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    Read Weyerhaeuser’s full report — a close-up look at the landslide, what may have caused it and recommendations on what to do next.

  • Marina’s future safer with funds from bond

    WALDPORT — Following voter approval of a $2.66 million bond measure (21-182) earlier this month, the Port of Alsea plans to begin construction a new marina and boat ramp on Nov. 1, 2019. Hopefully, General Manager Roxie Cuellar said Thursday, the ongoing deterioration of the current marina and parts of the ramp won’t cause more damage until construction is completed in February 2020.

  • Public works department leans on contractors

    NEWPORT — The city of Newport is contracting out services to an engineering company to help keep the Public Works department afloat after two major positions were vacated. Within the last three months, the department has lost both the assistant city engineer and the senior projects manager, which has put stress on the department and Tim Gross, the public works director and city engineer.

  • Thompson rates to rise in city pickups

    NEWPORT— The rates for garbage pickup and recycling will increase for Thompson Sanitary Service, Inc. At a city council meeting on Monday, May 21, the city approved unanimously the new rates for the garbage company that has seen rising costs, largely due to China restricting what kinds of materials it will accept from the United States. Because of this, Thompson has had to increase rates.

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Column: Toledo wants to leave a mark

TOLEDO — You can say this about Howie Richards, he puts his money where his mouth is. After losing a friendly wager, the head coach of the top-seeded Toledo softball team had to dye his hair to whatever color the team desired. So he coached in the Fight for the Fish game against Waldport with bright yellow hair. With a 5-0 victory over Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter in the first round of the 2A/1A state playoffs, the Boomers moved one step closer in their quest for a state championship. With each win in the postseason, Richards moves one step closer to something a little more permanent than a change in hair color — a little ink. It’s like Andy Bernard in season 8 of “The Office” trying to incentivize the sales team to double its sales with the promise that he would get a tattoo of the office’s choosing on his keister. Richards is using the same motivational tactics as the Boomers make their run in the playoffs. Only his tattoo will go on his right calf.

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Taft wakes up and wins

The Taft baseball team — No. 1 seed in the playoffs, West Valley League champions, and winners of 17 of their last 18 games — advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second year in a row after a first-round 9-2 win over Clatskanie. Despite the seven-run victory, it was a game where the Tigers weren’t at their best. “We came out kinda flat tonight,” said head coach Matt Hilgers. “We played way too tense, we need to treat it like any other game. I think with the week off we weren’t as ready as we needed to be, luckily got away with a win, but we need to be better in Friday’s game.”

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Blaser walking on to Pac-12 basketball

NEWPORT — Newport’s Kye Blaser will continue his basketball career after high school. The Oregon West Conference Player of the Year will walk on to the Oregon State men’s basketball team this season after leading the Cubs to their first conference title in 15 years and a third-place finish at the state tournament while scoring over 6,000 points in his four-year career. “(Head OSU coach Wayne Tinkle) said he was excited for me to join the Beaver family,” Blaser said. “And they’ve treated me really well.”

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Boomers go from doormat to dominant

TOLEDO — Just a few short years ago, playing in games was a secondary activity that the team looked forward to during trips to play in tournaments. It was more about staying in hotels, going to Dutch Bros. and swimming. It was mostly an opportunity for a group of friends to hang out with one another. “When I would wake up in the morning I wasn’t excited about playing the games,” said sophomore Rylee Richards. And for good reason. With a bulk of the Toledo softball team playing together since they were 8 years old, the wins were few and far between. Once, when they were 12 years old, they lost to a team of 10-year-olds, head coach Howie Richards recalls. “When we were little we lost every single game,” said junior Jenny Elmore. “We never won, and if we won we were ecstatic.”

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Column: Track grew on me

EUGENE — If I’m being honest, I’ve never been much of a track guy. When I was told that I either had to choose baseball or track at a young age, it was an easy choice for me. Turns out, if you cover high school sports in a county that has a pretty good track record in track and field you should probably learn a little about it. And as I went to the meets. my interest started to increase. I enjoy the simplicity of the sport. There isn’t a week’s worth of game planning or secret play that fools an opponent. It’s an individual battle to see who can run, throw and jump — or a combination of all three — the best. And a lot of the time, you’re competing against yourself chasing a PR. You could see the excitement of a fifth-place finisher when they set a perfect on Oregon high school track and field’s biggest state. It’s as if they won the race. But this weekend, at the state meet in Eugene at Historic Hayward Field that interest was amplified.

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    Tigers advance; Cubs, Irish, Warriors year comes to an end

    Four Lincoln County teams — Newport baseball and softball, Siletz Valley softball and Waldport softball — were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday, May 23. The Taft softball team made the nearly 300-mile drive to eastern Oregon and won its opening-round playoff game 12-2, advancing to the state quarterfinals. “The girls came over to the 80-90 degree heat and worked hard to win,” Taft head coach Sandy Stuart wrote to the News-Times. “We were relaxed and confident and came out swinging early. We played amazing defense, Emma Coulter pitched great and we stayed controlled the whole game. Claira Tolan had a spectacular game at shortstop. Hailee Danneker had a huge home run that sparked the offense in the second inning. I am very proud of my team today.”

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    Quarterfinal playoff games

    Baseball No. 1 Taft vs. No. 9 Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa Time: 1:30 p.m. First Round: Taft 9-2 over Clatskanie, Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa 6-3 over Salem Academy Run Differential: Taft +204, Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa +120 While Joseph/Enterprise/Wallowa is a nine-seed in the tournament, the Eagles finished No. 5 in the OSAA rankings when the rankings were frozen. They hail from the Easter Oregon League that had five teams ranked in the top 16 and four make the playoffs. They went 11-3 in league play, including a win over Stanfield/Echo, the tournament’s No. 2 seed. Taft played a similar league schedule with three teams in the top-seven and three in the playoffs.

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    Breath and balance class offered in Newport

    We all need good breathing techniques and balance in our lives. About one in three people over age 65 falls at least once a year, and 10-15 percent of these falls result in serious injury, according to a 2017 study. The Newport 60+ Activity Center offers a Breath and Balance Class that practices the integration of sensory and motor systems, including breathing, vision and the ability to sense where your body is in space. To stay steady, people need good body strength and reaction time, and participants practice slow, balanced, low-impact movements. At the end of class, participants work with stability balls for improving balance.

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    Youth Outdoor Skills Clinic is June 2

    The Lincoln County chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) invites local youths, ages 9 to 17, their parents and family members to participate in the annual Youth and Family Outdoor Skills Clinic. The event is set for Saturday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. There is no cost to take part. Activities will include teaching the proper and safe use of .22-caliber rifles, 20-gauge shotguns and compound bows, plus safe gun cleaning skills.

  • Community

    Salmon Bake logo contest announced

    The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual contest to determine this year’s Salmon Bake logo. The selected logo will be used on Salmon Bake posters and clothing and in various forms of advertising. A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the contest winner, and the winner’s name may be used in advertising the event.

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    Samaritan recognizes cancer survivors

    Samaritan Health Services will honor cancer survivors from the valley to the coast during the first week of June. “With the number of survivors growing, expanding our presence in each of the counties we serve provides the best opportunity to honor and connect with our cancer survivors,” said Doug Boysen, president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services.

  • Community

    Team up to celebrate National Trails Day

    National Trails Day, originated by the American Hiking Society, is a nationwide celebration of America’s outstanding trail system that occurs annually on the first Saturday in June. It features a series of outdoor activities throughout the country designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails. Locally, on June 2, the City of Yachats Trails Committee and Siuslaw National Forest will celebrate by partnering on a trail stewardship event — rehabilitating the St. Perpetua Trail. All local residents, visitors and trail enthusiasts are encouraged to join in.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Oregon Coast Recorder Society to perform

    The Oregon Coast Recorder Society will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at the Newport Visual Arts Center. This is an annual event presenting music that the recorder society has enjoyed during its 2017-2018 season. Several pieces — “Fortune My Foe,” “A Robyn,” “The Goddess of Love,” “Gentil Madonna” — are referenced in Shakespeare’s plays. In addition, there will be several dances, two hornpipes, a court dance, a Scottish fiddle tune, and more featured during the performance. There will be an early classical duet from late 18th century Germany and a modern fantasy on an American shape-note hymn, as well as some songs to sing along with.

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