• Police crackdown targets drinking

    LINCOLN CITY — Escalating complaints from homeowners and businesses about the excesses of some of the town’s transient population have triggered a policy to arrest repeat offenders rather than issue citations. “We’re stepping up our enforcement activities,” said Sergeant Jeffrey Winn of the Lincoln City Police Department on Thursday, Aug. 16, after officers were tied up with homeless complaints that morning. “We were giving out tickets, but they were just pieces of paper to them, and they didn’t care.”

  • Feds stage raids in Lincoln County

    LINCOLN CITY — Federal agents and local police executed a series of raids Wednesday, Aug. 15, that resulted in the arrests of three men on a variety of weapons and drug charges. Residents in the Deer Lane area of Rose Lodge were surprised to see an armada of lawmen wearing “ATF” jackets on the morning of Aug. 15, according to a caller to the News-Times. Other citizens reported raids at the Terrace Garden Apartments on NE West Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City Storage and a Beach Avenue residence in Lincoln City. Agents and police were also seen swarming a residence in Waldport.

  • Ethics commission splits on cases

    MCMINNVILLE — The Oregon Government Ethics Commission last week cleared a Lincoln City department head of self-dealing but pushed forward to investigate the city council for banning a reporter from a meeting otherwise open to the press. Based on a recommendation by OGEC investigator Hayley Weedn, commissioners voted unanimously at their Aug. 10 meeting to exonerate Lila Bradley of allegations she used her position as director of public works to engineer a sweetheart deal on the old Elks Lodge.

  • News-Times earns awards

    POWELL BUTTE — The News-Times landed top prizes for journalism during an annual newspaper industry convention held at the Brasada Ranch resort near Bend on July 18-19. A highlight of the 2018 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association is the annual Better Newspaper Contest, which saw photographer Nathan Howard sweep the photo division with first place awards for Best Photo (Solar eclipse over Yaquina Bay Bridge); Best News Photo (Ms. Law runs aground); Best Photo Essay (From farm to table) and Best Sports Photo (Sprinters).

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Taft continues to grow, trying to add second team

LINCOLN CITY — It wasn’t too long ago that the Taft girls soccer program was getting on a bus with fewer than 11 players to go play a game. Now in 2018, with an increase in interest of joining the program, the Tigers are looking into the possibilities of adding a junior varsity team. “We are really excited at the possibility that we can have a feeder program for our varsity kids,” said head coach Joey Arce-Torres, “and get them more time in terms of minutes on the field for the girls.” While the Tigers have been training and conditioning for the last seven weeks, they’ve averaged around 16-18 girls who show up and attend the early-morning, non-mandatory training sessions on a daily basis. However, there have been more than 30 different girls show up throughout the summer.

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Moore, Tucker shine on the big stage

Max Moore and Jake Tucker had quite the run in the shot put and discus this summer. The two athletes are each coming off successful junior years for the Newport track and field team, earning medals at the 4A OSAA state championships this past June. Tucker finished second in the shot put, and Moore finished second in the discus. But once the high school track season ended, there was still an itch to keep throwing. “Max and I wanted to keep going with track,” Tucker said. “We went to the state round, and we both ended up winning that; Max won discus, and I won shot put, and we were like ‘hey let’s go to regionals.’ We went to regionals, and Max won regionals and I won regionals, so we might as well go to nationals and have some fun, and that’s what we did.”

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Volleyball camp hopes to improve competitiveness

NEWPORT — The 20-day countdown to the start of the 2018 high school volleyball season can officially start now. Between now and Aug. 28, teams in the county will hold tryouts, daily doubles, play in a jamboree. But this week, volleyball players from around the county — and even a player from Idaho — were in one gym getting back into the swing of volleyball.

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Young squad? No problem

A quick look at the 2018 Toledo football team and one thing stand out: it’s a young team. Of the 22 players currently listed on the roster, 16 are underclassmen, and 12 are incoming freshman. Even though the Boomers are coming off of a postseason-less 2-7 record, the youthful roster is exciting for head coach Steve Cragun. “It doesn’t matter to me if they are freshman or seniors, or if they are the best athletes or not,” Cragun said. “I just want guys that are dedicated. I really feel strongly about a lot of these young kids, these freshmen and sophomores that are hard workers and are dedicated to our team and to what we are trying to do, and it is something that we can build on.” After a 2017 season where the Boomers more so resembled the nail than the hammer, an emphasis during the spring and early summer practices has been to become more physical — especially on the defensive side of the ball. Cragun liked the improvement he saw during practices and 7-on-7 matches against bigger schools.

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    Seniors to hold travel and hike planning party

    The Newport 60+ Activity Center is bringing people together to compile ideas and suggestions for the 2019 list of trips and hikes. They will gather from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Enjoy a root beer float and toss around ideas for new places to experience and explore.

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    Nonprofits invited to submit proposals

    Nonprofit organizations in Lincoln County interested in applying for Social Accountability funding from the local Samaritan hospitals are invited to submit a letter of interest by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Proposals can be submitted online at samhealth.org/GrantFunding.

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    Local health educator recognized

    Hilary Harrison, health education coordinator for mental health at Samaritan Health Services, was named to the National Council for Behavioral Health’s list of Top 20 Mental Health First Aid Instructors for the second quarter of 2018. Harrison has taught Mental Health First Aid classes in both Lincoln City and Newport.

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    Composer plans CD signing in Newport

    Classical composer Randy Hathaway will hold a CD signing event for his new album, “Classical Guitar In America,” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Noble Estate Winery tasting room, located at 146 SW Bay Blvd. in Newport.

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    Hawk Creek Gallery celebrating 40 years

    Hawk Creek Gallery in Neskowin, the studio/gallery of Michael Schlicting, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and in conjunction with that, a Schlicting family exhibit will open in the gallery on Friday, Aug. 17. It will feature work from Michael and his extended family, including the family matriarch, Margaret Fearey Schlicting, Michael’s 99-year-old mother. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Lincoln City provides business scholarships

    For the sixth consecutive year, Lincoln City — via its urban renewal agency and a unanimous vote of support by the Lincoln City City Council in July — has made scholarships available through economic development funds for business classes and programs offered at Oregon Coast Community College’s Small Business Development Center.

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    Healthy by choice, not chance

    Do you want to eat more and weigh less, drop your blood pressure and cholesterol, save your heart and save money on your food bill? If so, plan to attend a free information session in Lincoln City to learn about the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).

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    Groups seek public input about climate change

    The 350.org Central Oregon Coast and the Newport group of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) are seeking public input to help the local organizations address the issue of climate change on the local level. The 10-question survey is located online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZK9M67

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2018 Fleet of Flowers

Around 2,000 people came together for the Fleet of Flowers ceremony in Depoe Bay on Monday, May 28. Boats bedecked in wreaths commemorated lives lost at sea.


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