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Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center undergoing renovation

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center remains open while workers repair water damage from gale-force storms that threatened expensive interpretive displays inside the building, erected as a state wayside by the highway department in 1956. Because the site is on a national registry of historic places, the repairs will be slow and costly, according to state officials. (Photos by Rick Beasley) “We like to come over during the whale migrations,” said Laura Morris, a Sherwood resident who spent a recent afternoon spotting whales from the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center with her nine-year-old son, Timmy. Rumors that the center would close for the duration of repairs worried shop owners.

State officials said last week they would keep a popular state park devoted to whale watching open for business even as workers struggle to repair storm damage to the site’s historic building.

For the complete article see the 01-18-2013 issue.

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