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Canaries color decks

Modified: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Canary rockfish are hitting the decks of the central Oregon coast charter fleet for the first time since being banned by fish and game regulators more than 10 years ago.
"We've seen quite a bit of color coming in," said Eva Harmon of Tradewinds Charters in Depoe Bay.
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Newport KO'd in opening round of baseball playoffs

Modified: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport baseball team was eliminated from the state playoffs on Wednesday night, losing 15-9 to Scappoose (19-7) at Frank Wade Field.
The fourth seeded Cubs got down 6-0 in the first inning, and after chipping away for most of the game, came up short in a last inning rally.
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Memorial Day tributes stir crowds in Depoe Bay

Modified: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The daughter of a man who died 79 years ago on a mission of rescue met the father she never knew during the Fleet of Flowers on Monday.
"He died 22 days before I was born," recalled Cecelia Simonelli, a Sun City, Ariz., retiree whose "bucket list" included the annual Memorial Day event in Depoe Bay.
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County jobless rate sinks to 6.5 percent in April

Modified: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County plunged to 6.5 percent in April from 7.5 percent in April 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report Wednesday.
The jobless rate was under 7 percent for the third straight month, the longest such streak since summer 2008.
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A run to remember

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Newport High School sprinter Rachel Vinjamuri, near, pushes past Marshfield's Madelyn Metzler near the finish line Saturday during the 100-meter dash at the 2015 OSAA Track & Field State Championships in Eugene. Vinjamuri won first place with a time of 12.02 seconds, one of three gold medals she collected during a historic afternoon at Hayward Field. See Sports on C1
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Roses for George

Modified: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Scissors in one hand, Caroline Zinserling wipes away grass she trimmed from her late husband's grave Monday afternoon at Eureka Cemetery in Newport. Zinserling has remembered George with roses from her garden each Memorial Day since 1974.
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Shifty-looking load

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
A Lincoln City police cruiser pulled this big rig to the side of the road earlier this month after its load of compressed cardboard appeared too tipsy to Officer Michael Blakely. More than 11 million big rig trucks travel U.S. highways and are responsible for a large number of catastrophic and fatal accidents each year, according to transportation experts.
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Whale Cove designated a national wildlife refuge

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Increased protection of Whale Cove, an ecological gem located two miles south of Depoe Bay, is part of a complicated deal brokered over the last four years by Oregon State Parks and the owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) still needs to sign off on the agreement between the state and
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Businessman makes appeal to open medical pot dispensary

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
NEWPORT, Joshua Gilleo is concerned his plans and investment to open a medical marijuana dispensary could go up in smoke.
He appealed to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on May 20 about opening a business at Lincoln Beach.
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End in sight for fugitive bookkeeper's theft cases

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Attorneys are on the brink of a criminal settlement to large-scale theft cases in which a fugitive bookkeeper is accused of bilking central Oregon coast business clients out of thousands of dollars.
Defense attorney Bruce McCrum said Tuesday after a hearing for his client, Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin II, the case could be settled "sometime in June." The
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Students test ROVs in salt water for first time

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- About a dozen students tested their science class projects in Yaquina Bay on Tuesday, traveling from Eddyville Charter School to have their remotely operated vehicles in salt water for the first time.
"It has a different buoyancy than fresh water," said one student.
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Williams encourages elders to organize

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Mayor Don Williams continued his effort to reach out to residents with a town hall meeting at the Hillside House.
The third town hall meeting drew in community members by the dozens to the senior residential home May 19 on the town's south side.
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County rezones family’s property

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
NEWPORT, A family purchased 71.39 acres of a formerly planned resort in 2011, and has nearly completed clearing city and county hurdles to build a single-family home on the undeveloped property southwest of Newport Airport.
Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing May 20, with no public input.
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Wastewater issues bubbling in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
TOLEDO -- Water, one way or another, was the topic of discussion May 20 for the Toledo City Council.
City Manager Jay Baughman said the new water intake on the Siletz River would undergo tests for the next few months.
"We're in the process of wrapping up that project," he said. "We're working on the computer controls for the system."
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Land policy changes would conserve wildlife habitat

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
CORVALLIS -- Rewarding landowners for converting farmland into forest will be key to sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat, according to a study by Oregon State University and collaborators.
Current land-use trends in the United States will significantly increase urban land development by mid-century, along with a greater than 10 percent reduction in habitat of nearly 50 at-risk species, including
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Newport committee gives 2015-16 budget stamp of approval

Modified: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport Budget Committee wasted little time finalizing the 2015-16 fiscal year budget on Wednesday evening, as a 45-minute meeting tied a bow on the annual process.
By unanimous vote, $71,389,790 was the final approved budget for the fiscal year starting on July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016, a slight increase over the $71,091,008 originally
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Voters renounce city hall

Modified: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Voters stormed the halls of power on Election Day, repudiating new city laws to restrain vacation rentals and shifting the balance of power on an influential lake authority.
Opposition voices prevailed over Lincoln City officials, whose effort to tightly regulate vacation rental dwellings collapsed in two referendums. Measure 21-160, which effectively limited vacation rental dwellings to 30
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Memorial Day celebration in Newport

Modified: Monday, May 25th, 2015
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Rodriguez, of Toledo, shakes hands with Navy veteran Lee LeMasters, of Toledo, following the annual Memorial Day gathering Monday afternoon at Eureka Cemetery in Newport.
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Plea for affordable housing

Modified: Monday, May 25th, 2015
A push by Gov. Kate Brown to invest state dollars in affordable housing received a timely boost with the release of a report about the challenges low-income people face in finding places to live across the country.
The Out of Reach 2015 report, which assessed the housing wage situation across the country, determined a worker in Lincoln County would need
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New era for health care in Newport

Modified: Sunday, May 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It was far from a landslide victory, but voters living inside the Pacific Communities Health District decided this week that it's time for a new hospital.
By a favorable vote of 3,300 to 3,149 with 99 percent of the ballots counted, voters approved a $57 million general obligation bond to be issued over 20 years.
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School district's $88.5M spending plan OK'd by budget committee

Modified: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- Nine committee people, two administrators, two teachers' public comments, 150 minutes and a document with more than 300 pages, added up to a one-year budget.
The Budget Committee on Tuesday approved Lincoln County School District's proposed 2015-16 budget for $88.5 million, which is $2.16 million more than this school year.
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Chimney blamed in Salishan fire

Modified: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
GLENEDEN BEACH -- Fire departments from three cities raced early Wednesday morning to stop a fire in the main building of Salishan Spa & Golf Resort that caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.
Crews aboard two fire engines from Depoe Bay Fire District arrived within 10 minutes of the 1:30 a.m. alarm, directing a deck-mounted water gun on a burning
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'Secrets of Shipwrecks'

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Inspired by a shipwreck off the British Virgin Islands, a historic, hands-on exhibit is ready to be discovered at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Beginning Saturday, "Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History, Part Mystery," will be unveiled, the culmination of an idea three years in the making.
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Deploying the SS Dolphin

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Toledo High School science teacher Ben Ewing holds the SS Dolphin, which was built by students in Coos Bay. Ewing, with other educators from Oregon, is taking part in a buoy deployment and research cruise off Washington's coast to learn about how the changing ocean conditions impact ocean life in the Pacific Northwest this Memorial Day weekend. Educators will incorporate
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Foggy morning fisherman

Modified: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
As the sun rose and the fog dissipated, a fisherman (lower left) was revealed on the morning of May 16 underneath Yaquina Bay Bridge.
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Searching for public safety solutions in Siletz

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
LOGSDEN -- Siletz Mayor John Robinson told 18 people attending an informational meeting about law enforcement options the task force wants to hear community ideas and input.
"We have the potential to do something about law enforcement throughout the Siletz Valley Fire District. We're trying to find a solution people are willing to put money into," he said May 14
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LCSD board remains intact

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Amanda Remund of Waldport received 4,493 votes to Greg Holland's 3,618 votes to represent Zone 5 on the Lincoln County School District board of directors. This south county zone includes Makai, Ona Beach, Seal Rock, Waldport and Yachats.
Remund was appointed March 10 to fill a board vacancy through June 30. She will now serve the remaining
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‘Checkered Man’ hides body’s defects with art

Modified: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- One Nation Under Ink Tattoo and Piercing convention hit Chinook Winds Casino Resort May 8-10 with over 600 people in attendance.
Kevin Fink convention organizer and owner of Red Dog Tattoo in Long Beach, Wash., has been putting the convention on for the past four years, the latest show his first in Lincoln City.
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Newport Aquatic Center $550,000 over budget

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The official design for the Newport Aquatic Center has arrived, and so have the estimated numbers, coming in above the projected total.
The design development estimate analysis of the project has placed the total cost of the aquatic center at $9,151,035 worth of expenditures, more than $550,000 above the anticipated figure.
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Fire causes estimated $750K in damage at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
SALISHAN -- An early morning fire Wednesday in the main building of Salishan Spa & Golf Resort caused an estimated $750,000 in damage, authorities said.
The Depoe Bay Fire District responded to the scene shortly after 1:30 a.m.
Assistant Fire Chief Bill Johnson said the fire originated in a dead space over the massive fireplace that warms the reception area
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Voters narrowly approve $57 million hospital bond

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With 99 percent of the votes counted in Tuesday's special election, the Pacific Communities Health District's $57 million bond measure has been approved by a narrow margin.
Voters approved the measure 3,300 to 3,149.
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Lights in the night

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
About a dozen lighted Chinese paper lanterns were on display near the surf on Saturday evening at Lost Creek State Park in South Beach. The lanterns later drifted southeast into the night.

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Voters approve $57 million hospital bond measure

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With 86 percent of the votes counted in Tuesday's special election, the Pacific Communities Health District's $57 million bond measure has been approved by a narrow margin.
Voters approved the measure by a margin of 93 votes -- 3,056 to 2,963.
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Hunt anywhere, anytime tag sells for $68,000

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Firearms flew off the gun racks Saturday at Chinook Winds Casino and Resort during a statewide convention of hunters, raising more than $160,000 that will be used to restore big game habitat.
The annual meeting of the Oregon Hunters Association drew about 500 people for a banquet and bidding on hundreds of rifles, pistols, hunting products and
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Congress wants helicopter to stay put

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's been a long, difficult struggle over the last several months, but it now appears that the Newport Air Facility will stay put at least through fiscal year 2017.
On Monday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which puts it on a fast track for approval by the Senate and ultimately
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Lincoln City police siege draws lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A motel owner whose oceanfront lodge was the scene of a tense standoff between a suspected killer and an army of heavily armed cops is suing the Oregon State Police for damages to his inn.
Kent Landers, owner of Westshore Motel, is asking a Marion County circuit court to award him $24,528 for some of the damages
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Ex-mayor calls for shock therapy

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A former mayor urged city officials Monday to educate residents irritated over relentless rate increases why they have to pay more each year for water and sewer services.
"Somehow, we've got to have the citizenry anticipate these so that a 4 percent increase is not a shock," said ex-Mayor Dick Anderson, a member of the Lincoln City
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Searching for solutions in Siletz

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LOGSDEN -- Siletz Mayor John Robinson told 18 people attending an informational meeting about law enforcement options the task force wants to hear community ideas and input.
"We have the potential to do something about law enforcement throughout the Siletz Valley Fire District. We're trying to find a solution people are willing to put money into," he said Thursday at
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Woman indicted in sexual abuse case

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln City woman was arraigned Monday on a grand jury indictment stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of an underage male.
Mandi June Hanson, 22, was advised of the charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Douglas Street home damaged in fire

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire overnight Tuesday in the 800 block of NE Douglas Street.
One patient was treated at the scene and transported to the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. The occupants of the home were alerted to the fire when a working smoke detector sounded an alarm.
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City wants to annex part of watershed

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County Board of Commissioners initiated action May 13 for legalizing a portion of Big Creek Road, also known as County Road No. 402, to transfer jurisdiction to the city of Newport.
"The city wants to annex a portion of the watershed out by the reservoir," said Wayne Belmont, county counsel. "A year ago in April the
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Innovations in Marine Technology at OSU

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Come catch up on the latest in marine technology at Oregon State University. Today (Wednesday), the Marine Technology Society in cooperation with OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center is hosting two talks on innovations in marine science and marine studies at OSU.
Dr. Clare Reimers of Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will give a presentation
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House passes bill involving Newport Air Facility

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- As expected, the House of Representatives has passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which will keep the Newport Air Facility open for at least two more years.
The bill (H.R. 1987) received unanimous support two weeks ago from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which includes Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio Congressman as its ranking member.
The
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Committee adds, subtracts from proposed budget

Modified: Monday, May 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The 2015-16 hit and wish list took center stage at the second Newport Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday, as the group approved the addition of two new city positions, and eliminated another.
The committee voted to approve, off a recommendation from City Manager Spencer Nebel, the addition of an emergency coordinator position, as well a senior planner.
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City kitchen on chopping block

Modified: Monday, May 18th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Tight-fisted members of a blue-ribbon budget committee on Wednesday failed to block the hiring of extra help for an overwhelmed city attorney.
But the city's "culinary center" -- a relatively unknown branch of municipal government with two chefs and a gourmet kitchen that sprawls across the fourth floor of city hall -- could be on the chopping
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Lincoln City school bus routes change next year

Modified: Sunday, May 17th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- As promised, Lincoln County School District looked at its bus routes for north county schools and residents, and made adjustments.
Lincoln City school buildings are re-configuring to accommodate all-day kindergarten in 2015-16 and transportation times and needs are changing.
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Sheepdog with a badge

Modified: Sunday, May 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- He came to the coast for the beaches and sunsets, but sprang back into action when duty called.
Already retired from two successful careers as a U.S. Army first sergeant and Phoenix, Ariz., policeman, Frank Matsko is the new agent in charge of Lincoln County for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
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Dinosaurs a roaring success

Modified: Saturday, May 16th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Like Jurassic Park without the gore, a new shop with dinosaurs in the window has become a spectacular magnet for tourists.
Prehistoric Kids is making a quick name for itself and drawing visitors with its real-life Camarasaurus grandis tail fossil and other distinctive displays. Located at 1425 Highway 101, the shop specializes in fossils, minerals and meteorites
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Port taking piecemeal approach to rotting docks

Modified: Friday, May 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's not exactly a secret, but many years of neglect have turned the Port of Newport's commercial fishing docks into hazards that only a sea lion would love.
Here's how longtime fisherman and Commissioner David Jincks described the condition of Port Dock 5 prior to passage of the 2015-16 budget last Tuesday:
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Diving into marine life

Modified: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Lincoln Community schools brought their science research projects to Hatfield Marine Science Center on Tuesday to share with one another, and learn from one another's projects.
Four classes from Waldport, Toledo and Lincoln City studied how humans impact various ecosystems.
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Fresh prawns

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Daniel Comes, nearest, and Leonard Foreman, behind, both deckhands on the vessel "Shenanegan" captained by Harry Allen, were busy selling live spot prawns at Port Dock 5 along the Newport Bayfront.
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School board approves Canadian field trip

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Lincoln Community School District's proposed budget is $88.5 million for 2015-16.
The first budget committee meeting to discuss the 2015-16 budget is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Boone Center at Newport High School. It is open to the public.
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Poll: Walker leads tightly bunched GOP field

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintained his Republican front-runner status in the latest national survey of GOP presidential hopefuls, but his support is waning and other contenders are creeping into the picture.
A Public Policy Polling survey released this week showed Walker with 18 percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and retired
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