• City officially adopts Vision 2040

    NEWPORT — The City Council has formally adopted the Vision 2040 plan to help spur future developments in the city. City councilmembers unanimously passed the project, which creates a goal of what Newport will look like by the year 2040 and created an oversight committee to keep the goals on track.

  • Vacation rental moratorium voted down three times

    NEWPORT — The City Council has tasked the Planning Commission with conducting a review of the codes relating to vacation rentals, striking down three versions of a moratorium on the properties in three split votes. At a Monday, Nov. 20 City Council meeting, the council unanimously passed a motion to ask the planning commission to create an ad hoc advisory committee, get public input and make recommendations to the council on changes to rules relating to vacation rentals.

  • New penalties for leaking classified information

    LINCOLN CITY — Confidential memos distributed to key city officials will be coded to discourage intentional leaks to unauthorized people or the press under new rules approved by the city council last week. In addition, the council imposed new punishments on its members for disclosing city secrets, including a potential $1,000 fine or removal from office and forfeiture of the typical protections and defenses provided to elected officials under state law.

  • Lack of shelter plagues students

    SALEM — Inadequate housing affected 794 children from birth to 18 years old in Lincoln County last year.

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Positive changes for Cub Wrestling

NEWPORT — Entering his third season as head wrestling coach for the Newport Cubs, Enrique Hernandez has seen the program go through several changes. He’s seen the number of wrestlers nearly quadruple since his first year. He’s also seen the wrestling facility expand to hold four-full sized mats, an extra mat room and an in-house weight room. But a lot of the change he’s seen is in his own coaching style. With more than 20 years of coaching under his belt, Hernandez continues to adapt his coaching philosophy to build better wrestlers — many changes go against the grain on how he approached the sport, both as a competitor and a coach. “We are changing our coaching perspective to try and make it more exciting, more fun for the kids,” he said. “Rather than making it place that they have to go work and that they hate doing most of the time. Wrestling is perceived as a lot of work and no one wants to do it.”

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Clanton climbs the ladder to lead Tigers hoops

LINCOLN CITY — It was six years ago when Danielle Clanton wanted to start coaching basketball. Unsure of where to start, the former junior college basketball player began coaching fifth and sixth graders at the community center in Lincoln City. Clanton worked her way up the coaching ranks, and after coaching elementary hoopers, she moved up to coach junior high basketball before earning her first high-school coaching gig last season with the junior varsity squad at Taft. When the Taft girls basketball team tip-off the season, Clanton will begin her first year coaching the varsity teams. “Some of the challenges is being able to take the confidence that I have and just work with it,” Clanton said. “I know what I’m doing, but me being a first-time head coach you always question yourself. But I know basketball, and I know these girls.”

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New coach brings new philosophies to Taft

LINCOLN CITY — In 2017, Taft wrestling practices will have to start later in evening than in years past. It isn’t because there is a lack of space, or because it’s the only time that works for the wrestlers. Practices are starting late because first-year Head Coach Robb Ellis has to drive back from Tillamook, where he is a counselor at Tillamook High School. Ellis was also the assistant wrestling coach at Tillamook. But when his son Joseph took an interest in wrestling and began to have success, continuing to coach in Tillamook while following his son’s sudden interest in the sport became a balancing act. “I started focusing on his career, and then he suddenly became a little above average just out of nowhere,” Ellis said. “It was awesome to see his growth.”

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Itching to finally be back

Once March Madness had ended the first week of April, Newport’s head basketball coach started to get an itch that he just couldn’t scratch. Doug Sain starts itching to get back to coaching the Newport boys basketball team. He has had to wait nearly eight months for the basketball season to start back up, which is broken up with over 30 games during the summer and open gyms. “Basketball season can’t come soon enough,” the third-year head coach said.

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Butler has one goal left

Since his early days of wrestling for the Siletz Mat Club, Isaac Butler has been setting long-term goals for what he wanted to accomplish in wrestling — goals such as continuing his wrestling in college, competing for the U.S. National Team and winning a state title. Entering his final year of high school wrestling for the Warriors, the goals that he once set himself have become a reality. College across the country are expressing interest in the wrestler from Siletz. This past summer, Butler traveled to Fargo, N.D., and Tulsa, Okla. to wrestle for the U.S. national team. But one goal that has eluded Butler is standing at the top of the podium as a state champion. “My goal is to win state,” Butler said. “I’m currently ranked No. 1 so I have to live up to the expectations.”

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    Foster Parent’s Association holding Christmas gift drive

    Did you know that there are more than 170 children in foster care in Lincoln County? Lincoln County Foster Parent’s Association (LCFPA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for local children that are currently in foster care, as well as that of their birth parents and foster parents.

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    Hospital Auxiliary fundraising sale set

    Looking for a gift for a loved one that also benefits your local community? The annual holiday sale, sponsored by the Auxiliary of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, may have just what you want.

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    Giving Tuesday Generosity Bazaar set

    Looking for a pre-holiday pick-me-up that will strengthen your community and spread the joy of the season? Come to the third annual Giving Tuesday Generosity Bazaar, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Highway 101. It’s a day dedicated to charity in the holiday season, nationwide and right here at home. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. The LCCC, which is a nonprofit devoted to serving the central coast community through art and cultural opportunities, takes part in Giving Tuesday as part of its annual end-of-year fundraising campaign. The center also provides the venue for other nonprofits to secure donations during the giving season, through the Giving Tuesday Generosity Bazaar.

  • Business

    Meredith Lodging acquires Oregon Shores Vacation Rentals

    Meredith Lodging LLC, a Lincoln City boutique vacation home manager, is assuming ownership of Oregon Shores Vacation Rentals. The company is the fifth vacation rental company acquired by Meredith Lodging in the last two years, and it adds more than 60 high-quality Oregon coast properties to its vacation rental collection. The new homes give Meredith Lodging customers added vacation opportunities from Yachats to Pacific City.

  • Sports

    Column: Winter sports are here

    When Romario Mendoza presented Newport High with the blue state-championship trophy during an assembly on Monday morning, he did two things. First he officially passed the torch from the fall sports to the winter sports — and not a moment too soon, Have you seen the weather outside? — that officially started practice later that afternoon. But it also symbolized a challenge for the rest of Lincoln County. The Newport boys soccer team ended its season with a state title. Will there be a team in the country or an individual who climbs that same mountain this winter and becomes a champion? Time will tell. Now before I get to the picks, I want to use this moment to point out that I’ve guessed 92 percent of the games correctly this year — 103 correct and only 37 wrong. There are only a couple more weeks left, and I’m feeling pretty good. But enough gloating, onto the picks before I jinx myself:

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  • Community

    Ocean acidification is topic of talk

    A presentation on ocean acidification and hypoxia research findings will be given at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the visitor center at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, located two miles south of Yachats

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    ‘The Future Satellite Catalog’ is topic

    Many people do not realize that the U. S. military carries on an extensive, worldwide satellite tracking operation to maintain a complete inventory, or catalog, of all known man-made objects in orbit around the Earth. Information about this tracking operation is the subject of a presentation called "The Future Satellite Catalog," a simulcast featuring Dr. Paul Schumacher that will be presented at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Oregon Coast Community College North County Center, located at 3788 SE High School Drive in Lincoln City. Admission is free.

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Photo Contest: Editor's picks

The winning shot comes from Jennifer Theis, who took this photo from the boat launch next to the Toledo Airport. Our other finalists are: Kelsea de Filippis, from Agate Beach; Keyonna Williams, from Neotsu; Laurie Beatler, from Waldport; Lex Roller, from Newport; and Mike Paxton, from Lincoln City.

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