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Early intervention brings hope for mental health issue

The Benjamin Franklin statement that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is never truer than in the situation in which a young person is experiencing the early stages of a mental health crisis. In many cases, individuals and families don’t realize what is happening. That is why Lincoln County’s Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) jumps at the chance to help people between the ages of 15 and 25 who may have experienced early symptoms of psychosis.

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Otis man charged with weapons crimes

On Oct. 15, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a subject making threats against public employees and buildings. According to the sheriff’s office, reports indicated 44-year-old Otis resident Daniel Scott Kessler was in possession of firearms and was preparing to harm specific law enforcement officers and the Lincoln County Courthouse. A prior court order prohibited Kessler from lawfully possessing firearms.

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Lincoln County voting early and often

Unofficial numbers reported midweek by the office of Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno back what Lincoln County Clerk Dana Jenkins told the News-Times when the week began — that Lincoln County is putting its best foot forward when it comes to participating in next month’s General Election.

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Siletz fire chief receives buyout

Former Siletz Valley Fire Chief Glenn Fluhr received a $45,000 buyout of his contract after officially resigning from the fire district on Aug. 31.

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Campaign finance complaint filed in circuit court race

The husband of a candidate for Lincoln County Circuit Court judge filed a campaign finance complaint against the appointed incumbent, alleging she “failed to file required transactions and filed required transactions grossly late.” Her opponent says it was an oversight by her accounting firm that has since been corrected.

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Anderson, Cribbins battle for state senate

The choice registered voters in Oregon Senate District 5 have before them during the General Election is similar to many local, state and national races for elected seats playing out across the country.

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling halts census

Lincoln County — Following an emergency ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau halted data collection Thursday for the U.S. Census 2020. That means Lincoln County residents and those throughout the country no longer have a chance to participate in the 10-year U.S. count mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

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A first for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

Keeping skywatchers informed, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Director of Space Science Education Jim Todd emailed notification that National Aeronautics and Space Administration will attempt to land a craft and collect samples on Bennu, an asteroid near Earth, next week.

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FEMA outreach available at outlets

Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened an External Outreach Site for Lincoln County residents affected by last month’s wind event and subsequent Echo Mountain Complex fire.

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Newport city engineer moves to private sector

After leading countless infrastructure projects during a decade with the city of Newport, Public Works Director Tim Gross presented his last report to Newport City Council last week.

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Additional Articles

  • Motorcyclist injured in crash with car

    On Wednesday, Oct. 14, at about 4:20 p.m., Lincoln City Police officers responded to a report of a car versus motorcycle crash in the south 1500 block of Highway 101.

  • Newport has committee vacancy

    The city of Newport is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Newport Library Board. This board meets every other month on the second Wednesday, at 5:15 p.m., at the Newport Public Library.

  • New county law enforcement diversion program adopted

    Law enforcement agencies in Lincoln County have partnered to implement a program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD. This program is a cooperative effort between the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Toledo Police Department and Reconnections Counseling.

  • Toledo parents arrested for child neglect, drugs

    At around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, an employee at a Toledo grocery store notified law enforcement personnel of a couple in the store who they believed to be under the influence of narcotics.

  • Teen dies in Highway 101 crash

    A 17-year-old Waldport girl died from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle, head-on crash Friday afternoon, Oct. 16, near milepost 143 on Highway 101 in South Beach.

  • Earthquake near Alaska brings no local tsunami threat

    A Monday afternoon earthquake centered off the Alaskan Peninsula did not put the central Oregon coast in tsunami danger.

  • Schools get waiver for fire-displaced students

    An emergency waiver issued by the Oregon Department of Education allows wildfire-impacted school districts to bring more students back into classrooms.

  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorses candidates

    After extensive interviews of local candidates conducted by the Lincoln County Steering Committee of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the organization has endorsed a group of candidates with strong environmental positions.

  • COVID-19 business grants available

    New funds have been released for small business emergency grants, and applications are now being accepted.

  • County reopens burn season

    The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board and the nine fire protection agencies opened burn season on Monday, Oct. 12. With the recent rain and forecasted precipitation, the risk of fire spread has decreased and is expected to remain at a low level, fire officials said.

  • Women’s march planning in Newport

    A local effort is underway to unite against the Trump Administration’s plan to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s U.S. Supreme Court seat. Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill that position, which requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

  • Project updates provided to port commission

    Updates on several projects were presented to the Port of Newport Board of Commissioners when it met virtually on Sept. 29.

  • 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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