A tropical masked booby (Sula dactylatra), that was picked up in Newport is now settling into a warmer locale. The juvenile bird is the second of its species ever reported north of Mendocino County, California. The booby was underweight, weighing 1,405 grams, when it arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for rehabilitation on September 11.
Due to the continued threat of avian influenza, Aquarium staff followed isolation quarantine procedures, which required any person that worked with the booby to avoid Aquarium’s resident birds that day. State veterinarians worked quickly to obtain the necessary samples for testing, and when blood test results for the disease came back negative, they transitioned to regular quarantine protocols that provided the bird its own private condominium.
Despite the logistical challenges, the Aquarium’s aviculturists tended their surprise patient with enthusiasm. “Working with a booby was a new experience for our staff, and we quickly learned they are a favorite of many staff who asked about its progress every day,” said CJ McCarty, Curator of Birds for the Aquarium. Aviculturists introduced nutrition to the booby gradually, starting with fluids, then a fishy shake and finally whole fish to ensure the bird was adequately hydrated to successfully digest food. Continue reading
Over the last several weeks the Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force has measured bacteria levels at the Nye Beach storm water outfall that exceed Department of Health State Standards. This outfall has not seen high bacteria levels since 2014. Beginning on August 29, three of the last four weekly samples has yielded high bacteria. The bacteria being measured is Enterococcus and is an indicator of bacterial contamination as a result of sewage or mammal feces.
Please avoid human or animal contact with the water discharging from the outfall since a health hazard may exist.
The City is working with Blue Water Task Force to conduct additional sampling this weekend to try and identify the source of the contamination. If you observe any unusual discharges or smell sewage, please contact the City of Newport Public Works Department at 541-574-3366. Additional information on the sampling at the Nye Beach outfall is available on the Surfrider’s Blue Water Taskforce webpage located at http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/beach/58
Information and photos provided by Tim Gross Newport Public Works
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers have been enhancing patrol efforts in two Lincoln County highway Safety Corridors thanks to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant funding. Since February, OSP troopers have utilized ODOT grant funds to enhance patrol efforts on Highway 101 between Newport and Depoe Bay and on Highway 20 between Toledo and Chitwood. Both areas are designated Safety Corridors.
A Safety Corridor is defined as a stretch of state highway where fatal and serious injury traffic crash rates are at or above 110 percent above the statewide average for a similar type of roadway. Sections of state highway are designated by ODOT as Safety Corridors in an effort to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes. Safety corridors may be eligible for enhanced enforcement and double traffic fines.
OSP enforcement efforts target traffic violations that data shows are associated with fatal and serious injury traffic crashes, such as speed violations, occupant safety violations, lane usage violations, impaired driving and distracted driving violations. The enforcement strategy is in addition to ODOT engineering work that is also helping reduce these crash types in the areas. Drivers traveling in Safety Corridors are encouraged to turn on headlights during the day, reduce speeds and refrain from passing.
For additional information regarding Safety Corridors, including other Safety Corridor locations in Oregon, visit:
Information provided by OSP
A new set of flippers is splashing up seawater in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. Koa the California sea lion brings energy to the 95,000 gallon pool that makes him hard to miss.
“Koa has such an expressive face,” said Brittany Blades, who is the animal’s primary trainer and a mammalogist at the Aquarium. “When he is excited about a training session, his eyes are open and bright and he is very attentive. If he is ready to do something different, his eyes glaze over and he starts looking around for a distraction.”
The 9 year old sub-adult male moved from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California to Newport in March.
He spent the next seven months learning the Aquarium’s training program and setting the stage for successful integration into the Aquarium’s existing collection of pinnipeds. The exhibit was already home to eight harbor seals and three California sea lions, and their acceptance of Koa was important for his long-term wellbeing.
A crucial step to this journey was Koa’s introduction to Max, a 25 year old male California sea lion that has lived at the Aquarium since it opened in 1992. The Aquarium’s mammalogists started planning and preparations before Koa arrived to ensure the two males would get along swimmingly. Continue reading
Newport Police Lieutenant Jason Malloy graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 261 in Quantico, Virginia on September 18. The 261st session was attended by 225 executive law enforcement officials, representing 48 states, 23 countries, five military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.
On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience, and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. The FBI National Academy is a professional development course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. It serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad, and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.
Its mission is “to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.” Lt. Malloy has worked in law enforcement for 24 years, and for the Newport Police Department for 20 years. He is currently assigned as the Police Department Operations Commander. Previous Newport Police Department graduates of the FBI Academy include Retired Lieutenant Dave Teem, and Chief Mark Miranda.
By Kiera Morgan
The Port of Newport at their meeting last week announced they are working with Steve Webster owner of Front Street Marine, which owns the property where the Undersea Gardens is located. They have announced they are removing the Undersea Gardens and putting in an Ice House to benefit the fishing industry on the bayfront. Commissioner Lamerdin said he was a bit concerned about noise as this is a major tourist area where people come to view the sea lions.
Port general manager Kevin Greenwood said this would also be an attraction for tourists. “I think in a lot of ways in talking with Steve about his vision for that site, that it could really actually being as big of an attraction as the sea lions. With the off loading of the fish it will be a lot easier for the public to actually view the fish mongering and a lot of those types of activities.”
Other conversations discussed with Steve Webster and his contractor included assistance in removing the pontoon from Yaquina Bay and facilitating its destruction. Commissioner David Jinks said he was a bit concerned about how port dock 1 would be left after the removal. According to Greenwood “Mr. Webster was quite sensitive to impacts to the commercial fishing fleet that use Port Dock 1 and is willing to help the Port consider these points as he develops his venture.”
Vessels mooring at Port Dock 1 have access to a pile/cleat on the corner of the proposed new structure. Port Dock 1 serves as the primary overflow area for the large Alaskan fishing vessels that are too large for navigating into other docks. They hope to get the in water work started in November and complete the project next year.
Photo by trip advisor
A high school student riding a skateboard ran a stop sign, hitting a bus yesterday afternoon (9/23) in Newport. The accident occurred about 2:45 p.m. near the intersection of 4th Street and Benton. Newport Police, Newport Fire and PacWest Ambulance were dispatched to the area to render aide. Further investigation revealed a 14-year old Newport boy had been riding his skateboard westbound on NE 4th
Street. When he approached the intersection at NE 4th And Benton Street, he failed to stop for the posted stop sign and crashed into the side of a Mid- Columbia bus, which was driving southbound through the intersection. Fire and Medical personnel began rendering aid to the injured boy while Police seconded off the scene and began interviewing witnesses.
The bus involved in the crash was carrying students at the time of the incident and Mid – Columbia brought out a second bus to transfer students. No one on the bus was injured. Families of students on the bus were notified that their children would be arriving home late from school. Director of Support Services Rich Belloni said the school safety protocols were followed and students on the bus were safe. He added their thoughts are with the injured student and his family. Students will have access to a “safe room” today at their respective Newport school to speak with an adult if they were upset by the crash. The 14-year old boy was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport with facial injuries. He was flown to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital via REACH Air Ambulance. The investigation into the crash is continuing.