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Restoration work underway at Chitwood Bridge

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Residents of Chitwood Road sat in lawn chairs sipping Mason jars full of cold Kool-Aid in the sunshine as they watched a crane raise a temporary bridge up over the historic Chitwood Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
A heavy-duty crane has been parked near the north entrance of the covered bridge since last weekend. Legacy Contracting, Inc. worked
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Arrest made in alleged assault of fishery observer

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
An alleged assault of a federal fishery observer on the high seas landed an Oregon man in hot water.
Richard Clayton Palek, 46, was arrested last week following a federal investigation into the incident aboard a groundfish trawler from Astoria.
Palek is charged with a federal misdemeanor violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The law prohibits anyone
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LCSD enhancing alternative education program

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- To help students in its alternative education program be more successful, the Lincoln County School District is planning to take a different approach this year.
It will be a more personalized approach, said new Director of Secondary Education Eric Clendenin.
The district hasn't been "getting the results hoped for" in the past, he said, so they've changed focus
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Fishpeople Seafood opens

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Initial concerns about a new fish plant in Toledo after the town's rough history with another company seemed to completely fade to the background Friday during the grand opening of Fishpeople Seafood's tuna processing site.
A large crowd, including local politicians like state Rep. David Gomberg and Lincoln County Commissioners Doug Hunt and Bill Hall, gathered to sample
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State parks looking at ban on beaches

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is holding a series of public meetings to solicit input on proposed smoking restrictions on public beaches.
The proposed rules would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area. Lincoln County residents will have an opportunity to comment on this issue at a meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday at
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Newport has vacancy on Bayfront committee

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The city of Newport is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Bayfront Commercial Parking District Advisory Committee.
The committee typically meets twice annually, with additional meetings as needed.
The Bayfront Commercial Parking District Advisory Committee is charged with developing a plan to allocate the expenditure of monies for various improvement projects, including parking improvements on available
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Ballot disorder worries mayor

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Mayor A.J. Mattila wants to clean up the election process in Depoe Bay, from top to bottom.
"It's like Tammany Hall," claimed Mattila, likening the town's political landscape to the Boss Tweed regime that ran New York City in the mid-1800s. "The constitutional process gets subverted by insiders and personal agendas."
Having raised the roof over elector
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Machete attack suspect wanted by authorities

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A warrant was issued Monday for a Newport man wanted in connection with an alleged machete attack on his roommate last month.
Juan Bruno-Antonio, 29, was scheduled to appear for a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. But Bruno-Antonio failed to show up, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He is
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Community members ‘Stuff the Bus’

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Joyce Lindner raised six children, so she knows how tough it can be to get children ready for school when each has a list of supplies they need for class.
It's why she wanted to help "Stuff the Bus" by donating notebooks.
For nearly a decade, Yaquina Bay Communications has collected items such as paper, crayons, permanent markers,
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Sawyer throws hat in the ring

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The musical chairs involving the city of Newport's mayoral and council positions continues.
Dean Sawyer, a Newport City Council member since January 2011, announced his candidacy for mayor in the Nov. 4 general election.
Mayor Sandy Roumagoux, who vacated her council seat in January 2013 after being elected mayor, filed for re-election in June.
The filing deadline
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It’s blackberry time at the coast

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- To gardeners, farmers, hunters and hikers, the impenetrable bramble of rubus fruiticosus is more than a mouthful to stumble over.
The ubiquitous plant that grows like a wildfire can take over a pasture or barricade a favorite fishing hole with its twisting vines and thorns worthy of razor wire.
But to the rest of us, the delicious
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Detour bridge in place

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Traffic near milepost 18 along Highway 20 was temporarily reduced to one lane while Legacy Contracting, Inc. worked to put a temporary detour bridge in place adjacent to the historic Chitwood Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
The temporary bridge, weighing 45,000 pounds, is made from an old railroad car and will serve as a detour used mainly by
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Civilian labor force strengthens in July

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The number of people looking for work in Lincoln County jumped last month, as the prospect of finding a job brightened in the period.
As a result, the unemployment rate in the region slipped to 7.5 percent in July from 8.2 percent in July 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
The latest reading marked the 44th
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Darts found in seagulls

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Carol and Sherman Beckham were deeply disturbed when they recently found a number of seagulls with darts lodged in their bodies throughout Waldport.
The couple said they noticed a large dart with white parts on the end of it sticking out of a seagull in mid-June.
"It was about 12 inches long," Sherman said.
They were able to
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Newport: Councilman Sawyer to run for mayoral post

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
Newport City Council member Dean Sawyer said Monday he is running for mayor in the November general election.
Sawyer becomes the second person to declare for the position. He will take on incumbent Sandra Roumagoux, who previously announced she was seeking a second term.
Sawyer was elected to the city council in 2012 following an earlier appointment to fill a
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Regional jobless rate slips to 7.5 percent in July

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County eased to 7.5 percent in July from 8.2 percent in July 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
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Work begins on Center for Health Education

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Construction is underway on the much-anticipated Center for Health Education. Located on the campus of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, the center will become a community hub for disease prevention and chronic condition management, as well as a professional training resource for health care providers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
"Health care continues to evolve with a more
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Sea lions return to Bayfront docks

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- They're back. A crew of sea lions has returned to their favorite lounging spot -- the sea lion docks at Port Dock One along the Newport Bayfront.
Male sea lions typically frequent the docks, and their barks can be heard from throughout Newport.
The sound of sea lion barks, however, grew quiet during most of June and July
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Fishpeople Seafood sets up shop in Toledo

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
Fishpeople Seafood aims to sell affordable, convenient, sustainable, healthy seafood pouches. Now Toledo is a part of that mission.
Fishpeople celebrated the grand opening of its tuna processing plant next to the Port of Toledo's commercial office on Friday evening, where a large crowd gathered to sample the food and tour the facility. The new business brings a base of
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South Beach residents sentenced in heroin case

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Two South Beach residents were each sentenced Thursday to 24 months probation for their roles in a heroin and methamphetamine operation they used mainly to feed their drug habits.
Devon Hays and Jamie Purcell were each sanctioned after pleading guilty to drug charges during separate afternoon hearings in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
Both defendants
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Off to the races at Wooden Boat Show

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo's annual Wooden Boat Show features a variety of attractions from boat building to vendor booths and live music.
Saturday's big draw was the containerboard boat races sponsored by Toledo's Georgia-Pacific paper mill. The Wooden Boat Show continues Sunday at 10 a.m. on Toledo's waterfront.
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Driver arrested at gunpoint on Highway 101

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- An apparent road trip went sideways for an Illinois man after the alleged stolen vehicle he was driving got spotted by a local police officer.
Mohammed Yadali Savage, 28, of Champaign, Ill., and two hitchhikers found themselves on the wrong end of several gun barrels following a traffic stop about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Newport.
Savage was behind
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Gomberg runs like underdog

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- David Gomberg pressed the flesh this week like his political fortunes were hanging by a thread.
In fact, the freshman legislator is running unopposed for the position of state representative, District 10, a sprawling political jurisdiction 100 miles deep and 50 miles wide.
But the lack of competition on the Nov. 4 ballot didn't stop Gomberg
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Worries raised by Depoe Bay water plant break-in

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A break-in at the city water treatment plant has raised concerns over the safety of the town's water supply.
Last week, the Depoe Bay City Council authorized the public works department to bolster security measures at the plant, which serves a city of about 1,400 residents and thousands more visitors.
"Our fresh water supply has been threatened,"
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Prison time for Fine in county embezzlement case

Modified: Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Brian David Fine was immediately sent on his way to serve an 18-month sentence in state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges.
The 25-year-old former county employee admitted to embezzling a total of $25,000 from the Lincoln County Employees Association. Fine was the association's treasurer at the time the money was embezzled. He was employed
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Global communication snafu hits city of Newport

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport has experienced telephone and Internet disruptions this week due to an overload in the amount of data collected by machines that control the global system of interconnected computer networks.
According to Tad Taylor, an IT (information technology) assistant for the city, sluggish and occasionally nonexistent service started occurring Tuesday and continued through Wednesday.
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LCSD approves more flexible weapons policy

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- This year, if a student is caught with a knife in school, it won't mean automatic expulsion, depending on the circumstances.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors voted to update the weapons policy Tuesday night, making punishment dependent on each case.
"All in all, the changes to the weapons policy are very positive," Student Services Administrator
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Feeding time for young falcon

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Mature falcon passing food to juvenile in front of the visitor center at Yaquina Head. Part of learning that food comes from the air.


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Poll: Kitzhaber leads Richardson by wide margin

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
With less than three months to go before voters decide who is going to be the next governor of Oregon, a poll suggests incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber is in no danger of losing his post in November.
The SurveyUSA Election Poll showed Kitzhaber is favored by 48 percent of the voters, compared with 36 percent for Republican hopeful Dennis Richardson.
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Gracie's waitress takes her orders from Hollywood

Modified: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Clary and Jerome Grant own Gracie's Sea Hag, but Bonnie Chavez takes her orders from Hollywood.
The list of movie stars that Chavez has coddled during her 43 and a half year career as a server at the popular restaurant and lounge reads like a membership list from the Screen Actors Guild: Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito, Claude
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Japanese Consul General visits Newport

Modified: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
NEWPORT -- More than two years after a large section of dock washed ashore on Agate Beach all the way from Misawa, Japan, the concrete mass is still grabbing the attention of visitors.
Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa, of the Consular Office of Japan in Portland, made a point to stop and visit the dock section to see it for himself
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Waldport man gets 18 months state prison for embezzling county funds

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 25-year-old former county worker was sentenced to 18 months in state prison Wednesday for embezzling thousands of dollars from the Lincoln County Employees Association.
Brian David Fine, of Waldport, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to multiple felonies stemming from the embezzlement during an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Home sales surge in July

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Robust demand for homes in the central coast region drove sales more than 50 percent higher in July as buyers rushed to lock up deals in a red-hot market.
Sales of residential-site built properties surged to 79 in July for a total of $22.79 million last month. That was up from 52 transactions for a total of $13.92
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Catches up, payoff down

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- It's been only five weeks since Oregon's albacore tuna season heated up, but early reports reveal a trend of above-average landings and per-pound payoffs to fishermen running below the 2013 season.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Tuesday that fish tickets reported through last Friday revealed that 3,356,000 pounds of tuna were landed off the Oregon
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Siletz Indians present Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow over the weekend

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
SILETZ -- A tradition that's been going since the 1960s, the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow provided a chance for attendees to celebrate Native American culture and dance this past weekend.
Presented by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Tribal Chairman Delores Pigsley called the Pow-Wow a time "to bring families and tribes together."
It began with the crowning of 2014-15
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Commissioners against a National Marine Sanctuary in Oregon waters

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- As expected, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners opposes any proposals to "nominate, designate and create" a National Marine Sanctuary off the Oregon coast.
Specifically, there have been discussions about establishing a sanctuary in southern Oregon in an area of 1,340 square miles between Bandon and Gold Beach, and 33 miles out to sea.
The area has not
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Park brings town together

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A $129,000 bridge born amid political strife at city hall was dedicated Monday in a display of town spirit that reminded some of the good old days.
"It really brought the town together," said Rich Allyn, a retired charter operator and former city councilor who has witnessed the sometimes inflammatory politics of Depoe Bay. "Behind all the
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Alleged drunk threatens customers at Newport bar

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Micronesian man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to slit the throat of a female customer at a local watering hole.
Katwel Kinsio, 26, faces a number of charges in connection with the incident, including felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and assaulting a public safety officer.
He also faces 13 misdemeanors stemming
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Allen, Saelens file for re-election to Newport City Council

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
NEWPORT -- With the filing deadline two weeks away, incumbents Mayor Sandy Roumagoux and city council members David Allen and Mark Saelens have filed for re-election. The general election takes place Nov. 4.
Allen filed his nonpartisan form Monday, while Salens filed for re-election earlier this month and Roumagoux filed in June.
Council member Dick Beemer, whose four-year term also
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Trucker suffers minor injuries in Highway 20 crash

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
EDDYVILLE -- The driver of a semitrailer loaded with garbage suffered minor injuries Tuesday when he lost control of the truck, and then crashed while negotiating a curve on Highway 20.
John Grigsby, 49, of Newport, was motoring along an eastbound stretch of the highway near milepost 23 when he failed to negotiate a curve, the Oregon State Police said
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Mortgage interest rates in attractive range

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
Long-term mortgage interest rates crept higher last week, but remained tantalizing close to this year's lows, industry data showed.
The benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage stood at 4.14 percent for the week ending Aug. 7, up from 4.12 percent in the week ending July 31. The long-term rate was 4.40 percent at this time last year.
The most recent long-term rate
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Financial penalties unexpected in delayed intake project

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Delayed by a National Marine Fisheries biological evaluation, Toledo's Siletz River intake project is slated to finish later than originally planned.
The delay was a concern for officials for weeks as the project was under a strict deadline that could hurt the city financially if not completed on time.
But Public Works Director Marc Howatt calmed some fears
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Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow

Modified: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
SILETZ -- Many tribal nations were represented last weekend at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow.
The Pow-Wow, presented by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, presents visitors with the chance to learn about Native American culture and dance.
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Asphalt paving of runway to begin next week

Modified: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The reconstruction project at Newport Municipal Airport will kick into high gear in about 10 days when as many as 120 trucks a day will begin hauling barrels of hot liquid asphalt along Highway 101 over a two-week period.
Beginning on Aug. 19, High Desert Aggregate and Paving will start running trucks from its temporary asphalt plant located
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Toledo picks new city manager

Modified: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo has announced its choice for city manager.
According to City Attorney Wes Chadwick, the City Council has extended an offer to Jay Baughman, who has nine years of government experience and currently serves as assistant to city manager/senior management analyst in Surprise, Ariz.
The council actually authorized Chadwick to begin negotiations on Aug.
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Billionaire brothers take aim at Merkley

Modified: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
A big-budget advertising campaign attacking the voting record of Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) hit the airwaves this week claiming his votes on government spending are linked to the financial struggles of Oregonians.
The 30-second spot, dubbed "Congress is out of touch with Oregon families," can be viewed on television and the World Wide Web.
"These days our families are working
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National Night Out brings together community, police

Modified: Saturday, Aug 9th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Sirens blasted and lights flashed, but no one was under arrest Tuesday night at Toledo's Skate Park when police made their presence known.
Rather, it was a time for officers and community members to come together as the Toledo Police Department put on demonstrations and set up booths for National Night Out.
"What it basically is, is
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Depoe Bay to honor victim of VA neglect

Modified: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A disabled Vietnam veteran who died after waiting for care from the Veterans Administration will be honored with a plaque on the town's memorial wall.
On Tuesday, the fractious Depoe Bay City Council rallied in a unanimous vote to remember the name of Michael Wayne Miller with a simple bronze commemorative on an edifice of white concrete.
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Newport celebrates National Lighthouse Day

Modified: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Historically, Aug. 7 has been designated as National Lighthouse Day.
Newport is one of the unique locations along the West Coast to boast not one, but two historical lighthouses -- Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
"There's been a big movement lately to reinstate National Lighthouse Day by the United States Lighthouse Society, on Aug. 7, in
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Plea deal near in former county employee’s case

Modified: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The framework of a plea agreement surfaced Thursday for a Waldport man, who allegedly helped himself to Lincoln County Employees Association funds at the tail end of winter.
Brain David Fine, 25, is facing six counts of theft in the first degree stemming from his role in the disappearance of an undisclosed amount of money from the employees
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New disc golf course vandalized

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Toledo's Red Dog Disc Golf Course hasn't been around for long, but it's already been vandalized -- twice.
The first incident occurred within 24 hours of the course being built. It went up July 12 behind the Toledo Public Library, and by 5 p.m. the next day, every metal pole and sign had been sawed off or
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Silvers strike

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
Steve Allard of Scio, Ore., hoists a 28-inch coho salmon slated for the fillet table in Depoe Bay harbor on Sunday. Allard and his fishing mates found the strike zone nine miles west of the harbor entrance, rotating the colors of their hoochie-and-spoon rigs until the hold of their 24-foot runabout was filled with silvers. State game officials predicted a
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Rabbi brings services to Newport

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Rabbi Jonathan Seidel has been trying something new this summer on the central Oregon coast -- he's offering monthly Shabbat services at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport.
Rabbi Seidel, of the Or haGan Jewish Community in Eugene, said there's been some real interest for Jewish services on the coast.
About 30 people attended services the first time
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Coast Guard advises strong caution to beachgoers

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
WARRENTON, Ore. -- Due to the recent number of fatalities, the U.S. Coast Guard strongly cautions beachgoers to be aware of possible dangers to stay safe while enjoying the Oregon and Washington coasts.
During the past two months, the Coast Guard has responded to numerous reports of beachgoers swept out into the ocean along the Pacific Northwest coast.
Four
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