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  • County eyes crackdown on underage tobacco sales

    With at least half of youths saying they have no problem acquiring cigarettes, local officials are considering possible licensing requirements for retailers in Lincoln County.

  • Waldport woman dies in crash

    A fatal head-on car crash closed a stretch of Highway 101 for four hours late Monday night.

  • Yachats city hall may move

    Though there are no definite plans for what either facility will look like after renovations are complete, Yachats has taken its first major step toward more space for both library and city staff.

  • Toledo appoints final councilor

    The Toledo City Council has filled its final vacant seat with the husband of a councilor who was recalled in September.

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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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Tickets issued in code crackdown

Wrapped in body armor and packing a ticket book and a taser gun, Deputy Jesse Hess is the spearhead of a countywide crackdown on bad neighbors, faulty septic tanks, outlaw RV parks and forbidden eyesores.

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Crab season delayed to end of year

The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast. It's not a welcomed development for all fishermen, especially the ones who rely on the fishery for Christmas money, but the delays have become a fact of life.

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Column: Bulldogs give Cubs a needed gut check

Perhaps no basketball team in the county has a higher ceiling than Newport’s. But by the same token, the floor could be just as low. When Newport hosted the undefeated 5A North Bend Bulldogs the cathedral-like ceilings as well as the depth of the basement were on full display. A neck-and-neck game turned into a 69-55 win for the Bulldogs at Spangler Court on Friday, Dec. 7. With Newport’s losses from last year’s squad, would the Cubs be able to find a formula to carry them to another deep playoff run in 2019? The formula that the Cubs found successful a season ago was fairly simple: Kye Blaser being Kye Blaser and then having two or three — whether it was Justin Plechaty, Bryan Tapia, Jose Ponciano — or any number of players step in to carry the scoring load. It was a formula that took Newport to within a game of the state title game and ultimately a third-place finish at the tournament.

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Newport returns to basics in win

Nine of the 10 Cubs players that saw action scored, led by 19 points from senior Megan Wagner, helping Newport secure the 65-30 win over the Rangers. “It was a lot of fun tonight,” Wagner said. “We were definitely playing for each other. Everyone had their own moments. It was awesome to see everyone excel in their role; everyone just played really well in their role and we had a lot of fun with it.” It was definitely a good bounce back after Friday’s game,” added junior Hannah Trommlitz. “We played together as a team, it was nice.”

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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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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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  • Business

    Specifically Pacific planning events

    Specifically Pacific, at its shop on the Newport Bayfront called 101 Local, is planning a couple of events to help people get into the holiday spirit. 101 Local is located inside the Gear Shed building at 342 SW Bay Blvd., where Specifically Pacific is holding a Ladies Night Out today (Wednesday), Dec. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Community

    ‘Forests, Carbon & Climate Change’ is discussion topic

    “Forests, Carbon & Climate Change” will be the topic of a panel presentation from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Newport Visual Arts Center, located at 777 NW Beach Drive.

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    Holiday model train show in Toledo

    The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society (YPRHS) will host a holiday model train show on two weekends in December. The show will include HO scale, N scale, and Z scale model trains. A 1996 LEGO train will also be featured. The show’s hours vary to give people flexibility in scheduling holiday activities. It will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Dec.14 and 21; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22; and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23. It will be held in the Toledo Depot building, located across the street from the YPRHS’s museum and the Toledo Post Office. The depot is also down the hill from the AWPPW Local 13 Union Hall.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    One of Us Productions to hold auditions

    One of Us Productions has set auditions for its next show, a musical comedy titled “Chaps.” Auditions will be held today (Friday), Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Yachats Commons. While auditions are in December, rehearsals will not begin until early January. The production will run the first three weekends in March 2019. “Chaps” is written by Johanna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner. It will be directed by Carl Foster Miller, and the musical director will be Milo Graamans.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Theatre West presents ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

    Theatre West in Lincoln City will present “It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play,” adapted by Joe Landry. The director is Lewis Smith, who directed this play last season at Theatre West. Smith has also directed “A Tour To Die For” for the last three years. He has both acted and directed at Theatre West. The play will be presented at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.

  • Community

    Siletz tribal giving surpasses $16 million

    The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $180,141.89 to 57 organizations on Nov. 2 as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $12.3 million since its inception in 2001. Overall, the tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $16.1 million through the charitable fund and other tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $6.5 million in cash and fundraising items since it opened in 1995. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.

  • Community

    Veteran Services Office updates hours

    The Lincoln County Veteran Services Office has updated its hours of operation in both Newport and Lincoln City. The VSO will no longer remain closed on Thursday’s for administration and outreach and will be accepting appointments at its Newport location for that day effective immediately. The Newport location, however, will delay its opening to the public one hour to ensure the completion of administrative duties.

  • Business

    Ray’s Food Place to ‘Stuff the Truck’

    Ray’s Food Place launched a program in November, called “Stuff the Truck,” to help neighbors during the holidays. The effort offers customers the opportunity to purchase $25 worth of food for $20. All food is donated to a local food bank.


2018 Fleet of Flowers

Around 2,000 people came together for the Fleet of Flowers ceremony in Depoe Bay on Monday, May 28. Boats bedecked in wreaths commemorated lives lost at sea.

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