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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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District to buy $400K in learning software

Modified: Monday, May 16th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Next year's batch of elementary students across the Lincoln County School District will have access to software shown to increase learning rates in math and reading.
The school board unanimously approved the $400,000 price tag for the program at a meeting Tuesday, May 10, green-lighting a five-year contract with software company Compass Learning of Austin, Texas, after
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Community comes together for Katy Roe

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- At the memorial for Katherine "Katy" Roe, not everyone had a seat.
Attendees packed into the room like sardines, shoulder to shoulder, spilling out the door. Cars packed into every lot, clogged every driveway, and parked bumper to bumper on the side of the road, radiating out in each direction from the Gleneden Beach Community Center on
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Condo sales surge in April

Modified: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- A slumbering condominium and townhouse market awoke in early spring to booming demand from buyers in the coastal region, in turn helping push total residential sales well over $20 million last month.
Sales of residential site-built, condos and townhomes climbed to $21,470,145 in April from $20,766,824 in April 2015. Residential site-built is a home constructed primarily on
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Authorities seeking leads into Roe's death

Modified: Friday, May 13th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- An autopsy on the body of Katherine "Katy" Roe, 22, determined the probable cause of her death as a drowning, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, May 11.
The announcement came from the sheriff's department, not the medical examiner, who has completed the autopsy but has yet to declare an official cause of death, said Deputy
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Hall vs. Runions for a third time

Modified: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
NEWPORT -- For the third consecutive election, Newport businessman Tom Runions is challenging incumbent Bill Hall for his seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Hall, who will be seeking his fourth term as the Position 2 commissioner in the May 17 vote-by-mail primary election, has nothing to say about Runions publicly because he is running on his record.
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DNC requests more money

Modified: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
NEWPORT -- The Destination Newport Committee (DNC) has contributed to a booming tourism economy over recent years, and is now asking for the city's assistance in drawing more visitors to the coastal town.
DNC Chair and Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorna Davis argued their case at a Newport Budget Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 10.
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Sheriff searching for burglar pair

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
SILETZ -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips about two individuals involved in a bungled burglary at the Siletz Roadhouse restaurant.
The duo didn't steal anything, said restaurant owner Steve Lovin, but attempted unsuccessfully to yank a safe and an ATM out of the wall.
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Toledo awards repaving project

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
TOLEDO -- City councilors selected a contractor for a repaving plan on several Toledo streets, awarding the project for well under its anticipated cost.
Road and Driveway Company, of Newport, will improve six roads for $170,000 after offering the sole bid for the project, said the city's interim Public Works Director Lee Ritzman.
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Poll: Clinton leads Sanders in Oregon

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
The enthusiastic crowds Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drew this week at campaign rallies in Oregon don't appear to reflect his chances of winning the state primary.
A new Democratic presidential primary race poll from DHM Research of likely Oregon voters showed Hillary Clinton with a 48 percent to 33 percent lead over Sanders. Results of the poll were published on
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Vacation rental debate continues in county

Modified: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
NEWPORT -- After three public "listening sessions" to gather input on a proposed county licensing program for vacation rental dwellings (VRDs), the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, May 4, debated the issues that have been raised and moved toward a goal of adopting an ordinance no later than July 1.
Commission Chairman Bill Hall said there were
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Autopsy determines Katy Roe's cause of death as drowning

Modified: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- An autopsy on the body of Katherine "Katy" Roe, 22, determined the probable cause of her death as drowning, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, May 11.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay personnel recovered Roe's body on May 5 from the ocean outside the jaws of Depoe Bay Harbor.
She went missing after leaving the
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Exceeding expectations

Modified: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
NEWPORT -- Tax dollars generated by local lodging establishments are on track to set a fiscal year record despite a sopping wet winter season in the seaside town.
Room tax revenue collected by the city of Newport climbed to $2,325,483.43 in the eight months ending Feb. 29 from $2,112,043.96 in the eight months ending Feb. 28, 2015, according to the
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Memorial service set for Roe

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
DEPOE BAY -- A celebration of life for Katherine "Katy" Roe, a longtime Depoe Bay resident, will be held Saturday, May 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The service will be held at the Gleneden Beach Community Hall, said Roe's grandmother Patty Summerton, and the service is open to all community members looking to come together and commemorate Roe's
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Yachats edging closer to final budget

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
YACHATS -- Officials are aiming to enlarge Yachats' appeal to visitors, and make improvements for residents through its 2016-17 budget.
The Yachats Budget Committee worked overtime on Monday, May 9, to decide upon a budget to present to the city council next month for final approval. The draft contains a general fund of nearly $1.1 million.
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Court rules in favor of fishermen’s antitrust lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
NEWPORT -- A federal appellate court has ruled to continue an injunction against Pacific Seafood Group involving the company's effort to purchase Ocean Gold Seafood, a fish processing plant located in Westport, Wash.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a federal judge's 2015 decision in the antitrust lawsuit filed by several West Coast fishermen, including Newport's Jeff
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Woman faces 139 fraudulent-related charges

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- The arrest of a Toledo woman may tie up loose ends for multiple Lincoln County businesses that fell victim to theft or deceit over the past few months.
Yvonne Brown, 26, faces 139 counts of forgery, theft, computer crime, and related charges. She was also charged with delivery of heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of meth.
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Fire destroys home in Waldport

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
WALDPORT -- A home was destroyed, and five people displaced after a fire tore through a residential structure on Saturday, May 7.
Gray smoke could be seen rising from a hillside in Waldport around 1 p.m. The smoke was coming from a house located in the 300 block of SW Pacific View Street, nestled between other homes and trees.
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Date set for potential pool closure

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
TOLEDO -- City counselors set a date for the permanent closure of the Toledo Municipal Pool in a unanimous vote Wednesday, May 4.
The pool will close its doors June 30, 2017 unless community members come up with a way to cover its $2.5 million worth of urgent repairs, and $230,000 annual operating costs by the end of the year.
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Pacific West Ambulance begins service in Waldport

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
WALDPORT -- When Waldport residents call for medical assistance and need transport to the hospital, the ride will be from those in blue, white and orange ambulances rather than red ones from now on.
But the service will be "extraordinarily similar to when they (Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue) had it," said Karen Hattig, Pacific West Ambulance general
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Miss Oregon wows Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
LINCOLN CITY -- Miss Oregon dazzled the town's movers and shakers Saturday, April 30, during an awards banquet at Chinook Winds Casino and Resort to fete unity and volunteer efforts.
Ali Wallace, 22, co-hosted the annual Lincoln City Community Days dinner, concluding a whirlwind, four-day visit where she appeared at civic clubs, senior centers and local schools.
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