• Lack of shelter plagues students

    SALEM — Inadequate housing affected 794 children from birth to 18 years old in Lincoln County last year.

  • Council to vote on vacation rental limit

    NEWPORT — The Newport Planning Commission has completed its review of the vacation rental dwelling rules and is ready to present it to the city council. Next week, on Monday, Nov. 20, the city will hold a public hearing before the possible vote on a moratorium on vacation rentals. The vote was delayed at a previous city council session last month to ask for a recommendation from the planning commission and to take more time to research the contentious topic.

  • Inmate survives heroin overdose

    NEWPORT — An inmate at the Lincoln County Jail is recovering after overdosing on heroin in his cell.

  • Season change brings bluster

    NEWPORT — The changing season blew into the central Oregon coast with a bluster this week, bringing with it nearly 3.5 inches of rain from Nov. 9 to Nov. 16 and gusts of wind up to 78 miles per hour.

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Butler has one goal left

Since his early days of wrestling for the Siletz Mat Club, Isaac Butler has been setting long-term goals for what he wanted to accomplish in wrestling — goals such as continuing his wrestling in college, competing for the U.S. National Team and winning a state title. Entering his final year of high school wrestling for the Warriors, the goals that he once set himself have become a reality. College across the country are expressing interest in the wrestler from Siletz. This past summer, Butler traveled to Fargo, N.D., and Tulsa, Okla. to wrestle for the U.S. national team. But one goal that has eluded Butler is standing at the top of the podium as a state champion. “My goal is to win state,” Butler said. “I’m currently ranked No. 1 so I have to live up to the expectations.”

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Toledo eyes a faster start for a return trip to the postseason

TOLEDO — Morale is high as the Toledo girls basketball team officially opened practice this week. It isn’t just because the Boomers welcome back eight players from last year’s team that finished second in the Sunset Conference and earned berth in the playoffs. Rather, it’s for the fabric that the team is made of. “I really love the culture that they are already building together, so I’m excited about that,” said Head Coach Mychal Williams. “It’s been fun already and we are excited to have a great year because of that dynamic.” “They do great things around the school,” he added. “They’ll be the first kids you’ll see cleaning up the bleachers after games, they just selfless and that plays well for their athletics because selflessness is a key for the team.” Sophomore Tanay’a Barnhart credits the culture to being in a small town, where the players are always around each other on and off the court. “We are all super close and bonded, even outside of sports,” Barnhart said. “Having that bond coming into a sport helps a lot, we all pick each other up, we are all in it together, we all know how hard it is to go through that kind of stuff, so we are always there for each other and positive.”

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Young Boomer squad hopes for deep playoff run

TOLEDO — It’s been a long eight months for Toledo’s head boys coach Eddie Townsend after suffering an eight-point loss in the first round of playoffs against Vernonia. Townsend was more than happy to return to the gym and begin prepping for 2017, a season that comes with high expectations. “You have a good season and it doesn’t end the way you wanted it to, then you get eight months to reflect, prepare and train,” Townsend said. “You just hope that all the preparation is ready so you can be a stellar team. That’s the whole goal.” Adding to the excitement surrounding the Boomer program is the return of their two all-state players from last year’s team, junior Jaydn Spangler (2nd-Team) and sophomore Conner Marchant (3rd-Team) who will be expected to carry the load for a team hoping for a deep playoff run. “Conner and Jaydn, they shot over 12,000 shots in the offseason and put in countless hours,” Townsend said. “Other guys see that work ethic, so there’s a lot of hard work that they bring. You get a year older, you (get) more testosterone, you get that strength, hopefully, they can continue that.”

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When games go to PK’s, Newport has the advantage

NEWPORT — When time runs out in regulation and the match has to be settled by penalty kicks, the Newport boys soccer team feels an advantage no matter who its opponent is. It’s not just because the Cubs practice penalty shots every day after practice, or the fact that they have a handful of finishers who can convert those critical goals that will decide a match. “We have a great goalkeeper,” said senior forward Drew Torres. That goalkeeper is junior Luis Reyes. In Tuesday’s semifinal match, with a spot in the state championship on the line, it came down to which team’s goalie could make the most stops. “We definitely feel like we had the upper hand,” said senior midfielder Romario Mendoza. “We knew he could at least get one block.”

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Stayton, Newport: Round 3

NEWPORT — In the first three playoff games, Newport players have noted how it’s taken nearly 15 minutes to get a feel for their opponents, simply because they were unfamiliar with opposing team’s style and best players. That won’t be the case when the Cubs square off against Stayton on Saturday in the 4A state championship. The Oregon West Conference foes will play each other for the third time this season, this time with a state title on the line. When the playoff brackets were released, and Newport players and coaches saw that Stayton was on the opposite end of the 16-team bracket. It seemed like destiny that the two teams would battle one more time. “Knowing that they were on the other side, I don’t think there was another team in 4A that could take them down,” said senior midfielder and team captain Romario Mendoza. “It’s going to be a battle, they know what we’ve got, and we know what they got and the championship is up for grabs.”

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    Column: Winter sports are here

    When Romario Mendoza presented Newport High with the blue state-championship trophy during an assembly on Monday morning, he did two things. First he officially passed the torch from the fall sports to the winter sports — and not a moment too soon, Have you seen the weather outside? — that officially started practice later that afternoon. But it also symbolized a challenge for the rest of Lincoln County. The Newport boys soccer team ended its season with a state title. Will there be a team in the country or an individual who climbs that same mountain this winter and becomes a champion? Time will tell. Now before I get to the picks, I want to use this moment to point out that I’ve guessed 92 percent of the games correctly this year — 103 correct and only 37 wrong. There are only a couple more weeks left, and I’m feeling pretty good. But enough gloating, onto the picks before I jinx myself:

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    Ocean acidification is topic of talk

    A presentation on ocean acidification and hypoxia research findings will be given at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the visitor center at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, located two miles south of Yachats

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    ‘The Future Satellite Catalog’ is topic

    Many people do not realize that the U. S. military carries on an extensive, worldwide satellite tracking operation to maintain a complete inventory, or catalog, of all known man-made objects in orbit around the Earth. Information about this tracking operation is the subject of a presentation called "The Future Satellite Catalog," a simulcast featuring Dr. Paul Schumacher that will be presented at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Oregon Coast Community College North County Center, located at 3788 SE High School Drive in Lincoln City. Admission is free.

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    Church to host free holiday dinner

    St. Augustine Catholic Church in Lincoln City will host the 12th annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner this year. The meal will be served from noon until 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 23, at the church’s community hall, 1139 NW Highway 101, Lincoln City.

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    Open house at Bike Newport

    The public is invited to an open house at Bike Newport from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. People will have an opportunity to learn what’s going on at Bike Newport during the winter months. There will be information about upcoming weekly rides, movie nights, classes in the Yoga Loft, bike repair classes, and lots more.

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    Mt. Baber ATV Club upgrades trails

    The Mt. Baber ATV Club will hold an opening ceremony for its recently upgraded trail system. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Mt. Baber Meadow. This ceremony will showcase the newly groomed trails and trailhead signs, and it will celebrate and commend the hard-working individuals who participated in the collaborative efforts with the Yamaha Corporation.

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    Practical tips for reducing stress

    As the holidays grow closer, stress can become intensified. In a free seminar, “Tools to Reduce Stress and Anxiety,” set for Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., participants will learn techniques to help ease them through stressful times.

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Photo Contest: Editor's picks

The winning shot comes from Jennifer Theis, who took this photo from the boat launch next to the Toledo Airport. Our other finalists are: Kelsea de Filippis, from Agate Beach; Keyonna Williams, from Neotsu; Laurie Beatler, from Waldport; Lex Roller, from Newport; and Mike Paxton, from Lincoln City.


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