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Voters renounce city hall

Modified: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Voters stormed the halls of power on Election Day, repudiating new city laws to restrain vacation rentals and shifting the balance of power on an influential lake authority.
Opposition voices prevailed over Lincoln City officials, whose effort to tightly regulate vacation rental dwellings collapsed in two referendums. Measure 21-160, which effectively limited vacation rental dwellings to 30
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Memorial Day celebration in Newport

Modified: Monday, May 25th, 2015
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Rodriguez, of Toledo, shakes hands with Navy veteran Lee LeMasters, of Toledo, following the annual Memorial Day gathering Monday afternoon at Eureka Cemetery in Newport.
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Plea for affordable housing

Modified: Monday, May 25th, 2015
A push by Gov. Kate Brown to invest state dollars in affordable housing received a timely boost with the release of a report about the challenges low-income people face in finding places to live across the country.
The Out of Reach 2015 report, which assessed the housing wage situation across the country, determined a worker in Lincoln County would need
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New era for health care in Newport

Modified: Sunday, May 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It was far from a landslide victory, but voters living inside the Pacific Communities Health District decided this week that it's time for a new hospital.
By a favorable vote of 3,300 to 3,149 with 99 percent of the ballots counted, voters approved a $57 million general obligation bond to be issued over 20 years.
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School district's $88.5M spending plan OK'd by budget committee

Modified: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- Nine committee people, two administrators, two teachers' public comments, 150 minutes and a document with more than 300 pages, added up to a one-year budget.
The Budget Committee on Tuesday approved Lincoln County School District's proposed 2015-16 budget for $88.5 million, which is $2.16 million more than this school year.
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Chimney blamed in Salishan fire

Modified: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
GLENEDEN BEACH -- Fire departments from three cities raced early Wednesday morning to stop a fire in the main building of Salishan Spa & Golf Resort that caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.
Crews aboard two fire engines from Depoe Bay Fire District arrived within 10 minutes of the 1:30 a.m. alarm, directing a deck-mounted water gun on a burning
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'Secrets of Shipwrecks'

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Inspired by a shipwreck off the British Virgin Islands, a historic, hands-on exhibit is ready to be discovered at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Beginning Saturday, "Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History, Part Mystery," will be unveiled, the culmination of an idea three years in the making.
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Deploying the SS Dolphin

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Toledo High School science teacher Ben Ewing holds the SS Dolphin, which was built by students in Coos Bay. Ewing, with other educators from Oregon, is taking part in a buoy deployment and research cruise off Washington's coast to learn about how the changing ocean conditions impact ocean life in the Pacific Northwest this Memorial Day weekend. Educators will incorporate
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Foggy morning fisherman

Modified: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
As the sun rose and the fog dissipated, a fisherman (lower left) was revealed on the morning of May 16 underneath Yaquina Bay Bridge.
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Newport committee gives 2015-16 budget stamp of approval

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport Budget Committee wasted little time finalizing the 2015-16 fiscal year budget on Wednesday evening, as a 45-minute meeting tied a bow on the annual process.
By unanimous vote, $71,389,790 was the final approved budget for the fiscal year starting on July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016, a slight increase over the $71,091,008 originally
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Searching for public safety solutions in Siletz

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
LOGSDEN -- Siletz Mayor John Robinson told 18 people attending an informational meeting about law enforcement options the task force wants to hear community ideas and input.
"We have the potential to do something about law enforcement throughout the Siletz Valley Fire District. We're trying to find a solution people are willing to put money into," he said May 14
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LCSD board remains intact

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Amanda Remund of Waldport received 4,493 votes to Greg Holland's 3,618 votes to represent Zone 5 on the Lincoln County School District board of directors. This south county zone includes Makai, Ona Beach, Seal Rock, Waldport and Yachats.
Remund was appointed March 10 to fill a board vacancy through June 30. She will now serve the remaining
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‘Checkered Man’ hides body’s defects with art

Modified: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- One Nation Under Ink Tattoo and Piercing convention hit Chinook Winds Casino Resort May 8-10 with over 600 people in attendance.
Kevin Fink convention organizer and owner of Red Dog Tattoo in Long Beach, Wash., has been putting the convention on for the past four years, the latest show his first in Lincoln City.
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Newport Aquatic Center $550,000 over budget

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The official design for the Newport Aquatic Center has arrived, and so have the estimated numbers, coming in above the projected total.
The design development estimate analysis of the project has placed the total cost of the aquatic center at $9,151,035 worth of expenditures, more than $550,000 above the anticipated figure.
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Fire causes estimated $750K in damage at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
SALISHAN -- An early morning fire Wednesday in the main building of Salishan Spa & Golf Resort caused an estimated $750,000 in damage, authorities said.
The Depoe Bay Fire District responded to the scene shortly after 1:30 a.m.
Assistant Fire Chief Bill Johnson said the fire originated in a dead space over the massive fireplace that warms the reception area
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Voters narrowly approve $57 million hospital bond

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With 99 percent of the votes counted in Tuesday's special election, the Pacific Communities Health District's $57 million bond measure has been approved by a narrow margin.
Voters approved the measure 3,300 to 3,149.
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Lights in the night

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
About a dozen lighted Chinese paper lanterns were on display near the surf on Saturday evening at Lost Creek State Park in South Beach. The lanterns later drifted southeast into the night.

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Voters approve $57 million hospital bond measure

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With 86 percent of the votes counted in Tuesday's special election, the Pacific Communities Health District's $57 million bond measure has been approved by a narrow margin.
Voters approved the measure by a margin of 93 votes -- 3,056 to 2,963.
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Hunt anywhere, anytime tag sells for $68,000

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Firearms flew off the gun racks Saturday at Chinook Winds Casino and Resort during a statewide convention of hunters, raising more than $160,000 that will be used to restore big game habitat.
The annual meeting of the Oregon Hunters Association drew about 500 people for a banquet and bidding on hundreds of rifles, pistols, hunting products and
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Congress wants helicopter to stay put

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's been a long, difficult struggle over the last several months, but it now appears that the Newport Air Facility will stay put at least through fiscal year 2017.
On Monday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which puts it on a fast track for approval by the Senate and ultimately
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Lincoln City police siege draws lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A motel owner whose oceanfront lodge was the scene of a tense standoff between a suspected killer and an army of heavily armed cops is suing the Oregon State Police for damages to his inn.
Kent Landers, owner of Westshore Motel, is asking a Marion County circuit court to award him $24,528 for some of the damages
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Ex-mayor calls for shock therapy

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A former mayor urged city officials Monday to educate residents irritated over relentless rate increases why they have to pay more each year for water and sewer services.
"Somehow, we've got to have the citizenry anticipate these so that a 4 percent increase is not a shock," said ex-Mayor Dick Anderson, a member of the Lincoln City
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Searching for solutions in Siletz

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
LOGSDEN -- Siletz Mayor John Robinson told 18 people attending an informational meeting about law enforcement options the task force wants to hear community ideas and input.
"We have the potential to do something about law enforcement throughout the Siletz Valley Fire District. We're trying to find a solution people are willing to put money into," he said Thursday at
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Woman indicted in sexual abuse case

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln City woman was arraigned Monday on a grand jury indictment stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of an underage male.
Mandi June Hanson, 22, was advised of the charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Douglas Street home damaged in fire

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire overnight Tuesday in the 800 block of NE Douglas Street.
One patient was treated at the scene and transported to the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. The occupants of the home were alerted to the fire when a working smoke detector sounded an alarm.
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City wants to annex part of watershed

Modified: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County Board of Commissioners initiated action May 13 for legalizing a portion of Big Creek Road, also known as County Road No. 402, to transfer jurisdiction to the city of Newport.
"The city wants to annex a portion of the watershed out by the reservoir," said Wayne Belmont, county counsel. "A year ago in April the
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Innovations in Marine Technology at OSU

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Come catch up on the latest in marine technology at Oregon State University. Today (Wednesday), the Marine Technology Society in cooperation with OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center is hosting two talks on innovations in marine science and marine studies at OSU.
Dr. Clare Reimers of Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will give a presentation
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House passes bill involving Newport Air Facility

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- As expected, the House of Representatives has passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which will keep the Newport Air Facility open for at least two more years.
The bill (H.R. 1987) received unanimous support two weeks ago from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which includes Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio Congressman as its ranking member.
The
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Committee adds, subtracts from proposed budget

Modified: Monday, May 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The 2015-16 hit and wish list took center stage at the second Newport Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday, as the group approved the addition of two new city positions, and eliminated another.
The committee voted to approve, off a recommendation from City Manager Spencer Nebel, the addition of an emergency coordinator position, as well a senior planner.
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City kitchen on chopping block

Modified: Monday, May 18th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Tight-fisted members of a blue-ribbon budget committee on Wednesday failed to block the hiring of extra help for an overwhelmed city attorney.
But the city's "culinary center" -- a relatively unknown branch of municipal government with two chefs and a gourmet kitchen that sprawls across the fourth floor of city hall -- could be on the chopping
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Lincoln City school bus routes change next year

Modified: Sunday, May 17th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- As promised, Lincoln County School District looked at its bus routes for north county schools and residents, and made adjustments.
Lincoln City school buildings are re-configuring to accommodate all-day kindergarten in 2015-16 and transportation times and needs are changing.
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Sheepdog with a badge

Modified: Sunday, May 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- He came to the coast for the beaches and sunsets, but sprang back into action when duty called.
Already retired from two successful careers as a U.S. Army first sergeant and Phoenix, Ariz., policeman, Frank Matsko is the new agent in charge of Lincoln County for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
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Dinosaurs a roaring success

Modified: Saturday, May 16th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Like Jurassic Park without the gore, a new shop with dinosaurs in the window has become a spectacular magnet for tourists.
Prehistoric Kids is making a quick name for itself and drawing visitors with its real-life Camarasaurus grandis tail fossil and other distinctive displays. Located at 1425 Highway 101, the shop specializes in fossils, minerals and meteorites
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Port taking piecemeal approach to rotting docks

Modified: Friday, May 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's not exactly a secret, but many years of neglect have turned the Port of Newport's commercial fishing docks into hazards that only a sea lion would love.
Here's how longtime fisherman and Commissioner David Jincks described the condition of Port Dock 5 prior to passage of the 2015-16 budget last Tuesday:
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Diving into marine life

Modified: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Lincoln Community schools brought their science research projects to Hatfield Marine Science Center on Tuesday to share with one another, and learn from one another's projects.
Four classes from Waldport, Toledo and Lincoln City studied how humans impact various ecosystems.
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Fresh prawns

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Daniel Comes, nearest, and Leonard Foreman, behind, both deckhands on the vessel "Shenanegan" captained by Harry Allen, were busy selling live spot prawns at Port Dock 5 along the Newport Bayfront.
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School board approves Canadian field trip

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Lincoln Community School District's proposed budget is $88.5 million for 2015-16.
The first budget committee meeting to discuss the 2015-16 budget is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Boone Center at Newport High School. It is open to the public.
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Poll: Walker leads tightly bunched GOP field

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintained his Republican front-runner status in the latest national survey of GOP presidential hopefuls, but his support is waning and other contenders are creeping into the picture.
A Public Policy Polling survey released this week showed Walker with 18 percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and retired
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FBI assisting police investigation of school threat

Modified: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Lincoln City Police Department investigation of a phoned threat to harm students, according to a Lincoln County School District letter sent home with students Monday.
The letter is a follow-up to last week's code red lockdown at its north county schools.
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Cash-starved Depoe Bay readies D.C. delegation

Modified: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, the infamous bandit "Slick" Willie Sutton famously replied, "Because that's where the money is."
The same logic is behind a gamble by Depoe Bay to send a delegation of city councilors next fall to Washington, D.C., to secure millions of dollars to repair the town's dilapidated harbor, pitted roads
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Man charged in Otis shooting

Modified: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A local resident was arraigned Monday on charges stemming from a weekend shooting in which a man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Jon Michael Walsh, 41, is charged with one felony count of felon in possession of a firearm, and one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of a firearm.
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Health district bond issue drumming up voter interest

Modified: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County Clerk Dana Jenkins expects a voter turnout of a little more than 40 percent when all ballots are counted following the May 19 special election deadline.
Jenkins predicted Tuesday that there would be a slight uptick over recent odd-year elections, spurred in part by the Pacific Communities Health District's $57 million bond measure to build a
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New beach signs are saving lives

Modified: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Like a life ring, a flare gun or shark repellent, you'll only need the bright yellow sign with bold black numbers when you're in trouble at the beach.
The new numbered signs dotting the Oregon shoreline are already saving lives, according to Captain Jim Kusz of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue (NLFR).
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Builder brothers

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Rob and Greg Jensen, brothers and owners of Jensen Custom Construction in Toledo, were hard at work Monday afternoon in South Beach building a storage facility for CoastCom.
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Casting for crab

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Bill Moore, of Otis, watches closely he heaves a castable crab trap Saturday morning at Newport's public fishing pier on Yaquina Bay. Moore prefers the castable type because it allows him to crab beyond the reach of rings and pots.
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A mother and her newborn

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
This harbor seal and her pup were spotted recently near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in north Newport. Seeing pups on the beach is fairly common this time of year, and "it is perfectly normal for seal pups to be left alone," said Jim Rice, who coordinates the statewide Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network headquartered at OSU's Marine Mammal Institute at
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Order sought to force inmate to take antipsychotic

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A courtroom showdown about forcing an inmate to take an antipsychotic drug in hopes of restoring his capacity to stand trial ended without decision.
Defense attorney Guy Greco and Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney Kylie Andrisa squared off Friday in a two-hour hearing before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Fugitive bookkeeper nearing resolution to theft cases

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Attorneys are going to huddle up at week's end to discuss a potential deal to end the theft cases of a fugitive bookkeeper accused of bilking clients out of thousands of dollars.
A pre-plea conference is set at 2 p.m. Friday for Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin II, who is charged with 64 felonies in two cases.
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Siletz task force looks for community input

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
SILETZ -- A law enforcement task force of the Siletz City Council has information to share with the community about the options for law enforcement, and a town hall meeting was held at city hall Tuesday.
A second informational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Logsden Community Club.
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Sale of school bus company won’t change local routes, staff

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Mid-Columbia Bus Co., Inc., which contracts for transporting students around the Lincoln County School District, has been sold to Landmark Student Transportation, Inc., with U. S. headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.
"The community won't notice any changes," said LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni.
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Trial date set in Newport rape case

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A 54-year-old Albany man is heading to trial in August to face multiple sex charges stemming from the alleged rape of a teenage girl in Newport.
Judge Thomas Branford ordered the trial date in the case of Chris Mitchell at a Monday hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court. The jury trial is scheduled to run from Aug. 4-7.
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Code red lockdown in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
TOLEDO -- For the second time in six days, a Lincoln County school was locked down with a code red -- the most recent instance because a man with a gun was seen outside on the hill east of Toledo Elementary School.
"We didn't see anyone and found no tracks," said Toledo Chief of Police Dave Enyeart.
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Two arrested following crash in South Beach

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
A Newport police officer was flagged down by a TCB Security officer at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday regarding a vehicle that had been driven off the roadway in South Beach.
Police contacted the driver, Leilani J. Brohel, 22, of Eugene, who had driven her 2011 Mazda MX3 south across the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
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