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Newport shelter warms hearts and bodies

NEWPORT — A year ago, Tammy Brant was coming to the Lincoln County Emergency Warming Shelter in Newport as a guest. Now, she runs the place. “I’ve been homeless on-and-off myself — between couchsurfing, living in a tent, living in a vehicle — for 12 years,” said Brant. She knows all about the dangerously cold nights that face the area’s homeless population — many of whom have been heading to the warmth the shelter provides. That demand will continue in the coming weeks, especially as the weath

Annual pow-wow celebrates a tribe restored

LINCOLN CITY — As the grand entry for the Siletz Tribal Restoration Pow-Wow began on Saturday night, the conference room of the Chinook Winds Casino Resort was filled with the sound of regalia chiming, along with drums and song. But that song wasn’t one that could just be heard; it could be felt and seen with the movement of the floor, much to the surprise of many in attendance. Because the convention center is built to withstand an earthquake, the floor was moved slightly with the beat of the d

Book goes behind scenes

A native to the central coast has published his first book with Dancing Moon Press in Newport: a nonfiction work filled with colorful anecdotes and the resulting philosophical questions he found while working in the marijuana industry for six years. Born and raised in Newport, Michael Clark attended Oregon State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology — a degree that served him well in documenting what he saw and experienced in a small medical marijuana growin

Aquarium plans for new rehabilitation center

NEWPORT — The Oregon Coast Aquarium has announced a fundraising campaign to build a new sea otter holding facility, but that’s only the first step in their plans for a new rehabilitation facility. A more comprehensive Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is just part of the aquarium’s $12.5 million plan for improvements, but the sea otter holding area is an important place to start for the endangered species which hasn’t lived off of the Oregon coast in over a century.

NARCAN saves lives

NEWPORT — Without medical training, you can save someone from dying of an opioid overdose. Last year, the CDC reported that 66 percent of overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioid use. That same year, the opioid overdose reversal drug NARCAN was released. Samaritan Health pharmacist Nicole Jolin wanted to help spread the word on how this product can be used to save lives, and asked her supervisors if there was a public class to spread information about NARCAN and how to administer it. “There’s s

A bridge to healing

WALDPORT — Nearly 140 people joined hands and recited the serenity prayer on the Alsea Bridge on Saturday to celebrate addiction recovery as part of National Recovery Month. The morning began with people meeting at the Alsea Bridge Interpretive Center. The parking lot was full of people laughing, taking pictures together, hugging and saying “it’s so good to see you!” At the heart of it all — addiction, and how you heal from it.

Local shelter serves all

LINCOLN COUNTY — There’s a lot more that goes on at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter than just adoption. While they love to serve animals, they also work hard to serve the community. Outside of its adoption operations, the shelter provides a number of public services. For pet owners, the shelter offers microchipping and ID tags for a small fee, as well as processing dog license applications for the county. For pet owners in need, the shelter provides a food bank program, with the requirement

City council meeting ‘out of hand’

The Creston City Council held a regular meeting Tuesday night, the agenda for which held an open hearing on proposed ordinance changes, numerous resolutions and five individual appointments — one of which was added to the agenda after its official release. The meeting was adjourned after Mayor Gary Lybarger commented, “I’m sorry if I offend anybody, but it kind of got out of hand, OK?” Lybarger’s comment referred to the council’s third appointment, which set with Danny Bird to discuss removal o
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