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Committee overruled on tourism grants

Modified: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Frustrated over tardy reports from the recipients of a couple of tourism grants, a committee that oversees the $1.5 million Visitor and Convention Bureau voted last month to stop payments to the groups.
Instead, City Manager Ron Chandler overrode the recommendation, issuing nearly $4,000 in checks to the chamber of commerce and the cultural center, anyway.
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Police catch up with culprit after high-speed chase

Modified: Monday, May 30th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Newport police ended a six-day search Wednesday, May 25, when they apprehended a transient man responsible for a high-speed chase on Highway 20 that resulted in injuries to two construction workers.
The search for Charles Hutton, 34, began May 19 when the Toledo Police Department received a tip that Hutton was in the area and allegedly involved in
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Two teenage boys rescued by Coast Guard at Roads End

Modified: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two 14-year-old boys on Saturday, May 28, after they were stranded on a cliff north of Roads End State Recreation Site.
The rescue happened after the Coast Guard received a request for assistance about 3:29 p.m. The boys, who were hiking, were safely hoisted and transported to the nearby beach.
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Cubs eliminated from state softball playoffs

Modified: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
SCAPPOOSE -- The Newport Cubs were knocked out of the Class 4A state softball playoffs in a 10-0 road loss to Scappoose on Friday, May 27.
The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak for the Cubs, who finished the season with a record of 23-6.
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Cranking up construction

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Newport's $9.4 million Aquatic Center should begin to look like its future self soon -- at least on the outside -- as workers labor closer to completion.
Construction workers are setting concrete blocks, and plan to bring structural steel in Friday, May 27, and begin on the roof, Public Works Director Tim Gross said. Once
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Road shift starts soon

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The last major piece of the Highway 20 project west of Eddyville begins Wednesday, June 1, with the realignment of a dangerous curve located at the west end of the new 5.5-mile road.
During the first 45 days of the Phase 4 project, construction will occur from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., including periods of blasting from June
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District releases report card

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Graduation rates for special education students in the Lincoln County School District fall short of state targets, but for those who do graduate, students go on to surpass Oregon's goals.
The district released its annual report card on how well it serves students with special education needs. Its findings primarily draw data from the 2013-14 academic year,
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Dotson retiring after nearly 13 years as sheriff of county

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- There will a new sheriff in town come June 1. Dennis Dotson will be retiring from that post at the end of the day on May 31, and Lt. Curtis Landers has been appointed by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to take over as acting sheriff the following day.
A public reception to honor Dotson will be
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Albany man accused of having weapon in jail

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- An arraignment was continued Wednesday, May 25, for an Albany man who allegedly possessed a weapon behind bars.
A Lincoln County Grand Jury handed down a secret indictment in the case of Wyatt Eugene Whitney on April 7. His arraignment in Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford's room was continued from Monday, May 23.
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Man arrested for using clock as weapon

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A Depoe Bay man was arrested about three weeks after he allegedly clocked a woman with a wooden timing device.
Timothy A. Haaheim, 50, was arraigned on two Class A misdemeanor counts of assault in the fourth degree, and one count of harassment before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart on Thursday, May 26.
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Aiming to improve public health

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
An effort to assist low-income families deal with septic repair bills got a big boost from Gov. Kate Brown, who signed a bill that will provide money to help fix failing systems.
The legislation, which was sponsored by Sen. Arnie Roblan (D-5th District), was ushered into law on Tuesday, May 24, when Brown put pen to paper.
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Toledo expansion spurs lukewarm response

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
TOLEDO -- Since declaring a plan to expand its borders more than a month ago, the city of Toledo has heard sparse and unenthusiastic responses from property owners adjacent to town limits.
Residents just outside Toledo's official limits received a letter with an annexation survey Thursday, May 19, to gauge public interest.
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Cubs bomb their way into second round of softball tourney

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Newport Cubs defeated Marshfield 8-4 on Wednesday, May 25, behind home runs by Kat Whitehead, Jessica Hyduchak and Makiah Johnson to advance to the second round of the state championship softball playoffs.
Skyler Szabo threw a complete game for the win at home.
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Land goes deep twice as Irish advance into second round of state baseball playoffs

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
ST. PAUL -- Senior Eric Land hit two home runs, including a third inning grand slam to push the Waldport baseball team into the second round of the 2A/1A state tournament.
The visiting Irish topped St. Paul, 12-5.
Devontae Otness also homered in the third inning. Forrest Rosser was the winning pitcher.
Waldport will now go on the road
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Preparation and flexibility key to boat safety

Modified: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- The country might be in the midst of National Safe Boating Week, but tips from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay to stay safe on the water apply year-round.
According to the officers at the bay's station, who respond to around 70 calls a year, the No. 1 most crucial factor isn't a novel concept.
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Cubs strike gold

Modified: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Newport High's Brendan Thurber-Blaser eyes the bar during his approach for high jump at the Class 4A OSAA Track & Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene on Saturday, May 21. Thurber-Blaser would clear the bar on seven-straight jumps to win the event with a height of 6 feet, 6 inches. For the full story please see Sports on
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Jobless rate falls to 5.3 percent

Modified: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The jobless rate in Lincoln County matched a historic low last month on the back of larger than expected gains in nonfarm employment.
The jobless rate in the coastal region sank to 5.3 percent in April from 6.9 percent in April 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report Tuesday, May 24.
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Yachats shifting spaces

Modified: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
YACHATS -- The city of Yachats intends to make a big move into a new place, and rent out its space at the Commons.
The city council agreed to go with a study group's recommendation regarding the "501 Building," formerly Yachats' Bank of the West, at its regular meeting earlier this month.
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Jincks to end career at port

Modified: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
NEWPORT -- After serving nearly 18 years on the Port of Newport's Board of Commissioners, retired fisherman David Jincks has resigned, effective June 1.
Jincks is in the process of eventually moving to Bend and he decided it was important for the port to get a new commissioner on board as soon as possible.
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Toledo man arrested again for child pornography

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Toledo man previously convicted of child pornography charges was arraigned Monday, May 23, on a grand jury secret indictment accusing him of looking at sexually explicit photos of children.
Charles Steven Buckley, 65, was arraigned on 15 Class B felony charges of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge
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Trapped driver saved by sign

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Pinned in the wreckage of his pickup truck, a seriously injured motorist guided rescuers to his location Tuesday morning, May 24, after spotting a highway sign perched over the remote accident scene.
Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch of the Oregon State Police said that Joshua Irwin, 25, might otherwise have gone unnoticed after he drove off Highway 101
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Halibut sports opener a huge success

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Thanks to warm weather and calm seas, a whopping 39,968 pounds of Pacific halibut were landed out of Newport during the May 12-14 sports fishing opener.
But the effort and landings dwindled during last week's three-day session as the weather worsened, and similar conditions are expected for this week's Thursday-Saturday session.
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Man facing multiple charges after police chase

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
WALDPORT -- A Depoe Bay man was arrested on multiple charges after leading police on a chase through a residential neighborhood last week.
Sean Michael Rieschel, 45, was arraigned Friday, May 20, on charges of recklessly endangering another and failure to perform duties of a driver when property is damaged. He appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge
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Regional jobless rate falls to record level

Modified: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped to 5.3 percent in April from 6.9 percent in April 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said Tuesday, May 24.
The 5.3 percent jobless rate matched the lowest mark this century in the coastal region.
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Sister City delegation visits for 50th anniversary event

Modified: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
NEWPORT -- Fifty years ago, two residents along the North 44th Latitude line developed a close friendship over an enormous distance.
Connie Gates, of the Rotary Club in Newport, Ore., and Shunichi "Shun" Kobayashi, a bank clerk from Mombetsu, Japan, forged a bond between the two Pacific coast towns when Kobayashi wrote a letter in 1964 expressing a love for
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Newport's Thurber-Blaser wins gold in javelin throw at state championships

Modified: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
EUGENE -- Newport High School's Brendan Thurber-Blaser won a gold medal in the Class 4A boys' javelin throw on Saturday, May 21, at the OSAA Track & Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Thurber-Blaser, a senior, won the event with a throw of 195 feet, 10 inches. The win marked the second gold medal on Saturday for Thurber-Blaser,
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Newport's Thurber-Blaser wins gold in high jump at state championships

Modified: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
EUGENE -- Newport High School's Brendan Thurber-Blaser captured the gold medal in the Class 4A boys' high jump on Saturday, May 21, at the OSAA Track & Field State Championships in Eugene.
Thurber-Blaser, a senior, won with a jump of 6 feet, 6 inches.
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School district passes cautious spending plan

Modified: Friday, May 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Lincoln County School District's budget committee unanimously passed the spending proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, cementing a plan that's purposefully built to weather an unpredictable future.
The new budget should leave $4.3 million in reserve by the end of 2017, ensuring the school district can function up to 2019 without any drastic cuts despite uncertain allocations
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Newport's Beaudry wins gold in discus at state championships

Modified: Friday, May 20th, 2016
EUGENE -- Newport High School's Will Beaudry won a gold medal in the Class 4A discus event Friday, May 20, at the OSAA Track & Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Beaudry, a junior, won the event with a toss of 161 feet, 3 inches.
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Turnout huge, mixed results for halibut opener

Modified: Friday, May 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- An estimated 1,200 sports fishing boats used the Port of Newport's South Beach Marina during last week's three-day opener for Pacific halibut season, which had mixed results.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) wasn't expected to release its catch numbers for the first of four Thursday through Saturday events until noon Friday, May 20.
But there's
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Democrats draw voters

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- As expected, a large turnout of Lincoln County voters in the Tuesday, May 17 primary election favored Democrats over Republicans in nearly all state and federal races.
With 99 percent of the ballots counted, nearly 59 percent of the county's registered voters participated in the election, casting 16,373 votes.
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Law enforcement increasing in underserved Siletz

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
SILETZ -- The city of Siletz voted for more coverage from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on the May 17 primary ballot, bringing legitimate law enforcement back to a town that's lacked any major presence for two years.
Measure 21-166 passed 442-367, gaining 54.6 percent of the vote to establish a Siletz Area Enhanced Law Enforcement District.
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Creating a local scenic byway

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
WALDPORT -- Winding through thick, luscious forests, past mountains and streams, Highway 34 is a curvy, but beautiful drive from the valley to the coast. And, a group of people from Lincoln, Benton, and Linn counties want others to know about the roadway.
The group, which includes people from Waldport, Philomath, Corvallis, Tangent, the Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon
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North Lincoln Fire & Rescue knocks down Otis fire

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
OTIS -- A fire in Otis did not cause any injuries, but was estimated to cost around $50,000 in damage.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a call of "visible smoke from a structure" in the area near North Bank Road and Trout Lane on Saturday, May 14, around 11:30 a.m.
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Polling data comes up short

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
One week after a statewide survey showed Hillary Clinton with a double-digit percentage lead in the Oregon Democratic presidential primary, rival Bernie Sanders turned the tide and sailed away with the win.
Sanders received 295,551 votes, or 54.36 percent, in the Tuesday, May 17 primary election. Clinton received 238,009 votes, or 43.78 percent.
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Port maintenance plan finally underway

Modified: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- In an effort to address many years of neglecting some $85 million in capital assets, the Port of Newport is expected to embark on a facility maintenance and operations plan later this year.
The port commission expects to approve a 2016-17 fiscal year budget of $170,000 for facilities maintenance in June. The budget will include adding two new
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Voters endorse Hall, county room tax hike

Modified: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Bill Hall easily won a fourth term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Position 2 in the Tuesday, May 17 primary election, defeating Tom Runions for the third consecutive time.
With approximately 85 percent of the vote counted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Hall had received 6,958 votes to 4,171 votes for Runions. Hall defeated Runions by capturing
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Community finds closure at last for Roe

Modified: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- May 5, 2016 was the worst day of Patty Summerton's life.
That was the day the U.S. Coast Guard found the body of Summerton's granddaughter, Katherine "Katy" Roe, just outside the harbor in Depoe Bay, dashing any hope that the 22-year-old woman might be found alive after an exhaustive three-week search.
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Newport police to add detective

Modified: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Lincoln City, with a population of around 8,000, has 25 sworn police employees, compared with 20 in Newport with a population over 10,000.
In 2003, the Newport Police Department had 23 sworn positions. Two vacancies went away that year, never filled. Now, Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda wants more.
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Commercial sales leap in April

Modified: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A lackluster commercial real estate market bounced back in dramatic fashion last month with a 664 percent increase in sales volume.
Sales of commercial properties soared to $3,612,000 in April from $472,500 in April 2015. The most recent figure was also more than double the sales from in the previous three months of the year, and lifted
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Newport pushing recreational marijuana tax

Modified: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport is looking to cash in on the recreational marijuana industry with a proposed 3 percent tax rate.
On Monday, May 16, the Newport City Council voted to place the tax ordinance on the November general election ballot for voter approval.
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Transient facing charges after suspected theft

Modified: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Newport transient got himself into trouble after allegedly stealing $2,000 worth of AT&T products, reportedly lying about his identity when caught by police, and failing to register as a sex offender -- all in one day.
Ryan Flaming, 22, was arraigned on an indictment of theft in the first degree, a Class C felony, giving false information
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Woman arrested for allegedly dipping into cash box at work

Modified: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Newport woman was arraigned on a charge of theft in the first degree on Monday, May 16, before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford.
Michelle Anna Mathis, 41, was arrested for the crime back in April and conditionally released the same day, according to court records.
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Philomath man arraigned on sex abuse charges

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Philomath man was arraigned Thursday, May 12, on a grand jury secret indictment accusing him of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 14.
Jerry Dean Chesshire, 58, was arraigned on two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Paulette Sanders.
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Mayor’s legal tab picked up by city

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The Lincoln City council unanimously voted to cover Mayor Don Williams' remaining legal expenses following a pricey battle over ethics charges, a fight started by the very same council last fall.
The $2,200 bill, approved at a council meeting Monday, May 9, will go toward Williams' remaining lawyer fees with Portland-based attorney William Kabeiseman.
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