Monday, September 21, 2020

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UPDATED 3/18/18 WITH TONY LESOYA RESPONSE

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Echo Mountain Complex: 293 homes destroyed, Zero fatalities

Officials with the Echo Mountain Complex have completed preliminary structural damage assessments in the fire area and 293 residential structures have been determined to be a total loss.

Echo Mountain Complex Fire 40 percent contained

A lack of expected rain hasn’t stopped firefighters from getting more control over the Echo Mountain Wildfire as 40 percent of the fire is contained and mopping up efforts are underway. 

New ‘dignified’ donation distribution center at Lincoln City Outlets

Lincoln County Public Health officials and members of the Lincoln City church community will be opening a centralized donation distribution center in Lincoln City, 2 p.m. Tuesday to get needed supplies in the hands of people affected by the wildfires.

Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire 33 percent contained

A milestone was reached for firefighters on the Echo Mountain Complex yesterday as 100 percent of the control line has been completed on both fires.

Garbage fire at North Lincoln Sanitary Service

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a fire inside a garbage truck behind the main office of North Lincoln Sanitary Service Monday evening.

Donation distribution center being established in Lincoln City

A donation distribution center is being set up Monday afternoon in Lincoln City by Lincoln County personnel with the location to be announced.

Special Lincoln City Council meeting unavailable online

Monday's special 10 a.m. Lincoln City Council meeting was not accessible to the public on the City's website due to technical problems on the streaming provider's end.

Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire 25 percent contained

Firefighters are working to finish the last of the fire line on the Echo Mountain Fire and once this last piece of line is completed, both fires will be 100 percent lined. Firefighters have been battling difficult terrain and dense fuels to complete the line. The fire remains at 2,435 acres in size, and is currently 25 percent contained.
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NLFR Chief Dahlman makes statement about evacuees returning to their homes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JumNz0RipuQNorth Lincoln Fire and Rescue Chief Rob Dahlman gives an update on residents returning to homes but said it might be another 4-5 days...

Mayor greets reporters, Sheriff turns them away

Homepage reporters were on Highway 18 Sunday after attempts to get media access to the Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire and affected neighborhoods was not granted.

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

Local men face drug, weapons charges following ATF search and arrest raid

Two Lincoln City men and a Cloverdale resident were charged Wednesday after Special Agents from the ATF Seattle Field Division executed multiple federal search and arrest warrants in Lincoln City.

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Recently it has become a struggle to get off the ground as a media outlet in Lincoln City. The reasons for this are many, and involve being giving equal access by city officials, and others.

A good example of a roadblock encountered in the quest to be the best news outlet in Lincoln City is City Recorder Cathy Steere giving us the runaround when we asked her to be put on the city’s press notification list. She claimed she didn’t see our email requesting access, and only after we sent an additional email asking her why she hadn’t replied, did she grant us access.

After our reporting on the serious harassment allegations raised against City Attorney Richard Appicello, we’ve met with resistance from many city employees, who have refused to answer our questions, and just want the whole thing to go away. “I can’t discuss it” has been used too many times by city staff to be believable.

Threatening Occupational Tax Permit applications from the City of Lincoln City, News Guard staff blocking camera shots, and omitting facts that can skew readers to lean “their” way, and no responses to emails we sent to city officials is severely hindering our ability to report the news in a timely fashion.

That doesn’t mean we’re throwing in the towel or quitting. Quite the opposite. It has steeled our resolve to be at the forefront of news and work that much harder.

People are starting to see what honest, factual news is and can be, and are supporting us because of that. We will continue to report the facts and dig deeper than anyone else to ensure Lincoln City Homepage is the most trusted and reliable news source available.

Please keep in mind that while the city staff and other news media sources have multiple staff, Lincoln City Homepage is a small shop (for now). So any help from the public with stories is always prized above all else and helps keep the content on the website fresh and engaging.

Going Forward

Our readership is growing at an exponential rate and we can’t thank you enough for that. Our Facebook page alone has almost 1,000 followers. That’s up from 250 a few months ago.

And if you have news, or your job involves issuing press releases, please add us to your list of press contacts:. [email protected]

One last thing. It appears everyone at City Hall (Driftwood Public Library, Visitors Convention Bureau, etc) is blocked from visiting any websites created by our web hosting company, WernerHost.com, including local businesses Lil Sambo’s, Captain Cook Inn, Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic, Loyd Butler Precision Painting, Pacific Pearls TV and others. We have reached out to the city’s IT staff to find out what’s going on, and will let you know what we discover. 

UPDATE 3/18/18

Tony LaSoya, the Information Technology Director at the City of Lincoln City sent us an email apologizing for any inconvenience that the inability to reach the sites listed in the article caused anyone. He said the city subscribes to a Default Threat Protection service that automatically blocks IP address and ranges that have been shown to be a potential threat. He also said lincolncityhomepage.com was blocked before and they added an exception based on a citizen request.

The staff here at Lincoln City Homepage wish to thank Mr. LaSoya for his quick reply and for fixing the issue. 

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Justin Werner
Justin Wernerhttps://wernerhost.com/
Justin Werner is founder and publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for the fine citizens of Lincoln City, Oregon and beyond. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.

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  1. This city has turned into a corrupt little city. Under the guidance of the city attorney who acts as the city manager. Who is responsible? The council. Corrupt city corrupt council

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Echo Mountain Complex: 293 homes destroyed, Zero fatalities

Officials with the Echo Mountain Complex have completed preliminary structural damage assessments in the fire area and 293 residential structures have been determined to be a total loss.

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Echo Mountain Complex Fire 40 percent contained

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

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New ‘dignified’ donation distribution center at Lincoln City Outlets

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Forestry Department: ‘At least 100 structures damaged or destroyed’

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