Everbridge Rollout in Coos Co.
News release CCSO.  The Coos County Sheriff’s Office and Coos County Commissioners are pleased to announce the public rollout of Everbridge, a community notification system designed to rapidly alert the public in case of an emergency. What this means, is that a simple message such as, “Accident at MP17 Hwy 42, avoid this area,” can be sent from the dispatchers desktop to a large group of customers seamlessly through cell phones and email. Depending on the speed of the connection, Everbridge can send out 1000 short messages in less than 5 minutes. Recent events such as the Chetco Bar and Eagle Creek fires in Oregon have highlighted a need for this service with evacuations to residents sometimes being done door to door by emergency responders and volunteers. If the Sheriff’s Office knows of an emergency, they can draw a polygon on a map of the affected area, and send out the notification. It can also be used to send out non-emergency messages, such as “Burning is now allowed, burn season has been lifted.” Customers can sign up for what type of notifications they wish to receive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Bo3wCq5OI is a link to a short video by Everbridge, explaining how the notifications work and what they look like. The below link is for signup. You can sign up for multiple locations, for example, if an elderly relative lives here, and you want to be able to receive notifications about their area, you would sign up under their address and give your cell phone, home phone or email to receive the alert. https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736724057  Information can be found also on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/myccso/

County Advisory Group to State Forestry
The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Oct. 20 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 updates from the ODF State Forests Division staff on the following:  * Business Improvements; * State Forests Division performance measures reporting; * Habitat Conservation Plan; * Forest Management Plan project.  The meeting agenda is available on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.  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. 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.

International Credit Union Day
If you visit a credit union branch anytime, you’ll receive a warm welcome, local service, and better interest rates than most other financial institutions offer. If you visit a credit union branch October 20th you’ll feel an even more energized buzz. It’s International Credit Union Day, an annual celebration of more than 68,000 credit unions and their 235 million members worldwide. As not-for-profit financial cooperatives, credit unions provide a viable alternative to profit-driven financial institutions. Credit unions not only offer a plethora of financial services to their member-owners; they are also committed to community service, and are a force for positive economic and social change. In Oregon, 5,000 employees of 59 credit unions serve 2 million members across the state, in 289 branch locations, and with 24/7 technology that helps consumers make wise financial decisions. Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year’s theme, “Dreams Thrive Here,” celebrates how credit unions and other financial cooperatives serve as catalysts to make different professions, personal choices, and career paths real. Interview credit union employees and members in your community on #ICUDay. Please share this video with your audiences so consumers know they have a not-for-profit, cooperative financial services choice: https://vimeo.com/229748075.

Oregon State Archives Open House
On Saturday, October 21, from 10am to 3pm, the Oregon State Archives will hold its Annual Open House in celebration of National Archives Month. Please join us for this fun and fascinating family friendly event to learn about Oregon’s history and to interact with Oregon’s historic documents and records. You might even learn something about your own history in the process. Guests of all ages will participate in activities featuring Oregon’s colorful trademarks, photographs, and original records representing Oregon’s diverse regional landscapes, economy, and natural beauty. Guests will also have the opportunity to play “Game of Oregon.” Inspired by the popular book and television series Game of Thrones, “Game of Oregon” invites you to experience the “Seven Kingdoms” of Oregon (the Coast, Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, Greater Portland, Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge). Guests will also test their knowledge skills and luck by using historical records from the State Archives. Activities include games of chance, puzzles, coloring, and trivia. Prizes and giveaways will be featured throughout the day! In addition to games and activities, behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives will be given and guests will be able to view our newly installed gallery exhibit showcasing Oregon’s “Seven Kingdoms.” This event is free, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact the Oregon State Archives by phone 503-373-0701, email reference.archives@oregon.gov; or visit our website at http://sos.oregon.gov/archives/Pages/archives-month.aspx Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and additional event information.  Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson.

Marine Board new Director
The Oregon State Marine Board appointed Rachel Graham as Marine Director effective October 16, 2017 at its quarterly meeting in La Pine. This interim appointment will remain in effect through the recruitment and hiring process to replace outgoing Marine Director, Scott Brewen. ORS 830.135 states the Marine Board shall appoint the Marine Director who shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Board, with assistance from the Department of Administrative Services Human Resources, anticipates posting the position vacancy and beginning its recruitment for a Marine Director prior to year-end. Ms. Graham began her employment with the Marine Board in 2010 and in her capacity as the Policy and Environmental Manager has represented the agency on many state, interstate and agency legislative initiatives. Ms. Graham may be contacted at (503) 378-2617 or by email at Rachel.B.Graham@oregon.gov. For more information about the Marine Board and the agency’s self-supporting programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.

Exotic wood boring beetles knocking on Oregon’s door
It’s been 20 years since the Oregon Department of Agriculture placed its first traps for exotic wood boring insects in the vicinity of a railroad tie creosoting plant in The Dalles. A lot has happened since amid the constant threat of bad beetles hitching a ride into the state. But the picture would certainly be more bleak without the cooperation ODA has received from the company operating the plant and its efforts to address concerns about bringing in untreated lumber that might harbor these invasive insects. “If the plant had not helped us deal with these wood boring beetles, I don’t know if we could have done it on our own,” says ODA entomologist Josh Vlach. “The beetle could have established in the area and spread into nearby cherry orchards and eventually to other parts of the state.” The treatment plant in The Dalles, now owned by AmeriTies, has been in operation for 95 years treating wood components of railroad infrastructure. But it was 1997 that it became known as a high risk location for the introduction of exotic wood boring beetles. The plant imports raw ties from other regions of the US that have been infested by some of these insects, most notably the granulate ambrosia beetle. Xylosandrus crassiusculus attacks hardwoods and is a threat to Oregon’s orchard and nursery industries as well as to forest health and regeneration. However, it was still a few years after those first traps were placed near the tie plant before large numbers of the granulate ambrosia beetle were detected. “That first year, ODA put out three traps and didn’t catch anything of note, but in 2003, everything changed,” says Vlach. “The plant started to receive hardwood lumber from states back east instead of some of the soft wood lumber primarily from the Pacific Northwest. Apparently, the soft wood lumber wasn’t as good for the changing needs of Union Pacific Railroad, AmeriTies’ primary customer.” By 2004, just 10 ODA traps yielded 156 of the ambrosia beetles, leading to eradication projects in 2005 and 2006. Those projects successfully eliminated the pest for about 10 years before a population of the wood borers flared up again. In May 2015, two granulate ambrosia beetles were trapped at the plant and additional plants were placed. A year later, an additional 36 of the pests were trapped along with another exotic ambrosia beetle, Euwallacea validus, that was the first record of the species found in Oregon and, indeed, the entire western portion of North America. The cause of the recent spike is still unknown, but the fact that ODA and AmeriTies have continued monitoring over the years reinforces the value of “early detection, rapid response.” “Over the years, the company has helped,” says Vlach. “They have helped pay for eradication activities, they have helped with the monitoring, and they have supported compliance agreements that include a halt to shipping in ties from certain areas of the US.” Last year’s detections in the spring prompted the plant in The Dalles to stop importing any more ties from the eastern US as outlined in the compliance agreement. In addition, un-creosoted ties and potential host trees and shrubs at the plant were treated with a pesticide similar to that used in the eradications of 2005 and 2006. Since June last year, there have been no more detections of X. crassiusculus or E. validus. Past compliance agreements have placed restrictions on when ties from high-risk sites can be brought in as well as requiring prompt creosoting of those ties. Vlach and fellow ODA entomologist Tom Valente traveled to Missouri earlier this year to visit a distribution yard that ships raw ties to The Dalles. Learning about the company’s process and treatment of the lumber led to further recommendations on how to mitigate pest risk. “The railroad and the tie plant are very aware of our concerns and we are working together going forward,” says Valente. “Protecting against these wood borers is an ongoing challenge. As long as the company continues to bring wood in, they will likely bring in beetles. But Union Pacific and AmeriTies are interested in keeping up the effort.” In the 20 years since the first traps were placed at the plant in The Dalles, ODA has identified more than a half million insect specimens. The vast majority are of no concern, but you never know when an exotic insect with the capacity to cause great harm might be hitching a ride. ODA and its Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program have acquired expertise on wood boring insects, becoming the western region identification center for both the US Forest Service (USFS) and USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). ODA receives hundreds of thousands of beetle and wood borer specimens each year. Retired ODA taxonomist Rick Westcott and current taxonomist Jim LaBonte set the stage for developing a small team of experts on wood boring insects. That has led to training and workshops to help others, including staff at USFS as well as those from various states, with identification of beetles and other wood borers. “Oregon and our lab have ended up being, at least in this arena, a recognized force in bark beetle and wood borer identification,” says Vlach. Over the past decade, an incredible number of non-native insects, including wood borers, have made their way to Oregon. ODA’s LaBonte has been tracking all known new exotic species of terrestrial invertebrates detected and established in Oregon since 2007. Out of roughly 25,000 insects, mites, slugs, and other related spineless species currently in the state, he estimates that about 1,000 are exotic. The number may also just be a tip of the iceberg. “There has been a huge influx of species and limited resources to detect and deal with them,” says LaBonte. “This is a vast tsunami that is probably only going to get bigger.” Establishing good collaboration with those who may be bringing in some of these species as part of their operation, as in the case of AmeriTies, helps lessen the odds of something bad getting established in Oregon.

Eagle Ck. Fire
“When the Eagle Creek fire erupted a criminal investigation was immediately begun by the Oregon State Police. US Forest Service investigators have been assisting the State Police in this ongoing investigation. As a result of the investigation legal proceedings have been commenced in the Hood River County Circuit Court. A fifteen year old boy recently appeared and was arraigned on a Juvenile Court Petition. Allegations in the Petition include acts of Reckless Burning, Depositing Burning Materials on Forest Lands, Unlawful Possession of Fireworks, Criminal Mischief and Recklessly Endangering Other Persons. The charging petition was filed by the Hood River County Juvenile Department at the direction of the Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell. The Hood River County District Attorney’s office has been acting in cooperation with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office. Although extensive damage caused by the wildfire occurred in both Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon’s juvenile code dictates that legal proceedings be commenced in the county where the illegal act originally occurred, which is Hood River County. The District Attorney’s office, the Oregon State Police and the Hood River County Juvenile Department will have no further comment until the case has been resolved.”

Assault in 1st Degree
News release CCSO.  On October 17, 2017, at about 2230 hours, deputies and officers from Coquille PD responded to Little Valley Trailer Park for a dispute. Deputies were told a male had injuries and a female was armed with a knife. When deputies arrived they found a woman with blood on her clothing and a wound on her hand. Deputies contacted the two involved subjects, Fernando Sandez and Debbie Leon. Fernando had a laceration to his neck and cuts to his arm. Fernando told deputies he was laying in bed when Debbie confronted him about cheating on her. Fernando said the claims were false and Debbie attacked him with a kitchen knife. Fernando was transported by ambulance to Coquille Valley Hospital. Deputies searched the trailer with Fernando’s consent and located the knife used in the assault. Deputies discovered the bed was covered in blood and there was blood smears and drops throughout the trailer. Debbie claimed Fernando assaulted her first, but was unable to explain how Fernando sustained knife wounds. Deputies learned the two had been dating and living together for the past 4 years. Debbie Leon, 60 years old of Coquille, was arrested for Assault in the First Degree. Debbie was taken to Coquille Valley Hospital to be medically evaluated before being taken to the Coos County Jail. Ms. Leon was booked and lodged and held on $500,000.00 bail.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:41 p.m., “CCSO served 2 valid NBPD warrants” on 50-year old Patrick Brian Donley, North Bend, charging FTA Possession of Meth and FTA 1st Degree.

Light rain along the Oregon Coast today with highs in the mid 50s and winds from the Southwest at 10-15 mph.  Rain and wind tonight with lows in the upper 40s and winds from the South at 10-20 mph, but increasing to 20-30 mph.  Rain and wind on Saturday and more rain on Sunday.



MHS sports
Friday, Oct 20 – 7pm, Football: Varsity Game @ North Bend. Saturday, Oct 21 – 3pm, Football: 8th Grade Game vs. TBA @ Autzen Stadium. Our 8th grade team will play a team from the Eugene area in the Oregon Bowl Series. Game will be played in Autzen Stadium on Saturday, October 21. 7pm, Football: 7th Grade Game  Millicoma MS vs. Sunset MS @ Autzen Stadium.

NBHS sports
Friday, Oct 20 – Forensics @ Willamette University; Forensics @ Willamette University; 09:46am, Assembly: Fall Festivities; 2:15pm, George Fox Visit; 7pm, Football Coed V Home Marshfield. Saturday, Oct. 21 – Forensics @ Willamette University; Forensics @ Willamette University.  Sunday, Oct. 22 – Forensics @ Willamette University.

Southwestern Oregon’s volleyball team hosts a crossover tournament this weekend in Coos Bay.  Matches will take place on both Saturday and Sunday inside Prosper Hall on the Lakers’ campus.  SWOCC’s soccer teams host Lane CC in Coos Bay Saturday.  The Laker women play at noon, followed by the men at 2:15 p.m.

FWL sc
Brookings-Harbor clinched the 4A Far West League boy’s soccer title Thursday with a 6-0 win at Marshfield in Coos Bay.  North bend bettered Douglas 4-1, and Coquille/Myrtle Pt. beat So. Umpqua/Riddle 9-5.  The Bruins finish with a 9-0-1 league record, followed by North Bend 5-1-4 and then the Pirates at 5-2-3.  Douglas is fourth at 4-4-2.  In girl’s soccer, North Bend beat Douglas 4-1 and wins the FWL championship.  Brookings-Harbor downed Marshfield 4-0, and So. Umpqua/Riddle beat Coquille/Myrtle Pt. 4-1.  The Bulldogs end up perfect at 10-0, followed by Brookings-Harbor 8-2, So. Umpqua/Riddle 5-4-1 and Coquille/Myrtle Pt. is fourth at 4-6.

Pac-12 fb
Here’s a simple bet.  Oregon will play in the Rose Bowl this season.  Actually it will be Saturday against UCLA on the Bruins home field at Pasadena, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks.  Oregon State has the weekend off and will host Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Pac-12 vb
Oregon hosts Arizona Friday, 8 p.m., and Arizona State Saturday, 7 p.m., in Pac-12 volleyball this weekend.  Oregon State played Arizona on Wednesday in Corvallis and won 3-0.  The Beavers take on Arizona State Friday, 6 p.m.

Pac-12 sc
Oregon’s women fell 4-0 at Stanford in Pac-12 soccer Thursday.  The Ducks (1-6, 7-8) play at Cal on Sunday, 11 a.m.  Oregon State’s women lost 1-0 at Cal in Berkeley.  The Beavers (1-5-1, 4-8-3) play at Stanford Sunday, 1 p.m.  OSU’s men beat visiting Cal 2-1 in Corvallis.  Oregon State (2-4, 5-9) hosts Stanford Sunday, 1 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks play at the NY Giants on Sunday, Oct. 22, 12:25 p.m., in an NFL game on CBS TV.



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