Flooding in Toledo Parking Lot

toledo floodingA local listener sent in this picture of the driveway outside of their Toledo home. As the heavy rains continue, the water will also continue to rise.

TOLEDO FLOODING 2                              The water is reaching the bottom step of the stairs leading into the apartment.

Leave a comment

Filed under Lincoln County, Oregon, Toledo

Tip Of The Week: Chained Dogs

merry christmas

Last year, we shared information with you about a new Oregon law. A significant change concerning the minimum care standard for dogs that live on chains was established. Here is some important information regarding that law.

A multitude of agencies lobbied for the new legislation to address the problems associated with chronically-chained dogs. Chained dogs are often associated with complaints of excessive barking, aggression, biting, running at large and long-term neglect.

House Bill 2783 was passed and became effective January 1, 2014. It created the offense of unlawful tethering of a domestic animal and established such offenses as Class B violations, a $260 standard fine amount. The measure provides that unlawful tethering occurs when a person tethers a domestic animal in their custody or control:
 With a tether that is an unreasonable length given the size of the animal
 With a collar that pinches or chokes the animal when pulled
 For more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period
 For more than 15 hours in a 24-hour period if the tether is attached to a pulley or a running line (zip-line)

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Lincoln County, Newport, Oregon

Give the Gift of Lincoln City this Holiday Season

This holiday season, why not treat that special someone to a Lincoln City getaway? From lodging gift certificates to hand-blown glass floats, Lincoln City can offer the perfect stocking stuffer.

5Jennifer_L_Sears_Glass_Blowing_Photography

Nothing spreads the holiday cheer like a hand-made glass float. At the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio, professional glass artists are on-hand to help you blow your very own glass float, paperweight, starfish, heart, or bowl. For a modest fee, an artist will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to create a piece of glass art. Create a gift for someone or let him or her experience it first-hand with a gift certificate to the studio.

“Visitors love making their own glass art,” says glass studio artist Kelly Howard. “Not just the process of making it but also the end result. They get to take the piece home with them and proudly show their friends and family what they made in Lincoln City!”

In addition to blowing your own piece of glass art, visitors to the glass art studio are now able to purchase items on site. The adjacent gallery contains a wide variety of one-of-a-kind handcrafted glass sculptures, bowls, and floats created by local artists that are available to take or ship home. To schedule a glass blowing session or purchase a gift certificate, call the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio at 541-996-2569.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Lincoln County, Oregon

ODFW is on the lookout for avian influenza in wild birds in Oregon after the virus was detected in a small backyard poultry flock near Winston, Ore.

odfw_logo

ODFW is part of the State of Oregon’s multi-agency response to highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza, along with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Health Authority and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).

 

ODFW is asking the public to report dead wild birds, especially waterbirds (geese, ducks, shorebirds), to its Wildlife Health hotline at 866-968-2600.

 

The virus strain, known as H5N8, poses no immediate threat to human health. It has been circulating in Europe and East Asia and has not made people sick. However, the virus is contagious among birds and can be deadly to domestic birds and rarely, wild birds.

 

The H5N8 strain detected was found in a captive falcon earlier this week in Whatcom County, Washington state. Another avian influenza strain, H5N2, was also detected in a wild bird (northern pintail duck) in Washington state.

 

Wild birds have evolved with avian influenza and usually don’t die or exhibit signs of sickness from the virus. There have been no recent wild bird die-offs related to avian influenza in Oregon.

 

This time of year, migratory waterbirds (ducks, geese, shorebirds) undergo a major north-south migration along the Pacific Flyway, which extends from Alaska to South America. Wild birds coming in contact with susceptible domestic birds (chickens, turkeys, Guinea fowl) could spread the virus.

 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) strongly encourages backyard poultry producers to prevent contact between their birds and wild birds. Any sick domestic birds should be reported to the State Veterinarian’s office at 1-800-347-7028 or USDA at 1-866-536-7593.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Fish and Wildlife, Oregon, State

Flood Watch Possible Flood Warning For The Alsea and Siletz

1999 Siletz river Flood (photo by Lincoln County emergency Management)

1999 Siletz river Flood (photo by Lincoln County emergency Management)

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for both the Alsea and the Siletz Rivers, which is expected to be upgraded to a flood warning tonight through Monday. Citizens who live or drive along either of these rivers are encouraged to closely monitor the river levels for changes. At this time both rivers are expected to crest early tomorrow evening in minor flood stage. The Siletz River is expected to crest at 17.8 feet and the Alsea is expected to crest at 20.8 feet. River level information can be found at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management website. http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net/emergency/

In consideration of the recently issued National Weather Service flood watches and anticipated warnings Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Public Health and ODOT remind citizens of weather warning definitions, preparedness efforts, know before you go and safety tips before and after flooding events. The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a flood watch for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. This watch is in effect through Monday afternoon. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Central Coast, Lincoln County

Storm And Road Condition Updates

Hwy 18 at McMinnville is closed due to high water.

Hwy 101 12 miles North of Florence the road is closed due to landslides.

strong>8:55 am  -Hwy 101 at milepost 143 in South Beach a tree branch is blocking one lane of travel. Delays expected up to 20-minutes.

Hwy 101 near Seal Rock high water on the roadway in both northbound and southbound lanes. Drive with caution and expect some delays.

Hwy 101 10-miles south of Yachats a rock fall has occurred. Expect delays up to 20-minutes.

Drive with caution over the bridges as there is currently high winds.

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Central Coast, Lincoln County

Depoe Bay and Siuslaw River Bars Closed

Coast GuardThe US Coast Guard has announced the closure of the Depoe Bay and Siuslaw River Bars to all vessel traffic. For update information contact the local coast guard station.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST SATURDAY.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST SATURDAY.

* SEAS & SURF: SEAS WILL BUILD RAPIDLY THIS AFTERNOON.
REACHING 20 TO 22 FT BY THIS EVENING. SEAS WILL REMAIN AROUND
20 FT THROUGH MOST OF SATURDAY.FALLING BELOW 20 FT BY SATURDAY
EVENING.

* HIGHEST CONCERN: SNEAKER WAVES & BEACH EROSION THIS AFTERNOON
& TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS: EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION ALONG BEACHES.ESPECIALLY
THIS AFTERNOON. UNPREDICTABLE WAVES MAY SURPRISE BEACH GOERS AND
WASH MUCH FARTHER UP THE BEACH THAN THE PRECEDING WAVES OVER THE
PREVIOUS 15 TO 30 MINUTES. PLEASE AVOID AREA JETTIES THROUGH
SATURDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA.PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS & LOCALIZED BEACH
EROSION.

Leave a comment

Filed under Central Coast, Depoe Bay