Reedsport Faces Economic Challenges

REEDSPORT, Ore. — The years have taken a toll on one coastal community in Oregon, but many in Reedsport are hopeful they can bounce back after a population decline over the last couple of decades. It all started back in 1999 when the International Paper Mill in Gardiner closed, taking with it nearly 1,000 jobs. … Continue reading »

Sea Stars Die from Wasting Syndrome

NEWPORT, Ore. — The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s scientific dive team says the fatal sea star wasting syndrome has been observed off Oregon’s central coast. The team observed sunflower stars, ochre stars and giant pink stars with intermediate to advanced signs of wasting syndrome on an April 27 in the Yaquina Bay. Sea star wasting syndrome … Continue reading »

Spring Whale Watching Week Begins

FLORENCE, Ore. — Students may be taking a break from hitting the books, but some whale watching experts are hoping to draw some of them to the coast for some spring whale watching. Spring Whale Watching Week is always at the same time as spring break in the state of Oregon and volunteers are staffing … Continue reading »

Volunteers Clean Up Coastal Beaches

FLORENCE, Ore. — It’s not just those who live on the coast who are taking part in cleaning up local beaches. Some people traveling through Florence Saturday picked up a bag and gloves to clean up trash along the coast. Some volunteers make it a point to clean up the coast. “Well we like to … Continue reading »

Volunteers Prepare for Coastal Cleanup

EUGENE, Ore. — SOLVE’s annual Spring Beach Cleanup is happening Saturday. It draws thousands of people every year, working together to protect the health of our oceans and coastlines. Tons of trash that should be in the dumpster litters our beaches. It not only affects wildlife and the environment, but also the economy. That’s why … Continue reading »

OSU Researchers Warn of Erosion Dangers

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Researchers at Oregon State University say Oregon’s beaches are in jeopardy. With rising sea levels and a lack of new sediment coming in, bluffs and dunes on the coast are seeing more erosion. They say the central and northern shores are seeing more erosion than the southern Oregon coast. The researchers recommend … Continue reading »

Community Creates Art from Beach Trash

BANDON, Ore. – It’s estimated there’s 11 million tons of trash floating in the North Pacific Ocean. Every year, 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die getting tangled up in it. Progress to reduce ocean pollution is being made in Bandon on the south Oregon coast. One bottle, one flip-flop, one small piece of plastic … Continue reading »

Decomposed Hand Found Near Gearhart

GEARHART, Ore. — A retired police officer and his granddaughter found a human remain on the Oregon coast, Saturday. Around 8:45 p.m., the retired police officer was walking with his 9-year old granddaughter when they found a decomposed hand on a Gearhart area beach. Oregon State Police searched the area, but didn’t turn up any … Continue reading »

Woman Drowns at State Park

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — A sunny day on the beach turned tragic on Saturday when a woman drowned at the D River Wayside State Recreation Area. Oregon State Police say the woman and her 23-year-old daughter were going for a swim when they got caught up in a rip current. The daughter made it to … Continue reading »

Senators Introduce Tsunami Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s two U.S. senators are pushing legislation to help pay for tsunami debris cleanup on the West Coast. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, introduced the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Reimbursement Act on Thursday. If passed, it would give the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the … Continue reading »

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