• Responders find chief, wife at accident scene

    LINCOLN CITY — Firefighters and police who turned out Jan. 3 for an unusual car accident found a familiar face in the wreckage — Fire Chief Doug Kerr. The car Kerr and his wife were in was totally destroyed when a cow elk jumped into their path, Kerr recounted at a meeting of the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue board of directors last week. Kerr used the opportunity to laud first responders who arrived quickly.

  • School board votes to fire human resources director

    NEWPORT — Michael Morgan, human resources director at the Lincoln County School District, has been ousted from his position. The move comes after six months of administrative leave. At a Tuesday, Jan. 16 special session of the LCSD board of directors that lasted less than two minutes, Interim Superintendent Tom Rinearson said, “I would recommend that the board terminate the employment agreement with Michael Morgan, effective today.”

  • Emergency calls climbing for fire departments

    DEPOE BAY — Emergency calls continued to climb for north Lincoln County fire departments in 2017, where an aging population and more tourists are putting new pressures on responders. “The population really hasn’t increased too much, but the district has a lot of retired folks,” commented Chief Josh Williams of the Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District. “About 70 percent of our calls are for medical situations.”

  • Community Land Trust merges with Oregon nonprofit

    NEWPORT — The Lincoln Community Land Trust was established as a nonprofit organization in Lincoln County about 10 years ago in an effort to help working class families achieve the goal of homeownership. Some time ago, the Community Land Trust joined forces with a statewide nonprofit called Proud Ground, based in Portland, which also has a goal of helping people purchase their own home.

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Cubs win at the buzzer, top-ranked Banks looms

The scene Tuesday night — a one-possession game in a rematch against one of 4A’s top teams, time winding down and a timeout to spare — was nearly identical to Newport’s 64-63 loss to Seaside on Friday, Jan. 5. The final result couldn’t have been more different. Tillamook would tie the game after Ian Collett hit a three with 15 seconds remaining. Still, with a timeout, Newport elected not to use it — like it did in a similar situation against Seaside — even though sophomore Bryan Tapia was trying to signal for one on the court. No timeout was called. Instead, Tapia went to the corner and received a pass right before the final horn sounded. Tapia didn’t miss. Newport won 76-73. “I knew it was going in,” said Tapia who finished with 25 points.

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Eddyville Charter beginning to close gap on Siletz Valley

EDDYVILLE — The first time that Eddyville Charter and Siletz Valley squared off on the hardwood in 2013, the Warriors delivered a somber wakeup call to the new basketball program by handing the Eagles a 74-17 loss. The lopsided outcomes continued between the two schools separated by 20 miles. The margin of victory in the next six meetups was an average of 34 — all wins by the Warriors. “We were realistic with where we were at,” said head coach Mike Ulstad. “Majority of our kids had not played basketball those first couple of seasons. Just seeing how those teams played for Siletz and well they played together, how well they pushed the ball and how they attacked the basket. It was a good experience for them, obviously not as fun when you get beat that badly.” Now, Eddyville Charter head coach Mike Ulstad believe that his squad can compete against the team that have put a beat down on his Eagles for three years.

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Newport’s swimming depth shines through in relays

PHILOMATH — Thirteen teams competed in the three relay events at the Clemens Invitational in Philomath on Saturday, Jan. 6. Those races turned into a race for first and second between the Newport boys teams, while the rest of the field raced for third. “In these practice meets we just go our hardest because it dictates what we will do at state,” said Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza. “Because our coaches are getting our times and seeing who will be the fastest when it comes to districts and state. So it’s really important to give it your all in those relays.” The boys dominated the relays — in the 400-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relays the Cubs finished first and second and were separated by less than a second in the medley and less than two in the freestyle. The next closest team to finish was at least eight seconds slower than both of Newport’s team. The Newport boys and girls relay teams came away with three first-place finishes, two second-place and one third-place finish in the six total relays.

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Taft overcomes fourth-quarter deficit, falls in overtime

LINCOLN CITY — With under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Taft trailed Santiam Christian by nine points. It appeared as though the Tigers were ready to pack it in and let the clock run out without much fight. But then the team came alive. Savannah Russo scored six consecutive points to jump-start the Tiger comeback in the final minutes to send the game into overtime. “We notoriously get in our own heads when we get down,” said head coach Danielle Clanton. “We fought back, we tied it up and went to overtime. That’s a win in our book because that is something that we are learning as a team, is that we can’t give up and we can’t hang our heads.” Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn’t replicate the final four minutes of regulation in the four-minute overtime period. During overtime, Santiam Christian outscored Taft 9-2 to steal the 53-46 victory.

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Seaside gets its revenge

It came down to the bitter end between two top-five teams. Jose Ponciano’s desperation shot from halfcourt at the buzzer fell a couple inches short, giving No. 5 Seaside the 64-63 victory over No. 2 Newport at Spangler Court on Friday, Jan. 5. The defending state-champions made just enough plays on the defensive end to pester the Cubs. “(Seaside was) in rhythm offensively and took us out of rhythm offensively,” said head coach Doug Sain. “I thought there was a couple stretch in each half where that happened. Long-term, it’s good for us to be in those tight games, in those situations. It’s good for us coaches. “There’s a little bit of regret, but that’s part of every one-point loss.” A one-point loss didn’t appear to be a likely outcome through the first three quarters of the game. Despite knocking down three three-point baskets in the first quarter, the Cubs trailed Seaside 15-13. The Seagulls would only build on that lead. Each time Newport cut into the deficit, Seaside would respond to keep a multi-possession lead. Entering the fourth quarter, the Cubs trailed by seven.

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    ‘Beauty from the Beast’ is topic of talk

    “Beauty from the Beast,” a discussion of plate tectonics and the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 N. The presenter will be Dr. Bob Lillie, who says, “The same geological forces that threaten our lives with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions also nourish our spirits by forming spectacular mountains, valleys and coastlines.”

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    Waldport feeds 240 wrestlers at tournament

    Officials at Waldport High School expressed appreciation to all the community members who pulled together to feed the wrestlers participating in the 2018 Alsea Bay Classic Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 6. Two days prior to the event, Diana MacKenzie, principal of Waldport High, found that she was to feed the students free of charge, as the planned host did not pan out. She contacted Patty Graves, director of Food Services at Sodexo with her request. Between donations from Ray’s Food Place, who provided morning pastries, and Franz Bakery, who donated hamburger buns, and Sodexo, who donated labor along with the hearty menu, they made many kids happy.

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    Column: A new chapter in the Toledo/Waldport rivalry?

    It was the final game of the second of the three-day Kiwanis Holiday Tournament. It was Taft versus Waldport, playing with a spot on the championship on the line. With a tip-off that started after 8 p.m., all the other six schools in the tournament had left the Gym at Taft High School for the evening. All except for one coach. Sitting on the top row of the bleachers, laptop open and taking notes was Toledo head coach Eddie Townsend scouting the teams that would face the Boomers in the championship round the following afternoon — but more importantly, scouting the team that showed up on the schedule two more times. As the time in the fourth quarter dwindled down to less than two minutes, Waldport appeared to be on its way to the championship round, and with it, a third matchup between the two Lincoln County rivals. Then Taft made a run, and Waldport crumbled. Taft’s Lucas Hindman knocked down a three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, where the Tigers would eventually win 68-67 and send Waldport to the third-place game.

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    ‘Hearts for Horses’ coming Jan. 27

    Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center will hold its 11th annual “Hearts for Horses” fundraiser on Saturday, Jan 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The is a casual. family friendly event that features the wonders of the aquarium’s exhibits, as well as a silent and oral auction. Tour the aquarium exhibits while perusing the auction items and sampling the many hors d’oeuvres and desserts from local establishment. Visit with Bright Horizon riders, volunteers and board members, as well as friends and neighbors.

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    Entrepreneurship is forum topic at chamber luncheon

    The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce presents a panel discussion on entrepreneurship at the upcoming lunch forum at Surftides Beach Resort on Friday, Jan. 12. David Youngentob, of Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) will lead the discussion. He is joined by Brad Attig of Hatch Innovation, Mark Lieberman of OSU Advantage Accelerator, and Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt.

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    Conference on end-of-life issues in Newport

    The Newport 60+ Activity Center will host a free mini-conference addressing the end-of-life issues of older people in the region. Guest speakers from around Oregon will share their expertise on Thursday, Jan. 11. The day will begin with an orientation at 8:45 a.m. Three 40-minute sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4:45.p.m. — each speaker will have two sessions.

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    Speaker series highlights wildfire, cultural history and more

    See what winter on the Oregon Coast has to offer and enjoy a variety of free educational presentations at Cape Perpetua. Guest speaker presentations will be held each Saturday from Jan. 13 until March 17, in addition to the hiking, tidepooling and exploring always available at Cape Perpetua. Winter programs will include a special focus on wildfire, cultural history, threatened species and landscapes, along with other unique topics. All events are free and held at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center unless otherwise noted.

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