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Scarecrows hit Toledo streets

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The Central Lincoln People's Utility District office in Toledo has a fun and festive array of scarecrows on display for Halloween. The display is part of this year's Scarecrow Challenge, a contest put on by Oregon Coast Bank's Toledo branch employees each year challenging businesses throughout the city to see who can create the best scarecrow.
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Opposition to air facility closure gaining momentum

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Members of Oregon's congressional delegation want the U.S. Coast Guard's decision this week to postpone the projected closure of the Newport Air Facility until mid-December to be extended for at least six months.
"The delegation is trying to buy time to work on a permanent solution," said Hank Stern, Sen. Ron Wyden's state communications director. "Wyden wants
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Parents want to know more before any full-day kindergarten

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Parents who attended the first in a series of community meetings on the Lincoln County School District's move to full-day kindergarten and possible grade reconfigurations were given information, but they also left with many questions Wednesday.
At the Newport meeting, with about 40 parents in attendance, Newport High Principal Jon Zagel served as moderator at the school, laying
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Project to bury wires raises complaint

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A critic of municipal spending claimed this week that Lincoln City officials are misusing tax dollars intended for blighted areas of the city on a project that mainly benefits views at a state park.
Jerry Warner, a retired power company manager, cited the $1.85 million DeLake "undergrounding" project and signal upgrade near the D River Wayside as
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Terminal, mitigation projects will cost nearly $1 million

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport needs to spend an estimated $1 million to complete the in-water work and the mitigation project required to renovate its International Terminal.
On Tuesday, port commissioners approved an amendment to its agreement with Natt McDougall Co., which has been serving as the project's construction manager/general contractor during the last two years.
The total
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Toledo passes 3 percent marijuana taxes

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The Toledo City Council narrowly passed a 3 percent tax on both medical and recreational marijuana Wednesday evening.
Ordinance 1356 was approved 4-3, with councilors Michele Johnson, Terri Strom and Jackie Kaufman voting against it.
An amendment to the ordinance, to exempt the tax on medical marijuana, was proposed at one point, but failed by a vote of
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Hiatt’s bid blocked for new counsel

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A last-minute bid to change lawyers was denied Wednesday in the criminally negligent homicide case of Scott Van Hiatt, who is facing retrial amid serious differences with his defense attorney.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart turned down a motion to substitute counsel about three weeks before Hiatt is to stand trial for allegedly killing Richard Swanson
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Suiting up for safety

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Safety is a large part of making sure things run smoothly in the commercial fishing world.
Safety is also important for other professionals, like Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees who spend time on fishing vessels.
Upward of 30 participants attended a series of drill conductor courses offered in Newport this week. The course goes over various
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Study: Could sleeper sharks be preying on protected Steller sea lions?

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Pacific sleeper sharks, a large, slow-moving species thought of as primarily a scavenger or predator of fish, may be preying on something a bit larger, protected Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska.
A new study found the first indirect evidence that this cold-blooded shark that can grow to a length of more than 20 feet, longer than a
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Rivers retires from 21-year career

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Maggie Rivers is a familiar face around south Lincoln County. She has held the position of port manager at the Port of Alsea for the past 21 years and will be retiring in November.
Rivers started at the port in June of 1993 and says she's enjoyed every aspect of her job since then.
After an 11-year stint
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Lincoln City mayoral candidates hit the road

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Two candidates for mayor hit the road last week, one for the highway and the other for Hawaii.
As the hottest race in Lincoln City wound down to the wire, businessman Don Williams on Thursday hoisted campaign signs at a busy Highway 101 intersection. Meanwhile, Roger Sprague watched this week's city council meeting from Hawaii, where he
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Georgia-Pacific worker meets with emergency responders after heart attack

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- On Aug. 19 around 10 a.m., Toledo Georgia-Pacific lead fireman Dale Johnson, 55, had a heart attack at work.
Tim Thorson, a member of G-P's Plant Emergency Organization (PEO) and one of the first to respond, thought he was "looking down at a dead guy."
On Monday, though, Johnson got the chance to say thank you to his
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Visitor development grant funds available

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for the Lincoln City Visitor And Convention Bureau second cycle of 2014-15 visitor development grant funds and marketing partnership funds, which will be considered by the Visitor and Convention Committee in January 2015.
The primary purpose of the grant program is to assist private-sector organizations, profit or nonprofit, to design and execute
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Lincoln County ballots trickling in

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- With just days left until Tuesday's election, Lincoln County voters are slow to get ballots in.
According to County Clerk Dana Jenkins, 32.46 percent of the 27,689 ballots mailed out this year had been returned by the end of the workday Wednesday.
But he predicts that by Tuesday's deadline, 74 percent of Lincoln County's registered voters will have
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Depoe Bay man faces burglary, robbery charges

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A Depoe Bay man was arraigned Tuesday on robbery and burglary charges stemming from the alleged home invasion of a residence belonging to a past acquaintance.
Kelly Jay Norris, 46, is charged with one felony count each of burglary in the first degree, and robbery in the third degree. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count
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Odds favor Merkley, Kitzhaber on Election Day

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Handicapping political races is dodgy business at best, but the allure of playing oddsmaker for a portion of the Nov. 4 general election ballot is too intoxicating to ignore.
Given that backdrop, the surest bet on the ballot is Sen. Jeff Merkley. He is in a race against Republican hopeful Monica Wehby likely to end up as one-sided as Secretariat's
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EPA rep to talk about streams, water quality

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
NEWPORT -- On Thursday, Nov. 6, the MidCoast Watersheds Council (MCWC) brings Environmental Protection Agency researcher Joe Ebersole to Newport to discuss his research on streams and water quality.
The talk will be a part of the MCWC meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport.
Ebersole is a research fisheries biologist with
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Groups work to stop domestic violence

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Organizations like My Sisters' Place in Newport are working to reduce those numbers and stop domestic violence in Lincoln County.
Displays with purple shoes have been set up at libraries across the county, along with a message titled, "In Her Shoes."
The message informs people that
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Fair prepares residents for the big quake

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Are you prepared if a Cascadia earthquake strikes? Those at the Emergency Readiness Fair learned how to be.
The county event was held Saturday at the fairgrounds, outgrowing its space from last year at the National Guard Armory, Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris said.
She gave a presentation on the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, what it is,
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Fishermen suit up for safety training

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Commercial fishermen and other professionals, like Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees, put on cold water immersion suits for part of their training in Newport on Wednesday.
Training participants learned how to navigate through the cold ocean waters in the buoyant suits, which are also called survival suits.
The training was led by U.S. Coast Guard civilian
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Depoe Bay captains blast Coast Guard decision

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley scuttled his campaign talking points Thursday after a group of charter boat captains blasted the Coast Guard's plan to terminate a helicopter rescue operation in Newport.
Merkley's whistle-stop visit to Depoe Bay was described as an opportunity to opine about "jobs and opportunity," but more than a dozen skippers, deckhands and harbor advocates
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Surfing invitational wiped out by red tape

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Big-wave surf contest founder John Forse claimed Monday that city officials have wiped out his long-running invitational by favoring an out-of-state promoter with an exclusive permit.
Forse, a well-known local surfer and filmmaker who bears the deep scars of a 1997 shark attack, let his allegations fly at a meeting of the Lincoln City Council. He charged
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Civil War veteran finally receives headstone

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
TOLEDO -- For a century, his gravesite sat in Toledo Cemetery without a stone to mark his name. But on Saturday, that changed for Civil War veteran John Ivan Butterfield.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided a headstone after research by great-grandson John Pohl and Toledo Cemetery Association board member Chuck Moody proved Butterfield had fought and was, in
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Gas prices tank

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The average price of regular unleaded gasoline plunged 15 cents per gallon in Oregon, in turn marking the sharpest decline of any state in the nation this week, industry data showed.
As a result, regular unleaded stood at an average of $3.225 per gallon Monday, down from $3.374 per gallon on the same day last week, AAA said
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Coast Guard agrees to short delay in Newport Air Facility closure

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Congressman Kurt Schrader spoke Tuesday with the commandant of the Coast Guard and got assurance from him that the Nov. 30 date previously set for the closure of the Newport Air Facility would be extended to Dec. 15.
The Coast Guard agreed that this additional time would allow for a more extensive
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Otis man indicted on homicide charge

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NEWPORT -- An Otis man was arraigned Monday on homicide and drug charges stemming from the apparent overdose death of a woman earlier this month.
The felony charges against Daniel Chambers, 42, were spelled out in an indictment handed down by the Lincoln County Grand Jury. He is charged with criminally negligent homicide, unlawful delivery of heroin, and unlawful possession
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Small quake shakes southwest of Newport

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NEWPORT -- While most humans probably didn't feel it, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake occurred off the central Oregon coast on Monday morning.
The small quake happened at 7:41 a.m. about 26 miles southwest of Newport, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN).
"It was at a depth of about 18.3 miles below the surface," said Doug Gibbons, a research
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Man gets 75 months prison in Lincoln County rape case

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Salem man was sentenced to more than six years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to raping a teenage girl during a weekend camping excursion in Lincoln County.
Jesus Miguel Guerrero, 24, was sanctioned at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart. He pleaded guilty to one count of rape in the
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Aquarium divers see hope in new survey

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Divers in the Pacific Northwest faced a gruesome landscape over the past few months. Sea stars, stricken with a wasting syndrome whose cause has puzzled scientists across the globe, were disintegrating arm by arm into pale piles of gelatinous goo.
A glimmer of hope appeared on Florence's north jetty this month in the form of juvenile stars. Aquarium volunteer science
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Port of Alsea commission vacancy

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
WALDPORT -- The Port of Alsea is accepting statements of interest and resumes from individuals interested in filling an unexpired term on the board of commissioners.
The unexpired term runs through June 2017. Letters will be accepted until 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Resumes and statements of interest can either be mailed to the Port at P.O. Box 1060, Waldport,
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Coast Guard to delay closure of Newport Air Facility until Dec. 15

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
PORTLAND -- Federal lawmakers said Tuesday the U.S. Coast Guard is going to delay the closure of the Newport Air Facility until Dec. 15.
The decision to delay the closure stemmed from a conversation Sens. Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, and Rep. Kurt Schrader had with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft earlier in the day, said Courtney Warner Crowell, spokeswoman
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Yaquina Head light remains off during repairs

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Now dark for several weeks, the light typically shining out to sea from Yaquina Head Lighthouse will continue to remain off for a few more months.
Preservation work being done to the historic lighthouse, including surface repairs and a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the structure, is tentatively set to wrap up in December.
Scaffolding
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Breezy, rainy conditions in region

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A south, southwest wind is bringing more rain to the region Tuesday with up to three-quarters of an inch possible by late evening.
The National Weather Service is calling for wind of 21-25 mph through Tuesday afternoon with gusts up to 38 mph. Wind is forecast to die down to 11-15 mph Tuesday evening with gusts as
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Lawmakers ask for six-month delay of helicopter closure

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
NEWPORT -- With the scheduled closure of the Newport Air Facility and opening of the commercial crab season looming in a few weeks, Oregon's congressional delegation wants the U.S. Coast Guard to delay the action for at least six months.
The federal lawmakers cited the need for a delay in order for local emergency first responders to "prepare plans that
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Deal falls through for old Taft fire hall

Modified: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A well-intentioned agreement to create a productive day shelter for homeless families in a former fire hall has ended amid construction delays.
Family Promise of Lincoln County, a nonprofit organization, announced last week that an agreement with Don and Debbie Williams, owners of the old Taft Fire Hall on SE 48th Street in Lincoln City, "has been
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Small quake off Newport coast

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
NEWPORT -- While any humans probably didn't feel it, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake occurred off the central Oregon coast on Monday morning.
The small quake happened at 7:41 a.m. about 42 kilometers southwest of Newport, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN).
"It was at a depth of about 18.3 miles below the surface," said Doug Gibbons, a research
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Newport fighting to keep Coast Guard helicopter at airport

Modified: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport is fighting the good fight in efforts to keep the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue air facility at the Newport Municipal Airport open.
The announcement of the closure was sent out on Oct. 2, when the USCG said the facility would close effective Nov. 30.
A meeting that attracted around 250 people was held
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Poll: Legal pot measure no pipe dream

Modified: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
The likelihood of marijuana being legalized for recreational use in Oregon is closer than Cheech & Chong ever could have dreamed when the comedic duo debuted the pot-themed, cult classic "Up In Smoke" in the late '70s.
A SurveyUSA Election Poll released this week found Measure 91 is favored by 48 percent of registered voters, compared with 37 percent against
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Scary good fun at Oregon Coast Aquarium

Modified: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
NEWPORT -- In a "lab gone wrong," anything can happen.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium offered a haunted house during its annual Creatures of the Night on Saturday. The event provided families with scary good fun and collected food cans for Food Share of Lincoln County, and the Lincoln County Humane Society.
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City buys another home for employees

Modified: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- With the lowest income and highest rents in Lincoln County, "affordable housing" has been an elusive goal for most working people in this destination city.
But some municipal workers enjoy an unusual perk that allows them to stay rent-free or at a reduced rate in city-owned homes. City officials describe the town's growing inventory of municipal manors
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Civil War veteran's grave gets long-awaited tombstone

Modified: Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014
TOLEDO -- He fought for the Union during the Civil War and later moved to Oregon where he died. But since 1913, John Ivan Butterfield's grave had sat without a tombstone.
Until Saturday.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided a tombstone after research by relative John Pohl and Toledo Cemetery Association board member Chuck Moody proved that Butterfield had
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High winds, rain causing problems in region

Modified: Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- High winds are wreaking havoc throughout Lincoln County with debris being littered across regional roadways.
Motorists faced delays of about 20 minutes earlier this afternoon while trying to make their way through a stretch of Highway 20 about one mile east of Toledo, the Oregon Department of Transportation said Saturday.
Debris was the culprit in the westbound
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Sen. Merkley makes coastal sweep

Modified: Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014
SOUTH BEACH -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley made a stop on the campaign trail at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center in South Beach on Thursday afternoon as part of his "Jobs & Opportunity Tour." He plans to visit 50 towns up and down the coast of Oregon in seven days, encouraging Oregonians to get out and vote in
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Adding complexity back to local waterways

Modified: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Members of the local MidCoast Watersheds Council have teamed up with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Siuslaw National Forest, The Wetlands Conservancy, and Pacific Forest Trust for a special project at four locations along the central Oregon coast.
The project includes the placement of large wood and native trees and shrubs in area waterways
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Yaquina View Elementary reopening

Modified: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District's shift to full-day kindergarten next fall will require use of Yaquina View as an elementary school once more to meet capacity needs.
It will also require Mid-Coast Christian School, Central Coast Child Development Center (CCCDC), ABC Preschool and Day Care and others to relocate.
With the change, LCSD Superintendent Steve Boynton said
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LCSD moving to full-day kindergarten

Modified: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District will be adding full-day kindergarten next year, requiring additional classrooms, teachers and resources, and meaning big change for some.
To meet those needs, the district is discussing multiple options that boil down to two major choices: remodel the elementary buildings to add classrooms for kindergartners, or reconfigure the grades at schools.
"Nothing
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Lincoln County completes Community Health Improvement Plan

Modified: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Over the next five years, the community is invited to work with Health and Human Services to help improve health in Lincoln County.
The county celebrated completion of its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) on Friday at Oregon Coast Community College.
The 2014 CHIP is a continuation of the Community Health Assessment completed in August 2013. Community
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Newport on board to impose local marijuana tax

Modified: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The tax rate for sales of recreational marijuana will remain at 0 percent in the city of Newport for the time being.
The Newport City Council passed ordinance no. 2071 and resolution no. 3694 at Tuesday's meeting, which would impose a tax on the sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products for recreational use.
The council passed the ordinance
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Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County fills head position

Modified: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
The board of directors of the Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County recently announced the appointment of Ron Davidson as executive director of the agency.
Davidson is a nationally known child welfare and mental health advocate with many years of experience caring for abused and neglected children. He was director of the Mental Health Policy Program at
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Tighter restrictions in place for drugs containing hydrocodone

Posted: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
The Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced tighter restrictions for drugs combined with the common painkiller hydrocodone. The new federal regulation, which took effect earlier this month, is aimed at decreasing abuse of these products that contribute to overdose deaths and addiction.
What this means to patients who have been prescribed a hydrocodone combination product is that each new prescription written
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November retrial set in Hiatt case

Modified: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A motorist accused of killing a soccer fan last year on Highway 101 in Lincoln City is facing a November retrial after balking at a plea offer to settle the criminal matter.
The retrial in the case of Scott Van Hiatt, 53, is scheduled to begin with jury selection Nov. 18 in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge
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Lincoln City proposing marijuana tax

Posted: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
The Lincoln City Council invites public comment on a proposed ordinance that would impose a tax on the sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products in the city.
A public hearing on the proposed ordinance will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Lincoln City Hall, 801 S Highway 101. People will have an opportunity to speak at
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Sexual abuse charges levied against Waldport man

Posted: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Waldport man is facing multiple felony charges stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, whom he enticed by inviting the girl to his home to watch a movie.
Bill Lee Wade Warren, 36, is charged with three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree, and coercion. He
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Sheriff plans community meeting in Otis

Posted: Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 30, in Otis.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Otis Fire Station, located at 381 N Old Scenic Highway.
Those attending will meet and hear from the sheriff and department commanders. Topics to be discussed
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Federal lawmakers request Coast Guard delay Newport Air Facility closure

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Oregon's Congressional Delegation is requesting at least a six-month delay in the U.S. Coast Guard's decision to close the Newport Air Facility on Nov. 30.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Coast Guard commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, the delegation of six Democrats claimed that short notice of the closure "harms the ability of local emergency response services to
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Fall storms hit central Oregon coast

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Wet and windy weather has moved in on the central Oregon coast, and the inclement weather is forecast to be sticking around through the weekend.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland issued a high-wind warning for the central Oregon coast Tuesday, with the warning in effect through noon today (Wednesday).
South winds of 30 to 40 mph
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Crowd rails against decision to close USCG air facility

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The message sent to the U.S. Coast Guard entourage from a large, emotional audience attending Monday night's meeting regarding the proposed closure of the Newport Air Facility was "not over my dead body."
The estimated 250 people filling the commons at Oregon Coast Community College offered a respectful, appreciative standing ovation when Coast Guard personnel were introduced, but
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Rehabbed runway open for aircraft

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The completion of a $7.5 million runway reconstruction project was marked with a grand reopening ceremony at the Newport Municipal Airport on Saturday.
State, county and city of Newport officials gathered with members of the public to celebrate the project's completion, as well as other recent improvements made to airport facilities.
The runway reconstruction, which project coordinator Melissa
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Landmark building goes on auction block

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
TOLEDO -- An architect-designed building that once served as the nerve center for a fast growing bank will soon go on the auction block.
Today (Wednesday), doors at the former West Coast Bank branch office in Toledo -- including the 1,500-pound steel entrance to the vault -- will swing open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for
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Commercial real estate impervious to rebound

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- The home real estate market is improving in Lincoln County after a 10-year slump, with 2014 residential sales of $19 million through September outpacing 2013 figures by 30 percent.
Commercial properties remain a challenge to sell, however,
"There was a time when we were flooded with over 100 bank-owned residential properties," said Realtor Norma Thompson of John
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Elwood named new Port of Alsea manager

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
WALDPORT -- Cheryl Elwood is set to sign on as the new Port of Alsea manager during the first week of November.
Elwood was one of four finalists interviewed for the position earlier this month.
The interview board included Port of Alsea Manager Maggie Rivers and port commissioners Jan Power and Lou Piette.
Elwood will replace Rivers, who has
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Otis man facing homicide charge

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
OTIS -- The drug-related death of a local woman has been linked to an Otis man, who is facing a charge of criminally negligent homicide in connection with the incident, authorities said.
Dan Chambers, 42, is scheduled to appear Thursday in Lincoln County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing stemming from the death of a 33-year-old Lincoln City resident. The
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Siletz passes marijuana tax ordinance

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
SILETZ -- With one medical cardholder in attendance with concerns, and a councilor disagreeing with the rate, the Siletz City Council passed Ordinance 197 on Monday evening, setting taxes on medical and recreational marijuana.
The tax on medical marijuana was set at 5 percent and at 10 percent for recreational marijuana, in the event Ballot Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana
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Manslaughter trial moving forward

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- Manslaughter defendant Donald Lawyer III is on schedule to make his first court trial appearance Dec. 3.
After multiple delays, defense attorney Mitchell Martin announced during a final resolution hearing Monday in Judge Thomas Branford's courtroom that he had spoken to the doctor who completed Lawyer's evaluation, and he is ready to move forward with the trial.
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Jobless rate dips to 7.6 percent in September

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County eased last month, in part because of a dip in the civilian labor force, and total employment.
The jobless rate ended up at 7.6 percent in September, down from 7.9 percent in September 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday. That marked the lowest reading for the month of September since 2008
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Readiness fair is Saturday in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- To assist people in preparing for an emergency, public safety agencies in Lincoln County are sponsoring an emergency readiness fair -- Prepare Together in 2014 -- from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 633 NE 3rd St., Newport.
At the fair, there will be a presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
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Hundreds gather to support USCG Newport Air Facility

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- More than 250 people attended a town hall meeting Monday night to let representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard know that they are against the announced Nov. 30 closure of the Newport Airport Facility.
Rear Adm. R.T. Gromlich, commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, addressed the large crowd at Oregon Coast Community College, as did
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Siletz sets 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana

Modified: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
SILETZ -- The Siletz City Council passed an ordinance setting taxes on medical and recreational marijuana during a special meeting Monday night.
The tax on medical marijuana was set at 5 percent, and at 10 percent for recreational marijuana -- in case ballot measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana use statewide, passes.
Measure 91 already includes an excise tax on
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Lincoln County jobless rate at 7.6 percent in September

Modified: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County eased to 7.6 percent in September from 7.9 percent in September 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
Lincoln County's jobless rate ranked 18th among Oregon's 36 counties last month. Hood River County had the lowest rate at 4.1 percent in September.
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Coast Guard air facility public meeting Monday

Modified: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A high-ranking U.S. Coast Guard official is one of many people expected to attend a meeting Monday evening about the pending closure of the Newport Air Facility.
Rear Admiral R.T. Gromlich, commander of the 13th U.S. Coast Guard District, is scheduled to address the issue following introductions for the event.
The town hall meeting, which begins
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Reopening celebration at Newport Municipal Airport

Modified: Saturday, Oct 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- State Sen. Arnie Roblan, right, and state Rep. David Gomberg, talk to attendees at Saturday's Grand Reopening celebration at the Newport Municipal Airport.
The event runs until 2 p.m.
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