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Monthly Archives: January, 2021

Wastewater samples test positive for COVID-19 ‘California Variant’

Samples of L452R, a highly contagious "California variant" of COVID-19 have been detected by Oregon State University researchers in Lincoln City's wastewater treatment plant.

Oregon Republican leaders rebuke vaccine redirection

Republican leaders of Oregon's House and Senate issued a joint statement Friday, sharply criticizing Gov. Brown's redirection of 32,000 vaccines from rural Oregon to Portland.

Sheriff seeks help locating man missing in Drift Creek Falls area

A 49-year-old Lincoln City man has been missing for a week and search and rescue teams are searching for him in the area of Drift Creek Falls.

Senator Anderson asks Gov. Brown for clarity on indoor dining

Newly minted Oregon State Republican Senator Dick Anderson spoke before the legislature Tuesday, asking Governor Kate Brown for clarity on what metrics counties need to get restaurants and like businesses open.

Otis Café planning for Lincoln City reopening in May

The storied Otis Café, that burned down July 4, 2019, is rebuilding in south Lincoln City and the owners hope to be up and serving German potatoes by May.

Special election to be held for Lincoln City Mayor

A special election for a replacement mayor will be held after city councilors voted to let the people determine who will fill the shoes of Dick Anderson, who resigned to go work at the State Senate.

Fire chief douses Depoe Bay siren claims

DEPOE BAY — After city officials rang in the New Year with the apocalyptic wail of five sirens that sent startled residents running for high ground, the local fire department was left to answer hundreds of calls and calm frayed nerves.

Package theft suspect arrested after brief beach chase

Lincoln City Police and a Lincoln County Sheriff K9 unit chased and arrested a man who allegedly stole multiple packages in Lincoln City, Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Sheriff says stay safe surrounding smart home swatting

Nationally, smart home device manufacturers have notified law enforcement that offenders have been using stolen e-mail passwords to access smart devices with cameras and voice capabilities to carry out swatting attacks.

Sneaker wave warning issued by NWS

National Weather Service Portland issued a Beach Hazards Statement Saturday for the Central Oregon Coast calling for possible sneaker waves from late tonight until Sunday afternoon.

FBI maintaining heightened posture amid potential Salem violence

FBI's Portland Field Office is working with local authorities to prepare for potential violent activity that could occur at the Capitol in Salem in the days leading up to Jan. 20.
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King Tide hits Kyllo’s Seafood Grill, again

Kyllo's Seafood Grill took multiple hits from logs propelled by King Tide Tuesday, as bystanders looked on from restaurant windows and D River State Park.

First 2021 baby born at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

Each year, around 120 babies are welcomed into the world at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital’s Birthing Center. First in line this year was Hazel JaneAnn Baker, born at 11:34 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, to parents Jared and Elizabeth Baker of Otis.

Lincoln County to remain ‘High Risk’ for next two weeks

Lincoln County Public Health officials confirmed Monday night that Lincoln County will remain in the "High Risk" category for COVID-19 under Governor Brown's Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework.

UPDATED: NWS issues flood warnings for Central Oregon Coast

National Weather Service Portland issued three water related warnings early Monday morning calling for heavy rains and likely flooding for the Central Oregon Coast.

Depoe Bay mainstay Bill Spores dies

DEPOE BAY — Bill Spores, a stalwart of the community whose tenacious public service led to the remarkable growth of municipal parks, is dead at 87.

Sneaker wave warning issued by NWS

A Beach Hazards Statement was issued by National Weather Service Portland for the Central Oregon Coast, calling for an increased sneaker wave chance.

Samaritan walk-in clinics to close for health care worker vaccinations

The Samaritan walk-in clinics located in Newport and Lincoln City will be temporarily closed to the public Friday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 17 so that community health care workers – by appointment only through the county health department – can obtain their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations at those two locations.

Disaster preparedness class supports wildfire victims

Retired fire captain Jim Kusz will donate his teaching compensation to the Echo Mountain Fire Relief Fund and Oregon Coast Community College will follow suit, donating registration fees for Kusz's popular disaster preparedness class this February.

Injured deer dispatched in Depoe Bay

The single report of gunfire near the city water plant at 4 p.m. Thursday sounded the compassionate end to an injured deer.

Outgoing mayor triggered doomsday sirens

In his last official act, outgoing mayor Robert Gambino personally activated the town’s emergency sirens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, triggering a tidal wave of complaints at city hall when scores of people who evacuated to higher ground learned there was no danger, after all.

High Surf Advisory issued by NWS

National Weather Service Portland issued a High Surf Advisory for the Central Oregon Coast Tuesday, calling for potentially destructive waves.

Sketch of girl found in Van Duzer Corridor released

Oregon State Police released a sketch Monday of the female child found dead in the Van Duzer Corridor Dec. 10.

Modern Stone Age wheels return to Lincoln City

Lincoln City residents have noticed a vehicle reportedly from the Stone Age sitting at former mayor Don Williams' thrift store in Taft.

Lincoln City man swept into protest

A Lincoln City businessman who was returning home Friday from a trip to Bend found himself trapped by tear gas, police and hundreds of protestors.