Kids’ cries, not cheers, to stick with ex-Taft QB Lahti

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Aug 022015
 

Ex-Taft star Pete Lahti, senior Tigers cheerleader Jenna Richards and former Toledo quarterback Jackson Cross were honored Saturday with appearances in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in Baker City. Proceeds benefited the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

Ex-Taft star Pete Lahti, senior Tigers cheerleader Jenna Richards and former Toledo quarterback Jackson Cross were honored Saturday with appearances in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in Baker City. Proceeds benefited the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

The plight of sick children, not football, will be the lasting impression former Taft quarterback Pete Lahti will take from the honor of competing Saturday in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game at Baker City. “I got to represent Taft again, which was great,” said Lahti, the Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback with the Tigers. “I got to play football at a competitive level. I made a lot of friends that I believe will last a lifetime. Most importantly, though, all of us as a whole helped the kids at the Shriners hospital. Nobody can put a price on that.”

To read more on the East-West Shrine Game, go to SportsLincolnCounty,com or click here.

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Newport: Man with a knife threatening two women arrested

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Aug 022015
 
Anthony Garcia Burglary, Menacing

Anthony Garcia, 27
Burglary, Menacing, Reckless Endangerment

Newport Police Officers this week were dispatched to a report of a male subject attempting to stab a female with a knife, and yelling he was going to kill her. Officers quickly arrived on scene in the 600 block of SW 9th and were advised by persons involved that the suspect had fled on foot. The suspect was identified as Anthony Francisco Garcia, age 27 of Newport.

The two victims involved, a 42 year-old female and a 31 year-old female, stated Garcia had been at their apartment and was asked to leave. Garcia refused. When the 31 year-old female stepped outside, Garcia, locked himself inside with the 42 year-old victim. Garcia then threatened the victim by telling her not to say anything or he would “tape her mouth shut.” The 31 year-old female returned to the apartment and said Garcia was standing in the doorway with a black folding knife. Garcia made two stabbing motions at the younger female victim, striking her hand with his, and barely missing her with the knife.

A 60 year-old male from a neighboring apartment had heard the commotion and one of the two victims saying, “He’s got a knife.” The neighbor ran downstairs and yelled at Garcia to leave. The neighbor grabbed Garcia and shoved him out the door. Garcia fled on foot. Newport Police Officers searched a nearby area behind homes and apartments, and detained Garcia.

During a search of Garcia’s backpack left behind, a black folding knife was found and positively identified by the victims. Garcia stated he had just stopped to “re-pack” his belongings; he denied any other involvement.

Garcia was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on charges of Attempted Assault II; Menacing; Unlawful Use of a Weapon; Reckless Endangering; Harassment; and Burglary I. His bail was set at $490,000.

Anyone with information about this event is encouraged to contact Officer Brad Purdom at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

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Gov. Brown signs interim recreational Marijuana sales law

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Aug 022015
 
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Last week, Brown signed House Bill 2014, which levies a temporary tax on early recreational marijuana sales. This week, the governor signed into law a bill that actually allows those sales. The new law now authorizes recreational marijuana sales to anyone over the age of 21 starting October 1st. However, recreational cannabis sales are limited strictly to a 1/4 ounce of cannabis flowers per day with ID presented that confirms the person is over 21 years of age.” It does not allow the sale of infused products. Those will have to wait until next summer.

Brown had expressed reservations about early sales and potential conflicts with federal regulations. But state lawmakers were determined to head off what many feared would be a surge in black market sales from this fall through next summer. Fully regulated sales of all marijuana products don’t take effect until July of next year.

That’s not to say, of course, that black market sales won’t be going on. A lot will ride on the price difference between black market and legally sold marijuana.

 Posted by at 9:36 AM

Weather or Not: Trending Now

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Aug 022015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, August 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Mainly sunny skies carried yesterday, at least until early evening when some high and thin overcast developed. That was part of a general trend toward change in Northwest Oregon. The heat wave in the interior is slowly dissipating and marine air now has more of a say in conditions. Central Coast high temps were a little lower, too, and the sea breeze topped out in the upper-20s. Overnight, clouds prevailed and some very light drizzle was reported in spots; the thermometer sagged to the low-50s. At daybreak, it was calm and cloudy with patchy fog.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/53F
Depoe Bay: 67F/52F
Newport: 63F/54F
Waldport: 59F/51F
Yachats: 60F/51F

Regional Record Highs/Previous…
Portland Airport 98F / 95F in 2009
Vancouver 98F / 96F in 1965
Troutdale 99F / *tied 99F in 1986
Salem 100F / 97F in 1986
Eugene 100F / 97F in 1974
McMinnville 103F / 100F in 1965

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Forecast: After a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning, look for clouds and clearing today, WON SUN-CLOUDSrelatively light northwest winds and highs of 65-70F. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms returns tonight, low about 55F. Tomorrow, some overcast, sunshine and a high about 65F. Outlook is for mostly clear skies with seasonal mercury readings and increasing sea breezes Tuesday through Saturday.

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Travel: A Heat Advisory is in effect until 9:00pm this evening for for the Willamette Valley, Columbia River WARNING NWS SWSGorge and Upper Hood River Valley. High temperatures of 90-95F are expected except near 100F for the Central Columbia River Gorge and Upper Hood River Valley. Gradual cooling is anticipated with daytime temperatures falling below 90F by Tuesday.

In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 80-90F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunshine and highs of 90-95F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, southwest winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 95F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 60-65F; chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is hot temperatures and mainly dry roads through tonight.

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Marine: The wind machine has fallen light this morning with easterlies 5-15 knots, but seas are still lumpy 6 footers WON SCAat 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through this evening. N winds 10-20 knots occasionally gusting 25 out past 10 miles today, tonight and tomorrow with seas 4-5 feet at 7 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots and seas around 4 feet Tuesday through Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Patchy fog, partly sunny, surf 4 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is extremely cold (55F) and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* Tides
08/02 Sun 08:18 AM -1.24 L
08/02 Sun 02:50 PM 8.37 H
08/02 Sun 08:32 PM 1.50 L
08/03 Mon 02:33 AM 8.91 H

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In Short: Mixed sky, beach/headland fog, then partly cloudy and seasonal.

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Otis: House Fire at 852 No. North Bank Road

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Aug 012015
 

3:30pm
Report of a house fire at 852 No. North Bank Road. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue enroute.

3:40pm
Residents are evacuated. Strong electrical smell about the home. No fire or smoke. Reducing to single engine response.

 Posted by at 3:41 PM

Traffic Crash: In front of The Adobe, Yachats on 101 – both lanes blocked

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Aug 012015
 

White car hit dark car full out.  NO skid marks.

White car hit dark car full out. NO skid marks.


White car hits dark sedan at full speed.

White car hits dark sedan at full speed.


Sedan hit hard...

Sedan hit hard…


Two injuries from the accident...

Two injuries from the accident…
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A high speed rear-ender crash in Yachats today sent two people to the hospital. Although injured, the two were not suffering life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said the white car was southbound on 101 at a fairly good clip and slammed into the back of a black sedan. You can see from the picture of the white sedan there are no skid marks at all behind its wheels. The white car hit the dark car at full speed. No information yet available on what the driver of the white car was doing before the accident.

Names of those involved not immediately available.

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1:40pm
Report of a traffic crash on 101 at milepost 163.5…in front of the Adobe in Yachats. Both 101 lanes are blocked.

1:51pm
Three injured. One still trapped in the wreckage.

2:09pm
No life threatening injuries. At least one to the hospital

 Posted by at 1:41 PM

Weather or Not: Last of the Red Hots

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Aug 012015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, August 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: Mainly sunny skies dominated the Central Coast yesterday, but there was a wild temperature swing caused by Summer beach fog. Lincoln City got the most sunshine and had the highest thermometer reading at 74F; Waldport and Yachats got stuck in the fog during the warmest part of the day and barely made it out of the 50s. The sea breeze was about normal for the last day of July, blowing 20-25 mph gusting 30, and it didn’t fade until almost midnight. Haze, fog and scattered clouds partially obscured the Blue Moon overnight; low temps dipped into the upper-40s and low-50s. At daybreak, there were a few clouds around, some fog and the wind was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 74F/51F/29mph
Depoe Bay: 71F/52F/23mph
Newport: 64F/45F/34mph
Waldport: 60F/48F/33mph
Yachats: 61F/50F/27mph

won-themometer-hotRegional Record High July…
Salem recorded its warmest month on record with an average temperature of 73.1F in July. The previous record was 72.5F set twice in 2014, in July and August. Eugene set a record for the warmest July ever with an average temperature of 71.5F. The previous record for the month was 71.0F in 1958. With six days in July of 100F or more, Eugene also set a new record for the most days in a year with a temperature of 100F or more. The previous record was five days in 1978.

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Forecast: We’ll start the new month here today with scattered clouds and patchy fog but still see mostly sunny skies with WON PCLOUDY-SUN-WINDa stiff afternoon/evening sea breeze and the mercury rising to 65-70F. Partly cloudy, patchy fog and windy tonight and tomorrow, lows of 50-55F and highs around 65F. Outlook is for mainly clear skies for the entire workweek ahead and seasonal temps between 55F and 65F.

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Travel: The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 9:00pm this evening for the WARNING NWS SWSWillamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Upper Hood River Valley. High temperatures of 95-100F are expected with the hottest in the Central and Southern Willamette Valley and Central Columbia River Gorge. Today should be the last excessively hot one for these areas. Slow cooling starts tomorrow, though some 90s will probably persist through Monday.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels through 10:00pm this evening. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest, portions of the Siuslaw National Forest, and the Willamette Valley plus its adjacent foothills.

In the Coast Range today, a Heat Advisory is in effect, sunny with 90-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 100F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light southwest winds, temps near 100F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 60F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is hot temperatures and dry roads through Sunday night.

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Marine: NNE winds are 15-25 knots this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for WON SCAwinds is in effect through late tonight. Northerlies 20-25 knots early today, easing to 15-20 knots this afternoon and mixed swells/windwaves 5 feet at 6 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow N winds 15-20 knots, seas subsiding to 4 feet. Outlook is for N winds 10-20 knots Monday through Wednesday with mixed swells/windwaves 3-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is extremely cold (55F) and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* Tides
08/01 Sat 07:36 AM -1.45 L
08/01 Sat 02:09 PM 8.03 H
08/01 Sat 07:40 PM 1.82 L
08/02 Sun 01:41 AM 9.35 H

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In Short: Mainly clear, beach/headland fog and windy, then partly cloudy.

 Posted by at 7:48 AM

Governor Brown signs bill to help Habitat for Humanity and others to build more affordable housing.

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Jul 312015
 

Coast Rep. David Gomberg, D-Lincoln City

Coast Rep. David Gomberg, D-Lincoln City

Rep. Gene Whisnant  Deschutes County

Rep. Gene Whisnant
Deschutes County

Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday signed HB 2690, a bill strongly supported by state Reps. David Gomberg (D-Lincoln City) and Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver). Now signed by Governor Brown, it allows property tax exemptions for well established non-profit housing developers – developers that acquire land for strictly for building affordable housing.

“Many of us have constituents — maybe even family or friends — who have experienced housing insecurity or homelessness,” Gomberg said. “This bill will make it easier for groups like Habitat for Humanity to provide decent affordable housing to people in that situation.”

HB 2690 allows nonprofits to hold such lands exempt from property taxes for seven years from the time of application give those organizations more time to seek and find the financial where-with-all to proceed building affordable housing.

During the past three years, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon built and sold 212 homes, providing first-time affordable home ownership opportunities for hardworking families,” said Laura Ahrens of Oregon Habitat for Humanity. “As a result of this tax exemption, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon will save approximately $200,000 each year, money that will now be used to serve more low-income families faster.”

“We are thrilled by the support from Rep. Gomberg and Rep. Whisnant whose dedication to passing HB 2690 empowered proven non-profits throughout Oregon to serve more families in need of affordable housing.”

“During the past three years, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon built and sold 212 homes, providing first-time affordable home ownership opportunities for hardworking families,” according to Laura Ahrens, Oregon Habitat for Humanity. “HB 2690 will allow Habitat affiliates to hold property tax-free from the point of acquisition until the property and the new
home are sold to Habitat home buyers. As a result of this tax exemption, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon will save approximately $200,000 each year, money that will now be used to serve more low-income families more quickly.

We are thrilled by the support from Rep. Gomberg and Rep. Whisnant whose dedication to passing HB 2690 empowered proven non-profits throughout Oregon to serve more families in need of affordable housing.”

“The seven-year exemption window, with an extra three years for special circumstances, gives groups like Habitat extra support whenever the economy is weak,” said Rep. Whisnant. “Cities and counties will recover the taxes on the undeveloped land when the family moves into the home. This bill will provide affordable housing for urban and rural communities.”

The bill was developed collaboratively with Habitat for Humanity, the Association of Oregon Counties, the Oregon Tax Assessors Association, the City of Beaverton and the League of Oregon Cities.

It includes strict requirements that ensure only proven low-income housing developers qualify, and a strong clawback provision to keep non-profits accountable to their development goals.

For information contact Rep. Gomberg or Rep. Whisnant at rep.davidgomberg@state.or.us and rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us respectively.

 Posted by at 11:04 PM