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School district slashing budget

Modified: Saturday, Apr 18th, 2015
WALDPORT -- Superintendent Steve Boynton ticked off a list of cuts the Lincoln County School District is making to adjust from an anticipated $7.5 billion biennium budget to the actual $7.255 billion budget passed by the Oregon Legislature.
"We built our anticipated budget on $7.5 billion for the 2015-17 biennium," Boynton said at Tuesday's school board meeting.
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Man gets 10 years prison for Seal Rock killing

Modified: Saturday, Apr 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 10 years in state prison Wednesday for the killing of a Newport resident at Seal Rock State Park.
Donald Richard Lawyer, 35, was sanctioned after being convicted of manslaughter in the first degree following a trial that spanned several weeks at Lincoln County Circuit Court.
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Hidden stretch of Highway 20 revealed

Modified: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- Bedeviled by ancient landslides and legal battles, the largest and most costly highway project in Oregon is taking shape as a marvel of modern engineering.
Hidden from view of a curious public by roadblocks and treacherous geography, the U.S. Highway 20 project is on schedule and slated to open in the fall of 2016, according to the Oregon
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Picture perfect

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Jesse Houston takes a photo of his children, Hank, 7, left, and Duke, 4, as they jump during a sunset on Newport's Nye Beach. The Houstons, visiting from San Diego, enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and open beaches. Forecasters are calling for lots more sunshine along the coastal strip over the next several days.
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A bountiful catch

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Thomas Uhrich, of Toledo, holds a 20-pound king salmon, one of a baker's dozen caught aboard the "Silver Quest" as others weigh and load the catch behind him Thursday afternoon in Yaquina Bay.
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Judge to hear arguments regarding Coast Guard lawsuit

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed last November to prohibit the U.S. Coast Guard from closing its Newport Air Facility will argue Monday morning in federal court for a stay of proceedings in the case through 2015.
The defendants, represented by several federal attorneys, filed a motion of dismissal in late January in Eugene's U.S. District Court before Judge
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Sheriff shuffles deck

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is creating a "Crime Reduction Unit" whose main job will be to crack down on drugs and property crimes.
The disclosure came one day after Sheriff Dennis Dotson announced the termination of the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team, a multi-agency task force that fell to budget cuts by most of its member agencies.
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Water projects nearing completion

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo is replacing aging infrastructure in its water intake system on the Siletz River.
Three new pumps were installed, and the pump house on the river is nearly finished.
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Information released on fatal accident

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Nearly 10 months after a plane crash in Toledo cost two people their lives -- 4-year-old Zoey Wahl and the 51-year old pilot, Douglas Nebert -- the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a thorough accident report, featuring interviews with friends and family and the probable cause of the May 31, 2014 crash.
NTSB listed two
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Crunch time in Lincoln City

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council on Monday named five volunteers to the Lincoln City Budget Committee, including a contingent of outspoken citizens who will meet for the first time on May 4.
The committee makes recommendations on the annual municipal budget, which came in at $36 million last year. Mayor Don Williams said he was "excited" by the prospect
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LCSD receives good review of food service

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
WALDPORT -- Food served at schools in the Lincoln County School District is safe and sanitary; the variety available at the food bars is fresh, varied and outstanding, Janet Beer told the school board Tuesday.
The LCSD Board of Directors met at Crestview Heights in Waldport.
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Town elders race to meet Congressional deadline

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The man in charge of an unprecedented gathering of town elders on Monday defied naysayers who said such a meeting couldn't be held.
"They said nobody would come and if they did, it would be like herding cats," claimed Steve Sparks, a retired businessman and city councilor tapped to lead discussions on fixing Depoe Bay Harbor.
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Man struck in Highway 101 crosswalk

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
A 23-year-old Lincoln City man was struck by a vehicle late Wednesday morning while he was walking across U.S. Highway 101.
Christopher Wright Jr. was in a Highway 101 crosswalk at North 15th Street at around 11:40 a.m. when he was hit by a 1992 Ford SUV being driven north by Clarence Brown Sr., 82, of Portland.
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Drug complaint results in arrests

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the 200 block of N Deer Drive in Otis on Saturday, April 11, to investigate a report of a drug complaint. Deputies also received information about people staying at the location who had outstanding warrants for their arrest.
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Longest mammal migration raises questions about distinct species

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
A team of scientists from the United States and Russia has documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded -- a round-trip trek of nearly 14,000 miles by a whale identified as a critically endangered species that raises questions about its status.
The researchers used satellite-monitored tags to track three western North Pacific gray whales from their primary feeding
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Uncharted waters

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Tyler Turner is used to uncharted waters.
On Monday, the 27-year-old captain of the charter vessel Tacklebuster took his place as the newest member of the Pacific Fishery Management Council at a meeting in Rohnert Park, Calif., where the blue-ribbon group -- appointed by governors in their respective states -- will set fishing regulations in a 317,690-square
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A gift for marine scientists

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The discovery last week of a battered, near-sunken hull of an unidentified fiberglass fishing boat, presumably a victim of the March 2011 Japanese tsunami disaster, has led to several days of intriguing analysis by Newport's scientific community.
While the remaining 8,550-pound, 25-by-30-foot boat was transported Monday from Riverbend Marine Services on the Yaquina River to a landfill, its
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Drug team disbanded

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Dwindling budgets and shifting priorities have disbanded a county drug-fighting task force that earned hundreds of convictions and awards from law enforcement peers.
The Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) ceased to exist on Tuesday, April 14, according to a statement released by Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson.
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Work begins on Coastal Discovery Center

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Dignitaries, donors, elected officials and Oregon Museum of Science & Industry staff officially broke ground Sunday morning for the Ocean Discovery Center at Camp Gray in South Beach.
The Coastal Discovery Center (CDC) will focus on outdoor environmental sciences for youth. Programs will include year-round residential camps for children and families taught by professional educators.
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Robust housing market posts strong Q1 sales

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- After years of lackluster home sales in Lincoln County, the market appears to be going through a housing renaissance with consumers displaying a robust appetite for owning property in the coastal region.
As a result, sales of residential-site built properties and condominiums came in at $46.73 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $40.52 million in
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Gleneden Beach property tops in March

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
GLENEDEN BEACH -- An all-cash $625,000 transaction for a residence in Gleneden Beach topped the list of homes sold last month in Lincoln County.
An unnamed buyer closed March 25 on the three-bedroom, three-bath home in the 300 block of Salishan Drive.
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Mayor appoints task force to look at law enforcement

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
SILETZ -- A task force is forming to research options about law enforcement in Siletz and hopefully put a ballot measure before city voters in the November election.
"We have to do something," said councilor Patti Skauge. "We've talked about this too long."
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Port asks for county’s support for Coast Guard cutters

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport, Oregon Coast Community College and Yaquina Bay Development Corp. have all agreed to send letters of support to have the Coast Guard station two Fast Response Cutters here, said Port Commissioner Ken Brown.
He asked the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at its meeting last week to also to send a letter of support.
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County’s child abuse score is high, but not worst

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Last week, information was presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding child abuse rates in the county. Those who were presenting this information, however, misrepresented the state's statistics, for 2012, on this issue.
Ron Davidson, who has been director of the Lincoln County Children's Advocacy Center since October of last year, provided clarification Monday of
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Communicable diseases increase in Lincoln County

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Communicable diseases in Lincoln County are up 25 percent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2014.
Three cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, were reported in February as opposed to no cases of pertussis in 2014. Four cases of gonorrhea also were reported in February, compared to five
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Cultural center recovering after flooding

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
The Lincoln City Cultural Center is drying out, and taking stock, after experiencing a major water pipe failure that flooded the center's lower level last week. The standing water is gone, but tenants, volunteers, staff and contractors spent the last week moving furniture and materials, and repositioning blowers and dehumidifiers, so that all of the 4,500 square feet of affected
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Hospital bond measure is topic at community forums

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
A series of public presentations will be held in local communities to provide information about Measure 21-163 -- the Pacific Communities Health District general obligation bond authorization for a new hospital. The measure would provide $57 million for the district to create an updated and expanded medical campus in Newport, including a new structure and the demolition or repurposing
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Students use tradition to solve modern issues

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
SILETZ -- A small group of high school students and staff at Siletz Valley School has been meeting since January under the name Nuu-Da'-Ye,' which means family.
The group's mission: "To bring positive change to Siletz School by creating a culture of good through Restorative Justice that will achieve our vision."
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Pizza snags harbor talks

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- City councilors on Tuesday hired a new attorney, appointed members to key committees and grilled the fire chief about a $3.5 million levy on the May 19 ballot.
But the most important business, a push to rebuild the world's smallest navigable harbor, stumbled over pizza.
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Firearm sales soar amid rush for new laws

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- As lawmakers in Salem rushed to pass new laws restricting gun sales and ownership, shoppers lined up at Lincoln City Sporting Goods on Wednesday to buy firearms.
Driven by an upturn in the economy, worries about personal safety and lingering concerns that Democrat legislators will curtail access to firearms, gun sales are setting new records at the
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Barrel building tradition embraced by Rogue

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- An old-world tradition has arrived in Newport. In times of mass manufacturing, the best barrels are still built by hand. The tradition will continue with Rogue's opening of Rolling Thunder Barrel Works, a cooperage that will build the brewery's own supply of Oregon oak barrels.
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Young sailors learning the ropes

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Since retiring from a high school classroom 10 years ago, Joe Novello has found a way to share his love of sailing with youngsters open to learning how to maneuver a small boat in a brisk ocean breeze.
Happily, Novello teaches competitive sailing to students in grades 7-12 through Newport High School's club sports program, drawing boys and
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Surprise in the surf

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
Lucy Boughton, of Portland, takes a closer look at a log covered with goose barnacles, Thursday morning on Nye Beach. The log is thought to have washed ashore sometime overnight or in the early morning hours. Boughton, who was visiting on spring break, said the barnacles "look like brown hair."
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Ceremonial groundbreaking for Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
Elected officials, dignitaries and staff from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry broke ground Sunday morning for Camp Gray in South Beach. Pictured, from left, are Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson, OMSI President Nancy Stueber, Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos, state Rep. David Gomberg, Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, Janet Webster of Newport and Jamie Hurd, OMSI strategic project
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Alcohol cited as factor in fatal Highway 20 crash

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man had a blood alcohol content alleged to be more than three times the legal limit following a fatal crash on Highway 20 earlier this week.
Ivan Sandria Cruz, 24, recorded a 0.26 percent concentration of alcohol in his blood after the April 6 incident about five miles east of Eddyville. The two-vehicle crash claimed the
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Celebrating Marine Science Day in Newport

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
Charlie Curry, 12, of Longview, Wash., wasn't shy about holding a red rock crab as his grandmother, Jeannie Jensen, looks on Saturday morning during Marine Science Day at Hatfield Marine Science Center. The free event is being held until 4 p.m.
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‘Staggering’ rate of child abuse in county

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County had the highest child abuse rate in Oregon, an astounding 64 percent higher than any other county in the state.
Kristin Yuille, assistant county counsel and chairwoman of the board of directors for the children's advocacy center, provided the data for 2012 to the Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday. The statistics are the latest available statewide.
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Council OKs support for Coast Guard cutters

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It is impossible to predict where the two U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutters will end up.
With the location narrowed to three possibilities -- Newport, and two sites in Astoria, which includes Coos Bay north to Neah Bay, Wash. -- the Newport City Council authorized a letter of support for home porting the cutters after lengthy
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Siletz man charged with attempted murder

Modified: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Siletz man was arraigned Wednesday on attempted murder and assault charges stemming from an alleged stabbing at a birthday party.
Axl Goodell, 22, was advised of the charges at an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Inmate dies in Lincoln County Jail

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
NEWPORT -- An inmate at Lincoln County Jail was found unresponsive in his cell early Wednesday morning.
Bradley Steven Thomas, 55, was found dead in his makeshift bed he'd made on the floor of his cell.
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Clinton tops latest presidential poll

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton emerged ahead of a field of potential Republican hopefuls by anywhere from 3-9 percentage points, according to a nationwide survey released this week.
The Public Policy Polling survey showed Clinton is the strongest potential candidate the Democratic Party has to date.
Clinton beat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by a margin of 46 percent to
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Lincoln City slams door on 71-unit housing project

Modified: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- In a bid to control real estate prices, city councilors slammed the door on a 71-unit housing proposal at the same time town elders were huddling to sell a city-owned development.
Logan Park, an 11-acre planned unit development three years in the making, was rejected March 23 in a 3-1 vote on grounds that it might, among
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Facts, opinions shared on smokeless parks

Modified: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Some were there for a healthier city, some were there for the children. One had even been through the process before.
Regardless of the reason for attendance, five individuals sat in front of the Newport City Council on Monday night to voice their opinion on the possible amendment of city ordinance 1917, or the proposal to make
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Newport man arraigned on manslaughter charges after fatal Highway 20 crash

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was arraigned Wednesday on manslaughter charges stemming from a fatal crash on Highway 20 earlier this week.
Ivan Sandria Cruz, 24, is charged with manslaughter in the first degree, and manslaughter in the second degree. He is also charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person.
Sandria Cruz
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Newport man arrested following fatal crash on Highway 20

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport resident was arrested in connection with an early Monday morning crash on Highway 20 that claimed the life of a Springfield resident.
Ivan Sandria Cruz, 24, is facing charges of manslaughter in the second degree, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person, the Oregon State Police said.
He was arrested
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Shrimpers primed for another good season

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With the arrival of April, local fishermen have kicked into high gear as the Oregon pink shrimp and chinook salmon seasons are underway, just as a below-average Dungeness crab fishery winds down.
A majority of Oregon's shrimp fleet and processors agreed Monday on pricing for the popular shrimp with the hope that the harvest will match those enjoyed
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Highway 20 crash kills one, injures two

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- A Springfield man was killed Monday morning when the vehicle he was driving collided nearly head-on with another car on Highway 20 about five miles east of Eddyville, authorities said.
Andrew Raymond Koloski, 35, was driving a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon eastbound on the highway near milepost 28 when his car smashed into a 2000 Dodge Durango
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Van plows into side of Benton Street house

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport motorist was taken to a local hospital Monday evening after allegedly running a stop sign, and colliding with a passenger vehicle before striking a house, authorities said.
Matea Pablo-Lucas, 35, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet cargo van northbound on NE Benton Street when she apparently ignored a stop sign at intersection of NE 6th and Benton
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Budget committee takes shape

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Applicants have lined-up to fill five vacancies on the city budget committee, an advisory group that makes recommendations on annual city spending.
But the usually mundane task of filling empty seats on the obscure seven-member group could have explosive consequences for the $40 million budget, according to Mayor Don Williams.
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Otis man charged with rape, sexual abuse

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A convicted sex offender was arraigned Monday on a grand jury indictment alleging rape and sexual abuse of a woman in Lincoln County.
Christopher Edward Laurie, 39, was advised of the charges in an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Look behind the scenes at Marine Science Day

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
SOUTH BEACH -- The annual Marine Science Day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The open house commemorates 50 years of the unique Oregon State University facility, coinciding with the 50th anniversary reunion for current and former students, faculty, staff and volunteers at the marine science center.
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Speed racing incident ends in crash

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
NEWPORT -- An alleged speed-racing incident between two youthful motorists in aging four-cylinder, passenger sedans ended with a wreck on Highway 101, and some time behind bars.
Landon Plaster and Sidney Walker were taken into custody more than two weeks after the March 18 incident occurred on the southbound side of the highway near SW Cape Street, the Newport Police
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Ways and Means Committee coming to Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
On Tuesday, April 14, the budget writing Ways and Means Committee of the Oregon Legislature will hold a special open hearing in Lincoln City.
"This is a unique opportunity for people on the coast to meet with the budget writers and talk about our schools and colleges, public safety, programs for seniors, and transportation projects," said Representative David Gomberg (D-10th
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Newport seeking applicants for advisory committee

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
The Newport Urban Renewal Agency recently adopted Resolution No. 3708 establishing an Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of 15 members; two of which are citizens at large.
The Urban Renewal Advisory Committee is charged with providing oversight and guidance to city staff and the city's consultant in the preparation of a new urban renewal plan for
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Woman facing multiple charges in Newport crash

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport woman was arrested Monday after the cargo van she was driving allegedly ran a stop sign, struck a car, and ended up hitting a house on NE Benton Street, authorities said.
Matea Pablo-Lucas, 35, is facing six counts of recklessly endangering, and one count each of criminal mischief in the first degree, reckless driving, and failure
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Highway 20 fatal crash victim identified

Modified: Monday, Apr 6th, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- A Springfield resident was identified as the person killed in a car crash Monday on Highway 20.
Andrew Raymond Koloski, 35, died after the vehicle he was driving collided nearly head-on with a car driven by Ivan Sandria Cruz, 24, of Newport, the Oregon State Police said in a report Monday afternoon.
The crash happened about 12:07 a.m.
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