• County seeking bid to repair flooded Eckman Creek road

    WALDPORT — Because of federal delays in funding, Lincoln County is finally going out for bid to fix a stretch of Eckman Creek Road that was damaged by flooding during the December 2015 storms. “It was a declared emergency event,” said Roy Kinion, the county’s public works director, “but it took all this time for us to get reimbursed and do all the permitting required by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).”

  • Cab company urges caution

    NEWPORT — A new taxicab service looking to operate in Newport is causing some concern among Newport’s main existing cab service. At a Newport City Council meeting on Monday, March 19, the owner of Yaquina Cab Company spoke to council members about the potential deterioration of the industry in town.

  • Lincoln City committee girds for budget battles

    LINCOLN CITY — The annual budget process got underway this week at city hall with an incomplete committee, unprecedented financial challenges and a tight lid on the numbers. With only eight of 14 seats filled on the Lincoln City Budget Committee, the unfinished board met for a training session Monday where City Manager Ron Chandler laid down the law — a protocol of rules, statutes and key dates leading to adoption of the city’s $50-million-plus annual spending plan.

  • Newport mayor not running for re-election

    NEWPORT — The mayor of Newport’s current term will be her last. Mayor Sandra Roumagoux will not seek reelection for her position as mayor, which she has held since 2012. Before that, she served on the city council for two years.

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One out from victory, Waldport falls to Reedsport

WALDPORT — All the Waldport softball team needed was one final out to beat Reedsport in a non-league game and improve to 3-0 on the season. Clinging to a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning, the Irish would commit three errors, allowing the Braves to rally and score four runs and steal a 6-4 victory on Monday, March 19. “One of the things we need to clean up, and it’s early in the season, is errors,” said head coach Alex Browne. “We win and lose by the state of our mind, we get this effect where one error leads to another error that leads to another error. And it’s hard to come back from that.”

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Life of Eddie: The Big Time

Part 3 of a 3-Part series In August 2013, while Eddie Townsend was getting his math endorsement at Waldport High School and before he would leave to take a job fishing in Alaska, he received a call from the hospital in Corvallis. It was about his mother. It was one of the handful of times that Townsend had heard from or about his mother since she had disappeared when he was in middle school. She had overdosed and was in a coma. When Bob and Robin Jacobson gained custody of a middle-school aged Townsend, one of the judge’s orders was that his mother was to keep contact with her son at least once a month. With the exception of one drunken phone call, she never came through. “Not once during that entire time that we had him did she ever try and contact him,” Bob Jacobson said. In adulthood, Townsend’s feelings toward her were complex. Due to drug use and failing organs, the doctors said that she was too far gone and the only thing keeping her alive was life-support. Townsend was forced to make a tough decision on whether to pull the plug.

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Life of Eddie: A dream on hold

In the spring of 2010, Eddie Townsend had just finished up his master’s program and was driving from Ashland to Newport to meet back up with his family and begin his career. He was ready to join the village of men — Kurt Hargett, Rod Losier, Mark Moore, Jim Ashard — who had helped turn him from a kid who he said was destined for prison into a man ready to make a similar impact to the one they had made on him. “I remember thinking that I need to set a new standard for who I am and what I’m doing,” Townsend said. “I just wanted to get a teaching job and have a career. It was exciting. I lived in Ashland for eight years, I was excited to come back and pour into the community. “I wanted to prove that I’m not the kid I was in high school, set a new standard for who I am and a new framework for who I am.”

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Newport wins season opener

NEWPORT — The Newport softball team kicked off its season with a 3-0 victory over Gladstone on Tuesday, March 13. Senior Sophie Dziak finished with two hits and two RBIs while freshman Hattie Imbler-Bremner dominated in the circle, pitching a complete-game shutout. “I think we have space to improve,” Dziak said. “That’s common for the first game of the year, but I thought we played well in certain areas, probably the best we have in a while in our first games. We should feel pretty confident, I think we did great.” In her high school debut, Imbler-Bremner went the distance, tossing a one-hitter while only walking two Gladstone batters and not allowing a run.

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Final game cements Newport’s legacy

FOREST GROVE — The plan was to bury the third-place trophy. It comes as no surprise that Newport wanted nothing to do with playing in the third-place game of the 4A state tournament. The team had one goal all season — to win a state championship — and came up four points short of reaching that goal in the semifinal round loss to Seaside. With a game still left to play after the gut-wrenching loss, head coach Doug Sain told his team that they have until midnight, only a couple of hours, to mourn the loss of coming up short of a season-long goal. It was a task easier said than done. “It was tough, obviously it doesn’t go that way,” said senior Jack Fisher. “You wake up in the morning still not happy.” “It was tough knowing that you give it your best and you come up short,” added senior Kye Blaser. “It’s tough knowing that giving everything you had wasn’t enough to get the W.” Even the head coach wasn’t sure what the final game of the season would bring following Friday’s demoralizing loss to the eventual state champion Seaside. “We were devastated, somewhere before 11 a.m. we didn’t care,” Sain said. “We were going to bury the third place trophy if we got it, and somewhere around 11 a.m., Kye said, “alright, I feel like winning.” And then from there we had a fun day to be together as a team, by the time we got here we were loose and focused.”

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  • Community

    Fitbit program is topic of presentation

    The Newport 60+ Activity Center will hold a presentation on how a Fitbit works and on its Fitbit Fitness Class from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. When it comes to reaching fitness goals, steps are just the beginning. A Fitbit wristband can track every part of a person’s day, including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep, to help them stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact.

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    Commons master planning process continues

    The public is invited to attend the second meeting of the 2018 Commons Master Planning Process. It will begin at 6 p.m. in room 108 at the county courthouse in Newport. Lincoln County is preparing a refined master plan for facilities at the Lincoln County Commons. The master plan will help the county achieve the commons’ mission to “offer a variety of venues to make the commons a preferred destination for residents and visitors.”

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    Boat Oregon class offered in Waldport

    Yaquina Bay Flotilla 54 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a Boat Oregon class on Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock St., Waldport. All Oregon recreational boaters operating a powerboat with 10 horsepower or greater are required to carry a boater education card showing they have completed a basic boating safety class. This include personal watercrafts. All boaters 12 to 15 years of age must have a card for operating powerboats of any size.

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    Spring safety reminder sounded for Oregon coast

    The arrival of spring brings many visitors to the Oregon coast, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) wants people to be safe while exploring the shoreline. "March can be a tricky time of year on the coast," said Lisa Stevenson, OPRD beach ranger. "The ocean can still experience stormy winter weather despite the warmer temperatures on land."

  • Community

    Fool’s Day Cabaret set in Lincoln City

    Combining song, dance, jokes and more, the Fool’s Day Cabaret on March 31 in Lincoln City is the ultimate example of a group of performers becoming more than the sum of its parts and producing something special. And it was the lure of directing such a production that persuaded longtime theatrical impresario Phyllis Thompson to come out of retirement to organize the second annual cabaret — a fundraiser for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter. “This is about coming together and making a better community,” Thompson said. “When people work together, there’s really nothing they cannot do.”

  • Business

    Flip’n Chick’n now at new location in Newport

    NEWPORT — Flip’n Chick’n, a family-owned restaurant in Newport, recently opened its doors in a new location. The husband and wife team of Marco Flores and Ana Hernandez, along with the sons, Antonio and Francisco, operate the business. They have lived in Newport since 2004, and Marco has worked at a number of area restaurants in the past. With a desire to own and manage their own business, rather than working for someone else, they purchased Flip’n Chick’n about a year ago from Wi and Shannon Wharepapa. This year, they moved the restaurant to its current location at 912 N Coast Highway in Newport.

  • Community

    Problem gambling outreach and prevention

    What is problem gambling and how extensive is the problem? Problem Gambling is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. It is the term used to describe gambling behavior that causes disruption in any important life function, whether psychological, physical, social or vocational.

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    Turn water into a gardening asset

    Audrey Sweet, watershed technical specialist at the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District, will discuss practical approaches to addressing storm water challenges and will suggest solutions for the dry season as part of the Lincoln County Master Gardener Roundtable Series. Sweet’s presentation will be held on Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Oregon Coast Community College Central County Campus, 400 SE College Way, South Beach.

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