Skinny, a 39 year old harbor seal, enjoys toys, ice, jello and other enrichment items as a regular part of her routine. (courtesy photo oregon coast aquarium)
The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites visitors to gobble up special experiences in its exhibits and savings in its gift shops over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Black Friday and Saturday discounts in the gift shops include a 20 percent discount on all items on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29. As always, admission to the Aquarium is not required to browse the gift shops.
Olive the turkey vulture pauses from picking on a pumpkin during an enrichment session at the Aquarium (courtesy photo Oregon Coast Aquarium)
The Aquarium’s animals will be treated to Thanksgiving themed surprises throughout the weekend. Toys like “Mr. Potato Head,” pumpkins and turkey-shaped fishy ice treats are used by animal care experts as enrichment items. Enrichment items and activities provide animals with opportunities to learn and overcome challenges, just as they would in the wild.
Visitors will be able to swim in the exhibits, smooch a sea lion or explore behind the scenes on Saturday and Sunday over the Thanksgiving weekend. Giant Pacific octopus encounters will be available on Thanksgiving and Saturday. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this winter, except December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-3474 for more information.
Newport Police Officers responded to a motor vehicle crash near the center span of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Preliminary reports indicated a vehicle pulling a trailer overturned on the bridge, and hit an oncoming vehicle. The investigation revealed that Wade E. Williams, age 37 of Corvallis, was traveling south across the bridge in a full-size 2000 Chevy truck with a bed-mounted camper. As Williams reached the center span of the bridge, a large gust of wind shifted his truck to the left, causing the truck to tilt onto two wheels. The weight of the camper and wind gusts caused the camper anchor chains to break, and the camper flipped off of Mr. William’s truck.
The camper collided with a north- bound vehicle driven by Catherine A. Hernandez, age 63 of Bandon, Oregon. A quick-thinking citizen anchored the non-secure camper to his dump truck, thus stabilizing the camper. Newport Fire Department personnel responded to the drivers of both vehicles. No injuries were reported. Williams’ truck suffered extensive damage, but was drivable from the scene. Ms. Hernandez’ vehicle was not drivable, and was towed from the scene. Bridge traffic was closed in both directions for 45 minutes while the crash was investigated and the vehicles removed. No citations were issued. Weather data indicated that wind gusts on the Yaquina Bay Bridge were approximately 67 MPH during the incident.
(left to right) Ginny Goblirsch, Jennifer Stevenson and Mike Haglund (photo by Kiera Morgan)
The Fishermen’s wives attorney Mike Haglund of Portland announced the filing a lawsuit in Federal Court in Eugene at 10:15 am on Tuesday November 25th challenging the Coast Guards announced closure of the Newport Air Station on December 15th. The lawsuit alleges that the Coast Guard failed to follow its own procedures in decommissioning a longstanding facility that has provided the only fast response rescue helicopter serving Oregon’s central coast. The case will come before Judge Michael McShane. In order to get an injunction Haglund said you must show four things.
One is that you can win on the merits of your case. Haglund pointed out that under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, when the Coast Guard was transferred to homeland security there were provisions that prohibited the search and rescue mission of the coast guard from being degraded. They also did not go through the environmental analysis that is required.
The second is that there not is no irrefutable harm. “This is a case where if this air station is lost after having been here for over 20-years, there will without a doubt be loss of life. There is nothing more irrefutable than loss of life.” There also needs to show a balance of hardships this is shown with through the port, city and county and by local emergency responders. The fourth is to show that it is in the best public interest. Continue reading
On November 23rd, 2014, Toledo Police Officers were dispatched to a possible DUII driver heading westbound on Highway 20 near Pioneer Mountain loop. A witness said that a white van was traveling westbound failing to maintain lane, varying their speeds and had ten to fifteen cars behind them.
The officers observed the white van at the West Junction and attempted to pull the vehicle over at Mile Post 5. The vehicle failed to pull over and a slow pursuit was initiated. The vehicle maintained a speeds of 35 to 45 mph. At mile post 2 the van pulled over on the right shoulder of the road. A Toledo Police Officer got behind the vehicle and shined his spot light into the driver side mirror then proceeded to get out of his vehicle when the van got back onto the highway and continued with a constant speed of 45 mph.
As the officers were approaching Newport they were advised that Newport Police Officers were near Mile Post 1 with spike strips. The spike strips were deployed and disabled the front driver side tire of the van. The van eventually stopped on SE Fogarty Street in Newport. The driver was identified as a Chinese tourist and could not speak English, but presented a Chinese driver’s license. The passenger was able to translate to the officers. There were no signs of intoxication and they said they do not drink. Continue reading
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: Newport Police Department Field Training Officer Thomas Lekas and Newport Intermediate School Principal Tiana Tucker show off the new two-way radio that will be used in case of an emergency at the school.
When there is a large-scale emergency at a public school involving police or fire response, clear communications are essential for the most effective response. Thanks to a Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund grant of $2,375, school emergencies will be managed more effectively.
The grant was awarded to the Lincoln County School District on Nov. 7, enabling the district to purchase 10 two-way radios, one for each school campus.
The radios will have the same frequencies as the school radios and will be given to the police and fire incident commanders on scene to use during a school emergency. The impact of the grant cannot be understated, with some 5,800 students and staff members at the local schools each day. “As a county-wide district, our 10 school campuses interface with five different law enforcement agencies and eight different fire agencies. That’s why it is so critical that we have standardized communication and coordination during a school emergency,” says Sue Graves, LCSD safety coordinator.
Over the years, the school district has worked closely with local emergency service partners to develop standardized emergency plans that all schools follow. Also, district staff has worked to learn the incident command system widely used by government response agencies.
“This knowledge helps all the different agencies understand our emergency procedures, no matter which school they come to assist,” Graves says. “And, it helps our school staff to partner effectively with outside agencies.” Along with the new two-way radios, each school principal is now equipped with a brightly colored green vest, which designates them as the Incident Commander. This will help police and fire personnel to quickly identify them as being in charge at the school, and the person with whom to coordinate.
Lincoln City Police Department School Resource Officer Oscar Escalante poses with Oceanlake Elementary Principal Rilke Klingsporn, Taft High 7-12 Principal Majalise Tolan, and Taft Elementary Principal Nick Lupo, showing off the new two-way radios and green Incident Commander vests.
McCabe entering the courtroom. (photo by Larry Coonrod)
Jillian McCabe arrested for Aggravated Murder, Murder, and 1st Degree Manslaughter after throwing her 6-year old son London from the Yaquina Bay Bridge on November 3rd appeared before Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford Thursday with her two court appointed attorney’s from Portland. Her attorney Christopher Clayhold asked the judge to have the proceedings suspended until McCabe could be psychiatrically evaluated.He told the judge that he has serious doubts about her fitness to be able to proceed. He said there is concern of her competency due to her past history of mental health issues, prior hospitalizations and their own doctors’ evaluation of her. Branford initially agreed and signed the transfer order, but temporarily revoked it after concerns were raised when Clayhold asked that the defense team be present during the evaluation. Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam objected to the defense team’s request. Clayhold said it is common practice. Branford said he would sign the order again after DA Branam talked to hospital staff about the procedure. McCabe will be transferred to the Oregon State Hospital within seven days of Branford’s order.
McCabe and her lawyerDeborah Burdzik
(photo by Larry Coonrod)