A prolonged period of hot weather will continue through much of the coming week over northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. A strong and very warm upper ridge of high pressure that built over the Pacific Northwest Saturday will continue Sunday. It will weaken slightly Monday and Tuesday, then rebound even stronger by Wednesday and Thursday. This will produce temperatures well above normal with a good chance some records will be shattered later in the week.
Offshore winds Saturday combined with the warm air mass pushed temperatures up into the lower 90’s inland with even some 90’s in select areas of the coast. Seaside registered a high of 93 on Saturday; Cannon Beach with a 92.
Meanwhile, a weak sea breeze will begin cooling off the coast after Sunday, and especially Monday. But inland temperatures will rise back into the 90’s in most areas lasting through the end of the week. Hottest days for the inland valleys appear to be Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday with steamy temperatures lasting through Saturday.
Those sensitive to the heat should give themselves a break during the upcoming week by seeking out air conditioned areas or by heading to the beach.
Emergency responders are running up and down Highway 101 immediately north of Lincoln City on a report of a crash that may involve serious injuries. The person reporting the accident doesn’t know the area well and would say only that they’re north of Lincoln City. Emergency personnel are looking for the accident.
They may have found it. Ambulance on scene.
Driftwood Public Library is pleased to welcome Matt Love to Lincoln City’s Driftwood Library September 24th to discuss his newest book Love & the Green Lady: Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Oregon’s Crown Jewel of Socialism. The event begins at 3pm.
Oregon opened the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport on Labor Day 1936. Built during the New Deal, the Yaquina Bay Bridge was the aesthetic and engineering brainchild of Conde McCullough, Oregon’s State Bridge Engineer from 1919 to 1937. For 75 years the Yaquina Bay Bridge has stood magnificently as a monument to excellence in architecture and how a partnership between state and federal government in the throes of an economic calamity can produce something practical, beautiful, and lasting. It is nothing less than an Oregon landmark and a powerful reminder how to build a great bridge.
“Since I moved to the Newport area four years ago, I’ve driven across the bridge thousands of times and basically had my entire aesthetic redefined,” said Love. “My obsession for this magnificent piece of engineering and McCullough’s genuius inspired this book and its highly eccentric construction. I like to think that no one’s ever written a book about a piece of Oregon engineering quite like this. ”
Blending an eclectic variety of literary genres, including memoir, essay, vignette, autobiography, letter, homework, meditation, ode, commentary, oral history, polemic, curriculum, and confession, the book also contains over 100 photographs of the bridge taken by Love and some of his students.
“One sunny afternoon, I looked at the bridge’s soaring sinuous green lines and saw a woman. Call it personification or call it a writer’s pretentiousness, or call Dr. Freud, but the Yaquina Bay Bridge suddenly appeared to me as a very attractive woman. Right then, I dubbed her the Green Lady and I was in love,” writes Love in the book’s introduction.
The Coast Guard sent a helo to Yaquina Head Natural Area Saturday on what was thought to be a rescue, but wound up being an assumed suicide. An individual apparently went over a cliff near the lighthouse.
NewsLincolnCounty.com, as most other news media, doesn’t reveal the names of suicide victims unless there are extenuating circumstances. However, we thought the community should know what all the commotion was at Yaquina Lighthouse today and to again show the public the ends to which our valiant Coast Guard personnel will go to save lives.
Photos by Charles Burke
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A lady bicyclist was head south on the Yaquina Bay Bridge when she lost control of her cycle and hit the concrete and fell into the southbound lane. Vehicles stopped and comforted her while she held her shoulder. She was in a great deal of pain. A PacWest Ambulance crew came on scene, scooped her up and whisked her to PCH where she was being treated for a possible broken shoulder. She was apparently riding with her husband at the time.
No name or hometown was given. The width of the pedestrian walkway is very narrow over the bridge, making riding a bicycle on the pedestrian part of the bridge very unforgiving. One false move and there’s no margin for correction. Police recommend that cyclists walk their bike over the bridge, otherwise brave sharing the lane with traffic which can be awfully tight as well.
SW 9th @ Abbey, Saturday evening
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An SUV that police say ran a stop sign at SW 9th and Abbey was broadsided by another car headed west on Abbey. The errant SUV rolled over on its top, but luckily its driver and her dogs were not injured. She was expected to be cited for failing to stop at the stop sign as she drove northbound at SW 9th and Abbey. The solo driver in the other car was not injured either.