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When the Lincoln County Democrats recently announced the endorsement of Mike Rawles (District 3), Peter Vince (District 4) and Senitila McKinley (District 5) in the May 18 special election, some asked why we would take positions in this non-partisan election.

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To have witnessed the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin was to have witnessed the removal of the dressing that hides a rot within our society. Before uncovering the nature of this corruption, perhaps a little history is in order.

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More than 19 months and hundreds of pages of public input were condensed by the Lincoln County Office of County Counsel into draft recommendations for the Short Term Rental (STR) Business Licensing Program, delivered to the county commissioners shortly before their March 29 meeting. They fal…

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The Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon (CAC) is the only statewide organization lobbying Salem on behalf of art, culture, heritage and the humanities. CAC includes nearly 400 cultural, historical and heritage organizations in every corner of the state from all-volunteer rural community gr…

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Lincoln City is a very special place, and I feel blessed to call it home. I care deeply about the leadership of our city, which is tasked with making decisions that will affect our future. This May, we will be selecting a new mayor during the special election. While Lincoln City is fortunate…

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The Lincoln County Democratic Party Central Committee and the Lincoln City Democratic Club by the Sea have endorsed four candidates for the May 18 special election: Susan Wahlke for Lincoln City mayor and, in the Lincoln County School Board races, Mike Rawles (Zone 3) Peter Vince (Zone 4) an…

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I recently reconnected with a couple I was very close to in the ’70s. The husband and I worked together at HP and were as close as two peas in a pod. Then I found my long-ago buddy was a Trump voter. When I asked him how that could be, he responded by saying, “Well, I’m afraid of socialism.”

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For nearly 140 years, newspapers have provided information to residents of this area, well before it was incorporated as Lincoln County. The names of the newspapers have changed over the years, but for the bulk of that time, the News-Times has been the one providing people with the latest in…

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I am pleased to support the candidacy of Mike Rawles for the Zone 3 seat on the Lincoln County School Board. I have known and worked with Mike on many community issues through the years, and his concern for community outreach and engagement and inclusivity for all children and families is cl…

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There are many reasons for municipalities to exist. Chief among those is the municipality’s responsibility to its citizens, like providing necessary infrastructures and services. Such responsibilities are provided through sundry fees and representative taxation, many of which are user-based …

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Here I sit, safe, warm, fed and scared out of my mind. I cannot watch the news anymore because my blood pressure rises, my heart aches, and I am terrified of the liberal Democrats that have taken over my country.

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We’ve said many times before that the area where we live has some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, and each of us shares a responsibility for doing what we can to ensure that this beauty will still be here to be appreciated and enjoyed by our children, their children and the gene…

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I planned on staying neutral in this matter, but I feel I need to be part of the public that you want to be involved in the discussion. As the business that sits on this property (on Southwest Second Street, across from Newport City Hall), I am ecstatic that we are finally getting a business…

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Spring is here! With the ground ready for planting, you might be gearing up to start an outdoor project that involves digging. Before you reach for that shovel, remember to call 811 before you dig.

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The large signs posted on both sides of Highway 20’s Toledo business loop, reading “Timber Unity – Standing Up For Working Oregonians” have been ominously on my mind ever since I saw them for the first time.

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It’s that time of year when sunny skies and warmer weather motivate people to get out and enjoy their surroundings, spending time with family and friends and gathering with others at festivals or other events. Under normal conditions, that would be great, but we are not back to “normal.” The…

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Mike Rawles gets my vote for Lincoln County School District School Board. It is time for change, and I support Mike Rawles to be a part of a newly elected team.

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A large number of your fellow citizens, most of whom are staff and volunteers with North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, have made it possible for us to get past COVID-19. They have given of their free time to help deliver COVID-19 injections in north Lincoln County. While we can never thank them…

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If the majority of high school athletes were used to taking the easy way out, they probably wouldn’t be student-athletes in the first place.

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Some time ago, I wrote about the passing of my mom. She lived to be 103 and had an extraordinary life. I miss her, but that’s not the point here.

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Fire broke out at a home in the Pacific Homes Beach Club senior living community in north Newport late Monday afternoon. One home was destroyed by the flames, the one next door was heavily damaged and a third received minor heat damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries resulting from the fire.

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I am voting for Mike Rawles for the Lincoln County School District Board of Education. Mike cares about children and education. I talked with Mike about his vision for the future of LCSD. I am listing just a few of his ideas and concerns. He thinks the problem of homeless children should be …

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Newport is an amazing place to call home. It’s also becoming out of reach for many residents to live here because of the high cost of housing.

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My involvement with water supply projects in Lincoln County (including Newport’s Big Creek Dam #2) began in the mid-1960s and continued into the early 2000s. I think Newport needs to steer clear of a new and larger dam on Big Creek and to work with the rest of Lincoln County to develop a reg…

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President Biden says he is fighting for “bipartisanship” and “unity,” where liberals and conservatives think and fight for the same things. The last time that happened was during World War II. Usually liberals and conservatives think differently of what our nation needs.

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There are two important policy options that need your input by April 12, when the next meeting of the Newport Planning commission will take place.

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Lincoln County residents received some good news this week in terms of the battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. But then there was also a bit of bad news to go along with it.

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It was with great disappointment that I read the viewpoint published on April 2 titled “City of Newport proposal will change dynamics of local neighborhoods.” The writer is entitled to her opinion, but the piece contains a number of factual inaccuracies that should be corrected so that reade…