More snow, strong winds, heavy rain and high water expected
Motorists should use caution driving in adverse weather conditions
Continued heavy snow, rain and high winds forecast for this week may create driving problems for area motorists along the Oregon Coast, in the Willamette Valley and the Coast Range and Cascades.
ODOT is encouraging motorists to be prepared for delays and road closures during the next 48 hours when high winds are forecast. There is also the potential for high standing water caused by expected heavy rains.
In many highway corridors, such as OR 26, OR 18, and OR 126, trees are already laden with snow and the ground is saturated with water. Such conditions could contribute to windfalls if winds reach forecast speeds.
ODOT is currently staging personnel, equipment and electronic reader boards along coastal routes in anticipation of the forecast weather event.
Rain and snow often mean limited visibility, reduced tire traction and less predictable car handling. Drivers should slow down, allow more time to get where they’re going and allow for plenty of distance between cars, which need two or three times more stopping distance on wet roads.
Here are some tips:
If a storm knocks out power to traffic signals, treat intersections like an all-way stop. The driver who stops first goes first.
Beware of high water. Speeding through high water can mean losing control of the car and water can cause loss of function to your vehicle’s brakes and power steering.
Be alert to strategically placed Variable Message Signs alerting motorists to restrictions, closures or other hazards.
Travel with a safety kit that includes a flashlight, cell phone and charger, food, water, extra clothing or blankets, and traction devices.
High winds may also bring down trees and power lines. Motorists should plan on roads being closed due to down trees or power lines. If power lines are down around your vehicle, stay in the vehicle and wait for help.
Plan ahead by leaving extra time when driving in snow, rain and wind conditions. Visit www.tripcheck.com or dial 511 for the latest information travel conditions and road closures.
Lincoln County Schools Closed Jan. 18 Due to High Winds
Lincoln County News Release
Because of predicted wind gusts of up to 100 mph and sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph along the central Oregon coast, Lincoln County School District officials made the decision today to cancel school on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The charter schools in Lincoln City, Siletz and Eddyville also will be closed.
After discussing the high wind warning with safety personnel throughout the county, Superintendent Tom Rinearson decided to cancel school on Wednesday for all students, teachers and district staff. The missed day of school and work will be made up on Friday, May 11, which had been a scheduled furlough day due to budget cuts.
Rinearson said he would rather “err on the safe side for our kids,” by cancelling school rather than waiting to see if the National Weather Service advisory is accurate.
The high wind advisory tells central Oregon coast residents to prepare for possible power outages, downed trees, blocked roadways, and flying debris. The high winds are expected to begin around 2 a.m. Wednesday and subside late afternoon.
Hurricane force winds are expected along the Oregon Coast tonight. Whatever isn’t set in concrete in the yard or around your house should be brought indoors where the area is nailed to the ground in concrete. Here’s a quick update on preparing for the horrendous wind storm that is predicted for this evening. Click here
Early Saturday morning Newport Police Officers responded to a reported burglary in progress on SE 2nd Street. Upon arrival Officers confronted William Houston, age 24 of Newport, as he was fleeing the victim’s yard. Houston ran down a steep embankment and into a heavily vegetated area.
Additional units responded to establish a containment perimeter around the area. The Newport Fire Department responded with night-vision goggles and a thermal imaging device which were used to locate Houston in the shrubbery. Houston initially refused to surrender until police officers closed in on his position. Once arrested, Houston continued to resist by attempting to slip out of his handcuffs.
Houston was transported to Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on charges of Criminal Trespass, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct. His bail set at $32,500.
Sunday, at 12:20pm, Newport Police Officers were dispatched to the Eastside Trailer Park at 636 NE 2nd Street on a report that a fight had just occurred. Upon arrival, Officers found Narciso Cordero-Sanchez, age 20 of Newport, at the intersection of NE Fogarty Street and NE 1st Street. He was suffering from an injury to his neck. Medical was dispatched while officers provided first aid.
At this point in the investigation it had been learned that Cordero-Sanchez came to a residence in the trailer park where he met Wilzon Lima-Yuman, age 22 of Newport. The two men engaged in a fist fight. Cordero-Sanchez left the location and was discovered at the intersection of NE Fogarty and NE 1st Streets. Cordero-Sanchez was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital with a puncture wound to his neck. He was later transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.
No arrests have been made at this point, but the investigation is continuing. Newport Police Officers were assisted by deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone who may have witnessed the altercation, or has information related to this incident, is encouraged to contact either Detective Brent Gainer or Detective Mitch France of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.
7th Annual Yaquina Nights: LAUGHS FOR LIGHTHOUSES!
Join non-profit Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses Friday, Jan. 27 at the PAC at 6pm for an evening of side-splitting entertainment in support of lighthouse restoration. Four Oregon-grown comedians will make you LOL all night and you’ll enjoy free appetizers and desserts. All proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. For tickets call 541-265-ARTS or for more information call Lauren at 541-574-3129. www.yaquinalights.org
Economic Development Survey The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee is conducting a survey in an effort to gather information about perception of Newport from both a livability and business climate standpoint. The information will allow us to gain insight and develop a strategy as our committee and partners such as the City of Newport and the Port of Newport move forward in Economic Development planning. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes to complete and submit the survey. If you would prefer a paper version, please contact the Chamber office and we will forward one for you. We appreciate your time and attention. www.surveymonkey.com/s/HZR5R52
Citizens Police Academy
The Newport Police Department is pleased to announce the dates of the third Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Academy is designed to give participants an overview of the various aspects of the Newport Police Department’s function and operational procedures. The Academy runs ten consecutive weeks, with weekly meetings every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to attend the Citizens Academy. There is no cost to participate in the Citizens Academy. The Newport Police Citizens Academy is scheduled to begin on March 7, 2012 and conclude on May 09, 2012. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348 to learn more or to obtain an application.
Gold Motors Hosts Business After Hours
The January Business After Hours Reception is this Thursday, the 19th and will be held at Gold Motors! All Chamber members and Guests are invited to attend this complimentary networking event from 5:15 to 7pm.
CASA of Lincoln County Training Scheduled
Volunteers needed to serve as CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children. CASAs advocate in court on behalf of children who were abused and neglected and are now in foster care. Training will be January 30 – February 3 each day from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. An Advocate’s roles are investigation, problem solving, monitoring a case, and reporting to the court.
The training will include the following topics: the legal system, conducting an investigation, confidentiality, working with the Department of Human Services, Citizen Review Boards, and the Juvenile Court. The training will be held in the CASA office conference room at 644 S.W. Coast Highway, Suite I. For more information about becoming a CASA in Lincoln County, call (541) 265-3116 or email email@example.com.