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Johnathan Cable to run for DA in May election

LINCOLN COUNTY — Lincoln County District Attorney Jonathan Cable has announced his candidacy for May’s election to retain his position. Cable was appointed by Governor Kate Brown recently to fill the vacancy of former District Attorney Michelle Branam, who stepped down from the position Sept. 11, 2019. Four candidates vied for the appointment, which included several interviews and a background investigation by the Oregon State Police.

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Let the repairs begin

Traffic on Highway 101 north of Newport slowed considerably this week as work crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation began their annual battle with irresistible geologic forces near the base of Cape Foulweather. Landslides and sinkholes result in dubious underpinnings along the mile-long stretch of highway cited in a 1965 scientific study as unique for its unstable geography. “Mass movement north of Yaquina Head is much more severe than erosion in areas of similar lithology and rock attitude,” concluded the authors of Coastal Landslides of Northern Oregon. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

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Coastal risks and land use policy create tradeoffs for armoring Oregon Coast

CORVALLIS — An Oregon land use policy creates a large economic value for some private homeowners who are allowed to protect their shoreline against erosion, according to a new Oregon State University study. The research directly informs policy on a contentious issue on the Oregon coast — the tradeoff between a homeowner’s ability to protect their private property and public access to Oregon’s beaches, said Steven Dundas, corresponding author and economist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station.

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Oregon State research addresses wildfire risk

CORVALLIS — New digital tools developed by Oregon State University will enable land managers to better adapt to the new reality of large wildfires through analytics that guide planning and suppression across jurisdictional boundaries that fires typically don’t adhere to. Led by Chris Dunn, a research associate in the OSU College of Forestry with several years of firefighting experience, scientists have used machine learning algorithms and risk-analysis science to analyze the many factors involved in handling fires: land management objectives, firefighting decisions, fire mitigation opportunities and the needs of communities, the environment and the fire management system.

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  • Democrats to meet in Newport

    On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee will hold its February general meeting at the headquarters at 401 E Olive St., Newport.

  • Crab packer feels effects of coronavirus

    DEPOE BAY — Citing the effects of age and the coronavirus, a crab shipper who revitalized the commercial fishing industry in the “World’s Smallest Harbor” earned sympathy and concessions from the city council on Tuesday. Geoff Mulfino, owner of Living Pacific Seafood, argued at the Feb. 18 meeting for key changes to an expired lease agreement on the city-owned fish plant he has rented since 2014. “These rules put me in violation seven days a week, because they say I have to be there 24/7,” asserted Mulfino, who pays about $2,400 a month for a building he uses mainly during the winter and spring crab seasons. “When we’re not shipping crab or providing ice, it’s pretty quiet down there.”

  • Tobacco, marijuana education and prevention activities discussed

    LINCOLN COUNTY — Tobacco licensing fees and some marijuana tax money are earmarked for education and prevention activities, said Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont. “We’re at the end of completing our ordinance on the tobacco retail licensing program,” Belmont told Newport City Council members as they met for a joint work session with the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. After looking at samples across the state, the county will be ready to formally present the ordinance to city councils in March or April, advised Belmont.

  • K9 fundraising reaches $75,000

    The members of the Lincoln City Police Department recently announced that the fundraising efforts for the department’s K9 program have reached the initial goal of $75,000. The department expressed thanks to all the residents, businesses and organizations who donated to the fundraising efforts for the department to obtain and implement a K9 program.

  • Despondent and armed juvenile taken into custody

    Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a report of an armed juvenile outside Siletz Valley School at around 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The caller to the dispatch center was a staff member at the school, who told the 911 operator that areas of the school near the subject had been evacuated, and school staff were trying to speak with her. The subject, a 12-year-old student, was despondent and threatening to harm herself with a knife.

  • Lincoln County Sheriff's Office enrolls in Oregon's Car Care Program

    The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has enrolled in Oregon’s Car Care Program. This program is a partnership between the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, to assist individuals and families with improving the safety of their cars.

  • Waldport Climate Crisis meeting

    The February meeting of the Waldport Climate Crisis Planning group will feature a discussion of the 2018 Lincoln County resolution to establish a public-private partnership in which Lincoln County participates in information sharing, supports forums for discussion of alternatives and innovations and provides residents, stakeholders and all interested parties opportunities to review and give input on climate legislation and policy choices by local decision-makers. Martin Desmond, one of the authors of the resolution, will lead the discussion.

  • Seminar on human trafficking awareness and prevention set

    Frozen in pictures on the computer screen. Trapped in unfamiliar beds. Lost between the pages of society. For each commercially sexually exploited youth who is rescued in the United States, 99 children are still waiting to be rescued from the chains of this modern-day slavery.

  • 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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