Warm water fishing bans are lifted in Oregon

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Sep 012015
 
Fishing on the Deschutes near Tetherow

Fishing on the Deschutes near Tetherow

Oregon fishery managers announced today that the afternoon fishing ban in place on most rivers and streams in the state will be lifted beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. Managers also re-opened the lower Willamette River below the Willamette Falls and the Clackamas River downstream of the I-205 Bridge to fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon.

With the lifting of the ban, fishing hours for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon on streams open to fishing will return to one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

According to Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager, the ban is being lifted after a return to more seasonal weather patterns, with stream temperatures moderating to those more typical of a dry year.

“Our biologists in the field are reporting that water temperatures in most places are back to within the seasonal averages for this time of year,” Gauvin said. That, and a 30-day weather forecast for more moderate seasonal temperatures, prompted managers to lift the ban.

The ban on trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing in streams after 2 p.m. was put in place on July 18 in response to an unprecedented combination of unseasonably high air and water temperatures and low stream flows. The goal was to help protect native fish by reducing angling stress during the hottest part of the day.

Although water temperatures have improved since July, water levels remain very low in many areas, Gauvin said.

“Anglers should continue to exercise good stewardship and take precautions when catching and handling fish,” he added. These precautions include:

* Fish early in the day when water temperatures are cooler.
* Check water temperatures frequently and stop fishing when they exceed 70 degrees.
* Use barbless hooks so you can release fish quickly.
* Use appropriate gear to land fish quickly.
* Keep the fish in the water while you unhook it, and cradle the fish upright until it revives enough to swim away.
* Use your judgement. If conditions seem especially severe (low, hot water) stop fishing, or move to another location where waters may be cooler.

In the meantime, Gauvin said the agency will continue to monitor fisheries and, if necessary, take additional actions to try to protect fish
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Anglers should continue to check the regulation update pages on the ODFW web site before fishing for any temporary emergency regulations that have been put in place.

 Posted by at 3:34 PM

Newport: Public hearing on whether marijuana dispensaries will sell recreational marijuana in Newport

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Sep 012015
 
Medical Marijuana Dispensary - some of which will be selling recreational marijuana beginning October 1st. Oregonian photo

Medical Marijuana Dispensary – some of which will be selling recreational marijuana beginning October 1st.
Oregonian photo

CITY OF NEWPORT TO HOLD A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON WHETHER TO ALLOW EARLY SALES OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA BY MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

The Newport City Council will hold a second public hearing on whether to allow early sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries beginning October 1st. The hearing will be held at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 8, at 6:00 P.M., in the City Council Chambers of the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway.

In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91. This law provides for the personal growing, possession of limited amounts of recreational marijuana, and directs the Oregon Liquor Control Board to develop and administer a licensing system for the production, processing, and sales (wholesale and retail) of recreational marijuana. Since that time, the state legislature has approved four separate bills that prescribe actions that local governments can take regarding the regulation of recreational marijuana. One of the effects of the voter-approved measure, and legislative actions, has the following impact: On October 1st, sales of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries can begin unless the city enacts an ordinance prohibiting early sales prior to that time.

Newport City Manager, Spencer Nebel, prepared a more comprehensive report on recreational marijuana issues which he presented to the City Council at its meeting of August 3rd. Follow this link to view the City Manager’s full report. Nebel also provided the City Council with a copy of the Oregon Health Authority rules related to the sale of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries at the special City Council meeting held on August 31st.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing on September 8, 2015 to provide comments on whether the city should allow the early sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries beginning on October 1st.

Written comments may be submitted to the City Recorder, via e-mail, at publiccomment@newportoregon.gov, or by mail, or dropped off to the City Recorder at City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365.

Written comments must be submitted by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 8th, and will be included as a part of the record during the public hearing scheduled that evening.

 Posted by at 2:35 PM

Massive Labor Day garage sales this weekend in on the Central Coast!!

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Sep 012015
 
Safe- Lock - Huge Labor Day Garage Sale - at South Beach across 101 from the South Beach Market.

Safe- Lock – Huge Labor Day Garage Sale – at South Beach across 101 from the South Beach Market.

So you find yourself living in a place where people go to spend a last grand splash of vacation time at the beach! So, what are YOU going to do to enjoy yourself this weekend on the coast??

Well – that’s easy. There’s going to be garage sales of near epic proportions throughout the Central Coast Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One of them at the Safe-Lock Storage place off 101 in South Beach, across from the South Beach Market

And it doesn’t sound like your average garage sale at all.

Really nice antiques, new furniture and other household items that some renters there have realized aren’t going to be moved anywhere unless somebody buys them – at greatly reduced prices. Hutches, french couches, dressers, things like that. Some vendors are cash only so keep that in mind. Lots of kitchenware, rolltop desk…all kinds of stuff. Hours are 9-4 Friday and Saturday, 10-3 on Sunday.

Otter Rock Overlook Steve Power

Otter Rock Overlook
Steve Power

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!!

Another community garage sale is also going on in Otter Rock, north of Newport beneath the majesty of Cape Foulweather! That’s a pretty nice neighborhood so there certainly will be some once-in-a-lifetime bargains going on there also, this Labor Day Weekend. Lots of antiques, tools, clothing, antiques, furniture, antiques, camera gear, and did we mention antiques!? Ten families offering up tons o’ stuff!!

The big community garage sale get-together at Otter Rock runs 9-6 on Saturday and 9-2 on Sunday. Happy bargain hunting!!

 Posted by at 10:59 AM

Weather or Not: First Day of Fall?

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Sep 012015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, September 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: A handful of sprinkles dampened the area yesterday, but precipitation totals were well under the official recordable level of 0.01”. The sky was overcast early in the day but hazy sunshine filtered the afternoon hours, allowing the mercury to climb into the upper-60s and southwest winds never got above 15 mph. The next in a series of disturbances brought clouds back across the Central Coast after sunset and they stayed with us most of the night keeping the heat in so lows were relatively warm in the upper-50s. At daybreak, skies were mixed and it was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/61F
Depoe Bay: 65F/58F
Newport: 66F/55F
Waldport: 67F/56F
Yachats: 69F/57F

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Forecast: For meteorologists, this is the first day of Fall. Unlike the astronomical seasons we’re used to which begin on the Equinoxes and Solstices, weather professionals track the seasons in whole months, for instance, Fall is September through WON SUN-RAINNovember, Winter is December through February, and so forth. Today’s forecast may indeed be more Fall-ish than Summer-like as we expect mostly cloudy skies, some rain, southwest winds and highs in the low-60s. Tonight, the chance of rain dwindles and lows dip to 55F. But we’re back to a 50-50 chance of showers tomorrow with cooler thermometer readings around 60F. Outlook is for mixed skies and a slight chance of showers Thursday and Friday.

Labor Day Weekend… Mostly clear, afternoon sea breezes, highs 65-70F, lows 50-55F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, a chance of rain with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partial clearing and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mainly cloudy skies, a chance of rain, light west winds, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are cool at 40-45F; clouds and sunshine, slight chance of rain, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for the long Labor Day weekend is dry roads in Northwest Oregon all three days, except for a minimal chance of showers in the Cascades with the snow level dipping to near the passes on Friday night and Saturday.

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Marine: Conditions have settled down a bit this morning as S winds blow just 10 knots and seas are 6-7 feet at 13 WON MARINE WXseconds. SW winds are predicted to rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20 by this afternoon with seas 7 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, W wind 10-15 knots, seas holding at 7 feet. Outlook is for a NW breeze 5-10 knots on Thursday, then northerlies 10-15 knots Friday and Saturday; swells subsiding from 8 feet Wednesday night to 4 feet by the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sun and clouds, chance of rain, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
09/01 Tue 08:39 AM -0.47 L
09/01 Tue 03:06 PM 8.95 H
09/01 Tue 09:13 PM -0.33 L
09/02 Wed 03:30 AM 8.04 H

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In Short: Mixed skies, chance of rain and showers, then slow drying.

 Posted by at 8:04 AM

Dancing to the Lincoln Pops, making ancient mirror mosaics and recentering with “Hatha Yoga!”

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Sep 012015
 
Newport Senior Activity Center...with emphasis on ACTIVITY!

Newport Senior Activity Center…with emphasis on ACTIVITY!

A fun update from the Newport Senior Activity Center. It’s all about dancing to a pops orchestra in Gleneden Beach, learning how to do “Hatha Yoga” in Newport, and exploring the creation of ancient Mirror Mosaics!

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 Posted by at 1:13 AM

LC City Council possibly stepping back from action on The Villages – “Master Plan needs updating”

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Aug 312015
 

The Villages Looking for Master Plan Update - current one quite old.

The Villages
Looking for Master Plan Update – current one quite old.


Lincoln City Councilors Monday night decided that it’s hard to begin to know what to do, to either develop or sell off land associated with the city’s recent purchase of “The Villages,” in north Lincoln City.

The Villages, for many years, has been a regular feature on city land use maps. The last attempt to develop the area was just before the 2008 Wall Street Crash and the ensuring worldwide recession. The developer saw his investment go up in smoke and wound up selling most of it to the city at a bargain basement price.

But those in the city who think that government has no business being in the land development business have been asking when will there be some movement on that part of town so the city can get its investment back. City Councilors kicked the idea around – Councilor Wes Ryan suggesting something akin to concentric zones of land use for The Villages – high density affordable housing in the middle, middle income housing out from there and finally luxury homes for the wealthy farther out yet.

But discussions also centered on how long the current The Villages plan has been on paper. Some said not much has been updated on it for a long time, so maybe city planning staff should be tasked with taking a fresh look and report back to council. There was a general consensus on the point. There also appeared to be some interest in selling off the Fernwood section for a quick cash infusion for the city.

Closed LC Elk's Lodge Just north of Community Center. Tear down and build new Senior Center?

Closed LC Elks Lodge
Just north of Community Center.
Tear down and build new Senior Center?
Elks Archive photo

Earlier, the city council public agenda included a reference to the city’s possible purchase of the Elks Lodge, just north of the Community Center. But no announcement came out of the executive session discussions.

Lincoln City seniors have long desired a facility of their own as opposed to being a part of the Community Center Building with the pool, work out areas, etc. If the city bought the Elk’s Lodge, it could knock the old building down (too full of asbestos and mold to save it) and build a spanking new senior center. The move would also free up space in the Community Center by moving senior programs over to the new facility. But again, no firm plans on that as yet. Negotiations continue with the Elks. The building was closed down earlier this year along with the disbanding of the club itself – declining membership rendering the club no longer financially sustainable.

 Posted by at 11:40 PM

Droneologist Ed McVea takes us on a quick whale fly-over!

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Aug 312015
 

Ed McVea saw some tell-tale signs of something big under the surface of Yaquina Bay this afternoon. And sure enough, when he launched his faithful “eye in the sky” his curiosity paid off. It was a mother whale and her baby…

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