Parking alert along Bay Boulevard, Newport

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Sep 262017

Newport Public Works advises all parking prohibited on SE Bay Blvd. between Eads and John Moore Dr. on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.

Traffic control will be in place beginning Tuesday evening, Sept. 26th in preparation for road surface work. Please find alternate routes.

Weather or Not: Summer Trio

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Sep 262017

Tuesday, Sep. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: Cloudy, sprinkles, sunbreaks yesterday; mixed skies, fog overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/56F/10mph/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 67F/54F/9mph/~0.01”
Newport: 68F/52F/7mph/0.01”
Waldport: 66F/56F/10mph/~0.01”
Yachats: 65F/52F/17mph/~0.01”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 100’
Visibility: 0.75 miles/Wind: E 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.15”

Forecast: There’ll be a trio of Summer-like days to enjoy this week, beginning today with sunshine and a high of 65-70F. Mostly clear tonight, low of 55F. Tomorrow should be a real barnburner (by late September standards) as a thermal low-pressure system brings warm offshore winds to the Central Coast and the thermometer rises to 75F or possibly higher. Outlook is for more sunshine and 70F Thursday, then rapid cooling and a 50-50 chance of rain Friday followed by mixed skies and a chance of showers Saturday through Monday. Temps return to near seasonal as highs reach 60F and lows slump to 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 45-55F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 45-55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 40-45F, the free air freezing level is 11,000 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 ENE 5-10 knots this morning, with seas 5 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect for the inner waters, less than 10 miles from shore, from this afternoon through this evening; out past 10 miles, the advisory remains in effect through tomorrow morning. Small craft winds will start by pushing up the coast this evening but by early Wednesday will be relegated to the outer waters as a thermal trough builds north and winds turn offshore. Winds will remain light through the remainder of the week and into the weekend. By late Sunday, there is considerable forecast uncertainty with some projections indicating gusty southerlies ahead of the next system to move through the area while other models continue to show northerlies. Seas will remain small through the week until later in the weekend when either a system moving in or persistent gusty north winds will bring increasing seas across Central Coast waters. * 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… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
09/26 Tue 10:42 AM 3.41 L
09/26 Tue 4:46 PM 7.25 H
09/26 Tue 11:50 PM 1.24 L
09/27 Wed 6:42 AM 5.93 H

In Short: Mostly clear, warm, then cooler and a chance of rain/showers.

Watch the artist transform music to the canvass

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Sep 252017

Music driving art
LC Cultural Center

LINCOLN CITY – The Lincoln City Cultural Center invites you to experience beautiful chamber music and surprising visual art, simultaneously, at this year’s performance of Sound of Nature, Sound of Art. Tickets are on sale now for this multi-media art event, which will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the LCCC auditorium.

Art animated by music

Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is the brainchild of Jonathan Dubay, violinist and head of the Three Centuries Ensemble. Dubay has planned a program of favorites (Vivaldi’s “Summer,” Dvorak’s “Silent Woods” and Milhaud’s “Suite for Piano, Violin and Clarinet”) along with original works by two contemporary composers. The first half of the program will include “Swing Shift” by Kenji Bunch, and the second half will present “The Wave Sings Because it is Moving” by Bryan Johanson. Both are based in Portland. The works will be performed by the Three Centuries Ensemble, in quartet form: Jonathan Dubay (violin), Todd Kuhns (clarinet), Kenneth Finch (cello) and Susan Dewitt Smith (piano).

Must be the Ode to the Salmon River Symphony!

Two visual artists, Victoria McOmie and Siobhan Humston, will also be performing. McOmie and Humston will be responding to the music, on canvas, and will be creating their pieces while the audience observes. And, in a popular addition to this event that was added last year, arts educator Krista Eddy will be leading an “audience art” project that is also coordinated with the musical selections. If you’re sitting in the audience, you can respond in real time, as you watch and listen.

“It’s a sensory-laden experience that opens up new paths of understanding,” said Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “I have found that I think differently about both the music and the art, and that time slows down while the performance is taking place. How you experience Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is up to you – but to find out, you’ve got to be here.”

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SONSOA is sponsored by a generous grant from US Bank, lodging sponsorship by Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, and educational support from the Studio to School project of the Oregon Community Foundation. Community partners in the presentation of this concert are the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, the Westwind Stewardship Group, the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Salmon-Drift Creek Watershed Council. Vital support has also been provided by the donating members of the LCCC.

“The first Sound of Nature, Sound of Art performance took place in 2014, as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. We continue to use Cascade Head as the ecological inspiration for Sound of Nature, Sound of Art,” Price said. “Jonathan Dubay has chosen evocative works that celebrate the ocean, the coastal headland and the estuary. The artists are asked to consider Cascade Head as an image, as well as the rhythms and lines of the music proposed.”
To reserve your seat for the public performance of Sound of Nature, Sound of Art, head to, and click the “buy tickets” button. Early bird tickets – all those sold up until Oct. 1 — are $15 each. Regular tickets are $20 per person in advance, and $22 at the door. LCCC Membership discount of $2 will apply.

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Hard of hearing while in the hospital can cause serious misundersandings!

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Sep 252017

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Healthy Hearing from:
Le’Anne McEachern, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology

Age-Related Hearing Loss Causes Clinical Communication Breakdown

It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The prevalence of medical errors is higher among older patients. Failures in clinical communication are considered to be the leading cause of medical errors. A previous study reported that improved communication between the medical teams and families could have prevented 36 percent of medical errors. Colm M. P. O’Tuathaigh, B.A., Ph.D., of University College Cork, Cork, Ireland and colleagues conducted an analysis of interview data collected in 100 adults 60 years and older to examine communication breakdown in hospital and primary care settings among adults reporting hearing loss.

Of these adults, 57 reported some degree of hearing loss; 26 used a hearing aid device. Of the 100 adults, 43 reported having misheard a physician, nurse or both in a primary care or hospital setting. When asked to elaborate on the context of mishearing in a clinical setting, the scenarios included (in descending order of citation frequency): general mishearing, consultation content, physician-patient or nurse-patient communication breakdown, hospital setting and use of language.

“This qualitative analysis confirms that age-related hearing loss has a negative effect on clinical communication across both hospital and primary care clinical settings,” the authors write. “We recommend that content-related and setting-related factors identified as barriers to communication in adults with hearing impairment be incorporated within a patient-centered approach to clinical communication with this patient population.”

Le’Anne McEachern, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology SeaTowne Shopping Center
1622 N. Coast Highway
Newport, OR 97365
541 272-5015 fax 541 272-5016

What day next year do YOU want the 2018 Lincoln County Fair to begin?

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Sep 252017

Lincoln County Fair

Fair Board Seeks Public Input Regarding Possible Date Changes for 2018 Lincoln County Fair

Fair Board Seeks Public Input Regarding Possible Date Changes for 2018 Fair Event
The Lincoln County Fair Board is encouraging public input on a possible change in dates for the 2018 fair event. Currently, the fair takes place the third weekend in August.

The Fair Board will accept public comment at its meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Newport.

People who wish to submit comments but are unable to attend can submit written comments (prior to the October 12th Fair Board meeting):
Todd Williver – 4-H Program Coordinator
Oregon State University – Lincoln County Extension Service

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No surprise here…Governor Brown announces she’s running for Governor

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Sep 252017

Governor Brown
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Governor Kate Brown, serving out the remainder of former Governor John Kitzhaber’s term from which he resigned, has announced she wants a full four year term this time. And today she has filed her candidacy papers.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.