Jordan Cove
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold three scoping sessions next week regarding the Jordan Cove Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.  The first meeting takes place Tuesday, June 27, 4-7 p.m. at Sunset Middle School in the Empire District of Coos Bay.  The second session is scheduled for Umpqua Community College in Winchester, north of Roseburg, Wednesday, June 28, and the third takes place also on Wednesday, but at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.

Coos Bay City Council & URA
The Coos Bay City Council & the URA meet in a joint session Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – 5:30 p.m., Fire Station No. 1 Conference Room – 450 Elrod Avenue – Coos Bay, Oregon.  Agenda:  1) Call to Order; 2) Façade Improvement Grant for Old City Hall Located at 375 Central Avenue; 3) Review of the Downtown Urban Renewal Agency Plan by Elaine Howard Consulting; 4) Other Business; 5) Adjourn.

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Touring a Controlled Burn
A broad-based committee formed by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will tour the site of controlled burns in the Deschutes National Forest before its public meeting in Sisters on Tuesday, June 27. ODF Smoke Management Meteorology Manager Nick Yonker said committee members will get to see how managed fire is used to thin brush and reduce the risk of big wildfires. After the tour, the committee will meet to discuss air quality and human health, as well as the benefits of controlled burns to forest health, productivity and reducing wildfire risk. The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. It will be held inside the Sisters Fire Hall at 301 Elm St. in Sisters. The meeting lasts from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220. The Smoke Management Review Committee is charged with recommending improvements for how the state uses controlled burns to meet land management objectives on private and public forestland in Oregon while minimizing smoke impacts on communities and protecting public health. The 20-person committee is made up of forest landowners, public health representatives, the American Lung Association, forest collaboratives and environmentalist groups, county and city elected officials, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and a tribal representative. The committee is tasked with producing a set of recommendations for the departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality to consider. The committee’s work will be presented to the Board of Forestry (BOF) and the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) in late 2017. Committee recommendations will also inform potential updates to the state’s Smoke Management Plan. That plan is administered by ODF and approved by BOF and the EQC. The Smoke Management Plan becomes part of the state’s plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act. According to ODF records, controlled fires were set last year on 181,800 forested acres in Oregon. This is above the 10-year annual average of 165,999 acres. Those fires burned an estimated 1.3 million tons of woody debris. Spring and fall are peak burning times. Yonker said the committee will hold three more public meetings around the state through September. The committee’s third meeting will be on July 27 at ODF headquarters in Salem.

Free Workshop on Health Insurance
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor “Building Blocks of Health Insurance,” a free two-hour workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Coos Bay. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave. in Coos Bay. The library has donated the use of the Myrtlewood Room for the workshop. Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on: * Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans; * Summary of Benefits documents; * Explanation of Benefits letters; * Eligibility for financial assistance. To attend, register by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or emailing

Fireworks, keep it Legal
The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks. The 2017 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Friday, June 23 and runs through Thursday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety. “I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. “Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests,” states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. “Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation.” Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit. There were 192 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2016, resulting in more than $519,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2012 through 2016, there were 944 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death and more than $2.1 million in property damage. Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. “All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks.” The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B’s of safe fireworks use: * Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. * Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks. * Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal. * Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places. The four B’s of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
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Safer route for people, better route for salmon Mitigation project provides stream habitat to USFS
As part of the U.S. 20 Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville road construction project, 52.9 acres of forestland and stream habitat is being donated to the U.S. Forest Service through funding by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The Oregon Department of Transportation is required to mitigate the nearby installation of rock buttresses that stabilize the new U.S. 20 Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville alignment. The rock buttresses impact local streams and riparian areas that serve as habitat for native migratory fish. To offset these impacts, ODOT and the Siuslaw National Forest identified a parcel of land for the donation around the nearby Bull Creek, which provides a good opportunity to improve local fish habitat. ODOT is funding the transfer of that parcel from Nestucca Forests LLC to the national forest as one of several mitigation projects associated with the Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville project. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with ODOT to restore this section of Bull Creek,” said Jerry Ingersoll, USFS forest supervisor. “Adding this parcel to the Siuslaw means we’ll be able to take care of another critical piece of habitat as part of our landscape-scale restoration efforts.” Under the $4.1 million project, ODOT is funding a range of habitat improvements on the donated Bull Creek parcel, including the removal of a culvert that is a fish passage barrier, road decommissioning, invasive species treatments, and restoration thinning of forested upland areas. The stream restoration and culvert removal will improve and enhance habitat for a range of species, including Coho salmon, cutthroat trout, and lamprey. The work will be done this summer by contractor Mason, Bruce, and Girard, and will be monitored by both ODOT and the Siuslaw National Forest. The overall project cost also includes the construction of a wetland mitigation site at Big Elk Creek, which ODOT is doing separately.

Hwy. 126 Shooting follow up
On 6/24/2017 the Lane County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a pursuit with a suspect when the suspect fired at law enforcement officers. Three agencies were involved in the incident, including the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florence Police Department. Law Enforcement returned fire and the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. The identities of the deceased and the involved deputies and officers are not being released at this time. As with all law enforcement involved deadly force events, we are unable to provide further details while the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team investigates the incident. Further information will be provided following the investigation when all of the facts are known, as we want to ensure that all information provided to the community is accurate. We have received many inquiries on how our deputies are doing. The involved deputies suffered only minor injuries from the event, thankfully. We are saddened that this happened in our community, but are very thankful for the community support and the support of our neighboring law enforcement agencies for their assistance.

Sailboat Capsizes on Columbia River
A Coast Guard boat crew rescued one mariner from the water on the Columbia River near Deer Island, Monday evening, June 26.  Coast Guard Station Portland crewmembers aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small arrived on scene, pulled the man aboard their vessel and transported him to Kalama, Washington, where emergency medical services were waiting to take him to a local hospital. At 4 p.m., Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received a request for assistance from the tug Lori B. who initially reported the incident and kept a line of communication with the watchstanders until the Coast Guard rescue boat arrived. The boater was reportedly hypothermic after his 10 to 12-foot vessel capsized but was successfully retrieved from the water after the station crew tossed him a life ring. Also on scene was a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and personnel from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Columbia County is currently towing the capsized vessel to shore.

Redwood Hwy. Fatal
On June 25, 2017, at approximately 4:15 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on state route (SR) highway 199 near milepost (MP) 27. The subsequent investigation revealed a 2007 black Ford 3P, driven by David S. Sharpe (age 44 from Redding, CA), was Northbound on SR 199. The vehicle, for unknown reasons, exited the roadway, rolled several times and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Baker Co. Fatal
On June 24, 2017, at about 3:37 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 245 near milepost 11 (in Hereford). Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling northbound when it drifted out of its lane of travel, crossed the oncoming lane and continued off the roadway, where it struck a tree. The driver, Luis Alberto BARRERA MENDEZ, age 29, of Centralia, Washington, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, Octavio Castro VALDEZ, age 25, of Centralia, Washington, was transported by Life Flight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment of his serious injuries.

CBPD Officer Injured in Hwy. 20 Accident
On June 25, 2017 at approximately 3:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a five vehicle (double fatal) crash on US Highway (Hwy) 20 near the Black Butte Ranch entrance. The preliminary investigation revealed Unit #1, a 1996 Subaru Legacy, driven by Ethan G. Moreschi (age 28 from Bend, Oregon) was eastbound on Hwy 20 near Milepost (MP) 93. The Subaru Legacy crossed the centerline and struck Unit #2, a westbound 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Katherine L. Sales (age 80 from Eugene). Both Moreschi and Sales were pronounced deceased at the scene. Unit #3 was a westbound 2004 HOLR Motorhome, driven by Robert A. Lounsbury (age 49 from North Bend a Sgt. with the Coos Bay Police Dept.) and was towing Unit #4 a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. Lounsbury attempted to avoid the first collision and struck Unit #5, which was an eastbound 1998 Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta was being driven by Timothy R. Thompson (age 28 from Newberg). Thompson was air transported to St. Charles with critical life threatening injuries. Lounsbury was ground transported to St. Charles with minor injuries. Lounsbury’s passenger, Tammy R. Lounsbury (age 53 from North Bend) was not injured. Both Moreschi and Thompson knew each other and it is believed they were with each other shortly before the crash. Impairment is being considered as a contributing factor for both Moreschi and Thompson. The highway was affected for approximately six hours. ODOT, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Black Butte Police Department, and Sisters Fire and Rescue assisted OSP.

Brookings Man Killed in Hood River Co.
On June 26, 2017 at approximately 12:50 PM the Oregon State Police out of The Dalles and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 35 near milepost 62 in Hood River County. The preliminary investigation revealed a white 2006 Chevrolet pick-up, operated by Denise J. HILKEY, an employee of the US Forest Service, age 46 of Parkdale, Oregon, was carrying a load of lumber. The Chevrolet was traveling southbound on Highway 35 and while negotiating a curve, the lumber in the lumber rack spilled onto the highway, partially blocking the north and southbound lanes of travel. A gold 2006 Harley Davidson, operated David Bruce HALL, age 66 of Brookings, Oregon was traveling northbound on Highway 35. HALL attempted to avoid the lumber in the roadway which resulted in a crash. At the time of the crash HALL was wearing protective equipment. Lifesaving efforts were made; however, HALL succumbed to his injuries.

News release CCSO.  On June 23, 2017, at about 2025 hours, deputies observed a 2006 Mercedes R500 SUV traveling west on Coos Sumner Lane. Deputies identified the driver as Michael Farnham. Farnham’s driving status was revoked-misdemeanor. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Ross Inlet Road, about a ¼ mile up from Coos Sumner Lane. Coos Bay Police arrived to assist and deployed K9 Katie, a drug detection dog, on the vehicle. K9 Katie had a positive alert and the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered several used syringes, a syringe loaded with suspected methamphetamine, digital scale with suspected meth residue, (3) pills of suspected hydrocodone, (2) pills of suspects Oxycontin, and a small amount of suspected meth. Farham was also currently on parole and his Parole Officer was contacted, who authorized a detainer. Michael Farnham, 38 years old of Coquille, was arrested for Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor and Parole Violation. Farnham was transported to the Coos County Jail, where he was booked and lodged with no bail. Farnham will also be referred for additional charges once the suspected narcotics are sent to the crime lab. Deputies were assisted on scene by the Coos Bay Police Department and their narcotic detection K9 Katie.

DUII Marlow Ck.
News release CCSO.  On June 23, 2017, at about 2306 hours, deputies contacted a white 2011 Ford F-350 truck parked near the intersection of Marlow Creek Road and Highway 241 in Coos Bay. Deputies located the operator, Gerardo Lua-Mendez, sitting in the driver’s seat slumped over. Deputies had to wake Lua-Mendez up, as he was asleep. The vehicle was running with the lights on. While speaking with Lua-Mendez, deputies noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and there was an empty beer can in plain view. Deputies learned Lua-Mendez had driven from his residence to that location. Deputies had Luz-Mendez perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and at the conclusion of the tests, arrested Lua-Mendez for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Deputies took Lua-Mendez to Coos Bay Police Department for processing. Lua-Mendez provided a breath sample and his blood alcohol content was .14, almost twice the legal limit. Gerardo Lua-Mendez, 31 years old of Coos Bay, was issued a criminal citation for DUII and released to his parents at the Coos Bay Police Department.

Stalking Order
News release CCSO.  On June 22, 2017, deputies responded to the 93000 block of Chesley Lane in North Bend for a reported violation of stalking order. Deputies spoke with the victim, Tiffany Grainger, who reported her estranged husband, Robert Grainger, had called her cell phone after being served divorce papers today. Deputies learned there was a valid stalking order in place, prohibiting Robert from any contact with Tiffany. Deputies and officers from the Myrtle Point Police, checked Robert’s residence as well as other areas and were unable to locate him. Deputies later were able to contact Robert by phone and arranged to meet him at KFC in North Bend. Robert showed up and was arrested for violation of stalking order. Robert, 35 years old of Myrtle Point, was transported to the Coos County Jail, where he was booked and lodged on $10,000.00 bail.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Sunday, June 25, 4:51 a.m., End of Ferry Road, “officer out with vehicle at location,” 28-year old Bryan Noyes, North bend, arrested on Union Co. SO warrant charging Failure to Appear on charge of PCS Meth.  “Officer also seized 2019 year sticker off rear plate of vehicle.” Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Sunday, June 25, Chester & Newmark, “RP reported female subject who was sleeping at location now naked and jerking around.”

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Sunday, June 25, 6:39 p.m., 2100 block Union Ave., “:CCSO reported hangup 911 call from location.  Did have open line and heard female say something about putting hands on and going to jail.” 28-year old Michael Fry, North Bend, arrested on charge of Domestic Harassment and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Areas of fog early along the Oregon Coast followed by sunshine in the afternoon.  Highs in the mid 60s and winds from the North at 10-20 mph.  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight.  Lows in the lower 50s and winds from the North at 10-20 mph.  Cloudy early Wednesday, then mostly sunny by afternoon.





American Legion bb
North Coos Waterfront split its American Legion doubleheader at Brookings Saturday.  The Waterfront fell in the first game to Humboldt, a team out of Crescent City, CA, 18-4, but then came back in the second game to defeat Brookings 14-0.    North Coos is scheduled to host Orofino, ID Tuesday, 1 p.m, doubleheader at Clyde Allen Field in North Bend.

Oregonian Cup
North Bend High School won the Oregon Schools Activities Association Oregonian Cup for the 2016-17 school year.  The Bulldogs were tops among 4A schools.  Scappoose came in second followed by Philomath, Valley Catholic and Sweet Home.  Marshfield was 12th.  The Oregonian Cup began in 1999 as a way to recognize overall excellence by schools in academics, activities and athletics. The Oregonian began sponsoring the award in February 2002. The award honors a school’s students, teachers, coaches and the entire school community. Schools earn points based on their participation and finish in OSAA State Championships and for Top 10 finishes in the OSAA Academic All-State Program, sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Oregon. A sportsmanship component, whereby schools are awarded points each season for having no ejections, is included as well. The points are updated and released at the end of Fall and Winter seasons and totaled at the end of the year. The school earning the highest points in each classification receives a commemorative trophy from The Oregonian and the OSAA.


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