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Port of Newport: Tuna challenge, what’s in a logging terminal and keeping John Moore and Bay Roads safe

Newport Port Commission (top)
The right kind of “bounced” check (bottom)

John Moore/Bay Road logging trucks
Newport Port Commissioners ran a rather short meeting Tuesday night but they definitely had their high beams on while doing it. For starters they launched a date for the first John Moore Road/Bay Road citizens task force (partnered with the city of Newport) that will examine the return of logging trucks to those two major throughways. Many neighbors decry the return of those trucks loaded with wood going down “their streets.” Hundreds of trucks will be bringing logs to the soon-to-be completed Port of Newport’s International Terminal. In an earlier meeting neighbors demonstrated their concern for their childrens’ safety as they walk to their bus stops or on sidewalks that are mere feet away from among the biggest vehicles on Oregon Roads.

Port officials have stated clearly and consistently that the port is an industrial operation with a long history in the area and that log exports have been historically an economic mainstay for the Central Coast. True, log exports abated in the 1990’s, but now they’re back and they’ll be once again a major part of the local economy.

Port officials stated recently that they sympathize with the neighbors and have indicated that an alternate route to the International Terminal must be investigated. The first scheduled meeting of the task force is now officially set for 6pm, September 19th at Newport City Hall.

Teevin Brothers proposal
And speaking of logs, Newport area residents will soon get their first glimpse of Teevin Brothers’ exact plans for the International Terminal, where those log trucks will be dropping off their loads. Port Manager Don Mann says the port will soon set a date in September for a Teevin Brothers “Open House” at the port offices so the public can see what’s in store for the International Terminal. Mann says Teevin Brothers runs a high quality operation that bears little resemblance to logging yards of old. He says they’re clean, they’re well organized and that they are good neighbors. Again, stay tuned to this website for a date for the open house.

Great Tuna Challenge and the “bounced” check
As you can see in the second photo, Port Commission Chair JoAnn Barton and Newport Food Pantry and rising special events guru Jim Myers each has a hand on a $1,500 check that Myers was giving to the port. The deal was, if the port let Myers use port property to conduct the Great Albacore Tuna Challenge (to benefit the food pantry) he would give the port half of the proceeds from the event. And so he did. Or tried. Immediately after giving Barton the check, it “bounced” right back to Jim and the food pantry, “with our compliments,” said Barton. Myers thanked each port commissioner personally and predicted that next year’s Great Albacore Tuna Challenge will be even greater than this year’s which Myers said was a whopping success.

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