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Young doctor drowns while surfing

A 30-year-old physician from Corvallis died Saturday in a tragic surfing accident after he paddled single-handedly into a storm-swept ocean. Toren Stearns was pronounced dead at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital after rescuers found his body floating 200 feet offshore from a popular surfing beach on the south side of Cape Foulweather, near the Devil’s Punchbowl.

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Elderly Toledo resident dead in house fire

Investigators on Wednesday afternoon removed a body from a Tom Jack Road home destroyed in an early-morning fire.

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Reflections of a life on the water

The Newport waterfront is less rich today for the passing of a man who's determined spirit exemplified the fishing life.

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Tickets issued in code crackdown

Wrapped in body armor and packing a ticket book and a taser gun, Deputy Jesse Hess is the spearhead of a countywide crackdown on bad neighbors, faulty septic tanks, outlaw RV parks and forbidden eyesores.

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Crab season delayed to end of year

The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast. It's not a welcomed development for all fishermen, especially the ones who rely on the fishery for Christmas money, but the delays have become a fact of life.

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Column: Bulldogs give Cubs a needed gut check

Perhaps no basketball team in the county has a higher ceiling than Newport’s. But by the same token, the floor could be just as low. When Newport hosted the undefeated 5A North Bend Bulldogs the cathedral-like ceilings as well as the depth of the basement were on full display. A neck-and-neck game turned into a 69-55 win for the Bulldogs at Spangler Court on Friday, Dec. 7. With Newport’s losses from last year’s squad, would the Cubs be able to find a formula to carry them to another deep playoff run in 2019? The formula that the Cubs found successful a season ago was fairly simple: Kye Blaser being Kye Blaser and then having two or three — whether it was Justin Plechaty, Bryan Tapia, Jose Ponciano — or any number of players step in to carry the scoring load. It was a formula that took Newport to within a game of the state title game and ultimately a third-place finish at the tournament.

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Newport returns to basics in win

Nine of the 10 Cubs players that saw action scored, led by 19 points from senior Megan Wagner, helping Newport secure the 65-30 win over the Rangers. “It was a lot of fun tonight,” Wagner said. “We were definitely playing for each other. Everyone had their own moments. It was awesome to see everyone excel in their role; everyone just played really well in their role and we had a lot of fun with it.” It was definitely a good bounce back after Friday’s game,” added junior Hannah Trommlitz. “We played together as a team, it was nice.”

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Marchant is at it again

The Toledo boy’s basketball team keeps winning and Conner Marchant keeps scoring. In the Boomers 83-75 over Creswell, Marchant was able to keep his scoring average above 40 points with a 41-point effort to keep Toledo undefeated through three games.

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Beasley at Large: God’s Thumb trail under scrutiny

LINCOLN CITY — The trail to God’s Thumb is as hard to fathom as an Old Testament riddle, leaving first-time hikers to read the signs — or lack of them — to find their way to one of the most divine views at the Oregon coast. “It’s not a designated trail system,” explained District Ranger Debbie Wilkins of the Siuslaw National Forest, which is dealing with the exploding popularity of a route once considered a local secret. “It’s not even a developed trail, but a combination of what elk and human beings have been doing for centuries.” The lure of The Thumb — Wilkins dislikes the religious handle, bestowed by a reporter that has since gone viral — is partly owed to that undeveloped and wild nature. The trail is tortured by washouts and giant, serpentine roots, fallen trees and drop-offs that would make a billy goat twitch. Those attractive features, however, can prove risky. To date, four expensive and hazardous rescue operations have been mounted to save injured or trapped hikers.

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Beasley at Large: The best hunt ever

It was the second day of the second-season hunt when I found the herd at the bottom of a steep clearcut four klicks east and 41 floors from the gated road at the edge of town.

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