TOLEDO — Neighbors seeking positive change in their community met to discuss technology and techniques for curbing the effects of crime, including an accessible drug designed to negate the effects of an opioid overdose.
NEWPORT — Hancock Forest Management is working on a deal with the city of Newport on a way to use herbicide spray in the Big Creek Reservoir area.
DEPOE BAY — Housing advocates at a packed meeting called on county commissioners to terminate a $16 million plan to remake the fairgrounds in Newport and build low-income housing, instead. There weren’t enough chairs to seat the overflow crowd at Depoe Bay City Hall on April 11, obliging Mayor Barbara Leff to order the doorways cleared for fire codes. The large turnout underscored a growing debate over the future of the Lincoln County Commons, a name chosen to denote a place to draw people together.
NEWPORT — With water conditions expected to continue to cool this summer, there is a degree of optimism involving Oregon’s upcoming ocean salmon season. The El Niño conditions that have plagued the West Coast over the last three years led to a full closure of chinook fishing last year along Oregon’s southern coast.
WALDPORT — There was something missing from the Waldport softball team in its previous four games. The Irish were once a top-10 team with a 6-1 record. Since that point, Waldport had dropped four games — and according to head coach Alex Browne, adjustments needed to be made. “We just need to come to the game with the intent of winning,” Browne said. And it worked, the Irish climbed out of an early deficit to pick up a 10-6 league victory over Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter on Tuesday, April 17. With fewer than nine players entering Tuesday’s contest, the Irish team knew it would take extra effort to win against the Warriors. But when game time rolled around, Waldport was able to fill out a complete lineup. “We really practiced hard and put our mindset as, even if we go out there with eight players, we’re going to put our all into it,” said sophomore pitcher Kyra Pickner. “That didn’t end up happening, but we kept that mindset.”
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For the couple weeks of the golf season, senior Jack Fisher didn’t even step foot into the tee box. An injury sustained during the basketball season made it a struggle to swing a club. “I couldn’t swing with my shoulder,” Fisher said. “But I figured it out and I’m feeling pretty smooth now. Playing in his second tournament of the season at Agate Beach Golf Course, Fisher shot a season-best 81 (nine over par) which was the fifth lowest score in the tournament and top finisher for the Cubs. “Jack is a senior and seniors carry themselves differently than juniors and sophomores, they play like they own it,” said head coach Steve Arbona. “And this game in a lot of ways is about confidence and attitude, and that’s what we are seeing from Jack.”
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NEWPORT —The Newport baseball team had reason to feel optimistic heading into the second game of the three-game series against Cascade. Coming off consecutive wins for the first time this season, the Cubs were entering the softer part of their schedule after going through the gauntlet that was the first half. “We came in heads high, we knew we were going to play a strong baseball game,” said senior catcher Dylan Crowell. “But they wanted it more, and that’s why they got it.” The runners were there, but the execution wasn’t in the Cubs’ 11-5 loss to Cascade at Frank Wade Field on Wednesday, April 18. “We just weren’t sharp, mostly offensively,” said head coach Ken Riley. “We had opportunities but we left a lot of runners on base.”
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NEWPORT — Eight sailing teams competed at the Oregon Series Regatta on Saturday, April, 14 in Newport. The Newport A team had a score of 22, which put them tied for third place in the six races they finished with three-second place finishes. The B team had two-second place finishes as well in its six races. After the 12 total races, the regatta was called after whitecaps began to form in the water due to the winds picking up. Whether or not the regatta would actually happen was up in the air entering Saturday, when the forecast called for wind gusts approaching 30 knots, but the wind stayed calm enough for 12 races. “We were extremely lucky with the conditions that we got,” said head coach Greg Krutzikowsky. “Given the forecast, the wind was great about 15 knots, enough wind to make it exciting, but not too much. The forecast was for gusts up to 28-30 knots and that’s too much for these guys in the little boats.”
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NEWPORT — Vicky Roller was set to push pause on coaching volleyball in 2018. The former Toledo volleyball coach had decided she needed a break from coaching and working at two different schools. But when the Newport volleyball coach job became available, Roller threw her hat in the ring and came out with the head coaching job. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to coach at Newport,” Roller said. “I live in Newport, I started being the counselor at Newport this year, my kids go to school in Newport, my oldest will go to Newport High next year, it’s just the right time for me to make the move.” Roller is in her first year as the counselor at Newport High School after spending the previous two years at the same position at Toledo. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Toledo, which narrowly missed the playoffs last season after finishing third in the Sunset Conference. “It was really hard not to be in the building and having to coach. It was harder to leave coaching at Toledo than it probably was the counseling job,” Roller said. “That was the most amazing group of girls that I’ve ever been able to work with.”
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