Jun 132014

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John Anderson Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Oregon Department of Human Services will be retiring at the end of June after 23 years of service. There will be a farewell party for John at 119 NE 4th Street on Friday June 20, 2014 from 3-5 p.m.

It will be an open house, so please join us in saying good-bye to an outstanding employee who has dedicated his time to Vocational Rehabilitation and his clients. He will be missed by his co-workers.
Thank you, John.

John has worked with Vocational Rehabilitation in Newport since 1991. John hails from the Land of Steady Habits (Conn.) and received his Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling before coming to Oregon where he has made a home with his wonderful wife Susan. John plans to keep a slower but steady movement with his groove. John enjoys reading, biking, taking Continuing Ed. Courses, and practicing Qigong, which he taught for few years at the Newport Rec. Center.

John has enjoyed working with a diverse client population along with all the challenges it presented. John thanks Lincoln County employers for acknowledging the abilities of those with diverse challenges.

John has plans for the future like making some further contributions, like raising funds to help guarantee loans for those with developmental disabilities, wishing to start a business and/or another concept called Resource Ownership which involves acquiring equipment or materials where an employer will utilize and in turn hire an employee to run the equipment which in turn will help a small business grow. John is considering developing an organization with these wishes in focus.

John has immensely enjoyed working with the VR team.
Stay in touch John. Best wishes from your friends and your VR family.

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Jun 132014

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, June 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: The first honest-to-goodness wet day for quite a while unfolded yesterday with sporadic light rain before noon followed by some heavy showers later in the day and into the evening. Precipitation amounts were respectable at a quarter to a half inch. The winds accompanying this genuine late-Spring storm system came from the southwest at 15-20 mph with gusts near 30; peak was 35 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The mercury couldn’t make it out of the mid-50s. Overnight, rain showers dropped a quick deluge about every two hours and low temps were only a couple of degrees below yesterday’s highs. This morning, it was mostly cloudy with showers, a few sucker holes (blue spots) and the wind was light from the west-northwest.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 56F/53F/0.52”/25mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/51F/0.49”/26mph
Newport: 55F/52F/0.37”/29mph
Waldport: 57F/53F/0.22”/29mph
Yachats: 56F/52F/0.40”/31mph

Forecast: As the Celtic Festival begins on this Friday the 13th with events at Newport’s Nye Beach, we’ll count on the Luck o’ the Irish for drier weather. The chance of showers is still about 50-50 this morning, but diminishes as the day goes on. Highs around 55F or so and northwest winds are projected to be light at 5-10 mph. For tonight and tomorrow, a lingering chance of showers, mostly cloudy and light winds with a low of 50F and Saturday’s high about 60F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Sunday, becoming partly sunny by Monday and then mostly sunny through the remainder of the week. Highs 60-65F, lows of 50F, and a return of those annoying afternoon/evening northwest winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, cloudy, showers and 55-60F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies and showers with highs of 65F. For the Cascades, showers with the freezing level down to 6,000 feet, but predicted to stay above the highway passes. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range, Valley and Cascades is for a chance of showers through Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 41”, a loss of 1” since yesterday.

Marine: Fairly rough conditions this morning with square 8 foot seas at 8 seconds and a WNW breeze of 15-20 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from 11:00am this morning through late tonight. So, the choppy 8-footers are expected to continue along with W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, before veering to NW tonight. By tomorrow, seas fall to a rounder 7 foot swell and the NW breeze subsides to 10-15 knots. Outlook is for light winds on Sunday, 5-10 knots, and wave heights around 5 feet. Monday and Tuesday, NW winds 10-15 knots, seas 6 feet with 3 foot wind waves.

On the Beach… Cloudy, showers, light wind, 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.
06/13 Fri 07:12 AM -1.99 L
06/13 Fri 01:53 PM 7.14 H
06/13 Fri 06:56 PM 2.56 L
06/14 Sat 12:58 AM 9.59 H

In Short: Showers, cloudy, west winds, then partial clearing.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Jun 122014
Waldport City Council Thursday, June 12

Waldport City Council
Thursday, June 12

The Waldport City Council Thursday moved to annex a small parcel of unincorporated land, at 101 and Range Drive, on request of its owner whose building is expected to contain a medical marijuana dispensary. The owner has not been able to open the dispensary, even though fully licensed by the state, because it’s on land just outside the Waldport city limits. It’s still under the county’s jurisdiction and therefore prohibited from opening until May 1st, when a county moratorium runs out.

The city council’s action adopting the annexation, however, does not take effect for 30 days in order to have the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office file the action and for the county to be notified it’s losing some territory to Waldport.

At one point the holder of the Oregon Health Authority medical marijuana permit, Andrew Matthew, thought he could simply get a business license and be open tomorrow. But he was cautioned by Mayor Susan Woodruff that the annexation isn’t fully filed until after thirty days. Matthew was crestfallen. He said holding the a building for months just to see it remain empty because of the county moratorium, has put a huge financial burden on him. That’s why he wanted the property moved inside the city limits where there is no moratorium. He was visibly angry after the roller coaster ride he’d gone through with the city council. He thought the long wait was over and now it isn’t – at least for 30 days.

Matthew  said he’ll spend those thirty days getting the building set up with a line of clothing and other products that will round out the retail business he expects to open by early July.


In other Waldport City Council news, first time city councilor Linda Brown announced to the council that she will not be running for re-election this November.  She told the council that she really enjoys serving on the council and having a hand in helping to carry the community forward but that she has so much going on in her life that she no longer has the time or energy that the job requires.

The other two city councilors whose terms end this year say they’ll file for re-election.

And the city council unanimously passed its budget for next fiscal year which begins July 1st.

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 Posted by at 6:22 PM
Jun 122014
Small lift currently at the Port of Toledo.  New one much, much larger - can handle the F/V Kiska Sea.

Small lift currently at the Port of Toledo. New one much, much larger – can handle the F/V Kiska Sea.

Port of Toledo Manager Bud Shoemake is a very happy fellow these days, in that the port’s application for $4.6 million to buy a very large boat lift has passed final review and he’s expecting the official award of the funds to be made by the State Transportation Commission in mid-July.

In the meantime, Shoemake says they are making plans for a port “upland” transformation to accommodate between 5 and 9 boats at a time. The lift, with over 500 ton capacity, will lift the boats out of the water, haul them down to the work area, and when done, pick them up and put them back in the water.

Shoemake says they expect the lift to arrive by next June and be ready for operation sometime in the Fall. There is considerable installation work and lift operations training to go through before then.

Toledo Waterfront Trail and other improvements

Toledo Waterfront Trail and other improvements

Shoemake also announced that the port expects to get an $88,000 grant from State Parks and Recreation to finish up the port’s waterfront park project. A hold-over from the original waterfront project is extending the path from the end of the transient dock clear around and the west along the slough to about where the old port offices were located. The path will include pavers, benches, public art and interpretive signage. Shoemake says the port expects to get cash in hand to do all that later this summer. They expect the entire thing done by next summer.

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 Posted by at 1:30 PM
Jun 122014

12:14pm -Seal Rock Fire-Rescue is enroute to a report of a traffic crash on North Beaver Creek Road. No milemarker yet available.

12:19pm -Reports say it’s a red vehicle and it is in the ditch “at the curve.” No ambulance needed. Non-injury per units just arriving on scene.

 Posted by at 12:15 PM
Jun 122014
Rep. Kurt Schrader D-Oregon

Rep. Kurt Schrader


Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) followed up with Director Krumberger of the Portland VA Medical Center on Tuesday to discuss the most recent report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Based off the findings in the VA’s audit report, and after following up with Director Krumberger personally, it does not appear that the Portland VA Med Center has any secret waiting lists like the ones that were discovered in Phoenix,” said Schrader.

“That said, the Portland VA does have scheduling problems that are resulting in longer wait times for our veterans. This is unacceptable. I have been in contact with the Inspector General’s office about this, but I was assured during my phone call with Director Krumberger on Tuesday that a system is being implemented that will reduce wait times to virtually nothing by September.”

According to data released by Director Krumberger, the overall wait times at the Portland VA Medical Center have declined. On May 27, 2014, some 1,506 veterans were awaiting access to primary care. Today that number is down to 992. Director Krumberger pointed to a 32% growth in primary care patients over the past five years, as well as a national primary care provider shortage, as reasons for the long wait times.

In response to the Congressman’s inquiry and the national outcry, the Portland VA Medical Center has taken a number of steps to reduce wait times and improve care. Temporary physicians have been hired to fill physician vacancies. Eleven new primary care physicians have formally accepted employment offers and will begin seeing patients between now and October 1st of this year. Finally, current primary care physicians have begun seeing more veterans both at night and on weekends.

Congressman Schrader will follow up with Director Krumberger on the Portland VA’s progress at the end of the summer.

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 Posted by at 12:03 PM
Jun 122014

11:50am -Newport firefighters are enroute to the Bank of America at Highways 20 and 101 on a report of a smell of smoke. No actual smoke or fire seen. All employees and patrons are evacuating.

12:12pm -Newport firefighters determine its a minor problem with the bank’s heating system.

 Posted by at 11:51 AM