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Councilor CM Hall was inspired to add the multi-colored flag to a list of approved flags after recent gay nightclub shootings in Colorado and Florida left 30 dead, stating the toll included “straight” victims. At a Nov. 21 city council meeting, she argued the city’s current flag policy is an…

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A local homeless organization is offering a direct way to give back this holiday season, — Grace Wins Haven is running a fundraiser, “Homeless for the Holidays,” allowing people to purchase items from wishlists that individuals have personally requested.

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, construction of new grandstands at Morrow Field on the campus of Newport High School, initially scheduled for completion prior to the start of the fall sports season remains ongoing, a local architecture firm recently submitted a conceptual design for the Ead…

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December starts out in the holiday spirit Thursday, blessing the coast with snow. For some it was a welcome break from rain, though winter weather impacted traffic on area highways. (Photo by Jeremy Burke)

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A man wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a Utah methamphetamine distribution case was tased and arrested in Toledo following a high-speed chase through town.

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Earth and stone cover Highway 30 east of Astoria Nov. 30 after a landslide the previous evening. The slide on a main route between Portland and the coast kept the highway closed into the weekend. As of Monday morning, ODOT’s Tripcheck.com showed the highway was open, with delays of 20 minute…

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Before Newport can build a new dam to hold the city’s sole water supply at Big Creek Reservoir, it must do millions of dollars worth of study and exploration. City council approved spending one tenth of a $14 million allotment from the Oregon Legislature, most of which will likely be spent p…

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A Newport firefighter climbs a ladder holding Hank the golden retriever on Tuesday. Fire department personnel were called to rescue Hank after he fell into a partially covered well.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Monday it will end the 10-mile “safety corridor” designation that begins on Highway 20 east of Toledo on Dec. 6 because the road’s rate of fatal and serious injury crashes has fallen, though it remains more dangerous than similar roads in the state.

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The Newport Planning Commission voted four to three to overturn city staff denial of a conditional use permit for a realty agency to open a new office by the Nye Beach turnaround.

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The Friends of Newport Parks and Recreation, Inc. recently received more than $14,000 in funding from the Friends of the Aquatic Park. The Friends of Newport Parks and Recreation’s mission is to help the Newport Parks and Rec Department sustain a healthy community. The group has been working…

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The first of this season’s King Tides hit the Oregon coast Nov. 24-26, with high tides in excess of 10 feet. This photo was taken Saturday in Depoe Bay, with the WorldMark timeshare resort in the background. People will have two additional opportunities to see King Tides this winter — Dec. 2…

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For the first time since 2019, South Beach Church was able to host its annual “Day Before Thanksgiving Meal.” The church, located at 1164 SW Coast Highway, was a busy place from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, as people enjoyed the companionship of others during this free community eve…

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After the city of Newport implements metered and permitted parking in tourist zones during the next two years, the next move to ease stationary congestion could be a trolley between Nye Beach, the Bayfront and City Center.

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The city plans to implement a paid parking program in Newport’s Bayfront next year, with a principle aim of encouraging workers not to occupy spaces all day during peak season.

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An alleged domestic dispute involving a gun in June at a Lincoln City hotel led to the arrest last week of a 37-year-old Tigard man and his subsequent arraignment Friday on four criminal charges, including domestic violence strangulation and unlawful use of a weapon.

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The presence of an invasive plant pathogen in Lincoln City was announced recently by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Working in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, ODA confirmed that Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum), which causes the disease commonly known as…

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A group of 18 Lincoln County elected officials and residents recently listened to Rachael Maddock-Hughes of Sequoia Consulting describe how rural organizations can better access and compete for federal grants. Maddock-Hughes, speaking during a Zoom meeting on Nov. 15, described tools and res…

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A Lincoln City man was arraigned Friday on charges including first-degree rape and giving a controlled substance to a minor. He was also charged with frequenting a drug house following a police raid of his home on tips that his brother, who was also arraigned Friday, was selling fentanyl.

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Driftwood lines a marsh island in the Salmon River estuary just upstream from Three Rocks and the Pacific Ocean on an early November afternoon, with snow-frosted Coast Range ridges rising to the east. (Photo by Kenneth Lipp)

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The city of Waldport held a ceremony Saturday, Nov. 19, to celebrate the arrival and unveiling of a bronze sculpture of Louis Southworth, a Black man who lived in the Waldport area after buying his freedom from slavery for $1,000 in the mid 1800s. The sculpture, created by artist Peter Helze…

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A Newport real estate company looking to move its office to Nye Beach was denied a conditional use permit to do so on the basis that it did not need to be in a tourism zone, a decision that was left in place after planning commissioners’ vote on the appeal was split down the middle. Commissi…

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Toledo police working with state troopers executed search warrants on a Toledo woman’s in-transit vehicle and her home last week, yielding her arrest and recovery of a pound of illegal drugs.

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Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she will pardon prior Oregon offenses of simple possession of marijuana, a move her office estimated will impact more than 45,000 people across the state and forgive more than $14 million in associated fines and fees.

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Respiratory illness season is in full effect this year and is earlier than expected. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Influenza, and COVID-19 are currently circulating around the state and in Lincoln County, yet again straining the capacity of local hospitals.

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Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday after falling off the Depoe Bay seawall.

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The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season opener is delayed until at least Dec. 16 for the entire Oregon coast. Pre-season testing shows crabs are too low in meat yield in some areas. Elevated domoic acid also was detected in some crab viscera (guts).

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LINCOLN CITY — Voters in Lincoln City appear to have passed a citywide measure to increase the city’s lodging tax rate from 9.5 to 12 percent via the latest results from the Nov. 8 General Election posted by the office of Lincoln County Clerk Dana Jenkins.

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Journalist and author Sam Quinones spoke recently at Oregon State University about the grim reality that fentanyl and methamphetamine caused across the United States while also offering reasons for hope amid a crisis that he said is killing thousands annually.

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Zoe Camacho Bravo-Hudson, left, and Beyonka Bell-Tellez, center, lead area youths in a dance last Thursday during the Mini Pow-Wow at the Siletz Valley School main gymnasium. The previously annual event, held this school year for the first time since 2019, was also attended by students from …

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The Salem church that owns the former home of the late composer Ernest Bloch overlooking Agate Beach will remodel the interior and make two minor additions to the century-old historic structure it now operates as a retreat, the Seakrest Lodge.

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Recent clear weather provided a number of opportunities to view a spectacular sunset over the Pacific, like this one shared with the News-Times by Ken Fransen. Forecasters predict more sunshine through the weekend before the rain returns next week.

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Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers, regardless of his disagreement with it, said he will enforce Measure 114, which creates additional licensing requirements for gun ownership and limits magazine capacity. Landers added that he expects the new law will face legal roadblocks before it is i…

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Gov. Kate Brown on Monday exercised her executive authority under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 401 in response to a surge of pediatric cases and hospitalizations of respiratory viruses, including Respiratory Syncytial Virus — commonly known as RSV — across Oregon. The executive order gives…