Hwy. 101 Fatal Coos County
On Monday, September 16, 2019 at approximately 10:10 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle serious injury crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 241. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue Saab, operated by Rena Clemons (56) of Coos Bay, was northbound on Hwy 101 when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line as she was negotiating a curve in the roadway. She collided with a southbound green Ford Taurus operated by Michael Puschel (68) of Coos Bay. Clemons sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Puschel and his passenger, Toni Puschel (67) of Coos Bay, were transported to Bay Area Hospital with serious injuries.
Temporary rules for adult wild chinook harvest on South Coast rivers
ROSEBURG, Ore – Wild fall chinook temporary restrictions begin October 1 on some South Coast rivers, while bag limit reductions began August 1 for the Coos, Coquille, Elk, and Sixes. It’s important for anglers to note the Elk and Sixes rivers are now included with the Coos and Coquille river basins for the wild fish aggregate bag limit. The Rogue River is not included in these temporary regulations. Anglers should carefully check the SW Zone regulations: https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/southwest-zone Restrictions were set due to poor wild chinook escapement in 2018 and low forecasted returns this year. Poor ocean conditions in recent years is the likely cause for low wild chinook salmon runs. Based on public input, some low flow closure angling boundaries were changed. For example, the Sixes boundary was moved from the mouth to Hughes House Boat Ramp. Low flow closures will be lifted once fall rains arrive and flows are expected to remain high enough for chinook to freely migrate upstream. Low flow closure maps: Chetco River: https://myodfw.com/sites/default/files/2019-09/Chetco_low_Closure.pdf Elk River: https://myodfw.com/sites/default/files/2019-09/Elk_low_Closure.pdf Sixes River: https://myodfw.com/sites/default/files/2019-09/Sixes_low_Closure.pdf Winchuck River: https://myodfw.com/sites/default/files/2019-09/Winchuck_low_Closure.pdf
Lower South Coast river restrictions won’t begin until October 1 to keep trout fishing open as long as possible and so anglers who catch a wild chinook before October 1 won’t have to count it toward the reduced bag. Anglers can still keep five wild jacks per Zone regulations. These temporary restrictions are conservation measure in line with actions developed through the 2014 Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan for addressing wild fall chinook abundance and in the 2013 Rogue Fall Chinook Conservation Plan.
NBPL Renovation Meeting
A public meeting will be held Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m., for the North Bend Public Library renovation project. The meeting will be held at NBPL, 1800 Sherman Ave. “Participate in planning for library improvements! Hear from project architects. Share you thoughts about what would work best for the library. Engage in exercises to gather ideas to make it the best library possible. Let us hear from you!”
Oregon State Parks Commission in Brookings
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene for their fourth meeting of the year Sept. 17-18 in Brookings. On Sept. 17, commissioners will tour Cape Blanco State Park, including the park’s Historic Hughes House, and parts of Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor. The group will then conduct a training and work session 2 – 4 p.m. at the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC) community room, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings. Sept. 18 the commission will convene an executive session 8 – 10:15 a.m. at the SOCC community room to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A business meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will be open to the public. Notable topics on the business meeting agenda: Approve a property exchange agreement between Curry County and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Under the agreement, the county would transfer ownership of 90 acres of forestland that abuts Floras Lake State Natural Area to OPRD, adding it to the area’s 1,500 acres. In exchange, OPRD would transfer ownership of 32 acres of undeveloped property in Port Orford Cedar Forest State Scenic Corridor to the county. The exchange agreement also calls for OPRD to engage in joint trails planning between county- and state-managed properties and to start a county-wide comprehensive state park planning project to consider other exchange opportunities. Approve a property exchange between OPRD and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for properties near Tumalo State Park and Sisters, and in Wheeler County. Under the agreement, ODOT would transfer ownership of two properties to OPRD: land near Tumalo State Park, and Service Creek Recreation Site in Wheeler County. In exchange, OPRD would transfer ownership of 27 acres near Sisters to ODOT. The exchange would ensure the three properties are better utilized: new outdoor recreation opportunities could be developed in the Tumalo and Service Creek areas, while ODOT could develop the Sisters land for future highway projects. Approve grant requests under the Local Government Grant Program (LGGP). The commission is responsible for approving all LGGP funding requests submitted by the LGGP Advisory Committee during the 2019-21 biennium. For the 2019 grant cycle, 54 applicants will be submitted to the commission for approval. Learn more about the LGGP online: oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/pages/local.aspx#Local_Government_Grant_Program Approve properties in Linn and Union Counties for registration as State Natural Areas Late last year, a private landowner in Linn County petitioned OPRD to review 202 acres of forested property near Brownsville for possible registration as a State Natural Area under the Oregon Natural Areas Plan. OPRD reviewed the property—known as Courtney Creek—and concluded portions of the property have “high ecological value” and meet the criteria for registration. The agency is recommending the property be registered as a State Natural Area. Earlier this month, a private landowner in Union County petitioned OPRD to review 1,230 acres for possible registration as a State Natural Area. OPRD reviewed the property—known as Glass Hill—and concluded the property “provides ecosystem elements currently unrepresented in the State Natural Areas system” and is recommending the property be registered as a State Natural Area. The full draft agenda and meeting packet are on the commission website: oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to provide 15 copies of their testimony to Denise Warburton, commission assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. People who need special accommodations to attend the meeting should also contact Warburton by email or call 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for OPRD. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.
CB City Council
The Coos Bay City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – 7:00 PM, City Hall 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. Agenda: 1. Flag Salute;2. Public Comments; 3. Consent Calendar; a. Approval of minutes of September 10, 2019; b. Approve Special Council meeting minutes September 10, 2019; c. Acceptance of August 2019 Check Registers; d. Acceptance of August 2019 Financial Reports; 4. Report by Marshfield High School Key Club Members; 5. Public Hearing to Consider Enactment of the Proposed Utilities Fees and Penalty Ordinance and Adoption of Resolution 19-19 Amending the City Fees Schedule;6. Authorize No Parking Zone Along S. 10th Street and Fifteen Minute Parking Along N. Wasson; 7. Approval of Adoption of Resolution 19-20 Regulating Transient Business; 8. City Manager’s Report; 9. Council Comments; 10. Adjourn.
ODFW to host public meetings on commercial nearshore fishery
Sept. 17 Gold Beach, Sept. 18 Port Orford – NEWPORT, Ore. – ODFW will discuss the commercial black and blue rockfish and nearshore fisheries at public meetings in Gold Beach and Port Orford in mid-September. Geared primarily to commercial fishers with black and blue rockfish and nearshore permits, the agenda for the meetings will include: Black Rockfish Management Area elimination or modification discussion (daily trip limits); Harvest outlook from the 2019 cabezon stock assessment; Review of the 2019 season to date; Process and options for setting 2020 regulations; Update on ODFW black rockfish habitat modeling; Input from industry and others interested in 2020 commercial nearshore fishery state management. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held: Tuesday, Sept. 17, Pacific Reef Resort, 29362 Ellenburg Hwy 101, Gold Beach; Wednesday, Sept. 18, Port Orford Library, 1421 Oregon Street, Port Orford.
A 2.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Cape Mendocino in Northern California Monday, Sept. 15, near where the two fault lines begin that run parallel with the Oregon Coast. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was lcoated southeast of Pine Hills, CA.
Dept. of Revenue Seeks Input
The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) will host a series of meetings across the state over the next three weeks to seek input from business taxpayers and tax preparers about the administrative rules for Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax. Traveling across Oregon, rule writers will sit down to hear the concerns, questions and suggestions of those affected by the rules. The first of those meetings is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, at the Newport Recreation Center in Newport. The full meeting schedule includes stops in Corvallis, Beaverton, Medford, Grants Pass, Eugene, Bend, Redmond, Hermiston, Boardman, Portland and Salem. “We believe business taxpayers and tax preparers can provide valuable input as we move through the rule-making process,” said Nia Ray, director of the Oregon Department of Revenue. “By touring the state, we hope more of the business community will be able to join the conversation.” House Bill 3427 created Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax and grants DOR the responsibility of writing rules to implement it. The Corporate Activity Tax imposes a $250 tax on the first $1 million of gross receipts after subtractions and 0.57% tax on gross receipts greater than $1 million after subtractions, beginning January 1. It is expected to generate $1 billion a year to boost funding for public schools. Throughout each meeting on the tour, department representatives will ensure two-way conversations and do their best to answer questions from attendees. They’ll also seek input from attendees to help guide the rule-making process. Issues expected to be discussed at the series of meetings include:Who must register. When and how businesses register. Who must file and who must pay the tax. Annual returns based on calendar year activity. How commercial activity is defined. Exemptions for charitable organizations. Exclusions for groceries, subcontractors, wholesalers and others. What counts toward the 35% subtraction. How estimated payments will be calculated. When estimated payments are due. More information about the Corporate Activity Tax, including a list of frequently asked questions, is available on the Department of Revenue’s website. Those who are unable to attend but want to provide input may email questions or comments to email@example.com. Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund or make tax payments; call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.
Newmark Ave., CB, CCSO release – On September 14th, 2019 at 12:37 PM, a Deputy with the Coos County Sheriff’s Office was traveling West bound on Newmark Avenue in Coos Bay. The Deputy observed a subject matching the description of an individual that had been reported missing the day before. As the Deputy was walking up to contact the individual, the Deputy noticed it wasn’t the missing person which had been reported. The Deputy also realized the male subject was masturbating onto a piece of rusted metal, in full view of the public. The male was taken into custody and identified as 31 year old Mark A. Dixon. While the Deputy was attempting to secure Mark in the back of his patrol vehicle, Mark began running away from the Deputy with his hands cuffed behind his back. The Deputy caught Mark and he was secured in the back of the patrol vehicle. Mark was transported to the Coos County Jail without further incident. Mark was lodged and booked at the Coos County Jail for Public Indecency and Escape in the Third Degree.
Unlawful Harvest of Forest Products
Libby Lane, CCSO release – On Friday September 13, 2019 at approximately 2:28 pm, Coos County Sheriff’s Deputies located 45 year old David Elbert and 59 year old Steven Miller on Rayonier Timber Land behind a locked gate which was clearly marked no trespassing. Elbert and Miller had illegally harvested 52 lbs of cedar boughs from Rayonier property when they were located. Miller was cited for unlawful harvest of a forest product and released at the scene. Elbert, who had previously been trespassed from Rayonier property, was arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail. Ebert was charged with Unlawful Harvest of Forest Products, Criminal Trespass II and a Probation Violation. At the request of Rayonier Resources, Elbert’s vehicle was towed from Rayonier property.
Troy Ln.,CB, CCSO release – On September 09, 2019, at about 10:05 pm, Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on Troy Lane in Coos Bay. The caller reported she and 39 year old Jacob Michael Baumgardner had been in an argument about a water hose. The caller stated Baumgardner had stolen her water hose off of her travel trailer which was parked on the same property as Baumgardner’s. After the Caller removed the water hose from Baumgardner’s trailer, Baumgardner approached the Caller’s trailer and hit the awning support on the Caller’s trailer, causing damage. The Caller said after Baumgardner damaged her trailer, Baumgardner entered her trailer without her permission, assaulted her and stole a knife. Baumgardner was later located and placed under arrest for Burglary 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Assault 4th Degree, and Theft 3rd Degree. Baumgardner was transported to the Coos County Jail, where he was lodged on the charges.
Misuse of 911
According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Sept. 8, 3:57 p.m., 1400 block Henry St., “suspicious subject,” Jonathan Epperson charged with Misuse of 911 and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the CQPD log for Sept. 8, 4:22 p.m., 16th & Irving, “disturbance,” Scott Hawkins charged with Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, & Unlawful Use of a Weapon and transported to CCJ.
Rain likely for the South Oregon Coast today with highs in the low 60s and winds out of the South to Southwest at 10-20 mph. Showers and thunderstorms tonight with lows in the mid 50s and winds from the Southwest at 5-10 mph. Thunderstorms likely on Wednesday.
Registration is now open for the 40th Annual Prefontaine Run Sept. 21 in downtown Coos Bay. The 10K race begins downtown and ends on the Prefontaine Track at Marshfield High School. Cost is $40 per entry prior to Sept. 18, $50 after that date. Go to www.prefontainerun.com for more information.
Tuesday, September 17 – 4pm, Football: 7th Grade JV Game, Powers @ Sunset Middle School; 5pm, Volleyball: Girls JV2 Match, @ North Valley; 5pm, Volleyball: Girls JV Match @ North Valley; 5:30pm, Football: 7th Grade JV Game, Bandon @ Sunset Middle School; 5:30pm, Football: 8th Grade Game, Siuslaw vs. Marshfield 8th Grade @ Marshfield; 6:30pm, Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match, @ North Valley. Wednesday, September 18 – 3:45pm, Volleyball: Girls 8th Grade JV Match, Marshfield 8th JV vs. Brookings Harbor @ Brookings Harbor High School; 4pm, Soccer: Girls Varsity Game @ South Umpqua; 4pm, Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. Cascade Christian @ U.S. Cellular Community Park; 5:15pm, Volleyball: Girls 7th Grade Match, Millicoma MS vs. Brookings Harbor @ Brookings Harbor High School; 6:30pm, Volleyball: Girls 8th Grade Match, Marshfield 8th Grade vs. Brookings Harbor @ Brookings Harbor High School. Thursday, September 19 – 5pm, Volleyball: Girls JV2 Match @ Junction City; 5pm, Volleyball: Girls JV Match @ Junction City; 6:30pm, Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match @ Junction City. Friday, September 20 – 4pm, Football: JV Game @ Klamath Union; 7pm, Football: Varsity Game @ Klamath Union. Saturday, September 21 – 9:45am, Cross Country: Varsity Meet @ Prefontaine 5K Run; 10am, Cross Country: Middle School Meet @ Prefontaine Memorial; 3:30pm, Volleyball: Girls JV2 Endowment vs. North Bend @ Marshfield; 4pm, Volleyball: Girls JV Endowment vs. North Bend @ Marshfield; 6pm, Volleyball: Girls Varsity Game vs. North Bend @ Marshfield.
Tuesday, September 17 – 4:00pm, Cross Country Coed V Home TBA (NB Tugman Invitational); 4:00pm, Volleyball Girls JV2 Home Churchill High School; 5:30pm, Volleyball Girls JV Home Churchill High School; 6:45pm, Volleyball Girls V Home Churchill High School. Wednesday, September 18 – 12:00pm, HOC: Booster Club Luncheon; 4:00pm, Football Coed 7V Home Coffenbury; 4:00pm, Volleyball Girls 7V Away Coffenbury; 5:00pm, Volleyball Girls 8V Away Coffenbury; 6:00pm, Football Coed 8V Home, Coffenbury. Thursday, September 19 – 4:30pm, Volleyball Girls JV Away Ashland High School; 4:30pm, Volleyball Girls JV2 Away Ashland High School; 5:45pm, Volleyball Girls V Away Ashland High School. Friday, September 20 – 7:00pm, Football Coed V Home South Eugene High School. Saturday, September 21 – TBA -Cross Country Coed MS Away TBA (Prefontaine Memorial Run – Coos Bay); TBA -Cross Country Coed V Away TBA (Prefontaine Memorial Run – Coos Bay); 12:00pm, Football Coed 7V Home Willamette High School; 2:00pm, Football Coed 8V Home Willamette High School; 6:00pm, Volleyball Girls V Away Marshfield High School (Endowment Game).
Oregon’s volleyball team plays at Princeton on Tuesday in New Jersey, 4 p.m.