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Construction at great heights

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The company currently refurbishing the U.S. Coast Guard's eight-story, steel observation tower adjacent to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse considers the work routine, with a couple of exceptions.
"Working at heights is always about safety," said Jayson Swager, owner of Swager Communications, an Indiana company that has erected a variety of steel communication towers and structures all over the
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Cops hunt man who fled scene of double shooting

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A man who fled the scene of a double shooting Friday, Aug. 26, remained at-large this week as police combed his last known haunts in McMinnville and Multnomah County.
On Friday, Lincoln City Police blocked West Devils Lake Boulevard and cordoned-off a sprawling crime scene near the Department of Motor Vehicles office following the 11:30 a.m. incident
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Union grievance contested by school district

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A complaint of "gross disparity" in teachers' instruction time was based on inaccurate data, according to Lincoln County School District Superintendent Steve Boynton.
Boynton denies the claim that some high schools and middle schools require an additional 53 hours of face time from their teachers over other schools, citing a difference closer to five hours. He also
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Sexual abuser sentenced to six years in state prison

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- An Otis man who sexually abused a friend as they walked in the woods will spend 75 months in prison without the possibility of early release.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford sentenced Ryan R. Braddock, 23, on Aug. 25. The sentence also includes 45 months of post-prison supervision.
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Wildfire crews claim victory in 2500 Road battle

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Five days after laying siege to a blaze that lit the night sky and blanketed parts of Lincoln County in dense smoke, firefighters claimed victory Saturday, Aug. 27, over the 2500 Road Fire.
"We're turning it over to our local team," said Tina Young, Oregon Department of Forestry, referring to personnel of the agency's Toledo unit. "We're
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Festival security doesn't skip a beat

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
TOLEDO -- The Make America Rock Again tour may have brought plenty of hardcore headbanging to Toledo Memorial Field, but the event created a relatively small headache for local law enforcement.
Around 500 people came and went over the daylong festival, said Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart. As the first event of its kind in Toledo, law enforcement wasn't sure
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Toledo painter suffers stroke

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Renowned landscape painter Michael Gibbons suffered a stroke at his home in Toledo's Art District Sunday, Aug. 28.
Gibbons, 72, is currently undergoing treatment at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. His medical condition is listed as stable, according to a hospital spokesperson.
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OCCC graduates stump for cash award

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Surrounded by graduates of a coast-centric business school, Dave Price let his supporters argue for a $20,000 award from town elders.
The Aug. 22 decision by the Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency (URA) to underwrite scholarships for the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) came after alumni of the yearlong program praised the school
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Focus switches to updates for commercial docks

Modified: Monday, Aug 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Thanks to a banner year financially, the Port of Newport will spend some $421,000 during the upcoming in-water work period to renovate its two commercial docks.
The focus is on Port Dock 5, which will have 26 steel pilings replaced at a cost of $266,000 and another $120,000 spent to repair the concrete dock between Dec. 1 and
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Person of interest sought in double shooting

Modified: Monday, Aug 29th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Police reported Saturday, Aug. 27, they are still looking for a "person of interest" in a double shooting near the Department of Motor Vehicles Office.
According to a statement by Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City Police Department, Leonel Zamora Jr., 33, is being sought for questioning in the Friday, Aug. 26, incident. He was described
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Fire crews claim victory

Modified: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Five days after laying siege to a blaze that lighted up the night sky and blanketed parts of Lincoln County in dense smoke, an army of firefighters claimed victory Saturday, Aug. 27, over the 2500 Road Fire.
A spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Forestry called the fire "90 percent contained," and said more than 300 wildland
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Local bands get chance to open show

Modified: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
NEWPORT -- When local band Against the Raging Tide was offered the chance to play as one of the openers for many of the same bands that influenced them a decade ago, the four-member group jumped at the chance.
On Sunday, Aug. 28, Against the Raging Tide will bring their hard rock and heavy riffs, and join forces with the
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Let there be rock

Modified: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Toledo Memorial Field will be rocking this Sunday, Aug. 28, with some of this last decade's top rock bands cranking out chart-topping hits like "Headstrong," "Butterfly" and "Smooth Criminal."
The Make America Rock Again Tour will be bringing a wave of distortion-fueled jams to Toledo for an entire day's worth of music, headlined by Recording Industry Association
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Fire lines hold, crews wind down

Modified: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Dirt breaks carved into the rugged terrain by hand and bulldozer held Thursday, Aug. 25, against rising temperatures and high winds at the 2500 Road Fire site two miles east of town, signaling a major victory for firefighters.
"It stood the test," said Mike Totey, district forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), of the bulwark
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Juggling a backup strategy for the '2500 Road Fire'

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- With the water reservoir drained dry and winds pushing a forest fire their way, a score of firefighters braced Thursday, Aug. 25, to be the town's last line of defense.
"We've developed plans B and C," said Depoe Bay Fire Chief Josh Williams, who marshaled the district's fire engines, recent hires and volunteers at the main fire
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Teachers fight time disparity

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A student at Sam Case Elementary receives an annual average of 10.5 more instructional days' worth of face time with their teacher, compared to a student at Toledo Elementary.
A Newport Middle School student receives 8.8 more days than a kid at Crestview Heights, and a Taft High student gets an average of 6.7 more days of instruction
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Yachats implements water conservation strategy

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
YACHATS -- Officials in Yachats have cracked down on water usage as levels have dropped and the city faces a raw water supply shortage.
The coastal town has entered into Phase I of its water conservation plan, which prohibits the watering of lawns and gardens between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The plan also restricts watering to
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County gets $760,000 to form mental health team

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A two-year, $760,000 grant from the Oregon Health Authority will help Lincoln County create a Mobile Crisis Program to address mental health issues, particularly involving individuals who come in contact with local law enforcement officers or who are housed in the Lincoln County Jail.
During the Wednesday, Aug. 24, meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Cheryl
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Dog dies in onboard fire

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- An occupant of a fishing vessel that caught fire late Monday night, Aug. 22, at the Port of Newport's Dock 5 escaped without injury, but his dog died of smoke fumes.
According to TCB Security patrol officer Aaron Ferguson, he heard a report of a boat fire over the police radio and arrived with two Newport Police Department
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Judge denies motion to dismiss 19-year-old rape case

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford has ruled that a man who hid in Mexico for 19 years to avoid prosecution in a rape case will answer for his alleged crimes.
The judge denied defense attorney Kristina Kayl's motion to dismiss on Tuesday, Aug. 23. In her motion, Kayl argued the state kept Eric F.
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Mental health defense pursued in rape case

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The defense attorney for a man who allegedly forced his way into a Waldport apartment and sexually abused a physically disabled woman has filed a notice of intent to rely on a mental disability.
Transient Richard K. Nygaard, 38, was scheduled to begin trial at the end of the month, but that was pushed back with the
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Thief receives four years behind bars after crime spree

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Toledo woman who stole from, and deceived multiple Lincoln County businesses and residents over a several month period will serve four years behind bars.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford sentenced Yvonne K. Brown, 26, to a total of 36 months in prison and 12 months in county jail on Aug. 15.
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Overdue raises issued to Toledo City Hall workers

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Four high-ranking public workers at Toledo City Hall will receive raises, adding a net increase of $14,000 to the town's payroll costs.
City Recorder and Human Resources Manager Nancy Bryant will receive a 7.5 percent raise, and Finance Director Polly Chavarria will receive a 4 percent raise. Toledo Fire Department and Toledo Police Department Chiefs William Ewing and
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'Who will win the presidency?'

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
A 2016 presidential election forecast puts the chances of Republican nominee Donald Trump winning the November general election at less than 20 percent.
The "Who will win the presidency?" forecast -- a product from the folks at FiveThirtyEight.com -- gives Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton an 84.9 percent chance of victory, compared with 15.1 percent for Trump.
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Hundreds of firefighters tackle blaze near Depoe Bay

Modified: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Nearly 300 firefighters continued Wednesday, Aug. 24, to battle a series of forest fires two miles east of the city that began earlier this week on Hancock timber lands under mysterious circumstances.
Meanwhile, the Depoe Bay city reservoir has been drained dry, leaving the town without a fallback source of water in the event the fire is
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Inmates battle forest fire

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Convict firefighters, veterans of some of the most desperate forest fires in Oregon, deployed Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, in order to save this city of 1,600 residents from a fast-growing blaze two miles east of town.
The "Drag Strip Fire" started Monday, Aug. 22, on private timberland. It grew quickly, fed by 25 mph winds and
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Albacore surpass salmon

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- Albacore tuna and chinook salmon, two of Oregon most prized and lucrative commercial fisheries, have had markedly different outcomes entering the last week of August.
This year's Oregon albacore tuna haul is comparable to 2015's landings and value, but California's lengthy drought has turned the salmon fishery into a disaster.
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Toledo gets new leader

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
TOLEDO -- The top spot at Toledo City Hall won't sit vacant when current City Manager Jay Baughman leaves his post Friday, Aug. 26.
The city council selected Craig Martin -- manager of Sweet Home, Ore., for nearly 20 years -- to step into Baughman's seat on a temporary basis while the council hunts for a permanent candidate.
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Newport reflects on 50th Sister City anniversary

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
NEWPORT -- City officials and residents recently reflected on a friendship that has lasted half a century and more than 4,200 miles of distance.
The 50th anniversary celebration of Sister Cities Newport, Ore., and Mombetsu, Japan has come to a close, but officials plan to keep the relationship strong in years to come.
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Man dies in single-vehicle crash on Bear Creek Road

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
OTIS -- Police are investigating the death of a Kernville man who was found deceased in his vehicle last week.
A man discovered a Ford Ranger at the bottom of an embankment near Milepost 2 on Bear Creek Road while walking down his driveway on Thursday, Aug. 18.
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English learners thriving despite area challenges

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Non-native English speakers in the Lincoln County School District face many of the same challenges shared by their English-speaking peers, on top of the gargantuan task of learning a new language.
But in many regards, the English Language Learners (ELL) are statistically better off than many other LCSD students, according to a recent report compiling district data
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Council takes no action against Mayor Williams

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council on Monday, Aug. 22, emerged from an hourlong, closed-door hearing but took no disciplinary action against Mayor Don Williams, the main figure in a 12-month city investigation into allegations he broke city laws and council rules.
The city council launched the investigation in August 2015, at the behest of City Attorney Richard Appicello, who
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Report: pot tax revenue jumps on stronger sales

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
SALEM -- Taxes collected from marijuana sales in July were 44 percent higher than 2016's monthly average so far, according to the most recent report from the Oregon Department of Revenue.
The report, which was released Aug. 22, states that Oregon has collected a total of $25.5 million in taxes as of July 31.
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Toledo dog park named after late city councilor

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
TOLEDO -- The new Toledo dog park gained an official moniker, named after the recently deceased city councilor most instrumental in its creation.
The council unanimously voted to christen the Julie Rockwell Memorial Dog Park. Their decision was bolstered by the support of several of Rockwell's friends who showed up to the Aug. 17 meeting.
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U.S. Coast Guard pulls man from frigid water near pier

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
SOUTH BEACH -- U.S. Coast Guard personnel from Station Yaquina Bay were conducting safety checks when they heard a cry for help on Saturday, Aug. 20.
A mariner had lost his balance and fallen overboard. He was clinging to the side of a small boat.
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Drug testing rule reworked

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The Lincoln County School District will soon loosen its drug testing rules, after finding that the broad nature of its current policies open the district up to lawsuits.
The questionable rule, approved by the board in June 2016 as part of its policy update overhaul, called for blanket medical and drug testing for all new employees.
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Jobless figures shrink

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County remained below 6 percent for the seventh-straight month despite strong growth in the civilian labor force, which reached its highest total of the year.
The jobless rate in the coastal region dropped to 5.9 percent in July from 6.9 percent in July 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report
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Nervous residents watch forest fire

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A yellowish glow from a fast-growing forest fire lit up the eastern horizon Monday night, Aug. 22, as townspeople gathered their belongings and prayed for relief.
"I've got my bug-out bag and our animals and we're ready to get out of here," declared Depoe Bay resident Ron Beard, whose sedan contained the wife, essential supplies and a
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City of Newport OKs tax break

Modified: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Newport City Council unanimously approved several strategies this week that will address the city's decades-long shortage of workforce and affordable housing units.
The foundation of the 10-point plan is to establish a multiple-unit tax exemption program that will lead to the construction of multiple, multifamily rental units in Newport.
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Siletz tribe molds new generation of Native pride

Modified: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- In the long history of the Siletz Indians, the treaty struck by town elders and tribal leaders nearly 20 years ago has been unusual: unlike many others, the agreement has not been broken.
"We have a great relationship with Lincoln City," said Delores Pigsley, chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians. "It's been good working
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Special education pilot program draws to a close

Modified: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Ten special education students in the Lincoln County School District gained a very specific set of skills over the summer.
Wrapping up the pilot year of the Summer Work Experience Education and Training Program, or S.W.E.E.T., the students worked in different roles with employers in various fields, from retail to hospitality to marine science education.
But
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Huge challenge

Modified: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A short list of corrections deputies and a lone counselor are dealing with a surge of prisoners in Lincoln County Jail bedeviled by psychotic demons and acute depression.
The growing mix of inmates with mental illnesses -- now estimated to be one out of every three prisoners -- has placed unexpected financial, emotional and physical strains on
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OCCC names new board leaders for upcoming academic year

Modified: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
WALDPORT -- The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education elected a new chair and vice-chair to lead the decision-making body for the upcoming academic year.
Debbie Kilduff will replace Chris Chandler as chair, and Nancy Osterlund will replace will replace Cliff Ryer as vice-chair, the board decided in a meeting at its South County Center on Aug. 10.
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Home sales drop in July

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A drawn-out appraisal process caught up with the residential real estate market last month, in turn sending sales spiraling lower in the period.
The process, which can take several months in some cases, put a damper on the housing market at a time when sales are typically among the highest in an annual period.
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Methamphetamine charge levied against alleged thief

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
SEAL ROCK -- A Waldport man is facing theft and drug charges, after a car crash and alleged theft led law enforcement officers to search his home.
David Wayne Miller faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and theft in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor.
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Toledo council approves two projects

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
TOLEDO -- The Toledo City Council awarded bids for two major updates to its infrastructure, green-lighting projects that will cost the city a total of about $610,400 in the coming months.
City hall will gain a new roof, and many of the city's cracked and crumbling streets will be repaved in the second phase of a road improvement venture. Both
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Crab pots make woman crabby

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
GLENEDEN BEACH -- A weekend squabble over crab pots escalated into an altercation involving felony assault charges, as a Gleneden woman allegedly aimed a van at multiple people.
Tina Louise Ruff faces charges of assault in the third degree, assault in the fourth degree, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief in the second degree, and two charges of menacing.
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Man jailed after punching officer

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A Lincoln City man faces multiple charges after allegedly punching a police officer while resisting arrest at his apartment on Southeast 19th Street.
Seiji Marshall Button, of Lincoln City, faces charges of assaulting a public safety officer and escape in the second degree, both Class C felonies, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.
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Colleges to study ShakeAlert tech

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
Six universities were awarded approximately $3.7 million in grants to assist with the advancement of ShakeAlert, an early warning earthquake system on the West Coast that has been in development for 10 years.
The U.S. Geological Survey grants were announced Tuesday, Aug. 16, in a joint statement from Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The grant recipients were
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