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Motorcyclist crashes on Highway 20

Modified: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
TOLEDO -- A motorcyclist crashed late Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 229 and Highway 20 east of Dairy Queen.
Toledo Police Department officers are controlling traffic in the area. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies, and Oregon State Police troopers are on scene.
The accident scene was cleared shortly after 6 p.m.
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Former agency chief revels in refuse

Modified: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- An expert at recycling, Gretchen Ammerman discarded a comfortable career in government to make a difference where it counts: on the streets.
"One of the reasons why I left was to be successful at what I do," said Ammerman, an environmental scientist and former agency chief, who once led recycling efforts for the state of Hawaii and
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Hiker completes Pacific Crest Trail journey

Modified: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- After 136 days, or about four-and-a-half months, Jason Evans wrapped up his thru-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Evans, a former staffer at the News-Times, reached the northern terminus of the PCT, located next to Manning Park, Canada, on the U.S.-Canada border, on Sept. 13. He finished two days ahead of his personal goal to complete
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Seal study will gather new data

Modified: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Shea Steingass, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, was part of a research team involved in giving area harbor seals new head decorations last week.
The team, which included researchers from OSU's Marine Mammal Institute and Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Moss Landing Marine Lab and students from the University of California Santa
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Newport fixes water pipe problems

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Newport water crews were busy addressing two water lines that were compromised Tuesday.
The first problem occurred at SW Second Street near Alder Street when a contractor providing sewer service for the city struck a water line, which led to dirty water in the neighborhood for a few hours.
"We isolated the line and flushed it right away, and
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Trial in manslaughter case postponed

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The trial of a Pennsylvania man accused of pushing a Newport resident off a cliff has been postponed.
The trial of Donald Richard Lawyer III, 35, of York, Pa., was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, but could be pushed back to December as Lincoln County Judge Thomas Branford granted defense attorney Mitch Martin's motion to continue.
During a
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Let There Be Arts Gala called off

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- The annual Let There Be Arts Gala has been canceled.
"We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control the Oct. 11, 2014 Let There Be Arts Gala has been canceled," the board said in a statement Wednesday morning.
"We will make every effort to refund donations or ticket sales for the Oct. 11, 2014 gala that
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Newport council floats $18M in water revenue bonds

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Newport City Council adopted an ordinance Monday that authorizes the issues of water revenue bonds in the amount of $18 million to replace and improve specific infrastructure of the city's system.
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Disability services agency closes office

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Providing disability services to the community for nearly 20 years, Progressive Options has closed its doors.
The disability services agency is now only available by phone, but hoping to reopen its physical office next year, said Richard Sherlock, chair of the agency's board of directors.
The 611 SW Hubert St. office closed Aug. 15 because it just "doesn't
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Business owners key to bookkeeper's arrest

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Louisiana fugitive was identified Tuesday as the bookkeeper who allegedly bilked business clients out of thousands of dollars in Lincoln County during the past few years.
Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, also known as Quentin G. Stanhope of Lincoln City, was identified through government agency records. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Detective David Boys confirmed the match.
"So the
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Water main breaks near SW Second Street in Newport

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A water main break occurred Tuesday morning near SW Second Street.
The break has caused water in some areas to be brownish and contain some sediment, the city of Newport said in a statement. The city said the water is safe to drink.
Repair work is underway although it is not clear how long it will take.
Questions
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Barnstormer eyes Newport

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The race is on to revive the city airport, where a real-life barnstormer with the state's slowest air service will test the waters Oct. 18.
"I think Newport has a lot to offer," said Dana Andersen, whose 1929 Travel Air B4000 carries wide-eyed tourists now but used to fly revenue agents when it was the fastest plane of
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Lincoln City landlords will continue to pay levy

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- An irksome levy on landlords will remain in place after city councilors on Monday rejected a staff proposal to modify a city business tax.
The city's Business and Occupation Tax -- often confused for a business license -- is at odds with the town's policy of affordable housing, according to City Manager David Hawker.
"It's very
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Lincoln County students produce uneven results

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- On a state exam that's tied to graduation requirements, the progress Lincoln County secondary students saw in 2014-15 was big. But with some significant drops, the elementary schools' math and reading results show there's still much to be done.
From 2012 to 2014, the Lincoln County School District saw a districtwide drop of 9 percent in math
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Yachats man gets jail term in assault case

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Anthony Buccella reported back to the Lincoln County Jail immediately following a sentencing hearing Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
Judge Sheryl Bachart ordered Buccella, of Yachats, to serve a 270-day jail term on the charge of assault in the fourth degree, a felony.
The assault charge was a lesser offense, down from assault in the
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Paint truck launches into harbor

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A cargo truck full of paint that lost its brakes careened down a steep city street before crashing into Depoe Bay harbor Wednesday at about 7 a.m.
The driver of the runaway box truck was unhurt, scampering out of the Ford F350 and onto the hood as it sank. A fishing boat that had just shoved off
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Roll Call: Issa wealthiest member in Congress

Modified: Sunday, Sep 14th, 2014
Former car alarm magnate Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) topped the list of richest members of Congress with an estimated net worth of $357.25 million, a financial survey showed.
Issa, who represents the 49th Congressional District, managed to increase his net worth by nearly $2 million from the previous reporting period. The most recent financial disclosure covers the calendar year of 2013.
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Exploring a hidden history

Modified: Saturday, Sep 13th, 2014
SOUTH BEACH -- There's a part of Oregon's history that remains unknown to many people. Portland State University adjunct professor and author Walidah Imarisha has been traveling across the state sharing that untold history with folks and facilitating engaging conversations along the way for almost four years.
Imarisha brought her conversation, "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon? A
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Judge orders $1.5 million bail in local bookkeeper's identity theft case

Modified: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A judge set bail at $1.5 million Friday in the case of a local bookkeeper accused of multiple felonies stemming from an alleged identity theft case.
John Doe, also known as Quentin Stanhope, was arraigned at an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
He stands accused of theft of identity, theft in the
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Injured skateboarder faces ticket

Modified: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A 34-year-old skateboarder who was injured Wednesday after she hit a car will be cited by police for a crosswalk infraction.
The case is as an unusual twist for authorities that have cracked down on motorists for crosswalk violations, including a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian Aug. 25 at a Highway 101 intersection.
Police Chief
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Officials: E. coli connected to Otis girl’s death

Modified: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- It was a strain of E. coli that can be especially dangerous to the elderly and children that 4-year-old Serena Profitt had.
Profitt, of Otis, died in a Portland area hospital Monday after being infected by strain 1057, health officials said during a press conference in Lincoln County Commissioner chambers on Thursday.
The bacteria is often contracted
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My Sisters’ Place hires new executive director

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
The board of directors of My Sisters' Place recently announced the hiring of Elizabeth "Lisa" Norton as its new executive director. The agency supports those in Lincoln County facing domestic violence, sexual assault and dating abuse by providing emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, safety planning, advocacy, court information and support, agency referral, education, and outreach.
"At 34 years old,"
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Home sales rocket in August

Modified: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A blistering real estate market posted its strongest sales total of the year last month, in turn sending the average price for a residence above $350,000 on the central Oregon coast.
Sales of residential-site built properties soared 20 percent to about $25.23 million in August from $21.01 million in August 2013. At the same time, the average price
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Officials confirm strain of E. coli linked to girl's death

Modified: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
Oregon health officials have identified the strain of E. coli connected to the death of a 4-year-old Otis girl.
During a press conference in Lincoln County Commissioner chambers Thursday morning, officials confirmed the strain as 0157:H7, often associated with infected beef, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Serena Profitt, 4, died Monday in a Portland area hospital after becoming
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Playground in progress

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
YACHATS -- The playground behind the Yachats Commons is getting upgraded with bright, new playground equipment and an improved drainage system. The project is a work in progress.
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Truck splashes down in Depoe Bay

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A truck that lost its brakes careened down a steep road before crashing into the harbor about 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The driver of the Ford F350 utility truck was unhurt, scampering out of the vehicle and onto its hood as it sank. A fishing boat that had just shoved off from the public boat ramp where the
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Mixed results for school district test scores

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
The Oregon Department of Education released statewide test scores for 2013-14 on Wednesday.
While scores remain fairly steady in the state, the Lincoln County School District saw a slight decrease in many areas.
Districtwide, elementary math and reading scores dropped with third grade math results seeing the widest gap: from 47.6 percent passing in 2012-13 to 37.6 percent
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Tribal members honor ancestors with 234-mile relay

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
SILETZ -- In the mid-1800s, Siletz tribal members were forcibly removed from their homeland in the Rogue River Valley, left with little choice but to head north and eventually settle on the Coast Reservation.
It's a dark time in Siletz tribal history, but one to be remembered. For the 19th year, members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians participated
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Investigators probe child’s death

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Investigators from the county health department fanned out across a rural suburb north of Lincoln City Tuesday to find the source of a fatal poisoning sometimes linked to restaurant food.
At press time on Tuesday, two teams of about 10 nurses and other workers from the agency were conducting interviews and collecting evidence in the death of
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Public input sought on fairgrounds

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The first in a series of meetings, a public input session for the proposed $12 million multipurpose building at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, didn't draw any members of the public, but did allow various fair committee and government members to share their ideas and thoughts.
About 10 attended the meeting in Toledo City Council chambers Monday evening,
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Transient rental talks blow up in Yachats

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
YACHATS -- Ongoing talks about transient rental standards caused a stir at the Yachats City Council work session on Monday.
Council members picked up where they left off last month, going over notes about what, if anything, to change in the current guidelines and licensing for transient rentals within the city limits.
Some minor changes to the current transient rental
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Youngsters found safe along Highway 20

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
TOLEDO -- A couple of 9-year-old cousins were reunited with family members after the youngsters took a stroll along Highway 20 in Toledo.
The children were spotted by a number of people walking along the highway about 2:40 p.m. Sunday, the Toledo Police Department said in a report.
A short while later, Sgt. Michael Pace contacted the children, and then
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Newport mayor proclaims National Preparedness Month

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
NEWPORT -- At the Sept. 2 meeting of the Newport City Council, Mayor Sandy Roumagoux proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Newport.
"This month creates an important opportunity for every resident of Newport to prepare their homes, businesses, and communities for any type of emergency, from natural disasters to hazardous materials incidents or potential terrorist attacks," the proclamation
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Toledo library to close temporarily

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Toledo Library will be closed to the public Thursday and Friday so that workers can safely remove two large trees from in front of the building.
Anyone wanting more information can contact Deborah Trusty, library director, at 541-336-3132 or librarydirector@cityoftoledo.org.

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PFLAG receives grant for HIV prevention education

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- PFLAG Treasurer Debbie Spicer remembers well her time as a nurse during the early years of HIV and AIDS, the way patient's items were incinerated, the fear surrounding the virus.
Times have changed, she said, but "please, let's keep this (awareness) going."
It's what PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays) plans to do with
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LCSD teachers to see increase in salary

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District and Lincoln County Education Association have come to an agreement that will give educators a 2 to 7.6 percent pay increase for 2014-15.
The one-year contract ratified by the association earlier this week includes a .5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase on the schedule with a re-calibration of steps for more
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CERT class begins Sept. 16

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Central Coast Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will offer its next series of training classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Training sessions are offered to all community members and are coordinated by the Newport fire and police departments. Instructors are volunteers from community emergency response agencies.
Students are required to attend 20 hours of instruction and
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Jail remodel to be spotlighted Sept. 17

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
An open house for the newly remodeled corrections health unit and food service area at the Lincoln County Jail will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Sheriff Dennis Dotson invites area residents to view the recently completed work. Neither of these areas has undergone a major remodel since the opening of the jail
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Parolee wrecks vehicle, runs from cops

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
TOLEDO -- A parolee was arrested Friday after trying to slip away from authorities following a vehicle crash in Toledo that injured a female passenger.
Casey Loving, 26, of Eugene, faces multiple charges stemming from the incident, including reckless endangering, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and attempting to elude a police officer.
Loving latest run-in with authorities
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Record-setting heat in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
NEWPORT -- An offshore wind brought some serious heat to the central Oregon coast Friday with Newport topping out at a record 91 degrees.
The 91-degree mark was recorded at 2:55 p.m., making it the warmest day of the year, the National Weather Service said. The previous high of 88 degrees was recorded May 14.
"Looks like Newport reached 91
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Emergency responders participate in training session

Modified: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
SILETZ -- A Life Flight Network helicopter crew held a training session Monday afternoon in Siletz with emergency responders from Lincoln County.
The Siletz Valley Fire District, Toledo Fire Department, Pacific West Ambulance, and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office participated in the event.
The training session took place near the Siletz Valley Fire District headquarters.
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Lincoln County teachers OK new contract

Modified: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
Lincoln County School District teachers will be receiving a 2 percent to 7.6 percent salary increase for 2014-15.
The Lincoln County Education Association informed the school district Monday that its members ratified a new contract, an official said.
The school district and teachers union began the bargaining process on March 4.


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Input sought on future of fairgrounds at Toledo City Hall this evening

Modified: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
In early July, Lincoln County's Fairgrounds Market and Feasibility Analysis, prepared by LRS Architects and ECONorthwest, was made available for public review and feedback.
This month, county officials will host several meetings to further analyze the feasibility study, and the public's participation is encouraged as the process moves forward.
The upcoming meetings will look deeper into the 70-page analysis,
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New wind machine unveiled

Modified: Sunday, Sep 7th, 2014
YACHATS -- New ideas are sometimes things that remain only in our dreams. That's not the case for Steve Burkle.
Burkle took an idea and turned it into reality. Now, five years down the road, he is still working to fine tune his idea-turned-invention.
Burkle, of Yachats, has invented a new wind machine that can generate and store power as
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Raising awareness for HIV, AIDS in Lincoln County

Modified: Sunday, Sep 7th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- PFLAG Treasurer Debbie Spicer remembers her time well as a nurse during the early years of HIV and AIDS. The way patient's items were incinerated, the fear surrounding the virus.
Times have changed, there's much more knowledge and understanding now, but awareness still needs to be raised, she said.
It's what PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of
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Richardson campaign on the attack

Modified: Sunday, Sep 7th, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson is ratcheting up his attacks on incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber as the clock ticks down to the Nov. 4 general election.
Richardson, who is trailing in every poll released to date, took aim in a new ad at the so-called pay inequality issue between men and women in the governor's office.
"Women in Gov.
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Tempers flare at Depoe Bay council meeting

Modified: Saturday, Sep 6th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Eulogies for a departed public official quickly gave way to accusations of rumormongering at Tuesday's city council meeting, where a grieving friend lashed out at gossipers and demanded the political banishment of the council president.
After a string of speakers praised the good deeds of the late councilman Steven "Skip" Hoitink, the rare spirit of kumbaya dissolved
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Parolee jailed after attempting to elude authorities

Posted: Saturday, Sep 6th, 2014
TOLEDO -- A parolee was arrested Friday after trying to slip away from authorities following a vehicle crash in Toledo that injured a passenger.
Casey Loving, 26, of Eugene, faces multiple charges in connection with the incident, including reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Loving got into trouble when a Toledo Police Department officer attempted to stop
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Drug dealer skirts prison with plea

Modified: Saturday, Sep 6th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 24-year-old woman avoided a substantial prison term Wednesday in exchange for her cooperation in a federal drug case rooted in Lincoln County.
Brittney Marie Wood was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to one felony count each of delivery of heroin, and delivery of methamphetamine for her role in a local drug operation. A prison
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Mounted Posse members honored

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
Six members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Mounted Posse were recognized recently for their service to the sheriff and the residents of Lincoln County. Sheriff Dennis Dotson presented service pins to Craig Wagner and Bruce Tompkins for their 10 years of service. Frank Finch was recognized for 20 years; Dean Seaman for 25 years, and Dave Loomis for 30
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Run to the Rogue

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
SILETZ -- A large crowd gathered at the Siletz Tribal Community Center Friday morning for the Run to the Rogue.
The 234-mile relay run/walk is done in memory of Siletz tribal ancestors, who were forcibly removed from their Rogue River country homeland in the mid-1800s and made the march north to Siletz.
The run will end Sunday at Oak
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Record-setting heat in Newport

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
NEWPORT -- An east-northeast wind helped crank up the heat along the central Oregon coast Friday with Newport hitting a blistering 91 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
The 91-degree mark was achieved at 2:55 p.m., making it the hottest day of the year in Newport.
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Toledo’s river intake project faces more headaches

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
TOLEDO -- As Toledo Public Works Director Marc Howatt put it: "Sometimes things go wrong," and the Siletz River intake project is a prime example of that.
Part of the city's Master Water Plan and funded by a bond issue, the new intake was first temporarily derailed by a National Marine Fisheries biological evaluation. It was next delayed by a
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Depoe Bay harbor job dredges up memories

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Trucks loaded with barges and heavy dredging equipment arrived in the world's smallest harbor Tuesday, stirring memories for the 84-year-old man in charge of the job.
"When I started in this business, I didn't know what a dredge was," reflected Vern Scovell, spry as any other hardhat aboard the dredge "Karen" after a hip replacement restored his
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Student recovering after playground accident

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
EDDYVILLE -- A student hurt this week during a game of basketball on Eddyville Charter School's playground was expected to be moved out of an intensive care unit soon.
"His recovery is looking good at this point," Principal Dennis Schultz said Thursday.
The youth, a 13-year-old according to emergency dispatch reports, was flown to a Portland hospital trauma center
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Burglary suspect found passed out in vehicle

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A wild night that started with an alleged break-in Wednesday at a residence in Toledo ended in Newport when the suspect was found passed out behind the wheel of a wrecked vehicle.
Matthew Simmons, 34, of Eugene, faces a number of charges stemming from a series of early morning events, including burglary in the first degree, and possession
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‘City Hall Week’ — a forum for state and local policy makers

Modified: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
Cities across Oregon have designated Sept. 8-12 "City Hall Week." In 21 host locations, city officials will lead a forum with legislators and candidates on issues that support the economic vitality and stability of Oregon communities.
In Yachats, a forum will be held at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 N. City officials,
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Depoe Bay Fire District has committee vacancies

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
The Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District has vacancies in its Audit Committee and on its Fire District Levy Exploratory Committee, and applicants are being sought to fill these positions.
Both volunteer positions, and applicants must live within the first district boundaries.
Members of the Audit Committee spend approximately two to four hours per year reviewing the fire district audit.
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