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Beasley at Large

Cool decision saved lives but Mayor’s crash-landing earns reprimand, recall

NEWPORT — Pilots who keep their cool to save the lives of passengers in the most desperate aviation circumstances are sometimes hailed as heroes before getting hung out to dry like Mayor Dean Sawyer!

What I do when terrorists attack

When little Harper, daughter of Gimp, the naval aviator, looks up at her grandpa and asks what he did when the terrorists attacked, I’ll say I picked up my gun and turned somebody in.

I’m not taking a pen to a swordfight

Guns! Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you, but they’re back in the news.

History-making mayor of Depoe Bay dies at 76

DEPOE BAY — An acclaimed former mayor who defied racial barriers in police work and politics has died at the age of 76.

How moviemakers drove Depoe Bay ‘Cuckoo’ in 1975

DEPOE BAY — Imagine this usually noisy port oddly hushed as a loudspeaker echoes off the high rock walls, “Quiet Please! Lights…Camera…Action!”

Top 10 extras for your Tsunami Kit

Congratulations. You’ve survived the Flood of ’99, the Windstorm of ’13 and the Election Year Wildfires. You’ve dodged the Wuhan Bat Virus and brought your stash of toilet paper back to pre-Covid levels.

Outdoors: Five Questions, Five Answers

As the Hunting & Fishing Correspondent for this otherwise urbane and sophisticated web site, I figured my latest writing gig was just a good excuse to scour the county for hot-spot intelligence from numerous pistoleros, grizzled charter operators and bartenders around Lincoln County.

The best hunt ever

There’s a reason they call it the Bull’s Bag, an unexpected five-mile coil in the Siletz River that confounds rookie drifters and appears on a map like the scrotum of an elk. It gets worse.

“Glaring” distinctions divide Congressional candidates

In the last day of what many voters feel is the critical election of their lives, the hotly-contested race in Oregon’s U.S. 5th District is poised on the glaring differences between two Congressional candidates — gutsy challenger Amy Ryan Courser and her six-term opponent, Kurt Schrader.

Courser claims ag abandoned by Schrader

The suddenly-tight race in the fertile U.S. 5th District could hinge on Oregon family farms and rural communities slammed by pandemic and wildfire, claimed the challenger to a six-term incumbent who has severed his official ties to agriculture.

Courser blasts Schrader’s ethical lapses

When America was just beginning to hear about Covid-19, members of Congress who had been secretly briefed on the real peril went on a selling spree to dump stocks most likely to be affected by the virus.

MYSTERY SOLVED! D.B. Cooper was my friend

He was the soldier who became a skyjacker, the skyjacker who became a priest, and the priest who lived and died in Depoe Bay. He was D.B. Cooper, the most famous fugitive on earth, and he was my friend.

Amy Ryan Courser blasts do-nothing politicians for wildfire negligence

Heads should roll on Nov. 3 for slipshod forest policies that changed Oregon into a tinderbox waiting for a spark, declared a contender for Congress who is turning the U.S. 5th District into a hot seat.

Jim White: Black leaders matter

When all Hell broke loose and county commissioners Jacobson, Hunt and Hall needed a leader of color to help navigate volatile racial politics, the phone was silent at the White house in a pleasant Depoe Bay suburb.

The best job they ever had

A mysterious office to most voters, county commissioners rarely claim headlines as they render humdrum decisions that mainly affect rural residents but also span the divide between countryside and urban jurisdictions, such as the jail, welfare and public health.

The last mayor of Depoe Bay

It would be difficult to name a more Utopian spot on the Oregon coast than Depoe Bay, a picturesque seafaring town with 1,600 largely blissful residents who are about to be flattened by a financial meteorite.

Barber bucks Covid lockdown

Add to the pantheon of great American dissidents a working mother of five from Toledo, Ore., who reopened her hair salon against pandemic lockdown orders with a defiant question for Governor Kate Brown.

Cats!

It turns out the plan to cure Covid-19 in Lincoln County is to herd cats.

I am essential

I’m not afraid of Lincoln Co. Sheriff Curtis Landers, who warned this week that his deputies are on the prowl for “groups” of people flouting Governor Kate Brown’s lockdown order.

Hall wags finger but mangles the message

Lincoln Co. Commissioner Claire Hall continues her Quixotic quest to channel the late Republican governor Tom McCall in a cynical warning to second-home owners in “Scram!”

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