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The Mare Island has continued its journey to Seattle area

Mare Island, in Newport last week
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The San Francisco Bay ferry “Mare Island” that stopped in Newport a week ago for fuel, and then broke down with a fuel problem, has apparently fixed what was wrong and has continued its journey to the Seattle area.

Baylink, the ferry operation that owns the 40 mph ferry, said it was headed north from its home port of Vallejo, California, to get some engine work done at a ship yard in Anacortes, Washington. It stopped in Newport for fuel. After pumping its fill, the captain headed the vessel back out to sea. But as it crossed the bar the captain noticed the engines were running rough and so turned the ferry around and headed back into Newport. He said it was later learned that sediment in the fuel tanks had been sloshed around by heavy seas on their way up the California and Oregon coasts, and was contaminating the new fuel they had just taken aboard. Once back in port a repair crew took care of the problem, after which the Mare Island headed back out the jetties to the open sea, hung a right turn and headed north up the coast to the Puget Sound.

McArthur II joins four other NOAA ships at South Beach

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NOAA Ships at South Beach (middle)
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There are now FIVE large NOAA research vessels tied up at NOAA’s Marine Operations Center-Pacific docks at South Beach. The McArthur II pulled in today and tied up at the west end of the docks, behind the other four which include the Rainier, Fairweather, Bell M. Shimada, and Oscar Dyson. The McArthur II is a converted U.S. Navy surveillance ship that was re-outfitted in 2002 for NOAA purposes, transforming it into an inter-disciplinary, multi-platform reseach vessel.

Benefit for Stephanie VanDamme: November 17 at Surftides


The VanDamme Family: front Corey and Kyle; middle Casey, Stephanie, Kody; back Jeremy.

“Girls Night Out,” a benefit for cancer victim Stephanie VanDamme, will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Mist Banquet Room of Surftides Resort in Lincoln City. The benefit will feature hors d’oeuvres, local desserts, no-host bar, music, a raffle and lots of silent auction merchandise. All silent auction merchandise is available to the public for viewing and bidding from 1 p.m. until it closes at the event.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. However, only about 50 tickets remain. They are available by calling Karen at 541-994-2396, Jacque at 541-994-3734, or can be purchased at North Lincoln Sanitary and Sizzor Handz.

The community has been very generous for the silent auction, and the organizers of the benefit can’t thank them enough. Items include: many beachfront motel rooms, dinner certificates, good bottles of wine, space heater, quilts, blown glass, doggy basket, cat basket, spa certificates, orthodontist certificate, pizzas, subway sandwich certificates, veterinarian certificate, and numerous more! There really is something for everyone.

All proceeds go towards medical costs, which have reached $30,000 beyond what insurance has covered during the past 18 months. In May of 2010 Stephanie was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer with metastic liver cancer. On June 4, she had a full hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and colon resection, and 19 lymph nodes were removed. She then had six months of chemotherapy followed by two liver surgeries and two procedures to introduce chemo beads into the liver through the femoral artery. Now she is going through another six months of chemotherapy with a probable additional surgery. Stephanie is 44 years old. She and Jeremy have four children: Casey and Kody, twin boys 16 years old; Kyle, a son 10 1/2 years old; and Corey, a daughter 9 years old.

Additional donations can be made at the door or brought or mailed to TLC Federal Credit Union, 2004 N.W. 36th St., Lincoln City, OR 97367.

Andy Rooney dies at 92

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One of the country’s most poignant observers of American life has gone on to the great writers’ room in the sky. Andy Rooney has died after medical complications at the age of 92. The Oregonian has the story. Click here.

Andy Rooney’s last commentary on CBS’s 60 Minutes: Click here

Coast Guard rescues boy in the water off Brookings

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A 13-year old boy who fell off an 80′ rock into the ocean was rescued this week by the Coast Guard near Brookings.

Group North Bend Coast Guard received a report at approximately 3:50 p.m. Wednesday stating the boy had fallen from a rock into the waters of Macklyn Cove. Air Station North Bend launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and Station Chetco River launched a 25-foot response boat crew as well as a mobile land unit. The Curry County, Ore., Sheriff’s Department, Brookings Fire and Rescue, Brookings Police Department and Cal-Ore Life Flight also dispatched rescue personnel.

The Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew and other rescue assets arrived on scene and found the boy in the water, seriously injured and surrounded by a cluster of rocks. Rescue personnel were able to reach the boy to place him in a litter and wait with him for the Dolphin helicopter crew to arrive. They arrived a short time later and hoisted the boy up and into the hovering chopper which whisked him away to the Brookings Airport where they were met by a ground ambulance crew. The very lucky boy was admitted to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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