The Commandant of the Coast Guard Monday agreed to extended the closure of the Coast Guard air facility two weeks to December 15th. Though grateful for a two week extension Newport Fishermen’s Wives and others are wondering if it will be enough. Ginny Goblirsch spoke to the Port of Newport Board of Commissioners Tuesday night and said the coast is at the mercy of a political process and this makes no sense when there are lives at stake.
“I think that as American Citizens we have the right to insist that basic search and rescue is adequate for our community.” The Coast Guard’s core mission she added is to rescue mariners and people in distress. In looking through public documents from Congress on the Coast Guard budget review even congressional members are concerned that the Coast Guard keep their search and rescue standards. The last two commandants she said have assured Congress that they are. They have been saying that they can do more with less.
Newport Fisherman’s Wives president Jennifer Shock-Stevenson said “the two week delay is disheartening as it doesn’t give enough time to change the budget situation.” Ginny praised the local Coast Guard as heroes and the great job they do and emphasized that this is an issue taking place in Washington DC. Continue reading
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is gaining positive momentum towards the launch of the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, a new marine sciences camp based in Newport, Oregon slated to serve 5,000 school groups, children and families annually.
A new installment in OMSI’s 60-year history of outdoor education, the facility will provide a year-round immersive camp experience for the hands-on study of the Oregon Coast ecosystem that will encourage environmental stewardship and build skills and awareness that could lead to the pursuit of careers in marine science, technology and engineering fields. The design includes finalized plans for a lodge, 156 student beds plus staff housing, classrooms, and property restoration with dunes, trees, and native plants.
“This project is a natural fit for OMSI, given its established leadership in hands-on education, the rich resources on the Oregon Coast has to offer, and the potential collaborations with marine educators including at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, NOAA and Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center,” said Chris Hall, co-chair of the Coastal Discovery Campaign. Continue reading
By Larry Coonrod
This illustration shows the proposed design and location (circled in red) of a new Port of Newport office building. The port is funding the $1 million building with money remaining from the NOAA construction project. (Illustration courtesy of capriarchitecture)
NEWPORT—After months of design work, the Port of Newport next week plans to begin the search for a construction manager/general contractor to oversee construction on a new $1 million office complex.
On Thursday, the port conducted a final design review with local residents, port personnel and Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel. The design received mostly favorable comments.
The port plans to construct the facility along Bay Boulevard just west of its current temporary office. At the start of the project, a site near the Yaquina Yacht Club building was selected, but later moved further east after the club expressed concerns about not having room to expand.
The new location also puts the office below a steeper section of NE 5th Street. Port Manager Kevin Greenwood said the location is less likely to disrupt the view from homes on that section of NE 5th Street.
Property Owners Invited
Randy Wilson and his wife Rebecca McBee-Wilson were the only property owners of about 20 invited who attended the design review. The Wilsons, who live east of the proposed building site, expressed concern that the 21-foot peaked section of the single story building would obstruct their harbor view. Randy Wilson suggested moving the high section of the building by flipping the design to run parallel rather than perpendicular to Bay Boulevard. Continue reading
The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday November 8th activities kick off at 10 a.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)in the HMSC’s Hennings Auditorium. Featured speaker in the morning will be renowned marine ecologist Bruce Menge of Oregon State University, who will provide an overview of Oregon’s rocky shore ecosystems. Dr. Menge, who heads OSU’s Department of Integrative Biology, studies the ecology of marine communities, with a special emphasis in recent years on the effects of climate change.
He will be joined by graduate student Jenna Sullivan, who is studying the impact of sea star wasting syndrome on intertidal communities. Between them, they will provide the ecological context for the citizen science project to monitor the changing sea star population conducted by Oregon Shores’ CoastWatch program. The morning talks will be followed by a very brief Oregon Shores business meeting (only members can vote) and a short survey of the organization’s current work, including its wide range of citizen science
projects. Lunch is “on your own,” although a room at the HMSC will be available to those who are brown-bagging, and beverages will be provided.
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
The board of directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ron Davidson – a nationally known child welfare and mental health advocate with many years of experience caring for abused and neglected children – as executive director of the agency, effective October 13. Dr. Davidson was director of the Mental Health Policy Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry from 1994 until his retirement in June.
Operating under a federal court consent decree – a landmark case brought by the
American Civil Liberties Union to reform the state’s troubled child welfare system –
the UIC program has provided clinical consultation and technical assistance to Illinois’
Department of Children and Family Services for more than 20 years. During that period,
Dr. Davidson and his UIC staff conducted over 400 reviews of psychiatric hospitals and
residential treatment centers on behalf of DCFS, in addition to offering clinical training
and support to community-based agencies serving mentally ill children. Continue reading