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Industrial future

Modified: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- As the Port of Newport inches toward operating a cargo facility at its International Terminal, a recent feasibility study offers optimism about the project and the industrial future of McLean Point.
The study, conducted by Market Advisory Group of Camas, Wash., specifically assessed the 9-acre parcel bordering the terminal that the port wants to turn into a log
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Manns waives right to jury trial

Modified: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Depoe Bay man with a history of dangerous driving will not face a 12-person jury at his trial today, July 1, in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
Instead, Randy Manns' case will be heard by a judge of the court, "sitting alone, without a jury," with the responsibility of deciding guilt or innocence, according to the defendant's signed
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Student housing planned

Modified: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- While the exact location of Oregon State University's proposed Marine Studies Initiative building is officially undecided, there is an obvious front-runner for student housing.
OSU has applied for city land-use and zoning modifications within the Wilder Development, which is located within short walking distance from Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) at South Beach.
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Accused offender kills self

Modified: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A man on trial for allegedly raping a young relative was found dead the day a Lincoln County jury was expected to begin deliberations in the case.
Judge Thomas Branford dismissed the 12-person jury on Wednesday morning, June 29.
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New parks strategy reveals Lincoln City jewels

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Everyone has heard of Devils Lake, the 630-acre waterway beloved by boaters, water skiers and fishermen.
But what the devil is Spring Lake?
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OCCC internet overhaul finished

Modified: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Oregon Coast Community College is taking advantage of a summer lull to launch a new website, in the hopes of working out the kinks before enrollment picks up for the upcoming fall term.
"We've updated a lot of content, we've tried to reorganize the site based on metrics," said Dave Price, leader of the project and the college's
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Logsden woman killed in shooting

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
WOODBURN -- A Logsden woman, remembered as a special individual who "brought sunshine to all our lives" by friends and relatives, was killed in a shooting earlier this week.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to the 13000 block of Kiliam Road near Woodburn around 11:20 a.m. Monday, June 27, where they found two deceased males, and two
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Newport man indicted on stalking, rape charges

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was arraigned Friday, June 24, on a grand jury secret indictment accusing him of raping a woman and threatening her if she tried to leave.
Simon E. Kellogg, 35, was arraigned on eight charges including rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, stalking, coercion, and strangulation before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge
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Crowd pushes back on VRD plan

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Hot tub test kits and multiple complaint logs would become staples of holiday housing under a new plan to regulate vacation rental dwellings that was attacked Monday, June 27, as too burdensome by skeptical homeowners and property managers.
Dozens of people appeared in support of VRDs at the June 27 public hearing, including the owner of a
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Fire district approves new budget

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
WALDPORT -- The tough decision to let its ambulance service go along with a voter-approved tax levy has placed the Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District in a better spot financially.
But there are still areas, such as building maintenance, which will be underserved as fire districts across the nation struggle with rising costs, Interim Fire Chief Marcus
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County commissioners adopt new budget

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A $94.9 million, all-funds budget was adopted Wednesday, June 22, by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. This budget is for fiscal year 2016-17, which runs from July 1 through June 30 of next year.
County Finance Director Janice Riessbeck told the commissioners at the meeting Wednesday that the budget was essentially the same as that approved recently
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Trial reset in trafficking, sex abuse case

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Mahlon Blose, who is "bedridden for most of his day," according to his defense attorney, has had a trial for trafficking and sex abuse charges rescheduled three times.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart set the latest for Oct. 11 during a hearing on Monday, June 27.

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Man arrested after series of illegal events

Modified: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A California man got himself into more trouble than he was stopped for by police while passing through Lincoln City on Monday, June 20.
Lincoln City Police Department Officer Torin Liden stopped a vehicle driven by James M. Tinghitella, 34, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., around 2:40 a.m. near the 4000 block of NW Logan Road
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Toledo man indicted on sex abuse charges

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Toledo man was arraigned Wednesday, June 29, on a grand jury secret indictment accusing him of inappropriately touching a female while she slept.
Samuel J. Geer, 29, was arraigned on six charges including sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class B felony, and harassment before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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Elementary replaces assistant principal replacement

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Toledo Elementary hired a new assistant principal for the upcoming school year, marking what should be the final administrative shuffle in the Lincoln County School District following months of position swaps.
Rachel Sievers will replace Rilke Klingsporn, who resigned two months after the district selected her for the role in April due to medical issues within her family.
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‘Mean-spirited, scorched earth campaign’

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
A trio of voter surveys released within the last week all showed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with leads over Republican Donald Trump.
While two of the polls found Clinton with decent to large leads on Trump, one survey from Quinnipiac University showed a much tighter contest at this point in the presumed matchup.
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Fun in the sun

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A riot of colors streaked across the sky off of Highway 101. Giant whales, octopus, bears, newts, dragons and fish -- some with measurements as mammoth as 90 feet across -- fluttered and bounced in a formidable seaside wind.
Down below, the beach at D River State Park was packed with thousands of tourists. Lured to the
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Halibut season draws record numbers

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport's South Beach Marina experienced one of its busiest periods ever during the spring all-depth halibut season, which ended in mid-June with the last of five dates.
May was a particularly hectic month for the port's moorage marina and two RV parks, primarily because of four consecutive halibut openers for recreational fishermen -- combined with
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County commission wrestles with vacation rental matters

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The next step was taken in a plan to license vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) in the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County when the county commissioners held a public hearing on the matter on Wednesday, June 22.
A plan to regulate VRDs in the county is something that has been in the works for more than two years. The
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Council debates trip policies

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- On July 14, a delegation from Newport including City Manager Spencer Nebel, Councilor Wendy Engler, and former Mayor Mark McConnell will fly to Japan for a visit to Sister City Mombetsu.
But there were some housekeeping matters to take care of before the crew leaves for the 50th anniversary trip.
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Sewage stacks up at overloaded ponds

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- With its sludge lagoons filled beyond rated capacity, town leaders are grappling with ways to keep 2 to 3 million gallons of municipal sewage flowing daily.
The issue came to a head after arrangements to cheaply spread the slurry on rural fields near Siletz were terminated when site tests revealed that nitrogen deposits had reached maximum allowable
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Committee organizes effort to keep pool doors open

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Community members hoping to save the Toledo Municipal Pool from closure have organized into the Keep Our Pool Open Committee in a push to keep the facility afloat.
While their efforts are still in early stages, the group of 10 committee members and 37 volunteers is assessing the extent of the pool's damage, and searching for a way
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Fire district seeking new board members

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue's Board of Directors now has two vacancies to fill, and is asking for any people interested in the district's future to apply.
Board member Jerry Phillips resigned during a meeting on Thursday, June 23 -- a day after Chair Ray Woodruff retired. In his letter, Phillips did not state a reason
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Short-term financial straits

Modified: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Commissioners for the Port of Toledo unanimously passed a $4,757,042 budget for the upcoming fiscal year at a Tuesday, June 21, meeting.
The approval comes in the midst of a transitory period for the port, when the loss of one asset in October 2015 has yet to be recouped by the gain of a new asset in August
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Budgeting for growth at OCCC

Modified: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Oregon Coast Community College remains on track for independent accreditation following the pass of a budget for fiscal year 2016-17, focusing on generating growth and stability.
The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education unanimously passed a $10,015,405 budget for the upcoming fiscal year Wednesday, June 15, at the Lincoln City Center campus.
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Board chair retires in light of recall petition

Modified: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District Board Chair Ray Woodruff has decided to retire early "in order to spare the district the expense of a frivolous (special) election."
A recall petition for Woodruff -- signed by 260 registered voters within the fire district -- was certified by the Lincoln County Clerk's office on Friday, June 17. The
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Better than jail time

Modified: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- One of Lincoln County's most valuable and highly visible public programs involves low-risk criminal offenders working in the community rather than serving time in jail.
The county's Adult Parole & Probation work crews can be seen performing a large variety of jobs, weather permitting, primarily doing manual labor for government agencies or a nonprofit group.
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Insider seeks approval for Elks Lodge

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A top city official and her husband are the new owners of the abandoned Elks Lodge, landing the property at a fraction of its asking price and earning swift approval from the planning commission for plans to revive the site.
But those blueprints have been suspended pending a review of the deal by the Lincoln City City
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Rape trial begins for Toledo man

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- A 69-year-old man is on trial for allegedly molesting and raping a young relative on multiple occasions over a five-year period when she stayed overnight in Waldport.
Gary R. Allen, of Toledo, is being tried on 14 felony charges, including multiple Class A felony counts of rape and sexual abuse in the first degree, before Lincoln County Circuit
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Woman allegedly sics dog on victim

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
OTIS -- A dog tore into a woman's flesh when allegedly ordered by its owner to attack, resulting in serious injuries to the victim during a confrontation earlier this month.
Shelbi R. Smith, 25, of Otis, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment levying nine charges against her, including assault in the first degree and menacing, in Lincoln County
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Fire at paper mill quickly extinguished

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
TOLEDO -- A train car full of cardboard caught fire Wednesday, June 22, at the Georgia-Pacific paper mill, although on-site responders were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to any of the mill's other highly flammable materials.
"There are cardboard boxes that get shipped in for recycling, and one of the bales were on fire. They pulled it
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Toledo resident indicted on domestic abuse charges

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Toledo resident faces multiple domestic abuse charges after allegedly strangling his girlfriend in their home.
Peter J. Staton, 41, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment of strangulation and assault in the fourth degree, both Class C felonies, on Monday, June 20.
Staton was also arraigned on charges of menacing and harassment before Lincoln County
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Brown campaign surfaces, floats debate schedule

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
The Kate Brown for Oregon campaign went public this week with plans to participate in a number of debates and other events leading into the November general election.
All of the debates are expected to take place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 8, the campaign said in a schedule released Wednesday, June 22. At least three of the debates are
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Jobless rate 5.3 percent in May

Modified: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A big jump in the number of people looking for work last month had little impact on Lincoln County's jobless rate, which plunged 1.6 percentage points from the same period a year ago.
The unemployment rate sank to 5.3 percent in May from 6.9 percent in May 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report released
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Schools kick off construction season

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
TOLEDO -- When the final bell rang on Thursday, June 16, students across the Lincoln County School District flooded out of their schools in droves.
But the academic buildings aren't deserted -- construction crews will spend the summer months working to prepare the schools for the upcoming year.
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Home sales spike in May

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A stout residential real estate market posted a 22 percent gain in sales last month amid heated demand for homes priced under $300,000 in the central coast region.
But buyers also found value in higher-end homes, particularly with residences that feature ocean views and come with significant upgrades.
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Newport OKs new budget

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- On Monday, June 20, the Newport City Council approved a $75.7 million 2016-17 budget with the money set, in part, to fund a number of projects and support new staff.
During Monday's meeting, Budget Committee Chair Janet Webster addressed increased water and sewer rates as a "major thing."
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Newport fugitive caught in Mexico

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A man who's lived as a surfing instructor under a false identity in Mexico for nearly two decades was flown back to the United States last week, and will stand trial for his alleged crimes on Aug. 8.
A new arraignment hearing for Eric Francisco DeCleve, 43, was held in Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford's courtroom
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Recall petition gets needed signatures

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
WALDPORT -- A recall petition for Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District's Ray Woodruff has been verified, giving the board chair until 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, to make a big decision.
Woodruff must either resign, or submit a statement of justification.
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Siletz flirts with camera plans

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
SILETZ -- One month after voting to pay for enhanced coverage from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, leaders in Siletz are toying with the idea of installing cameras in the city.
The topic arose at a Siletz City Council meeting on Monday, June 13, when councilors conceded that even with 80 additional work hours per week starting this fall, the
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Toledo budget passed for FY 2016-17

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
TOLEDO, The Toledo City Council formally passed an $18 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, reestablishing the city's goals to maintain and upgrade city infrastructure while battling long-term financial woes.
"We're always trying to improve how we do things," said City Manager Jay Baughman at the council meeting Wednesday, June 15.
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Water damage sparks lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The owners of a million-dollar vacation home have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming their oceanfront property was damaged after a municipal water line fractured and public works employees were tardy in fixing the problem.
"It was Dec. 25, Christmas night of 2014, and my clients were enjoying their vacation home," explained William Brandt, the attorney
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Woman allegedly steals car while high on meth

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A woman who allegedly stole a vehicle while high on methamphetamine told officers she had just traded her truck for the vehicle moments before the incident.
Newport Police Department officers didn't buy it, and Brianne R. Archer, 23, of Stayton, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment of unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a stolen
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Newport council OKs $75.7 million spending plan

Modified: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council approved a nearly $75.7 million budget on Monday evening, June 20.
The budget includes a new police detective to help fight the city's high crime rate, a deputy city recorder, and two finance specialists for the finance and recreation departments.
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