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Commissioners get to work

Port of Alsea Commissioners Rob Bishop, Buster Pankey and Joe Rohleder were busy recently painting the Port of Alsea building, paintbrushes and rollers in hand. Nick Rust, a part-time staff person, helped as well, said Port Manager Roxie Cuellar, and she, too, stepped out of the office to paint. Bishop’s granddaughter, Madi, also helped.

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Safely towed back to port

The fishing vessel Pegasus became disabled about 60 miles south of the mouth of the Umpqua River Tuesday evening. The F/V Miss Berdie arrived on the scene and began towing the Pegasus though the night. Early Wednesday morning, personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay took over. The 52-foot motor lifeboat Victory and a 47-foot motor lifeboat are pictured here towing the Pegasus safely into Yaquina Bay.

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Family seeks closure

Signs along the highways throughout Lincoln County seeking information about the disappearance and murder of Kelly Lynn Disney have drawn complaints to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Most of western Oregon in high fire danger

As of this week, due to extreme heat and drier conditions, all Oregon Department of Forestry districts in western Oregon have raised the fire danger level to high (yellow) except for the coastal counties of Clatsop, Coos, Curry and Tillamook, which remain at moderate fire danger. Counties experiencing high fire danger in western Oregon include Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill.

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Nine things to know about COVID-19 transmission

In recent months, people have been deluged with information about COVID-19 from multiple sources. Because researchers and the medical community continue to learn about the disease, information continues to evolve. For a clear, local snapshot of what is known about virus transmission today, Mollie Vance, RN, supervisor of Lincoln County Public Health’s communicable disease division, participated in the following Q & A.

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Beach fun in Newport

A boy enjoying the sun and sand was spotted at Newport’s Nye Beach on Tuesday. Beach goers, distanced from each other, were spread out in the sand.

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Man drowns at Waldport golf course

A report of a man drowning at Crestview Golf Club in Waldport on Sunday, July 26, was investigated by deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

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A fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint

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Crystal structure could hold key to solar cell revolution

Solar energy researchers at Oregon State University are shining their scientific spotlight on materials with a crystal structure discovered nearly two centuries ago.

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Litter patrol on the beach

Litter patrol on the beach

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Man arrested after stealing surfboards

At about 11:25 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, Lincoln City Police officers responded to a suspicious person call in the southwest 3800 block of Highway 101. It was reported that a man was walking along the highway while carrying several surfboards. Officers located the man and identified him as 29-year-old Christian M. Berry, of California and Hawaii, and he was carrying several surfboards. When asked, Berry said he found the surfboards.

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Lincoln City police chase minivan

On Friday, July 17, shortly before 10 p.m., a Lincoln City police officer responded to a report of a suspicious minivan parked behind an unoccupied residence. As the officer was making contact, a female occupant in the minivan drove away at a high rate of speed after being told to stop.

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Area residents urged to enroll in COVID-19 study

About 150 Lincoln County residents have signed up to report their temperature and other COVID-19 symptoms for up to one year.

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Additional Articles

  • Information session for companies interested in subsea cable project

    In preparation for a solicitation of bids for five 12-mile long subsea cables to support a wave energy testing facility, Oregon State University will host an information session for companies interested in the project.

  • D River Beach public health advisory lifted

    The Oregon Health Authority lifted a public health advisory Thursday for contact with marine water at D River Beach Lincoln City.

  • Blessed with a public beach access

    I live in a small Newport neighborhood that is blessed with a public beach access — a pedestrian-only access that is used by myself and many of my neighbors on a near daily basis. It has been used regularly by folks in our wider community for over 60 years.

  • Lincoln City Police arrest three rooftop trespassers

    On Tuesday, July 28, at about 9:50 p.m. Lincoln City Police officers were dispatched to the Lighthouse Square Business Complex, located at 4157 NW Highway 101, on a report of three subjects on the roof.

  • Household hazardous waste collection event Saturday

    Lincoln County residents can properly dispose of household hazardous waste for free during an annual collection event sponsored by Lincoln County Haulers and the County Solid Waste District. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Thompson’s Sanitary Service, located at 7450 NE Avery St. in north Newport.

  • City of Yachats looks at insurance bill

    Geoff Sinclair, the city of Yachats’ insurance agent representing Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance, asked the Yachats City Council at its most recent meeting why the city covers volunteers for workers’ compensation insurance. He told the council it is unusual for a city to do so.

  • D River Beach in Lincoln City issued health advisory

    The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory on Tuesday, July 28, for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach in Lincoln City.

  • Waldport man dies in crash

    On Sunday, July 26, shortly after 7 p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on Highway 34 near milepost 14, about four miles east of Tidewater.

  • Habitat for Humanity receives grant funding

    Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County has received $140,000 in Local Innovation Fast Track (LIFT) grant funding from Oregon Housing and Community Services to support construction of two new homes in the Palisades area of Lincoln City.

  • Newport updating stormwater plan

    A new ordinance updating the city of Newport’s comprehensive plan was approved Monday evening, July 20, by a vote of the Newport City Council. The changes made through this ordinance serve to update the city’s stormwater facilities plans.

  • Some forest permits being issued

    The Central Coast Ranger District in the Siuslaw National Forest has resumed issuing forest product permits, with a few modifications to ensure public and employee safety.

  • County allocates funds to social service organizations

    During its regular meeting on Monday, July 20, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved $206,000 for local nonprofits engaged in social services.

  • ODFW to hold public meetings on fisheries

    ODFW is hosting virtual meetings on July 28 and 29 to gather public input on the 2021 sport bottomfish and halibut season and the 2021 directed commercial halibut fishery.

  • 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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