Three major earthquakes shook the outer fault line of the two that run parallel with the Oregon Coast early Friday morning, Nov. 16.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the three quakes measured 3.5, 3.8 & 4.1-magnitudes.  All three were located west to southwest of Port Orford in Curry County.

NBPD Temporary Limits Access to the Public
Public Notice – North Bend Police Department will be taking calls for service by phone only, no walk-ins, all doors will be locked to the public. If you need to contact the North Bend Police Department and it is an emergency call 911, for all other services please call the non-emergency number at 541-756-3161.  According to Police Chief Robert Kappleman, the closure is temporary and due to a catastrophic disruption to the dispatch computer system.  He adds they are working feverishly to repair the program; however, there is no firm time line.

Commercial Dungeness crab season delayed
ODFW release – NEWPORT, Ore. – The traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 16 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are too low in meat yield. The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product to consumers and avoid wastage of the resource. Crab quality testing in early November showed that the majority of test areas did not meet the criteria for a Dec. 1 opening. The delayed opening will allow for crab to fill with more meat. A second round of crab quality testing will occur in late November or early December, and the results will be used to determine if the season should open Dec. 16, be further delayed, or be split into areas with different opening dates. Due to elevated levels of domoic acid, crab closures are currently in effect from Cape Blanco to the California border. This closure applies to both recreationally and commercially harvested crab from bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. Recreational crab harvesting outside of these areas remains open in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. In conjunction with the delayed ocean commercial season, commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon bays that are currently open will close at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 1, but may reopen if the ocean commercial fishery opens in December. Recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in the ocean off Oregon will open Dec. 1 as scheduled in areas where there are no Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) health advisories. Find the latest information on closures by calling the ODA shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visiting the ODA shellfish closures web page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx Crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers. The closure in the health advisory area ensures safety and the delay in the commercial ocean season promotes a high quality product. Commercial Dungeness crab is Oregon’s most valuable fishery. Last year’s season opening was also delayed but still brought in the highest ex-vessel value ever ($74 million) with 23.1 million pounds landed, about 31 percent above the 10-year average.

Southwestern Physics Experimental Atmospheric Research (SPEAR) Student Group to launch Altitude Balloon
SWOCC release – The Southwestern Physics Experimental Atmospheric Research (SPEAR) student group will be conducting a high altitude balloon launch from Henry Hansen Square (the quad) on the Southwestern Coos campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay), Friday, November 16, 2018. The students will be collecting meteorological data and tracking the balloon as it ascends. The data will be used to help the students gain insight into the behavior of our atmosphere, and the effects of upper atmosphere temperature and humidity variations on our surface weather. Launch activities will begin at 2:00 pm. Those interested in viewing the launch are welcome to contact Dr. Aaron Coyner at (541) 888-7244 or aaron.coyner@socc.edu to obtain more information.

Water Board Siren Test
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, a test of the Pony Creek Dam Warning System will take place.  The test of area sirens is being conducted by Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board.  The purpose of this test is to give the public an opportunity to hear the siren and familiarize themselves with the audible warning should a dam breach occur.  Sirens located at the North Bend High School and the Water Board Service Center will be activated at 10 a.m. for one test.  The test will consist of a three minute (15 seconds on – 10 seconds off) siren blast representing a dam failure warning. If you live inside the dam breach evacuation zone and hear the siren at a time that is not a scheduled test, head for higher ground immediately. For more information please call the Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board at 541-267-3128.

South Slough Trails Hike, Sunday, Nov. 18
South Coast Striders release – We will meet at the  South Slough National Estuarine Reserve Interpretive Center parking lot at 9:00 AM.  Then our hike leaders will take us on a series of trails through the reserve, including the Middle Creek trail, the Hidden Creek Trail, the  Tunnel Trail, and the Sloughside trail.  Short hikers can return to the Interpretive Center via the Railroad Trail and the Middle Creek Trail. Those wanting a longer hike can take the North Creek Trail back to the Interpretive Center.  Please note that there are no dogs allowed on the North Creek Trail, so if you are bringing your pet, you will be limited to the short hike. Hikers wanting to explore more may want to complete the day with some hikes on the South Reserve Trails.

Green Friday at OPRD
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites people to play for free Nov. 23 in celebration of “Green Friday.” The agency will waive day-use parking fees in 25 state parks the day after Thanksgiving. “We started Green Friday four years ago to encourage people to opt outside and the response has been very positive,” said Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. “We’re thrilled that many families now include a state park outing as part of their holiday tradition.” Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 25 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 23, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online. Driving directions and more info about state parks is on oregonstateparks.org.

Statewide Housing Plan Draft Released
Thursday, Nov. 15, Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) released the draft Breaking New Ground: the OHCS Statewide Housing Plan, a five-year look at the agency’s priorities, goals, and strategies in ensuring a stable and affordable housing landscape. Drafted after combining robust statewide outreach and partner input sessions with quantitative data analysis, the document reflects what is needed to address the housing and service needs of both rural and urban communities across Oregon. OHCS will seek feedback over the course of the next month to clarify strategies and strengthen the Plan. Director Margaret Salazar will be releasing a video interview later this month, ahead of five public meetings to introduce the draft plan and seek feedback on the strategies. The five meeting dates and locations are listed below. La Grande – November 29th 1 PM – 3 PM at Cook Memorial Library; Eugene – December 10th 10 AM -12 PM at a location to be determined; Redmond – December 11th 12 PM – 1 PM at Redmond City Hall; Part of the Housing For All meeting; Forest Grove – December 11th 1 PM – 3 PM at Forest Grove City Hall; Newport – December 13th 1 PM – 3 PM at Oregon Coast Community College. Additional details about the Statewide Housing Plan, including details about 2017 outreach and county profiles, are available online.

Arrest made in Central Coast Shooting
On November 12, 2018 at about 3:34 pm, Lincoln City officers responded to 950 SE 32nd St on a report of a gunshot victim. The victim reported he had been walking along SE 32nd St when a car pulled up, the driver of the car fired a gun at him, and the bullet hit the cell phone he was carrying in his hand. LCPD detectives recovered the cell phone, which did in fact have damage appearing to be caused by a bullet. In the days following the initial report, LCPD detectives conducted on-going follow up in order to determine the identity of the alleged suspect who fired from the vehicle. During the investigation, detectives determined the victim, 21-year-old Isaiah Padron of Lincoln City, made a false report to police in reference to the “drive by shooting.” Padron admitted to causing damage to his cell phone and minor injuries to himself when he accidentally discharged a firearm while in the bedroom of a family member’s home. During this investigation, LCPD recovered the handgun used in the incident and determined it to be listed as a stolen firearm taken during the burglary of a Central Oregon home. On November 14, 2018 Padron was taken into custody for Filing a False Police Report, Reckless Endangering, Theft I by Receiving, and Disorderly Conduct, and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. The Lincoln City Police Department appreciates the community’s support and all the information provided, which helped bring this case to a close.

Missing Person Case
On November 22, 2017, Richard Hillman attended a day before Thanksgiving gathering at a friend’s house on Pleasant Valley Road in Josephine County.  He left the party between 8 – 9 PM in his green 1997 Toyota SR5 pickup (OR License VWT 361) and has not been seen since. Hillman’s residence is within 5 miles of the Pleasant Valley gathering. The Oregon State Police adopted the case in March of 2018 and has interviewed many witnesses, friends, and neighbors. Hillman had few close associates and primarily stayed to himself. Investigators believe that Hillman is the victim of foul play and the person(s) involved were known to Hillman. Oregon State Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Hillman and/or his vehicle. If anyone has seen Hillman, the vehicle,  or have any information regarding his disappearance they are asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 or *OSP and reference case number SP18-076662 / Detective John Anderson.

Pedestrian Struck on Hwy. 99
On Wednesday November 14, 2018 at approximately 8:44 pm Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian on Hwy 99 milepost 4.5. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2018 Ford F150 PU, operated by Jordan Abbasi (33) of Missouri City, Texas, was traveling northbound on Hwy 99 near milepost 4.5 when he hit a pedestrian in the roadway.  The pedestrian , identified as Bonnie Weyburn (52) from Vancouver, WA.  was transported to the hospital but later died from injuries sustained in the crash. Abbasi was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

Vehicle Fatality Wasco Co.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at approximately 6:15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 89. Initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Dodge Ram PU, operated by Zachary Rivera (32) from Mulino, OR, was westbound on Interstate 84 when the vehicle hit the guardrail, crossed both lanes, and went down an embankment on the south side of Interstate 84. Rivera was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.  He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Sunny today along the South Oregon Coast with highs in the lower 60s and winds from the North to Northeast at 10-15 mph.  Mostly clear tonight with lows in the mid 40s and winds light and variable.  Sunny on Saturday & Sunday.




MHS Sports
Fri, Nov 16 – Basketball: Boys Middle School Tournament, MHS 8th Gold, MHS 8th Purple, Millicoma MS, Sunset MS vs. Myrtle Point @ Myrtle Point High School.  Sat, Nov 17 – Basketball: Boys Middle School Tournament MHS 8th Gold, MHS 8th Purple, Millicoma MS, Sunset MS vs. Myrtle Point @ Myrtle Point High School; 5:30pm, Football, Marshfield vs. Banks, OSAA Semi-Final, Cottage Grove, FM 105.1 Streamed on the Internet at www.kmhsonline.com   Mon, Nov 19 – 4pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game, Sunset MS @ Waldport High School; 4pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game, Harbor Lights Middle @ Millicoma Intermediate School; 5:30pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game, MHS 8th Purple @ Waldport High School; 5:30pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game, Harbor Lights Middle vs. MHS 8th Gold @ Millicoma Intermediate School.

NBHS sports
Fri, Nov 16 – Band WIBC; Basketball Boys 7JV, 7V; 8JV & 8V Away TBA (Myrtle Point Tournament); Time: TBA -Basketball Boys 7V Away TBA (Myrtle Point Tournament); 9:46am, Thanksgiving Assembly. Sat, Nov 17 – Band WIBC; Basketball Boys 7JV, 7V, 8JV, & 8V Away TBA (Myrtle Point Tournament); 8:30pm, Homecoming/Miss Flame Dance. Sun, Nov 18 – Band WIBC. Mon, Nov 19 – Band WIBC; 4pm, Basketball Boys 7JV Away Myrtle Point; 4pm, Basketball Boys 7V Away Siuslaw Middle School; 5:30pm, Basketball Boys 8V Away Siuslaw Middle.

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Marshfield plays Banks in an OSAA Semi-Final Football Playoff game Saturday, 5:30 p.m., at Cottage Grove High School.  The winner advances to the championship game on Nov. 24 at Hillsboro Stadium.  Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on KMHS FM 105.1, and streamed on the station’s internet site at www.kmhsonline.com   .

SWOCC sports
Southwestern Oregon’s men open the 2018-19 community college basketball season on the road Friday, Nov. 16 to play Multnomah and Saturday to take on Pacific University, both at neutral sites.  The Laker women are at the Yakima Valley Tip Off Tournament in Washington to open the season.  SWOCC’s wrestling team is scheduled to compete at the Spokane Open on Sunday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.

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Oregon State’s wrestling team is scheduled to compete at the Navy Classic, Saturday, Annapolis, MD.

Oregon’s cross country teams run at the NCAA Championships in Madison, WI on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Oregon State’s men play Old Dominion at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m., televised on FLOHOOPS.  Oregon lost 77-69 to Iowa in New York City Thursday. The Ducks (2-1) play Syracuse today at 1:30 p.m., ESPN2.

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Oregon State’s women host St. Mary’s (CA) on Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m., in a non-conference basketball game.  Oregon hosts Buffalo on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

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Oregon’s volleyball team hosts Colorado on Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.  Oregon State hosts Utah Friday, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks and then Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m., on Oregon State Live Stream.

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Oregon host Arizona State Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network, in a Pac-12 football game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.  Oregon State travels to Seattle to play Washington at 1:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Seattle Seahawks rallied with 10-points in the fourth quarter to beat visiting Green Bay 27-24 in an NFL game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Thursday night. The Hawks (5-5) next play at Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. on Fox Sports.






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