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A sure sign that Christmas is approaching is the presence of Salvation Army bell ringers at the entrances to some local businesses. Starla Spangler was welcoming shoppers at the Newport Fred Meyer on Black Friday, arguably the busiest shopping day of the year. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle…

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With the coldest months of the year upon us, brokers from Windermere Real Estate are teaming up to “Share the Warmth” and help provide winter necessities for those in need. As part of the annual campaign, the Windermere office in Newport will be collecting donations through Friday, Dec. 16, …

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The past two years have left a lasting impact on small businesses — from extended labor shortages and inflation to supply chain issues that have shattered “the old ways” of doing business. In an uncertain economy, freelancers can be a smart choice for small businesses that can’t afford, or s…

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The Social Security Administration has announced its biggest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase in the past 42 years. In 1981, we had the largest Social Security COLA on record at 11.2 percent. In 2023, those receiving Social Security will see an 8.7 percent COLA increase. This tops l…

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Representatives of the team that created the replacement Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital stood on stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas recently to accept a national merit award from the Design-Build Institute of America.

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The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission is announcing the appointment of a new executive director. Tim Novotny will take the mantle from Hugh Link, who is retiring on Jan. 1, 2023 after a decade at the helm and 18 years with the commission.

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Breweries in Seattle and Newport have collaborated on a new beer with the aim of supporting local fishing nonprofits. Owners and head brewers from Figurehead Brewing Co. and Wolf Tree Brewery came together to create Red Rye Return; a red IPA using shared ingredients. Proceeds will benefit th…

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The number of unbanked households in Oregon dropped from 3.8 percent in 2019 to just 1.8 percent in 2021, according to a study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. This is significant for many Oregonians because it means they can avoid paying for expensive alternative financial serv…

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With Medicare enrollment underway, here is an alternative to the original Medicare plan. In addition to signing up for Medicare Part A (hospital stays) and Part B (medical coverage), Medicare Advantage (MA) plans offer their subscribers extra features. Medicare Advantage, sometimes known as …

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Oregonians relying on natural gas for home heating and cooking will be paying significantly more this winter.

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Cristina Tamayo, a registered nurse at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, has received the Oregon Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Award, joining an elite group of just 14 nurses across the state to be honored this year by the Oregon Center for Nursing.

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First Interstate Bank believes in supporting local nonprofits. In September, the employees of the Newport branch held a carwash to benefit the Pick of the Litter thrift store (the main fundraising project of FOLCAS—Friends of Lincoln County Animals), which raises money to pay for the spay/ne…

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During their most recent meeting, the Oregon Coast Bank Board of Directors voted unanimously to promote Jedd Fly to the position of vice president. Fly has been credited with spearheading Oregon Coast Bank’s unprecedented growth in northern Lincoln County and will continue as branch manager …

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If your automatic garage doors open to the grinding rattle and bang of a medieval castle gate, it’s time for a $95 winter tune-up from Pelican Garage Doors.

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The Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders recently installed Gloria Tucker, the administrative assistant for the Port of Newport, as the 2022-2024 Region III director. She took the oath of office at the association’s annual banquet held Sept. 29 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport.

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Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis says the state’s economy could go two ways in coming years — slow growth or recession.

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After a decades-long career in the hospitality industry in Colorado, a recent transplant to the Oregon coast made a decision to do something fun for a living.

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Do you have a few hours every week that you would like to fill with meaningful work or volunteer service? If so, come visit the Newport 60+ Activity Center’s Job and Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of age.

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You may already know that waiting to claim Social Security benefits can result in higher monthly payments. However, there are lesser-known ways to maximize your benefits, some of which depend on your marital status.

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GLENEDEN BEACH — There’s more to the Yoga than a downward-facing dog at Luminous Soul Center, where a mother-daughter team will capture your aura and release your built-up stress with drop-in classes and sessions for everyone.

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Lincoln City residents will now be able to shop for gently used furniture, appliances, tools and surplus building supplies when the Habitat ReStore reopens at 1125 NW Highway 101 later this month. The public is invited to celebrate the reopening at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00am on Wed…

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The Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County is partnering with the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce to develop the first ever Lincoln County Economic Summit. This event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, will be held at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, located at 30…

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Oregon’s housing shortage is worse today than it was before the start of the COVID pandemic, a state economist told lawmakers recently during a hearing to discuss ways of easing the statewide crunch.

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Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) and its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have partnered with the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County (EDALC) to create a nexus for economic development and business support services at the OCCC South County Center in Waldport.

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The Oregon Coast Visitors Association will host the sixth annual People’s Coast Summit in Yachats on Oct. 10-12. This end-of-season industry gathering welcomes participants to decompress from the busy summer tourism season, share experiences and connect with colleagues old and new. 

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The White House recently announced a plan to forgive up to $20,000 for student loan borrowers as part of a larger debt forgiveness program. There are still quite a few complexities with the program, but here are the core components you should know.

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Newport Florist and Gifts, located at 1738 N Coast Highway just south of Fred Meyer, is a one-stop destination for original and creative floral arrangements for every occasion and a place where community members can take fun classes to create their own themed arrangements.

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Located inside the Salishan Golf Link Pro Shop in Gleneden Beach, Hook and Slice Restaurant and Bar is much more than a typical golf course restaurant.

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Pilot strikes, labor shortages and high travel demand have all contributed to a summer of chaos for the flight industry. On average, one out of five flights has experienced delays, and more than 116,000 flights have been canceled so far in 2022, according to FlightAware data. As airlines con…

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Individuals who work outside of the legal profession cannot be blamed for thinking the terms “lawyer” and “attorney” are interchangeable. However, there is a subtle difference that distinguishes lawyers from attorneys and vice versa. The difference between lawyers and attorneys has a lot to …

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The number of professionals working remotely skyrocketed in 2020, when businesses were forced to close their offices in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As the world transitions from the pandemic phase to an endemic phase, many office workers also are transitioning back to…

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Four sisters with deep roots in the local commercial fishing community and decades of combined experience in the coffee industry have opened a new coffee stand in Toledo.

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Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment in Lincoln County decreased by 130 in July to 17,700 jobs.

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If college were a party, then student loans are the hangover. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for this headache, but here are five ideas for managing your student loan debt.

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Skanska USA Building Inc. received a National Award of Merit in the Health Care Facilities category from the Design-Build Institute of America for its Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital replacement project. The Samaritan project was one of just three health care projects selected for recogniti…