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U.S. Supreme Court ruling halts census

Lincoln County — Following an emergency ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau halted data collection Thursday for the U.S. Census 2020. That means Lincoln County residents and those throughout the country no longer have a chance to participate in the 10-year U.S. count mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

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A first for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

Keeping skywatchers informed, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Director of Space Science Education Jim Todd emailed notification that National Aeronautics and Space Administration will attempt to land a craft and collect samples on Bennu, an asteroid near Earth, next week.

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FEMA outreach available at outlets

Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened an External Outreach Site for Lincoln County residents affected by last month’s wind event and subsequent Echo Mountain Complex fire.

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Newport city engineer moves to private sector

After leading countless infrastructure projects during a decade with the city of Newport, Public Works Director Tim Gross presented his last report to Newport City Council last week.

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Georgia Pacific assessed fines by DEQ

In a message emailed to community leaders on Wednesday, Georgia-Pacific Public Affairs Manager C.J. Drake announced that a $63,600 penalty had been assessed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for Georgia-Pacific’s non-compliance with its federal Title V air operating permit.

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Coast Guard executes rescue

It’s been said that not all heroes wear capes. Last week in the choppy waters off Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint, the heroes wore life vests.

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  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorses candidates

    After extensive interviews of local candidates conducted by the Lincoln County Steering Committee of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the organization has endorsed a group of candidates with strong environmental positions.

  • COVID-19 business grants available

    New funds have been released for small business emergency grants, and applications are now being accepted.

  • County reopens burn season

    The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board and the nine fire protection agencies opened burn season on Monday, Oct. 12. With the recent rain and forecasted precipitation, the risk of fire spread has decreased and is expected to remain at a low level, fire officials said.

  • Women’s march planning in Newport

    A local effort is underway to unite against the Trump Administration’s plan to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s U.S. Supreme Court seat. Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill that position, which requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

  • Project updates provided to port commission

    Updates on several projects were presented to the Port of Newport Board of Commissioners when it met virtually on Sept. 29.

  • Newport City Council amends meeting rules

    During its regular meeting Monday, the Newport City Council approved changes to its rules of order, including some that affect public participation.

  • Free legal advice for fire victims

    Attorneys from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association are providing pro-bono assistance to those who suffered property damage in the Echo Mountain Complex fire.

  • Candidate information available online

    The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County is once again using virtual means for providing voter education prior to the upcoming general election. Unable to safely host public candidate forums, the league has solicited candidate videos from those running for Senate District 5, House Districts 9 and 10, Circuit Court Judge, Lincoln County Commission, Central Lincoln PUD Board and contested races for mayor and city council seats throughout the county.

  • Newport water emergency lifted

    On Monday, the Newport City Council voted to rescind the water emergency in effect since June 24, which came with water curtailments that cost commercial customers more than $2 million.

  • Candidate forum on the environment

    A group of Lincoln County residents are sponsoring a virtual Candidates’ Forum on the Environment coming live to your home or office from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, on the Zoom webinar platform.

  • County clarifies safe water recommendations

    Late last week, Lincoln County issued clarifications to initial recommendations for using tap water within water districts affected by the Echo Mountain Complex fire that burned last month north of Lincoln City.

  • Man cited for illegal taking of elk

    An Oregon State Police fish and wildlife trooper responded in early September to a report from a Toledo property owner that a man had illegally killed an elk on his property.

  • Lincoln City requests parking zone input

    On Sept. 26, Lincoln City launched an official city Facebook page, and less than a week later, used the page to announce that City Manager Ron Chandler will host a series of meetings to gather public opinion on potential city parking pass and no-parking area ordinances.

  • Class action suit could cover local fire victims

    A complaint filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court last week could create a class that includes Echo Mountain Complex fire victims.

  • 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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