Oregon Legislators Discuss Coast Guard

NEWPORT, Ore. — Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Representative Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) met with the Newport Fishermen’s Wives and other Newport community leaders Tuesday to discuss the next steps in the battle to keep the Coast Guard air facility open. The air facility is scheduled to close Jan. 1, 2016. The community is fighting to … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Searches for Boater

PORT ORFORD, Ore. — Coast Guard crews and local responders were searching for a missing man near Paradise Point in Port Orford, Oregon Sunday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Brookings, Oregon, as well as members of the … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Medevacs Teen to OHSU

PORTLAND, Ore. —  A 15-year-old is at OHSU after suffering a head injury in Powers Friday. A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced the teen Friday night from Coquille to Portland. Watchstanders at the air station in North Bend got the medevac request at 5:00 p.m. Friday. The teen reportedly sustained a head injury while operating … Continue reading »

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 »

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