Report of a house fire a 2870 NE Quay Avenue, Lincoln City.
Turned out to be a vehicle fire near the house, but the house never caught fire. Another good save by North Lincoln Fire and Rescue!Share on Facebook
Frozen pipes are EXPENSIVE to fix. To prevent frozen water that can pop a pipe like an over-blown balloon, turn on your COLD water tap…EVER SO SLIGHTLY…so it drips. That’s all it takes to head off a water disaster under your house or apartment.
Water pipe froze and began leaking water into an apartment at 130 San Bay O Circle at around noon time. Now the entire complex is without water. LET YOUR FAUCETS DRIP!!!!
Saturday, December 7 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: It was indeed a three-dog night with this morning’s lows dipping into the teens as the skies cleared. Though yesterday began with Central Coast residents digging out from an average of 4 inches of snow on the ground, the last of the snow showers exited the area by late afternoon. Highs barely reached freezing, and with easterly winds gusting 15-25 knots, it felt even colder. Winds dropped off overnight. Today we’ll be trading in our snow shovels for an extra dog or at least another quilt. Roads are icy (see Travel section below). Frozen water pipes may become a serious issue, too. See the American Red Cross website (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-s torm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes) for more information on dealing with this cold weather problem.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 34F/23F
Forecast: The coldest arctic air in four years has settled in for the remainder of the weekend. Tonight will probably be the coldest of the bunch with coastal communities dropping to the low teens. Fortunately for us, unlike folks in the Portland area, the east winds have subsided and we’re not facing extreme windchill temperatures today. Expect a high near the freezing mark this afternoon, a tad warmer tomorrow and tomorrow night. Outlook is for slow but steady moderation beginning Monday. Temperatures rising, cloud cover increasing and a return mid-week to ‘normal’ December weather with a warm and wet storm by Thursday. There is still some concern for the switchover period late Monday where we could see a mix of snow and freezing rain before the cold air is pushed out.
Travel: All Central Coast roads have some degree of icing this morning. It could actually get worse later today as the temperature rises to near the freezing mark and the ice/snow becomes slicker. Highways 18 and 20 passes are slick in spots, still windy this morning, and freezing fog is expected to exacerbate travel problems tonight through Monday morning. Meanwhile, if you travel to Portland, you’ll be facing windchills near zero. Chains are required this morning on I-5 at Eugene and points south. Cascade passes this weekend are slick, chains required in many places, and dangerous windchills of -10F to -20F.
Marine: A Small Craft Advisory is up for local waters through noon today. The buoys are reporting NE winds 20 knots gusting to 25, and seas at 6 feet. But these conditions are forecast to subside to easterlies 10-15 knots and seas 3-4 feet this afternoon through Tuesday. Outlook is for a SW storm by the Wednesday-Thursday timeframe with winds up to 20-30 knots and seas building into the low teens. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted today.
On the Beach… Very cold, clear, light wind, surf 3-4 feet
12/07 Sat 09:13 AM 2.93 L
12/07 Sat 03:00 PM 8.46 H
12/07 Sat 09:44 PM -0.46 L
12/08 Sun 04:36 AM 8.29 H
In Short: Coldest is years, clear, light winds, then gradual warming.Share on Facebook
HISTORIC CHARTER BOAT DEMOLISHED
Faced with no other option, the Lincoln County Historical Society hired the Port of Toledo Boatyard to demolish the historic wooden charter vessel Tradewinds Kingfisher.
The 50 foot National Historic Register vessel, long associated with Depoe Bay, was in an advanced state of deterioration and posed a potential environmental hazard should it sink. During the demolition process it was discovered the deterioration of the boat was even worse than imagined.
Prior to demolition, the exterior of the boat was scanned using 3D laser technology. The laser scan produced an exact electronic record to be used by future researchers, model builders, and boat builders in fashioning future craft with fealty to The Kingfisher if they so choose. The scan was so exact it was discovered the hull had actually been twisted to one side, perhaps from a collision in its past or due to normal deterioration.
During the demolition, all salvageable parts were removed and added to the Historical Society’s collection to be used in exhibits at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center. Its vintage 1950s engine and other parts were recycled. Historical Society Director Steve Wyatt expressed his gratitude for the salvage work performed by The Port of Toledo staff. “They were very respectful of the boats’ history and carefully extracted all that could be salvaged for posterity.”
“It had to be scuttled,” lamented Wyatt. Like many locals and tourists, he has fond memories of the Kingfisher. “I was aboard her when I experienced the thrill of the open ocean for the first time. I loved this boat. As a museum professional, my job is to preserve iconic objects and artifacts. But while removing parts of the Kingfisher a couple of weeks ago, I actually fell through the deck when it collapsed, reaffirming the craft’s deteriorated condition.”
The Tradewinds Kingfisher was built in 1941 by Westerlund Boat and Machine Works of Jantzen Beach, Oregon. Just months after the Kingfisher owner and skipper, Stan Allyn (1913-1992) took possession of the Kingfisher, the U.S. entered World War II. Allyn offered his new boat up for wartime use. The Kingfisher served as a boarding and patrol craft from Astoria to Coos Bay, always on the lookout for any possible enemy invasion. At war’s end, the Kingfisher returned to Depoe Bay to serve as Allyn’s flagship charter boat. Many charter boats built in the 1950s copied the Kingfisher’s then-innovative styling. The Kingfisher was placed on the National Historic Register in 1991 and was retired from service in 2000.
In 2001 the Historical Society accepted the Kingfisher as a donation, and went to work trying to drum up private financial support that would enable the Society to properly preserve the vessel. The Society’s long-term goals for the Kingfisher included offering Yaquina Bay tours for those who appreciated not only the beauty of our coastal home but also the storied past of the vessel they were riding.
Properly caring for the Kingfisher required an annual investment of approximately $15,000, far exceeding the Historical Society’s annual budget for curating all other 40,000-plus historical artifacts in its collection. Moorage fees alone were $395 per month. A shipwright’s survey in 2012 concluded the Kingfisher needed over $70,000 in renovations and repairs. To date the Historical Society has invested over $54,000 in the Kingfisher just keeping it as-is. Donations from a small, dedicated group of individuals and businesses, plus time and materials, totaled $81,000.
Previous public outreach campaigns aimed at generating awareness of the Kingfisher’s plight received virtually no response. Without supplemental public support, outside grants were not forthcoming. The Historical Society offered the vessel to other museums, including the Smithsonian and the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, among others, but all turned the Kingfisher down. A few individuals came forward wanting to assume ownership of the Kingfisher in order to save her, but were unable to rally the needed support.
The Board of Directors of the Lincoln County Historical Society eventually voted to begrudgingly dismantle her. For the Society and a small band of Kingfisher aficionados, it was like pulling the plug on a terminally ill family member.
An extended article on the history of the Kingfisher appears in the Society’s best selling book “The Bayfront.” The Society, in conjunction with the Allyn family, is planning an exhibit of the Kingfisher at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center that will incorporate components salvaged from the boat and possibly the computer laser scans. The Historical Society also has in its archive collection papers and records from Stan Allyn, the designer and longtime owner and operator of the Kingfisher.
For more information, call 541-265-7509.
The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Burrows House Museum located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport, and the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center at 333 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport. Admission to the Burrows House is by donation. Admission to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 through 12. Members are free. Both museums are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.Share on Facebook
A semi-loaded to the gills with tasty bargains (no doubt) came in for a rather sideways landing Friday night at the western entrance to the Newport Walmart unloading dock. The driver said he started out from the Enterprise, OR distribution warehouse and had chains on the whole way. When he got to Lincoln City, reports were that 101 was clear all the way to Newport, so he took his chains off.
When he got close to Newport the roads started snowing/icing up and so when he tried to make the western entrance to the Newport Walmart, the downhill grade on 25th snagged him at the right turn into the parking lot and that was that.
A tow was ordered so that the truck could complete its delivery. Newport Police ordered that 25th from just beyond the main entrance to Walmart be closed due to black ice all the way down to Oceanview.
The driver said there was no damage to the truck.Share on Facebook
News tip from Barbara Leff, Depoe Bay Fire Rescue
Harbor Lights Inn owners Bob and Beni Blessinger offered free eats today to Depoe Bay’s emergency responders. Firefighters from Depoe Bay Fire and several members of the local Coast Guard station took them up on the offer.
“It’s a small way for us to say thank you to our first responders who put themselves on the line for us every day.,” said Bob Blessinger.
Fire Chief Joshua Williams expressed appreciation on behalf of the group, saying “We appreciate the great food and the kind sentiments.”
Harbor Lights Inn is open with a limited dinner menu Monday through Saturday evenings from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. call 541-765-2322 for more information.Share on Facebook