Newport

Cyd Cannizzaro

Guests of the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport had a bit of a shock last Sunday during breakfast. A piece of the roof above them was ripped off by a powerful storm.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fleet of research vessels travel the globe. In the case of the Fairweather, it’s been charting the waters around Alaska since it left NOAA's Newport facility in May. Before it pushed off, KLCC's Brian Bull got a quick tour with the ship’s commander, Mark VanWaes. 

This audio postcard is part of KLCC’s ongoing 50th Anniversary tour. 

Steve Wyatt

One month from today, more than a million visitors are expected to be in Oregon for the total solar eclipse. Planning has been going on for years and is kicking into high gear. On the coast there are special concerns – and opportunities – for residents and tourists.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Legislature approved a bill this session that authorizes ports to operate shipyards. For the Port of Toledo, it is one of many steps in efforts to restore an economic driver for the region. But, some private shipyards in Oregon fear they’ll lose millions of dollars in business.

Hal Hermanson

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has been ranked among the top ten in North America. As part of our 50th Anniversary Road Trip Series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the sights and sounds during a private tour of Newport’s 25-year old aquarium.

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We’re all about sound here at KLCC.  And so is the Ocean Acoustics Program at NOAA’s facility in Newport.  Its program manager, Bob Dziak  and his team of nine researchers, analyze underwater recordings which help gauge the health and activity of the waters.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited Dziak recently as part of our ongoing 50th Anniversary Road Trip. 

KLCC News is presenting a 50th Anniversary Road Trip series, rolling into many KLCC communities throughout the year to learn more about the listeners we serve.  We began in Springfield in February.

Next Destination:  NEWPORT

Victims of Newport's City Center Motel Fire Identified

Aug 5, 2016
Dustin Capri

UPDATED: 12:05 p.m. Monday, August 8.

Four guests were killed in a blaze that broke out early Friday morning at Newport’s City Center Motel.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is now treating two olive ridley sea turtles. Discovered on different beaches, they're both doing well.

Newport Now Top West Coast Port For Commercial Fishing

Nov 1, 2015
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Newport is now the dominate west coast port for commercial fishing, landing 124 million pounds of commercial fish.

Newport landed more fish and gave the most money back to the fisherman last year. That's according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Astoria has been the top west coast port by quantity since it overtook Los Angeles in 2012. Kevin Greenwood is the General Manager of the Port of Newport. He says since the Port was able to increase revenue from fishing, the commercial docks need to be upgraded.  

Newport Urban Renewal Plan Seeking Public Input

Jul 27, 2015
City of Newport

The City of Newport is examining two urban renewal plans. One is located near U.S. Highway 20 and 101 near Agate Beach. The other is by the Port of Newport in the McClain Point area. Part of the plan includes providing resources to business owners and residences affected by any changes. Community Development Director Derrick Tokos says community feedback so far has been centered on the City's role in economic development.

Newport's "Deep Sea John" Remembered

Jun 25, 2015
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Well known Newport resident, John Crowe, who was featured in the documentary film Blackfish, died early this week. 

After a long career as professional diver for clients as varied as Jacque Cousteau and the federal government, Deep Sea John, settled in Newport, Oregon, where he has become a well-known figure, according to Philomena O'Brien, owner of Nana's Irish Pub where Crowe was a regular.

O'Brien: "He's like a sea-faring gentleman, you know, with the long hair and the many tattoos and kind of a burly looking guy."

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Female inmates at Lincoln County Jail in Newport are participating in yoga classes. Since the program began, the jail has seen a reduction in violent incidents and yoga classes are now being offered to male inmates. 

A few years ago, Lincoln County Jail had to cut educational and time management programs after budget reductions. Inmate counselor Dennis Buckmaster began looking for programs the jail could facilitate and found the Prison Yoga Program taught in California.

Updated 12:30am Wednesday, May 20

In the May 19 special election, Lane County voters soundly rejected a proposed $35 vehicle registration fee. It failed 66% -33%.

Lane County Commission Board Chair Jay Bozieviech issued the following statement regarding the failure of the vehicle registration fee:

Corinne Boyer

In December 2014, a tropical sea turtle was discovered by a couple on a Washington Beach. The olive ridley turtle drifted over a thousand miles north from her native waters off the Mexican coast. Hypothermic, emaciated and near death, the reptile was transported to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport for rehabilitation. In February, the U.S. Coast Guard flew Solstice to SeaWorld San Diego. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer traveled to San Diego to see how Solstice was doing.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium Adopts Harbor Seals

Mar 11, 2015
Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport adopted three harbor seals from California this winter. The aquarium wanted the younger mammals to join their older seal population.

Miller, Tater and Elvis are 19, 20 and 21 years old, which isn't very young for harbor seals, but the Newport Aquarium's oldest harbor seal is turning 40 this year. Spokeswoman Erin Paxton says the aquarium uses positive reinforcement to train their marine mammals which allows them to communicate with their trainers.

Corinne Boyer

An olive ridley turtle now in Newport recovering from hypothermia will be moved to San Diego tomorrow (Tuesday).

The turtle was named “Solstice” because she was found on a northwest beach on December 21st. Erin Paxton is with the Oregon Coast Aquarium. She says the endangered animal was scheduled to recuperate there a little longer, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has ruled her healthy enough to travel. Paxton says this is good news:

Heavy rains pounded the Oregon coast Monday Several schools and businesses lost power including the Adobe Inn in Yachats.

General Manager Anthony Muirhead says the lasting damage is to the front door. The strong winds blew it completely off its hinges.

“It was about seven o’clock this morning and certainly got our attention quickly. I think for our guests, it was just an impressive scene for what nature can do here on the coast.”

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Federal District Court Judge Michael McShane will hold a hearing Thursday in the Newport Fisherman’s Wives’ suit against the U.S. Coast Guard. As theCoast Guard air facility in Newport is scheduled to close Monday, the timing is tight.

Dungeness crab season has started in Oregon and more boats are heading into the Pacific from Newport’s Yaquina Bay. Kevin Greenwood is the Manager of the Port of Newport. He says many people are concerned about the increased response time if troubled vessels can’t get help from Newport’s rescue helicopter:

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Newport's search and rescue Coast Guard air facility is scheduled to cease operations December 15th. Tuesday morning, four groups filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Eugene to try to stop the closure.

In the lawsuit, the Newport Fishermen's Wives, along with the City of Newport, Lincoln County, and the Port of Newport allege the Coast Guard failed to follow the legal process required to decommission a facility. They claim the Coast Guard has not adequately assessed impacts to public and environmental safety. Ginny Goblirsch is with the Newport Fishermen's Wives.

Newport News Times

Newport citizens will choose between two candidates for this years' mayoral race. Incumbent Sandra Roumagoux has been at the job for two years. She's being challenged by Dean Sawyer, who is currently the Emergency Management Planner for the Siletz Tribe.

Sawyer previously worked for more than 30 years as a Sergeant in the Newport Police Department. He is a current city councilor. Saywer wants to increase citizen participation in government by holding more open town hall meetings where people can ask questions.

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The Port of Newport plans to expand, yet an important safety service is scheduled to be eliminated. Newport's Coast Guard air facility, including its rescue helicopter station, is slated to close at the end of November.

Once the Newport facility closes, the closest rescue helicopters will be in North Bend, 60 minutes away by air. Captain Todd Trimpert is Commander at the North Bend station. He says the government is under pressure to allocate their resources more effectively:

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Oregon State University's Marine Renewable Energy program has been awarded new federal funding. The additional cash will help them get closer to connecting wave power to the grid.

Oregon State and the University of Washington were selected in 2008 to form one of three centers to research wave and tidal energy.

Belinda Batten is a Director for the program. She says for two years, they've had an offshore test site north of Yaquina Head, where they've been studying the size and force of waves. The new funding will help them move forward:

City of Newport

For years, residents of Newport have raised concerns about effluent from a Georgia Pacific Mill in Toledo.  Since 1957, the company has pumped it’s wastewater through a pipe that discharges into the ocean, about .75 miles off Nye Beach.  A new study from Oregon State University is adding to a growing body of evidence showing the effluent is not causing significant impact on the surrounding environment.  

Oregon Coast STEM

The Oregon Department of Education wants to promote science, technology, engineering, and math, or "STEM" subjects. It has awarded $2.8 million to six 'learning hubs' around the state.

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub received the largest of the grants. Terry Crews is the project manager. She says Newport schools have had a partnership with marine science centers for about six years…

Crews: "With the intent of making Lincoln County School District students the most ocean-literate in the state, if not the country."

Newport City Councilors have voted to place a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.  Earlier this year, state lawmakers agreed to allow cities to regulate dispensaries and enact temporary moratorium in order to prepare.     

At a meeting Monday night, Councilors heard from local residents opposing any delay.  Carla Williams is trying to open a dispensary in Newport to help people like her son.

What To Do About Lincoln County's Aging Fairgrounds?

Jan 24, 2014
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The Lincoln County Fairgrounds is suffering from years of neglect. Officials are starting to consider options to renovate or rebuild some of the facilities.

"Poor." That's the word Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall used to describe the state of the Fairgrounds. He says numerous buildings are worn down, and rising operating costs are prompting the county to look at options for the property.  

Newport Residents Need To Boil Water

Dec 11, 2013

Due to a loss of water pressure in a section of Newport's distribution system, residents are being asked to boil their drinking water until tests can confirm it is safe to drink. A water main break at NE 5th and Eads St. Tuesday evening forced the City to de-pressurize the system in that area. Newport's Director of Public Works, Tim Gross, says the State requires a boil water notice to go out after they de-pressurize any water system.

Amelia Templeton

Over the last five years, shipping logs from the Northwest to China has grown into a 4 billion dollar business. Ports along the Oregon and Washington coast are looking to reopen log yards that shut down years ago and provide the raw material to feed China’s construction boom. But some residents in Newport Oregon say a proposal to export logs there isn’t good for the community, and will hurt Northwest mills.

Residents of Newport fighting the reopening of a log export terminal received a reprieve late last week.  The state land use board has upheld an objection by a local condo association.

Residents at The Landing at Newport condominiums are opposing the reopening of the log export terminal by the Teevin Brothers company – citing noise and log truck traffic concerns.   They appealed the company’s traffic impact analysis to the state land use board.  LUBA upheld one of the appeals and sent the study back to the city for revision. 

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