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Twist of fate brings disaster prep pup to Lincoln City

LINCOLN CITY — A new member has joined Jim Kusz in his efforts to educate the public on disaster preparedness: Nick, a 16-month-old goldendoodle. Kusz, a North Lincoln Fire and Rescue district captain, has a passion for education and disaster planning — a combination that has led him to teach disaster preparedness classes. But until today, he’s done that class fur-free, though preparing for pet care in the event of an emergency is part of his curriculum.

Early fires sound alarm

OREGON — Though rain has returned to the Oregon coast, the warm and dry weather over the last couple weeks wreaked havoc across the state — and in multiple parts of Lincoln County. Regardless of the time of year, firefighters are advising being vigilant about fire safety, and checking in with authorities before starting any burns. In Eddyville last week, a tree hitting a powerline sparked a nine-acre brush fire. While it’s early in the year for fire season to start, each year, fire seasons “in

Dry conditions propel brushfire near Eddyville

EDDYVILLE — A brush fire caught off of Crystal Creek Loop near Eddyville and brought five agencies to the area to contain the blaze, which ultimately affected approximately eight acres. The Toledo Fire Department was dispatched around noon Tuesday after reports of a brush fire, and upon arrival found one to two acres affected. “There were a couple of out-buildings that were threatened, and one of them got partially burned,” Toledo staff captain Greg Musil told the News-Times. “There’s a reside

Toledo pool plans for upgrades

TOLEDO — In the year since the Greater Toledo Pool District took over the city pool, a lot of improvements have been made — but there are more dramatic changes on the way. The board of directors recently announced a series of construction plans for the Greater Toledo Pool, which may take years to complete but could make a difference for the entire town. “We plan on doing it in a three-phase system,” explained district manager Paul Steenkolk. “We plan on replacing the natatorium (the building wh

FBI investigates bomb threat hoax

NEWPORT — Following the false bomb threat made on Newport High School on Tuesday, authorities are still investigating and Superintendent Karen Gray announced that district has been informed that the FBI is now involved in investigating the hoax. There have been several recent bomb threats to different schools around Oregon, but on the topic of this threat being connected to others, School Resource Officer Thomas Lekas said, “We have not confirmed that yet.”
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