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Estuary project to benefit juvenile salmon

Beginning in July and extending into early September, those who travel Elk City Road upriver from Toledo will notice equipment in the tidal marsh across the Yaquina River. The MidCoast Watersheds Council and partners will be working to restore a 55-acre site owned by The Wetlands Conservancy so that juvenile salmon and other estuary species can thrive here.

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The Unexpected Elephant sale will proceed

The Unexpected Elephant sale, a beloved summertime ritual for bargain shoppers and treasure seekers, often attracted a crowd, making a line necessary and restricting admittance even pre-pandemic.

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Session addresses pandemic, police accountability issues

In a three-day special session last week, the Oregon Legislature passed a slate of bills aimed at increasing accountability for law enforcement, as well as countering negative economic and societal impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, among other measures.

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Burn bans begin in county

A ban on the burning of yard debris goes into effect today (Wednesday) in a large portion of Lincoln County, and the ban will expand countywide on Sunday, July 5.

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Crabbing on the bay

These ambitious kayakers had an unusual approach to fishing for crabs Tuesday morning on Alsea Bay. (Photo by Cheri Brubaker)

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Park rangers on beach patrol

Beach rangers and park staff regularly patrol the beach, said Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. “They’re looking for notable debris — things people have dumped, larger pieces of marine debris that wash ashore or marine mammals in distress,” he said.

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City council gets input on racism

Student activists Sophie Goodwin-Rice, Ruben Kruger and Jenny Reyes are continuing the discussion about racial discrimination and policing, taking the issue to the Newport City Council last week and presenting testimony regarding local instances of racism solicited from the community.

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  • Avamere Rehabilitation releases latest results of COVID-19 testing

    In a letter to family members of residents in the skilled nursing facility, Avamere of Newport’s administrator reported that a total of 16 residents and 12 staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

  • Governor launches public awareness campaign to promote masks

    Gov. Kate Brown launched a statewide public awareness campaign on Thursday to promote the use of faces coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • No fireworks in parks, on beaches

    In advance of the July 4 holiday weekend, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reminds visitors that fireworks are prohibited in state parks and on Oregon’s ocean beaches at all times, including the Independence Day holiday.

  • Depoe Bay warning siren has amplifier issues

    On July 1, when Depoe Bay conducted its monthly test of the city’s early warning system — which sounds in the event of an incoming tsunami and is tested on the first Wednesday of every month — several residents reported that they never heard it sound.

  • Lincoln Community Health Center welcomes manager

    One of the area’s main primary care providers welcomed new management last month. Jessica Hubbard, MPH, BSN, RN, reported for work as the program manager of the Lincoln Community Health Center in Newport.

  • State of Oregon sets new COVID-19 case record for a second day in a row

    The Oregon Health Authority reported 375 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 94 more cases than the state’s record, which was set the previous day.

  • Lincoln Community Health Center welcomes manager

    One of the area’s main primary care providers welcomed new management last month. Jessica Hubbard, MPH, BSN, RN, reported for work as the program manager of the Lincoln Community Health Center in Newport.

  • Federal funding will provide water testing on beaches

    Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today recently that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will receive $215,000 in federal funding to support additional monitoring to help protect Oregonians from possible waterborne diseases at Oregon’s beaches.

  • Siletz Bay Airport to receive grant

    The Siletz Bay State Airport in Gleneden Beach is included on a list of four Oregon airports that will receive federal grants to help with airport improvements. w when rural Oregon is working overtime to deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.” The grant for the Siletz Bay Airport totals $135,468 and will be used to improve airport drainage, reconstruct a runway and reconstruct a taxiway.

  • Olalla Reservoir remains closed

    The Olalla Reservoir northeast of Toledo remains closed to the public indefinitely, including during the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Kids Zone will close temporarily

    Neighbors For Kids has announced that the Kids Zone program will be closed temporarily during the summer.

  • Oregon law says concealed handgun license holders can wear face coverings

    Concerns have been raised by some concealed handgun license holders that wearing required face coverings under the COVID-19 restrictions puts them in violation of a requirement for carrying a concealed weapon. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, which is the agency that issues concealed carry permits, said this is not the case in Oregon.

  • Fatal crash Friday near Seal Rock

    A single-vehicle crash on Highway 101 just south of Seal Rock claimed the life of a 20 year old from Cottage Grove on Friday evening, June 26.

  • Dual investigation leads to narcotics arrest in Otis

    On Monday, June 29, the Street Crimes Response Team, along with the Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Police Department, executed a residential search warrant at 76 N Holiday Lane in Otis.

  • Health officials urge caution, offer resources after TRACE results

    Researchers and public health officials say results from the recent TRACE-COVID-19 study put into sharp relief the need for community solidarity to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Retired Newport fire chief dies

    Long-time Newport firefighter and fire chief Don Rowley passed away on Monday, June 29.

  • Governor extends state of emergency 60 more days

    Gov. Kate Brown announced in a statement Tuesday she was extending her executive order declaring an emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until Sept. 4.

  • Seal Rock water report available

    The Seal Rock Water District announced recently that the 2019 Consumer Confidence Report on water quality is now available.

  • Port commission selects officers for coming year

    It was the official changing of the guard at Tuesday’s meeting of the Port of Newport Board of Commissioners, when a new commissioner took the oath of office, a departing commissioner was given thanks and a new slate of officers was elected.

  • Questions raised about how outbreaks are reported

    The Oregon Health Authority listed two new workplace outbreaks in its weekly COVID-19 report that raise questions about how it connects clusters of positive cases to a given business for the purposes of disclosure.

  • Some cities, county reduce social gatherings

    In a joint meeting between the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and local municipalities on Friday, June 19, County Commission Chair Kaety Jacobson explained the reasoning behind the proposed action to reduce social gatherings from 25 to 10.

  • Toledo water quality report available online

    Each year, the city of Toledo provides water customers with the annual water quality report, also known as the consumer confidence report. The report informs customers how the water quality compares to federal and state drinking water standards. It provides details on the water source and the quality of the drinking water, and it is required by the Oregon Health Authority.

  • LCSD to resume meal delivery

    The Lincoln County School District will deliver meals to students for the latter part of its summer meal service.

  • County campgrounds to open for this weekend

    The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners decided during their meeting on Monday, June 22, to open county-owned campgrounds on Friday, June 26. The 10-person gathering size limit passed by the board last week will be in effect for each campsite, state guidelines will be in force, and campgrounds will be closed to group camping. The county had planned to reopen campgrounds on June 9 but delayed that decision after the outbreak at Pacific Seafood was reported on June 7.

  • Funds sought for furry officer

    The Lincoln City Police Department has announced the establishment of its new K9 program, which will be run under Lt. David Broderick once a handler has been selected and a dog has been obtained. And police are asking the public to chip in.

  • Citizens seated on city committees

    The ranks of Newport’s city committees just got a bit fuller. Click here to see the citizens who stepped up to serve or, in many cases, to continue their service.

  • County faces foster care shortage

    Roughly twenty-five percent of foster homes in the county have closed their doors to new fosters in the last two months, adding to a shortage of homes needed to nurture children.

  • False alarms addressed at Sam Case

    Sam Case Elementary School has evacuated the school twice in the last week, due to failing parts in their fire alarm system.

  • Newport High School evacuated

    Newport High School received a bomb threat early Tuesday afternoon. The building has been cleared and all students are safe.

Photos of the year: 2019

Here are a few of our favorite photos taken by staff in 2019.


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