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Selection of hospital construction contractor underway

Modified: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The process of building a new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and updating the existing medical center is finally underway with prospective contractors being considered.
CEO David Bigelow said Monday during a city of Newport town hall meeting the selection committee has received five applicants for the project, which is expected to take three years to complete.
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New road project sinks under own weight

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Highway engineers are scrambling to find the solution to fix a new road that is sinking under its own enormous weight.
A key part of the $19 million Nelscott Highway Project is the new Highway 101 intersection at SW 32nd Street, where builders laid 500 cubic yards of earthen fill and tons of rebar steel, concrete and
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Highway 20 reopens after being closed because of police activity

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A stretch of Highway 20 was reopened between Milepost 1 and Moore Drive after being shuttered Wednesday afternoon because of police activity.
The road reopened about 5:43 p.m., authorities said.
The highway was closed about 4:20 p.m., with traffic being diverted through Toledo.
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A world of discovery

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The pieces are starting to fall into place on the $5.4 million Coastal Discovery Center in South Beach.
Walsh Construction has been working tirelessly to build the latest addition to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry campus, located west of Highway 101.

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Opinions are strong, plentiful regarding urban renewal

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- And it begins, that is, the city's proposed Northside and McLean Point urban renewal project, a bear of an endeavor that stretches along Highway 101 from the Yaquina Bay Bridge to North 73rd Street.
The city's Community Development department has started to receive considerable public feedback as meetings on the plan have begun by the city, which has
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Rainfall fuels wildfire threat

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
TOLEDO -- Lincoln County's chief firefighter said that last weekend's moisture did more harm than good when it comes to the raging fires burning statewide.
"Public opinion has gone toward apathy," said William Ewing, Fire Defense Board Chief for Lincoln County. "The danger comes back very quickly. Small fields are the only areas affected by that kind of rain,
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Community takes sides on early pot sales

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The city's top cop said Monday he is opposed to early sales of recreational marijuana at medical pot dispensaries, largely because it's a fluid situation fraught with unknowns.
"I am against marijuana (legalization), but the law is going to be passed," Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said. "There are a lot of things that are happening in the
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Mayor prays for protagonists

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Facing a firestorm of ethics charges and a new investigation by fellow members of the city council, Mayor Don Williams has turned to his faith for strength.
"My God gets your attention in two different ways," he reflected. "He tempers us by fire or he punishes us in a way to get us to repent. Either way,
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Council buys Girl Scout kiosks

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Charmed by her ambition and bright smile, city officials last week approved a plan by Gold Star Girl Scout Alicia Duckworth to build two trailhead kiosks at the new Agnes Street Open Space.
Duckworth revealed her design Aug. 24 to city councilors, who endorsed the effort as an example of the good kids being reared in Lincoln
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Dry dock beyond repairs

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo's dry dock was declared surplus at the board of commissioners Aug. 25 meeting and won't be replaced.
Commissioner Penny Ryerson asked if the boatyard would need another dry dock. The anticipated new larger boatlift would meet the boatyard's needs instead of a dry dock, said port manager Bud Shoemake.
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Yachats man jailed after vehicle crash

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
WALDPORT -- A 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle, and then got into a scuffle with authorities before attempting to escape from the back of a squad car.
Edward Dunn, of Yachats, is facing numerous charges in connection with the incident, including felony counts of aggravated harassment and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
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Movement to all-day kindergarten

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- In a few weeks, little children will begin a new chapter in Lincoln County School District.
Kindergarten students -- or the Class of 2028 -- will attend class a full day instead of half-days.
"There's a global movement to all-day kindergarten," said Betsy Wilcox, curriculum, instruction and assessment administrator for the school district.
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South Beach man sentenced in human trafficking case

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A South Beach man was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in jail for his role in a human trafficking and sexual abuse case.
Ronald Flinter, 46, was sanctioned at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. A co-defendant's case is pending.
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Pastor speaks out against pot sales

Modified: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A pastor's warning about the pitfalls of recreational pot fell on receptive ears last week when city councilors declined to give an "early start" to recreational marijuana sales.
"Have mercy on this city," pleaded Pastor Phil Magnan, who used the speaker's chair as his pulpit at the Aug. 24 city council meeting. "Stop the insanity. Just because
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Strange sights keep 911 dispatcher busy

Modified: Sunday, Aug 30th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- To passing tourists, the distant bobbing of an object at sea looked like trouble.
"They say it's a diver's body," relayed a 911 dispatcher who alerted first responders at the U.S. Coast Guard and fire stations in Depoe Bay. "His leg is floating on the surface, and they can't see the rest of him."
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Logsden family goat farm adapting to new regulations

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
LOGSDEN -- Overworked, but undaunted.
That's an apt description for creative cheese makers Patricia and Astraea Morford, the mother-daughter team that operates Rivers Edge Chévre on a 12-acre farm bordering the Siletz River.
It has been nearly 10 years of genius created from too many long days to count, but the farm's prized handmade goat cheeses have become renowned.
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Wind gust hits 58 mph in Newport

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A high wind warning is in effect until Saturday afternoon for the central Oregon coast with gusts from 50-60 mph in coastal communities, the National Weather Service said.
A maximum south wind gust of 58 mph was recorded about 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Newport Municipal Airport. A total of 0.12 inches of rain has fallen in the area
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Legal action blocking new boatlift project

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo claims it will lose $52,000 per month because of legal action blocking its decision to order a new, larger boatlift for its expanded boatyard.
"We're behind schedule one month now," port manager Bud Shoemake said during a board of commissioners meeting Tuesday.
The port wants to order a new boatlift as soon as possible
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Building in a treetop

Modified: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
NESKOWIN -- A 46-foot high tree house being built with the help of Lincoln County contractors will land the Oregon coast on national television in mid-September.
Treehouse Masters, a television show that airs on Friday's at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet, is working on the project in the Neskowin area.
The show's host, Pete Nelson, and his crew
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Storm to drop more than 1 inch of rain

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A parched central Oregon coast is in the path of a northeast Pacific storm, which is going to bring the first significant rainfall of the summer season.
The storm is forecast to drop more than an inch of rain in the coastal region with the bulk of precipitation falling on Friday evening.
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Legalization of Big Creek Road discussed

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A public hearing to consider the legalization of a portion of County Road 402 in Newport -- better known as Big Creek Road -- was held during this week's meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
About a year and a half ago, the Newport City Council agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the county with
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'Kicker' tax rebate resurfaces in Oregon

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
The so-called "kicker" tax rebate is back after an eight-year hiatus. But it is going to be smaller than the last time, and the money won't come in the form of a check mailed to Oregon taxpayers.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released a report Aug. 26 detailing the financial status of the state. The 70-page report showed general
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City council to appoint replacement for Davis

Modified: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council, not voters, will decide who fills the empty chair created by the resignation of Jim Davis.
On Monday, councilors voted 4-2 to advertise the empty Ward 2 city council seat with nearly 42 months left on its four-year term. Davis, elected in November, resigned last week after moving from his mid-town precinct to Road's
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Lincoln County sends help to fight wildfires

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With resources stretched to the maximum, firefighters from Lincoln County answered a statewide call for help to battle colossal wildfires in eastern Oregon.
The county recently sent a task force to assist with fighting the Canyon Creek Complex fire south of John Day, which earned the designation of being the nation's top priority for resources a week ago.
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Newport fire chief back from John Day

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Newport Fire Department Chief Rob Murphy returned home Sunday evening after spending nine days fighting the massive Canyon Creek Complex fire near John Day in Grant County.
He was a member of a Lincoln County Task Force charged with assisting other firefighters in battling blazes this summer in the eastern part of the state. To date, the fires
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Postmaster threatened by callers

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Postmasters are usually respected figures in small towns, but Theresa Werner claims she has become a target of hateful calls and rude remarks since assuming the job in July.
"My life has been threatened," said Werner, who has reported numerous menacing phone calls to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. "What do I do when someone wants to
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Rules for retail pot sales released

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon that plan to sell recreational pot on Oct. 1 will have to adhere to a strict set of state guidelines.
According to the Oregon Health Authority rules, any facility that wants to sell legal marijuana must first notify OHA before doing so, as well as record birth dates of buyers and the amount
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Motorist killed, two others injured in crash

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
WALDPORT -- A Waldport man died Sunday from injuries suffered in a single-car crash on East Eckman Creek Road, authorities said.
Zachary John Pedro, 37, was driving northbound on the road in a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.
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Toledo ready to hire new city attorney

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo will offer the dual position of city attorney and planner to one of nine candidates who applied for the job.
The city council unanimously approved a committee's recommendation for its top pick of a lawyer to fill the vacancy of city attorney and city planner at its Aug. 19 meeting. City Councilor Michele Johnson
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Sheriff’s deputies chase down suspect

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
SILETZ -- A homeless man was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges stemming from a short vehicle pursuit through a small housing area.
Carl James Maley, 28, was advised of the charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. He faces one felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.
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Unemployment rate falls to 7.0 percent in July

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped 1 percentage point in July, in turn marking the lowest reading for the month in seven years.
The jobless reading was 7.0 percent in July, down from 8.0 percent in July 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a statewide labor report Tuesday.
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Tribal, Lincoln City leaders meet

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
SILETZ -- Tribal leaders and town elders feasted and exchanged gifts Aug. 17 against a backdrop of traditional Native American hospitality in the boardroom of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
But the food and trinkets of friendship were secondary to the documents on the table, as well as shared concerns about affordable housing, crime and restoring lands lost long
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Commissioners discuss law enforcement in Siletz

Modified: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
SILETZ -- The most recent proposal for law enforcement services in and around the city of Siletz was presented last week to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
The commissioners met at Siletz City Hall on Wednesday evening in a joint work session with the Siletz City Council.
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Car crash kills Waldport man

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
WALDPORT -- A 37-year-old Waldport man died Sunday from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash on East Eckman Creek Road.
Zachary John Pedro died at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
The crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a report. Two other people were also injured in the crash.
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Smoky conditions should ease Sunday evening

Modified: Sunday, Aug 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A number of fires in the eastern part of the state is making for smoky conditions in the central Oregon coast.
Conditions are forecast to continue through Sunday afternoon with improvement coming Sunday evening into Monday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.
A shift in winds Saturday from the east was largely responsible for the smoky conditions
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OSP patrol boat may move to Yaquina Bay

Modified: Sunday, Aug 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport has been approached by Oregon State Police about the possibility of becoming the new home for the offshore enforcement vessel Guardian.
The 50-foot boat currently operates out of Astoria, where it has had been located since being commissioned in 2010.
The vessel's primary goals are to patrol federally regulated fisheries, and assist the
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Indicted Depoe Bay harbor commissioners canned

Modified: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Four harbor commissioners, who are facing criminal charges, were fired Tuesday by the Depoe Bay City Council.
In an unprecedented 5-1 vote, the council vacated harbor positions 1, 2, 4 and 7. Removed from office were Noelie Achen, Eva Harmon, Roman Smolcik, and Dan Zimmerman. They were among 10 people indicted July 2 after an Oregon State
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Shaping the future

Modified: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- An 18-month planning process for the Newport Municipal Airport is officially off the ground.
The Newport City Council accepted a $457,200 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration at their Monday meeting, putting the final piece of a three-pronged plan for the airport into motion.
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Moisture delays elevated water restrictions

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
YACHATS -- Even with a few drizzly mornings providing minimal relief, water restrictions are still on the minds of city officials.
Currently, the water shortage level is at phase 1, and has been since mid-July, with phase 2 classified as imminent. However, the city has received a small amount of moisture in recent days, providing a little breathing room
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Detox center proposal surfaces in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A local public safety group is calling for the inclusion of a 10- to 15-bed alcohol and drug detoxification unit at the estimated $57 million hospital to be built in town.
The proposal from the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council was presented at the Pacific Communities Health District Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 17.
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Depoe Bay man faces child sexual abuse charges

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Depoe Bay man was arraigned Monday on a 20-count, secret grand jury indictment accusing him of using a computer to view sexually explicit conduct involving children.
John Lorentz Wiegardt III is charged with 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, and 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree.
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Extra patrols for don’t text and drive

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Toledo Police Department is participating in a statewide texting and speed patrol program from Aug. 24 to Sept. 6.
Police officers will be focused on informing the public on the importance of safe driving practices through education and enforcement.
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Arrest thy neighbor?

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- City officials moved quickly this week to blunt the potential for vigilante enforcement of municipal laws after a resident asked the police chief for paperwork to write a ticket.
According to Mayor Don Williams, the query kicked off a frenzied reaction to hold an emergency meeting and rewrite a law that appears to give residents the power
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Extension cords cause fire at Project 3 Gaming

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A commercial building fire Thursday caused moderate damage to a ground floor business, and forced the evacuation of upper level apartments, authorities said.
The fire at Project 3 Gaming, located in the 200 block of South Coast Highway, was ignited by a "daisy chain" of extension cords inside the business.
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Toledo wants to market industrial park

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
TOLEDO -- Six acres of land between Memorial Field and Yaquina River in Toledo will be going on the market in the near future.
"Years ago, the city designated an area as industrial park," said Nancy Bryant, city recorder. "Some of the lots were sold and developed, before my time with the city."
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