- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to close a facility in Newport where a search and rescue helicopter is stationed.

Lt. Dana Warr said Friday the 3.5-acre site has a hangar and barracks used on a rotation basis by four-person crews stationed permanently at the Coast Guard air station in North Bend.

The closure is scheduled Nov. 30.

For the time being, Warr says, the North Bend station will have four helicopters, but one will eventually be sent elsewhere.

The Coast Guard said budget cuts were responsible for the closure. Warr said improvements in direction-finding technology have greatly improved the Coast Guard’s ability to locate mariners in distress.

Warr said a 1992 deed stipulates that the site reverts to the city of Newport if the Coast Guard doesn’t use it.

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