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Rain provides brief respite for firefighters

Modified: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Firefighters stationed at the Oregon Department of Forestry unit office in Toledo likely won't turn their attention to local fires until later this summer and fall, but they've been busy extinguishing fires caused by lightning strikes during the last two weeks in the Klamath Falls area.
"It's been a slow year locally, but we still have folks helping
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Hawker to retire as Lincoln City’s manager

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- David Hawker, Lincoln City's city manager for the last 14 years, has announced his retirement effective at the end of 2014, but he expects to enter into an interim manager position agreement for up to a year.
The city council will address the proposed interim agreement during its regularly scheduled 6 p.m. meeting on Monday.
If
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Man spends night in upside down, crashed car

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
An 80-year-old Waldport man, who was reported missing and endangered, was found alive Thursday inside a wrecked vehicle northeast of Alsea, authorities said.
Jon Culton was on his way to Corvallis from Yachats for a doctor's appointment Wednesday when he crashed his 1998 Toyota Camry on a stretch of Highway 34 near milepost 51.
The vehicle left the road, and
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Semitruck collides with vehicle off Highway 20

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The driver of a semitruck is being cited after making an illegal right turn, which resulted in a crash early Friday afternoon. The truck driver was attempting to turn off of Highway 20 near the Toledo Dairy Queen when his vehicle crashed into a passenger car.
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Summer program offers free food for children

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Nikki is recently divorced with a minimum wage job and two young children to take care of.
That's why she takes advantage of Lincoln County's Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the Lincoln County School District.
"It's really been a struggle the past few months," she said. "We could make it by without the program, but it's
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Volunteers count coastal marbled murrelets

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
YACHATS -- About the size of a robin and as swift as a car speeding down the interstate, the marbled murrelet can be difficult to spot.
Adding to the difficulty of catching a glimpse of this small seabird is the fact that its most active times of day are at dawn and dusk.
The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened
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Port, city projects will impact Moore-Bay intersection

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The busy intersection at SE Bay Boulevard and Moore Drive may become even more hectic next summer if projects by the city of Newport and the Port of Newport occur as planned.
Tentatively, the city hopes to bid its drainage improvement and road realignment projects next spring, and begin the six-month construction period during the summer. It will
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Coast Guard assists fishing vessel crew

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
A U.S. Coast Guard boat crew from Station Yaquina Bay in Newport assisted three men aboard a commercial fishing vessel taking on water about 10 miles north of the Yaquina Bay bar on Thursday.
The crew of the 60-foot F/V Endeavor contacted the Coast Guard at about 9:15 a.m., reporting flooding in their engine room. A 47-foot motor lifeboat
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Vans crash near Cape Foulweather

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
OTTER ROCK -- Traffic was temporarily reduced to one lane following a two-vehicle collision near milepost 132 on Highway 101 on Thursday afternoon.
Two vans wrecked on the northbound side of the highway south of Cape Foulweather. One van rolled over and came to rest on its roof. The second van ended up in a ditch. The wreck occurred at
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Analysis finds conflicts between whales, shipping lanes

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
A comprehensive, 15-year analysis of the movements of satellite-tagged blue whales off the West Coast of the United States found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and mortality.
The researchers note that moving the shipping lanes off Los Angeles and San Francisco to slightly different areas, at least, during
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Vehicles wreck on Highway 101 near Cape Foulweather

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
CAPE FOULWEATHER -- A collision Thursday afternoon on Highway 101 south of Cape Foulweather resulted in one vehicle rolling over, and a van in a ditch.
Traffic is moving slowly through the area. Emergency responders are on scene.
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Toledo dredging to begin next month

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo has picked a Coos Bay company for its dredging work in the Yaquina River, and scheduled their date.
Debbie Scacco, port office manager, said they've sent a notice of intent to award the bid to Billeter Marine for $198,247.
The work, pending a biological review by the National Marine Fisheries Service for state and
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Toledo drug trafficking case goes federal

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Federal authorities have taken control of a narcotics trafficking case involving a Toledo man, who was allegedly in possession of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine when he ran afoul of the law.
Patrick Ball Jr., 37, is facing a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in connection with the June 13 incident. The charge carries
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Lincoln City man allegedly shoots, kills his dog

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Bail was set at $115,000 in the felony case of a Lincoln City man, who allegedly shot and killed his dog while under the influence of an intoxicant.
Daryl Walter Hugulet, 67, faces one count each of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the July 21 incident.
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Jail term ordered in menacing, firearms case

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- An Eddyville man was sentenced Wednesday to 75 days jail on misdemeanor charges related to a string of disturbing incidents, in which he allegedly threatened to harm people in the area.
Mark Alan Ghormley, 46, was sanctioned at an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
The sentence stemmed from July 18 guilty
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Pedestrian safety operation planned in Lincoln City

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
The Lincoln City Police Department will be conducting a pedestrian safety operation on Monday, July 28, on Highway 101 in the area between the D River Wayside and S 5th Street.
With the use of a decoy pedestrian, the Lincoln City Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. The
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Oregon Coast Therapy Animals turns 10

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Ten years ago, a small group of people with a huge love for animals and a desire to give back to the community formed Oregon Coast Therapy Animals (OTCA).
The crew of original OCTA members included Carol and Bruce Bishard, Kim Carlson, Shirley Fry, Lana Davis, Valerie Patterson and the late Roxanne Lechner, who had two therapy
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Legal weed initiative qualifies for November ballot

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
An initiative that would legalize marijuana use in Oregon qualified this week for the November general election ballot, the Secretary of State's Office said.
The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014 received approval for the ballot after officials completed the signature verification process. The proposal, also known as Initiative Petition 53, is sponsored by
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Medical marijuana facilities get green light in Newport

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council's repeal Monday night of its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city is expected to attract several applicants who can begin seeking business licenses on Aug. 20.
"People can begin submitting their business license applications on the 20th and then we'll go from there," said City Manager Spencer Nebel after the council unanimously
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Lincoln City shooting allegedly staged by victim

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A 27-year-old man accused of staging his own shooting was granted a release Monday from Lincoln County Jail.
Jeramie Paul Philpot, of Lincoln City, was taken into custody July 14 following an investigation into his alleged shooting on West Devil's Lake Road in Lincoln City.
He faces one felony count each of unlawful use of a weapon,
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Toledo bringing final four city manager candidates to town

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
TOLEDO -- Toledo is closing in on a permanent city manager, and interim Don Munkers is about to step out of the picture.
Munkers, a retired Burns city manager who came to Toledo through a consulting company, will be leaving town Thursday to address personal issues back home.
If the city is not able to bring a permanent manager
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Airport under scrutiny

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Spencer Nebel made it clear Tuesday that during his seven months as Newport city manager, he hasn't been ignoring the managerial mess that has plagued the city-owned municipal airport.
As the de facto manager of the airport, he interviewed 16 airport stakeholders over several weeks in order to compile a draft report that may eventually help produce an
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Job hunters on the prowl; unemployment rate drops

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The weather warmed up, tourists started filing in, and job hunters came out of the woodwork last month, in turn pushing Lincoln County's civilian labor force to its highest level in months.
But the additional people looking for work did little to stem the flow of a slowly declining unemployment rate, which decreased to 7.5 percent in June
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Dinner companion

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
A bird perches on the back of a deer snacking in a grassy field on Tuesday evening.
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Pot legalization initiative qualifies for November ballot

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
An initiative that would legalize marijuana use for people 21 years of age and above has qualified for the November general election ballot, officials said Tuesday.
The Oregon Secretary of State's Office certified the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana Industrial Hemp Act, said New Approach Oregon, sponsor of the initiative.
Should voters approve the initiative, Oregon would become
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Bridge work reduces lanes on Highway 101 south of Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
A bridge repair project is reducing available lanes on the Highway 101 Kernville Bridge located about 1.5 miles south of Lincoln City (milepost 120).
As of Monday, July 21, and continuing for approximately three weeks, the bridge is being reduced to one lane of travel in each direction Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The restriction is
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Toledo’s rail work rescheduled

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
TOLEDO -- Originally scheduled for this past weekend leading into the Toledo Summer Festival, Portland and Western Railroad has rescheduled its rail work in Toledo at the city's request.
Interim City Manager Don Munkers said construction is now slated for Aug. 23 and 24.
"That gets us through the festival and some other activities," he said.
The festival opens Thursday
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LCSD hiring more than 60 educators

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- At the end of last school year, Sam Case Primary Principal Ryan Relken was one of multiple administrators who announced his resignation from the Lincoln County School District, so that he could move closer to family in Michigan.
It turns out that Relken was just one of 30 Lincoln County educators who resigned, for similar and other
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Yachats man headed to trial in attempted murder case

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- An August trial date was set in the attempted murder case of a 37-year-old Yachats man, who allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend after breaking into her residence earlier this year.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart ordered the four-day jury trial to begin Aug. 26 for Anthony Buccella. She made the ruling at a hearing July 18.
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California man jailed for allegedly eluding officer

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Northern California man was arrested Monday morning after he led law enforcement authorities on a six-mile journey along Highway 101.
Robert Joseph Hopkins, of Concord, Calif., was allegedly driving a Nissan Titan at a high rate of speed on the highway about 4:30 a.m. Monday when an Oregon State Police trooper spotted the vehicle. The Nissan Titan
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Lincoln City awards $47,000 to nonprofits

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Lincoln City will be distributing a total of $47,000 in checks to local nonprofit agencies at 4 p.m. on Monday July 28. The presentation ceremony will be held in the council chambers at city hall.
The following agencies will receive funds: Angels Anonymous ($3,500); B'Nai B'Rith Camp ($1,000); Business for Excellence in Youth ($3,000); CASA ($2,500); Community Development Corporation
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A bounty of blueberries

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The much-anticipated blueberry season opened at Gibson Farms just north of Siletz this past weekend. People ventured to the farm's fields lined with rows of bushes to pick ripe blueberries.
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Alleged meth dealers taken down in Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Two alleged methamphetamine traffickers remained behind bars Tuesday, a few days after a long-term investigation into illegal drug activity led to their arrest, authorities said.
James Michael Guy Junger, 35, and Shari Michelle Cobb, 32, each face multiple felonies stemming from their July 17 arrest in Lincoln City. Junger and Cobb made separate initial Lincoln County Circuit
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Second suspect sentenced in adult store heist

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- A second suspect in the staged robbery of an adult store in Lincoln City pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in the crime, and was sentenced to 24 months probation.
Christopher Altman Loring, 26, acknowledged guilt to a single felony count of burglary in the second degree at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas
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News-Times reporters earn honors

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The News-Times earned top awards for writing, reporting and photography at the annual conference of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
The awards were presented Thursday at the annual ONPA banquet in Salem.
For the second year in a row, News-Times reporter Rick Beasley earned first place for Best Writing, a category in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest that recognizes "the
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Newport repeals moratorium on medical pot dispensaries

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council repealed its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Applicants can begin seeking business licenses Aug. 20. The city will vet the business license applicants closely because the Oregon Health Authority has specific regulations on facility locations, including the vicinity to schools and to each other.
The city council made the decision Monday.
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OCCC setting up milestones for accreditation

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- New Oregon Coast Community College President Birgitte Ryslinge began her tenure at a Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities meeting discussing potential independent accreditation.
She left that meeting with a request for more information.
And now, the staff has delivered it.
"This was sort of like 'Survivor,'" Ryslinge said of the process.
Instead of stereotypical team building activities,
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Newport council to vote on opening medical pot dispensaries

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- After three months of vetting local regulations of medical marijuana dispensaries in Newport, the city council is expected to vote on a resolution Monday evening that would repeal a temporary moratorium by establishing such facilities.
If approved, the resolution would become effective on Aug. 20. The proposal has been considered by the city's police department, council, planning
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Lincoln City man allegedly shoots, kills his dog

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- A 67-year-old man was arrested Monday for allegedly shooting and killing his dog.
David Hugulet of Lincoln City stands accused of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, and related charges, the Lincoln City Police Department said.
He is being held at Lincoln County Jail.
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Lincoln County jobless rate falls to 7.5 percent in June

Modified: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped to 7.5 percent in June from 8.3 percent in June 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
Lincoln County's jobless rate ranked as the 20th lowest of Oregon's 36 counties in June.
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School district dives into hiring pool

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
The Lincoln County School District has announced that it's hiring 63 teachers for this upcoming school year.
The big hire stems from a number of factors, including teacher resignations, retirements and the addition of 15 new positions to help reduce class sizes.
With the economy improving, Human Resources Director Chelsi Sholty said, many districts are adding back positions that
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Newport man gets 70 months prison for kidnapping

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was sentenced to 70 months in state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to kidnapping an elementary school girl outside her residence last year.
Jesse Greene, 28, was sanctioned at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart. His plea agreement covered one count of kidnapping in the second degree.
The Measure 11
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Poll: Same-sex marriage gains momentum

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
Support for same-sex marriage is on the rise with nearly half of likely voters backing the issue.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday showed 48 percent of voters now favor same-sex marriage. That was up from 45 percent in October.
A total of 41 percent said they oppose gay marriage, while 11 percent were undecided.
The national telephone
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Toledo receives permits for river intake project

Modified: Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
TOLEDO -- After a delay that put the project in jeopardy, the city of Toledo has finally received the permits it needs to get started on its Siletz River water intake project.
The project was awarded to Portland contractors 2KG for $1.8 million in early spring, but it was delayed by a National Marine Fisheries evaluation.
"All the permits are
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Port of Newport considering design, site for new office building

Modified: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport began deliberations this week on the construction of a new administration building, reviewing floor plans and possible sites with two local architectural firms.
The discussion at a special session of the port's board of commissioners on Tuesday included presentations by architect Dietmar Goebel and Capri Architecture, which detailed four conceptual designs for the project.
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Adult store bandit cops plea deal

Modified: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A judge told one of four suspects in a staged robbery of an adult store he should "count his lucky stars" because he avoided a lengthy prison term for his role in the incident.
Brett Michael Betts, 27, of Lincoln City, pleaded guilty to one felony count of burglary in the second degree at a Thursday afternoon hearing
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OCCC president wants community engagement

Modified: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
NEWPORT -- New Oregon Coast Community College President Birgitte Ryslinge hit the ground running when she started July 1, tackling the college's quest for independent accreditation.
Ryslinge, who served as president of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus before coming to Newport, spent that first day at a Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities meeting in Seattle "sharing successes" and what
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Nelscott businesses learning to live with Highway 101 construction

Modified: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
(Editor's note: This is part two in a two-part series about the Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City's Nelscott Strip.)
LINCOLN CITY -- Businesses operating in ground zero of the U.S. Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City's Nelscott District are generally staying afloat this summer, though a few have relocated or are considering it.
And
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OCCC students struggling without financial aid

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A single mom of two, Katie Collson isn't 100 percent sure yet what she's going to do about paying her summer utilities.
She and Oregon Coast Community College staff are scrambling to find options. Because of a gap in financial aid distribution, those who depend on the aid over the summer to help with living arrangements are facing
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Three-car wreck stops Highway 20 traffic

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
TOLEDO -- A three-car wreck occurred along Highway 20 near Dahl Disposal at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday.
Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart said it appeared a vehicle was trying to turn when it was rear-ended by another vehicle on the highway in the eastbound lane.
The wreck involved two pickup trucks and a minivan.
Traffic is currently stopped in both
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Car smashes into grocery store

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 65-year-old Newport man walked away unharmed after crashing his car into JC Market Thriftway on Wednesday afternoon.
"It just sounds like an accident. The motorist hit the wrong pedals," Newport Police Department Officer Lance Cummings said. "He was coming to the store, tried to park, jumped the curb and hit the wall (of the store)."
The motorist
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Oceans’ most abundant organism has ability to create methane

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
The oxygen-rich surface waters of the world's major oceans are supersaturated with methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is roughly 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, yet little is known about the source of this methane.
Now a new study by researchers at Oregon State University demonstrates the ability of some strains of the oceans' most abundant organism, SAR11,
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Lemonade sales benefit animal shelter

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
Students at Nye Beach Montessori School in Newport held their annual lemonade sale on Wednesday. They set up a lemonade stand in front of the school, and community members were invited to stop by to grab a cup of lemonade. Proceeds from the sale are donated to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter each year.
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Residential property sales nearly $87 million in first half of 2014

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- When Frank and Kimberly Onions moved to the central Oregon coast from Northern California in the fall, the couple was facing a tight deadline brought on by a job transfer.
So the couple did what a lot of other people do in those kinds of circumstances; they found a place to rent while Frank settled in at his
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Feedback sought on new aquatic center

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
The city of Newport is holding a public open house, sponsored by the new Aquatic Center Steering Committee, from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 Avery St.
Those attending will hear information and recommendations from the various focus groups that are providing input into the design of the swimming pool. This is also
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LCSD superintendent’s top priority is student learning

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- New Lincoln County School District Superintendent Steve Boynton has spent his first two weeks "getting to know staff, the district and the schools."
He actually began spending time with former Superintendent Tom Rinearson back in April and said Rinearson left the district in "a good place" that he wants to push further.
Now that he's got his
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Traffic-stopping run

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
Members of U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay passed the torch Monday on a three-mile stretch of Highway 101 during a run to support Special Olympics. Under escort by a Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy, a Lincoln County Animal Services officer and firefighters aboard an engine from the Depoe Bay Fire District, the column of twos ran from Rocky Creek State
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Car plows into JC Thriftway market

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
A Newport Fire Department firefighter uses a broomstick to clear broken glass out of a window hit by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon at JC Thriftway.
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Graffiti: A growing problem in Waldport

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
WALDPORT -- New paint jobs have been popping up around Waldport. Unfortunately, nobody has been asking for them.
Acts of vandalism and graffiti have been on the rise with spots throughout the community getting tagged last month.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office pinned down three suspected local vandals, all juveniles, following a July 10 investigation.
Spray paint damage to mailboxes,
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Man gets 70 months prison in kidnapping case

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
A Newport man was sentenced to 70 months in state prison Wednesday for kidnapping an elementary school girl.
Jesse Greene, 28, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to the crime during a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.
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ODOT to fix flaw in Lincoln City project

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
(Editor's note: This is part one in a two-part series about the Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City's Nelscott Strip. Part two will look at the impact on businesses located within the construction zone.)

LINCOLN CITY -- Spurred by a Lincoln City resident's complaint, a pedestrian and disabled access issue along a narrow stretch of the U.S.
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Summer home sales off to good start

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
The start of the summer residential property sales season was a bit like the weather with some days being better than others.
But it turned out to be a busy month for Lincoln County brokers and real estate agents, as a total of 63 residential properties were sold in June. The total includes site built, condominiums and townhouses.
While June
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Interest rates attractive for borrowers

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Long-term mortgage interest rates have remained in a narrow, yet appealing range this year, in turn making borrowing costs more palpable to buyers looking to finance their homes.
The benchmark 30-year, fixed mortgage rate has fluctuated between 4.12 percent and 4.53 percent this year, according to Freddie Mac, the Virginia-based lending giant.
The long-term national rate peaked this year at
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Health advisory lifted at D River

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach in Lincoln City has been lifted by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued July 10 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.
Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided, and the
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Contractor wins challenge

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Who said you can't beat city hall?
A Washington contractor, who lost a $323,000 municipal job when the bid turned into a moving target, will get the work anyway after successfully challenging its award to another company.
Elcon Corporation of Everett, Wash., was one of two bidders to replace a Highway 101 traffic signal at the popular
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Plea deal near in attempted murder case

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
YACHATS -- A resolution is imminent in the attempted murder case of a 37-year-old Yachats man, who allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend after breaking into her residence earlier this year.
Anthony Buccella faces a number of felonies in connection with the incident, including attempted murder, assault in the second degree, burglary in the first degree, and unlawful use of a
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Gomberg targets sky lanterns

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Following an article in Friday's News-Times about the fire hazards posed by sky lanterns, state Rep. David Gomberg said he would try to ground them.
"I first encountered these devices in Thailand about 20 years ago," said Gomberg, who manufactures and sells kites. "And while beautiful, I was astounded at the potential danger of lofting open flames
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New Waldport public works director gets settled

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Scott Andry signed on as the new public works director for the city of Waldport this May.
Andry was selected for the position following the retirement of former Public Works Director John Alfano.
While Andry is new at the job as the public works director, he has been working for the city for almost five years. He was
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String of below average months for rainfall

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Prolonged periods of dry weather kept rainfall totals below average for the third straight month, and well off the usual amount of precipitation the area typically receives in the timeframe.
As a result, a total of 1.89 inches of rain fell in the Newport area last month, roughly three-quarters of an inch below the average of 2.65 inches
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Newport kidnapping suspect to take plea deal

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a Newport man accused of the kidnapping and attempted rape of an elementary school girl outside her apartment in December.
"We settled it," said defense attorney Guy Greco at a Monday hearing for his client, Jesse Greene, at Lincoln County Circuit Court.
Greene, 28, faces two counts of
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