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Newport Yaquina Bay BridgeNewport is a city on the central Oregon Coast. It was incorporated in 1882, though the name dates back to the establishment of a post office in 1868.

It is the home of the famous Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, two lighthouses and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Coast Aquarium was once the home of the Free Willy star and is consistently rated one of the best aquariums in the country.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 29 acre facility featuring more than 190 animal species, including seals, otters, sea lions, tufted puffins and a giant octopus. (You can even get kissed by a sea lion) The aquarium also has six acres of cliffs, rocky caves, tidepools and nature trails. You can walk through one of the largest seabird aviaries in North America, or visit the rocky coast exhibit, where sea lions, seals and sea otters splash and play. As well as world class fish tank displays there are hands on displays and interactive computers to help you learn about Oregon's coasts and wetlands.

Historic Nye Beach was established by John Nye, who obtained a160 acre land claim in 1866 when Newport was first opened for settlement. Sam Irvin promoted Nye Beach as a destination resort area in the 1880's. By the early 1900's, L.C. Smith, a Realtor, promoted the area as "The Promised Land." Smith was responsible for many of the wooden boardwalks which linked the Nye Beach oceanfront neighborhood to the bayfront area. Nye Beach and the Bay Front Area are both must stroll areas.

The Newport Bayfront area is home to Oregon's biggest commercial fishing fleet. As you stroll along the Newport Bayfront you will find restaurants, galleries, boat tours, gift shops, candy shops and a lot of fun. Sea lions as well as boats inhabit the many private docks and public piers.

Toledo is just a seven mile drive east of Newport and the only inland coastal community with a deep water channel. The historic town of Toledo is a charming blend of seaside town, river town surrounded by the Oregon Coast range.



Hatfield Marine Science Center helps students explore career paths
Newport
Twice a year, the Hatfield Marine Science Center gives seventh through 12th grade students a chance to explore their interest in science up close by learning first hand from marine scientists, researchers and teachers about the many different career paths open to them.
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Oregon Coast Aquarium Wants Your Input For Turkey Vulture Naming
Newport

Turkey VultureThe Oregon Coast Aquarium is building an aviary for some unusual new inhabitants and is asking for public input on naming its new them. The new Turkey Vulture exhibit will open at the Aquarium October 31, 2009 and a turkey vulture naming contest is being held to select names for the birds.

The Aquarium’s aviculturists will choose two names from public entries, for the two rescued and rehabilitated birds, arriving from Wisconsin this month. Entry forms are in the Aquarium lobby, where entries will be accepted through October 30.

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Chinese and Oregon scientists join forces against invasive grass
Newport
Chinese scientists are meeting with Oregon resource managers this week to share battle stories about a common enemy
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Oregon Coast air service growing
Newport
SeaPort Airlines is seeing slow but steady growth in passenger traffic from Portland to the Oregon coast.
Since mid-March, SeaPort has offered three round-trip flights a day between Portland and Astoria and two round-trip flights between Portland and Newport in nine-passenger Pilatus PC-12 airplanes.
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The Gathering - Longboard Classic in Newport
Newport
The Gathering

This renowned surf event was be held September 12 and 13, 2009 at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon. Competitive longboarders of all ages competed in 11 categories of surfing expertise. Check out our Surf Report page for this years winners

 

 

 
Shark Sighting at South Beach
Newport

Shark at South BeachSouth Beach, OR -- On August 29, 2009 Greg Niles of OceanPulseSurf.com reported the following;

"At 8 AM I was surfing South Beach, Oregon when I witnessed an attack on a Sea Lion. Other Sea Lions were seen jumping out of the water and swimming as fast as possible just prior to the one taken out. It happened some 200 feet from my location. The shark came up from underneath and had one strike then disappeared with the Sea Lion. I would estimate the shark to be 16 - 18 feet long. We have observed a high number of partially eaten Seals/Sea Lions in and out of the water in the last few weeks along with many Great White sightings. The sky was overcast with the air temperature 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the water 56 degrees Fahrenheit."

 
Two Oregon Coast Aquarium Sea Lions Have Their Artwork Published
Newport

Seal PaintingAquarium sea lion paintings and flipper prints are featured in the new book, "Fur in My Paint," by Tifane Grayce.

Original art has become a regular feature at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, with a new exhibit opening annually near the shark tunnel in the exhibit, Passages of the Deep.

Recently, however, an unusual art form has found its way to the Aquarium and the artists are even more unique. Colorful paintings and flipper prints by artists Max and Lea, two California sea lions, have been published in the new book, “Fur in my Paint.” The book, featuring animals as artists, explores the art work of scorpions, lizards, gorillas, macaws, elephants, meerkats and sea lions among others. Read Article


 
Beaver Creek Kayak Tours
Newport

Love kayaking? Never kayaked but always wanted to? One of the most exciting additions to the program at South Beach Sate Park are the kayak tours.

Folks who register for the activity will launch from nearby Ona Beach (5 miles south) and spend two hours exploring the fascinating Beaver Creek area with a guide.

You can even watch a video on the South Beach web page before you decide...

 
NOAA selects Newport, Ore., for ship base
Newport

Newport. ORThe National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has chosen Newport, Oregon, to be the new base for its research ship operations on the West Coast. Factors in selecting the site included NOAA’s infrastructure needs, proximity to maritime industry resources and NOAA labs, quality of life for civilian employees, officers and crew, and the ability have the site available by July 2011 in addition to lease cost, the agency said

NOAA plans to base four research ships and up to two visiting ships at the new port, beginning in 2011, pending the signing of a 20-year lease. The base in Seattle currently has about 175 employees, including 110 officers and crew assigned to the ships. Newport beat out proposals submitted by Port Angeles, Bellingham and Lake Union, all in Washington state. The fleet is currently based in Lake Union in Seattle. The move will bring 175 full-time employees to the Oregon Coast and an estimated $19 million annually in economic benefits.

NOAA’s requirements for the new site include office and warehouse space, berthing for the four NOAA ships homeported at the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific and up to two visiting ships, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified, environmentally sustainable main buildings. The move is contingent on the signing of a 20-year lease between NOAA and the port.

Along with Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium and a very involved fishing, NOAA’s project makes Newport a center for science and research.

 
Tuna anglers reel ‘em in to help feed the hungry
Sunday, 12 July 2009 23:00

The annual Oregon Tuna Classic – “Reelin’ In Hunger” – will take place Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Newport, and organizers hope to get boats in the water, and tuna on the docks. The tournament to help feed the hungry in Oregon is now in its fourth year, and has yet to hold an official contest in Newport due to weather conditions.

“The tournament originally started as, ‘I fish for food.’ That was started up in Garibaldi, and it was a bunch of fellows that would go tuna fishing, and then give their extra fish to their friends,” said Chuck, noting that the Classic is the fastest growing charitable tournament on the west coast, drawing participants from California, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

Jake Schubert - Newport News Times Article

 

For a listing of Oregon Coast events, festivals and happenings check out the Oregon Coast Calendar

 
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