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Active shooter training exercise

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Lincoln City Police Department, and Toledo Police Department came together this week for "active shooter" training at Newport High School.
The police officers received instruction on how to effectively respond to incidents involving active shooters inside schools.
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Great day of fishing

Modified: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
Sara Valdez, of Independence, holds a toothy lingcod she caught Thursday afternoon while fishing aboard the charter vessel Longfin. It was the first ever lingcod for Valdez, who claimed she had a blast on the trip.
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City begins plans for Deco District makeover

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It has been tried before, but if there is any section of Newport that is in dire need of a projected urban renewal district redo along Highway 101, it's the inaptly named City Center Newport Deco District.
There are many healthy businesses located in and around the two-block stretch of SW Coast Highway as it runs north-south between
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Depoe Bay tackles rundown harbor

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A six-acre harbor carved by nature from sandstone and basalt over millions of years is showing its age.
This week, city officials opened their battle against the ravages of time, tides and a 2011 tsunami that wiped out a dock and undermined a municipal fish plant in Depoe Bay harbor.
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LCSD may suspend college classes

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County School District budget cuts could include suspending the expanded options program that allows high school students to take college classes at Oregon Coast Community College.
"We applied for a (state) waiver so that all tools are available to the district as we work our way through the budget," said Superintendent Steve Boynton.

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County commissioners discuss medical marijuana

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County is taking the middle road to regulate medical marijuana for a few months, according to county legal counsel Wayne Belmont.
"With the approval of medical and recreational marijuana, the voters have spoken. Unfortunately, what they said isn't exactly clear," Belmont said.
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Mixed outlook for weekend weather

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fast-moving storm front is going to put a brief damper on activities Friday night before clearing out, and making way for an improved weekend.
The National Weather Service Office in Portland is calling for a 30 percent chain of rain after 11 a.m. today (Friday) with increasing clouds into the afternoon. Winds should be light and variable
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Vacation zone zigs, zags

Modified: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Pleas from the audience failed to halt a plan to restrict vacation rentals during a Monday city council meeting.
Instead, town elders drew new boundaries to a controversial Vacation Rental Zone that has seen more changes than recent spring weather.
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Woman seriously injured in Highway 18 crash

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
OTIS -- A female motorist suffered serious injuries Wednesday afternoon when the car she was driving collided with a pickup truck on a stretch of Highway 18, authorities said.
Monica Calzadillas, 31, of Vancouver, Wash., was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima heading eastbound on the highway when the car crossed over the centerline near milepost 6 at Slick
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Grant bids for school board

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Clary Grant wants to know why Lincoln County schools suffer from high dropout rates, low test scores and chronic absenteeism.
To get the answers she claimed are cloaked in bureaucracy, Grant filed last week for the District 2 seat on the five-member Lincoln County School District Board of Directors.
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Too much lead at Eddyville school

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- Eddyville Charter School has water problems.
A letter sent to the school's principal, Dennis Schultz, dated Sept. 12, 2014, includes a spreadsheet of water sample dates testing for lead and copper over the past 20 years.
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Jobless rate at lowest level since 2008

Modified: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A rise in nonfarm payroll coupled with a drop in the civilian labor force helped send Lincoln County's jobless reading below 7 percent for the first time in more than six years.
The regional unemployment rate decreased to 6.9 percent in February from 7.3 percent in February 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report Tuesday.
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Voters lack all facts when asked to approve new taxes

Modified: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- When somebody asks for a loan to buy a car or a house, banks ask for full financial disclosure to make sure the borrower's fiscal house is in order.
But when Lincoln County voters are asked to underwrite millions of dollars in new bond measures, as they will be in the May 19 special election, they are sometimes
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Coastal Discovery Center has a groundbreaking date

Modified: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
SOUTH BEACH -- A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 12, for the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in South Beach.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's new coastal facility is undergoing administrative planning review, said Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel.

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Newport in the running for USCG cutters

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A decision to station two U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class fast response cutters along the Pacific Northwest coast is down to a few locations, including Newport.
"It's been narrowed down to three sites from a dozen or so," said Kevin Greenwood, Port of Newport's general manager. "We're very excited."
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Whale Watch Week

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Each year, people flock to the Oregon coast to see and learn about the whales that migrate by just offshore. For more than 30 years, trained volunteers have been on hand to inform and answer questions at designated sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast.
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Moving in the slow lane

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Traffic on U.S. Highway 101 in Newport is more than a little congested this week -- the result of spring break traffic coupled with the city's pedestrian safety project, now in its second month of construction. The contractor, Weitman Excavation of Sherwood, shut down one lane in each direction in the city center area on Tuesday. Sign holder John Costa,
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First-class job awaits

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Promotions and transfers have opened the door for new employees at the Depoe Bay Post Office, where a temporary postmaster has been brought in to "clean up the operation" and keep things running. Among the opportunities is a substitute route driver to fill in for contract drivers like Susan Conrad, above. "My customers make this a great job," said Conrad
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Smokeless parks discussion coming soon

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- There is a debate coming for the residents of Newport, and at the end, no smoking signs may have a new place to hang.
At the April 6 Newport City Council Meeting, a public hearing is set to discuss the amendment of city ordinance 1917, or the topic of making all of Newport parks "smoke free"
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Toledo continues efforts on water system

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The good news about Toledo's water system is the 77-year-old clear, well-water storage tank has no serious leaks below ground, said interim Public Works Director Lee Ritzman.
"Some above-ground leaks were fixed about five years ago," he told the city council last week. "We investigated below ground and found nothing to repair."
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Seal Rock victim drowned in ocean

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man who was allegedly shoved off a cliff in Seal Rock last spring ended up drowning in the Pacific Ocean before his body washed ashore.
The cause of death for Michael Lanpheare, 37, was revealed during testimony in the fourth day of trial for manslaughter suspect Donald Richard Lawyer III of York, Penn.
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Blessing of the Fleet

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A memorial service, competition, helicopter fly-by and a blessing all took place Saturday as part of the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Newport.
Part of a tradition that began in the 1950s, the blessing asks for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches and peace of mind for the families at home.
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Fire deaths on rise

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Lincoln County contributed four deaths to the worst record in six years of fire-related fatalities in Oregon.
Fifty Oregonians perished in fires in 2014, the most since 53 people died statewide in 2008, according to State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.
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LCSD expecting to trim budget

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County School District will be making budget cuts for the coming school year, according to Superintendent Steve Boynton and LCSD Business Manager Julie Baldwin.
"If we rolled our current budget forward and kept everything budgeted at the same level and allowed for the cost of living increases, we'd have a $2 million shortfall," said Baldwin.
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Trees downed for more pavement, safety

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Trees were taken out at Yaquina View Elementary School this week, taking advantage of school's spring break to have fewer people around.
"The trees (along SE Second Street) were removed for school bus loading," said Rich Belloni, director of support services for the Lincoln County School District. "We're paving over that part."
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County jobless rate below 7 percent for first time since 2008

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped to 6.9 percent in February from 7.3 percent in February 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said Tuesday.
The latest jobless reading was the lowest for any month since July 2008.
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Newport tackles budget goals

Modified: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's that time of the year. The weather starts to warm up, the skies begin to clear, and the Newport Budget Committee is back at work.
On Wednesday night, the budget committee -- which includes members of the city council and an equal number of lay members -- met at city hall to lay out their plans
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Port of Toledo readies for utility work

Modified: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a proposal to relocate utilities from Central Lincoln People's Utility District as part of the port's expansion.
"The cost exceeds the original estimates from PUD," said Bud Shoemake, port manager. "Originally, it was $225,000, but it didn't include installing the underground transmission lines for the boatyard."
The contract
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High wind warning issued for coastal areas

Posted: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A high wind warning is in effect for the central Oregon coast from 5 p.m. Monday until 3 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.
The forecast calls for south winds of 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. Winds will be strongest on the beaches and headlands.
Winds could be strong enough to cause power disruptions
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Highway 101 construction motoring along in Newport

Modified: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- With six weeks remaining until the scheduled completion, there's no room for delays on the Highway 101 Pedestrian Safety Project in Newport.
The initial start was delayed a week until after the annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. And with spring break coming up, the construction can't afford to be down another week.
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City puts pot in its place

Modified: Sunday, Mar 22nd, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The city council gave future drug dealers a shot in the arm Tuesday, agreeing that marijuana could be sold nearly everywhere in town when it becomes legal statewide on July 1.
Town elders unanimously rejected a wide-ranging list of commercial zones that would have been excluded from licensed marijuana sales because of their proximity to city
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Blessing of the Fleet at Yaquina Bay

Modified: Sunday, Mar 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- Fishing vessel New Dawn circles around the Coast Guard during the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday afternoon in Yaquina Bay.
The blessing includes prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home.

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Port of Newport vacancies filled

Modified: Saturday, Mar 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Filings late Thursday by Patricia Patrick-Joling of Newport and Stewart Lamerdin of South Beach filled the four Port of Newport Board of Commissioner seats up for election on May 19.
Lamerdin filed for Position 3, which is currently held by JoAnn Barton, while Patrick-Joling filed for Position 5, replacing Dean Fleck.
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Councilman campaigns to rename town

Modified: Saturday, Mar 21st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- It's as easy as rolling off a driftwood log to conjure an image of an Oregon coast town like Seaside, Newport, Cannon Beach or Pacific City.
"Your mind sees it before you do," said Kip Ward, an innovative businessman whose quest to rename the town has been given new life since his election to the city council.
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Miranda rights issue surfaces at Seal Rock death trial

Modified: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Part of a jailhouse interview with a man on trial for killing a Newport resident could be inadmissible because the suspect was not advised of his Miranda rights prior to answering a number of questions.
The issue surfaced Thursday during the third day of the manslaughter trial for Donald Richard Lawyer III in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
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Taking over Yaquina Bay

Modified: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Several hundred California sea lions congregated in Yaquina Bay this week, causing Port of Newport officials to grapple with how to control the huge marine mammals.
While the majority of the sea lions "rafted" in the inner bay just east of the rock jetty off Port Dock 1, a large group "beached" themselves earlier this week on the
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Playing in the surf

Modified: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
Adam Skinner, left, and Nathaniel Skinner, brothers from Boise, Idaho, race an incoming wave Wednesday morning at Nye Beach. They came with family to visit godparents in Newport for a few days.
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Asleep at the wheel

Modified: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
A driver who fell asleep while headed north on Highway 101 Tuesday was in for a rude awakening at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday after his car drifted into a ditch and rolled over four miles north of Newport. The driver, Jeffrey P. Morgan, 41, of Great Falls, Mont., was not seriously hurt. Newport firefighters, who were the first on the scene,
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Poll: Hillary Clinton clear leader in presidential field

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be a tough out in the 2016 primary and general elections should she decide to run for president of the United States.
A CNN and ORC International poll released Wednesday showed Clinton easily atop the field of all presumptive Democratic candidates for the nation's top public office. She also tracked well above the
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Residents to be re-polled about $1.1 million sewer project

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A handful of lakeside residents dodged the bullet last week when city officials agreed to retake a poll of homeowners about a proposed sewer project that has doubled in price.
A March 9 public hearing to push forward the Voyage/Lake Local Improvement District (LID) stumbled on the emotional testimony of homeowners opposed to the plan, the first-ever
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County approves park improvements, boat launch

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved the lowest of 10 bids, $335,690 from Devils Lake Rock of Lincoln City, for the Ojalla Bridge Boating improvement project on the Siletz River.
The improvements will include a new park with a boat slide launch, a parking lot, a concrete restroom, a new highway access and restoration of the
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Urban renewal gets off the ground

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The process of creating a new urban renewal district in Newport is officially one step closer to reality.
Preceding the normally scheduled Newport City Council meeting on Monday, the council held a special Urban Renewal Agency hearing to discuss resolutions No. 3707 and 3708.

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Seal Rock death trial gets underway

Modified: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A man accused of killing a Newport resident by shoving him off a cliff in Seal Rock was described as "obviously high" around the time the alleged incident took place in April 2014.
A motorist who encountered the suspect after his vehicle broke down on a stretch of Highway 101 made the characterization of Donald Richard Lawyer II
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Applicants sought for budget committee

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
The Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors is seeking applications to fill two positions on its budget committee. The board will consider any applications received from qualified applicants.
Qualifications include living within the fire district boundaries.
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Police plan enhanced patrols over spring break

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
The Lincoln City Police Department will be utilizing grant funds to conduct enhanced enforcement patrols looking for people driving under the influence of intoxicants during spring break.
The police department plans on putting extra patrol officers on duty during times when higher numbers of impaired drivers are likely to be on the roadways.
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County Democrats visit Lincoln City

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
The Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee (LCDCC) will meet at the Lincoln City Community Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
The program will include discussion of which candidates for local public office LCDCC will support and to what extent.
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Visual Arts Center Steering Committee makes its case

Modified: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- After months of preparation, the Visual Arts Center Steering Committee took center stage on Monday night to present their strategic plan to the Newport City Council.
In June of 2014, the council approved a motion for the committee to create a plan for the facility, with the goal being for the VAC to bring in more money,
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Wild ride leads to prison for Lincoln County man

Modified: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Waldport man was sentenced to 34 months in state prison for a drunken escapade, in which he attempted to elude authorities in a wrecked vehicle before getting zapped with an electrical weapon.
Anthony Wright, 36, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to four charges at a Friday afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Bond measure for new hospital is on May ballot

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Voters residing within the Pacific Communities Health District will be presented with a bond measure request on the May 19 special election ballot.
The health district stretches along the coast from the middle of the Lincoln Beach area south to Yachats. It does not extend east into Toledo. Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is located in Newport.
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Who funds the cost of the hospital?

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2015
Property owners within the Pacific Communities Health District are being asked to fund construction of a new hospital in Newport, but what does Samaritan Health Services contribute to this project?
"When Samaritan came in as the provider of services (in 2002), the health district didn't go away," said Hospital CEO David Bigelow.
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Submerged in Alsea River

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
TIDEWATER -- Jason Joel Martin, 35, of Tidewater, suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving went off the road and ended up submerged in the Alsea River.
Martin was traveling east on Highway 34, about a mile and a half west of Tidewater, when he lost control of his four-door Subaru pickup. The vehicle left
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May election draws a crowd

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With only two days remaining before Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline, some 90 county residents have filed for positions listed on Lincoln County's May 19 special election.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, there were only eight competitive races among the 104 listings in the election, which also will include seven local measures.
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New principal named at Sam Case

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County School District went in-house for a new principal at Sam Case Elementary School. Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton Magnet School principal Tiana Tucker has been tapped to lead the reconfigured elementary school, which will change from a K-3 school to grades 3-5 in 2015-16.
A search for a new principal by Lincoln County School District involved reviewing 29
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VRDs lose ground in Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A tortured journey to regulate vacation rental dwellings took another unexpected turn last week when the city council rejected the first-ever map of an exclusive new VR (vacation rental) zone.
The proposed map would have designated a large swath of northwest Lincoln City, site of many of the town's 400 vacation rentals, as a zone where year-round
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Bookkeeper’s theft cases headed toward consolidation

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- State prosecutors plan on consolidating a pair of theft cases involving a Lincoln City bookkeeper jailed for allegedly swindling business clients out of thousands of dollars.
The disclosure was made during a hearing for Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin II in Lincoln County District Court on Monday morning.
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Mayor steals spotlight for second town hall

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Mayor Don Williams will claim the next town hall meeting as his own.
After sharing the stage with other members of the city council at the first community meeting in February, Williams will appear with only City Manager Ron Chandler at his side for a "Mayor's Town Hall" Tuesday, March 31, at the Lincoln City Community Center
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Future Chefs cook up tasty dishes in competition

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Wheat tortillas, salsa, chopped red onions, shredded cheese and a garnish of fresh guacamole won among 15 entries cooked up by finalists in a cook-off for Future Chef title Saturday.
Fifth-grader Kadence James, a student at Oceanlake Elementary School in Lincoln City, created her Mexican pizza at Sam Case Elementary School's cafeteria with 14 other elementary students selected
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Man allegedly stabbed in Siletz

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
SILETZ -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating the alleged stabbing of a man in Siletz.
Deputies responded to a report of an injured man being transported to a local hospital via private vehicle about 8 a.m. March 14.
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Oregon’s identity is topic on Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
"A State of Change: Oregon's Evolving Identities" is the topic of a free conversation with Northwest native and history writer Richard Etulain at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the community room at Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way, Newport.
This program is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lincoln County and sponsored by Oregon
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New Sam Case principal transfers within district

Modified: Monday, Mar 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton Magnet School principal Tiana Tucker has been tapped as the new principal for Sam Case Elementary School for 2015-16.
A search for a new principal by Lincoln County Community School District involved reviewing more than two-dozen applications, interviewing nearly a dozen people and hosting two finalists Wednesday.
Sam Case will house grades 3-5 students in
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Fifth-grader wins Future Chefs competition

Modified: Saturday, Mar 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Mexican pizza was the grand prize winner at the Future Chefs culinary cooking competition Saturday.
The pizza was created by Kadence James, a fifth-grade student at Oceanlake Elementary School in Lincoln City.
It was one of 15 foods cooked, blended or assembled at the cook-off Saturday morning sponsored by Lincoln County School District and its food service
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Rain, wind hit central Oregon coast

Modified: Saturday, Mar 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A moist storm system is bringing rain and wind into the central Oregon coast region, the National Weather Service said Saturday.
The storm system is being powered by a strong south, southwest wind with gusts around 40 mph. Nearly an inch of rain has fallen in the region since midnight Friday, with another 2 inches possible through Sunday.
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