Congressman Kurt Schrader will be making a two day stop in the Newport area today and tomorrow. At 6pm Tuesday, Schrader will appear at a community town hall meeting at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Congressman Schrader says he’ll provide a brief update on his work in Congress and will take any and all questions from the audience.
Wednesday morning at 8:30am, Schrader will host his annual “Fishers Roundtable” to talk about issues affecting Oregon’s fishing industry. He’s likely to get an earful of complaints about what fishermen call unproven wave energy technology that is already demanding a reduction in commercial and recreational fishing grounds off the Oregon Coast. That session takes place in the Gleason Room at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Then at 10:15am Congressman Schrader will take a tour of the nearly completed Port of Newport International Terminal where logs are expected to be the main export commodity when operations begin this Fall.
At 11:15am, Schrader will take a walking tour of the Art Deco District of Newport, and will discuss the general economy and retail sales in particular and how both are such a challenge in Newport.
At 1:30pm Schrader will tour the Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum in Depoe Bay. Schrader will be joined by marine biologist Carrie Newell and Depoe Bay Mayor A.J. Mattila who will no doubt bend his ear on issues related to tourism and concerns for commercial and recreational fishing off the Oregon Coast.
State Representative David Gomberg, D-Central Caost, will also be in the Newport area this week for a whirlwind tour on Friday. At 12 Noon, Rep. Gomberg will speak before the Newport Chamber of Commerce for their weekly luncheon – this time at the Shilo on Elizabeth Street. He’ll then hustle over to Toledo for a public forum with residents and local government officials of Toledo. The 2:30pm forum will be held at the Toledo Public Library. Gomberg will also be meeting with government officials in Waldport and Lincoln City.