Tidepool Lovers Unite!

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Oct 232015
 

Yaquina Head Tidepools BLM photo

Yaquina Head Tidepools
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Tidepool Discovery Times at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Newport, Ore.— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area invites you to explore the tide pools at Cobble Beach. Use the calendar below for the month of November to find the best times for visiting and learning about the intertidal plants and animals that call Yaquina Head their home. Park Rangers will be roving Cobble Beach to provide orientation, answer questions and help you safely explore the tide pools.

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The park entrance fee is $7.00/vehicle (3-Day Pass). Accepted passes include Yaquina Head Annual Pass, Oregon Pacific Coast Passport, and Federal Annual, Golden Age, Military, Access and Volunteer Passes.

The Yaquina Head Interpretive Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All other areas of the park will be open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. For more information about the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area contact the BLM at (541) 574-3100 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Additional information is available online by clicking here.

 Posted by at 10:49 AM

Weather or Not: Guessing Game

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Oct 232015
 

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Friday, October 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: This is October? Hello?! At least during the afternoon it was challenging to guess whether it was October or August yesterday with sunny skies and a respectable sea breeze building up after lunch. High temperatures, however, hinted at the answer by coming in below Summer readings as they struggled toward 60F. A hazy sunset was followed by lots of starshine and the waxing gibbous Moon was bright enough to create sharp shadows. A little fog developed along the beaches just after midnight, but was gone in a couple of hours. The major difference between August and October occurred right before sunup this morning when the mercury dipped into the low-40s in places; Depoe Bay recorded the coolest temp, 40F. At daybreak, it was chilly with increasing clouds and an east wind blowing at 10 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 59F/48F/24mph
Depoe Bay: 60F/40F/18mph
Newport: 61F/41F/24mph
Waldport: 59F/45F/31mph
Yachats: 59F/48F/27mph

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Forecast: It’s another one of those days where predicting (guessing) the sky cover is next to impossible. A low WON SUNBREAKSpressure system offshore is toying with the idea of covering up the blue with mid-level clouds all day, but it hasn’t yet fully made up its mind. So, we’ll go with mostly cloudy, highs around 60F and a light northeast wind today. Mostly cloudy tonight, lows 45-50F. Patchy fog tomorrow morning and thickening overcast ahead of an approaching front, high 60F and a light breeze from the south. Outlook is for rain likely on Sunday, up to a quarter inch, showers Monday, partly sunny Tuesday, then a chance of rain again Wednesday and Thursday. Seasonal temps with highs of 60F and lows of 45-50F are in the cards all week.

jackolanternHalloween Night… Rain/showers, moderate breeze, temps around 50F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures 35-40F; partly cloudy today and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny, east winds 5-10 mph, high of 65F. For the Cascades, possible icy spots in the passes this morning, temps are 30-35F; partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry tonight and tomorrow, then probable wet roads Saturday night through Sunday night with the Cascades snow level dropping to 6,500-7,500 feet, which would be well above the highway passes.

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Marine: Seas are still up around 9 feet at 14 seconds this morning with ENE winds 10 knots. A Small Craft WON SCAAdvisory for hazardous seas is in effect until noon. The swell should be subsiding to 8 feet later today but N winds increasing to 10-15 knots gusting 20. Tonight, the breeze veers to NE 5-10 knots and swells fall further to 6 feet at 12 seconds. SE winds are expected tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells down to 5 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots Sunday through Tuesday with seas rebuilding to 7-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

Notice to Mariners… On Chart 18520, relocate NOAA Environmental Lighted Buoy 46050 (Stonewall Bank) from 44-37-27.123N, 124-29-59.675W to new position 44-39-22.000N, 124-31-33.000W and change symbol to yellow open buoy from super buoy, Y “46050” Fl (4) Y 20s.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/23 Fri 09:39 AM 7.66 H
10/23 Fri 03:38 PM 1.97 L
10/23 Fri 09:43 PM 7.37 H
10/24 Sat 03:53 AM 0.66 L

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In Short: Partial clearing, moderate winds, then cloudy, rain and unsettled.

 Posted by at 7:46 AM

Living Well With Chronic Conditions – Samaritan Coastal Clinic Offers Help

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Oct 222015
 
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Workshop teaches practical skills for managing chronic disease

Do you, a friend, or family member suffer from an ongoing health condition that causes you to feel scared, frustrated, lonely, or hopeless? Samaritan Coastal Clinic in Lincoln City is hosting a free six-week workshop called Living Well with Chronic Conditions, which will provide practical skills for living a happier and healthier life.

The Living Well self-management workshop will be presented from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 3 through Dec. 15 (except Nov. 24) at the clinic, 825 NW Hwy 101.

Developed by Stanford University School of Medicine, the program teaches how to work with health care providers, manage medications, fitness and relaxation techniques, communication skills, nutrition tips, personal goal-setting, effective problem-solving, improved sleep techniques, fall prevention, and decision-making skills.

Participants are welcome to bring a family member, caregiver or friend to each session. Although there is no charge, pre-registration is requested. To register, call Mitchell Heath at 541-768-6070 or email miheath@samhealth.org.

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GP Mill and City of Toledo – Each to each other’s rescue!

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Oct 222015
 
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The Toledo City Council and Georgia Pacific have agreed to partner on water to avert an economic disaster for the local and regional economy. The city will begin selling water as soon as possible to the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill, the area’s biggest employer, to prevent the shutdown of the mill because its own supply of water is in danger.

The drought has caused the Olalla Reservoir, the plant’s main water supply for plant operations, to drop dramatically to the point that plant officials say without finding another water supply the plant, would have to shutdown soon.
So the city quickly stepped up and offered to sell GP the water it needs from city supplies, drawn from the Siletz River. GP has no legal access to the Siletz.

GP will pay the same raw water rate to the city of Toledo as does the Seal Rock Water District.

City officials say Toledo has huge water-right access to the Siletz River and that the sale of water to GP will not affect Toledo water customers.

However, Toledo Mayor Billie Jo Smith tells News Lincoln County that Toledo is no different from any other city or county in Oregon in that its water comes from the sky so if the drought continues both the city and GP will be likely working even closer together.

Mayor Smith says the city is working quickly to provide a direct connection between GP and the city’s water supply – funneling raw, untreated water directly to GP. The city’s water treatment process would not be involved.

Mayor Smith says Toledo has a back-up source of water – Mill Creek and its reservoir from which it draws most of its water during the winter when the Siletz River experiences high turbidity due to high water flows.

Mayor Smith also says that this emergency, while a major challenge for GP, is a godsend for the city in that water revenues will climb dramatically, allowing the town to begin expensive analysis of its future water and wastewater needs and to begin prioritizing projects to meet those needs. Prioritization is required before any state or federal grant monies can even be applied for. So it’s a win-win situation, to be sure.

Mayor Smith says the winter rain forecast is very iffy in that the massive El Nino off the west coast of North America is among the largest ever recorded. El Ninos tend to funnel winter moisture straight into California which gets hammered with flood-waters while Oregon and Washington languish with little rain. But she adds that there’s considerable debate among forecasters as to how much rain will fall on the coast. But either way the GP hookup to Toledo’s water system will kick in very shortly, averting an economic disaster for the area.

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Fishin’ with Chris

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Oct 222015
 

Chris Burns - Fishing

CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of October 22nd

In the Creel: The season in general is winding down but some fisheries are still open and producing. Offshore, all-depth rockfishing and lingcod angling are currently your best bets; nearshore halibut has been spotty and may close soon. Ocean crabbing is closed; and while offshore Chinook fishing remains open for another week, it has never really caught on this year. Clamming tides are back next week, but you’ll need a lantern as the best ones come after sunset. So, attention turns to the rivers where slowly increasing water flows and lower temperatures should be getting fish on the move and on the bite. Salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout are available. This week’s fish tale: You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

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Salmon River: The fall Chinook fishery is producing well for both boat and bank anglers in tidewater. Trolling, casting lures or bobber fishing through the high slack tide tends to be the most productive. Cutthroat trout fishing from upper tidewater through the lower river can be effective during the early mornings with sea-runs moving through this time of year.

Siletz River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery has been producing fair to good results in the lower bay up to the head of tide. Trolling or bobber fishing through the high slack seems to be the most productive. The wild Coho fishery continues through November 30th with a daily bag limit of 1 adult Coho and seasonal limit of 2 adult Coho (in aggregate with other areas with the same bag limit). The lower bay up to Coyote Rock typically produces the best results early in the season. Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the upper river above Moonshine Park. Cutthroat trout can be found in most sections with sea-runs found in the middle to lower river this time of year.

Yaquina River/Bay: Anglers are having fair to good results for fall Chinook from the lower bay up to the Canyon Quarry boat launch area. Trolling herring or spinners during the incoming tide through the high slack typically produces the best results. Small numbers of Chinook are also up near Elk City. The wild Coho fishery is open through November 30th with a daily bag limit of 1 adult Coho and seasonal limit of 2 adult Coho (in aggregate with other areas with the same bag limit). The lower bay up to the airport boat ramp typically produces the best results for Coho. Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair from upper tidewater to the lower reaches on the mainstem. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: Wild Coho angling is now closed on the Alsea. The fall Chinook fishery is producing fair to good results for both bank and boat anglers, who are having the best action fishing from the lower bay up to the head of tide. Trolling, casting lures or bobber fishing are all working depending on the section and conditions. Bank fishing near the Highway 101 bridge or up at the newly-opened Don Lindly Park (Milepost 7 on Highway 34) can be good for Chinook. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair in the lower mainstem below the confluence with Five Rivers. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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