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Coast Guard Says Unless They Get Orders Otherwise The Air Station Goes

Newport Fishermen’s Wives President Jennifer Shock-Stevenson delivers more than 18,000 signatures opposing the closure of the Coast Guard’s Newport helicopter facility to Congressman Kurt Schrader and Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich during an Oct. 20 town hall meeting. Schrader plans to deliver the petition to the commandant of the Coast Guard’s desk in Washington D.C. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Newport Fishermen’s Wives President Jennifer Shock-Stevenson delivers more than 18,000 signatures opposing the closure of the Coast Guard’s Newport helicopter facility to Congressman Kurt Schrader and Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich during an Oct. 20 town hall meeting. Schrader plans to deliver the petition to the commandant of the Coast Guard’s desk in Washington D.C. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

By Kiera Morgan

The Port of Newport, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Newport City Council held a town hall meeting Monday night (10/20)  to give local and congressional representatives information on the importance of keeping helicopter air service in Lincoln County. Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich was in attendance to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to close its Newport rescue helicopter facility. Ginny Golbrich explained the history of how the Fisherman’s Wives worked to campaign to get the helicopter in Newport because of many deaths that occurred prior.

She said the Coast Guard mission is to do search and rescue and one hour time to respond to someone in the water or stuck on the rocks is a death sentence. State Representative David Gomberg thanked the men and women of the coast guard and said they have his utmost respect for what they do. He added that somewhere along the chain of command those in Washington D.C. have lost sight of the mission and believe that saving money is more important than saving lives. Continue reading

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Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Volunteers Honored.

 

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Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area volunteers were recently presented the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award. The award encourages United States citizens, or lawfully admitted permanent residents, to live a life of service. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, recognized the efforts of Harry Olund (2,258 hours), Richard and Linda Crooks (2,050 hours each), Fae Kelley (1,907 hours), Bill and Betty Jones (1,809 hours each), Rebecca Field (1,617 hours), Tom Quayle (1,509 hours), Doug Purcell (883 hours) and Chris Burns (836 hours).

“Many of these individuals have given their time to Yaquina Head for more than a decade,” said Salem District Manager Kim Titus. “Together they have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of visitors and have assisted the Bureau of Land Management with many visitor service tasks including lighthouse tours, interpretive center operations and tide pool education.”

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A number of additional Yaquina Head volunteers, including full time “apprentices” – volunteers who serve as rangers-in-training, were also recognized. During the past year, 39 volunteers provided 8,308 hours of service, (valued at $184,000). Continue reading

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Little Libraries In Newport

By Larry Coonrod

LincolnCountyDispatch.Com

Youngsters line up to get a book from the Little Free Library in front of Sam Case Primary School Monday. A project of the Ford Family Leadership Program Central Lincoln County Cohort 3, 11 of the free Little Libraries are planned throughout the county. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Youngsters line up to get a book from the Little Free Library in front of Sam Case Primary School Monday. A project of the Ford Family Leadership Program Central Lincoln County Cohort 3, 11 of the free Little Libraries are planned throughout the county. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT-Two dozen youngsters anxiously clutched books and fidgeted while waiting patiently for the adults to finish their speeches and cut the ceremonial ribbon so they could be among the first to use the Little Free Library at Sam Case Primary School Monday.

Looking something like an overgrown birdhouse, the Little Free Library in front of the school is the first of 11 planned throughout Lincoln County to provide free books.

Community Problem Solving

Monday’s ribbon cutting marked months of work by about 40 central Lincoln County community members taking part in the Ford Family Leadership Program. Participants spend 48 hours learning leadership skills, conflict resolution, and consensus building. “The goal is to try to enable rural communities to problem solve here locally and go back to the model where people are relying on community based solutions to problems,” said cohort 3 member Sharon Kanareff.

At the end, each cohort group chooses a community project to put their skills to work.  The central Lincoln County Cohort 3 group looked at many ideas before agreeing on the Little Free Libraries. “It dealt with literacy, which is a huge interest to all of us within the county,” said Sheila Stiley. “And second, it was something everybody could really invest in and be part of, from the youth up to the 70-year-olds.” Continue reading

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Connie Hanson Garden Recognized

flowers connie hanson gardenThe Connie Hansen Garden was recently featured in Donald Olson’s book “The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour.” In the book, Olson details 60 of the best gardens in the region and praises the Connie Hansen Garden as one of them.”A self-assured confidence here (at the gardens) tells you this 1-acre site was gardened by someone who knew her plants and, like an artist, wasn’t afraid to experiment with shapes, colors, and juxtapositions.” Olson notes in the passage. “Though the garden is small, its artful design makes it seem much larger, with surprises to be found along its meandering paths and around every corner.” The author also mentions that one of the great things about the gardens is the variety of rare and unusual plants for sale, many varieties of which cannot be found in area nurseries.

IMG_1692University of California botanist Connie Hansen created the Garden during the last two decades of her life.  Before her death in 1993, visitors from around the world came to enjoy her collection of unusual plants and to study the intricacies of her garden design.  Since her death, a cadre of garden angels rescued the garden from sure destruction and have continued voluntarily to develop it further and keep it open free of charge to the public, adding a garden house with open viewing to the garden for meetings, weddings, and other special occasions.

Donald Olson is a travel writer, novelist, and playwright with a longtime interest in gardens and gardening. His travel stories have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other national publications. He is also the author of many travel guides including Frommer’s EasyGuide to Seattle, Portland and the Oregon Coast. The book, which is available now, is published by Timber Press and is quickly becoming a summer best seller. To reserve your copy, visit www.timberpress.com or your nearest book retailer.

For more information on the Connie Hansen Garden, call 541-994-6338 or visit www.conniehansengarden.com.

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15-Years of Blue Whale Tracking

Researchers on the Pacific Storm, a research vessel operated by Oregon State University, tagged blue whales near the Channel Islands of California in 2006. The work was part of a 10-year study of apex predators in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Craig Hayslip, courtesy of OSU Marine Mammal Institute)

Researchers on the Pacific Storm, a research vessel operated by Oregon State University, tagged blue whales near the Channel Islands of California in 2006. The work was part of a 10-year study of apex predators in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Craig Hayslip, courtesy of OSU Marine Mammal Institute)

A comprehensive 15-year analysis of the movements of satellite-tagged blue whales off the West Coast of the United States found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and mortality.

The researchers note that moving the shipping lanes off Los Angeles and San Francisco to slightly different areas – at least, during summer and fall when blue whales are most abundant – could significantly decrease the probability of ships striking the whales. A similar relocation of shipping lanes in the Bay of Fundy off eastern Canada lowered the likelihood of vessels striking endangered right whales an estimated 80 percent.

Results of the study – which was supported by the Office of Naval Research, the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, private gifts to the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute and others – are being published this week in the journal PLOS ONE.

The analysis is the most comprehensive study of blue whales movements ever conducted. It was led by researchers at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, who tracked the movement of blue whales off the West Coast to identify important habitat areas and environmental correlates, and subsequently to understand the timing of their presence near major ports and shipping traffic. Continue reading

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EPA Awarding $2.1 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters

 

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $2.1 million to 37

organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. The funding is through EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas.

“People, buildings, and businesses are all concentrated in urban areas, making it even more important to protect waterways from pollution.” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These communities will receive grants, allowing them to help turn these waterways into centerpieces of urban renewal, spurring economic development and job creation.”

EPA is awarding grants ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 for projects taking place in areas that align with the 18 designated Urban Waters Federal Partnership locations. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership is made up of 13 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts. All funded projects work to advance environmental justice in their communities and focus on one of the following three categories: community greening and green infrastructure, communities and water quality data, and integration of water quality and community development in planning.

Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets, and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance economic, educational, recreational and social opportunities in nearby communities. By reconnecting communities to their local urban waters, EPA will help communities to actively participate in restoring urban waters while improving their neighborhoods.

Information on EPA’s Urban Waters program: http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters

Information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership: http://www.urbanwaters.gov/

 

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