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Emissions reduction plan proposed

Modified: Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
PORTLAND -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is considering implementing a program called "cap-and-trade" that would help reduce the state's carbon emissions, but impose additional restrictions on high emitters like the Georgia-Pacific paper mill.
In an exploratory report released Feb. 14, the DEQ said a cap-and-trade -- or a program in which the state puts a limit on
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Newport man killed in Highway 101 crash

Modified: Saturday, Feb 25th, 2017
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A 40-year-old Newport man was killed Saturday, Feb. 25, when the sport utility vehicle he was driving crashed on Highway 101 near Milepost 136, the Oregon State Police said in a report.
Edgar Mendez Romero died at the scene of the crash, which happened about 7:40 a.m.
"The involved vehicle, a green 2002 Ford Explorer, was northbound
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Community gathers to plan for future of Newport

Modified: Saturday, Feb 25th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Drawing together people passionate about Newport's arts, beaches, renewable energy, youth and overall design and infrastructure, the Vision 2040 project officially began.
Around 200 people, including children, attended family night on Friday, Feb. 17 and community day on Saturday, Feb. 18, for the project.
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Infrastructure overhaul

Modified: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Although a newly completed pump station at Agate Beach can get wastewater to treatment safely and efficiently, much of the city's sewer system is reaching the end of its life.
"We were pleased that even during our record 5-inch rainfall, that the new station did not overflow," City Manager Spencer Nebel said.
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Home sales beat winter chill to top $25 million

Modified: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A wintry mix of weather to start the year couldn't cool off a hot housing market, which posted a 22 percent increase in dollar volume last month amid a hearty appetite for homes in the region.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhouses climbed to $25,709,221 in January from $21,035,021 in January 2016. Residential site-built is a
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Eclipse preparations comparable to those for natural disaster

Modified: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
DEPOE BAY --North county cities, anticipating pandemonium on an unprecedented scale, are preparing for a total solar eclipse in August as though it were a natural disaster.
Predicting thousands of people for the rare event, officials in Depoe Bay and Lincoln City have dusted off emergency reaction plans, ordered thousands of solar sunglasses, reserved scores of hard-to-find portable toilets and
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Newport parking bureau formed

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
NEWPORT -- A city of Newport Parking Bureau, operated solely by TCB Patrol Services, has been created as means to deal with parking enforcement.
The local private security firm has provided parking enforcement services for the city since 2009. The city currently pays $3,950 a month for the services.
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Search ongoing for missing Lincoln City woman

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
LINCOLN CITY -- Police are searching for a missing 60-year-old Lincoln City woman last heard from on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The vehicle of Lynette Kay Propst, a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder, was discovered parked unoccupied by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at Rocky Creek State Park.
A note in the window of the vehicle indicated the car had broken down
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Snow in the forecast over wine festival weekend

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
NEWPORT -- Predictions of late-season snow on the Central Oregon Coast could complicate one of the busiest Newport weekends of the year, although flurries over the Seafood & Wine Festival wouldn't be totally unprecedented.
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, the National Weather Service expects temperatures to drop to 34 degrees early Friday morning, Feb. 24, with a chance
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A Q&A with the wordsmith at the Newport Police Department

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
NEWPORT -- Kit O'Carra injects her wicked sense of humor into an unexpected job.
As the Webmaster and special projects director with the Newport Police Department, she posts updates from the local police that help keep residents informed -- press releases, weather updates, and safety information.
But unlike the dry delivery from most police departments, O'Carra provides the information
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Public services top priorities for Newport in 2017

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
NEWPORT -- Public services have emerged as top priorities for the city of Newport in 2017.
The city council chose hiring a fire prevention officer, a library security guard and reactivating the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) as its top three goals for 2017.
A fire prevention officer handles fire and life safety inspections, plan checks and testing of hazardous
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City councilors appoint 3 to budget committee

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
TOLEDO -- The Toledo Budget Committee got back to a full roster when city councilors appointed three new members out of four applicants on Feb. 15.
William Dalbey earned unanimous support from all seven council members and will begin a new four-year term to end Dec. 31, 2020. Paul Osterlund and Heather Fortner, who earned seven and four votes respectively,
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Political File: Forecasters project bump in state revenue

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
The Oregon economy is projected to produce an additional $102.7 million in tax revenue for the 2015-17 budget cycle, a state financial forecast showed.
The Oregon Legislative Revenue Office released a forecast summary on Wednesday, Feb. 22, that traces the bump in proceeds, in part, to higher revenue from corporate income taxes and personal income taxes.
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Tree seedling sale to be held at Lincoln County Fairgrounds

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
The Lincoln County Small Woodlands Association will host its annual native tree seedling sale on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the 4-H building at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport.
The sale begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., or until the supply runs out. Most seedlings will be $2.
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Public immigration meeting to detail legal rights

Modified: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
NEWPORT -- Centro de Ayuda, a nonprofit social service organization in Lincoln County, will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church regarding the Trump administration's new rules on immigration enforcement.
The 6:30 p.m. meeting will feature Oregon Law Center attorneys, who will detail the legal rights of Hispanic immigrants currently living in the
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40 years of festivities

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
NEWPORT -- In the April 5, 1978 issue of the News-Times, tucked in the back on page 16, a reporter wrote a skeptical review about a new local festival:
"Newport's first wine and seafood festival Saturday at the Newport armory drew mixed reviews -- perhaps putting it kindly -- but probably will be repeated next year."
The slapdash celebration
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Sights set on eyesores in urban renewal

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council, facing a deadline to potentially spend $3.5 million dollars, has reached an impasse over a broad shopping list of projects.
The debate over how to spend final bond money that can be raised by the Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency marks the last chapter for the 27-year-old bureau, created to eliminate blight with tax
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Anglers talk docks at first committee meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
NEWPORT -- Not surprisingly, the first meeting of the recently formed Commercial Fishing Users Group Committee focused on a wide variety of issues, including the Port of Newport's working docks.
With seven of the 12 members attending the meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, the overall condition of Port Dock 7 and replacement of the Port Dock 5 approach pier received
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County supports state transportation funding package

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
NEWPORT -- A resolution urging the Oregon Legislature to adopt some form of a statewide transportation funding package during the 2017 session was passed by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Counties around the state are being asked to pass similar resolutions at the request of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). Lincoln
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City denies permit for annual Jet Ski races

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
LINCOLN CITY -- City officials who recently issued a $5,000 grant to sponsors of a high-speed boat race on Devils Lake have denied the group a permit to hold the event.
The contradiction surfaced last week during a meeting of the Lincoln City City Council, where the event's founder complained about the baffling decision. Miles Schlesinger said the future of
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Potholes make for rough drive along Highway 229

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
SILETZ -- Trish Wallace was driving on Highway 229 near Fred Taylor Road late Thursday, Feb. 9, when her 2008 Volkswagen Jetta hit a pothole and blew a tire.
Without cellphone service or a tire jack, Wallace and her boyfriend were stuck. They ended up having to spend the night at her grandmother's house, she said.
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Wildlife, barnyard pests pondered

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
LINCOLN CITY -- As Sharon Cook walked into her home last November she was shocked by the buzzing frenzy of an estimated 1,000 blue-bottle flies that had hatched while she was picking up her turkey dinner.
"I was getting ready for company," recalled Cook, who choked at the memory. "I can't tell you how horrible it was. The issue is
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Attempted gun sale leads to two arrests

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
NEWPORT -- Two Newport men are in custody after allegedly attempting to sell stolen firearms out of a hatchback.
Robert Lee Bauman, 30, and Anthony Francisco Garcia, 29, were arrested Monday, Feb. 13, when police officers responded to a tip that the pair was planning to sell multiple guns to another individual, according to a report from the Newport Police
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Meeting times changed in Yachats

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
YACHATS -- After seeking community input, the city council will change its meeting days and times.
Beginning in March, the council will meet the first and second Wednesdays of the month.
The March 1 meeting will be at 9:30 a.m., and the March 8 meeting will be at 2 p.m.
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'Too Close to Home?' talks touches on oil

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
YACHATS -- Author McKibben Jackinsky will give a presentation called "Too Close to Home?" at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Yachats Commons.
Jackinsky will speak about her experiences with the oil industry and the decisions her family faced when the industry showed interest in their land.
Jackinsky's Russian-Alutiiq great-great-great-grandparents were among the founders of Ninilchik village
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Proposal seeks to address deadly sneaker waves

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
YACHATS -- With no end to reports of sneaker waves causing deaths and injuries along the Oregon Coast, one small town resident decided to do something about the situation.
Ken Gagne began working on a beach safety proposal for the coast near Yachats, especially Thor's Well, in October.
After gathering letters of support from more than 100 people, Gagne designed
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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on housing project

Modified: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
NEWPORT -- For two families, affordable housing in Newport is a reality.
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County celebrated a groundbreaking for its first build in Newport on Monday, Feb. 13.
The duplex, with two bedrooms and a half bath on each side, will be built on city-donated land at Southwest Pine and 10th streets in the coming months.
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Hospital rezoning approved

Modified: Sunday, Feb 19th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Two factors blocking the construction of the new $57 million Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital have been removed.
The city council approved rezoning 2.3 acres of the hospital's property to public (P-1) from high density residential (R-4) at its meeting Monday, Feb. 6.
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Sex sting nets second conviction

Modified: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
NEWPORT -- A Siletz man, one of seven arrested in a December 2016 sex crime sweep, was sentenced to five years probation and $1,000 fine for having a relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Jeffrey John Paul, 22, pled guilty to a felony count of third-degree rape and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor
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Daring helicopter rescue saves two men from cave

Modified: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
WALDPORT -- In a daring night maneuver, the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter saved two college students who were swept into a sea cave at Cape Perpetua on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Buffeted by gusts of wind and a mere rotor's distance from a rock cliff, four aviators led by Lt. Zachary Wiest, pilot in command, hatched a plan
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Drilling for disaster

Modified: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
TOLEDO -- A column of black smoke twisted toward the sky as a three-story house, engulfed in flames, collapsed on itself Saturday, Feb. 11.
About 50 firefighting personnel -- from the Toledo Fire Department, Siletz Valley Fire Department, Newport Fire Department, Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue, and the Georgia-Pacific emergency response team -- stood by calmly, watching it
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Rescuers race to reach man on cliff

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
LINCOLN CITY -- An amateur photographer who fell 130 feet down a cliff at Cascade Head on Saturday, Feb. 11, was stranded on a remote beach until a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter lifted the injured man to safety.
The incident brought into focus a popular attraction among hikers whose hazardous geography has been the scene of frequent rescues by air,
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Street updates pending in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Long traffic lines over the Yaquina Bay Bridge may become less frequent down the road given some upcoming street improvements.
As part of the South Beach Urban Renewal Plan, the city and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) plan to extend Southeast 35th Street through Highway 101 to Anchor Way. The signal at 32nd Street would be moved to
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Police adding new "stealth vehicle"

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
LINCOLN CITY -- Detectives hope to blend into the landscape with a new addition to the Lincoln City Police Department motor pool, a new Ford F-150 truck.
On Monday, Feb. 13, the city council approved the purchase of the vehicle and another, a 2017 Ford Explorer, to replace an exhausted Chevrolet Tahoe with 161,000 miles.
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Political File: Lawmakers demand Flynn investigation

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The Trump administration is in the crosshairs of Oregon federal lawmakers amid the resignation this week of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden each called for an investigation into the resignation, which stems from conversations Flynn had with a Russian ambassador. Flynn stepped down Monday, Feb. 13.
He reportedly misled Vice President Mike Pence
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Newport approves pay hikes for city workers

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Public works employees for the city of Newport will receive a pay increase over the next three years as part of an effort to stem turnover.
The city council approved restructuring the salary structure for public works employees at its Monday, Feb. 6 meeting.
"One of the concerns we had is we were having a very high turnover,"
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Coast Guard rescues two men stranded inside cave

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
YACHATS -- Two men were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Facility Newport after being stranded on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14, inside a cave south of Yachats.
The unidentified beachgoers were located and hoisted by the helicopter crew, and then transferred to the air facility where they were met by emergency responders. The men were hypothermic,
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Pool opening again delayed

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Although the community celebrated the dedication of the new Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 11, the pools are not quite ready for use.
"Our pools are certified, but we have some issues. We want to make sure it's perfect before we open it to the public. The tile that marks the depth is not clear enough to meet
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Dungeness landings rise despite setbacks

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
NEWPORT -- The 2016-17 Oregon Dungeness crab season has been chaotic with various shellfish closures along the coast, but crab landings remain prolific.
An estimated 15.4 million pounds of Dungeness had been landed through Monday, Feb. 13, which exceeds the 2015-16 haul of 14.2 million pounds and could reach the highest landings total since the 2010-11 season.
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Siletz Valley Fire District living on financial edge

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
SILETZ -- The Siletz Valley Fire District is hanging by a financial thread, and is only functioning now on the whims of federal grant programs and contributions from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
The district raises about $194,000 annually via a tax levy that collects $1.33 per $1,000 of assessed property value. To continue operating at its current service
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Land Trust tries new housing approach

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
LINCOLN COUNTY -- With ever-increasing demand for housing, the Lincoln Community Land Trust hopes to help address the issue with a new program.
The Lincoln Community Land Trust is a nonprofit that tries to create affordable homes by building homes on donated land and offering them for a reasonable purchase price (about $60,000 to $100,000 less than market-rate.) Income-eligible homeowners
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South section of Waldport unable to hook up to sewer

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
WALDPORT -- Residents won't be hooking up to sewer anytime soon in a section of south Waldport.
In 2002, a Local Improvement District (LID) formed along Highway 101 from Southwest Corona Court to Southwest Ocean Hills Drive to fund infrastructure to connect to the city's sewer system.
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Capital projects aplenty in town with no taxes

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
DEPOE BAY -- While some other governments wallow in seas of red ink, officials in this quaint fishing village with no taxes and an undersized budget are laying asphalt faster than a local plant can produce the material.
One project after another, fueled by infusions of other people's money and a culture of penny-pinching, have gradually brought the city's ancient
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Tribe re-elects three councilmembers

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
SILETZ -- Three sitting members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Tribal Council will continue to serve until 2020 following an election held on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Robert Kentta, of Logsden, has served on the council since 2005 and was re-elected with 397 votes. Loraine Butler, of Siletz, was reelected with 360 votes after serving 12 years. Gloria Ingle,
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Spotlight on Lincoln City Realty

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Real estate never sleeps for Mike and Linda Roy, who work with loyal clients and first-time buyers anytime of the day or night.
"Mike usually works until one a.m.," reflected Linda Roy, a former executive director of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce who left her plum position in 2013 to help run the steadily-growing company the couple founded nine
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