Dec 292013
 
Toledo First Weekend Art Event, January 4 & 5  "Last Light" by photographer Robert Trusty

Toledo First Weekend Art Event, January 4 & 5
“Light Rays” by photographer Robert Trusty

Ring in the New Year for Toledo’s First Weekend Art Event. Galleries and studios will be open all over town to celebrate the event and share new works with you including Gallery Briseño, Toledo Clay Works, SolaLuna, The Gallery, Things Found, the Becky Miller Studio, Gallery Michael Gibbons, Ivan Kelly Studio and Gallery, Sea Fern Studio, and newcomers Impressions Pacific.

The featured artist for January 2014 is once again photographer Robert Trusty of LastLight Gallery in Toledo. His theme this month is “Light Rays” and will feature his interpretation of various performances of the sun throughout the year. Trusty’s work can also be found in the 2014 LazerQuick calendar for the month of May which features his photo of a scene from Rex and Natalie Krabbe’s beautiful gardens.

Trusty will be showing his photographs and chatting with patrons on Saturday and Sunday, January 4 & 5 from 11 am to 5 pm in his gallery at 157 NE Alder in the Toledo Art District. Light refreshments will be served.

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 Posted by at 3:27 PM
Dec 292013
 

3:17pm
Lincoln City Police and others are on scene at a residence on North Chinook Lane on a call for help from a woman inside. She told 9-1-1 that her estranged boyfriend was outside trying to break into her home. She said he was using the bat to beat on the door, and then tried to use it to pry the door open.

Law enforcement is now on scene.

3:21pm
Sounds like they’ve got everything calmed back down.

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 Posted by at 3:20 PM
Dec 292013
 

Cedar Waxwing Ram Papish photo

Cedar Waxwing
Ram Papish photo

Hawk Ram Papish photo

Hawk
Ram Papish photo

Provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s almost time for the Christmas Bird Count and volunteers are needed to help count birds in the Yaquina Bay area on Sunday, January 5, from 7 AM to 4 PM. Bird enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, even beginners, are encouraged to participate in this free citizen science event. During the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count participants will count as many species and number of individual birds as they can within a 24 hour period.

Considered the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count data provides critical data on population trends. “Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a great way to meet new people, explore new habitat, learn more about our feathered friends or simply sharpen your birding skills,” said Dawn Harris who organizes and compiles the local count.

The Yaquina Bay count is within a 15 mile diameter circle that extends from Yaquina Head southward to Seal Rocks and eastward to Toledo. About half of the Count Circle is offshore. The count circle includes a variety of habitats attractive to birds including a national wildlife refuge, three state parks, two county parks and more. The local count is sponsored by the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists. During Yaquina Bay’s last count in December 2012, 41 birdwatchers in the field and at backyard feeders recorded 142 species of birds. “Whether you want to be in the field or watch feeders from your window your participation is welcome” said Harris.

Contact Yaquina Bay Christmas Bird Count Compiler Dawn Harris at oregoncoastbirding@gmail.com to sign up or to get more information.

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 Posted by at 2:55 PM
Dec 292013
 
Wonder if this is the little gal that HMSC just set free? Steve Power photo

Wonder if this is the little gal that HMSC just set free?
Steve Power photo

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 Posted by at 11:42 AM
Dec 292013
 
Chris Burns Central Coast Weather

Chris Burns
Central Coast Weather

Sunday, Dec. 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: It wasn’t exactly an SPF-30 sunscreen day, but lots of sunshine bathed our area yesterday making it about as nice here as it gets in December. That happened, of course, prior to the spoilers –- a round of thin, low clouds — arriving just before dark. But all was not lost. The clouds made the sunset even more marvelous. Highs yesterday in the low 50s, overnight lows in the upper 30s, winds were basically light, 5-10 knots, from the northeast, with a peak gust of 21 knots recorded at Yachats. The skies cleared again overnight and morning temperatures in the mid 30s produced frosty windshields.

Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 52F/37F
Newport: 51F/39F
Yachats/Waldport: 50F/37F

Forecast: At least one more mostly sunny and relatively warm day on tap today with highs in the low 50s, patchy fog and light northeast winds. It won’t be too chilly this evening if you’re planning to attend the last night of the Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium; tonight’s low about 40F. Outlook is for a slow transformation in the week ahead to additional cloud cover. There’s a chance of rain on New Years Eve, then a brief partly sunny break on New Years Day, before a mostly cloudy regime develops with the possibility of some light rain late in the week into next weekend.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just at freezing this morning, but warming through the day to 45-50F. Expect areas of fog tonight through tomorrow. A bad crash on Highway 20 about 2 miles west of Philomath caused serious delays of up to two hours early today, but traffic should be moving normally soon. Portland, Corvallis and other Valley destinations are above freezing with patchy fog forecast through tomorrow. Cascade highway passes are free and clear with the freezing level at 10,000 feet and the next chance of snow not until Tuesday night.

Marine: Seas are at 6 feet this morning and the breeze is only about 10 knots out of the NE. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. However, it appears the NE wind will be picking up later today to 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 and occasional gusts near 25 knots possible. Wind waves 4 feet along with the 6-7 foot swell will make it a little lumpy on the water for the next 24 hours. Winds ease after midnight to 5-10 knots, but seas will be up to around 9 feet. Outlook is for the NE wind to veer to the S tomorrow afternoon and SW by Tuesday with the arrival of a weak front and slowly changing conditions over the next few days. No serious wind with this change, though, just southerlies 5-15 knots through the week, and seas 7-9 feet.

On the Beach… Partly cloudy, light winds, patchy fog, surf 4-6 feet. Good tidepooling at Yaquina Head’s Cobble Beach beginning by early afternoon.
Tides
12/29 Sun 08:45 AM 9.65 H
12/29 Sun 03:56 PM -0.44 L
12/29 Sun 10:35 PM 6.82 H
12/30 Mon 03:21 AM 3.43 L

In Short: Mostly sunny, light winds, patchy fog, then mostly cloudy.

NOTE: The 2013 Oregon Weather Roundup from OSU is available at this link… http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2013/dec/20 13-weather-roundup-wettest-september-doesn%E2%80%9 9t-offset-dry-year

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 Posted by at 9:56 AM
Dec 282013
 

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Not a lot of communities have the opportunity to build a full-power community-operated radio station. But by January 4, 2014, the Oregon central coast WILL have its own local public radio station at FM 91.7, thanks to all the support and enthusiasm from the community. Thanks to them, YOU will own the airwaves! However, until KYAQ has studio equipment, community members will not be able to create programs the community wants to hear!

Your tax-deductible gifts will purchase important equipment like CD players for music shows, microphones for Finding Your Voice, even a special box to put telephone calls on the air — pretty important for local news and talk shows. And then there is the mixing board, microphones, wind screens, mic stands, cords, connectors…back-of-the-house necessities like distribution amplifiers, switchers and Anzo brushes (ok… that last item is made up, and we stole it from Dilbert).

We DO have a turntable, donated by a 50-something DJ wannabee who never quite made it on the music scene. But right now it is like the cheese. It stands alone.

The fundraising goal is $6,000, but we need to raise more than that to have a completely functional studio, so please be generous!

If the studio equipment is inadequate, we won’t attract enough volunteers to train and create compelling local programming! But the reward of a successful fundraiser is that YOU will own the airwaves.

Please donate — and then spread the word. Use the built-in IndieGoGo share tools to make this a smashing success!

KYAQ is: Central Oregon coast folks — you and your friends and neighbors — who understand the value in having locally controlled media from Lincoln County and for Lincoln County; volunteers who have given their time, their money, and nearly seven years of ceaseless effort to get KYAQ on the air; artists, musicians, teachers, retirees, students, talkers, and recluses; readers, writers, and raconteurs. You will hear us soon — at FM 91.7!

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 Posted by at 8:30 PM
Dec 282013
 
Puffin at the OCA watching photographer Steve Power real close to make sure he got his good side...

Puffin at the OCA watching photographer Steve Power real close to make sure he got his good side…
Steve Power photo

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 Posted by at 6:40 PM
Dec 282013
 

Sunset in Yachats Sunrise in New Delhi, India

Sunset in Yachats
Sunrise in New Delhi, India
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South Beach Sun playing Peek-a-Boo before going Bye Bye for the night. Julie Sacchetti photo

South Beach
Sun playing Peek-a-Boo before going Bye-Bye for the night.
Julie Sacchetti photo

Weather front offshore upstaging the sunset at Bayshore Kerry Terrel photo

Weather front offshore upstaging the sunset at Bayshore
Kerry Terrel photo

Twilight fun flight before retiring for the night...

Twilight fun flight before retiring for the night…

A bit before sunset at Depoe Bay...but you get the picture. Wendy Mason photo

A bit before sunset at Depoe Bay…but you get the picture.
Wendy Mason photo

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 Posted by at 5:05 PM
Dec 282013
 
New laws passed by the Oregon Legislature that kick in at 12:00:01 am.

New laws passed by the Oregon Legislature that kick in at 12:00:01 am.

It’s that time of year when we’re all reminded of the new do’s and don’t’s for our civilized society. For some, more civilized than they want it to be. For others, still not enough.

Here’s the latest round:

* Fines for driving while holding a cellphone to your ear can get you a $160 fine – up to $500 on the discretion of the judge.
* Taxes on cigarettes will climb to $1.31 a pack.
* Smoking while driving with kids in the car will make you eligible for a stiff fine. It’s not a primary offense so police can’t pull you over just for that. It’ll have to be in connection with another traffic offense.
* Tying up a dog that causes injury will come with a fine.
* Employers can no longer demand that you give them access to your Facebook or other social media accounts.
* Any child under the age of 18 is barred from using tanning salons except when authorized by a physician.
* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be added to the list of conditions that qualifies a patient to access the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. They say it minimizes terrifying flash-backs, anxiety and avoidance behaviors. PTSD is more common than just among war veterans.
* Timber companies will be able to take protesters to court if they disrupt forestry operations on state lands.
* And the minimum wage in Oregon will rise to $9.10 hour effective New Year’s Day. That’s a 15-cent bump-up from the current rate. Oregon’s minimum wage is tied to inflation – one of a few states that do that.

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 Posted by at 11:00 AM
Dec 282013
 
Last Farmers Market today, Saturday til 2pm until March.

Last Farmers Market today, Saturday til 2pm
until March.

Newport Farmers Market open through 2pm today - then THAT'S IT for the season.  Reopens in March next to Newport City Hall!

Newport Farmers Market open through 2pm today – then THAT’S IT for the season. Reopens in March back at the fairgrounds!

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The last Newport Farmers Market is running today through 2pm. It’s your last chance at some garden fresh vegetables,some of which have been grown in hoop houses and green houses. At 2pm the market will close for the season. But it’ll be back on the first Saturday in March.

Besides fresh garden goodies, you can peruse an abundance of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, nick-nacks, coffees, photography, homemade jellies and jams and tons more.

Through 2pm. Get down there while you can!

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