JC News by Matt Jarvis

Sunrise/Sunset, Coos Bay, OR
Coos Bay, OR, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 – Sunrise: 7:03 a.m., and Sunset: 5:58 p.m., offering ten-hours and 55-minutes of daylight.

Tides Coos Bay, OR Estuary
Tides for the Coos Bay, OR Estuary, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 – High tide: 1:28 a.m., 6.39 ft.; Low tide: 6:49 a.m., 2.51 ft.; High tide: 12:43 pm., 7.44 ft.; Low tide: 7:25 p.m., -0.07 ft.

NBHS Closed Friday
Due to a fatal accident adjacent to North Bend High School, School District 13 decided to close the senior high for Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 while investigators work the accident scene.  According to the school’s FaceBook page, “On the evening of February 22nd the North Bend school community lost one of our high school students in a single car accident at the corner of Crowell Lane and Pony Creek Road.  Shaun Hensey, an 18 year old student from North Bend High School, was the lone occupant in his vehicle and he was found deceased. Law enforcement advises the investigation is ongoing.”  The school is offering counseling services to its students, Friday and Monday.

Coos Co. Commissioners
The Coos Co. Board of Commissioners will hold a work session Friday morning on “advisory ballot measures,” at the Owen Building, 201, No. Adams St., Coquille at 8:30 a.m. Topics reportedly include whether or not to have the County Clerk appointed by the Board of Commissioners, or continue to have the office elected by the people. Others questions, composed by Commissioner Rod Taylor, include Mail-In-Ballots or vote in-person; offshore wind development; and, school funding based on the student rather than the district. The questions are reportedly not ordinances or measures, but a guide to help the Board allocate their time and resources. If they move forward, the questions could be on the May 21st ballot.

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake shook the outer fault line of the two that run parallel with the Oregon Coast Thursday, Feb. 22. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was located west of Coos Bay at a depth of six-miles.

Annual Uncorking Opportunity! Scholarship Fundraiser Pairs Gourmet Delights with Student Success
SWOCC release – Coos Bay, OR – The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation in collaboration with the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) invites guests 21 years and older to attend the Uncorking Opportunity! on Friday, February 23, 2024. The event takes place 6-8 p.m., at OCCI, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. This is the Southwestern Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraiser. It will be an exciting evening full of fun conversation and delectable hors d’oeuvres specially paired with Oregon wines provided by well-known wineries from the Rogue, Umpqua and Willamette Valleys. The event also features both a silent and small live auction of adventures celebrating food, fun and friends. Tickets are $95 per person. Thanks to sponsor support, 100 percent of ticket proceeds go to scholarships at the culinary institute and students pursuing degrees and training at Southwestern’s Coos and Curry campuses. This year’s sponsors to-date include: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Banner Bank, Coos Bay Vision Center, Northwest Natural, Pacific Power, The Mill Casino Hotel and The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission among others. Examples of some of the auction adventure items include: · Tickets to an exclusive Winemaker’ Dinner featuring Willamette Valley Vineyards and OCCI taking place May 2024; · Private OCCI Group Cooking Class; · Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two; · One-Week Stay in Hawaii; · “Name Your Own” Scholarship; …and so much more! Space is limited! It is highly recommended people secure tickets in advance. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To purchase tickets, go to www.socc.edu/give. For more information, contact the Southwestern Foundation at 541-888-7209 or email foundation@socc.edu. SWOCC Foundation Uncorking Opportunity! Event Overview: **Important: Guests must be 21+ years old** · Date/Time: Friday, February 23, 2024 from 6-8 p.m. · Location: OCCI, 1988 Newmark Ave. Coos Bay, OR. · RSVP: Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited. Secure your spot by purchasing at www.socc.edu/give. Call 541-888-7209 or email foundation@socc.edu. · Cost: $95 per person – Includes 6+ wine & hors d’oeuvre pairings; access to silent/live auction and an evening of fun conversation with OCCI student chefs. 100% of ticket proceeds goes directly to student scholarships.

Oregon Board of Forestry Virtual Public Meeting
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a virtual special meeting starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The meeting will be livestreamed on the department’s YouTube channel. The board’s business agenda includes: Post-disturbance harvest rulemaking; The agenda is available on the board’s webpage. Live public testimony will be taken during this special meeting. Sign-up is required and instructions to provide live testimony are available online. Sign-up closes Wednesday, Feb. 21 at noon. Written comments can be submitted before or up to Feb. 21, noon, to boardofforestry@odf.oregon.gov. Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at forestryinformation@odf.oregon.gov.

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee
SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at ODF headquarters in Salem, with a virtual option. The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. Agenda items will include: Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Forest Management Plan (FMP) presentation; Formulate testimony for March Board of Forestry meeting. Public comment is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting. To submit written comment, email ftlac.comment@odf.oregon.gov. Written comments sent at least 48 hours before the meeting will give the FTLAC time to review and consider information. Comments submitted after that window of time will be sent to the FTLAC after the meeting, entered into the record and posted online. Comments are not accepted after the meeting concludes. The Forest Trust Land 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. View more information on the FTLAC webpage. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

Cooler, wetter parts of Pacific Northwest likely to see more fires, new simulations predict
By Steve Lundeberg, OSU release – CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forests in the coolest, wettest parts of the western Pacific Northwest are likely to see the biggest increases in burn probability, fire size and number of blazes as the climate continues to get warmer and drier, according to new modeling led by an Oregon State University scientist. Understanding how fire regimes may change under future climate scenarios is critical for developing adaptation strategies, said the study’s lead author, Alex Dye. Findings were published in JGR Biogeosciences. Dye, a faculty research associate in the OSU College of Forestry, and collaborators with the U.S. Forest Service conducted novel, comprehensive wildfire simulations for more than 23 million acres of forest land west of the Cascade Range crest in Oregon and Washington. The simulations showed that by the 30-year period beginning in 2035, Washington’s North Cascades region, the Olympic Mountains, the Puget Lowlands and the western Oregon Cascades could see at least twice as much fire activity as was observed during the prior 30 years, Dye said. To a lesser degree, that trend holds for the western Washington Cascades and the Oregon Coast Range, he added. Forests in all of the affected areas are linchpins of multiple socio-ecological systems in the Northwest, Dye said, meaning more fire will likely put pressure on everything from drinking water sources and timber resources to biodiversity and carbon stocks. “The moist, highly productive forests of the Northwest don’t get fire as often as other parts of the West, like California or eastern Oregon,” Dye said. “But fire does naturally occur in the PNW ‘Westside’ as we call it – the fire regimes are actually quite complex in this region. It can be challenging to assess fire probability in an environment where there isn’t a lot of empirical information about the fire history to build models.” The comparative infrequency of fire also means it’s easy for the general public to think of the Westside as not a high-risk area, and it also means the region is generally not a focal point of studies such as the one he just completed, Dye said. But recent big blazes such as those that occurred in the Northwest around Labor Day 2020 showed what can happen when severe fire strikes Westside areas. “And what if fires like that were to start happening more frequently in the near future?” Dye said. “What if that once every 200 years became once every 50 years, or once every 25 years as climate change brings hotter and drier conditions to the region?” Climate is just one factor influencing wildfire, he noted, but it is an important one. He sees the findings as a crucial planning tool to help the Northwest prepare for a rapid acceleration of fire over the next few decades. “Describing the possibilities of how, when and where climate change could affect fire regimes helps bracket everyone’s expectations,” he said. “Particularly important among our findings are new insights into the possibility of shifts towards more frequent and large fires, especially those greater than 40,000 hectares as well as shifts toward more fires burning at the beginning of fall when extreme weather has the potential to increase fire spread.” Forty thousand hectares is just under 99,000 acres. Collaborating with Dye on this study were Andy McEvoy and Rebecca Lemons of the OSU College of Forestry and Matt Reilly, Karin Riley, John Kim and Becky Kerns of the Forest Service. Reilly and Kim work at the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center in Corvallis, Kerns is at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, and Riley is based at the Rocky Mountain Research Center in Missoula, Montana. The Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and the Pacific Northwest Research Station Westside Fire Initiative supported the research.

22-years in Prison
A couple of days before he stabbed and killed a taxi cab driver in Portland back in early April of 2023, 30-year old Moses J. Lopez allegedly threatened two employees at a Bay Area Bi-Mart store. That case was dismissed in a plea bargain deal Wednesday in Multnomah County where Lopez exchanged guilty pleas to First-Degree Manslaughter & Unlawful Use of a Weapon involving the killing of 43-year old Reese Lawhon for 22-years in prison. Lopez, who grew up on the Oregon Coast, alleged the cab driver took the intoxicated male to the wrong address in a series of mistakes that he blamed on others. He refused in court to take responsibility.

Sheriff’s Office Scam Warning, Lane Co.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will never ask for money or compensation of any kind by telephone, text, or email. Our community continues to be targeted by scammers identifying themselves over the phone as employees of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Scammers have in the past also used text and email. The scammers claim there are warrants, missed jury duty, or unsettled legal issues. The scammers then ask for payment or personal information, often to avoid arrest. In some instances, the scammers appear to call from official phone numbers or provide fraudulent callback numbers with official-sounding voicemail inboxes. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Lane County Sheriff’s Office employee and you think you are being scammed, please hang up and contact our dispatch center at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the CQPD log for Feb. 21, 7:12 a.m., No. Birch St., 42-year old Charlotte Lorraine White charged with Criminal Trespass II, “White transported CCJ.”

Violation City Code, NB
According to an entry on the NBPD log for Feb. 21, 8:59 a.m., Cedar St. & KFC, “violation city code.” At 2:26 p.m., 700 block Chappell Parkway, “violation city code.”

Illegal Camping, NB
According to an entry on the NBPD log for Feb. 21, 2:52 p.m., Pony Creek, “illegal camping.”

According to an entry on the NBPD log for Feb. 21, 10:49 p.m., 2700 block Sheridan Ave., “follow up/arrest,” 53-year old Robert Shawn Liggett Probable Cause arrest for Theft I & Attempted Theft by Receiving, “transported CCJ.”

Illegal Camping, CB
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 21, 6:06 a.m., 4th & Anderson, “illegal camping.” At 6:31 a.m., 100 block Ackerman St., “illegal camping.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 21, 9:34 a.m., 1360 Airport Way, NB, OSP Coos Bay Command, “OSP warrant service” on 39-year old Nicholas Braque Sucec arrested on CQPD warrant charging Probation Violation on Unlawful Use of Weapon, two-counts Recklessly Endangering Another Person; CBPD warrant charging FTA on Giving False Info to Police Officer.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 21, 10:55 a.m., 500 Central Ave., CBPD, 25-year old Jacob Ryan Chaffee charged with Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I, Theft I & Resisting Arrest, additional charge of Probation Detainer, “Chaffee transported to CCJ.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 21, 5:28 p.m., 200 block So. Schoneman, “dispute,” 23-year old Sequoia Marie Greer charged with Menacing, Domestic Harassment & Unlawful Use of a Weapon, “Greer transported to CCJ.”

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 21, 6:25 p.m., 500 block So. Empire Blvd., “subject trespassing,” 36-year old Steven Patrick Miller charged with Criminal Trespass II, “Miller was transported to CCJ.”

According to entries on the CBPD log for Feb. 21, at 7:36 p.m., 1000 block Elrod Ave., “theft of gas.” At 8:03 p.m., 985 Newmark Ave., Bay Area Athletic, “theft of purse.”

Criminal Mischief
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 22, 12:10 a.m., 1775 Thompson Rd., BAH, “criminal mischief & trespass,” 20-year old Alexzandria Lee Saye charged with Criminal Mischief II, Resisting Arrest & Harassment, “transported CCJ.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 22, 4:15 a.m., 1600 block Maxwell St., “unlawful entry into MV.”

Rain showers this morning along the South Oregon Coast with some sunshine by afternoon with highs in the low 60s and winds from the Northeast at 5-10 mph. Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight and lows in the lower 40s. Winds continue from the Northeast at 5-10 mph. Sunny skies on Saturday with highs in the upper 50s.



Prep BXB
Marshfield’s girls will play a “tune-up” prep basketball game with Klamath Union on Friday, Feb. 23, 6p, at Grants Pass HS in Southern Oregon. Marshfield’s boys will host Pendleton on Saturday, 1p, in a 4A “Play-In” game. The winner will advance to the Round of 16.  North Bend’s girls will play at St. Helens, Saturday, 4:30p.

Prep BBX playoffs
Girls’ prep basketball playoffs for Saturday, Feb. 24: 3A – No. 10 Coquille at No. 7 Creswell, 6p. 2A – No. 2 Bandon hosts No. 15 Santiam, 5p. Winners advance to state tournaments the following week.

Prep wr
Marshfield and North Bend each had wrestlers advance to the championship semi-finals at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships Thursday at Portland’s Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum. Bulldog senior Wyatt Smith, seeded third at 144 lbs. won two matches and will take on second-seeded Cohen Schleich, a senior from Estacada in the Final Four Friday. Marshfield junior Aryan Wright, at 175 lbs. won two matches and will now wrestle second-seeded Ashton Swanson, Sweet Home, in the semi-finals and Pirate sophomore Trayton Forbes, at 120 lbs. won both of his matches to advance to take on No. 1 seed Kyle Sieminski, Sweet Home. Other Bay Area wrestlers: 106 – Garron Castro (M) 1-2; 113 – Christian Woodrum (M) 1-2; Hadyn Widdicombe (M) 1-2; 120 – Brody Cross (M) 1-2; Demitrius Mavola (NB) 0-2; 126 – Damian Jaszay (NB) 0-2; 132 – Nicholas Campbell (NB) 1-2; 139 – Ethan Flood (M) 0-2; 144 – Jackson Swanson (NB) 2-2; 150 – Parker Pruett (N) 1-2; 157 – John Willet (NB) 0-2; 175 – Aaron Sinnott (M) 1-2; 190 – Wyatt Petley (M) 2-2; 215 – Richardo Chacon (M) 0-2; 285 – Bryson Harvey (M) 1-2; Gavin Walter (NB) 0-2; Skylar Folau 1-2. Sweet Home leads Crook Co. in the 4A team race 164 to 137.5. Marshfield is eighth with 53-points and North Bend 20th with 19.5. Other South Coast wrestlers – 285 lbs. – Myrtle Pt. senior Logan Clayburn with two wins to reach the 2A semi-final round. 157 – Camron Houston, Coquille/Bandon won two matches in the 3A classification to reach the Final Four. At 175 – Riley Jones, Coquille/Bandon goes 2-0 on the first day to advance. At the girl’s 4A/3A/2A/1A championships – 120 – Ilana Maguire (NB) 1-2; Grace Rosecrans (BH) 2-2; 135 – Lexie Newman (BH) 3-1; 140 – Danin Lacouture (Siu) 3-1; 145 – Kaylianna Mazzucchi (NB) 2-0 in the championship semi-finals to wrestle top-seed Hannah Henderson, Harrisburg. Jane Lacouture (Siu) 2-0 now in the championship semi-final round to take on No. 2 seed Kaitlin Brock, La Grande in the Final Four.

SWOCC Sports
Southwestern Oregon’s baseball team has four games at Columbia Basin beginning Friday with a doubleheader and ending Saturday with two games. The Laker softball team hosts Treasure Valley Saturday, 11a & 1p, and again on Sunday, 11a & 1p. SWOCC’s men’s basketball team has already clinched an NWAC playoff spot but will play at Clark in a regular season ending game Saturday, 4 p.m., while the Laker women also finish with Clark Saturday, 2 p.m.

Pac-12 mbxb
Oregon’s men won a Pac-12 basketball game at Stanford Thursday night 78-65. The Ducks (10-5, 18-8) play California, Saturday, 4p, Pac-12 Networks. Oregon State’s men lost at California 81-73. The Beavers (3-13, 11-16) play at Stanford, Saturday, 2p, Pac-12 Networks.

Pac-12 wbxb
Oregon’s women take on Washington, Friday, 7p, in a Pac-12 basketball game at Seattle on Pac-12 Washington. On Sunday, the Ducks are at Washington State to play the Cougars at noon, also on Pac-12 Washington. Oregon State’s women play at Washington State Friday, 7p, and at Washington Sunday, noon, both on Pac-12 Oregon.

Pac-12 sb
Oregon’s softball team got a split on the opening day at the Mary Nutter Classic at Cathedral, CA Thursday. The Ducks beat UCF 4-3, but lost to Baylor 3-2. Oregon (7-6) takes on Notre Dame Friday, 3:30p, and Long Beach State at 6p. On Sunday, the Ducks finish with Nebraska at 10a, all televised on FloSoftball. Also at the Mary Nutter Classic, Oregon State went 1-1. The Beavers opened with a loss to Wisconsin 3-2, but came back and beat Bethune-Cookman 7-3. OSU (6-6) has UCF Friday, 8:30p, followed by Notre Dame, Saturday, noon, and Tennessee, 2:30p. On Sunday, the Beavers play Northwestern, 9a, all televised on FloSoftball.

Pac-12 bb
Oregon’s baseball team hosts Lafayette for four college games at PK Park, Eugene, beginning Friday, 4:05p, on Oregon Live Stream. Games continue on Saturday at 12:05p and TBD. On Sunday, 12:05p, Oregon Live Stream. Oregon State baseball is at the Kubota College Baseball Series at Arlington, TX. The Beavers open Friday, 5p, against Arkansas. On Saturday, OSU plays Michigan at 1p, followed by Oklahoma State on Sunday, 3p. All televised on FloBaseball.

Need for Umpires for Prep Baseball & Softball
OSAA release – WILSONVILLE (February 9, 2024) – The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the high school spring sports seasons. There is an immediate need for umpires in baseball and softball. Becoming a high school official has several benefits including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and earning money, according to OAOA Executive Director Jack Folliard. “Oregon has an urgent need for officials in all sports,” Folliard said. “Officials provide valuable service to high schools and students, make a positive impact in the community and build relationships.” Those interested should visit www.newofficials.org.