• Municipal judge reports citations on the rise

    TOLEDO — Judge Joan Demarest delivered her annual report of Toledo’s municipal court, showing increased citations and revenue and defining the philosophies behind her processes.

  • Council mulls over manager's actions

    LINCOLN CITY — A citizen recounted to town elders Monday how he was allegedly browbeaten and shoved out of the city manager’s office after disagreeing over the language of a city law.

  • City councilman dies

    LINCOLN CITY — Kip Ward, an outspoken city councilman and hotel owner who loved animals and unvarnished debate, died Tuesday just hours after the mayor announced he was seriously ill.

  • New test results track K-3 progress

    SALEM — Testing data from kindergarten to third grade allows educators to track progress during some of the most influential years of a child’s schooling, and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently released its first comprehensive round of K-3 results.

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State meet loaded with Newport swimmers

To say that the Newport swim team will be well represented at OSAA state swimming championships would be an understatement. Every single one of the 11 events will feature at least one Newport swimmer. No other team in the field can make that claim. “We are going to be the biggest team at state,” said senior Sean O’Meara. “My freshman year we had like four or five people go to state.” This year, there will be 11 Newport swimmers going to state: O’Meara, Luke Bachart, Tristan Scarborough, Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza, Arath Hernandez, Kai Daniels, Ronan Krutzikowsky, Nick Topar, Caden Shanks, Cole Braxling and Kolby Spink will all compete this weekend hoping to win the state title after finishing third a season ago.

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Waldport puts up a fight, comes up short

WALDPORT — The second matchup between Waldport and Toledo could not have been more different than the first. The Boomers’ mental edge wasn’t as evident this time around, Waldport didn’t allow Toledo to run up and down the court and score in waves. It was a game that came down to the wire. The only thing that remained the same was the outcome. In the Fight for the Fish game, Toledo beat rival Waldport 56-48 in a game that was a one-possession matchup in the final minute. “We executed exactly what we wanted to do defensively,” said Waldport’s head coach Peter Ellingsen. “We frustrated Toledo in that first and we were making some really good baskets. I thought if we could keep it close, then anything could happen.”

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It was an emotional night for Toledo’s Adrianna Perez in Toledo’s 60-35 victory over rival Waldport. Head coach Mychal Williams and Perez shared a hug on the court before heading to the locker room. Perez walked away from the hug with tears in her eyes, having won the Sunset Conference title in the final regular season game of her career. “That was a goal we set a long time ago and to finally get it, it’s an amazing feeling,” Perez said. It was a night to remember for Perez. Unlike a large portion of Toledo’s players who play multiple sports, Perez only plays basketball. “She is a special kid, she eats, drinks and sleeps basketball,” Williams said. “She loves being a part of (the) program’s family. She committed to getting her game better and it shows now, she’s one of the conference’s best players.”

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Newport’s season sweep of Philomath had players kissing babies

PHILOMATH — Steve Sain summed up Friday night in Philomath perfectly. “It’s a great day for Newport,” the girl’s head basketball coach said. And indeed it was. The boys and girls’ teams swept Philomath on their own court as the regular season begins to wind down. Megan Wagner and the Hargett Twins, Madi and Halle, combined for 54 points in No. 12 Newport’s 65-53 win over Philomath to keep its Oregon West Conference (OWC) title hopes alive entering the final 11 days of the regular season, where the Cubs play two OSAA top-10 teams. But as fine of a night it was for the girls, the boy’s 65-60 win, in a packed-Philomath gym, is a win the team won’t soon forget. It was a win that had players kissing babies afterward. True story.

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Siletz Valley halts Eddyville’s late rally

SILETZ — Something had to give between the two teams battling for sole possession of the third place and a spot in the Mountain West League playoffs. In the final game of the regular season, the two schools separated by 20 miles went down to the wire with the Siletz Valley Warriors prevailing over the Eddyville Charter Eagles 59-55 on Thursday, Feb. 8. Momentum swung in the Warriors’ favor once Eddyville’s Keagan Spikes went to bench midway through the first quarter after picking his foul of the game. The Warriors ratcheted up the pressure and closed the quarter on an 11-2 run.

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    Column: Cubs on track to hosting conference title game, will fans be ready?

    The Newport boys basketball team’s quest for its first conference title since 2003 inches closer and closer. Having beaten Cascade 73-63 on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Cubs control their own destiny entering the final two games of the regular season against Yamhill-Carlton and Stayton. Win out, and the crown is theirs. The Cubs play a three-win Yamhill-Carlton team who the Cubs beat by 30 in the first matchup — although it was called the “weirdest” 30-point victory — and are currently on a nine-game losing streak. Even though Newport is playing on the road, it’s a game that it should win. Especially with a conference title on the line. If all goes as planned, Newport will host Stayton — the team that is tied with the Cubs atop the Oregon West Conference standings entering the final week of the season — and the winner will be crowned champion. It will be the biggest game in Newport basketball in quite some time. The Cubs haven’t had a winning conference record, let alone played for a conference title, in the past four years. The Newport student section has led some great moments this season. They successfully executed a popular “Silent Night” routine against Banks when they didn’t make a sound until the Cubs had scored 10 points — even though the team didn’t eclipse 10 points until the second quarter. They’ve set up faux ESPN broadcast booth with headsets and equipment and for the most part, there is a strong showing in terms of total bodies in the section. The ingredients for a great student section are there. But then there are games that I’ve been at where the students take a quarter or a half to make their presence felt. In a game with the stakes that Tuesday’s game could have, easing into the game can’t happen. This a show-up-early-get-in-the-opponent’s-head type game. Not a sit-down-and-relax type game. Especially against a team that’s a difficult matchup for the Cubs like Stayton. I went to Stayton for the first matchup between the two schools where the Eagles jumped out to a big lead and won 63-51. I was impressed that Stayton section stood for the entire game, but that’s all they did. That is, until the PA announcer had to encourage the students to make some noise. With what’s at stake, I’d imagine that there will a nice showing from the Stayton faithful making the trip to Newport. It would be a shame if the Newport student section was punked in a similar way that the Newport student section punked the much-larger Philomath student section last week when the Cubs beat the Warriors in Philomath. For Newport to be conference champs, they need a championship effort on the court. The same can be said for the students in the stands. Now all the Cubs have to do is beat Yamhill-Carlton for this to matter. Contact editor Brian Rathbone at 541-265-8571 ext. 222 or [email protected]

  • Community

    Waldport VFW Post honors essay contest winners

    Waldport Post 3156 recognized winners of its annual essay contest at a recent awards luncheon. Students were awarded a certificate of appreciation and a cash award.

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    Newport 60+ Activity Center receives grant

    The National Recreation & Parks Association held a campaign to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of older adults by increasing opportunities for physical activity through local parks and recreation agencies. NRPA, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offered training grants for physical activity programs, and the Newport 60+ Activity Center was awarded funds for a program called “Walk With Ease”.

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    Interested in becoming a hospital chaplain?

    Wondering if the hospital chaplain training program is right for you? Join Doug Hollums, chaplain at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, for an information session on the hospital’s new accredited training program to prepare participants for a career as a hospital chaplain. The Q&A session takes place on Monday, Feb. 26, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the hospital in Newport. Meet in the chapel just inside SPCH’s main entrance off Abbey Street.

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    Screening of coral reef documentary set

    Oregon State University filmmakers will be offering a free screening of a feature-length documentary on coral reefs that they produced after spending three years traveling around the world to document the decline of coral ecosystems. The screening, narrated by Emmy-winning narrator Peter Coyote, who has voiced several documentaries by Ken Burns, including last year’s “The Vietnam War,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive St.

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    'Conversations with Funders and Partners' Tour

    More than $5 million in funding will be on the table when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the cultural trust's statewide partners and other funders for "Conversations with Funders and Partners," a 14-stop state tour. Attendees will learn about grant programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources also will be presented.

  • Community

    Tree seedling sale set for Feb. 24

    The Lincoln County Small Woodlands Association will host its annual native tree seedling sale on Saturday, Feb. 24, in the 4-H building at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport. The sale begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., or until the supply runs out. Most seedlings will be $2.

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    Helping youths who are homeless

    The Lincoln County School District, Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will be presenting information on their local Second Home effort to provide long-term housing for unaccompanied students needing a stable home.

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