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YACHATS — It’s possibly a sign of things to come, but it’s most certainly a sign of the times. 

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NEWPORT — Only one out of four orphaned chicks in a falcon eyrie at Yaquina Head was rescued alive, and it’s unclear why a plan to rappel down to the last bird remaining in the nest was aborted by officials.

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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 t…

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TOLEDO — The Toledo City Council got heated during its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 16, as council members debated whether or not to spend $5.5 million on a new public safety building to house the Toledo Police Department and touched on other ways to spend $19 million in urban renewal …

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Exploring Oregon coastal waters and tide pools is not only a fun activity, it can help local scientists document biodiversity as well as detect and track disease outbreaks in marine wildlife species.

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NEWPORT — With the possibility of sending gas and prepared food tax ballot measures to city voters as soon as November, the city of Newport is seeking a consultant to conduct public outreach regarding the city’s financial status.

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Chicks in a closely watched cliffside falcon eyrie at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area have gone without feeding for days, with long-time observers urging they be rescued. One was found dead after falling from the ledge Wednesday, and another fallen chick was recovered alive Thursday morning.

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LINCOLN CITY — After accepting the results of the May 18 special election, the Lincoln City City Council welcomed back former council member Susan Wahlke, this time as the newly elected mayor of Lincoln City.

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LINCOLN COUNTY — The three Lincoln County applicants seeking Goal 18 exceptions for permission to armor the shorelines near their properties in the Gleneden-Lincoln Beach area came before the Lincoln County Planning Commission Monday night to plead their case alongside other testimony for an…

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DEPOE BAY — The controversial street project that would renovate the area just south of the Depoe Bay bridge is on the back burner for the next few months following a decision by the Depoe Bay City Council to table the matter during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

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LINCOLN COUNTY — Their presentations most likely won’t be the first time that most Lincoln County residents hear of the increasingly dangerous wildfire conditions already upon us here in the days just prior to the summer solstice. But that doesn’t mean Lincoln County Emergency Management, th…

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Amanda Remund, a member of the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors, has been named this year’s recipient of the Tom Moore Memorial Award. Named for a former school board member and volunteer, this award has been given since 1993 to the individual who best exemplifies the volunt…

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WALDPORT — Last weekend, members of the Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue District and South Lincoln County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members graduated from an emergency medical responder course.

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The Newport Volunteer Gardening Group tends to a wall mural that wraps around the corner at Southwest Second and Hurbert streets. Volunteers include City Councilor Cynthia Jacobi, far right, with soon-to-be full-time City Landscaper Anita Albrecht, second from right, leading the effort to cl…

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LINCOLN COUNTY — Earlier this week, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced the Housing Authority of Lincoln County is receiving a portion of more than $19 million in emergency housing vouchers earmarked for 28 Oregon counties and two cities via the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Two U.S. Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboats from Station Yaquina Bay tow the 82.5-foot F/V Lady Law under the Yaquina Bay Bridge early June 7. The crabbing boat broke down about five miles south of the Yaquina Bay buoy late June 6 and called for assistance. The Coast Guard responded at abou…

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YACHATS — Among the multiple items on the agenda for the virtual 2 p.m. meeting today (Wednesday) of the Yachats City Council, councilors will host public hearings, receive comments and potentially pass fiscal year 2021-22 Urban Renewal Agency and city budgets.

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Six of the county’s seven high schools held graduation ceremonies last weekend — Lincoln City Career Tech recognized its four graduates June 4 — and several hundred seniors received their diplomas in front of family and friends. Above (left to right) Travis Kirkman, Grayson Dick and Boyley S…

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Although the state’s COVID-19 vaccination rate has fallen in recent weeks, the current trend would still see 70 percent of adults with at least one dose by the end of the month, at which point most pandemic-related guidelines, including public masking and distancing requirements, will end.

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WALDPORT — Earlier this week, the 65th Waldport Beachcomber Days released a tentative schedule of festivities for this year’s event, slated to run July 2-3 around the city’s downtown area and culminate in an after-dusk fireworks show over Alsea Bay.

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TOLEDO — Georgia-Pacific announced on June 9 that the bridge from Northwest First Street in Toledo crossing the Depot Slough will remain closed until further notice after GP recently discovered it was in need of repair.

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Lincoln County — North Lincoln Fire & Rescue fell just short of getting an essential tax levy approved by voters during the recent May 18 special election, missing the mark by only 20 votes.

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LINCOLN COUNTY — The National Weather Service issued a report last week that backed what many anticipated was coming down the pike — extreme drought conditions for this area during the summer months are all but inevitable.

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Atonement Lutheran Church interim Pastor Shelley Willem and church council member Susan Elizabeth Painter will join a gathering in Coos Bay this Saturday, June 19, to honor the memory of Alonzo Tucker.

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NEWPORT — A final agreement will still have to be approved by the Newport City Council, but a pilot deployment of electric rental scooters got an initial green light on Monday.

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The Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual update to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners began with a round of thanks for the county’s efforts during last year’s wildfires, including the sheriff’s office’s assistance with transporting a seriously injured ODF firefighter.

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A major seismic event at the Cascadia Subduction Zone could strand most Pacific Northwest coast residents for weeks wherever they are when the earthquake and tsunami hit.

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With pandemic-related restrictions easing, summer festivals, fireworks shows and other events are back on this year. The News-Times has compiled a list of major local events during the next three months — if we’ve missed yours, contact the newspaper at editor@newportnewstimes.com

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WALDPORT — During the Thursday, June 10, meeting of the Waldport City Council, Mayor Greg Holland read a proclamation that designated the month of June as LGBTQIA+ Pride month in the city.

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SEAL ROCK — Quick action by emergency responders from the Seal Rock Rural Fire Protection and Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue reportedly helped a driver and firefighters escape without reported injuries after a commercial tree pruning truck caught fire at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9,…

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After 34 years of reviewing boundaries and managing information systems critical to county operations, Lincoln County Surveyor John Waffenschmidt hung up his many professional hats and headed into a well-deserved retirement at the end of February. On March 1, Eli Adam took the reins as count…

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SALEM — An exemption from a state construction tax for those building to replace residential housing destroyed or damaged by fire or other emergency events was just a step away from becoming law Thursday, June 10, after House Bill 2607 passed through the Oregon Senate.

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DEPOE BAY — More than 20 people packed into the council chambers at Depoe Bay City Hall Tuesday night, most hoping to say their piece regarding a controversial street renovation project south of the bridge and the repercussions it might have for the city.

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SEAL ROCK — Visitors to Driftwood Creek State Recreation Site will find the popular beachside park is cordoned off by a 20-foot metal wall of shipping containers meant to block sound from the first phase of the construction for the PacWave South wave energy project.

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NEWPORT — During its regular meeting Monday, the Newport City Council voted to raise the city’s tax per booked night on short-term rental businesses from 9.5 to 12 percent.

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NEWPORT — The automatic sprinkler system at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn controlled a fire in the laundry room believed to have been started by spontaneous combustion.

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NEWPORT — Rather than take their chances with a new landlord who could raise rents by around 10 percent every year, or even a developer who might find another use for the prime real estate across Bay Boulevard from the Embarcadero Resort, residents of Harbor Village mobile home and RV park f…

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LINCOLN COUNTY — Three Lincoln County applicants are seeking an exception to one of Oregon’s strongest environmental protection laws to gain permission to save their properties from the ever-encroaching ocean and eroding coastal cliffside by installing shoreline armoring along the adjacent beach.

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WALDPORT — Earlier this month, the city of Waldport published to its new website, waldportoregon.gov, something of a blueprint for reopening the city. City administration reminds residents that it assesses the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, and that updates and adjustments to plans may…

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WALDPORT — The southern portion of Lincoln County’s ability to handle a potential drought this summer and the potential transfer of the county’s jurisdiction of a portion of Crestline Drive to the city of Waldport were among the topics discussed Monday evening, June 7, during a joint meeting…

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Members of the Toledo Fire Department recently helped take down a cross at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Toledo. The cross was in need of restoration, but members of the church had difficulty finding someone with a tall enough ladder who could also safely remove the cross given its proximit…