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Marine Board Rejects Salmon River Petition

On October 22nd the Oregon Marine Board voted 4 to 1 to denied a petition to prohibit personal watercraft (PWC) operation on the Salmon River in Lincoln County. The Marine Board cited the overwhelming public support for the current rules coupled with the results of their investigation in to the petitions complaints as the reason for the decision to take no future action.

The Oregon State Marine Board received a petition in August to amend the personal watercraft rules, and adopt a local restriction in the Salmon River Estuary to prohibit personal watercraft use. The Marine Board defines personal watercraft as a motorboat less than 16 feet, powered by a water jet pump, generally operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, rather than in sitting inside.

The Marine Board held a hearing in September and listened to the comments of a packed Community Center meeting room with approximately 74 in attendance.  As reported by the Newsguard, “the majority of the crowd strongly opposed the petition while a handful were in favor.”

The comments in support of the petition cited safety concerns because of the small size of the waterway, claims that PWCs violate the existing operating rules (proximity to swimmers and non-motorized), complaints about the loud noise that PWC engines make, and general comments that the noise and speed of PWCs conflict with the purpose of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

The comments in opposition to the petition generally citied the lack of a conflict between PWCs and other boats, a desire to keep the waterway open to all boats/users and the contention that PWCs have no more impact on the environment than any other boat. Additionally, opponents to the petition raised concerns that the reasoning behind the petition could lead to a prohibition on all motorboats.

Several PWC operators submitted comments in which they said they used the Knight Park boat ramp and Salmon River only for the purpose of accessing the ocean (less than 1 mile from boat ramp to mouth). The American Watercraft Association commented that the petition unfairly targeted PWCs when some of the arguments of the petition could apply to all motorized watercraft, and that non-motorized watercraft are not required to take safety education courses, whereas PWC operators are required to have a boater education card.

Many of the petitioners’ written complaints describe alleged violations of proximity and speed by PWC boaters. According to the Marine Board incidences of this nature may occur, however law enforcement patrols on the Salmon River have significantly increased in the past two years and this type of activity is not documented by cited violations.

You can read the petition here and review the staff report here.

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Newport Coast Guard Open Until Jan 2016

coast-guard-heloWASHINGTON, D.C. – Following their repeated calls to ensure the safety of residents in coastal areas, Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici announced December 10th that the Congress has passed legislation that will keep the U.S. Coast Guard’s air facility at Newport open through the coming year.

The Oregon lawmakers worked to include language in the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that would keep the Coast Guard’s air stations open through January 1, 2016—including the Newport facility.

In a letter last month, the Oregon lawmakers, along with South Carolina Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C. and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Representatives Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Tom Rice, R-S.C., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., urged the Department of Homeland Security to reverse the Coast Guard’s decision. This letter came on the heels of a letter that Oregon lawmakers sent to the Commandant of the Coast Guard urging him to keep the helicopter in Newport.

While the Coast Guard claims that it would still be able to meet the national standard of a two-hour search-and-rescue response time, local fishermen and Central Coast residents who depend on the rescue helicopters say first-hand experience shows that closure of the base will lengthen response times and threaten the safety of local mariners.

Newport houses National Oceanic and Atmospheric vessels and Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleet, in addition to research vessels from Oregon State University. In response to repeated calls from Oregon lawmakers, the Coast Guard announced it would delay the December 1 closure of the Newport facility. (Source: Senator Jeff Merkley Press Release Dec.10, 2014)

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Hydro’s Come Back To Devils Lake

October 4th and 5th

Members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association will make another attempt at setting world record times in the 2014 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos and John Meyers Memorial Quarter Mile, Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th.  The race course is set up in a straight line from East Devils Lake State Park to Sand Point; a total length of one “Kilo” or kilometer (5/8 mile) as well as a second course equal to one quarter mile.  In these events each driver competes against the clock, and gets six runs, three in each direction.  The final speed is the average of two consecutive runs in opposite directions. The driver can take all of his runs at one time or delay the balance after one run waiting for better conditions. The Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos began in the 1950’s and have run annually as an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event. All involved are hoping for better weather for day two.  Please take a look at our photo gallery of previous years events.

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Fireworks Preparation Complete

Neighbors Construct Massive Dock to Launch Display

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association brought its best out to Leisure Bay to construct the launching pad for the  First Annual DLNA fireworks display. This massive dock is 1,200 square feet with a ton of flotation as it will be loaded Saturday morning with 6,000 lbs of explosives! Enjoy the slide show of this grand project and follow this link to the complete photo album.

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The contract is signed and our show will be held on Saturday July 5th beginning at 9:30pm last 20-30 minutes and include some very special displays. Preceding the display the DLNA will be leading a Boat parade beginning in front of Regatta Park at 7pm.  Deck you boat with patriotic fare and gather at Regatta Park and take a lap around the lake to celebrate this great country. After the parade you can select the perfect viewing location as this spectacular show will be launched off a barge centrally located on the lake near Brown Bear Park, and will be clearly visible from D River Wayside, Regatta Park and Sand Point Park.

We have received several donations and wish to thank all who have contributed.  We are still gathering gifts for this spectacular fireworks show and are looking for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. (Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250)  Please contact Max Hanson at maxh@siskiyouins.net or 541 994-7771 with your interest in donating at the sponsor level, or follow this donation link or the fireworks button in the sidebar to contribute any other amount for this wonderful show.

Here’s the Important Times to Remember

Boat Parade
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 7:00 PM

Fireworks Display
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 9:30 PM

 

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5th of July Boat Parade

In the past a few lake residents have attempted to get the community in the mood for the upcoming July 4th weekend celebrations a small group of determined boaters took a lap around the lake sporting patriotic decor.  Long time residents on the lake remember 4th of July boat parades drawing large numbers.  We’ve decided to make this a formal annual tradition, so please join us for this fun neighborhood event!

Boat Parade
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 7:00 PM

To make the weekend complete the DLNA will be leading a Boat parade on the 5th of July beginning in front of Regatta Park at 7pm.  Deck you boat with patriotic fare and gather at Regatta Park and take a lap around the lake to celebrate this great country. Why the 5th, stay tuned!

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Announcing the DLNA Annual Meeting

Annual-Meeting

The first Annual Meeting of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) will be held at 10:30AM, on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in the Community Room at the Driftwood Public Library located at 801 U.S. 101 #201, Lincoln City, OR 97367. Come join us and your neighbors for the following purposes:

  1. A brief presentation on the formation of the DLNA.
  2. Open forum to allow neighbors to set the agenda for the DLNA.
  3. Draft a list of goals for the year ahead.
  4. Fix the final boundary of the Neighborhood Association

Please mark your calendar and attend this important meeting. It is a great chance to meet your neighbors and shape the neighborhood’s future. Check our website at dlakeoregon.com for more details.

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Devils Lake Dash

 May 10th and 11th Regatta Park

The year is the 2nd annual Devils Lake Dash.  The Devils Lake Dash is the season-opener for racers in the Pacific Northwest.  The Dash included stand-up and sit-down watercraft racing. There are classes for everyone, from beginners to professionals and from junior to masters, anyone can join the race, it just requires a membership to IJSBA.

During a break in the racing action on both days, there will be demonstrations by Active Water Sports, Jetovator and Flyboard of Bend.  Active Water sports will be demonstrating wave surfing, Jetovator will be demonstrating a watersports accessory that when attached to a personal watercraft uses the water thrust system to take “pilots” high into the air and Flyboard will be flying on jet water powered wake board.   All three will be giving lessons for a fee to any one that wants to learn.

Several of last year’s racers went on to race at nationals in Lake Havasu in Arizona. See the video for highlights of last year’s nationals.

Racing will be starting at 9 am on Saturday and on Sunday. Saturday night there is a meet and greet at the Cultural Center in Lincoln City starting at 6pm, Stop by to meet the racers, vendors and promoters

The racers and promoters would like to thank all the lake residents for the use of your great lake.

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Coffee on the Point

October 27, 2013, 10:00 to Noon

coffee_cup-999pxSummer has passed and fall is upon us.  Life on the lake has left most of us feeling a little Green. With that in mind, we thought that we would invite you to another, “Coffee on the Point”.  Join us for a mingle with neighbors and engaging conversations.

Nothing fancy just stop by on Sunday October 27th between 10:00am and noon for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat and say hello to a few of your neighbors.  We have had so much fun with Potluck on the Point and such frustrations with the condition of the lake, it seems that a little get together wouldn’t be such a bad idea.  The coffee will be at Mitch and Dana Moore’s; the A-frame at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point. Come on by!

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Fifth Annual Potluck on the Point

Please hold Saturday August 3rd at 6:00 pm open to come join us for our Fifth Annual Potluck on the Point.  Last year was a great success with over seventy residents of Devils Lake in attendance. Come share some great food and fun with your lakeside neighbors.  The get together will be hosted by Mitch and Dana Moore at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point.

Plan to bring your favorite dish, appetizer, main dish or casserole and join us, with your neighbor and friends for an afternoon of fun. Be sure to mark your calendar today!

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Devils Lake Dash Coming Soon

The fastest Jet Ski racers in the Pacific Northwest will hit Devils Lake for the first-ever Devils Lake Dash presented by Chinook Winds Casino and Resort.

“Chinook Winds is proud to be a partner in this inaugural event in Lincoln City,” Marketing Director Eric Smileuske said. “This is a fun-filled, community-based event and is a tremendous opportunity to introduce visitors to what Lincoln City has to offer.”

Even though the event about three months away ~ it’s scheduled for May 18-19 — dozens of the best personal watercraft racers and freestyle riders in the Pacific Northwest have already indicated they’ll be kicking off their seasons in Lincoln City.

“Several World Finals competitors have already committed to racing,” promoter Rogel’ Harnack of Riverside, Wash., said. “Look for pro rider Aaron Newport from the Tri-Cities to clean up in his class. And Oregon’s own Alisha Goering should be a stand-out in the women’s division.” Both have finished in the Top 5 in the world at different points in their careers. Both are also familiar with the Oregon Coast, having also raced in the pounding surf at Pacific City. Continue reading

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