NOAA to break ground on marine center in Newport: "The Port of Newport will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the NOAA Marine Operations Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, at the South Beach Pacific Homeport site just west of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Speakers at the groundbreaking are scheduled to include U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Oregon State University President Ed Ray. Also attending the ceremony will be representatives of Oregon’s coastal legislative caucus and other community leaders.
A community-wide celebration will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at the site."