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 »

Coast Guard to Close Newport Facility

NEWPORT, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to close a facility in Newport where a search and rescue helicopter is stationed, and budget cuts are to blame. The three and a half acre site has a hangar and barracks, used on a rotation basis by four-person crews who are permanently stationed at the … Continue reading »

Plane Crashes Into Ocean Near Florence

FLORENCE, Ore. — One person is dead and another is missing after a small plane crashed into the ocean near Florence. Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue say two people were on board.  The Coast Guard dive team and a helicopter are looking for the second person still missing. The plane is believed to be from … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Rescues Two Hikers

SEASIDE, Ore. — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew worked to locate two hikers stranded on a cliff in Ecola State Park, Monday. A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Astoria responded to the request for help and were able to locate the two stranded hikers. The aircrew dropped two 200-foot hoists with a rescue … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Woman

COOS BAY, Ore. – The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s searching for a missing woman, after a fishing vessel ran aground near Coos Bay Sunday. Around 7:12 a.m. the Coast Guard says it located and rescued two men and their dog at the north tip of the north jetty at the entrance to Coos Bay; … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Closes Bar Entrances

EUGENE, Ore. — The US Coast Guard closed the Coos Bay, Umpqua River, Depoe Bay and Siuslaw River bar entrances Sunday. The captains of the Port Sector North Bend and Columbia River issued the closure of the four bar entrance due to hazardous conditions. The closure applies to all vessels; requests to transit the bars … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman

COOS BAY, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a fisherman off the coast of Coos Bay Sunday. Officials say the fisherman suffered from internal injuries and needed immediate medical assistance. The Coast Guard says the American Triumph, a commercial fishing and processing vessel, contacted them around 3:30 p.m. to Medevac a 37-year-old male … Continue reading »

Three Fishermen Rescued near Coos Bay

COOS BAY, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three fishermen near Coos Bay Wednesday. It says the men’s 39-foot crab boat Robert Henry ran aground 400 yards off Cape Arago. At about 3:30 a.m., helicopter crew brought the crew members to shore. Investigators will assess the scene for potential pollution. The Coast Guard says … Continue reading »