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An uncle lost, then found

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016
NEWPORT -- It has been 75 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and many of the victims' descendants have for years lived the nightmare of not being able to find their family members for burial.
That includes Newport resident Norman "Mandee" Nelson, 70, who for decades mourned the uncle and namesake she never met, Navy seaman 2nd Class
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Parking lot construction contract OK'd by council

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Construction on a key parking lot at the southeast corner of Angle Street and U.S. Highway 101 should be completed in the coming weeks.
The city council approved awarding the parking lot construction contract to Road & Driveway Company for $134,580 at its meeting Dec. 5. The council voted 6-1, with council member David Allen against the expenditure.
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KYAQ-FM likely to survive

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
TOLEDO -- After a month of frantic fundraising, it's likely that local nonprofit radio station 91.7 KYAQ-FM will live to see another year.
The station has raised $8,018 in onetime donations, enough to cover most of its $10,000 in accrued debt. It's also gained 69 regular donating members of its 100-member target -- enough that, with careful planning, the station
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Black Friday weekend posts mixed economic results

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Despite the torrential rain, shoppers turned out in droves to kick off the holiday season with Black Friday gift hunting at the Lincoln City Outlets on Nov. 25.
"Customers responded well to the values offered at our outlet stores on Black Friday," said Diane Kusz, general manager of the outlets. "Friday was definitely our peak day, Saturday
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County vacation rental ordinance takes effect

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A licensing program for vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) in the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County went into effect on Thursday, Dec. 1.
The actual ordinance to implement this new program was approved by the county commissioners in August, with the idea that it would not begin for a few months to allow VRD owners time to prepare
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Rain causes emergency sewer work

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Repairs to a sanitary sewer line and storm sewer system at Fogarty and Harney streets should be completed by the end of the week.
A temporary emergency was called in the area after significant rainfall events through the Thanksgiving weekend caused landslides on Sunday, Nov. 27.
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Siletz tribal funding for schools contingent on regular meetings

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
SILETZ -- A charitable contribution to the Siletz Valley Schools from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will be paid out in four installments, contingent on regular meetings between the tribe and school to improve communication.
The total amount is still undecided, said Superintendent and Principal Sam Tupou. But last year's charitable contribution -- a onetime payout of $287,000 --
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Ambulance deal gets county's OK

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
NEWPORT -- For years, the Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District provided ambulance services in the Waldport area. But faced with a financial crunch, the district's board in April of this year asked that responsibilities for providing service in that area be transferred to Pacific West Ambulance.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners are tasked with assigning providers of
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Beers flow at the Horn Public House & Brewery

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- About 75 fortunate people packed the former Spouting Horn Restaurant on Monday night, Dec. 5, for a "soft opening" of The Horn Public House & Brewery.
The lucky diners were plucked from the Rolodex of co-owner Clary Grant, who began inviting people just hours before the event.
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New owner stirs roadside revival in Otis

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
OTIS -- A self-described "hands-on" entrepreneur, who made his mark in business at age 17, is rebuilding a storied junction that once set astride Highway 101 and lured every passing tourist.
In October 2015, businessman Gary Fromm bought the town of Otis, the historic interchange left far off the beaten path when the Coast Highway was realigned in the 1960s.
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Art sale supports animals in need

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
NEWPORT -- For the second time, For ArtSake Gallery will host an art show to benefit Friends of Lincoln County Animals (FOLCAS).
The benefit raised $1,200 last year for the organization, which funds spaying and neutering at the county animal shelter and provides emergency assistance for food and vet care.
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Digital campaign boosts Newport tourism in off-season

Modified: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Delivering a much-needed shot in the arm, a new digital campaign has boosted Newport tourism in the off-season.
According to a report by the Destination Newport Committee, interest in Newport has grown in September, October and November.
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Hospital faces staffing challenges

Modified: Sunday, Dec 4th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Nurse and physician shortages are nothing new in health care, and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is no exception.
"We are recruiting almost constantly in primary care," said Chief Executive Officer David Bigelow, who recently announced he is going to retire on June 1, 2017 after 13 years on the job.
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Man killed on Highway 101 in Lincoln City

Modified: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A 56-year-old man died Friday evening, Dec. 2, after he was hit by multiple vehicles on Highway 101, authorities said.
The incident happened about 9:05 p.m. just north of Northwest 26th Street. The man, who was known to be a transient in the area, was lying down in the middle of the southbound lane when he was
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Yoga behind bars

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Nine women -- eight in head-to-toe bright orange, the ninth in black and purple yoga garb -- filed into the library at the Lincoln County Jail on Monday, Nov. 28.
Nine yoga mats had been unfurled, meticulously staggered to make the most of the compact space. With sunlight leaking in through slits of windows 15 feet off the
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Dungeness crab season faces a lengthy delay

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT, It's not official yet, but the opening of the 2016-17 Dungeness crab season likely will be delayed until later this month or early January along most if not all of the Oregon coast.
Collection and testing of crab for domoic acid from all six of the state's crabbing ports between Nov. 18-28 revealed amounts of the biotoxin that exceeded
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Crystal Creek Loop gets the nod

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- It's official. Crystal Creek Loop will become the new name for that section of old Highway 20 that was bypassed by the new and improved highway.
Jurisdiction for the 7.5-mile stretch of old highway is in the process of being transferred from the Oregon Department of Transportation to Lincoln County. And the county was tasked with coming up
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Coalition seeking $600K for hazard cleanup

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A Lincoln County coalition is seeking federal money to help clean up the region's "brownfields," decaying sites that could pose a risk to the environment around the Yaquina River.
The leaders from Newport, Toledo, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and unincorporated Lincoln County are working with engineering consultant company Stantec, of Portland, to request $600,000 from
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Elks deal moves forward

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A convoluted proposal to revive an abandoned Elks Lodge moved forward this week against objections that the plan is a bad deal for the town's residents.
The debate is over a building, purchased for $150,000 by a top city official and her husband, that sits amid parks and parking lots controlled by the city.
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Council moves to cap VRD occupancy

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Vacation rental dwellings would be limited to 16 or fewer people under a tentative plan approved by the city council on Monday, Nov. 28.
The development would reject an exemption for large VRDs that would have allowed those built after July 2010, to exceed a 16-person limit. According to city records, at least 23 vacation homes ranging
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Samaritan moves forward with new fitness center

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Joining Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon, Newport will have its own Samaritan health and fitness center -- SamFit -- by spring 2017.
Samaritan Health Services bought Integrated Body Fitness, iFitness, in October and plans to remodel the center in December and January.
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Scouts ring up Christmas tree sales

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Led by a heroic Boy Scout who broke up a fight and saved an elderly woman's life, Troop 47 is in on track this year to double its quota of Christmas trees.
"We're going to move twice as many as we did last year," predicted Jason Miranda, 16, an Eagle Scout candidate who is up for the
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Sewage spill floods Baldy Creek

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- City workers put their turkey on hold during a Thanksgiving Day sewage spill that discharged 2.2 million gallons of wastewater into Baldy Creek.
A second overflow two days later at the same 35th Street pump station in the Nelscott neighborhood caused a spill estimated at 117,000 gallons.
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Poll: Americans think Trump's still tangled

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
Republican President-elect Donald Trump's took to his favorite Internet communication median this week to say he's going to leave his substantial business interests to focus on his new gig.
"I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on (Dec.) 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my … great business
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Downpour damages roads

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A powerful Pacific storm served up a hearty 4.43 inches of rain on Thanksgiving in the coastal town, making Thursday, Nov. 24, the wettest day of the year.
The deluge of rain, which was measured by Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach, created a number of problems on local roads, some of which could take months to
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Homeless data defying economic trends

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
SALEM -- The number of homeless students in Oregon continues to climb for the third year in a row despite measurable improvements in almost every other aspect of the state's economy, according to a recent report from the Oregon Department of Education.
The report, released Tuesday, Nov. 22, indicates that 21,340 of Oregon's students -- or 3.7 percent -- "lack
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Samaritan CEO announces retirement

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is making a change at the top of its leadership board.
CEO David Bigelow is going to retire after 13 years on June 1, 2017.
Bigelow said he chose the timing to coincide with the beginning of construction on the new hospital.
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Home sales ease in October amid slow appraisal process

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A housing market hindered by a slow-moving appraisal process lost some steam in October, as sales dropped about 15 percent from the same period last year.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhouses decreased to $27,164,796 in October from $32,017,842 in October 2015. Residential site-built is a home constructed primarily on location.
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Crisis respite housing sought in Lincoln County

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Crisis respite housing may soon be available in Newport as the result of a proposal put forth by the Lincoln County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
At the Wednesday, Nov. 23, meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, there was a presentation by Cheryl Connell, director of HHS.
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Tumbledown wharf tabled due to cost estimates

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A sprawling wharf that once launched newly built vessels and helped make the world's smallest navigable harbor the crab capital of Oregon is a broken-down wreck that is dangerous to nearby workers and curious passersby.
But city officials, stunned by estimates to design a replacement, this week delayed efforts to rebuild the municipal dock.
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Weight cops ticket super-sized trucks

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
MOOLACK SHORES -- A rare stretch of straight road two miles north of Newport on Monday, Nov. 28, proved a perfect place for the "overweight" cops of the state highway department to pull a surprise inspection on super-sized trucks.
"So far, we're batting 100 percent," said Barry Lampert, a 26-year veteran of the Oregon Department of Transportation's motor carrier enforcement
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Fuller resigns as port operations director

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Rick Fuller, the current operations director for the Port of Newport, has accepted a new position with DAY CPM Services, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Fuller said that in his new position he would serve as the Beaverton company's facilities maintenance manager for the North Clackamas School District's $433 million construction project, which was approved by voters last
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Toledo vacancies leave government positions thin

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
TOLEDO -- A recent shuffle among Toledo's governing bodies has left it with several vacancies, including two on the planning commission, two on the budget committee and one on the public utility commission.
While some positions have been open for months, the city has yet to receive a single application for any of them, said City Recorder Nancy Bryant.
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Bayfront industrial property sparks debate

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The process for selling industrial property sparked some debate at the Newport City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 21.
The council approved 6-1 to schedule a public hearing for selling a two-story, seafood processing facility and wharf on the Bayfront to lessee Bornstein Seafoods. Council member David Allen voted against the proposal.
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OCCC joins space research consortium

Modified: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
NEWPORT -- When the moon passes in front of the sun for a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, students at Oregon Coast Community College won't just be watching from the ground.
Instead, they'll join hundreds of students across the nation launching high altitude balloons -- complete with cameras, transmitters and GPS trackers -- to witness the event in
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Dungeness crab season opener delayed

Modified: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Due to concerns of elevated levels of domoic acid, the traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season along the Oregon coast has been delayed until at least Dec. 15.
Recent tests in the Garibaldi area revealed two samples above the allowable biotoxin level of 30 parts per million in crab viscera, one at 54 ppm
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Post-storm work at Port of Alsea

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Beginning next month, the Port of Alsea will finally start digging out of the damage its public dock facilities suffered during last December's severe winter storm.
The $750,000 project will include removal of some 30,000 cubic yards of sediment from the port basin and installation of a $300,000 protective debris boom bordering the boat service area.
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Planning for Marine Studies Building

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Construction could begin as early as spring 2018 for a Marine Studies Building on the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus.
Oregon State University is planning the construction of an approximately 85,000-square-foot facility.
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Depoe Bay city councilor resigns

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- City councilors will start filling an unexpected, post-election vacancy created by the resignation of Jo Fisher Brown halfway through her first term.
Brown, elected in 2014 amid a robust write-in campaign, was in the thick of several key issues including marijuana reforms, which she supported, and a clash with the local post office over boxholder rates, where
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Preventing tragedy through education

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
YACHATS -- For Ken Gagne, the dangers on the beach hit close to home.
"I've lost a few friends down (the coast), and people are getting hurt every year," Gagne said. "I decided to do something about it."
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Coastal region advocacy group reenergized

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A once-powerful voice for Oregon coast residents that withered with the loss of a key leader has been reenergized.
Members of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA) met in Eugene for the first time in two years to breathe life into an organization that lost steam after its executive director, Onno Husing, was hired as planning
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Depoe Bay city recorder to retire

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- City officials are scrambling to find a replacement for Pery Murray, the human Super Glue of municipal government.
"She's held this town together for three decades," said Mayor A.J. Mattila, who is leading the effort to fill the longtime city recorder's shoes. "I don't know what will happen without her. We're going to be hard-pressed to replace
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Jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dipped last month amid a strong increase in the number of people, who ventured in the labor force
The jobless rate eased to 6.2 percent in October from 6.6 percent in October 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report released on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
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A tradition of giving

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Despite stormy weather, the American Legion fed more than 300 people on Thanksgiving Day 2016.
"We've been doing this more than 30 years," organizer Ralph Janes said. "We had 32 turkeys, from 12 to 20 pounds, and 11 hams, so about 140 pounds (of hams)."
Volunteers also served mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, yams, dinner rolls and pie
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Turnout triples for local women’s group

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Every year, the Central Oregon Coast chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) holds an annual dinner. And every year, the event draws around 30 people, said Oregon NOW board member Nancy Campbell Mead.
But this year, about 90 people showed up to the Nov. 18 gathering -- just 10 days after President-elect Donald Trump earned 290
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Next News-Times issue to be delivered Saturday, Nov. 26

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The next issue of the News-Times will be delivered the morning of Saturday, Nov. 26.
The paper's publishing schedule was delayed by one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Next week's publishing schedule will resume as usual, with issues being delivered Wednesday and Friday.
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Clinton’s lead in popular vote climbs to 2 million

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
An ongoing count of ballots cast in the Nov. 8 general election show Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a 2 million vote lead over Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
Cook Political Report's David Wasserman is doing the ongoing tally, which put Clinton at 64,223,986 or 48.1 percent of the vote, as of Wednesday, Nov. 23. The tally put the total
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Flood watch in effect amid heavy rain in coastal region

Modified: Thursday, Nov 24th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A flood watch is in effect for the Central Oregon Coast because of heavy rain in the region.
The National Weather Service Office in Portland issued the alert, which extends to Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.
"A few rivers may reach minor flood stage Thanksgiving afternoon and/or Friday (Nov. 25). The heaviest rain will most likely fall across
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