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Sea lions return to Bayfront

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- They're back. A crew of sea lions has returned to their favorite lounging spot -- the sea lion docks at Port Dock One along the Newport Bayfront.
Male sea lions typically frequent the docks, and their barks can be heard from throughout Newport.
The sound of sea lion barks, however, grew quiet during most of June and July
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Darts found in seagulls near Waldport

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Carol and Sherman Beckham were deeply disturbed when they recently found a number of seagulls with darts lodged in their bodies throughout Waldport.
The couple said they noticed a large dart with white parts on the end of it sticking out of a seagull in mid-June.
"It was about 12 inches long," Sherman said.
They were able to
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Pleas lead to prison time for Fine

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Brian David Fine was immediately sent on his way to serve an 18-month sentence in state prison last Wednesday, Aug. 13, after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges.
The 25-year-old former county employee admitted to embezzling $25,000 from the Lincoln County Employees Association. Fine was the association's treasurer at the time the money was embezzled. He was employed
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South Beach residents sentenced in heroin case

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
SOUTH BEACH -- Two South Beach residents were each sentenced last Thursday, Aug. 14 to 24 months probation for their roles in a heroin and methamphetamine operation they used mainly to feed their drug habits.
Devon Hays and Jamie Purcell were each sanctioned after pleading guilty to drug charges during separate afternoon hearings in Lincoln County Circuit Court before Judge
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LCSD amping up alternative education

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- To help students in its alternative education program be more successful, the Lincoln County School District is planning to take a different approach this year.
It will be a more personalized approach, said new Director of Secondary Education Eric Clendenin.
The district hasn't been "getting the results hoped for" in the past, he said, so they've changed focus
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New hire helps residents get coverage

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Lincoln County is providing assistance to residents needing health insurance who have had difficulty navigating the Cover Oregon website to enroll in the state's version of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Through a federal grant via the Health Resource and Services Administration, the county hired an outreach enrollment worker to assist people to enroll either in the Oregon
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LCSD approves more flexible weapons policy

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
NEWPORT --This year, if a student is caught with a knife in school, it won't mean automatic expulsion, depending on the circumstances.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors voted to update the weapon policy at the Aug. 12 meeting, making punishment dependent on each case.
"All in all, the changes to the weapons policy are very positive," Student
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National Lighthouse Day

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Historically, Aug. 7 has been designated as National Lighthouse Day.
Newport is one of the unique locations along the West Coast to boast not one, but two historical lighthouses -- Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
"There's been a big movement lately to reinstate National Lighthouse Day by the United States Lighthouse Society, on Aug. 7, in perpetuity," said
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Albacore dishes steal the show

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
SOUTH BEACH -- Albacore tuna was the focus of every dish cooked up at last weekend's Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge and the Culinary Student Challenge.
The cook-off competitions were held as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Community Block Party as NOAA recently celebrated the third anniversary since operations kicked off in Newport in 2011. The
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Paving of runway to begin Aug. 19

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The reconstruction project at Newport Municipal Airport will kick into high gear in a few days when as many as 120 trucks a day will begin hauling barrels of hot liquid asphalt along Highway 101 over a two-week period.
Beginning on Aug. 19, High Desert Aggregate and Paving will start running trucks from its temporary asphalt plant located
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Ex-county employee’s case near conclusion in court

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The framework of a plea agreement surfaced Thursday for a Waldport man who allegedly helped himself to Lincoln County Employees Association funds at the tail end of winter.
Brain David Fine, 25, is facing six counts of theft in the first degree stemming from his role in the disappearance of an undisclosed amount of money from the employees
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Brothers craft didges

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Brothers Seth and Shane McCaslin grew up as best friends. That hasn't changed in their adult years -- the brothers are now business partners, and the minds and makers behind McCaslin DidgeCrafters.
The McCaslin brothers craft didgeridoos out of locally harvested driftwood at their shop along Highway 34 in Waldport. They collect the driftwood from nearby beaches and
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Rabbi brings services to Newport

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Rabbi Jonathan Seidel has been trying something new this summer on the central Oregon coast -- he's offering monthly Shabbat services at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport.
Rabbi Seidel, of the Or haGan Jewish Community in Eugene, said there's been some real interest for Jewish services on the coast.
About 30 people attended services the first time
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