• OCCC students ready for next chapter

    NEWPORT — Chris Emmett, aquarium management award-winning student, and academic star Marita Nash are wrapping up their time at Oregon Coast Community College and looking to the future. Emmet, who came to OCCC with a bachelor’s degree, has spent the last year at the college’s unique aquarium program.

  • Vacation rental ad-hoc group nears a plan

    NEWPORT — The vacation rental ad hoc committee tasked with coming up with rules to regulate short-term rentals is potentially adding more meetings to it’s schedule as it wraps up a plan to eventually present to the public. “We may add another meeting or two, we may have to adjust it a little bit,” said Derrick Tokos, Newport’s community development developer, adding that he thinks there’s room to add a few more meetings without throwing the entire meeting schedule off-kilter.

  • 13 people rescued from sinking charter vessel

    DEPOE BAY — Two unidentified “Good Samaritans” were among the vessels and aircraft that raced to rescue 11 passengers and two crewmembers aboard a charter vessel that began to sink 26 miles to sea on Saturday, May 26. Officials with U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay described the extraordinary scene this week, saying the civilian boats arrived just as the distressed vessel’s skipper ordered passengers to abandon ship for a life raft. The “mayday” distress call was issued at 9:21 a.m.

  • Local broker puts on concert in park

    LINCOLN CITY — The first-ever free concert in a newly-built amphitheater at Regatta Park will feature a Canadian bluegrass band, courtesy of a real estate broker who loves music. The Toronto-based ‘Slocan Ramblers’ will perform Thursday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, billed as a “client appreciation concert” by realtor Cami Arlit, is open to the public.

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Winter: a season of records, broken streaks and hardware

Newport dominates the water The Newport boys swimming won the 4A/3A/2A/1A state championship and it wasn’t even that close. With a team score of 74, the next closest team scored 35 fewer points than Newport. The pool at Mt. Hood Community College was full of Cubs, in the 11 total evens there were 14 Newport swimmers racing in the finals, only two events didn’t feature a swimmer from Newport. In swimming the relays count for double the points and the Cubs took finished first in two of the three. The 400-yard freestyle relay — Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza, Luke Bachart, Caden Shanks and Sean O’Meara — and the 200 medley relay — Shanks, O’Meara, Nick Topar and Kai Daniels — gave Newport 28 of its points. Ellingson-Cosenza won the Cubs lone individual title winning the 500-yard freestyle in thrilling fashion. With the swimming title, Newport added its second state title of the 2017-18 school year. A fine year of ball The 2017-18 basketball season was in Lincoln County was a basketball junkie’s dream. Championship teams, talented players, budding rivalries made for a fun winter of basketball. The Waldport boys had its best season in five years, finishing with 12 wins including a 5-0 start. While the Waldport girls finished with six wins this year, it was more wins that they had in the previous four years combined. The Newport girls, Toledo girls and the Siletz Valley boys and girls teams each finished the year with winning seasons and advanced to the first round of the playoffs. Toledo’s Kaycie Otis was named the Sunset Conference Player of the Year and Tana’ya Barnhart was named the defensive player of the year.

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Dungies win with pitching

After nine innings, the final score may have read 10-1, Mid-Coast Dungies over the Newport Cubs. But it was a game where mistakes were made, players were playing different positions and pitchers were constantly rotating. It’s what the Dungies had anticipated at their first practice on Monday. “Pretty sloppy but that’s to be expected the first game of the season,” said head coach Taylor Plesha. “There is a list of things that we need to get tightened up before we go on the road this weekend. You get that in games like this when you throw a lot of pitchers and play guys at a lot of different positions, that kinda happens.” It took a couple of innings before the Dungie offense started to click at the plate. Part of the early struggle was due to facing Jacob Dobmeier, the ace of the Newport staff this spring. But Plesha felt his hitters were pressing at the plate.

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New kid on the block at Waldport

WALDPORT — The grind of summer-league basketball continues for the Waldport Irish, who are playing in multiple games per day most days of the week. Playing against 4A Siuslaw for the third time this summer, the Vikings surprised the Irish with a man-to-man defense that was heavy on the ball pressure after playing a zone in the first two matchups that the teams split. Despite the four-point loss, the Irish have a player that has the program buzzing — incoming freshman Zach Holsey, son of incoming principal Amy McNeil, who began playing with Waldport last week. “He definitely is a point guard,” said head coach Peter Ellingsen. “He loves that moment, he wants to be the main guy. For him to come in and start to build a chemistry, it’s going to take a few games, but each game we’ve had him he’s gotten better. He’s still young and inexperienced, but the more time he gets I think he can be a potential stud here at Waldport.”

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Fall: Tiebreakers, broken streaks and back to back titles

LINCOLN COUNTY —nThe 2017-18 school year comes to an end this week. Seniors are already out the door and a new crop of freshmen will make the jump from middle school to high school. New athletes, new coaches and new teams will try and leave their stamp on the Lincoln County sports map starting in August. But before the 2017-18 season becomes a distant memory, here are five moments to remember from the fall.

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Here come the Dungies

The Dungies are back. In its third year of existence, the AAA Legion Post 116 Mid-Coast Dungies, comprised of high school baseball players up and down the coast, opens its season play on Wednesday, June 13. “It’s really good to be back on the field and getting to know the guys,” said Dylan Crowell, a graduating senior from Newport. “I really like this group and I feel like we are going to have a lot of fun. I think Wednesday we will be more than ready, I feel like we are going to have a lot of fun — win, lose or draw, it’s gonna be a lot of fun, no doubt.” The previous two years, the Dungies have seen a small improvement from eight wins in 2016 to 10 in 2017, however, both years ended with losing records and missing the postseason. But this summer, the roster may be as strong as it’s been in that span. “All the good players on the central coast are wanting to play for the Dungies now,” said head coach Taylor Plesha.

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  • 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.

  • Community

    ‘Know Your Rights’ forum planned

    Legal Aid Services of Oregon will present a free “Know Your Rights” forum for residents of the Holidays Hills Mobile Home Park on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., at the Gleneden Beach Community Club, at 110 Azalea Street in Gleneden Beach. Blair Bobier, director of the Lincoln County Legal Aid office, said there were a number of reasons for holding this forum. “We have had a lot of questions from residents of this park in particular about their rights as tenants. Our presentation will give residents the information they need to advocate for themselves,” said Bobier.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Siletz Bay Music Festival begins June 20

    For two weeks each summer, Lincoln City becomes “music central” as the Siletz Bay Music Festival, now in its eighth year, takes place. The festival, which begins on June 20, showcases world-class artists in an eclectic assortment of performances, featuring the classics, chamber music, jazz, big band, orchestral music and cabaret. The festival concludes on July 4 with a patriotic celebration. This wide range of offerings attracts a diverse group of audience members.

  • Sports

    Surfing through the eyes of a first-timer

    I’m closing in on a full year of living in Newport and I’m sort of embarrassed to admit that I haven’t tried surfing. I’ve gone snowboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding, but never surfing. That all changed on Monday, June 12 when I attended the Ollie Richardson School of Surfing. It’s the time of the year when where various sports camps, lessons and classes seemingly happen each week. One such class is the Surf School hosted by Ossies Surf Shop, which hosts 12 sessions this summer starting on June 16 and lasts through the end of August. Each session is three days long. I got a little taste of what it’s like to take one of these classes as a first-time, completely inexperienced surfer, with a handful of Newport students taking the Oregon Wilderness class. We start at Ossies and get into our wetsuits before making the hike across 101 with our boards down to Agate Beach. A quick note about wetsuits: They are the most uncomfortable, awkward article of clothing that is equally frustrating putting on as they are taking off. But once you get in the water, they are a godsend.

  • Community

    Balancing water needs is topic

    The Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership, Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, Hatfield Marine Science Center, City of Newport, and the Oregon Water Resources Department will host a panel on meeting the water needs of the mid-coast. Anyone interested is invited to attend on Thursday, June 14, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) It will be held in Hennings Auditorium at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center.

  • Community

    North county burn season closure begins June 15

    North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 announces that beginning at dusk on Friday, June 15, the burn season will close to all outdoor burning. This closure pertains to most areas of north Lincoln County, including outside the city limits for Lincoln City, Otis and Rose Lodge. The season will reopen sometime in late October or early November, fire officials said. For more information regarding outdoor burning, call the Burn Information Hotline at 541-996-1008.

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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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