More raw logs from west coast forests have been headed west across the Pacific, feeding a building boom in China. Although the sale of timber helps private forest owners, it’s very hard on local lumber mills who can scarcely buy timber at $550 per thousand board feet while the Chinese are paying $650. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
A power line is down and arcing in the 5400 block of El Mirador Way in Depoe Bay. Emergency first responders are enroute. It’s been a very windy day on the coast. No word of any widespread power outage.
The West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has advised that no areas of British Columbia or West Coast of U.S. are at risk from a 6.7 richter earthquake that was reported this afternoon.
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Fire broke out inside motor home Friday afternoon that was parked behind Coast Auto Sales, just south of Burger King in Newport, on Highway 101. The blaze consumed the motor home, tires, and damaged other vehicles parked near it to the rear of the business. The work area where cars are repaired was heavily damaged as well.
An employee of the business said the motor home had just been cleaned in preparation for sales when the fire erupted and spread quickly. The west wall of the business as well as numerous tires went up in flame as well. Numerous loud booms, from exploding tires, was heard throughout the area. At one point fire fighters were in retreat after they grew low on water and the fire had spread to an area containing a propane tank. It did not explode.
No injuries. Cause of the fire was determined to be dry wood and natural materials being ignited by hot slag from grinding. The Newport Fire Department reminds everyone to maintain a fire watch for at least an hour after doing any work that can generate slag or sparks, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rob Murphy. The business was the site of another vehicle fire that erupted earlier this year during a welding job on a gas tank. The SUV on top of a car transport trailer was destroyed, as well as a car on the lower level.
Newport firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Seal Rock and Toledo in battling today’s blaze.
Lincoln County’s recent decision to accept some acreage along the Siletz River north of Siletz as a county park may be rattled by a development within the family that partially donated and partially sold the land to the county.
A doctor who played a role in the designation of Sen. Walt Brown’s son as conservator of Sen. Brown’s estate now reportedly claims he was misled by the son, and therefore everything connected with the son acting as conservator of his father’s estate may be subject to a re-evaluation in court.
This complicated story appears in the current edition of the Lincoln City News Guard. Click here.
When the school district closes a street, there is NO confusion. They really close a street. In this case it’s between NE 3rd and 4th, between Newport High and Newport Prep. School officials say the barriers go up every school day morning at 8am and they come down every school day afternoon at 4pm.
The reason is pretty plain. Hundreds of crosswalk crossings occur everyday between the school campuses and school officials contend there is a danger to the students, staff and faculty who walk between the building complexes. Officials say there haven’t been any major injuries in recent memory caused by errant drivers or kids not paying attention to what’s going on around them, but they say it’s just a matter of time that someone will get hurt (or worse) by someone fiddling with a cellphone, adjusting an iPod, daydreaming, talking to the person next to them or concentrating on lunch; all distractions engaged in great abundance by those driving AND walking. It’s a deadly combination.
Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda and the Newport City Council gave their blessing recently to the barriers. At first they were proposed to go up earlier and come down after 5pm, but a compromise was reach to make it 8am to 4pm. Parents who provide transportation for their kids have been informed as to where and how that maneuver can be successfully performed.
Again, only on school days. Alternate routes include NE Harney to the east and NE Douglas and Coos to the west.