COVID-19 in Oregon
OHA report, August 15, 2022 – Cases: 1,846 new, 866,763 total; Deaths: 25 new, 8,292 total; Hospitalized: 371, 27 fewer than last week (8/03).
COVID-19 in Coos Co.
CHW report, August 16, 2022 – New cases: 14; Active cases: 305; Hospitalizations: 6; New deaths: 0, 168 total; Total cases: 12,930.
Fire Danger increasing in NW Oregon
ODF release – NORTHWEST, Ore. – As the warmer weather increases the temperatures in the northwest corner of the state, fire managers will be increasing the fire danger level to High (yellow) for recreationists using the forests in the NW-2 and NW-3 weather zones. This change will be effective at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16th. All OHV trails in the Nicolai Mountain OHV Riding Area will close at 1:00 pm daily during High (yellow) Fire Danger level. Additionally, all campfires and barbeques are prohibited in the dispersed campsites in the Nicolai OHV Area (Shingle Mill, Viewpoint, Kerry, Plympton) and Lost Lake. In NW-2 and NW-3 under the fire danger level High (yellow): Campfires are only allowed in designated metal fire pits at the following locations: Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground, Gnat Creek Campground, Northrup Creek Horse Camp and Beaver Eddy sites in Clatsop County. For other campgrounds, check with the corresponding ODF office. Burn barrels and residential campfires are not allowed in NW-2 and NW-3 under High (yellow). Fireworks, exploding targets/tracer ammunition, sky lanterns are prohibited at all levels during fire season. For up-to-date recorded information about fire season requirements, call 503-325-7215. To request a burning permit or obtain additional information, call 503-325-5451 during business hours. Public Restrictions Website: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx
ODF Busy Dousing Small Fires
ODF release – SALEM, Ore.— “Frankly, our people have been kicking butt,” said the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Tim Holschbach, Deputy Chief of Policy and Planning for the Fire Protection Division. As of Monday, ODF Districts have suppressed 418 fires, and held them to 582 acres total. The 10-year average for this point in the fire season is 590 fires and 56,121 acres burned. “Although there is a possibility for holdover fires from the recent lightning to add fires to the map, ODF’s firefighters have been doing a remarkable job keeping them small,” Holschbach said. More people have been the key to knocking out fires on lands the department is responsible for protecting. “Investments into the wildfire protection system from Senate Bill 762 allowed us to not only hire additional season firefighters to increase response, but also additional full-time positions to increase response capacity year-round,” said Holschbach. “I can’t say how many millions of dollars in firefighting costs we have saved by being able to quickly suppress these fires—keeping them small, off the landscape and out of our communities.” A big part of putting out wildfires is detecting them early and a key part of that effort is the multi-mission aircraft (MMA) that is in its third season of operation. This unique aircraft was made possible through an investment from the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund—which consists of landowner dollars paid for fire protection each year. “The MMA has state of the art thermal cameras that overlay that information through an augment reality mapping system,” said Jamie Knight, ODF State Aviation Operations Specialist. “This ‘eyes in the skies’ asset can then feed that information into a firefighting data base used state-wide called the State of Oregon Fire Situation Analyst system (SOFSA). Our dispatch centers around the state can see those maps and quickly send the best resources to attack the fire.” Those resources can include ground-based firefighters and equipment, or one or more of the 27 aircraft on exclusive use contracts with the state. The mix of aircraft include eight tankers, five fixed wing detection/aerial supervision aircraft, along with 14 helicopters. “We have one large tanker, typically based in Medford, Redmond, La Grande or Klamath Falls,” said Knight. “Five wheeled single engine aircraft that operate from smaller airfields like John Day and Prineville, and then we have two fire boss amphibious aircraft that can scoop up water from nearby lakes.” The other 21 aircraft are based strategically at airfields around Oregon. Each fire district can request any available aircraft from around the state to aid in putting out fires. This aerial response is often key to reach hard to get at fires in remote areas. “Our aircraft and other fighting equipment is decentralized to allow each of our fire districts to quickly respond to any fire,” said Holschbach. “But our most valuable asset is our people. They live and work in communities they protect, and they have been doing a great job this fire season.” For more information on ODF’s firefighting efforts, visit ODF’s Wildfire Blog or follow them on ODF’s Facebook account.
Ask the Experts: Mental Health Panel
Do you have questions about local mental health services? Come ask licensed professionals at “Ask the Experts: Mental Health Panel” at the Coos Bay Public Library. Text 541-239-0897 before or during the panel, and see your questions discussed. This free, in-person event is on August 16th 2022, from 5:30-6:30 pm. The panel will be held
in Coos Bay Public Library’s Myrtlewood Room. For more information on this event, or attending virtually via Zoom, visit the Coos Bay Public Library’s website at www.coosbaylibrary.org, call (541) 269-1101 x 223, or email Brittney Buxton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coos Bay City Council
The Coos Bay City Council will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 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. Microsoft Teams Remote Attendance Link Meeting Live Link/Video Agenda: 1. Flag Salute; 2. Public Comments; a. Public Comment Form; 3. Consent Calendar; a. Acceptance of July 2022 Financial Reports and Check Registers; b. Acceptance of Oregon State Marine Board Maintenance Assistance Grant – Would Require Adoption of Resolution #22-23; 4. Presentation of the Coos Bay Downtown Association Semi-Annual Report; 5. Presentation of the Bay Area Chamber Activities Semi-Annual Report; 6. Public Hearing on Draft 2022 Coos Bay Housing Needs Analysis; 7. Consideration to Award Construction Contract for Central Avenue Road Repair Project; 8. Consideration to Award Construction Contract for 2022 Street Projects; 9. City Manager’s Report; 10. Council Comments; 11. Adjourn.
Coos Bay URA
The City of Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency (URA) will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 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. Consent Calendar; a. Approval of June 21, 2022 Minutes; b. Approval of July 5, 2022 Minutes; c. Acceptance of June 2022 Financial Reports and Check Register; d. Acceptance of July 2022 Financial Reports and Check Register; 3. Consideration to Award Contract for Final Design of Hollering Place Roundabout Project; 4. Consideration to Authorize Expenditure for the 2022 Street Projects; 5. Executive Session
The Agency will meet in executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2) (e) for the purpose of discussing real property transactions. 6. Adjourn.
Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee Seeks Volunteers to Fill Vacancies
OPRD release – Salem, Oregon—Two positions on the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee (OORC) are now open for volunteers to apply. The committee is recruiting for one member to represent the interests of people with disabilities and one member to represent members of an historically underrepresented community or tribal government. The OORC evaluates, scores and ranks project applications for funding assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program (LWCF). The nine-member committee is appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. Each member serves a four-year term and may be eligible to serve a second term. The OORC generally meets once a year, virtually or in Salem. The time commitment varies and duties include reviewing and evaluating an average of 15-20 grant applications each annual funding cycle. The OORC’s priority ranking list is forwarded to the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to the Oregon State Parks Commission. Those interested in serving must submit an interest form to the LWCF program coordinator by Monday, Sept. 19. The form is available online at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRA/Pages/GRA-lwcf.aspx#8 The Land and Water Conservation Fund Program is a competitive grant program funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Grants are awarded to local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, and eligible state agencies for land acquisition, development, and rehabilitation projects for public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. For more information about the advisory committee or application process, contact Nohemi Enciso, LWCF program coordinator, at email@example.com or 503-480-9092.
OSU College of Forestry hires Cristina Eisenberg as director of tribal initiatives
By Steve Lundeberg, OSU release – CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cristina Eisenberg, an Oregon State University alumna with a background in restoration ecology, wildlife biology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, has been named the OSU College of Forestry’s first associate dean for inclusive excellence and director of tribal initiatives. Eisenberg’s role will include serving as director of the college’s new Office for Tribal Initiatives, acting as the primary liaison with Native American Tribes throughout the Northwest, overseeing the execution of the college’s strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, and working to improve the recruitment and retention of underserved student populations. “I am excited about working together to take the College of Forestry and OSU beyond the land acknowledgement and help build stronger relationships with Tribal nations,” said Eisenberg, who will start in her new role next month. Her priorities include partnering with Tribal nations in ways that support sovereignty rights and combine western science with Traditional Ecological Knowledge. “We are honored to announce Cristina Eisenberg’s hiring,” said Tom DeLuca, Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry. “After a nationwide search, we identified Dr. Eisenberg as an excellent match for our needs and hopes for this new position.” Eisenberg, a first-generation Latinx and Native American (Apache and Rarámuri) scholar, holds a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, a master’s degree from Prescott (Arizona) College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California-Long Beach. She previously served as the chief scientist at Harvard University’s Earthwatch Institute and is currently director at large on the board of the Society for Ecological Restoration, where she serves as director of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Working Group.
Southern Oregon Coast PRIDE Event
Coos Bay, Oregon—On August 19th, 2022, Southern Oregon Coast Pride will be hosting Drag Queen Bingo at Front Street Provisioners located at 737 N Front Street, Coos Bay, OR 97420. The event is for LGBTQIA2S+, their families, friends, and community allies. Drag Queen Bingo will be hosted by Eugene Pride Quing 6, Miss Honey Jinx Galore and will start at 5PM – 8PM we also will have a Drag Show, Raffle Prizes and more! North Bend, Oregon—On August 20th, 2022, Southern Oregon Coast Pride will hold its second annual Pride in the Park event at Boynton Park located at 800 Exchange St North Bend, OR 97459. The event is for LGBTQIA2S+, their families, friends, and community allies. There will be representatives of community service organizations available to provide information on services available to members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, as well as vendors who are supportive of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Pride in the Park will include Queer Kickball, Drag Queen Story Time, Face Painting, Free Community BBQ (vegetarian options available) and a host of community resources. 2022 Southern Oregon Coast Pride is sponsored by 7 Devils Brewing Co., So It Goes Coffeehouse, United Way of Southwestern Oregon, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Coos Health and Wellness, South Coast Early Learning, Advanced Health, The Safe Project, Books by the Bay, Coastline Libraries, Jennie’s Shoes, Scoops Ice Cream and Time Bomb. For further information, Laura Erceg #503-313-9752 and/or Jamar Ruff #678-654-3164 – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free pheasant hunts for youth hunters around the state in September – Register now!
SALEM, Ore.—Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state starting in September, with an additional few hunt dates in October. ODFW and partners stock pheasants at these special hunts that give youth a head start on regular pheasant seasons, which don’t begin until October. They are mostly held on ODFW’s wildlife areas, with a few exceptions (see more detail on locations below). There are multiple dates and hunt locations to choose from and some events have multiple hunt times to choose from. Register by logging in to the youth’s account at MyODFW’s Licensing page. Then go to Purchase from the Catalog and look under the Category/ Class/Workshop / Outdoor Skills. Hunts are listed alphabetically by city name. If you do not see the event you want to register for, please call the local hunt location (see below). Note that registration is only online; it is not available at license sale agents. These events are open only to youth who have passed hunter education. Volunteers bring their trained hunting dogs to some events. Some events also host a shooting skills session before the hunt. The hunts are free, though participants need a valid hunting license ($10 for youth 12 and older, free for age 11 and under) to hunt. Youth hunters age 12-17 also need an upland game bird validation ($4). Purchase before the event, online or at a license sales agent. Licenses and validations will not be sold at the events. Some areas will host the event both Saturday and Sunday. Youth who register for one day are welcome to hunt stand by on the other day. “Youth pheasant hunts are a great chance for young hunters to find early success and put the lessons learned in hunter education to work in the field,” said Jered Goodwin, ODFW hunter education coordinator. See page 26-27 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information, or see https://myodfw.com/workshops-and-events for the local contact for each hunt. For help signing up, contact Myrna Britton, (503) 947-6028, Myrna.B.Britton@odfw.oregon.gov Event dates follow: Coquille, Coquille Valley Wildlife Area, Sept. 24 and 25.
Hwy. 101 Kidnapping Sentencing
U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon release – PORTLAND, Ore.—A Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and transporting her from her home in Ilwalco, Washington to Rainier, Oregon. James Donald Cooley, 61, a resident of Rainier, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release. According to court documents, on May 18, 2020, Cooley traveled from his home in Rainier to his ex-girlfriend’s home in Ilwalco without notice or invitation. After parking his vehicle on the side of Highway 101 near his ex-girlfriend’s home, Cooley approached the woman and a confrontation ensued. Cooley grabbed the woman’s arms, tied her hands with zip ties, and began pulling her toward the highway. Cooley drug the woman several hundred feet to his vehicle, put a knife to her throat, shoved her into the backseat, and began driving back to Rainier, threatening to kill her several times en route. When Cooley arrived at his residence, his sister, who also lives in Rainier, spotted Cooley’s ex-girlfriend at his residence. The ex-girlfriend told Cooley’s sister that she feared Cooley was going to kill her. Cooley’s sister immediately contacted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. Sheriff deputies responded and arrested Cooley. On June 17, 2020, Cooley was charged by criminal complaint with kidnapping. On February 11, 2022, Cooley waived indictment and pleaded guilty to the single charge. This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Greg Nyhus, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Oregon. Domestic violence involving a current or former partner is a serious crime that includes both physical and emotional abuse. Sometimes these crimes are hidden from public view with survivors suffering in silence, afraid to seek help or not knowing where to turn. The traumatic effects of domestic violence also extend beyond the abused person, impacting family members and communities. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you need assistance or know someone who needs help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or texting “START” to 88788. Many communities throughout the country have also developed support networks to assist survivors in the process of recovery.
Fatal Accident, Klamath Falls
On Saturday August 13, 2022, at about 9:30 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on South Sixth Street near Hope Street in Klamath Falls. Preliminary investigation revealed that, an adult male pedestrian, walked out into the roadway and stopped in the middle of the travel lane facing westbound traffic. A westbound Toyota pickup, operated by James Richardson-Lawson, age 38, from Klamath Falls, collided with the pedestrian. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. Richardson-Lawson was uninjured and cooperated with investigators at the scene. The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending next of kin notification. OSP was assisted by Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Aug. 14, 5:40 a.m., 1000 block Evans Blvd., “arrest,” 36-year old Barry Michael Harrison charged with Theft II, “cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Aug. 14, 8:05 a.m., 6th Ave. & F St., “driving complaint/warrant service,” 29-year old Ian Paul Cowan arrested on CCSO warrant charging Parole Violation – ID Theft, “Cowan was cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Aug. 14, 9:49 a.m., 2000 block Newmark Ave., “threats,” 31-year old Logan Robert Rauschert served Junction City PD warrant charging FTA II & Criminal Mischief II, “Rauschert cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Aug. 14, 8:33 p.m., 4755 SW Griffith Beaverton PD, “warrant service,” 45-year old Edward Allen Curran served CQPD warrant by Beaverton PD for FTA on Harassment, “Curran lodged at Washington County Jail.”
According to an entry on the CQPD log for Aug. 14, 12:13 a.m., Hwy. 42 & SE 6th Ave., 39-year old John Culp charged with DUII, “Culp cited in lieu of custody.”
According to an entry on the NBPD log for Aug. 14, 4:53 p.m., 250 No. Baxter St., Coquille, “warrant service by CCSO on NBPD warrant” on 35-year old Amanda Nicole Pence charged Probation Violation on Assault III, Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons, DUII, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Unlawful Possession of Meth, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, “Pence cited in lieu of custody.”
Some morning clouds along the South Oregon Coast, then generally sunny by afternoon with highs in the low 70s and winds from the North at 15-25 mph. Clear to partly cloudy tonight with lows in the mid 50s and winds from the North at 10-20 mph, but decreasing to 5-10 mph. Intervals of clouds and sunshine on Wednesday with highs in the low 70s.
Registration open for OSAA football, volleyball and soccer officials
WILSONVILLE (August 1, 2022) – The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the high school fall sports seasons. There is an immediate need for officials in football, volleyball and soccer. Register at: www.osaa.org/officials Find the nearest officials association at: www.newofficials.org Becoming a high school official has several benefits including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and earning money. “Oregon has an urgent need for officials in all sports,” said Jack Folliard, OAOA Executive Director. “Officials provide valuable service to high schools and students, make a positive impact in the community and build relationships.” The registration period for football, volleyball and soccer officials ends September 30, 2022. Visit www.osaa.org/officials to register for the fall season. The Oregon Athletic Officials Association, “Dedicated to the Advancement of High School Officiating in Oregon”, includes more than 2,300 certified officials in volleyball, soccer, football, cheerleading, wrestling, basketball, baseball and softball.
UO Volleyball Ranked
UO release – EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon volleyball team will begin the 2022 campaign as the No. 19 team in the country with Monday’s release of the AVCA Top 25 preseason poll. The Ducks finished last fall with a 22-9 overall record and the program’s fourth NCAA appearance in the past five seasons. Oregon was 13-7 in Pac-12 play, tying for fourth in the conference standings. Oregon is one of seven Pac-12 teams recognized in Monday’s AVCA release: Washington (8), UCLA (12), Stanford (14), Oregon (19), Utah (22), USC (24) and Washington State (receiving votes). The preseason poll also features four of the Ducks’ non-conference opponents in Minnesota (5), Penn State (20) and Miami (FL) and Rice, both receiving votes. The regular season begins Aug. 27-28 at the Rose City Showdown in Portland against Long Beach State and host Portland State, respectively. The Ducks’ 2022 home opener is Sept. 1 against UC Davis. Last week, Brooke Nuneviller and Hannah Pukis were named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team and the Ducks received one first-place vote, and were picked to finish fourth in the league. For more news and information about Oregon Volleyball, follow @OregonVB on Instagram and Twitter, and @OregonVolleyball on Facebook.