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South Beach man sentenced in human trafficking case

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A South Beach man was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in jail for his role in a human trafficking and sexual abuse case.
Ronald Flinter, 46, was sanctioned at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. A co-defendant's case is pending.
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Pastor speaks out against pot sales

Modified: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A pastor's warning about the pitfalls of recreational pot fell on receptive ears last week when city councilors declined to give an "early start" to recreational marijuana sales.
"Have mercy on this city," pleaded Pastor Phil Magnan, who used the speaker's chair as his pulpit at the Aug. 24 city council meeting. "Stop the insanity. Just because
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Strange sights keep 911 dispatcher busy

Modified: Sunday, Aug 30th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- To passing tourists, the distant bobbing of an object at sea looked like trouble.
"They say it's a diver's body," relayed a 911 dispatcher who alerted first responders at the U.S. Coast Guard and fire stations in Depoe Bay. "His leg is floating on the surface, and they can't see the rest of him."
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Logsden family goat farm adapting to new regulations

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
LOGSDEN -- Overworked, but undaunted.
That's an apt description for creative cheese makers Patricia and Astraea Morford, the mother-daughter team that operates Rivers Edge Chévre on a 12-acre farm bordering the Siletz River.
It has been nearly 10 years of genius created from too many long days to count, but the farm's prized handmade goat cheeses have become renowned.
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Wind gust hits 58 mph in Newport

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A high wind warning is in effect until Saturday afternoon for the central Oregon coast with gusts from 50-60 mph in coastal communities, the National Weather Service said.
A maximum south wind gust of 58 mph was recorded about 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Newport Municipal Airport. A total of 0.12 inches of rain has fallen in the area
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Legal action blocking new boatlift project

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo claims it will lose $52,000 per month because of legal action blocking its decision to order a new, larger boatlift for its expanded boatyard.
"We're behind schedule one month now," port manager Bud Shoemake said during a board of commissioners meeting Tuesday.
The port wants to order a new boatlift as soon as possible
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Building in a treetop

Modified: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
NESKOWIN -- A 46-foot high tree house being built with the help of Lincoln County contractors will land the Oregon coast on national television in mid-September.
Treehouse Masters, a television show that airs on Friday's at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet, is working on the project in the Neskowin area.
The show's host, Pete Nelson, and his crew
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Storm to drop more than 1 inch of rain

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A parched central Oregon coast is in the path of a northeast Pacific storm, which is going to bring the first significant rainfall of the summer season.
The storm is forecast to drop more than an inch of rain in the coastal region with the bulk of precipitation falling on Friday evening.
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Legalization of Big Creek Road discussed

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A public hearing to consider the legalization of a portion of County Road 402 in Newport -- better known as Big Creek Road -- was held during this week's meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
About a year and a half ago, the Newport City Council agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the county with
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'Kicker' tax rebate resurfaces in Oregon

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
The so-called "kicker" tax rebate is back after an eight-year hiatus. But it is going to be smaller than the last time, and the money won't come in the form of a check mailed to Oregon taxpayers.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released a report Aug. 26 detailing the financial status of the state. The 70-page report showed general
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City council to appoint replacement for Davis

Modified: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council, not voters, will decide who fills the empty chair created by the resignation of Jim Davis.
On Monday, councilors voted 4-2 to advertise the empty Ward 2 city council seat with nearly 42 months left on its four-year term. Davis, elected in November, resigned last week after moving from his mid-town precinct to Road's
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Lincoln County sends help to fight wildfires

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With resources stretched to the maximum, firefighters from Lincoln County answered a statewide call for help to battle colossal wildfires in eastern Oregon.
The county recently sent a task force to assist with fighting the Canyon Creek Complex fire south of John Day, which earned the designation of being the nation's top priority for resources a week ago.
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Newport fire chief back from John Day

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Newport Fire Department Chief Rob Murphy returned home Sunday evening after spending nine days fighting the massive Canyon Creek Complex fire near John Day in Grant County.
He was a member of a Lincoln County Task Force charged with assisting other firefighters in battling blazes this summer in the eastern part of the state. To date, the fires
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Postmaster threatened by callers

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Postmasters are usually respected figures in small towns, but Theresa Werner claims she has become a target of hateful calls and rude remarks since assuming the job in July.
"My life has been threatened," said Werner, who has reported numerous menacing phone calls to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. "What do I do when someone wants to
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Rules for retail pot sales released

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon that plan to sell recreational pot on Oct. 1 will have to adhere to a strict set of state guidelines.
According to the Oregon Health Authority rules, any facility that wants to sell legal marijuana must first notify OHA before doing so, as well as record birth dates of buyers and the amount
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Motorist killed, two others injured in crash

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
WALDPORT -- A Waldport man died Sunday from injuries suffered in a single-car crash on East Eckman Creek Road, authorities said.
Zachary John Pedro, 37, was driving northbound on the road in a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.
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Toledo ready to hire new city attorney

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo will offer the dual position of city attorney and planner to one of nine candidates who applied for the job.
The city council unanimously approved a committee's recommendation for its top pick of a lawyer to fill the vacancy of city attorney and city planner at its Aug. 19 meeting. City Councilor Michele Johnson
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Sheriff’s deputies chase down suspect

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
SILETZ -- A homeless man was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges stemming from a short vehicle pursuit through a small housing area.
Carl James Maley, 28, was advised of the charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. He faces one felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.
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Unemployment rate falls to 7.0 percent in July

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped 1 percentage point in July, in turn marking the lowest reading for the month in seven years.
The jobless reading was 7.0 percent in July, down from 8.0 percent in July 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a statewide labor report Tuesday.
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Tribal, Lincoln City leaders meet

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
SILETZ -- Tribal leaders and town elders feasted and exchanged gifts Aug. 17 against a backdrop of traditional Native American hospitality in the boardroom of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
But the food and trinkets of friendship were secondary to the documents on the table, as well as shared concerns about affordable housing, crime and restoring lands lost long
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Commissioners discuss law enforcement in Siletz

Modified: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
SILETZ -- The most recent proposal for law enforcement services in and around the city of Siletz was presented last week to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
The commissioners met at Siletz City Hall on Wednesday evening in a joint work session with the Siletz City Council.
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Car crash kills Waldport man

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
WALDPORT -- A 37-year-old Waldport man died Sunday from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash on East Eckman Creek Road.
Zachary John Pedro died at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
The crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a report. Two other people were also injured in the crash.
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Smoky conditions should ease Sunday evening

Modified: Sunday, Aug 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A number of fires in the eastern part of the state is making for smoky conditions in the central Oregon coast.
Conditions are forecast to continue through Sunday afternoon with improvement coming Sunday evening into Monday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.
A shift in winds Saturday from the east was largely responsible for the smoky conditions
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OSP patrol boat may move to Yaquina Bay

Modified: Sunday, Aug 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport has been approached by Oregon State Police about the possibility of becoming the new home for the offshore enforcement vessel Guardian.
The 50-foot boat currently operates out of Astoria, where it has had been located since being commissioned in 2010.
The vessel's primary goals are to patrol federally regulated fisheries, and assist the
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Indicted Depoe Bay harbor commissioners canned

Modified: Saturday, Aug 22nd, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Four harbor commissioners, who are facing criminal charges, were fired Tuesday by the Depoe Bay City Council.
In an unprecedented 5-1 vote, the council vacated harbor positions 1, 2, 4 and 7. Removed from office were Noelie Achen, Eva Harmon, Roman Smolcik, and Dan Zimmerman. They were among 10 people indicted July 2 after an Oregon State
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Shaping the future

Modified: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- An 18-month planning process for the Newport Municipal Airport is officially off the ground.
The Newport City Council accepted a $457,200 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration at their Monday meeting, putting the final piece of a three-pronged plan for the airport into motion.
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Moisture delays elevated water restrictions

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
YACHATS -- Even with a few drizzly mornings providing minimal relief, water restrictions are still on the minds of city officials.
Currently, the water shortage level is at phase 1, and has been since mid-July, with phase 2 classified as imminent. However, the city has received a small amount of moisture in recent days, providing a little breathing room
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Detox center proposal surfaces in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A local public safety group is calling for the inclusion of a 10- to 15-bed alcohol and drug detoxification unit at the estimated $57 million hospital to be built in town.
The proposal from the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council was presented at the Pacific Communities Health District Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 17.
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Depoe Bay man faces child sexual abuse charges

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Depoe Bay man was arraigned Monday on a 20-count, secret grand jury indictment accusing him of using a computer to view sexually explicit conduct involving children.
John Lorentz Wiegardt III is charged with 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, and 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree.
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Extra patrols for don’t text and drive

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Toledo Police Department is participating in a statewide texting and speed patrol program from Aug. 24 to Sept. 6.
Police officers will be focused on informing the public on the importance of safe driving practices through education and enforcement.
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Arrest thy neighbor?

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- City officials moved quickly this week to blunt the potential for vigilante enforcement of municipal laws after a resident asked the police chief for paperwork to write a ticket.
According to Mayor Don Williams, the query kicked off a frenzied reaction to hold an emergency meeting and rewrite a law that appears to give residents the power
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Extension cords cause fire at Project 3 Gaming

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A commercial building fire Thursday caused moderate damage to a ground floor business, and forced the evacuation of upper level apartments, authorities said.
The fire at Project 3 Gaming, located in the 200 block of South Coast Highway, was ignited by a "daisy chain" of extension cords inside the business.
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Toledo wants to market industrial park

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
TOLEDO -- Six acres of land between Memorial Field and Yaquina River in Toledo will be going on the market in the near future.
"Years ago, the city designated an area as industrial park," said Nancy Bryant, city recorder. "Some of the lots were sold and developed, before my time with the city."
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Lincoln County schools will serve free meals to all students

Modified: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Students and families in Lincoln County School District won't need to think about lunch money this school year.
The district is participating in a pilot program providing all students, including those who attend charter schools, free breakfast and lunch. No paper work needs to be filed, and income guidelines are not a factor.
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Women leading girls to explore careers

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Girls peered through microscopes viewing the spinal cord, intestines and a kidney from seahorses. They also toured a tank room where Arctic cod swam in seawater on Monday afternoon.
This was just an hour out of two days of GEMS (Girls in Engineering and Marine Science) Camp hosted at Hatfield Marine Science Center.
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Rogue’s expansion plans questioned

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Rogue Brewing's desire to build a 1-acre warehouse on Port of Newport property drew criticism Tuesday involving potential truck parking and traffic issues.
Rogue and port General Manager Kevin Greenwood are currently in negotiations involving a proposed 40,500-square-foot building to the east of its current warehouse.
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A wild day at the fair

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
A bull rider hands on for the ride Sunday afternoon during the Challenge of Champions competition at the New Lincoln County Fair in Newport. The event capped a weekend of fair fun featuring 4-H showings, carnival rides, games, contests, live music, and craft exhibitors.
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July home sales best of the year

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A vigorous central Oregon coast housing market generated more than $29 million in residential sales in July to mark the strongest monthly period of the year.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhomes climbed to $29.03 million in July from $26.92 million in July 2014. Residential site-built is a home constructed primarily on location.
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Pot talks stall at public hearing

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A governmental deadlock has stalled the city of Newport's decision regarding recreational sales of marijuana at medical pot dispensaries.
A public hearing on the topic took place Monday night, but with councilor Dean Sawyer absent, a divided city council halted all progress. The matter was then put off until either the Sept. 8 or Sept. 21 meeting.
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Public works moving to higher ground

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
WALDPORT -- In the midst of an increase in emergency preparedness countywide, the city of Waldport's Public Works Department is heading for higher ground.
The decision has been made to move the department and city equipment out of a tsunami zone, where it is currently located, and into an 11,384-square-foot building off Crestline Drive.
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Lincoln City OK’s Olivia Beach VR zone

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- While other areas of the city are embroiled in the controversy over vacation rentals, an upscale residential development will likely be allowed to conduct unlimited holiday rentals after a vote last week by the city council.
The 7,acre Olivia Beach development earned the new Vacation Rental (VR) zone designation in a 5-0 decision Aug. 10 by the
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Davis resigns from council

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Saying that he didn't want to get caught up in a residency controversy, Jim Davis resigned Monday from the Lincoln City City Council.
A 21-year resident, Davis recently moved from Ward 2 in the middle of town to Ward 1 in Road's End, the city's most northern district.
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OCCC ‘removing obstacles’ for prospective students

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Oregon Coast Community College is doing all it can to ensure easy enrollment for its prospective students.
The community college recently made the decision to offer free COMPASS placement testing for applicants throughout the month of August, removing another obstacle in the timeline of enrollment.
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Traffic stop leads to burglary, drug charges

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Logsden woman is facing multiple felony charges stemming from a traffic stop in Newport that resulted in an arrest for burglary and drug allegations.
Danielle Cameron, 30, was arraigned Aug. 10 on an amended grand jury indictment in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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