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Money issues complicating new terminal

Modified: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport's goal to ship logs out of its new $28 million International Terminal during the next fiscal year remains tentative because of a potential lack of funding to construct an adjoining 9-acre laydown complex.
The estimated cost of the proposed International Terminal Shipping Facility project is $6.5 million, which at this point includes only a
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Digging for answers

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Food safety specialists from the Oregon Department of Agriculture were up before the sun on Tuesday, Sept. 27, digging up razor clams from Yaquina Bay under the light of their headlamps.
From there, the samples went to the Food Innovation Center in Portland, where they await test results that could confirm what the ODA already suspects -- that
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Surf groups battle it out for Nelscott

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Two rival surf organizations are heading for a clash over the towering wave at Nelscott Reef, described as an offshore "no-man's land" where safety rules are few and civility is in short supply.
The bitter fight over rights to stage a surf contest at the reef and its four-story wave has been ongoing for two years, pitting
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Conservationists concerned over biosolid consequences

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
SILETZ -- Spreading treated sewage on agriculture fields is an undoubted win-win for municipalities and farmers.
But some of Lincoln County's environmentalists worry that the practice isn't properly regulated, and that cities go out of their way to avoid measuring the long-term consequences.
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Washed up salmon shark donated to researchers

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A juvenile salmon shark washed ashore just north of Yaquina Head Lighthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Marine specialists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife took advantage of the opportunity to educate the public, conducting a live-stream question and answer session on their Facebook page.
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City leaders mull housing crunch

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Forewarned that what they would see and hear would be "controversial," a score of community leaders studied the surprising predictions Wednesday, Sept. 28, of experts hired to foretell the town's future.
It was enough to make some participants squirm during a meeting of the Lincoln City Housing and Advisory Development Committee, a blue-ribbon group convened to close
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Siletz tribal elder testifies under national spotlight

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
PORTLAND -- The defense took to the stand on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the trial of seven people accused of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January.
Their first witness was Sheila Warren, an elder with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians who visited the refuge in January. She reportedly went on her own accord to verify
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Voter registration totals rising statewide

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
The number of people registered to vote in Lincoln County jumped nearly 14 percent in the last year, as folks are apparently gearing up for Nov. 8 general election.
Voter registration totals in Lincoln County swelled to 31,335 in August from 27,567 in August 2015, according to data compiled by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. That marked an increase
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OCCC ranked best in state

Modified: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Oregon Coast Community College is the best in the state, according to a recent ranking of 821 community colleges across the country by financial planning company WalletHub.
OCCC ranked No. 56, a full 182 places ahead of its closest competitor, Tillamook Bay Community College. The study analyzed several metrics, including cost, retention and post-graduate employment rates.
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Going off the beaten path

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A city-improvement project involving the uplands and trailhead leading to the north end of Agate Beach seemed simple enough when the planning began in 2010.
But when state and federal dollars became involved, the project's momentum turned from a green light to flashing yellow for more than a year before the funding was attained.
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Investigation into Lincoln City mayor runs its course

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A clumsy motion and a rushed apology ended an unprecedented, 13-month investigation into Mayor Don Williams as the city council voted Monday, Sept. 26, to take no further action in the matter.
Divisive politics set the stage for the wide-ranging probe that affected dozens of residents and employed up to three outside attorneys brought in top help
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Wandering toddler leads to Seal Rock man's arrest

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Seal Rock man was arraigned Monday, Sept. 26, on multiple criminal charges stemming from an incident in which a toddler was found wandering by herself in a parking lot near Highway 101.
Boldragon Plexico, 31, was charged with felony counts of burglary in the first degree and felon in possession of a firearm at a hearing in
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Chinook salmon trucking success breeds potential

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
NEWPORT -- For the past several years, technicians have been trucking spring chinook salmon above Foster Dam in Sweet Home to see if they would spawn, and if their offspring could survive the passage over the dam and subsequent ocean migration to eventually return as adults some three to five years later.
A new study examining the genetic origin of
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Secret loans approved by Lincoln City committee

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A city loan committee that works in the dark approved Tuesday, Sept. 20, new lines of credit for two unnamed businesses, including one borrower whose previous public loan fell short of costs to repair a storefront.
The committee, an arm of the Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency, is made up of city councilors who review loans without
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New NHS facility opens in a month

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Crews are putting the finishing touches on construction at Newport High School's west campus, where a brand-new counseling center is due to open in a month.
"It's the face of the west campus. We want it to be really professional looking. Sometimes it's the first place new parents come in," said Jon Zagel, NHS principal, outside the building
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Work underway on Highway 101

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
YACHATS -- A construction crew mobilized in Yachats last week to begin work on the city's Highway 101 improvement project.
That work included spray painting of new lines, City Administrator Joan Davies said on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
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Eat those nutrient-rich apples this fall

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Crisp, juicy apples are a fall tradition. Take advantage of the bountiful selection of apples available this time of year. There are hundreds of varieties to sample. They range from red to yellow to green, crunchy to tender, sweet to tart and simple to complex.
Apples contain a wide variety of phytochemicals, many of which have been found to have
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Jobless rate at 6.1 percent

Modified: Monday, Sep 26th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County climbed to its highest point of 2016, as a wealth of people joined the labor force in search of work last month.
The jobless rate hit 6.1 percent in August, the Oregon Employment Department said in a release Tuesday, Sept. 20. The reading broke a seven-month string of sub-6 percent rates
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Toledo council fills vacant seat with former planner

Modified: Monday, Sep 26th, 2016
TOLEDO -- The Toledo City Council selected a new member to fill its vacant seat, in a split vote between two candidates with a history of public service.
Jerry Seth, president of the Toledo Planning Commission, beat out former Toledo mayor and councilor Ralph Grutzmacher to fill the recently lost position of late councilor Julie Rockwell.
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Women still struggling to reach gender parity

Modified: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
SALEM -- A detailed report on the status of women and girls in Oregon reveals the state has a long way to go in achieving gender parity, from wage equality to child care to sexual assault.
However, that same report also shows Lincoln County is slightly more equitable than the rest of Oregon in most categories.
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Drained reservoir yields secrets during extensive repair work

Modified: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- The biggest municipal public works project in decades has been quietly taking place beyond sight at an aging, 19.5-million gallon earthen reservoir.
Drained of water for extensive repairs, public works officials were recently surprised at what they found. Expecting the normal buildup of 2,000 cubic yards of silt, workers instead encountered 6,000 -- nearly 600 dump-truck loads
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Vacant property eyed by city carries price of $1.1 million

Modified: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- While officials continue to examine ways to improve the parking situation in popular areas such as the Bayfront and Nye Beach, a recent move by the city council could add parking to the city's center.
On Monday, Sept. 19, the Newport City Council voted to move forward with plans to purchase the property south of City Hall, across
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Leaders seek permanent warming shelter in area

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- An effort is underway to establish a permanent warming shelter in Newport with the goal of eventually building a community of "tiny houses" for people without homes.
Traci Flowers, a Newport resident who has been involved in providing temporary shelters in recent years, is to have a shelter in place during the next month or two.
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$10K in petty cash available to student families

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- A dollar here, another 40 cents there -- it adds up quick. At least, it did at the Lincoln County School District office, where $10,861.17 remains unclaimed.
Thousands of students still have petty leftover balances in their lunch accounts, said LCSD Business Director Julie Baldwin.
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Two dead, several injured in weekend car crashes

Modified: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Two Marion County residents were killed, and another was severely injured in a crash on Highway 18 last weekend.
The accident occurred near Milepost 1, just east of Lincoln City, around 6:40 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.
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Free speech restrictions under revision at OCCC

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Oregon Coast Community College is in the midst of updating its free speech policy after a review of current rules discovered out-of-date restrictions.
"It gets really, really complicated, so it's good to have our own legal advice in how to do this in a way that preserves the learning environment and preserves student and staff rights," said
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Good Samaritan saves man from hanging self at bridge

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
WALDPORT -- It was the actions of a good Samaritan who stopped a man from taking his own life on the Alsea Bay Bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Lt. Brian Cameron with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said they received a call about a male trying to hang himself from the bridge around 9:55 a.m.
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County dissolving latent districts

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners took action recently to begin the dissolution of several special districts that are no longer active.
At their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, the commissioners heard from Assistant County Counsel Jerry Herbage, who described the proposed dissolution as a form of housekeeping.
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Lincoln City aims for new logo

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The city's $3 million tourist agency, charged with coming up with a new emblem for Lincoln City, has begun a series of "focus groups" to rate several new logo designs.
Ed Dreisdadt, director of the Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB), said the bewildering collection of official insignias -- at least 12 different designs in all -- are
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Clinton’s White House bid takes a hit

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
The odds of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. have decreased dramatically in the past few weeks.
The "Who will win the presidency?" forecast -- a product from the folks at FiveThirtyEight.com -- pegs her chances of winning the Nov. 8 general election at 56.5 percent, compared with 43.5 percent for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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DeCleve sentenced to 186 months in rape case

Modified: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- Nearly two decades after they were subjected to a day that would darkly impact their lives, two women have found justice, in part thanks to a new legislative bill implemented on March 29 of this year.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford sentenced Eric F. DeCleve to 186 months, or 15.5 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept.
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No money to modernize bridges

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Over the last 80 years, the narrative surrounding the iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge has grown for a variety of reasons, including its increasing frailty and instability.
"We are in love with our bridge and it's an important part of our economy," said Lorna Davis, executive director of the Newport Greater Oregon Chamber of Commerce, during a tour of
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Officials weighing options for halibut season

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A rare, 112-pound halibut reeled-in last weekend at a local honey hole called the "South Rockpile" could tip the scales on flatfish, according to state game officials who are weighing whether to close the season after the near-record catch.
Dan Lassen, a car dealer from Sublimity, Ore., caught the huge Pacific halibut while fishing from his 19-foot outboard
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Principals push back against Smarter Balanced test

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- High school students spend too much time taking the Smarter Balanced assessment, according to principals in the Lincoln County School District.
"The average time was 23 hours to take the test," said Newport High Principal Jon Zagel. "Twenty-three hours where our kids could be in the classroom reading another novel, learning more about math, learning more
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Dogs help veterans fight new war at home

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- More than 4,000 dogs served in the Vietnam War, where they sniffed-out land mines, booby traps and the enemy, himself.
"My dog was with me day and night for a year, and wherever I went we were together," recalled Doug Schruth, who served in the U.S. Army's 981st Military Police Company as a sentry dog handler. "We
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Portland man faces rape charges in Lincoln County

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln County Grand Jury has accused a Portland man of raping a child under the age of 16.
Theodore R. Sturm, 29, was arraigned on secret indictment charges of rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford on Monday, Sept. 19.
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Council retracts recycling decision

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Goaded by angry phone calls and emails, town elders have relented on their recent decision to shut down a popular glass recycling station.
"I would say that of all the decisions made by the city council, this one resulted in the most numerous phone calls," recounted Karla Duerig, a clerk-receptionist at city hall.
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DA adds charges to sex abuse case

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County District Attorney's Office has piled on more charges in the sex abuse case of David F. Pearson.
The Siletz man was first indicted on 16 counts of sexual abuse, unlawful sexual penetration, and luring a minor in July. On Sept. 7, the DA's Office added six more charges.
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Alleged impaired drivers cause weekend crashes

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Two crashes that allegedly involved alcohol consumption damaged property and persons over the weekend.
A driver who caused a head-on crash at the intersection of Highway 101 and NW Art Street in Lincoln City around 9:50 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, allegedly registered a 0.08 blood alcohol content.
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