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Gunshots shutter Highway 20

Modified: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was arraigned Thursday on charges stemming from a series of gunshots fired in a wooded area near Highway 20 that shuttered the heavily traveled road a day earlier.
Matthew Reel, 27, is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangering, and menacing in connection with the incident. The unlawful use of
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Council mulls Villages at Cascade Head marketing plan

Modified: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Town elders on Monday made their first moves to market the Villages at Cascade Head, a bankrupt, 363-acre development purchased by the city in 2013 for $2.5 million.
Hailed at the time as a bold way to acquire a long-sought scenic hill and land for workforce housing, the acquisition of the Villages also drew heat from citizens
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Fluoridation controversy resurfaces in Newport

Modified: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Ten years after the city of Newport removed fluoride from its water supply, the polarizing issue has resurfaced.
The Newport City Council will gather information and hear opinions from residents about putting the naturally occurring mineral back into the water supply at a public hearing during their Sept. 8 meeting.
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Postal issues abound

Modified: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Pressured by angry constituents, the city council on Monday demanded answers from U.S. Postal Service authorities about the shake-up in local mail delivery affecting hundreds of boxholders.
"I know of one person that is not receiving any mail whatsoever," asserted Councilor Joe Fisher-Brown, who blasted the plan by a new postmaster to end free delivery as Depoe
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Submerged road surfaces

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A busy road that is often so flooded that motorists compete with migrating salmon has been repaired.
Lincoln County officials declared the completion of the East Devils Lake Road bridge replacement project on Aug. 27. County spokesman Casey Miller said the $300,000 effort beat the construction deadline by a week.
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Plea deal ends rape, sexual abuse trial

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A rape and sexual abuse trial in Lincoln County Circuit Court was halted after the suspect reached a plea deal with state prosecutors that resulted in a jail term of 11 months.
Shane Harrell, 29, of Yakima, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse in the second degree, and one count of sexual abuse in the third
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County updates natural hazards mitigation plan

Modified: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- In order to remain eligible for grant opportunities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners this week approved an update of the county's Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
"This is required in order for us to qualify for a FEMA program in Lincoln County," said County Counsel Wayne Belmont during Wednesday's commission meeting.
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Poll: Carson, Trump running neck and neck

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
A dogfight is brewing in an early battleground state for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
A Monmouth University poll released this week showed retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in a dead heat with Donald Trump in Iowa.
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Selection of hospital construction contractor underway

Modified: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The process of building a new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and updating the existing medical center is finally underway with prospective contractors being considered.
CEO David Bigelow said Monday during a city of Newport town hall meeting the selection committee has received five applicants for the project, which is expected to take three years to complete.
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New road project sinks under own weight

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Highway engineers are scrambling to find the solution to fix a new road that is sinking under its own enormous weight.
A key part of the $19 million Nelscott Highway Project is the new Highway 101 intersection at SW 32nd Street, where builders laid 500 cubic yards of earthen fill and tons of rebar steel, concrete and
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Highway 20 reopens after being closed because of police activity

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A stretch of Highway 20 was reopened between Milepost 1 and Moore Drive after being shuttered Wednesday afternoon because of police activity.
The road reopened about 5:43 p.m., authorities said.
The highway was closed about 4:20 p.m., with traffic being diverted through Toledo.
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A world of discovery

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The pieces are starting to fall into place on the $5.4 million Coastal Discovery Center in South Beach.
Walsh Construction has been working tirelessly to build the latest addition to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry campus, located west of Highway 101.

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Opinions are strong, plentiful regarding urban renewal

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- And it begins, that is, the city's proposed Northside and McLean Point urban renewal project, a bear of an endeavor that stretches along Highway 101 from the Yaquina Bay Bridge to North 73rd Street.
The city's Community Development department has started to receive considerable public feedback as meetings on the plan have begun by the city, which has
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Rainfall fuels wildfire threat

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
TOLEDO -- Lincoln County's chief firefighter said that last weekend's moisture did more harm than good when it comes to the raging fires burning statewide.
"Public opinion has gone toward apathy," said William Ewing, Fire Defense Board Chief for Lincoln County. "The danger comes back very quickly. Small fields are the only areas affected by that kind of rain,
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Community takes sides on early pot sales

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- The city's top cop said Monday he is opposed to early sales of recreational marijuana at medical pot dispensaries, largely because it's a fluid situation fraught with unknowns.
"I am against marijuana (legalization), but the law is going to be passed," Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said. "There are a lot of things that are happening in the
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Mayor prays for protagonists

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Facing a firestorm of ethics charges and a new investigation by fellow members of the city council, Mayor Don Williams has turned to his faith for strength.
"My God gets your attention in two different ways," he reflected. "He tempers us by fire or he punishes us in a way to get us to repent. Either way,
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Council buys Girl Scout kiosks

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Charmed by her ambition and bright smile, city officials last week approved a plan by Gold Star Girl Scout Alicia Duckworth to build two trailhead kiosks at the new Agnes Street Open Space.
Duckworth revealed her design Aug. 24 to city councilors, who endorsed the effort as an example of the good kids being reared in Lincoln
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Dry dock beyond repairs

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo's dry dock was declared surplus at the board of commissioners Aug. 25 meeting and won't be replaced.
Commissioner Penny Ryerson asked if the boatyard would need another dry dock. The anticipated new larger boatlift would meet the boatyard's needs instead of a dry dock, said port manager Bud Shoemake.
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Yachats man jailed after vehicle crash

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
WALDPORT -- A 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle, and then got into a scuffle with authorities before attempting to escape from the back of a squad car.
Edward Dunn, of Yachats, is facing numerous charges in connection with the incident, including felony counts of aggravated harassment and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
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Movement to all-day kindergarten

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- In a few weeks, little children will begin a new chapter in Lincoln County School District.
Kindergarten students -- or the Class of 2028 -- will attend class a full day instead of half-days.
"There's a global movement to all-day kindergarten," said Betsy Wilcox, curriculum, instruction and assessment administrator for the school district.
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South Beach man sentenced in human trafficking case

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
NEWPORT -- A South Beach man was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in jail for his role in a human trafficking and sexual abuse case.
Ronald Flinter, 46, was sanctioned at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. A co-defendant's case is pending.
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Pastor speaks out against pot sales

Modified: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A pastor's warning about the pitfalls of recreational pot fell on receptive ears last week when city councilors declined to give an "early start" to recreational marijuana sales.
"Have mercy on this city," pleaded Pastor Phil Magnan, who used the speaker's chair as his pulpit at the Aug. 24 city council meeting. "Stop the insanity. Just because
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Strange sights keep 911 dispatcher busy

Modified: Sunday, Aug 30th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- To passing tourists, the distant bobbing of an object at sea looked like trouble.
"They say it's a diver's body," relayed a 911 dispatcher who alerted first responders at the U.S. Coast Guard and fire stations in Depoe Bay. "His leg is floating on the surface, and they can't see the rest of him."
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Logsden family goat farm adapting to new regulations

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
LOGSDEN -- Overworked, but undaunted.
That's an apt description for creative cheese makers Patricia and Astraea Morford, the mother-daughter team that operates Rivers Edge Chévre on a 12-acre farm bordering the Siletz River.
It has been nearly 10 years of genius created from too many long days to count, but the farm's prized handmade goat cheeses have become renowned.
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Wind gust hits 58 mph in Newport

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A high wind warning is in effect until Saturday afternoon for the central Oregon coast with gusts from 50-60 mph in coastal communities, the National Weather Service said.
A maximum south wind gust of 58 mph was recorded about 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Newport Municipal Airport. A total of 0.12 inches of rain has fallen in the area
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Legal action blocking new boatlift project

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo claims it will lose $52,000 per month because of legal action blocking its decision to order a new, larger boatlift for its expanded boatyard.
"We're behind schedule one month now," port manager Bud Shoemake said during a board of commissioners meeting Tuesday.
The port wants to order a new boatlift as soon as possible
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Building in a treetop

Modified: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
NESKOWIN -- A 46-foot high tree house being built with the help of Lincoln County contractors will land the Oregon coast on national television in mid-September.
Treehouse Masters, a television show that airs on Friday's at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet, is working on the project in the Neskowin area.
The show's host, Pete Nelson, and his crew
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Storm to drop more than 1 inch of rain

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A parched central Oregon coast is in the path of a northeast Pacific storm, which is going to bring the first significant rainfall of the summer season.
The storm is forecast to drop more than an inch of rain in the coastal region with the bulk of precipitation falling on Friday evening.
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Legalization of Big Creek Road discussed

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A public hearing to consider the legalization of a portion of County Road 402 in Newport -- better known as Big Creek Road -- was held during this week's meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
About a year and a half ago, the Newport City Council agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the county with
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'Kicker' tax rebate resurfaces in Oregon

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
The so-called "kicker" tax rebate is back after an eight-year hiatus. But it is going to be smaller than the last time, and the money won't come in the form of a check mailed to Oregon taxpayers.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released a report Aug. 26 detailing the financial status of the state. The 70-page report showed general
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City council to appoint replacement for Davis

Modified: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- The city council, not voters, will decide who fills the empty chair created by the resignation of Jim Davis.
On Monday, councilors voted 4-2 to advertise the empty Ward 2 city council seat with nearly 42 months left on its four-year term. Davis, elected in November, resigned last week after moving from his mid-town precinct to Road's
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Lincoln County sends help to fight wildfires

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
NEWPORT -- With resources stretched to the maximum, firefighters from Lincoln County answered a statewide call for help to battle colossal wildfires in eastern Oregon.
The county recently sent a task force to assist with fighting the Canyon Creek Complex fire south of John Day, which earned the designation of being the nation's top priority for resources a week ago.
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Newport fire chief back from John Day

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Newport Fire Department Chief Rob Murphy returned home Sunday evening after spending nine days fighting the massive Canyon Creek Complex fire near John Day in Grant County.
He was a member of a Lincoln County Task Force charged with assisting other firefighters in battling blazes this summer in the eastern part of the state. To date, the fires
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Postmaster threatened by callers

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Postmasters are usually respected figures in small towns, but Theresa Werner claims she has become a target of hateful calls and rude remarks since assuming the job in July.
"My life has been threatened," said Werner, who has reported numerous menacing phone calls to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. "What do I do when someone wants to
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Rules for retail pot sales released

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon that plan to sell recreational pot on Oct. 1 will have to adhere to a strict set of state guidelines.
According to the Oregon Health Authority rules, any facility that wants to sell legal marijuana must first notify OHA before doing so, as well as record birth dates of buyers and the amount
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Motorist killed, two others injured in crash

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
WALDPORT -- A Waldport man died Sunday from injuries suffered in a single-car crash on East Eckman Creek Road, authorities said.
Zachary John Pedro, 37, was driving northbound on the road in a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.
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Toledo ready to hire new city attorney

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo will offer the dual position of city attorney and planner to one of nine candidates who applied for the job.
The city council unanimously approved a committee's recommendation for its top pick of a lawyer to fill the vacancy of city attorney and city planner at its Aug. 19 meeting. City Councilor Michele Johnson
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Sheriff’s deputies chase down suspect

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
SILETZ -- A homeless man was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges stemming from a short vehicle pursuit through a small housing area.
Carl James Maley, 28, was advised of the charges at a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. He faces one felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.
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Unemployment rate falls to 7.0 percent in July

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The unemployment rate in Lincoln County dropped 1 percentage point in July, in turn marking the lowest reading for the month in seven years.
The jobless reading was 7.0 percent in July, down from 8.0 percent in July 2014, the Oregon Employment Department said in a statewide labor report Tuesday.
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Car crash kills Waldport man

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
WALDPORT -- A 37-year-old Waldport man died Sunday from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash on East Eckman Creek Road.
Zachary John Pedro died at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
The crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a report. Two other people were also injured in the crash.
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Smoky conditions should ease Sunday evening

Modified: Sunday, Aug 23rd, 2015
NEWPORT -- A number of fires in the eastern part of the state is making for smoky conditions in the central Oregon coast.
Conditions are forecast to continue through Sunday afternoon with improvement coming Sunday evening into Monday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.
A shift in winds Saturday from the east was largely responsible for the smoky conditions
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