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Rolling Thunder

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Three years ago Rogue Ales & Spirits President Brett Joyce set forth on a challenge to do something no other brewery-distillery in the nation had done before -- create an in-house whiskey, barrel-aged beer.
From the hops and barley grown in the shadow of Mount Hood on Rogue Farms to handcrafted oak whiskey barrels made at Rogue's cooperage,
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Cautious optimism in El Niño aftermath

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
SILETZ -- The Siletz Watershed Council is gearing up for recovery following last year's harsh El Niño season that left the region's creeks, tributaries and rivers at near-record lows.
"If we keep seeing these drought effects like climate change is forecasting, I would expect to see low stream flows in the fall and possibly other restrictions that are going to
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Robust housing market

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A solid finish to the first half of the year kept residential property sales on pace to post the best annual total in the since the housing market crashed nearly a decade ago.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhouses climbed to $141,545,611 in the six months ending June 30 from $119,219,621 in the six months ending
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Crash landing a mystery to officials

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- An airplane that was abandoned after crash landing on a grass shoulder next to Runway 20 at the city airport is owned by a man whose pilot's license was revoked in 2014 for running an illegal airline.
The twin-engine Cessna 310 was discovered Wednesday morning, July 20, on the east side of the runway, according to the airport
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Man held on $2.5 million bail in sexual abuse case

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Siletz man was arraigned Wednesday, July 20, on a grand jury secret indictment accusing him of inappropriately touching young girls on multiple occasions.
David F. Pearson, 64, was indicted on 16 counts of sexual abuse, unlawful sexual penetration, and luring a minor before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford.
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Rental nights would plummet under new code

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The number of nights that vacation homes could be rented would plummet under new occupancy rules being considered by the city council, it was revealed at a pivotal meeting on Monday, July 18.
According to studies by City Manager Ron Chandler, a formula that would limit vacation rental dwellings to two people per-bedroom, plus one overall, would
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Two arrested in traffic drug bust

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A traffic stop last weekend led to the discovery of "a quantity of drugs, packaging material, digital scales, a large sum of U.S. currency, and drug use paraphernalia," according to police.
On Saturday, July 16, around 4:45 p.m., a Newport Police Department officer spotted a car in which he knew the driver did not have a valid license.
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Council weighs censure, removal of mayor

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A nearly yearlong investigation of Mayor Don Williams may reach the boiling point Monday, July 25, when city councilors are scheduled to convene a closed-door disciplinary meeting.
Williams acknowledged this week he is the target of the meeting, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. He worried the city council, five-strong with one vacancy, is about to make
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Questions raised over Big Creek Road transfer

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- For more than two years, there has been a process in the works to transfer Big Creek Road, currently owned and maintained by Lincoln County, to the city of Newport.
The latest step in that process was discussed by county commissioners during their meeting on Wednesday, July 20.
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Waldport marijuana tax heading to November ballot

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
WALDPORT -- Come Nov. 8, voters in Waldport will decide whether to tax recreational marijuana sales within city limits.
The Waldport City Council joined other cities, such as Newport and Lincoln City, in deciding to ask for resident-approval of a 3 percent marijuana tax during a meeting on July 14.
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Grant helps small businesses

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County is completing a microenterprise assistance project, which was funded through an Oregon Community Development Block Grant, and a report on this endeavor was presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, July 13.
The county channels these grant funds through the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center, and Dave Price, director of
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Roumagoux seeking third term as mayor

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
Feeling good about the past, and looking forward to the future, Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux signaled she is seeking her third-consecutive term in office.
"I am very positive about the direction the city is taking, and I would like to continue helping in anyway I can with this third term," said Roumagoux in a Wednesday, July 20, interview with the
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Overnight closures delayed

Modified: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Failure by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to notify the trucking industry of its plan to begin closing the Highway 20 project for 10 hours overnight last Sunday, July 17, has led to a two-week delay.
"Trucking protocol is for 28 days notice when there's a closure," said Steve Schultz, the project's manager. "We were a couple
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Runway closed pending airplane investigation

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The errant airplane discovered at the Newport Municipal Airport around 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, has sparked an investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Officials have yet to determine how the Cessna 310 aircraft, registered to owner Les Lecasse, ended up on its belly in the grassy area off of Runway 20.
While no injuries have been reported,
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Errant airplane under investigation

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Cessna 310 airplane was found on its belly Wednesday morning, July 20, on the crossing runway at Newport Municipal Airport, an official said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. The crossing runway is closed.
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Crash injures four, closes highway

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
BURNT WOODS -- A Corvallis man was critically injured after his car collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle on Highway 20, authorities said.
Nicolas Derbaum, 25, of Corvallis, was driving eastbound on Highway 20 Monday, July 18, in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala when he crossed the centerline and hit a 2007 Lexus RX sport utility vehicle, according to a
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Growing careers without college

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
SILETZ -- Last spring, students at the Siletz Valley Schools were swinging from the trees.
But that's OK, said Joe Bailor, teacher of the school's Careers course. Arborists from the Yachats-based Angell Job Corps dropped by to show the kids the ropes, he said, so why wouldn't they get outside and experience a day on the job?
"(It's) more to
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Residents show police support after shootings

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Police officers in Lincoln City arrived for work on Tuesday, July 19, to find a sign sitting in their front lawn.
"Let it be clear," the anonymous sign began, "This community stands with our law enforcement. I thank all of you."
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Cop of the Year reflects on danger

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A flag fluttering at half-staff in front of the police department was a somber reminder of the five police officers murdered in Dallas on Thursday, July 7, during a Black Lives Matter protest.
It was enough to give Jayne Johnson pause as she slid behind the wheel of her cruiser for another 12-hour day as Lincoln City's
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Body of Pacific City woman found in car

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- After more than a week of searching, a Pacific City woman was found deceased in an area south of Lincoln City.
Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office discovered Pam Sears, 62, deceased in her red Hyundai Elantra around 12:20 p.m. on July 15. They notified the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, which had been investigating Sears' disappearance.
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Panhandlers in free speech crossfire

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Panhandlers were begging for mercy after Rafael Oyole showed up to "fly my sign" on their favorite corner at the busy McDonald's restaurant on Tuesday morning, July 19.
Cars honked and thumbs shot up as dozens of passing motorists voiced their approval to Oyole's poster: "Just Say NO To Panhandlers."
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Dead man’s criminal case still open

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Despite the death of the defendant, Judge Thomas Branford refused on Wednesday, July 13, to close the criminal case of a man accused of raping a young relative.
Gary R. Allen, 69, committed suicide shortly before a 12-person jury was expected to begin deliberations in his case, according to the Newport Police Department. He potentially faced spending the
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County considering pot tax

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County, like municipalities throughout the region, is looking to capitalize on new revenue generated through the sales of recreational marijuana.
On Wednesday, July 13, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of imposing a 3 percent tax on recreational pot, as well as cannabinoid products concentrates and extracts in all unincorporated areas of the county.
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Stolen vehicle crashed near Olalla

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
TOLEDO -- A stolen Ford Explorer was found abandoned near the Olalla reservoir on Friday, July 15, after the driver evidently ran the sport utility vehicle off the road within a few hours of stealing the SUV.
The vehicle was reported stolen from Dundan Road in Toledo around 9:30 a.m. Friday, said Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart.
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Man indicted on theft, fraud charges

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Creswell man has been indicted on multiple counts of theft and fraud for crimes he allegedly committed in Lincoln County over a five-year period.
Not much is known as Travis Mabey, 50, was secretly indicted on eight counts of theft, two counts of computer crime, and one count of issuing a false financial statement by a
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Lazy seals await municipal fish farm's salmon

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Lethargic seals that guard the creeks of the world's smallest harbor are often too sleepy-eyed to catch the coho salmon produced by an acclaimed municipal fish farm.
"They're really beggars who put on a show for the charter boat fishermen in order to get a snack," said Brady Weidner, head of Depoe Bay public works. "They're too
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Body of missing Pacific City woman found

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The body of a missing Pacific City woman was found inside her vehicle in an area south of Lincoln City on Friday, July 15, authorities said.
Pam Sears, 62, was reported missing on Tuesday, July 5. Law enforcement authorities and her family had been searching for Sears since she was last seen leaving her place of employment,
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Attorney asks for dismissal in rape case

Modified: Sunday, Jul 17th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A former fugitive's attorney has moved to dismiss his rape case because, she argues, the state kept Eric F. DeCleve from his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
In April of 1997, the Newport Police Department began investigating DeCleve, then 24 and a resident of Newport, for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl.
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Medical examiner releases Roe’s toxicology report

Modified: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
CLACKAMAS -- Results from a toxicology report for Katherine "Katy" Roe, whose body was found outside the Depoe Bay harbor in May, indicated that she had no significant intoxicants in her at the time of death.
The Oregon State Police Medical Examiner's Office announced the results Wednesday, July 13, two months after law enforcement named the 22-year-old woman's death a
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Saving marbled murrelets

Modified: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
SIUSLAW NATIONAL FOREST -- Summer visitors to Cape Perpetua Campground enjoy a lush forest canopy, the gentle flow of Cape Creek, 23 miles of wilderness hiking trails, and the nearby Pacific Ocean.
It's an inviting location and has become a favorite for tent and recreational vehicle visitors, most of which respond to its beauty by being particularly mindful of leaving
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Drug study to explore pill habits

Modified: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- As a longtime resident of the Oregon coast, Lincoln County Prevention Specialist Jennifer Versteeg felt confident that she knew the drug challenges facing her fellow residents.
The region's inundation with opioids is well documented -- a 2012 study from the Oregon Health Authority revealed that Lincoln County has the highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the state's
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Missing woman last seen in Lincoln City

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Adam Wehrley says someone from his family has been out "every single day" looking for his mother-in-law, Pam Sears, since she went missing more than a week ago.
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office is also looking for Sears, 62, of Pacific City.
She was last seen leaving her place of work, Bi-Mart in Lincoln City,
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Pot store welcomes tax

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A proposed sales tax on recreational marijuana is causing a tea party-style debate at city hall, where the rush to pass the 3 percent levy was blunted last week by a lone holdout on the council.
"Just because we can pass a tax isn't a good enough reason for me," said Councilor Jo Fisher-Brown, whose "no" vote
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A more user-friendly website

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport's new website is designed to keep residents better informed and provide easier access to users in a world where mobile technology is becoming more rampant.
The website, which went live on July 1, is mobile-friendly -- "one of the drivers" for the new site, IT Director Rich Dutton said.
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Toledo man killed in crash

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
TOLEDO -- A Toledo man was killed after the car he was riding in struck a tree last weekend.
Emergency personnel responded to the crash around 2 p.m. Friday, July 8, on State Road 229 near Milepost 29.
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City lightens up on marijuana restrictions

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
TOLEDO -- The Toledo City Council updated its municipal code on marijuana, adding rules designed to clarify the laws surrounding a still-hazy industry.
The new regulations, which the city council unanimously approved at a July 6 meeting, help bridge the gap between medical dispensaries and recreational shops.
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Notorious R.B.G. rips Donald Trump

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
She's 83 years old. A liberal darling revered for her frankness, and legal mind. And, she is a thorn in the side of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who wants her to resign.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ignited a political firestorm this week with comments about Trump, and the possibility of him becoming president.
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Local program puts special education students to work

Modified: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- For 17-year-old Daxton Toth, his first day of work went pretty well, all things considered.
At his first job ever at Ashley Inn and Suites in Lincoln City, he successfully maneuvered his chair around the facility on Monday, July 11, helping in the laundry room with the housekeeping department.
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South jetty’s sand buildup continues

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of formulating a plan to minimize the amount of sand being blown across a section of the Yaquina River's south jetty.
As shoaling has increased over the last several years, the Corps' task is to find a way to stop excessive amounts of sand from being blown
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Fire closes portion of Bay Boulevard

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A fire that engulfed a Bayfront vacation home on Saturday, July 9, closed down a section of Bay Boulevard for a couple of days during one of busiest times of year.
When firefighters responded to the 600 block of SE Fifth Street around 10:30 p.m., the first story of the three-story home was "already involved," said Newport
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Eyesores trouble town

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Dismayed by a string of eyesore buildings that have tainted the town's image as a tidy vacation destination, city officials are trying to force offending property owners to clean up their acts.
Last week, the city council ordered its top enforcement officer to start issuing $500 per day citations to the owner of an abandoned motel that
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Car break-ins on the rise

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A string of thefts at state parks and other recreational areas along the central coast have ruined the adventures of multiple locals and visitors in recent weeks.
"In the last couple of years, there has been a huge uptick in those," said Oregon State Police Sgt. Greg Plummer.
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Group gets the OK to gather petition signatures

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Members of Citizens for a Healthy County may now begin collecting signatures for an initiative measure that would ask voters to ban aerially sprayed pesticides.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart issued an opinion last month that will allow the petition committee of Lincoln County Community Rights to begin the process. The group has begun training
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Park divides council over drugs and dues

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
SILETZ -- Members of the Siletz City Council are split on the best way to manage Hee Hee Illahee Park, from establishing user fees to resolving conflict and drug use.
For park caretaker Lisa Thompson, who lives on-site, the first order of business is eliminating drinking, drugs, and the violence they tend to inspire.
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Man killed in van fire

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
NEWPORT -- One man was killed and another seriously injured after their van caught fire early Tuesday morning, July 12.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue crews responded to a vehicle on fire with one occupant trapped inside near the 3800 block of Highway 18 at 2:24 a.m.
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Lincoln City worker electrocuted

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
NESKOWIN -- A construction worker from Lincoln City died and another was seriously injured when the scaffolding they were erecting fell into a high-power electric line on Wednesday, July 12.
Nick Caldwell, 56, died at a Tillamook hospital after he was taken there by ambulance. The other worker, Casey Bones, was airlifted to the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center burn unit
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Sheriff gains access to Siletz facility

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
SILETZ -- As the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office continues to prepare for the Siletz Area Enhanced Law Enforcement District, its deputies may have a shorter commute.
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians offered the sheriff's personnel access to the old tribal police office at the Siletz administration building, a facility ideally equipped to house the law enforcement long missing from
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Municipal court revenue down

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The city's municipal judge on Monday, July 11, blamed a recent downturn in court revenue on "retirement and staffing turnover" in the police department, but predicted they would soon rise as police ranks are refilled.
Lincoln City collected about $125,000 in traffic fines, court costs and civil forfeitures in the fiscal year 2015-16, which ended June 30.
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Recovery of chip truck to close Highway 101 near Yachats

Modified: Monday, Jul 11th, 2016
YACHATS -- The recovery of a chip truck that crashed on Highway 101 on Monday, July 11, is going to require the roadway to be closed this afternoon, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
The crash happened this morning at Milepost 169, about five miles south of Yachats. There are no detours.
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