Residential Kitchen Grease Fire in Lincoln City…

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Sep 162017

1059 SW 13th Street
Lincoln City
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Report of a kitchen grease fire at a home at 1059 SW 13th in Lincoln City.

Fire extinguished. It did not extend past the stove. It’s always good to get after them quick and early.

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Giving credit and thanks when credit and thanks are due…

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Sep 162017

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake
Saturday & Sunday

Salmon baking away!

Everybody under the tent…that’s where the salmon is…

For those who missed it…pay closer attention next year!!

2017 Salmon Bake Dedication to Fred and Betty Robison given by Depoe Bay Mayor Barbara Leff at the lighting of this weekend’s Depoe Bay Salmon Bake

Fred Robison made many contributions to Depoe Bay.

In his early years—Fred ran a successful charter fishing business and helped to create one of the finest Fire Districts in the state. With his first wife Bev, he fathered five children who today are part of the multi-generational Robison family that gives thousands of hours each year to Depoe Bay and Lincoln County—helping to enhance life in many different ways.

Later in life—Fred became a leading spokesperson for the charter fishing industry,

He mentored many young men and women and with his beloved second wife Betty, he was a fixture in our community, working tirelessly to make Depoe Bay the best little town in the world

When Bernie & I first arrived here—Fred and Betty quickly became good friends and big supporters. They nurtured us through our difficult early years.

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They encouraged us and many others to become part of Depoe Bay’s army of volunteers, giving what ever time and energy we could to help our community flourish.

This event—the annual Salmon Bake—was one of their favorites. For many years, they proudly drove all over the area, delivering Salmon Bake dinners to those who had to work or were housebound.

I know Fred and Betty are watching today, proud and honored to know that this year, we light the fire in their name.

Barbara Leff
Mayor, Depoe Bay, OR
September 16, 2017

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Traffic Crash on Highway 18

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Sep 162017

Auto vs. Pedestrian traffic crash at 9622 Salmon River Highway (Hwy 18). Looks like just northeast of Van Duzer Wayside.

Now reports indicate it’s a vehicle vs. bicyclist. Bad injuries. Putting air ambulance on standby.

Sounds like first arriving fire-rescue are scouting out a place for an air ambulance to land.

Westbound Highway 18 is blocked by the traffic accident.

Victim is being transported by ground to Spirit Mountain Casino where the victim will be loaded aboard a Life Flight air ambulance and flown to a trauma center in Portland.

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Weather or Not: Last-Ditch Effort

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Sep 162017

Saturday, Sep. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: Sunny with light winds yesterday; fair skies overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/51F/17mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 63F/46F/11mph/0.00”
Newport: 63F/46F/14mph/0.00”
Waldport: 61F/52F/16mph/0.00”
Yachats: 59F/48F/21mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 300’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: E 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.03”

A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for cool and wet weather arriving next week. A developing low-pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska will settle over the Pacific Northwest. Expect much cooler temperatures and several rounds of rain at lower elevations, and snow in the high Cascades. Rain will begin Sunday afternoon and continue at times through much of the week. Snow levels will be around 9,000 feet Sunday then drop to 5,000-6,000 feet by Monday and remain near that level throughout the week. People planning travel or outdoor activities, especially in the mountains, should be prepared for the changing conditions.

Forecast: The Sun makes a last-ditch effort today to ward off the fast-approaching change to Fall weather. We should get some clearing and a high in the low-60s this afternoon before clouds and fog begin thickening tonight; low around 50F. Game’s on tomorrow when the first of several storm systems arrives bringing rain by midday, high 60F. Outlook is for showers Monday, rain Tuesday, showers likely Wednesday and Thursday, then a chance of showers Friday. The mercury is expected to be just below seasonal with highs barely reaching 60F and lows dipping to 50F all week.

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Travel: ODOT will be paving tonight on US Highway 20 from Clem Road to Philomath from 6:00pm to 6:00am. Motorists should expect minor delays and flaggers directing traffic through the area. In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps near 45F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 55-60F, it’s still smoky in spots and I-84 remains closed in places due to the effects of wildland firefighting operations. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 45-50F, areas of smoke, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads through Sunday midday, then wet pavement later Sunday and Sunday night at all elevations including the Coast Range and Cascades; the snow level is predicted to drop significantly but should remain just above the passes at 5,000-6,000 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 variable 5-10 knots this morning, with seas 3-4 feet at 8 seconds. Thermal low-pressure will be near the coast this morning then move inland this afternoon and east of the Cascades tonight as weak higher pressure builds northward. This will result in light north winds today that turn southerly late tonight. South winds will increase quickly Sunday morning as a decent Fall cold front moves into Central Coast waters, then onshore late Sunday. High-end Small Craft Advisory winds are possible with this front Sunday. Lower pressure will remain off the Washington coast behind this front with higher pressure along the southern Oregon coast that will result in westerly winds Sunday night into Monday. The forecast models show decent lower pressure along the BC and northern Washington coast Monday night into early Tuesday for stronger west winds continuing. Another possibly strong low will swing onshore with high-end Small Craft Advisory or even gale force winds around Tuesday night. We may see one more area of lower pressure Wednesday night into early Thursday. All in all, this looks like an active week as we approach the Autumnal Equinox on Friday. * 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… Partly to mostly sunny, light wind, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
09/16 Sat 10:32 AM 7.17 H
09/16 Sat 3:56 PM 2.70 L
09/16 Sat 9:58 PM 8.50 H
09/17 Sun 4:43 AM -0.37 L

In Short: Partial clearing, light winds, then wet, cool and breezy.

Annual Celebration of Honor behind Chinook Winds in Lincoln City

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Sep 162017

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Donna Plummer was amazed at the 400 American Flags flying behind Chinook Winds Casino this week. It’s part of an annual celebration of America’s military veterans who have passed on as well as those still with us. It’s called the Celebration of Honor – a traveling reminder of what our vets have done and sacrificed to keep our country safe and free. It’s an annual event at Chinook Winds. The exhibit, complete with a Vietnam War Memorial Wall with the 58,000 names of American Servicemen and women who lost their lives in that war fought in the 1960s.

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Federal Judge Stops Trump From Withholding Federal Pass-Through and General Grant Funds to “Sanctuary Cities”

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Sep 162017

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A federal judge has ordered the federal government, and President Trump especially, to not withhold federal grants and other funds from cities and states that refuse to order their local law enforcement departments to work with immigration officials to track down illegal aliens. Oregon is a sanctuary state making Oregon cities likewise sanctuary cities.

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Northwest Natural Gas rates falling again….

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Sep 152017

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has filed for a rate reduction with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC) for the third year in a row. If approved, customers can expect to see lower bills starting Nov. 1.

NW Natural has requested residential rates be lowered by 6.4% and commercial rates by 7.3%. The typical residential customer using an average of 50 therms a month will save about $3.43 each month. The typical commercial customer using 231 therms a month will save $15.62 every month.

“We’re proud to pass cost savings on to our customers while providing the same high-quality service, reliability and safety that they expect,” said David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO. “Once again, our customers will be paying less for their natural gas than they did 15 years ago.”

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The Sept. 15 filing reflects anticipated low natural gas commodity prices for the coming year as a result of abundant natural gas supplies. The rate changes also include other year-to-year adjustments and costs approved by regulators.

The OPUC is expected to issue a final decision on this year’s filing by the end of October, with new rates effective Nov. 1. Find more information in the Rates & Regulations section of or call 503-226-4211 and ask for the Rates & Regulatory Department.

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Don’t forget about the June credit

The rate decrease follows a credit on Oregon customers’ June bills. NW Natural returned $11.6 million to Oregon customers — an average of $12 a customer. The credits resulted from efficient pipeline capacity management and effective use of the company’s underground natural gas storage facility at Mist, Oregon, during 2016.

Oregon customers have received more than $105 million in bill credits from efficient pipeline and storage capacity over the last 11 years.

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