Ocean-friendly Gardening—Make your garden beautiful, reduce maintenance, and prevent pollution. —Rosemary Howe Camozzi
Go With the Flow in Reedsport—Located just below the confluence of the Umpqua and Smith rivers, Reedsport offers an abundance of outdoor activities and intriguing shops. —Gail Oberst
The Legacy of Nobuo Fujita—The man who dropped incendiary bombs on U.S. soil during World War II showed how courage and peace could bring two countries back together. —Greg Oberst
A Shrine for the Goonified—The new Oregon Film Museum will debut in Astoria during the 25th anniversary celebration of The Goonies. —Michael Burkett
Brooten’s Kelp Ore Baths—Visitors flocked to the waters at Brooten’s Mountain, which were said to cure a wide variety of ailments. —Paul Pintarich
Rufous Hummingbird—It’s the only cinnamon-colored hummingbird and one of the feistiest. —Marcia Hafner
Chocolate High at Coastal Mist—A lucky reporter sinks her teeth into a “sweet” assignment on the South Coast. —Gail Oberst
Keeping Wheeler Healthy—Three generations of Rineharts have delivered first-class medical services in north Tillamook County, regardless of ability to pay. —Paul Pintarich
Oregon’s Plucky Shorebird—The western snowy plover has weathered harsh conditions, numerous predators, and degradation of habitat to eke out a living on the Oregon Coast. —Chuck Graham
Ned Reed: Cartographer
Farewell to the Shamrock
Take a Hike-Hiking the Nehalem Spit
Oregon Coast Vistas
Sunset at Bandon Beach.
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An architectural rendering of NOAA’s Marine Operations Center in Newport.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has—for the second time—chosen Newport as the site for its Marine Operations Center–Pacific Fleet.
Competing sites in Washington (Bellingham, Port Angeles, and Seattle’s Lake Union) raised a ruckus after NOAA first decided to move the research fleet to Newport, saying that the port is in a flood plain and therefore not a safe home for the fleet. So while we Coasties knew all along that Newport was the best site, we could only wait with bated breath while a second analysis was completed.
As it turned out, both Bellingham and Port Angeles are also in a flood plain. And Newport came out ahead of all three sites with higher technical ratings and a lower cost.
The most recent decision (made March 23) is under a 30-day public comment period, but most everyone seems confident that it will hold. By the time you get this magazine, it should be official.
This is good news in more ways than one. Besides increasing Newport’s clout as a hub for marine science (with both OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium already in residence), the facility will bring many family-wage jobs to town. The center will employ 175, and will be home port to four ships. According to news reports, up to 1,200 vendors will cater to the facility, which is scheduled to open in June 2011.
Demolition of previous structures is already underway, with 99 percent of the material that has been removed being recycled. Three Newport-area subcontracting firms were hired to complete the site demolition, grading, and preliminary electrical work, and the Port has committed to using local contractors as much as possible for the project. Watch for a complete story on the new facility in the July/August issue.
Meanwhile, in this issue, you’ll find lots of great stories, including one on the Reedsport area, one on the 25th anniversary of The Goonies and the opening of the new Oregon Film Museum in Astoria, and the heartwarming story of Nobuo Fujita, who made a graceful transition from national enemy to personal friend of the whole town of Brookings–Harbor.