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Overnight highway closures delayed until mid-August

Modified: Saturday, Jul 30th, 2016
EDDYVILLE -- The scheduled Aug. 1 overnight road closures for the Highway 20 construction project have been delayed for at least two weeks, depending on site conditions.
The Oregon Department of Transportation said the existing road would continue to operate as usual with delays of up to 20 minutes, primarily in the area of the west end curve.
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Ship's prop is a fitting symbol

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A fitting symbol for Yaquina Bay's lengthy and colorful shipping industry has finally found a permanent home on the Historic Bayfront.
The propeller of the C.W. Pasley, a World War II-vintage merchant-marine ship that spent more than 60 years submerged off the Port of Newport's loading dock, was transported last week to its new home in front of
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Branam addresses local officials

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- District Attorney Michelle Branam pled guilty this week for failing to get out of the office, much.
"I don't get up here enough, because we're swamped," confessed Branam to city councilors Monday, July 25, in Lincoln City. "In a perfect world, I could use two more senior level attorneys."
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High school reinstating on-site law enforcement

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Newport High School will add a full-time police officer to its campus in the upcoming school year, filling a position that's sat vacant since budget constraints forced the school to cut it in 2003.
The new resource officer will serve as a first responder in critical situations, help investigate in-school crimes, conduct threat assessments, and educate students about
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Popular recycling bin facing closure

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- Measured by its overflow, the public glass recycling bin in the harbor parking lot was a huge triumph.
City officials, however, have ordered the closure and removal of the popular bin following a heated debate and split vote last week at city hall.
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Man allegedly uses his dog to attack cops outside bar

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A local was arrested Wednesday night, July 27, after reportedly showing aggression toward his fellow bar goers and police officers, going as far as allegedly siccing his dog on them.
Newport Police Department officers approached Robert G. Hartsock, 24, outside Bier One around 11:40 p.m. after they received reports of a man "acting aggressively towards other patrons
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Fire board selects new members

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
WALDPORT -- The Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue Board of Directors is back to full capacity with two new members.
Chosen during a board meeting last week, Kevin Battles is stepping into former board member Jerry Phillips's spot, while Reda Eckerman is taking over former member Ray Woodruff's.
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Redemption rate for containers to climb

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
A decline in the percentage rate of redemption for containers under 3 liters in the last couple of years has triggered an increase in the amount of money consumers receive for recycling the items, state officials said.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission made the decision in July to raise the redemption value to 10 cents from 5 cents. The increase
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School gets fined for lead incident

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
EDDYVILLE -- The Eddyville Charter School owes $2,400 to the Oregon Health Authority after allowing students to participate in a renovation project that could have exposed them to lead paint.
"We look at what was the building used for -- in this case, it was a child-occupied facility," said Ben Maynard, environmental health specialist for the OHA Lead Poisoning Prevention
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Grants for international shipping facility in doubt

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Recent rejections for state and federal funding requests have complicated the Port of Newport's finance structure for the proposed International Terminal Shipping Facility project.
Port General Manager Kevin Greenwood doesn't believe the future of the projected $6.5 million, 9-acre laydown area is at risk, but there's a chance the port may have to dip into its own finances
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Vacancy at Toledo City Hall

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
TOLEDO -- City Manager Jay Baughman is resigning from his post at Toledo City Hall in order to take a similar position in Utah.
"I really enjoyed it here. I'm grateful for the council, and for them putting their trust in me and letting me be at the helm," Baughman said Thursday, July 28. "I feel like I've made a
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Dietlin gets 72 months

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Judge Thomas Branford pondered aloud the damage done to the children in the pornography case of James T. Dietlin, 27, who pleaded guilty to possessing before sentencing him on Wednesday, July 27.
Because of the nature of the images, featuring children as young as infants in sexual situations, the Lincoln County Circuit Court judge sentenced the Otis
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Man's alleged day of crime leads to 12 felony charges

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Newport man was arraigned Monday, July 25, on an indictment alleging he stole money and cigarettes from a market the same day he allegedly helped take a Buick from a car dealership.
Zachary Runs Medicine Perkins, 25, was arraigned on eight felony charges including theft in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, and unauthorized
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Yachats residents deciding whether to tax marijuana

Modified: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
YACHATS -- Yachats has decided to go for a recreational marijuana tax in case the city of about 700 residents gets a dispensary someday.
During a special meeting on Monday, July 25, the city council voted to approve an explanatory statement to be placed on the November ballot.
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Reservoir restoration

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
TOLEDO -- The city of Toledo took the first step in a long-term project to improve the health of the Mill Creek Reservoir after decades of intensive logging practices stripped the region of crucial diversity.
Clear-cutting into the 1960s left the site vulnerable to shrubbery and sunlight-hungry, deciduous trees, which still dominate the landscape in the absence of older conifers,
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Employers add payroll in summer

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Total nonfarm employment in Lincoln County surged to its highest level in nearly eight years, as hiring in the private sector ramped up last month.
As a result, the unemployment rate in the coastal region dropped to 5.5 percent in June from 6.9 percent in June 2015, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report released Tuesday,
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Guilty verdict in high-speed vehicle chase

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln County Circuit Court judge found a Depoe Bay man guilty of leading police on a high-speed police chase that would have never happened had the defendant reported to jail when he was supposed to in February.
Judge Thomas Branford found Randy D. Manns, 47, guilty on charges of fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, criminal driving
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Vacancies defying trends

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
TOLEDO -- In a region fraught by a lack of affordable and family wage housing, properties within the city of Toledo face the opposite problem -- too many vacancies.
The problem is rooted in property owners that allow landlords to neglect units to the point of dilapidation, said City Councilmember Jill Lyon at a city council meeting on Wednesday, July
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Replacement of waterlines underway in Bayshore Spit

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
WALDPORT -- The emergency replacement of damaged waterlines along the southern half of the Bayshore Spit's main oceanfront arterial started Monday, July 25, with the goal of completing the project in 60 to 90 days.
The Seal Rock Water District, which provides water for around 200 homes and properties in the private development, has hired a contractor to replace an
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Two people hurt in car accidents

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Two people were seriously injured in separate rollover crashes on state highways late last week, authorities said.
On Sunday, July 24, around 7 p.m., a Subaru Legacy was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when the driver, Jordan D. O'Donnell, 21, of Sheridan, left the lane of travel and hit a guardrail near Milepost 11, according to Oregon
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Lack of evidence ends rape case

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A judge dismissed a rape case that contained alleged elements of stalking and physical abuse earlier this month because of a lack of evidence.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart dismissed the case against Simon Kellogg, 35, of Newport, on Thursday, July 14.
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Couple faces theft, fraud charges in check forgeries

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A duo faces multiple charges of theft and fraud after allegedly trying to pass forged checks from several companies at a Lincoln City business.
Monteca K. Dodd, 35, of Canby, was arraigned on seven felony charges including forgery in the first degree and identity theft on Monday, July 25, before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas
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Overlapping projects put local water supply at risk

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- The water supply for about 7,000 people from Mirocco to Government Point will hang on makeshift engineering and good luck after two government projects unexpectedly collided.
In August, the long-planned shutdown of the Depoe Bay city reservoir for a $28,000 dredging operation by Road and Driveway Company of Newport will coincide with an unexpected highway project a
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Stats shared on offender population in county

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Statistics regarding the number of people who are supervised by Lincoln County Parole and Probation were discussed Wednesday, July 20, at the weekly meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
The county commissioners declared July 17-23 as "Parole, Probation and Community Supervision Week" in Lincoln County, and they heard a presentation from Suzi Gonzales, the county's community
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Mayors gather at Salishan for summer conference

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Mayors from around Oregon witnessed the fruits of a robust tourism industry last week, as they fawned over Lincoln City's municipal gems, including the town's culinary center, a public glass-blowing factory and its emergency operations building.
After a whirlwind opening day at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort on Thursday, July 21, mayors hobnobbed in town over jazz
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Cooperative effort rescues injured logger from ravine

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
CHITWOOD -- A logger who fell nearly 500 feet down a ravine near Chitwood on Friday, July 22, was rescued in a combined effort from seven different agencies.
The call came at around 9:30 a.m., said Dave Inman, assistant chief of the Toledo Fire Department.
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Robust housing market

Modified: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A solid finish to the first half of the year kept residential property sales on pace to post the best annual total in the since the housing market crashed nearly a decade ago.
Sales of residential site-built, condominiums and townhouses climbed to $141,545,611 in the six months ending June 30 from $119,219,621 in the six months ending
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Council weighs censure, removal of mayor

Modified: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A nearly yearlong investigation of Mayor Don Williams may reach the boiling point Monday, July 25, when city councilors are scheduled to convene a closed-door disciplinary meeting.
Williams acknowledged this week he is the target of the meeting, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. He worried the city council, five-strong with one vacancy, is about to make
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Man held on $2.5 million bail in sexual abuse case

Modified: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Siletz man was arraigned Wednesday, July 20, on a grand jury secret indictment accusing him of inappropriately touching young girls on multiple occasions.
David F. Pearson, 64, was indicted on 16 counts of sexual abuse, unlawful sexual penetration, and luring a minor before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford.
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Rolling Thunder

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Three years ago Rogue Ales & Spirits President Brett Joyce set forth on a challenge to do something no other brewery-distillery in the nation had done before -- create an in-house whiskey, barrel-aged beer.
From the hops and barley grown in the shadow of Mount Hood on Rogue Farms to handcrafted oak whiskey barrels made at Rogue's cooperage,
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Cautious optimism in El Niño aftermath

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
SILETZ -- The Siletz Watershed Council is gearing up for recovery following last year's harsh El Niño season that left the region's creeks, tributaries and rivers at near-record lows.
"If we keep seeing these drought effects like climate change is forecasting, I would expect to see low stream flows in the fall and possibly other restrictions that are going to
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Crash landing a mystery to officials

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- An airplane that was abandoned after crash landing on a grass shoulder next to Runway 20 at the city airport is owned by a man whose pilot's license was revoked in 2014 for running an illegal airline.
The twin-engine Cessna 310 was discovered Wednesday morning, July 20, on the east side of the runway, according to the airport
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Rental nights would plummet under new code

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The number of nights that vacation homes could be rented would plummet under new occupancy rules being considered by the city council, it was revealed at a pivotal meeting on Monday, July 18.
According to studies by City Manager Ron Chandler, a formula that would limit vacation rental dwellings to two people per-bedroom, plus one overall, would
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Two arrested in traffic drug bust

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- A traffic stop last weekend led to the discovery of "a quantity of drugs, packaging material, digital scales, a large sum of U.S. currency, and drug use paraphernalia," according to police.
On Saturday, July 16, around 4:45 p.m., a Newport Police Department officer spotted a car in which he knew the driver did not have a valid license.
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Questions raised over Big Creek Road transfer

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- For more than two years, there has been a process in the works to transfer Big Creek Road, currently owned and maintained by Lincoln County, to the city of Newport.
The latest step in that process was discussed by county commissioners during their meeting on Wednesday, July 20.
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Waldport marijuana tax heading to November ballot

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
WALDPORT -- Come Nov. 8, voters in Waldport will decide whether to tax recreational marijuana sales within city limits.
The Waldport City Council joined other cities, such as Newport and Lincoln City, in deciding to ask for resident-approval of a 3 percent marijuana tax during a meeting on July 14.
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Grant helps small businesses

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County is completing a microenterprise assistance project, which was funded through an Oregon Community Development Block Grant, and a report on this endeavor was presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, July 13.
The county channels these grant funds through the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center, and Dave Price, director of
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Roumagoux seeking third term as mayor

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
Feeling good about the past, and looking forward to the future, Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux signaled she is seeking her third-consecutive term in office.
"I am very positive about the direction the city is taking, and I would like to continue helping in anyway I can with this third term," said Roumagoux in a Wednesday, July 20, interview with the
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Overnight closures delayed

Modified: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
NEWPORT -- Failure by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to notify the trucking industry of its plan to begin closing the Highway 20 project for 10 hours overnight last Sunday, July 17, has led to a two-week delay.
"Trucking protocol is for 28 days notice when there's a closure," said Steve Schultz, the project's manager. "We were a couple
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Runway closed pending airplane investigation

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The errant airplane discovered at the Newport Municipal Airport around 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, has sparked an investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Officials have yet to determine how the Cessna 310 aircraft, registered to owner Les Lecasse, ended up on its belly in the grassy area off of Runway 20.
While no injuries have been reported,
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Errant airplane under investigation

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Cessna 310 airplane was found on its belly Wednesday morning, July 20, on the crossing runway at Newport Municipal Airport, an official said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. The crossing runway is closed.
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Crash injures four, closes highway

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
BURNT WOODS -- A Corvallis man was critically injured after his car collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle on Highway 20, authorities said.
Nicolas Derbaum, 25, of Corvallis, was driving eastbound on Highway 20 Monday, July 18, in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala when he crossed the centerline and hit a 2007 Lexus RX sport utility vehicle, according to a
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Growing careers without college

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
SILETZ -- Last spring, students at the Siletz Valley Schools were swinging from the trees.
But that's OK, said Joe Bailor, teacher of the school's Careers course. Arborists from the Yachats-based Angell Job Corps dropped by to show the kids the ropes, he said, so why wouldn't they get outside and experience a day on the job?
"(It's) more to
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Residents show police support after shootings

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Police officers in Lincoln City arrived for work on Tuesday, July 19, to find a sign sitting in their front lawn.
"Let it be clear," the anonymous sign began, "This community stands with our law enforcement. I thank all of you."
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Cop of the Year reflects on danger

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- A flag fluttering at half-staff in front of the police department was a somber reminder of the five police officers murdered in Dallas on Thursday, July 7, during a Black Lives Matter protest.
It was enough to give Jayne Johnson pause as she slid behind the wheel of her cruiser for another 12-hour day as Lincoln City's
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Body of Pacific City woman found in car

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- After more than a week of searching, a Pacific City woman was found deceased in an area south of Lincoln City.
Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office discovered Pam Sears, 62, deceased in her red Hyundai Elantra around 12:20 p.m. on July 15. They notified the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, which had been investigating Sears' disappearance.
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Panhandlers in free speech crossfire

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Panhandlers were begging for mercy after Rafael Oyole showed up to "fly my sign" on their favorite corner at the busy McDonald's restaurant on Tuesday morning, July 19.
Cars honked and thumbs shot up as dozens of passing motorists voiced their approval to Oyole's poster: "Just Say NO To Panhandlers."
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Dead man’s criminal case still open

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Despite the death of the defendant, Judge Thomas Branford refused on Wednesday, July 13, to close the criminal case of a man accused of raping a young relative.
Gary R. Allen, 69, committed suicide shortly before a 12-person jury was expected to begin deliberations in his case, according to the Newport Police Department. He potentially faced spending the
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County considering pot tax

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County, like municipalities throughout the region, is looking to capitalize on new revenue generated through the sales of recreational marijuana.
On Wednesday, July 13, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of imposing a 3 percent tax on recreational pot, as well as cannabinoid products concentrates and extracts in all unincorporated areas of the county.
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Stolen vehicle crashed near Olalla

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
TOLEDO -- A stolen Ford Explorer was found abandoned near the Olalla reservoir on Friday, July 15, after the driver evidently ran the sport utility vehicle off the road within a few hours of stealing the SUV.
The vehicle was reported stolen from Dundan Road in Toledo around 9:30 a.m. Friday, said Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart.
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Man indicted on theft, fraud charges

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A Creswell man has been indicted on multiple counts of theft and fraud for crimes he allegedly committed in Lincoln County over a five-year period.
Not much is known as Travis Mabey, 50, was secretly indicted on eight counts of theft, two counts of computer crime, and one count of issuing a false financial statement by a
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Body of missing Pacific City woman found

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The body of a missing Pacific City woman was found inside her vehicle in an area south of Lincoln City on Friday, July 15, authorities said.
Pam Sears, 62, was reported missing on Tuesday, July 5. Law enforcement authorities and her family had been searching for Sears since she was last seen leaving her place of employment,
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