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Port of Newport still looking for export partners

Modified: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- Finally, the Port of Newport's ambitious $21 million International Terminal project will reach completion during the next month.
The lengthy dredging project at the terminal's berthing area finished late last year, and several mitigation projects required by state and federal environmental agencies are a few weeks from being done.
The port had hoped to begin exporting raw timber
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Shoreline protection project takes on erosion

Modified: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- It happened quickly, erosion eating away at Hatfield Marine Science Center's Estuary Trail. But staff says they've put a stop to it with the completion of a "dynamic revetment" along the shoreline.
The revetment was designed after naturally occurring gravel beaches in areas like Yaquina Head and Waldport, Hatfield Facilities Manager Jim Lewis said. It was the Department
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Fire guts abandoned Newport residence

Modified: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fire gutted an abandoned residence in the 100 block of NE 1st Street in Newport, authorities said Sunday.
The blaze started around midnight Saturday. An adjacent commercial structure was also damaged, the Newport Fire Department said. The incident is under investigation.
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Rash of thefts plague Port of Newport

Modified: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport has seen an increase in criminal activity during the last three months, including a number of thefts in both its commercial and recreational marinas.
As a result, TCB Security Services, which provides security for the port under a personal services contract, recently conducted six nights of saturation patrols in the South Beach area after
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Newport man gets probation for dust-up outside bank

Modified: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was sentenced to probation Wednesday for sparking a confrontation with law enforcement authorities outside a local banking establishment.
Robert Joseph Edington, 41, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to multiple charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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State suspends criminal inquiry of Kitzhaber at fed's request

Modified: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
SALEM -- The Oregon Department of Justice is suspending its criminal investigation of former Gov. John Albert Kitzhaber at the request of federal authorities.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Friday the state would temporarily defer its inquiry into allegations of misconduct by Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes. In return, the U.S. Attorney's Office is going to share information with
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Restaurateur Gracie Strom dies at 86

Modified: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Gracie Strom, 86, a respected businesswoman and leader of the Oregon coast restaurant industry, died Wednesday.
Strom, surrounded by family, passed in the arms of a daughter at a memory care center in Bend where she had lived for the last two months of her life. Nansee (Strom) Bruce said her mother had taken a fall recently,
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Critics warm to new city manager

Modified: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A new city manager is proving to be a cool hand at the helm, according to town leaders and detractors alike.
Two months into his job, Ron Chandler is earning unexpected praise from city hall critics and enthusiastic reviews from city councilors relived that he fits, so far, like a Brooks Brothers suit.
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County does well at not marketing tobacco to youth

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- When it comes to marketing tobacco to youth, Lincoln County actually does a good job of not contributing to the problem.
Tobacco companies spend about $1 million every hour on price promotions, Lincoln County Health and Human Services Health Promotion Manager Rachel Peterson said, and many products, nationally, are set near candy and gum, at the eye level
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GOP contenders off and running

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
A once largely unknown Republican governor from the north-central part of the United States has emerged as the front-runner in his party's bid to recapture the White House in 2016.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker topped the field of likely candidates in the Iowa Republican Caucus, a Quinnipiac University Poll showed this week.
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USCG hails air, boat crews in F/V Blazer rescue

Modified: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A daring rescue last year that saved five fishermen aboard a sinking crab boat has burnished the careers of 14 U.S. Coast Guard seamen and aviators who were in the thick of the desperate mission.
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, top Coast Guard brass hailed the team whose clockwork execution prevailed over darkness and gale weather to save
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Case dismissed against attempted murder suspect

Modified: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A transient accused of attempted murder at Yaquina Bay State Park was freed from jail after the victim apparently skipped town because of his own legal woes.
The case of Ty Owen Brown, 30, took an odd twist when the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office could not find the victim, who is also homeless. Brown was scheduled to
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Expansion would nearly double size of Inn at Nye Beach

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The city's planning commission has all but approved a request by the owners of the Inn at Nye Beach to nearly double the size of the 22-room hotel on NW Coast Street.
The VIP Hospitality Group, a Beaverton-based company that purchased the three-story boutique hotel in April 2013, wants to build a 10,375-square-foot addition just north of the
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New Lincoln County Fair to premiere in August

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
OSU Extension has picked a weekend for the Lincoln County Fair. The Lincoln County Extension Service took over planning for the event in December after the Town and Country Fair and Rodeo Association stepped down.
According to Todd Williver, 4-H program coordinator, the fair will be held on Aug. 14, 15 and 16. Entertainment is still being lined up, he
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Sea turtle off to San Diego

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's been a long journey, but Solstice is going home. Discovered in dire shape by members of the public in Washington in late December, Solstice, an endangered olive ridley sea turtle, has been rehabilitating since then at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.
The next destination for Solstice is San Diego, where the turtle will finish rehabilitation
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Free gasoline in Newport?

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
This sign advertising the price of a gallon of gasoline at the 76 Station located at 843 N Coast Highway in Newport grabbed the attention of a few passing motorists late Monday afternoon. However, the station attendant was simply in the process of resetting the price, which, like elsewhere across the nation, has seen an increase in the past
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Historical groups suggest new criteria to ‘measure’ worth

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With multiple entities seeking county funding each year, Lincoln County's historical groups have asked the board of commissioners to alter the funding criteria, to develop a "yardstick to measure" entities' worth, as Lincoln County Historical Society Executive Director Steve Wyatt put it.
As an Oregon historical society affiliate, he said at last week's county commission meeting, there's very
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Festival weekend a smooth success

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A glass breaks, the crowd cheers. As the day turned into evening, the frequency increased, as did the roar of the crowd. Everyone was enjoying the celebration, including the man responsible for cleaning up the aftermath.
"It's a lot of glass, but not as much as there used to be," said Mark Dinsmoor, a volunteer assisting
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Sewer emergency declared

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A problem-plagued city sewer terminal that once flooded a nearby home and has dumped thousands of gallons of raw sewage into Devils Lake put the city council into crisis mode Monday.
Voting 6-0, the council declared an emergency and ordered the public works department to disregard conventional bid protocols in order to quickly fix the faulty Maryland
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Town hall meeting first for Lincoln City mayor, manager

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Residents provided an enthusiastic welcome for newly elected mayor Don Williams at his first town hall meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
The meeting, convened by Williams to meet citizens and address their issues, started off with an introduction of the charismatic mayor and his entourage that included Bruce Bustamante, interim director
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Newport man’s mental fitness at issue in rape case

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A mental health evaluation of a Newport man charged with raping a teenage girl at a local motel determined the suspect is not fit to aid with his defense.
The finding in the case of Christopher Cobe, 25, was revealed during a hearing Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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Data reveals importance of saving rescue helicopter

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The results of a comprehensive charting of U.S. Coast Guard incident responses along the Oregon coast underscores the importance of having a helicopter base in Newport.
The Oregon chapter of Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental group, released maps this week detailing Coast Guard responses to a variety of incidents between 2007-13.
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Engineering firm tapped for Yachats water project

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
YACHATS -- In a narrow decision, Dyer Partnership was tapped by the Yachats City Council as the engineering firm for the South Reservoir Project.
Dyer Partnership will be designing a water storage facility that will provide more usable water to people and ensure that they have extra water in case of an emergency. The tank will be 250,000 gallons of
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Port of Toledo offers Siletz help with boat ramp issue

Modified: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
TOLEDO -- The next round of the Port of Toledo vs. the city of Siletz boat ramp saga came to a more peaceful conclusion Tuesday evening with suggestions to solve the problem.
The two entities again broached the subject of who has responsibility for the boat ramps during a civil Port Board of Commissioners meeting -- just a week after
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Rule gags ex-planners

Modified: Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council on Monday will confront a growing legal and public relations crisis over three controversial new ordinances regulating vacation rental dwellings (VRDs).
But whether all hands will be on deck at a 6 p.m. meeting to solve the long-running quarrel over VRDs is unclear after Mayor Don Williams and Councilor Jim Davis were barred last
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Lawmaker proposes impeachment mechanism

Modified: Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015
SALEM -- A state legislator is aiming to amend the Oregon Constitution in order to provide a mechanism for executive impeachment.
The proposed constitutional amendment from Rep. Jodi Hack (R-19th Dist.) was introduced Wednesday on the heels of a political scandal that led Gov. John Albert Kitzhaber to resign from office.
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Thompson's Sanitary eyes countywide compost services

Modified: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
LINCOLN COUNTY -- If you're interested in compostable services, but are not a Newport Thompson's Sanitary customer, you may just get access to it this spring.
Joe Cook, who's been working with Thompson's on some of its programs, proposed a countywide service during Wednesday's meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
"It was in response to some requests," he
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State Rep. Gomberg breaks for swearing-in ceremony

Modified: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
SALEM -- Inside the Salem Beltway, a riverfront loop with the state capitol at its center, chaos reigned and resignation was in the air.
As reporters swarmed to a scandal in the governor's office, state Rep. David Gomberg (D-10th Dist.) hunkered down in a House conference room beneath the capitol rotunda to push his signature bill, HB 2688, a tax
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Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is here, the skies are clear

Modified: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Forecasters are promising sunny skies for the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival weekend, and this insider's beach tour will unlock the best places to enjoy the outdoors when not at the festival. Please enjoy your wine and our beaches responsibly.
Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head
Access: Stairs, stairs, stairs
Amenities: Bathrooms at the interpretive center and near the lighthouse,
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New police officer sworn in

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
Lindsey Litchfield became the newest member of the Newport Police Department on Tuesday. Randy Litchfield, Lindsey's father, had the honor of placing the badge during the Newport City Council meeting at city hall.
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Learning about the Coast Guard

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
Killian Kapfer, 12, shows his game face as he tugs to get his survival suit on during the first leg of a relay race among fellow Newport Intermediate School classmates Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay. Students also learned navigation skills and practiced chart-plotting techniques before touring the boats and facilities.
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Recklessness, impaired driving causes crashes

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A pair of crashes, just days apart, were caused in part by reckless driving, police say.
Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Carla Urbigkeit worked the two accidents, the latest occurring on Tuesday.
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Brown tabs familiar faces for executive staff

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
Gov. Kate Brown, who was sworn in as the 38th governor of Oregon on Wednesday, stayed close to home when choosing a new staff.
Brown, 54, tabbed Brian Shipley to serve as chief of staff. He joins the governor's office after having served in the government relations office at Oregon Health & Science University.
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Schrader, Merkley host meeting in Newport

Modified: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- There were few empty seats Tuesday afternoon during a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Kurt Schrader and Senator Jeff Merkley at the Newport Recreation Center. The crowd included local constituents of all ages, including some students from Newport High School.
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Man pleads guilty to guiding without a license

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
Troopers from the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division assigned to the Newport Area Command investigated a complaint of unlawful guiding/outfitting in the Alsea Valley area.
In February of 2014, troopers initiated an investigation into allegations that Chris Cotter, 30, of Tidewater had been performing unlicensed guide/outfitter services under the business name Alsea Valley Outfitters. An investigation
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OCCC president to speak at NOW meeting

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Oregon Coast Community College President Birgitte Ryslinge will speak at the regular meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Ryslinge will share her perspectives on the critical role of the community college in raising educational attainment in Lincoln County and why she believes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
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Lincoln County Democrats meet Feb. 25

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
Lincoln County Democrats will host Ron Morgan and Karen Packer of the Democratic Party of Oregon during their monthly meeting, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.
They will speak about the Democratic Party of Oregon's Local Elections Project. The meeting will also address recruitment of prospective candidates for local office, and what assistance the party can make available
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Newport airport honors memory of fallen pilot

Modified: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- He'd worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years, but a love of planes had always been a part of Doug Nebert's life.
A memorial ceremony for the fallen pilot was held at the Newport Municipal Airport Saturday afternoon. Nebert, 51, and his 4-year-old granddaughter, Zoey Wahl, were killed in a plane crash in Toledo on May
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LGBT community sees opportunity in bisexual governor

Modified: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With Kate Brown stepping in as the country's first openly bisexual governor, there are hopes from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community that her new role will provide a chance to better educate the public and fight misconceptions.
"It's an opportunity to help more people understand that sexuality, in many dimensions, is not binary," PFLAG (Parents, Families
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Renewing the love, year after year

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
YACHATS -- On a sunny Saturday afternoon, couples young and old squeezed into the Little Log Church in Yachats to renew and remember their love for one another.
"Enjoy the ride," said Mary Crook, event coordinator. "Think about what is precious in your relationship and make it known to your partner," she implored to the church capacity of couples.
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A showcase for fine wine, seafood

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It may seem odd that many people consider Newport synonymous with wine since the coast's cool weather makes it virtually impossible to grow grapes of any vintage.
But it works when food is combined with wine to create the annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, which this weekend will celebrate its 38th year of existence inside a large
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Brown sworn in as governor

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
SALEM -- Kate Brown sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor on Wednesday morning.
The swearing-in ceremony took place before a joint session of the Oregon Legislature. Brown, 54, is the second woman to be seated as governor.
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Diversion for the disabled

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Stealing a parking spot from a disabled person is about as low as a driver can go, with just desserts for scofflaws including citations and fines up to $482.
Imagine the shock and dismay of handicapped motorists, their permits prominently displayed, who find a ticket on their windshields, anyway.
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Troubles mount for Kitzhaber

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
SALEM -- Embattled Gov. John Albert Kitzhaber is leaving office Wednesday amid a backdrop of federal and state criminal inquiries involving himself and fiancee Cylvia Lynne Hayes.
The U.S. Department of Justice issued a federal grand jury subpoena Feb. 12 to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services seeking information related to consulting contracts for Hayes.
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Gas prices rise like a rocket

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Gas prices jumped about 12 cents per gallon last week in Oregon, easily putting the state among the top ten for largest week-over-week increases in the country.
As a result, the average price of regular unleaded gas hit $2.376 per gallon for the week ended Feb. 17. That was up from $2.260 a week earlier, according to a
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Lincoln City kicks off plans for sports complex

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A surplus school district property could become the site of a sprawling municipal sports complex after city officials last week offered $350,000 to buy the 5.57-acre lot.
Parks supporters, athletes and business advocates hailed the move, saying it would usher in healthy lifestyles, improve local ball teams and boost sports tourism.
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Coast Guard helo rescues surfers

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Two surfers escaped the waters near Yaquina Head unharmed Saturday after a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew plucked them from a cliff.
The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Newport Air Facility transferred the duo to a nearby beach, where Newport Fire and Rescue personnel were waiting to assess medical needs.
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Scientist warns public to avoid beached seals

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Beachcombers looking for unusual marine sights were recently surprised to find a large northern elephant seal lying on the sand at the Roads End access.
Jim Rice, marine mammal stranding coordinator at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, said he was deluged by calls from concerned citizens regarding the seal.
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Luke Whittaker joins News-Times staff

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
Luke Whittaker is the newest addition to the News-Times editorial staff, replacing Abbie Tumbleson who recently moved to Corvallis to take a position with a publishing company.
Originally from central Pennsylvania, Whittaker says he is happy to be on the central Oregon coast.
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Merkley, Schrader ask community to keep fighting for air facility

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Kurt Schrader assured community stakeholders on Tuesday that discussions to save the precarious future of the Coast Guard's Newport Air Facility are on a fast track.
The two members of the Oregon Congressional Delegation told Newport Fishermen's Wives and others attending the public meeting that the one-year delay in the facility's planned closure
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Council grapples with new zone

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A controversial effort to rezone the town for vacation rentals continued apace at city hall last week despite upcoming legal and ballot challenges.
Today (Wednesday), councilors are slated to meet in a 3 p.m. executive session to scrutinize a legal challenge to two recently adopted ordinances that will tightly regulate vacation rental dwellings (VRDs).
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Inmates caught trading medications

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
Corrections deputies at the Lincoln County Jail earlier this month learned that inmates had been trading prescription medications.
During a cell inspection, Deputy Ben Cloud discovered prescription medication hidden in an inmate's jail issued property.
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Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership announces program

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
The Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership (OMRP) has launched a new community grants program to support local efforts in creating an awareness of Oregon's marine reserves and protected areas.
The goal of the program is to provide funding for community groups to implement activities associated with Oregon marine reserves near Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua and Port
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