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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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Home sales soar in first quarter

Modified: Saturday, Apr 19th, 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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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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What to do when social media isn’t fun anymore — Lincoln County schools battle cyberbullying

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 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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Bridges of Lincoln County — Covered crossings to the east and to the north

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 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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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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Newport council puts medical marijuana dispensaries on hold

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- It appears that medical marijuana dispensaries will eventually open in Newport and unincorporated Lincoln County, but not until local regulations are adopted.
On Monday, the city joined the county in passing moratorium resolutions that delay the opening of such businesses under the statewide jurisdiction of the Oregon Health Authority.
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Full accreditation gives Mid-Coast Christian School more credibility

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
TOLEDO -- With full accreditation approval, Mid-Coast Christian School will be offering its students transcripts that hold more weight in the future.
After a three-year provisional period, Mid-Coast has been fully accredited for five years by AdvancED, the same organization schools such as Newport High and Toledo Jr./Sr. High School go through.
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Coast Guard air facility to stay in Newport, for now

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- There have been discussions by the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the closure of its air facility at Newport Municipal Airport because of budget constraints, but apparently it won't occur at least through 2015.
The city became aware of the possibility last week when Cdr. Mark Hiigel, an operations officer at USCG's Sector North Bend base, told City Manager
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Missing Newport man's body found in Lost Creek area

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LOST CREEK -- The body of missing Newport resident Michael Lanpheare, 37, was discovered Wednesday morning along the shoreline in the Lost Creek area, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.
The discovery of Lanpheare's body comes two days after a Pennsylvania man was arraigned in Lincoln County Circuit Court on manslaughter charges stemming from the disappearance of Lanpheare.
Donald Richard
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Teens die in separate crashes

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Two Lincoln County teenagers died last weekend in separate vehicle crashes within a span of 24 hours on local and state roadways, authorities said.
Cayden Thomas Fitch, 18, of Lincoln City was killed Friday night on Highway 22, and Makala Marie Osborn, 18, of Tidewater, died Saturday afternoon in a crash on Canal Creek Road.
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The way ’round town — A scenic option to gridlock in Lincoln City

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- City officials confirmed this week that a strange time warp is about to descend on drivers for the next two years in a congested stretch of U.S. Highway 101 known as the Nelscott Gap.
"Ten minutes will seem like 20," said Lila Bradley, public works director, of the inevitable delays motorists will encounter as road builders recreate
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Woman gets 99 months prison in fatal wreck

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A Depoe Bay woman was sentenced to 99 months in state prison Tuesday for causing a motor vehicle crash that killed two people on Highway 101 in August 2013.
Patricia Ann Weissenfluh, 59, was ordered to serve the time after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the second degree and assault in the third degree at an
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Lincoln City pot case appears trial-bound

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A late-April trial date was set Monday in the case of a husband and wife from Lincoln City accused of allegedly selling marijuana to adults and school children in the area.
Bjorn Blanchard, 21, and Emily Blanchard, 21, each face a number of felonies in connection with the case, including eight counts of unlawful delivery of marijuana
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Candidate’s forum set for April 26 in Newport

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Lincoln County's League of Women Voters will hold a candidate's forum on Saturday, April 26, featuring the two Lincoln County Board of Commissioner races scheduled for the May 20 primary election.
The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Community College Central County Campus in South Beach.
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A stand against deportation

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Earnie Bell, seated, Brenda Wills and David Martinez take part in a rally against deportations Saturday afternoon. About 30 people stood at the intersection of Highways 20 and 101 to join the nationwide movement. Participants said they're tired of seeing children born in the U.S. torn from their immigrant parents and want immigration policies put into place that address
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Pennsylvania man tied to local resident’s disappearance

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
SEAL ROCK -- After being connected to the disappearance of a local person, a Pennsylvania man was arraigned on charges of first and second-degree manslaughter Monday morning.
Donald Richard Lawyer III, 35, faced Judge Thomas Branford in Lincoln County Circuit Court and is scheduled for his next appearance, a preliminary hearing, April 14.
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Woman gets jail term for role in fraudulent gift card case

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A North Dakota woman was sentenced to 90 days jail and five years probation Thursday stemming from her role in bilking retailers in Lincoln County out of merchandise with bogus gift cards.
Samantha Rautanen, 29, received the sentence from Judge Thomas Branford during an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court, at which she also pled guilty to
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School district provides support amidst tragedy — Students, staff remember seniors killed in car accidents

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- With the loss of two of their own, Lincoln County School District members are coming together this week to mourn and remember their friends and pupils.
Cayden Fitch, a senior at Taft High in Lincoln City, and Makala Osborn, a senior at Waldport High School, were killed in two separate car accidents over the weekend.
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Raising awareness is key in child abuse prevention

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
YACHATS -- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County is shining light on the topic by raising awareness throughout the county.
Barbara LaBoss, a volunteer with the Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County, spoke to the Yachats City Council about National Child Abuse Prevention Month at their Monday work session, sharing important
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Bridges of Lincoln County

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- From the famous local bridges crossing Yaquina Bay and the Port of Alsea to their smaller counterparts spanning rivers and streams, Oregon has bridges aplenty.
As many as 14 covered bridges, if not more, have existed throughout Lincoln County at one time or another. Four of those bridges are still standing today, including the Chitwood Bridge, Fisher
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Depoe Bay woman gets 99 months prison in fatal crash

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A Depoe Bay woman was sentenced to 99 months in state prison Tuesday for causing a motor vehicle crash that killed two people on Highway 101 in August.
Patricia Ann Weissenfluh, 59, was ordered to serve the time after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the second degree, and assault in the third degree at an afternoon hearing
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Newport delays medical pot dispensary program

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council approved a moratorium Monday regarding the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city until it can review its regulatory options.
The moratorium would expire on May 1, 2015, though the council hopes to remove it later this year.
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Pennsylvania man arraigned on manslaughter charges

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Pennsylvania man was arraigned Monday afternoon in Lincoln County Circuit Court on manslaughter charges stemming from the disappearance of a Newport resident last week.
Donald Richard Lawyer, 35, faces one count of manslaughter in the first degree and one count of manslaughter in the second degree. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing
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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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