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July 21, 2014 · 3:48 pm

Two Arrested For Meth And Child Neglect

JungerThursday July 17th the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team or LINT and Lincoln City Police executed a narcotics related search warrant at a home on SE Lee Avenue in Lincoln City. The warrant stemmed from a several month long methamphetamine trafficking investigation conducted by LINT. Contacted and arrested at the home was 35-year old James Michael Guy Junger and 32-year old Shari Michelle Cobb. Their three minor children were also in the residence at the time the search warrant was executed. COBBDuring a search of the residence investigators located evidence including a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, drug use paraphernalia and evidence related to the trafficking of meth. Junger and Cobb were both lodged at the Lincoln County jail for possession, delivery, and manufacture of controlled substances for meth and for child neglect in the first degree. The three minor children were removed from the home by DHS and placed in protective custody.

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Gas Line Leak Caused Temporary Road Closure

The Newport Fire Department closed off NW Oceanview Drive at 16th street for over an hour this afternoon (7/21) because a construction crew hit a gas line. The construction crew was working on the Big Creek sewer force main at the time. According to Public Works director Tim Gross, before construction started NW Natural crews marked where the gas line was however the line that was hit was not in the marked area. NW Natural crews issued a shelter in place, and asked residents to stay inside and keep doors and windows shut until the gas line could be shut off. Fire crews closed NW Oceanview around 16th for a little over an hour while the gas was being shut off and repairs could be done. The road is now open and the shelter in place order is no longer in affect.

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Newport Students Earn IB Diplomas

NHSIBGradsOn July 5, three Newport High School graduates – pictured from left, Jacob Hanna, Sophia Solano and Rachel Johnson – were awarded the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

To earn the IB diploma, these three students during their junior and senior year had to take exams in six IB courses, complete a 4,000-word essay based on an independent research project, and document and reflect on their 150 hours of creativity, action and service.

Rachel Johnson will major in bioengineering at Oregon State University. She will receive an annual $3,000 IB scholarship in addition to her other academic scholarships. Her IB diploma also has earned her entrance into OSU Honors College with sophomore standing and about 48 credits.

“The IB program was one of the most challenging experiences I’ve had, yet it was also the most rewarding,” Johnson said. “The friendships, academic skills, preparation for college, and self confidence I have developed over the past two years were well worth all of the late nights, stress, and hard work.” Continue reading

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New Lifejackets For Lincoln City Pool Swim Lessons

Life jackets The Lincoln City Community Center is the recipient of 50 new life jackets thanks to the Association of Aquatic Professionals’ Lifejacket and Swim Lesson Grant. The bright orange life jackets arrived just in time for summer swim lessons, and they will be used at all levels in the Community Center’s popular learn-to-swim program. “Lifejackets are an important part of the water safety portion of swim lessons,” Ryan Smith, aquatic supervisor, said. “We teach kids how to put lifejackets on, the appropriate time to wear them, and how to move with them in the water.” Smith, who is also a member of the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue surf rescue team, knows first-hand the dangers of local waters and the benefits of water safety instruction.
“We are surrounded by water here on the coast. You need to do everything possible to be safe,” Smith said. Swim lessons are held year-round at the Community Center. The lessons are taught by Red Cross certified lifeguards and swim instructors, using a curriculum developed specifically to emphasize water safety. In the past 12 months, more than 350 children were enrolled in group swim lessons; another 200 children took school swim lessons; and nearly 120 children enjoyed private lessons. This comes to about 41% of all local youth under the age of 18. Continue reading

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July 20, 2014 · 6:16 am

The City of Lincoln City $47,000 to local non-profit agencies

lincoln city logoThe City of Lincoln City will be distributing a total of $47,000 in checks to local non-profit agencies at 4 pm on Monday July 28. The presentation ceremony will be held in the City Council Chambers.


The following recipients will receive funds: Lincoln City Food Pantry received $10,0000 in grant funding from the city, as well as Casa, $2500, Meals on Wheels received $3,000,and Lincoln Coutny Children’s Advocacy Center $5,000. Angels Anonymous $3,500, and Business for Excellence in Youth received $3,000. and My Sisters Place received $12,000, Retired and Volunteer Seniors received $2500.

The City receives requests for funding from local non-profits each year as part of its budget preparation process. Once the City Council has approved the budget (which happens after the Council receives a recommendation from the Budget Committee), a Committee of City Councilors
reviews the applications for funding and makes a recommendation to the full City Council as to which
agencies should receive funds. “The City Council has made it a priority over the years to set money aside in the City budget for local non-profit agencies” said Dick Anderson, Mayor, City of Lincoln City. “The Recipients perform vital work in the community, from helping school-aged children get a meal to making sure the needs of senior citizens are met. The Council appreciates the support of the citizens of Lincoln City in making
these grants available”. Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend the presentation ceremony.

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