Quake off of Bandon
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded west of Bandon early Sunday morning, May 20.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was located on the outer fault line of the two that run parallel with the Oregon Coast.  It did not create a tsunami wave.

Cape Mendocino Quake
A 2.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded at the junction in Northern California where two fault lines begin that run north and parallel the Oregon Coast. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was located west of Petrolia, CA near Cape Mendocino.

Bunker Hill Fatal
On May 18, 2018 at approximately 9:40 PM Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near Coos Bay. A 2018 Jeep, driven by George Reese age 73 from North Bend, was north on 101 when it left the roadway striking a business and a residence before coming to a stop in the front yard of the residence.  The driver was transported to Bay Area Hospital with serious injuries.  The passenger, Sharon Reese age 73 from North Bend, died at the scene. The structures sustained substantial damage.  No injuries were reported from the occupants of the structures. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Accident North Bay & Haynes
CCSO release – On May 17, 2018, at about 11:38 PM, Coos County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident near the intersection of North Bay Road and Haynes Way Lane in North Bend. Deputies were advised there were multiple occupants in the vehicle and there was reported entrapment of them inside.   Upon the deputies’ arrival, three of occupants were out of the vehicle but the front passenger was still trapped. North Bay Fire Department had to use the “jaws of life” to extricate the passenger. The driver, Anthony Catanzaro, 18 years old of North Bend was interviewed by deputies and admitted he was driving in excess of the speed limit designated for that area at the time of the accident. The vehicle failed to negotiate the sharp turn, struck the dirt embankment and flipped upside down. There were a total of four persons in the vehicle at the time of the crash.   The front passenger, who was rescued by North Bay firefighters, is identified as a 17 year old male.  This passenger was transported by Bay Cities Ambulance to Bay Area Hospital with serious injuries. The driver, Anthony Catanzaro, and two minor female passengers were transported also to Bay Area Hospital for minor injuries.  All minor children’s names are being withheld as part of the investigation.  At this time the status of the injured are not known.  During the investigation Sheriff’s Deputies located evidence of alcoholic beverages and speed as being factors of the crash. The Coos County Crash Team, a multi jurisdictional team headed by the District Attorney’s Office was activated and they assisted the Coos County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. This team assists with documentation of the scene and interviews.  The investigating units left the scene at about 2:00AM. The investigation into this injury crash regarding criminal allegations is ongoing and continuing today, Friday with scene analysis and interviews being conducted.   The Coos County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Oregon State Police, North Bend Police, Coos County District Attorney’s Office, North Bay Fire and Bay Cities Ambulance.

Coos Bay Male Guilty of International Sexual Abuse Charges
A federal jury found Daniel Stephen Johnson, 40, of Coos Bay, Oregon, guilty today of repeatedly sexually abusing children who lived at an orphanage operated by the defendant in Cambodia. The verdict marks the end of the second foreign sexual exploitation trial held in the District of Oregon. Johnson was convicted on six counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and one count each of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual assault with children. “The despicable nature of this defendant’s conduct is beyond understanding. Whether you are abusing children in this country or abroad, you will be pursued and held accountable in a court of law,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “The fact that this defendant abused children under the guise of being a missionary and orphanage operator is appalling.” “Daniel Johnson’s promises of charity and a better life were nothing more than lies as he dragged these children into his dark world of abuse,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “This case should serve as a warning to those predators who believe they can hide their crimes – whether here at home or half-a-world-away. We will always stand with the victims, and we will always work to bring justice in their names.” According to court documents and information shared during trial, between November 2005 and his arrest in December 2013, Johnson systematically and repeatedly molested children who lived at an unlicensed orphanage he operated in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. To date, nine Cambodian victims—who ranged in age from seven to 18 years old at the time of abuse—have disclosed Johnson’s abuse or attempted abuse. Victims describe a pattern of molestation that includes, among other things, Johnson making them perform oral sex on him and anally raping them. Multiple victims said they were, on numerous occasions, awoken to Johnson abusing them. Following the abuse, Johnson would sometimes provide his impoverished victims with small amounts of money or food. On one occasion, Johnson gave a victim the equivalent of $2.50 in Cambodian currency. In 2013, a warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest on an unrelated case by officials in Lincoln County, Oregon. Local law enforcement officers worked with the FBI to locate Johnson overseas. The FBI in turn worked with the U.S. Department of State to revoke Johnson’s passport based on the Oregon warrant. Through the work of the FBI, Action Pour Les Enfants, a non-governmental organization dedicated to ending child sexual abuse and exploitation in Cambodia, and the Cambodian National Police (CNP), Johnson was located in Phnom Penh. On December 9, 2013, CNP arrested Johnson. Based on disclosures made by children at the orphanage, Cambodian officials charged Johnson and detained him pending trial. In May 2014, Johnson was convicted by a Cambodian judge of performing indecent acts on one or more children at the orphanage and sentenced to a year in prison. Following his release from prison, Johnson was escorted back to the U.S. by the FBI. Based on the sexual-abuse allegations against him, the FBI undertook a lengthy investigation of Johnson. During the course of their investigation, agents interviewed more than a dozen children and adults who had resided at the orphanage. Many of the interviews were audio- and video-taped and, in several instances, conducted in Cambodia by trained child-forensic interviewers. Some victims were interviewed multiple times before disclosing Johnson’s abuse. Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury in Eugene, Oregon on December 20, 2014 on one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place. Seven additional charges were added by superseding indictment on May 17, 2017. While in custody awaiting trial, Johnson made multiple efforts to tamper with witnesses and obstruct justice. Johnson contacted his victims online, encouraging them to lie and offering money and gifts. One message, sent via his relative’s Facebook account to an adult in Cambodia, discussed visiting a victim’s family and encouraging them to convince the victim to retract their statement, potentially in exchange for $10,000. Another message explains the need for a victim to say they were under duress and “pushed by police” to thumbprint a document. Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and is subject to a 30 year mandatory minimum. He will be sentenced on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane. This case was investigated by the FBI. It was prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet and Ravi Sinha, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon, and Lauren E. Britsch, Trial Attorney for the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Amy E. Potter, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, assisted with the prosecution. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice and led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Razor Clamming
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the reopening of razor clamming from Cascade Head to the mouth of the Yachats River as domoic acid levels have dropped below the closure level.  The opening means razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to the mouth of the Yachats River and open from the south jetty of the Umpqua River to Cape Arago.  The harvesting of razor clams remains closed for elevated levels of domoic acid from the mouth of the Yachats River to the north jetty of the Umpqua River, and closed from Cape Arago to the California border. This includes all beaches and all bays.  ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins every other week, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.  For more information please call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.  http://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/foodsafety/shellfish/pages/shellfishclosures.aspx

SWOCC Distinguished Alumni
Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to announce the selection of Barbara Eells of Gold Beach as the 2018 Distinguished Alumna. Southwestern’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to their professions, communities, or academia. Eells has distinguished herself in all three categories, starting with her graduation from Southwestern in 1986, with an Associate of Arts degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice. Eells enrolled in her first Southwestern class in 1975. Over the next decade, she worked full time in a medical office, raised three children and studied nights for her degrees.  “This is a remarkable accomplishment, considering she drove at night 167 miles on a dark, curvy highway, roundtrip to the Coos Campus to attend classes,” said Dr. Patty Scott, Southwestern president. “Barbara accomplished all of this before there was distance education and e-mail.” “She persevered to overcome the significant barriers we face in rural communities to gain a good education and meaningful career. Barbara is an inspiration,” Dr. Scott added.  Eells started taking classes as a reserve sheriff’s deputy and continued her studies after graduating from Southwestern. She completed her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University through Southwestern’s extended campus, and moved into her profession that has spanned more than 30 years in Curry County.  “I believe the answer to a lot of problems is education,” Eells said. “I think the more people are educated and open their minds to new ideas, the more we can make our homes, community and nation a better place to live.”  Eells managed the Victim Assistance Program in Curry County, went on to work in Child Protective Services and co-founded the Oasis Shelter Home. She also mentored and trained others in fields of child abuse and domestic violence prevention. Eells’ educational and professional accomplishment equals the effort she put into community involvement and advocacy over the years. As a member of the Curry County Multi-disciplinary Team, she advocated for treatment for sexually abused youth and founded the first Child Advocacy Center in Gold Beach. She tried to retire, and still spent several years managing the local animal shelter office. Eells continues to volunteer with the Curry County District Attorney’s Office, and in other capacities.  “I believe none of us make it to our goals alone, and I feel when we succeed at our goals, we should pay that forward by advocating in our own communities,” Eells said. “I am an activist for the vulnerable and disenfranchised. Whether that’s abused children, battered women or neglected animals, I try to be a voice for those who have no voice.”  The Southwestern Foundation and Alumni Association will honor Eells at the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Celebration at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. Eells also will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Southwestern Commencement Ceremony at noon, Friday, June 15, 2018. “I am looking forward to introducing Barbara as our keynote speaker to the 2018 graduating class,” Dr. Scott said. “She exemplifies how a community college education can help people enrich their lives and provide the skills needed to improve a community for generations of families.”

NB City Council Work Session
The North Bend City Council will hold a work session on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. the council chambers of City Hall, 835 California Street, North Bend. The work session will include: • REVENUE & EXPENSE DISCUSSION – FEE INCREASES; • NEW PUBLIC SAFETY FEE DISCUSSION; • STREET MAINTENANCE FEE DISCUSSION; • URA FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

Coos Co. Fair Board
The Coos Co. Fair Board will meet on Monday, May 21, 6 p.m., Owen Building, 201 N. Adams St., Coquille.

Coos Co. Mtn. Bike Trail Advisory Committee
The Coos Co. Mtn. Bike Trail Advisory Committee will  meet in the Forestry Building, 1309 W. Central, Coquille on Monday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Weekly Ck. Rd.
Coos Co. Road Dept release, Weekly Creek Rd. – Several road maintenance projects will be taking place between May 21st & June 7th.  Estimated delays will be under 20-minutes.

Coos Health & Wellness
The Oregon Health Authority has launched a new web portal that will allow people to find inspection reports for facilities like restaurants, swimming pools and hotels.  “For the first time people can get inspection results for every licensed facility in the state,” said David Martin, Foodborne Illness Prevention Program coordinator at the OHA Public Health Division. “It will also give us improved data we will use to address risk factors that can lead to illness or injury.”  The portal is provided as part of a software update to the statewide licensing and inspection system. This updated system will also collect inspection data in a way that will help the OHA and county health departments see violation trends.  Reports of inspections conducted by Coos Health & Wellness can be found by going to:  https://healthspace.com/Clients/Oregon/coos/Web.nsf/home.xsp   The site shows semi-annual and annual routine inspections as well as reinspections.  Going forward all 2018 inspections will be available along with many reports from 2017.  There is a 14-day lag from the inspection date until it is shown on the site.  Inspections are unannounced and focus on items most likely to cause illness or injury to facility patrons, but also include items such as general maintenance. A reinspection is planned when a priority issue cannot be immediately resolved in a satisfactory way.   In a food service facility, there is a focus on safe food, cooking and holding temperatures of food, personal hygiene of workers and cleanliness of equipment.   For a public pool, emphasis is on proper disinfection, water clarity, entrapment concerns and enclosure security. Tourist facilities are evaluated for safety and general sanitation.  Inspectors for Coos Health & Wellness completed approximately 1,000 such inspections last year.

See the New Exhibit Summer Afternoons at the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum
Why do we call capital letters “upper case” and the other letters “lower case”?  Why do we call news media “the press”? Find the answer to these and much more any Tuesday through Saturday summer afternoon when you visit The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum on Coos Bay’s historic waterfront.  New this year is timeline information about all the past newspapers in the Coos Bay Area. The Sun’s original—and now historic—printing presses and other fascinating equipment can be viewed up close as skilled volunteers interpret and demonstrate how they work.  Printing Museum volunteers also answer questions about the Museum’s exhibits on printing and office technology.  Combine a visit to the Marshfield Sun with a visit to the nearby Coos History Museum for a jam-packed afternoon of interesting local history. The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum is a unique printing museum located in that building at the north end of Front Street on Coos Bay’s historic waterfront.  The unusually shaped building was built as the home for the Marshfield Sun newspaper and print shop in 1911.  The Marshfield Sun was a working newspaper office and print shop from 1891 to 1944—and is today essentially as it was left in 1944, with additional exhibits upstairs and on the walls.  The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum’s regular summer hours begin the day after Memorial Day and go through Labor Day:  1pm – 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Admission is free. Call 541-267-4027 for more information.

Creative Writing Contest for High School and Southwestern Students
Southwestern Oregon Community College is happy to partner with the Coos History Museum and the community to host a creative writing contest for high school and Southwestern students. Poetry and short fiction entries will be accepted, and prizes will be awarded to first, second, third place and honorable mention winners for both categories.  Winners will have an opportunity to read their work at Oregon Author Day in the Coos History Museum on October 13, 2018.  The contest submission deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018.  For more information, please see the attached contest flyer and submission guidelines or contact Amy Pollicino at education@cooshistory.org.

Diversity in the Workplace talk by Cass Averill
Southwestern Oregon Community College proudly welcomes Cass Averill, Board President, Founder and Administrator of Trans*Ponder, to speak about Diversity and the Workplace. His presentation will take place on May 31, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on the Coos campus of Southwestern, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, in Eden Hall.  Cass Averill is a computer security specialist by profession and a transgender activist by passion. He founded Trans*Ponder in 2012; has organized countless events catered to spreading support, education, and awareness for the trans/gender diverse communities; and works hard to keep the “T” in the LGBT an active part of the conversation. Mr. Averill is also a sexual orientation and gender identity advocate in the corporate sector. He was the first person to publicly transition on the job in his fortune 500 global corporation, advocated for (and ultimately received) transgender-inclusive healthcare, instituted guidelines for how-to transition within the company, implemented all-gender single-stall restrooms, and continues to author and advise on transgender/transition related policies and procedures. Mr. Averill attends the Out and Equal Workplace Equality conference annually to remain contemporary with what is happening politically for LGBTQIA people in the professional/corporate sector. He works with organizations to provide gender diversity awareness training, policy and procedure consultation, and promotes the inclusive treatment of transgender employees and clientele. Mr. Averill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Assurance and Security from Capella University. Mr. Averill’s discussion of how to promote a climate of inclusivity in the workplace is free and open to all! For more information on the exhibition and Mr. Averill’s presentation, please contact John Bacon (john.bacon@socc.edu) or Sara Keene (sara.keene@socc.edu / (541-888-7127).

Civil Air Patrol Gathering
More than 44 members of Civil Air Patrol gathered to practice search and rescue techniques Saturday, May 19, at three Oregon airports. Low cloud cover kept the blue, white and red CAP fleet grounded in the morning, but work didn’t stop.  A ground team of adults and cadets (youth members) took off in a CAP van to test a portable radio repeater. Other teams focused on training working from Aurora State Airport (UAO), Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM), and Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport (MFR). Civil Air Patrol maintains facilities at all three airports. There were also training classes on various pieces of electronic and photographic equipment used in searches.  CAP performs aerial photography for various agencies including Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Photographs can help determine status of roads, bridges, runways, etc.  They can also record high water levels and unusual animal populations. Toward the afternoon the clouds rose high enough to get a few flights off the ground in the single-engine aircraft. CAP flies with a crew of three: the pilot, a mission observer and a mission scanner or airborne photographer.  Each has roles in the safe operation of the flight and in accomplishing search duties or aerial photography. Radio communication is a major part of Civil Air Patrol’s program.  Besides a fleet of single-engine aircraft, its assets include a large network of radio equipment.  CAP can help communicate in emergency situations when everyday communication systems such as telephone and cell phones are not functioning due to power outages.  Therefore, CAP often practices its radio communication skills to be ready to help.  CAP has radio repeaters located throughout the state, and personnel are ready to fill in using mobile radios if repeaters fail. CAP is ready to assist federal, state and local authorities.  They have assisted County Sheriffs in missing hiker searches; helped county governments to practice evacuation exercises and helps with federal and state operations by being the radio link from an operating site deep in a canyon back to a headquarters location elsewhere in Oregon.  This function is often called flying “high bird,” as an airplane flying circles above a canyon can pick up the radio signal that would otherwise never reach its headquarters. Volunteers in Civil Air Patrol constantly train to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) standards. That training equips CAP volunteers and crews to interconnect with other emergency service agencies in larger incidents. CAP is a Congressionally chartered nonprofit organization and performs services for the federal government as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.  It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force.  CAP has three primary missions: emergency services, cadet (teen) programs and aerospace education.  This year, CAP is celebrating its 70-year association with the Air Force. Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) Roberts Field; Aurora State Airport (UAO) Wes Lematta Field; Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR).

National Community Honors for Tillamook Creamery
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced that the Tillamook County Creamery Association is the winner of the 2018 Community Impact Award. The award was presented during the seventh annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards ceremony on May 16, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., outside of Chicago. “Tillamook exemplifies devotion to their community,” said Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “From working to find the root cause of food insecurity to improving housing access, they are addressing large-scale issues that impact the people and the planet.” Founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative on the coast of Oregon, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (Tillamook) prides itself on its commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest-quality dairy products made as naturally as possible. Guided by the Dairy Done Right philosophy that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook has earned top awards for their cheese, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream and butter made with unwavering values that never sacrifice quality for profit. For Tillamook, Dairy Done Right means more than making delicious product. It means they stand by their guiding principle: consider every stakeholder and always do what’s right for the long term. Always.  “In Tillamook County, 13.5 percent of the population is food insecure due to inaccessibility to wholesome food and a housing crisis. Too many people have to make the heart-wrenching decision to pay the rent or feed their family,” explained Sarah Beaubien, Tillamook’s senior director of stewardship. “Knowing these circumstances, we wanted to be part of the solution in our community.” Tillamook engaged with leaders at the Oregon Food Bank to understand and address underlying causes of hunger and access to nutritious foods. Their collaboration led to Tillamook’s purchase of a new distribution truck for the local food bank to improve their distribution capacity. They also funded a full-time position within the Oregon Food Bank to research the root causes of food insecurity issues in Tillamook County, with the goal of eventually addressing solutions at a state-wide level. To address local housing inequalities – which are often a contributor to food insecurity – Tillamook also worked closely with CARE, a local agency that serves the at-risk population of Tillamook County. When CARE was at risk of losing its headquarters and therefore its ability to provide for community members, Tillamook pledged to help secure a permanent space for the organization. Tillamook’s approach to community enrichment is multi-pronged which, in addition to food security and housing opportunities, also extends to agricultural advocacy and healthful children. These commitments take shape in various, proactive ways. In 2017, Tillamook committed $1.5 million to a new food innovation center at Oregon State University, providing an innovative space for research, testing and teaching related to Oregon’s dairy industry. And, in an effort to educate young girls about STEM concepts, farms and food production, a cross-functional Tillamook team collaborated with the Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington to create a first-ever dairy patch in the Northwest. To strengthen partnerships, Tillamook’s farmer-owners and employees also regularly participate in the company’s volunteer program, Tillamook Cares. Tillamook contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and product donations each year to nonprofits working to address food security, agricultural advocacy and healthful youth. Still, the cooperative has ambitious plans for the future: to invest at least five percent of their profit back into the community by 2019. “Tillamook takes a unique approach to problem solving that involves collaboration with key stakeholders, identification of root causes and implementation of socially innovative solutions??-an approach that has resulted in tremendous success and serves as an example for the industry,” said Pete Kent, executive director of the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. Further illustrating Tillamook’s collaborative approach to social impact, James Dillard, corporate and community relations manager at the Oregon Food Bank, said, “They push us to find solutions to have as much impact as possible. They are not giving away money just to improve their brand rating. They really are passionate about making a difference in Oregon.”

New State Forest Rules/Fees
Recent rule changes adopted by the Oregon Board of Forestry adjust camping fees in state forests, provide additional benefits to qualifying military veterans and active duty service members, revise overnight stay limits on state forests, and initiate a pilot campsite reservation program at a Clatsop State Forest campground. Fees: Campsite fees have increased to include two vehicles in the base fee. Drive-in campsites will now cost $20 per night, while walk-in tent sites will be $15 per night. This reflects the reality that many campers are already bringing two vehicles. Fees for group campsites and extra vehicle fees remain the same, as do fees for designated camping areas. Beginning May 25, ODF will begin charging camping fees at the following designated camping areas in the Tillamook State Forest: Morrison Eddy ($15 per night for up to two vehicles) along with Cedar Creek and North Fork Wilson Designated Campsites ($5 per vehicle per night). Honoring veterans: Military veterans with a service-connected disability who hold the Veteran’s Special Access Pass issued by Oregon State Parks can now stay in Oregon Department of Forestry campgrounds for free. Additionally, the agency will waive fees for active duty service members on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Stay and occupancy limits: The rule changes also address how long campers may stay. Stays on state forestland may be no longer than 14 consecutive days, or more than 42 days over a 12-month period. This change is due to the increasing trend of people who stay for long periods of time and use state forests as their primary residence. While the public is welcomed and encouraged to enjoy Oregon’s state forests, long-term camping restricts availability of camping sites for recreational uses, and creates safety and sanitation challenges. Additionally, occupancy limits for developed campgrounds will be a maximum of eight people, two tents and two vehicles per campsite unless otherwise posted.

Watering Urban Trees
s rainy as western Oregon often seems, the truth is that typically in May and June no rain falls on more than half the days of the month in cities inland from the coast. With trees leafed out and putting on new growth, urban trees need to be watered during these two months to survive and thrive. Yet many people in Oregon cities only start watering their trees in the sunny and hot months of July and August. By then it may be too late. Kristin Ramstad is manager of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program. Ramstad said the majority of trees planted in urban areas are native to places that receive ample summer rain. “Their main season of growth comes right when rainfall in Oregon is decreasing. That can lead to trees’ growth being stunted,” said Ramstad. Ramstad points to the Learning Landscape arboretum at Meek School in northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood as an example of how irrigating trees in spring and summer has helped non-native trees grow faster. “Watered every spring and summer since being planted in 2010-12, trees in that arboretum are already much taller than similar trees which got watered only for the first couple of years,” she said. Besides growing more quickly, younger non-native trees will also be less stressed if they receive supplemental water. “If trees are already somewhat water deprived in spring, they can really suffer once temperatures soar and rainfall ceases altogether in July and August. Lack of water can cause dieback and even kill non-native trees in Oregon,” she warned. “Trees under stress are also more likely to be attacked by insects. That seems especially true for conifers.” How much water do trees need? Ramstad said trees less than three years old should get 10 to 15 gallons once a week from the time they leaf out until early fall. Older non-native trees might need 20 to 25 gallons. “Let the water slowly soak in. The goal is to have the water get deep into the root zone.” In the Willamette Valley, rainfall averages only 2 to 3 inches in May and June. An inch of rainfall equals 1.6 gallons per square foot. A young tree’s roots may only reach into an area of 4 square feet. That means they can access only about 6 gallons from an inch of rain falling in their root zone. “For the whole month a young tree might receive less than 20 gallons from rainwater. But for healthy development they need two to three times that – about 10 to 15 gallons every week. And if grass is allowed to grow up to the tree’s trunk, almost no rainwater will be available to the young tree,” said Ramstad. She suggested keeping grass at least 2 to 3 feet away from a tree’s trunk to reduce competition for water. “Mulching around the tree also helps,” she said. All newly planted trees require watering to survive their first couple years. For those looking to minimize watering beyond that, Ramstad said oaks native to Oregon and California are a good alternative. “They usually don’t need to be watered after their first two years because they are adapted to hot, dry summers. In fact, watering a native Oregon white oak can cause problems that could cause the tree’s death.”

Wildhorse Adoptions
The Bureau of Land Management has announced the launch of the Wild Horse and Burro “Online Corral”—a new website focused on connecting the American public with wild horses and burros available for adoption or purchase. The BLM also announced the 2018 wild horse and burro event schedule, featuring nearly 70 events nationwide that focus on placing wild horses and burros in good homes. To access the 2018 schedule visit the BLM wild horse and burro adoption events page at:  https://on.doi.gov/2wVItz0. The Online Corral can be accessed at:  https://wildhorsesonline.blm.gov/.  “Wild horses and burros make great companions that are superb at performing a wide variety of tasks,” said Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Planning. “I urge everyone to attend a wild horse and burro event or visit the new Online Corral to learn how to bring one home,” continued Steed. The new Online Corral is geared toward increasing the number of wild horses and burros placed into private care each year. The website, which replaces a 10-year-old system, features a modern, streamlined interface that enables users to more easily find their desired wild horse or burro.  It also includes new filtering features and an interactive web map. Users can now submit and track the status of their applications directly through the website. Approved applicants can browse available animals and participate in the competitive bid event that runs May 15 to22.  All animal bids start at $125. Known for their intelligence, endurance and loyalty, wild horses, with the right training, are outstanding for ranching and trail riding and have successfully competed for awards in numerous fields from endurance riding to dressage.  Wild horses and burros have routinely been adopted for important tasks such as patrolling the border and local policing. Read stories from recent wild horse and burro adopters and purchasers on the BLM’s Flickr page. Wild horses and burros can still be adopted or purchased in-person at one of the nearly 70 BLM-hosted events across the country this year or by visiting one of 17 wild horse and burro off-range corrals. Event locations and dates are subject to change.  Please contact the National Wild Horse and Burro Information Center at 866-468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov for the most up-to-date information.  Potential adopters and purchasers should visit the BLM website to learn more about the rules and requirements for adopting or purchasing a wild horse or burro. To get started visit the BLM wild horse and burro adoption and sales web pages at:  https://on.doi.gov/2fSrzJi. Today’s announcements today are part of the BLM’s effort to confront a growing overpopulation of wild horses and burros on public rangelands and in taxpayer-funded off-range facilities. As of March 1, 2018, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at 82,000 animals, which is more than triple the number that public lands can support along with other legally mandated land uses. “Finding good homes for horses and burros is a top priority for the BLM as we strive to protect the health of these animals,” continued Steed.

Oregon Farm Bureau Photo Contest
Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) invites all photography enthusiasts to enter their best images of Oregon agriculture to the annual OFB Calendar Contest. Twelve selected photographers will have their work featured as month images in the 2019 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar. The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching. “Spring is a fantastic time to look for photo opportunities within Oregon agriculture,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Farmers markets are in full swing, fields are blooming, farmers are preparing for summer harvest, and young animals abound.”  Horizontal-format, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic views — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include scenes from farmers markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying Oregon-grown ag products, portraits of farmers/ranchers/families, farm animals, state or county fairs, 4-H and FFA events, on-farm festivals, to name just a few. Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2019 calendar, which is mailed to 67,000 Farm Bureau members, and copies of the calendar. Everyone who submits an image will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar ($20 value), provided they include their mailing address. The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, 2018. Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted. Find photo specifications and contest rules at www.oregonfb.org/calendar. The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is mailed to 67,000 members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year.  For more information and to see previous years of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar, visit www.oregonfb.org/calendar. Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at annemarie@oregonfb.org, 503.399.1701.

Rice Hill Quadruple Fatal
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night’s quadruple fatal crash on Interstate 5 north of the Rice Hill area. On May 19, 2018 at 9:33 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 154. Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Acura Integra was southbound on Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons turned around and went northbound in the southbound lanes.   The Acura Integra continued northbound in the southbound lanes and collided nearly head-on with a southbound Nissan Murano.  Both vehicles became engulfed in fire after the collision.  Bystanders were able to remove two passengers from the Nissan Murano.    Drivers of both vehicles were not able to be safely removed and died from injuries sustained in the crash.  The two passengers that were removed from the Nissan Murano also both died from injuries sustained in the crash. Names of all involved are not being released pending positive identifications and next of kin notifications being completed. Investigators are looking for any witnesses that may have seen the red Acura Integra on Interstate 5 southbound prior to the crash.  Those witnesses can call the Oregon State Police at 541-440-3333 and reference case number SP18-181178. Interstate 5 southbound was closed for over five (5) hours.

Drunk Driver Causes Fatalities
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, at approximately 8:30PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 234 near Eagle Point in Jackson County. Preliminary investigation revealed a black Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound with a passenger when a silver Ford Mustang collided nearly head-on with the motorcycle.  Both occupants of the motorcycle suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no injuries sustained by the three juvenile occupants in the Mustang.  The operator of the Mustang was arrested at the scene for DUII. Highway 234 at the scene was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

Stabbing in Selma
On May 19, 2018, at approximately 9:18 am, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a stabbing in the parking lot of Rays Market in Selma, Oregon.   Upon the deputies arrival, the victim was deceased. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Central Point Oregon State Police Criminal Division. Detectives responded and assumed the investigation. The subsequent investigation revealed a physical altercation occurred in the parking lot between the victim and the suspect.  The victim, 46 year old Frank Norman Chambers of Selma, Oregon  was stabbed during the altercation and died as a result of his injuries.  The suspect, Ramon Eduardo Rodriguez-Acosta, 58 year old also from Selma, Oregon is in custudy and being lodged at the Josephine County Jail on Manslaughter in the first degree. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released.

Suspicious Items Douglas Co.
Deputies investigated a suspicious item found at the Green Meadow Mobile Home park in the 5000-block of Grange Road Thursday morning.  At 11:17 a.m.., on May 17, 2018, a citizen reported finding the item in a vehicle before calling the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded and consulted with the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit. Out of precaution, residents in a 100 foot radius were asked to evacuate. The item was safely removed from the scene by OSP, and is undergoing analysis. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471 or dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

Deputy Administers Narcan
On May 17, 2018 at approximately 1600 hours Deputy Shawn Carter stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation near SE East Devils Lake Rd and SE Oar Street in Lincoln City. During the traffic stop Deputy Carter recognized the rear passenger in the vehicle was exhibiting signs of a drug overdose. While in the presence of deputies, the male passenger age 33 from Newport went unconscious. Deputy Zachary Akin recognized signs and symptoms of a narcotic overdose and administered Narcan to the male via a nasal spray. The male became coherent and was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where he was further treated for the overdose.

Disorderly Conduct
Charleston, CCSO report – On 05/17/2018 at approximately 7:30 PM a fight between Travis Warnock and Joseph Hinojosa a transient out of Charleston was reported. Coos County Sheriff’s Deputies who were in the area responded to the scene within a few minutes.  They found 37-year old Joseph Hinjosa, North Bend, walking away from the parking lot of Davy Jones Locker where the fight had happened.  When he was found, Joseph became argumentative and aggressive with the deputy sheriffs. He was detained in handcuffs.    Travis Warnock, the manager of Davy Jones Locker told the deputies he was there in the store with his two small children, when Mr. Hinjosa got angry with store staff about not being able to cash in cans after 7 PM. Mr. Warnock said he intervened. Mr. Warnock said Joseph Hinjosa thrashed around the scene, called him names, and threatened to assault him, so Mr. Warnock contacted the Sheriff’s Office.   Joseph was arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail where he was lodged for Disorderly Conduct II and Menacing. His bail was set at $15,000.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, May 16, 2:09 p.m., 600 block Pacific Ave., “burglary to storage shed.”

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, May 16, 4:48 p.m., 1300 block Airport Ln., “OSP arrested” 34-year old Christopher Don Carmack on CBPD warrant charging Possession Meth.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, May 16, 700 block Fulton Ave., “warrant service,” 28-year old Rodney Swanger arrested on Washington Co. SO warrant charging FTA on Possession Meth.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Coquille Thefts
According to two entries on the Coquille Police log for Wednesday, May 16, 10:34 a.m., 400 block N. Johnson St., “theft of license plate.”  And, 2:14 p.m., 700 block E. St., “possible theft of mail.”

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, May 17, 7:57 a.m., 2000 block McPherson, “officer observed wanted subject at location,” 30-year old Mark Anthony Dixon, North Bend, arrested on warrants charging Failure to Appear on Public Indecency, Criminal Mischief III & Disorderly Conduct III, also FTA on Criminal Citation.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, May 17, 10:40 a.m., “records advised of subject in lobby to get property who has an active warrant,” 37-year old Kristie Ann Norris-Foote, North Bend, arrested on warrants charging FTA on Possession Meth, and FTA 1st Degree.  “Referred for additional charge of PCS,” and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Friday, May 18, 5:58 p.m., 1800 block Sherman Ave., “officer served valid NBPD warrant” on 31-year old Jacob C. Cooper, North Bend, charging FTA on Possession Meth, Resisting Arrest & Carry Concealed weapon.  Also, 34-year old Alishae D. Kohl, Coos Bay, charged with Probation Violation.  “Both subjects will be referred for PCS Meth.  Both transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Saturday, May 19, 1:34 a.m., Sherman & Washington, “traffic stop.” 23-year old Marcus R. Leymaster cited for DUII – Alcohol (BAC 0.16%), and warned for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device and Unsignalled Lane Change.  “Vehicle was released to sober party.”

Stolen Gun Recovered
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Saturday, May 19, 5:22 p.m., 2900 block Broadway Ave., “officer out with subject at location,” 33-year old Colby S. Busch, Coos Bay, arrested on Probation Violation charges for Felon in Possession of Firearm, Theft 1 by Receiving, “subject will be referred to DA for Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Stolen gun also location.”  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Saturday, May 19, 5:49 p.m., 1900 block Union Ave., “RP reported suspicious female taking valve-stem covers off vehicles and throwing them in the parking lot.  Officer contacted female, she was reissued” citation for Criminal Trespass.  Thirty-four year old Kristi Dunlap “was also warn for Trespass at Quality Inn.”

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Sunday, May 20, 2:40 a.m., Virginia & Sherman avenues, “officers out with Physical Dispute at location / multiple agencies assist,” 23-year old George W. Jones, Coos Bay, arrested on NBPD warrant for FTA on DUII’ CCSO warrant for FTA DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering Another Person, Unlawful Possession Firearm & Theft III; Reedsport warrant FTA DWS.  Twenty-one year old Aiden T. Lawry, Seattle, cited for Disorderly Conduct II; and 25-year old Collin  Gillard, Montana, cited for Disorderly  Conduct II.  All three transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Saturday, May 19, 6:17 a.m., 1300 block N. 8th St., “burglary,” 23-year old Christopher Cruise Phillips arrested on Curry Co. SO warrant.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Saturday, May 19, 10:47 a.m., 500 block Newmark Ave., “dispute,” 38-year old Shannon Marie Strong arrested on charge of Disorderly Conduct II & Resisting Arrest.  Transported to the Coos Co.  Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Saturday, May 19, 11:27 p.m., 1200 block N. Dean St., “DUII,” 21-year old Tea Michelle Larson charged with DUII and Reckless Endangering.

According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Sunday, May 20, 1:57 p.m., Hwy. 42, “casual contact,” 35-year old Jennifer Rose Marmon arrested on CCSO warrant charging PCS Meth & Criminal Trespass II.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Partly cloudy today along the South Coast with highs in the low 60s and winds from the North at 15025 mph.  Mostly clear tonight with lows near 50 and winds from the North at 10-20 mph, but decreasing to 5-10 mph. Sunny on Tuesday.




Marshfield’s Nicolaus twins won the OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A State Tennis Doubles Championship at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Saturday.  Max & Josh Nicolaus entered the state tournament as the No. 4 seed, but worked their way through the brackets to reach the finals where they defeated the Philomath team of Luke Haslam & Antoine Feld, 6-1, 6-4.  The Pirates finished third in the team race.  Oregon Episcopal won the state championship.
North Bend’s doubles team L. Parvin & G. Lyons beat a team from Vale 6-4, 7-5 in the First Round, but lost 2-6, 6-2, 6-2in the quarterfinals to the team from Philomath.  The Bulldogs second doubles team of B. Hadley & J. Wilson lost to an Oregon Episcopal team in the First Round 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.  But they came back in the Consolation bracket with wins over a team from North 8-6, and Crook Co. 8-5 to reach the Consolation Finals. The team from Vale prevailed 6-2, 6-4.  North Bend’s Matthew Jordan lost 6-1, 6-0 to Jed Kizzier, Sisters in the Single’s First Round.  In the Consolation Bracket the sophomore lost 8-2 to Javier Dominquez of Crook Co. North Bend’s girls’ double team of M. Metcalf & K. Hurlbut lost their opening match to a team from Cascade 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-3.  They did come back in the Consolation bracket with wins over Oregon Episcopal 8-6, and Ontario 8-6 to reach the finals.  The Bulldog two beat Madras 6-4, 5-7, 7-4 to take the Consolation Championship.

A pair of one-run games in the 4A Softball Play-In Round Thursday sent one Bay Area team into the next round and ended the season for another.  North Bend beat visiting Madras 2-1 in nine-innings at the Oak St. Park Fields, while Marshfield traveled to Newport (17-8) and lost to the Cubs 6-5.  The Bulldogs (21-5) will advance to the OSAA First Round to play at Scappoose (24-3) on Wednesday, May 23rd, 4 p.m., while the Pirates season ends at 14-11.  Far West League champion So. Umpqua (21-5) will host Banks (20-5) in a First Round game Wednesday, 4 p.m. in Tri City.

North Bend tuned up for their OSAA 1st Round State Baseball Playoff Game with a 5-4 win over Reedsport Saturday, May 19th at Clyde Allen Field in North Bend.  The Bulldogs (22-3), Far West League champions, will host Valley Catholic (12-11), of Beaverton, Wednesday, May 23, 5 p.m.  Brookings-Harbor advanced to the First Round with a 5-3 win over visiting Sweet Home Friday.  The Bruins (19-8) will play at Gladstone (18-8) Wednesday, 5 p.m.  Douglas (14-10) lost its “Play-In” game at Phoenix 10-6 ending the Trojans’ season.

OSAA gtr
Marshfield’s girls won the 2018 OSAA State Track & Field Championship Saturday at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene. The Lady Pirates scored 60-points to runner-up Astoria’s 55, Philomath’s 52.50, & North Valley’s 50.  North Bend finished 17th (16pts.). Marshfield got a big boost in the Pole Vault with junior Khaley Aguilar taking first place (11-00.25), while teammates Jamie Anderson and Payton Davidson came in second (10-09) & fourth (10-00), to score 23-points for the Lady Pirates.  North Bend senior Kalista Ross took fifth (10-00) giving the Bulldogs four-points.  North Bend’s Chelsea Howard had a great day.  She won the Long Jump at 17-06.50 giving the Bulldogs 10-points.  The sophomore then went on to score two more points with eighth place finishes in the 100 (12.92) and Triple Jump (34-04.75).  Marshfield’s Raven Miranda was third in the Long Jump (16-10).  The junior had a productive day with a fifth place finish in the 200 (26.38), a fourth in the 100 (12.65) and anchored the Lady Pirates 4X100 relay team (Kaylee Delzotti, Raegan Rhodes & Hannah Beaulieu to seventh (50.87).  Marshfield senior Jaycee Smith was fourth in the High Jump (5-02).  The Lady Pirates also picked up two-points from junior Jasmine Chavez in the 3000 (10:53.79).  Beaulieu was fifth in the 100 (12.71), good for another four-points. Junior Elise Martin placed seventh in the 100 Hurdles (16.38) for two-points, but added five more in the Triple Jump (36-00.50) by taking fourth.  Chavez picked up two more points in the 800 (2:26.17) with a seventh place finish.

OSAA btr
Marshfield ‘s boys were fourth (52) and North Bend’s fifth (49) at the 2018 OSAA State Track & Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene Saturday.  La Grande won with 94-points, while Crook Co. was second (74) and Scappoose third (59).  Both the Pirates and Bulldogs had individual champions.  Ty Hampton won the Discus (160-10) for North Bend, and Tyler Post took the Shot Put (53-07.50) for Marshfield.  The Pirates also got a third place (52-06.25) from Phillip Hernandez in the Shot.  Marshfield’s Chase Howerton won the Pole Vault (14-06).  The Pirates Ammon Smith was third in the High Jump (6-02).  Sirus Robie was sixth in the Triple Jump (41-04.50).  North Bend’s Orion Osborn took second in the Javelin (179-11).  On the track, the Bulldog’s 4X100 Relay team (Divenson Willis, Jake Posey, Martin Godinez, Jonathan Chilcote) came in second (43.52).  Chilcote, a junior, won the 100 (10.84) and the freshman Posey was fifth (11.20).  In the 400 Marshfield’s Zach Kellar was second (50.10).  The senior was also fifth in the 200 (22.90), while Chilcote placed sixth (23.04).  North Bend’s Cade Smith took fourth in the 110HH (15.58).  In the 800, the Pirates’ Tristin Lemmons placed seventh (2:02.93) and the Bulldogs’ Martin Godinez was eighth (2:05.00).  Marshfield’s 4X400 Relay team (Ethan Place, Jeremy Roe, Devin Benson, Kellar) placed sixth (3:30.40).

Southwestern Oregon’s softball team dropped two NWAC Tournament games on Saturday at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane, WA.  The Lakers (31-19) lost to Everett 10-8 (8) and then fell to Douglas 7-1.

UO sb
Oregon’s softball team swept the Eugene Regional of the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament this past weekend.  The No. 1 Seeded Ducks beat U. Albany Thursday 4-0, downed Drake Friday 5-0, and finished first with a 3-0 win over Drake on Saturday.  Oregon (50-7) will next host No. 16 Seed Kentucky in an NCAA Super Regional beginning Thursday, May 24, in Eugene.

OSU sb
Oregon State opened the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament at the Tuscaloosa Regional in Alabama.  The Beavers lost to Wisconsin Friday 9-3, but came back Saturday and beat Middle Tennessee 4-0, and then downed Wisconsin 5-1.  On Sunday, OSU (30-28) fell to Alabama 6-0.

Pac-12 bb
Oregon State took two out-of-three from USC in Pac-12 baseball this past weekend in Southern California.  The Beavers won the opener Friday night 4-0, won Saturday 8-1, but lost Sunday 8-0.  OSU (18-8-1, 42-9-1) hosts UCLA in Corvallis beginning Thursday.  Oregon lost all three of its games at UCLA.  The Bruins won Friday 12-4, Saturday 15-1, and Sunday 10-2.  The Ducks (11-16, 25-27) have Arizona in Eugene beginning Thursday.




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