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LINCOLN CITY — After four years serving as the head of the Lincoln City Police Department, Chief Jerry Palmer will retire this month, ending a 43-year career in law enforcement.

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week approved a resolution transferring a tax-foreclosed property in Otis to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County, bringing one of dozens of wildfire-displaced families in temporary living conditions a step closer to a permanent home.

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TOLEDO — Around a dozen people from across the state gathered in Toledo last Friday morning to take the first guided tour of Georgia-Pacific’s Juno recycling facility.

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A state board this week struck down Lincoln County’s voter-adopted short-term rental law.

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DEPOE BAY — The Depoe Bay City Council moved to hire Kimberly Wollenburg as its new city recorder last week, five months after the previous recorder resigned.

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TOLEDO — Some Toledo residents went hours without power Aug. 4 after a truck towing a flatbed trailer loaded with an excavator struck several communication lines, breaking the nearby pole they were connected to in half.

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Newport City Council held a public hearing Aug. 1 on an ordinance that would formalize 10-year-old policy regarding conduct allowed on city property.

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A Monday work session of Newport City Council was entirely focused on whether a conversion of Highway 101 into two, one-way routes through downtown should remain in the city’s 20-year transportation system plan.

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DEPOE BAY — The Depoe Bay City Council approved an appeal from a city resident asking that a ramp installed during the renovation of a retaining wall be removed after it was discovered the property owner added it during a renovation without permission.

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Months after internal conflicts came to light in an ongoing standoff between the district attorney, Lincoln County commissioners and county staff, a report from a Portland law firm concluded it was unlikely the chief prosecutor was retaliating against a subordinate when she placed him on lea…

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Officials of the Siuslaw National Forest seek public feedback on uses, values and interests relating to the forest’s four designated wilderness areas. Feedback on the wilderness areas will provide input for an upcoming amendment to the Siuslaw’s current Land and Resource Management Plan (als…

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A Lincoln City man was arrested Aug 1. after allegedly confronting multiple people on an unofficial section of the God’s Thumb hiking trail and swinging a large stick at them.

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Area residents had an opportunity to meet local emergency responders, touch a fire truck, snack on free food and maybe even take home free school supplies or a bike helmet during National Night Out on Tuesday, with events held throughout the county. National Night Out is an annual event star…

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A fire broke out near the Port of Alsea in Waldport Saturday afternoon, burning around 2 acres of brush on public and private property before it was extinguished.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium President/CEO Carrie Lewis and State Rep. David Gomberg join in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, July 30, celebrating the completion of phase one of the aquarium’s Capital Campaign. Many donors and supporters who helped make the improvements possible were in attendan…

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There’s no clear path to rolling back the sheriff’s announcement last week of a suspension in immediate response to non-criminal calls and reports of certain minor crimes.

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WALDPORT — Two Waldport residents were jailed Sunday after a “string of stolen items” led police to their location from a burglarized residence, according to a law enforcement affidavit.

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A homeless man living in Newport was arrested last week after he was reported trying to trade a gun stolen from the Newport Pawn Shop at a store across the street in exchange for marijuana.

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A 24-year-old Lincoln County resident died Saturday, two days after state troopers say he rear-ended a pickup truck in Lane County.

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Two Coos Bay residents were arrested in Lincoln County last month after allegedly breaking into a shed and car in Newport; stealing several sets of tools and a wallet; and then using stolen credit cards at six different stores.

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FLORENCE — Visitors to Florence’s South Jetty last month may have stumbled upon a rare site: the bones of a lost schooner, the Bella, which ran aground on the Oregon coast more than a century ago and whose frame is still visible from time to time when heavy rains erode the sand around it.

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A study released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week found reintroducing sea otters into their historical habitat on the Oregon and northern California coasts would be biologically, economically and legally feasible, though there’s still no active plan to do so.

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Volunteer guides will be available two days this weekend to help visitors to one of the area’s best-known whale-watching locations spot passing marine mammals, and organizers think this could be a prime year to do so after previous viewing seasons were dampened by an unexplained whale die-off.

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A Waldport man was arrested Monday after police say they caught him with about 2 ounces of methamphetamine and evidence that he was selling the drug. The bust followed a brief stakeout prompted by a tip from a confidential source, who told police the man frequently possessed large amounts of…

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The trial date for one of two men charged in the killing of a Logsden man in February of last year was moved up seven months after the judge granted a motion to sever his case from his co-defendant’s.

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An email prompting recipients to click a link to make “status corrections” to their electric service account is not from the local utility.

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission issued a fine to a prospective state legislator for late filing of a required disclosure regarding sources of income and assets. The campaign said the failure was an honest mistake partially due to a technical error, and that it has already been notifi…

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LINCOLN CITY — A former Umatilla County resident is suing the Ester Lee Hotel in Lincoln City after allegedly tripping over a homemade, wooden parking divider and injuring herself.

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Citing an “extraordinarily low” number of available deputies, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it would suspend immediate response to non-criminal complaints and certain low-level criminal calls.

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LINCOLN CITY — An invasive plant has invaded Devils Lake, and residents are taking action to prevent it from taking over.

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An injured Guadalupe fur seal is on the road to recovery thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research.

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TOLEDO — Communities around Oregon are deciding what to do now that psilocybin has been made legal for use in supervised facilities in the state, with many, now including Toledo, leaving it up to voters to decide during the next election.

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Another recall election may be on the horizon for residents of Waldport and the rest of south Lincoln County as one disgruntled resident filed to recall the entire Port of Alsea Board of Commissioners June 21.

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A man is suing Lincoln County over injuries he sustained after crashing his motorcycle near Toledo last year, claiming the hazardous condition of the road caused the wreck.

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A draft ordinance developed by Newport’s police chief that would fine retailers for not addressing shopping cart complaints will have a public hearing before Newport City Council Aug. 15.