Watch For Slides And Debris This Weekend

ODOT trees down storm damageWith heavy rain and flooding projected for the weekend, Oregonians are encouraged to know landslide warning signs. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for many areas of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington from Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

Specific flood watch areas include:

- Cascade Foothills in Lane County
– Cascades in Lane County
– Central Coast Range of Western Oregon
– Central Columbia River Gorge
– Central Oregon Coast
– Central Willamette Valley
– Coast Range of Northwest Oregon
– Greater Portland Metro Area
– Lower Columbia
– North Oregon Coast
– Northern Oregon Cascade Foothills
– Northern Oregon Cascades
– South Willamette Valley
– Upper Hood River Valley
– Western Columbia River Gorge

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“Be aware of flood watches, warnings and advisories for your area, and know what to look out for,” says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). “Watch for signs like trickles of falling debris or mud, listen for sounds like trees cracking that might indicate land movement. If you think there’s danger, leave immediately.” Continue reading

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Power of Newport  (2-1-12 through 1/31/14)

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December 19, 2014 · 12:40 pm

Jim Kusz Thanks Lincoln City Community


Many Thanks

North Lincoln FireBedford Falls, the fictional town in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart has nothing over Lincoln City. The giving and the spirit in this town still overwhelms me.

Again this Saturday, like Christmas’s in the past, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue volunteers will be delivering Food and Toys throughout the our community that have been sorted and carefully wrapped by members of the Elks Club and Eagles in Lincoln City to be distributed to an estimated 450 households. Children and families will have a brighter holiday season because of the kindness of “you” the contributors of their feast, and joy provided by a toy.

At the annual Lincoln City Chamber luncheon we collected a truck load of toys and 563.00 dollars in donations, Tanger Outlet provided 400.00 dollars for toys, the Odd Fellows and Rebecca’s made a $1,000.00 donation to the effort, Safeway gave and help collect through Shoppers Food Bag donations literally tons of food and Mo’s in Lincoln City purchased $2,000.00 worth of toys, from bicycles to Legos. There also were dozens of anonymous cash donations, from individuals and groups amounting to over $2,000.00. Continue reading

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OCCC Offers Winter Term Classes

OCCC 20 year logoOregon Coast Community College is launching a busy term full of community education classes, with something to interest just about everyone. The catalog of these classes is included in the College’s “Catch the Wave” publication, due in Lincoln County mailboxes this week. The Seatauqua series, launched in the fall term in cooperation with the Hatfield Marine Science Center, continues on a reduced schedule for the winter term. Heather Fortner will be teaching a class on Nature Journaling on Jan. 13, and Paul Robertson will be leading a foraging expedition on a Lincoln County beach for mussels, and will provide tips for preparing them.

There’s even a 10-week guitar class taught by Richard Paris, of the Lincoln County band “The Ocean”, that is geared to a range of skill levels from beginner to experienced players. In addition, the College is also offering a wide array of classes geared to small business owners and their employees. Winter term classes include 10-week Business Start-Ups and Tune-Ups class. According to Dave Price, director of the Small Business Development Center, Reuben Johnsen has taught many of the leaders of Lincoln County’s business community in the class over the years. Also this winter, the SBDC is reaching out across the county with a free class focused on how to streamline your social media marketing to minimize the time it takes you to have a powerful presence online. Learn more about the complete lineup of classes and business classes at

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INMS Looks To Merge With Middle School

LCSD bannerLincoln county school superintendent Steve Boynton held a community meeting Monday night regarding the future of the Isaac Newton Magnet School or INMS. Susan Van Liew, the Lincoln County School District director of elementary and special education programs said Boynton told parents, based on current configuration of INMS, there is not an availability of very many electives. In the reconfiguration that’s under discussion, the proposal that will go to the board for middle school students will allow elective opportunities for kids.

The conversation that occurred at the meeting was around why INMS couldn’t coincide inside a middle school. The teachers there Monday night spoke from their perspective and what they said was they were having difficulties integrating because the kids had a sense of an “us versus them” scenario, and the teachers were saying it was not a good experience for the kids. The Superintendent said he would like to try to keep classes sizes smaller as well. The budget proposal he is working on is a ratio of 25 to 1 in grades k-3 and 30 to 1 for grades 4-8.

In the proposal for the middle school schedule would allow up to 4 different electives giving kids a variety of classes such as Physical education, art, music, and foreign language. The next step the superintendent hopes to introduce the proposal on the district website in January, a week prior to the board meeting. This would allow time for people to see what the proposal is so they are able to comment. The superintendent did let the group know that if they really wanted INMS to continue, in his mind, the only way that it might work is if they transitioned into a charter school in which they would later discuss the groundwork.

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D.A. Won’t Prosecute Some Marijuana Cases

Michelle BranamThe Lincoln County District Attorney’s office has reviewed all open marijuana cases in light of the passage of Ballot Measure 91. There are a total of 15 open cases involving criminal charges involving marijuana, of any sort, out of a total of 3274 open active criminal cases. Of those 15, there are 4 involving behavior that would violate what the voters passed under Ballot Measure 91, where some of the charges associated with the conduct alleged will be decriminalized as of July 1, 2015 when the Measure becomes law.

Violation tickets that are directly filed to the Court by Law Enforcement partners—the equivalent of a traffic ticket may still be outstanding. The D.A.’s office will take no part in the prosecution of those tickets. The remaining 11 cases, involving marijuana, charged as crimes involve conduct that would be outside of what was de-criminalized by the voters under ballot Measure 91. Of those, most involve large scale commercial operations or illegal delivery of marijuana to minors. Additionally, there is currently 1 case in warrant status that is similarly situated. Continue reading

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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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