Quakes
Two earthquakes shook the Pacific Ocean floor off the West Coast Thursday, May 24.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 4.6-magnitude quake was measured west to northwest of Bandon, and a 2.8-magnitude quake occurred where the junction begins for two fault lines that run parallel with the Oregon Coast at Cape Mendocino in Northern California.

OSP Memorial Day Safety Message
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial launch into summer.  Experts already predict that this will be the busiest traffic weekend of the year.  To help keep your spirits high during your vehicle travel, take a few pointers from us here at the Oregon State Police.  Plan ahead, be prepared and above all else be patient.  Timing your departure can make all the difference.  Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination without getting frustrated when heavy traffic puts a pause in your time frame. Know your routes and options if you come across detours or construction. OSP likes to encourage all drivers in Oregon to use the Oregon Department of Transportation’s www.tripcheck.com. Ensure your vehicle is properly equipped and in good working order to avoid maintenance emergencies. If you are traveling with children, have something to keep them occupied. Games, snacks and pillows for sleeping will not only keep them occupied, but it will keep your attention where it needs, on the road. The Oregon State Police patrol will be out in force this weekend.  Oregon State Troopers will be focusing on maintaining the flow of traffic as well as enforcing all traffic laws but especially the Fatal 5.  These 5 major categories of driving behaviors contribute to most fatal or serious injury crashes. SPEED; OCCUPANT SAFETY; LANE SAFETY; IMPAIRED DRIVING; DISTRACTED DRIVING. The Oregon State Police hopes that we don’t have to see you this memorial day weekend. Have safe holiday.

Razor Clamming
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the reopening of razor clamming from the mouth of the Yachats River to the north jetty of the Umpqua River as domoic acid levels have dropped below the closure limit. The opening means razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to Cape Arago, which is located south of Coos Bay. The harvesting of razor clams remains closed for elevated levels of domoic acid toxin from Cape Arago to the California border. This includes all beaches and all bays. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins every other week, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range. For more information please call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures webpage.

BLM sells Chetco Bar Fire Salvage, one other timber sale
The Coos Bay District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sold two timber sales Wednesday, May 23, including the Chetco Bar Fire Salvage timber sale, in support of working landscapes across the West. Southport Forest Products, LLC purchased the Chetco Bar Fire Salvage timber sale for the appraised price of $198,499.20. The sale includes the harvest of two million board feet of timber from 140 acres in the harvest land base in Curry County that were burned in the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire. The BLM designed the timber sale to recover economic value and to minimize further deterioration of damaged trees on a portion of the 6,501 acres of BLM lands affected by the Chetco Bar Fire. The BLM also sold the First Floras timber sale to PJF, Inc. of Myrtle Creek, Ore. The timber sale includes 1.2 million board feet of timber in the harvest land base in Curry County. PJF, Inc. purchased the timber for the appraised price of $133,347.80. It takes approximately 16,000 board feet of lumber to frame a 2000 square foot home, this means that one million board feet of timber is enough to build approximately 63 family sized residential homes. For additional information on the Bureau of Land Management’s timber program, please visit https://www.blm.gov/or/resources/forests/index.php

Coast Guard scheduled to open seasonal stations on South Coast
The Coast Guard is scheduled to open its two southern Oregon seasonal stations in Bandon and Gold Beach again this summer.  The seasonal station in Gold Beach is planned to open after dredging of the Rogue River Federal Navigation Project is complete. Weather permitting, this will occur around mid-July. The Coquille River station in Bandon is expected to open on Memorial Day weekend. Starting on May 25th, personnel from Station Chetco River will be in Gold Beach periodically to conduct shore-side patrols, education and outreach emphasizing boating safety. The Coast Guard operates seasonal stations during periods of increased recreational vessel traffic and fishing activity to help ensure the safety of the maritime community. This normally coincides with the summer boating season from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers were unable to complete dredging at Gold Beach during the in-water work window for 2017.  The sediment in the Federal Navigation Channel was coarser than anticipated, which caused failure to the dredging equipment. The equipment downtime extended beyond the in-water work window and into the beginning of the salmon migration season. The temporary assignment of Coast Guard personnel and assets to these seasonal stations does not diminish the parent stations ability to respond to emergencies. For other dredging-related questions or concerns, please contact Jeff Henon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at (503) 808-4510.

S Empire Blvd Sidewalk Closure
City Coos Bay release – As a result of the Wastewater Treatment Plant 2 Construction Project, located at the northeast corner of S Empire Blvd and Fulton Ave, the east sidewalk on S Empire Blvd will be closed. The closure is due to site grading and utility installation associated with the project and will remain in effect till December 2018. Pedestrian Traffic will be re-routed to alternate sidewalks for their safety.  Drivers and pedestrians are advised to please exercise caution within the construction zone. Any questions can be directed to Jan Kerbo at 541-269-1181 ext 2206.

Isthmus Slough Bridge closed first weekend of June
The Isthmus Slough Bridge will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, to 6 a.m. on Monday, June 4, for bridge work, weather permitting. A nine-mile detour will be in place. From Eastside, traffic will detour along Olive Barber Road, Ross Inlet Road, and Coos-Sumner Lane to U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway). Motorists should look for detour signs and observe the speed limit along the route. Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained throughout the weekend, although brief delays may be necessary. Flaggers will provide assistance to pedestrians and disabled individuals crossing the bridge. The closure will allow prime contractor Hamilton Construction to replace the bridge’s steel deck grates and wooden sidewalks. The Isthmus Slough Bridge Rehabilitation project will repair and resurface the deck, modify the deck drains, reconstruct expansion joints, seal cracks on the concrete surface of the bridge, repair welds, replace bolts, remove rust, and replace the electrical system. Construction on the $9 million project is scheduled for completion in October 2019. For more information, visit the project website at www.IsthmusSloughBridge.com.

National Missing Child Day
May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day every year. Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority.  It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause. The theme of this year’s event is taken form the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “Hope is why we’re here”.  Organizations on-hand include those that not only investigate missing children cases, but also those that strive to give kids and adults tools to keep themselves safe on a daily basis. The Oregon State Police tracks all missing and unidentified person cases in Oregon. OSP works closely with all other Law Enforcement partners to get these cases entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Person System (NamUs) www.namus.gov.   As of today, there are over 412 missing children in Oregon.  That number changes daily.  We need the public’s assistance to help bring closure to these families. We are proud and excited to announce this year we will have representatives from: Department of Human Services; Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal; FBI- Portland; Homeland Security; Clackamas County Forensic Imaging Specialist; Joyful Child Foundation; RAD Kids; SAFEOregon along with Madison Baker, Miss Oregon High School; OSP Forensic Services Division; OSP Criminal Services Division; OSP Patrol Division; Polk County Sheriff’s Office; Salem Police Department; Vicki Kelly, Tommy Foundation; Portland Police Bureau.

Child Safety Fair
Oregon State Police is hosting the 2nd annual Missing Children’s Day Summit and Child Safety Fair. May 25th is National Missing children’s day and is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the wellbeing of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause. This event is going to be held May 25, 2018 at Riverfront Park 200 Water St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The theme for this year’s event is “Hope is why we are here.”  Oregon currently has over 450 missing children.  Our jobs are to help give children the childhood they all deserve.  Come, check it out and learn how you can help.

DCSO & Enhanced DUII Patrols
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in enhanced DUII patrols over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Additional funding for this High Visibility Enforcement (HVE), is provided by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, in cooperation with ODOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Committee (NHTSA). During this high visibility enforcement, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing the number of officers on the streets to aggressively seek out drunk/impaired drivers. “Our goal is simple, to save lives,” said Sergeant Mark Norris.  “Whatever you drive, if you’re impaired, you will be arrested.”  “Impaired driving is simply not worth the risk.  When the public understands the consequences and costs of an arrest, we believe they will choose not to drive impaired. Remember that driving under the influence of any controlled substance, ie., marijuana, is still considered DUII and you will be arrested for it.”

Protecting Oregon’s Archaelogy Sites
The Oregon State Police wants to alert the public to the passage of Senate Bill 144 from the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session, which took effect on January 1, 2018.  Senate Bill 144 makes it unlawful to remove an archaeological object from public land without a permit. ORS 358.920 prohibits a person from excavating, injuring, destroying or altering an archaeological site or object or removing an archaeological object located on public or private lands in Oregon unless that activity is authorized by a permit.  Prior to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 144, pursuant to ORS 358.915, a person who unintentionally discovered an archaeological object that had been exposed by the forces of nature on public OR private lands could retain the object for personal use.  However, after the passage of SB 144, that exemption no longer applies to public lands.  As of January 1, 2018, a person is only exempt from the prohibitions found in ORS 358.920 if they unintentionally discover an archaeological object that has been exposed by the forces of nature on private property.  Individuals found to have excavated, injured, destroyed or altered an archaeological site or object or removed an archaeological object located on public lands could be subject to prosecution. As the summer months approach and more people are out recreating on public lands, citizens are reminded to leave discovered archaeological objects in place and not to remove and/or retain them.  Removing an archaeological object from public land without a permit is punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor Crime.  Citizens with questions about archaeological objects can email the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office at Oregon.Heritage@oregon.gov.  Reports of anyone observed illegally collecting artifacts or looting of archaeological sites/gravesites can be made to the Oregon State Police (24/7) at 1-800-452-7888 or by using your cell phone keypad to dial *OSP (*677) .

Mitzi Loftus: Personal Recollections from an Internment Camp Talk & Exhibit
Southwestern Oregon Community College is honored to welcome Mitzi Loftus back to Coos County for a special talk and exhibit. Ms. Loftus spent three years in a wartime internment camp in Tulelake, California during World War II and will be speaking about her experiences. Please join us for her presentation on May 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, on the Coos campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Ms. Loftus’ presentation is part of Graham Street Production’s Architecture of Internment: The Buildup to Wartime Incarceration, hosted by Southwestern’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The traveling exhibition highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, of whom more than two-thirds were U.S. citizens. The display includes documents from 1941 and 1942 advocating for the exclusion and incarceration of Oregonian Japanese Americans, blueprints of potential assembly centers and internment camp locations such as racetracks and fairgrounds, and letters from Japanese Americans expressing their outrage about the injustice of internment. Southwestern will be hosting this exhibition from May 14 to May 28, 2018 in the Empire Hall Lobby. Ms. Loftus will bring the exhibition to a close with her personal reflections on wartime internment. Mitzi Loftus was born in Hood River, Oregon and graduated from Hood River High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1954 and a master’s degree in 1960. She married and had three sons, all of whom graduated from Marshfield High School. Ms. Loftus has a remarkable teaching record, spanning multiple continents and several languages. She taught at Creswell High School for three years and in 1957 received a Fulbright award to teach English as a Foreign Language in Japan. She went on to teach French in Eugene in 1960 and began substitute teaching in Eugene and Coos Bay/North Bend for the following 30+ years, punctuated by a three-year interlude from 1969 to 1971 when she and her family lived in Germany. Ms. Loftus moved to Ashland in 2006, where she currently resides. Ms. Loftus has published a memoir of her life as a Japanese-American in Oregon titled, Made in Japan and Settled in Oregon. For more information on the exhibition and Ms. Loftus’ presentation, please contact Sara Keene at 541-888-7127, sara.keene@socc.edu.

Firearm Involved in Domestic Disturbance
On May 23, 2018 at about 2:00 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responding to the 300 block of Vista Terrace in Depoe Bay to a report of a disturbance involving a gun and round being fired inside the residence. Deputies were able to contact the caller outside the home and determined there was an argument over property inside the home between the caller and family member Christopher A. Lowes, age 31 of Depoe Bay.  During the argument Lowes presented a small caliber handgun, a struggle ensued over the firearm and it discharged.  The caller was able to flee the residence and wait for police outside. Deputies called Lowes outside where he was taken into custody without incident.  Lowes was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he is being held on charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering with a bail set at $80,000.00. No one was injured.

Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrols over Memorial Day
CCSO release – The Coos County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols over the Memorial Day Weekend May 26, 27 and 28th. These patrols will be in conjunction with a countywide effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies, specifically the Oregon State Police. This Sheriff’s Office effort is paid for through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation administered by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association. These extra saturation patrols will mainly focus on targeting those drivers who choose to operate their vehicles while under the influence of an intoxicant. An intoxicant can be but is not limited to alcoholic beverages, marijuana, illegal narcotics, prescription medication intended for use when not driving and substances such as spray paint used as an inhalant. Local Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE’s) will be available for assisting the patrol officers. Memorial Day sparks the beginning of our busy summer season. There will be people coming to the coast to recreate on our Dunes National Recreation Area, our waterways and our roads. Please, do not use intoxicants and drive. Be safe this season!

Assault on Public Safety Officer
Garden Valley, CCSO release – On May 22nd, 2018 at approximately 1553 hours, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to assist the Coquille and Coos Bay Police Departments regarding a prisoner, Kristopher Hyatt, being disruptive while being transported to the Coos County Jail for outstanding warrants. Mr. Hyatt was suspected of being under the influence of narcotics and was combative in the back of the patrol vehicle during the transport. Multiple Deputies arrived on scene and attempted to get Kristopher to exit the vehicle in order to restrain him better. Officers and Deputies needed to get Kristopher properly detained. Kristopher resisted their efforts. Kristopher bit one of the deputies more than once and drew blood as a result of the injury. After being brought under control, Kristopher was transported to Coquille Valley Hospital where he continued to be disruptive and combative with officers as well as the nursing staff. The injured deputy was seen for his non-life threatening injuries and was discharged from the Hospital. Once Kristopher was discharged from the hospital, he was transported to Coos County Jail for the Warrants, along with additional charges and will be lodged. The Sheriff’s Office has received multiple questions regarding this incident from citizens who witnessed it as many law enforcement officers responded to the call for help at Highway 42 near Garden Valley Road outside of Coquille.

Meth
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, May 23, 9:12 a.m., 3600 block Broadway Ave., “drugs located,” 53-year old Juanita Marie Camacho charged with PCS meth and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Warrant/Chasing
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, May 23, 5:02 p.m., Hamilton & Virginia, “male chasing people down the roadway,” 30-year old Robert Lewis Wilson arrested on NBPD warrant and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, May 23, 10:40 p.m., 3201 Tremont Ave., “Casino reported trespassed subject leaving location.  Officers contacted female outside Lucky Star / female cited in lieu of custody,” 23-year old Kristin A. Mayer, Coos Bay, cited from Criminal Trespass II.  “Subject was permanently trespassed from all Casino property and syringe was seized for destruction.”

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, May 24, 12:47 a.m., 1900 block Newmark Ave., “officer out with subject sleeping at location,” 60-year old Mark A. Vermillion, Coos Bay, cited for Criminal Trespass II and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Warrant/DUII
According to an entry n the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, May 23, 8:45 a.m., Lockhart & Chambers, 30-year old Carlos Nunez Rafael arrested on CBPD warrant charging Failure to Appear on DUII charge.  Additionally cited for DWS – Violation, Failure to Register Vehicle, Driving Uninsured, Failure to File SR-22 and Failure to Use Ignition Interlock Device.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Probation Violation
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, May 23, 10:51 a.m., Morrison & Newmark, “out with subject,” 32-year old Jordan Matthew Dixon charged with Probation Violation and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

WX
Mostly cloudy today along the South Oregon Coast with highs in the upper 50s and winds from the North to Northwest at 10-20 mph.  Mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the upper 40s and winds from the North to Northwest but shifting to the South to Southeast at 10-20 mph.  Morning clouds followed by sunshine on Saturday.

 

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SPORTS NEWS

Bjorkquist Honored
Over 300 coaches and family members were honored Saturday, May 19th at the 2018 Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Awards Banquet.  Former NBHS & MHS Athletic Director Boyd Bjorkquist received a special award:  OACA Marv Heater Distinguished Service Award – Boyd Bjorkquist, North Bend/Marshfield.

OSAA sb & bb
North Bend’s softball & baseball teams are on the road for OSAA quarter-final playoff games Friday, May 25.  The Lady Bulldogs are traveling to Klamath Falls to play Henley, while the Bulldog baseball team goes to Gladstone.

UO sb
Kentucky beat host Oregon 9-6 in game one of their NCAA Super Regional softball series in Eugene Thursday night.  The best-of-three series continues Friday, 8 p.m., ESPN2, and a third game, if necessary is scheduled for Saturday, 6 p.m.

Pac-12 bb
Visiting Arizona beat Oregon 10-2 in a Pac-12 baseball game at PK Park in Eugene Thursday night.  The same two teams play Friday, 7 p.m., and Saturday, 3 p.m.  All on Pac-12 Networks.  Oregon State downed UCLA 2-0 in Corvallis.  The same two play Friday, 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2:02 p.m., on the Pac-12 Networks.

 

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