Keeping the juice flowing across Alsea Bay Maggie Rivers photo
Before -left After – right
Courtesy graphic: Central Lincoln PUD
From Chris Chandler
Central Lincoln PUD
The two wooden structures holding up Central Lincoln’s 69-kilovolt lines across Alsea Bay in Waldport are nearly 50 years old, and those years have not been kind.
“Those two structures have been worrying me for some time, said Central Lincoln’s Chief Engineer, Bruce Lovelin. “They’ve been deteriorating due to rough coastal weather, age, and sea salt. And, if either of them had come down in a storm, we would have had to scramble to keep the lights and heat on in the Waldport area.”
But replacement in water isn’t as simple as just pulling out one, and putting in another. “We were required to get permits from several state and federal agencies due to their concerns for aquatic species, and the application process took nearly three years. The permits require us to be finished by March 15—less than two weeks away. We’ve carefully planned every detail, and are very hopeful we’ll have decent weather,” Lovelin said.
What are currently two three-pole wooden structures will be replaced with two pairs of steel towers that will be only slightly higher than the old ones. “Guy” wires and anchors, and some old pilings will be removed as well. The new steel structures are expected to last 80 years, are designed to stand up to winds of 130 miles per hour, and won’t need guy wires or anchors. “We want customers in the Waldport area to know that at first, the new structures will stand out,” said Lovelin. “But after a few years, thanks to salt air and time, the steel structures will blend in much like the old wooden ones do now.”
With a barge, a crane, four steel towers, installation of tower holders called “caissons,” and wooden structure removal there will be much to see in the Alsea Bay area in March. “This is a great project, and we welcome our customers to watch every step,” Lovelin smiled. “But safety comes first, so we ask that folks please stay back a safe distance. This especially includes boats, canoes, and kayaks. We appreciate everyone respecting our safety boundaries.”
Photo caption: Tourism development grant presented to South Lincoln County Rural Tourism Studio. From left to right: David Locke, President of Greater Yachats Chamber of Commerce; Holly Macfee, Vice President for Brand Strategy, Travel Oregon; Sue Woodruff, Mayor of Waldport, co-chair of RTS Umbrella Committee; Maggie Rivers, Director, Port of Alsea; Harry Dalgaard, Destination Development Specialist,Travel Oregon; Bev Wilson, Director Yachats Visitor Center; Sandy Dunn, Yachats City Council; Andrea Scharf, Marketing Director, GoYachats.
The first installment of a grant for $7,500 from Travel Oregon is on its way to the South Lincoln County Rural Tourism project. A “big check” facsimile was presented on Thursday, February 28, to representatives of the local project by Holly Macfee, Vice President for Global Brand Strategy, and Harry Dalgaard, Destination Development Strategist, both with the Oregon Tourism Commission dba Travel Oregon.
The communities of Waldport, Seal Rock, and Yachats participated in the Rural Tourism training program last spring. Action teams were formed to carry out several projects: development of a map of all non-motorized trails between Ona Beach and Cummins Creek; the Oregon Coast Gravel Epic, a cycling event which will take place October 5-6, 2013; We Speak, a training program for hospitality workers; and development of a plan for marketing this area to attract new visitors and encourage them to stay longer.
Macfee was in Yachats to share a “brand toolkit” developed by the Travel Oregon team and Travel Oregon’s agency of record, Portland ad firm Wieden + Kennedy, to help rural communities promote tourism through joint marketing efforts with their local destination marketing organization which, in the case of the coast, is the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA). The marketing theme is The People’s Coast, making generous use of the fact that thanks to a bill passed when Tom McCall was governor, all of Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline literally “belong to the people” with free and unlimited access for Oregonians and visitors alike—something that is not true in other coastal states, where ocean scenery is often marred by No Trespassing signs and barred to public access.
Tourism is a major source of employment in rural areas, and South Lincoln County is no exception. In 2010, tourism generated 19,950 jobs on the Oregon coast, and $1.5 billion dollars in revenue, the second biggest region in the state after Portland. Promoting our area helps attract new residents and businesses. This makes our Rural Tourism projects a vital part of the local economy, with widespread impacts.
Sue Woodruff, mayor of Waldport and co-chair of the Rural Tourism Umbrella Committee, says she is very excited to have these projects finally coming to fruition. “We expect great results from all of the action teams’ efforts. Tourism dollars help keep our local economy healthy. This allows us to diversify our economies to retain existing businesses and residents, and bring in new services and stores so that our communities remain vital and we don’t have to drive over to the Valley every time we need a new pair of shoes!”
Central Coast Fire Rescue Pulls alongside stalled crab boat
Central Coast Fire Rescue Ties the two craft together
Central Coast Fire Rescue & disabled boat Headed in to Alsea Marina
Rescued crab boat party Back at Alsea River Marina
Glen Weaver photo
Stalled boat captain happy to be back on shore Also happy that the crab they caught are too!
Several people aboared a small crab boat were stranded for a while in Alsea Bay as their boat’s motor stopped running. They began hollering for help and waving their arms. They attracted the attention of a number of people on the beach and three men passing by in a small outboard.
Those aboard the outboard tried to pull them back to the marina, but for some reason progress was too slow, so someone called for help from Central Coast Fire Rescue.
CCFR was on scene within a few minutes and launched their large rescue Zodiac. They met up with the stranded boat in the middle of the bay and tied the two craft together. Slowly the Zodiac, with the crab boat in tow, headed for the marina. Within five minutes everyone was safe back on the dock happy to be back on shore along with all the great crab they caught.
CCFR personnel noted that all those aboard the stranded boat were wearing life jackets. The captain of the boat said a clogged impeller caused his motor to shut down.
Seashore Family Literacy is calling for umbrella donations that will be used in the ‘Shelter Me’ 2013 art project! The umbrellas are painted and installed as an awareness-building community art project that will be a public display. The ‘Shelter Me’ project will also include an art exhibit.
The goal is to paint 500 Umbrellas this month and next!
Umbrellas can be dropped off at Seashore’s new home DaNobal House DaNoble House 125 NW Spruce St. (on Hwy 34, across from City Hall), The Green Bike Co-Op in downtown Waldport off of Hwy 101, or at local businesses with the decorated umbrella donation boxes! (Middle photo)
Information from Tim Grady, Waldport Chamber of Commerce
The Board of Directors of the Waldport Chamber recently agreed to take over organization of the annual Waldport Beachcomber Days Celebration. This is a very large undertaking and it requires a lot of volunteers with different skills to pull off.
And we’re putting out the call!
There will be an organizational meeting this coming Monday, January 14th, at 6pm at the Waldport Heritage Museum. The museum is located at the northeast corner of Broadway and Grant streets in Waldport’s Old town area.
Beachcomber Days has been a big kick-off event for our summer for many decades, but if it is to survive we need a lot of people to step up. The larger the group we get, the less each individual has to commit to. This truly is a “Community” event so let’s pull together as a community to keep it alive and return it to its former glory.
P.O. Box 440
680 NW Hemlock
Waldport, Or 97394