JC News by Matt Jarvis

The sun will rise in Oregon’s Bay Area at 7:11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, and it will set at 7:01 p.m., offering 11 hours and 50 minutes of daylight.

Tides for Coos Bay
Tides for the Coos Bay Estuary for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 – High tide: 4:32 a.m., 6.31 ft; Low tide: 10:03 a.m., 1.77 ft.; High tide: 4:11 p.m., 7.71 ft.

COVID-19 in Oregon
OHA report, Sept. 9, 2022 – Cases: 4,553 new, 894,776 total; Deaths: 41 new, 8,561 total; Hospitalized: 268, 31 more than last week (9/21).

First rains after a long dry spell bring slick roads and require extra driving caution
Rainy Windshield – Oil and grease often come to the road surface with the first rains after a dry spell, and that can mean slick conditions. ODOT release – The first hours of rain following a dry spell can mean trouble on the road and travelers everywhere need to be aware of the hazards that can follow. Oil and grease don’t wash off the roads during the dry season. Instead, they come to the surface all at once with the first rains of the fall. That can make roads unexpectedly slick and treacherous and if it catches you by surprise, you could end up in a crash. It’s been a while since we’ve seen wet roads so we all may need a few reminders for driving in the rain. Be aware of conditions. Rain can create dangerous driving with reduced visibility, reduced traction between tires and the road and that means less predictable car handling. When it’s raining, be cautious and give yourself more time to get where you are going. Slow down, especially in high water. Driving through several inches of water at high speeds can cause you to lose control. Lowering your speed helps you watch out for sudden stops caused by disabled cars, debris and other hazards. Turn on your headlights to improve visibility. Disengage your cruise control. Keep your distance. A car needs two to three times more stopping distance on wet roads. Replace wiper blades regularly. Make sure your defroster is functioning properly, especially if you haven’t used it in a while. Check your brakes. After driving through a puddle, make sure the brakes are working properly by tapping them gently a few times. Check your tires. Make sure tires are in good condition and are at the recommended inflation level. Tires should have at least 1/32 of an inch tread depth at any two adjacent grooves, the minimum allowable by law. Driving on over-inflated or under-inflated tires is dangerous on wet pavement. Watch for hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your front tires surf on a film of water. It can occur at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, especially if tires are worn. If you hydroplane, ease off the gas, gently apply the brakes and steer straight ahead. Rain is equally hazardous to bicyclists. Traction decreases, braking can be unsteady and skidding cars can present an even greater threat. And perhaps most important is to look out for each other. Motorists need to keep a even sharper eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians when visibility is poor.

A 2.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded at the southern end of the two fault lines that run parallel with the Oregon Coast Wednesday, Sept. 28. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was located west of Petrolia, CA near Cape Mendocino in Northern California.

North Bend City Administrator Report
Parts of the report given to the North Bend City Council, Tuesday, Sept. 27, by City Administrator David Milliron. Visitor Information Center – The City of North Bend released exciting news regarding new development in downtown North Bend. The City has closed on two parcels to be renovated into a new Visitor Information Center, a long-standing vision of city leaders to upgrade downtown into a tourist-friendly area. North Bend acquired the former gas station and adjacent vacant lot at Highway 101 and California Avenue. The purchase, approved by the North Bend City Council, was paid with Transient Lodging Taxes, money collected when visitors book a stay at hotels and motels, bed and breakfast facilities, RV parks, or any other dwelling unit used for temporary stays in North Bend. The use of transient lodging taxes is restricted by Oregon Law, such as investing in related community-development efforts and promoting quality management and further growth in the tourism sector. Progress on this project will be released as it develops. The current Visitor Information Center is open and operating at 1380 Sherman Ave, just south of the bridge. The synthetic Ice Skating Rink arrived today from Spain! Thank you to the North Bend Fire Department for unloading all the pallets. The skating rink was paid for with transient lodging taxes, money collected when visitors book a stay at hotels and motels, bed and breakfast facilities, RV parks, or any other dwelling unit used for temporary stays in North Bend. The use of transient lodging taxes is restricted by Oregon Law, such as investing in related community-development efforts and promoting quality management and further growth in the tourism sector. The rink, which has a 15-year lifespan, will operate in downtown North Bend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stay tuned for more details! Building Codes/Engineering/Permitting/Planning – $4,525,998.21 in development has occurred – or is in the process – in the City of North Bend since the first of the year. Some 187 building permits have been issued.

Rockaway Beach health advisory issued
High bacteria levels prompt OHA warning to avoid water contact – OHA release – PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a public health advisory for unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters at Rockaway Beach in Tillamook County. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children, elderly and those with a compromised immune system should use extra caution as they are more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria. Visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Levels of fecal bacteria tend to be higher in these types of water sources. Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources including: Stormwater runoff. Sewer overflows. Failing septic systems. Animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife. Even if there is no advisory in effect, avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm. Ocean waters are re-tested after an advisory is issued. Once bacteria levels are at a safe level, OHA will notify the public that the advisory is lifted. While this advisory is in effect at Rockaway Beach, state officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Cystic fibrosis patients can benefit from vitamin supplements, Oregon State research shows
By Steve Lundeberg, OSU release – CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cystic fibrosis patients who supplement their diet with vitamin C can also derive greater benefit from another antioxidant, vitamin E, resulting in a reduction in damaging inflammation, a study led by Oregon State University suggests. The findings, published in the journal Nutrients, are important because more than 160,000 people worldwide suffer from cystic fibrosis, which is characterized by lung inflammation and airway-blocking mucous buildup. The life-shortening condition is associated with persistent lung infection and afflicts 40,000 people in the United States. About 1,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. every year, most in patients age 2 or younger. Despite steady advances in alleviating complications, the median life expectancy of cystic fibrosis patients is still just 40 years. “Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that is associated with increased inflammation, and like many inflammatory diseases, it comes with a large amount of oxidative stress,” said Maret Traber of OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute, who led the study. Oxidative stress happens because of an imbalance in the body between free radicals, which can cause harmful chemical reactions, and antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules able to give an electron to a free radical, causing the free radical to become less reactive without becoming unstable themselves. “In addition to oxidative stress, cystic fibrosis is also characterized by problems with fat absorption, which limits uptake of vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant,” said Traber, a professor in the Oregon State College of Public Health and Human Sciences. “Low vitamin E levels plus high oxidative stress is a recipe for more inflammation, which can contribute to a range of negative health outcomes.” Patients’ difficulties with fat absorption mean that they need to consume larger than usual amounts of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin E, Traber said. Patients need at least 400 milligrams of vitamin E daily to achieve normal blood concentrations, she said. In this study, the researchers looked at whether vitamin C supplements could help patients better use their absorbed vitamin E. Vitamin C can recycle oxidized forms of vitamin E, and it is also helpful at tamping down the oxidative stress aspects of inflammation, Traber said. After 3½ weeks of daily 1,000-milligram doses of vitamin C, the patients in the study trended toward lower blood concentrations of a key oxidative stress biomarker, malondialdehyde or MDA, and also toward a slowdown in vitamin E elimination from the bloodstream. “Since vitamin E is hanging around longer, it might be able to get into tissues better, and better protect cell membranes from oxidative stress,” Traber said. The benefits of the findings, published in the journal Nutrients, are not unique to cystic fibrosis patients, she noted. Smokers, for example, typically have problems associated with oxidative stress and can benefit from extra vitamin C and possibly extra vitamin E. Metabolic syndrome patients have issues with vitamin C and E as well. “This study used vitamin C far in excess of what someone can easily obtain from the diet,” she said. “One thousand milligrams is the equivalent of 15 oranges or four or five medium bell peppers. But the research does suggest a high dosage may be beneficial in inflammatory conditions.” Scott Leonard of the Linus Pauling Institute also contributed to the research, as did physicians from the University of California, Davis, and scientists from India’s Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Canada’s Brock University.

Committee for Emergency Fire Cost
ODF release – SALEM, Ore. – The Emergency Fire Cost Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, at 1 p.m. for a special meeting. Please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment, please contact Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220. The only item on the agenda is: Strategic investments. The meeting is open to the public to attend virtually via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the end of the meeting as noted on the agenda. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220. The Emergency Fire Cost Committee oversees the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund (OFLPF), established by the Oregon Legislature as an insurance fund with the purpose of equalizing emergency fire suppression costs among the various Oregon Department of Forestry protection districts. The emergency funding system is designed to operate as an insurance policy whereby all districts contribute (pay premiums) into the fund so that money will be available to any individual district to pay fire suppression costs on emergency fires. View more information on the EFCC webpage.

ODFW seeks candidates for sport fishing and commercial salmon industry representatives on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program Board
SALEM, Ore. — ODFW seeks qualified applicants to positions for sport fishing and the commercial salmon industry on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement (R and E) Program Board. Interested individuals must apply by Oct. 16, 2022. The ideal sport fishing candidate will be a resident of Oregon that can effectively represent sport anglers. Desirable attributes include involvement with local fishing groups or fish management, previous experience with boards or commissions, and knowledge of, or involvement with, the diverse sport fisheries across Oregon. The ideal commercial fishing candidate will be a resident of Oregon that can effectively represent Oregon’s commercial salmon industry. Individuals that can represent seafood processors, the commercial troll fleet, or gillnet fleet are encouraged to apply. Desirable attributes include involvement with local fishing groups or fish management, previous experience with boards or commissions, and knowledge of, or involvement with commercially caught salmon in Oregon. The R and E Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 to help fund fish restoration and enhancement projects in Oregon. The program is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees. The R and E Program is overseen by a seven-member citizen board of three sport fishing representatives, three commercial salmon industry representatives (troll, gillnet and seafood processing) and one public-at-large representative. The Board reviews grant proposals from various organizations and agencies and recommends projects for funding. Board members are appointed to four-year terms by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. The Board meets two to four times each year in various communities throughout the state to review project funding applications, hear public testimony, act as liaisons between the program and the public and to conduct other program business. Click here for more information on the Board or contact Marty Olson, at (503) 947-6232 or martin.p.olson@odfw.oregon.gov

Sentencing James Cam Johnson IV
On September 15, 2022, James Cam Johnson IV was sentenced for his actions involving a multiple fatality collision in May of 2021. Johnson pleaded to all counts-DUII (.18%), Criminal Mischief 2, Assault 3, Assault 4 x2, and three counts of Manslaughter 2. The Honorable Vogt sentenced Johnson to a total of 225 months with the Department of Corrections and 3 years of Post Parole Supervision. All 225 months will be served pursuant to Ballot Measure 11. He will not be eligible for release until 2040. Families of the deceased attended the proceedings via simultaneous electronic transmission from the country of India. Court interpreter services were provided to the families in both the Hindi and Tamil languages and all were able to provide a statement to the Court. The collision resulted from Johnson attempting to pass a long line of westbound vehicles on Hwy 58 in a do not pass zone. Johnson was unable to pass all the vehicles and when attempting to reenter westbound lanes, sideswiped another westbound vehicle before then colliding head-on with an eastbound vehicle. The collision resulted in the death of three of the four occupants in the eastbound vehicle. A fourth occupant sustained serious injuries including broken leg, broken hip, and a broken spine. The occupants of the side-swiped vehicle also sustained injuries, but not to the extent of the other victims. Arrest of James Cam Johnson IV – On Friday, December 17, 2021, James Cam Johnson IV (31) was arrested and lodged in the Lane County Jail in connection with a May 30, 2021 motor vehicle crash that resulted in a triple fatality. Johnson was charged with Manslaughter 2nd x 3, Assault 3rd, Assault 4th x 2, Criminal Mischief 2nd and DUII. Names of operator and occupants of Mazda M3 – Mazda M3 was operated by Jagadish Chandrasekaren (31) of Washington sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Passengers: Adharsh Murali (25) of Washington sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Jignesh Modi (27) of Washington sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Puneeth Gattikoppula (24) of Washington transported by air ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries. OSP is/was being assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Oakridge Fire Department, Goshen Fire Department, Dexter Fire Department, Lane County District Attorney’s Office, and ODOT.

Death Investigation, Lane Co.
This morning at approximately 4:32am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call of suspicious circumstances at a residence in the 30300blk of Lassen Ln. north of Eugene. An area resident called 911 to report that an adult male was throwing himself against the caller’s door. As deputies responded the caller advised that the male had laid down on the porch and lost consciousness. Deputies arrived on scene to find the male to be injured and not breathing. The deputies attempted to perform life-saving measures including CPR. Medics additionally responded to assist but the male did not survive. His identity is being withheld at this time. He is believed to be a resident of another location on Lassen Ln. Detectives are actively working to determine the circumstances surrounding the male’s death. His death is being investigated as suspicious at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.

Hwy. 101 Fatal, Lincoln Co.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at approximately 8:24 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 162. Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound gold Toyota SR5 pickup, operated by David A. Stendal (61) of Yachats, crossed over the northbound lane and went into the ditch on the northbound shoulder. Stendal was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It is presumed a medical event precipitated the crash. OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, PACWEST Ambulance and Yachats Fire Department.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Sept. 27, 6:59 a.m., 1000 block Fenwick Ave., “result of dispute,” 54-year old Rudolph Paramo charged with Domestic Harassment, “Paramo transported to CCJ.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Sept. 27, 8:06 a.m., Morrison St. & Blanco Ave., “result of traffic stop,” 39-year old Jennifer Marie Johnson arrested on CBPD warrant charging FTA on Theft II, “Johnson cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Sept. 27, 8:43 a.m., 200 block So. Broadway, “result of criminal trespass,” 30-year old Jacob Rodriguez Brokaw arrested on Multnomah Co. warrant charging Harassment, “Rodriguez cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Sept. 27, 3:57 p.m., So. 10th & Johnson, “person stop, 33-year old Robert James Blakeley charged with Theft II, “Blakely cited in lieu of custody.”

Graffiti Call
According to an entry on the CBPD log or Sept. 27, 5:08 p.m., Front St., NAPA, “graffiti calls,” 42-year old Tyre Hall charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Felony, Criminal Mischief II, & False Info to Police Officer, “Hall cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Sept. 27, 10:15 p.m., 250 No. Baxter St., Coquille, “located wanted subject by CCSO on CBPD warrant 47-year old James Earl Wilson II charged with two-counts Trespass II, “cited in lieu of custody and released by CCSO.”

Overcast with showers at times along the South Oregon Coast. Highs in the mid to upper 60s and winds out of the West at 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy tonight with lows in the lower 50s and winds from the North at 5-10 mph. Abundant sunshine on Friday with highs in the low 70s.




Prep vb
Marshfield plays at North Bend in a District 4 volleyball league match Thursday. Jayvees at 3:30p & 5p, varsity follows about 6:45p.

Prep sc
Marshfield hosts Marist Catholic in a District 4 prep soccer doubleheader at Pete Susick Stadium, Coos Bay, Thursday. Lady Pirates at 5:30p, followed by the boys at 7:30p. North Bend has the night off.

Southwestern Oregon’s women’s soccer team won an NWAC match at Lane CC in Eugene Wednesday, 1-0. The Lakers (4-1, 4-4) are scheduled to play at Chemeketa in Salem Saturday, noon.

Pac-12 sc
Oregon’s women host UCLA in a Pac-12 soccer match at Eugene, Thursday, 7p, Pac-12 Insider. Oregon State will host USC at Corvallis, Thursday, 7p, Pac-12 Los Angeles. Oregon State’s men are scheduled to play at UCLA, Los Angeles, Thursday, 6p, Pac-12 Networks.