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Lincoln City Council tests its bandwidth

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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.

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Lincoln City Council accepts Tree City USA 2017 award

Lincoln City, OR – Monday’s Lincoln City Council meeting was a three hour affair that dealt with the questions of municipal internet, who would be appointed to the Budget Committee, and how to prioritize efforts to address our affordable housing needs.

Kaety Jacobson running for Lincoln County Commissioner Position 3

Kaety Jacobson
Kaety Jacobson

Born and raised in Lincoln County, Kaety Jacobson has a Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources and a Master’s Degree in Coastal Zone Management. She has spent the last 15 years working for OSU on issues relating to coastal communities. She wants to run for commissioner as she claims it’s time for a fresh perspective on county leadership. Kaety Jacobson is a foster parent and because of that she deals with a lot of social services. She wants to build a strong relationship with Lincoln City and the citizens here. Her website is: ElectKaetyJacobson.com.

Russ Baldwin running for Circuit Court Judge

55 year old Russ Baldwin seeks to get elected as judge and is running against the incumbent, Thomas Branford.  Baldwin said “we need to address people’s problems in the civil arena in a timely manner, and we need to do it in a way that people understand what has happened, and that should also reduce appeals.”

Awarded – Tree City USA 2017 

A special award given to Lincoln City on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation and Oregon Department of Forestry:  Tree City Oregon USA for 2017.

Budget Committee Applicants Interviewed for three openings 

Lincoln City Budget Committee
Lincoln City Budget Committee interview

Counselors asked a series of questions to potential budget committee members and voted for three applicants out of five.

Larry Armstrong, Rick Mark, Nancy Oksenholt were appointed to the budget committee.

Municipal Broadband 

City Manager Ron Chandler said “the city is not considered to be underserved.”

The FCC says Lincoln City is getting enough internet and is not rural. FCC defines underserved as a download speed under 25 MB/s and an upload speed as under 3 MB/s. Chandler said there would be a heavy taxpayer cost to have municipal broadband. Mayor Don Williams thanked Councilor Judy Casper for taking the time to do the research.

The city’s IT Director Tony LeSoya said the city should go to internet service providers (ISPs) and ask for more bandwidth. “The bandwidth is there,” said LeSoya.

Cutler SW Jetty Realignment vacation process

Urban Renewal’s Allison Robertson said a project would make it safer and more visible. A land swap would give a private property owner better access to his property.

Passed by unanimous decision.

Dick Anderson: “All hands on deck” for housing crisis 

Dick Anderson said Lincoln City is losing money because of housing and we need to address affordable housing as the top priority. Casper also supported making affordable housing a top priority. Anderson wants the council to be able to focus and get things done. Big picture items will be focused as agenda items. A motion to shorten a memo to prioritize police services, economic development, infrastructure, and housing failed 3-3 with Anderson, Casper, and Williams voting “nay.” After discussion, an amended version passed 4-2 with Hinton and Hoagland voting “nay.” 

Michelle Gaylor from My Sister’s Place on Sexual Assault Awareness Month 

Gaylor, shelter advocate for My Sister’s Place, wanted to point out that the Lincoln City community has been “very generous” with donations. Gaylor is a certified sexual assault victims advocate. She wants to alert the public that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. One in five women have been or will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

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Justin Werner
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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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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.