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70-Year Old Man Dies While On Fishing Trip Out of Newport

osp_logo_sOregon State Police (OSP) and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation to confirm the cause of death of a 70-year old Charleston man Sunday while he was on a fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean. Initial investigation indicates he may have died from natural causes.  On August 31, 2014 at 7:47 a.m., two OSP troopers were dispatched to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard (USCG) Station in Newport to meet USCG personnel while a boat was returning from the Pacific Ocean with a deceased adult male. At approximately 12:31 p.m., the fishing vessel “Carolyn Ruth” arrived at the station. Initial investigation indicates the boat’s captain and 70-year old Eugene Elmer Compton from Charleston, left port on August 30 at approximately 3:00 p.m. to go fishing about 25 miles off shore. Later that evening, Compton  indicated he wasn’t feeling well and went to bed. According to the boat’s captain, Compton reportedly got up during the middle of the night and was found deceased later that morning after the captain awoke.

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Depoe Bay City Councilor Found Deceased

By Larry Coonrod

skip hoitinkDEPOE BAY—Newport police officers found Depoe Bay City Councilor Skip Hoitink deceased in a Newport apartment early Friday afternoon.

Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said officers went to Hoitink’s apartment to conduct a welfare check at the request of an unidentified person. Miranda said he could not comment on the cause of death because of an ongoing investigation.

Officers turned the results of their death investigation over to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, which is standard procedure in an unattended death investigation. Miranda said the county medical examiner will determine the cause of death. A spokesperson for the family said officials have not yet given them any details about how Hoitink died. Continue reading

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Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Volunteers Honored.



Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area volunteers were recently presented the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award. The award encourages United States citizens, or lawfully admitted permanent residents, to live a life of service. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, recognized the efforts of Harry Olund (2,258 hours), Richard and Linda Crooks (2,050 hours each), Fae Kelley (1,907 hours), Bill and Betty Jones (1,809 hours each), Rebecca Field (1,617 hours), Tom Quayle (1,509 hours), Doug Purcell (883 hours) and Chris Burns (836 hours).

“Many of these individuals have given their time to Yaquina Head for more than a decade,” said Salem District Manager Kim Titus. “Together they have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of visitors and have assisted the Bureau of Land Management with many visitor service tasks including lighthouse tours, interpretive center operations and tide pool education.”

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A number of additional Yaquina Head volunteers, including full time “apprentices” – volunteers who serve as rangers-in-training, were also recognized. During the past year, 39 volunteers provided 8,308 hours of service, (valued at $184,000). Continue reading

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Little Libraries In Newport

By Larry Coonrod


Youngsters line up to get a book from the Little Free Library in front of Sam Case Primary School Monday. A project of the Ford Family Leadership Program Central Lincoln County Cohort 3, 11 of the free Little Libraries are planned throughout the county. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Youngsters line up to get a book from the Little Free Library in front of Sam Case Primary School Monday. A project of the Ford Family Leadership Program Central Lincoln County Cohort 3, 11 of the free Little Libraries are planned throughout the county. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT-Two dozen youngsters anxiously clutched books and fidgeted while waiting patiently for the adults to finish their speeches and cut the ceremonial ribbon so they could be among the first to use the Little Free Library at Sam Case Primary School Monday.

Looking something like an overgrown birdhouse, the Little Free Library in front of the school is the first of 11 planned throughout Lincoln County to provide free books.

Community Problem Solving

Monday’s ribbon cutting marked months of work by about 40 central Lincoln County community members taking part in the Ford Family Leadership Program. Participants spend 48 hours learning leadership skills, conflict resolution, and consensus building. “The goal is to try to enable rural communities to problem solve here locally and go back to the model where people are relying on community based solutions to problems,” said cohort 3 member Sharon Kanareff.

At the end, each cohort group chooses a community project to put their skills to work.  The central Lincoln County Cohort 3 group looked at many ideas before agreeing on the Little Free Libraries. “It dealt with literacy, which is a huge interest to all of us within the county,” said Sheila Stiley. “And second, it was something everybody could really invest in and be part of, from the youth up to the 70-year-olds.” Continue reading

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Newport Slated To Recieve State TGM Grant

By Kiera Morgan

City of Newport LogoThe Transportation and Growth Management or TGM program, a 21-year partnership between ODOT and the Department of Land Conservation and Development, has announced the recipients of more than $2.5 million for transportation and land use planning efforts. The city of Newport will receive funding for work on leveraging Local Improvement Districts or LIDs as a Transportation Funding Tool. Transportation and Growth Management grants support communities in Oregon that are working to create vibrant, livable places where people can walk, bike, take transit or drive where they want to go. The Newport LID Project will develop model policy, code, and informational materials to assist the city and other local jurisdictions in making Local Improvement Districts an effective and publicly acceptable financing tool for needed transportation system improvements.

According to Newport community development director Derrick Tokos this will help the city to develop a toolbox of financing strategies and methods for efficiently structuring an LID program to be developed, and an action plan will be prepared for two case study areas within the City that are well positioned for having LIDs fund needed street system improvements. The total cost should be around $80,000 with $65,000 coming from the State and $15,000 from the City. For this annual funding cycle, the Transportation and Growth Management program received 40 applications requesting over $4.5 million. After reviews, twenty applicants were chosen to receive just over $2.5 million. Planning is critical to the success of a community’s economic and environmental health, yet there are very few sources of transportation and land use planning funds for local governments.


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Buccaneer Challenge Helps Local Youth

By Larry Coonrod


pirates on tires (photo by Larry Coonrod)

pirates on tires (photo by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT—More than 130 fleet-and not so fleet-footed would be pirates and one four-legged first mate ran, jumped, crawled, and slithered their way through the second annual Buccaneer Rampage Saturday.

Sponsored by the Newport Parks and Recreation Department, the obstacle course pitted participants against 22 obstacles over a 3.2-mile course at the Newport airport. Newport sports coordinator Michael Cavanaugh said entrants sailed into town from ports of call up and down the West Coast, and beyond.

“We’ve got people from Vancouver all the way down to San Francisco, Nevada, Idaho. I think the furthest person is vacationing from Virginia,” he said. “It was a good turnout. We’re very happy with it.”

dog mud pitMonths in the planning, the race took the coordinated efforts of the parks department, firefighters, public works and a large group of volunteers to plan and build. Continue reading

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Understanding Medicare

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August 24, 2014 · 6:43 pm