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Oregon Coast
1:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Beaches May Soon Be Smoke Free

cigarette butts on a beach
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Oregon Beaches may soon be smoke free. The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on proposed rules that would restrict smoking on shorelines.

Smoking is already restricted in all Oregon State Parks. You can smoke in your campsite or vehicle, but that's about it. Parks and Recreation Spokesman Chris Havel says people were inquiring about restricting cigarette use on beaches during the last public comment period about smoking on State Parks. He says if you restrict smoking in a park, people on the coast can just walk down to the beach.

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Oregon Coast
10:40 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Don't Disturb The Seal Pups

An Oregon Seal Pup
Credit salem-news

This time of year, numerous young seal pups are venturing onto the Oregon coast. People visiting the coast this Memorial Day weekend need to remember to avoid the animals. Jim Rice coordinates the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He says there have been instances where beach-goers remove lone seal pups because they think they have been abandoned.

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Education
4:10 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Oregon Department Of Education Awards Science And Technology Grants

Credit 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."

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whale watching
10:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

It's Whale Watch Week On The Oregon Coast

Credit Oregon State Parks

It's Whale Watch Week on the Oregon coast. Trained volunteers are staffing 24 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites from Astoria to Crescent City, California during spring break.

About 18 thousand gray whales travel along the west coast in their migration north in the spring from Baja California to their feeding grounds in Alaska. Renee Fowler is a Park Ranger at the Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center. She says people who visit Whale Watch sites can get tips on spotting the giant mammals. You can see a whale come up for air with the naked eye.

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Safety
10:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Spring Can Be Dangerous On The Coast

Credit oregonlive.com

The arrival of warmer temperatures means more people headed to Oregon's beaches. But, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says March can be a dangerous month for the coast. Parks and Rec Safety Coordinator Robert Smith says driftwood or other logs on the beach can be dislodged quickly with just a few inches of water. He adds sneaker waves can come out of nowhere and are deadly.

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Nature
7:10 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

How To Spot A Whale During Peak Migration Week On The Northwest Coast

Larry and Marie Hinton keep an eye out for whales at Boiler Bay State Park near Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the best times of the year to watch grey whales migrating along the Oregon coast. It's the height of their annual southbound trek from Alaska to Baja California. Correspondent Chris Lehman headed out to see if he could spot any of the sea beasts during their coastal journey.

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Glass Art
9:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Holiday 'Glass Art' Hunt Features Northwest Artists

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For those spending the holidays near Lincoln City, scouring the beaches might prove to be fruitful. More than 100 colorful glass floats will be hidden throughout 7.5 miles of the Oregon coast. And if you find one, you can keep it.

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Winter Weather
11:21 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Warmer Weather Coming This Weekend

Freezing rain is expected in the early afternoon Thursday, but normal temperatures will begin creeping up this weekend.

The South Willamette Valley should be experiencing warmer weather as early as Friday, with temperatures predicted to reach the mid 40s in the afternoon. Hydrologist Andy Bryant of the National Weather Service says despite some Friday night cold, the weekend should be warmer.

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Tsunami
3:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Japanese Earthquake Will Not Cause Tsunami Here

Credit OR Office of Emergency Management

At around 10 am today (Friday), a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the Japanese coast. Experts say there is no danger for a tsunami to hit the West Coast.

Althea Rizzo is with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. She says it's entirely possible the event was related to the 2011 Japanese earthquake:

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Oregon Coast
9:43 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Astoria's New Renaissance

Astoria's Working Waterfront.
Credit Lisa Smith

Thirty years ago, many viewed Astoria, Oregon as a grim, drug-infested and alcohol-infused place, down on its luck following the exodus of the canneries and lumber mills that once populated its riverfront. Back then, most travelers to Oregon’s North Coast passed through town along Highway 30 without stopping.

But in recent years, increasing numbers do stop, including several dozen cruise ships each year. So what, exactly, has happened to transform this once-struggling community into a must-visit destination?

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