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    Despite the Coast Guard operating nationwide without pay during the longest government shutdown in American history, officers at Yaquina Bay said the local Coast Guard members are doing fine, for now.

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    Former Newport City Councilor Dean Sawyer was sworn in as mayor Monday along with three City Councilors Ryan Parker, CM Hall and incumbent David Allen.

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    NEWPORT — A man accused of multiple counts of child sexual abuse is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on $550,000 bail pending a trial that could see him put away for life.

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Updated: Sunken crab boat had strayed out of channel

The Pacific Ocean and a rising swell destroyed a Newport crab boat and claimed three lives late Tuesday night. The Fishing Vessel Mary B II was overcome by 16-foot breakers around 10 p.m. as the older plank boat tried to enter the bar to escape a building storm.

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Crabbers to sail into storm

Fishermen face high seas and uncertain prices as they set out Friday, Jan. 4, for the opening day of Dungeness crab season.

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“Weed Man” arrested on warrant

On Monday, Jan. 14, at about 11:30 a.m., Lincoln City Police officers arrested 53-year-old Edward P. Biggar of Toledo, on an outstanding warrant issued out of the Lincoln County Circuit Court.

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First crab just ‘beautiful’

Yaquina Bay has been all but empty of crab boats the past several days as fishermen worked the grounds off the central coast and beyond to bring the first loads of Dungeness crab back to the docks.

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Senior dies in South County car accident

An elderly Lincoln City woman has died and two others were injured in a Thursday night crash near Seal Rock.

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Wreck Clean Up

A crew from Cedar Creek Quarries does cleanup Monday on the wrecked wheelhouse of the Mary B II, a Newport crab boat which was swamped with waves on a breaking bar last Tuesday night.

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Pad belonging to deceased fisherman is found on beach with photos and videos

A couple of beachgoers have contacted the Newport Fishermen's Wives because they found a Samsung pad on the beach by the jetty. It turned out to belong to Stephen Biernacki, the captain of the Mary B II, which sank off the Newport bar last Tuesday.

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Robotics club headed for state championships

With young minds at full throttle, the Toledo Exploriens are hard at work preparing for the FIRST LEGO League state championships.

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New safety zone at courthouse

Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers announced Wednesday to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that the concept he presented to them at a previous commissioners’ meeting – called the “Blue Line Safety Zone” - is now available for public use.

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Former News-Times publisher dies

Clark Gallagher, who served as publisher of the News-Times from 1998 until early 2004, died unexpectedly on Jan. 1, 2019 following an accident at his home in Bend. He was 71.

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    Police nab suspected car thief

    Newport Police officers attempting a traffic stop of a 2001 Honda Civic in the Walmart parking lot for traffic violations ended up pursuing and collaring a car theft suspect.

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    Gearing up for Project Homeless Connect

    Project Homeless Connect has grown. This year, Lincoln County can expect two Project Homeless Connect events in two separate locations — Lincoln City and Newport. The 12th annual Lincoln County Project Homeless Connect will continue its mission to provide all sheltered and unsheltered people with immediate goods and services. Lincoln County Public Health will participate alongside other community agencies in this community event.

  • Business

    Eyecare Associates opens satellite office in Lincoln City

    An ophthalmology group that has served the mid-Willamette Valley since 1969 opened a satellite office in Lincoln City on Monday, Jan. 14, with appointments now being taken for new patients. Eyecare Associates is located in the Samaritan Medical Offices building, 2930 NE West Devils Lake Road, on the campus of Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

  • Sports

    Newport boys swamp bigger foes

    Over the last two weekends, the Newport High School swim team made waves at two highly competitive swim meets.

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    Fish & Game Report: Alsea is the hotspot for steelies, crab

    A full squadron of small boats, many equipped with crab gear, plowed the calm waters of Alsea Bay last weekend for winter steelhead and Dungeness crab.

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    Photography classes at 60+ Activity Center

    The Newport 60+ Activity Center recently announced that three photography classes are being offered, led by Paul Calkins. The first class is “How to Use Your Digital Camera – The Basics.” It will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, from Jan. 16 to Feb. 6.

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    Lose weight, feel great, prevent diabetes

    Beginning in January, community members will be preventing type 2 diabetes together with the lifestyle change intervention offered by the Newport 60+ Activities Center. The Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘Meditate & Create Playshop’ at the VAC

    The Newport Visual Arts Center will be hosting an event on Saturday, Jan. 19, that is designed to help people expand their own creativity. “Meditate & Create Playshop” will be held in the second floor classroom at the VAC. The purpose of the playshop is to help writers, artists, musicians, leaders, innovators and others strengthen their relationship with creativity. With gentle humor and simple actions, facilitator Eileen Lighthawk guides her students on a journey of discovery and empowerment.

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4th Annual Crab Blessing

Families, fishermen and community members gathered at the North Jetty look-out at Yaquina Bay State Park on Friday, Jan. 4 for the 4th Annual Crab Blessing, a ceremony held on the season-opener to pray over the crab fleet as they head out to sea. Along with more than 70 people in attendance, Pastor Luke Frechette broadcasted a community prayer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboat, Victory on Facebook Live and VHF Marine Channel 73. “We try to cover it so that as many people can hear it as possible,” event-organizer Sharon Biddinger said, “It seems like everyone in this community is related to a fisherman or knows a fisherman and it’s really nice to have something on a big level that is still so intimate.” (Photos by Shelby Wolfe)


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