Audubon Society: Cormorant bird-kill to save salmon was a fraud perpetrated by US Fish & Wildlife

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Aug 122015
Cormorants not the voracious feeders on salmon smolts as characterized by critics according to environmental groups.

Cormorants not the voracious feeders on salmon smolts as characterized by critics according to environmental groups.

Environmental protection groups are charging that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service knew long before it approved plans to kill tens of thousands of federally-protected birds, to protect endangered salmon and steelhead, the plan wouldn’t work. But they went ahead with it anyway.

Documents obtained by the Audubon Society of Portland show the federal agency’s scientists alerted their agency heads nearly a year ago that the double-crested cormorants nesting on an island at the mouth of the Columbia River weren’t responsible for the decline of the fishery.

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A doggie who-dun-it?

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Aug 122015


From Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

On August 1, at around 11:00 AM, Seal Rock Fire, Central Coast Fire and Rescue and PacWest Ambulance were dispatched to a medical emergency in Ona Beach State Park. The report indicated a man and his riding partner were chased by a dog while riding their mules on the beach. The man sustained serious injuries from a fall into the surf when his mule was spooked by the dog. The dog continued chasing the mule until the owner of the dog regained control of it.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Animal Service deputies were called on August 5th and began an investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help identify the owner of the dog involved in this incident. Witness reports described the dog owner as a white female adult in her 50’s with blond curly hair. The dog was described as an adult black Labrador Retriever wearing a chain collar. If you have any information regarding this incident please call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office dispatch center at (541) 265-4231 and ask to speak with an Animal Service deputy.

 Posted by at 1:05 PM

Live theater try-outs for “I Hate Hamlet”

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Aug 122015
"I Hate Hamlet" Courtesy photo

“I Hate Hamlet”
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Theatre West is issuing an audition call for their production of I Hate Hamlet, a Comedy by Paul Rudnick. The director is Danielle Ryan. Danielle recently directed Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron. She has been assistant Director with her grandfather, Wes Ryan several times recently and has a long running history with Theatre West.

Auditions will be held at the theatre located at 3536 HWY 101 in Lincoln City on Sunday and Monday, August 16 and 17, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

The play will run from October 15 through November 7, 2015. It will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M. with call at 6:30 P.M. There will be one Sunday matinee, curtain at 2:00 P.M. and date to be determined once cast is selected.

The cast consists of 3 women and 3 men. No previous acting experience is necessary. Rehearsals will begin shortly after auditions and will require a minimum of 4 nights a week.

In addition to actors, the director is recruiting several behind-the-scenes volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved at Theatre West, stop by auditions and introduce yourself to Danielle or leave a message on our office phone at 541 994-5663.

A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment. “…fast-mouthed and funny…It has the old-fashioned Broadway virtues of brightness without pretensions and sentimentality without morals.” —Village Voice. “…unapologetically silly and at times hilarious…affectionately amusing about the theatre…” —NY Times.

Theatre West is a non-profit, all volunteer community theatre whose roots in the community go back to 1975. Membership dues are minimal at $10.00 per year for an individual $12.50 for a couple, $15.00 for a family and $5.00 for a student. Everyone in the community is invited to join and support our Lincoln City community theatre. More information about the theatre may be found at or call (541) 994-5663.

 Posted by at 12:48 PM

Traffic crash – 25400 Siletz Highway

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Aug 122015

Chevy Tahoe blows tire, skids off the road, into a yard, rolls and traps driver inside. Young woman was extricated safely.

Watch for emergency responders.

 Posted by at 11:53 AM

Weather or Not: Ups and Downs

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Aug 122015

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, August 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was slightly brighter than the day before, but not by much. Fuzzy shadows were the result of high overcast filtering the sunny periods which alternated with thicker clouds from time to time, westerly winds never got above 10 mph and the mercury climbed to about 65F. Skies were mixed at sunset and then became completely cloudy overnight with some patchy drizzle and fog; temps slipped a smidge to 55F or so. At daybreak, the ground was damp in spots from the drizzle, fog shrouded the beaches and a light breeze came out of the southwest at 5 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/57F
Depoe Bay: 65F/54F
Newport: 66F/55F
Waldport: 64F/53F
Yachats: 67F/54F

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Forecast: Like a sine wave, we’ll have our matching ups and downs over the next few days. We rise up today as the clouds are expected to break up more giving us a mostly sunny afternoon with highs of 65F and light southerly winds 5-10 mph. The WON SUN-CLOUDSreturn slide down the backside of the wave begins with patchy drizzle and mostly cloudy conditions tonight and tomorrow; low 55F, high 65F. Outlook is for a deeper dip to showers tomorrow night and Friday before oscillating back up to Summer weather Saturday through Tuesday where we plateau with mostly clear skies, strengthening sea breezes and seasonal temperatures.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny, chance of showers with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-60F; mostly sunny, chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.

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Marine: Winds are out of the W 5-10 knots this morning, seas 3 feet at 7 seconds, and a couple of thunderstorms are WON MARINE WXvisible on the offshore radar. Nearshore winds SW 5 knots today, offshore winds NW 5-10 knots gusting 15, with seas 3 feet at 6 seconds. Southerlies 5-10 knots tonight and tomorrow, swells 3 feet with 2 foot chop. Outlook is for sou’westers 5-15 knots on Friday, then back to Summer nor’westers Saturday and Sunday 10-20 knots gusting 25 with seas building to 5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Partly cloudy, chance of showers, surf 1-2 feet (low).
* The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory for high levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County. Details are available here.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
08/12 Wed 12:20 PM 7.04 H
08/12 Wed 05:34 PM 2.78 L
08/12 Wed 11:35 PM 8.66 H
08/13 Thu 06:22 AM -0.44 L

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In Short: Clouds and clearing, possible showers, drizzle, then increasing rain.

 Posted by at 8:08 AM

Watershed Councils Asks Community to Help Conserve Water for Fish and Wildlife

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Aug 122015
Because wildlife needs water too - just to live!

Because wildlife needs water too – just to live!
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From MidCoast Watershed Councils:

As we have all been enjoying this year’s warmer and drier weather, streams are both heating up and shrinking, which spells trouble for fish. River and stream water levels and temperatures usually seen in October have been around since early July.
“While we’re not yet seeing the fish kills that have plagued the Willamette and Columbia Rivers over the past month “we need to all work together to help the fish in our coastal systems” offers Paul Engelmeyer, chair of the MidCoast Watersheds Council. “While people often think of the Coast as wet and cool, we actually have a Mediterranean climate – lots of precipitation in winter and spring, but very little in the summer, when water demand and need for humans, fish and wildlife are the highest. There are 13 public water districts are drawing water from 22 streams from Lincoln City to Yachats.

Research has shown that juvenile coho salmon and steelhead are stressed by higher water temperatures because they rear in freshwater over the hot summer and fall months. Research clearly indicates that coho, cutthroat and yearling steelhead rearing densities decreased as temperatures exceeded 63°F and coho salmon juveniles were absent in waters that reached 70 – 73° F. They are forced to find pockets of cold waters called thermal refuge (e.g. groundwater seeps, beaver ponds, small waterfalls or entering tributaries). Juvenile coho cannot thrive or live in streams where the weekly maximum temperature exceeds 65°F for any length of time.

The fact that our coastal streams are already listed as impaired because stream temperatures are too hot becomes even more of a problem when water volume drops as result of the drought now taking place throughout the Northwest. We need to do all we can to keep as much water in the streams as we can.

What Can You Do To Help?

Water conservation helps keep more water in our streams. If we all adopt water-efficient behavior, we can help ensure enough water for humans, fish, wildlife and plants.
1. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
2. Run washing machines & dishwashers only when they’re full.
3. Take short showers (maybe use a timer).
4. Minimize car washing; if washing the car, use a nozzle with a cut off feature and water car near landscaping to make better use of run-off.
5. Use a broom rather than water to clean your patios, decks, driveways, and sidewalks.
6. Let your lawn go brown in the summer or replace your lawn altogether with drought tolerant native plants; water only sensitive plants. Landscape irrigation is the largest source of domestic water use.
Landowners can do more as well through restoration efforts (grant funding is often available).
7. Plant native trees along the streamside. They will increase both streamside shading and wildlife diversity. The larger the planted area, the more shade and the more water that can be stored in the groundwater and released through the summer. Trees will also help reduce bank erosion, slow water velocity and help, reduce flooding.
8. Keep and encourage beavers in the streams. Beaver ponds help cool water, increase groundwater and promote water-retaining wetlands . The watershed council can work with land-owners to avoid and mitigate tree damage, culvert blocking and other problems that may arise from beaver activity.

“Water is a precious resource” says Engelmeyer. “If we all do a little bit, it can make a difference for our streams and wildlife. Please join our water conservation efforts”.

For more information on restoration projects contact: MidCoast Watersheds Council, 541-265-9195 or the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, (541) 996-3161, Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District (541) 265-2631

 Posted by at 12:44 AM

Bicyclist falls from sidewalk down into a busy lane of traffic on Yaquina Bay Bridge

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Aug 112015

Newport police say that a male bicycle rider was headed over the bridge Tuesday afternoon on the sidewalk when he suffered a seizure. Police say he fell to the pavement right in front of traffic which miraculously somehow all swerved around him. Medics rushed him to PCH and later to the Corvallis Trauma Center. His condition was not immediately released.

Newport Police say the fall was serious but he was wearing a helmet at the time and was appropriately attired with riding gear.

 Posted by at 1:43 PM