Feb 262015
Back on the air, but with technical glitches.  They're always streaming live at kyaq.org

Back on the air, but with technical glitches. They’re always streaming live at kyaq.org

Community Radio KYAQ is back on the air but we understand they’re still having some drop out problems.

In the meantime, their internet service is still “on the net” blasting away at KYAQ.org, with their regular programming.

 Posted by at 7:57 AM
Feb 262015
Siletz City Hall

Siletz City Hall

After meeting with the Siletz City Council a couple of times, Port of Toledo General Manager Bud Shoemake and City Councilor Ron Hervey are proposing a way to fix up and renovate the town’s two boat ramps – one at Hee Hee Illahee Park just upstream from the bridge at the south end of town, and the other one near the bridge at the north end of town. Both are old ramps installed years go and need more than just a face lift.

Shoemake and Hervey say the best way to go about the project is to approach the Oregon State Marine Board with a proposal for upgrading the ramps – get the exact design down and then seek funding from the Marine Board to build them. Shoemake said the Marine Board would likely help fund the design of the ramps as well. He did say, however, that there is a requirement that the town chip in some money – possibly 25% so the state isn’t footing the full bill. Help might also be requested of the Siletz Tribe on that part of it.

Shoemake said although the city appears anxious to get the project going it’s going to take some time to get the job done – possibly up to a few years. But once installed, the ramps will serve the Siletz community quite well.

 Posted by at 12:38 AM
Feb 262015
Clear cutting maximizes profits but can be hard on nearby residents, water supplies and fish runs.

Clear cutting maximizes profits but can be hard on nearby residents, water supplies and fish runs.

Lincoln County Commissioners got a visit from top regional state forestry officials this week. And it was easy to see that they’re under a fair amount of stress. On the one hand they’ve got to get enough trees cut to provide revenues for local county governments, the state general fund and schools, yet do more to help endangered species recover, reduce sediment run-off into fish producing streams, reduce herbicide and pesticide exposures to residents, keep recreation and other forest user fees low, and still produce enough revenue to keep forestry agents in the field to make it all work.

Forestry officials say the state Board of Forestry is working on a plan to practice more intensive forest conservation while getting more trees to market to keep the cash flow up. At that point Commissioner Terry Thompson retorted, “Good luck with THAT!” The forestry folks chuckled along with him, although somewhat nervously.

They said they rely on the Board of Forestry to chart the course and make it work and that their overhaul of the state’s forest management plan is due out the first of July.

Agents admitted that there has been substantial public push-back on the way herbicide and pesticide sprayings have affected communities and watersheds adjacent to and inside state forestry areas and that there is new legislation pending in Salem to tackle those concerns. They also briefly cited the pressure they’re under by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to do more to protect water quality in local forest rivers and streams – not only in reducing rising water temperatures but also sediment coming off logged areas which is clogging fish spawning runs.

In a recent report the EPA and NOAA minced no words about how they feel about Oregon dragging its feet on forestland protection and environmental health – announcing that Oregon is the only coastal state in the country that, despite repeated warnings, still does not not have a workable water quality plan for its rivers and streams – that there is still too much contamination from logging run-off, herbicide and pesticide spraying, agricultural pollution and inadequate city storm drain water treatment all running down hill to the sea. Millions of dollars in federal grants and program funding has been withdrawn in a further effort to prod state agencies to take action.

Prescribed control burn near Waldport last weekend that almost turned into a big forest fire.

Prescribed control burn near Waldport last weekend that almost turned into a big forest fire.

State foresters also touched on the fact that fire seasons just seem to be getting worse and worse – last year’s wildland fires amounting to one of the worst on record. They said there have been some bright spots in efforts to do land clearing in and around forests to protect them from small fires that can grow to big fires in mere minutes. Cleaning and control burn projects at Salishan and in the Harlan area of east Lincoln County were highlighted as successful operations. But they also indicated that prescribed or control burns can be risky as we saw last weekend in the Waldport area when a prescribed burn got away from a property owner and the fire took off. Fortunately local firefighters jumped right in and got it back under control before it could do any more damage.

Forestry officials said the trick might be to put state forests on a tighter growing cycle – not waiting so long between cuts – cutting trees that are merely 50 years old rather than 75 to 100. They say the younger trees still produce good wood – even harder wood than older trees produce which put on weight with more, but softer wood, as the trees fatten up. Faster rotation harvesting is being tried in Eastern Oregon in Malheur County as a lumber mill there re-tools to accommodate younger trees being harvested because most of the older stands have been cut.

Forestry officials also mentioned that State Forestry has outgrown their local headquarters in Toledo and are shopping for a new site for upgraded and more efficient facilities. They say it appears that based on their review of possible locations, they’re likely to be relocating from their current Toledo site to one just east of Newport. No specific timeline was offered on the move.

 Posted by at 12:00 AM
Feb 252015
Striped Knifejaw fish, native to Japanese and far eastern waters...found in Oregon crab pot.

Striped Knifejaw fish, native to Japanese and far eastern waters…found in Oregon crab pot.
Tom Calvanese photo

A team of scientists from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is studying a very foreign fish captured alive in a crab pot near Port Orford. It’s called a Striped Knifejaw that is native to Japan, as well as China and Korea. It’s even found off the waters of the Hawaiian Islands.

Did it come over associated with yet another wave of Japanese tsunami debris? Or maybe disgorged from the ballast tanks of an Asian freighter or simply dumped in the ocean by someone who bought it in a pet store and released it on a south Oregon beach?

Its appearance and survival certainly raises questions, according to OSU Invasive Species specialist, Dr. John Chapman.

“Some association with Japanese tsunami debris is a strong possibility, but we cannot rule out other options, such as the fish being carried over in ballast water of a ship or an aquarium fish being released locally,” Chapman said. “But finding a second Knifejaw nearly two years after the discovery of fish in a drifting Japanese boat certainly gets my attention.”

In March 2013, five Striped Knifejaws were found alive in a boat near Long Beach, Washington, that had drifted over from Japan. Four of the fish were euthanized, but one was taken to the Seaside Aquarium, where it is still alive and thriving.

OSU marine ecologist Jessica Miller examined the four euthanized Knifejaws, analyzing their ear bones for clues about where they came from.

“The young fish of these species are known to associate with debris drift, both natural and tsunami-caused,” she said. “Japanese tsunami marine debris continues to arrive on beaches in Oregon and Washington and some of that debris from Japan washed up on the southern Oregon coast earlier this month – so it is not inconceivable that the Port Orford fish was associated with Japanese marine debris,” Miller theorized.

She added that the species is also found over wide reaches of Asian oceans including the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai and Oahu making it native to a broader range than just Japan.

The fish is approximately 13 centimeters in length, and thus not a fully grown adult. It was caught in a crab pot between Port Orford and Cape Blanco in southern Oregon.

Steven Rumrill, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is working with HMSC to transport the fish to a quarantine facility at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, where it will be under the care of OSU aquatic veterinarian Tim Miller-Morgan.

Rumrill said it’s important that the fish be held in quarantine to ensure that it is free from any pathogens or parasites that could pose a threat to our native fish.

Sam Chan, an OSU invasive species expert and vice-chair of the Oregon Invasive Species Council, has seen Striped Knifejaws in Japan and believes this particular fish may be 1 to 2 years old. Therefore, it is unlikely to have left Japan in the 2011 tsunami. But a boat could have been milling around Asian waters for the past 2-3 years and then picked up the fish and rode the currents over. The big question is – are there more of these?

Chan said Oregon Sea Grant will work with Oregon fishermen, crabbers and others to keep a lookout for additional Striped Knifejaws and other exotic species.

Dr. Chapman at HMSC has raised the possibility that long-held scientific assumptions about the impossibility of Asian aquatic life being able to reach North America on their own may be, in fact, quite wrong. He said there are a number of ways that invasive species can make their way to the Western Hemisphere. And since it is now widely known that tsunami-caused earthquakes are quite common on Asia’s eastern shores and North America’s western shores, that their related debris fields are more than capable of carrying invasive species of plant and animal life thousands of miles in both directions.

Oregonians who believe they have spotted marine debris on the beach or an invasive species are encouraged to report it on line at OregonInvasivesHotline.Org, or call 866-468-2337. Calls can also be made to Dr. John Chapman at OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center at 541-867-0235.

Here’s a video of the Striped Knifejaw fish swimming in an holding tank in Port Orford.

 Posted by at 8:33 PM
Feb 252015
Volunteer awards coming up for Depoe Bay Chamber

Volunteer awards coming up for Depoe Bay Chamber

2014 Depoe Bay Citizen of the Year Banquet

Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce is conducting their yearly recognition for the Man, Woman and Business of the Year for 2014. Nominations were done by the Chamber members.

Please join us as we celebrate a wonderful year of volunteerism. Our volunteers give so much of their time and efforts to help put on events, promote our wonderful city and help staff our office.

Dinner and socializing will be Eden Hall in Gleneden Beach. Informal socializing begins at 6pm with dinner starting at 6:30pm.

The menu includes:
Oregon Hazelnut crusted Chicken with mango chutney
Honey mustard and herb encrusted Salmon with Marion berry reduction 
Ceaser salad
Grilled vegetable melody with balsamic syrup
Fresh vegetable risotto
Fresh strawberry shortcake
Brownie bars

The cost is $25 per person and $45 for a couple

Come and enjoy an evening with Depoe Bay’s finest volunteers.

 Posted by at 8:00 PM
Feb 252015
Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Adviser Waddell & Reed

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Adviser
Waddell & Reed

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Required Minimum Distribution Planning.
By: Duane J. Silbernagel

For years, you’ve been told that you shouldn’t withdraw money from your retirement accounts unless you have to. However, once you reach a certain age you will have to, in most cases, or face stiff tax penalties.

Required Minimum Distributions (commonly referred to as RMDs) are required by the IRS once you reach age 70½. When you save into most qualified retirement accounts (non-Roth IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), etc.) over the course of your career, the IRS has allowed you to defer paying taxes on those funds, with the understanding that starting when you’re 70½ years old, you will be required to start pulling funds out of those accounts – if you need it, or not.

There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to the calculations of RMDs. In reality, the concept is simple:

Open your end of year statements from the various retirement accounts you’ve accrued over the years. Note: RMDs are based on Social Security Number – if you’re married, each spouse will do this for their respective accounts. Add all of those values together – Example: Assume my aggregated balance on 12/31/2014 is $100,000.00.
Know what your age will be at the end of the current year – Example: Assume that my age on 12/31/2015 is going to be 85.

Find your “withdrawal factor.” To find this, you can sift through IRS Publication 590-B (2014), Appendix B – Uniform Lifetime Table, Table III. You can also use a user-friendly calculator found at: http://apps.finra.org/Calcs/1/RMD – Example: Given the above assumptions, my withdrawal factor will be 14.8. Calculate your RMD amount. Divide your aggregated retirement accounts (step 2) by the withdrawal factor (step 4). If you use the calculator I referenced, it does this nicely for you. In my example this would be $100,000/14.8=$. This is the amount of money that you’re going to be required to take out for the current calendar year, to meet the requirements. Failure to withdrawal the required amount by 12/31 of the current calendar year will result in a 50% tax on the money not withdrawn – and still have to remove the money from the account.

Depending on the type of qualified retirement account you have will determine how you must go about taking your RMD, for example:

• If you have multiple IRA accounts (traditional IRAs, rollover IRAs, SEP IRAs, and SIMPLE IRAs) you are allowed to aggregate for purposes of RMD. Regardless of how many IRA’s you have. You can then add up all of those RMDs and take that total RMD from any combination of those accounts. Please keep in mind that removing money from a SIMPLE IRA prior to 2 years from the date of first contribution can result in a 25% IRS penalty (even if to satisfy an RMD).
• If you have multiple 401(k) accounts, you are not allowed to aggregate. Meaning that you must take at least the RMD amount of each separate 401(k) account you have. Exception: If you are currently employed by a company, hold less than a 5% ownership stake, and actively contributing into the 401(k), the funds inside that 401(k) are exempt from RMD rules.
• If you have multiple 403(b) accounts you are allowed to also aggregate those 403(b) accounts. Like an IRA you can then add up all of those RMDs and take that total RMD from any combination of those accounts.

I’ve only outlined a few of the more common qualified retirement plans. As you can see, rules can vary between all of the different accounts.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the options when separating service from an employer where you had a retirement account, outlining four items to consider. I intentionally left one item out -for this very reason: simplicity. Keeping retirement funds in one account can help simplify your financial life. Now, while we do not want all of our eggs in one basket (staying diversified), it’s easier to watch, monitor and track when they’re in one henhouse (one account).

If you’d like to find out more about me, have an idea you’d like me to write about or would simply like to contact me – visit my website: www.duane.wrfa.com.

Thank you for reading.

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This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. Waddell & Reed does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult with a professional regarding your personal situation prior to making any financial related decisions.

Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322, via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com. 

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 Posted by at 7:30 PM
Feb 252015

4:44PM – Caution in the area of Spyglass Apartments. Man firing gun into the woods off 32nd. He’s described as a male, blue jeans with a light blue hoodie. Last seen entering apartment at Spyglass Apartments.

5:53PM – Police on scene. They have the gun. Checking out those in the apartment. One occupant of the apartment has an outstanding warrant for his arrest on failure to appear in court and a dangerous drug charge.

 Posted by at 4:46 PM
Feb 252015
Yaquina Bay Bridge down to 1 lane from midnight tonight to 6am Thursday morning.

Yaquina Bay Bridge down to 1 lane from midnight tonight to 6am Thursday morning.

NEWPORT – Utility work will result in a lane closure on the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, early Thursday morning. Travel across the bridge will be restricted to a single flagged lane on Thursday, February 26 beginning at 12:01 a.m. and continuing until 6 a.m.

Delays of up to twenty minutes should be expected.

The lane closure is necessary to allow a telephone utility to repair a conduit.

Midnight tonight through 6am Thursday – Yaquina Bay Bridge down to one lane.

 Posted by at 4:31 PM
Feb 252015

Twice as many sea lions as before.  Build it bigger and they keep coming...

Twice as many sea lions as before. Build it bigger and they keep coming…

Public viewing area to be extended westward of the existing dock surface.  Should be complete by year's end.

Public viewing area to be extended westward of the existing dock surface. Could be complete by year’s end with enough donations.

Bayfront business owner Stan Pickens and historian Bob Ward signed on the dotted line with the Port of Newport this week, vowing that once the new Sea Lion Docks project is completed, ownership will be turned over to the port while the Sea Lion Docks Foundation will completely take over maintenance. No cost to the port.

Foundation member Bob Ward said the project has become more costly than first envisioned so the final stage of the project – the viewing area overlook – will take more time than expected to complete, but that it should be up and ready for use by the end of the year. But of course, that will be somewhat dependent of further donations from the community to the foundation. Ward says they’re about $45,000 short of being able to complete the viewing overlook.

Those who would like to donate what they can to the effort can do so through the Sea Lion Docks Foundation at NewportSeaLionDocks.com Docks is plural. NewportSeaLionDocks.com and just follow the donation instructions.

 Posted by at 2:42 PM