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Wildfire danger climbs

Modified: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- According to new data released by a fire-ratings authority, nearly 1,000 structures in the Newport area worth $187 million are at "high risk" for destruction by wildfire.
In addition, more than 2,000 structures with a replacement value of $414.5 million are at "moderate risk."
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Rain showers in weekend forecast

Modified: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A storm system out of the Gulf of Alaska is going to make for soggy conditions on the central Oregon coast with showers in the forecast throughout the weekend.
"There's not a lot of water in them. Just enough to ruin your plans," said Gerald Macke, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service Office in Portland.
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A sober reminder

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport Police Department, along with members of the Newport High School student council, conducted a mock DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) fatality crash Wednesday morning in front of the high school.
With prom and graduation season on the horizon, the simulated crash was a sober reminder how easily this celebratory time of year can be
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Putting a spin on prevention

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Hundreds of pinwheels spinning in the ocean breeze at the Lincoln City Community Center helped draw attention this week to Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, the pinwheel garden is a reminder that child abuse affects more Oregon children than autism, juvenile diabetes and all forms of childhood cancer combined.
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Lifesaving efforts honored

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda receives a lifesaving medal from Mayor Sandra Roumagoux at the Newport City Council meeting on Monday. Miranda, as well as officers Brad Purdom and Kraig Mitchell (pictured in the background from left to right), received the medals for talking a suicidal man off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in December.
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Room tax to reach new heights

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A mild Oregon coast winter had tourist looking to explore, and in turn, sent a major city revenue stream on a record pace.
With rainfall down and visitors up, released figures for the Transient Room Tax show the city of Newport ahead of the curve in 2015, with numbers trending toward all-time highs.
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Crime wave washes over county

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County leads the state in "persons crimes" such as assault, robbery and rape, according to the latest figures of the Oregon Annual Uniform Crime Report published by the Oregon State Police.
In another dubious honor, the county ranked fourth in Oregon for "property crimes," a category that includes burglaries, larceny, vandalism and fraud.
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Name change for boatyard, expansion continues

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
TOLEDO -- What's in a name? Apparently confusion for the Port of Toledo, which has called its haul-out boatyard Yaquina Boatyard for about a year.
A little upriver is a private enterprise called Yaquina Boat Equipment, which has been doing business for 47 years on land leased from the Port of Toledo.
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$10.5 million to run recreational pot program

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
The group charged with implementing Measure 91 is seeking $10.5 million from state lawmakers to run the recreational weed program from 2015-17.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission budget request calls for hiring and training 33 employees to help administer the voter-approved program.
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Woman arraigned on 28-count criminal indictment

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A homeless woman with an apparent penchant for foreign sports cars and trucks was arraigned on a 28-count amended indictment stemming from alleged burglaries, and vehicle break-ins and thefts in Lincoln County.
Stephanie Ann Wheeler-Davey, 30, is charged with 12 felonies and 16 misdemeanors in the case. The felony charges include six counts of theft in the first
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Regional workforce consortium forming

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A new intergovernmental agreement among Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln and Tillamook counties establishes a Northwest Oregon Workforce Consortium.
"This is the first step" in establishing a broader, regional workforce consortium, said Doug Hunt, chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, on Wednesday.
"A board will be appointed, it begins July 1," he said.
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Vada Robinson receives Alma B. Howes Award

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
At the city of Newport's annual volunteer recognition event held on April 21, the 2015 Alma B. Howes Award was presented to Vada Robinson, who volunteers at the Newport 60+ Activity Center.
The Alma B. Howes Award is named in honor of a long-time city volunteer who made a difference in her community.
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Surfrider, DEQ to host beach bacteria workshop

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Surfrider Foundation and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be hosting a joint workshop on beach bacteria, demonstrating some new tools and collaborations to improve water quality at beaches with ongoing bacteria issues.
The workshop is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center in Newport, 333 SE Bay Blvd.
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Panel to discuss sexual assaults in Lincoln County

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
In recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) will host a panel discussion at its meeting on Tuesday, April 28.
The panel will include JW Hupp, Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney; Lisa Norton, executive director of My Sisters' Place, Ceci Pratt, outreach coordinator of My Sisters' Place,
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Dedication ceremony is April 27

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at the Chitwood Covered Bridge on Monday, April 27, at 2 p.m.
The bridge, located off of Highway 20 near milepost 17, recently underwent a major renovation project conducted as a part of the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program.
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School district, college boards set joint meeting

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
The governing boards of Lincoln County's largest education systems will hold a special joint board meeting Tuesday, April 28, as part of an ongoing effort to coordinate approaches to issues vital for both Oregon Coast Community College and the Lincoln County School District.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at OCCC's Central County Campus, at 400 SE College Way
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Sheriff plans community meeting in Waldport

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, April 28.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Waldport Community Center, located at the corner of Highway 34 and Hemlock Street.
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County to benefit from federal aid for forests

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- Congress approved reviving federal aid payments for timber dependent counties last week, which amounts to about $95 million throughout Oregon this year, and $90 million next year.
"Lincoln County is expecting to receive about $60,000 both years in O&C funds, from property managed by the Bureau of Land Management," said Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall.
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Slow walkers may be doomed if tsunami strikes

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- An earth-shaking new study documents why their sluggish pace could doom slow walkers during a tsunami along the Oregon coast.
The report's author, however, claimed the research paper offers an uncommon ray of hope amid mounting scientific data that predicts a massive natural disaster in the 620-milelong Cascadia Subduction Zone.
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Settlement possible in fugitive bookkeeper’s theft cases

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fugitive bookkeeper appears headed toward a criminal settlement of his two identity theft cases, in which he stands accused of bilking former clients out of thousands of dollars.
The chance of a resolution in the cases of Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin II surfaced during a hearing Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Public input needed for improving health, well-being

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
SILETZ -- A first-year, $30,000 grant for Siletz to improve health and well-being could turn into $150,000 per year for five years.
Megan Hawley, social service advocate at Healthy Family Healthy Child Project with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, told the Siletz City Council about the grant April 13.
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Helo case up in the air

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
EUGENE -- No decision was made Monday following a revealing hourlong discussion in U.S. District Court in Eugene concerning the Newport Air Facility, but federal Judge Michael McShane did have a change of mind.
The proceeding involved whether to grant the U.S. Coast Guard a dismissal of the lawsuit filed last December by the Newport Fishermen's Wives (NFW), which sought
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Regional jobless rate plunges to 6.6 percent

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A sharp drop in the number of unemployed people, coupled with fewer individuals searching for jobs pushed Lincoln County's unemployment reading to its lowest level in nearly seven years.
The jobless rate in the coastal region sank to 6.6 percent in March from 7.5 percent in March 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a labor report Tuesday.
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Man enters not guilty pleas to sex charges

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A 54-year-old Albany man pleaded not guilty Monday to a number of sexual abuse charges stemming from the alleged rape of a teenage girl.
Chris Mitchell is charged with four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, and one count each of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, and rape in
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County will add Forest Economic Committee

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County needs a Forest Economic Committee to educate the public about the economic importance of its forest resources, Jim Reeb told the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners April 15.
Reeb is an associate professor of forestry and natural resources with Oregon State University Extension Services of Lincoln County.
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Pump track has a pulse

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport biking community may soon have a reason to be pumped up.
During Monday's Newport City Council meeting, it was revealed that after a long search for a location, a site for a bicycle pump track may have been discovered.
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Forgotten pot to blame for Friday fire

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Two occupants and their pets safely escaped from a fire that occurred late Friday afternoon in Newport.
At 5:37 p.m., 21 firefighters from Newport Fire Department, along with responders from Depoe Bay Fire Department, Toledo Fire Department, Seal Rock Fire Department and Pacific West Ambulance were dispatched to a "fully involved residence fire" in the 400 block
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Hiker injured in Otter Rock fall

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
OTTER ROCK -- A hiker who plunged 40 feet off a vertical cliff last week was hoisted aboard a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter as dozens of amazed diners watched from a nearby restaurant.
"We were listening to the music and watching the wildlife when all of a sudden a helicopter flew over," recalled Sue Zemliak, a nature photographer who began
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Disaster plans need to include tourists

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County has no full time, paid Red Cross staff, and that concerns county Commissioner Terry Thompson.
"I used to serve on the Red Cross board," he said. "All the staff has moved to Eugene. In my experience, it's the local people who make it happen.
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Man injured in rollover crash

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
SOUTH BEACH -- A Newport man was injured when the car he was driving went over an embankment and rolled at around 3:30 p.m. Monday.
David Kroeger, 59, was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 101 near milepost 144 in South Beach when he lost control of his Nissan Sentra as he was negotiating a leftward sweeping curve.
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Sexual violence preventable with education

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Almost all cases of sexual violence happen between people who know one another, JW Hupp, chief deputy district attorney for Lincoln County told the county board of commissioners April 15.
"This type of sexual violence is preventable with education and outreach," said Hupp.
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Disaster caches now located at north, west, east and south schools

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
With the placement of a disaster supply cache near Oceanlake Elementary School in Lincoln City this week, all students and staff throughout the Lincoln County School District will have access to basic emergency survival supplies in case of natural disaster such as tsunami or earthquake.

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County plans reappraisals

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
The Lincoln County Assessor's Office will be conducting a physical reappraisal of all residential properties within the cities of Toledo and Siletz.
Appraisers will be driving marked vehicles and carrying assessors office identification.
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Democrats host candidates, KYAQ

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Lincoln County Democrats will host Bridget Wolfe of KYAQ radio at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wolfe will speak on the state of the station.
The group will also turn its attention to four candidates for school board. Others may attend, as well as candidates for community college board.
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Newport forming Community Visioning Work Group

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
The Newport City Council is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on a Community Visioning Work Group.
The work group will be charged with providing a report and recommendation to the city council, by July 15, on whether the city should proceed with a comprehensive community visioning process during the 2015/2016 fiscal year.
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LCSD receives good review of food service

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
WALDPORT -- Food served at schools in the Lincoln County School District is safe and sanitary; the variety available at the food bars is fresh, varied and outstanding, Janet Beer told the school board Tuesday.
The LCSD Board of Directors met at Crestview Heights in Waldport.
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Jobless rate falls to lowest level in nearly 7 years

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County plunged to 6.6 percent in March from 7.5 percent in March 2014, state employment data showed Tuesday.
The jobless reading is the lowest since June 2008 when it measured 6.3 percent.
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Crunch time in Lincoln City

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council named five volunteers last week to the Lincoln City Budget Committee, including a contingent of outspoken citizens who will meet for the first time on May 4.
The committee makes recommendations on the annual municipal budget, which came in at $36 million last year. Mayor Don Williams said he was "excited" by the prospect
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Fatal plane crash report released

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Nearly 10 months after a plane crash in Toledo cost two people their lives -- 4-year-old Zoey Wahl and the 51-year old pilot, Douglas Nebert -- the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a thorough accident report, featuring interviews with friends and family and the probable cause of the May 31, 2014 crash.
NTSB listed two
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Judge to hear arguments on Coast Guard lawsuit

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed last November to prohibit the U.S. Coast Guard from closing its Newport Air Facility will argue Monday morning in federal court for a stay of proceedings in the case through 2015.
The defendants, represented by several federal attorneys, filed a motion of dismissal in late January in Eugene's U.S. District Court before Judge
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Water projects nearing completion

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo is replacing aging infrastructure in its water intake system on the Siletz River.
Three new pumps were installed, and the pump house on the river is nearly finished.
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Robust housing market posts strong Q1 sales

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- After years of lackluster home sales in Lincoln County, the market appears to be going through a housing renaissance with consumers displaying a robust appetite for owning property in the coastal region.
As a result, sales of residential-site built properties and condominiums came in at $46.73 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $40.52 million in
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School district slashing budget

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
WALDPORT -- Superintendent Steve Boynton ticked off a list of cuts the Lincoln County School District is making to adjust from an anticipated $7.5 billion biennium budget to the actual $7.255 billion budget passed by the Oregon Legislature.
"We built our anticipated budget on $7.5 billion for the 2015-17 biennium," Boynton said at Tuesday's school board meeting.
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Man gets 10 years prison for Seal Rock killing

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 10 years in state prison Wednesday for the killing of a Newport resident at Seal Rock State Park.
Donald Richard Lawyer, 35, was sanctioned after being convicted of manslaughter in the first degree following a trial that spanned several weeks at Lincoln County Circuit Court.
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Hidden stretch of Highway 20 revealed

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- Bedeviled by ancient landslides and legal battles, the largest and most costly highway project in Oregon is taking shape as a marvel of modern engineering.
Hidden from view of a curious public by roadblocks and treacherous geography, the U.S. Highway 20 project is on schedule and slated to open in the fall of 2016, according to the Oregon
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Picture perfect

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
Jesse Houston takes a photo of his children, Hank, 7, left, and Duke, 4, as they jump during a sunset on Newport's Nye Beach. The Houstons, visiting from San Diego, enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and open beaches. Forecasters are calling for lots more sunshine along the coastal strip over the next several days.
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A bountiful catch

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
Thomas Uhrich, of Toledo, holds a 20-pound king salmon, one of a baker's dozen caught aboard the "Silver Quest" as others weigh and load the catch behind him Thursday afternoon in Yaquina Bay.
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Sheriff shuffles deck

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is creating a "Crime Reduction Unit" whose main job will be to crack down on drugs and property crimes.
The disclosure came one day after Sheriff Dennis Dotson announced the termination of the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team, a multi-agency task force that fell to budget cuts by most of its member agencies.
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Town elders race to meet Congressional deadline

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The man in charge of an unprecedented gathering of town elders on Monday defied naysayers who said such a meeting couldn't be held.
"They said nobody would come and if they did, it would be like herding cats," claimed Steve Sparks, a retired businessman and city councilor tapped to lead discussions on fixing Depoe Bay Harbor.
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Man struck in Highway 101 crosswalk

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
A 23-year-old Lincoln City man was struck by a vehicle late Wednesday morning while he was walking across U.S. Highway 101.
Christopher Wright Jr. was in a Highway 101 crosswalk at North 15th Street at around 11:40 a.m. when he was hit by a 1992 Ford SUV being driven north by Clarence Brown Sr., 82, of Portland.
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Drug complaint results in arrests

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the 200 block of N Deer Drive in Otis on Saturday, April 11, to investigate a report of a drug complaint. Deputies also received information about people staying at the location who had outstanding warrants for their arrest.
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Longest mammal migration raises questions about distinct species

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
A team of scientists from the United States and Russia has documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded -- a round-trip trek of nearly 14,000 miles by a whale identified as a critically endangered species that raises questions about its status.
The researchers used satellite-monitored tags to track three western North Pacific gray whales from their primary feeding
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Uncharted waters

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Tyler Turner is used to uncharted waters.
On Monday, the 27-year-old captain of the charter vessel Tacklebuster took his place as the newest member of the Pacific Fishery Management Council at a meeting in Rohnert Park, Calif., where the blue-ribbon group -- appointed by governors in their respective states -- will set fishing regulations in a 317,690-square
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A gift for marine scientists

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The discovery last week of a battered, near-sunken hull of an unidentified fiberglass fishing boat, presumably a victim of the March 2011 Japanese tsunami disaster, has led to several days of intriguing analysis by Newport's scientific community.
While the remaining 8,550-pound, 25-by-30-foot boat was transported Monday from Riverbend Marine Services on the Yaquina River to a landfill, its
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Drug team disbanded

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Dwindling budgets and shifting priorities have disbanded a county drug-fighting task force that earned hundreds of convictions and awards from law enforcement peers.
The Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) ceased to exist on Tuesday, April 14, according to a statement released by Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson.
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Work begins on Coastal Discovery Center

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Dignitaries, donors, elected officials and Oregon Museum of Science & Industry staff officially broke ground Sunday morning for the Ocean Discovery Center at Camp Gray in South Beach.
The Coastal Discovery Center (CDC) will focus on outdoor environmental sciences for youth. Programs will include year-round residential camps for children and families taught by professional educators.
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Gleneden Beach property tops in March

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
GLENEDEN BEACH -- An all-cash $625,000 transaction for a residence in Gleneden Beach topped the list of homes sold last month in Lincoln County.
An unnamed buyer closed March 25 on the three-bedroom, three-bath home in the 300 block of Salishan Drive.
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Mayor appoints task force to look at law enforcement

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
SILETZ -- A task force is forming to research options about law enforcement in Siletz and hopefully put a ballot measure before city voters in the November election.
"We have to do something," said councilor Patti Skauge. "We've talked about this too long."
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Port asks for county’s support for Coast Guard cutters

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport, Oregon Coast Community College and Yaquina Bay Development Corp. have all agreed to send letters of support to have the Coast Guard station two Fast Response Cutters here, said Port Commissioner Ken Brown.
He asked the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at its meeting last week to also to send a letter of support.
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County’s child abuse score is high, but not worst

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Last week, information was presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding child abuse rates in the county. Those who were presenting this information, however, misrepresented the state's statistics, for 2012, on this issue.
Ron Davidson, who has been director of the Lincoln County Children's Advocacy Center since October of last year, provided clarification Monday of
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Communicable diseases increase in Lincoln County

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Communicable diseases in Lincoln County are up 25 percent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2014.
Three cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, were reported in February as opposed to no cases of pertussis in 2014. Four cases of gonorrhea also were reported in February, compared to five
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Cultural center recovering after flooding

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
The Lincoln City Cultural Center is drying out, and taking stock, after experiencing a major water pipe failure that flooded the center's lower level last week. The standing water is gone, but tenants, volunteers, staff and contractors spent the last week moving furniture and materials, and repositioning blowers and dehumidifiers, so that all of the 4,500 square feet of affected
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Hospital bond measure is topic at community forums

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
A series of public presentations will be held in local communities to provide information about Measure 21-163 -- the Pacific Communities Health District general obligation bond authorization for a new hospital. The measure would provide $57 million for the district to create an updated and expanded medical campus in Newport, including a new structure and the demolition or repurposing
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Ceremonial groundbreaking for Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Modified: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
Elected officials, dignitaries and staff from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry broke ground Sunday morning for Camp Gray in South Beach. Pictured, from left, are Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson, OMSI President Nancy Stueber, Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos, state Rep. David Gomberg, Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, Janet Webster of Newport and Jamie Hurd, OMSI strategic project
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