By Larry Coonrod
Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux, center, assisted by acting fire chief Rob Murphy uses the Jaws of Life to cut the ribbon marking the official dedication of the Agate Beach Fire Station on NE 73rd Street. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)
NEWPORT—City officials dedicated the Agate Beach Fire Station in a brief ceremony Monday night with Mayor Sandy Roumagoux using the Jaws of Life to cut the ribbon. Recognizing a long-standing need for a fire station on the north end of town, The Newport Fire Department purchased the building on NE 73 Street near the end of 2012. It had previously belonged to a construction company. After undertaking some small improvements, the department began responding to calls from the building in December 2012. A second bay door was added in 2013 along with a number of other ongoing remodeling projects, some done with the help of Angell Job Corps students from Yachats.
Newport Fire Captain Brian Haggerty oversees about six volunteer firefighters who staff the facility, officially known as Station 3400. The building houses a fire engine, rescue vehicle and a mass causality trailer equipped with enough medical supplies to treat up to 100 people. Acting Fire Chief Rob Murphy said firefighters responding from the Agate Beach station to incidents in northern Newport reduce response time by four to six minutes compared to sending a unit from the department’s main station on Northwest 10th. The Newport Rural Fire District extends north to Spencer Creek Bridge. Continue reading
Rep. David Gomberg announced today that four distinct dredging projects are complete or underway on the central coast. These projects will improve mariner safety, enhance ocean access for commerce and recreation, and strengthen our local economies.
• The Port of Toledo has completed clean-up dredging adjacent to the Yaquina Boatyard. This project will allow access to the new boatyard facilities funded through a $4.6 million ConnectOregon V grant. These facilities are a great addition to Lincoln County’s maritime economy.
• Long-overdue federally funded dredging of Depoe Bay’s harbor is scheduled to begin this week and will continue for two weeks. Currently the Coast Guard is unable to leave the dock at low tide and must keep a motor lifeboat on ready alert outside the harbor. The dredging will allow free access at all times and improve safety for the charter and recreational fishing fleets. Continue reading
By Kiera Morgan
Port of Newport general manager Kevin Greenwood reported to the Port Commission that they have received all of the permits needed from the state and the Army Corps of Engineers now for completing the dredging work at the international terminal. He thanked the Coastal Caucus for their help in securing the additional dredging work in Yaquina Bay. The port commissioners approved a contract with HME, the dredging contractor who has partnered with the army corps of engineers for the dredging work. The approved contract will save the port at least $200,000 by having the work done now.
The commission approved to renew a contract with Day CPM and Frank Berg to continue with the mitigation work located behind the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Greenwood reported that this is a complex project to complete. He added that Berg’s expertise will keep costs low and limit risks and that Berg has been working with Fish and Wildlife to try to figure out the right approach for the project.
Commissioners also approved a contract with NW Hydro, a company familiar to HME to do the mapping of the area around the terminal to determine what further dredging work would need to be completed this fall during the in water work window. Now that this work is being done Teevin Bros has reported they are on track to begin building their operations in the spring.
On 09/23/2014, at 9:30 p.m., Newport Police Officers responded to Georgie’s Bar and Grill on SW Elizabeth St. regarding a male who had staggered into the restaurant, bleeding profusely from an apparent stab wound to the neck. The victim a 47-year old Newport man had suffered a severe knife wound to the back of his neck, just below his skull. When Police Officers arrived, he was being treated by restaurant employees and several off-duty police officers attending a K9 conference in Newport this week.
Newport Fire personnel arrived on scene and took over treatment of the victim who was then transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport where he underwent emergency surgery. He was later admitted to the Intensive Care unit and is expected to recover from his injuries.
While being treated, the victim stated he had been stabbed by another homeless person hiding in the Fisherman’s Memorial Gazebo in Yaquina State Park. Continue reading
It isn’t often that a dog gets to play host at a conference, but that is just what Newport K-9 Eyan and his handler officer Garrett are doing. The Oregon Police Canine Association Conference is being held in Newport. Many citizens have reported seeing the increase in police cars from other areas in and around Newport this week. They are conducting trainings with the officers and the dogs at various locations. According to Newport Police Lt. Jason Malloy this is when the teams receive or update their certifications.
Lt. Malloy with Newport Police said “Officer Garrett and Eyan are going through the certification training classes. They have both classroom and field training. ” He added that this is kind of a neat event for the department to host. There are over 100 K-9 teams in Newport for the conference.
He said the live training is really important for both the handlers and the dogs. Lt. Malloy added ” Officer Garrett and Eyan are a great team and have been responsible for seizing a lot of illegal drugs and have been instrumental with multiple drug convictions.” He said the K-9 team is also a great ambassador for the police department as they do a lot of PR work and work in the schools. Eyan and Officer Garrett work not only with Newport Police but also help if called by the Sheriff’s Office, State Police or the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team for drug searches. Lt. Malloy said he is a valuable part of the police department.
Filed under Newport, Oregon