WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Power lines down on SE 35th.

9:40pm
Revised National Weather Service forecast is for high winds, rain, turning to snow, but likely no more than two inches on the ground by morning.

9:30pm
Power lines are reported to have fallen to the ground along or partially SE 5th Street. The PUD is on scene fixing things. It’s not known if anyone’s power was knocked out or how extensively.

The wind is blowing very hard in Lincoln City with swirling snow. Not much accumulation yet. The front appears to be heading south. At 9:35, Newport was occasional showers with a temperature of 39 degrees.

Reports from Waldport is heavy winds but no snow yet.

OSP and Fish and Wildlife wants public’s help in determining who has been illegally hunting elk near Tillamook.

REWARD OFFERED TO SOLVE ILLEGAL KILL AND WASTE OF ELK IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for the illegal killing of three elk, and the waste of two of them, in the Trask Unit near Tillamook. A reward of up to $1000 is being offered by the Oregon Hunter’s Association for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

On November 20, 2010 the OSP Tillamook office received information of three illegally killed elk found near the East Fork Bypass Road (Trask River). Senior Trooper Lalo Guerra responded to the complaint and found one elk skinned and gutted with most of the meat taken, a second elk whose head was removed and no meat taken, and a third elk that was untouched.

Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Trooper Guerra at (503) 815-3315 or the Turn in Poacher (TIP) number at 1-800-452-7888.

Read about the mess in the Cascades…

From Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police troopers working the Mt. Hood area are asking motorists to delay unnecessary travel over this area due to heavy snow, closures caused by numerous jackknifed commercial vehicles, high winds and very low visibility.

Troopers, ODOT and tow companies are very busy trying to remove problem vehicles. Majority problems are just east of Highway 35 toward Timothy Lakes junction. Many drivers have not heeded the recommendation to BE PREPARED and SLOW DOWN, while having the necessary traction devices for your vehicle to travel safely in these winter conditions.

Travelers should continue to monitor media reports and conditions as posted on ODOT’s website www.tripcheck.com .

All Lincoln County Schools to close tomorrow, Tuesday. Will remain closed until Monday.

Provided by Lincoln County Schools

Because of predicted freezing weather conditions, all schools and offices in Lincoln County School District will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 23. This includes the Eddyville, Siletz and Lincoln City charter schools.

School will NOT close early today (Monday), and all after-school activities scheduled for today will take place as planned.

The decision to close school was made based on the best information available, and considering the safety of students, staff and bus drivers, according to LCSD Assistant Superintendent Sara Johnson. School officials attended a National Weather Service briefing Monday morning to learn about the predicated hazardous weather outlook.

School was already scheduled to be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24, as a budget reduction day; and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. School will be back in session on Monday, Nov. 29.

Rollover accident on Highway 34, 8 miles east of Waldport


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A driver was trapped for a time inside this rolled-over station wagon that left the pavement at around 11:30 am Monday. The Oregon State Police said the man was an older gentleman who was westbound on 34, just east of Taylor’s Landing, when for some reason simply drove off the road. There didn’t appear to be any gradual tire marks into the steep ditch up against the hillside.

The driver was rescued from the vehicle and taken to PCH with what were described as non-life threatening injuries. A tow truck pulled the vehicle up from the ditch and righted back on the pavement. Another tow truck with a flat bed was called to remove it.

The road along there, just east of Taylor’s Landing, has practically no forgiving shoulders for drivers to regain control of their vehicles. On one side, it drops 75 feet or more down to the Alsea River. The uphill ditch drops straight off into a deep ditch.

With snow in the forecast and temperatures low enough tonight and Tuesday night to create sheets of black ice, motorists are warned to take it slow. Allow enough time to get to your destination safely, especially if you’re driving into the valley where temperatures can be considerably colder than on the coast.

Rollover accident on Highway 34, 7 miles east of Waldport. Driver trapped/

12:00 noon Man lifted out of the wreck. Transported to PCh with what was considered none-life threatening injuries.

11:45 am Crash closer to MP 8. Vehicle upside down. Off the road in a ditch. Fire equipment blocking one lane.

11:37 am Fire rescue on scene, begins extracation.

11:30 am Reports say a car has rolled over on Highway 34, Alsea Highway, around Milepost 7, just beyond Taylor’s Landing. Cell phone caller from the scene reports a man is inside the upside down vehicle. He’s breathing.

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