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Four finalists face spotlight in Lincoln City

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Lined up like contestants in a beauty pageant, four smiling finalists for the job of city manager stepped into the public spotlight Monday where they were hit with an unexpected question.
"Any city manager should be able to speak extemporaneously without prepared notes on any topic," said Greg Prothman, an executive recruiter from Issaquah, Wash., whose firm
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Community shares in Thanksgiving meal

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
Volunteers prepare food for the Waldport Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Waldport Moose Lodge. The group had plans to feed upwards of 500 people at the free community meal on Thanksgiving Day.
The New-Times wishes our readers a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
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Toledo woman arrested on sexual abuse charges

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
TOLEDO -- A 37-year-old Toledo woman is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on $600,000 bail for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a minor.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Detective David Boys arrested Stephanie Marie Kroker on Nov. 18.
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Lawsuit claims Taft High staff failed to protect students

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- The Lincoln County School District is facing a $5 million federal lawsuit, alleging that school officials failed to protect a developmentally disabled boy from being sexually abused by another student.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene on Tuesday, and states that the abuse occurred while the plaintiff was a student at Taft High
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Dungeness crab season opening with record high price

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
NEWPORT, Driven by a high-quality product, the opening price for Oregon commercial fishermen will hit a record $3.10 per pound when the Dungeness crab season opens as scheduled on Dec. 1.
Price negotiations between fishermen, processors and the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission began and ended Monday after fishery managers decided last Saturday to open the season at 9 a.m. on
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Trophy blacktail illegally shot Nov. 7

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Blacktail deer are usually more visible in November throughout Lincoln County.
One buck deer was spotted alive and well on property located within the city limits of Lincoln City on the afternoon of Nov. 7, the last day of Western Oregon deer season. It was found dead hours later.
The deer was shot with what was
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K-9 police dog Eyan to retire

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
Newport police drug canine Eyan, who began his career with the department in 2008, will be retiring on Nov. 30. To celebrate his contributions to multiple law enforcement agencies, the Newport Police Department will be holding a retirement celebration for Eyan at Newport's City Hall today (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend and say
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Retrial ends in not guilty verdict

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
NEWPORT -- In his second go around in Lincoln County Circuit Court, the retrial for Scott Van Hiatt, charged with criminally negligent homicide, ended in a not guilty verdict last week.
The nine-woman, three-man jury came back with their decision Friday afternoon, after four days of trial.
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Fishermen's Wives move forward with lawsuit

Modified: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
Attorney Mike Haglund, Jennifer Stevenson, president of the Newport Fishermen's Wives, and Ginny Goblirsch, left, were featured speakers during Tuesday's press conference at the Newport City Hall regarding the U.S. Coast Guard's decision to close the Newport Air Facility. Haglund filed a federal lawsuit earlier in the day seeking declaratory and injunctive relief regarding the action.

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Dungeness crab season gets underway

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
Compared to last year's delayed opening, it's obvious that everyone involved is anxious to get the 2014-15 Dungeness crab season underway as scheduled next Monday.
The volume in Oregon waters is still a mystery, but the preseason testing has revealed a meaty, high-quality product. As a result, price negotiations last Monday were brief and led to a record-high price for
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Police looking for armed robbers

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
GLENEDEN BEACH -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating three men connected to a roadside robbery.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery in the area of Gleneden Beach Loop and Highway 101.
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Man arrested for firing gun in bar

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
On Friday, Nov. 21, shortly after 1:10 a.m., Newport police officers were dispatched on the report of shots being fired at Moby Dick's Seafood & Spirits at 448 SW Coast Highway. Patrons inside the bar heard a gunshot from the restroom area and located a spent shell casing. Further information revealed that a suspect may have fled out the back
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Man jailed following crash

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
A report of an injury hit-and-run traffic crash around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 in Waldport was investigated by deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were advised that the suspect vehicle, a red, 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, was last seen being driven from the scene. Minutes later, deputies learned of a second hit-and-run crash, causing damage to
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Lawsuit claims Coast Guard violated federal law

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
NEWPORT -- On behalf of the Newport Fishermen's Wives, Portland attorney Mike Haglund filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to permanently stop or preliminarily delay the U.S. Coast Guard's "planned illegal" decommissioning of the Newport Air Facility on Dec. 15
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Rehabilitation program aids injured and distressed birds

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
NEWPORT -- While the primary focus of the Oregon Coast Aquarium's bird department is caring for creatures in the Seabird Aviary, members of the department also take time to care for birds brought into the facility for rehabilitation.
The aquarium's Seabird Aviary features a variety of seabirds and shorebirds, as well as birds trained for educational purposes.
CJ McCarty,
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Mother Nature is key factor in Newport bridge accident

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
NEWPORT -- High winds were the culprit in an accident that closed Yaquina Bay Bridge for nearly an hour on Friday.
Newport police responded to the crash that involved a full-size 2000 Chevy pickup with a bed-mounted camper and another vehicle near the center of the bridge at 2:40 p.m.
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Hearing date set for Fisherman’s Wives lawsuit

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
NEWPORT, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane has acted quickly on the lawsuit filed by the Newport Fishermen's Wives lawsuit, which seeks a reversal of the decision by the U.S. Coast Guard to decommission the Newport Air Facility.
McShane has ordered the Coast Guard to respond to the complaint by Dec. 3, and has set a hearing in his Eugene
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Temporary employee fired after incident at airport

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport Municipal Airport's fixed base operator (FBO) building will see reduced hours in coming weeks, and a temporary employee was fired as a result of a Nov. 15 incident.
The temporary employee, an older man who had been working at the airport's FBO building, was fired last week after a fellow temporary employee, a younger woman, reported
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Changes made to Yachats vacation rental standards

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
YACHATS -- When it comes to updating vacation rental standards, it has been a long, ongoing process for the city of Yachats and its residents.
After nearly a year of talks about possible changes to the standards, the Yachats City Council approved a new ordinance, complete with changes, at their November meeting.
Changes included updated terminology and new provisions for
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Toledo approves medical marijuana dispensary ordinances

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Emotions flared as opponents of Toledo's proposed medical marijuana dispensary zoning and licensing ordinances fought to get the city council to vote no.
The council approved both ordinances Wednesday evening during a meeting in filled council chambers. It voted 4-1, with councilwoman Jackie Kauffman objecting, to approve Ordinance 1357, a zoning amendment relating to the regulation of medical
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South Beach intersection project progresses

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
Editor's Note: This is part two in a two-part series about future plans for urban renewal in South Beach.
NEWPORT -- Preliminary engineering for the intersection of Highway 101 and SE 35th Street in South Beach is set to begin soon.
The Newport City Council met following the Newport Urban Renewal Agency meeting on Monday, where the council approved a
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Newport Fishermen’s Wives to file lawsuit

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport Fishermen's Wives will release details of its federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Coast Guard's projected closure of the Newport Air Facility during a 1 p.m. press conference Tuesday at the Newport City Hall.
Jennifer Stevenson, president of the group, said Monday that the injunction would be filed Tuesday morning at U.S. District Court in Eugene. Portland
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Dungeness crab season to open Dec. 1

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
NEWPORT, Price negotiations between fishermen and processors are now underway after fishery managers decided over the weekend to open the commercial Dungeness crab at 9 a.m. on Dec.1.
Quality tests made last week showed crab exceeded minimum pre-season test criteria in Oregon, Washington and California waters. Fishery managers from the three states agreed Saturday to open the season on Dec.
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Geology trumps engineering at Depoe Bay seawall

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A slow-moving landslide is threatening a seawall that anchors the world's smallest navigable harbor.
"I'm just sort of waiting for a big sinkhole to form in the parking lot and spew the fish-cleaning station into the harbor," said Harbormaster Phil Shane as he inspected a 35-foot-long crack in the harbor seawall.
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Maiming of gulls continues around Waldport

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
WALDPORT -- The malicious maiming of seagulls in and around Waldport is happening again.
The incidents, where gulls have been impaled with darts, have been going on for about six months.
The injuring of area gulls was thought to have stopped, as no new incidents were reported in recent months. However, it now appears the abuse is an ongoing problem.
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Roadside robbery reported near Gleneden Beach

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is asking for the public's help in locating three men connected to a roadside robbery.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery in the area of Gleneden Beach Loop and Highway 101.
They found a vehicle at the side of the road with four occupants who told deputies
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Port joins Coast Guard air facility federal lawsuit

Modified: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport Fishermen's Wives group is expected to file a federal injunction Nov. 25 in an effort to stop or delay the U.S. Coast Guard from decommissioning the Newport Air Facility in mid-December.
Details of the Newport Fishermen's Wives lawsuit won't be released until it is filed at the U.S. District Court in Eugene, but the Port of
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McCabe to undergo mental health evaluation in Salem

Modified: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Yaquina Bay Bridge murder suspect Jillian McCabe appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court in person for the first time at a Thursday afternoon hearing.
The 34-year-old Seal Rock woman entered the courtroom of Judge Thomas Branford and took a seat next to her defense team, made up of attorneys Christopher Clayhold and Deborah Burdzik, both of Portland.
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Attorney General speaks in Newport

Modified: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) celebrated its second anniversary with a dinner meeting on Nov. 17 in South Beach. More than 30 members and guests were in attendance. Special guest was Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Rosenblum congratulated the NOW chapter on its work toward the recent passage of Measure 89,
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Accident closes Yaquina Bay Bridge

Modified: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
Yaquina Bay Bridge was temporarily closed as emergency responders worked an accident.

According to the Newport Police Department, an overturned vehicle cut off access to both lanes. The accident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.

There were no reported injuries and the bridge reopened at 3:45 p.m., according to the police department.
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Yaquina Bay Bridge reopened to traffic

Modified: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Yaquina Bay Bridge has been reopened in both directions.
The bridge was closed Friday afternoon because of a traffic accident, the Newport Police Department said.
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Pow-wow wows crowds

Modified: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- The rhythmic beat of Native drums and the piercing chants of Native singers rose and fell in a convention center auditorium last Saturday where more than 800 people gathered for the 37th annual Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indian Restoration Pow-Wow.
Amid the pulsing cadence, young and old alike -- attired in buckskins and beads, feathers and face
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Hiatt retrial ends with not guilty verdict

Modified: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A nine-woman, three-man jury came back with a not guilty verdict in the case of Scott Van Hiatt, who was charged with criminally negligent homicide after a car accident last year.
While driving a pickup truck on May 14, 2013, Hiatt hit pedestrian Richard Swanson, 42. Swanson was walking on the southbound side of Highway 101 near Lincoln
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Newport Fishermen’s Wives to file federal lawsuit

Modified: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport Fishermen's Wives are expected to file a federal injunction next Tuesday in an effort to stop or delay the U.S. Coast Guard from decommissioning the Newport Air Facility in mid-December.
Details of the Newport Fishermen's Wives lawsuit won't be released until it is filed at U.S. District Court in Eugene, but the Port of Newport's Board
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Hiatt retrial enters third day

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A scuff mark on Highway 101 in Lincoln City where a soccer trekker was hit and killed by a vehicle has surfaced as key evidence in the retrial of the motorist charged in the incident.
The mark was discovered inside the fog line in the 6300 block of Highway 101 where Richard Swanson was seen walking shortly before
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Class stresses survival skills on the Oregon coast

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Doomsayers who claim that an earthquake and tsunami are the biggest worries at the Oregon coast should take Jim Kusz's class in catastrophe.
"I sincerely believe the Oregon coast could withstand a severe event with great success," said Kusz, whose optimism is buoyed by the growing number of people who've emerged from his one-man school of emergency
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McCabe ordered to state hospital for mental exam

Modified: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Yaquina Bay Bridge murder suspect Jillian McCabe will be transported to Oregon State Hospital in Salem to undergo mental health evaluations.
The decision was reached when McCabe appeared in front of Judge Thomas Branford in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon.
McCabe allegedly threw her son, 6-year-old London McCabe, off the Yaquina Bay Bridge on the evening
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McCabe’s defense team files motion for fitness

Modified: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The defense team representing Yaquina Bay Bridge murder suspect Jillian McCabe filed a motion for the defendant's fitness to proceed on Nov. 13.
McCabe's defense attorneys Christopher Clayhold and Deborah Burdzik want to take a closer look at McCabe's fitness to proceed in court. The motion was filed under seal, meaning it is not accessible to the public
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Council to discuss lawsuit over closing of USCG air facility

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council has scheduled talks regarding the city's possible participation in a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the U.S. Coast Guard's planned decommissioning of its air rescue facility in Newport.
The city council announced Wednesday a special meeting has been scheduled for Friday at noon, where council members will hold a discussion regarding participation in
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Federal lawsuit filed against school district

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
The Lincoln County School District is facing a $5 million federal lawsuit, alleging that school officials failed to protect a developmentally disabled boy from being sexually assaulted by another student.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Eugene on Tuesday, and alleges the abuse occurred while the plaintiff was a freshman at Taft High in 2012-13. According
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Two men take a powder for book drive

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- With book sales dragging at the tail end of a literary fundraiser last Saturday, organizers of the event determined it was time to take a powder.
"I challenged the biggest guy in the room to dress up like a woman if I would, too, and it worked," chuckled Toby Winn from a makeshift beauty salon in his
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Fire destroys Otis home

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A Friday afternoon house fire in Otis left two residents homeless, according to Capt. Jim Kusz of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue.
Firefighters responded to 74 North Durette Drive, just off North Bank Road, at 4:50 p.m. on Nov. 14. Although they turned out within moments of the call, the house was already engulfed in flames
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Batchelder found not guilty of sex abuse

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Nicholas David Batchelder, 34, left Judge Thomas Branford's Lincoln County courtroom all smiles Tuesday afternoon after a 12-person jury found him not guilty on all charges of sex abuse and sodomy.
Jurors deliberated on 15 felony charges stemming from two cases, including a total of 10 counts of sexual abuse in the first and third degrees, and three
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Jury selection begins in Hiatt retrial

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Jury selection started Tuesday in the criminally negligent homicide case of Scott Van Hiatt amid a backdrop of failed last-minute moves to change defense attorneys.
Scores of potential jurors lined the hallways of Lincoln County Circuit Court in the morning with each waiting for the selection process to proceed. Some of the people gazed at smartphones, while others
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Short five officers, police tread water

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- The Lincoln City Police Department is currently down five police officers within its patrol division, a situation that affects ongoing training and personnel.
Chief Keith Kilian said he has one officer in the Field Training Evaluation Program, a 16-week probationary period where the trainee rides with a coach to gain on-the-job experience.
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Solo hiker died in fall

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
NESKOWIN -- The body of a hiker found Thursday, Nov. 6, at the base of a steep cliff on Cascade Head has been identified as a Lake Oswego man, Gregory Oldham, 64.
Search and rescue teams from Lincoln and Tillamook counties scoured the northern flanks of Cascade Head before locating Oldham, whose body was not recovered until the next day
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Agency moves forward with South Beach land acquisition

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
Editor's note: This is first of two articles about future plans for urban renewal in South Beach. The second article will appear in Friday's edition of the News-Times

NEWPORT -- The Newport Urban Renewal Agency is one step closer to acquiring a 2.3-acre parcel of land along 35th Street in South Beach.
In a 5-1 vote, Resolution No. 3695,
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Seal Rock man found not guilty of sexual abuse charges

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 12-person jury found a Seal Rock man not guilty on 15 felony charges stemming from two cases of alleged sex abuse on Tuesday afternoon.
Nicholas David Batchelder, 34, had been held on a $2.5 million bond in the Lincoln County Jail since his arrest in March on the charges, including 10 counts of sexual abuse in the
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Potential jurors report for duty in Hiatt case

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Jury selection started Tuesday morning in the retrial of Scott Van Hiatt, who stands accused of criminally negligent homicide.
A total of 78 potential jurors checked in prior to 9 a.m. at Lincoln County Circuit Court. The jury selection process could take more than a day to complete.
The criminally negligent homicide charge stems from the May 14,
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Hiatt retrial set for Lincoln County Circuit Court

Modified: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the retrial of Scott Van Hiatt, who stands accused of criminally negligent homicide.
The charge stems from the May 14, 2013 death of Richard Swanson on Highway 101 in Lincoln City.
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Lincoln City names finalists for city manager’s post

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A woman and three men were named as the final four candidates vying to replace David Hawker as city manager of Lincoln City.
The candidates are Ronald Chandler, Jim Pascale, Benjamin Reeves, and Catherine Sinnard, according to a list released by Lincoln City Human Resources Director Heather L. Arce-Torres.
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