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Earning an elite insignia

DEPOE BAY — On the morning of May 29, with peers and family in attendance, Boatswain’s Mate second class Patrick Smith was pinned with his surfman badge during a ceremony held at Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay in honor of his achievement of the rank. Though the ceremony was held May 29, Smith earned his status a surfman on May 22, for demonstrating superior knowledge and skills as a lifeboat coxswain. With this achievement, Smith joined the ranks of the 550 other elite Coast Guard officers who h

Meet Ragnarok, the octopus

NEWPORT — After a nearly half-year-long hiatus, an octopus is once again ready to shake hands with visitors at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The ever-popular Octopus Encounter was unavailable for the first few months this year, following the release of the aquarium’s previous encounter octopus, Cleopatra. Cleopatra was released into the ocean in November. The giant Pacific octopus had come to the aquarium after being discovered in a crab pot by a fisherman — not an uncommon occurrence, as the cep

Lincoln City talks bag ban

GLENEDEN BEACH — Rotarians and guests made their way to Salishan Resort for a lunch and talk on Wednesday, when the Lincoln City Rotary Club hosted a panel discussion on the topic of a potential bag ban in Lincoln City. On the panel were Lincoln City City Councilor Riley Hoagland, North Lincoln Sanitary Service president Tina French and Surfrider Foundation’s Oregon Field Manager, Briana Goodwin. Each candidate was given the opportunity to deliver a brief opening statement before the group bega
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