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Staying safe at Boiler Bay

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
A new and improved barrier around a well known "blow hole" at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint north of Depoe Bay was erected recently by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
J.R. Collier, central coast district manager for state parks, said they aren't in the practice of placing safety railings around every blow hole along the coast, but this particular
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Women in Oregon fishing industry have important, sometimes invisible role

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Women have always played an important role in Oregon's commercial fishing industry, even if they don't actually fish or work on boats. But a new study indicates their roles are changing.
The research, funded by Oregon Sea Grant and published in the journal Marine Policy, was based on a series of oral-history interviews conducted mainly with fishermen and their wives.
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Talks to focus on Letitia Carson, an Oregon pioneer

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Jan Meranda and Dr. Bob Zybach will give a presentation on Letitia Carson on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Newport High School Boone Center.
This program is cosponsored by The Newport Public Library Foundation and the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation in recognition of Black History Month.
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Learn tips for living smoke-free

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Smoking is linked to serious health problems, such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease, as well as increased risks for many other diseases. Fortunately, say health officials, smoking is preventable.
With the help of a seven-week series, "Freedom from Smoking," smokers can learn how to eliminate their craving for cigarettes.
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Name change for the Stronger Together run/walk

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
This year, the annual Coast Festival Run on Sunday, Feb. 26, is becoming the Stronger Together Run and is co-sponsored by the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation and the Coast Hills Running Club.
Organizers are still celebrating fitness and community participation, and this year they want to invite an even larger audience and greater community participation. Everyone is encouraged
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Seniors plan trip to casino

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Feeling lucky? How about a trip to Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City on Tuesday, March 7?
The casino has more than 1,200 of the newest slots, video poker and table games. Or people can try their luck at bingo. Hungry? Try out the Chinook Seafood Grill, Siletz Bay Buffet, or Aces Sports Bar.
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Winning festival wines selected

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is fast approaching, and as part of that annual event, a competition among wine producers -- both commercial and amateur -- is held. Wines have now been judged and will be on display during the festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Feb. 23-26.
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Firefighter's Ham Dinner is Feb. 19

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The 60th annual Firefighter's Ham Dinner, a fundraiser held by volunteers with North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 19, at Taft High School, located at 3780 Spyglass Ridge Drive, in Lincoln City.
This dinner has been taking place since 1957 as a means for local volunteer firefighters to raise
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Stronger Together Run set in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
This year, the annual Coast Festival Run on Sunday, Feb. 26, is becoming the Stronger Together Run and is co-sponsored with the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation.
Organizers are still celebrating fitness and community participation, and this year they want to invite an even larger audience and greater community participation. Everyone is encouraged to run, walk or stroll in
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Bobbie's Beat: The Corgi boys

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Blame one of the dogs. Two years ago I wrote a column called "The Thing," about a special gadget I wear on my wrist that has a little recessed button you push in case of emergency.
Kath Schonau, of Aging Wisely with Heartfelt Hands, insisted I get one because it is a wise idea for folks who live alone.
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Return of the Mad Hatter

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The fifth annual Mad Hatter Tea Party will be held at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This popular event is fun for attendees and staff alike, with two hours of fashion, fun and frivolity for all. Mad Hatter models will showcase local store fashions from New 4 You, both practical
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People needed to survey beaches

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two, free volunteer trainings: one in Pacific City on March 4, and one in Waldport on March 5.
COASST volunteers help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis, to establish the baseline pattern of beached bird mortality
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Donated funds pay for student field trips

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Oregon Sea Grant recently received $3,000 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to support field trips to Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).
"This grant will allow up to 30 classrooms from schools with low-income populations in the tribal service area to visit the center and learn about coastal habitats and marine research," said Kathryn Hawes,
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Exploring the past at Fossil Fest

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Families packed the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb. 11, for the annual Fossil Fest.
Exhibits featured fossils from Oregon and around the world and hands-on activities for children, as well as fossils, rocks and festival merchandise for sale.
Aaron Currier, president of the North American Research Group, identified fossils and rocks for visitors.
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Digital studio welcomes new host

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
The Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center has announced the hiring of Gretchen Ammerman as the host of the SBDC's Digital Media & Marketing Studio.
Funded by a Lincoln County Economic Development Grant received in early 2016, the studio offers small businesses throughout the county the opportunity to take professional photographs of their products, artwork and more, and
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Nutritional Wisdom: Don't fall for myths about soy

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Soy is the subject of some of the worst health misinformation on the Internet. We need to tune out this misinformation and follow the science. Greater intake of soy foods is linked to a decrease in the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) called isoflavones, which are said to be weak estrogens,
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Antique Week in Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Treasures abound during Antique Week, which began Feb. 11 and continues through Feb. 20 in Lincoln City. Participating antique retailers are hosting special deals and discounts during the citywide event.
Antique Week features more than 100 antique dealers from over a dozen retailers in Lincoln City. Collectors can take advantage of deals and discounts during Antique Week while discovering treasures
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Samaritan Hospice seeking volunteers

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Hospice volunteers provide valuable support to patients and their families. Currently, there is a need for more volunteers locally, said Sherrie Flinn, hospice volunteer coordinator for Samaritan North Lincoln Hospice in Lincoln City and Samaritan Pacific Hospice in Newport.
"Lincoln County is a rural community," Flinn said. "I feel we have a responsibility to take care of our neighbors."
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Contest for young writers underway

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
This year's Waldport Library Young Writers' 2017 Competition is now open to fifth grade through high school students of Lincoln County. This includes students in public, private, home school, online, and taking classes at Oregon Coast Community College.
The prompt for this year's competition is based on the 2017 summer reading program theme: "Build a Better World." Sharon McCrum, the
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Learn all about greenhouses

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Coastal winds, drenching rains and a cool maritime climate present a challenge for those who want to grow vegetables and flowers in Lincoln County. Garden structures that can retain heat and provide protection from the wind are a great solution for establishing early plantings and protecting delicate seedlings from the outside elements. Heat-loving plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, basil and
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Training for a good home

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Blood, sweat and tears.
Ask professional horse trainer Jasmine Cyphert, and that's what it takes to train a wild mustang in 100 days.
"They have to be able to do everything domestic horses spend years learning how to do," Cyphert said. "At the end of 100 days, we compete in the Wild BLM Mustang Training Challenge and the
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Bobbie's Beat: Readers chime in

Modified: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
I didn't expect such a reaction from readers after last week's column came out, but the message obviously struck such an emotional chord that people, including guys, wrote to say it made them cry. So this week let's step it up a little and I promise the final day brightener will leave you laughing.
I dug into a file
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Ocean Artistry Art Quilt Show coming to Yachats

Modified: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
Polly Plumb Productions and the city of Yachats present the inaugural Ocean Artistry Art Quilt Show, which will be held at the Yachats Commons from March 10-12.
"Gems of the Ocean" is a juried show that will be comprised of art pieces from local, regional and international art quilters. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three
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