The Newport Fishermen’s Wives announced they will seek to file an injunction in Federal Court against the Coast Guard regarding the removal of the Helicopter from Newport. The port of Newport, the city of Newport and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners holding special meetings to consider joining in the injunction as co-plaintiffs. The hope is to allow Congress the time needed to prevent the removal from happening. At question is weather proper procedures were followed in announcing the closure. According to Ginny Goblirsch with the Fisherman’s Wives, the Commandant of the Coast Guard has only extended the closure by two weeks and has given no time to try to stop the closure.
She said right now things like Search and Rescue programs are taking a second seat to homeland security. She said that is unacceptable to put the lives of the public at risk. Goblirsch said the congressional delegation in South Carolina also seems to understand the issue and they are happy that they have weighed in with their concerns of closure. She added that this is not a political issue it is a human safety issue. In addressing the long term implications they will be working with other states. The first item of business she said is to stop the closure the second is to make sure this never comes up again.
Oregon clammers can learn the ins and outs of bay clam populations in Tillamook and Netarts bays at two upcoming presentations by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The purpose of the meetings is to share the results of the extensive surveys of Tillamook (2010-2012) and Netarts (2013-2014) bays bay clams – including where they are found, their abundance, and their preferred habitat. Bay clams include butter, cockle, gaper and native littleneck clams.
ODFW biologists will present survey results for Netarts Bay on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Netarts Fire House, 1235 5th St. Loop, Netarts. The results for Tillamook Bay will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Bldg., 5005 3rd St., Tillamook. Both presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting agendas also include the introduction of new clamming maps, a discussion of shellfish management in the bays, and an opportunity for members of the public to question and interact with ODFW shellfish biologists.
The surveys of Tillamook and Netarts bays clam populations were conducted by the ODFW Shellfish and Estuarine Assessment of Coastal Oregon (SEACOR), which documents populations of recreationally important bay clams along the Oregon Coast. This research is funded by recreational shellfish license dollars. For more information on the SEACOR program and its study results, visit the ODFW website.
The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $89,834.98 to 36 organizations today as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $9 million since its inception in 2001.
Overall, the Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $11.4 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $2.8 million in cash and fund-raising items since it opened in 1995. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.
The next deadline to submit applications is Dec. 17, 2014. Continue reading
Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin; a disease researchers say could trigger an unprecedented ecological upheaval under the waves.
Now, a researcher in the Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has identified the deadly culprit as the Sea Star Associated Densovirus (SSaDV), a type of parvovirus commonly found in invertebrates. In a study published Nov. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ian Hewson and colleagues present a genomic analysis of the newly discovered virus prevalent in symptomatic sea stars.
“There are 10 million viruses in a drop of seawater, so discovering the virus associated with a marine disease can be like looking for a needle in a haystack,” says lead author Ian Hewson, a professor of microbiology at Cornell. “Not only is this an important discovery of a virus involved in a mass mortality of marine invertebrates, but this is also the first virus described in a sea star.” Continue reading
By Larry Coonrod
The Newport Fishermen’s Wives along with friends and families of fishermen tied more than 100 orange ribbons along the Port of Newport boardwalk Friday symbolizing support for keeping a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter stationed locally. (Photos by Larry Coonrod)
NEWPORT—As fishermen worked Friday readying boats and pots for the upcoming crab season, their friends and family fastened orange ribbons along the Bayfront as a symbol of hope that the Coast Guard will keep a helicopter in Newport to watch over them at sea. “The ribbons symbolize the effort to save our helicopter,” said Cari Hamrick with the Newport Fishermen’s Wives. The Fishermen’s Wives are leading the charge to reverse a decision by the Coast Guard’s high command to strip Newport of a dedicated search and rescue helicopter. When the Newport air facility closes Dec. 15, the Coast Guard’s nearest helicopters are at least an hour’s flying time away in North Bend or Astoria.
Helicopter Gives Fishing Families Security
Spurred on by the loss of several local fishermen at sea, the Newport Fishermen’s Wives fought to bring the helicopter to Newport in 1986. The start of the Dungeness crab season on Dec. 1 was very much on
Kelley Retherford ties a ribbon along the dock walkway. Retherford and her husband Mike own two fishing vessels crewed by all four of their children. “A lot of my security came from knowing we did have that helicopter there,” she said. (photo by Larry Coonrod)
the minds of those who tied more than 100 ribbons along the port boardwalk Friday. Kelley and Mike Retherford own the fishing vessels Excalibur and Wynona J. The boats will cross the Yaquina Bar this season with all four of their children aboard.
“During crab season my daughter will be on the back deck, my youngest son on the back deck and one son in the wheelhouse,” Kelley Retherford said. “The other son is running the other boat. So I have four kids on the ocean and a helicopter they’re trying to make go away.” Kelley said she used to tell people that despite the dangers of the ocean, she felt secure about her family’s safety. “A lot of my security came from knowing we did have that helicopter there,” she said. Continue reading
OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers are asking for your help in Newport.
On November 3, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) located two deer carcasses which had been dumped near a Hancock Timber gate off of Hayes Creek Road. Hayes Creek Road is located off Highway 20, at milepost 21, in Lincoln County. Rib and neck meat had been left on both carcasses along with a bag of meat scraps. By the time troopers found the carcasses, the meat was spoiled; troopers estimate between 35-40 pounds of meat was wasted. The Oregon Hunter’s Association, in cooperation with Leupold and Stevens, are offering a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).
If anyone has information regarding these deer, please contact Trooper Heather Van Meter with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-9637.
information provided by OSP