National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration en Newport, Ore., prepares to welcome NOAA <p>NEWPORT, Ore. &ndash; A fleet of federal research ships is moving from Seattle to the Oregon coast. This weekend, state and local leaders in Newport are celebrating the transition with festivities. The state of Oregon kicked in nearly $20 million to help Newport lure the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration&#39;s Pacific operation center from its long-time home.</p><p>From the Yaquina Bay Bridge, a huge bridge over the harbor, you can get a good view of the new NOAA pier. It can hold up to a half-dozen ocean-going ships.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:43:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 2355 at Newport, Ore., prepares to welcome NOAA