• Newport celebrates Older Americans Month

    Each year, more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Newport. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates and more — they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

  • Surf Report

    Friday: NW wind 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt, rising to 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves NW 3 ft at 5 seconds. NW swell 8 ft at 8 seconds. Chance of showers.

  • Keeping tabs on forest spray

    Jason Gonzales lives in the woods of the Oregon Coast Range, is friends with loggers and lumber mill owners, and wants to know when chemicals are being sprayed near his family or on forests where they camp and recreate.

  • Tallying the votes

    The polls for the May 2019 election closed Tuesday night, and as of 9:30 p.m., 99 percent of the votes were counted. Though 75 races were uncontested and 16 positions were left open with no candidate filing, the voters did have their say on three measures and 12 contested races.

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BREAKING: Impaired captain was responsible for at-sea mishaps, possible assault

The saga of a captain who appeared to be neither a proper master of his ships nor his own impulses is unfolding at a Coast Guard hearing in Newport, with testimony giving details about the man sleeping at the wheel, using marijuana, displaying intoxication and possibly assaulting another person aboard his boat.

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Mary B II captain tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine

Coast Guard investigators revealed that the captain of the doomed fishing vessel Mary B II tested positive for methamphetamines and alcohol.

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Fed up shrimpers may look to state for oversight

Missed payments, cash draws against the future and unpaid bills. Shrimp fishermen and plant workers from Newport to Eureka are feeling the financial pinch as a deadlock with processors continues.

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Widow recounts boat's tragic trajectory

The widow of Toledo fisherman Josh Porter has painted for investigators a picture of a frustrated man battling an incompetent captain in the days and hours leading up to the sinking of the Mary B II.

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BREAKING: Woman says she was hit in the face on Biernacki's boat

A Toledo woman who says she was aboard a tuna boat piloted by Captain Stephen Biernacki last August has come forward to recount the man hitting her in the face with a microphone and trying to confine her to the boat's bunk area after the two fought over a radio call she made to try to get another boat to take her back to shore.

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New memory care facility opens in Newport

Caring Places Management held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Newport Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors last week at the new South Beach Manor. However, it will still be a couple of days before the center puts on its finishing touches and welcomes its first residents

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Quick community aids in fire response

OTIS — Firefighters stepped in to control a home blaze being battled by neighbors last Friday. North Lincoln Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the house fire on N. Deer Drive in Otis shortly past noon. It was reported that there was an exterior fire next to the home, windows were breaking and the fire was extending. There were also three dogs in the garage attached to the home. The home was unoccupied.

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Mary B II captain tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine

Coast Guard investigators revealed that the captain of the doomed fishing vessel Mary B II tested positive for methamphetamines and alcohol.

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Know what you see

A male harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) preening in the morning light. This gorgeous sea duck species nests along fast-flowing rivers, where they're difficult to spot. Luckily for us, they winter along the Oregon coast in flocks and are much easier to view. Individuals can be spotted along our rocky shores throughout the year. (Photo by Jaymi Heimbuch, Oregon Coast Photo Tours http://oregoncoastphototours.com)

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Earth Day should be every day, local activists say

Earth Day may seem like a relatively new concept, but it’ll turn 50 in 2020.

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    FBI offers $10,000 in cold case

    LINCOLN CITY — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still offering $10,000 in exchange for information that leads to the whereabouts of fugitive David Durham, who shot and critically injured a Lincoln City police officer in January 2011.

  • Opinion

    ‘Congratulations, go Boomers’

    Sure was nice to see an article in the sports section from another city besides Newport or Taft. This article was rightfully due. The girls softball team from Toledo has been undefeated in league play for the last three years. Think about that, three years of league play, over 40 league games — undefeated.

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    Newport Symphony thunderous season finale

    With the thunder of its new timpani performing Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean opened the final concert of its 30th anniversary Pearl Season. The timpani had arrived just one week prior, courtesy of a grant from the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, in which the timpani would be shared with Newport High School for their educational purposes. Timpanist Rachel Dobrow Stone was so excited about the new drums that she invited patrons to come on stage after the performance to see for themselves.

  • Opinion

    Washington, D.C. is an island

    Washington, D.C. is an island unto itself. Sometimes it’s “Treasure Island,” where politicians rake in fortunes. Sometimes, it’s “Fantasy Island” (fill in your own example here).

  • Opinion

    Appreciates efforts on bag ban referendum

    I would like to thank the volunteers and businesses that gathered signatures and allowed our petitions to be signed at their establishments. There were 11 persons signed up to gather signatures — none were paid and most had full-time jobs.

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    Equal Access to Roads Act legislation

    As an Oregon community member who values our sense of community and wellbeing for all, I was pleased to hear that Oregon lawmakers are considering a law that will ensure that standard drivers licenses are available to all who meet the requirements to drive, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.

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    Herbalist to talk about plant medicine

    On Wednesday, May 29, from, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., people are invited to an herbal education presentation, plus a hands-on preparation of a local healing plant medicine at the Newport 60+ Activity Center. The class will be taught by Frances O'Halloran, and everyone will go home with a topical healing herbal remedy.

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    Local student wins prestigious academic award

    BillyAnn Stempel, a 2015 Taft High School graduate, has been named the Julia McCullough Smith award winner by Western Oregon University. This award is the university’s highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior student. It is awarded to the student who best exemplifies academic accomplishments, campus leadership and community/institutional service.

4th Annual Crab Blessing

Families, fishermen and community members gathered at the North Jetty look-out at Yaquina Bay State Park on Friday, Jan. 4 for the 4th Annual Crab Blessing (Photos by Shelby Wolfe)


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