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Deputies arrest man after pursuit near Waldport

A Waldport man led deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on a back-road chase on Thursday, May 28, before being apprehended on a multitude of charges. This case began back on May 16, when deputies were dispatched to a disturbance outside a business in the 300 block of Hemlock Street in Waldport. A witness reported that two people involved in the disturbance had entered a vehicle and left at a high rate of speed after driving over the curb and landscaping. Deputies were familiar with the vehicle the witness described and attempted to contact the owner at his residence. However, he fled from the location just prior to deputies arriving.

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Area high schools hold modified graduations

LINCOLN COUNTY — The Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas as scheduled in modified ceremonies that strictly adhere to social-distancing guidelines. At the county’s six high schools, staff and parents have worked hard to give seniors a meaningful experience and mementos of their interrupted final year. Lincoln County School District Superintendent Karen Gray announced in her May 20 update that schools would hold modified graduations on the originally scheduled dates, adding that the largely virtual events did not preclude larger-scale, in-person events in the future.

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Newport says Rogue working to be compliant

NEWPORT — Mona Lindstromberg, a frequent critic of the Newport City Council regarding issues related to violations committed by Rogue Brewery, accused the city of being “less than forthcoming about the city’s response to Rogue’s noncompliance with wastewater treatment requirements and its negative ramifications to the city” in written public comments sent to city council and staff prior to a livestreamed meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1. “Fines are a deterrent and a consequence of not being compliant with municipal code,” Lindstromberg wrote. “Although fines are not incorporated into the city’s budget, that revenue would be useful to the city and its residents. As implemented by the city,” she accused, “voluntary compliance is a failed policy.”

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OCCC commencement to be live streamed June 12

The faculty and staff of Oregon Coast Community College have been awed by the resilience and spirit shown by OCCC students during this unusual spring term. “For those graduating in June, as you might imagine, commencement will be different than any in the history of our college,” OCCC President Birgitte Ryslinge said. “We’d like to thank those students who participated in the student survey that sought ideas and opinions about how OCCC should celebrate this year’s event.” Students have been asked to watch their student email accounts and the college website for additional information. Planning is ongoing, but there are some firm details already about the Oregon Coast Community College 2020 commencement ceremony.

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Retherford appointed to fill port commission seat

NEWPORT — Coinciding with the 110th anniversary of the Port of Newport’s first port commission meeting, four commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Kelley Retherford to fill a vacancy on the commission at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 26.  Retherford was appointed to a term expiring on June 30, 2021, which was left vacant when Sara Skamser resigned from the body earlier in May. Retherford, the only applicant for the position, brings a wealth of experience with her as the vice president of both Retherford Fisheries, Inc. and Reliance Fisheries, Inc. She has also served on other business and nonprofit boards.   

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Smoothing the rough spots

An Oregon Department of Transportation crew takes advantage of good weather on Wednesday to conduct some general maintenance on Highway 101 between Beverly Beach and Moolack Beach.

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Cost of distracted driving

Lincoln County Deputy Nick Vaille told the News-Times the worst thing about the situation pictured above was the tow bill the driver will have to pay. The white van didn’t slide off Highway 101 at the Ona Beach curve north of Seal Rock, as the deputy presumed when he saw it. The driver was on North Beaver Creek Road approaching the highway when he became distracted by his cat, Vaille related. The driver remained in good cheer in spite of the unfortunate position of his van. (Photo by Cheri Brubaker)

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Protective gear distributed to ag workers

Members of the Oregon National Guard deliver personal protective equipment to the Oregon State University Lincoln County Extension office Thursday for distribution to area agricultural workers.

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Memorial Day is about recognizing the sacrifice

Memorial day calls for recognition of the sacrifice made by Americans in the line of duty in service to our country. Always marking the unofficial beginning of summer, it’s a day off or a super-busy day at work, depending on the job. Some determinedly shop the Memorial Day sales. If you are so lucky to be invited, there’s a pool party, a barbecue, a cook-out. Maybe even fireworks and a parade. It’s a long weekend, great for a getaway, for camping, hiking or a fire on the beach.

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Toledo City Council to draft nuisance ordinance

TOLEDO — Toledo Mayor Rod Cross told the News-Times that the city council will postpone its discussion and adoption of a proposed nuisance ordinance until July, when he hopes the county will have entered into stage three of reopening from the coronavirus-related closures. He said it was important enough to wait so the issue can be discussed in person. “One of the things that Police Michael Chief Pace has embraced is being as modern of a department as possible, meaning all departments work together to make things better,” Cross explained. “This type of ordinance has been used in many places in the country to deal with things that are difficult to deal with.”

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Additional Articles

  • Failed robbery attempt in Otis leads to attempted murder charges

    OTIS — Two Otis residents face attempted murder charges and a third was indicted for serious felonies after a failed robbery attempt on May 19. At about 10 p.m., three Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies and a Lincoln City police officer were in the Otis area investigating a disturbance call. While at the scene, they heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the area of North Fawn Drive. Two units left the disturbance call and began investigating the shots they had just heard.

  • Campgrounds in county to reopen June 9

    Lincoln County campgrounds are set to reopen on June 9.

  • Newport announces city hall to close on Fridays

    The Newport City Council recently made the decision to furlough all non-represented employees for 12 days. To accomplish this, Newport City Hall will be closed on Fridays beginning June 5 and extending through Aug. 28. The furlough decision resulted from revenue losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • County to apply for grants

    LINCOLN COUNTY — Lincoln County is preparing applications for two 2020 Community Development Block Grants from Business Oregon, and the county commissioners will hold a public hearing on this topic during a special meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. The county is seeking public comment on the two applications it is preparing. The first is the Lincoln County Microenterprise Project (Lincoln County, Depoe Bay, Toledo and Siletz) to support small businesses hit hardest by the COVID crisis in these communities. It is estimated the proposed project will benefit at least 60 persons, of whom 75 percent will be low or moderate income. The second is the Lincoln County Public Assistance Project, to provide personal protective equipment and other public services in response to the COVID crisis.

  • Newport candidate packets available for fall election

    Newport residents will elect a mayor and three city councilors in the general election on Nov. 3.

  • Oregon Supreme Court to decide church lawsuit

    The fate of Gov. Kate Brown’s emergency orders is now in the hands of the Oregon Supreme Court.

  • Jacobson tagged for state commission

    Lincoln County Commissioner Kaety Jacobson has been recommended by Gov. Kate Brown to serve as a member of the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). She is scheduled for Senate confirmation in June and will replace Commissioner Melissa Cribbins — one of two new representatives on the commission.

  • Two die in crash near Eddyville

    Two people died as a result of a single-vehicle crash near Eddyville at around 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 21.

  • Lincoln City awards aid to businesses, nonprofits

    During a special meeting on May 18, the Lincoln City City Council approved a list of businesses that will receive a total of more than half a million dollars through the city’s economic aid program.

  • Danforth wins race for DA, Bachart re-elected

    Voters in Tuesday’s primary election selected Lanee Danforth to be the new Lincoln County District Attorney, Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Bachart was reelected in a landslide, and the top two candidates for Lincoln County Commissioner, Position 2 — incumbent Claire Hall and challenger Joe Hitselberger — will move on to a run-off election in November.

  • Lodging opens in Depoe Bay

    During its regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Depoe Bay City Council voted to allow lodging establishments to begin booking tourist stays May 21, a day earlier than Waldport and two days before Newport.

  • 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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