Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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What COVID-19 “High Risk” means for Lincoln County

Oregon Health Authority officials increased Lincoln County's COVID-19 risk level Tuesday, moving it into the high-risk category and with it a new list of rules to follow.

December is now upon us

I truly believe that even in the face of all that this year has thrown at us, that we are fortunate to have family and friends we can count on to help us get through difficult times.

Oregon reports 1,233 COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed 24 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 936, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 1.

The best hunt ever

There’s a reason they call it the Bull’s Bag, an unexpected five-mile coil in the Siletz River that confounds rookie drifters and appears on a map like the scrotum of an elk. It gets worse.

K9 ‘Ghost’ to join Sheriff’s ranks

Lincoln County Sheriff's newest operator is K9 Ghost, a two-year-old German Shepherd who is slated to undergo training and certification to join the team in 2021.

High Wind Warning issued by NWS

National Weather Service Portland has issued a High Wind Warning Tuesday from seven a.m. until three p.m. for the Central Oregon Coast.

City seeks to fill multiple volunteer vacancies

The City of Lincoln City needs to fill over 20 vacancies left by outgoing volunteers for various committees and boards.

“Glaring” distinctions divide Congressional candidates

In the last day of what many voters feel is the critical election of their lives, the hotly-contested race in Oregon’s U.S. 5th District is poised on the glaring differences between two Congressional candidates — gutsy challenger Amy Ryan Courser and her six-term opponent, Kurt Schrader.

November 3rd looms closer at last

Whatever your political affiliation and views, the election craze is going to be over in what's now a matter of hours.

Courser claims ag abandoned by Schrader

The suddenly-tight race in the fertile U.S. 5th District could hinge on Oregon family farms and rural communities slammed by pandemic and wildfire, claimed the challenger to a six-term incumbent who has severed his official ties to agriculture.

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

MYSTERY SOLVED! D.B. Cooper was my friend

He was the soldier who became a skyjacker, the skyjacker who became a priest, and the priest who lived and died in Depoe Bay. He was D.B. Cooper, the most famous fugitive on earth, and he was my friend.

Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

Homepage reporters were on Highway 18 Sunday after attempts to get media access to the Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire and affected neighborhoods was not granted.

Information Highway

After running into National Guard humvees at NE East Devils Lake Road and NE Highland Road, we hiked up Highway 18, trying to provide coverage of what’s going on in the area.

Reports of National Guard deployments, citizens not being allowed to leave their property and other stories from residents in the area couldn’t be investigated without access.

As we approached Otis, we were met by a Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy, who informed us we couldn’t be on Highway 18 as it was “not safe” and gave us a ride back to where we started. The deputy said there were downed power lines and other dangers crews were working to fix.

Shortly after our attempt to reach Otis, Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers put out a statement that his deputies would assist residents in their efforts to find out if their home was safe or not. Families who need to check on the status of a home can now do so with a Google Docs form provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

GET PROPERTY STATUS

Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson spoke with us at the Lincoln City Community Center earlier on Sunday and answered questions about the economic damages facing the tourist destination on the Oregon coast, the challenge of recovery and called for state and federal officials to take preventative measures in the future.

Also on Sunday, we spoke with Hal Graves, a retired Navy Veteran, who had problems getting prescriptions. Mayor Anderson gave him the Red Cross number, 503-284-1234.

Homepage spoke with homeowner Cherry Kroff, an 82-year-old who described firefighters battle to save a neighborhood on the east side of Devils Lake and possibly the town.

Lineman Jarrett Buchanan told us of things he saw while repairing power lines and spoke of an osprey nest that burst into flames on NE East Devils Lake Road.

Emergency expert Bruce Polvi, who owns Lincoln City Sporting goods talked about the last minute rush for emergency supplies in Lincoln City.

Justin Werner
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Justin is publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and an investigative journalist who finds facts. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Mayor Anderson cares about “the economy”, which is why we were overloaded with tourists during a pandemic to begin with. And what kind of answer about not getting prescriptions is “contact the Red Cross.” Way to pass the buck. What we need in Lincoln City is leadership who cares about its residents, not its potential to make money during a crisis. Oh, and I love the quote from LC Sporting goods on the “last minute rush for emergency supplies.” He means people flocked in to buy guns. GUNS. These are NOT emergency supplies, and serve only to fuel more dangerous discord with people whose tempers are already flaring. Reporters need to follow rules set by fire authorities. It’s your arse they’ll be saving in lieu of fighting the fire. People need to be patient in waiting for news…it shouldn’t come with risking lives to get that info. And yes’m sheriffs should be more accommodating with info. Big shout out to LCFD, who did a great job on Echo Mountain.

  2. I didn’t know the Red Cross has an office here.I’m NOT going to defend the Mayor,or any semi-career politician, but that was a dumb thing to say and perhaps he was caught off guard.
    I already have all the ammo I need for an emergency, but going shopping after
    an event like we’ve had, is interesting at least. We lacked for nothing but
    information for the most part.

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MYSTERY SOLVED! D.B. Cooper was my friend

He was the soldier who became a skyjacker, the skyjacker who became a priest, and the priest who lived and died in Depoe Bay. He was D.B. Cooper, the most famous fugitive on earth, and he was my friend.

What COVID-19 “High Risk” means for Lincoln County

Oregon Health Authority officials increased Lincoln County's COVID-19 risk level Tuesday, moving it into the high-risk category and with it a new list of rules to follow.

The best hunt ever

There’s a reason they call it the Bull’s Bag, an unexpected five-mile coil in the Siletz River that confounds rookie drifters and appears on a map like the scrotum of an elk. It gets worse.

December is now upon us

I truly believe that even in the face of all that this year has thrown at us, that we are fortunate to have family and friends we can count on to help us get through difficult times.

Oregon reports 1,233 COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed 24 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 936, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 1.

Depoe Bay’s Pogo Robison passes

A larger-than-life figure in “The World’s Smallest Harbor” passed away Saturday, May 30, after battling recent health problems.

Chinook Winds lays off staff, cancels hotel reservations

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Lincoln County to reopen under ‘Phase 1’ Friday

Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday Lincoln County is approved to enter Phase 1 Friday and businesses can open under a set of guidelines for restaurants, bars, and personal care services, such as salons.