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Man killed on Highway 101 in Lincoln City

Modified: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A 56-year-old man died Friday evening, Dec. 2, after he was hit by multiple vehicles on Highway 101, authorities said.
The incident happened about 9:05 p.m. just north of Northwest 26th Street. The man, who was known to be a transient in the area, was lying down in the middle of the southbound lane when he was
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Yoga behind bars

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Nine women -- eight in head-to-toe bright orange, the ninth in black and purple yoga garb -- filed into the library at the Lincoln County Jail on Monday, Nov. 28.
Nine yoga mats had been unfurled, meticulously staggered to make the most of the compact space. With sunlight leaking in through slits of windows 15 feet off the
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Dungeness crab season faces a lengthy delay

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT, It's not official yet, but the opening of the 2016-17 Dungeness crab season likely will be delayed until later this month or early January along most if not all of the Oregon coast.
Collection and testing of crab for domoic acid from all six of the state's crabbing ports between Nov. 18-28 revealed amounts of the biotoxin that exceeded
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Crystal Creek Loop gets the nod

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- It's official. Crystal Creek Loop will become the new name for that section of old Highway 20 that was bypassed by the new and improved highway.
Jurisdiction for the 7.5-mile stretch of old highway is in the process of being transferred from the Oregon Department of Transportation to Lincoln County. And the county was tasked with coming up
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Hospital faces staffing challenges

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Nurse and physician shortages are nothing new in health care, and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is no exception.
"We are recruiting almost constantly in primary care," said Chief Executive Officer David Bigelow, who recently announced he is going to retire on June 1, 2017 after 13 years on the job.
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Coalition seeking $600K for hazard cleanup

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A Lincoln County coalition is seeking federal money to help clean up the region's "brownfields," decaying sites that could pose a risk to the environment around the Yaquina River.
The leaders from Newport, Toledo, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and unincorporated Lincoln County are working with engineering consultant company Stantec, of Portland, to request $600,000 from
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Elks deal moves forward

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A convoluted proposal to revive an abandoned Elks Lodge moved forward this week against objections that the plan is a bad deal for the town's residents.
The debate is over a building, purchased for $150,000 by a top city official and her husband, that sits amid parks and parking lots controlled by the city.
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Report finds strides in digital presence

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Delivering a much-needed shot in the arm, a new digital campaign has boosted Newport tourism in the off-season.
According to a report by the Destination Newport Committee, interest in Newport has grown in September, October and November.
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Council moves to cap VRD occupancy

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Vacation rental dwellings would be limited to 16 or fewer people under a tentative plan approved by the city council on Monday, Nov. 28.
The development would reject an exemption for large VRDs that would have allowed those built after July 2010, to exceed a 16-person limit. According to city records, at least 23 vacation homes ranging
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Samaritan moves forward with new fitness center

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Joining Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon, Newport will have its own Samaritan health and fitness center -- SamFit -- by spring 2017.
Samaritan Health Services bought Integrated Body Fitness, iFitness, in October and plans to remodel the center in December and January.
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Scouts ring up Christmas tree sales

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Led by a heroic Boy Scout who broke up a fight and saved an elderly woman's life, Troop 47 is in on track this year to double its quota of Christmas trees.
"We're going to move twice as many as we did last year," predicted Jason Miranda, 16, an Eagle Scout candidate who is up for the
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Sewage spill floods Baldy Creek

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- City workers put their turkey on hold during a Thanksgiving Day sewage spill that discharged 2.2 million gallons of wastewater into Baldy Creek.
A second overflow two days later at the same 35th Street pump station in the Nelscott neighborhood caused a spill estimated at 117,000 gallons.
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Poll: Americans think Trump's still tangled

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
Republican President-elect Donald Trump's took to his favorite Internet communication median this week to say he's going to leave his substantial business interests to focus on his new gig.
"I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on (Dec.) 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my … great business
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Downpour damages roads

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A powerful Pacific storm served up a hearty 4.43 inches of rain on Thanksgiving in the coastal town, making Thursday, Nov. 24, the wettest day of the year.
The deluge of rain, which was measured by Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach, created a number of problems on local roads, some of which could take months to
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Homeless data defying economic trends

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
SALEM -- The number of homeless students in Oregon continues to climb for the third year in a row despite measurable improvements in almost every other aspect of the state's economy, according to a recent report from the Oregon Department of Education.
The report, released Tuesday, Nov. 22, indicates that 21,340 of Oregon's students -- or 3.7 percent -- "lack
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Samaritan CEO announces retirement

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is making a change at the top of its leadership board.
CEO David Bigelow is going to retire after 13 years on June 1, 2017.
Bigelow said he chose the timing to coincide with the beginning of construction on the new hospital.
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Home sales ease in October amid slow appraisal process

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A housing market hindered by a slow-moving appraisal process lost some steam in October, as sales dropped about 15 percent from the same period last year.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhouses decreased to $27,164,796 in October from $32,017,842 in October 2015. Residential site-built is a home constructed primarily on location.
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Crisis respite housing sought in Lincoln County

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Crisis respite housing may soon be available in Newport as the result of a proposal put forth by the Lincoln County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
At the Wednesday, Nov. 23, meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, there was a presentation by Cheryl Connell, director of HHS.
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Tumbledown wharf tabled due to cost estimates

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A sprawling wharf that once launched newly built vessels and helped make the world's smallest navigable harbor the crab capital of Oregon is a broken-down wreck that is dangerous to nearby workers and curious passersby.
But city officials, stunned by estimates to design a replacement, this week delayed efforts to rebuild the municipal dock.
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Weight cops ticket super-sized trucks

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
MOOLACK SHORES -- A rare stretch of straight road two miles north of Newport on Monday, Nov. 28, proved a perfect place for the "overweight" cops of the state highway department to pull a surprise inspection on super-sized trucks.
"So far, we're batting 100 percent," said Barry Lampert, a 26-year veteran of the Oregon Department of Transportation's motor carrier enforcement
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Fuller resigns as port operations director

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Rick Fuller, the current operations director for the Port of Newport, has accepted a new position with DAY CPM Services, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Fuller said that in his new position he would serve as the Beaverton company's facilities maintenance manager for the North Clackamas School District's $433 million construction project, which was approved by voters last
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Toledo vacancies leave government positions thin

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
TOLEDO -- A recent shuffle among Toledo's governing bodies has left it with several vacancies, including two on the planning commission, two on the budget committee and one on the public utility commission.
While some positions have been open for months, the city has yet to receive a single application for any of them, said City Recorder Nancy Bryant.
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Bayfront industrial property sparks debate

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The process for selling industrial property sparked some debate at the Newport City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 21.
The council approved 6-1 to schedule a public hearing for selling a two-story, seafood processing facility and wharf on the Bayfront to lessee Bornstein Seafoods. Council member David Allen voted against the proposal.
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OCCC joins space research consortium

Modified: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- When the moon passes in front of the sun for a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, students at Oregon Coast Community College won't just be watching from the ground.
Instead, they'll join hundreds of students across the nation launching high altitude balloons -- complete with cameras, transmitters and GPS trackers -- to witness the event in
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Dungeness crab season opener delayed

Modified: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Due to concerns of elevated levels of domoic acid, the traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season along the Oregon coast has been delayed until at least Dec. 15.
Recent tests in the Garibaldi area revealed two samples above the allowable biotoxin level of 30 parts per million in crab viscera, one at 54 ppm
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Post-storm work at Port of Alsea

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Beginning next month, the Port of Alsea will finally start digging out of the damage its public dock facilities suffered during last December's severe winter storm.
The $750,000 project will include removal of some 30,000 cubic yards of sediment from the port basin and installation of a $300,000 protective debris boom bordering the boat service area.
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Planning for Marine Studies Building

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Construction could begin as early as spring 2018 for a Marine Studies Building on the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus.
Oregon State University is planning the construction of an approximately 85,000-square-foot facility.
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Depoe Bay city councilor resigns

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- City councilors will start filling an unexpected, post-election vacancy created by the resignation of Jo Fisher Brown halfway through her first term.
Brown, elected in 2014 amid a robust write-in campaign, was in the thick of several key issues including marijuana reforms, which she supported, and a clash with the local post office over boxholder rates, where
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Preventing tragedy through education

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
YACHATS -- For Ken Gagne, the dangers on the beach hit close to home.
"I've lost a few friends down (the coast), and people are getting hurt every year," Gagne said. "I decided to do something about it."
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Coastal region advocacy group reenergized

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A once-powerful voice for Oregon coast residents that withered with the loss of a key leader has been reenergized.
Members of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA) met in Eugene for the first time in two years to breathe life into an organization that lost steam after its executive director, Onno Husing, was hired as planning
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Depoe Bay city recorder to retire

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- City officials are scrambling to find a replacement for Pery Murray, the human Super Glue of municipal government.
"She's held this town together for three decades," said Mayor A.J. Mattila, who is leading the effort to fill the longtime city recorder's shoes. "I don't know what will happen without her. We're going to be hard-pressed to replace
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Jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dipped last month amid a strong increase in the number of people, who ventured in the labor force
The jobless rate eased to 6.2 percent in October from 6.6 percent in October 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report released on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
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A tradition of giving

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Despite stormy weather, the American Legion fed more than 300 people on Thanksgiving Day 2016.
"We've been doing this more than 30 years," organizer Ralph Janes said. "We had 32 turkeys, from 12 to 20 pounds, and 11 hams, so about 140 pounds (of hams)."
Volunteers also served mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, yams, dinner rolls and pie
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Turnout triples for local women’s group

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Every year, the Central Oregon Coast chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) holds an annual dinner. And every year, the event draws around 30 people, said Oregon NOW board member Nancy Campbell Mead.
But this year, about 90 people showed up to the Nov. 18 gathering -- just 10 days after President-elect Donald Trump earned 290
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Next News-Times issue to be delivered Saturday, Nov. 26

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The next issue of the News-Times will be delivered the morning of Saturday, Nov. 26.
The paper's publishing schedule was delayed by one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Next week's publishing schedule will resume as usual, with issues being delivered Wednesday and Friday.
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Clinton’s lead in popular vote climbs to 2 million

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
An ongoing count of ballots cast in the Nov. 8 general election show Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a 2 million vote lead over Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
Cook Political Report's David Wasserman is doing the ongoing tally, which put Clinton at 64,223,986 or 48.1 percent of the vote, as of Wednesday, Nov. 23. The tally put the total
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Rogue's legendary brewer John Maier hits 20,000

Modified: Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016
NEWPORT -- In May of 1989, John Maier stepped into a tucked-away room behind Rogue Ales Bayfront Public House for the first time.
During those days, the small space housed Rogue's original 15-barrell brewing system and he didn't know it then, but as Maier was adding oats, barley and hops to create that first brew, he was starting down
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Flood watch in effect amid heavy rain in coastal region

Modified: Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A flood watch is in effect for the Central Oregon Coast because of heavy rain in the region.
The National Weather Service Office in Portland issued the alert, which extends to Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.
"A few rivers may reach minor flood stage Thanksgiving afternoon and/or Friday (Nov. 25). The heaviest rain will most likely fall across
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Overnight warming shelter open in Newport

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- With stormy, wet weather expected through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an overnight hazardous weather shelter will be open Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The shelter, located at Newport's Radiant Church, 215 NW 15th St., will open at 6 p.m. both nights and will include a Thanksgiving dinner.
Up to 40 people can be accommodated, said organizer Traci Flowers. Volunteers
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Budding revenue plan

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- While potential recreational marijuana sellers in Newport, Waldport and Yachats now face a 3 percent sales tax, the revenue and impact of the voter-approved tax are uncertain.
"We have no clue what the revenues will be," Waldport city administrator Kerry Kemp said. "I've been budgeting a long time, and it's hard to predict how much money (new
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Kitzhaber arraigned on nine charges

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- Logan Kitzhaber, son of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, was arraigned on two felony and seven misdemeanor charges Monday, Nov. 21, during his short appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
The young Portland man appeared before the court for less than five minutes at 8:30 a.m. alongside his attorney, Ben Eder, to hear the charges levied against him.
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Pacific storms take aim at coast

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- Sopping wet conditions are being forecast throughout the Thanksgiving holiday period with the big downpour happening on Thursday, Nov. 24.
"Looks like it's going to rain quite a bit," said Amanda Bowen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Portland, on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
"For Wednesday (Nov. 23) and Wednesday night it looks like an inch
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Aquarium releases five birds

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
SOUTH BEACH -- Thin long necks strained forward and fat webbed feet kicked eagerly, as handlers brought five western grebes close to the water near the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center.
The small, black-topped and white-bellied water birds with intense red eyes became stranded along the Oregon coast earlier this year.
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Lincoln County students weigh the next step

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- For most, November is marked by autumn leaves and roasting turkey. But for one very specific age group -- namely, 17- to 18-year-old high school seniors -- it's a period marked by stress, excitement and tremendously consequential decisions.
With many colleges setting their application deadlines between December and February, the season prior is a flurry of gathering
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First Interstate acquires Cascade Bancorp for $589M

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
BEND -- In a move aimed at expanding its financial footprint, First Interstate BancSystem Inc. said it entered into an agreement to acquire Cascade Bancorp for about $589 million.
The cash and stock transaction will create a banking network that takes in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. First Interstate (NASDAQ: FIBK) and Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ: CACB) expect
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Biotoxin threatens Dungeness crab season opener

Posted: Monday, Nov 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has closed recreational and commercial bay crabbing from Tillamook Head south to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid.
The closure includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested in coastal bays and estuaries, off docks, piers and jetties.
Dungeness crab were collected off Newport, Garibaldi and Coos Bay
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Logan Kitzhaber arraigned on nine charges

Modified: Monday, Nov 21st, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Logan Kitzhaber, son of former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, was arraigned on two felony and seven misdemeanor charges Monday, Nov. 21, during his short appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
The arraignment was related to an incident on July 4, 2016, in which the 19-year-old allegedly sideswiped a motorhome on Highway 101. Kitzhaber suffered serious injuries, while
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