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Depoe Bay council moves to change lawyer, charter

Modified: Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The city council on Tuesday tackled an ambitious agenda that included seeking a new lawyer and redefining who can hold office in Depoe Bay.
With four new city councilors on board, the antagonism that sometimes characterized past meetings was absent as town leaders pushed forward plans to regulate marijuana dispensaries, fill positions on key committees and listen
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Medical records likely to be hot topic at next hearing for Jillian McCabe

Modified: Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Concerns about Yaquina Bay murder suspect Jillian McCabe's medical records are likely to be the focus of an upcoming court hearing.
McCabe was scheduled to appear at a hearing next Monday, Jan. 26, but her next court appearance has been pushed to February.
McCabe's defense team indicated plans to discuss a "medical records issue" with the prosecution at
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LCSD working on ways to better prepare younger learners

Modified: Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County educators already know many students aren't fully prepared for school when they enter kindergarten, but the state's kindergarten assessment provides officials with another tool to look at the bigger picture.
In its second year, the assessment tests children's skills when they first enter into kindergarten -- examining school readiness.
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Man seriously injured in parking lot crash

Modified: Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- An 83-year-old man suffered serious injuries Friday after he was hit by a compact car in front of the entryway of a building on S Coast Highway.
The incident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. when a male motorist apparently lost control of the vehicle in the parking lot near the front of the building.
The vehicle had been
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Port nears completion of International Terminal projects

Modified: Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Port of Newport is finally approaching conclusion of its lengthy International Terminal Renovation Project, which ultimately will have a price tag of about $27 million.
The task of removing about five feet of material in front of the terminal itself during the last several months was recently completed, with the dredging of siltstone located beneath the berthing
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Yaquina Boatyard’s big expansion begins

Modified: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Port of Toledo's Yaquina Boatyard is planning to go bigger, with hopes of purchasing a 620-ton mobile lift with grant money, rather than the 440-ton lift it had been considering, which would provide the opportunity to work on even larger vessels.
The boatyard's current 85-ton mobile lift can only hold a roughly 50-foot-long boat. But the port
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Eyewitness to animal abuse

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Animal control deputies and the Lincoln County District Attorney are weighing charges against a man who allegedly beat and tortured a dog in broad daylight on a busy Lincoln City Street last week.
The incident on NW 30th Street was witnessed by as many as five people, including two observers who gave their accounts to an investigator.
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Police, DA’s office investigating child’s death

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Toledo Police Department and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office are investigating the death of a young child.
Around 7:42 a.m. Thursday, the Toledo Police Department received a report of an unconscious, not breathing child, and that CPR was in progress.
Police, Toledo Fire and Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance responded to an apartment complex located
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Fishermen’s Wives have a year to ‘educate’ Coast Guard

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The Newport Fishermen's Wives, aided primarily by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), has temporarily thwarted the U.S. Coast Guard's effort to close the Newport Air Facility, but the future of the helicopter base remains shaky.
The one-year reprieve occurred last month when the government agreed to add a clause in the annual Coast Guard reauthorization bill that delayed the
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Yachats man jailed after alleged burglary

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
YACHATS -- A man was arraigned Thursday on theft and burglary charges stemming from an alleged break-in at a residence in Yachats.
Jesse Ferrel, 38, of Yachats, is charged with four counts of theft in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was advised of the charges at an afternoon hearing in
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Newport welcomes building official

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- The city of Newport welcomed Joseph Lease on board as the new building official at the beginning of January.
Lease was introduced to fellow city officials and the Newport City Council at the regular council meeting on Tuesday.
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Schrader dredging up federal funds for ports

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) joined with several lawmakers from the state this week to encourage the use of federal dollars for dredging at Oregon ports.
Members of the Oregon Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, in which they urged the Obama Administration to make the investments to keep the ports
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Whale Cove becomes part of wildlife refuge

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
The land around Whale Cove near Depoe Bay is now a protected part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, thanks to a partnership between the property owner and federal, state, and nonprofit organizations.
The 13.97-acre property is two miles south of Depoe Bay and surrounds the oldest marine reserve in Oregon, where all marine life is protected. The
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County Democrats meet Jan. 28

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
The Lincoln County Democrats will meet Wednesday, Jan. 28, to unveil their new web presence, discuss high-level goals and objectives for 2015 and talk about how to broaden community involvement/engagement in their efforts.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Central Lincoln PUD, located at 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport.
Meetings of the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee
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Sen. Wyden’s goal is to ensure permanent air facility in Newport

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- Sen. Ron Wyden made it clear during his annual town hall meeting in Lincoln County last Sunday that the fight to keep the Coast Guard's Newport Air Facility open on a permanent basis has just begun.
Led by Wyden, the Oregon Congressional Delegation's efforts resulted in the mid-December passage of a Coast Guard reauthorization bill a few days
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Oregon’s small business advocate to speak Jan. 27

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
A year ago, Kristy Bellavita, the manager of Cross Roads Training Center in Newport, spent hours trying to contact the Oregon Department of Revenue to parse through their monthly delay of state reimbursements.
"Last year, while I was finishing up a training program at Oregon Coast Community College's Small Business Development Center," Bellavita said, "I was introduced to Ruth Miles,
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Free community college?

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
NEWPORT -- President Barack Obama's plan for free community college has received mixed reviews since it was unveiled, but Lincoln County's community college leader believes it has potential to do good.
"Anytime we have the federal or state government looking at investing more money, more funding for higher education, I and other education officials feel that's a good thing
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Lincoln County readies for eCourt transition

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Since the beginning of 2014, Lincoln County Circuit Court employees have scanned more than 30,000 paper records into a new electronic system.
Scanning many years worth of court documents into the system is just one step in the process as the Lincoln County Circuit Court makes the transition to the Oregon eCourt program.
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Data scientists vie for big cash prizes

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Data scientists around the globe are competing to find a set of game-changing algorithms that could shift the way research information is processed at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).
The research data includes tens of millions of photographic images of plankton -- tiny marine organisms that play a big role in the world's oceans.
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Owners surrender 138 guns for $18,000 in gift cards

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
NEWPORT -- Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon volunteers estimated prior to its gun turn-in event last Saturday at the Newport Police Department that they would receive about 50 to 60 firearms.
Instead, the event was much more successful than planned with 138 guns handed over for more than $18,000 in gift cards redeemable at Fred Meyer stores.
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Depoe Bay Fire District to float $3.5M levy

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- The Depoe Bay Fire District will put a $3.5 million serial levy on the May 19 ballot, the first time in 23 years the agency has asked voters for money.
"It's going to be a real big surprise for people," said Fire Chief Josh Williams, whose agency covers a 13-square-mile area from the Siletz River to the
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Panel looks at many facets of forestry

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A panel of six speakers discussed a range of topics related to forestry, herbicides and health at a town hall-style meeting in Newport on Jan. 15.
The meeting was organized by local residents concerned about the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, and sponsored by Beyond Toxics, a Eugene-based advocacy group.
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Alleged narcotics trafficker extended plea offer

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln City woman accused of participating in a scheme to peddle heroin and methamphetamine appears to be on the cusp of a criminal settlement.
The potential resolution in the case of Amanda Santini, 26, surfaced during a hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart on Tuesday morning.
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Georgia-Pacific rushes to repair line leak

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
TOLEDO -- Employees rushed to shut off the flow of water that travels through an effluent line from the Georgia-Pacific (G-P) Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo after an employee discovered a leak in the line on Saturday.
The leak was spotted Saturday afternoon near a pasture along Fruitvale Lane about three miles east of Newport.
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Veterans Stand Down is Jan. 28

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Lincoln County's first Veterans Stand Down will take place Wednesday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 424 W Olive St., Newport.
The event is a collaboration between Legion Post #116, the Oregon Employment Department, Lincoln County Veterans Services and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
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Lincoln City vacation rentals remain secret

Modified: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- Supporters of an effort to put vacation rentals to a public vote say they have enough signatures to make the May ballot.
But their attempts to organize property owners affected by sweeping new regulations have run into a wall of secrecy at city hall, where officials refuse to divulge the list of vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) and
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Plea deal ends large-scale pot case

Modified: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A once prolific marijuana distribution business is nothing more than a cash-making memory after the former operators copped plea deals Wednesday to avoid prison time for their misdeeds.
Michelle Smith and Nathan Sholedice were sentenced to three years probation after each pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of marijuana more than one ounce for consideration.
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G-P quickly fixes effluent line leak

Modified: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
TOLEDO -- Georgia-Pacific rushed to shut off the flow of water running through its effluent line and make repairs after an employee discovered a leak in the line on Saturday afternoon.
The effluent line, which carries wastewater from the Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo to the mill's outfall off of Nye Beach in Newport, runs parallel to Highway
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Parental concerns don’t sway reconfiguration decision

Modified: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A decision has been made. North and west county schools will be seeing a big change in 2015-16 as grades shift to different buildings.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors approved both full-day kindergarten and school reconfigurations on a 5-0 vote during its monthly meeting at Sam Case Primary Tuesday evening.
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Full-day kindergarten gets the OK

Modified: Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- It has become a trend across Oregon as the state has promised funding, and it is one that Lincoln County School District Superintendent Steve Boynton believes will be positive for children.
While some parents agree with him, others still have their reservations. Regardless, LCSD will be moving to full-day kindergarten next year.
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Sex with teen at motel lands man in jail

Modified: Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport man is facing rape, sodomy and other charges after allegedly having sex multiple times with an underage girl he met on the Internet.
Christopher Cobe, 25, was arrested Wednesday about two weeks after the incidents took place at a motel in Newport. He is being held on $250,000 bail at Lincoln County Jail.
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Newport gun turn-in event nets 138 firearms

Modified: Saturday, Jan 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A "no questions asked" gun turn-in generated 138 firearms Saturday, the Newport Police Department said.
The haul included one assault rife, and two sawed-off shotguns. The firearms were turned in at the police department.
Central Coast Cease Fire provided gift cards to people turning in the firearms.

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Pacific storm packs punch

Modified: Saturday, Jan 17th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A moist Pacific frontal system dumped about 1.4 inches of rain in the Newport area during the first half of Saturday, local climate data showed.
The storm system is forecast to drop at least another inch of rain in the area by midnight. Rainfall could be heavy at times.
A high wind warning is in effect for the
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New clinic to be built on higher ground

Modified: Saturday, Jan 17th, 2015
WALDPORT -- The planned construction for a new medical clinic in Waldport will provide a safer location outside of the tsunami zone, as well as more room for medical providers and patients.
Samaritan Health Services (SHS) plans to break ground on the new medical clinic located at 956 SW Range Drive in Waldport some time next month.
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Navy to place acoustic buoys off coast

Modified: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The U.S. Navy, which plans to increase its training activities off the West Coast from Washington to Northern California, introduced a small but important device at a public meeting held Wednesday night at Newport Intermediate School.
The three-hour event was sparsely attended, but those present received a primer on the Navy's need to annually deploy 720 sonabuoys, which
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Depoe Bay fire hall to get $831K seismic makeover

Modified: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- When it was built in 1977, Fire Station No. 1 of the Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District was the pride of the fire service and a feather in the caps of Depoe Bay residents.
But after four decades of brutal coast weather and non-stop use, the fate of its leaky roof and tired bones hinged on
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Three injured in mill accident

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
TOLEDO -- An accident at the Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo left three with burn injuries Thursday afternoon.
Around noon, three electrical contractors from Olsson Industrial Electric, of Springfield, were doing electrical work at the site when they were injured.
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Contract terminated for Seal Rock chief

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
SEAL ROCK -- A conversation focused on the performance evaluation of Seal Rock Fire Chief Tracy Shaw was a hot topic at this month's meeting of the Seal Rock Rural Fire Protection District (SRRFD) Board of Directors.
Following the regular meeting on Jan. 2, a special meeting immediately followed, where Shaw's contract was discussed.

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Toledo police, sheriff’s office seek accreditation

Modified: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
TOLEDO -- The Toledo Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office are challenging themselves, seeking the accreditation few law enforcement agencies in the state of Oregon have.
The two are going through what is typically an 18 to 24-month process through the Oregon Accreditation Alliance, created under the direction and authority of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon
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Storm system moves into area

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Pacific storm front moving onshore is forecast to dump about 2 inches of rain in the Newport area through Sunday.
"Not exactly golfing weather," said meteorologist Liana Ramirez of the National Weather Service Office in Portland on Thursday.
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Depoe Bay fire board seeks applicants

Modified: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
The Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection Board of Directors is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the board.
All qualified applicants will be considered for the position. Qualifications include living within the fire district boundaries. This is a volunteer position requiring a commitment to serve out the remainder of the term, which expires on June 1,
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Man gets 121 months prison for child sex abuse

Modified: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Lincoln City man was sentenced to more than 10 years prison for sexually abusing a child while baby-sitting the youngster at his residence.
Christopher Bert Kirkpatrick, 56, was sanctioned after pleading guilty to three felony sex charges at a Friday afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge Sheryl Bachart.

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Proposed one-mile buffer zone for pot shops

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
An Oregon lawmaker introduced bills this week that could make it tougher for pot shop owners to find a location for their businesses.
House Bill 2040 would prohibit "medical marijuana facilities and licensed producers, processors and sellers of marijuana from being located within one mile of school."
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Yaquina Head Lighthouse work almost wrapped up

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
NEWPORT -- The protective plastic covering was taken off of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse on Thursday as workers continued to wrap up preservation work on the historic structure.
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Glenn appointed to Yachats City Council

Modified: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
YACHATS -- Max Glenn has attended many city council meetings during his 14-plus years as a resident of Yachats.
His level of community involvement motivated him recently to fill out an application for a vacant seat on the council.
Glenn was appointed to a two-year term on the Yachats City Council at the council's meeting on Jan. 8.
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Port of Alsea stays busy during slower season

Modified: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
WALDPORT -- The Port of Alsea has seen a steady stream of visitors pulling into the parking lot and utilizing the boat launch as employees have been keeping up with maintenance projects and organizational tasks during the winter season.
"We had a bunch of people out here a few weekends ago," said Joseph Warren, the port's lead maintenance employee.
Warren
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Tanger Outlet Center sold

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- A private investor has purchased the Tanger Outlet Center for an undisclosed price, the mall's manager confirmed on Friday.
"It's going to be a good thing," predicted Diane Kusz, who has run the center for 21 years. "All the mall employees will be retained, and we're looking forward to getting better and better."
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Kindergarten students below state average on assessment test

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
The Oregon Department of Education released the results of the 2014-15 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment on Wednesday. Lincoln County kindergartners performed just slightly below state average.
In its second year, the assessment tests children's skills when they first enter into kindergarten -- examining school readiness.
It "focuses on a few of the skills that have been shown to be
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School board OKs full-day kindergarten in 2015-16

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
The Lincoln County School District will have full-day kindergarten in 2015-16, and schools in Newport and Lincoln City will be reconfigured to accommodate it along with the increases in enrollment.
The LCSD school board approved both changes during a meeting at Sam Case Primary on Tuesday evening.
The 5-0 vote follows a series of community meetings that were held to
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Squatters digging in at Depoe Bay

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
DEPOE BAY -- Some homeless people in Lincoln County have found a way to beat the high cost of housing by simply taking over empty houses, bank-owned properties and vacant lots.
In Depoe Bay, city officials are at wits end over the moral, legal and health effects of an influx of squatters.
The town's quality of life is at
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Seal Rock manslaughter case delayed again

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- Still waiting on its own psychiatric exam of the defendant, the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office has again delayed the manslaughter trial of Donald Richard Lawyer III.
Lawyer, 35, of York, Pa., was scheduled to appear in court for trial on Tuesday.
Accused of pushing a Newport man off a cliff in Seal Rock, he's been sitting in
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Lincoln City mayor, council sworn in

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- With the football game of the year precluding further business, a new mayor and three city councilors on Monday claimed the seats they won in November's election.
The usual 6 p.m. meeting of the city council was convened two hours early in lieu of the national championship game between Oregon and Ohio State, an event that failed
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Newport man corralled by cops outside bank

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
NEWPORT -- A Newport felon is facing multiple felonies after a wild confrontation with law enforcement authorities outside a local banking establishment.
Robert Joseph Edington, 40, is charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine, and felon in possession of a firearm. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, and carrying a concealed weapon.
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Birthing centers, pediatric units at local hospitals limiting visitors

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
To protect pediatric patients as well as mothers and their newborns from flu viruses circulating in the region, all Samaritan Health Services hospitals will limit visitors in birthing centers beginning Thursday. The restrictions will remain in place until the flu season is over.
Each new mom and pediatric patient will be allowed a total of four visitors during their hospital
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Ron Wyden to visit county on Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will hold a town hall meeting this weekend in Lincoln County.
Maintaining his commitment to hold town halls every year in each of Oregon's 36 counties, Wyden will greet constituents at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Oregon Coast Community College Central County Campus, located at 400 SE College Way in South Beach.
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Town hall to address forestry, herbicides and health

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
Modeled after successful meetings held in other Oregon coastal towns that drew hundreds of people, residents of Newport have organized a town hall-style meeting to discuss the topics of forestry, herbicides and health.
On Jan. 15, a panel of six speakers, moderated by Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, will talk about things such as the Oregon Forest Practices Act,
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