Dec 042013
 

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The Giving Season is here, and Community Services Consortium (CSC) is launching their gift catalog in time for the holidays. The Giving Season Catalog (www.communityservices.us/giving-season-catalog) makes it easy to give a gift that helps to end poverty in your name or on behalf of a loved one.

The catalog offers gifts with a specific impact in a wide range of amounts, such as supplying the Youth Garden crew with tools for $25, keeping the lights and heat on for a family for $50, or providing housing for someone in need for $100.

For gifts made on behalf of a loved one, CSC will send a hand-written card letting the recipient know about the gift in their name.

Every gift makes a difference in ending poverty, hunger, and homelessness in our community. Donations help to keep programs like Linn Benton Food Share, Head Start, Community Housing Services, Utility Assistance, CSC Youth Garden, CSC YouthBuild, Career Tech Charter School and other education and job training programs running in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties.

Thank you for your generosity and support, and happy holidays from all of us here at Community Services Consortium!

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Dec 042013
 

Lincoln City Sunset Courtesy Linda Davis

Lincoln City Sunset
Courtesy Linda Davis

Sun getting seriously low in the sky...

Sun getting seriously low in the sky…
Ken Gagne photo

Mr. Sun monitoring breakfast menu in Singapore...

Mr. Sun monitoring breakfast menu in Singapore…
Ken Gagne photo

Lincoln City sunset afterglow Steve Power photo

Lincoln City sunset afterglow
Steve Power photo

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 Posted by at 5:10 PM
Dec 042013
 

3:46pm
Report of an injury traffic crash on Highway 101 near the entrance to the Newport Airport. Report of one injury. Watch for emergency vehicles and flaggers.

Also a crash south of there on 143rd and 101. Same thing. Watch for emergency vehicles and flaggers. Reports from the scene indicate there is a dark red four door sedan on its side, drivers side down, in the northbound lane. About a mile north of Ona Beach.

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 Posted by at 3:56 PM
Dec 042013
 
Japanese Tsunami Dock Agate Beach, March, 2012

Japanese Tsunami Dock
Agate Beach, March, 2012

An Oregon congresswoman has managed to get two bills out of committee that would allow quicker access to federal money to clean up Japanese Tsunami debris along the west coast. More than a year after debris started coming ashore in Oregon and other states, access to federal funds is still, by some estimations, clumsy and badly timed.

But that could change if Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s bills make it through the House, the Senate and lands on President Obama’s desk. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 2:15 PM
Dec 042013
 

Repaired portion of Big Creek Road north of pool.

Repaired portion of Big Creek Road north of pool.

Repaired Big Creek Road and retaining wall next to 75' drop off.

Repaired Big Creek Road and retaining wall next to 60-75′ drop off.

In response to a flurry of emails and telephone calls between Big Creek neighbors and Newport City Hall, the specific use of the just restored Big Creek Road between the municipal pool and NE Harney will be debated before the city council December 16th.

The idea that the road could be used as a two-way street has riled some neighbors who think the road is not safe enough for such heavy traffic – being narrow and with a gravel surface that makes braking more of a challenge, depending on the circumstances. Many neighbors in the area also point to the number of hikers, walkers, bike riders and others, including school children on sports running events, that makes sharing the road with regular vehicular traffic seem, to them, too risky.

In a correction to this article, city Public Works Director said he does not have the authority to establish traffic controls and designate one way streets. That’s within the purview of the city manager. And of course the city manager serves at the pleasure of the city council, so they can have a great deal to say about such things as well.

This afternoon Mayor Sandra Roumagoux informed News Lincoln County that she has placed the Big Creek Road issue on the city council’s December 16th meeting agenda so that the issue can be fully discussed by staff, the council and the public. That meeting begins at 6pm at Newport City Hall Council Chambers.

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 Posted by at 1:22 PM
Dec 042013
 
Travis James and his four children, now without a father due to cancer.

Travis James and his four children, now without a father due to cancer.

On Sunday, December 8 from 11 am to 8 pm, Pig Feathers BBQ is hosting a silent auction and fundraising event for the family of Travis James, who passed away recently from cancer, leaving behind a wife and four children. Travis worked at the Georgia Pacific mill in Toledo and the family lives in Newport.

On the day of the fundraiser, Pig Feathers will be donating $2 of every meal sold, and Twisted Snout Brewery will be donating $2 of every draft beer sold directly to the family. Donations for the family in any amount, large or small, may be added to customers’ dining checks all week and during the event.

Additionally, over 65 items have been donated by the community for a silent auction that will go on all day at the restaurant. Items include a basketball autographed by the Portland Trailblazers in 1977, a life size Ms. Brown M&M figure, a deluxe toddler bouncy play set, a taxidermied wolf, sterling silver rings with semi-precious stones, an hour massage, horsemanship lessons from Bright Horizons, personal Pilates training, gift baskets, gift certificates, and much more.

From 5 to 7 pm, the dining room will be reserved for a celebration of life. An open mic will be available for friends and family to share their memories of Travis. Food service will continue to be available in the pub portion of the building. Families with children, however, should plan to eat before or after the service.

For more information, contact Becky Miller at 503-504-7289 or becky@twistedsnout.com

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 Posted by at 12:30 PM
Dec 042013
 

siletz fire santa pictures

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Dec 042013
 

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 Posted by at 10:44 AM
Dec 042013
 
Chris Burns Central Coast Weather Predictionist

Chris Burns
Central Coast Weather Watcher

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Newport, Oregon

Summary: Though the official beginning of winter is still 17 days away, Central Coast residents are feeling a bit of a disconnect with their calendars. The last of the clouds faded off to the west late yesterday, abundant sunshine and temperatures rebounding from the upper 20s to the mid-40s created a fairly nice day. There was a little bite in the 10-15 knot east winds, though nothing a coat and gloves couldn’t shunt. But as night fell, temps began dropping quickly and by this morning we were down to the mid-20s. Definitely feels like winter. Those up before sunrise got a good look at Mars off to the southeast and Jupiter high in the west.

Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 47F/28F
Newport: 44F/24F
Yachats/Waldport: 45F/25F

Forecast: Winter-like through the weekend. Clear today, a smidge colder than yesterday with highs in the mid-to upper 30s. Tonight’s low around 25F again. Light east winds. The situation begins changing tomorrow, and here’s where the uncertainly lies. The low pressure system initially forecast to come onshore at Newport, now looks like it’ll arrive farther south. Meaning, the chances and amount of snow predicted for the Thursday night, Friday morning period have lessened. Still expect to see some snowfall, probably an inch or less, and it’ll more than likely melt quickly with Friday’s high temperature well up into the 30s. The coldest air begins exiting our area over the weekend. Outlook is for a slow change to warming and wetter conditions beginning by early next week. Overnight lows staying above freezing, and daytime highs in the 40s with increasing chances of rain through the extended period.

Marine: Seas are down considerably this morning from yesterday’s 8-10 footers; just 4-5 feet today and winds are 10 knots or so from the NE. Depoe Bay bar is restricted to boats 24 feet and less today; Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Outlook is for mostly benign conditions for the next couple of days with winds NE 10-15 knots, seas 3-5 feet. Could see a ramp-up to near small craft advisory conditions, NE wind 20-25 knots, Friday and Saturday with seas building to 6-8 feet, but subsiding again by Sunday.

On the Beach… Cool, light winds, surf 3-4 feet, midday king tides
Tides
12/04 Wed 12:18 PM 10.27 H
12/04 Wed 07:17 PM -1.9 L
12/05 Thu 02:02 AM 8.0 H
12/05 Thu 07:11 AM 3.0 L

In Short: Cold, chance of snow, then slow warming.

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 Posted by at 8:42 AM
Dec 042013
 

Victim is tended to on the pavement where he was hit in front of 443 So. Coast Highway.

Victim is tended to on the pavement where he was hit in front of 443 So. Coast Highway.

Victim was talking to his rescuers and moving his arms and legs.

Victim was talking to his rescuers and moving his arms and legs.

Victim loaded aboard a gurney.

Victim loaded aboard a gurney.

Victim taken to PCH just down the street.  Police were looking for the driver of the car that hit him.

Victim taken to PCH just down the street. Police were looking for the driver of the car that hit him.

Tuesday evening, a man walking across a dark Highway 101 outside of Moby Dick’s in Newport was struck by a car in the middle of the roadway. One witness said he saw the car go by then heard a sound like an object was hit. He told police he turned around to see the victim lying in the street, just to the east of the double yellow line.

The red car didn’t stop – it took off southbound on 101.

The victim was talking to his rescuers and appeared to be able to move his arms and legs. He appeared to have suffered a head wound. He was carefully loaded aboard a gurney and then placed inside an awaiting ambulance. Two minutes later he arrived in the emergency room of PCH.

His name was not released, but onlookers said he was a well known local.

Police said they were looking for a small red car, possibly a hatch back, with two occupants.

Anyone knowing who the driver might be should contact Newport Police at 541-574-3348.

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