• Newport breaks with Lincoln City

    NEWPORT — The Newport City Council is breaking with Lincoln City in providing a shorter time for an affordable housing entity to find people to move into a house. At a Monday, June 18 city council meeting, the city voted to move forward with separate agreements with Proud Ground to get people into affordable houses.

  • Newport turns eyes to infrastructure funds

    NEWPORT — The City of Newport unanimously approved its 2018-2019 fiscal year budget, a document that focuses on funding to fix its older infrastructure. At a Monday, June 18 city council work session, along with earlier approval from the budget committee, the city council approved a budget of $79,568,083. In addition to that, they approved non-appropriated reserves for future expenditures and money to only be used in the declaration of an emergency totaling $4,643,933 and an ending fund balance of $3,322,324.

  • City sued for negligence in sex abuse case

    LINCOLN CITY — A Portland law firm is suing Lincoln City for $4 million in damages related to negligence in allowing the sex abuse of at least six minor boys by former youth coach Tyler Lopez. Peter Janci, partner at the Crew Janci firm, said after a preliminary investigation into the matter, they filed a lawsuit stating the city knew about the abuse. People who worked for Lincoln City allegedly knew about the abuse and “grooming,” he said.

  • New group to examine Newport's long-term financial goals

    NEWPORT — The Newport City Council plans to establish a work group to review the city’s financial future. At a June 4 City Council meeting, the council voted to create the work group that will include the budget committee, city council and potentially one person from the audit committee.

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Ulicni takes over Taft boys soccer

LINCOLN CITY — The Taft boys soccer program will have a new head coach for the 2018 fall season. Ryan Ulicni will take over for Justin James who coached the Tigers the previous the past four seasons. “I kept an eye on the soccer program and just so happened that their coach left and I applied for the job,” Ulicni said after a 7-on-7 friendly scrimmage with Newport. “I’m totally excited, these guys are fantastic, this game alone they had one sub and worked their tails off the entire game. I’m excited for this season.”

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The champs are back at it

The calendar has yet to flip to July, and the two-time defending state champion Newport boys soccer team is back on the field for its off-season training. And it couldn’t have come soon enough. “I’m excited to be back out for sure, because club season ended early so I was ready to come and play,” said senior defender Jose Gonzalez. “It’s fun to see a lot of new faces.” On Wednesday, June 20, Newport hosted Taft for a couple of scrimmages. Multiple shortened games were played on smaller fields with seven players per team. It was a chance for players on both teams to dust off the cobwebs, get reacclimated with the game and get a lot of chances to touch the ball. “I’m trying to get something every one to two weeks with other teams just to keep everything fresh and get the kids as much exposure and experience as they can, and playing against different players so they are ready for the season,” said head coach Ollie Richardson. “Some of these kids have never played together so it’s a good chance for them to work on that chemistry and comradery that they’ll have during the season.”

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Spring: Historic seasons, podiums and milestones

LINCOLN COUNTY — Spring was the only season that didn’t feature team or player claiming a state championship. But it had more teams make the postseason and more teams make deep runs in the playoffs than either fall or winter. Here is a quick recap: Postseason for all Each and every softball team in the country — Newport, Taft, Toledo, Waldport and Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter — advanced to at least the first round of the playoffs, something that hadn’t happened in previous five years. In the timeframe of three years, Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter improved from a one-win season to a 12-win 2018 campaign and made the playoffs for the first time since the school started its softball program in 2014. Despite a second-place finish in the Oregon West Conference, the Newport Cubs had to play a play-in game to reach the playoff’s first round. The Cubs would take down Marshfield before falling to state runner-up, Henley.

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Changing of the guard for Siletz Valley hoops

SILETZ — There has been a changing in the guard for the Siletz Valley boys basketball program. After two seasons, Willie Metcalf stepped down as the head coach, where he led the Warriors to a 21-26 record (13-5 league) and two trips to the postseason. Slated to take over for Metcalf is Will Worman, who has head coaching experience with the Siletz Valley girl’s team as well as coaching middle school basketball. Aside from the four seniors who will return, Worman has worked with previously with the rest of the players. “Most of these kids I’ve coached since they were (little)” Worman said. “With exception to the senior class I’ve coached them all, they know what they get with me and I know what I get from them. It’s just gelling the older kids with the younger kids.”

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Dungies bring it home

The Mid-Coast Dungies season may be only five games old, but head coach Taylor Plesha is beginning to notice a shift. Through the first five games, the Dungies have a perfect record and have outscored their opponents 48-4 in that span, including bringing home first place and winning all four of their games in the 10-team tournament hosted in Hood River. “It feels different because we’ve won games,” Plesha said. “And in previous years we haven’t.” The Dungies used a 10-run fourth inning in the first game against La Salle that resulted in a 12-0 win.

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    Second year of Pedal the Pacific

    Pedal the Pacific, a nonprofit organization to fight sex trafficking, will make its way through Newport next week. It’s the second time that a team has made the bike trip from Seattle to San Diego. Last year a group of three women — Savannah Lovelace, Grace Pfeffer and Sara Belmer — raised over $60,000 for the Refuge of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, tripling their initial goal of $20,000.

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    Events for teens at Driftwood Library

    Beginning Thursday, June 21, teens entering sixth grade on up are invited to free programs at the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City. They will be held at 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Each program is related to the summer reading theme, "Libraries Rock." Teens who attend programs are eligible for coupons toward prize drawings at each event.

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    Tsunami Hike and Seafood Celebration planned

    The city of Yachats is encouraging its local residents and visitors to participate in the 2018 Yachats Tsunami Hike and Seafood Celebration on June 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Yachats Emergency Preparedness Committee has scheduled the tsunami hike as a practice opportunity for local residents and businesses to know their routes and the time it takes to get to high ground in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and resulting local tsunami.

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    Writing workshop offered in Lincoln City

    Local mystery writer Ron Lovell will present “Writing Without Tears II,” a one-day workshop for writers of all experience levels and genres. It will he held on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oceana Family Literacy, 561 SW 29th St., in Lincoln City. Proceeds from this event will go to support the work of Oceana. “I wanted to welcome all writers, no matter what they’ve written or if their material has been published,” said Lovell. “Writers usually work alone but need an occasional boost by talking to other writers and reading their work aloud in front of a group of strangers instead of their mother or pet cat.”

  • Business

    Newport Chamber to present awards

    The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet on Friday, June 22. The event, themed “You’re Our Stars,” will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, 3019 N Coast Highway. The evening will include a complimentary wine and beer social, catered dinner and dessert dash. The chamber will present awards, including Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Don Rowley Spirit of Service Award, the Ambassador of the Year, and the President’s Award. The City of Newport will present the City Employee of the Year award. Incoming and outgoing chamber board members will also be recognized at the event.

  • Community

    Mental Health First Aid class offered in Newport

    Samaritan Health Services invites community members to register for the upcoming Youth-Focused Mental Health First Aid course on Thursday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Health Education. You may know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, but do you know how to respond when someone says they are thinking about suicide? Mental Health First Aid is a free, eight-hour training that provides participants with the tools to identify signs of a mental health problem or crisis and get help for a person in need.

  • Community

    Bateman Funeral Home awards scholarships

    Bateman Funeral Home recently announced the winners of its 2018 Bateman Funeral Home Scholarships. Patricia Hernandez and BrookeLyn Burkman of Newport High School, Katelyn “Bree” Smith of Waldport High School, and Riley Clark of Taft High School all received a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education. The Bateman Funeral Home Scholarship was established in 2015 by the local family owners to honor the memory of Gene Bateman and his years of dedicated service to Lincoln County. Now in its fourth year, a total of 11 scholarships have been awarded to graduating seniors in the community.

  • Community

    Put on your hiking shoes

    The Newport 60+ Activity Center is sponsoring another series of hikes in June. On Wednesday, June 20, the group will be hiking at Brian Booth State Park, with a hike along the sand from Ona Beach to Seal Rock. This hike is 4.2 miles and is rated as easy. Later in the summer, the group will return to explore the Beaver Creek area.

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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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