From the August files of the News-Times

Two Greenpeace activists hang alongside a mesh banner hung on the Yaquina Bay Bridge in 1994. The group, along with its ocean-going tugboat, visited Newport for three days to talk with and listen to Lincoln County residents and raise awareness about Individual Transferable Quotas. (File photo)

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Editor’s Note: The following deadlines and stories are taken verbatim, but edited for length, from the archives of the News-Times and its predecessor, the Lincoln County Leader.


Aug. 24, 1994: Greenpeace activists hang with banner under Newport bridge


Two Greenpeace activists hung from Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge for nearly four hours Monday, along with a banner protesting a proposal to implement a system of individual transferable quotas for ocean fish harvests.

Activists arrived on the bridge before 7 a.m. and dropped a banner that read: “Don’t gut Newport, No to ITQs.”

When the police arrived, the activists agreed to remove the banner. No one was cited.

“We were called because people were hanging on the bridge, which was a little unusual,” said Newport Police Chief Jim Rivers. “In my 12 years here, I’ve not had anybody try that.”

Greenpeace activist Ingrid Gordon said dangling activists, along with their banner, are not unusual.

“We always stay with our message, no matter where it is,” she said.

Greenpeace activist Cristina Mormorunni said the group received a lot of support while the banner was up. One salmon troller gave the M/V Greenpeace a standing ovation as they went by.

Beneath the bridge, activists in inflatable boats talked with fishermen on about 15 boats. The only boat [that] reacted negatively thought that Greenpeace was anti-fishing, shouting “we’re going to take every last one,” she said.

Gordon said the group did not want to upset people. They hung the banner as part of their larger agenda of starting a dialogue about individual transferable quotas.

The group says ITQs, now favored by Congress as a way to manage commercial fisheries, will put most of the catch into the hands of large companies and destroy the economies of small, coastal communities such as Newport.

Rivers decided to enforce the incident in a low key manner, issuing the group a warning.

“If there’s no victim, there’s no crime,” he said. “We felt what they were looking for was publicity, and if we blocked the highway to pull them out, we’d cause more traffic problems and confusion than the people wanted.”

“I’m sure some would want us to cut the ropes, but that’s not what we do in this business.”



Aug. 28, 1969: OSU receives grant to study coast waters


The first comprehensive oceanographic survey of nearshore coastal waters of Washington, Oregon and northern California will be undertaken by the Oregon State University’s Department of Oceanography under a $63,553 Research Grant awarded by the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration, according to James L. Agee, Regional Director for FWPCA’s Northwest Region.

Dr. William Renfro, OSU oceanographer, is Director of the research project, which will concern coastal waters from high tide to 10 miles offshore along the Pacific coastline from Cape Flattery at the northwest tip of the State of Washington to Cape Mendocino near Eureka, California.

“The survey will be directed toward the effect and control of discharges into nearshore waters of waste heat from thermal nuclear powerplants in particular and of other types of wastes in general,” Regional Director Agee said.

The initial effort will involve compilation of physical and biological data on nearshore coastal waters which will be presented as graphical illustrations and statistical summaries in an oceanographic atlas.

An interpretive report will accompany the oceanographic atlas. The report will identify the types of coastal, nearshore locations most suitable to receive waste heat and other waste discharges and will present recommendations for further research needed on the impacts of waste discharges into nearshore waters.

The first-year cost of the three-year project will be $68,898, of which 95 percent is covered by the $63,553 FWPCA GRANT.

Two staff members and three graduate students of OSU’s Department of Oceanography will participate in the research project under Dr. Renfro’s direction. Dr. Robert W. Zeller of FWPCA’s Northwest Regional Office in Portland, Oregon, will represent FWPCA as the research proceeds.



Aug. 22, 1919: Bridge assured across Yaquina River


In conversation with Engineer Bishop of the State Highway Department, he informed us that the route of the Newport-Corvallis highway had finally been definitely located, the route being from Newport to Toledo, thence across the Yaquina River, thence up the south side to Elk City, thence via Pioneer, Chitwood, Eddyville and the Little Elk Valley to Blodgett. Mr. Bishop informed us that the milage this way will be just the same as it would be on the route over Pioneer Mt. via Simpson Creek, the advantage of the new route being that it will be practically a water grade.

While the people on the Pioneer Mt. road will be disappointed that the road is not coming their way, still they cannot but see the logic of the engineers in securing the best grade possible. The building of the bridge will be acclaimed with joy by the south side people and the road up the river will do much toward putting Elk City on the map. The building of the bridge will mean much to the whole of Lincoln County.


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