Mar 292015

1:28pm- Report of a boat fire at Port Dock 7 even though the deep black smoke has diminished. Nothing seen from the Embarcadero.

1:31pm- Fire crew arrives. No smoke showing. May now be a boat in the bay. Coast Guard notified. Firefighter at Embarcadero says he sees no smoke either in the dock area or in the bay.

 Posted by at 1:31 PM
Mar 292015

1:24pm- Report of a traffic crash on 101 at Northeast 7th. Fire Rescue is enroute. No word if there are any injuries.

1:26pm- Doesn’t sound like there are any injuries. Both vehicles have pulled into the ProBuild parking lot.

 Posted by at 1:24 PM
Mar 292015

2:11pm- Highway 101 is back open to normal traffic.


12:45pm- A four vehicle pile up on 101 in Lincoln City has shut down the highway in both directions. The crash is in the dip between East Devils Lake Road and Neotsu turn off. Four injuries so far. Medical assessments going on.

1:08pm- One driver was carrying two dogs in his car – he’s going to the hospital. Animal Control Officer enroute to take custody of the dogs – determine how to get them home or to the shelter.

2:11pm- Highway 101 is back open to normal traffic.

 Posted by at 1:08 PM
Mar 292015

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Mar. 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: The last trace of precipitation from Friday night’s weather system fell around 10:00am yesterday, and it wasn’t enough to reach the one one-hundredth of an inch level on the rain gauges, so it goes down in the books literally as a ‘trace.’ A southwest wind associated with the passing front never got above 20 mph and most of the overcast dissipated rapidly before lunch. High temperatures were 55-60F, pinned down by occasional periods of sun-blocking high cloudiness. Skies were fair throughout the evening and overnight with lows dropping to about 45F. At daybreak, it was blue with a light east wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/46F
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F
Newport: 55F/41F
Waldport: 59F/43F
Yachats: 60F/45F

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Forecast: For the final day of Spring Break and the Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, you get lotsa sunshine and high temps up around 60F. Then, the break’s over as increasing clouds are in the cards for WON PARTLY CLOUDYtonight and tomorrow; lows around 45F and highs of 55F. Outlook is for rain likely by tomorrow night, showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a progressive marine-influenced pattern with varying chances of rain, partial clearing, and basically unsettled weather Thursday through Saturday. It’ll be a little cooler, too, with highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, spots of ice possible on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; partly cloudy, the freezing level is 7,000 feet, rising to 8,000 feet this afternoon. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is dry pavement through tonight; in the Cascade passes tonight, possible icy patches, the free air freezing level will be 8,000 feet. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 29”; a gain of 4” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6” in the past seven days; 103” less than this date last year; 93% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo closed
Willamette Pass closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 0”/44”/soft or spring, Summit lift open
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/0”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/26”/packed and granular
Timberline 0”/48”/come enjoy the snow

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Marine: Winds are variable 5-15 knots this morning but seas will be an issue today; they’re already up to 7-8 feet WON SCAat 11-12 seconds, and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Expect lumpy swells building to 10 feet at 12 seconds today with SW winds 5-10 knots. Tonight and tomorrow, seas 9-10 feet at 12 seconds and southerlies 10-15 knots, rising to 15-20 knots Monday afternoon. Outlook is for choppy 10 foot seas and S wind 20-25 knots Monday night, easing after midnight. Look for W winds on Tuesday, 15-20 knots, with swells holding at 10 feet. Nor’westers are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, 10-15 knots, and seas of 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 7-9 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/29 Sun 08:42 AM 6.92 H
03/29 Sun 03:31 PM 0.82 L
03/29 Sun 10:16 PM 6.60 H
03/30 Mon 03:52 AM 2.84 L

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In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, increasing clouds, then wet and breezy.

 Posted by at 8:03 AM
Mar 282015
Hwy 20 delays starting Tuesday

Hwy 20 delays starting Tuesday

Driving to and from the Valley will take an extra twenty minutes, during daytime working hours, from Tuesday at 8am through April 8th. Work crews will be drilling core samples in conjunction with the large Highway 20 bypass project.

Flaggers will control traffic through the controlled area. When flagged through on the one lane of travel, please proceed with caution. Delays should not exceed 20 minutes.

The core drilling is where a sharp curve will be realigned at the point where the new section of highway will connect to the existing Highway 20.

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 Posted by at 9:49 PM
Mar 282015
Missing Bird

Missing Bird

We lot a bird last night and are desperately trying to find him; any help in finding him would be greatly appreciated. Kiwi is small green cheek conure, and was lost from 8540 HWY 20, Toledo, OR. Attached are some pictures of him. If found or seen please call 541-336-2335.

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 Posted by at 2:26 PM
Mar 282015
Legislature:  Even the timber industry knows spraying rules must be tightened...

Legislature: Even the timber industry knows spraying rules must be tightened…

PUBLIC TALK sponsored by CELDF

Legal Poisoning: Why Corporate Pesticide Use is More Protected than People’s Health and What Communities are Doing to Change That

Every year in Oregon, millions of pounds of toxic chemicals are sprayed on our forests, including those in Lincoln County, despite the impacts to the health and quality of life for people and ecosystems.

Come learn why this is legal, how the state protects the rights of corporations over those of people and nature, and most importantly, how communities in Oregon and other states are changing the rules of the game. They are squaring up against the corporate harms and taking back their rights to health, resiliency, and greater democracy for people and nature.

90-minute presentation and Q&A

Kai Huschke, Northwest Organizer
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Additional info: Tighter controls on aerial spraying has been introduced in the Oregon Legislature. Click here.
Spray reform-minded lawmakers demand more attention to the issue than just dealing with after-the-fact errors. Click here.

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 Posted by at 12:19 PM