Fourth of July Cleanup
Join the Surfrider Foundation at Bastendorff Beach Tuesday, July 5th as they clean up after the Fourth of July revelers from Noon to 3pm, Bastendorff Beach Road, west of Charleston.
Out of Control Van
An out of control van struck several people and vehicles attending a Fourth of July event in Harbor Monday, July 4, resulting in the death of a 38-year old female from White City in Southern Oregon. Witnesses reported the van’s driver, identified as 66-year old Paul Armenta, of Brookings, appeared as if he had passed out behind the wheel. The Econo van went through the crowd striking several people including Hiedei Bailey. Three were transported to the hospital; however, Bailey was pronounced deceased. The other two were treated. The van also struck a couple of parked RVs. The investigation is continuing.
Port of Coos Bay and Oregon Coast Railriders to Bring Excursion Rides to the South End of the Coos Bay Rail Line – Included in the City of Coos Bay’s newsletter, July 1. The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay has partnered with the Oregon Coast Railriders and the community to offer excursion rides on the southernmost portion of the Coos Bay Rail Line this summer. While the section of the line from Coos Bay to Coquille is not currently in service, the Port and its partners are excited to provide a recreational opportunity as we work to re-establish rail activity on that section of track. Trips will depart from Sturdivant Park in Coquille and run north for approximately eight miles to Coaledo Hill Road, returning to Sturdivant Park for a scenic 16-mile round trip experience. The Railriders will begin operating on this section of line starting Saturday, July 2 and will run every day until the end of October. Carts can accommodate up to four people, and it is anticipated that each excursion will include at least six carts. There will be three to four excursions running per day. Reservations can be made online or on site, however, on site ticket purchases will be available on a first come first served basis. The Oregon Coast Railriders were founded by Kim and Anita Metlen. Since 2014, they have have established operations in other areas of the Pacific Northwest, beginning in Joseph, Oregon. Since that time, they have initiated rides in Bay City, Wheeler, Shelton, and now on the south coast. The goal of the Railriders is to promote the Oregon Coast and contribute to its economic stability while sharing the splendor of the Oregon. To make a reservation or to learn more, please visit https://ocrailriders.com/. For specific questions, please call 541-910-0981.
Coos Bay City Council
The Coos Bay City Council will meet on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – 7:00 PM, Council Chambers – 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon. All citizens addressing the City Council under regular agenda items or public comments are required by City Council Rule 2.9.4 to sign-in on the forms provided on the agenda table.
If you require a listening enhancement device, please contact the City Recorder. Please silence electronic devices – Thank you. Remote Attendance Link via Microsoft Teams Meeting Live Link/Video Agenda: 1. Flag Salute; 2. Public Comments; a. Public Comment Form; 3. Consent Calendar; a. Acceptance of Advanced Health Grant for Community Resource Officer Vehicle Purchase; b. Consideration of 2022 Oregon State Fire Marshall Wildfire Season Staffing Grant; c. Adoption of Resolution 22-19 Amending Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Appropriations; 4. Discussion Regarding the Council Flag Policy; 5. Public Hearing for Consideration to Amend the Transportation System Plan Related to the Front Street Blueprint – Would Require Enactment of Ordinance; 6. Consideration to Accept Contract for Library Services; 7. Consideration to Award Pump Station 6 Construction Management Services to Dyer Partnership; 8. Consideration to Award Janitorial Services Contract; 9. Consideration to Approve a Tesla Supercharger Agreement; 10. Consideration to Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement – Coordinated Office on Homelessness; 11. City Manager’s Report; 12. Council Comments; 13. Adjourn.
Coos Bay URA
The City of Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency (URA) will meet on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The meeting will be held immediately following the City Council meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall. Council Chambers – 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon. All citizens addressing the Urban Renewal Agency under regular agenda items or public comments are required by URA Rule 2.9.4 to sign-in on the forms provided on the agenda table. If you require a listening enhancement device, please contact the City Recorder. Please silence electronic devices – Thank you. Remote Attendance Link via Microsoft Teams Meeting Live Link/Video Agenda: 1. Public Comments; a. Public Comments; 2. Consideration of Award of Construction Contract for Empire Fire Station Parking Lot and Ed Lund Park Fencing; 3. Adjourn.
OEM becomes ODEM
Oregon Dept. of Emergency Management release – SALEM, Ore. – July 1, 2022 – Effective today, Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is officially operating as the Oregon Department of Emergency Management. A result of House Bill (HB) 2927, passed in 2021, this transition establishes OEM as a stand-alone cabinet-level department reporting directly to the governor. The agency previously served as a division of the Oregon Military Department since its founding in 1981. “For our communities, for our state, and for our economies to continue to thrive, Oregon must be resilient and ready to recover from natural disasters,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “By prioritizing emergency management, we are ensuring that Oregon is better prepared and ready for such events. Standing up the Oregon Department of Emergency Management will strengthen coordination and response between local, tribal, state and federal jurisdictions and communities, helping to save lives, protect our critical infrastructure and prepare Oregon communities across the state before the next catastrophic event occurs.” The Oregon Department of Emergency Management will operate under the familiar acronym of OEM – Oregon Emergency Management – to continue building on the agency’s credibility and recognition. A rebranded logo prominently features the outline of the state to better represent all communities it serves. “The disasters of the last few years brought our agency – and emergency management as a whole – to the forefront in a way none of us could have anticipated,” said Oregon Department of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “The 2021 legislative session clearly demonstrated support from Governor Brown and the legislature, especially Representative Paul Evans who was a chief sponsor of the legislation, of Oregon Emergency Management and the work we do. This establishment better positions our organization to prioritize risk reduction and mitigation efforts while maintaining local support statewide for managing the consequences of disasters.” Becoming a stand-alone department coincides with unprecedented growth in state-level emergency management. Since the 2021 legislative session, OEM has more than doubled its staff and seen budgetary increases to fund the increased capacity. These investments have allowed for a restructure of the agency to better support local and tribal jurisdictions through all phases of disasters, including readiness, response, mitigation and recovery. Regional coordination teams now serve as dedicated local points of contact, bridging gaps and strengthening relationships with emergency management professionals. These coordinators are joined by a tribal liaison for Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes; and key roles to guide and implement inclusion, equity and accessibility initiatives unique to each community. OEM has also expanded its mitigation capacity to assist and guide investments in risk reduction initiatives, looking forward at the shifting hazards to mitigate the risk of impacts caused by a changing climate. “Disasters are policy issues,” explained Phelps. “They are often a result of how we build, where we build, and the investments we choose to make. Expanding our mitigation efforts will help insure we are not preparing for the disaster we faced a decade ago, but for those we face today and in years to come.” Recognizing that disasters have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations, the department is prioritizing a comprehensive and equitable approach to emergency management. OEM will continue to evolve its policies and programs to better support all communities in the state, with intentional focus on those historically marginalized and underserved. Identifying and mitigating factors contributing to existing disparities is key to ensuring programs and resources are equitable, inclusive and accessible. HB2927 also transferred the Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) call staff from the Department of State Police to OEM in the 2023 biennium; and transferred the Oregon Homeland Security Council from OEM to the Governor’s Office. Additionally, HB 2927 created two advisory councils to provide recommendations to the Governor’s Office and OEM on emergency preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery: The Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council on which OEM has a seat, and the Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Council, for which OEM will provide staff support. “This transition has been in motion since July 1 of last year and we are excited the day has finally arrived,” said Phelps. “All of us at OEM are eager to continue partnering with the communities we serve to modernize emergency management and build a culture of preparedness in Oregon – one that empowers individuals, families and communities to be disaster survivors rather than victims.
Catch a bass, win $1,000
Port of Coquille River release – MYRTLE POINT – Invasive bass that feast on the Coquille River’s dwindling salmon population are about to have the tables turned. Anglers can win $10,000 in prizes for catching the tasty fish July 16 and 17, in a bass derby organized by the Port of Coquille River. Prizes will go to participants who reel in selected bass that have been tagged with microchips. For port officials, the biggest prize will be a reduction of unwelcome predators in the river. “We’re not going to get rid of all of them,” said Port Commission member Fred Fry. “But if we can just mobilize enough fishing poles, we can make a real dent.” With help from sponsors, the Port Commission is offering 46 prizes, ranging from $50 to $1,000, for anglers who catch the tagged bass. Each participant’s $20 entry fee will go into a prize fund for future derbies. The second event is already scheduled Sept. 3 and 4, and the port plans more derbies in the years ahead. “Hopefully it’ll just build on itself,” Fry said. The July derby takes place from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 17. Anglers should take their fish to the port district office at 170 River Road, Myrtle Point, to have them scanned for microchips. Fry said the derby idea was inspired by recent efforts to halt the decline of fall Chinook salmon in the Coquille River system. A key reason for the decline is the illegal introduction of non-native bass, which are voracious consumers of juvenile salmon. Although bass tournaments commonly are catch-and-release events, the port’s derbies are anything but. Once the fish have been checked for prizewinning microchips, anglers are encouraged to take them home for dinner.
“They’re good-eating fish,” Fry said. The state of Oregon sets no size or bag limits on Coquille River bass. Anglers are free to catch all they want. “They’ve just taken over the Coquille River system,” Fry said. More information on the July derby is available on the port’s website, www.thepocrd.com. Sponsors of the July derby include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Coquille Indian Tribe, Roseburg Forest Products, Timberline Taxidermy, 3J Ranches and Spruce Street Bar and Grill. The port welcomes additional sponsors to donate cash or merchandise for future events. Potential sponsors should contact Fry at 360-721-4513 or Beth Spencer at 541-572-2737.
Hwy. 126W Fatal, Lane Co.
On Saturday, July 2, 2022 at approximately 7:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Hwy 126W near milepost 47. Preliminary investigation revealed a northbound black Honda Fit, operated by David Parrish (59) of Walton, and a white Ford F150, operated by Jessie Lomelli (31) of Eugene, turned left from Territorial Road onto Hwy 126W and struck a male pedestrian who was crossing the roadway against the crosswalk lights. The male pedestrian, who has not been identified, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Parrish and Lomelli were uninjured. Hwy 126W was affected for approximately 3 hours. OSP was assisted on scene by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Veneta Fire Department and ODOT.
According to entries on the NBPD log for July 3, 12:52 p.m., 3303 Broadway Ave., McDonald’s, “subject consuming alcohol in the restroom.” At 1:04 p.m., 3303 Broadway Ave., McDonald’s, “accident, single vehicle into building,” 69-year old male ticketed.
According to an entry on the NBPD log for July 3, 3:42 p.m., 1780 Sherman Ave., “vehicle drove off without paying for fuel.”
According to an entry on the NBPD log for July 3, 1:17 a.m., Hwy. 42 & Finley Lp., “traffic stop,” 36-year old Renee Marie Errichetto arrested on Roseburg PD warrant for FTA on Shoplifting, also cited for Driving Uninsured & DWS Violation, “written warning for Failure to Maintain Lane.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for July 3, 2:27 a.m., 500 block So. Empire Blvd., “warrant service,” 34-year old Seven P. Miller arrested on CBPD warrant charging Probation Violation on Unlawful Possession of Meth, “cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for July 3, 3:13 p.m., 29821 Ellensbug Ave., Gold Beach, “warrant service, Curry County arrested,” 40-year old Ryan David Lile on CBPD warrant charging Theft II, “Lile lodged in Curry County.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for July 3, 3:24 p.m., 2051 Newmark Ave., Walmart, “warrant service,” 48-year old Robert Joseph Edington arrested on Albany PD warrant charging Criminal Trespass I, “Edington cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for July 3, 4:11 p.m., 7072block So. Broadway, McDonald’s, “criminal trespass,” 62-year old Gary Palone charged with Criminal Trespass II, “Palone cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for July 3, 5:12 p.m., Bayshore & Curtis, “report of male on railroad tracks,” 42-year old Robert Gene Cox charged with Criminal Trespass I, “Cox cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for July 3, 10:45 p.m., 29821 Ellensburg Ave., Curry Co. SO, “Curry County SO served CBPD warrant” on 37-year old Richard J. Moniz charging Theft 2nd Degree.
Rain showers early along the South Oregon Coast with overcast skies later in the day. Highs in the mid 60s and winds from the West at 5-10 mph. Cloudy skies tonight with lows in the upper 50s and winds out of the South to Southwest at 5-10 mph. Mostly cloudy on Wednesday with highs in the upper 60s.
American Legion bb
In a battle of the Bay Area’s two American Legion baseball teams Saturday, North Coos Waterfront swept a non-league doubleheader at South Coos 6-1 & 10-4. The Waterfront’s coach Brad Horning said Luke Wheeling pitched a complete game in game one giving up two-hits, both to Cobin Bouska. Bryant Wicks started the second game for North Coos and pitched five-innings. Knoll Gederos pitched the final two innings.
Les Schwab Bowl
Team Columbia downed Team Willamette 28-9 at the 2022 Les Schwab Bowl played Saturday, July 2, at Linfield College’s Maxwell Field in McMinnville. The annual contest features chosen players mostly from the 5A & 6A ranks of Oregon’s high schools.