Newport Police Officers Honored For Saving Suicidal Mans Life

Newport policeMonday (4/20) during the Newport City council meeting three Newport Police Officers where awarded Life Saving Medals for their roles in saving the life of a suicidal subject on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The incident occurred on December 26, 2014, just after 2:00 pm Newport Police Officers responded to the Yaquina Bay Bridge on a report of a subject sitting on the railing on the west side of the bridge.

Newport Officer Brad Purdom was the first to arrive on scene. He found a 41 year-old male resident sitting of the railing near the center span of the bridge. The man during the course of the conversation climbed over the rail toward the sidewalk. The on-scene Officers continued to converse with the man, but he attempted to again climb over to the west side of the bridge railing. The Officers were able to grab him as he released his grip on the bridge rail, and began to fall.

Officers pulled the man to safety and detained him in handcuffs for his own protection. The report of the responding Officers’ actions was submitted to the Newport Police Department Awards Committee, which concluded that the actions of Officer Purdom, Officer Mitchell, and Chief Miranda saved the life of the individual. As a result each Officer received the Newport Police Department Life Saving Award.

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Family Fishing Day At Ollala Saturday

Two young anglers fishing at Olalla Reservoir.

Two young anglers fishing at Olalla Reservoir.

Families interested in spending an enjoyable day outdoors with a fishing rod in their hands may want to head out to Olalla Reservoir near Newport on Saturday, April 25. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir.

The Olalla Reservoir Fishing Event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, both youth and adult reservoir-wide fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other fun family activities. Prizes will be awarded for the adult and youth fishing derbies, and there will also be a few prizes that every youth participant will be entered to receive. All activities are free.

ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait free of charge. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer angling instructors will be available at the reservoir to help participants set up their gear, cast, reel, and even clean fish. According to Christine Clapp, ODFW fish biologist in Newport, the event will offer something for just about every member of the family. Continue reading

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Aquarium Celebrates Earth Day Saturday

Aquarium entrance.Oregon’s window to the underwater world will go green on Saturday, April 25 when the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates Earth Day. “We host this annual celebration to encourage the public to engage in positive behavior changes for the benefit of a healthier environment and lifestyle,” said Beth Hawkyard, the Aquarium’s Volunteer Services Manager who organizes the event. “It is a wonderful feeling to know you are reducing your impact on our planet.”

Exhibits will brim with eco-friendly educational opportunities for visitors. Guests will be able to practice identifying marine debris, learn about reusable products and contribute to a collaborative art piece called “Wave of Change.”

Guests are also invited to take a guided walk on the wild side through the Aquarium’s naturescaped grounds that the National Wildlife Federation honored with a wildlife habitat certification. Anita Albrecht, the Aquarium’s Head Groundskeeper, will lead visitors during this native plant walk to explore this restored natural landscape. Those interested in joining the 45 minute tour should meet outside the Aquarium’s lobby at 1:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required and all activities are included with general admission. The Aquarium is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. this spring. For more information call 541-867-FISH or visit aquarium.org.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium organizes its Earth Day event in conjunction with the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s (AZA) nation-wide Party For the Planet™ event on April 22. Party For the Planet™’s collective events make the world’s largest combined Earth Day Celebration. For more information about AZA’s Party For the Planet™, visit http://www.aza.org.

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Beach Walkers Asked To Keep An Eye Out For Transponders

transponder2Most CoastWatchers and other beachcombers are highly aware of the debris generated by the Japanese tsunami of 2011 that has been reaching our shores. Now there is an alert concerning “debris” that was tossed into the sea deliberately. CoastWatchers and others who walk the beach and observe it carefully may be able to help. After the tsunami took place, scientists released instruments known as “transponders” to track the movements of debris.

These floating instruments are about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle and were set in the ocean from different ports off Japan in 2011-12 after the massive earthquake and tsunami. Researchers from Tattori University for Environmental Studies in Japan have been collaborating with Oregon State University, Oregon Sea Grant, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program on the project.

One transponder washed ashore near Arch Cape in March, 2013, about 19 months after it was set adrift. The people who found it reported it to Sam Chan of Oregon Sea Grant who began collaborating with researchers in Japan. Two more have now been located. The researchers have asked for help from those monitoring the shoreline in locating the transponders and recovering them if it is safe to do so. Continue reading

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Drunk Driving Simulation At Newport High

Mock crash DUIIApril 22nd at 10:30 a.m., the Newport Police Department, in conjunction with Newport High School Student Body Officers, conducted a mock DUII fatality crash in front of the Newport High School. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving. On average, there is a traffic-related fatality on our nation’s highways every 15 minutes. The most susceptible group is drivers under the age of 25.

The majority of these fatalities’ investigations identify distracted and impaired driving as contributing factors. Yesterday’s educational event focused on the prom and graduation season. These moments of celebration are often marred by the tragic loss of a loved one. Too often, this loss could have been prevented by the choice to not drive impaired. The simulated crash scene included student actors role-playing the crash victims.

One driver went through a simulated Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and was subsequently “arrested”. Two students were treated and released at the scene. Two students were transported to hospital by ambulance for treatment of their simulated injuries. Two students at the simulated scene were pronounced “deceased”.

Following the crash scene, students met in the gymnasium for an assembly. The students were addressed by multiple speakers, including Newport Police Department Records Clerk/Evidence Custodian Pamela Briggs. Briggs has played an active role in Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Lincoln County Victims’ Impact Panel. Briggs shared her own story of the loss of her son in an impaired driving traffic crash.

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Beach Walkers Asked To Keep An Eye Out For Transponders

transponder2Most CoastWatchers and other beachcombers are highly aware of the debris generated by the Japanese tsunami of 2011 that has been reaching our shores. Now there is an alert concerning “debris” that was tossed into the sea deliberately. CoastWatchers and others who walk the beach and observe it carefully may be able to help.

After the tsunami took place, scientists released instruments known as “transponders” to track the movements of debris. These floating instruments are about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle and were set in the ocean from different ports off Japan in 2011-12 after the massive earthquake and tsunami.Researchers from Tattori University for Environmental Studies in Japan have been collaborating with Oregon State University, Oregon Sea Grant, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program on the project. Continue reading

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