Visitor Center at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center to fully reopen March 24
The popular public education wing of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will fully reopen on March 24 after closing for repairs in early December. The front part of the facility, known as the Visitor Center, reopened in February for festivities celebrating OSU’s 150th anniversary while work in the back half continued. Crews replaced the rusting, 21-year-old metal stands under many of the saltwater tanks, removed some exhibits, and created artificial rockwork modeled after real formations in Yachats. Although the tank stands are now finished, additional renovations are ongoing and many of the tanks’ denizens are still in other locations at Hatfield. Oregon Sea Grant, which operates the Visitor Center, plans to create a “habitat” theme around the tanks so that as visitors walk through they will move from shore to shallows to deep sea. Exhibits will be created to display examples of research taking place in each of those environments, said the center’s manager, Maureen Collson. Every year, Collson said, about 150,000 people pass through the doors of the Visitor Center, where they can touch aquatic critters in an indoor tidepool, crash simulated tsunami waves against Lego structures, or watch an aquarist feed the octopus. Oregon Sea Grant commissioned an analysis in 2017 by Bruce Sorte, an economist with the OSU Extension Service, to find out the economic impact of the center. He surveyed 131 visitors and found that 39 percent said that half or more of their reason for visiting Lincoln County was to go to the center. Based on that and other numbers, he estimated that the Visitor Center annually supports $7.6 million in income for Oregonians, $13.2 million in sales for businesses in Oregon, and 156 jobs throughout the state. About three-quarters of those impacts occur in Lincoln County, Sorte said. These figures include the salaries paid to employees at the center and a multiplier effect of those dollars, the amount of money visitors spend on food and lodging, and the household expenditures of Oregon Sea Grant employees and people who supply goods and services linked to the center. “Since 1965, the Visitor Center has been teaching children and adults about marine science through fun, hands-on exhibits,” said Shelby Walker, the director of Oregon Sea Grant. “Although you can’t put a price tag on the value of that experience, as Bruce’s analysis shows, we can estimate the important economic contribution of the Visitor Center to Lincoln County and the state.” The total annual cost to operate the center is $460,000, funded by the federal government, OSU and donations from visitors. The facility is staffed by Oregon Sea Grant faculty, who are assisted by more than 60 volunteers. The Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Thursday-Monday through Memorial Day, then from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Labor Day.

Coos Bay School District
Coos Bay School District public meeting schedule for March 2018. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule and agenda are subject to change. Regular School Board Meeting – Policy Committee Meetings – March 20 at 8:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Mary Fields at or 541-404-6750. All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or

Coos Bay City Council
The Coos Bay City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 PM, Council Chambers – 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, OR. All citizens addressing the City Council under regular agenda items or public comments are required by City Council Rule 2.9.4 to sign-in on the forms provided on the agenda table. If you require a listening enhancement device, please contact the City Recorder. Please silence electronic devices – Thank you. Agenda:  1. Flag Salute; 2. Public Comments; 3. Consent Calendar; a. Approval of the Joint City and URA minutes of February 27, 2018; b. Approval of the City Council minutes of March 6, 2018; c. Acceptance of the February Payroll and Accounts Payable Check Registers; d. Approval of a New Outlet OLCC Application for Natural Grocers; 4. Report by Marshfield High School Key Club Members Sofi Baho-Munoz & Sarah Johnson; 5. Appointment of a Public Advisory Committee for the Transportation Plan Update; 6. City Manager’s Report; 7. Council Comments; 8. Executive Session: The City Council will now meet in an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2) (e) for the purpose of discussing real property negotiations; 9. Adjourn.

THe Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency (URA) will meet on Tuesday, March 20.  The meeting will be held immediately following the City Council Meeting which begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall 500 Central Avenue – Coos Bay Oregon. All citizens addressing the Urban Renewal Agency under regular agenda items or public comments are required by URA Rule 2.9.4 to sign-in on the forms provided on the agenda table. If you require a listening enhancement device, please contact the City Recorder. Please silence electronic devices – Thank you. Agenda:  1. Public Comments; 2. Consent Calendar; a. Approval of the URA minutes of February 6, 2018; b. Acceptance of the URA January Combined Cash Reports; 3. Consideration of a Second Facade Improvement Grant for 737 N. Front Street; 4. Adjourn.

Winchester Bay Home Invasion
On Friday, March 16, 2018, at 5:08 am, the Douglas County 9-1-1 center received a male who had activated a medical alert alarm at Fisherman’s Mobile Home Park (105 Beach Blvd.) for an unknown problem. When the ambulance arrived, they learned the male had been assaulted. Deputies were then dispatched and began an investigation. It was learned the male had been assaulted while he was sleeping by unknown suspect(s). The suspects stole several firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash. An alert deputy observed a male suspect exiting a nearby wooded area on foot. The deputy engaged a suspect in a foot pursuit, eventually taking the male suspect into custody. 25 year-old Joshua Lee Roberts of Eureka, California was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: Burglary I; Robbery II; Assault III; Theft I x5, Criminal Trespass II, Fugitive from Another State. The victim, 62 year-old Scott Patrick Meiers of Winchester Bay, was transported to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the robbery. The victim’s property was recovered by law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Reedsport Police Department, Coos Bay Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

Record Meth Bust
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, DINT Detectives seized a historical amount of methamphetamine. During an operation. DINT contacted two subjects in a traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 151. During the stop, a canine, Trapper, was applied to the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Detectives searched the vehicle and located what appeared to be a very large amount of methamphetamine. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested. The meth was seized and transported to DINT where it could be processed and tested. The total amount of meth seized was approximately 74 pounds, net weight, which is the largest single seizure of meth in DINT history. DINT also seized an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect’s vehicle. 30 year old ISRAEL SALVADOR MERCADO-MENDOZA, of Creswell, Oregon, and 33 year old RIGOBERTO MORFIN-PEDROZA, of Los Angeles, CAlifornia were both arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine. If sold by the pound, in local street value this meth would be worth approximately $370,000. It would be worth much more if broken down and sold in smaller quantities. DINT was assisted by the Oregon State Police in this case.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Sunday, March 18, 5:38 p.m., 2000 block Newmark St., “counterfeit, officer seized bill.  Also 2 Halogen Headlights in bubble wrap were taken, bubble wrap left behind.  Valey $65.  Report taken for Theft and Theft by Deception.  Auto Zone, North Bend.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Sunday, March 18, 12:10 p.m., 1200 block Newmark Ave., “CBPD arrested” 53-year old Randy Lee Watkins on CBPD warrant charging Failure to Appear on Disorderly Conduct II & Criminal Trespass II charges.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Sunday, March 18, 2:05 a.m., Finley Loop & Hwy. 42, 36-year old Robert White arrested for DUII, DWS Misdemeanor & Reckless Driving.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Partly cloudy today along the Oregon Coast with highs near 60 and winds from the Northeast at 5-10 mph. Light rain late tonight with lows in the mid 40s and winds light and variable.  Rain on Wednesday.




MHS Sports
Tues, March 20 – 3:30p, Track: Varsity Meet vs. TBA @ MHS, Marshfield’s Icebreaker meet. Wed, March 21 – 4:30pm, Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Junction City @ SWOCC; 4:30pm, Baseball: JV Game vs. Junction City @ Junction City. Fri, March 23 – 12:00pm, Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Scappoose @ SWOCC; 4pm, Softball: Varsity @ Cottage Grove; 4pm, Softball: JV Game vs. Cottage Grove @ MHS ESD Softball Field. Sat, March 24 – 12pm, Baseball: Varsity vs. Cottage Grove @ SWOCC; 12pm, Baseball: JV Game @ Cottage Grove; 12pm, Softball: Varsity vs. Phoenix @ MHS ESD Softball Field; 2pm, Softball: JV Game vs. North Bend @ MHS ESD Softball Field.

NBHS Sports
Wed, March 21 – Booster Club Luncheon – Hall of Champions; One Hour Early Release – All Schools. Thurs, March 22 – 4pm, Track Coed V Away Siuslaw Icebreaker, Florence; 7pm, Spring Band and Choir Concert. Fri, March 23 – 3pm, Baseball Boys V Home Cottage Grove; 3pm, Softball Girls V Away Taft (Lincoln City); 5pm, Baseball Boys V Home Cottage Grove; 5pm, Softball Girls JV Away Taft. Sat, March 24 – 12pm, Tennis Girls V Away Central (Independence); 2pm, Tennis Boys V Away Central.

North Bend swept a pair of non-league softball games from visiting Glide Monday at the Oak Street Park Fields. The Bulldogs (3-1) play at Taft on Friday.

MHS sb
Marshfield beat visiting Coquille 10-3 Monday in a non-league softball game at Coos Head Field in Coos Bay.  The win was the first for the Lady Pirates (1-3) who play at Cottage Grove Friday.

MHS bb
Marshfield lost 8-2 at Taft in Lincoln City Monday in a non-league baseball game.  The Pirates (1-1) host Junction City on Wednesday.

North Bend downed visiting Glide 10-0 in a non-league baseball game at Clyde Allen Field in North Bend Monday.  The Bulldogs (2-0) host Cottage Grove on Friday.

MHS Track
The Marshfield track team will open the 2018 prep season with its own Icebreaker Meet, Tuesday, March 20, on Prefontiane Track.  Field events at 3:30pm.

Speasal to be Honored
Former Southwestern Oregon Community College Coach John Speasl and former Oregon wrestler Miles Hancock will be among seven inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame by its Oregon chapter May 5 in Tigard.  Speasl, who wrestled at Lebanon High, Clark College and Southern Oregon College before spending 38 years as a wrestling coach and administrator with the Lakers in Coos Bay. Hancock, a 1979 Pendleton High graduate who placed at the Pac-10 Championships four times, is being honored for his lifetime service. The class also includes Cleve Thompson (Portland), Milo Meskel (Portland), Doug Samarron (West Linn), Bob Bishop (Willamina) and Darrel Kauffman (Lebanon and Corvallis).




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