Aug 252014
 
Hot Air Balloons Albany Kerry Terrel photo

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Up we go! Kerry Terrel photo

Up we go!
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Lighting up the pre-dawn in Albany Kerry Terrel photo

Lighting up the pre-dawn in Albany
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Aug 252014
 
Kite surfing on the Bayshore Kerry Terrel photo

Kite surfing on the Bayshore
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 Posted by at 1:33 PM
Aug 252014
 
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Lincoln City
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The Lincoln City City Council will tackle three major issues this evening down there at city hall. There’s more discussion expected on mandatory trash pick up which although it’s on the books, there are still hundreds of water bill customers that are not also signed up with North Lincoln Sanitary.

Another long festering issue comes back for more deliberations – Vacation Rental Dwellings. Pushing two years (or more) and the city council is still grinding away at it.

And the council will be considering withdrawing support for Bob Ward’s mission to prove that Sir Frances Drake first landed in Oregon, not California as all the history books claim. He’s won a grant from Lincoln City to help pay for underground probing radar to prove that one of Drake’s smaller ships wintered at the mouth of the Salmon River – it’s crew wiped out by Native Americans. The city is concerned about how long the investigation has been taking. Ward is expected to appear this evening before the council to implore them to give him a little more time. Ward says state mandated paperwork and an immense amount of inter-agency coordination has slowed him down.

The Lincoln City City Council convenes this evening at city hall at 6pm.

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 Posted by at 10:06 AM
Aug 252014
 
Newport City Hall

Newport City Hall

The Newport Public Works Department is closing the intersection of NW 12th St. at NW Nye St. from Tuesday of this week through Friday. The closure is due to construction. Please be alert to detour route signs, construction equipment, and workers.

Alternative routes include Oceanview and 101.

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 Posted by at 9:39 AM
Aug 252014
 
International crooks are as close as your computer screen...

International crooks are as close as your computer screen…

A reader in Waldport just got a “please help me” email from a relative vacationing in Haiti saying he got tangled up with an immigration issue there and needs a quick $980 to help him “straighten things out.”

Of course the relative is not in Haiti and is happily at home with no desire to visit that Caribbean Island nation. Our reader wanted everyone to know that The “send me money” scam is not only still all over the phone lines but also now all over the internet. And how could it not be? With all the personal information we share with real friends and family on Facebook alone gives international scammers all the information they need to come up with a script that hits home. This reader didn’t fall for it, fortunately.

So watch those emails from a friend or relative asking for help. Check with the family member or friend directly via phone or SKYPE. These international bandits can be found out by simply dialing a phone number.

Make sure it’s the REAL person and not just a good looking email.

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 Posted by at 8:39 AM
Aug 252014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, August 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly sunny skies prevailed yesterday as a minor weather disturbance to our north didn’t have the necessary oomph to transport any serious cloud cover into our area. High temperatures were once again in the 60s and lows dipped to the upper-40s in some Central Coast locations. Northwest winds were lighter at 10-15 mph with a few gusts into the low-20s. No precipitation was recorded. By evening, the breeze faded and fog/haze developed along the beaches. Overnight, it was mainly clear except for a handful of scattered clouds; winds were calm. This morning, there was blue sky inland, fog at the beach line and no breeze.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/57F
Depoe Bay: 66F/50F
Newport: 63F/46F
Waldport: 62F/47F
Yachats: 64F/50F

Forecast: While the official calendared Summer doesn’t end for another month, we’re in the home stretch of the Summer vacation season as kids head back to school next week. And, it appears the weather will be fairly cooperative for those who have outdoor activities planned over the days ahead. Look for mostly sunny skies today, highs of 65F, patchy fog and northwest winds ramping up this afternoon. Tonight, partly cloudy, patchy fog, lows of 50-55F. More sun is anticipated for tomorrow, maybe a little warmer at 65-70F, and lighter northwest winds. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny days, partly to mostly cloudy nights, patchy fog, highs of 65F and lows of 55F through Friday.

Labor Day Weekend… Chance of showers Saturday and Sunday, partly cloudy Monday.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 11,000 feet.

Marine: Foggy and calm conditions exist near shore, but NNE winds are 10-15 knots with seas 6 feet at 8 seconds farther offshore this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at noon and lasts through late tonight. By this afternoon, northerlies build to 15-20 knots gusting to 25 along with choppy 5-6 foot seas at 7 seconds. Winds ease to 15-20 knots after midnight but rise again tomorrow to N 15-25 knots; combined lumpy seas of 5-6 feet at 8 seconds. Outlook is for a decreasing breeze Wednesday through Friday, N 10-15 knots, and seas 3-5 feet. Patchy fog is possible all week.

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On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* A Water Contact Advisory is in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
08/25 Mon 06:56 AM 0.21 L
08/25 Mon 01:22 PM 7.44 H
08/25 Mon 07:01 PM 2.04 L
08/26 Tue 01:02 AM 8.06 H

In Short: Patchy fog, mainly clear, windy, then partly cloudy.

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 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Aug 242014
 

2:32pm
Vehicle over embankment at Ne 50th at E Devils Lake Rd. Police on scene.

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Aug 242014
 

1:54pm
Two aboard. Sounds like only minor injuries.

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 Posted by at 1:55 PM
Aug 242014
 

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Two missing campers were found Saturday, but the story did not have a happy ending. The campers were motoring along Highway 6 in Tillamook County when for some reason they ran off the highway, went over the side, rolling and rolling down a 300 foot embankment, coming to rest well hidden in dense forest and underbrush. Search and rescue had been out looking for them as well as a search helicopter but never caught sight of them.

More on the story from The Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 11:34 AM
Aug 242014
 

This morning’s shaker in the San Francisco Bay area generated NO tsunami. There were two milder shakers in southern Alaska and in the Hawaiian Islands but neither of them created any tsunami threat, according to NOAA.

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