Jan 192015
 
Courtesy photo Precautionary recall based on Listeria threat

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Precautionary recall based on Listeria threat

A smoothie blend sold at Oregon Costcos are being recalled. Rader Farms officials report that three varieties of Rader Farms’ Fresh Start smoothie blends could be contaminated with Listeria. They found that kale and spinach used in the in blends were contaminated with Listeria.

The blends are:

Fresh Start Smoothie Blend
Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion
Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion

According to the parent company, Inventure Foods, the recalled products did not test positive for listeria, which can cause serious illness. Symptoms include fever, chills, severe headaches, vomiting, fever, muscle aches nausea and diarrhea. Symptoms can last up to four days.

Most people infected with Listeria never show symptoms, but those that do are pretty miserable for a few days. However those who are immune compromised, death is a real possibility, so anyone in that situation should head for a hospital emergency room ASAP.

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 Posted by at 3:37 PM
Jan 192015
 
Male dog found near the skatepark in Newport, off Spring Street.

Male dog found near the skatepark in Newport, off Spring Street.

Male dog, collar, no tags found near the Newport Skatepark off Spring and NW 8th. Call 541-264-0818. Temporarily at Bike Newport on NW 6th.

The dog has been missing for a long time and had “adopted” by several different people and even renamed. But now the pooch is back with his “family of origin” and thus a happy ending!!!

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 Posted by at 12:26 PM
Jan 192015
 
Lincoln City Lisa Olsen

Lincoln City
Lisa Olsen

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 Posted by at 11:59 AM
Jan 192015
 

Pianist Carl Lewis at rehearsal

Pianist Carl Lewis at rehearsal

Amy Hansen Soprano

Amy Hansen
Soprano


Soprano Amy Hansen and collaborative pianist Cary Lewis look forward to presenting one of their favorite repertoires called the “Schubertiades” at the next OCCMS concert on January 31st at 3pm in an ocean-view Depoe Bay home. Not only do they both enjoy Franz Schubert’s compositions, but they look forward to presenting Schubert’s songs set to piano in a home setting as Schubert did on evenings spent with a close-knit circle of artists and students for whom he played his latest songs. Since Schubert was a prolific composer, Cary and Amy chose a range of songs from the well-known to the more unique operatic Italian pieces full of tender new love and feverish rejection. Amy elaborates when she says, “…his incredible knack for setting a poem, evoking nature, motion and weather in the piano accompaniment, and stirring the listener’s heart with clear feeling make singing his songs thrilling.” Cary and Amy will round out the Schubert works with songs by contemporary American composer, Ned Rorem, a living composer whose songs also reflect on the human heart.

Amy Hansen, an accomplished vocalist, graduated with honors from Oberlin Conservatory and has performed as a resident artist of the Portland Opera and in prestigious concert halls across the U.S. and around the world. Oregon audiences have enjoyed Amy’s performances at the Cascade Music Festival, the Astoria Music Festival, the Portland Opera, and other prominent venues. Her voice has been described as clear, rich, vibrant, textured, bell-like, radiant and meltingly beautiful. Cary Lewis is in constant demand as a collaborative pianist and has performed with many well-known artists. He, too, has performed in famous concert halls in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a member of various trios and chamber music groups including the acclaimed Lanier Trio of which he was a co-founder and which produced a CD of Dvorak’s Trios hailed by TIME magazine as one of the ten best musical CDs of any kind in 1993. Cary is the Director of Chamber Music for the Astoria Music Festival.

Tickets are $25 a seat per concert. Contact Mickey Boersma at 541-765-2474 / [email protected] or Laurel Young at 541-765-7770 /[email protected] for directions and reservations which are required for all tickets including Super Saver tickets.

OCCMS requests prepayment of tickets before each concert. Make checks payable to OCCA (Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, OCCMS fiscal sponsor) and mail payments to Mickey Boersma, OCCMS Treasurer, at 275 SW Midden Reach, Depoe Bay, OR 97341.

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 Posted by at 11:23 AM
Jan 192015
 
Water line fixed.  All homes back on on the Bayshore!

Water line fixed. All homes back on on the Bayshore!

Update: Pipeline fixed. Water back on.

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Seal Rock Water District crews are responding to an emergency system repair affecting a small number of homes along Oceania Drive south of Alsea Bay Drive.

Residents south of Alsea Bay Drive along Oceania Drive can expect to experience low or no water pressure as District crews work through the day to repair the system and restore service. At this time the outage is not excepted to affect the Bayshore Community Clubhouse or the Alsi Resort Hotel.

For any questions regarding the status of this project customers are welcome to contact the District office at 541-563-3529.

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 Posted by at 9:51 AM
Jan 192015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Jan. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: We experienced typical post-storm conditions yesterday with occasional showers, a couple of them relatively heavy, and high temperatures in the mid-50s. Southwest winds continued blustery during much of day but finally faded out in the late afternoon, like the Packers in overtime. The Sun was able to do some serious damage to the cloud cover as the day progressed and, except for the breeze, it panned out to be rather pleasant. Skies were partly cloudy overnight and the light wind switched to the west. Daybreak saw scattered clouds and it was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/53F/34mph/0.06”
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/23mph/0.13”
Newport: 55F/45F/31mph/0.09”
Waldport: 54F/46F/28mph/0.36”
Yachats: 57F/48F/32mph/0.13”

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Forecast: Fittingly on this Martin Luther King Day, the next in a series of King Tides begins this morning (see On the Beach below). And, if you want to shoot some pictures of the surf, you’ll have a mostly sunny day to do it. The mercury is WON PARTLY CLOUDYexpected to top out at 50-55F and winds will be light and variable. Tonight, mostly clear and a smidge chillier as lows drop to around 40F. More sunshine is in the cards tomorrow, high again 50-55F, and a light northeast breeze. Outlook is for sunshine on Wednesday, increasing clouds Thursday, a chance of rain Friday, and partly to mostly sunny for the weekend. Temps float between 45F and 55F all week.

Travel: In the Coast Range today and tonight, patchy fog, highs of 50-55F, lows of 35-40F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly cloudy and a high of 55F, low tonight 35F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, light wind, temps 55F today, 35F tonight. For the Cascades, there is packed snow and areas of ice on all highway passes this morning, carry chains or traction tires; a slight chance of snow showers early today, then partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight with spots of ice and the freezing level at 4,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 39”, a gain of 5” since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” in the past seven days; 12” less than this date last year.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 1”/8”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/46”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/open for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 5”/38”/packed powder
Timberline 4”/46”/packed powder

Marine: Winds are light this morning, W 10 knots, but seas are still an issue, 10 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, WON SCADepoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through late tonight. W wind 10 knots gusting 15 early today, veering to the N this afternoon, with seas subsiding to 11 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, a NE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas 9-10 feet at 13-14 seconds. Outlook is for E winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with seas subsiding to 6 feet on Wednesday. Expect southerlies 5-15 knots on Thursday and Friday, seas building from 8 to 13 feet.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, surf 10-11 feet (moderate).
* Every year in early Winter, high tides in Oregon are higher than usual. These extreme high tides, called ‘King Tides,’ occur when the Sun and Moon are closest to the Earth. The tides are being documented to help visualize and understand the impacts of sea level rise in the coming decades. You are invited to help with the project by taking pictures of areas impacted by this week’s King Tides, today through Wednesday, and sharing your photos. Over time, photos taken at the same locations year after year will help to show changing sea levels. For more information and to participate, click here.
* Tides
01/19 Mon 10:35 AM 10.08 H (King Tide)
01/19 Mon 05:34 PM -1.27 L
01/20 Tue 12:12 AM 7.88 H
01/20 Tue 05:21 AM 2.89 L

In Short: Clearing, slight chance of showers, light winds, then partly cloudy.

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Jan 192015
 

waldport library lego

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 Posted by at 7:05 AM
Jan 182015
 

7:05PM
Some mid-year fireworks going on along Old River Road. Siletz firefighters have just been deployed to 329 Old River Road on some power lines that are arcing.

As with all sparking high voltage power lines, stay back, stay back, stay back!

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 Posted by at 7:06 PM
Jan 182015
 
It's estimated there are enough guns in this country for every man woman and child to have one from the Pacific to the Atlantic - and yet they're still pouring out of munitions factories.

It’s estimated there are enough guns in this country for every man woman and child to have one from the Pacific to the Atlantic – and yet they’re still pouring out of gun factories.

In cooperation with Central Coast Cease Fire, the Newport Police Department conducted a ‘no questions asked’ public gun turn-in which produced a total of 138 firearms. The number included 18 shotguns, 18 rifles, 35 semi-auto pistols, and 67 revolvers.

Of note, of the total number of firearms turned in, one was an assault rifle and two were sawed-off shotguns.

Ninety-five 95 high capacity magazines and ammunition were also turned over to police. Serial numbers on the firearms will be checked against state and federal data bases. Any stolen firearms will be sent to the police agency that reported the weapon stolen. There may be two or three firearms that are museum quality and notices will go out to accredited museums to see if they may be interested in them.

Persons turning in weapons were given gift certificates redeemable at local stores.

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Once all gun serial numbers are checked, the firearms, along with ammunition and magazines, will be boxed and shipped to the burn plant in Brooks, Oregon for destruction.

Chief Mark Miranda said “I am impressed with the amount of firearms turned into the Police Department, and consider this project a success. We will look at doing another project such as this next year.”

During the year, any unwanted firearm, or ammunition may still be turned into the Police Department. The front office is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays, or any Newport Police officer may be contacted.

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 Posted by at 1:57 PM
Jan 182015
 
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An open letter to Central Coast citizens from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

So Your community is forced to deal with unwanted toxic pesticides, GMOs, fracking, hijacking natural resources or… fill in the blank. Learn why current law protects harmful corporate behavior and how communities are turning the tables on who decides.

Communities across the country and Oregon are trying to stop a wide range of threats – such as pesticide spraying, factory farming, GMO’s, fracking, sewer sludging, water and air contamination and hijacking public resources for private gain. But all these communities are running into the same problem: they don’t have the legal authority to say “NO” to what is harming them.

How is that possible within a system of government that is supposedly based on “We the People”?

Simple: Big corporations – and their allies – have been very busy manufacturing and fine-tuning a parallel system of law over the last 150 years that shields and protects them from community control, including democracy itself.

So how do we change THEIR rules?

It’s not simple, but it’s also not impossible. It takes a combination of understanding our country’s history on how things got to be the way they are today, then focusing on real change and organizing to reclaim and re-install authentic democratic, and likewise, community self-government.

All this has empowered over 200 communities in 10 states to confront corporate power as they seek to protect the economic and physical health of their communities.

Everyone is invited to a public workshop which will reveal by explaining in very basic and understandable terms the following:

* Why we have a corporate-dominated structure of law and why our state and local governments have been forced to comply with it.
* How these laws allow big business and corporations to effectively retaliate when communities try to find justice within that system.
* What communities are doing to reclaim their rights for the sake of their health and democracy for families, communities, and the environment, which sustains us.
* How Oregon communities are moving toward a “Community Bill of Rights” to protect themselves and to create more democratic and sustainable communities.

Community Rights Democracy School workshop February 2, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Newport Public Library

Presented by: Kai Huschke, Northwest Organizer, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Sincerely,
Newport Chapter of CELDF

Editor’s Note: Just Google CELDF to learn more about this movement and the strategies they’re taking to stop economic and environmental damage to local communities. To better frame the issues, a groundbreaking book (pardon the pun) by University of Oregon professor Mary Christina Wood, “Nature’s Trust,” is getting compelling reviews nationwide. Many are heralding Professor Wood’s treatise as another Rachel Carlson “Silent Spring,” a book published over half century ago that launched public awareness and acceptance that humans do not live apart from the environment – in fact – humans cannot live without it.

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