Traffic Crash on Highway 18, twelve miles east of Highway 101

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Mar 262017
 

9:20pm
Report of a traffic crash on Highway 18 about twelve miles east of Highway 101. Preliminary reports say it appears to be a car off the road – possible drunk driver with children in the car. Nobody hurt. Law enforcement and fire-rescue enroute.

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WILLAMETTE WRITERS HOSTS PERSONAL ESSAY WORKSHOP

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Mar 262017
 

Newport Library
NW Nye and W. 3rd

Karen Karbo, author of multiple award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction, will discuss the art of the personal essay at the April 9 meeting of Willamette Writers Coast Chapter. The meeting begins at 2pm and ends at 4pm, at the Newport Library.

Of the personal essay, Karbo says, “The stranger the times, the more the personal essay shines. Not to be confused with the sleep aid we learned to crank out in 6th grade, nor the over-written plea included in our college application, the best personal essay is passionate, eccentric, provocative, and about one inch from coming off the rails. Which makes them a blast to write.”

Karbo urges writers to come to the free workshop with ideas and leave with a better sense of their voice, true subjects, point of view, and power.

Her best-selling “Kick-Ass Women” series includes Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman, and How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great.
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14 year old crushed by beach log near Bandon

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Mar 262017
 

Father sees the danger right in his face but still contemplates playing tag with the logs WITH HIS CHILDREN! Last year.


Father and children head for higher ground…with partially submerged logs not far behind them.

Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded Saturday to South Jetty Park Beach in Bandon, where a log had rolled on top of a juvenile. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the juvenile female that had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that a 14-year-old juvenile from Eugene was playing on a log, in the heavy receding tide, when the log rolled on top of her. Witnesses were able to remove the victim from underneath the log after several attempts. Despite the efforts of a responding Bandon Police officer, who administered CPR and the paramedics who performed life saving measures, the victim succumbed to her injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at South Coos Hospital.

The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it down on top of you. Some logs may look small, but even the tiny ones can be waterlogged and weigh tons.

Word to the wise and still living: If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand stay away from it.

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Words from a President more than 50 years ago

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Mar 262017
 

Imagine America having a President who values education again…

Once upon a time, America had a president who valued education… John F. Kennedy's words animated like never before! Video created by Social Good Now. JFK speech on Education at Vanderbilt University 1963

Posted by Being Liberal on Monday, March 20, 2017

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Weather or Not: Earmarks of Winter

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Mar 262017
 

Sunday, Mar. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mixed sky, showers, breezy yesterday, rain overnight, cool temps.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/44F/19mph/0.22”
Depoe Bay: 53F/43F/23mph/0.21”
Newport: 52F/43F/16mph/0.26”
Waldport: 52F/42F/31mph/0.28”
Yachats: 51F/45F/21mph/0.30”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,700’, broken @ 5,500’, overcast @ 6,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 11 mph G16/Altimeter: 29.83”

Forecast: Spring is having a darned difficult time getting started. Today’s predictions still have all the earmarks of Winter with advisory level snow in the Cascades, a Gale Warning along the Central Coast and continued cooler than normal temperatures. Rainy and breezy conditions are expected here through the day; up to a half inch of precipitation, southerly winds gusting 40-45 mph and a high of 50F this afternoon. Showers and possible thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, low 45F, high 50F. Outlook is for rain Tuesday and Wednesday, showers Thursday, partly sunny Friday, then right back to a chance of rain Saturday. The thermometer remains a bit below seasonal all week.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps near 40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 40-45F. For the Cascades, expect areas of packed snow, slush and spots of ice on the highways this morning, 30-32F, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500-4,000 feet, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 4-8 inches of snow today, carry chains or traction tires.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is wet highways at the lower elevations including the Coast Range; snow in the Cascades with an additional 3-6 inches accumulation in the passes tonight.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SSE 10-20 knots gusting 30 this morning with rough seas 9-10 feet at 9 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from 11:00am this morning through this afternoon. There will be a lull in the weather later tonight and Monday as weak high pressure builds over local waters. However, a longer period westerly swell will arrive Monday night, pushing seas into the teens. Then another low pressure system will affect the Pacific Northwest Tuesday and Wednesday. This will bring a period of winds gusting 25-30 knots, with potential for some low-end gales Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Higher pressure is then expected for Thursday and Friday, ushering in a period of more benign conditions. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Rainy and windy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/26 Sun 05:50 AM 1.71 L
03/26 Sun 11:58 AM 8.25 H
03/26 Sun 06:14 PM -0.05 L
03/27 Mon 12:41 AM 8.22 H

In Short: Rainy and windy, then continued wet and unsettled.

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Weather or Not: A Troughy Pattern

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Mar 252017
 

Saturday, Mar. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, breezy, cloudy yesterday and overnight, cool temps.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/46F/37mph/0.49”
Depoe Bay: 52F/44F/36mph/0.31”
Newport: 52F/44F/39mph/0.37”
Waldport: 52F/44F/35mph/0.13”
Yachats: 52F/47F/38mph/0.16”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,500’ & 3,200’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.18”

Forecast: Our weather is expected to be governed by a ‘troughy’ pattern (National Weather Service speak for a dominant trough of low pressure over the area) during the week ahead. Albeit showers should be ending for a brief dry break through this afternoon, increasing clouds from the next front will be arriving overnight. High today about 50F, low tonight 45F. The trough then provides a greased slide for another storm system to come barreling in tomorrow packing southerlies gusting to 35 mph and a half inch of rain, high 50F or so. Outlook is for showers Monday, rain Tuesday and Wednesday, a chance of showers Thursday, and then a chance of rain with some sunbreaks on Friday. Mercury readings continue a little below normal for late March with highs in the low-50s and lows of 40-45F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps near 40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 40F. For the Cascades, expect areas of packed snow, slush and spots of ice on the highways this morning, 30-32F, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet, 1-2 inches of snow today.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is wet highways at the lower elevations including the Coast Range; snow in the Cascades with 4-8 inches accumulation possible in the passes through Sunday night, the snow level around 4,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are WSW 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with square seas 9 feet at 9 seconds. A Gale Watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through tomorrow afternoon. The forecast models continue to show a period of solid gale force winds Sunday morning and early afternoon. The main impacts look to be over the outer waters, but will extend somewhat into the nearshore zones as well. Seas will also likely build back into the mid-teens Sunday, and will be dominated by southerly wind waves and fresh swell. There will be a lull in the winds Sunday night and Monday, but another front is expected to impact the waters on Tuesday into Wednesday. There is some disagreement with the track and timing on this system, but it looks likely that it will result in some small craft advisory winds. A longer period westerly swell is modeled to arrive Monday night into Tuesday, which would push seas back above 10 feet. The additional wind wave energy from the frontal system could bring seas back into the mid-teens. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers ending, sunbreaks, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/25 Sat 11:09 AM 7.92 H
03/25 Sat 05:35 PM 0.14 L
03/26 Sun 12:05 AM 7.71 H
03/26 Sun 05:50 AM 1.71 L

In Short: Showers, mixed sky, rainy and windy, then continued wet.

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Newport city officials and art officianados dedicate new artistic addition to new Aquatic Center – “Happiness Found!”

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Mar 242017
 

City Officials including State Rep. David Gomberg, Mayor Roumagoux and Sculptor CJ Rench in middle, bright blue jacket and ball cap!


“Happiness Found!”…au natural!
Bill Posner photos

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