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When ‘main street’ is a major highway

Modified: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
All of the towns and cities along the central Oregon coast have one thing in common -- their "main street" is also a major highway. And it can be kind of a "Catch 22" -- the Oregon Department of Transportation's goal is to keep traffic moving on U.S. Highway 101, while the owners of businesses located along that route want
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You can’t legislate good behavior unless you educate good behavior

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
It took six months of deliberation and the involvement of a group of researchers for the Newport Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to have enough of a consensus among its members (6-2 vote) to present the amendment of Ordinance 1917 before city council.
The amendment would prohibit the smoking of anything on park grounds -- cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or marijuana --
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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Abe Lincoln, mayor?

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Abraham Lincoln would have made a great mayor of Lincoln City, a town on the verge of civil war with plenty of driftwood logs to split and a high demand for lawyers.
The mounting tensions over VRDs and staggering disparities in wealth that have left the city a house divided would have appealed to the hungry, small town attorney and
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Shining the light on public officials

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative about the importance of open government and freedom of information.
Sunshine Week occurs each year in mid March, coinciding with National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. During this week, hundreds of media organizations, civic groups and other interested folks engage in a public discussion on the importance of open government.
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The need is now

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
On May 19, voters within the Pacific Communities Health District are going to be faced with a decision that will have a significant impact on the future quality of life for residents of Lincoln County.
The 20-year, $57 million general obligation bond that the health district will present has the power to improve inpatient and outpatient services, to
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Workers of Oregon, unite!

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
House Bill 2009, the $15-per-hour minimum wage law, is on its way through the Oregon Legislature like an artillery shell, its path geometrically precise and unstoppable by outnumbered Republicans and two or three renegade Dems.
And while I'm a fan of explosions, I'm afraid this one will have some unexpected consequences for workers without making a whit of difference to
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