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She’s got the beat — New police officer has a desire to serve

Modified: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A 33-year-old Clackamas resident, who knew as a child that she wanted to be a cop, is the newest officer with the Lincoln City Police Department.
"It's exciting to be here," said Jayne Johnson, selected from a pool of 86 candidates to become the third woman on a roster of 27 police officers. "This is what I've
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Tigers trounce Philomath 20-1 in softball

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- As a storm overhead dumped buckets of rain on the softball field at Taft High School, the Tigers dumped buckets of hits on visiting Philomath.
Taft avenged an earlier loss to the Warriors in Wednesday's make-up game, a 20-1 five-inning victory for the host Tigers.
For more information, check out Friday's edition of the Newport
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Thinking outside the box — Siletz Valley charter raising math scores

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
SILETZ -- Siletz math teacher Kumu Tseshani engages and challenges his students with hands-on projects, such as building skeletal dinosaur replicas with reference to the real scale model; the lesson on fractions and proportions.
In another project focusing on compound shapes, his students built bridges and a tower out of sticks. They talked about why buildings are designed the
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Crowd flips for kayakers

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Applause echoed through the world's smallest harbor Saturday as a pair of expert kayakers rolled their one-person boats in the chilly waters of the port, sometimes staying inverted long enough for an onlooker to gasp with worry.
"And up he comes," said one of the kayakers, a retired professor who helped initiate a new wave of adventure-seekers
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Clean bill for Devils Lake — Testing shows turnaround in troubled lake

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A public outcry over a widespread algae bloom in a heavily used recreational waterway resulted in an unexpected clean bill of health last week for Devils Lake.
Paul Robertson, manager of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID), said initial tests for toxins and clarity put the lake's water quality within acceptable standards for drinking, though he
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Jobless rate falls to 7.5 percent in March

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A small drop in the civilian labor force translated to a big dip in Lincoln County's unemployment rate, which tumbled more than a full percentage point last month.
The jobless rate slumped to 7.5 percent in March from 8.6 percent in March 2013, according to a monthly report released Monday by the Oregon Employment Department. The most recent
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A ‘thank you’ to the community

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
Three-year-old Luke Dunphy paid a visit to Newport's Nye Beach area on Saturday as a way of saying "thank you" to the community. The young boy was severely burned by boiling water during an accident last November, forcing a lengthy stay in a Portland hospital. A number of Nye Beach businesses held fundraisers to support his recovery, and
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Candidates square off at forums this week

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County's 2014 political season begins in earnest Friday and Saturday when two county commissioner races will be featured at candidate forums.
Six candidates, two for Position 1 and four for Position 3, are on the ballot for the May 20 vote-by-mail primary election.
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NOAA Ship Rainier heads to Alaska on survey mission

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ship Rainier, a familiar sight in Newport, departed from Yaquina Bay shortly after noon on Monday. It is bound for Kodiak, Alaska, where it will acquire data as part of an effort to update NOAA's nautical charting products in support of southwest Alaska's large fishing fleet, and increasing levels of passenger and
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Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday at four locations

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
This Saturday will be Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Lincoln County.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., four sites throughout the county will provide a safe and anonymous way to responsibly dispose of medications, safeguard lives, and protect the environment. The four prescription drug take back stations will be located in the Newport, Lincoln City, and Toledo police
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Speeding, pedestrian safety addressed at sheriff’s meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
YACHATS -- Ongoing concerns about speeding along Highway 101 and pedestrian safety were a big part of the conversation at a community meeting with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office last week.
Sheriff Dennis Dotson and members of his leadership team met with residents from throughout the county in Yachats on Thursday, April 17.
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Ex-Newport airport worker gets 5 years in child porn case

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A former Newport Municipal Airport employee, who used a computer at work to download and view hundreds of child pornography images, was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday.
Charles B. Norman, 59, was ordered to serve the time after he pleaded guilty to three counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree as part
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Community college receives approval as new GED testing site

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Those looking to take the new GED test can now do so at Oregon Coast Community College's central campus as the school has become an approved Pearson Vue Testing Center.
The new version of the exam, reportedly more challenging as it better aligns with Common Core standards, rolled out Jan. 2 and is completely online.
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County adds Yaquina, Yachats rivers to monitoring program

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the National Weather Service and Oregon Water Resources Department, have made available two additional National Weather Service monitored rivers for Lincoln County.
The weather service has had a long-standing monitoring capability for the Siletz and Alsea rivers, and through collaboration with Oregon Water Resources Department, the Yaquina and Yachats rivers are
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SWAT team used in Lincoln City to arrest suspected drug dealer

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- An alleged Lincoln City drug dealer, who was arrested after a standoff with a SWAT team last week, faces 10 felony charges in connection with the incident.
Samuel Fajardo-Landa, 23, made an initial appearance Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court, at which he was advised of the charges against him. He is being held on $1.5 million
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City takes action to resolve water-service problem

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport and the Seal Rock Water District are inching closer to solving a water-service boundary problem that has led to city water users continuing to pay property taxes to the district.
The city council adopted an amendment Monday that sets up the process to allow property owners in the South Beach area to withdraw from
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Pedestrian struck

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
A 26-year-old Newport woman was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when she was hit by a 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup while walking on a sidewalk in the 900 block of NE Eads Street.
Abby Gove was hit and pinned between the vehicle and a tree about 2:30 p.m. Sunday when the 17-year-old driver apparently lost control of the Toyota after pulling
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Children’s Advocacy Center appoints development coordinator

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
The Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County Board of Directors and Executive Director Pam Salisbury recently announced the appointment of Liz Martin as development coordinator for the agency.
In this role, Martin will be responsible for creating and coordinating a comprehensive development program that includes fundraising, building donor relationships and recognition, and enhancement of outreach for the center.
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Ready to shove off

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
The 14-foot U.S.S. Challenger, under construction in Depoe Bay city shops, is nearly ready for its new berth at the city park, where it will replace an old stagecoach as the premier playground attraction. Made of high-grade polymers and stainless steel fasteners, the $4,000 toy boat will be mounted on springs to give it the feel of a real boat.
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Meet new school superintendent

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
istrict is inviting all county residents to meet the next school superintendent, Steve Boynton, at forums to be held in four areas of the county over the next four weeks.
The gatherings will provide the opportunity for community members to ask questions, give feedback, and get to know the new leader of the district, who will assume duties on July
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County commissioner candidates headline forums

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
Two forums will be held this week for the two Lincoln County commissioners' races in the May 20 primary election.
The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce will hold an event Friday at the Newport Shilo Inn, beginning at noon. On Saturday, a forum sponsored by the Lincoln County League of Women's Voters will be held from 2-4 p.m. at
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Waldport gets 6-5 win against St. Paul in baseball

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
WALDPORT -- The Waldport High baseball squad overcame a three-run deficit to beat St. Paul 6-5 on Monday afternoon.
The win put Waldport's record back over .500 on the season.
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Newport woman hit by pickup

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 26-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a pickup truck while walking on a sidewalk Sunday afternoon in the 900 block of NE Eads Street, the Newport Police Department said.
Abby Gove was walking southbound on the sidewalk about 2:30 p.m. when the 17-year-old driver of a 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup apparently lost control
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Bon voyage

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
The 231-foot Rainier, one of several National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ships based in Newport, left Yaquina Bay shortly after noon on Monday.
The ship is bound for Kodiak, Alaska, where researchers will acquire data as part of an effort to update NOAA's nautical charting products in support of Southwest Alaska's large fishing fleet and increasing levels
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Lincoln County's jobless rate falls to 7.5 percent in March

Modified: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped to 7.5 percent in March from 8.6 percent in March 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
Statewide, the jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent from 8 percent in the same period. Rates are seasonally adjusted.
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Taft Tigers snap four-game losing streak

Modified: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- The Taft Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday with a 9-3 non-conference baseball win against visiting Dayton Pirates.
Taft starter Henry Lahti got the decision for the Tigers.
For more information check out Wednesday's edition of the Newport News-Times.
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Lincoln County schools battle cyberbullying

Modified: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
TOLEDO -- Social media can be a gift that connects people and gets news out faster. But it can also be a curse, which was the case for Toledo Jr./Sr. High School last year when multiple high school students got involved in cyberbullying; attacking each other over the Internet.
"We've not dealt with it as much this year," Assistant
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Home sales soar in first quarter of the year

Modified: Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Robust demand for houses in Lincoln County drove residential sales 35 percent higher in the first quarter of 2014, as buyers stepped up to take advantage of appealing price points.
Sales of residential properties, land (residential) and condominiums surged to $43.72 million in the three months ended March 31. That was up from $32.35 million in the
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Bridges of Lincoln County — Covered crossings to the east and to the north

Modified: Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Covered bridges are sticking around for the long haul in Oregon as dedicated individuals work to preserve these historic structures.
Four of the state's 51 covered bridges still standing today are located throughout Lincoln County.
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Easter egg hunting in Yachats

Posted: Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014
Children from throughout south Lincoln County hunted for hundreds of eggs at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church on Saturday as part of the annual Easter festivities.
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Dashing for Easter eggs

Modified: Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014
Children take to a field of candy and prizes at the Newport Lions' annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse State Park in Newport.
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Waldport council debates pot dispensaries

Modified: Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Pot has been on the minds of many in Waldport. Medical marijuana dispensaries were the topic of a workshop session following the regular Waldport City Council meeting on April 10.
Two local entrepreneurs are hoping to open medical marijuana facilities, one within the city limits and the other only a few miles down the road at 1466 SW
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Demolition work paves way for Goodwill superstore

Modified: Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Demolition, eviction and drilling are paving the way for a new, 22,000-square-foot Goodwill superstore located one block north of the Tanger Outlet Mall.
Workers from Cascade Drilling of Portland this week began decommissioning old, underground gas tanks at the three-block-long site between NE Sixth and NE Tenth streets.
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Thousands altar-bound if same-sex marriage legalized

Modified: Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
As backers of a proposed same-sex marriage initiative continue to drum up support for the proposal in Oregon, a new report on the issue shows removing the ban would likely send thousands of people walking down the aisle of love.
The Williams Institute of Los Angeles report estimates about 5,887 of Oregon's 11,773 same-sex couple would marry in the first
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Newport softball loses to Stayton in extra innings

Modified: Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- After a couple of errors put the Newport Cubs softball squad down two runs before they could even pick up the bats, the home team fought back to tie things up.
But the Stayton Eagles came back to finish off the Cubs in the 10th inning for a 4-3 win Friday afternoon at the Yaquina View Softball
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SWAT team deployed in Lincoln City — Man arrested, a second suspect on the loose

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- An alleged drug trafficker was arrested Friday morning after an Oregon State Police SWAT team deployed diversionary explosions and gas charges into a residence where the suspect was holed up.
Samuel Farjardo, 23, faces numerous felony allegations stemming from the incident, including delivery of controlled substance and felon in possession of body armor.
Selvin Farjardo, 21, is
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Ex-Newport city worker gets 5 years prison in child porn case

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A former Newport Municipal Airport employee was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday on child pornography charges.
Charles Norman, 59, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
Norman was arrested Jan. 19 after he allegedly tried to print pictures of nude
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A show of support

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboat Victory escorts fishing vessel Seeker into Yaquina Bay Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of Lincoln County residents turned out along the bay's south jetty and on the Yaquina Bay Bridge in a show of support for the returning boat and crew. A crewman aboard the Seeker, Eric Eder, lost his life March 12 while
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‘An exciting beginning at OCCC’ -- College selects its new president

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Oregon Coast Community College will soon be sailing toward independence with a new captain at the helm, guiding it through the challenges to achieving standalone accreditation.
The OCCC Board of Education announced Wednesday that Birgitte Ryslinge has been selected as the college's new president. Ryslinge, currently president of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus, was one of four
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Crab Louis

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The setting in front of WorldMark Resort in Depoe Bay looked like a scene from a Grade B sci-fi movie, but the attack of Louie the Crab -- a 30-foot inflatable Dungeness from the Oregon Crab Commission -- proved harmless for a trio of front-desk jockeys who turned out to promote this weekend's Depoe Bay Crab Feed & Classic Wooden
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Lincoln City seeks volunteers for committee openings

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The city of Lincoln City is accepting applications for volunteers for a number of boards and committees. Applications may be found online at the city's website at www.lincolncity.org under "Boards and Committees," and "Committee Member Application."
For additional information, call Cathy Steere, city recorder, at 541-996-1203, or Sherrie Correia at 541-996-2152.
• Budget Committee, two vacancies, must
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Superintendent to speak about school safety

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Lincoln County School Superintendent Tom Rinearson will address the Community Conversations group at its next meeting, set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the Newport Public Library.
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Democrats to gather in Siletz

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, Lincoln County Democrats will go on the road to hear Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians tribal counsel member Bud Lane speak of the activities and legislative agenda of the tribe.
Additionally, candidates for Lincoln County Commission will appear to speak briefly and field a few questions. This is an opportunity for east county
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Newport games against Stayton get postponed, moved

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Due to inclement weather, the Newport Cubs have changed the times and locations for their baseball and softball contests against Stayton, which were scheduled for today (Thursday, April 16).
Cubs baseball will host the Eagles at Frank Wade Memorial Park on Friday. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.
The softball game will be moved from Stayton
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Idaho firefighter becomes new assistant chief in Depoe Bay

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A second-generation firefighter who spent the last 13 years racing to calls in the Boise area has been named as the new assistant fire chief for the Depoe Bay Fire District.
Bill Johnson, 47, took over the position March 3 following the retirement of Assistant Fire Chief Hank Walling.
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Community college proposes 2014-15 budget of $9.4 million — College board also approves new tobacco free policy

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- State funding for community colleges is on the rise again, but it's not yet at a level Oregon Coast Community College officials would like to see. Still, the budget planning must go on, and the college has proposed one that's about $1 million more than last year.
Chief Financial Officer Greg Holmes and Interim President Bruce Koike both
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Class begins Sunday in Newport for amateur radio operators

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Department of Emergency Management announced this week that a class is being offered for people interested in acquiring their technical class amateur radio license, or for those who would like a refresher on the skills and requirements of radio operations.
Instructor Mike Eastman said this is a review course designed especially for those who have
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Educating, empowering students to fight bullying

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- "It was like the dark ages." That's how Newport High School freshman Mia Estabrook describes middle school, a period in her life where she faced harassment for her alleged sexual orientation because of her short hair and the way she dressed.
She's since come out as gay, and things are better in high school, she said.
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Ryslinge named new president of Oregon Coast Community College

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education named Birgitte Ryslinge as the new president of the school during a meeting Wednesday evening.
Ryslinge is the current interim president and chief academic officer at Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus. She's also served as the dean of academic services at Chabot Las Positas Community College District in California.
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A show of support

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Dozens of Lincoln County residents turned out along the south jetty of Yaquina Bay and on the Yaquina Bay Bridge in a show of support Wednesday afternoon as they welcomed the fishing vessel Seeker back to port. A crewman aboard the Seeker, Eric Eder, lost his life March 12 while the boat was fishing in Alaska's Bering Sea.
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Swamped boat aided by Coast Guard

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A charter vessel and the U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of a 23-foot pleasure boat Sunday morning when it began taking on water a few miles south of the Yaquina Bay jetty.
The boat, with three people aboard, issued a Mayday call at around 9 a.m. after apparently cracking its hull. Two other recreational vessels began
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Airport project ready to roll

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The first of several reconstruction projects scheduled for the Newport Municipal Airport over the next few months will start next Monday and continue into fall.
Extensive renovation of the fixed base operator (FBO) building will begin on April 21, followed three weeks later with the beginning of the $9.9 million reconstruction and asphalt paving project of the airport's
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Marine Science Day

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Youngsters check out the tide pool exhibit (above) Saturday afternoon at Marine Science Day at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Hundreds of people attended the event, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station. The station was the first dedicated to marine sciences. At right, a group of children play around
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Man gets 70 months prison in kidnapping

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln City man was sentenced to 70 months in state prison Friday for grabbing his ex-girlfriend outside a trailer park and whisking her away in a sport utility vehicle.
Paul Simms, 32, received the prison term after pleading guilty to kidnapping in the second degree during an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl
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Full cycle

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
On Friday afternoon, 24 students from Sam Case Primary School headed outside to their new greenhouse, recently moved over from the middle school, and planted seeds, such as lettuce and sunflower. Volunteer Oregon State University master gardeners and apprentices assisted the students. In the fall, the same group of students harvested plants at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. Master Gardner Liz
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Grand Jury indicts East Coast man in local’s death

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Alleged to have killed a Newport resident as a result of pushing him off a cliff in Seal Rock, a Pennsylvania man has been formally charged with manslaughter.
The Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted Donald Lawyer III, 35, on two counts of manslaughter, and he was arraigned on the indictment early Monday morning in Judge Paulette Sanders' courtroom.
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Archaeologist digs into sword mystery

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A weeklong search for evidence of an ancient landfall by Sir Francis Drake failed to find proof that the English explorer built a fort at Whale Cove in the summer of 1579.
But the renowned archaeologist who led the effort last month has uncovered another mystery, instead.
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Fund established to help Fitch family

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
A fund has been set up to help a Lincoln City family who lost a son in an April 4 car crash that also left another family member with serious injuries.
Cayden Fitch, 18, who was a senior at Taft High School in Lincoln City, died when the Ford Ranger pickup he was driving struck another vehicle on Highway 22
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State strengthens South Beach child porn case

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A jailed South Beach man was hit with enhanced child pornography charges Monday, in turn sending his bail spiraling to $1.65 million.
Special prosecutor Bumjoon Park moved to increase bail for Mark Mryczko, 41, near the end of a morning arraignment hearing in the case at Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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Lincoln City council splits on pot freeze

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- City councilors failed to agree on a proposed moratorium for medical marijuana dispensaries Monday.
Instead, they will likely pass a temporary suspension on retail outlets at their April 28 meeting, just days before the May 1 state deadline for cities to adopt moratoriums. The pause is designed to allow municipalities to adjust their zoning codes and other
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Angell Job Corps, Siuslaw National Forest celebrate Wilderness Act

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
YACHATS -- Angell Job Corps has teamed up with the Siuslaw National Forest to build and install new information boards for the forest's three wilderness areas.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act as Angell Job Corps is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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Winners selected for 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Some of the most outstanding volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized for their hard work and achievements at the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 24, in Salem.
The awards will honor 22 individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs. Of those, eight will be state-level awards, and 24 will be regional awards. The winners
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State ramps up charges in South Beach man's child porn case

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A South Beach man was slapped with enhanced charges Monday in his child pornography case, in turn sending his bail spiraling to $1.65 million.
Mark Myrczko, 41, faces more than a dozen counts of encouraging child sex abuse stemming from his Dec. 19 arrest.
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East Coast man arraigned on manslaughter indictment in death of Newport resident

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Pennsylvania man was arraigned Monday on an indictment alleging two counts of manslaughter stemming from his role in the death of a Newport resident earlier this month.
The Lincoln County Grand Jury handed down the indictment in the case of Donald Lawyer III, who stands accused of killing Michael Lanpheare on April 2.
Lawyer allegedly killed Lanpheare
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New wilderness information signs placed throughout Siuslaw National Forest

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
YACHATS -- Students in the union carpentry training program at Angell Job Corps collaborated with the Siuslaw National Forest to build new wilderness information signs.
The information signs have been placed at different trailheads on the Siuslaw National Forest, including this sign at the south trailhead of the Drift Creek Wilderness.
Job Corps students worked with the U.S. Forest Service
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Off and running in Toledo

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The second annual 5K Spring Sprint generated about 100 participants Saturday afternoon.
Money raised by the event benefits the Toledo Food Pantry.
Pick up the April 16 edition of the Newport News-Times for more coverage of the event.
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Hundreds explore wonders of marine science

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Visitors check out the tide pool exhibit Saturday afternoon at Marine Science Day at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The free event gets visitors behind-the-scenes in order to experience the research, education and outreach of marine sciences. Marine Science Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at
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School district looking at finances

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- With a low ending fund balance this year that could have spelled bad news, the Lincoln County School District will be taking a closer look at its finances in the near future.
LCSD is looking at a $1.5 million ending fund balance for 2013-14, compared with a nearly $3 million ending fund balance last year.
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Fish kill bedevils lake

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A day after 8,400 trout were stocked in Devils Lake, the man that grew them shook his head and leveled his camera at a shoreline littered with dead fish.
"I've never seen anything like it," said David Welch, manager of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Salmon River Hatchery. "I'm shocked, and I don't know what
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Looking back on 40 years in the gas station business

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
WALDPORT -- A lot has changed over the last 40 years. Just ask Bill and Nancy Gilliland.
The local small business owners took a long walk down memory lane last week as they turned over the keys to their tire shop to the new owners.
The Gillilands are the familiar and friendly owners of Bill's Chevron & Tire, located on
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Canine cancer is growing concern as dogs live longer

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Has your pet been diagnosed with cancer? Do you have questions about the common signs and symptoms of cancer in dogs and cats?
Canine cancer diagnoses and deaths seem to be on the rise. Dr. Charles Hurty, of Grove Veterinary Clinic in Newport, will address questions and more as he delivers a talk on canine cancer awareness this Saturday at
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New vision for Ona Beach park

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
ONA BEACH -- Planning for the future Brian Booth State Park is still in progress, but it promises to be unique in Oregon when it becomes a reality in three or four years.
The original oceanfront park and dunes at Ona Beach won't change much, but the new park will eventually grow to at least 1,300 acres and encompass the
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Missing Newport man’s body discovered

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
SEAL ROCK -- The Lincoln County District Attorney Office's case against Donald Lawyer III, tied to a Newport man's disappearance, has gotten stronger with the discovery of the victim's body.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the body was found by a passerby along the surf line in the Lost Creek area, about five miles north of Seal Rock,
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Rainy March gives way to sunny April

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A deluge of rainfall at the onset of March, and a fair amount of wet weather in the closing stages of the month, pushed total precipitation for the period firmly above its average 31-day reading.
Newport received 8.99 inches of rain in March, more than 16 percent higher than the average mark of 7.74 inches, according to data
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Spit shine

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Siletz Bay at low tide on Wednesday offered a spit of sand for this clam digger to exercise his shovel in a bed of eastern softshell steamers. Though it was hard to tell from a distance if he was walking on earth or water, the seagulls seemed not to mind and were quick to descend for any potential morsels the
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Sailboat trip delayed because of seasickness

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Thomas Arndt's planned sailboat trip from Newport to French Polynesia and back has been aborted with the hope to resume the adventure next spring.
Arndt and Daniel Cooper, along with two other men who were hitching a ride to San Diego, set sail aboard the 28-foot boat Nimbus on March 31 before returning to Newport after traveling about
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Public input sought on newest marine reserves

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife continues its series of workshops to solicit community input to help develop management plans for Oregon's newest marine reserves with public meetings scheduled for Lincoln City and Florence on April 16 and 17.
Cristen Don, ODFW marine reserves program leader, said these workshops will focus on the kinds of research or other projects
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New leadership charts harbor business for Depoe Bay

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- With new hands at the helm, Depoe Bay's influential harbor commission is steering away from embattled seas.
But the latest course correction could take it close to the rocks as the seven-member group finds its operating budget listing with expenses that exceed revenues.
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County accepting applications for grants to nonprofit groups

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Lincoln County is continuing its competitive allocation program to help fund private, nonprofit social service agencies within the county for fiscal year 2014-15.
An agency qualifies to make an application if it is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit agency providing social services to either the general population of Lincoln County or targeted segments of that population. Allocations can be made
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Political tug-of-war on benefits bill

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
A bipartisan proposal backed by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to extend emergency federal unemployment benefits to thousands of people was endorsed this week by the U.S. Senate.
The Senate approved the jobless insurance bill on a 59-38 vote Monday. The bill would renew the emergency benefits through May from the point at which the government stopped paying out on Dec.
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NOAA planning leader to direct Oregon Sea Grant program

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Shelby Walker, a marine scientist and administrative leader with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been named director of the Oregon Sea Grant College Program.
She will assume leadership of Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon State University-based marine research, outreach, education and communication program, on July 7.
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County moves to ‘legalize’ North Yachats River Road

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- After several hours of public hearings, Lincoln County has decided to "legalize" a small portion of North Yachats River Road 805 in order to repair the historic Yachats Covered Bridge.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners informally approved the process Wednesday, which will allow the county to receive up to $700,000 in federal grant funds to rehabilitate the
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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office hosting community meeting

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, April 17, in Yachats.
This is the 17th community meeting hosted by Sheriff Dennis Dotson and his leadership team since 2006. The meeting will be held at the Yachats Commons from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dotson noted that while the meeting is being held
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League of Women Voters to meet

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Bruce Koike, interim president of Oregon Coast Community College, will be guest speaker at a meeting of the League of Women Voters of Lincoln County on Thursday, April 17. The meeting will start at noon in the downstairs meeting room at the Newport Public Library.
Koike has served as the college's interim president since December 2011.
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Lincoln City group to discuss ADA access

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The city of Lincoln City is hosting an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Project Advisory Team meeting on Wednesday, April 16, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, 801 S Highway 101. The public is invited to attend, however, there will not be an opportunity for public comment at the meeting.
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Health district seeks board member

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The North Lincoln Health District Board of Directors is seeking applications from people interested in serving on the board.
Board member Esther Schwartz resigned from her seat effective April 1, she had served on the board since July 2001.
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New sea otter pup makes debut at aquarium

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Nuka the sea otter pup seemed too busy splashing about with his exhibit-mate Schuster to notice his new surroundings as he swam into the Oregon Coast Aquarium's Sea Otter Exhibit Tuesday morning, and that is exactly what the aquarium's mammalogists hoped for.
"This introduction was perfect; everything went as expected," said Ken Lytwyn, curator of marine mammals. "I'm really happy
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Newport now accepting tourism grant applications — Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 30

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Applications are now available for City of Newport Tourism Facilities Grants. Money for these grants comes from the city's room tax fund, and $100,000 has been earmarked for this purpose.
The Newport City Council and Tourism Facilities Grant Review Task Force have established a grant process for distributing the funds for projects that promote economic development relating to
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Cops cramped in headquarters

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Cops who are used to putting the squeeze on criminals are in a pinch of their own at police headquarters, a makeshift building never designed to house a modern law enforcement agency.
"It's an old ambulance building that's been remodeled three or four times," said Police Chief Keith Kilian, who likely occupies the smallest office of any
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