NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - Residents of this coastal town are still "ecstatic" weeks after learning Newport will be the new home of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's West Coast marine operations center, Gov. Ted Kulongoski says. "It's almost like a nonstop birthday party. People are still celebrating," Kulongoski said Wednesday after getting a briefing from local port and NOAA officials about the move. Earlier this month, NOAA announced it would transfer the center and a fleet of research ships assigned to it from Seattle to Newport, a move that will involve about 175 jobs. Kulongoski noted that Newport already has Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and the nearby Oregon Coast Aquarium. With the addition of the NOAA ship base, he said, Newport "is going to become the center of ocean research in the Northwest." Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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