• Homelessness efforts show success

    LINCOLN CITY — Badgered by city officials over zoning rules and decried by some residents as a magnet for criminal elements, the Lincoln City Warming Shelter rallied statistics to its defense this week. According to a shelter spokesman, efforts to help the homeless are surprisingly effective and may be responsible for reducing the number of nomads that typically wander the town.

  • Airport makes plan for disaster

    NEWPORT — The city airport has completed a study to improve the facility’s resiliency in the event of a disaster. Lance Vanderbeck, director of the Newport Municipal Airport, said the study kicked off after the 2011 tsunami in Japan, where the country’s infrastructure was able to withstand the disaster and continue operating.

  • Program delivers free monthly books to kids

    SILETZ — Lincoln County children under the age of five are eligible to receive one book a month free of charge, helping them build a personal library and foster lifelong reading habits. “It’s called the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, it’s county-wide and we’ve got a grant that’s matching our money for children’s books,” said Sally Jennings, president of Siletz Valley Friends of the Library. “Children, from the time they’re born until age five, can register either by picking up a little registration form at the library, a parent or guardian fills it out, or they can register online at imaginationlibrary.com.”

  • Bids received for new Port of Toledo building

    TOLEDO — The Port of Toledo has received two bids to provide a pre-engineered metal building that will anchor the new portion of the boatyard, a project expected to be completed over the next two years. Two Washington state companies bid for the building. The bids range in cost between $1.755 million and $1.893 million, according to port General Manager Bud Shoemake.

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Column: Stayton has a Newport problem

NEWPORT — As it turns out, there is a hefty fine for hunting bald eagles. According to federal laws that protect bald eagles, In 1972 the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act was amended, establishing a $5,000 fine and up to a year in jail for hunting eagles. For repeat offenders, it’s punishable by up to two years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. The more times you get caught, the worse the punishment becomes.

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Toledo is ready to shoot final arrows in first round of playoffs

TOLEDO — The Toledo girls basketball team is down to the final few arrows in its quiver. When the Boomers travel to face No. 5 Faith Bible in the opening round of the playoffs on Friday, each one of those arrows will be needed to advance to quarterfinals of the 2A playoffs. Toledo’s path to Pendleton got significantly more difficult following a 42-40 loss to Gold Beach in playoff-seeding between the co-Sunset Conference champions. Those two points proved to be costly.

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Boomers are 336 miles and one win away from Pendleton

TOLEDO — Poll anyone in the Boomer basketball program, boys or girls, and they would all likely know the exact mileage from Toledo to Pendleton — the site for the final three rounds of the 2A state tournament. It’s 336 miles, by the way. Since head coach Eddie Townsend took over the reigns of the Toledo boys basketball program, the team schedules a trip during the summer where they play schools from eastern Oregon. One stop along the way is in Pendleton. Now, the players are hoping that they end the season where it started during the summer. All that stands in the way of the Boomers making that 336-mile drive to Pendleton is a 15-win Lost River team from the Mountain View Conference, the 13th seed in the tournament. “You either play Lost River or (Regis or Vernonia), and I’d rather play Lost River,” Townsend said. “Lost River is going to bring some tough stuff, they play tough man-to-man defense, they’re gritty but they’ve had some trouble scoring.”

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15-year drought ends

The Cubs had just handed a 17-point defeat to Yamhill-Carlton after an 8 p.m. tip-off on Friday, Feb. 16. They had a long drive home back to Newport. By the time that they arrived at the school, it was 2 a.m. Saturday. A short seven hours later, the team was back in the weight room — in four days, they would play in their biggest game of the season. Things like an early morning workout go unnoticed for a team that was one win away from ending a 15-year conference championship drought. “If you want to hang something on the banner it takes something special, you have to put the work in,” said head coach Doug Sain. All the Cubs had to do to cement themselves on the league championship banner was take down Stayton — a team that handed Newport a 12-point loss 20 days earlier — who was a win away from winning the title themselves.

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Domination in the pool

Once the final of the state championship had concluded, the North Bend relay team was in disbelief that the Newport 400-yard relay team had finished three seconds faster than them. “How are they so fast?” one of the swimmers said following the relay. “We cut four seconds off our time, and they still beat us.” It was that kind of day in the Mt. Hood Community College swimming pool, and that kind of season for the Newport boys swimming, who captured the school’s first swimming state on Saturday, Feb. 17. “We were set up for a fast state meet,” said head coach Angie Sembra. “We knew that they were set up to do this, but you never know coming into an event like this how it’s going to pan out. It was a great time.”

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    Don't underestimate a good book

    I learned to read around my fourth birthday. My mother, a kindergarten teacher, had seen firsthand and over a decade of experience how early literacy could pay off for the rest of a child’s education, and had no intention of sending a poorly-read daughter to school. I was eternally lucky — I had a parent with the time to sit me down with a book, with the money to purchase said book, and the patience to listen to me sound out “Sam sat on Matt” ad nauseam (a qualification for sainthood, certainly). Her willingness and expertise bolstered the rest of my education.

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    Tree seedling sale is Saturday, Feb. 24

    The Lincoln County Small Woodlands Association will host its annual native tree seedling sale on Saturday, Feb. 24, in the 4-H building at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport. The sale begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., or until the supply runs out. Most seedlings will be $2.

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    Fools’ Day Cabaret seeks participants

    Have glimmers of spring-like weather got you feeling giddy, light-headed or even a little foolish? If so, the silly souls behind this year’s Fools’ Day Cabaret want to hear from you. Once again, the Lincoln City Cultural Center is partnering with Oregon Coast TODAY to throw down the gauntlet to amateurs everywhere, challenging them to take part in a smorgasbord of songs, dances, tricks, jokes, skits and music.

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    Learn about emergency preparedness

    The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management are coordinating community presentations focusing on what people need to know and how to prepare for distant tsunamis and the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. This March marks the seventh anniversary of the Great Tohoku, Japan earthquake and tsunami. Local public safety officials encourage community members to use this anniversary as a reminder to learn about Cascadia and how a distant tsunami may affect local communities.

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    MEMBERS Financial Services is now Fibre Financial Group

    MEMBERS Financial Services changed its name to Fibre Financial Group to better represent its affiliation with TLC, a division of Fibre Federal Credit Union. Fibre Financial Group offers the same dedicated, personal service with a more user-friendly and memorable name. Financial adviser John Shepherd is available to meet with individuals to evaluate their financial situation, offer recommendations, and coordinate their investment and insurance choices.

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    Column: Cubs on track to hosting conference title game, will fans be ready?

    The Newport boys basketball team’s quest for its first conference title since 2003 inches closer and closer. Having beaten Cascade 73-63 on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Cubs control their own destiny entering the final two games of the regular season against Yamhill-Carlton and Stayton. Win out, and the crown is theirs. The Cubs play a three-win Yamhill-Carlton team who the Cubs beat by 30 in the first matchup — although it was called the “weirdest” 30-point victory — and are currently on a nine-game losing streak. Even though Newport is playing on the road, it’s a game that it should win. Especially with a conference title on the line. If all goes as planned, Newport will host Stayton — the team that is tied with the Cubs atop the Oregon West Conference standings entering the final week of the season — and the winner will be crowned champion. It will be the biggest game in Newport basketball in quite some time. The Cubs haven’t had a winning conference record, let alone played for a conference title, in the past four years. The Newport student section has led some great moments this season. They successfully executed a popular “Silent Night” routine against Banks when they didn’t make a sound until the Cubs had scored 10 points — even though the team didn’t eclipse 10 points until the second quarter. They’ve set up faux ESPN broadcast booth with headsets and equipment and for the most part, there is a strong showing in terms of total bodies in the section. The ingredients for a great student section are there. But then there are games that I’ve been at where the students take a quarter or a half to make their presence felt. In a game with the stakes that Tuesday’s game could have, easing into the game can’t happen. This a show-up-early-get-in-the-opponent’s-head type game. Not a sit-down-and-relax type game. Especially against a team that’s a difficult matchup for the Cubs like Stayton. I went to Stayton for the first matchup between the two schools where the Eagles jumped out to a big lead and won 63-51. I was impressed that Stayton section stood for the entire game, but that’s all they did. That is, until the PA announcer had to encourage the students to make some noise. With what’s at stake, I’d imagine that there will a nice showing from the Stayton faithful making the trip to Newport. It would be a shame if the Newport student section was punked in a similar way that the Newport student section punked the much-larger Philomath student section last week when the Cubs beat the Warriors in Philomath. For Newport to be conference champs, they need a championship effort on the court. The same can be said for the students in the stands. Now all the Cubs have to do is beat Yamhill-Carlton for this to matter. Contact editor Brian Rathbone at 541-265-8571 ext. 222 or [email protected]

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    Waldport VFW Post honors essay contest winners

    Waldport Post 3156 recognized winners of its annual essay contest at a recent awards luncheon. Students were awarded a certificate of appreciation and a cash award.

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