Diane Disse is the former museum educator for the Lincoln County Historical Society. Prior to moving to Oregon in 1992, Disse was director of marketing for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, information officer for the Minnesota Historical Society, and director of publications for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She taught writing and journalism and was the student media advisor at Western Oregon University. Disse has had a historical novel and articles and poems published. She has a degree in English and journalism from Moorhead State University and an M.A. degree in mass communications from California State University, Northridge. She owns a bed and breakfast In Yachats.
Newport, with a population of about 10,000, is the largest city in Lincoln County and, since 1952, the county seat. The largest minority population is Hispanic, at about 8.5 percent of the population. Tourism, fishing, and shipping are the major industries. Situated on the coast west of the Coast Range, …