Coast Guard Air Station Remains Open

NEWPORT, Ore. — There are new developments in the fight to keep the Newport Coast Guard air facility from closing. A Senate bill passed Wednesday that will allow the helicopter station to remain in Newport. According to Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office, the Senate bill authorizes Coast Guard service nationwide has been approved in the House. … Continue reading »

Coast Guard to Go Through with Closure

NEWPORT, Ore. — Despite backlash and lawsuits from several groups on the coast, the U.S. Coast Guard says it will go through with the planned closure of its Newport air station next Monday. In a brief filed in federal court in Eugene, the Coast Guard said groups have failed to prove that harm is likely … Continue reading »

Rescued Fishermen Speak Out

NEWPORT, Ore. — Following the latest rescue, and now that the dangerous crab season is under way, it’s creating more of a fight in Newport to save the Coast Guard air facility. Newport’s air facility is scheduled to close in two weeks, and more fishermen are out at sea for crab season. On Monday, the … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Rescues Five Near Siletz Bay

NEWPORT, Ore. — Coast Guard crews rescued five people whose fishing boat sank yesterday in the chilly Pacific waters off the Oregon Coast. The Coast Guard says it received a mayday call about 4:20 a.m. from the crew of the 75-foot blazer — saying they were taking on water eight miles west of Siletz Bay. … Continue reading »

Air Station Closure Lawsuit Filed

NEWPORT, Ore. — A lawsuit was filed in Eugene federal court Tuesday, challenging the Coast Guard’s decision to close the Newport’s air station on Dec. 15. Newport Fishermen’s Wives, the City of Newport, Lincoln County, and the Port of Newport are all filing the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the Coast Guard failed to to … Continue reading »

Lawsuit Challenges Air Facility Closure

NEWPORT, Ore. — A federal lawsuit is about to be filed, challenging the legality of the U.S. Coast Guard’s plans to close its air facility in Newport. The Newport Fishermen’s Wives has been raising money so the group could hire an attorney to file a lawsuit. On Friday, the Newport City Council unanimously decided it … Continue reading »

Oregon Leaders Fight Coast Guard Closure

NEWPORT, Ore. — A new effort to avoid the closure of the Coast Guard Air Station in Newport, Tuesday. Oregon’s congressional leaders teamed up with leaders from South Carolina to urge the Coast Guard to reconsider. The leaders wrote a joint letter, calling on the Coast Guard to keep facilities open in both states. Oregon … Continue reading »

Newport Town Hall: Air Facility Closure

NEWPORT, Ore. — Hundreds of coastal residents showed up for a town hall meeting Monday evening at Oregon Coast Community College to oppose the closure of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Facility in Newport. “The air facility here in Newport will close on the 30th of November,” said Admiral R. T. Gromlich, Commander of the … Continue reading »

Air Facility Closure Input Sought

NEWPORT, Ore. — The public has a chance to give their input on the planned closing of the Coast Guard air facility in Newport. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) is planning to attend, as well as spokespeople from both U.S. senators’ offices. The Newport Fishermen’s Wives are also speaking at the meeting. The Coast Guard will … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Closure Controversy

NEWPORT, Ore. — A group trying to keep the Newport air facility open says the Coast Guard has pulled out of a community meeting to explain its actions. The Newport Fishermen’s Wives is speaking at a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss the closure. Representative Kurt Schrader is planning to attend, as well as … Continue reading »

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