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Hatfield releases octopus, seeks replacement

Modified: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- The release of Hatfield Marine Science Center's resident octopus Wednesday morning was fairly uneventful. Yet it was still notably different from others.
There is no octopus waiting to take the releasee's place this time.
The giant Pacific octopuses displayed in the Hatfield visitor center are often obtained through donations from fishermen who catch the invertebrates in nets
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Late shift adds life to historic Depoe Bay Bridge

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- An 87-year-old bridge -- older than the town itself -- is getting a new lease on life, thanks to the late shift at the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The historic Depoe Bay Bridge is receiving an epoxy-rock overlay that will take the heavily used span into its 100th year and beyond, according to ODOT bridge manager Doug
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Warp speed, Scotty!

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Flying along like the Starship Enterprise, a 47-foot motor life boat operating out of U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay unlimbers its twin Detroit diesels. With its crew braced forward, the vessel can reach 25 knots -- warp speed by marine standards. The surf station handles about 150 calls a year with a pair of the $1.2 million boats. Designed
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Civilian labor force strengthens in July

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- The number of people looking for work in Lincoln County jumped last month, as the prospect of finding a job brightened in the period.
As a result, the unemployment rate in the region slipped to 7.5 percent in July from 8.2 percent in July 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
The latest reading marked the 44th
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Electronic message board proposed in Newport

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
NEWPORT, A controversial proposal to place an electronic message board at the northwest corner of the busy U.S. Highway 101-NW Hurbert Street has resurfaced.
Zach Poole, president of the City Center Newport Association (CCNA), asked the city council Monday to consider the placement of a reader board at the small city-owned space.
After offering mixed reactions to the sign
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Hiking for Huntington’s disease

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- In April, Jason Evans embarked on a five-month solo journey of more than 2,650 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Jason is hiking for more than just the glory of earning the title of a PCT thru-hiker (one who hikes the entire length of the trail). The avid outdoorsman is also raising money and awareness
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LCSD joins social media

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- Many people today are often glued to social media. While it can sometimes cripple social interactions, it can also encourage them. Which is what the Lincoln County School District is aiming for.
The district now has its own Facebook and Twitter pages, "so we're entering a new age of technology here," Superintendent Steve Boynton said. LCSD's Twitter
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Bain files for seat on Newport City Council

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
NEWPORT, Bill Bain, a former Newport mayor and city council member, has filed for one of the three council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election.
Bain served as a councilor in 2002-2005 and as mayor during 2005-10. He also was a member of the Newport Planning Commission for six years.
Three council positions will be decided in
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Cash buyers loom large in second quarter

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Cash was king for nearly 50 percent of homebuyers in the central Oregon coast region during the spring period.
An industry report released this week showed 49.6 percent of the deals that closed in the second quarter of 2014 were all-cash transactions. That was up from 41.6 percent in the second quarter of 2013.
RealtyTrac, an Irvine,
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Democratic Party chair files for Toledo mayor

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TOLEDO -- With the deadline nearing fast, Lincoln County Democratic Party Chair Billie Jo Smith has filed for mayor alongside current Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher.
Grutzmacher, who's also been a city councilor and council president, has served as mayor since September of 2010 when he was appointed, later being elected to his first full term in 2012.
"Toledo is a wonderful
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Study of marine life near Newport finds no red flags for toxicity

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Oregon State University scientists have examined a variety of coastal marine species near Newport for concentrations of heavy metals and organic pollutants and found only trace amounts with no bioaccumulation of significant concern.
Their report was presented in May to the city of Newport, which commissioned the study. It is available online at http://www.thecityofnewport.net/
Newport city officials were concerned that
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Toledo signs contract with new city manager

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TOLEDO -- Less than a year after it began the trek, the Toledo City Council has finalized a contract with a new city manager.
Jay Baughman, who has nine years of government experience and currently serves as assistant to city manager/senior management analyst in Surprise, Ariz., will begin in Toledo on Sept. 8.
It's a three-year agreement with six months
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Berry bows out

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- First-time officeholder Brent Berry, who ran against "the system" when he upset an incumbent city councilor two years ago, has withdrawn from the race for another term.
"I made my point," said Berry, who was inspired to run when a previous city council rejected him for a vacant seat that he felt he earned in an earlier
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Few surfers deterred by ocean bacteria

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Health warnings issued when beaches have high levels of bacteria do not keep many surfers out of the water, according to a new study by Oregon State University.
Nearly three in 10 surfers admit they knowingly surf during health advisories, nearly the same amount that chooses not to surf during periods of elevated bacteria. About 40 percent of surfers said
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Lincoln County District Attorney honored as Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
The Lincoln County District Attorney was selected recently to receive the seventh presentation of an award to a prosecutor in Oregon for their support, hard work, dedication, and efforts in enforcing fish and wildlife laws and commitment to the preservation of Oregon's natural resources.
On Aug. 14, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam was presented with the 2013 Wildlife Prosecutor
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Poll: Kitzhaber holds narrow lead on Richardson

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
The race to become the next governor of Oregon appears to be tightening up with Republican hopeful Dennis Richardson closing the gap on incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber.
A Moore Information poll conducted earlier this month found Kitzhaber is favored by 45 percent of the voters, while Richardson is preferred by 41 percent. The remaining 13 percent were either undecided or
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‘Yes on 91’ makes multimillion dollar ad buy

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
The group behind the effort to legalize and regulate marijuana in Oregon is ponying up more than $2 million for television ads as it takes its case for Measure 91 to voters ahead of the November general election.
YES on 91, also known as New Approach Oregon, said this week the $2.3 million ad buy will help make the point
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It’s blackberry time at the coast

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- To gardeners, farmers, hunters and hikers, the impenetrable bramble of rubus fruiticosus is more than a mouthful to stumble over.
The ubiquitous plant that grows like a wildfire can take over a pasture or barricade a favorite fishing hole with its twisting vines and thorns worthy of razor wire.
But to the rest of us, the delicious
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Sawyer throws hat in Newport mayoral ring

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
NEWPORT -- The musical chairs involving the city of Newport's mayoral and council positions continues.
Dean Sawyer, a Newport City Council member since January 2011, announced his candidacy for mayor in the Nov. 4 general election.
Mayor Sandy Roumagoux, who vacated her council seat in January 2013 after being elected mayor, filed for re-election in June.
The filing deadline for
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Darts found in seagulls

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
WALDPORT -- Carol and Sherman Beckham were deeply disturbed when they recently found a number of seagulls with darts lodged in their bodies throughout Waldport.
The couple said they noticed a large dart with white parts on the end of it sticking out of a seagull in mid-June.
"It was about 12 inches long," Sherman said.
They were able to
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Fishpeople Seafood opens in Toledo

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Initial concerns about a new fish plant in Toledo after the town's rough history with another company seemed to completely fade to the background Friday during the grand opening of Fishpeople Seafood's tuna processing site.
A large crowd, including local politicians like state Rep. David Gomberg and Lincoln County Commissioners Doug Hunt and Bill Hall, gathered to sample
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Arrest made in alleged assault of fishery observer

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
An alleged assault of a federal fishery observer on the high seas landed an Oregon man in hot water.
Richard Clayton Palek, 46, was arrested last week following a federal investigation into the incident aboard a groundfish trawler from Astoria.
Palek is charged with a federal misdemeanor violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The law prohibits anyone
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Community members ‘Stuff the Bus' with school supplies

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Joyce Lindner raised six children, so she knows how tough it can be to get children ready for school when each has a list of supplies they need for class.
It's why she wanted to help "Stuff the Bus" by donating notebooks.
For nearly a decade, Yaquina Bay Communications has collected items such as paper, crayons, permanent markers,
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Restoration work underway at Chitwood Bridge

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Residents of Chitwood Road sat in lawn chairs sipping Mason jars full of cold Kool-Aid in the sunshine as they watched a crane raise a temporary bridge up over the historic Chitwood Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
A heavy-duty crane has been parked near the north entrance of the covered bridge since last weekend. Legacy Contracting, Inc. worked
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LCSD enhancing alternative education program

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- To help students in its alternative education program be more successful, the Lincoln County School District is planning to take a different approach this year.
It will be a more personalized approach, said new Director of Secondary Education Eric Clendenin.
The district hasn't been "getting the results hoped for" in the past, he said, so they've changed focus
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State parks looking at ban on beaches

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is holding a series of public meetings to solicit input on proposed smoking restrictions on public beaches.
The proposed rules would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area. Lincoln County residents will have an opportunity to comment on this issue at a meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday at
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Newport has vacancy on Bayfront committee

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The city of Newport is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Bayfront Commercial Parking District Advisory Committee.
The committee typically meets twice annually, with additional meetings as needed.
The Bayfront Commercial Parking District Advisory Committee is charged with developing a plan to allocate the expenditure of monies for various improvement projects, including parking improvements on available
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Ballot disorder worries mayor

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Mayor A.J. Mattila wants to clean up the election process in Depoe Bay, from top to bottom.
"It's like Tammany Hall," claimed Mattila, likening the town's political landscape to the Boss Tweed regime that ran New York City in the mid-1800s. "The constitutional process gets subverted by insiders and personal agendas."
Having raised the roof over elector
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Machete attack suspect wanted by authorities

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A warrant was issued Monday for a Newport man wanted in connection with an alleged machete attack on his roommate last month.
Juan Bruno-Antonio, 29, was scheduled to appear for a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford. But Bruno-Antonio failed to show up, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He is
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Detour bridge in place

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Traffic near milepost 18 along Highway 20 was temporarily reduced to one lane while Legacy Contracting, Inc. worked to put a temporary detour bridge in place adjacent to the historic Chitwood Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
The temporary bridge, weighing 45,000 pounds, is made from an old railroad car and will serve as a detour used mainly by
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Newport: Councilman Sawyer to run for mayoral post

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
Newport City Council member Dean Sawyer said Monday he is running for mayor in the November general election.
Sawyer becomes the second person to declare for the position. He will take on incumbent Sandra Roumagoux, who previously announced she was seeking a second term.
Sawyer was elected to the city council in 2012 following an earlier appointment to fill a
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Regional jobless rate slips to 7.5 percent in July

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
The unemployment rate in Lincoln County eased to 7.5 percent in July from 8.2 percent in July 2013, the Oregon Employment Department said Monday.
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Work begins on Center for Health Education

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Construction is underway on the much-anticipated Center for Health Education. Located on the campus of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, the center will become a community hub for disease prevention and chronic condition management, as well as a professional training resource for health care providers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
"Health care continues to evolve with a more
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Sea lions return to Bayfront docks

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- They're back. A crew of sea lions has returned to their favorite lounging spot -- the sea lion docks at Port Dock One along the Newport Bayfront.
Male sea lions typically frequent the docks, and their barks can be heard from throughout Newport.
The sound of sea lion barks, however, grew quiet during most of June and July
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Fishpeople Seafood sets up shop in Toledo

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
Fishpeople Seafood aims to sell affordable, convenient, sustainable, healthy seafood pouches. Now Toledo is a part of that mission.
Fishpeople celebrated the grand opening of its tuna processing plant next to the Port of Toledo's commercial office on Friday evening, where a large crowd gathered to sample the food and tour the facility. The new business brings a base of
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South Beach residents sentenced in heroin case

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Two South Beach residents were each sentenced Thursday to 24 months probation for their roles in a heroin and methamphetamine operation they used mainly to feed their drug habits.
Devon Hays and Jamie Purcell were each sanctioned after pleading guilty to drug charges during separate afternoon hearings in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
Both defendants
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Off to the races at Wooden Boat Show

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo's annual Wooden Boat Show features a variety of attractions from boat building to vendor booths and live music.
Saturday's big draw was the containerboard boat races sponsored by Toledo's Georgia-Pacific paper mill. The Wooden Boat Show continues Sunday at 10 a.m. on Toledo's waterfront.
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Driver arrested at gunpoint on Highway 101

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
NEWPORT -- An apparent road trip went sideways for an Illinois man after the alleged stolen vehicle he was driving got spotted by a local police officer.
Mohammed Yadali Savage, 28, of Champaign, Ill., and two hitchhikers found themselves on the wrong end of several gun barrels following a traffic stop about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Newport.
Savage was behind
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Gomberg runs like underdog

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- David Gomberg pressed the flesh this week like his political fortunes were hanging by a thread.
In fact, the freshman legislator is running unopposed for the position of state representative, District 10, a sprawling political jurisdiction 100 miles deep and 50 miles wide.
But the lack of competition on the Nov. 4 ballot didn't stop Gomberg
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Worries raised by Depoe Bay water plant break-in

Modified: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A break-in at the city water treatment plant has raised concerns over the safety of the town's water supply.
Last week, the Depoe Bay City Council authorized the public works department to bolster security measures at the plant, which serves a city of about 1,400 residents and thousands more visitors.
"Our fresh water supply has been threatened,"
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Prison time for Fine in county embezzlement case

Modified: Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Brian David Fine was immediately sent on his way to serve an 18-month sentence in state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges.
The 25-year-old former county employee admitted to embezzling a total of $25,000 from the Lincoln County Employees Association. Fine was the association's treasurer at the time the money was embezzled. He was employed
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Global communication snafu hits city of Newport

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport has experienced telephone and Internet disruptions this week due to an overload in the amount of data collected by machines that control the global system of interconnected computer networks.
According to Tad Taylor, an IT (information technology) assistant for the city, sluggish and occasionally nonexistent service started occurring Tuesday and continued through Wednesday.
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LCSD approves more flexible weapons policy

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- This year, if a student is caught with a knife in school, it won't mean automatic expulsion, depending on the circumstances.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors voted to update the weapons policy Tuesday night, making punishment dependent on each case.
"All in all, the changes to the weapons policy are very positive," Student Services Administrator
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Feeding time for young falcon

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Mature falcon passing food to juvenile in front of the visitor center at Yaquina Head. Part of learning that food comes from the air.


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Poll: Kitzhaber leads Richardson by wide margin

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
With less than three months to go before voters decide who is going to be the next governor of Oregon, a poll suggests incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber is in no danger of losing his post in November.
The SurveyUSA Election Poll showed Kitzhaber is favored by 48 percent of the voters, compared with 36 percent for Republican hopeful Dennis Richardson.
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Gracie's waitress takes her orders from Hollywood

Modified: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- Clary and Jerome Grant own Gracie's Sea Hag, but Bonnie Chavez takes her orders from Hollywood.
The list of movie stars that Chavez has coddled during her 43 and a half year career as a server at the popular restaurant and lounge reads like a membership list from the Screen Actors Guild: Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito, Claude
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Japanese Consul General visits Newport

Modified: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
NEWPORT -- More than two years after a large section of dock washed ashore on Agate Beach all the way from Misawa, Japan, the concrete mass is still grabbing the attention of visitors.
Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa, of the Consular Office of Japan in Portland, made a point to stop and visit the dock section to see it for himself
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Waldport man gets 18 months state prison for embezzling county funds

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A 25-year-old former county worker was sentenced to 18 months in state prison Wednesday for embezzling thousands of dollars from the Lincoln County Employees Association.
Brian David Fine, of Waldport, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to multiple felonies stemming from the embezzlement during an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Branford.
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Home sales surge in July

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Robust demand for homes in the central coast region drove sales more than 50 percent higher in July as buyers rushed to lock up deals in a red-hot market.
Sales of residential-site built properties surged to 79 in July for a total of $22.79 million last month. That was up from 52 transactions for a total of $13.92
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Catches up, payoff down

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- It's been only five weeks since Oregon's albacore tuna season heated up, but early reports reveal a trend of above-average landings and per-pound payoffs to fishermen running below the 2013 season.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Tuesday that fish tickets reported through last Friday revealed that 3,356,000 pounds of tuna were landed off the Oregon
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Siletz Indians present Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow over the weekend

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
SILETZ -- A tradition that's been going since the 1960s, the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow provided a chance for attendees to celebrate Native American culture and dance this past weekend.
Presented by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Tribal Chairman Delores Pigsley called the Pow-Wow a time "to bring families and tribes together."
It began with the crowning of 2014-15
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Commissioners against a National Marine Sanctuary in Oregon waters

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- As expected, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners opposes any proposals to "nominate, designate and create" a National Marine Sanctuary off the Oregon coast.
Specifically, there have been discussions about establishing a sanctuary in southern Oregon in an area of 1,340 square miles between Bandon and Gold Beach, and 33 miles out to sea.
The area has not
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Park brings town together

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- A $129,000 bridge born amid political strife at city hall was dedicated Monday in a display of town spirit that reminded some of the good old days.
"It really brought the town together," said Rich Allyn, a retired charter operator and former city councilor who has witnessed the sometimes inflammatory politics of Depoe Bay. "Behind all the
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Alleged drunk threatens customers at Newport bar

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
NEWPORT -- A Micronesian man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to slit the throat of a female customer at a local watering hole.
Katwel Kinsio, 26, faces a number of charges in connection with the incident, including felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and assaulting a public safety officer.
He also faces 13 misdemeanors stemming
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Allen, Saelens file for re-election to Newport City Council

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
NEWPORT -- With the filing deadline two weeks away, incumbents Mayor Sandy Roumagoux and city council members David Allen and Mark Saelens have filed for re-election. The general election takes place Nov. 4.
Allen filed his nonpartisan form Monday, while Salens filed for re-election earlier this month and Roumagoux filed in June.
Council member Dick Beemer, whose four-year term also
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Trucker suffers minor injuries in Highway 20 crash

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
EDDYVILLE -- The driver of a semitrailer loaded with garbage suffered minor injuries Tuesday when he lost control of the truck, and then crashed while negotiating a curve on Highway 20.
John Grigsby, 49, of Newport, was motoring along an eastbound stretch of the highway near milepost 23 when he failed to negotiate a curve, the Oregon State Police said
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Mortgage interest rates in attractive range

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
Long-term mortgage interest rates crept higher last week, but remained tantalizing close to this year's lows, industry data showed.
The benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage stood at 4.14 percent for the week ending Aug. 7, up from 4.12 percent in the week ending July 31. The long-term rate was 4.40 percent at this time last year.
The most recent long-term rate
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Financial penalties unexpected in delayed intake project

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Delayed by a National Marine Fisheries biological evaluation, Toledo's Siletz River intake project is slated to finish later than originally planned.
The delay was a concern for officials for weeks as the project was under a strict deadline that could hurt the city financially if not completed on time.
But Public Works Director Marc Howatt calmed some fears
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Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow

Modified: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
SILETZ -- Many tribal nations were represented last weekend at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow.
The Pow-Wow, presented by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, presents visitors with the chance to learn about Native American culture and dance.
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