• Saving lives with Narcan

    TOLEDO — Neighbors seeking positive change in their community met to discuss technology and techniques for curbing the effects of crime, including an accessible drug designed to negate the effects of an opioid overdose.

  • Herbicide spray use on the table

    NEWPORT — Hancock Forest Management is working on a deal with the city of Newport on a way to use herbicide spray in the Big Creek Reservoir area.

  • Housing backers pack meeting

    DEPOE BAY — Housing advocates at a packed meeting called on county commissioners to terminate a $16 million plan to remake the fairgrounds in Newport and build low-income housing, instead. There weren’t enough chairs to seat the overflow crowd at Depoe Bay City Hall on April 11, obliging Mayor Barbara Leff to order the doorways cleared for fire codes. The large turnout underscored a growing debate over the future of the Lincoln County Commons, a name chosen to denote a place to draw people together.

  • Cynicism toward chinook season starts to cool

    NEWPORT — With water conditions expected to continue to cool this summer, there is a degree of optimism involving Oregon’s upcoming ocean salmon season. The El Niño conditions that have plagued the West Coast over the last three years led to a full closure of chinook fishing last year along Oregon’s southern coast.

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Irish rediscover winning mindset

WALDPORT — There was something missing from the Waldport softball team in its previous four games. The Irish were once a top-10 team with a 6-1 record. Since that point, Waldport had dropped four games — and according to head coach Alex Browne, adjustments needed to be made. “We just need to come to the game with the intent of winning,” Browne said. And it worked, the Irish climbed out of an early deficit to pick up a 10-6 league victory over Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter on Tuesday, April 17. With fewer than nine players entering Tuesday’s contest, the Irish team knew it would take extra effort to win against the Warriors. But when game time rolled around, Waldport was able to fill out a complete lineup. “We really practiced hard and put our mindset as, even if we go out there with eight players, we’re going to put our all into it,” said sophomore pitcher Kyra Pickner. “That didn’t end up happening, but we kept that mindset.”

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Fisher sets pace for Cubs golf

For the couple weeks of the golf season, senior Jack Fisher didn’t even step foot into the tee box. An injury sustained during the basketball season made it a struggle to swing a club. “I couldn’t swing with my shoulder,” Fisher said. “But I figured it out and I’m feeling pretty smooth now. Playing in his second tournament of the season at Agate Beach Golf Course, Fisher shot a season-best 81 (nine over par) which was the fifth lowest score in the tournament and top finisher for the Cubs. “Jack is a senior and seniors carry themselves differently than juniors and sophomores, they play like they own it,” said head coach Steve Arbona. “And this game in a lot of ways is about confidence and attitude, and that’s what we are seeing from Jack.”

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Winning streak ends with too many left on base

NEWPORT —The Newport baseball team had reason to feel optimistic heading into the second game of the three-game series against Cascade. Coming off consecutive wins for the first time this season, the Cubs were entering the softer part of their schedule after going through the gauntlet that was the first half. “We came in heads high, we knew we were going to play a strong baseball game,” said senior catcher Dylan Crowell. “But they wanted it more, and that’s why they got it.” The runners were there, but the execution wasn’t in the Cubs’ 11-5 loss to Cascade at Frank Wade Field on Wednesday, April 18. “We just weren’t sharp, mostly offensively,” said head coach Ken Riley. “We had opportunities but we left a lot of runners on base.”

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Weather cooperates for a windy, exciting Newport regatta

NEWPORT — Eight sailing teams competed at the Oregon Series Regatta on Saturday, April, 14 in Newport. The Newport A team had a score of 22, which put them tied for third place in the six races they finished with three-second place finishes. The B team had two-second place finishes as well in its six races. After the 12 total races, the regatta was called after whitecaps began to form in the water due to the winds picking up. Whether or not the regatta would actually happen was up in the air entering Saturday, when the forecast called for wind gusts approaching 30 knots, but the wind stayed calm enough for 12 races. “We were extremely lucky with the conditions that we got,” said head coach Greg Krutzikowsky. “Given the forecast, the wind was great about 15 knots, enough wind to make it exciting, but not too much. The forecast was for gusts up to 28-30 knots and that’s too much for these guys in the little boats.”

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New coach Roller takes over Cubs volleyball

NEWPORT — Vicky Roller was set to push pause on coaching volleyball in 2018. The former Toledo volleyball coach had decided she needed a break from coaching and working at two different schools. But when the Newport volleyball coach job became available, Roller threw her hat in the ring and came out with the head coaching job. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to coach at Newport,” Roller said. “I live in Newport, I started being the counselor at Newport this year, my kids go to school in Newport, my oldest will go to Newport High next year, it’s just the right time for me to make the move.” Roller is in her first year as the counselor at Newport High School after spending the previous two years at the same position at Toledo. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Toledo, which narrowly missed the playoffs last season after finishing third in the Sunset Conference. “It was really hard not to be in the building and having to coach. It was harder to leave coaching at Toledo than it probably was the counseling job,” Roller said. “That was the most amazing group of girls that I’ve ever been able to work with.”

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  • Community

    County Democrats to host candidates

    The Lincoln County Democrats will be hosting a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 25, the evening before ballots are mailed. Eleven candidates or surrogates are scheduled to attend to give their introductions and answer questions: Peter Wright, who is running for U.S. Congress, David Gomberg, for state representative, both Russell Baldwin and Thomas Branford, who are running for judge of Lincoln County District 17, and Virginia Demaris, Kim Herring, Doug Hunt, Betty Kamikawa and Kaety Jacobson, all of whom are running for county commissioner positions. Caddy McKeowan will send a surrogate to represent her candidacy for State House, District 9, as will Val Hoyle, who is a candidate for commissioner for the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

  • Community

    Free writing workshop at Newport Library

    Award-winning author Elena Passarello will teach a free workshop called “Writing the Collage Essay” on Wednesday, May 2, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. A collage essay uses vivid images and quick cuts to tell stories in artfully arranged fragments, rather than in one specific narrative line. “Inspired by visual art and film, collage storytelling is an inspiring way to supercharge your writing, and it’s surprisingly easy,” says Passarello.

  • Community

    Become a global family with AFS-USA

    Families in the Newport area can help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing their homes and daily life with exchange students. AFS is now looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Casting call for Shakespeare play

    Red Octopus Theatre Company, along with Darcy Hogan (director) and Milo Graamans (musical director) will hold open auditions for William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts center. All roles are open. As a group of lovers escape into a forest of mischief and magic, the creatures of the night arise. What follows is a thrilling evening of enchantment, mayhem, and merriment. Hogan (responsible for 2015's wildly re-imagined version of “The Taming of the Shrew”) has infused Shakespeare's timeless words with movement and music, for a wild and whimsical adventure people won't soon forget.

  • Community

    Banquet & Balloon Auction is April 28

    Table reservations and tickets are now on sale for the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s Banquet and Balloon Auction, presented by the News-Times. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on April 28 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn. Dinner and entertainment is included in the ticket price, along with an opportunity to bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items. This year’s theme is “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and prizes will be awarded for the best baseball-inspired costumes.

  • Community

    Candidates’ Forum planned in Newport

    The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County (LWVLC) will host a Candidates’ Forum in Newport on Tuesday, April 24, in the community meeting room of Atonement Lutheran Church. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a half hour “meet and greet” session with the participating candidates. The formal program will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature the candidates for county commissioner and circuit court judge and will be facilitated by Jean Cowan, president of LWVLC. Sheriff Curtis Landers will also be available to explain the proposed public safety levy, Measure 21-186, on the May ballot.

  • Community

    Lincoln City Community Center presents ‘Deep’

    To celebrate Community Days, the Lincoln City Community Center is holding a free family Dive-In Movie at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. This is a fun-filled, underwater adventure featuring a playful octopus named “Deep,” who joins forces with a sassy shrimp and a silly angelfish to save his undersea colony from trouble.

  • Community

    Seniors headed to Birding & Blues Festival

    The 14th annual Pacific City Birding & Blues Festival is this weekend, and on Saturday, April 21, the Newport 60+ Activity Center will be hosting a trip to the festival to enjoy some blues music and birding. The mission of this festival is to provide a community-driven event that is both informative and entertaining and that celebrates the spring migration of birds and the natural resources of south Tillamook County. The events take place around the Kiawanda Community Center.

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