11:05am – Report of smoke in a home at 1843 NE 19th. North Lincoln Fire is enroute.
Earthquake safety is a priority for many places around the world, including Oregon — a state that has seen its share of minor tremors and that is at-risk for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. This is why Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management supports the Great ShakeOut, a national earthquake safety drill. Each year on the third Thursday in October, people are urged to “drop, cover and hold on” to practice what to do when seismic activity occurs. The 2016 ShakeOut takes place at 10:20 a.m. on October 20. Registration is open at www.shakeout.org/oregon.
Last year, more than 500,000 Oregonians participated in the Great Oregon ShakeOut. Governor Kate Brown has issued a proclamation encouraging participation in the ShakeOut that also urges Oregonians to be 2 Weeks Ready.
The 2 Weeks Ready campaign is being launched by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with this year’s Great Shakeout. It aims to inspire citizens to
be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a natural disaster such as a Cascadia earthquake.
“In addition to helping to ensure everyone is safe, 2 Weeks Ready lessens the strain on emergency responders who will need to focus limited resources on the injured and other vulnerable populations immediately following a disaster,” said Andrew Phelps, the director of Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “The events in Tohoku, Japan in 2011 brought new awareness to the reality of what could happen in Oregon in the aftermath of a high-magnitude quake and tsunami. We know the risk is there and this makes our job of spreading the message of preparedness that much more important,” he said.
A new 2 Weeks Ready Facebook page has been created (www.facebook/2WeeksReady.com) and each week OEM will suggest a preparedness activity or item to include in your preparedness kit. Tips and tools will be available, and community members are encouraged to contribute comments and share their progress. A series of “2 Weeks Ready” brochures and short videos will be released in the coming months.
“2 Weeks Ready is not just having enough food and water to keep you going for a period of time. It’s thinking about and planning for the ability to bounce back after a disaster,” said Phelps.
Summary: After a rocky start in the morning with a few showers, we had our first extended stretch of sunshine yesterday afternoon since the storms began last week. Winds were light throughout the day staying below 20 mph and rain gauges recorded a quarter to a third of an inch, all of that before noon. As warm as the Sun felt, temps remained fairly cool; none of our reporting stations quite made it to 60F, falling short by a degree or two. Scattered clouds continued through the evening and overnight with lows dipping into the upper-40s. This morning, some high clouds were moving in in advance of the next weather system and east winds blew lightly at about 10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 7,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 10 mph/Pressure: 30.12”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/50F/0.39”
Depoe Bay: 58F/47F/0.12”
Forecast: Our short respite from wet weather will be drawing to a close shortly. Expect increasing clouds and possible showers this morning, a chance of steadier rain developing late this afternoon, light winds, and the mercury stopping at around 55F. Rain tonight, up to three-quarters of an inch, light winds and lows down to 45F. Additional steady rain tomorrow, another half to three-quarters of an inch, west winds 5-15 mph and a high of 55F. Outlook is for partly sunny with a chance of showers Friday and Saturday, rain Sunday, showers likely Monday, and a chance of rain on Tuesday. Seasonal thermometer readings are projected through the long term as highs reach 55-60F and lows drop to 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement, patchy fog and 40F in the passes; mostly cloudy, a chance of rain later and light winds today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting increasing clouds, a slight chance of rain this afternoon, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, light east winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are right at 32F; cloudy with a chance of rain by afternoon, light winds, the snow level is above the passes at 5,500 feet, carry chains or tractions tires. * Travelers should visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the highway.
Marine: Seas have struggled to subside and are still 11-12 feet at 13 seconds this morning with winds 10-15 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow morning. SE winds today 10-15 knots rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 this afternoon, seas 9 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and swells 8 feet at 12 seconds. Southerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 tomorrow, fading to 10-15 knots by afternoon, swells holding around 8 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for SE winds 5-10 knots on Friday with seas 7 feet, SE winds 20-25 knots Saturday, swells building to 10 feet, and then S winds 10-15 knots Sunday, seas around 9 feet. * Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/19 Wed 08:56 AM 1.98 L
10/19 Wed 03:07 PM 9.35 H
10/19 Wed 09:44 PM -1.25 L
10/20 Thu 04:25 AM 7.70 H
In Short: Rain, chance of showers, then more rain.
You may walk/run a .5, 1.5, or 2 loop with easy obstacles along the way, or just hang out by the DJ and try parts of an agility course. Waves start every 15 minutes from 10 am to noon at the Wilder Dog Park in South Beach.
Friendly pups may participate with a 6 foot (non-retractable) leash and people under 18 need a parent or guardian. Registration is $20, but just $5 for kids under 12. There will be prizes for best costume.
Don’t forget to bring shoes to donate for our shoe drive, which also benefits the medical fund!
The first meeting of the Greater Newport Vision 2040 Advisory Committee will be held on Monday, October 24th at 9:30 A.M., at the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway. Consulting group HDR, Inc., will lead the Advisory Committee through its first meeting. Topics will include an introduction to visioning, project branding, scope of work, schedule review, and communications planning. Persons interested in participating or learning more about the visioning effort are encouraged to attend.
This visioning process offers an opportunity for the community to envision the future it wants and the steps that collectively need to be taken to make that desired future a reality. A vision is a statement of our common values and, as such, is strongest when there is broad public engagement. Every effort will be made to encourage community-wide participation, with a specific focus on multi-cultural engagement.
Over the coming months, there will be many opportunities for Newport area citizens to help develop a long term vision for the greater Newport area. Input will be collected through interviews, surveys, focus groups, one-on-one conversations, public events, and activities. Project updates and opportunities to give input will be posted on the City’s website in coming weeks at: http://www.newportoregon.gov/.
For additional information contact:
Derrick Tokos, Community Development Director or Rachel Cotton, Associate Planner
By email: D.Tokos@NewportOregon.Gov or R.Cotton@NewportOregon.Gov
Northwest Natural Gas has announced that gas rates this winter will be falling for residential, commercial and industrial customers. New Oregon Public Utilities Commission approved rates show that residential users will see a 1.5% drop in their bills. Commercial users will see a 1.6% drop and 3.5% drop for industrial customers.
A relatively mild winter last year and increased gas production through fracking has created a mini-bloat in gas supplies which is driving prices down.
The new rates take effect November 1st.
7:07pm – Traffic crash, 828 SW Pacific Coast Highway (101). Pedestrian was hit by a pickup’s rear view mirror. Victim is said to be conscious and breathing.
7:10pm – Victim is now in the bed of the pickup which is parked at the Bistro.
7:20pm – Victim appears to be not seriously injured. Unknown how fast the pickup was going at the time of the incident.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST will continue to soar at the Newport Performing Arts Center for the next two weekends for 7 more performances.
Don’t miss this famous Northwest play, based on the book by Oregonian, Ken Kesey. The comedy/drama has enjoyed standing ovations at every performance and utilizes the new sound system at the PAC under the mastery of Sound Engineer, Justin Gleeson. This is a show you will be honored to bring your weekend guests to! Don’t miss this one, folks! Get tickets at octopusonstage.com or call 541-265-ARTS.