A list of cities and counties banning recreation marijuana sales in their cities or unincorporated areas of their counties beginning October 1st

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Aug 272015
There are 242 cities and 36 counties in Oregon

There are 242 cities and 36 counties in Oregon

Although there are sure to be more cities, and perhaps a few more counties, whose elected officials will outlaw marijuana growing, processing and sales in their area (including Lincoln City), the tally so far is 14 cities (5.8% of cities) statewide, and 5 counties (13.8% of counties) statewide.

Although some city councils and county commissions contend that their bans reflect an absence of rules being brought forth by the Oregon Health Authority as to time, place and manner of those sales, the OHA has already issued draft regulations for public review. OHA officials promise that a version of those rules will be in place by October 1st, the day that medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to begin selling recreational marijuana.

An often heard criticism of the sales bans is that residents in ban-enacted areas will still purchase recreational marijuana from “someone,” and that “someone” will be black market sellers who will take over the “local market” – the exact thing that those enacting the ban say they don’t want in their communities. On the flip side of that argument is a widely accepted assumption that black marketers of marijuana will continue to operate – even in areas without a ban, selling illegal product cheaper than legitimate sellers.

 Posted by at 11:16 PM

Sen. Merkley sounds like he’s ‘had it’ with the way the country deals with wildland fire

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Aug 272015
Unmanaged forests burn quicker, hotter and do more damage than forests that are managed.  It's just that simple.

Unmanaged forests burn quicker, hotter and do more damage than forests that are managed.

Editor’s note: Senator Jeff Merkley has been watching the scorching of the Western third of the country by wildfires. There simply isn’t enough equipment or manpower to keep up with them either in fighting the fires or in working to prevent them in the first place. Senator Merkley’s call for change couldn’t come at a more obvious moment.

Washington, D.C. — Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after reports that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is now implementing fire borrowing — the practice of halting other programs, including fire prevention efforts — to free up funds to combat the record-setting wildfires that ‎are blazing across the Northwest:

“There’s a slow-motion hollowing out of the Forest Service as the result of our backwards approach to funding efforts to fight inevitable wildfires. This year, for the first time in history, more than half of the Forest Service’s budget has been set aside to address wildfires. Unless Congress acts, Americans will continue gradually losing the benefits of our forests – fewer available campgrounds, erosion polluting our streams and rivers, lost jobs as timber projects stall, and most ironic and worrysome, more frequent and more severe wildfires as we loot fire prevention to pay for the fires burning right now. There’s a common-sense fix with bipartisan support, and I am going to be pushing hard to see it signed into law this year. It’s time to fund huge wildfires like the natural disasters they are, and stop fueling the vicious cycle of cutting fire prevention and everything else to pay for the fires that are already burning‎.”

According to today’s reports, the USFS will cut up to $20 million from the National Forest System, $30 million from the State and Private Forestry organization, $12 million from land acquisition under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and $5 million from capital improvement and maintenance projects. Additionally, the agency is preparing to cut up to $200 million from other programs, including hazardous fuels reductions, which helps prevent fires from spreading quickly and growing out of control.

Earlier this year, Senator Merkley led the effort in the Senate Appropriations Committee to pass a version of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, bipartisan wildfire funding legislation developed by Sens. Wyden and Crapo.

 Posted by at 6:46 PM

Report of boat half capsized in Yaquina Bay.   Same one as last week. It’s still sitting there on a sand bar. Nobody aboard.

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Aug 272015

Derelict fishing boat back on August 21st.  Keith Nelson.

Derelict fishing boat back on August 21st. Keith Nelson.

From the air, Dave Szmansky photo showing it's stuck on a sand bar.

From the air, Dave Szmansky photo showing it’s stuck on a sand bar.

From the air, Dave Szmansky photo showing it's stuck on a sand bar.

From the air, Dave Szymansky photo showing it’s stuck on a sand bar.

Boat viewed on the Int'l Terminal dock, looking straight across the river.

Boat viewed on the Int’l Terminal dock, looking straight across the river.
Keith Nelson photo

Got in some photos from readers and it appears it’s the same fishing boat from last week – directly across from the international terminal. Apparently it’s not much of a threat to navigation.

The case has been turned over to Oregon State Police so they are now in charge of removing the vessel before it breaks up and spills whatever fluids, including diesel, that may still be in in. Thus far the name of the vessel has not been released so there’s no telling who owns it.

Hopefully we’ll learn something more tomorrow.

 Posted by at 3:11 PM

Mother Nature throwing a late Summer tantrum…

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Aug 272015
Sustained winds to 40mph with gusts to 65 Friday night into Saturday

Sustained winds to 35 mph with gusts to 65 possible Friday night into Saturday

A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather ServiceWARNING NWS SWS
for the Central Coast, in effect from late Friday night through Saturday morning. South winds to 35 mph with gusts to 65.

These winds may be strong enough to damage trees and produce power disruptions.

A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

 Posted by at 1:55 PM

Poor baby Puffin! Her parents kicked her out of the nest!

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Aug 272015

Orphan baby Puffin Parents are stinkers... OCA photo

Orphan baby Puffin
Parents are stinkers…
OCA photo

puffin straight on oca
When a tufted puffin chick hatched in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary on July 24, it seemed as if everything was going to plan.

The baby bird, nicknamed Stella, weighed in at a healthy 64 grams, and was under the care of experienced parents.

By Stella’s day-two checkup, something was clearly amiss. The chick was not gaining weight, and the parents were not delivering fish or brooding the chick to keep it warm as puffin parents should.

Following a second day of careful observation, it was clear Stella needed a helping hand. The aviculturists brought Stella behind the scenes to be hand raised.

“We do not want Stella to imprint on us, so we limited interactions to feeding and cleaning time, and made adult puffin noises as we feed,” said CJ McCarty, Curator of Birds for the Aquarium.

“Stella is so fluffy she’s is a little hard to resist cuddling, but because we plan to reintegrate this puffin with the population in the Seabird Aviary, minimizing human contact is in its best interest.”

During the early days, a heat lamp kept Stella warm, and a feather duster stood in its parents’ stead for snuggling. The Aquarium’s aviculturists fed Stella every two hours, and even came in late and early to ensure she receives the nourishment she needed.

Despite its early circumstances, Stella is growing at a healthy rate and weighed 574 grams during its day 31 checkup.

Now just over one month old, Stella is losing the downy chick feathers on her chest and face to make way for grown-up feathers. A complete set of adult, waterproof feathers indicates the little seabird is ready for water.

Aviculturists will start Stella’s practice swims in small pools behind the scenes, making sure she is a strong swimmer before her next transition.

If Stella turns out to be a male, the bird will be assigned an identification number, as all the Aquarium’s birds are, and transition to the Seabird Aviary. If Stella is a female, she will be placed with another Association of Zoos & Aquariums accredited facility that has requested a female tufted puffin.

The Aquarium’s other puffin chicks, are thriving in their burrows, and should start to explore the Aviary on their own in the next week or two. The common murre chick is already exploring the aviary, and maintains constant vocal communication with its parents while away from its nest site.

Like Stella, the other new additions will find a home at other facilities, or take up permanent residence in the Seabird Aviary among Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and Horned Puffins.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.

 Posted by at 11:51 AM

So! You wanna be a fireman, huh?

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Aug 272015
Firefighting - See if you've got the right stuff...

Firefighting – See if you’ve got the right stuff…

Volunteer firefighter training begins September 9th for those who picture themselves driving big fire trucks, saving lives and property!

Contact: Greg Musil, Volunteer Coordinator for the Fire Districts of Lincoln County Phone number: 541-921-3059
Email: gmusil@depoebayfire.com

The Fire Districts of Lincoln County are hosting a Firefighter 1 Academy starting September 9th. Classes meet at 6:00-9:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Toledo Fire Department, 285 NE Burgess Rd. Classes run through mid-December and are free. The minimum age requirement is 18 years old with the exception of cadets in Toledo 15 years old and Newport, Waldport and Seal Rock the cadet age is 16 years old.
Recruits from all Lincoln County Fire Departments are welcome to attend.

Training includes classroom presentations and hands-on instruction on topics such as firefighter safety and health, ladders, use of hoses and nozzles, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building construction, and fire prevention.

Students who complete these classes and serve a successful internship with their department are eligible for Firefighter 1 certification.

People interested in attending, but not yet affiliated with a department, can call the Lincoln County Volunteer Firefighters Hotline at (541) 574-4000.

 Posted by at 11:34 AM

Bidding farewell to former Circuit Court Judge Charles Littlehales

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Aug 272015
Judge Charles Littlehales Memorial

Judge Charles Littlehales
Memorial Saturday, 1pm, Newport Performing Arts Center

Lincoln County Courthouse flags will be lowered to half staff this Friday through Sunday honoring The Honorable Charles Paul Littlehales.

A celebration of Charles’s life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29th, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive St. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the University of Oregon School of Law Class of ’69 Scholarship Fund. Checks payable to the U.O. Foundation may be sent to 1720 E. 13th Ave., Suite 410, Eugene, OR 97403 or to www.Giving.UOregon.Edu.

Donations may also be made to the Lincoln County Bar Association Scholarship Fund at Lincoln County Foundation (Charles Littlehales), 1121 S.E. Spruce Way, Newport, OR 97365.

 Posted by at 11:06 AM

Fishin’ with Chris

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Aug 272015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of August 27th

In the Creel: With the all-depth halibut season closed this week and offshore Coho fishing closed until Tuesday, rockfish will be your best bet in the meantime, if you can get out. A storm is brewing for this weekend, so you’ll probably be stuck in port, anyway. Tuna fishing has been good, but the schools are moving in and out; as close as 25 miles and as far away as 40 miles. Crabbing remains excellent with 6-12 keeper Dungies per pot puller. Other shellfish opportunities vary from the ongoing razor clam closure, to the reopening of mussel harvesting, to a minus tide series starting today for bay clam diggers. Still no joy for river fishermen as water levels are low and temperatures unusually warm. This week’s Fish Tale: The rockfish were bitin’ so good we had to hide belowdecks to bait our hooks.

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Northwest Oregon Streams: Until further notice, all waterbodies defined as ‘streams’ in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations will be closed to angling for trout, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from 2:00pm to one hour before sunrise, daily. All Northwest Zone tidewater areas (tidewater is defined as ‘stream or estuary waters affected by the daily ebb and flow of tides’) will remain open for angling for these species during normal hours under 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Angling for warmwater gamefish and other fish, as defined in the regulations, remains open under normal rules.

Salmon River: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the early morning bite being the most productive. Using small lures like spinners, spoons or various flies can be productive.

Siletz River/Bay: Summer steelhead fishing is fair in the upper river. Low flows and unusually warm river temperatures are making new fish race up into the cooler holding waters of the gorge area. New fish will continually be moving into the river, but we’re now ast the peak. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners. Cutthroat trout are also open to harvest and can be found throughout the main stem river and many large tributaries.

Yaquina River/Bay: Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair. The best opportunities are coming in the early mornings when river temperatures are the coolest. River levels are very low and warm for this time of year. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: The cutthroat trout fishery is fair in the mainstem and in some of the large tributaries. With the low and warm river conditions, the best chance of hooking one will be in the early morning when water temperatures are the coolest. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Rainbow trout fishing is likely to continue slow due to warm conditions. Concentrate on early morning hours when fish are likely to be the most active, and work the deeper holes. Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good during the summer months. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 11:00 AM

Weather or Not: Summer Soaker Scheduled

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Aug 272015

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, August 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: Try as it might, the late-Summer Sun just couldn’t do a heck of a lot to penetrate the marine cloud layer yesterday. But there were a few short-lived sunbreaks, highs rose into the 60s and the breeze was light southwest. Following sunset, the waxing gibbous Moon played peek-a-boo through the diaphanous overcast, the wind fell calm and lows dipped to around 50F. Fog developed along the beaches after midnight with even a smidge of drizzle reported. At daybreak, the fog, haze and low clouds were thinning, and a breeze drifted along from the northeast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/53F
Depoe Bay: 60F/51F
Newport: 61F/48F
Waldport: 63F/52F
Yachats: 66F/53F

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WARNING NWS SWSA Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for all of Northwest Oregon including the Central Coast. A big change in the weather is coming as substantial rain is expected over the area late this week and this weekend. This could be the most rain we’ve seen since March. Rainfall accumulations through the weekend could exceed an inch or possibly even 1.5-2.0 inches along much of the coast with 0.75 to 1.5 inches in the Cascades and 0.5 inches or higher in the valleys. The rain will be produced by a low pressure system currently located off the coast as it moves onshore and inland into the Pacific Northwest. This system will be picking up substantial moisture, some of it of tropical origins, and spreading it across our area beneath a 110 knot upper level jet. The first main period of the heaviest rain will be Friday night into Saturday, but a second system will add to the rainfall totals Saturday night into Sunday.

If all of this comes together as expected, this rain will likely ease the dry fire conditions dramatically over Northwest Oregon for at least the next week or two. The rain will cause problems for those with outdoor activities planned for this weekend. Snow levels will generally stay above 8,000 feet, but climbing area mountains is not recommended. In addition, oils that have built up on roadways during the extensive period of dry weather this Summer will cause the roadways to be extra slippery during the first part of the coming rain event. Be sure to slow down and use caution, and leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

Forecast: It appears we’ll squeak out another dry one today with mixed skies, highs around 65F and light winds. The transformation becomes apparent tonight when clouds thicken and a chance of rain develops; lows near 55F. The first shot of rain WON SUN-CLOUDSarrives tomorrow, maybe a quarter inch, and southwest winds blow 5-15 mph gusting 20. Outlook is for the brunt of the storm to hit the Central Coast tomorrow night into Saturday with the most precipitation, an inch or better, and the strongest winds, sou’westers gusting 25-30 mph. Showers of varying intensity continue Sunday through Wednesday but with some sunbreaks, the mercury rises to 60-65F during the day and falls to 50-55F at night.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting a few clouds and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light south wind, temps near 85F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-55F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet.

Outdoor burning remains banned throughout most of Northwest Oregon including State Parks and ocean beaches.

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Marine: It’s the calm before the storm this morning; winds SE 5-10 knots and nearly-flat swells 3 feet at 16 seconds. WON MARINE WXExpect southerlies today, tonight and tomorrow 5-15 knots with swells 3 feet building to 5 feet. Outlook is for rough conditions Saturday as S winds rise to 20-25 knots gusting 35 and combined seas build to 8 feet. Sunday, S winds 15-20 knots, seas 9-10 feet, and Monday a SW breeze 20-25 knots with 8 foot choppy seas. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

Notice to Mariners… The dredge m/v Yaquina is scheduled to be working in the Yaquina Bay entrance and harbor from today, August 27th, through next Wednesday, September 2nd. The dredge monitors VHF Channels 13 and 16. Also, Oregon State University will deploy a research buoy from September 3rd through September 12th at approximate position 44-29-30.000N, 124-25-10.000W, about 16 nautical miles west of Seal Rock. Dates are tentative but the deployment will end during the month of September 2015. The buoy is yellow, 5 feet in diameter, and will display a yellow flashing light with a Fl Y 4s flash characteristic. Mariners are requested to provide 500 yards clearance from the buoy due to its sensitive equipment.

On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 1-3 feet (low).
* Beach fires are prohibited under the current open-burning ban.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
08/27 Thu 11:35 AM 7.12 H
08/27 Thu 04:54 PM 2.47 L
08/27 Thu 11:00 PM 9.07 H
08/28 Fri 05:45 AM -0.76 L


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In Short: Mixed sky, light wind, then rainy and windy.

 Posted by at 8:00 AM

It is once again safe to go in the water at Seal Beach

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Aug 272015

Seal Rock- Water is safe again.  Fecal levels have dropped considerably. Ken Gagne photo

Seal Rock beaches are safe again. Fecal levels have dropped considerably.
Ken Gagne photo

The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday lifted a public health advisory for contact with ocean water at Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory August 11 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, also runoff from those pools, because the water may contain higher levels of bird poop.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach

 Posted by at 12:33 AM