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Sparks flying in Depoe Bay

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- When sparks fly on the city council these days, chances are good that a retired Fortune 500 business executive is behind their generation.
"Sometimes, you have to shake the tree to get the fruit to fall," said Steve Sparks, 69, a former vice president of the fiber optics giant, Nortel Communications.
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Newport man arrested after truck strikes two women

Modified: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A 51-year-old Newport man was arrested Sunday a short while after the pick up truck he was driving allegedly hit two women walking in front of a sandwich shop.
Randy Parsons is facing one count of fail to perform the duties of a driver in connection with the 1:45 p.m. incident in the 1500 block of N Coast
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Port commission says 'no' to hotel idea off Bay Boulevard

Modified: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Beaverton-based hotel management/development firm's desire to build a three-story boutique hotel on Port of Newport property off Bay Boulevard didn't get far this week with the port's board of commissioners.
John Lee, managing director of VIP Hospitality, presented a proposal for a 50 to 75-room hotel on a half-acre of land located between the Yaquina Bay Yacht
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Teachers, school district working toward labor deal

Modified: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District is not offering any cost of living allowances, wants to extend the teachers' salary schedule and is trying to move all teachers to a group Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), said Peter Lohonyay, president of the teachers' union and Career & Technology teacher at Toledo High School.
The Lincoln County Education Association (teachers' union)
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Depoe Bay man seriously injured in head-on crash along Highway 18

Modified: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
MCMINNVILE -- A 46-year-old Depoe Bay man was seriously injured Sunday morning in a head-on collision with a Yamhill County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Highway 18.
Oregon State Police said Randy Manns was driving a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound on the highway at milepost 40 about 7:17 a.m. when the incident happened.
Manns lost control of the
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County commissioners approve $83 million budget

Modified: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County's $83.016 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16 was approved by the board of commissioners Wednesday after a public hearing.
The county's permanent tax rate remains at $2.82 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
"We held four budget committee meetings around the county, and gathered community input," said Doug Hunt, commission chairman. "The budget committee approved this budget."
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Olivia Beach development gets OK from planners

Modified: Sunday, Jun 28th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Olivia Beach owner Walker John cleared a major hurdle at the June 16 meeting of the Lincoln City Planning Commission as the panel approved a preliminary master plan for Phase 3 of an upscale housing project.
John sought approval to begin development of 6.73 acres on the east side of SW Coast Avenue and the south side
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Key information delayed in manslaughter case

Modified: Saturday, Jun 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A long-awaited accident reconstruction report continues to stall progress in the manslaughter case of a Newport man accused of causing a fatal crash on Highway 20 in April.
The pending Oregon State Police report is a key piece of discovery in the case of Ivan Sandria Cruz, 26, who was allegedly responsible for the April 6 crash that
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Nye Beach lot getting a makeover

Modified: Saturday, Jun 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Nye Beach looks slightly different than it did last week, as a pile of rubble now sits where West Coast Linen sat on the east side of NW Coast Street.
The building was torn down on Tuesday afternoon, after new owner Greg Morrow, in partnership with CU Homes, decided to start fresh with the property.
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Revival of canary rockfish fishery a boon for trawl fleet

Modified: Saturday, Jun 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The unexpected early revival of canary rockfish and Petrale sole off West Coast waters is expected to pump new life into the Pacific fishing industry and increase the amount of groundfish available to consumers during the next couple of years.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) declared the two species "rebuilt" recently, which reverses its decision in 2000
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LGBT community thrilled with U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- There are large groups of people all over the country that will never forget June 26.
What once stood as another day in American history, now serves as a milestone of equality, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage by a 5-4 vote.
A long battle for the right to marry has come
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Support wavers for berthing of new Coast Guard vessels

Modified: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport is now undecided on whether or not to support the possibility of home-porting two U.S. Coast Guard vessels at the Yaquina Bay pier it currently leases to NOAA's Marine Operations Center.
The port's property on south Yaquina Bay and two locations in Astoria are finalists for the placement of two new Fast Response Cutters
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Fun in the sun

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
Wayne Scheler snaps a photo of his wife, Alyssa, and 6-month-old daughter, Saige, Thursday afternoon on Nye Beach. The Schelers came down for a day visit from Albany to cool off along the beaches of Newport. An anticipated inland heat wave this weekend is likely to push many visitors to the cooler coastal beaches.
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Attorney general weighs in on state issues

Modified: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
With the Oregon Legislature winding down its 2015 session, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum took some time away from Department of Justice in Salem, and headed to the central coast.
As part of her trip, she stopped by the Newport News-Times to discuss legislative achievements during the session.
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Chinook Winds celebrates 20 years with cake, fireworks

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Chinook Winds Casino Resort celebrated its 20th Anniversary Saturday, June 20, with fireworks, history and tributes to Native American culture.
At the center of the celebration, however, was a collection of handcrafted baskets, live basket weaving displays and a silent auction, with proceeds going toward the construction of the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center.
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Improvements sought for sidewalk along Crestline Drive

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
WALDPORT -- A joint work session recently between the Waldport City Council and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners detailed upcoming projects and outlined plans.
Talking points in the June 17 meeting focused on road maintenance and safety improvements projects.
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John Crowe celebration set for July 11

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
The family of John Crowe, who died Tuesday morning at his Nye Beach home, will hold a memorial on Saturday, July 11, for the longtime Newport resident.
John's wife, Patty, and his many loves ones and friends will honor "Deep Sea John" with a "Celebration of a Life Lived to the Fullest."
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Water improvement district has new intern

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) has taken on a new intern for the summer.
Elizabeth Daniel, a senior at Oregon State University, is pursuing a degree in fisheries and wildlife, with a specialization in marine conservation.
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Newport Bayfront issues to be discussed

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
The Newport City Council will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 29, to discuss issues relevant to the Newport Bayfront.
The meeting takes place at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd.
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Clinton overshadows presidential field in national poll

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is tracking so far ahead of her Democratic rivals for president, about the only way she could lose the nomination would be to drop out of the race.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released this week showed Clinton with a 60-percentage point advantage over her closest rival. Clinton received 75 percent of the
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ODOT hits accelerator on Nelscott turn lane

Modified: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- State transportation officials announced Monday that construction of a key turn lane in the Nelscott Gap project would be accelerated with an around-the-clock push by road builders.
The looming crush of summer tourist traffic played into the decision to move the fast-track scheme forward, and a previous effort to speed-up the $15 million highway project proved so
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Attempted murder suspect facing September trial

Modified: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Siletz man is heading to trial at summer's end to face attempted murder and assault charges stemming from an alleged stabbing at a birthday party.
The trial date in the case of Axl Goodell, 22, was set Monday at the request of defense attorney Mitchell Martin of Newport.
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Goodyear blimp piloted by Toledo native at U.S. Open golf tournament

Modified: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
Watching the U.S. Open golf tournament with a bird's-eye view over Chambers Bay, Wash., was all part of the job for a former Lincoln County resident.
Taylor Laverty, a golf enthusiast, is one of three female blimp pilots in the world and one of two with Goodyear who piloted the airship for two of the four days of the tournament
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Construction bids sought for Newport Aquatic Center

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The legwork is done, the numbers are crunched, and construction of the Newport Aquatic Center is just around the corner.
Bids are ready to be received by the city, as a recent decision has combined the entire project into one large package, after previously being divided into two separate bids.
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Highway 20 backed up due to railroad crossing arms; ODOT reports crossing reopened

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- A problem with downed railroad crossing arms at milepost 23.4 on Highway 20 in Eddyville was resolved Wednesday afternoon, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
The arms were reported down about 11:50 a.m, at which time ODOT was advising delays of 20 minutes to 2 hours in the area. The crossing was reopened about 12:44 p.m.

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Pilots swoop into town

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Oregon Pilots Association held a fly-in Saturday at the Newport Municipal Airport, attracting flyers from all over the state for their annual convention.
"That's a Piper Cub," said John Matherly, a line service employee at the airport, as the iconic yellow plane appeared on the southern horizon.
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Depoe Bay chamber rebuffs council over financial data

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce will be paid for an exclusive arrangement to advertise the town even after declining to reveal its finances to the city council.
In May, the council suspended payment of $4,999 pending the production of a profit and loss statement by chamber officials.
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Open house to highlight future Eddyville fire station

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
EDDYVILLE -- Area residents are invited to an open house and free barbecue at the future site of Station 43, at 124 Nashville Road, behind the Eddyville Post Office.
The open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is being hosted by the Toledo Rural Fire Protection District, which serves 55 square miles of east Lincoln County outside of
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Plea deal offered in Waldport burglary case

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A plea deal has been tendered in the burglary and theft case of a Waldport woman, whose alleged crime spree including an ill-fated attempt to break into a candy store.
The status in the criminal proceedings of Rebecca Emily York was updated during a brief hearing Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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Two accidents, power outage deter travelers

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Multiple road closures and a loss of power to more than 4,500 north county residents made for an eventful Monday afternoon.
At 12:20 p.m., a one-vehicle car crash downed a power line on Highway 101, forcing four-hour closure at mile marker 11, in the area of Chinook Winds Golf Resort.
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School lunches continue through summer

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- In the first seven days of providing free meals for anyone ages 1 to 18, the Lincoln County School District has served a combination of 982 breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
"It's typically a slow start in the summer," said Patty Graves, food services director for the school district.
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Unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent in May

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A steep drop in the number of people looking for work in Lincoln County helped push the jobless rate to the lowest level for May in seven years, labor data showed Tuesday.
The unemployment rate for the central coast region dropped to 6.6 percent in May from 7.6 percent in May 2014, the Oregon Employment Department reported.
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Toledo council OKs raises for union workers

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
TOLEDO -- Toledo City Council approved a slate of resolutions Wednesday, including ratification of the collective bargaining agreement with Toledo Employees' Association.
City Manager Jay Baughman said negotiations with the union resulted in a 2 percent cost of living raise in the first year of the three-year contract.
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Car accidents cleared, power restored in Lincoln City

Modified: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A busy afternoon in Lincoln City saw two car accidents and a wide-spread power outage on Monday.
At 12:20 p.m. this afternoon, a one-vehicle car crash downed a power line on Highway 101, forcing closure at mile marker 112 for four hours.
The accident also turned off power to over 4,500 nearby residents, but that
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Novice adventurer takes on 1,500 miles of ocean

Modified: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- With little more than his courage and a kayak packed with survival gear, a 39-year-old greenhorn adventurer is navigating 1,500 miles of ocean between Seattle and San Diego.
Rich Brand paddled into Depoe Bay marina Wednesday, tying up to a dock where the fee was waived after he told his incredible story to the harbormaster.
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Heroin Hill reclaimed by Newport authorities

Modified: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- It's called Heroin Hill, and the area has earned the nickname for a reason.
The popular transient camp, located behind Union Hall on SW Fall Street above the Newport Bayfront, is a favorite for homeless occupants, as they leave behind a trail of garbage and unsanitary conditions.
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Toledo boatyard expansion continues, port approves budget

Modified: Sunday, Jun 21st, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo Boatyard expansion is anticipated to be completed this calendar year, Port Manager Bud Shoemake told the board of commissioners Tuesday.
"We should be fully operational by the first of the year," he said.
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Self-serve gas in Oregon?

Modified: Sunday, Jun 21st, 2015
Legislation aimed at allowing non-commercial motorists to pump their own gasoline is awaiting the signature of Gov. Kate Brown.
House Bill 3011, which was earlier passed by the House and Senate, would allow drivers in low-population counties to handle gas nozzles all by their lonesome from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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Massive red tide threatening West Coast fisheries

Modified: Sunday, Jun 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A historic toxic algal bloom, which is currently sitting about five miles off the Oregon coast, has led to the closure of razor clam and other shellfish harvests from San Diego to Vancouver Island.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has closed all recreational molluscan shellfish (razor clams, other clams and scallops) harvesting from the Columbia River south
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Lincoln City leaders OK $41 million spending blueprint for 2015-16

Modified: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A $41 million budget adopted last week by the city council includes funds for three municipal kitchens and $100,000 to study the feasibility of a Six Flags-style water attraction.
Buoyed by new property taxes from the Roads End annexation, record room tax collections and hikes in the water and sewer rates, city officials made few of the
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Local stable strives to save mustangs from slaughter

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
SEAL ROCK -- The Seal Rock Stable is a busy place, and they don't intend on slowing down until after a few more foals are saved. Typically, the stable has a few open stalls in the summer, but those that were once vacant are now inhabited by foals from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Harney County.
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Lower gas prices to power summer driving season

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A steep decline in year-over-year gasoline prices is likely to fuel a hearty summer travel period, as motorists are expected to take advantage of more favorable conditions at the pump.
"Gas prices in Oregon are at or near year-to-date highs for 2015, but they are about (84) cents lower than a year ago, and summer gas prices are
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Toledo talks with Siletz about law enforcement

Modified: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
TOLEDO -- Siletz is continuing to seek a solution to its lack of law enforcement, and officials from the city of Toledo have been a part of that discussion.
Toledo Police Chief Dave Enyeart and Toledo City Manager Jay Baughman attended two of the weekly Siletz Law Enforcement Task Force meetings, one on June 11 and another this week.
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Start of fire season declared for West Oregon District

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
West Oregon District fire season went into effect on Tuesday. The warmer and drier weather has precipitated an earlier start than usual this year.
Due to the declaration, Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1 (IFPL1) is also in effect, which includes the fire season tool and equipment requirements, and associated one-hour fire watch.
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Senate committee OKs Coast Guard helicopter facility funding for Newport

Modified: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Thursday that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding for the U.S. Coast Guard's Newport Air Facility to remain open through September 2016.
The funding was included in the Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 that passed the committee Thursday. The bill must still pass the full
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Highway 101 bridge work will delay traffic

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
A bridge rehabilitation project underway on Highway 101, approximately 1.5 miles north of Depoe Bay, will result in single lane restrictions during night and early morning hours.
An Oregon Department of Transportation contractor will be applying a new waterproof membrane on the bridge deck and repaving the bridge.
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Oregon attorney general to speak in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
Lincoln County Democrats will host a talk by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Wednesday, June 24, at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
Titled "Happenings at the Capitol from the AG's Perspective," Rosenblum's talk will begin shortly after some social functions at 7 p.m.
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City hits pause in vacation rental debate

Modified: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Town elders are taking a break in the decade-long debate over vacation rental dwellings (VRDs), but there appears to be no rest for the city attorney.
Last week, several citizens called for an investigation into "irregularities" in the creation of two controversial vacation rental ordinances that were adopted by the city council last year but rejected by
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Students spend nine days in the Yucatán

Modified: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
SILETZ -- Eight students from Siletz Valley Early College Academy spent nine days at the end of May in the Yucatán Peninsula for the opportunity to study Mayan archaeology and culture.
A local Mayan archaeologist led the high school students and Siletz math teacher Kuma Tseshani on tours of Mayan ruins, pyramids, a local wildlife refuge and cenotes, which are
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Red tide threatening Oregon fisheries

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A huge toxic algal bloom, or red tide, which is currently sitting about five miles off the Oregon coast, has closed razor clamming and other shellfish harvests from San Diego to Vancouver Island.
In Oregon, according to NOAA Fisheries spokesman Michael Milstein, all recreational shellfish harvesting from the Columbia River south to Tillamook Head has been closed.
Mussel
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Port of Newport is front line for customs agent

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- For customs agent Neal Hanna, the U.S. border starts on Port Dock 7.
From a non-descript trailer parked at the water's edge, Hanna works a beat not unlike every other cop whose job is to enforce laws and protect innocent lives.
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Goodyear blimp piloted by Toledo High grad

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
EUGENE -- Toledo High School Class of 2005 graduate Taylor Laverty took her grandparents to work Thursday and celebrated flying in her home state for the first time.
Laverty pilots "Spirit of America," the Goodyear blimp homeported in Carson, Calif. It stopped in Eugene for a few days, and Laverty had the chance to give her grandparents, Jerry and
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Multi-purpose building eyed for fairgrounds

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
TOLEDO -- Lincoln County has no public gathering place that will accommodate more than 200 to 250 people for meetings or banquets, and the Lincoln County Fairgrounds could provide the solution.
About a dozen people attended the first of four public meetings scheduled this month for input, feedback and suggestions about the future of the fairgrounds.
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Newport utility rates heading higher

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- After a long list of resolutions and quiet public hearings, the Newport City Council approved the 2015-16 fiscal year budget on Monday evening, complete with increases in water, wastewater and sanitary service charges.
Beginning on July 1, users will see a 5 percent increase in water fees and charges, and a 4 percent increase in wastewater fees
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Lincoln City man accused of selling meth, heroin

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln City man is facing felony drug charges after being arrested for allegedly peddling methamphetamine and heroin out of a residence.
Richard Miller, 45, was arraigned at a June 11 hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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Oregon Legislature honors fallen Marine

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
The Oregon Legislature recently passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, honoring United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Nathan Windsor for his service to his country. Windsor was born in 1986 in Oregon City, and graduated from Newport High School in 2005.
Windsor was killed in action while on patrol west of Fallujah, Iraq in 2007.
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Firefighter training planned in Newport

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
Today (Wednesday), firefighters from Newport Fire Department will be burning a structure at 236 NE 54th St. The structure is being demolished at the request of the owners, Doug and Susan Hoffman.
Beginning around 6 p.m., firefighters will set and extinguish a series of fires within the structure.
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