Weather or Not: The Season’s First Gale Warning

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Oct 182017
 

Wednesday, Oct. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: Cloudy morning, afternoon light rain yesterday, overcast overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/52F/16mph/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 56F/46F/22mph/0.06”
Newport: 59F/52F/22mph/0.02”
Waldport: 58F/50F/18mph/~0.01”
Yachats: 57F/50F/24mph/~0.01”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 500’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: S 17mph G22/Altimeter: 30.02”

Forecast: The first Fall storm that’s also packing a decent blast of breeze arrives later today and lasts through the night. A Gale Warning has been posted for mariners with gusts offshore 30-35 knots, meaning we’ll have winds of 25-30 mph in our communities by late this afternoon, high temps around 60F and a 50-50 chance of precipitation. Rain increases tonight, up to three-quarters of an inch is expected, wind gusts rising to 40 mph and a low about 50F. Tomorrow, rain continues, another three-quarters of an inch or so, winds 15-25 mph gusting 35, high 55F. Outlook: showers Friday, rain, possibly heavy at times, Saturday and Sunday, a chance of showers and partly sunny Monday, then mostly sunny Tuesday. Temperatures remain near average with highs 55-60F and lows near 50F.

wxon-twitterNOTE: As we head into the stormy season, 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. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are damp, there are foggy areas, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are mainly dry, thermometer readings 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 45-50F. For the Cascades, highways are wet with roadside snow, 35-45F, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. * 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 S 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 7 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow morning. A warm front will lift northeastward across the northern waters this morning to bring Gale Force southerly wind gusts of 35-40 knots into the northern waters in the morning before gradually filling in across Central Coast waters later in the day. A trailing cold front will then drop southeastward and bring an end to the Gale Force winds late this evening across the northern waters and towards daybreak on Thursday across Central Coast waters. In addition, coastal jet development will likely produce locally stronger wind gusts of 45 knots within 10 miles of the coast. Either way, the strong winds should allow seas to climb into at least the mid-teens across the waters. Winds will likely drop into low-end Small Craft Advisory criteria behind the front, which should allow seas to subside into the low-teens early Thursday. However, this decrease in seas will likely be short-lived as a large westerly swell of 20-22 feet with a period of 15-17 seconds appears likely to impact the area beginning midday Thursday. An additional storm system capable of producing at least Gale Force wind gusts appears on track for either late Friday or Saturday. * 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… Rain likely, windy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/18 Wed 5:43 AM 0.85 L
10/18 Wed 12:01 PM 8.65 H
10/18 Wed 6:18 PM 0.37 L
10/19 Thu 12:32 AM 7.81 H

In Short: Wet and windy through the weekend, then drying.

Community Invited to Help Dedicate Oregon Medal of Honor Highway

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Oct 172017
 

CITY OF NEWPORT INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO ATTEND A CEREMONY TO DEDICATE
HIGHWAY 20 AS OREGON MEDAL OF HONOR HIGHWAY

The nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, Robert D. “Bob” Maxwell, a WWII Army veteran, from Bend, will participate in a ceremony at the Newport City Hall on Monday, October 30, dedicating the Oregon Medal of Honor Highway. The Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown designated all 451 miles of Highway 20, in Oregon, as the Oregon Medal of Honor Highway.

The highway honors Oregon’s 26 Medal of Honor recipients who served during eight major wars in ten countries over a span of 108 years from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.The ceremony begins in the Council Chambers at 11:00 A.M., and will be followed by a reception at the Army National Guard Armory, 541 SW Coast Highway.

A new highway sign will be unveiled by Mayor Sandra Roumagoux, Mr. Maxwell, City Council members, Dick Tobiason, and other dignitaries. The sign will be installed on Highway 20 near Moore Drive after the dedication ceremony.

This will be the first state border-to-border highway in the nation honoring all of a state’s Medal of Honor recipients. The Oregon Medal of Honor Highway begins in Newport and crosses the entire country, ending in Boston.

Proclamation adopted by the City Council Monday night –

Weather or Not: Dimmer Days

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Oct 172017
 

Tuesday, Oct. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly sunny yesterday, increasing clouds late, overcast overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/47F/18mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 59F/40F/14mph/0.00”
Newport: 59F/39F/21mph/0.00”
Waldport: 57F/45F/18mph/0.00”
Yachats: 57F/43F/19mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 2,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.16”

Forecast: Instead of a switch immediately shutting off the dry and turning on the wet, it’ll be more like a dimmer. We’ll gradually fade into a new weather regime beginning today with some light rain expected by lunchtime, high around 55F. Mostly cloudy tonight, low near 50F. Rain likely and windy tomorrow, gusts could reach 40 mph, highs 55-60F. Outlook is for heavy rain and windy Thursday, showers likely Friday, steady rain Saturday, a chance of rain Sunday, then partly sunny and drying by Monday. Thermometer readings should stay seasonal, topping out at 55-60F and bottoming out at 45-50F.

wxon-twitterNOTE: As we head into the stormy season, 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. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings near 45F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have roadside snow, 35-45F, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. * 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 S 5-15 knots this morning with steep seas 9 feet at 10 seconds. A Gale Watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. A cold front moves southeastward through the area today with Small Craft Advisory wind gusts of 25-30 knots across the northern waters through this morning. Seas will climb to near 10 feet then subside tonight. The front should weaken enough to prevent these winds and higher seas from spreading into all but the most northernmost portions of Central Coast waters. The next front will affect the region Wednesday into early Thursday and appears likely to produce Gale Force wind gusts of 35-45 knots. A coastal jet could produce locally stronger winds within 10 miles of the coast. Either way, the strong winds should allow seas to climb into at least the mid- to upper-teens late Wednesday. After winds fall off behind the front, seas should drop rather quickly into the low-teens. However, forecast models continue to suggest a large westerly swell around 20 feet will move into Central Coast waters late Thursday and may necessitate a High Surf Advisory. Additional storm systems capable of producing Gale Force gusts appear possible during the upcoming weekend as well. * 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… Rain likely, moderate breeze, 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
10/17 Tue 11:26 AM 8.42 H
10/17 Tue 5:36 PM 0.86 L
10/17 Tue 11:44 PM 7.82 H
10/18 Wed 5:43 AM 0.85

In Short: Wet and windy through the weekend.

Busy, Busy Newport City Council…

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Oct 172017
 

Oceanview Drive
Some improvements already made, several more to go. But long term fate is unknown.


The Newport City Council was told Monday night that Oceanview Drive has been made a bit more pleasant, if not more safe for bicyclists and pedestrians through more road striping, brush removal, traffic signs warning of pedestrians on the roadway and a pedestrian crosswalk at Agate Beach. The council also learned that pedestrians will soon notice wider graveled road shoulders/”escape zones” from cars that sometimes pass too close to walkers or may not even see them. The city will also put fog lines on the roadway giving drivers a better idea how wide (or narrow) the road is while offering pedestrians and bicyclists more visibility. There will also be additional signage placed along Oceanview reminding motorists that they share the road with walkers and bikers and to be on the look-out for them.

There was also again raised the desire to lower Oceanview’s speed limit from 35 down to 30 miles an hour. And that the city will ask ODOT to do another speed study on Oceanview to see if the popularity of Oceanview for multiple types of users might convince ODOT to lower the speed limit.

The city council vote was unanimous. The council also seemed united in exploring making Oceanview a one way street with road striping giving bicyclists and pedestrians even more breathing room than what has been given with fog lines and warning signs.

Adding even more the discussion was the city’s Bike and Pedestrian Committee recommending the creation a north-south bike and pedestrian trail veering away from some of the troublesome stretches of Oceanview. The trail would follow certain city streets and then leave the streets for unique pathways to give access to the beach but also crossing over the top of wetlands – all aimed at keeping pedestrians and bicyclists off Oceanview. The committee representative said such a pricey project would require a substantial amount of grant funding

There was, however, a hint of a warning that Oceanview will be reviewed by the city’s overall Transportation System Plan that is being developed by the city and consultants as the city anticipates future growth and new street layouts – not the least of which pertains to downtown Newport, a possible Harney street extension, future placement of the Yaquina Bay Bridge (it’s getting rather elderly), public transit, driver-less cars, trucks and buses and major urban renewal funding for traffic flow improvements in the Agate Beach area. And needless to say, major attention will be given to the Highway 20 arterial as it enters Newport as well as it’s junction with Highway 101. There’s even been talk about transforming Highway 101 from a simple two lane road through downtown Newport into a couplet where southbound and northbound travel would be split into parallel travel corridors. There would be at least a block between them as seen in many cities around the country. The city’s 2018 Transportation System Plan is still in an early stage of development and must past muster with ODOT because state and federal funds will be required to make a lot of these transportation upgrades even possible.

In other city council action Newport firefighters successfully bargained with city administration to accept a two percent pay increase for each of the next three years and a bump-up in sick leave allowance. The council unanimously approved the bargaining agreement and thanked Newport firefighters for their service and for all the highly unusual work shifts they are required to work to keep the stations manned 24/7 and for the perilous emergency challenges they routinely have to deal with.

The city council got their first glimpse of where the town’s recyclable trash may wind up in the near future. As was told to Lincoln City City Councilors last month, most of America’s recyclables were being bought by China. They’d sift and sort them and turn them into key components to produce a lot of consumer goods. City Councilor Mark Saelens broke the news as was broken earlier to Lincoln City, the Chinese will stop taking America’s recyclables beginning the first of the year. Not a lot of notice.

Saelens said unless the U.S. can find other countries to take America’s recyclables, there will be an unavoidable expansion of our own country’s landfills along with the creation of a lot of new ones – at a huge cost to citizens. Saelens hinted that Americans have gone soft on sorting their recyclables, especially baby diapers, which makes the process even harder to handle. The full impact of the Chinese refusal to take American recyclables is sending shock waves across the country with many unknown implications as to how the country will deal with this new reality. We’re simply in unchartered territory and we’re all going to be anxiously awaiting word on what’s next.

Roseburg Sign
Prohibits actual delivery of donations to panhandlers while on a street or highway.

The growing legion of pandhandlers on Newport street corners came up again before the council. The city has been grappling with it for months, yet the problem is worsening with the swelling numbers of homeless Americans. Newport’s moderate climate attracts many from areas that get sweltering hot and freezer cold. Plus the surrounding woods makes for easy shelter. The council said the issue has been laid right at their doorsteps – the City Hall entrance doubles as an overnight defacto sleeping hostel for the homeless.

But it’s not so much the sleeping arrangements as panhandlers slowing down traffic through town. Especially at signal lights – the Walmart/Fred Meyer lights are the worst. By the time the panhandlers have collected all their donations from generous drivers, the light has changed back to red and it makes motorists understandably angry.

The council learned sometime back that the act of panhandling is not illegal. It’s classified as constitutionally protected “free speech.” What IS illegal is stopping traffic while receiving money out a car window.

Other cities facing this problem (including Lincoln City) have passed laws that make it clear that anyone can panhandle – they just can’t step into the street and accept money and stall traffic while doing it. The only legal way is for the driver to deliver the money while parked in a parking space or parking lot. Roseburg has such a law and it seems to work. City officials say they’ll check out Roseburg’s approach and report back to the council as to whether Newport should adopt a Roseburg-like law and see if it solves the problem.

Research labs, classrooms and other research facility high-rise on western edge of HMSC.

And finally, the city council agreed with Oregon State University’s request to build the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s new $50 Million high-rise Marine Sciences Initiative building to a standard that makes sense rather than just standard building criteria. The council approved OSU’s request that the structure, expected to be built by 2019, will accommodate 900 OSU staff, students and others who will be walk-running to get to the upper floors, with special assistance for the handicapped. It’s called “vertical evacuation” and it was demonstrated to work very well during the 2011 Japanese Tsunami disaster which saved countless lives.

Dancing with the Coastal Stars at the PAC

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Oct 162017
 

Shelby Knife and Gabrielle McEntee lead off dancers…

Argentine Tango on stage at Dancing with the Coastal Stars

It takes two to tango and that’s precisely why Gabrielle McEntee and Shelby Knife are perfectly paired to perform a sexy Argentine number at Dancing with the Coastal Stars on Friday, Nov. 3. The event will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Center with all proceeds benefiting Samaritan House Family Shelter.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Colorado, Shelby is currently working for Yachats Rural Fire Protection District. Gabrielle was born and raised in Newport and currently owns and operates Mo’s restaurants. Gabrielle grew up taking dance and performing – a source of anxiety for some of the competition, but balance is provided by partner Shelby, who Gabrielle says “only dances when he’s in a bar.” Apparently, his bar moves were impressive, as this is where the couple met. In recent months, both have learned an entirely new way to dance, including the always challenging lead/follow required when a ballet barre is nowhere in sight.

The couple has studied under the tutelage of Rafael – an experienced dancer and choreographer in the world of Argentine Tango.

“Shelby’s lead complements Gabrielle’s tall and elegant look,” the coach remarked. “They do their homework and come prepared after reviewing on their own the steps from the last rehearsal,” he added.

Rafael choreographed the Tango dancing in the musical “Evita” in Corvallis last May. He also hosts a monthly Argentine Tango dance at the South Beach Community Center in Newport and teaches a beginner class the third Saturday of the month.

Proving that everything starts with the basics, Rafael said the audience may be surprised when they see that Shelby has “ditched his cowboy boots for now and has a new pair of Tango dancing shoes.”

Gabrielle said the couple took on this challenge because “Samaritan House provides an amazing service to the members of our community and we are excited to help them raise money.” They also enjoyed having free tango lessons!

Each team is also challenged to raise funds for Samaritan House as part of a “people’s choice” competition. This team will host a special day at Mo’s Restaurants in Newport on Wednesday, October 18, with a portion of that day’s earnings donated to Samaritan House in honor of McEntee and Knife. Donations may also be made in their name at the Samaritan House website.

Tickets for Dancing with the Coastal Stars are on sale at the PAC Box Office or online at coastarts.org. For more information about Samaritan House, visit SamFamShelter.org.

Oregon and other states trying to lower the boom on alleged questionable Opioid sales

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Oct 162017
 

Ellen Rosenblum
Oregon Attorney General
Helps launch 40 state opioid investigation


From Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum:

Oregon Takes Lead Role in the Investigation

Attorney General Rosenblum today announced that Oregon is on the leadership team of a multi-state investigation of manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids. As part of the investigations, a bi-partisan group of 41 Attorneys General are seeking documents and information from various manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids. This information will enable them to evaluate whether manufacturers and distributors have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sales, and distribution of opioids.

“Every day more Oregon communities are struggling with opioid abuse and related deaths. This makes me more determined than ever to hold these companies accountable for their role in this epidemic. The information we are gathering now will help us determine if these manufacturers or distributors have engaged in unlawful marketing or sales practices. Working together with 40 other AG offices will allow us to both conserve resources and get to the bottom of this national tragedy,” said Attorney General Rosenblum.

The Attorneys General served investigative subpoenas for documents and information, or Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs), on Endo, Janssen, Teva/Cephalon, Allergan, and their related entities, as well as a supplemental Civil Investigative Demand on Purdue Pharma. The Attorneys General also sent demand letters to opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson requesting documents about their opioid distribution business.

In 2015, Oregon was the first state to reach a settlement with Insys, the company that manufactures the schedule II opioid called Subsys. Shortly afterward, several other states followed Oregon’s lead. Previously, the Oregon Department of Justice had issued civil investigative demands against Purdue Pharma in 2012, and Endo in 2016. These two separate ongoing investigations have now merged into the multi-state investigation.

Attorney General Rosenblum commended the work of Assistant Attorney General David Hart and his investigative team for their investigations related to pharmaceutical fraud.

North Lincoln Fire headed for Tillamook on “move up” aid call

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Oct 162017
 

4:27pm
Some North Lincoln Fire-Rescue personnel and equipment is headed north to Tillamook to provide that city with fire protection as their own fire-rescue personnel deal with what is described as a very serious traffic crash near town.

Smoke seen at south end of South Beach State Park – Control Burn

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Oct 162017
 

2pm
Newport Fire just got a phone call from a resident living on Cupola Drive saying they see brown smoke rising into the air at the south end of South Beach State Park. NO flames seen.

2:02pm
Newport Fire says it’s a control burn inside the state park. Not a problem.