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Holiday Gathering at Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

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Nov 172017

The Holiday Gathering for the Lincoln County Historical Society, a fun and casual holiday mixer, complete with rare vintage instruments, will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.    
Festivities will take place around the cheery warmth of the fireplace in the Maritime Center’s Great Room, and will include refreshments and a special holiday musical program by Brent Bunker. Brent will be sharing his extensive collection of old and unusual musical instruments, and playing them too! For anyone who has never seen a Ukalin, Harp O Lyre, Tremoloa, or a Marxophone, this event is a rare opportunity to check out, up close and personal, these rare vintage instruments.

Brent Bunker
Harp Guitar

Attendees to this long-standing community tradition can also check out the museum’s exhibits and enjoy the unmatched views of Newport’s Historic Bayfront.
Be sure to bring your Christmas shopping list; the gift shop will be offering a Special Holiday Discount only available during this event. The Maritime Center gift shop has an outstanding selection of maritime and history publications, as well as locally produced items.  
Admission to the Holiday Gathering is free for members and kids under 12, and $5.00 for non-members. The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Parking is available at the top of the hill. For more information, call 541-265-7509. www.oregoncoasthistory.org

Weather or Not: Split Weekend

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Nov 172017

Friday, Nov. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, hail, moderate wind, chilly yesterday; showers overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 50F/45F/27mph/0.67”/5.91”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/23mph/0.59”/4.57”
Newport: 50F/41F/28mph/0.41”/5.36”
Waldport: 50F/44F/26mph/0.15”/4.95”
Yachats: 51F/46F/33mph/0.25”/5.44”
*Since last dry day, November 7th

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,300’ & 3,900’, broken @ 6,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: W 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.13”

Forecast: It appears the weekend will feature two very different kinds of weather. Diminishing showers, some clearing today and tonight, light winds, high of 50F and low of 40-45F. Tomorrow, we’re still on track for a break in the precipitation, partly to mostly sunny skies and a high in the low-50s. Outlook is for a return to stormy conditions Sunday, up to a half inch of rain, southerly winds gusting 35-40 mph, then a chance of rain/showers Monday and Tuesday, rain likely Wednesday, followed by a chance of rain on Thanksgiving Day. The thermometer should stay seasonal as highs hit 50-55F and lows dip into the upper-40s.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… Rain and/or showers, moderate winds, highs 50-55F, lows 40-45F, mountain highway snow possible.

wxon-twitterWith the stormy season upon us, use Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to get updated regional travel info and immediate notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings affecting the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is at 3,000 feet with 2-5 inches of snow expected, chains or traction tires required over the passes.

*Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range and Gorge, snow showers possible in the Cascades with the snow level near the passes through Sunday night, carry chains or traction tires.

* Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.

Marine: Winds are WNW 10-20 knots this morning with seas 8 feet at 10 seconds. A trough of low pressure moving across the waters is generating wind gusts of 20-25 knots this morning for areas north of Cascade Head. Seas in these areas are steep. Weak high pressure will build over Central Coast waters this afternoon for lighter onshore winds, become more southerly Saturday as the next front approaches. This front will likely generate gales or possibly storm force winds on Sunday with seas approaching 20 feet. A low moving along the front will slow its progress and the strong winds and seas may remain across the waters south of Cascade Head through Monday morning. Another front is expected Tuesday with another chance for gales. * 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… Chance of showers, moderate breeze, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/17 Fri 10:58 AM 8.99 H
11/17 Fri 5:42 PM -0.28 L
11/18 Sat 12:12 AM 7.25 H
11/18 Sat 5:27 AM 2.74 L

In Short: Scattered showers, dry with partial clearing, then stormy.

Phone scammers find more ways to vacuum your money right through the phone…

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Nov 162017

Sheriff Curtis Landers

From Sheriff Curtis Landers

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a concerned citizen who received a phone call from “Dish Network”. The caller representing “Dish” stated they were checking signals and knew the citizens name and that she was a Dish customer. The scammers called from two different numbers. The keen citizen contacted the true Dish company and their fraud department told her they possibly had a data breach on their website. They created her a new account and changed her passwords.

REMEMBER do not give out personal or financial information over the phone. Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated in methods to convince you to give them your money or personal information. Be alert and protect yourself. If the person on the phone doesn’t sound quite right, hang up and call the company the caller allegedly represents.

A grand unveiling of a new approach for crafting a new Lincoln City neighborhood…

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Nov 162017

View from “The Knoll”
Above Roads End and The Villages development just below
Lincoln City

Villages at Cascade Head preliminary master plan update

On Monday, November 20, consultants will share a new development concept for the Villages at Cascade Head in a city council workshop from 5:30 – 7:30 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 801 SW Highway 101. Everyone is invited to attend, or watch online or on Charter/Spectrum Channel 4.

This is not a hearing so the city council will not be taking public testimony. The public is welcome to stay after the council’s workshop to discuss the project and the potential for the property with consultants and city officials in an hour-long open house format.

The original plan for development is 20 years old. Now that Lincoln City residents own a majority of the Villages property, city officials are reviewing the plan in light of community needs and current ideas about development. In August, consultants presented the city council with an assessment of the existing conditions, current engineering and economic realities, development potential, and financial feasibility. In September, Laurence Qamar, architect and town planner, shared a concept that concentrates development in the south portion of the property and preserves the rougher land to the north in a more natural state.

These materials and the September 26th meeting video are available from the city’s webpage: www.lincolncity.org. The newest concept is part of the council’s packet for Monday’s workshop, also available from the city’s website.

City officials must think like both a regulator and a developer in order to protect the value of this wonderful asset. Unlike for-profit developers city officials are responsible for the well-being of our entire community and consequently, want to collaborate with neighbors and others in the community in order to achieve the best possible result for all.

Free fishin’ after Thanksgiving!

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Nov 162017

Free fishing after Thanksgiving

ODFW is waiving all fishing licensing requirements on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to #optoutside with friends and family during the long holiday weekend.

On Nov. 24 and 25 all fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free for both Oregon residents and non-residents. That means no licenses, tags or endorsements are needed on those days. All other fishing regulations apply.

Below are some good bets for fishing, crabbing or clamming on Thanksgiving weekend. For more, check ODFW’s Recreation Report, which is updated on Wednesday each week. Be sure to check water conditions and the weather forecast before heading out and dress appropriately. If you’re heading to the coast, be wary of high surf.

Trout: Lakes and reservoirs across Oregon have been stocked with trout in recent weeks, and several western Oregon lakes will be stocked the week of Nov. 20 including: Waverly Lake (Albany), Emigrant Lake (Ashland), Hyatt Reservoir (SE of Ashland), Applegate Reservoir (SW of Ashland), Expo Pond (Central Point), Faraday Lake (Estacada), Blue Lake (Fairview), St Louis Ponds (Gervais), Reinhard Park Pond (Grants Pass), Mt Hood Pond (MHCC-Gresham), Junction City Pond, Medco Pond (east of Lost Creek Lake), Willow Lake (east of Medford), Agate Reservoir (White City/Medford), Garrison Lake (Port Orford), Walter Wirth Lake and Walling Pond (Salem), Alton Baker Canal (Springfield) and Progress Lake (Tigard).

Winter steelhead: Thanksgiving usually marks the beginning of winter steelhead season on the coast, and some early returning hatchery fish have already been caught. Check the Recreation Report for the latest on conditions.

Crabbing and clamming
: While some crabbing closures are in effect due to domoic acid and ocean crabbing is closed, recreational crabbing is open in bays and estuaries and on beaches, docs, and piers from the north jetty of Coos Bay to Tahkenitch Creek and from north of Cape Foulweather to the Columbia River. Always check ODA’s shellfish page before crabbing or clamming for the latest information on any closures due to domoic acid http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx Bay clam and mussel harvesting are currently open along the entire Oregon coast and razor clamming is open on Clatsop County beaches.