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Young doctor drowns while surfing

A 30-year-old physician from Corvallis died Saturday in a tragic surfing accident after he paddled single-handedly into a storm-swept ocean. Toren Stearns was pronounced dead at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital after rescuers found his body floating 200 feet offshore from a popular surfing beach on the south side of Cape Foulweather, near the Devil’s Punchbowl.

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Elderly Toledo resident dead in house fire

Investigators on Wednesday afternoon removed a body from a Tom Jack Road home destroyed in an early-morning fire.

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Reflections of a life on the water

The Newport waterfront is less rich today for the passing of a man who's determined spirit exemplified the fishing life.

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Expert warns of massive fire potential

With continued dry conditions predicted to continue in Oregon and much of the West in 2019, emergency experts are warning residents to gird themselves against California-style wildfires.

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Triumphant trip yields dredging funds

A full-court press to get the “World’s Smallest Harbor” dredged of fast-rising mud has paid off for every port in Oregon, according to officials who led the effort.

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Marchant is at it again

The Toledo boy’s basketball team keeps winning and Conner Marchant keeps scoring. In the Boomers 83-75 over Creswell, Marchant was able to keep his scoring average above 40 points with a 41-point effort to keep Toledo undefeated through three games.

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Beasley at Large: God’s Thumb trail under scrutiny

LINCOLN CITY — The trail to God’s Thumb is as hard to fathom as an Old Testament riddle, leaving first-time hikers to read the signs — or lack of them — to find their way to one of the most divine views at the Oregon coast. “It’s not a designated trail system,” explained District Ranger Debbie Wilkins of the Siuslaw National Forest, which is dealing with the exploding popularity of a route once considered a local secret. “It’s not even a developed trail, but a combination of what elk and human beings have been doing for centuries.” The lure of The Thumb — Wilkins dislikes the religious handle, bestowed by a reporter that has since gone viral — is partly owed to that undeveloped and wild nature. The trail is tortured by washouts and giant, serpentine roots, fallen trees and drop-offs that would make a billy goat twitch. Those attractive features, however, can prove risky. To date, four expensive and hazardous rescue operations have been mounted to save injured or trapped hikers.

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Depth is the strength for Taft

LINCOLN CITY — It was a 17-day break for Jake Tolan between the end of the football season and starting his next head coaching season — this time as the Tiger’s girls head basketball coach. Tolan will be the third head coach for the Tiger girl’s basketball team in as many seasons. After spending the previous year as the JV coach, taking over the girl’s program was a natural progression. And when you have a daughter, Claira Tolan, in the program, the opportunity to coach her too good of an offer to pass up. “I probably wouldn’t have done if she wasn’t playing,” Jake Tolan said. “I get to watch her, I get to coach her, but it’s a good group, they are very coachable, they work hard, it’s been good so far.”

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Beasley at Large: It was the best hunt ever

It was the second day of the second-season hunt when I found the herd at the bottom of a steep clearcut four klicks east and 41 floors from the gated road at the edge of town. Drawn to the lip of an old log landing by the faint snap of brush, I froze in awe at four elk browsing near the edge of a treeline 120 meters distant. In the deep shade of late afternoon, their tan-colored shoulders and broad rumps stood out like landing lights on an airplane while other features blended into a colorless background.

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Beasley at Large: The best hunt ever

It was the second day of the second-season hunt when I found the herd at the bottom of a steep clearcut four klicks east and 41 floors from the gated road at the edge of town.

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