Waterspout spotted off 101 south of Lincoln City

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Jan 202018

Waterspout off Siletz Bay south of Lincoln City
Heather Tincher

Kyllo’s in Lincoln City just as things got heavy…
Meggie Chapman

Looking out into Depoe Bay just before the Newport man went over the wall…
Byron Pickering photo

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A plea for help for Kathy Fairchild’s family

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Jan 202018

Kathy Fairchild, 68
Succumbs to cancer
Family needs help to get back on their feet….

Kathy Fairchild of Siletz passed away recently after a heroic fourth attempt at beating Cancer. The first three were successful. The fourth wasn’t. Kathy, a loving wife and mother, succumbed to the dreaded disease at the age of 68.

Kathy and her husband Jim were married for decades, raising children and contributing to the local economy – not only in Toledo, but in Lincoln City as well. For years they operated a pizza restaurant which helped support them. Eventually Jim decided to become a full time barber with his shop on Toledo’s Main Street. Kathy went to work for a non-profit that helped people get off drugs.

Kathy and Jim were very much devoted to each other and to the community, and now Jim and the surviving family are turning to the community for help with the very high costs associated with the last weeks of life for Kathy. Big medical bills, funeral costs, and helping the family get back on their feet again due to all the lost time tending to Kathy rather than to their jobs.

If you’d like to help – even just a little – it would be deeply appreciated. No donation is too small. If a lot of people give a little, it would help restore some semblance of normalcy to the Fairchild family.

If you’d like to donate $5, $10 or $20 (or more), just click here and it’ll take you to Kathy’s Go Fund Me page.

Helping your kids to connect with nature and smart animals

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Jan 202018

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Bright Horizons is seeking volunteers to help with all aspects of our program.

Work with Special Needs children and adults.

Learn about Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

Learn Horsemanship and Horse Care.

Discounted Lessons Available.

Great way serve your Community No Experience Needed – We train.

Earn Volunteer hours towards a High School Credit!

(To work with students, need to be at least 14 years old.)

Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center

There will be a Volunteer Orientation/ Training this Saturday 1/20/18 at 2:00PM. If you know anyone that may be interested in volunteering, or want a review, please have them attend this on Saturday! Let me know if you have any questions. Marla Bowman



Please contact us: Call 541-961-4156 or

amy@brighthorizonsriding.org www.brighthorizonsriding.org

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Jan 202018

Free Workers’ Compensation Workshops

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

10am-Noon • Lincoln City

2pm-4pm • Newport

Register now, here.

Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division is coming to Lincoln City and Newport on Thursday, February 1 to offer a free community outreach opportunity through the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center.

This workshop will focus on:

• The basics of workers’ compensation

• Subjectivity

• And, the perils of becoming a “non-compliant employer”

At the end of the course, the presenters will offer a Q & A session. Ideal participants would be employers, small business owners, or anyone contemplating opening a business.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

10am-Noon • OCCC North County Center, Lincoln City

3788 SE High School Drive

2pm-4pm • OCCC Central County Campus, Newport

400 SE College Way

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Reaching out more aggressively to help our physically or emotionally “Wounded Warriors”

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Jan 202018

Thank you, Veterans!

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs continues to seek grant proposals from nonprofits and other service providers who want to help expand needed services for Oregon veterans.

The grant program was created to improve services in a number of key areas, including mental and physical health care, housing, employment opportunities and stability, education and training opportunities, transportation, and promoting veterans’ organizations that provide critical services for veterans.

“One of the things that defines the Oregon veteran community is our ability to creatively and effectively harness available resources to make a difference for veterans,” said Sheronne Blasi, acting director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “We see it happen every day. This grant opportunity is about supporting that work, expanding services for veterans in their communities, and we’re confident it will make a big impact.”

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The Veteran Services Grant Fund is funded by Oregon Lottery revenue, which was made possible through voters’ approval of Measure 96 in November 2016.

Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations incorporated under 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4), veterans organizations incorporated under 501(c)(19), tribal, regional, local governments, or state agencies, Oregon quasi-public agencies and Oregon intergovernmental agencies.

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More information and application documents can be found at ODVA’s website, or on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN).

Grant proposals must be received by Feb. 1, 2018, to be considered. All awards will be one-time grants, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. Grant awards will be announced in the spring of 2018.

Questions about this grant opportunity may be directed to ODVA Senior Policy Adviser Laurie Skillman at laurie.skillman@state.or.us

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Weather or Not: High Wind Warning

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Jan 202018

Saturday, Jan. 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers yesterday, continuing through the evening and overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/44F/33mph/0.66”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/22mph/0.59”
Newport: 48F/41F/22mph/0.48”
Waldport: 50F/43F/25mph/0.33”
Yachats: 49F/44F/27mph/0.66”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,500’ & 3,000’, overcast @ 7,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SW 9 mph/Altimeter: 30.15”

The National Weather Service has upgraded the High Wind Watch to a High Wind Warning for Central Coast beaches and headlands, in effect from 2:00am to 10:00am Sunday. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph. The strongest winds are expected early Sunday morning. Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are expected. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.

Forecast: Showers and breezy today, southerly winds gusting 25-30 mph, maybe a quarter inch of precipitation, and a high of 50F. Rain developing tonight, windy with gusts as high as 60 mph, low 45F. Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain tomorrow, sou’westers 30-35 mph gusting 50 in the morning, easing somewhat in the afternoon, high again about 50F. Outlook is for showers Monday, rain Tuesday and Wednesday, showers Thursday, then a chance of showers Friday. Temperatures near normal – highs 50F, lows 45F all week.

wxon-twitterThroughout 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. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mostly wet, temps about 35F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, 1-3 inches of snow expected today, carry chains or tractions tires.

* Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly wet pavement; in the Cascades, snow showers, the snow level remaining below the passes at 2,500 feet, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4:00am tomorrow morning through 6:00pm tomorrow night for up to a foot of snow.

* 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 SW 10-15 knots this morning with steep seas 16-17 feet at 15 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight. A Storm Warning is then in effect from late tonight through tomorrow morning. Seas remain 16 to 19 feet early this morning, but will subside a little through the rest of the day. However, the next frontal system will move through Central Coast waters late tonight and tomorrow morning. Storm Warning remains in effect with gusts to 55 knots expected as the front moves through. This system will be a fast-mover, with winds decreasing by tomorrow afternoon. Along with winds, seas will build with the front, reaching 20 to 25 feet; dominant wave periods will be only around 12 seconds, making for rather steep seas. Winds ease late Sunday and Monday, but the next disturbance crosses the waters on Tuesday. This will bring a round of gales and seas rebuilding into the upper-teens. The general pattern remains rather active through next week, but confidence remains lower with respect to the timing of the various disturbances. * 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, breezy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/20 Sat 7:57 AM 3.41 L
01/20 Sat 1:42 PM 8.23 H
01/20 Sat 8:27 PM 0.18 L
01/21 Sun 3:13 AM 7.71 H

In Short: Showers and breezy, rainy and very windy, then mainly wet and breezy.

Man swept off Depoe Bay rocks earlier this week, and presumed drowned, identified

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Jan 192018

Coast Guard looking for any sign of the victim
Michelle Reeves photo

Oregon State Police was notified by the Mexican Consulate that they had made contact with the victim’s family in Michoacán, Mexico. The victim has been identified as Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez, age 46. Rodriguez Alvarez is presumed deceased after he was swept away near the Depoe Bay “Spouting Horn” wave blow-hole across the street from the town’s city center.

It appeared to many that Alvarez did not fully appreciate the danger he put himself in, by climbing over a stone wall and then down onto the rocks near the Spouting Horn. The horn/blow-hole was putting up more violent surge-water sprays than have been seen in years. Rodriguez Alvarez was quickly swept off the rocks and disappeared into the churning mass of storm waters below.

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Oregon Community Foundation presents grant award to Food Share of Lincoln County.

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Jan 192018

Pictured from left, Tom Hurst, Oregon Community Foundation; Nancy Mitchell, Food Share Executive Director; and George Stankey, FSLC Board President.

Food Share of Lincoln County received $30,000 in grant funds from the Janet M. Bailey Fund, Schamp Family Fund, Oneatta Fund and the Grasmajeto Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, in 2016 OCF awarded more than $100 million in grants and scholarships.

The funds were awarded in support of the future purchase of a refrigerated truck to transport perishable food from local grocery partners and to program agency sites. Each month approximately 1700 families access a food pantry or hot meal site in Lincoln County. In 2017, Food Share distributed over 1 million pounds of food and reduced food waste by recovering nearly 160,000 pounds of fresh nutritious food from local grocery and food industry partners.

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The purchase of a refrigerated truck will ensure the safety and quality of the food in transport and will help FSLC meet its goal of launching six new produce distributions throughout its service area.

For more information on Food Share of Lincoln County, or how you can support the refrigerated truck campaign, contact Food Share at 541-265-8578, www.foodsharelincolncounty.org, or find us on Facebook.