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th & Hurbert, Newport

An excellent short film which includes a variety of families who learn that a child or young adult is LGBT, will be shown and discussed at the October 8 PFLAG meeting from 6-7:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th & Hurbert in Newport. The film provides comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their honest reactions to hearing that their child is gay, including the intense emotions, fears, and questions that it raised. Interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy provide factual answers to parents’ most commonly asked questions, as well as concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this challenging time.

PFLAG Oregon Central Coast focuses on the Coming Out process each October to raise awareness about the effects of living secretly or “in the closet” and the risks and benefits of “coming out” more publicly as members of a sexual or gender minority. Copies of the article, “Eighteen Things to Think About Before Coming Out” will be available at the meeting. Participants will be invited to share from their own experiences of living in and/or coming out of the LGBT closet—as a parent, family member, friend or LGBT person.

PFLAG is a national organization established to support gays, their families and friends through its mission of Education, Support and Advocacy. Research shows that LGBT students who receive support from their families, schools and communities are able to survive the stress and challenges far better than students who don’t have that support.

PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender orientation or identity. For more information, call Jeanne St.John at 541-265-7194.

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Sep 302014
 
Sun setting farther and farther south - the days growing shorter....the turning of the seasons...

Sun setting farther and farther south – the days growing shorter….the turning of the seasons…Lynn Foster photo

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 Posted by at 6:58 AM
Sep 292014
 

***TELEPHONE SCAM ALERT***

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has become aware of a number of fraud complaints being investigated by the Newport Police Department related to a telephone scam.

Several Newport residents have reported receiving telephone calls from a male claiming to be a law enforcement official. He tells victims that they have a warrant out for their arrest for failing to show up for jury duty and that the fine is $1,500. The caller directs victims to pay a $1,500 fine or they’ll be arrested. The caller provides an account number into which the victim is to pay the fine.

The Sheriff’s Office says if anyone gets these kinds of phone calls, do not give the caller any personal or financial information. DO NOT give your credit card number or your bank account information. If you have caller ID, write down the number showing up on your phone. Immediately notify local law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1.

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 Posted by at 11:27 PM
Sep 292014
 

oktoberfest twisted

Twisted Snout Brewery and Pig Feathers BBQ are pleased to invite the public to its 4th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday from 4:00-9:00 pm at 300 S. Main Street in Toledo. Live music begins at 4:30 with James Kasner, followed at 7:00 by Franz Paul van den Bogaard and The Sons of the Beaches.

Patrons will be able to spin the “Twister” spinner for prizes. Barbecue, beer dogs, pretzels, and Twisted Snout’s 12 hand-crafted ales will be available. This is an all ages event with no cover charge.

Carmen Pigranda by Karen Fitzgibbon

Carmen Pigranda
by Karen Fitzgibbon

Twisted Snout Brewery will also be showing off its newest one-of-a-kind lamp created by artist Karen Fitzgibbon (Fikaa Designs) of Toledo. “Twisted Pigs in Space” was installed this week and is the second in a series of lamps that Fitzgibbon is creating for the brewery. The first one, “Carmen Pig-Randa,” was installed this summer.

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Sep 292014
 

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Sep 292014
 

Serena Profitt funding poster

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