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The Oregon Coast Aquarium

Large numbers of dead sea stars washed up along the Oregon coast last year. The starfish wasting disease has been found in 20 species of the animals from Baja, California to Alaska.

In one week, lesions can appear on a healthy sea star, its arms can fall off and then it disintegrates. In November, researchers isolated a virus believed to trigger the wasting disease, but additional causes are still unknown.

Some Oregon Towns Are Prepared For Earthquake, Some Aren't

Jan 28, 2015
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Communities up and down the Oregon Coast have known about the threat of a tsunami for years. But some are better prepared than others. What are coastal communities doing to prepare?   

MaryJo Kerlin, with the Lincoln County School District, stands in the car park of the old Waldport High -- just 12 feet above sea level.

MaryJo Kerlin: "As you look around, you can see there is no high school here any longer. It's been demolished. It was demolished in a learn-to-burn exercise with our local fire departments."

Oregon State Parks

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is peak whale-watching time at the Oregon Coast. The State Parks Department is ready with several programs for visitors.

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People who don’t speak whale will find interpreters this week at the Oregon Coast. Hundreds of trained volunteers will staff 24 locations at just about every major lookout, helping people spot gray whales and learn about them. Brain Hoeh (HAY) is with the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. He says this week is ideal for whale watching:

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A high wind warning is in effect along the Oregon coast today. Winds are expected to reach up to 85 miles per hour in the higher coastal elevations. This extreme weather threat caused Siuslaw school district to shut down for the day and public officials prepared for emergencies.

The National Weather Service has forecast high winds all along the Oregon Coast. Siuslaw Fire and Rescue Chief Jim Langborg began warning the Florence community on social media and preparing his responders when he heard the storm was on its way.

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The public has a chance to give comment and hear from elected officials, Monday, regarding the imminent closure of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Facility in Newport. The closure would remove the rescue helicopter stationed there. Air rescue efforts would be directed to stations in Astoria or North Bend; both are about an hour flight away from Newport. Friday, it was announced Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich will be attending Monday’s meeting. Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux says the community has been torn apart from the announcement especially with crab season just around the corner.

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This Columbus Day weekend, those heading to the Oregon Coast should be extra cautious. There is a potential for deadly sneaker waves in the next few days.

Sneaker waves are sudden, unexpected waves that reach farther up the beach than normal. Mark Spilde is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He says conditions exist for sporadic waves up to 18 feet high:

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to oppose the designation of a National Marine Sanctuary in Oregon coastal waters.
 

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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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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.

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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