Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Goodbye 2019: A special thank you to Homepage readers

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Hiker clinging to rock face rescued via drone by Depoe Bay firefighters

Depoe Bay rescuers used a drone with thermal imaging early Tuesday morning to guide a fallen hiker to safety north of Devils Punchbowl State Park in Otter Rock.

Melissa Cribbins is champion of public education the Oregon Coast needs

Driving down the I-5 corridor, you'll pass some of the best high schools in Oregon. Driving down highway 101 is a different story. Being a local high school student, I've witnessed Oregon's textbook case of educational inequality firsthand.

Re-elect Claire Hall to the Lincoln County Commission

I have known Claire Hall for over thirty years. We met in the late 1980s while she was a broadcast journalist and I was a deputy district attorney for Lincoln County.

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. 

Lincoln County/A Galaxy of Stars

Behold the sinister orange glow that highlights the struggling red sun's attempt to melt the dense smoke.

Depoe Bay resident boosts Portland Police morale with gift bags

A Depoe Bay woman recently organized delivery of gift bags to an embattled Portland Police Bureau, who have been the target of attacks by rioters in the City of Roses.

Multi-agency Resource Center opening at Lincoln City Outlets

Lincoln County community services and FEMA are hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) that will be available for those whose homes and businesses were affected by the Echo Mountain Complex Fire and accompanying wind event.

Lincoln City man shoots self in groin at checkout

Lincoln City Police responded to McKay's Market Sunday for a reported gunshot wound, discovering a man had accidentally shot himself in the groin.

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. 

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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.

2019 was a great year for news in Lincoln City, even as long-established newspapers shutter their doors or scramble to increase their internet presence across the country.

Our meteoric rise has had a positive effect on local news media as evidenced by a more informed public and increased level of quality professional reporting across the board. Sometimes a kickstart is all it takes to get something good going — and right now — the going is good.

A very special thank you is in order for our readers as you have been instrumental in making our success possible. Placing your trust in us has been a great honor and we will continue to uphold our ethics and quality controls in our reporting.

With this success, we have been able to attract advertisers, and with the funds received from them we procured tools to do our job more effectively. We plan to bring you high-quality video reporting about things you care about in glorious HD with our new professional video camera.

We have also been able to increase all aspects on the website side, such as a better server and self-hosted video — all of which is very technical and boring so we’ll leave it there, but please note our internet capability has increased about 1000 percent.

Homepage Executive Editor Jim Fossum constantly speaks his mind on all things pertaining to our readership, including how he feels “mind-boggled” about our growth, the number of hits our articles get and breaking 5,000 Likes on Facebook. Everyone at Homepage has experienced mind-boggling and we’d like to thank you for it.

As 2020 looms, we have big plans in store to increase our coverage of all things that affect you and your daily lives.

We have the technology in place to bring you a streaming video service. Those of you who enjoy filming are invited to get on board from the beginning. We are currently looking for video partners by way of cooking shows, documentaries and anything you’d find on the big streaming providers. Our beta test group was “blown away” and went “absolutely insane” when we showed them our test site. You’ll see it soon as we get more content for you to consume.

We are hard at work on an app that will potentially make every local citizen a reporter. Can’t get into details about it just yet but it should prove to be a huge benefit to those wanting to tell their stories easily.

Homepage will continue to deliver the news daily to the people of Lincoln City (and beyond) and to further this we have obtained a brick-and-mortar location where citizens can come in to tell their stories or voice their concerns. We’ll make the location public as soon as the paint on the walls is dry.

Thank you so much for visiting our website, greeting us in public, inviting us to your events and believing in us. Hope you have a great 2020.

Sincerely,

Lincoln City Homepage Publisher Justin Werner

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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. Your site is the best and first one I click on several times a day! Thank you for being number 1 in Lincoln City, my vote but probably more.

  2. Your site is our best in-depth source for true investigative reporting on local news events. Just think back to June of last year, when you were excluded by then Mayor Don Williams (with the full support of then Council member Dick Anderson) from attending an executive session of City Council, because they alleged that Lincoln City HomePage “does not meet screening criteria as a representative of the news media.” It took you six months and the support of the OGEC to prove they were wrong! I am amazed at what you have accomplished in the year that followed!

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