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Airport under scrutiny

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Spencer Nebel made it clear Tuesday that during his seven months as Newport city manager, he hasn't been ignoring the managerial mess that has plagued the city-owned municipal airport.
As the de facto manager of the airport, he interviewed 16 airport stakeholders over several weeks in order to compile a draft report that may eventually help produce an
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Pot legalization initiative qualifies for November ballot

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
An initiative that would legalize marijuana use for people 21 years of age and above has qualified for the November general election ballot, officials said Tuesday.
The Oregon Secretary of State's Office certified the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana Industrial Hemp Act, said New Approach Oregon, sponsor of the initiative.
Should voters approve the initiative, Oregon would become
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Bridge work reduces lanes on Highway 101 south of Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
A bridge repair project is reducing available lanes on the Highway 101 Kernville Bridge located about 1.5 miles south of Lincoln City (milepost 120).
As of Monday, July 21, and continuing for approximately three weeks, the bridge is being reduced to one lane of travel in each direction Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The restriction is
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Medical marijuana facilities get green light in Newport

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council's repeal Monday night of its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city is expected to attract several applicants who can begin seeking business licenses on Aug. 20.
"People can begin submitting their business license applications on the 20th and then we'll go from there," said City Manager Spencer Nebel after the council unanimously
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Job hunters on the prowl; unemployment rate drops

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The weather warmed up, tourists started filing in, and job hunters came out of the woodwork last month, in turn pushing Lincoln County's civilian labor force to its highest level in months.
However, the additional people looking for work did little to stem the flow of a slowly declining unemployment rate, which decreased to 7.5 percent in June
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Dinner companion

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
A bird perches on the back of a deer snacking in a grassy field on the Cascade Head Ranch property Tuesday evening.
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Toledo’s rail work rescheduled

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
TOLEDO -- Originally scheduled for this past weekend leading into the Toledo Summer Festival, Portland and Western Railroad has rescheduled its rail work in Toledo at the city's request.
Interim City Manager Don Munkers said construction is now slated for Aug. 23 and 24.
"That gets us through the festival and some other activities," he said.
The festival opens Thursday
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LCSD hiring more than 60 educators

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- At the end of last school year, Sam Case Primary Principal Ryan Relken was one of multiple administrators who announced his resignation from the Lincoln County School District, so that he could move closer to family in Michigan.
It turns out that Relken was just one of 30 Lincoln County educators who resigned, for similar and other
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Volunteers count coastal marbled murrelets

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
YACHATS -- About the size of a robin and as swift as a car speeding down the interstate, the marbled murrelet can be difficult to spot.
Adding to the difficulty of catching a glimpse of this small seabird is the fact that its most active times of day are at dawn and dusk.
The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened
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Yachats man headed to trial in attempted murder case

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- An August trial date was set in the attempted murder case of a 37-year-old Yachats man, who allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend after breaking into her residence earlier this year.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart ordered the four-day jury trial to begin Aug. 26 for Anthony Buccella. She made the ruling at a hearing July 18.
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California man jailed for allegedly eluding officer

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Northern California man was arrested Monday morning after he led law enforcement authorities on a six-mile journey along Highway 101.
Robert Joseph Hopkins, of Concord, Calif., was allegedly driving a Nissan Titan at a high rate of speed on the highway about 4:30 a.m. Monday when an Oregon State Police trooper spotted the vehicle. The Nissan Titan
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Lincoln City awards $47,000 to nonprofits

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Lincoln City will be distributing a total of $47,000 in checks to local nonprofit agencies at 4 p.m. on Monday July 28. The presentation ceremony will be held in the council chambers at city hall.
The following agencies will receive funds: Angels Anonymous ($3,500); B'Nai B'Rith Camp ($1,000); Business for Excellence in Youth ($3,000); CASA ($2,500); Community Development Corporation
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Lincoln City shooting allegedly staged by victim

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A 27-year-old man accused of staging his own shooting was granted a release Monday from Lincoln County Jail.
Jeramie Paul Philpot, of Lincoln City, was taken into custody July 14 following an investigation into his alleged shooting on West Devil's Lake Road in Lincoln City.
He faces one felony count each of unlawful use of a weapon,
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A bounty of blueberries

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The much-anticipated blueberry season opened at Gibson Farms just north of Siletz this past weekend. People ventured to the farm's fields lined with rows of bushes to pick ripe blueberries.
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Alleged meth dealers taken down in Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Two alleged methamphetamine traffickers remained behind bars Tuesday, a few days after a long-term investigation into illegal drug activity led to their arrest, authorities said.
James Michael Guy Junger, 35, and Shari Michelle Cobb, 32, each face multiple felonies stemming from their July 17 arrest in Lincoln City. Junger and Cobb made separate initial Lincoln County Circuit
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Toledo bringing the final four city manager candidates to town

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
TOLEDO -- Toledo is closing in on a permanent city manager, and interim Don Munkers is about to step out of the picture.
Munkers, a retired Burns city manager who came to Toledo through a consulting company, will be leaving town Thursday to address personal issues back home.
If the city is not able to bring a permanent manager
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Second suspect sentenced in adult store heist

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A second suspect in the staged robbery of an adult store in Lincoln City pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in the crime, and was sentenced to 24 months probation.
Christopher Altman Loring, 26, acknowledged guilt to a single felony count of burglary in the second degree at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas
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News-Times reporters earn honors

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The News-Times earned top awards for writing, reporting and photography at the annual conference of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
The awards were presented Thursday at the annual ONPA banquet in Salem.
For the second year in a row, News-Times reporter Rick Beasley earned first place for Best Writing, a category in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest that recognizes "the
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Newport repeals moratorium on medical pot dispensaries

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council repealed its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Applicants can begin seeking business licenses Aug. 20. The city will vet the business license applicants closely because the Oregon Health Authority has specific regulations on facility locations, including the vicinity to schools and to each other.
The city council made the decision Monday.
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OCCC setting up milestones for accreditation

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- New Oregon Coast Community College President Birgitte Ryslinge began her tenure at a Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities meeting discussing potential independent accreditation.
She left that meeting with a request for more information.
And now, the staff has delivered it.
"This was sort of like 'Survivor,'" Ryslinge said of the process.
Instead of stereotypical team building activities,
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Newport council to vote on opening medical pot dispensaries

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- After three months of vetting local regulations of medical marijuana dispensaries in Newport, the city council is expected to vote on a resolution Monday evening that would repeal a temporary moratorium by establishing such facilities.
If approved, the resolution would become effective on Aug. 20. The proposal has been considered by the city's police department, council, planning
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Lincoln City man allegedly shoots, kills his dog

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A 67-year-old man was arrested Monday for allegedly shooting and killing his dog.
David Hugulet of Lincoln City stands accused of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, and related charges, the Lincoln City Police Department said.
He is being held at Lincoln County Jail.
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Lincoln County jobless rate falls to 7.5 percent in June

Modified: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped to 7.5 percent in June from 8.3 percent in June 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
Lincoln County's jobless rate ranked as the 20th lowest of Oregon's 36 counties in June.
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School district dives into hiring pool

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
The Lincoln County School District has announced that it's hiring 63 teachers for this upcoming school year.
The big hire stems from a number of factors, including teacher resignations, retirements and the addition of 15 new positions to help reduce class sizes.
With the economy improving, Human Resources Director Chelsi Sholty said, many districts are adding back positions that
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Newport man gets 70 months prison for kidnapping

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was sentenced to 70 months in state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to kidnapping an elementary school girl outside her residence last year.
Jesse Greene, 28, was sanctioned at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart. His plea agreement covered one count of kidnapping in the second degree.
The Measure 11
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Poll: Same-sex marriage gains momentum

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
Support for same-sex marriage is on the rise with nearly half of likely voters backing the issue.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday showed 48 percent of voters now favor same-sex marriage. That was up from 45 percent in October.
A total of 41 percent said they oppose gay marriage, while 11 percent were undecided.
The national telephone
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Toledo receives permits for river intake project

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
TOLEDO -- After a delay that put the project in jeopardy, the city of Toledo has finally received the permits it needs to get started on its Siletz River water intake project.
The project was awarded to Portland contractors 2KG for $1.8 million in early spring, but it was delayed by a National Marine Fisheries evaluation.
"All the permits are
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Port of Newport considering design, site for new office building

Modified: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport began deliberations this week on the construction of a new administration building, reviewing floor plans and possible sites with two local architectural firms.
The discussion at a special session of the port's board of commissioners on Tuesday included presentations by architect Dietmar Goebel and Capri Architecture, which detailed four conceptual designs for the project.
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Adult store bandit cops plea deal

Modified: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A judge told one of four suspects in a staged robbery of an adult store he should "count his lucky stars" because he avoided a lengthy prison term for his role in the incident.
Brett Michael Betts, 27, of Lincoln City, pleaded guilty to one felony count of burglary in the second degree at a Thursday afternoon hearing
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OCCC president wants community engagement

Modified: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- New Oregon Coast Community College President Birgitte Ryslinge hit the ground running when she started July 1, tackling the college's quest for independent accreditation.
Ryslinge, who served as president of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus before coming to Newport, spent that first day at a Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities meeting in Seattle "sharing successes" and what
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Nelscott businesses learning to live with Highway 101 construction

Modified: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
(Editor's note: This is part two in a two-part series about the Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City's Nelscott Strip.)
LINCOLN CITY -- Businesses operating in ground zero of the U.S. Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City's Nelscott District are generally staying afloat this summer, though a few have relocated or are considering it.
And
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OCCC students struggling without financial aid

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A single mom of two, Katie Collson isn't 100 percent sure yet what she's going to do about paying her summer utilities.
She and Oregon Coast Community College staff are scrambling to find options. Because of a gap in financial aid distribution, those who depend on the aid over the summer to help with living arrangements are facing
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Three-car wreck stops Highway 20 traffic

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
TOLEDO -- A three-car wreck occurred along Highway 20 near Dahl Disposal at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday.
Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart said it appeared a vehicle was trying to turn when it was rear-ended by another vehicle on the highway in the eastbound lane.
The wreck involved two pickup trucks and a minivan.
Traffic is currently stopped in both
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Car smashes into grocery store

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 65-year-old Newport man walked away unharmed after crashing his car into JC Market Thriftway on Wednesday afternoon.
"It just sounds like an accident. The motorist hit the wrong pedals," Newport Police Department Officer Lance Cummings said. "He was coming to the store, tried to park, jumped the curb and hit the wall (of the store)."
The motorist
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Oceans’ most abundant organism has ability to create methane

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
The oxygen-rich surface waters of the world's major oceans are supersaturated with methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is roughly 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, yet little is known about the source of this methane.
Now a new study by researchers at Oregon State University demonstrates the ability of some strains of the oceans' most abundant organism, SAR11,
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Lemonade sales benefit animal shelter

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
Students at Nye Beach Montessori School in Newport held their annual lemonade sale on Wednesday. They set up a lemonade stand in front of the school, and community members were invited to stop by to grab a cup of lemonade. Proceeds from the sale are donated to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter each year.
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Residential property sales nearly $87 million in first half of 2014

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- When Frank and Kimberly Onions moved to the central Oregon coast from Northern California in the fall, the couple was facing a tight deadline brought on by a job transfer.
So the couple did what a lot of other people do in those kinds of circumstances; they found a place to rent while Frank settled in at his
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Feedback sought on new aquatic center

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
The city of Newport is holding a public open house, sponsored by the new Aquatic Center Steering Committee, from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 Avery St.
Those attending will hear information and recommendations from the various focus groups that are providing input into the design of the swimming pool. This is also
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LCSD superintendent’s top priority is student learning

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- New Lincoln County School District Superintendent Steve Boynton has spent his first two weeks "getting to know staff, the district and the schools."
He actually began spending time with former Superintendent Tom Rinearson back in April and said Rinearson left the district in "a good place" that he wants to push further.
Now that he's got his
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Traffic-stopping run

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
Members of U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay passed the torch Monday on a three-mile stretch of Highway 101 during a run to support Special Olympics. Under escort by a Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy, a Lincoln County Animal Services officer and firefighters aboard an engine from the Depoe Bay Fire District, the column of twos ran from Rocky Creek State
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Car plows into JC Thriftway market

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
A Newport Fire Department firefighter uses a broomstick to clear broken glass out of a window hit by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon at JC Thriftway.
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Graffiti: A growing problem in Waldport

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
WALDPORT -- New paint jobs have been popping up around Waldport. Unfortunately, nobody has been asking for them.
Acts of vandalism and graffiti have been on the rise with spots throughout the community getting tagged last month.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office pinned down three suspected local vandals, all juveniles, following a July 10 investigation.
Spray paint damage to mailboxes,
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Man gets 70 months prison in kidnapping case

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
A Newport man was sentenced to 70 months in state prison Wednesday for kidnapping an elementary school girl.
Jesse Greene, 28, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to the crime during a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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ODOT to fix flaw in Lincoln City project

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
(Editor's note: This is part one in a two-part series about the Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City's Nelscott Strip. Part two will look at the impact on businesses located within the construction zone.)

LINCOLN CITY -- Spurred by a Lincoln City resident's complaint, a pedestrian and disabled access issue along a narrow stretch of the U.S.
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Summer home sales off to good start

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
The start of the summer residential property sales season was a bit like the weather with some days being better than others.
But it turned out to be a busy month for Lincoln County brokers and real estate agents, as a total of 63 residential properties were sold in June. The total includes site built, condominiums and townhouses.
While June
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Interest rates attractive for borrowers

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Long-term mortgage interest rates have remained in a narrow, yet appealing range this year, in turn making borrowing costs more palpable to buyers looking to finance their homes.
The benchmark 30-year, fixed mortgage rate has fluctuated between 4.12 percent and 4.53 percent this year, according to Freddie Mac, the Virginia-based lending giant.
The long-term national rate peaked this year at
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Health advisory lifted at D River

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach in Lincoln City has been lifted by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued July 10 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.
Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided, and the
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Contractor wins challenge

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Who said you can't beat city hall?
A Washington contractor, who lost a $323,000 municipal job when the bid turned into a moving target, will get the work anyway after successfully challenging its award to another company.
Elcon Corporation of Everett, Wash., was one of two bidders to replace a Highway 101 traffic signal at the popular
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Plea deal near in attempted murder case

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
YACHATS -- A resolution is imminent in the attempted murder case of a 37-year-old Yachats man, who allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend after breaking into her residence earlier this year.
Anthony Buccella faces a number of felonies in connection with the incident, including attempted murder, assault in the second degree, burglary in the first degree, and unlawful use of a
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Gomberg targets sky lanterns

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Following an article in Friday's News-Times about the fire hazards posed by sky lanterns, state Rep. David Gomberg said he would try to ground them.
"I first encountered these devices in Thailand about 20 years ago," said Gomberg, who manufactures and sells kites. "And while beautiful, I was astounded at the potential danger of lofting open flames
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New Waldport public works director gets settled

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Scott Andry signed on as the new public works director for the city of Waldport this May.
Andry was selected for the position following the retirement of former Public Works Director John Alfano.
While Andry is new at the job as the public works director, he has been working for the city for almost five years. He was
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String of below average months for rainfall

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Prolonged periods of dry weather kept rainfall totals below average for the third straight month, and well off the usual amount of precipitation the area typically receives in the timeframe.
As a result, a total of 1.89 inches of rain fell in the Newport area last month, roughly three-quarters of an inch below the average of 2.65 inches
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Newport kidnapping suspect to take plea deal

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a Newport man accused of the kidnapping and attempted rape of an elementary school girl outside her apartment in December.
"We settled it," said defense attorney Guy Greco at a Monday hearing for his client, Jesse Greene, at Lincoln County Circuit Court.
Greene, 28, faces two counts of
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Prison sentence for Lincoln City pot dealer

Modified: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A pot dealing Lincoln City resident is spending a minimum of 30 months in state prison as part of a plea deal negotiated with prosecutors.
Bjorn Blanchard, 22, pleaded guilty to four felony charges stemming from the incident at a July hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
He pleaded guilty to three counts
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Toledo looking at medical pot dispensary ordinance

Modified: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014
TOLEDO -- It's been a topic of debate throughout the county. Some cities like Waldport and Lincoln City already allow them, while the county has placed a moratorium on them.
Toledo, one of the last municipalities to address medical marijuana dispensaries in Lincoln County, is now well on its way to a decision.
The Toledo City Council is moving
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Merkley re-election campaign pulling in big bucks

Modified: Sunday, Jul 13th, 2014
The campaign finance train keeps chugging along for Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who raised more than $1.8 million in the second quarter of this year.
The $1.8 million haul comes after the campaign raised slightly more than $1 million in the first quarter of the year. The re-election campaign said it has received more than 130,000 contributions.
The average individual
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Flying lanterns likened to aerial bombs

Modified: Sunday, Jul 13th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- When the skies over Lincoln City filled with strange illuminated objects on the Fourth of July, some people thought they were part of the fireworks display.
Instead, they turned out to be sky lanterns, 30-gallon bags elevated skyward by an open flame under the same principal as a hot air balloon. A centuries-old idea that originated in
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Facelift at Big Creek Park

Modified: Saturday, Jul 12th, 2014
A large refurbishing project at Newport's Big Creek Park has recently been completed. Personnel from the city's building maintenance and parks maintenance crews pressure washed several areas, restained and reroofed the pavilion, did repairs and painting around the park's barbecue area, built a drain in the picnic bench pad, restained the small bridge and installed a new water fountain head.
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High-flying act at Lincoln County Fair

Modified: Saturday, Jul 12th, 2014
The Lincoln County Fair is up and running and has a variety of attractions to offer, such as carnival and pony rides, food, freestyle motocross shows and concerts.
Carnival rides go until 10 p.m. Saturday, and the fair continues tomorrow morning. Its big rodeo attraction, Bull-O-Rama, starts at 3 p.m. Sunday.
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Newport moving toward lifting moratorium for medical marijuana facilities

Modified: Saturday, Jul 12th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council is moving slowly but surely toward lifting the temporary moratorium it established a few months ago regarding medical marijuana dispensaries being allowed inside the city limits.
The council will discuss a draft ordinance during its July 21 public meeting regarding the facilities, which will address several standards outlined by the city's Business License Task
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Transient rentals climb in Yachats

Modified: Saturday, Jul 12th, 2014
YACHATS -- Transient rentals were again the popular topic at a special Yachats City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Council members have been trying to figure out what changes, if any, to put in place since they've seen the number of transient rental licenses on the rise in recent years.
Currently, there are around 120 active transient rental licenses for homes
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Depoe Bay boaters ignore skimpy launch fee

Modified: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Scofflaw boaters in large numbers have ignored the $2 launch fee in Depoe Bay harbor, where some officials want to hike the price and crack down on cheaters.
"I'd day at least half the people don't pay," asserted Phil Shane, city harbormaster, concluding that upwards of 1,000 recreational boaters a year disregard the metal collection box at
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Report: New county fair building would cost $12 million

Modified: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Consultants hired by Lincoln County to develop a master plan for the Lincoln County Fairgrounds issued a draft report this week to explore the feasibility of constructing a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose building.
After a series of community meetings last December, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Fair Board directed ECONorthwest and LAR Architects to perform a market analysis
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Health advisory issued at D River

Modified: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
A public health advisory was issued Thursday due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach in Lincoln City.
Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area
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Man gets 2 years prison for assault

Modified: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 23-year-old man involved in a standoff with a SWAT team was sentenced to two years state prison Tuesday on a felony assault charge.
Samuel Fajardo-Landa, of Lincoln City, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to attempted assault in the second degree at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
Fajardo-Landa also pleaded guilty
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Jail commander completes FBI National Academy

Modified: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
On June 13, Lt. Jamie Russell from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office graduated from the FBI National Academy (FBINA).
"Lt. Russell was one of only two law enforcement commanders from Oregon selected to attend the 255th session of the FBINA in Quantico, Va.," said Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson.
Russell joined the sheriff's office in May of 1992
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Participants sought for eelgrass survey

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
On July 13, 14 and 15, Pacific Habitat Services will be performing its annual monitoring of the eelgrass mitigation site southwest of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility on Yaquina Bay.
The Port of Newport is seeking volunteers to help with the plant survey, which will take place during the following minus tides: Sunday, July 13, from 6 a.m.
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Station Yaquina Bay sees change of command

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The change of command of a military activity represents the total transfer of responsibilities, authority and accountability from one individual to another.
As of Thursday, a new commanding officer is at the helm of U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay.
Station Yaquina Bay Commanding Officer Lt. Robert Ornelas Jr. handed over the command of the station to Chief
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Change of Command

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
Lt. Robert Ornelas, Jr. does a final inspection of his crew before handing over commanding duties to Chief Warrant Officer Ryan O'Meara, right, during a Change of Command ceremony held Thursday at U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay.
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