It can’t be much fun out there with gale force winds and the constant pounding waves. But they’re out there waiting for Monday, 9am, December 1st when they can hit the “go” buttons on their winches and pull up what the Chinese REALLY like the most about America – their crab. Demand for fresh crab in China is huge which is likely to keep prices internationally high. Great news for crabbers.
Meanwhile, lots of folks are working hard to keep their airborne guardian angels ready to pluck them from the jaws of death if the need arises – the U.S. Coast Guard. A federal court hearing is set for December 11th when a judge could rule that the Coast Guard cannot legally close down their helo rescue operations at the Newport Airport. At least until the Coast Guard goes about it in the proper and lawful way – which in this case is a contradiction in terms. If an injunction is slapped on the Coast Guard brass in Washington D.C., it’ll take them up to 9 months to do their homework. But by then the congressional delegations of Oregon and South Carolina may find the funds to keep the Newport helo at the ready, as it should be. And we may all learn what role the Department of Homeland Security played in what most coastal Oregonians would call the worst and the most mindless decision ever to come out of a modern day government agency.