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Exploring tide pool treasures

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
YACHATS -- Tide pools along the central Oregon coast offer up a treasure trove of natural wonders.
Sea stars and anemones in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes can be found in the shallow pools of water nestled beside rocks covered with mussels and barnacles.
CoastWatch, a citizen monitoring program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, offered people an

Bridge restoration projects on schedule

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Restoration projects on two of Lincoln County's historic covered bridges remain on schedule as they receive a little more work than just a fresh coat of paint.
Both the Chitwood Bridge, located in the eastern part of the county off of Highway 20, and the Yachats Covered Bridge, also known as the North Fork Bridge, off of

Proposed closure prompts firestorm

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The U.S. Coast Guard's decision to close the Newport Air Facility at the end of November continues to draw heavy criticism in coastal communities, and among Oregon politicians as they apply pressure to have the agency reverse its action.
Led locally by the Newport Fishermen's Wives Association, the effort includes condemnation by the city of Newport, Port of

Grassroots support grows in response to Coast Guard decision

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- As Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall put it, Oregon's congressional delegation is the one who really has the power to potentially impact the U.S. Coast Guard's decision to close Newport's Air Facility on Nov. 30.
But that doesn't mean others shouldn't continue to rise up and join the fight. The commissioners formally did so Wednesday morning with passage

Council adopts new wood ordinance

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
WALDPORT -- The Waldport City Council is on board with the Port of Alsea in efforts to slow down erosion along Alsea Bay.
City council members voted unanimously in favor of adopting an ordinance regarding erosion along Alsea Bay at their regular council meeting on Oct. 9.
The city has been monitoring erosion on Alsea Bay since 2010. The

School district falls below state average

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The majority of schools in the Lincoln County School District performed below the state average during 2013-14, new state report cards show.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released its report cards for K-12 schools on Oct. 9, and of the 16 listed in Lincoln County, only three, Isaac Newton Magnet School, Newport High and Waldport High

Home sales soar

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The $1.27 million sale of a spectacular, seaside residential property in Agate Beach last month capped an epic summer season for the real estate industry.
Sales of residential-site built properties in the region surged 30 percent to $18.88 million in September from $14.5 million in September 2013.
At the same time, the number of properties that changed

Flying club takes flight

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The views on the central Oregon coast are spectacular on the ground. They're even better in the air.
In recent months, more folks have had opportunities to take in those priceless views of the Pacific Ocean and the communities nestled along the coast from the air.
Local pilots and other aviation enthusiasts have joined together to form the

Air facility closure set for end of November

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
NEWPORT, The U.S. Coast Guard has decided to close its helicopter rescue air facility at the Newport Municipal Airport, effective Nov. 30.
Rear Admiral R.T. Gromlich, commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, notified Capt. Todd Trimpert, commander of USCG Sector North Bend of the decision on Sept. 2.
As part of the closure, the Coast Guard will consolidate aviation

Yachats Farmers Market continues to grow

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
YACHATS -- The parking lot of the Yachats Commons has been bustling with people every Sunday since spring.
The Yachats Farmers Market may be small, but there's no doubt it is getting noticed.
The popular market attracts vendors from up and down the Oregon coast and from Corvallis and Eugene to the small coastal community of less than 700 residents.

Promoting early reading

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Early childhood education has become an increasingly larger focus among state and local educators as they point to building stronger foundations for learning.
To add to that focus, Umpqua Bank, the Oregon Education Investment Board and Gov. John Kitzhaber have teamed together for a new statewide literacy campaign, stORytime, that is working to get more books in

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