Surf rescue in Depoe Bay

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Feb 292016
 

3:52pm
Depoe Bay Fire responding to a report of two surfers being pulled out to sea just south of Devil’s Punchbowl in Depoe Bay. Both surfers are reported to be males with dark colored wetsuits.

3:57pm
Two individuals that called 911 are keeping eyes on the surfers, one at Devil’s Punchbowl, and one at the end of the cape on Otter Rock, both reporting that the surfers are on their boards but are still being pulled out. United States Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have been notified as well.

4:02pm
Depoe Bay Fire chief advising both surfers have made it to shore. Just arriving medics are now rushing down to the beach to assess them.

4:09pm
Medics have determined no medical treatment needed for the surfers. Ambulance released from the scene, fire units are remaining to talk with the surfers.

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The only thing missing from this Steve Power photo is…

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Feb 292016
 
Cape Foulweather Steve Power photo

Cape Foulweather
Steve Power photo

…a heavily bearded Charlton Heston in Hebrew cloth raising his staph in the air and bellowing….”Behold his mighty hand!”

(For those two young to remember, see the epic movie “The Ten Commandments,” 1956)

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Update on Rodeway Inn fire in Lincoln City

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Feb 292016
 
Rodeway Inn Fire in the attic crawlspace has proven to be very elusive. Rep. David Gomberg photo

Rodeway Inn
Fire in the attic crawlspace has proven to be very elusive.
Rep. David Gomberg photo

Fire report from NLFR Captain Jim Kusz

The Rodeway Inn & Suites at 1070 SE 1st Street (directly across Highway 101 from the D-River Wayside) in Lincoln City reported a chimney fire in one of the rooms at approximately 8:40 p.m. Sunday night, February 28th. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the scene and within moment’s three engines, an aerial truck, a heavy rescue, and over 20 volunteer firefighters arrived to the scene.

The firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within an hour and contained it to two units of the hotel however, flames had severely damaged a large portion of the roof, and water damaged several units on the second story.

An additional ladder truck was called in from Newport Fire to assist North Lincoln Fire’s 100′ aerial unit with roof operations. Additional engines from Nestucca Rural Fire and Depoe Bay Fire assisted in suppression efforts as well.

A fire in the fireplace was the cause of the blaze that rapidly vented through the roof of the third floor unit. The 44 unit hotel is closed until further notice, however several businesses that share the structure on the first floor are all expected to open today.

Early damage estimates range near half a million dollars. No one was injured during the event and guests had been moved to a neighboring hotel for the night.

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The Botany of Desire – Yes, you read it correctly – at the Newport Public Library

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Feb 292016
 

botany of desire

READING CIRCLE TO DISCUSS “THE BOTANY OF DESIRE” AT THE NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Newport Library Reading Circle will meet on Tuesday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. to discuss The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. Pollan demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a reciprocal relationship. He links four fundamental human desires — sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control — with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato.

The Reading Circle is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to eat lunch during the program. For more information, please call (541) 265-2153 or check the library’s website, www.newportlibrary.org

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On Lincoln County’s Most Wanted List…

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Feb 292016
 
Joshua Irwin Among Lincoln County's most wanted....

Joshua Irwin
Among Lincoln County’s most wanted….

Lincoln County Parole and Probation is looking for this person, 24 year old Joshua Irwin who is wanted for violating his parole supervision for Burglary. Irwin is 6 foot, 160 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair.

If you see Irwin anywhere do not attempt to apprehend him yourself. Simply note day, time and location of the sighting. Then call Lincoln County Community Corrections at 541-265-8551.

 Posted by at 11:45 AM

Car fire on Highway 20

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Feb 292016
 

11:30am
Newport Fire is headed east on Highway 20 responding to an RV on fire about two miles east of Newport. Watch for emergency vehicles and flaggers.

11:33am
Newport Fire chief has gone up to Fruitvale Rd and hasn’t see anything. He’s continuing east, requesting Toledo Fire be advised.

11:36am
The caller was a passerby and said they saw an RV on fire pulled over on the side of the road. The only vehicle that has been seen pulled over is a tractor trailer just past milepost 2. Newport Fire engine and chief arriving at the truck to make contact.

11:39am
The driver of the truck says he had a tire blow and is awaiting repair. Since no RV has been spotted on the highway, Newport Fire crews are returning to their station.

 Posted by at 11:33 AM

Weather or Not: Leap Day

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Feb 292016
 

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Feb. 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday’s blustery southerly breeze held on until sunset as a slow-moving weather system continued to affect our area. The wind was steady at 25-30 mph with gusts in the upper-30s to low-40s for much of the day. There generally wasn’t much precipitation albeit a couple of the short-lived showers were quite intense. Some cheery sunbreaks appeared from time to time and all of our reporting stations had exactly the same high temperature, 54F. We were in between fronts for most of the night, but some rain fell again just before daybreak. Low temps dipped slightly to the upper-40s. At dawn, it was mostly cloudy with a light southeast wind.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 1,100′ and 1,900′, broken @ 2,900′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 8 mph/Pressure: 30.07”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/50F/40mph/0.12”
Depoe Bay: 54F/46F/42mph/0.01”
Newport: 54F/45F/37mph/0.01”
Waldport: 54F/46F/35mph/0.12”
Yachats: 54F/48F/41mph/0.19”

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A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 8:00am Tuesday WARNING NWS SWSmorning through 2:00pm Tuesday afternoon. South winds 20-30 mph with gusts to 60 mph, strongest near beaches and headlands. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.

Forecast: 2016’s Leap Day (see Factoid below) isn’t going to be much different that any other day during WON SHOWERSthis wet Winter. Expect rain to develop again by this afternoon, moderate winds and a high of 55F. Tonight, rainy and breezy, low 50F. It looks like we’re going to get a big blast of wind tomorrow with gusts 50-60 mph, and a bucket of rain, maybe three-quarters of an inch, and the mercury rises to 55F. Outlook is for a chance of rain Wednesday, rain likely Thursday, then rainy and occasionally windy Friday through Sunday. A Pineapple Express (atmospheric river) event with heavy rain is possible Friday and Saturday. Average temps prevail all week.

Travel: Highway 101 will be closed at Milepost 178 until sometime today following a landslide just north of Sea Lion Caves and south of the Cape Creek Tunnel, 11 miles north of Florence. ODOT crews are clearing the roadway, but cannot safely open it to traffic until debris remaining on the hillside is cleared in daylight today to ensure slope stability and safety for travelers. The highway may be closed throughout the day; check Tripcheck.com before attempting to travel through the area. Travelers are advised to take alternate routes.

In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 35-40F in the passes; rain by this afternoon, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain developing, light east wind, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 20-30F; partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is at 3,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Marine: Sou’westers are blowing 10-20 knots this morning with rough seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft WON GALEAdvisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Gale Warning is then in effect from this evening through Tuesday evening. SW winds today 10-15 knots gusting 20 and square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 and combined seas 14 feet at 14 seconds. Even stronger southerlies are expected tomorrow, 30-35 knots gusting 40-45 with combined rough seas building to 18 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for mainly S winds 20-30 knots gusting 35 and seas 15-20 feet through Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this afternoon’s high tide.
* Tides
02/29 Mon 10:40 AM 1.96 L
02/29 Mon 04:55 PM 5.96 H
02/29 Mon 10:16 PM 3.34 L
03/01 Tue 04:45 AM 7.63 H

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In Short: Mostly rainy and windy all week.

Leap Day Factoid: Why do we add a day to the calendar every 4 years? In reality, the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (one solar year) takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours (exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45 seconds). So, about 24 extra hours accumulates every 4 years, requiring that an additional day be added to align the calendar with the Sun’s apparent position. Without this ‘Leap Day,’ the seasons in future years would occur later in the calendar, eventually leading to confusion about when to undertake activities dependent on weather, ecology, or hours of daylight. There’s a little problem with Leap Days, however. By adding a full calendar day every four years you end up with an excess of around 44 minutes each time, or about 3 days every 400 years. To compensate for this, 3 days are then removed from the calendar every 400 years. The Gregorian calendar we use implements this adjustment by making an exception to the general rule that there is a Leap Year every four years. Instead, a year divisible by 100 is not a leap year unless that year is also exactly divisible by 400. This means that the years 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years, while the years 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300, and 2500 are not leap years.

 Posted by at 8:10 AM

Lincoln City: Stubborn roof fire at Rodeway Inn is now out.

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Feb 282016
 

Rodeway Inn Lincoln City Fire on third floor - heavy smoke from two rooms on the end.

Rodeway Inn
Lincoln City
Fire on third floor – heavy smoke from two rooms on the end.


Rodeway Inn Lincoln City Fire has vented the roof at one end.  Both 2nd and 3rd floors are evacuated. Sammy Kuk photo

Rodeway Inn Lincoln City
Fire has vented the roof at one end. Both 2nd and 3rd floors are evacuated.
Sammy Kuk photo


Fire venting to the outside.  Firefighters attacking it from above. Sammy Kuk

Fire venting to the outside. Firefighters attacking it from above.
Sammy Kuk


Rodeway Inn Fire in the attic crawlspace has proven to be very elusive. Rep. David Gomberg photo

Rodeway Inn
Fire in the attic crawlspace has proven to be very elusive.
Rep. David Gomberg photo

Fire knocked down at 9:38pm Other responding fire departments can return to quarters with a sincere “Thank You” from North Lincoln Fire.

10:00pm
WOOPS!! Fire rekindled in the crawl space!! Firefighters scrambling to put it out…again!

10:06pm
Firefighters really hustling to get water on it. The fire has now worked its way down into a second floor room. Firefighters are back to pulling wall and ceiling board. This fire just won’t go down without a bigger fight!

10:11pm
North Lincoln Fire has once again called Newport Fire to bring their large ladder truck. This is getting to be a complicated game of hide-and-seek with a fire that has worked it’s way around the end of the building. As you can see from the top photo above, there are a number of businesses on the first floor. Newport’s big ladder truck should be there in just under a half-hour.

11:15pm
North Lincoln Fire now declares the fire is out – Finally! But they’re still going to keep an eye on it.

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ORIGINAL STORY BEGAN HERE…

8:43pm
North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute to a report of a chimney fire at Lincoln City’s Rodeway Inn, at 1070 SE 1st. That’s right next to the D-River Wayside.

Rodeway staff is evacuating everyone in the motel. The chimney fire is above room 342.

8:47pm
First fire crew on scene reports heavy smoke from two rooms on the 3rd floor.

8:50pm
One firefighter says it appears the fire is into the roof area.

8:51pm
North Lincoln Fire has sent out a request for surrounding fire agencies for mutual aid to help fight the blaze.

8:51pm
Firefighters report there are visible flames in the attic area and heavy smoke is coming from two rooms on the third floor.

8:42pm
Evacuation of all guests continue. They’re being funneled over to the Quality Inn next door.

8:47pm
Third floor has heavy smoke coming from the two rooms on the end. Everyone on the 3rd floor has been evacuated.

9:00pm
Second floor is now fully evacuated.

9:03pm
Firefighters on the third floor report that the fire is in the crawl space between the roof and the motel rooms. Firefighters are hauling hose up the emergency exit to access the fire.

9:07pm
Fire Command has asked for assistance from Depoe Bay to help cover the city while they’re tied up at the Rodeway.

9:09pm
Firefighters are running hose up the stairwell and also getting on the roof. Firefighters in the smoke-filled rooms are going to be pulling down the ceiling while firefighters cut holes in the roof to attack the fire from up top.

9:10pm
Flames now visible coming out from the roof.

9:38pm
Fire declared knocked down. Beginning mop-up to make sure they didn’t miss anything.

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Cape Kiwanda takes another life but two others survive

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Feb 282016
 

Cape Kiwanda Steve Power photo

Cape Kiwanda
Steve Power photo


Cape Kiwanda has taken another life this Winter. The Coast Guard says a number of young people were hiking the cape Sunday when three of them fell over a drop-off and into the water below. The Coast Guard says they launched a helicopter from Astoria and a 47-foot motorlifeboat from Depoe Bay. When the helicopter got on scene they were looking down at 13-foot waves near shore. Yet they managed to rescue two of the three victims. The third victim, a 19 year old male, was spotted face down in the water. Efforts to revive him were not successful.

Cape Kiwanda took the life of a 17 year old Maryville, Washington girl recently. She also fell down a long escarpment to the sea below.

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 Posted by at 8:54 PM

Chowder Bowl Nye Beach location to host March 2nd “Dine Out for Samaritan House”

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Feb 282016
 
Chowder Bowl Fundraiser for Samaritan House!

Chowder Bowl Fundraiser
for Samaritan House!

Chowder Bowl Nye Beach location to host March 2nd “Dine Out for Samaritan House”

Chowder Bowl in Nye Beach will host the March 2nd “Dine Out for Samaritan House.” The restaurant, renowned for their thick and creamy clam chowder, will donate 50% of the day’s profits to help support Samaritan House, a shelter for homeless families with children. Theirs is by far the biggest donation of any monthly Dine Out each year! In fact, they are the largest donor in the Because We Care Club, made up of corporate or group donors to Samaritan House.

The Chowder Bowl sets itself apart from other seafood restaurants with their unique location, love of Newport, and excellent customer service. Since its inception in 1980, the Chowder Bowl has played an active role in the transformation of Nye Beach, doing an excellent job preserving the architecture and history of the 1920’s and 30’s. They proudly serve  milk-based, thick and creamy  clam  chowder  and  use only the  best  quality sea  clams.  Their clam chowder is so good they’ve been featured on “The Today Show”, in Coastal Living Magazine,  and  received the  2010 & 2011 Newport News-Times “Best Clam Chowder” Award.

Samaritan House has been providing homeless families in Lincoln County with safe shelter and assistance in transitioning to self-sufficiency since 1988. Comprehensive case management and educational programming surround the residents with a supportive and sympathetic atmosphere where they can learn the necessary skills to be independent. For more information, visit www.samfamshelter.org or call 541-574-8898.

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