World’s Biggest Kite might appear at this year’s Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival

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May 312015
 

World's Largest Kite - Partnership design between Gomberg Kites and Peter Lynn

World’s Largest Kite –
Partnership design between Gomberg Kites and Peter Lynn


The skies over the D-River Wayside Beach may be partially blocked out June 26th due to the flying presence of “The World’s Largest Kite,” a partnership design creation by Gomberg Kites International and renown kite designer Peter Lynn. The two entities will launch the 500 pound flying American Flag kite at the wayside as a promotional event for the Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival to be held there June 27th and 28th.

The kite festival is one of the bigger summer kite events on the Oregon Coast. Getting to the festival is one thing – but finding a parking spot is quite another. That’s why the event organizers remind everyone that they can park at the Tanger Outlet Mall and take a bus shuttle to the event – same from the Community Center and city recreation facility north of the wayside off NE 21st.

Whether the big American Flag flies as an opener for the festival comes with the standard “coast disclaimer,” WEATHER PERMITTING.

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Tidewater area: Van crashed into creek off E. Five Rivers and Alsea Highway

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May 312015
 

10:30am Sunday Report of a van crashing down embankment into a creek that feeds the Alsea River, just south of Alsea Highway and E. Five Rivers Road. One report has a male lying near the van which is in the creek. Status of the male unknown. Fire Rescue units enroute. Reports say accident may have happened overnight. Glass on the roadway.

11:00am Sunday Reports from the scene say the van is unoccupied. Law enforcement is running the van’s license plate and fall the owner to see if there is a need to launch a search and rescue operation along the river. The van is up to the top of it’s wheels in water. There doesn’t appear to be any major fuel or lubricant leak.

11:24am Owners of the van have been contacted by law enforcement. Law enforcement reports the owners are on their way to the crash scene.

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Newport Marathon draws nearly 1,000 participants

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May 312015
 
A combined 950 runners took part in the Newport Marathon and Half-Marathon on Saturday with the race starting at Yaquina Bay State Park.

A combined 950 runners took part in the Newport Marathon and Half-Marathon on Saturday with the race starting at Yaquina Bay State Park.

Mike Rolsing of Corvallis won the Newport Marathon men’s division Saturday, while Kate Gustafson was the women’s winner in a 26.2-mile trek that began at Yaquina Bay State Park and featured 724 finishers.

Another 226 runners completed the half-marathon, which was won by Grant Linsell of Portland and Kemberly Thomas of Searcy, Ark.

David Boys of Newport was the fastest local finisher in the marathon, placing 51st in 3:15:50. Bruce Watanabe of Newport was the top half-marathon finisher, placing sixth, just ahead of Newport resident Luke Frechette, who finished seventh.

For race coverage, go to SportsLincolnCounty.com or click here

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CELTIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS!

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May 312015
 
Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games June 7,8 & 9 Lincoln Co. Fairgrounds

Newport Celtic Festival &
Highland Games
Beginning June 12
Lincoln Co. Fairgrounds

Newport, OR – The Oregon coast will be celebrating a milestone when the Celtic Heritage Alliance holds its 5th Anniversary celebration of the Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games beginning on Friday, June 12th.

The weekend kicks off with both a 1k and 5k Kilted Fun Run at the Nye Beach turnaround at 1:00 pm. Then, the sand flies at 3:30 with the annual Sand Sculpture Contest and the Gathering of the Clans happens at 8:35 pm with local piper Kym Jacobson piping down the sun at sunset.

This year, a very special “Concert by the Sea” will be held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds from 7-10pm. Concert tickets are just $10.00 and will feature live music from The Fire Inside, Cleghorn, and BROTHER returns for this special celebration. The concert is included free with the purchase of a two-day festival pass.

Each year, thousands flock to the coast for this weekend filled with live music, dance, and athletic events honoring the mystical lands of seven Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland and Wales the Oregon coast.

Patrons can stroll through nearly 70 indoor and outdoor vendor booths which offer tasty and authentic Celtic food and drink, unique Celtic crafts, jewelry, clothing, musical instruments, or visit one of the Clan tents and trace their ancestry, and even bring their well-behaved dogs along for the fun.

Saturday and Sunday, the gates of the festival open at 9:00 am at the spacious Lincoln County Fairgrounds located at 880 NE 7th Street, Newport, Oregon.

Patrons can stroll through nearly 70 indoor and outdoor vendor booths which offer tasty and authentic Celtic food and drink, unique Celtic crafts, jewelry, clothing, musical instruments, or visit one of the Clan tents and trace their ancestry, and even bring their well-behaved dogs along for the fun.

On Saturday, special events include a Celtic Heritage Parade full of vibrant color and culture including with the Kells Irish Pipes & Drums leading Celtic clans, performers, and anyone with Celtic dogs or with red haired “gingers” joining the fun.

Don’t miss out on the Haggis Eating Competition or the Bonnie Knees Contest and Children’s activities for the wee ones can be had at “Sprog’s Corner” where kids enjoy free arts and crafts projects, face painting and storytelling or participate in mini Highland Games athletic events.

Sponsored in part by Ultrasonic Events, Oregon Coast TODAY and Jeffery Shirley Designs; proceeds from the 5th Annual Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games will continue to support the Celtic Heritage Alliance’s mission to promote and preserve Celtic culture on the Oregon coast.

For more details and tickets, please visit
www.newportcelticfestival.com or e-mail info@newportcelticfestival.com

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Lincoln City: Fire Rescue to Liberty Inn on Logan Road. Infant in stoller falls from being loaded into vehicle

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May 312015
 

8:52am Sunday North Lincoln Fire Rescue has been dispatched to The Liberty Inn on Logan Road, after a report of an infant, in a stroller, fell onto the concrete while being loaded into a vehicle. Several people reported to be hysterical. One late report is that the infant hit its head on the concrete. However, it is now reported that the infant is conscious and breathing.

9:06am Infant enroute to North Lincoln Hospital.

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Weather or Not: A ‘Tweener Day

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May 312015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, May 31st – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday turned out rather pleasant with sunbreaks and overcast taking turns in the sky, though if points were tallied, the clouds won the day. So, conditions overall varied little from what’s become traditional the past week or better. High temperatures were in the upper-50s and our fair-weather companion, the northwest wind, blew typically at 10-15 mph gusting into the low-20s. The sunset was filtered, marine clouds and starbreaks dominated the overnight period with lows around 50F. At dawn, the cloud deck appeared a little higher and thinner than recent days and the wind was calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/53F
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F
Newport: 55F/46F
Waldport: 57F/49F
Yachats: 58F/50F

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Forecast: A change in the current pattern is coming with some wet stuff on the way. But the good news is that today, a sort of ‘tweener, could be a little brighter before a weak weather system arrives tonight. The thermometer eases up to around 60F WON SUNBREAKSthis afternoon along with mediocre northwest winds. A chance of drizzle, showers and thunderstorms develops tonight, the breeze backs to the southwest and low temps of about 55F are expected. Tomorrow, look for a solid 50-50 chance of showers, southerly winds 5-15 mph and cooler with a high of 55F. Outlook is for some shower activity possible through Tuesday, maybe lingering into Wednesday, and then drying and clearing for the rest of the week.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly sunny skies and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, light west wind, temps 80-85F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-55F; partly sunny, a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is possible wet roads tonight as showers and thunderstorms are feasible; the Cascades snow level will be remain above 8,000 feet.

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Marine: The breeze is out of the NNE 10-15 knots with a few higher gusts well offshore this morning, swells are WON MARINE WXrunning 5 feet at 8 seconds topped by 3 foot windwaves. Northerlies are expected today 10-15 knots with swells 4 feet at 10-14 seconds. The wind backs to SW 5-10 knots tonight as a low pressure system approaches and swells remain around 4 feet. Tomorrow, look for sou’westers 5-10 knots gusting 15 with seas 4 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for SW winds 5-10 knots continuing on Tuesday, then veering to N 10-20 knots with higher afternoon/evening gusts Wednesday and Thursday; lumpy swells of 4 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
05/31 Sun 05:45 AM -0.20 L
05/31 Sun 12:14 PM 6.17 H
05/31 Sun 05:19 PM 2.52 L
05/31 Sun 11:28 PM 8.41 H

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In Short: Mainly overcast, moderate winds, then showers.

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PERS storm clouds in 2017 – Hurricane force winds by 2019?

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May 312015
 

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2017 is going to be a bumpy year for PERS as cost of living increases owed, and now accumulating annually, will rock the state budget, probably rather violently by 2019. Up to a billion dollar increase in retirement costs for those who have gone into retirement, or who are about ready to, will hit city, state and school district budgets rather hard – schools the hardest – this at a time that the legislature is trying to more properly fund K-12 education.

This week’s meeting of the governing boards of PERS and the Oregon Investment Council outlined a less than happy outlook for the state budget which will likely be strained as never before.

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

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What not to do if you drop a water bottle…

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May 302015
 
Bus crash just south of Woodburn on I-5

Bus crash just south of Woodburn on I-5

On Saturday at about 7:39AM, a 2011 Freightliner Bus registered to HUT Transport was traveling southbound neat milepost 269, when the operator, Jack C HEISLER, 72, of Stayton, dropped a water bottle.

Passengers on the bus stated they observed HEISLER attempt to retrieve it off the floor when he lost control and crossed the center median, broke through the cable barrier and crossed the northbound lanes. The bus left the roadway and rolled onto it’s driver side. HEISLER and both passengers were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.

At the time of the crash, Michael C GRIFFIN, 62, of Eugene was operating a 1995 Saturn Sedan northbound. When the bus crashed through the barrier, portions of it struck GRIFFIN’s vehicle. He was uninjured.

At least two lanes of I-5 northbound were closed for hours while recovery efforts on the bus were attempted.

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