Man Dies After Injuries from Kitesurfing

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — A 49 year old man died after an apparent kitesurfing accident on the North Coast on Thursday. Wiley Dale Johnson Jr., an off-duty lieutenant of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained. Thursday evening, Oregon State Police was notified that an adult male was being taken to a hospital in … Continue reading »

Redwoods Under Fire from Poachers

(CNN) — Tree poaching conjures up the lawless Amazon jungle, but America’s magnificent redwood forests now face a piecemeal but steady assault by poachers too, California officials say. Thieves are cutting massive chunks from the base of the champion trees, which are the tallest on Earth and are up to 2,000 years old. While state officials say … Continue reading »

Dredging Underway For 1st Time in Years

PORT ORFORD, Ore. — The day’s catch was hoisted up for one Port Orford fisherman, who beat the high tide rush that has become the norm at the port of Port Orford. The port hasn’t received its needed annual dredging since federal funding stopped in 2010, leaving high tide the only time the dozens of … Continue reading »

Whale Watchers Flock to Oregon Coast

NEWPORT, Ore. — If you’re looking for a big after-Christmas Day adventure, you should think about heading to the Oregon Coast. The Winter Whale Watch begins Dec. 26 in Oregon, Washington and California. Gray whales are now on their southern migration. Parks departments in all three states have trained volunteers to help visitors spot them. … Continue reading »

Oregon Coast Aquarium Visits School

MEDFORD, Ore. — Since a field trip to the coast isn’t a possibility for some Rogue Valley students, the coast is coming to them. It’s part of the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s education program. The outreach team stopped by Hoover Elementary School on Wednesday morning to give third to sixth graders an idea of what they … Continue reading »

Japanese Boat Washes Ashore Along Coast

FLORENCE, Ore. — An abandoned 24′ non-motorized boat was removed from the ocean shore near Muriel Ponsler Wayside north of Florence on Thursday. It was taken to a local landfill by Leisure Excavating. When the boat was found, no pollution or hazardous materials were detected but there was marine life clinging to the debris. Some … Continue reading »

Fugitive Washed Up On Oregon Beach

NEAR PACIFIC CITY, Ore. – A body which washed up at an Oregon beach this weekend is a fugitive. State Police say fingerprint analysis confirms it is that of Kyle Wallace of Depoe Bay. The 20-year-old was last seen speeding away from a traffic stop on Highway 101 south of town. Sunday his body washed … Continue reading »

Brookings Harbor Cleanup Underway

BROOKINGS HARBOR, Ore. – After several days delay last week because of rough ocean conditions, dredging of the Brookings Harbor Boat Basin is now underway. The project is designed to remove silt and other debris that washed in during the march 2011 Japanese tsunami. This dredge is sucking up silt and pumping it through a … Continue reading »

Boat Basin Clean Up In Brookings

BROOKINGS, Ore. – Thanks to nearly three fourths of a million dollars in state and federal grants, the port of Brookings Harbor is being cleaned-up of silt that’s clogging the boat basin. Thick-walled black plastic pipe, 14 inches in diameter, drapes into the Brookings boat basin to a dredge waiting to pump tsunami silt out … Continue reading »

Dredging Begins At Brookings Port

BROOKINGS, Ore. – It’s been over a year since the Japanese tsunami damaged Brookings, but more clean-up efforts are underway. Just like mowing the grass, dredging has to be done to ports; it’s the removal of sediment, dirt and other debris. Curry County is working with engineers to start the clean up mid-September. An engineer … Continue reading »

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