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Judge Hears Reasons For Keeping The Coast Guard Helicopter Case Open

save the helo helicopterYesterday (4/20) in Federal Court Judge Michael McShane in Eugene heard from Mike Hagland the lawyer representing the Newport Fishermen’s Wives as well as the City of Newport, Lincoln County, the Port of Newport and Midwater Trawler’s Cooperative on why the lawsuit against the Coast Guard should be put on hold until the end of the year.According to Ginny Goblirsch with the Fishermen’s Wives the Coast Guard continued with their claim that the case should be dismissed because the agency presently has no intention to close the Newport Air Station and is therefore moot.

Ginny said their attorney’s presented a good case to the contrary. “Our attorney did a really great job of addressing those basic issues saying that the case is not moot, because nobody knows what the Coast Guard is going to do. It would be the best use of resources to put a stay on it so we don’t have to go through the expense of refiling if necessary.”

Hagland advocated for the judge to stay the case through the end of the year when the Congressional prohibition on decommissioning the Newport rescue helicopter sunsets. The Coast Guard admits that its budget for fiscal year 2016 contains no funding for the Newport Air Station at this time. There were several who showed up in court to show their support for the plaintiffs.

They included first responders, fishermen and the public who support having the Coast Guard helicopter kept in Newport. In the meantime Ginny said the congressional delegation is also continuing the fight on their end. Ginny said Judge McShane will be looking at all the testimony and reviewing the issue and will make a decision in the next couple of weeks.

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Fire Destroys One Home and Damages Another

By Larry Coonrod

http://lincolncountydispatch.com

Firefighters from Newport, Depoe Bay and Toledo work to control a fire that destroyed one home in north Newport and damaged another Friday evening. Occupants of both residents and their pets escaped without injury. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Firefighters from Newport, Depoe Bay and Toledo work to control a fire that destroyed one home in north Newport and damaged another Friday evening. Occupants of both residents and their pets escaped without injury. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT—Residents of two homes escaped injury Friday evening when a fire broke out in one house and driven by high winds quickly spread to the neighboring structure.The fire broke out at about 5:30 p.m. April 17 in the 400 block of NE 32nd Street, part of the Pacific Homes Beach Club development.

Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy said firefighters from Depoe Bay and Toledo were assisting in the effort, with a unit from the Seal Rock Fire District moved deployed to Newport to cover other calls for fire units.

Arriving fire units could do little to save the home where the fire started but knock down the flames. In less than an hour, only the charred remains of the frame remained.

Nancy Jackson, 65, who lives in the neighboring home, awoke to a neighbor pounding on her door. “She was yelling ‘get out, get out, your house is on fire Nancy.’”

Although the fire appeared to spare her home, the flames collapsed an attached garage where her 2010 Dodge Town & Country van was parked.

She stood on the sidewalk across the street an hour later watching helplessly as firefighters  with chainsaws and hoses worked to keep the fire from spreading from the garage to the house as heavy smoke drifted over the whole scene.

“I’m hoping I can get back in tonight, but I don’t know if they will let me,” Jackson said.

A native of the coast, Jackson purchased her home in August 2014 and moved from Vancouver, Washington.

“I finally decided to make the move, and surprise, need a new car and a new garage,” she said.

Jackson said she was able to bring her dog and cat out with her. Her elderly neighbors also escaped their home with both of the family dogs.

Murphy, the Newport fire chief, said he expected firefighters to remain on scene for a couple of hours to mop up the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.

Contact Reporter Larry Coonrod by emailing editor@lincolncountydispatch.com

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OMSI Groundbreaking

By Larry Coonrod

Local officials and OMSI representatives during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Coastal Discover Center in South Beach Sunday morning. The center, named Camp Gray will host 5,000 students a year. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Local officials and OMSI representatives during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Coastal Discover Center in South Beach Sunday morning. The center, named Camp Gray will host 5,000 students a year. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT— Seven years of planning and fundraising paid off Sunday when the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry broke ground on the $10 million Coastal Discovery Center. Named Camp Gray in honor of the late businessman and philanthropist John Gray, the 20-acre facility in South Beach will serve as an outdoor science learning center for 5,000 students a year.

“We’re offering both outdoor science school and then summer programs, so in the spring and fall we’ll work with school groups and then in the summertime kids come out for overnight programs,” said Jamie Hurd, OMSI project manager. “Oregon has this amazing diverse geography. We get to take kids out to the high desert and out to the coast and help them learn about their state and their natural resources.”

Located in South Beach behind Toby Murry Motors, the property borders the South Beach Park Dune area, has a natural wetland and is minutes from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center. OMSI, known by many for its interactive science and technology museum along the Willamette River in Portland, has operated outdoor education programs for 60 years with leased camps on the Oregon coast and Cascades and the Hancock Field Station near the John Day Fossil Beds in Eastern Oregon.

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Lincoln County Coast To Valley Bus Schedule Changes Starting 4/20

Coast to Valley Express Bus Schedule(Update)4.20.15

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April 17, 2015 · 9:53 am

Tracking Mammals Raises Some Questions For Scientists

western_gray_largeA team of scientists from the United States and Russia has documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded – a round-trip trek of nearly 14,000 miles by a whale identified as a critically endangered species that raises questions about its status. The researchers used satellite-monitored tags to track three western North Pacific gray whales from their primary feeding ground off Russia’s Sakhalin Island across the Pacific Ocean and down the West Coast of the United States to Baja, Mexico. One of the tagged whales, dubbed Varvara (which is Russian for Barbara), visited the three major breeding areas for eastern gray whales, which are found off North America and are not endangered.

Results of their study are being published this week by the Royal Society in the journal Biology Letters.

“The fact that endangered western gray whales have such a long range and interact with eastern gray whales was a surprise and leaves a lot of questions up in the air,” said Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. “Past studies have indicated genetic differentiation between the species, but this suggests we may need to take a closer look.”Western gray whales were thought to have gone extinct by the 1970s before a small aggregation was discovered in Russia off Sakhalin Island – with a present estimated population of 150 individuals that has been monitored by scientists from Russia and the U.S. since the 1990s. Continue reading

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LINT Disbanding Due To Lake Of Agency Participation

lint logo[1]Over the past decade, local police departments have struggled to assign a detective from their department to LINT due to losses of police officer positions and the difficulty in filling vacant police officer positions. Toledo PD has been unable to provide a detective to the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team or  LINT since the late 1990’s due to a shortage of police officers. Newport PD has suffered police officer losses and had to discontinue participation in LINT a number of years ago in order to provide another place officer to answer calls for service from the public.

Nearly one year ago, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office experienced a sudden loss of deputies and was forced to reassign their LINT detective to respond to calls for service from the public as well. The Oregon State Police detective assigned to LINT retired. OSP has been reluctant to fill that position, due in part to a lack of participation in LINT from local police agencies and OSP’s condition that a local police agency provide on-sight supervision for LINT. It is important to understand that since 1990, the OSP commander in Newport supervised LINT. Continue reading

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Fishermen’s Wives Advocate For A Stay In Their Helicopter Court Case

save the helo helicopterCompeting positions on what should happen to the Newport Fishermen’s Wives’ lawsuit against the Coast Guard will be heard in Federal Court before Judge Michael McShane in Eugene on April 20 at 10:00 am. The Coast Guard claims that the case should be dismissed because the agency “presently has no intention to close” the Newport Air Station and is therefore moot.

Plaintiffs, who include the Newport Fishermen’s Wives as well as the City of Newport, Lincoln County, the Port of Newport and Midwater Trawler’s Cooperative, have asked for a stay of the case through the end of the year when the Congressional prohibition on decommissioning the Newport rescue helicopter sunsets.

In a recent filing, the Coast Guard admits that its budget for fiscal year 2016 contains no funding for the Newport Air Station. “Given the lack of funding in the budget, we have a real fear that the Coast Guard will close the Newport Air Station as soon as the one-year reprieve from Congress runs out on January 1, 2016,” said Ginny Goblirsch of the Newport Fishermen’s Wives.

“It makes much more sense for this case to be on hold through the end of the year when we will know what the Coast Guard is going to do. To dismiss the case now and force its refiling in just nine months is a waste of resources for both sides and the federal court.” According to the papers filed by plaintiffs, “From a judicial efficiency standpoint, a nine month stay of this case that coincides with the duration of the legislative stay makes good practical sense and should be granted.”

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