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Depoe Bay girds for disaster

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- With tsunami sirens standing tall and body bags stacked 20 deep, city officials debated the next step to gird the town against disaster.
When the deliberations were over, city councilors voted 5-1 on July 28 to put their money into ‘pods' -- self-contained ‘water resiliency' units stored at tsunami assembly areas that will provide earthquake survivors with
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Airport task force initiates master plan

Modified: Monday, Aug 3rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- City officials are taking an aggressive approach toward a long-term financial solution for the Newport Municipal Airport.
Last week marked the first meeting of the Regional Airport Review Task Force, a select group brought in to help identify the needs of the city subsidized facility.
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Port of Alsea brings aboard Roxie Cuellar as manager

Modified: Sunday, Aug 2nd, 2015
WALDPORT -- Roxie Cuellar has been hired as the new Port of Alsea manager.
She begins her new duties Aug. 3.
Cuellar will be taking over for Cheryl Elwood, who resigned earlier this year after being hired as port manager in November.
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County looks at industrial zone setbacks

Modified: Saturday, Aug 1st, 2015
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A proposed amendment to the county zoning ordinance relating to setbacks for properties located within industrial zones was the topic of a public hearing at this week's meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Specifically, the proposed change for setback requirements, also known at dimensional standards, pertains only to those industrial properties located within a city's
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Aquatic Center bids come in $500,000 over budget

Modified: Saturday, Aug 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A make-or-break deadline has passed for the Newport Aquatic Center, but difficult decisions are ahead for city officials.
The final day for contractors to submit bids on the project was July 29, and the city received five proposals.
Pavilion Construction entered the low bid of $8,309,565 or about $500,000 more than the city's available funds for the swimming
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Security officer riles up Dock 7 fishermen

Modified: Saturday, Aug 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The port received a petition in late June from commercial fishermen on Dock 7 complaining about the actions of one of TCB Security's employees.
Signatures from more than 40 fishermen accused the TCB employee of "developing a pattern of intimidation, harassment and other threatening behavior toward vessel owners, operators, deckhands and dogs."
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Lincoln City man killed in Highway 101 crash

Modified: Saturday, Aug 1st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A male motorist was killed Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 101 about three miles south of Lincoln City, authorities said.
Martin Sample, 53, of Lincoln City, was driving a 2007 Saturn when the vehicle rear-ended a dump truck in the northbound lane of the highway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident
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Highway 101 reopened after crash south of Lincoln City

Modified: Saturday, Aug 1st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A crash Friday morning closed Highway 101 about three miles south of Lincoln City, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
All lanes of the highway were reopened about 10:30 a.m. The incident is under investigation.


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Moving mountains to build a road

Modified: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- The stats are massive. An average of 20,000 cubic yards, or the equivalent of 2,000 dump trucks of earth moved daily.
About 13 miles of horizontal water drains placed, with 410 ground anchors secured. And, all activity done during 20-hour workdays, six days a week, by 60 to 70 on-site employees, who have gone 100,000 work hours with
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25 years of excellence at Gold Motors

Modified: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
Paul Wiest, left, General Motor's zone manager for the Pacific Northwest, presents a 25-year service award Wednesday afternoon to Mike Gold, owner of Gold Motors, located at 1422 N Coast Highway in Newport.
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HMSC celebrates with community

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
SOUTH BEACH -- It's time for the community and public to celebrate 50 years with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.
In honor of its 50th anniversary year, the facility is hosting speakers, special displays, a slide show and more on Aug. 7. An outdoor celebration begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. All
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Brown OKs retail marijuana sales bill

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
Limited sales of recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older are going to begin Oct. 1 in Oregon.
Gov. Kate Brown signed off Tuesday on Senate Bill 460, which gives medical pot dispensaries the green light to sell weed at the retail level.
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Newport police gear up with new technology

Modified: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Every Newport police officer was recently equipped with a new, full-time partner.
But this latest addition to the force weighs just a few pounds, and sits comfortably on the uniform of local law enforcement personnel.
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Construction bids in for Newport Aquatic Center

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Final construction bids were received Wednesday for the Newport Aquatic Center project, a city official said.
The low bid came from Pavilion Construction at $8,309,565. Four other proposals came in slightly higher.
Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel said Pavilion Construction's bid was roughly $500,000 over the initial engineer's estimate. He also said no particular bids have
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Bucket brigade saves fish

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Volunteers on Tuesday moved 15,000 fingerling salmon to a new home on South Depoe Creek, where they will face predators but avoid certain death at the hands of a construction crew.
"Because of the upcoming repairs to the water reservoir, we're transplanting them to the south creek," explained Beanie Robison, head of the Depoe Bay Salmon Enhancement
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‘Everyone has bad bridges’ in Oregon

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A federal report rating the health of Oregon's 8,052 bridges underlines the need to constantly repair those considered deficient, including 21 of the 85 spans owned by Lincoln County.
Data from 2014 that was recently released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) included 439 Oregon bridges rated as structurally deficient.
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Logging show

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
Chain saw in hand, Toledo resident Matt Schroeder sprints down a log toward a finish Sunday afternoon during the logging competition.
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Education key to pot legalization

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County Marijuana Council has a new ally when it comes to educating the public on cannabis legalization.
Over the past few months, the group has been learning from the legalized state of Colorado to help make sure every industry in the area is prepared for the changes to come.
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Man accused of cashing thousands in bogus checks

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Tigard man was arraigned Monday on a grand jury indictment alleging he forged and cashed thousands of dollars in checks at a local casino.
Devin Edwards, 31, was advised of the charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Paulette Sanders. He is being held on $300,000 bail at Lincoln County Jail.
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Family fishing ties prosper in Depoe Bay

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Nearly 30 years after commercial fishing activity peaked -- then crashed -- in the world's smallest harbor, shoppers jammed a dock Sunday to buy tuna off the boat.
At $3 per pound, freshly cut loins of albacore were snapped up for a fraction of the price of store-bought fish.
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Lincoln City war vet flies to Japan

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- It's a trip of a lifetime, with all expenses paid. And it's something Lincoln City resident Ed Johann said he never thought he would do.
Today (Wednesday), Johann and six other World War II military veterans he hasn't met are flying to Japan.
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Urban renewal receives community attention

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Although the city is in the early stages of the project, the Newport Urban Renewal Advisory Committee has already received plenty of feedback.
An informational meeting, led by Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos, was held at city hall on Monday night, and went over the initial plan for the latest urban renewal project.
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Physical assault of woman leads to arrest

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A homeless man was arraigned Monday on assault and harassment charges stemming from a domestic disturbance at a beach camp.
Michael Jennette, 28, is accused of assault in the fourth degree, interference with making a report, and four counts of harassment.
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Man gets 34 months prison for car chase, drugs

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Hermiston man was sentenced to 34 months in state prison for felony drug possession stemming from a failed attempt to outrun a law enforcement officer in a car chase.
Michael Jay Mitchell, 56, was sanctioned at a July 23 hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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No fines for unlicensed Lincoln City councilman

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- City officials say they have closed the case of an unlicensed city councilman, who operated without a business permit for nearly 10 years.
But state regulators say they are just getting started with their own probe into the contracting activities of Chester Noreikis, an influential Ward 2 city councilman, who once voted to fire a group of
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Homeowner loses VRD license in Lincoln City

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- An imprisoned accountant who once worked for the city finance department was a central figure in the court action of a Lincoln City vacation homeowner, according to newly released city documents.
Those papers reveal the accountant, Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, ordered the homeowner to submit financial information that was beyond the scope of a room-tax audit he
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Port of Toledo to buy large mobile marine lift

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo is closing in on a key component of its ongoing boatyard expansion.
Port manager Bud Shoemake said last week he has received proposals for a new mobile marine lift, and hopes to award a contract on July 31.
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Fishing boat runs aground in Newport

Modified: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fishing vessel ran aground Monday in Newport.
Several people spotted the unidentified boat on the north side of Yaquina Bay's north jetty in the late afternoon.
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Newport council undecided on Big Creek dams

Modified: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A moderate seismic event could cause the failure of both Big Creek dams in Newport, according to a recent seismic evaluation.
This information was provided to the Newport City Council on Monday night, accompanied by a 561-page report given to council members the previous week.
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Flea market fees bug businessman

Modified: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A disabled Vietnam War veteran said last week that sky-high city license fees and costly paperwork would not block the six-stall crafts fair he started in June.
Larry Ciuffo called the mounting costs of his venture "un-American," claiming the town's licensing and zoning requirements are designed to protect Main Street businesses from the competition of fledgling enterprises
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Waldport vet honored

Modified: Sunday, Jul 26th, 2015
A motorcycle escort crossed Yaquina Bridge in Newport about 9:15 a.m. Saturday, accompanied by fire trucks and police for a hearse containing the remains of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hugh Leslie "Buzz" Sherburn, killed in action Feb. 5, 1969 during the Vietnam War.
Sherburn's life was celebrated at Waldport High School football field with family, military honors and area
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Devils Lake Road project targets flooding problem

Modified: Sunday, Jul 26th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- For years, a section of East Devils Lake Road in Lincoln City has been subject to frequent flooding, to the point where "high water" warning signs have become a regular fixture. There has been so much water at times that salmon have even been seen swimming across the roadway.
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Newport’s an albacore hot spot

Modified: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- By most accounts, this summer's tuna season off the central Oregon coast hasn't reached the bragging level for most sport fishermen, but landings between 100 to 150 albacore over a couple of days are not unusual.
Eric Schindler, a fisheries project leader for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), said "the number of underage fish are there
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Four lives saved by Coast Guard rescue swimmer

Modified: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's doubtful that the act of saving a life, or four of them, as did U.S. Coast Guardsman Darren Harrity early Tuesday morning, can ever become a drag.
Still, privacy can become an issue after doing a couple dozen interviews and having your face plastered all over social media, and several national and worldwide media outlets such as
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Home sales through the roof

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A sizzling central Oregon coast housing market banked nearly $118 million in sales through the first half of the year, as activity climbed to levels not seen since the onset of the Great Recession.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhomes soared to $117.82 million in the six months ended June 30, compared with $86.98 million in the
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Real estate market robust in June

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A $729,000 deal for an oceanfront home at Little Whale Cove helped pushed residential sales in the central Oregon coast to nearly $28 million in June.
The 3,229-square-foot home in the 500 block of SW Spindrift sits on Basalt Rock, and features a wall of windows in the master bedroom. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence was on the
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Ex-bookkeeper gets 96 months prison in theft cases

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A former bookkeeper from Lincoln City was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in state prison for bilking business clients out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, 61, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to seven felonies at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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News-Times earns ONPA honors

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
GLENEDEN BEACH -- The Newport News-Times garnered seven journalism awards during the annual meeting of the Oregon Newspaper Publisher's Association.
A highlight of the affair, held July 16-17 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, were results of the ONPA 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.
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County commissioner goes to sea

Modified: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Few people give much thought about how modern technology works. Most are content as long as an email arrives at the proper destination or the Internet functions as expected.
These days, much of that information transfer is accomplished through fiber optic cables, and to keep the U.S. connected with other parts of the world, miles and miles
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Ex-bookkeeper gets 8 years state prison in theft cases

Modified: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A former bookkeeper from Lincoln City was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in state prison for bilking business clients out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin, 61, was sanctioned at a late afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Aquatic Center nears make or break point

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A fast-approaching deadline for construction bids will serve as the sink or swim moment for the long-awaited Newport Aquatic Center.
Final bids for the latest edition to the city's municipal campus will be received July 29, in turn determining the total cost and its relationship to available funds.
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Pavers in the park

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
TOLEDO -- A lot of sweat, muscle and teamwork from Angell Job Corps is going a long way toward improving Waterfront Park.
The group of students worked Monday, and earlier this month on the Port of Toledo's projects to improve the park.
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Bayfront spill

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
Dave White, an employee with Newport Public Works Department, surveys the scene of a paint spill Monday morning near the intersection of SW Fall Street and SW Bay Boulevard along the Bayfront. The crew cleaned the mess, and pumped the catch basin to prevent any further damage or contamination.
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Habitat for Humanity to build in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- It was not an easy decision or quickly decided upon, but affordable housing is coming to Newport thanks to a three-lot donation from the city.
The topic was reviewed at length at Monday's council meeting, and after discussion and disagreement, a 4-3 vote solidified the donation from the city of Newport to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln
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Fire crew rescues teen from rip current

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A family reunion nearly turned tragic Monday when a 14-year-old boy was caught in a rip current about 100 yards off the shore at Chinook Winds Casino & Resort.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District Captain Jim Kusz said William Denison of Lehi, Utah, was rescued "at the point of exhaustion."
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Newport man killed in Highway 101 accident

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Friday afternoon car crash on Highway 101 turned fatal in the early hours of Saturday morning, when a Newport man died on the operating table at a Portland hospital.
At 3 p.m. on Friday, George Warrington Lewis Jr., 68 of Newport, attempted to make a left hand turn off of NE 36th Street onto Highway 101
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Jobless rate hits 6.7 percent in June

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County tumbled to its lowest level for the start of summer in years, in part because of a continued exodus of people from the regional workforce.
The jobless rate sank to 6.7 percent in June from 8 percent in June 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a statewide labor report Tuesday.
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Otis burglary suspects arraigned

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A pair of suspected burglars were arraigned Monday on grand jury indictments stemming from the alleged break-in of an Otis residence spoiled by a surfboard sticking out the back of a pickup truck.
Scott DeLong and Brandin Krebs, both of Willamina, each face two counts of theft in the first degree, and two counts of burglary in the
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Depoe Bay councilor resigns

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- A city councilor who was appointed last year to serve out the term of a councilman who died in office has quit.
Kathy Wyatt, a resident of Little Whale Cove, submitted her resignation July 16. Wyatt, an advertising representative for the News-Times who cares for a school-age granddaughter, cited "conflicting professional commitments (that) necessitate I withdraw from
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Logger’s Luau lands in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
TOLEDO -- It's two parades, fireworks, carnival rides, community fun and more at the annual Toledo Summer Festival, Logger's Luau Toledo-style this weekend.
Most activities are at Memorial Field. Admission is $8 for all three days -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One-day admission is $7. Children under 6 years are admitted free.
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