Get your two-cents in on desirable qualities of a new Schools Superintendent

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Oct 162017

The Lincoln County School Board is searching for a new Superintendent of Schools. They’re looking for a candidate that would be a productive match for our school district in terms of our strengths, but more importantly in areas that we need to improve on. Obviously family incomes in Lincoln County are lower than most, we have a high homeless rate (over 800 students are classified as homeless), high poverty rate and some of our county’s children suffer from marginally adequate diets. In short, many of our school children have a number of strikes against them even before they walk through the classroom door.

It’s against this backdrop that the School Board is looking for a superintendent that can deal with these challenges while adequately serving students who are not so life-handicapped.

The School Board is holding a series of public meetings to ask Lincoln County residents, especially families with kids in school, what they would like to see in a new Superintendent of Schools. The schedule below outlines dates, times and places where those meetings will be held.

Unusually good shot of Yaquina Head at night – We are not alone – Lots of life likely out there!

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Oct 162017

Yaquina Head
“In the ‘hood”
The Milky Way as viewed on end…
Greg Henton photo

We received an email from a viewer who corrected our reference to “our galaxy,” which was an “astronomical” error. We’ve took out “galaxy” and replaced it with the accurate label of “Milky Way.” Our reference to seeing our neighborhood of stars remains mostly accurate because Earth, says our reader, is viewing the Milky Way from one of the edges of it.

Time to go back to astronomy school….

Winter’s coming – and the BIG waves that crash onto our shores – DANGER….

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Oct 162017

It’s been six years since a sneaker wave took the lives of two Eugene High School Students when a wave swept them off the rocks in Yahcats. These large waves occur mainly in winter, but they can also rise up in mid-summer. Hence, ALWAYS admire the ocean from a safe distance. Be safe yourself but also be extremely mindful of your children – especially your impetuous and fearless teenagers.

Open House and Autumn Social at Burrows Museum

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Oct 162017

Burrows House Museum
Just east of the Armory
Museum photo

Open House and Autumn Social: Burrows Museum Friday, October 20th

The Burrows House Museum and staff will host an open house and autumn social, Friday, October 20th, 5:30-7:00 pm. The Burrows House Museum is located at 545 SW 9th Street in Newport, behind the Newport Armory. This casual event marks the official opening of three new exhibits.  The new exhibits feature a diversity of objects ranging from a vintage “personal communicator” (cell phone) to a decorative sword made of Chinese coins taken in trade on the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation over 100 years ago.
Siletz Room: The Clarinda G. Copeland Collection

The one-of-a kind gorgeous objects in The Copeland Collection are perhaps the most requested
objects in the Society’s collection. This traditional exhibit using vintage oak and glass cases features baskets, beads, dance aprons, headdress, purses, tishai sticks, spears, spoons and more. Longtime residents recall fondly earlier exhibits of the Copeland Collection, a fixture at the society’s old Log Cabin Museum.

Museum graphic

Special Delivery: Lincoln County Postal Service History

Explore the history of the county’s once numerous post offices. Mail carriers of old had it rough: muddy roads and high tides were a daily battle. The old Eddyville P.O. boxes, a vintage postman’s uniform and a “sanitary” stamp dispenser are central to this exhibit.
Gadget Graveyard: Replaced by the Smartphone

Rotary dial phones, hand crank phonographs, tube type TV’s, mechanical adding machines all have something in common – they have arguably been replaced by the smart phone. These objects and much more round out this exhibit of our changing times.
This event is a casual and fun way to spend an autumn evening, learn about local history, take in Burrows House Museum exhibits old and new, and chat with staff and friends. Admission is free – donations gratefully accepted. A cookie buffet, cider, and coffee will be available during the event.

A half hour prior to the open house (5PM), the Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting.
Voting for new board members and officers will take place in the Carriage House, adjacent to the Burrows House Museum. All society members are encouraged to attend and vote.
Again, the Burrows House Museum is located at 545 SW 9th Street in Newport, behind the Newport Armory.
(541) 265-7509

Weather or Not: The Fun’s About Over

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Oct 162017

Monday, Oct. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: More sun than clouds yesterday, mainly clear and cool overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/46F/9mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 60F/40F/11mph/0.00”
Newport: 63F/39F/16mph/0.00”
Waldport: 59F/47F/19mph/0.00”
Yachats: 57F/46F/18mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ENE 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.27”

Forecast: Outdoor fun weather is nearly over and it’ll be time to head back inside soon. Today will probably be the last dry one for quite a while, high around 60F. Partly cloudy tonight, low in the upper-40s. Tomorrow we’re up to a 50-50 chance of rain, highs 55-60F. Outlook is for a long period of wet and sometimes windy conditions Wednesday through Sunday. The rain may be heavy at times and winds could occasionally gust 40-50 mph, albeit precise timing and strength are still unresolved. Seasonal temps are expected with highs 55-60F and lows 45-50F all week.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mainly dry, spots of frost are possible, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, it’s foggy in some areas, thermometer readings 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperature 40F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice and roadside snow, 30-40F, the free air freezing level is at 12,000 feet. * 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 NNE 5-15 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 10 seconds. High pressure over the area today will give way to a cold front approaching from the NW tonight and tomorrow. This front is the first of several disturbances that will increase winds and seas across Central Coast waters for the remainder of the week. Forecast models are coming into better agreement with the evolution of a strong frontal system with a decent chance of southerly gales Wednesday and Wednesday night. This system also has a good potential for developing a coastal jet, which could push gusts locally to 45 knots in windier spots. The actual cold front is expected to arrive late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, with winds easing quickly thereafter. Projections have been indicating excellent fetch associated with the parent low, which will likely create seas up toward 20 feet and possibly a little higher Thursday, remaining well into the teens or lower-20s all the way through the weekend. Another strong front may affect Central Coast waters this weekend, which would likely bring another round of gales and perhaps even low-end storm force gusts if a coastal jet develops. * 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… Mostly sunny, moderate breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/16 Mon 10:49 AM 8.10 H
10/16 Mon 4:50 PM 1.48 L
10/16 Mon 10:52 PM 7.75 H
10/17 Tue 5:02 AM 0.56 L

In Short: Mainly clear, then wet and windy.