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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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Budgeting for growth at OCCC

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 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

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 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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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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Short-term financial straits

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 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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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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Aerial spraying issue goes to court

Modified: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Disgusted with aerial pesticide spraying they claim is a threat to the health of the environment and to humans, members of Citizens of a Healthy County began the process to prohibit the action last year.
Barbara Davis and Maria Sause filed a prospective initiative petition on July 6, 2015 to begin gathering signatures needed to place the issue
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Contentious hire divides board vote

Modified: Sunday, Jun 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A personnel change involving four new hires, 21 resignations and two leaves of absence for the upcoming school year barely squeaked by the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors.
The controversy sprang from just one of the proposed personnel changes -- the hire of the new assistant principal and athletic director at Taft Jr./Sr. High School, Bart
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Town gets tough on trespassers

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- After noise from an unauthorized trailer camp nearly drowned out a recent city council meeting, town leaders say they can no longer disregard the spread of illegal camping and trespassing that is driving out some honest citizens.
"It's getting worse," said Brady Weidner, director of public works, charged with ridding the city of illegal dwellers who
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El Niño affecting salmon stocks

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Reduction of coho and chinook salmon stocks along the contiguous West Coast continues to concern fish managers, but not to the point where they've declared an "overfish" status.
"We're not in that neighborhood yet," said Mike Burner, deputy director and a salmon specialist for the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). "But we are getting close to very low
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Worries of lead relieved, parental concerns linger

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
EDDYVILLE -- Rumors that a remodeling project at the Eddyville Charter School exposed children to lead paint were dispelled following a test for the toxin on Tuesday, June 14.
However, the incident raised serious concerns from families of some students over the school's judgment and lack of communication after the fact.
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Waldport approves new budget

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
WALDPORT -- The city of Waldport put its fiscal future in motion, and made a few changes to its past finances during a city council meeting on Thursday, June 9.
The council voted unanimously to approve the city's nearly $5.4 million 2016-17 budget, a slight increase from nearly $5 million in 2015-16.
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Downed wire lights up nearby home

Modified: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Firefighters thought they had things under control after they smothered sparks and flames caused by a downed power line on Friday, June 10.
But minutes after controlling the 7:30 a.m. blaze with fire extinguishers, volunteers were sent to the scene of a house fire only 100 feet away at the corner of 20th Avenue and Northeast Devils
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Former California fire chief filling in for local district

Modified: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
WALDPORT -- On May 1, Interim Chief Marcus Reed began working for a fire district that hadn't had a chief in nine months.
Now, the formerly retired firefighter is in Waldport to assist the Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District in planning for its future.
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Trump digging a big hole

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
Presidential candidates typically receive a bounce in poll numbers after their party's respective national conventions given the media attention the affairs command.
The Republican National Convention, which is being held from July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio, can't come soon enough for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump whose negatives appear to be fueling widespread support for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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Tourism spending on the upswing

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 15th, 2016
NEWPORT -- On any given Friday during summer, Highway 20 can become a free-flowing gateway to the coast as vehicles packed with people serpentine through more than 50 miles of scenic countryside before descending into town.
Some of those people spend the weekend or longer, while others come out simply for the day. But when they are here, whether to
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Summer programs help homeless kids

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The Lincoln County School District struggles with the highest childhood homelessness rate in the state.
One in eight students don't have a stable place to call home, according to a recent tally from the LCSD Homeless Education and Literacy Project (HELP).
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Yachats OKs annual budget

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
YACHATS -- The city of Yachats has approved its budget for fiscal year 2016-17, with the largest chunk of money slated for improving the coastal town's core.
On Thursday, June 9, the Yachats City Council voted unanimously to approve the $8.6 million budget, which also includes an approved 5-year Capital Improvement Plan.
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Lincoln City thinking about the television business

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Lights! Camera! Action!
Stars filled the eyes of some city councilors on Monday, June 13, as a first-time TV producer pitched the preliminary episode of a show that could be filmed in Lincoln City with local talent, familiar backdrops and taxpayer money.
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Man dies after jump from bridge

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Multiple first responder agencies worked together to try and save a man who jumped from Yaquina Bay Bridge last week, but the 57-year-old was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Newport Police Department received reports of a male throwing items from the bridge around 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9. Then, a short time later, they began
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School investigating source of lead in water

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Every water fountain at Yaquina View Elementary will run dry this week while the Lincoln County School District investigates the source of one sink's borderline lead concentration.
"Our whole deal is to err on the side of caution," said Rich Belloni, director of district support services.
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Nightmare on Logan Road

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Mary Jo Mallicoat was "living the dream" in rural Roads End until the city took over in 2013.
"Now, the dream has become a nightmare," claimed Mallicoat, who is at odds with Lincoln City over the duplex vacation home she owns at 6465 Logan Road.
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Yachats going for marijuana tax

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
YACHATS -- Yachats doesn't have any marijuana dispensaries at the moment, but city councilors are acting as if there could be one in town someday.
On Thursday, June 9, the city council voted to move forward with having city staffers draft a 3 percent marijuana tax ordinance to place on the November ballot for voter consideration.
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New Taft administrator once suspended for conduct

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A new administrator for Taft Jr./Sr. High School was the subject of a 2009 investigation at the Marcola School District, following a complaint filed by students and parents that he had behaved inappropriately around students.
The Lincoln County School District (LCSD) announced June 2 that Bart Rothenberger would serve as the assistant principal and athletic director at
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Otis man indicted on sexual corruption charges

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
NEWPORT -- An Otis man was arraigned Monday, June 13, on a grand jury secret indictment accusing him of planning to meet with a minor for sexual favors.
Christopher Allen Cook, 31, was arraigned on charges of online sexual corruption of a child in the first and second degrees before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Paulette Sanders.
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Siletz law enforcement district officially formed

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
NEWPORT -- An increased law enforcement presence in the Siletz area took a step closer to reality with action taken Wednesday, June 8, by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
In the May 17 primary election, voters in and around Siletz approved the formation of an enhanced law enforcement service district, and at the same time, created a permanent tax
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