Category Archives: Yachats

27-Year Old Missing In Yachats

BryanMcKinney2On December 17, 2014 at approximately 11:30am, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a report of a missing person from the Tillicum Beach Campground, a US Forest Service park north of Yachats, Oregon. The caller advised her adult son, 27 year old Wenatchee, WA resident Bryan Edward McKinney, was staying with his father in their motor home at the campground when he went missing at approximately 5:00pm on December 16, 2014.

Following the initial report, deputies responded to the campground and contacted the missing subject’s father to obtain further information. Lincoln County Search and Rescue was subsequently activated and responded to the scene to conduct a ground search of the area. Air assets from the United States Coast Guard were requested for mutual aid. A Coast Guard Helo responded to the area to assist in the search.The Yachats Fire Department and Oregon State Police assisted with the initial search efforts.

Search and Rescue volunteers searched the area surrounding the campground as well as the beachline for McKinney and suspended efforts at 9:00pm due to weather conditions and visibility. Search and Rescue will be resuming further search efforts in the morning. McKinney is described as 5-10 tall, 140lbs, with dark blond shoulder length hair and blue eyes. McKinney was reportedly clean shaven at the time he went missing. He was last seen wearing a dark colored long sleeve plaid shirt with a white under shirt, blue jeans, a black beanie cap, and brown “Sketcher” brand shoes. McKinney is autistic and may be demonstrating irrational behavior.

Anyone with information about the possible location of McKinney is asked to call the Lincoln County Dispatch Center at 541-265-4231.



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Check Fraud Scam Leads To Arrest

BaehrOn November 30th, 2014 Deputy David Hawley with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Bank of the West Investigations Unit regarding a check fraud case. The suspect was identified as a 51 year old female from Yachats, Linda L. Baehr. Baehr was reported by the bank to have deposited multiple fraudulent checks over a course of several weeks resulting in a substantial loss to the Bank of the West. On December 9, 2014, Deputy Hawley made contact with Baehr near the 200 block of Ocean View Drive, Yachats.

An investigation revealed that Baehr forged and deposited several fraudulent checks; some of which belonged to a deceased subject. Baehr was placed into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she was lodged on the following theft related charges, Theft in the First Degree (Four Counts), Attempted Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Forgery in the First Degree (Three counts), Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree (Three Counts), Aggravated Identity Theft, and Negotiating a Bad Check (Four Counts). Baehr’s bail was set at $760,000.

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PUD Responding To Weather Related Power Outages


PUD reports that power is back on in the California Street Neighborhood.

Central Lincoln PUD reported there was a power outage from South Beach to Yachats around 3:30 am on Wednesday November 12,  due to a downed tree. Nearly 7,000 customers were out of power. PUD crews had the power restored within two hours. Crews are working on another outage just north of Yachats. Every home should have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, battery operated radio and clock, extra batteries and non perishable foods plus a manual can opener, bottled water and warm blankets. Candles should not be used for extended periods of time and should never be left unattended.Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation.

They create dangerous fumes.Power crews advise that if your power is out you should turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on. During a power outage as much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers–they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened. Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water won’t freeze and crack the pipes. If you experience a power outage call the PUD outage line at 1-866-484-3783.

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New Cape Perpetua Manager

capeperpetua marine reserveBrian Hoeh will be introduced as the new manager at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center with an Open House and meet and greet on Thursday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m. Brian has served as the Supervisor and Interpretive Lead for the Siuslaw National Forest Valuing People and Places Field Ranger program since 2013. His professional background includes working for the National Park Service at Oregon Caves and serving the U.S. Coast Guard. He recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources Management from Oregon State University.

“We are both fortunate and excited to have Brian coming in as the new manager, “stated Dave Thompson, Siuslaw National Forest Interpretive Specialist and Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Program Manager. “Brian brings a wealth of experience and vision to this position, opening the doors with new ideas and services to enhance positive visitor experiences,” added Thompson.

“I look forward to the opportunity to share this unique and fascinating part our Forest with visitors from around the world. It will be an honor to work with all of the talented volunteers who run the Visitor Center; they care so much about this place and provide an outstanding service to visitors, “said Brian Hoeh, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Manager. Continue reading

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Fire At Cummins Creek

siuslaw-national-forest-logoA fire located in a drainage of Cummins Creek in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area near the wilderness boundary was spotted late Monday night (9/1).  Siuslaw National Forest firefighters responded with initial attack on the half acre fire, and have called in a 20-person crew to work on containment. Siuslaw National Forest fire officials report that brush, duff, and downed wood are burning.  The cause is unknown at this time.  Smoke may be visible to hikers on the Cummins Creek Trail #1382 and from Forest Service Road 55.  There are no closures in place. Continue reading

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