Coast Guard, Oregon coast groups sustain court fight over helicopter base

The court fight continues as both sides of the case file opposing motions.

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A legal battle between the Coast Guard and the Newport Fisherman’s Wives, the city of Newport and Lincoln County drags on.

The coastal group of plaintiffs wants to suspend the case so it can easily relaunch it when the base threatens to close again at the end of this year. The Coast Guard would like the case thrown away, reports.

Newport Fishermen’s Wives, the city of Newport and the other plaintiffs argued that the case should be stayed, not dismissed, because the same arguments could resurface after Dec. 31.

The Coast Guard’s actions in planning and communicating the closure of the Newport air station last year, they argued, “reflect poorly” on the agency’s forthrightness. They asked the court to extend the stay until Jan. 1, 2016.



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