Thomasson
A Coos Co. Grand Jury has indicted the grandson of a male murdered in Coos Bay on Sunday, Dec. 10.  According to a news release from District Attorney R. Paul Frasier, 29-year old James Jay Thomasson was indicted Thursday afternoon, Dec. 14, on the charge of Murder, “alleging that the defendant intentionally caused the death of his grandfather, Elmer Dennis.”  The body of the 80-year old victim was found in his driveway on the 1200 block Minnesota Ave. in the Englewood District.  Thomasson was also indicted on charges of Attempted Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Menacing.  The Murder charge “carries a mandatory sentence of Life Imprisonment and requiring the Defendant to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.”  Thomasson’s arraignment on the charges was set for Monday morning, Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m. in the Coos County Circuit Court as Coquille.

Quake
A 3.5-magnitude earthquake shook the Cape Mendocino area of Northern California Friday morning, Dec. 15, where two fault lines begin that run parallel with the Oregon Coast.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was located west to northwest of Petrolia, CA.

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres
The Annual Holiday Lights Show at Shore Acres State Park, west of Charleston, continues this weekend each night from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm, in the gardens of Shore Acres State Park.  There is an OPRD parking fee.  Through New Year’s Eve more than 350 thousand lights on display. For more information call 541-888-3732.

18th Annual Christmas Village & Train Display
See the 18th Annual Christmas Village & Train Display at the Old Charleston School on Seven Devils Road, just outside of Charleston through Dec 24, 6pm to 10pm, nightly.  Huge display of toy trains and light up villages.

County Advisory Group to State Forestry
The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Dec. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee’s agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and Board Chair Tom Imeson, as well as the following topics. * Board of Forestry Work Plan; * Forest Management Plan project; * Division updates; Return on asset value; Trask Paired Watershed Study; Recreation Access Pass for disabled veterans. Committee members will also formulate the committee’s testimony for the upcoming Board of Forestry meeting on Jan. 3, 2018. The meeting agenda is available on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx. Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200. The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

High Fiber Diet exhibitions at Coos Art Museum
From December 15 through February 10, 2017 Coos Art Museum will be hosting a dual exhibition of fiber art by the group “High Fiber Diet”. The two exhibitions brought together into one are Heat Wave and It’s Not Easy Being Green and both were separate recent fiber art competitions. “High Fiber Diet” is a group of more than thirty artists located in southwestern Washington and western Oregon who choose to work with fiber to express their interpretation of the world and themselves. The exhibitions open with a free reception for the public at the Museum on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5pm until 7pm. Each portion is organized around a particular color that must appear within the design of the fiber art piece. For Heat Wave it is orange – Orange is the color of heat: hot passion, hot jazz, desert heat, tropical heat, the warmth of Mediterranean stone walls or bright flowers. We are basking in the glow. For It’s Not Easy Being Green it is green – A famous frog once sang “It’s not easy being green.” Kermit’s identity struggle reflects the challenges and choices we face every day. Jurors for Heat Wave are Wendy Huhn, Barbara Setsu Pickett and Marilyn Robert. The jurors for It’s Not Easy Being Green are Pat Bognar, Trisha Hassler and Bonnie Meltzer. The It’s Not Easy Being Green exhibition has previously been shown at: La Conner Textile Museum in La Connor, Washington, World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon and Latimer Quilt & Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon.

Birds of The Elliott fly into CAM!
From December 15, 2017 to February 10, 2018 Regional Artists bring the beauty of Elliott State Forest birdlife to the Coos Art Museum!  This exhibit is a collaboration of 15 regional artists who have created life-like sculptures out of textiles and needle-felt art. Each species of bird represented is a native bird of Elliott State Forest. Organized by Portland artist Suzanne Moulton “Birds of the Elliott” is part of “Project Bird Baby Nest”. Project Bird Baby Nest aims to keep the importance of Public Lands and protecting wildlife fresh in the minds of kids, families and communities with fun and engaging events and regionally made products that support wildlife awareness. As an Oregon local wildlife and toy artist, Suzanne Moulton fell in love with Elliott State Forest and started Project Bird Baby Nest to celebrate the forest’s many natural treasures. Suzanne Moulton’s art has been displayed in the National Horse Racing Museum, The Hyde Collection, Kansas City Art Institute’s Traveling Collection, National Society of Illustrators New York, and The Portland Art Center. Additionally, Suzanne Moulton has professionally designed rod puppets, theatrical sets, furniture and product design. She is also an experienced stop motion puppet artist, and has worked on films such as Frankenweenie, ParaNorman and Coraline.

Coos Art Museum to Host a dual exhibition
From December 15 through February 17, 2017 Coos Art Museum will be hosting a dual exhibition by artists Jean Kyle and Sunny Kudo in the Mabel Hansen Gallery. Both artists were chosen for exhibition after tying for the “People’s Choice” prize in the 2016 CAM Biennial. Jean Kyle of Coos Bay, Oregon produces nature inspired watercolors and Sandy Kudo of Bandon, Oregon creates carved and painted gourds. As stated by Kudo, “I picked up my first gourd about 4 years ago and after painting and carving the gourd, the end results that emerge are always a surprise and delight for me. The beauty of nature is my inspiration and combining that with the uniqueness of each gourd has been my main focus.” According to Kyle, “I prefer to work intuitively.  Most of my pieces are watercolor ‘pours’.  I enjoy the creative challenge of bringing a piece into focus after finding the suggestion of a subject, an emotion or a mood in a ‘pour’. By letting the paint ‘do its own thing’ it adds depth and an organic quality to my work.  For me it is the perfect personal expression of freedom.”

Bay Area Seniors Computer Club
Regular Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and held at: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. Refreshments Visiting & Help Stations 9:15-9:45A.M., Presentation 9:45-11A.M. Friday, December 15, 2017 “Q&A with Tim Edingfield”.  Questions on Windows 10, the new fall update, new program features, computer buying, computer issues, and any audience questions will be addressed as time allows. Bay Area Seniors Computer Club 9:45 to 11a.m. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 1290 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. 541-269-7396.

Icy Hwy. 58 Accident
The first crash occurred on December 14th at approximately 9:30AM and involved a commercial motor vehicle towing an empty tanker on Hwy 58 near milepost 60 east of Oakridge. No hazardous materials were released. The driver stated he lost control on the icy road and left the roadway, damaging a substantial amount of guardrail. He was uninjured.  While investigating this crash, OSP was dispatched to another single vehicle, rollover crash at 10:40AM less than a mile from the first crash near milepost 59. This crash involved an SUV that had been operated by a female driver, who was the sole occupant, who also indicated she had lost control on the icy road and rolled over. The female was entrapped and extricated by fire personnel. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Warrant/Counterfeiting
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3:27 p.m., SWOCC, “traffic stop,” 42-year old Raymon Wayne Littell arrested on Linn Co. SO warrant charging Probation Violation, and cited for DWS Misdemeanor.  “Referred to DA Office for PCS and Counterfeiting.”  Also, 44-year old Stephanie Arnold referred to DA Office for PCS & Counterfeiting.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Mail Theft
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 4:16 p.m., 1300 block Scott Ln., “theft of mail.  Officer responded/picked up mail.  Attempted to return to owner, negative contact.”

Assault
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:52 p.m., 2100 block Jackson St., “follow up,” 53-year old Allen Henry Johnson III, North Bend, charged with Assault IV, Interfering with 911 & Criminal Mischief III.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Probation Violation
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:52 p.m., 2100 block Jackson St., “officer serving PC on assault case located detainable subject out of P&P,” 34-year old Nicholas Ryan Chalmers, Coos Bay, charged with Probation Violation and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Warrant/Heroin
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3:53 p.m., 1900 block Newmark Ave., “located wanted subject by CBPD, on CBPD and CCSO warrants,” 31-year old Robert James Connolly charged with CBPD warrants Possession of Heroin, Delivery of Meth, Possession of Meth & Felon in Possession of a Firearm, & FTA I.  CCSO warrants Possession of Meth & FTA.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

WX
Showers along the South Oregon Coast today with highs near 50 and winds shifting from the Southeast to the North at 10-15 mph.  Partly cloudy tonight with lows in the upper 30s and winds from the East to Northeast at 5-10 mph.  Partly cloudy on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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SPORTS NEWS

MHS sports
Fri, Dec 15 – TBD, Wrestling: Varsity Tournament @ Grants Pass; 4pm, Swimming: Varsity Meet @ Grants Pass; 6pm, Basketball: Girls JV Tournament @ Glendale; 7pm, Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs. TBA  @ MHS, Main Gym, Les Schwab Basketball Tournament; 7pm, Basketball: Boys Varsity Tournament vs. TBA  @ MHS, Main Gym, Les Schwab Basketball Tournament; 7:30pm, Basketball: Boys JV2 Tournament @ Glendale. Sat, Dec 16 – TBD, Basketball: Girls JV Tournament @ Glendale; TBD, Basketball: Boys JV2 Tournament @ Glendale; TBD, Basketball: Boys Varsity Tournament vs. TBA @ MHS, Main Gym, The Les Schwab Tournament; TBD, Wrestling: Boys Varsity Tournament @ Grants Pass; 7pm, Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs. TBA @ MHS, Main Gym.

NBHS sports & activities
Fri, Dec 15 – TBA, Basketball Boys V Away TBA (Les Schwab Tournament – Marshfield); TBA -Basketball Girls V Away TBA (Les Schwab Tournament – Marshfield); TBA, Wrestling V Away Grants Pass Invitational; 9:46am, Assembly: Christmas; 2pm, Swimming Coed V Away Newport Invite; 6pm, Choir & Friends “Carol the Hood”. Sat, Dec 16 – TBA, Basketball Boys V Away TBA (Les Schwab Tournament – Marshfield); TBA, Basketball Girls V Away TBA (Les Schwab Tournament – Marshfield); TBA, Wrestling V Away Grants Pass Invitational.

MHS wr
Marshfield’s wrestling team won a dual match at Eagle Pt. Thursday, 44-22.  The Pirates compete in a tournament at Grants Pass this weekend.

MHS bxb
Both of Marshfield’s teams at the 14th Annual Les Schwab Tires South Coast Holiday Basketball Tournament in Coos Bay Thursday won their opening games to advance to today’s championship semi-finals.  The Pirates girls won 57-41 over Junction City, while the boys won 61-40 over North Valley.  Marshfield’s girls will now play North Valley at 8:45 p.m., while the boys take on Junction City at 7 p.m. in the main gym on campus.

NBHS bxb
Both of North Bend’s basketball teams lost opening round games at the 14th Annual Les Schwab Tires South Coast Tires Basketball Tournament at Marshfield in Coos Bay Thursday.  The Bulldog girls fell 56-28 to Madras, while the boys lost 57-47 to Philomath.  Today, North Bend’s boys play Sutherlin, 8:30 a.m., while the Lady Bulldogs take on Coquille at 10:15 a.m.

SWOCC
Southwestern Oregon’s basketball teams are competing in crossover tournaments this weekend in Washington.  The Laker men play at the Edmonds Crossover Basketball Tournament in Edmonds, WA Friday through Sunday.  The women will be at the Shoreline Crossover, Shoreline, WA.

UO fb
Oregon takes on Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl Saturday, 12:30 p.m.  The football game will be televised by ABC TV.

Pac-12 mbxb
Oregon’s men take on Fresno State in a nationally televised basketball game Saturday, 3 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.  Oregon State plays Saint Louis Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in Portland.

Pac-12 wbxb
Oregon’s women host Ole Miss Sunday, 1 p.m., in a non-conference basketball game at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.  Oregon State plays UC Santa Barbara Saturday, 5 p.m., in Portland.

OSU wr
Oregon State’s wrestling team competes at the all day Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, NV, Sunday, Dec. 17.

Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks take on the LA Rams in an NFL game Sunday, Dec. 17, 1:05 p.m., at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA.

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