Fire Danger Increases Across Southwest Oregon
The cool and misty weather conditions experienced earlier in the month have gone away, and have been replaced by dry, windy weather conditions. Fire danger conditions have increased across southwest Oregon. Lack of rain and continued sunny, windy weather has prompted Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) to increase the fire danger level to “HIGH” across Coos, Curry, and western Douglas County effective at 12:01 A.M. August 21, 2017. The “HIGH” fire danger level means increased public use restrictions on the public.

Industrial Fire Restrictions Increase
Fire danger conditions have increased prompting Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) to impose a Level II (2) industrial closure in CS-4, and a Level III (3) industrial closure in zones CS-5, SK-1, and SK-2 for all private, county, state, and BLM lands in Coos, Curry and western Douglas County. The closure will take effect at 12:01 AM August 21, 2017. The Level II (Limited Shutdown) prohibits the following from 1p.m. to 8p.m.: • operation of power saws, except at loading sites; • feller bunchers with rotary head saws; • cable yarding; • blasting; welding, cutting or grinding of metal. The Level III (Restricted Shutdown) industrial closure prohibits cable yarding (except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages or approved motorized carriages may operate between 8p.m. and 1p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage the carriage and the chockers and during rigging). The following are permitted between 8p.m. and 1p.m. where mechanized equipment capable of constructing fireline is immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start: • ground based operations; • power saws on ground based operations; • rotary head saw feller-bunchers with a continuous firewwatch; • non-rotary head saw feller-bunchers; • Tethered logging systems; The following are permitted to operate between 8p.m. and 1p.m. in a Level III: • power saws at loading sites; • loading and hauling of any product or material; • blasting; • welding cutting or grinding of metal; • any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned. For more information on fire prevention restrictions you can find CFPA on the web at, call the closure line at 541-267-1789 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Bill strikes a balance to keep Elliott public and fund schools
Op-Ed Senator Arnie Roblan.  Many of us learn important foundational lessons in our youth that influence our thinking and behavior throughout our entire lives. Two lessons I learned at an early age, which have played important roles in my life, are the value of education for personal growth and as a key to social and economic success and the fact that we all are the custodians of our natural environment. We have a responsibility to not only enjoy it, but also to protect and cultivate our natural gifts in a socially responsible manner. That is why I sponsored Senate Bill 847, which will create a Trust Land Transfer Program for public lands being managed for the Common School funds. As a long-time educator, I have a standing commitment to the full funding of Oregon schools. The revenue the state earns from logging on public land has been an important funding source for our educational institutions. But my deep appreciation of our natural world is accompanied by a commitment to support our natural resources. This hits especially close to home, as the Elliott State Forest is right here on the Oregon Coast. For many decades, it has provided opportunities for creating jobs, funding schools, conserving wildlife and public recreational use. The bill is modeled from the State of Washington successful Trust Land Transfer Program, which has been operating since the 1980s. The Washington Department of Natural Resources coordinates with other state agencies and then submits a proposed list for review by the governor’s office and Legislature. The Legislature reviews the proposal, identifies a list of underperforming properties to transfer and sets a funding level. Senate Bill 847 would create a similar process in Oregon for the transfer of school trust lands to another public agency or federally recognized tribe. The bill provides a distinct statutory structure for the State Land Board to transfer certain non-performing state trust land properties, while maintaining some form of public ownership. Senate Bill 847 also would provide a role for the legislative assembly to direct the receipt of any such transferred lands. Forests are important for job creation and our economy – especially in rural Oregon – but Oregonians value our forests for so much more than simply as a means for making money. We value our forests as the home to wildlife. We value the rivers which flow through our forests, the clean waterways that sustain salmon and provide fresh drinking water. We value our forests for the vital role play they play in reducing carbon dioxide, helping to counter climate change. We also value our forests for the recreational enjoyment they provide campers, hikers and many others. Our forests are among the treasures that make Oregon the best place in the world to live, work and play. In the current political environment – in which there is pressure from some quarters to transfer public lands into private hands – I felt it important to take necessary steps to ensure our forests are protected so that our kids, grand kids, great grand kids and on down the line can enjoy and benefit from them for centuries to come. Senate Bill 847 accomplishes this, while also fulfilling my commitment to fund public schools. It also allows for planning out sustainable timber harvest levels that will create jobs and economic benefit in our communities. I thank my colleagues in both chambers of the Legislature who supported this legislation and I am grateful to Governor Brown for her readiness to sign this bill into law. The passage of Senate Bill 847 is a good example of how the members of the Oregon Legislature can prioritize the needs of the people we represent and work together to address them.

Dean Ck. Poacher
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow elk in Douglas County. On the morning of August 12th, 2017, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The animal was located near the intersection of Deans Creek Road and Johanneson Creek Road. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found the dead elk in an open field approximately 75 feet from Deans Creek Road. The animal had been shot and the majority of it was left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Friday, August 12th, 2017 during the late evening hours. A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Trooper Jay Evans through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-900-0447. (Case # SP17288134) (Email – Information may be kept anonymous.

Bay Area Seniors Computer Club
Regular Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and held at: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. Refreshments Visiting & Help Stations 9:15-9:45A.M., Presentation 9:45-11A.M. Friday August 18, 2017. “Chrome Browser” – “things my mother never told me about Chrome”. There are browsers Safari, Opera, Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer. This will be an in-depth look at Chrome. There are a lot of features built in that most people do not know about or ever use. 9:45 to 11am. At the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

Corrections Deputies & Officers Graduate
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL028 on Friday August 18, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL028 on their successful completion of basic training. The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Sheriff Craig Zanni of the Coos County Sheriff’s Office will be the guest speaker. The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. Members of Graduating Class BCL028 assisgned to the Coast: Deputy Sheriff Dominic Barbers, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff Rex Campbell, Coos County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff Simeon Elbrader, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff Kristy Harvey, Coos County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff Garrett Noffsinger, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff James Starkweather, Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Bonsai Day at Shore Acres State Park
Saturday, August 19, 2017 – Treat your family, friends and visitors to a delightful day at Shore Acres.  In the Garden House, members of the Bay Area Bonsai Society will have a display of bonsai plants and information about growing bonsai plants.  The park is open from 8 am to dusk and the Garden House will be open from 11 am-4 pm with refreshments provided by the Friends of Shore Acres.

OSU-Cascades to hold eclipse events in Bend, Culver
Oregon State University – Cascades will host two multi-day family events in Central Oregon in August – one in Bend and one in Culver– to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse and OSU’s Space Grant designation. The events are in additon to eclipse events planned for OSU’s campus in Corvallis and at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. “The August weather and wide open skies above Bend and Culver make Central Oregon one of the best regions in the state for viewing this summer’s rare total solar eclipse,” said Christine Coffin, director of communications at the Bend campus. The events in Bend and Culver include educational offerings, movies, music, games and opportunities for eclipse viewing, as well as overnight experiences:  The Eclipse Experience will take place from Aug. 19 to 21 at OSU-Cascades’ new campus in Bend, which is located near downtown Bend, the Old Mill District and recreational areas.In and around Bend, more than 99 percent of the eclipse will be viewable due to the city’s location less than 20 miles from the path of totality. Eclipse Experience registration includes lectures, educational activities and games, as well as breakfast each morning, parking and access to the campus bikeshare. Registration also includes two nights’ lodging, a benefit for out-of-area visitors looking to secure hard-to-find accommodations during the eclipse week. Guests will stay in OSU-Cascades’ award-winning residence hall, which opened in January. The Orange & Black Eclipse Festival will take place on the Culver School District grounds from Aug. 20 to 21. Culver is located within the path of totality, near Madras, which is considered Oregon’s epicenter for eclipse viewing. Under the leadership of Superintendent Stefanie Garber, Culver schools are transforming into a STEM Lab school district, one of three such sites in Oregon. STEM Lab schools integrate science, technology, engineering and math across curriculum to promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills to prepare students for the 21st century workplace. Festival participants will enjoy educational and science programming, including a presentation by former astronaut and five-time Space Shuttle commander Jim Wetherbee. Other activities include children’s hands-on crafts, live music, stargazing, a movie, and a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of a total solar eclipse. The registration fee includes overnight camping, either at a dry campsite or RV site. Registration is now underway for both events and is open on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more visit OSU-Cascades is coordinating the eclipse events in partnership with the Culver School District, High Desert Museum, Central Oregon STEM Hub and others.

History Museum to Host Author of the Drunken Botanist
The Coos History Museum will host an event featuring Amy Stewart, the New York Times’ bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist:  The Plants That Create the World’s Best Drinks, on Saturday, August 19th.  The fundraiser will be held at 6pm at the Museum on Front Street. The event will feature two of the unique cocktails described in the book, a catered dinner, opportunities to bid on silent auction items, and an engaging and educational presentation by author Amy Stewart.  Tickets are available for $85 per person or $680 for a table of 8, and may be purchased by contacting the Coos History Museum at 541-756-6320 or The Drunken Botanist describes cocktail history, drinking traditions, recipes, and gardening tips.  The book was selected for the 2014 Judges’ Choice Award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and the 2014 Northern California Book Award.  Amy Stewart has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. She writes a cocktail column for the North Coast Journal, and she is the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant.  She is also a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine.  For more information, visit  Copies of the book can be purchased in the Museum Store for $19.95. The Coos History Museum creates a better understanding of life in Coos County and Oregon’s South Coast, past and present.  The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and receives no direct government support. The museum survives on donations, memberships, grants, museum store sales, special event rentals and legacy/bequest gifts.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on the first Tuesday evening of each month.  Admission is free for CHM members, active duty military, and NARM members.  More information is available at, or you can follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Inmate assaults Corrections Officer
Amber Hicks was arrested and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on July 28, 2017 by the Lincoln City Police Department on the charge of Harassment. While in custody, on August 7, 2017 Amber Marie Hicks threw a cup containing urine and feces on a Corrections Deputy. Amber Hicks covered the window of her cell, obstructing the deputy’s view. When the deputy opened the door to communicate with Amber Hicks, she threw a cup of urine and feces at the deputy, despite taking evasive measures, the deputy was struck in the face and chest. After a criminal investigation, Amber Hicks was charged with Aggravated Harassment; Criminal Mischief III; Obstructing of Governmental or Judicial Administration; and Assault on a Public Safety Officer with bail set $122,500. Exposure to blood borne pathogens through bodily fluids is a risk that corrections staff face on a daily basis. Throwing bodily fluids is a method of assaulting corrections staff and unfortunately, is commonly used in jail and prison systems.

Pursuit on I-5
At approximately 3:12 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, an Oregon State Police Trooper made contact with a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse at the Baldock rest area just south of Wilsonville suspicious activity. The trooper was investigating alleged public indecency. During contact, the female driver exited the vehicle. Then the male suspect — later identified as Joshua R. Blackwood, 22, of Shoreline, WA — moved to the suspect vehicle’s driver seat. The female then reportedly jumped back in the car, and the two suspects fled the scene. Oregon State Police pursued, and were soon joined in the chase by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) patrol deputies and deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department. At approximately 3:23 a.m., Blackwood crashed the vehicle near milepost 276 on Interstate 5 southbound. Blackwood then fled the vehicle on foot, heading westbound. The female passenger also bailed out of the vehicle and fled to the southwest. At 3:51 a.m., police captured the female subject: identified as Ashley M Cochrane, 21, from Lake Stevens, Washington. Her case will be presented to a grand jury at a future date. However, police were unable to locate Blackwood. The Oregon State Police is seeking tips from the public. Cochrane is a known girlfriend of Blackwood and they are likely together. Blackwood is wanted in Washington but the warrants are not serviceable in Oregon. Reportedly, Blackwood spent several months on Washington’s most wanted list. He is known to steal vehicles is Washington. Attached are photos obtained from both Blackwood and Cochrane’s Facebook pages. Joshua R. Blackwood is identified as follows: – White male; – 22 years old; – 5’7″; – 140 lbs.; – Blue eyes; – Blond hair; – Last seen wearing shorts with no shirt or shoes; – Tattoo of seattle Syline on R. Forearm; – Tattoo “Family” on left side of neck under ear.  If anyone sees Blackwood they are urged to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888 or 911 DO NOT Approach Blackwood.  The following charges are pending aganst Blackwood and this morning events: – Assualt on a public safety officer; – Hit and Run; – Attempt to Elude; – Reckless Drive; – PCS; – Crminal Mischief. CCSO deputies searched the area the help of the CCSO Aviation Unit and K9 units from Clackamas and Tigard PD. Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to assist in the search.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Central Coast
News release Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office.  On Monday, August 14th, 2017 at approximately 12:45 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle versus pedestrian hit-and-run traffic collision in the 1400 block of NE Yaquina Heights Drive in Newport. The pedestrian sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled the scene eastbound on NE Yaquina Heights Drive. Through the victim’s statements and surveillance footage, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Police Department investigators were able to determine the vehicle involved was a silver 2011-2016 Ford F-250 or F-350 with an extended cab, canopy, and “Oregon Veteran” license plates. On Wednesday, August 18th, 2017 at approximately 6:00 PM, a citizen requested a welfare check on a neighbor; 61 year old Bend, OR resident David Lee Black. Mr. Black had not been heard from since Monday evening when he left a phone message for the caller of the welfare check. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the rural residence east of Siletz and observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle from the hit and run. Deputies entered a camp trailer on the property and found Mr. Black deceased inside. Mr. Black’s death was determined to be an apparent suicide. No foul play is suspected. Sheriff’s Office collision reconstructionists were summoned to the scene to examine the vehicle. The silver 2015 Ford F-250 was processed by the collision reconstructionists and forensic evidence was obtained. The damage profile present on the vehicle was consistent with both the events of the pedestrian collision on Yaquina Heights Drive and the victim’s injuries. The victim identified Mr. Black as the driver of the vehicle that hit him from a photograph of Mr. Black’s driver license.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7:36 p.m., 300 block Exchange St., “RP reported burglary and theft of jewelry at location, report taken for Burglary I and Theft II.”

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5:05 p.m., 500 Central Ave., “warrant service,” 37-year old Moana Tildon arrested on two CBPD warrants charging Failure to Appear on FTA I and FTA on Possession of Heroin charges.

According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Wednesday, Aug. 16, 3:01 p.m., 400 block N. Central, “shoplifter,” 20-year old Lila Larae McCovey and 34-year old Eric Brent Amason both charged with Theft III and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Traffic Stop
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, Aug. 16, 12:58 p.m., 8th & Merchant, “traffic stop resulting in arrests,” 58-year old Vincent Jay Herzog charged with PCS & DCS Heroin & two-counts Forgery I; 36-year old Cody Daniel Cullen Plymyer charged with Probation Violation; and, 35-year old Beau Stemen charged with Probation Violation.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Sunny today along the Oregon Coast with highs in the low 70s and winds from the North at 15-25 mph.  Partly cloudy tonight with lows in the mid 50s and winds from the North at 15-25 mph.  Some clouds on Saturday, but mostly sunny with windy conditions in the afternoon.  Sunny on Sunday.



Calling all Salmon Anglers.  Come and learn from local Guide Shannon Keys Friday, August 18th at 7:00pm at North Bend Middle School.

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The Oregon State men’s basketball team’s traveling party is reported to be safe Thursday following an incident in Barcelona, Spain.  The incident occurred near the hotel where the team is staying. The Beavers are touring Spain through Aug. 25 playing five exhibition games. OSU officials are determining the remaining schedule. Updates on the team’s schedule will be provided when available. The Oregon State University community extends its thoughts and prayers for all those injured and affected by this incident.

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The Oregon soccer team’s quest for a breakthrough season begins against North Carolina State on Friday at Papé Field (5 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). Entering their fifth season under head coach Kat Mertz, the Ducks have embraced the theme “#BreakThrough” to encapsulate their quest for a Pac-12 title chance. With a nice blend of experience and youth on the roster, Mertz said depth and soccer IQ can be difference makers for Oregon this fall. The Ducks open the regular season against the Wolfpack after playing Portland to a draw in an exhibition Saturday. Mertz used 24 players in that match, illustrating the depth Oregon can deploy.

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Oregon State opens the 2017 season this week, as it plays games against Kansas State and Seattle U. The Beavers will host the Wildcats at Lorenz FIeld at 7 p.m. on Friday, before heading north to take on the Redhawks in the Emerald City at 7 p.m. on Sunday. FOLLOW ALONG: Both of this weekend’s games will feature live stats, and Sunday’s match will be streamed live online via the WAC Digital Network.  Links can be found at Updates on all Oregon State women’s soccer games can be found on Twitter, @BeaverWSoccer.
WHAT’S COMING UP: Oregon State will return home next weekend to host Missouri (Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.) and Kansas (Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.). Both of those matches will air live on Pac-12 Networks.



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