Expect delays on U.S. 101 between Coos Bay and Bandon
ODOT release – Motorists traveling U.S. 101 between Coos Bay and Bandon this week should expect intermittent daytime lane closures and 20 minute delays due to hazard tree removal work. The work will take place along U.S. 101 near East Beaver Hill Road at milepost 253, about 15 miles south of Coos Bay, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, Dec. 17-21. This area frequently experiences high winds, causing large trees to fall in winter storms. Removing trees close to the roadway will improve safety for the traveling public. For more information, contact Dan Latham, ODOT Public Affairs, 541-957-3601 or Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us.

Port of Coos Bay Commission
The Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will hold its Regular Commission Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 17, 2018, in the Port’s Commission Chambers, located at 125 West Central Avenue, Suite 230, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. An Executive Session has also been scheduled on Monday, December 17, 2018, immediately after the Commission Meeting, in the Port’s Commission Chambers, located at 125 West Central Avenue, Suite 230, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, as authorized under ORS 192.660(2), to: (e) conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions; (g) consider preliminary negotiations involving matters of trade or commerce in which the governing body is in competition with governing bodies in other states or nations; (h) consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed; and (j) carry on negotiations under ORS Chapter 293 with private persons or businesses regarding proposed acquisition, exchange or liquidation of public investments.

Oregon Flu Report
Just Posted: Flu Bites Report for Week 49, December 2-8, 2018; Summary: During Week 49, 1.4% of all emergency department visits in Oregon were due to influenza-like illness (ILI). Among Oregon labs reporting to the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) and the state health department, 8.4% of specimens tested were positive for influenza. Three influenza-related hospitalizations were reported during the week in the Portland tri-county metropolitan area. No influenza outbreaks were reported. We invite you to share this Flu Bulletin with your colleagues!    Please link to the report listed above for more information regarding flu activity in Oregon.    Additional information is also available on our website: http://healthoregon.org/fludata

Containment form fails On Hwy. 34
ODOT release – WALDPORT — A containment form failed during bridge construction Saturday morning and about five cubic yards of low-density concrete was released along the McKinney Slough, 1.5 miles east of Waldport. Some material entered the water. Containment measures were put in place immediately. Hazmat crews responded and cleanup is underway. Construction crews were pouring a low-density concrete fill as part of a bridge replacement project when the spill occurred. The OR 34 McKinney Slough Bridge, built in 1957, is being replaced with a new wider and longer structure that will be able to withstand a large earthquake. The new bridge is being constructed one half at a time. Crews are currently working on the south half of the new bridge. Traffic is restricted to one lane, controlled by a signal or flaggers at all times. Construction on the $5,430,550 project began at the end of October and will continue through October 2019. Project information is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=19206

Excess algae and aging infrastructure likely cause of fish egg loss at Cole Rivers Hatchery
ODFW release – ROSEBURG, Ore – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery staff are reporting an unusual level of loss among spring Chinook eggs and newly hatched fish at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Agency fish health specialists believe an algae overload and aging infrastructure is the likely cause of the loss. Approximately 360,000 spring Chinook eggs and fry died since December 7 due to low dissolved oxygen and fungus resulting from excess algae and failing equipment that allowed silt and debris into the hatch house water supply. Fish health staff did not see signs of infection or parasites, but are processing samples for further testing. Hatchery coordinator Ryan Couture said Cole Rivers Hatchery staff closely monitor fish and eggs during incubation and took immediate steps to try to slow fish loss. “Last Friday, staff noticed the incubation egg tray screens were plugging up with abnormally high amounts of algae and eggs with fungus that were reducing water flow and oxygen to the developing fish,” Couture said. “Water temperatures were decreased to slow the level of fungus growth. Fry from some of the incubation trays were moved into troughs to try to decrease mortality. The remaining incubation trays were then spaced out to maximize water flow and oxygen levels.” This loss is 15 percent of the hatchery’s total inventory of eyed eggs for spring Chinook with more than 1.9 million eggs remaining. Couture said the loss could be higher once fish are put into hatchery ponds, but the final count will not be available until the fish are marked in late spring. Loss after marking is typically minor. “We should be able to meet smolt production goals, but won’t know until fish are marked,” Couture said. “We are hopeful any impacts to anglers will be minor.” Cole Rivers Hatchery releases 1.7 million spring Chinook salmon as mitigation for spawning and rearing areas blocked by the William L. Jess Dam. ODFW staff have been discussing equipment repairs or replacement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which built the hatchery in 1973 and continues to own and fund its operation. Fish health staff are traveling to the hatchery today to further examine the spring Chinook eggs and inspect water treatment equipment. Hatchery spring Chinook releases from current inventory are planned for August, September, and October 2019 and March 2020.

Long-Term Care Facility Trends in Oregon
What: Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) and Portland State University (PSU) will present key findings of studies on trends in Oregon’s long-term care settings on Dec. 17 in Salem. Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program (APD) has commissioned these studies for each of the past four years. The research summarizes topics such as residents’ needs, rates and fees, facility policies, and staffing. The quality and availability of long-term care options in Oregon are closely monitored by APD. The program licenses adult foster homes, assisted living, residential care and nursing facilities, including those designated for memory care. Demand for long-term care will continue to rise as the percentage of Oregon’s population that is 65 and older is expected to increase, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Researchers presenting at the event will include: Paula Carder, Ph.D., Interim Director of Institute on Aging at PSU and Associate Professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health; Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Jeff Luck, M.B.A., Ph.D., Associate Professors, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University. When: 2-3 pm, Monday, Dec. 17; presenters will share research highlights and analysis from 2-2:30 p.m. following by a question and answer session. Options to join include phone, Skype and in-person in Salem: To join the meeting, please contact APD Communications Officer Elisa Williams at Elisa.A.Williams@state.or.us or 503-509-9604 for details.

Nominate a Regional Teacher of the Year
The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to announce the continuation of Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year to honor exemplary educators in every region of the state! • Nominations are open statewide through January 31, 2019. • Teachers will submit their applications by March 29, 2019. • Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region. • Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2019! • In September 2019 one of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year! Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state. The 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

Missing Roseburg Woman
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information as to the whereabouts of 60 year-old Linda Rene Smith of Roseburg. Smith was reported as a missing person to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office by her roommate on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. At that time, a deputy took a report and entered Smith into a national law enforcement database as missing. Efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful. It is reported Smith left her home in the Green District in a white panel van with an unknown license plate on Saturday, December 8th around 3:00 pm with a male companion. Smith had informed her roommate that she would be gone for a few days, but has not yet returned and has not been heard from. Smith is described as 5’01” tall, 110 lbs, blonde hair and blue eyes.  Her clothing description is unknown at this time. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ms. Smith are asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case number 18-5499.

Scam Reported in Douglas Co.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – It seems to make its rounds every few months. The phone rings, it is answered and the person on the other end of the telephone identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer and tells the person that they have missed jury duty, failed to pay some fines, or they have a warrant for their arrest. Eventually, the caller states it can be cleared up by paying fees or fines in the form of Western Union, pre-loaded debit cards or gift cards.  HANG UP! IT IS A SCAM! The Sheriff’s Office has been receiving several calls from members of the community reporting they have received such calls from people claiming to work for the Sheriff’s Office. Some names they are providing are actual names of Sheriff’s Office staff members. It is critically important for our community to be aware of these tactics and to share them with their friends and family members, especially those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to the scams, such as the elderly members of the community. “It is important for retailers to inform their staff members about the scam and to ask them to be watchful for people who may be making the transactions in relation to the scam”, said Sgt. Brad O’Dell. Law Enforcement will not call people to let them know they have a warrant, rather they will make personal contact. If you believe you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.

High-Speed Fatality
On Saturday, December 15, 2018 at approximately 10:07 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 99W near milepost 114. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Honda Accord operated by, Saucedo Salvador-Mendez (21) of Cheshire was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and collided with the back of a southbound 2011 Ford F350 PU operated by, Peter Haag (20) of Junction City. The front seat passenger in the Honda Accord, Francisco Jose Perez-Velasco (33) of Corvallis, was not wearing a seat belt and sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The rear passenger in the Honda Accord, Chase Pomaikai Kealoha (21) of Junction City, was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries – not transported to the hospital. Salvador-Mendez was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and treated for injuries. Haag sustained minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. Alcohol impairment and speed by Salvador-Mendez are being investigated as probable factors. Hwy 99W southbound lanes were closed for approximately four hours.  ODOT created a detour in center turn lane to accommodate southbound traffic.

Hwy. 20 Head-On
On Thursday, December 13, 2018 at approximately 5:48 PM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle, head on collision, on Hwy 20 near milepost 4. Preliminary investigation revealed a  Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Jane Dunn (64) of Albany, was westbound on Hwy 20 when it crossed the center line and struck an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by Kelly Blodgett (40) of Corvallis. Dunn was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Blodgett was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  An adult passenger and 4 juvenile children in the Tahoe were not injured. Hwy 20 was partially closed for approximately three hours.

Hwy. 140 Fatal
On Thursday, December 13, 2018, at approximately 5:00PM, a Jeep SUV was traveling eastbound on Highway 140 near milepost 30 in Jackson County when the vehicle left the roadway, traveled down an embankment, and collided with a tree. The female driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Winter weather conditions in the area contributed to the collision.   The operator has been identified as Vallerie Miller (66) from California.

WX
Light rain and wind today along the South Oregon Coast with highs in the mid 50s and winds from the South at 20-30 mph.  Rain and wind tonight with lows around 50 and winds from the South at 25-35 mph. More rain and wind on Tuesday.

 

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SPORTS NEWS

MHS Sports
Mon, Dec 17 – 3:30pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game, Millicoma MS @ Harbor Lights Middle School;
4pm, Swimming: Varsity Meet vs. North Bend @ Mingus Park Pool; 5pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game, Marshfield 8th Purple @ Harbor Lights Middle School; 6:30pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game, Marshfield 8th Gold @ Harbor Lights Middle School. Tues, Dec 18 – 4pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game (Rescheduled from 12-12-18) Riley Creek Elementary @ Millicoma Intermediate School; 5:30pm, Basketball: Girls JV Game @ Camas Valley Public High School; 5:30pm, Basketball: Boys Middle School Game (Rescheduled from 12-12-18) Riley Creek Elementary vs. Marshfield 8th Purple @ Millicoma Intermediate School; 7pm, Basketball: Boys JV2 Game vs. Camas Valley @ Camas Valley Public High School, this is Camas Valley Varsity Boys. Thurs, Dec 20 – TBD Basketball: Boys Varsity Tournament vs. TBA @ Wasilla High School, Alaska. Fri, Dec 21 – TBD Basketball: Boys Varsity Tournament vs. TBA @ Wasilla High School, Alaska; 3pm. Swimming: Varsity Meet vs. Cottage Grove, Reedsport @ Mingus Park Pool. Sat, Dec 22 – TBD, Basketball: Boys Varsity Tournament vs. TBA @ Wasilla High School, Alaska; 3pm, Basketball: Girls JV Tournament @ Junction City; 4:30pm, Basketball: Boys JV Tournament vs. @ Junction City High School; 12pm, Basketball: Girls JV Tournament vs. Churchill @ Junction City High School; 12pm, Basketball: Boys JV2 Tournament vs. Churchill @ Junction City High School; 1:30pm, Basketball: Boys JV Tournament vs. Churchill @ Junction City High School; 3pm. Basketball: Boys JV2 Tournament vs. Junction City @ Junction City High School.

NBHS Sports
Mon, Dec 17 – 4p, Basketball Boys FR Away North Eugene High School; 4p, Basketball Boys JV Away North Eugene High School; 4p, Swimming Coed V Away Marshfield High School; 5:15p, Basketball Boys V Away North Eugene High School; 5:15p, Basketball Girls JV Away North Eugene High School; 6:45p, Basketball Girls V Away North Eugene High School. Tues, Dec 18 – 9:46a, Christmas Assembly; 5p, Wrestling Coed V Home 3-Way Meet – North Bend, Siuslaw and Reedsport. Wed, Dec 19 – NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK; 7p, CANCELLED: Basketball Boys JV Away Powers High School. Thurs, Dec 20 – NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK; Fri, Dec 21 – NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK; 2p, Swimming Coed V Away TBA (Newport Invite); 4p, Basketball Boys JV Away Thurston High School; 4p, Basketball Girls JV Away Thurston High School; 5:15p, Basketball Boys FR Away Thurston High School; 5:15p, Basketball Girls V Away Thurston High School; 6:45p, Basketball Boys V Away Thurston High School. Sat, Dec 22 – NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK; 12:30p, Basketball Girls JV Away Phoenix High School (Elmira Tournament); 2:15p, Basketball Girls V Away Phoenix High School (Elmira Tournament).

LST Holiday Basketball Tourney
Marshfield’s girls repeated as champions of the annual Les Schwab Tires South Coast Holiday Basketball Tournament at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay Saturday.  The Lady Pirates beat Astoria in the finals 44-19.  Marshfield beat Philomath in the semi-finals Friday, 71-49.  La Salle Prep, from Milwaukie, beat Marshfield’s boys 51-41 to win the other title.  The Pirates downed Philomath 64-58 in overtime Friday to advance to the finals.  Marshfield’s boys head to Alaska to play in the Wasilla HS Tournament Dec. 20-22.  The Lady Pirates head to Arizona Dec. 27-28 for four games.

NBHS bxb
North Bend’s girls dropped their 5A Midwestern League basketball opener at Churchill Friday, 64-30.  The Lady Bulldogs (0-1, 3-2) play at No. Eugene Monday, at Thurston on Friday and then against Phoenix Saturday at the Elmira Tournament.  North Bend’s boys lost at home to Churchill 62-48 Friday.  The Bulldogs (0-1, 4-1) play at No. Eugene Monday, 5:15 p.m., and at Thurston Friday, 6:45 p.m.

SWOCC sports
Southwestern Oregon’s men lost 90-80 to at Green River in Auburn, WA Friday.  The Lakers beat Shoreline 95-87 Saturday, also at Green River.  And, on Sunday, SWOCC fell to Walla Walla 86-85.  Southwestern (5-7) opens NWAC league play on Jan. 2, at Mt. Hood, and Jan. 5 at Clackamas.  SWOCC’s women beat visiting Whatcom 94-85 Friday in an NWAC Crossover at Coos Bay. On Saturday, Treasure Valley beat the Lakers 80-75.  Southwestern hosted Pierce on Sunday and won 76-41.  The Lakers (5-6) also open NWAC play at Mt. Hood on Jan. 2, and at Clackamas on Jan. 5.

Pac-12 mbxb
Oregon won its third straight non-conference basketball game at home Saturday in turning back visiting Boise State 66-54 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene Saturday.  The Ducks (7-3) host Florida A&M Tuesday, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks and then head to Baylor in Waco, TX Friday, 4 p.m. on ESPN2.  Oregon State’s men lost to Texas A&M 67-64 in Portland on Saturday.  The Beavers (6-3) host Pepperdine Monday, 7 p.m., Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, and Kent State on Friday, noon, both on the Pac-12 Networks.

Pac-12 wbxb
Oregon State’s women fell 76-70 to Texas A& M Saturday at Lahaina, Maui.  The Beavers (8-2) host Duke on Thursday, 7 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Corvallis on the Pac-12 Networks.  Oregon’s women (8-1) had the weekend off and will host Mississippi State on Tuesday, 7 p.m., Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on ESPN2.  The Ducks host Air Force on Thursday, 11 a.m., and UC Irvine Friday, noon, both on Oregon Live Stream.

Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks lost 26-23 in overtime to San Francisco in an NFL game Sunday.  The Seahawks (8-6) host Kansas City in the regular season finale Sunday, Dec. 23, 5:20 p.m. on NBC.

 

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