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Authorities seek second round of interviews in disappearance

Modified: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Lead after lead proved fruitless in the search for a missing woman, until a man wandering a remote, little known beach said he stumbled across a piece of clothing Katherine "Katy" Roe wore the night she vanished.
Now, the man has disappeared, too. Police say they are looking for Robert Johnson, who told a friend he found
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Economic comeback

Modified: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County is gradually coming back from the Great Recession, which hit the U.S. in late December 2007 and continued through mid-2009.
Erik Knoder, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department, told the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Wednesday, April 20, that the county has experienced slow, uneven growth for about the
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Student tuition fees on the rise

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education voted unanimously to increase student fees by $9 per credit, a move that will cost the average full-time student an additional $405 per year.
"I know that we all find it difficult to look at increases," said Chairwoman Chris Chandler at the board meeting Wednesday, April 27, at the
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Waldport changes ambulance service

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
WALDPORT -- The cash-strapped Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District board has decided to hand ambulance services off to Pacific West Ambulance for coverage of the Waldport area -- at least for the time being.
On Wednesday, April 27, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted to allow the transfer of services and give potential ambulance service providers until
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Port declines use of boat parking lot

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- At least for now, the annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival likely will remain in the general vicinity of its current "temporary" home on Port of Newport property.
Because of Rogue Ale's eastward expansion during the next few years, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce has inquired about using half of the port's Boat Trailer Parking lot for
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Addressing a high child abuse rate

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Lincoln County has the second highest rate of child abuse in Oregon. It's not a new problem -- the rate "has always been high," said Dr. Ron Davidson, executive director of the Lincoln County Children's Advocacy Center.
April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, served as a reminder of that fact.
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Working to prevent child abuse

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Lincoln County has a high rate of child abuse, and while there are services available to those who have been abused, the real goal is to prevent the abuse from happening in the first place.
Child advocates and Lincoln County officials hope to start doing that soon with a new relief nursery at the Olalla Center for Children
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Roommates busted for allegedly dealing drugs

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
TOLEDO -- A months-long narcotics investigation uncovered alleged drug-dealing activity among roommates in Toledo.
Aaron Gillen, his wife Ellery Gillen, and their roommate Alexes Bills were arraigned on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, delivery of heroin, delivery of methamphetamine, manufacture of heroin, and manufacture of methamphetamine on Tuesday, April 26, in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
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Teardown planned following playground fire

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
SILETZ -- Administrators at the Siletz Valley Schools selected a contractor to tear down a playground structure irreparably damaged in a fire last month.
The shed's demolition is scheduled for Friday, April 29, said Superintendent and Principal Sam Tupou at a school board meeting on April 26.
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Newport receives buildable material from port

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport and the Port of Newport have agreed to an unusual memo of understanding (MOU) under which they will swap about 36,700 cubic yards of sand.
The port plans to remove clean, unbuildable materials from its property at McLean Point, where it will build a 9-acre laydown area to store export goods for its International
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Superintendent shuffles district administrators

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District superintendent announced four new administrators for the 2016-17 school year, rearranging top positions at Yaquina View and Toledo Elementary.
Kristin Becker was named principal at Yaquina View, the elementary in Newport serving students from kindergarten through second grade.
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Primary ballots in the mail

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
County clerks in Oregon started mailing ballots this week for the May 17 primary election in which voters will weigh in on a number of races, including the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination process.
Voters will receive a ballot for the political party with which they are registered, the Oregon Secretary of State's Office said. Clerks started mailing out the
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Strengthening steelhead returns

Modified: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Mike Gatens aims into the air and fires -- a flock of birds, double-crested cormorants, scatter into the trees. A few more fly around a bend in the river.
"Shoot at 'em again, Mike! Move 'em up," said Jim Robinson, steering a Koffler sled boat up the Alsea River on Friday, April 22.
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Missing woman’s vest found

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- The discovery of a black vest worn by a woman, who disappeared Sunday, April 17, after leaving a bar to walk home alone, has given a police task force its biggest break in the case, so far.
Scant details have emerged from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office since they announced the find on Monday, April 26, saying
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ODOT to keep Highway 20 open on Fridays

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- In response to a request by the Newport community, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has made a change to its construction schedule for the upcoming Highway 20 project.
ODOT had initially scheduled an overnight closure of the 5.5-mile stretch of the road west of Eddyville from Sunday through Friday between July 16 and Sept. 15.
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Yachats selects first city administrator

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
YACHATS -- The city of Yachats has selected its first city administrator, guiding the coastal town in a new direction when it comes to leadership.
After a full day of interviews, city councilors selected Joan Davies on Monday, April 25.
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Swimmers fight to keep pool afloat

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
TOLEDO -- In a standing-room only city council meeting, residents in favor of the Toledo Municipal Pool delivered rousing, emotional testimonies fighting to keep the facility open despite a $2.5 million price tag for repairs.
The grassroots response to the pool's potential closure marked a departure from the town's usual sparsely attended meetings.
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Woman indicted on additional charges in manslaughter

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A grand jury indictment has levied additional, more serious charges against a Waldport woman who allegedly killed a man while driving intoxicated.
Jennifer Rose Rozewski, 33, was arraigned on a six-count indictment on Monday, April 25, that includes new charges of manslaughter in the first degree, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal mischief in the
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Cameras to monitor fishing vessels

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Beginning next year, cameras will replace human observers currently used to monitor West Coast commercial vessels fishing for Pacific whiting and other groundfish.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has approved the use of camera-based electronic monitoring systems in an effort to simplify logistics and increase profits for fishermen.
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Lincoln City woman injured in blaze

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A Lincoln City woman was seriously injured in a house fire Tuesday morning, April 26.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 responded to reports of smoke in the area of SW Bard and Galley streets at 8:55 a.m. Smoke was found coming from the eaves and chimney of a house in the 1900 block of SW
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Fishery managers making tough decisions

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- West Coast salmon fishery managers have adopted an aggressively conservative approach in order for coho and chinook stocks to rebound from current El Niño and California drought conditions.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) adopted recreational and commercial ocean salmon seasons for the three states earlier this month, a process that was fraught with difficulty.
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Newport woman arrested for attempted assault

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Newport woman allegedly tried to hit a pedestrian in a grocery store parking lot with her car because the victim had allegedly stolen a puppy from a friend.
The incident landed Robin Leigh Craig, 40, behind bars.
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Police installing cameras on public buildings

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Police will expand their existing security camera coverage in Toledo, adding cameras to the Fire and Rescue, Department of Public Utilities, and City Hall buildings.
"It's another set of eyes for us," said Police Chief David Enyeart. "You have more eyes out there, people feel a lot more secure."
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Man arrested after four shots

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A man who abandoned his car after backing into another vehicle at Center Market in Depoe Bay on Tuesday morning, April 26, ducked into a nearby coffee house after a half-dozen police officers suddenly appeared on the scene.
"He was breathing heavily and ordered a latte with four shots," said Bree Boaz, the barista and owner of
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Albany man arrested after breaking into ex-wife’s home

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- An Albany man faces multiple charges, including a Class A felony, for allegedly breaking into his former wife's residence.
Cody Lee Busch, 30, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment of burglary in the first degree, a Class A felony, and menacing on Monday, April 25, before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford.
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Couple arraigned on multiple theft charges

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln County couple were busted for allegedly staying inside a man's second home without his permission and taking some items.
Nicole L. Verardo, 27, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment of theft in the first degree, a Class C felony, and theft in the second degree on Monday, April 25, before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge
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Piece of missing Depoe Bay woman's clothing located

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- An article of clothing that belongs to a missing Depoe Bay woman was found near a shoreline, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Monday, April 25.
A citizen in the Depoe Bay area discovered the piece of clothing. The sheriff's office received a tip over the weekend about the item.
"After further investigation and consultation with the
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Depoe Bay woman remains missing, reward fund grows

Modified: Sunday, Apr 24th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- As the search entered its seventh day for a woman who vanished into the night after leaving a downtown bar, a multi-agency police task force continued to follow leads through the weekend but had yet to locate Katherine 'Katy' Roe.
Roe, 22, was last seen leaving the Wing Wa Restaurant and Lounge to walk home alone at
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School district prepping for possible budget crunch

Modified: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District is hedging its bets looking toward the upcoming biennium, as the state prepares for a hike in retirement costs that could reduce school funding.
The swollen expenses could slice the district's revenue in 2017-19 by up to 10 percent, said Business Manager Julie Baldwin.
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Bountiful Dungeness

Modified: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Dungeness crab landings off Oregon have dwindled this spring as expected nearly four months into the season, but the product continues to be high quality.
"These are beautiful crab, just great, very hard and full with few soft spots," said Bob Jackson, a Bellingham fisherman who supervised unloading at the Port of Newport of a few thousand pounds
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Vigil held for missing woman

Modified: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Mayor A.J. Mattila ascended the wooden steps of city hall on Wednesday to address the "sea of faces" that looked to him for strength after Katherine "Katy" Roe vanished in the early morning darkness of Sunday, April 17.
"It's a testament to how beloved this beloved daughter of Depoe Bay is," he said, the words strained by
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Newport VRDs under a magnifying glass

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- City Councilor Wendy Engler is tired of an ongoing affordable housing shortage in Newport.
And on Monday, April 18, she suggested doing something about the problem.
Engler asked for a temporary moratorium on short-term rental licenses, and for the Newport Planning Commission to review the policies of similar cities.
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Funding sought for annual dredging

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Northwest senators have been lobbying to make the 10 percent set-aside for maintenance of small coastal ports permanent this year.
Two years ago, Congress approved the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) through FY2022, and is currently developing its 2016 reauthorization.
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Bernal gets one year in criminal mischief case

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Already behind bars for allegedly killing a man, Antone Dean Bernal will serve a total of 365 days in jail for another crime.
The Otis man pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Paulette Sanders on Wednesday, April 20.
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Georgia-Pacific seeking OK on air quality

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
TOLEDO -- The Georgia-Pacific paper mill is in the midst of an overdue permit renewal process, opening the company up to concern from community members that federal regulations don't do enough to regulate air quality.
Representatives from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality hosted a formal hearing Wednesday, April 20, at the Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District, where people testified both
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Toledo man running for U.S. Senate

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
TOLEDO -- His statement may not be in your Voters' Pamphlet, but Toledo's Paul Weaver is serious about running as a conservative democrat against incumbent Ron Wyden for the U.S. Senate.
"I'm actually in it for the younger people coming up that'll be taking over behind us," he said, noting he doesn't see his great-great grandchildren getting out of
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Lincoln City man involved in fatal accident

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
EUGENE -- A Lincoln County man was involved in a fatal crash in Lane County on Monday, April 18.
The accident occurred north of Eugene around 10:30 p.m.
Ray Lunt, 69, of Lincoln City, was driving southbound on Highway 99W near Clearlake Road when his 2003 Dodge Ram struck a pedestrian in the lane of travel, according to an
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Record heat in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A strong offshore flow cranked up the heat in the central Oregon coast on Sunday, April 17, in turn shattering the previous high temperature for the day.
The daytime reading topped out at 86 degrees at 2:55 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. in Newport, according to climate data from the National Weather Service in Portland. The previous record of
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Manns to receive mental health assessment

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- The attorney for a man facing multiple drug and vehicle-related charges will have her client's mental health assessed before his next court date.
Randy Dean Manns, 47, is charged with attempting to elude a police officer, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of heroin, and two counts of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
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Rocky path to general election

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
The road to the Democratic presidential nomination doesn't get any easier for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who faces some tough upcoming tests after getting roughed up in the New York primary.
A Monmouth University Poll released Wednesday, April 20, showed Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead over Sanders in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary.
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Regional jobless rate at eight-year low

Modified: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A resurgent Lincoln County employment market posted its lowest jobless rate in eight years despite a wave of people coming back into the workforce.
The unemployment rate in the coastal region dropped to 5.4 percent in March from 6.5 percent in March 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a Tuesday, April 19, report.
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Candlelight vigil for missing Depoe Bay woman

Modified: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- More than 200 people turned out Wednesday, April 20, for a candlelight vigil outside city hall for Katherine "Katy" Roe, who has been missing since leaving a local bar and restaurant a few days earlier.
Roe, a Depoe Bay resident who lived with her grandparents, was last seen exiting the Wing Wa Restaurant by herself around 2
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Parking problems

Modified: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Bayfront business owner looks out his front window and spies a trailer parked across four parking spots during the heat of summer.
The area is already packed, one of Newport's most popular during the on-season. The congestion is a frustration for businesses, fishermen and visitors.
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Massive search mounted for Depoe Bay woman

Modified: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- As detectives questioned the last people who saw 22-year-old Katherine "Katy" Roe on the night she left a bar to walk home alone, small teams of citizens and city work crews continued to comb the town this week for clues to her disappearance.
Roe, a Depoe Bay resident who lived with her grandparents, was last seen leaving
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Filmmaker swept to death by sneaker wave

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A young filmmaker drowned Friday, April 15, after he was struck by a sneaker wave and swept to sea at Rocky Creek Scenic Viewpoint.
According to state troopers who handled the case, Kelly Bennett Smith, 26, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was visiting the Oregon coast for the first time with members of his film crew after finishing a
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Requests made to alter Highway 20 closure times

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Newport community leaders have asked the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to reconsider some of its projected closures for Highway 20 this coming summer and fall.
During a Monday, April 18, Newport City Council meeting, the council agreed to City Manager Spencer Nebel's request to send a letter to ODOT concerning suggested changes in road closure times during
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Man drowns after boat capsizes

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Water rescue teams and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter arrived too late Monday, April 18, to help one victim of a boating accident on the Salmon River, but saved a second person who was clinging to wave-swept rocks.
Two Jet Skis operated by a pair of specially trained volunteers with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue launched
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Kayak Shack suspended for 2016

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Students hoping to gain real-world business experience with the Kayak Shack, a student-staffed kayak tour group on Alsea Bay, need to wait until next year.
The program will suspend its operations for summer 2016 while the Lincoln County School District hunts for a new nonprofit sponsor following a risk assessment by the Port of Alsea.
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Toledo looking to expand its borders

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Leaders in Toledo are eying properties adjacent to town limits, hoping to increase the city's taxable properties through a long-deliberated annexation process.
The town will start by calling on individual landowners to volunteer, said City Planner Michael Adams. If necessary, the city council may propose a ballot measure to annex an entire area.
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Man arrested for allegedly attacking woman

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Toledo man was arraigned on charges of assault and recklessly endangering another person on Monday, April 18, after allegedly hitting a woman with a hammer.
Jeremy Lee Lacewell, 38, was arraigned on charges of assault in the fourth degree, menacing, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief in the second degree before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge
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Dispensary OK’d for recreational weed

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Staffers at the medical marijuana dispensary Green Dragon Herbal Clinic can now officially welcome recreational customers with open arms.
They've been serving recreational users since opening more than two weeks ago, said business manager Lori Edwards. But the conditional use permit from the Toledo Planning Commission grants her the proper paperwork to keep up with any future adjustments
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Detectives question witnesses as people search for missing Depoe Bay woman

Modified: Monday, Apr 18th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- As detectives questioned the last people who saw 22-year-old Katherine "Katy" Rowe on the night she left a bar to walk home alone, small teams of residents and city work crews continued to comb the town on Monday, April 18, for clues to her disappearance.
Roe, a Depoe Bay resident, was last seen leaving Wing Wa Restaurant
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Man dies in boating accident

Modified: Monday, Apr 18th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY --- Water rescue teams and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter arrived too late to help one victim of a boating accident at the mouth of the Salmon River on Monday, April 18, but saved a second person who was clinging to wave-swept rocks.
Two Jet Skis manned by specially trained volunteers with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue
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Depoe Bay woman missing after leaving local bar, investigation ongoing

Modified: Sunday, Apr 17th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Searchers fanned out across Depoe Bay on Sunday, April 17, hoping to find a missing 22-year-old woman, who disappeared after leaving a local bar to walk home.
Depoe Bay resident Katherine "Katy" Roe was last seen leaving the Wing Wa Restaurant by herself at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
A full-scale search involving Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
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