Deputies receive lifesaving awards

NEWPORT — Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers recognized four sheriff deputies before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, sheriff’s office personnel and members of the public at the county commission meeting Wednesday morning.

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Quick action saves log for salmon habitat project

NEWPORT — A big log that was lost from a salmon habitat project was rescued from the beach last week. With very high tides coming, action by the City of Newport, with permissions granted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, assured that it can be put back in place.

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Lincoln City taps reserves for housing project

LINCOLN CITY — City councilors dipped into emergency funds this week to back a $750,000 deal to house the city’s homeless population, but encountered stinging backlash and threats of legal action from powerful neighbors opposed to the idea.

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Firefighters respond to boat fire at Port Dock 7

NEWPORT — The Newport Fire Department responded to a report of a boat fire on Yaquina Bay at around 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. The boat, identified as the F/V Nile II, was moored at Port Dock 7.

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New police officer sworn in

The Newport Police Department’s newest officer, Timothy Florez, was sworn in by City Recorder Peggy Hawker during the Newport City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 6. Florez, who grew up in Lincoln City, will attend the police academy for 16 weeks before reporting for duty in Newport. (Photo by Cheri Brubaker)

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Additional Articles

  • Board vacancy for Devils Lake Water Improvement District

    LINCOLN CITY — The Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) is seeking a qualified and motivated member to join its board of directors. Interested members of the public are encouraged to apply for the position by Jan. 31.

  • Climate crisis planning group meets in Waldport

    What is the potential for wildfire in Lincoln County? Could the catastrophic wildfire situation in Australia be repeated here on Oregon's central coast in the decades to come?

  • Schrader will speak to local Democrats

    U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-5th District) will attend a meeting of the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

  • Pickup and trailer crash on Cape Foulweather

    A Toyota Tundra pickup pulling a 22-foot travel trailer crashed on Highway 101 on the north side of Cape Foulweather at around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9.

  • School deals with discolored water

    Officials at Taft 7-12 School in Lincoln City became aware that the school’s water was discolored on Friday, Jan. 10. This discovery was made around noon.

  • Military deserter taken into custody at Cape Perpetua

    Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a welfare check on a suspicious person at the Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center at around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9.

  • City council struggling to fill empty seats

    DEPOE BAY — A city councilor has resigned, 15 seats on city boards are unfilled and the last man standing on a formerly prominent commission called for its shutdown this week. The Depoe Bay City Council voted Tuesday to accept the Jan. 3 resignation of Charles Bates, 67, who had missed two months of meetings and was deemed by City Recorder Barbara Chestler to be in violation of the city charter. With one year left of a four-year term, the decision to advertise the opening comes amid widespread shortages of resident volunteers to run city hall.

  • PUD responds to outage

    LINCOLN COUNTY — Central Lincoln People’s Utility District (PUD) customers — about 8,000 from the south end of Yaquina Bay Bridge to south of Yachats — lost power for about 20 minutes on Wednesday morning, Jan. 9.

  • Sweet Home man dies in Highway 20 crash

    A 20-year-old Sweet Home man died shortly before midnight on Friday, Jan. 3, when the vehicle he was riding in crashed on Highway 20 near Clem Road, which is about a mile east of Ellmaker State Wayside and near the eastern border of Lincoln County.

  • Fireball draws trooper's eye

    WALDPORT — An Oregon State Trooper patrolling Highway 34 on New Year’s Eve spotted an abandoned car facing the wrong way in the middle of the westbound lane, but it was the half-empty pint of Fireball whiskey “in plain view in the passenger seat” that spurred further investigation.

  • Democrats to open headquarters with Jan. 18 ceremony

    On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee will hold a grand opening celebration at its new headquarters located at 401 E Olive St. in Newport.

  • Illegal U-turn leads to drunk-driving arrest

    A car making an illegal U-turn in Lincoln City around midnight on New Year’s Eve caught the attention of an Oregon State Trooper and resulted in a woman being arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

  • How coastal rainforests can help the climate is topic of presentation

    Receiving as much as 200 inches of annual rainfall on average, the forested western slopes of the Oregon Coast Range unsurprisingly fit the definition of a rainforest. In fact, this is true for much of the Pacific Coast of North America, in the area between Northern California’s redwoods and Southeastern Alaska.

  • Funds sought for furry officer

    The Lincoln City Police Department has announced the establishment of its new K9 program, which will be run under Lt. David Broderick once a handler has been selected and a dog has been obtained. And police are asking the public to chip in.

  • Citizens seated on city committees

    The ranks of Newport’s city committees just got a bit fuller. Click here to see the citizens who stepped up to serve or, in many cases, to continue their service.

  • County faces foster care shortage

    Roughly twenty-five percent of foster homes in the county have closed their doors to new fosters in the last two months, adding to a shortage of homes needed to nurture children.

  • False alarms addressed at Sam Case

    Sam Case Elementary School has evacuated the school twice in the last week, due to failing parts in their fire alarm system.

  • Newport High School evacuated

    Newport High School received a bomb threat early Tuesday afternoon. The building has been cleared and all students are safe.

Photos of the year: 2019

Here are a few of our favorite photos taken by staff in 2019.

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