Police action near SE 35th has been defused –

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Jan 132017

Whatever Newport Police action was going on near SE 35th in South Beach Newport is now over. Fire Department and PacWest Ambulance units, stage in the Hoovers parking lot, have been released to go back to their headquarters. Hopefully details to follow.

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Newport High: Fire alarm

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Jan 132017

Fire alarm going off at Newport High. Doesn’t appear there is any fire. Firefighters say that school work crew was moving heavy equipment and threw up some dust in the process. It likely set off the alarm.

Everybody is being let back into the school – some reluctantly because the sun is out and it’s a really nice day on the coast.

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 Posted by at 1:43 PM

Flood potential increasing for next week…

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Jan 132017

A Hydrologic Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for heavy rain and snowmelt heightening flood potential across Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday. A wet and mild series of storms will move into the region next week. The signals have been consistent for a heavy rain event somewhere in the region in the Tuesday to Wednesday timeframe. Wherever the heaviest rain axis sets up, well over 5 inches of rain can be expected on the Coast and Coastal Mountains and 2-4 inches in the interior lowlands. Rainfall amounts in the Cascades are expected between 3 and 5 inches with over 5 inches possible in the South Washington Cascades. Since the arrival of the first storm is still 4 days away, the exact track of these storms, and the heaviest rain, is still uncertain.

In addition, snow levels will be rising Monday night, reaching near 7,000 feet Tuesday morning and 8,000 feet by Tuesday evening. This warmer air, combined with the rain, will lead to snowmelt. Expect significant amounts of snow in the Coast Range to melt Tuesday and Wednesday which will add runoff in addition to the heavy rain. Current snow water equivalent estimates place between 0.25″ and 1.0″ below 1,000 feet, 1.0 to 2.5″ between 1,000 and 2,000 feet, and over 3.0″ in the limited areas above 2,000 feet in the Coast Range. The snowmelt component to the runoff is more complicated in the Cascades. Snow water equivalent is generally 120% to 200% of normal, but with much above normal snow depths in some areas and the lack of a thawing cycle yet this season, snowpack will likely
be able to absorb a lot of rainfall, especially above 3,500 feet. This uncertainty about the runoff contribution from the snowpack leads to highly variable flooding potential for rivers draining the Cascades.

While snowmelt is a contributing factor to the flooding potential, the amount of heavy rain will remain most significant to flooding magnitude. The details of rainfall totals and expected flooding will be refined as these storms approach the Pacific Northwest, however confidence is increasing for flooding on area rivers, possibly approaching major flooding in some locations.

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 Posted by at 12:50 PM

Smoke seen in the Seal Rock area…

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Jan 132017

Firefighters are trying to track down the source of a considerable amount of smoke north of Waldport. And they’re having a hard time trying to track it down.

If anyone knows what the source is, please call 9-1-1.

Fire traced to a legal control burn. Fire units returned to base.

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 Posted by at 11:02 AM

Newport Middle School evacuated again – Smell of natural gas

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Jan 132017

Students at Newport Middle School are once again huddled up in the Gym portion of the school on another outbreak of an odor that smells like natural gas.

The gas company and Newport Fire and Rescue are on scene investigating. The same scenario occurred yesterday.

Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy says the smell didn’t seem to be natural gas – rather sewer gas that can escape into the air if what are called “P-traps” are not functioning properly in the school plumbing. School maintenance workers are checking every P-trap in the building in hopes of finding why the sewer odors are getting into the air.

Students returned to their classrooms.

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Celebrating the life of Andrew Rodman

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Jan 132017

Andrew Rodman

“The surf spit me back to the shore. Grateful for the experience.”

Andrew Rodman died peacefully at home in Portland on January 7, age 54. He maintained his usual irreverent sense of humor and positivity to the end, and still had hope of staving off cancer right up to the day before he fell into a deep restful sleep. Just days before he declared he would go on the Owyhee river next summer. Andrew was born in Baltimore and made homes in Newport and Portland while working as Editor-in-Chief of In Good Tilth magazine for Oregon Tilth. He is survived by his wife Terry, his parents Beverly and Malcolm, his brother Larry (Grace), sister Laura (John), and nephew Evan. Andrew had the most monumental heart this side of the Cascades, filled with his love for forest protection and for his Earth First! family that gave him community. He had a love for the ocean and he married the sea, sanctioning it with surfboard in tow. He found Spirit at Yaquina Head just past the riptide as this was his sacred place. He always had ambitions to lure his terrified wife out to that particular watery real estate, to share a certain light beyond the beach. “Where does a body go to get to the nectar of wilderness? To reconnect with wildness at its core? For me, it is here, in the frothy watery wilds of the near shore. Here it is dark currents of dread and wonder.”

Little did anyone know, except for those that were blessed to be near him, that Andrew was ‘Secretly Famous’ for his poetry, paintings, plays, and performances. His art and poems reflected our current times with his love for the sea, organic agriculture, and the environmental impact bestowed upon our beautiful planet. His words were prolific, profound, ludicrous, playful, and absurd. His mom once said: “There’s one thing that puzzles me. Your poems and art are so dark, but you’re such a sweet guy. It’s weird!” Andrew said he did not have a bucket list because he did everything he wanted. As a creative spirit, he chimed, “I’m A Wild Salmon Baby, virile and free.” His father once said that Andrew had retired before beginning his career, quitting whatever work he had at the time for adventures that took him around the world, from the west to the east and to the northern lights. He followed many rivers, he paddled, he guided, he fell in the drink, he got up.

Andrew grabbed life by the balls and never let go. He slammed the door on prognoses and gave his eternal middle finger that said, “I’m not dead yet.” He had a rare ability to ‘grok’ his life, and gave daily thanks for his enormous community and family, his wife whom his planet spun around, and his prosperity. He thanked God daily that he was not living under a bridge. He met his wife six years ago and received his cancer diagnosis only four months later. “Eleven months to live,” they said, underestimating Andrew and Terry’s lust for life and each other and their joy upon their rare weird union. Friends and family say his wife extended his flame, but in truth he extended hers and together they both burned like the northern lights. They never gave in, they never gave up. Please join us in celebrating his life at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport, February 4, 7:00 pm.

 Posted by at 9:54 AM

Surviving is a good thing – Surviving well is even better

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Jan 132017

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I’m writing this article to remind everyone of a very real threat that many of you already heard about. But rather than scare people we want everyone to stay calm and remain clear about what can be done to successfully deal with the looming Cascadia earthquake

The Cascadia Subduction Zone, 250 miles off the Oregon Coast, is where two of the world’s twelve continental shelves are bumping heads. These two slabs of the Earth’s surface are not slipping past each other – they’re stuck – locked together, as they have been for hundreds of years. And when that tension is released, it will trigger yet another in a long series of mega earthquakes in the 9+ richter category.

Recent scientific studies by Oregon State University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) clearly show that this mega-fault zone breaches, on average, every 250 to 350 years. The last such earthquake occurred on January 26, 1700 which sent a tsunami clear across the Pacific Ocean and battered the Japanese coast – all recorded in Japanese historical documents.

The year 1700 to the year 2016 is 316 years which is at the outer edge of the documented intervals between these earthquakes that go well back beyond 10,000 years.

Our company, Sunshine Network, has come to grips with this real and looming threat. It has prompted us to design a brand new post-earthquake shelter we are calling the Land Life Boat or (LLB)™  And it’s very affordable. (See drawings below)

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Unlike average homes, stores or office buildings, the LLB™ can survive any earthquake. The LLB™ starts out as a large steel container, but when completed it has windows, two doors, a utility kitchen including a propane stove and oven, sleeping area that sleeps 12, bathroom and plenty of freeze dried food and routine medical supplies. It also has propane for cooking and heating. On top of the LLB™ are two 1,100 gallon water tanks that gravity feeds a water purification system and then to water faucets in the living area below. It also includes a high capacity compost toilet plus many more amenities. With such a large capacity to house people, entire neighborhoods can come together and group-purchase a number of these LLB’s™ as a source of REAL post-earthquake life insurance. And they are only 8’ x 40′ – something that can easily fit within many back yards. And they contain NO formaldehyde.

After the Cascade quake it may take weeks for rescue workers to organize and get to you – many months more to rebuild roads – even longer to rebuild communities. Hopefully you, your loved ones and neighbors will not need immediate emergency treatment. But you WILL will need a safe, warm and secure place with food and room to sleep before help, in any form, can arrive from the outside world. With such a large capacity to house people, entire neighborhoods can come together and group-purchase a number of these LLB’s™ as a source of REAL post-earthquake life insurance.

Sunshine Network is prepared to build these LLB’s™ in large quantities and at considerable discounts. We offer to anyone interested to acquire the LLB™ at a deeply discounted price. And we will donate 15% of remaining profits to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

Please visit our website: SunshineNetworkHomes.com or just click here where you can get further details on this intelligent and cost effective approach to overcoming the challenges that the Cascade earthquake poses.

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 Posted by at 9:40 AM

Why Americans Care About Trump’s Tax Returns – Sen. Ron Wyden

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Jan 132017

Sen. Ron Wyden

Why Americans Care About Trump’s Tax Returns
By Senator Ron Wyden
JAN. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — In his news conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald J. Trump claimed that the American public did not care that he had not released his tax returns, as has been routine for every presidential nominee since Watergate. He could not be more wrong. When I asked users on Twitter, the president-elect’s favored megaphone, to retweet if they cared about Mr. Trump’s tax returns, within hours more than 79,000 people responded.

The reason is simple. Without these returns, Americans cannot know whether he is using the presidency to enrich himself and his family. Americans won’t know whether a policy he proposes primarily benefits steelworkers in Pennsylvania or lines his own pocket.

They will also be unable to tell whether Mr. Trump is telling the truth when he claims to have no connections to Russia, contradicting public evidence and statements by his own son. His stated excuse about being under audit doesn’t pass the smell test. Previous presidents and nominees have released their returns under the same circumstances.

That’s why I and dozens of congressional colleagues have introduced legislation to force future presidential nominees and presidents to release their tax returns. As representatives of the people, if we can’t trust the executive branch to act ethically, we must force it to do so.

The forecast of things to come were already not good. In this election, Mr. Trump engaged in a profoundly cynical campaign that bulldozed faith in our government institutions. Now, in the most bizarre presidential transition in memory, he has combined praise of Russia’s “very smart” president, Vladimir V. Putin, with exceptional secrecy over his taxes and business dealings amid persistent reports about his associates’ connections to Russia.

In this environment, every claim takes on an air of credibility. It is no surprise, then, that the sensational and unverified accusations published online this week stirred a media frenzy. I cannot comment on these reports, or on whether there is any truth to their contents.

This is not the real issue, for what we know is bad enough. Mr. Trump is preparing to take office without having cleared the lowest ethical bar required to lead our nation.

Mr. Trump does not care about conflicts of interest. His proposal to separate himself from his business would have him continue to own his company, with his sons in charge. This arrangement “doesn’t meet the standards,” said the director of the nonpartisan Office of Government Ethics, that “every president in the past four decades has met.”

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Other American institutions have not done enough to force Mr. Trump to be accountable. On Tuesday, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, refused to answer my question about whether the bureau had investigated ties between Trump associates and Russia that had been widely reported. Mr. Comey claimed that he did not speak about investigations, yet his actions of the past few months clearly contradict that statement.

Without transparency about the extent and nature of his business dealings, it will not be possible for the American public to track whether Mr. Trump is abusing his power, other than through leaks and unverified reports that will simply tear this government down cut by cut. The Republican-controlled Congress has not only failed to hold Mr. Trump accountable, but it has even taken steps to roll back existing ethics rules.

With the notable exception of my colleague Orrin Hatch of Utah, Republican Senate leaders have attempted to rush Mr. Trump’s cabinet candidates through the Senate with a rubber stamp. By scheduling eight confirmation hearings in one week, in many cases even before the Office of Government Ethics had finished its background checks, Republican leaders have put political expediency ahead of their duty.

Meanwhile, leaders in the House attempted to neuter the independent Office of Congressional Ethics — a move that was opposed by Mr. Trump, apparently a fan of oversight for anyone but himself — and they succeeded in passing a law that would allow political retribution against individual federal employees, by cutting their salaries to $1. This heralds a return to the days when public lands and public policies were up for sale to special interests at the bidding of powerful congressmen.

Americans expect better of their elected officials. But Mr. Trump has done nothing to live up to the responsibilities of his office.

When negative news stories surface, he goes on the attack. This week, Mr. Trump said that the release of the unconfirmed memo was a smear akin to “something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.” This bluster was not only antagonistic toward the intelligence agencies that serve this country, but deeply insulting to victims of the Holocaust.

My parents lived in Nazi Germany. They saw institutions being corrupted and turned against them, merely because they were Jews. My father was kicked out of school for being Jewish. He and my mother spent years living in fear of the knock on the door. They were fortunate to escape to America and to make good lives here, but we lost family in Kristallnacht.

Mr. Trump’s brush with rumor and innuendo is nothing like their experience. It is something he has brought on himself by running a campaign of disinformation rather than making full disclosure to the American people. He must ensure that a Trump administration will not return us to the days of Richard M. Nixon, or, worse, the scandal-ridden term of Warren G. Harding.

To do so, Mr. Trump must face the fact that independent nonpartisan bodies like the Office of Government Ethics are not out to get him; they are here to help him govern according to the rule of law. Mr. Trump chose to run for president, he won and is about to assume office as the most powerful man in the world. His responsibility now is the American people, not his family, his companies or his own bottom line.

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Weather or Not: Enjoy the Break

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Jan 132017

Friday, Jan. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: After a cold, frosty and icy beginning, it warmed up into the 40s yesterday under a mostly sunny sky, albeit east winds kept a chill in the bones with gusts of 20-25 mph at times. The mercury began falling right after dark and slipped down into the upper-20s overnight, the nearly Full Wolf Moon was bright enough to read by all night. At dawn, it was chilly and frosty again with an east-northeast breeze blowing fairly consistently at around 10 mph, and the barometer continued rising heralding another clear day.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 41F/31F
Depoe Bay: 47F/28F
Newport: 43F/30F
Waldport: 45F/30F
Yachats: 46F/28F

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ENE 9 mph/Altimeter: 30.36”

Forecast: Enjoy the break with mainly dry conditions through Monday, then get ready to measure rainfall by the inch. Look for a mixed sky today and tomorrow, mostly cloudy overnight, temps top out at 40-45F in the afternoons and drop to the freezing mark at night. Outlook is for a slight chance of rain Saturday night as a weak weather front passes through, then sunny again Sunday before a general change begins Monday with mostly cloudy skies followed by rain, heavy at times, and windy Monday night through Wednesday, showers Thursday. The thermometer returns to seasonal highs of 50F and lows of 45F. A Pineapple Express (atmospheric river event) producing heavy rain, coupled with rising temperatures and snowmelt, could cause widespread flooding during the early part of next week.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there are spots of ice, temperature 20F in the passes; mostly sunny today, highs 35-40F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy freezing fog early, sunny later, still considerable ice and snow on the roads, especially in Portland Metro, temps 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine today, icy pavement, light east winds, highs of 25-30F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow and ice on the highways this morning, carry chains or traction tires, temps 15-20F; mostly sunny and cold today, the free air freezing level is at the surface. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is for patches of leftover ice and packed snow possible on the highways at all elevations Saturday and Sunday, then the freezing level rises to 6,500 feet Sunday night and to 8,000 feet by Monday night when rain is likely. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Benign conditions offshore this morning with a light ENE breeze 5-10 knots and seas 4 feet at 11 seconds. NE winds 5-15 knots today, swells subsiding to 3 feet at 11 seconds. E to SE winds 5-10 knots tonight and tomorrow, swells 3 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for light E winds on Sunday, swells building to 9 feet, then a series of gales begins Monday with southerlies rising to 25-35 knots and swells increasing to 16 feet by Tuesday. Gales are expected to continue through much of the week. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

Notice to Mariners… The dredge m/v Billeter Marine will be working off the NOAA docks in Yaquina Bay from Sunday, January 15th, through Monday, January 30th, 0700-1800hrs, 7 days a week. The dredge monitors VHF Channels 12, 13 and 16.

On the Beach… Sunny, chilly, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/13 Fri 06:23 AM 2.94 L
01/13 Fri 12:27 PM 10.08 H King Tide
01/13 Fri 07:07 PM -1.46 L
01/14 Sat 01:50 AM 8.69 H

In Short: Dry and cool, then wet, windy and warmer.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM