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Oregon releases reports for state, district progress

Modified: Saturday, Dec 10th, 2016
SALEM -- The Oregon Department of Education released its annual report card documenting the state of the public school system across the state, as well as district-by-district reports.
The release, announced Nov. 30, offers a broad summary across several metrics, including graduation rates, test results, student demographics, and school funding information.
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Waldport Citizens Patrol backs up the sheriff

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
WALDPORT -- An unusual group may be the first on the scene for an overturned car or burgled business in Waldport.
Late on any given night, two members of the Waldport Citizens Patrol can be found cruising the streets, checking the entrances of businesses, backing up a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputy, or keeping an eye out for the suspicious.
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Height limits extended in South Beach

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
NEWPORT -- South Beach buildings may begin to soar higher into the skyline.
The city council approved an ordinance making an exception for building height limits for vertical evacuation at its meeting on Dec. 5.
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Counties seeking $1.3 million for creek crossings

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Culverts may offer passages for local wildlife through populated areas, but they have a short shelf life -- and often a negative impact on the natural habitat.
Which is why Lincoln County, Lane County and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have partnered in a $1.26 million project to replace three decrepit culverts with spanning bridges.
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Resident calls for testing $220K emergency sirens

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- With new stocks of emergency medical supplies, barrels of sanitized water and body bags stacked 20 deep in a municipal warehouse, all was quiet on the bayfront until one resident this week raised concerns over the town's silent tsunami sirens.
A letter to city hall has kicked off a debate over holding a full-scale test of the
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Newport looking to fill committee vacancies

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Concerned about the issues seniors face? Want to make sure the city's not wasting money?
Several city committees are looking for volunteers. Spots are open on the 60+ Advisory Committee, Airport Committee, Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Budget Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.
City recorder Peggy Hawker said having numerous vacancies is common.
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Sen. Merkley questions HUD nomination

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
Republican president-elect Donald Trump's decision to nominate Dr. Ben Carson to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been called into question.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore), who is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, labeled the decision as "curious" given Carson's background.
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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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