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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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Convicted child molester awaiting trial on more charges

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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“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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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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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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City changes confusing tsunami alarm

A tsunami warning system that fell silent after an early test triggered complaints of an alien invasion is being updated with “Westminster chimes,” according to the city’s head of public works.

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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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  • Community

    Giving back: Newport High recognized by Red Cross

    Newport High School has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its premier blood partners for its support of the community and national blood supply. Last year, Newport High helped the Red Cross collect blood donations as part of its commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in this community and across the country.

  • Community

    Yachats Crab Feed is Jan. 26

    The Yachats Lions Club annual Crab Feed will feature “all the crab you can eat” on Saturday, Jan. 26. The trek to Yachats to eat Dungeness crab is a tradition for many families and groups. For many years, the Yachats Lions have served more than 1,500 pounds of fresh crab to an average of 500 people at afternoon seatings at the Yachats Commons and the Yachats Lions Hall. The commons is located at 441 Highway 101 N, and the Lions Hall is one block west of there, at 344 Fourth St. The $40 per person tickets may be purchased locally, or they may be ordered by mail, email, or phone, indicating time and venue. To order by mail, send to Yachats Lions Crab Feed, P.O. Box 66, Yachats, OR 97498; by email, send to [email protected]; by phone, call Kevin or Peggy, 541-563-5629. Locally, people may purchase tickets at Judith’s Kitchen Tools or the Lions Thrift Store in downtown Yachats.

  • Community

    Cetacean Society plans naturalist training program

    Do you love whales and dolphins? Would you like to learn more about them? The American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter naturalist training program will be starting soon. No science background is necessary, just a sincere interest in the subject and a willingness to devote time to learning more about these amazing animals. The program will cover the natural history of whales, focusing on species and habitats, field identification and interpretation techniques. Topics include marine mammals, seabirds, shore birds, and whale watch vessel etiquette. There will be guest lectures and fun learning activities.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Theatre West to hold auditions

    Theatre West is issuing an audition call for its production of “The Heidi Chronicles,” a drama by Wendy Wasserstein. The director is Bryan Kirsch. Auditions will be held at Theatre West (3536 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City) on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. Most rehearsals will be at Theatre West. Performances will be at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

  • 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.

  • Local News

    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.

  • Community

    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.


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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