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Homeowner loses VRD license in Lincoln City

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- An imprisoned accountant who once worked for the city finance department was a central figure in the court action of a Lincoln City vacation homeowner, according to newly released city documents.
Those papers reveal the accountant, Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, ordered the homeowner to submit financial information that was beyond the scope of a room-tax audit he
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Port of Toledo to buy large mobile marine lift

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo is closing in on a key component of its ongoing boatyard expansion.
Port manager Bud Shoemake said last week he has received proposals for a new mobile marine lift, and hopes to award a contract on July 31.
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Fishing boat runs aground in Newport

Modified: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fishing vessel ran aground Monday in Newport.
Several people spotted the unidentified boat on the north side of Yaquina Bay's north jetty in the late afternoon.
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Newport council undecided on Big Creek dams

Modified: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A moderate seismic event could cause the failure of both Big Creek dams in Newport, according to a recent seismic evaluation.
This information was provided to the Newport City Council on Monday night, accompanied by a 561-page report given to council members the previous week.
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Flea market fees bug businessman

Modified: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A disabled Vietnam War veteran said last week that sky-high city license fees and costly paperwork would not block the six-stall crafts fair he started in June.
Larry Ciuffo called the mounting costs of his venture "un-American," claiming the town's licensing and zoning requirements are designed to protect Main Street businesses from the competition of fledgling enterprises
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Waldport vet honored

Modified: Sunday, Jul 26th, 2015
A motorcycle escort crossed Yaquina Bridge in Newport about 9:15 a.m. Saturday, accompanied by fire trucks and police for a hearse containing the remains of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hugh Leslie "Buzz" Sherburn, killed in action Feb. 5, 1969 during the Vietnam War.
Sherburn's life was celebrated at Waldport High School football field with family, military honors and area
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Devils Lake Road project targets flooding problem

Modified: Sunday, Jul 26th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- For years, a section of East Devils Lake Road in Lincoln City has been subject to frequent flooding, to the point where "high water" warning signs have become a regular fixture. There has been so much water at times that salmon have even been seen swimming across the roadway.
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Newport’s an albacore hot spot

Modified: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- By most accounts, this summer's tuna season off the central Oregon coast hasn't reached the bragging level for most sport fishermen, but landings between 100 to 150 albacore over a couple of days are not unusual.
Eric Schindler, a fisheries project leader for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), said "the number of underage fish are there
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Four lives saved by Coast Guard rescue swimmer

Modified: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's doubtful that the act of saving a life, or four of them, as did U.S. Coast Guardsman Darren Harrity early Tuesday morning, can ever become a drag.
Still, privacy can become an issue after doing a couple dozen interviews and having your face plastered all over social media, and several national and worldwide media outlets such as
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Home sales through the roof

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A sizzling central Oregon coast housing market banked nearly $118 million in sales through the first half of the year, as activity climbed to levels not seen since the onset of the Great Recession.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhomes soared to $117.82 million in the six months ended June 30, compared with $86.98 million in the
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Real estate market robust in June

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A $729,000 deal for an oceanfront home at Little Whale Cove helped pushed residential sales in the central Oregon coast to nearly $28 million in June.
The 3,229-square-foot home in the 500 block of SW Spindrift sits on Basalt Rock, and features a wall of windows in the master bedroom. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence was on the
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Ex-bookkeeper gets 96 months prison in theft cases

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A former bookkeeper from Lincoln City was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in state prison for bilking business clients out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, 61, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to seven felonies at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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News-Times earns ONPA honors

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
GLENEDEN BEACH -- The Newport News-Times garnered seven journalism awards during the annual meeting of the Oregon Newspaper Publisher's Association.
A highlight of the affair, held July 16-17 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, were results of the ONPA 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.
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County commissioner goes to sea

Modified: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Few people give much thought about how modern technology works. Most are content as long as an email arrives at the proper destination or the Internet functions as expected.
These days, much of that information transfer is accomplished through fiber optic cables, and to keep the U.S. connected with other parts of the world, miles and miles
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Ex-bookkeeper gets 8 years state prison in theft cases

Modified: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A former bookkeeper from Lincoln City was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in state prison for bilking business clients out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, 61, was sanctioned at a late afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Aquatic Center nears make or break point

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fast-approaching deadline for construction bids will serve as the sink or swim moment for the long-awaited Newport Aquatic Center.
Final bids for the latest edition to the city's municipal campus will be received July 29, in turn determining the total cost and its relationship to available funds.
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Pavers in the park

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
TOLEDO -- A lot of sweat, muscle and teamwork from Angell Job Corps is going a long way toward improving Waterfront Park.
The group of students worked Monday, and earlier this month on the Port of Toledo's projects to improve the park.
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Bayfront spill

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
Dave White, an employee with Newport Public Works Department, surveys the scene of a paint spill Monday morning near the intersection of SW Fall Street and SW Bay Boulevard along the Bayfront. The crew cleaned the mess, and pumped the catch basin to prevent any further damage or contamination.
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Habitat for Humanity to build in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- It was not an easy decision or quickly decided upon, but affordable housing is coming to Newport thanks to a three-lot donation from the city.
The topic was reviewed at length at Monday's council meeting, and after discussion and disagreement, a 4-3 vote solidified the donation from the city of Newport to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln
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Fire crew rescues teen from rip current

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A family reunion nearly turned tragic Monday when a 14-year-old boy was caught in a rip current about 100 yards off the shore at Chinook Winds Casino & Resort.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District Captain Jim Kusz said William Denison of Lehi, Utah, was rescued "at the point of exhaustion."
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Newport man killed in Highway 101 accident

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Friday afternoon car crash on Highway 101 turned fatal in the early hours of Saturday morning, when a Newport man died on the operating table at a Portland hospital.
At 3 p.m. on Friday, George Warrington Lewis Jr., 68 of Newport, attempted to make a left hand turn off of NE 36th Street onto Highway 101
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Jobless rate hits 6.7 percent in June

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County tumbled to its lowest level for the start of summer in years, in part because of a continued exodus of people from the regional workforce.
The jobless rate sank to 6.7 percent in June from 8 percent in June 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a statewide labor report Tuesday.
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Otis burglary suspects arraigned

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A pair of suspected burglars were arraigned Monday on grand jury indictments stemming from the alleged break-in of an Otis residence spoiled by a surfboard sticking out the back of a pickup truck.
Scott DeLong and Brandin Krebs, both of Willamina, each face two counts of theft in the first degree, and two counts of burglary in the
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Depoe Bay councilor resigns

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A city councilor who was appointed last year to serve out the term of a councilman who died in office has quit.
Kathy Wyatt, a resident of Little Whale Cove, submitted her resignation July 16. Wyatt, an advertising representative for the News-Times who cares for a school-age granddaughter, cited "conflicting professional commitments (that) necessitate I withdraw from
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Logger’s Luau lands in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
TOLEDO -- It's two parades, fireworks, carnival rides, community fun and more at the annual Toledo Summer Festival, Logger's Luau Toledo-style this weekend.
Most activities are at Memorial Field. Admission is $8 for all three days -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One-day admission is $7. Children under 6 years are admitted free.
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School board gives tentative OK for use of health clinics

Modified: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors approved an amendment last week allowing the school-based health clinic at Newport High to accept appointments from community members.
Lincoln County healthcare providers began accepting appointments at the clinic this month.
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Toledo grants easement to port for power lines, utility poles

Modified: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Toledo City Council approved Wednesday property easements for the Port of Toledo, a reciprocal easement with Lincoln County and another with private landowner Tad Brown.
The port is working to expand, and plans to bring in a bigger boatyard lift soon. In anticipation, the port is permanently moving utility poles and power lines out of the way.
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School district board raises classified staff salaries

Modified: Sunday, Jul 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School board approved a deal Tuesday with classified employees, in turn changing some salaries.
"The group worked hard and studied many school districts' salaries," Superintendent Steve Boynton told the school board.
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Newport man dies following Highway 101 car crash

Modified: Saturday, Jul 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- George Warrington Lewis Jr., 68, of Newport, died at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland on Saturday morning, after being injured in a car crash at NE 36th and Highway 101 on Friday afternoon, the Newport Police Department said in a report.
Lewis attempted to make a left hand turn onto the highway off of NE 36th,
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Bedridden man arrested in sex abuse case

Modified: Saturday, Jul 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Two South Beach men are facing multiple felonies and misdemeanors stemming from the alleged abuse of caregivers hired online.
Mahlon Blose, 67, was arrested Sunday at his 35th Street home after Newport Police Department officers, assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies, executed a search warrant at the residence.
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Master plan set to reduce airport costs

Modified: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport is not without a plan for its local municipal airport.
A three-part outline is beginning to take form to reduce the overall total costs of the city subsidized facility, including possible privatization of the fixed based operator components, a special task force, and a $500,000 master plan project that would be 90 percent funded
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Site cleared after two-car crash on Highway 101 in Newport

Modified: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A two-car crash near NE 36th Street and Highway 101 in Newport on Friday afternoon blocked traffic in both directions for over an hour.
The incident happened about 3 p.m. when the driver of a 1996 Nissan Sentra was making a left turn from NE 36th Street onto the southbound side of the highway, authorities said. The
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Port of Newport lands its man

Modified: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport didn't have to look far when it finally decided last month to hire an operations director after delaying the process for a couple of years.
The obvious choice was Rick Fuller, who has served as the NOAA facilities manager since 2012 and has more than 30 years of experience in construction management and facility
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Soccer in the surf

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
Rye Franciosa, 3, of Brownsville, was all smiles as he pushed a soccer ball along the sandy surf in Nye Beach.
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Magazine article puts focus on Oregon earthquake

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- An article published this week in The New Yorker magazine has focused considerable national attention on Oregon, and specifically the Oregon coast.
Titled "The Really Big One," this article provides detailed information about the threat posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and says, "An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when."
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Driver gets 91 months prison for fatal Highway 20 crash

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was sentenced to 91 months in state prison Wednesday for causing a fatal crash on Highway 20 in April.
Ivan Sandria Cruz, 26, was sanctioned at a late afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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OCVA needs more drivers

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln County group that helps veterans get back and forth to medical appointments is looking for volunteer drivers.
The Oregon Coast Veterans Association (OCVA) provides transportation for vets with Veteran Affairs medical appointments locally, and to places such as Portland, Medford, Corvallis, McMinnville and Salem.
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Tribe ready to hire police chief

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
SILETZ -- The Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians is at the point of hiring a police chief after going about 18 months without one.
"They are taking applications," Siletz Mayor John Robinson said Monday.
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Presidential money to burn

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
The road to the White House in 2016 is going to be paved with hundreds of millions of greenbacks, much like recent well-funded campaigns for the presidency.
The campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz raised the most money in the quarter ended June 30, reporting a total of $14.3 million. His campaign has roughly $8.5 million cash on hand.
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‘Shop at the Dock’

Modified: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Most fish caught by boats working off the central Oregon coast are sold directly to processing plants or trucked elsewhere by wholesalers, but there is a local attempt to increase direct marketing from fishermen to consumers.
The fishermen-to-consumer sales are nothing like they were 10 to 15 years ago when dozens of little boats sold directly to locals,
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Newport man sentenced to 91 months state prison for fatal Highway 20 crash

Modified: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was sentenced to 91 months in state prison Wednesday for causing a fatal crash on Highway 20 in April.
Ivan Sandria Cruz, 26, was sanctioned at a late afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
Andrew Raymond Koloski, 35, of Springfield, was killed in the April 6 crash.
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Longtime county judge Littlehales dies at 73

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Charles P. Littlehales, 73, a man who spent 30 years overseeing court cases in Lincoln County, died Sunday at his home in Newport, surrounded by his immediate family. He was under the care of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospice at the time of his death.
Other than a six-month stint in Bend, Littlehales' entire career was spent in Lincoln
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Aging joints get replaced on Yaquina Bay Bridge

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Roughly 20,000 vehicles a day cross Yaquina Bay Bridge during the peak summer months, but this week it may take longer to reach that number.
Only one lane of the historic central Oregon coast bridge will be open starting at 8 p.m. each day, as Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews will be on site long after the
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News-Times email server undergoing maintenance

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
News-Times email server maintenance is scheduled Wednesday.
As a result, email functions are likely to be disrupted throughout the workday.
Advertisers, readers and vendors are asked to call the News-Times main office at 541-265-8571 should you have any difficulty reaching someone via email.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Yachats imposes tough water restrictions

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
YACHATS -- Lack of rain has impacted the water system in Yachats leading the city council to declare a water shortage emergency.
Yachats City Council President Greg Scott said the city has 850 water accounts, some of which are not active.
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Similar business names cause confusion for charter fishing company

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The arrest of 10 people connected to a Depoe Bay fishing charter business on racketeering and theft charges has led to problems for a Newport business with a similar name.
Owners and associates of the Tradewinds of Depoe Bay Charter Company were indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury on July 2 on various charges, including allegations that
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Port of Alsea moorage fee hike makes waves

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
WALDPORT -- Port of Alsea board members are poised for a new era with a new manager on the horizon. But recent moorage fee increases have left some fishermen fuming, and port officials defending the move.
"We're not (financially) broke, but if we don't start running the port more like a business, we're gonna be," said commissioner Jan Power before
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NOAA offers grant for disaster prep

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
SILETZ -- Siletz should benefit from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant, if it pays an entry fee to participate.
Mayor John Robinson asked the city council Monday if it would like to share in the grant.
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Vessel grounding under investigation

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The weekend got off to a rocky start for a fishing vessel that ran aground Friday morning on the north jetty of Yaquina Bay.
A call was received by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend at about 1:30 a.m. stating the Sea Pup, a 30-foot commercial fishing boat, broke apart on the rocks of the jetty,
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No new attorney for fugitive bookkeeper

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fugitive bookkeeper's bid for a new attorney was rejected Monday about a week before he's expected to plead guilty to numerous felonies stemming from sweeping identity theft cases.
Judge Thomas Branford turned down the request from Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, 61, at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
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Johnson Creek landslide study work honored

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) scientists have been nationally honored for a paper detailing a multi-year study of a large landslide on the Oregon coast.
The Geological Society of America announced that DOGAMI's George R. Priest and Jonathan C. Allan, and co-authors, are recipients of the 2015 E.B. Burwell Jr. Award for their paper
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