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Newport City Council – Broad Discussions

The Newport City Council Monday evening tackled a wide variety of requests on how to move the city forward.  The first exercise they tackled was preparing the coast for THE BIG EARTHQUAKE – the Cascadia Subduction Zone shaker that is pretty much overdue based on the multi-hundred year intervals between predictable earthquakes. The last one was in the year 1700 AD and it was a big one – around a 9 Richter.  So residents along the Alaskan and western U.S. Coasts should beware that it could happen anytime.  And the communities are learning how to ensure they learn how to ride-out such a monster event.

Mother Nature can throw a fit if you’re not careful…

June 9th is when Lincoln County will hold “pretend earthquakes” and practice what to do and and how to ride one out – the ole “drop, cover and hold on.”  There will be facilities based at the county fairgrounds where citizens can congregate and feel somewhat safe.  They should have gas generated power stations to keep the lights on and for food to keep coming.  It’s expected that the phone lines will be down so getting around to inform everyone what the status is and how many people were hurt or injured during the quake will be quite a chore.  Again, this is a table top exercise.

Amateur Radio Operators – or Ham radio operators as they like to be called – will also be helping to keep critical information flowing to medical teams that will be tending to “injured people.”  All this and more will be rising up starting June 9th.

On another front Midwater Trawler fishermen and women have pulled out all the stops when it comes to questioning the federal government’s determination to set up hundreds of electricity generating windmills off shore.  The blades turn and the electricity flows through the wires to the Oregon shore then connecting with the regional land-based electrical grids.  But opponents, like commercial fishermen, will insist that such a set up has never been tested on the west coast.  They fish for their livelihoods – their fish brought to shore are sold to vast markets around the country.  Stay tuned on this one.

Fishermen and women contend that offshore windmills will terribly disrupt their fishing areas.  They contend that the power generated offshore with windmills can be very up-and-down throughout the fishing industry’s “offshore territory” and would most likely see their incomes fall and fall greatly because 200-to-300 offshore windmills could take up the space that fishermen require to make their living.  Federal officials are getting a lot of push-back on their plans to build these windmill platforms offshore.  To be continued.

And now for something a little different…there were plans for the city of Newport to re-locate their animal shelter from the east side of town off Highway 20 to a piece of ground at the south end of the Newport Airport.  For a while it seemed interesting but eventually it turned out to be a not-so-convenient place to find new homes for them.  So the animal shelter folks are on the hunt to create a more functional and accessible shelter.

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