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 »

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 »

Lane County Supports Air Station

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s growing support to urge the Coast Guard to keep its air station open in Newport. Now the Lane County Board of Commissioners is chiming in. County commissioners say the station in Newport is crucial to Lane County. They say it’s the closest water emergency responder to the Florence coast. The other … 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 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 »

Fishing Vessel Runs Aground near Newport

YAQUINA BAY, Ore. — Three people are being treated for possible hypothermia after their fishing vessel ended up grounded near Newport Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Coast Guard got a call from crew members saying their vessel was about to run aground on Yaquina Bay’s South Jetty. The fishermen ended up swimming to shore. Seven-hundred gallons … Continue reading »

Coast Guard Member Arrested for Rape

NORTH BEND, Ore. — A member of the U.S. Coast Guard was arrested in North Bend for allegedly raping a young girl. Police say 20-year old Luke Kanada of North Bend had sex with a 15-year-old girl. Investigators say the two had a relationship over the summer. Kanada has been released from the Coos County … Continue reading »