Senators Wyden and Merkley speak out on Gorsuch confirmation in the Senate

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Apr 072017

Senator’s Wyden (L) and Merkley (R) angered by the Senate vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

As they said they would, U.S. Senate Republicans withdrew a 61 vote minimum to confirm Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch and confirmed him Friday by a vote of 54 to 45 – a simple majority vote. When Senate Leader Mitch McConnell could muster enough votes under the old rules, he changed the rules and made it possible to confirm Gorsuch on a simple majority vote.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were deeply disappointed at the outcome pointing out that Gorsuch’s confirmation will give what they call a radically right wing push to the court – clear threats to voting rights, a woman’s right to choose, work place rights for employees, and other civil rights issues.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click Here.

Fire Alarm at 531 No. 101, Depoe Bay

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Apr 072017

Fire Alarm manual pull at 531 North Highway 101, Depoe Bay. Samaritan Clinic.

Depoe Bay Fire is on scene. They report no smoke visible.

Crab Feed & Classic Wooden Boat Show in Depoe Bay April 22

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Apr 072017

Crab Feed in Depoe Bay
April 22!

Mark Saturday, April 22nd on your calendar! You don’t want to miss the Annual Crab Feed and Classic Wooden Boat Show in Depoe Bay!

Thousands of pounds of delicious whole Dungeness crab will be cooked to perfection at Depoe Bay’s Community Hall. Indoor and outdoor dining will be available with a selection of brews in the beer garden courtesy of the Rusty Truck Brewing Company.

The Classic Wooden Boat Show will display dozens of wonderful hand-crafted vessels at the “world’s smallest harbor”. While you are there, try your hand at building your own vessel at the popular model boat building booth and bring it home.

Depoe Bay’s U.S. Coast Guard Station will open its doors to tours of its patrol and rescue boats stationed dockside.

On Sunday, April 23, hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks will be released into the harbor at the annual Duck Derby. Buy a ticket for a chance to win great prizes provided by Depoe Bay merchants, including clothing, dining passes, hotel stays and authentic shipwreck treasure.

The cost for this trip is $10.00. Dinner on your own. We will depart from the 60+ Center in Newport on Saturday, April 22, at 8:30 am and return around 5:00 pm. For more info, or to reserve your spot, come by our office at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617. Your reservation will be secure upon payment. For information about other activities and events, please go to our website:

Sen. Merkley on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

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Apr 072017

Sen. Jeff Merkley
“Dark day for America…”

Merkley Statement on Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, after Senate Republicans changed the rules of the Senate to confirm him with fewer than 60 votes. Earlier this week, Merkley held the floor for over 15 hours to protest Gorsuch’s nomination and the first-ever theft of a Supreme Court seat.

“Today, for the first time in history, the theft of a Supreme Court seat has been completed, profoundly damaging the integrity of the Court. From today forward, every 5-4 decision with Neil Gorsuch in the majority will lack the same legitimacy it would have held before. Now, the Court is just one more political entity to be rigged in political parties’ favor, with dismal consequences for the American people.

“Gorsuch’s extreme views on worker protections, women’s rights, corporate power, campaign cash and more will have very real and damaging repercussions for the American people for decades to come. Today is a very dark day for America.”

High winds, wires down near Depoe Bay, tree into a house in Lincoln City

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Apr 072017

Winds are gusting to 60 mph along the coast. Wires down in the Depoe Bay area including at the south end of Otter Crest Loop. A big tree has smashed through the roof of a house in Lincoln City on Bard Road near Coast. No injuries but occupants requested help from North Lincoln Fire to help secure the residence. Problems on Albert Lame and near Bear Creek as well.

Power lines are falling throughout the region. Be alert when driving or walking about.

Traffic mess on I-5 in Albany

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Apr 072017

Interstate 5 is open through Albany. The powerline that had fallen across the roadway at milepost 235 has been removed. Check or call 5-1-1 for latest conditions. Many trees and powerlines are down throughout the area due to high winds. UPDATE

Weather or Not: Late Season Storm!

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Apr 072017

Friday, Apr. 7th – Lincoln County

Summary: Rain, sunbreaks and sprinkles yesterday, rainy and breezy overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/48F/46mph/0.43”
Depoe Bay: 59F/48F/41mph/0.49”
Newport: 57F/46F/59mph/0.82”
Waldport: 55F/47F/49mph/0.76”
Yachats: 55F/50F/63mph/0.67”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,400’, overcast @ 2,000’
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: S 37 mph G54/Altimeter: 29.18”

The High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast remains in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. South winds 35-45 mph with gusts 60-70 mph along beaches and headlands, and 25-35 mph with gusts 50-60 mph in coastal communities. Tree damage and power outages are possible. Winds of this magnitude may also make driving hazardous. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, which is in effect until to 11:00pm this evening. Seas 20-25 feet. Dominant period around 12 seconds. The highest surf is expected later this morning through this evening. Wave runup will be much higher than normal and could unexpectedly sweep you off your feet and into the turbulent and frigid waters. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliffs and along the water’s edge. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.

A Storm Warning is in effect for local offshore waters with southerly wind gusts to 60 knots and extremely rough seas 25 feet at 12 seconds today.

Forecast: By any standard, seasonal or otherwise, today’s storm is a big one. South winds have already been impressive, arriving right on schedule early this morning and blowing 25-35 mph gusting well into the 50s (85 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport). Even higher gusts are expected through this afternoon before things calm down. It looks like rainfall will be in the form of showers with up to an inch possible, the mercury climbing to 55F. Conditions ease tonight as the breeze slowly fades to 15-25 mph by midnight and the low temp comes in around 40F. Tomorrow, showers, high about 50F and sou’westers gusting 20-25 mph. Outlook is for rain Sunday, showers Monday, a chance of showers Tuesday, rain again Wednesday and more showers on Thursday. Temperatures are projected to be a tad below seasonal with highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.

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Travel: Expect lane closures and short delays for brush-cutting along the US 101 Newport-Waldport corridor weekdays between 8:00am and 4:00pm through April 14th. In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 50F. For the Cascades, wet pavement on the highways this morning, 35-40F, the snow level dropping below the passes to 4,000 feet today with up to 2 inches of snow possible.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range, but snow-covered highways in the Cascades, with several inches of snow expected through Sunday night, the snow level as low as 2,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are S 40-45 knots gusting 55 this morning with extremely rough seas 22 feet at 11 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect through this afternoon. In the wake of today’s storm, a trough will remain over the waters Saturday as the low moves north towards the British Columbia coast. A cold front will move across local waters Sunday with a weaker low moving by on Monday. Weak high pressure will develop over the area Tuesday. Seas generally 10-15 feet through Tuesday. * 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, very windy, surf 20-25 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today (see High Surf Advisory above). These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
04/07 Fri 10:28 AM 7.51 H
04/07 Fri 04:52 PM 0.32 L
04/07 Fri 11:26 PM 7.73 H
04/08 Sat 05:20 AM 1.65 L

In Short: Stormy, then continued wet and sometimes windy.

Waldport: Car fire near 765 SW Norwood Place – Prank phone call…

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Apr 072017

Report of a car fire at 765 SW Norwood place in Waldport. Central Coast Fire alerted.

Car is actually a block away from the above address.

Central Coast Fire crew enroute to the fire.

9-1-1 Dispatch says there may not be a car fire – just a big party going on.

Turns out to be a prank phone call.

Keeping seniors driving at their best…

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Apr 062017

AARP Safe Driving Classes

The AARP Smart Driver refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held in Lincoln City on April 20 (Thursday) from 9 AM to 4 PM, at the Lincoln City Community Center on NE Oar Place. There will be a 1 hour lunch break from Noon to 1 PM.

The new 6 hour course has been totally upgraded with a new curriculum that addresses updated driving technologies as well as medical aspects of the aging driver, and other research-based information. Successful completion of the course may entitle you to a discount on your auto insurance.

Through the use of videos and discussions, the instructor will cover many topics, including the new driver and pedestrian laws; changes in vision and hearing as we get older (the aging human brain) and tips for handling these changes; reaction times; driving in inclement weather; collisions and how to avoid them; modern auto technologies; and many more subjects helping those attending to become smarter and more effective drivers.

Class size is limited, so reservations should be made. For reservations contact: Lincoln City Parks & Recreation at: 541-994-2131. There is a fee of $20 (to cover supplies). If you are an AARP member (bring AARP card), the fee is $15. The check should be made out to AARP. Feel free to bring a friend.