• County to search for interim treasurer

    NEWPORT — Lincoln County Treasurer Linda Pilson has announced her intention to retire, and the county commissioners will be appointing an interim treasurer to serve until a permanent replacement is elected by voters in the general election this November. “Lincoln County Treasurer Linda Pilson has submitted a letter to the board,” Assistant County Counsel Jerry Herbage reported during the county commission meeting on Wednesday, May 16. “She is retiring and resigning from office effective June 29.” Herbage said Pilson has worked for the county for 32 years and has served as treasurer since 2008. “And in this county, the treasurer also performs the tax collection duties,” he said.

  • Parks master plan passed to consulting firm

    NEWPORT — The city of Newport has awarded Portland-based Angelo Planning Group, a consulting firm, a contract to move forward on working with groups on the comprehensive Parks System Master Plan. The council voted unanimously to award the contract, of $87,428, to the group for their services.

  • Residents worry about biosolid use near river

    NEWPORT — Around a half-dozen residents who live near the Siletz River attended the weekly meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, May 16, to voice concerns about the practice of spraying biosolids on agriculture lands near the river. Before any of these residents spoke on the issue, Commissioner Bill Hall made some preliminary remarks, saying he had become aware of their concerns via posts on Facebook.

  • Waldport council gains a new face

    WALDPORT — A former Hewlett-Packard manager is the newest member of the Waldport City Council. Kevin Yorks was sworn into office May 10 to fill the vacancy left after Jack Christenson died early this year.

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Athletes ready for pressures of Hayward

LINCOLN COUNTY — At 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, the Taft track and field athletes loaded into a bus to begin a 113-mile trek from Lincoln City to Eugene. On the other end of that drive is Tracktown, USA and the iconic Hayward Field — the host of the past three Olympic track and field trials and numerous U.S. track and field championships. For three days it will serve as the host of the Oregon high school state championships. Taft went down a day early to scope the facility and test out the track that they will compete on over the weekend.

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Arce-Torres’ final run

This year, on any piece of paper that he could find, Gabe Arce-Torres scribbled a note to himself that would serve as a constant reminder. “It didn’t count unless you do it twice.” Taft’s senior sprinter was referring to repeating as the 3A 200-meter champion. A year ago at Hayward Field, Torres capture the title with a time of 22.47. But he wanted another one. All was well for Arce-Torres in the preliminary rounds of West Valley League district track meet this past weekend. He posted the top times in the 100, 200 and the 400. He was even on pace to set a personal record in the 200, his strongest event before he felt his hamstring tighten up in the final 20 meters.

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Hatton makes it 4 top-10 finishes

BANKS — At the conclusion of the OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A state golf tournament, Taft’s Maya Hatton found herself in a familiar spot — near the top of the tournament leaderboard. Hatton capped off her high school career with a fourth-straight top-10 finish at the Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks. She shot aN 85 the first day and aN 87 the second day to finish 28 over par, good for tenth place in the 70-plus player field. “The first day I played really well,” Hatton said. “I had literally only one bad hole and it cost me about six strokes. But other than that, my first round went really well. The second day I played I played with girls who shot 40 strokes higher than I did so it was hard to stay focused. My second-day scores were only two strokes higher, but it felt a lot higher.”

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4 straight for Cubs

For the fourth straight year, the Newport boys track and field team captured the Oregon West Conference title. With a combined score of 256, no team came within 100 points of the state runners-up from a year ago. It’s the second year in a row that the Cubs have finished with a 100-plus point cushion. “I was really happy from our sprinters, to our distance runners, to our throwers to our jumpers,” said head coach Kurt Hargett. “I just thought we had a great meet.” What’s the secret recipe that has turned the Cubs into a track and field juggernaut over the past four years?

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Playoffs begin for Newport baseball and softball

NEWPORT — Thursday, May 17 the Newport softball and baseball teams will put their respective seasons on the line in the play-in round of the 4A OSAA state tournament. With 16 wins, a top-16 ranking and an outright second place finish in the Oregon West Conference, the Cubs softball team was guaranteed a postseason berth. They will host Marshfield at 4:30 at Yaquina View Elementary. While the softball team had its postseason locked up with several games left on the schedule, the same couldn’t be said for the Newport baseball team. Entering the final game of the regular season, the postseason fate of the Newport baseball was still very much in the air. Due to the team bus breaking down on the way to face Stayton the season’s last game was delayed, by the sixth inning word had gotten to head coach Ken Riley that all the seven-win Cubs club needed to punch their postseason ticket was complete the season sweep of the Eagles.

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    Fitbit wellness training offered

    The next six-week Fitbit training program will begin at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Monday, May 21. When it comes to reaching fitness goals, steps are just the beginning. Fitbit can track every part of your day, including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep, to help you find your fit, stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact.

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    Grants available for tourism projects

    The Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau’s (VCB) annual grant cycle is now open. Local area organizations with a tourism-related project that needs funding are encouraged to apply for a grant in the upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your project funded.

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    Nutrition series offered to cancer survivors

    The Samaritan Cancer Program is offering a nutrition series for cancer survivors called “That’s My Farmer,” which teaches healthy shopping, eating locally and the impact of fresh, wholesome foods. The series connect participants with fresh, local produce and provides a recipe book and engaging presentations from registered dietitians, health trainers and medical social workers. Local cancer survivors are welcome, no matter where they received treatment. Sessions begin May 23. The cost to enroll is $20 per cancer survivor, and attendees can sign up for the Lincoln City or Newport series.

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    Bright Horizons receives funding for veteran participants

    Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center has been awarded two grants to pay the program fees for veterans. One grant is through Wounded Warrior Project and the other is through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. These grants can also include a veteran’s caregiver and/or family member to participate with them. Bright Horizons offers a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies. The organization focuses on targeting an individual’s life goals, which may include mental health, physical, emotional or social challenges a veteran and/or their family member is experiencing. No previous horse experience is required to participate in the program, and there are no costs for participants in this program, thanks to the grants.

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    Trip planned to Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project

    The Newport 60+ Activity Center is sponsoring a trip on Thursday, May 24, to take part in a guided tour of the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project. This small, electric power generating facility is located near the South Santiam River, 25 miles east of Sweet Home. The project uses an old technology in a new way. For centuries, people have used falling water to produce power. The Falls Creek Project uses the latest construction techniques to create a power facility with a life expectancy of 50 to 100 years, with little or no impact on the environment.

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    Relay For Life kickoff event set

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newport kicks off its new fundraising season on May 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Muggly’s Bowling in Toledo. The community is invited to come out and learn more about the Relay For Life movement and how they can help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle.

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    Surfrider Foundation recruiting beach ambassadors

    Do you like long walks on the beach? Do you often find yourself picking up trash on those walks? For those who answered yes to both questions, the Surfrider Foundation is looking for volunteers for its Oregon Beach Ambassador Pilot Program. This program is currently being piloted in Florence and Newport (participants must live near one of those communities). If these pilot programs are successful, Surfrider hopes to take this program coast wide.

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    Alaskan pipeline engineer to speak to railroad society

    John T. Myers III, president of Myers Mechanical & Metallurgical, will
present a special program to the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. One of Myers’ many talents and skills is his love of railroad
collectables, including railroad locks and keys, playing cards, photographs, books and his program subject for the evening, railroad lanterns.

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