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FEMA to build at Logan Road

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has walked away from using the Fernwood property owned by Lincoln City for its temporary housing project for victims of the Echo Mountain Complex fire. FEMA is instead looking to set up at the Logan Road RV Park, owned by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

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Port Dock 7 damaged during storm

Wind and high water early Tuesday morning broke apart a section of the Port of Newport’s Port Dock 7, setting adrift two boats into Yaquina Bay.

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Bay Road fire is false alarm

Smoke was seen rising from the roof of a residential property on an island at 5650 Yaquina Bay Road east of Newport Wednesday afternoon. The Newport Fire Department responded to that location but later confirmed the smoke was from a bonfire and not an emergency. Fire Chief Rob Murphy said the department gets calls at least once a year about smoke at that property, and is working to get in contact with the property owner to ask for them to call ahead before future burns. (Photo by Mathew Brock)

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Road work, erosion continues on Highway 101 north of Newport

Ongoing maintenance of Highway 101 near Moolack Beach and an area of active landslide south of Otter Rock made for delayed and treacherous passage for motorists Wednesday.

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Neighbors influence coastal landowners’ decisions to armor shorelines against erosion, rising seas

Neighbors play an influential role in private oceanfront landowners’ decisions to protect their shorelines from erosion and rising sea levels, which could lead to excessive armoring of the coastline, a new analysis from Oregon State University shows.

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Lincoln County sneaks under extreme-risk threshold

Lincoln County will remain in the “high risk” category Friday by the skin of its teeth — the two-week case rate per 100,000 residents was just 1.1 cases fewer than the number that would have triggered re-imposition of some business closures and restrictions.

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Accused Waldport burglar scheduled for trial

Jack Edward Sigler, the man authorities accused of robbing the residence where Waldport Mark Campbell was killed by an intruder last month, is now scheduled for trial on three counts of first-degree burglary and a single count of first-degree theft.

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Newport year-end report

City Manager Spencer Nebel produced a 44-page document highlighting Newport’s biggest issues during 2020, dubbing it “a year of emergencies.”

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OSP updates child death investigation

The Oregon State Police issued a Monday news release to update the public and continue to ask its assistance in the investigation into the discovery of a female youth’s remains found on Dec. 10 in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor northeast of Rose Lodge.

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Short sworn in as Depoe Bay mayor

Outgoing Mayor Robert Gambino turned the reins over to Mayor Kathy Short at Tuesday’s Depoe Bay City Council meeting. Returning council members welcomed Short and its three newly elected councilors to the table at Depoe Bay City Hall.

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Toledo Rotary seeks help updating Wall of Names

The Rotary Club of Toledo is working to renovate the Toledo Veterans Appreciation Plaza on Main Street, and it is looking to the community for help in making sure all the veterans of Lincoln County are observed.

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OSP seeking information about stolen park signs

On Monday, the Oregon State Police issued a news release seeking the public’s help in its investigation of thefts of interpretive signs at Fogarty Creek State Park, Otter Crest Scenic Viewpoint, Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint and Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area.

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K-9 Nix tracks down burglary suspect

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Nix played a role this week in apprehending a burglary suspect.

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Company selected for Port Dock 5 pier project

The Port of Newport took a major step toward rebuilding the Port Dock 5 access pier recently when the port commission selected the company that will build the new structure.

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Danforth sworn in as district attorney

At noon Monday in the Lincoln County Courthouse, Lanee Danforth began her term as Lincoln County’s chief law enforcement official.

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Oregon State Police news

OSP releases approximation sketch of dead child

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FDA reverses course on charge for distilleries making hand sanitizer

On Dec. 29, Rogue Ales & Spirits received a notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it, like many other distilleries throughout the country, owed just over $14,000 for its manufacture of hand sanitizer during the first month of the COVID pandemic, when such supplies were hard to find.

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County receives ‘extreme risk’ warning letter

Three days after being downgraded from the extreme COVID-19 risk category, lifting restrictions such as the prohibition on indoor dining at restaurants and the closure of gyms, the Oregon Health Authority notified Lincoln County officials that the area is on track to regress on Jan. 15.

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  • County short-term rental workshop Jan. 20

    The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will hold a virtual workshop next week regarding the future of vacation rental regulations in unincorporated areas.

  • Newport to hold hearing on Styrofoam ban

    The Newport City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Jan. 19 to discuss the concept of a plastics reduction ordinance, which could include a potential prohibition on the use of Styrofoam. The public hearing will occur during the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, which will be held virtually utilizing the Zoom platform.

  • Storm causes scattered power outages across Lincoln County

    Damage from the recent storm left many county residents without power for a time as broken limbs took down power lines and landslides toppled power poles.

  • County Democratic Party condemns Rep. Kurt Schrader comments

    The executive committee of the Lincoln County Democratic Party has strongly condemned recent comments by Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5th District) likening the impeachment of President Trump to “an old-fashioned lynching.”

  • Lincoln City to hold special election for mayor

    The Lincoln City City Council met Monday evening to welcome and swear in the newly elected council member before making the decision to hold a special election to fill the city’s vacant mayor seat.

  • Samaritan to close clinics for vaccinations

    The Samaritan walk-in clinics located in Newport and Lincoln City will be temporarily closed to the public from Friday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 17, so that community health care workers — by appointment only through the county health department — can obtain their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations at those two locations.

  • City of Newport has committee vacancies

    The city of Newport recently announced that it is seeking applications from residents to fill a number of vacancies on city committees.

  • With school employees to get vaccines, district announces return to classroom

    The Lincoln County School District plans bring all grades into school buildings on a hybrid model by Feb. 8, with kindergarten through sixth grade returning Feb. 1 and grades seven through 12 the following week.

  • Yachats City Council gets down to business

    November’s General Election promised the city of Yachats a drastically different city council once it convened Thursday for its first meeting of 2021.

  • LCSD receives grant to support classified staff 

    The Lincoln County School District and Oregon Coast Community College have partnered to provide a pathway for LCSD classified staff to become teachers or other licensed staff. In an effort to diversify its workforce, LCSD received a $100,000 Grow Your Own grant from the Oregon Department of Education to provide financial opportunities to existing staff to pursue further education. Preference will be given to those who are bilingual, bicultural, biliterate or meet other diversity criteria.

  • Newport short-term rental workgroup meets Thursday

    Newport’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance Implementation Workgroup will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7, for its ongoing review of the city’s process for enforcing vacation rental regulations and granting new licenses.

  • New Yachats council to discuss vacancy

    The newly elected Yachats City Council is poised to tackle some pressing issues during the 2021 calendar year. The council will jump in feet first when it meets for the first time at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a work session and regular meeting.

  • Fatal New Year’s Eve crash on Highway 18

    A car crash east of Otis on New Year’s Eve killed one person and sent six to the hospital

  • 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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