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Heceta Head Sentry


Gillian Pack photo

Gillian Pack was headed down 101 to Florence when this gull decided to pose in front of the Heceta Head Lighthouse, which, as you can see, has a shroud around it. They’re renovating the old structure and it could take them another year to complete the job. Nice picture Gillian. We appreciate you sharing it with us.

A crab pot plucker observer

Joyce Grogan and her crew were out crabbing this weekend and were under the watchful eye of this pelican that was obviously looking for an opportunity to grab a pirated bite-full. Stately creature that he is!

HELP FIND NILES!!

LOST: green-cheeked Conure (parrot), Niles, flew away in the Nye Beach area last Wedneday. Niles usually answers to Peachy or The Birdie and he talks–some of his common phrases are “the birdie,” “the star,” “pretty bird,” and “cheepy- choo.”

He’s 8 inches long, green, with blue wings and a long red tail, reward of $300 for his return. (360) 977-6676.

Habitat for Humanity growing strong


Habitat for Humanity’s “ReStore” in Newport, Saturday

A healthy crowd of bargain-hunting shoppers perused the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Newport Saturday as the facility celebrated it’s second year in operation. The ReStore is Habitat’s retail outlet at 133 SE 1st, where donated household construction items can be offered at much reduced prices. And it includes furniture and fixtures.

Habitat for Humanity says they always need more volunteers for the store, but also for helping families build their own homes. Right now they need volunteers to help two families in Waldport to build new residences. If you have construction skills or don’t mind learning some, call 541-264-8585.

Habitat for Humanity also needs volunteers for their about-to-open brand new ReStore facility in Lincoln City. It’s located at 2150 SE Highway 1010, about a half-mile north of Taft. A call for donations has gone out. Donations are accepted by appointment only by calling 541-614-1060. They’re also looking for volunteers to help run the new ReStore at that location. Same number to call. They expect it’ll be open by June 1st.

Emergency responders enroute to Newport City Hall

4:54pm
Person is fine. Just fell asleep. He’s a heavy sleeper. No medical needed.

Report of an unconscious person on a transit bus stopped in front of Newport City Hall. Nobody wants to get close enough to try to wake him up. Fire/rescue enroute.

Depoe Bay businessman files for State House

Businessman Jerome Grant runs for Dist. 10 seat
Provided by Jerome Grant

A Depoe Bay businessman has announced his candidacy for Dist. 10 state representative on the May primary ballot.

Jerome Grant, a Republican, is running for the position vacated by the retirement of Jean Cowan, D-Newport. A resident of Siletz, Grant and his wife, Clary, own and operate Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant in Depoe Bay. The business employs an average of 35 people year-round.

A fourth-generation Oregonian, Grant brings a background in commercial fishing and diving to the race, natural resource credentials he feels are important to Dist. 10, which includes Lincoln Co. and portions of Tillamook, Benton, Yamhill and Polk counties.

“During my years as a commercial fisherman, I spent many hours preparing testimony in defense of my industry against unwarranted regulations which kill jobs and economic development,” he said. “From that experience, I came to believe one man or woman can make a difference.”

Grant said Dist. 10 faces inevitable cutbacks to sport and commercial fishing as a result of reckless environmental policies that rebuff Oregon’s successful record of managing its fisheries, the cooperative result of scientists, regulators and fishermen working together. He predicted that job losses would mount across the district’s economy without laws to protect sustainable fishing and farming practices from regulatory shutdowns.

“Many of the fishermen I’ve spoken with have lost heart,” Grant said. “They’re being attacked from all sides by so many extreme environmental interests that they don’t know what’s coming next. They’re just hoping they can wake up and go to work tomorrow.”

Grant holds a B.S. degree in computer science with a minor in economics from Western Oregon University. His public service included terms on the Oregon Developmental Fisheries Board and the Oregon Sea Urchin Commodities Commission, both state-level appointments. He currently is a member of the Depoe Bay Near Shore Action Team, a nine-member committee that monitors marine issues affecting Oregonians.

Grant describes himself as a fiscal conservative and lifelong conservationist, viewpoints that will shape his legislative goal of “sustainable government.” He deplores the loss of any jobs — public or private — and thinks the key to solving state budget and employment problems lies in plain sight.

“Our state is rich in both human and natural resources,” he said. “However, we continue to lead the nation in unemployment, hunger and homelessness. I believe we should use our natural resources in ways that sustain their value and put Oregonians back to work.”

With a daughter in high school, Grant is keenly interested in quality public education and favors more resources for classrooms and teachers. However, he is shocked at the dropout rate — nearly one-third of students in Oregon fail to complete high school, according to state figures — and considers the figure unacceptable. He gives credit to Gov. Kitzhaber for recent school reforms, but said the efforts fall short.

“Lawmakers can play a major role in school reform by cutting red tape and regulations that prevent capable educators and concerned parents from doing what’s best for their own school,” said Grant.

Disappointed in the friction and inability of Congress to get along and get things done, Grant believes it’s up to Oregonians with their history of self-reliance and innovation to solve issues such as joblessness and balancing the state budget during a prolonged economic crisis.

“If elected, I will be a voice for all citizens, including the fishermen, farmers and small businesses who are the economic backbone of the Dist. 10 economy.”

Grant, who faces no opponent on the primary ballot, will visit, in coming months, the cities and towns of the far-flung district. He welcomes invitations to attend meetings as a speaker.

To contact him, call Jerome Grant at 541-270-4846, or visit his web site at www.ElectJeromeGrant.com.

Near moon-set at Otter Rock


Bill at Otter Rock photo

Bill’s stunning photo of a near moon-set reveals more than the beauty of where we (and he) live. It also clearly proves that we’ve had a very wet winter as evidenced in the moon’s reflective sheen off his deck railing. Not only are outside surfaces shiney clean, even the grass squeeks when we walk on it! Talk about a “Winter’s Bath,” LOL!

Expanded Chinook catch authorized


Chinook Salmon
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From Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Lower Columbia River salmon fishermen will get another chance to catch a Columbia River spring chinook due to a season extension effective Saturday, April 7 through Friday April, 13.

Fishery managers approved the extension Thursday at a joint state hearing of the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife.

The season had been scheduled to close on April 6 but was extended based on harvest information indicating anglers had caught well below the number allowed during the regular season on the Columbia below Bonneville Dam. As of March 31, anglers had caught an estimated 2,025 spring chinook, leaving an estimated 11,600 upriver chinook from the pre-season allocation of 12,700 upriver fish.

Poor weather and deteriorating water conditions put a damper on fishing effort and catch rates as the Columbia and its tributaries swelled with heavy spring runoff the past two weeks. As of April 6, sport fishermen will have logged an estimated 54,200 angler trips on the lower Columbia, compared to more than 80,000 over the same period a year ago.

“Obviously we’re well behind where we thought we’d be at this point,” said Kevleen Melcher, ODFW’s assistant Columbia River fisheries manager. “Hopefully river conditions will improve and folks will still be able to get out and catch some fish.”

In the meantime, the states will continue monitoring the salmon returns and recreational catch. Another joint hearing of the two states is scheduled for next week to determine whether further modifications to the spring chinook season are appropriate.

“Crazy” homeless man accosts tourists near Jump Off Joe

Jump Off Joe area, Newport

Newport Police were looking for what was described by his victims as a crazy behaving man who accosted them on the beach at Jump Off Joe Saturday morning. Police say that the man, with long, unkept stringy reddish hair and no shirt approached some tourists on the beach. He yelled at them, screaming, “Why are you looking at me?” and then grabbed their camera and swung it around and tossed it. The victims then said he took off running north and into the brush known to be a homeless camping area.

Police searched the area but found no sign of the man. Police indicated they may know who he is. Another tourist managed to get a picture of the man and will be giving it to police so they can confirm who he is.

Steve Power captures “Lincoln County Twilight”


Steve Power photo

I don’t know Steve. That looks a lot like Venus and Jupiter to me. And of course the ever present Winter display of the constellation Orion in the upper left with the three stars in a row and the two bright stars on either end. On the top end is the “Red Giant” Betelgeuse, a star nearing the end of its life because it has burned up most of its hydrogen fuel. As the mass of the fuel diminishes, the star will lose gravitational attraction on itself and its flaming gasses will fan outward in a very bright display that astronomers say will be visible in the middle of the day here on Earth. Eventually Betelgeuse will expand outward, covering a very large area, then it’ll collapse back onto itself. What little mass is left will be super-compressed into what is usually called a white dwarf and eventually a black hole since the mass will be so dense that even light won’t escape it. Therefore that particular speck of light in our heavens will disappear forever.

Thanks Steve for a most thought provoking photo!!

Collision of wind power with hydro. Battle to keep the grid running smoothly.


The Oregonian photo

Those who manage the generation and routing of wind power into the Northwest Grid will have an especially difficult time this Spring when an abundance of hydropower runs up against an abundance of wind power. Bonneville Power Administration, which has found wind power difficult to manage within its own system, could find itself back in court if it is ordered to shut down some of its hydro generators in order to let all the wind energy through. BPA has resisted doing that in the past because it claims cutting back hydro kills a lot of migrating fish (some of them endangered) and unjustifiably penalizes local northwest power generators just so wind energy bound for California can get through to Golden State customers.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Toledo Pool CLOSED Sunday, April 8th.

The Toledo Municipal Pool will be closed all day Sunday, April 8th for Easter observance. It will be open Saturday the 7th from 2-3:30pm for lap swim, 3:30-5pm for Recreational Swim.

Monday, the pool will be back on its normal schedule.

Former OCCC President Patrick O’Connor new division dean at Lane Community College


Pat O’Connor
Dean of Advanced Technology, Lane Community College

When former Oregon Coast Community College President Patrick O’Connor abruptly announced his resignation after 21 years with the college, his stunned fan club (which is extensive) took a while to recover from the announcement. They all wondered what was next for O’Connor. Well, the wondering can stop. He’s taken a top job at Lane Community College in Eugene, an institution with about 40,000 students.

O’Connor has been appointed as the new Division Dean of Advanced Technologies which he was offered because, as the Lane Community College news release stated, “Pat brings extensive experience with facilities and successful collaborations with business and industry He is passionate about workforce and career technical education.” The announcement gave no indication that his new job will entail 50 to 70 hour work weeks, which he remarked at his leaving OCCC, he would not miss.

Lane Community College President Executive Assistant Tracy Simms says Advanced Technologies is one of the divisional powerhouses of the college which includes everything from aviation mechanics and maintenance to electronics, carpentry and drafting. One area that would peak O’Connor’s interest is that Lane Community College has a very strong transitional high school enrollment program that allows high school students to take college level courses in advanced technologies since those programs have been largely gutted at the high school level in light of massive budgets.

O’Connor is viewed as the Godfather of Oregon Coast Community College in that he pioneered three new campuses in Lincoln County out of what was a scattering of classroom locations up and down the coast. He also helped to create a small business development program, Aquarium Sciences program, strong criminal justice and nursing programs, centered mainly at the Newport Campus, as well as substantial general education course offerings that are transferrable to Oregon’s regular colleges and universities.

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