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A visit to small farms

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
YACHATS -- Few things in life are more grand than a Sunday drive in the countryside. Add in stops to a selection of small, local farms nestled along the Yachats River Road, and it becomes a grand adventure.
For the last several years, small farms along the Yachats River have opened their doors to the community, inviting people to come
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Angell Job Corps celebrates 50 years

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
YACHATS --This year, Angell Job Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The Civilian Conservation Center, located along NE Blodgett Road between Waldport and Yachats, was opened in 1964 when job corps was started during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Some of the World War II-era buildings on the campus were still standing -- the location was first established
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Local goodies shine

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
SOUTH BEACH -- Tomatoes took the spotlight during an afternoon garden tour at Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) on Aug. 20 as part of Master Gardener Week 2014 in Lincoln County.
Gardening enthusiasts were invited to explore the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at OCCC's South Beach campus, complete with a tomato-tasting competition.
A wide array of locally grown tomatoes took
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Hatfield releases octopus, seeks replacement

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
OUTH BEACH -- The release of Hatfield Marine Science Center's resident octopus Wednesday morning was fairly uneventful. Yet it was still notably different from others.
There is no octopus waiting to take the releasee's place this time.
The giant Pacific octopuses displayed in the Hatfield visitor center are often obtained through donations from fishermen who catch the invertebrates
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LCSD joins social media

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Many people today are often glued to social media. While it can sometimes cripple social interactions, it can also encourage them. Which is what the Lincoln County School District is aiming for.
The district now has its own Facebook and Twitter pages, "so we're entering a new age of technology here," Superintendent Steve Boynton said. LCSD's Twitter
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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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