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Mail woes hang over residents

Modified: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- The markings appeared mysteriously, in the dark of night.
"Like crop signs," said Bernie Lynam as a city work crew removed for the second time the spray-painted symbols and numerals of another outlaw "locate" job.
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Fun in the sun

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A riot of colors streaked across the sky off of Highway 101. Giant whales, octopus, bears, newts, dragons and fish -- some with measurements as mammoth as 90 feet across -- fluttered and bounced in a formidable seaside wind.
Down below, the beach at D River State Park was packed with thousands of tourists. Lured to the
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Halibut season draws record numbers

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport's South Beach Marina experienced one of its busiest periods ever during the spring all-depth halibut season, which ended in mid-June with the last of five dates.
May was a particularly hectic month for the port's moorage marina and two RV parks, primarily because of four consecutive halibut openers for recreational fishermen -- combined with
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County commission wrestles with vacation rental matters

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The next step was taken in a plan to license vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) in the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County when the county commissioners held a public hearing on the matter on Wednesday, June 22.
A plan to regulate VRDs in the county is something that has been in the works for more than two years. The
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Council debates trip policies

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- On July 14, a delegation from Newport including City Manager Spencer Nebel, Councilor Wendy Engler, and former Mayor Mark McConnell will fly to Japan for a visit to Sister City Mombetsu.
But there were some housekeeping matters to take care of before the crew leaves for the 50th anniversary trip.
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Sewage stacks up at overloaded ponds

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- With its sludge lagoons filled beyond rated capacity, town leaders are grappling with ways to keep 2 to 3 million gallons of municipal sewage flowing daily.
The issue came to a head after arrangements to cheaply spread the slurry on rural fields near Siletz were terminated when site tests revealed that nitrogen deposits had reached maximum allowable
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Committee organizes effort to keep pool doors open

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Community members hoping to save the Toledo Municipal Pool from closure have organized into the Keep Our Pool Open Committee in a push to keep the facility afloat.
While their efforts are still in early stages, the group of 10 committee members and 37 volunteers is assessing the extent of the pool's damage, and searching for a way
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Fire district seeking new board members

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue's Board of Directors now has two vacancies to fill, and is asking for any people interested in the district's future to apply.
Board member Jerry Phillips resigned during a meeting on Thursday, June 23 -- a day after Chair Ray Woodruff retired. In his letter, Phillips did not state a reason
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Short-term financial straits

Modified: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Commissioners for the Port of Toledo unanimously passed a $4,757,042 budget for the upcoming fiscal year at a Tuesday, June 21, meeting.
The approval comes in the midst of a transitory period for the port, when the loss of one asset in October 2015 has yet to be recouped by the gain of a new asset in August
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Budgeting for growth at OCCC

Modified: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Oregon Coast Community College remains on track for independent accreditation following the pass of a budget for fiscal year 2016-17, focusing on generating growth and stability.
The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education unanimously passed a $10,015,405 budget for the upcoming fiscal year Wednesday, June 15, at the Lincoln City Center campus.
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Board chair retires in light of recall petition

Modified: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District Board Chair Ray Woodruff has decided to retire early "in order to spare the district the expense of a frivolous (special) election."
A recall petition for Woodruff -- signed by 260 registered voters within the fire district -- was certified by the Lincoln County Clerk's office on Friday, June 17. The
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Better than jail time

Modified: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- One of Lincoln County's most valuable and highly visible public programs involves low-risk criminal offenders working in the community rather than serving time in jail.
The county's Adult Parole & Probation work crews can be seen performing a large variety of jobs, weather permitting, primarily doing manual labor for government agencies or a nonprofit group.
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Insider seeks approval for Elks Lodge

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A top city official and her husband are the new owners of the abandoned Elks Lodge, landing the property at a fraction of its asking price and earning swift approval from the planning commission for plans to revive the site.
But those blueprints have been suspended pending a review of the deal by the Lincoln City City
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Rape trial begins for Toledo man

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- A 69-year-old man is on trial for allegedly molesting and raping a young relative on multiple occasions over a five-year period when she stayed overnight in Waldport.
Gary R. Allen, of Toledo, is being tried on 14 felony charges, including multiple Class A felony counts of rape and sexual abuse in the first degree, before Lincoln County Circuit
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Woman allegedly sics dog on victim

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
OTIS -- A dog tore into a woman's flesh when allegedly ordered by its owner to attack, resulting in serious injuries to the victim during a confrontation earlier this month.
Shelbi R. Smith, 25, of Otis, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment levying nine charges against her, including assault in the first degree and menacing, in Lincoln County
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Fire at paper mill quickly extinguished

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
TOLEDO -- A train car full of cardboard caught fire Wednesday, June 22, at the Georgia-Pacific paper mill, although on-site responders were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to any of the mill's other highly flammable materials.
"There are cardboard boxes that get shipped in for recycling, and one of the bales were on fire. They pulled it
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Toledo resident indicted on domestic abuse charges

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Toledo resident faces multiple domestic abuse charges after allegedly strangling his girlfriend in their home.
Peter J. Staton, 41, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment of strangulation and assault in the fourth degree, both Class C felonies, on Monday, June 20.
Staton was also arraigned on charges of menacing and harassment before Lincoln County
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Brown campaign surfaces, floats debate schedule

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
The Kate Brown for Oregon campaign went public this week with plans to participate in a number of debates and other events leading into the November general election.
All of the debates are expected to take place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 8, the campaign said in a schedule released Wednesday, June 22. At least three of the debates are
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Jobless rate 5.3 percent in May

Modified: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A big jump in the number of people looking for work last month had little impact on Lincoln County's jobless rate, which plunged 1.6 percentage points from the same period a year ago.
The unemployment rate sank to 5.3 percent in May from 6.9 percent in May 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report released
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Schools kick off construction season

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
TOLEDO -- When the final bell rang on Thursday, June 16, students across the Lincoln County School District flooded out of their schools in droves.
But the academic buildings aren't deserted -- construction crews will spend the summer months working to prepare the schools for the upcoming year.
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Home sales spike in May

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A stout residential real estate market posted a 22 percent gain in sales last month amid heated demand for homes priced under $300,000 in the central coast region.
But buyers also found value in higher-end homes, particularly with residences that feature ocean views and come with significant upgrades.
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Newport OKs new budget

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- On Monday, June 20, the Newport City Council approved a $75.7 million 2016-17 budget with the money set, in part, to fund a number of projects and support new staff.
During Monday's meeting, Budget Committee Chair Janet Webster addressed increased water and sewer rates as a "major thing."
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Newport fugitive caught in Mexico

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A man who's lived as a surfing instructor under a false identity in Mexico for nearly two decades was flown back to the United States last week, and will stand trial for his alleged crimes on Aug. 8.
A new arraignment hearing for Eric Francisco DeCleve, 43, was held in Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford's courtroom
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Recall petition gets needed signatures

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
WALDPORT -- A recall petition for Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District's Ray Woodruff has been verified, giving the board chair until 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, to make a big decision.
Woodruff must either resign, or submit a statement of justification.
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Siletz flirts with camera plans

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
SILETZ -- One month after voting to pay for enhanced coverage from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, leaders in Siletz are toying with the idea of installing cameras in the city.
The topic arose at a Siletz City Council meeting on Monday, June 13, when councilors conceded that even with 80 additional work hours per week starting this fall, the
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Toledo budget passed for FY 2016-17

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
TOLEDO, The Toledo City Council formally passed an $18 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, reestablishing the city's goals to maintain and upgrade city infrastructure while battling long-term financial woes.
"We're always trying to improve how we do things," said City Manager Jay Baughman at the council meeting Wednesday, June 15.
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Water damage sparks lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The owners of a million-dollar vacation home have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming their oceanfront property was damaged after a municipal water line fractured and public works employees were tardy in fixing the problem.
"It was Dec. 25, Christmas night of 2014, and my clients were enjoying their vacation home," explained William Brandt, the attorney
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Woman allegedly steals car while high on meth

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A woman who allegedly stole a vehicle while high on methamphetamine told officers she had just traded her truck for the vehicle moments before the incident.
Newport Police Department officers didn't buy it, and Brianne R. Archer, 23, of Stayton, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment of unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a stolen
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Newport council OKs $75.7 million spending plan

Modified: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council approved a nearly $75.7 million budget on Monday evening, June 20.
The budget includes a new police detective to help fight the city's high crime rate, a deputy city recorder, and two finance specialists for the finance and recreation departments.
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Aerial spraying issue goes to court

Modified: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Disgusted with aerial pesticide spraying they claim is a threat to the health of the environment and to humans, members of Citizens of a Healthy County began the process to prohibit the action last year.
Barbara Davis and Maria Sause filed a prospective initiative petition on July 6, 2015 to begin gathering signatures needed to place the issue
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Contentious hire divides board vote

Modified: Sunday, Jun 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A personnel change involving four new hires, 21 resignations and two leaves of absence for the upcoming school year barely squeaked by the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors.
The controversy sprang from just one of the proposed personnel changes -- the hire of the new assistant principal and athletic director at Taft Jr./Sr. High School, Bart
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Town gets tough on trespassers

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- After noise from an unauthorized trailer camp nearly drowned out a recent city council meeting, town leaders say they can no longer disregard the spread of illegal camping and trespassing that is driving out some honest citizens.
"It's getting worse," said Brady Weidner, director of public works, charged with ridding the city of illegal dwellers who
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El Niño affecting salmon stocks

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Reduction of coho and chinook salmon stocks along the contiguous West Coast continues to concern fish managers, but not to the point where they've declared an "overfish" status.
"We're not in that neighborhood yet," said Mike Burner, deputy director and a salmon specialist for the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). "But we are getting close to very low
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Worries of lead relieved, parental concerns linger

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
EDDYVILLE -- Rumors that a remodeling project at the Eddyville Charter School exposed children to lead paint were dispelled following a test for the toxin on Tuesday, June 14.
However, the incident raised serious concerns from families of some students over the school's judgment and lack of communication after the fact.
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Waldport approves new budget

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
WALDPORT -- The city of Waldport put its fiscal future in motion, and made a few changes to its past finances during a city council meeting on Thursday, June 9.
The council voted unanimously to approve the city's nearly $5.4 million 2016-17 budget, a slight increase from nearly $5 million in 2015-16.
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Downed wire lights up nearby home

Modified: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Firefighters thought they had things under control after they smothered sparks and flames caused by a downed power line on Friday, June 10.
But minutes after controlling the 7:30 a.m. blaze with fire extinguishers, volunteers were sent to the scene of a house fire only 100 feet away at the corner of 20th Avenue and Northeast Devils
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Former California fire chief filling in for local district

Modified: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
WALDPORT -- On May 1, Interim Chief Marcus Reed began working for a fire district that hadn't had a chief in nine months.
Now, the formerly retired firefighter is in Waldport to assist the Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District in planning for its future.
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Trump digging a big hole

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
Presidential candidates typically receive a bounce in poll numbers after their party's respective national conventions given the media attention the affairs command.
The Republican National Convention, which is being held from July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio, can't come soon enough for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump whose negatives appear to be fueling widespread support for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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