Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary to patrol Columbia River as salmon run ramps up

Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary to patrol Columbia River as salmon run ramps up
A Coast Guard Auxiliary member passes out boating safety information to a boater preparing to launch his personal fishing vessel at the boat launch in the Port of Chinook, Wash., Aug 17, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn. WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are conducting routine patrols on the Columbia River as the Buoy 10 salmon season...

Oil sheen response continues in Astoria, Oregon

Oil sheen response continues in Astoria, Oregon
An oil sheen can be seen trailing from under a dilapidated pier near the Cannery Pier Hotel in downtown Astoria, Oregon, Jan. 20, 2018.U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River aircrew. ASTORIA — Coast Guard and local salvage personnel continue cleanup of oil sheen on the Columbia River near Astoria, Monday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Incident Management Division team...

Coast Guard modifies safety zone on the Columbia River

Coast Guard modifies safety zone on the Columbia River
DEPOE BAY, Ore. — The Coast Guard safety zone established Tuesday restricting vessels for a portion of the Columbia River has been updated and now extends from river mile 126 to 185 (east of Reed Island to the vicinity of the Dalles). Watercraft are allowed in parts of the restricted area, but are required to stay 500 yards away from aircraft engaged in water removal operations, and the river is...

Coast Guard closes Columbia River east of Portland due to area forest fires

Coast Guard closes Columbia River east of Portland due to area forest fires
WARRENTON, Ore. — In response to impacts of the Eagle Creek Fire in Central Oregon, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for the Columbia River established a safety zone Tuesday closing the river to all vessel traffic east of Portland from mile marker 126 to 146. The safety zone, placed in effect at 4:30 p.m., is in effect through the night to protect personnel, vessels and the marine environment...

Coast Guard monitoring vessel grounding in Columbia River

Coast Guard monitoring vessel grounding in Columbia River
A tug helps stabalize the motor vessel Sparna while the Sparna awaits repairs after it reportedly ran aground in the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., March 21, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read) WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is closely monitoring a grounded vessel in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River Monday morning, after the 623-foot bulk...

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest’s high desert

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest's high desert
Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. Imagine being recently out of basic training and new to a unit. Its early morning and you find yourself harnessed in cliffside conducting maintenance on a navigational aid when you are greeted by the sound of hundreds of small leathery wings. For Fireman Abby Hamann that experience defined her first visit to the Snake River. “I was up on this...

Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco, Wash.

Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco, Wash.
WARRENTON, Ore. — An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoisted one man after a vessel ran against the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Friday afternoon. There were no reports of pollution or major injuries. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, were contacted at approximately 12 p.m. via VHF-FM radio by four mariners whose 17-foot...

Coast Guard investigates incident of adrift barge in Columbia River

SEATTLE—The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an incident involving a loaded grain barge that was found floating unlit and unmanned in the Columbia River late Friday night. At approximately 10 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., received a call from personnel at the Tidewater Barge facility indicating that one of their loaded grain barges was missing from...

Coast Guard announces public comment period, meetings regarding CRC project

Coast Guard announces public comment period, meetings regarding CRC project
SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard announced, Tuesday a 45-day public comment period extending until June 20, 2013, and two public meetings seeking input from the public regarding impacts to navigation as a result of the proposed project that includes construction of a new fixed bridge across the Columbia River between Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Ore., that will replace the existing I-5 Bridge. The...