JC News by Matt Jarvis

Oregon reports 49 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 151, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, May 28. Oregon Health Authority reported 49 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday bringing the state total to 4,086. The cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (1), Malheur (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), Washington (12), Yamhill (2). Seven of the new total cases are related to the Townsend Farms outbreak. Note: Due to data reconciliation, the Lincoln County case count decreased by one. A confirmed case had been counted twice. Oregon’s 149th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on May 8 and died on May 16 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions. Oregon’s 150th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on May 6 and died on May 26 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions. Oregon’s 151st COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man in Polk County, who tested positive on May 1. Additional information about his death is still pending. An update will be provided when we receive additional information.  The Oregon Health Authority is now including a link to the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity. Public feedback sought on State Health Improvement Plan strategies – OHA, working with more than 100 community partners, is launching the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan as a tool for Oregon’s recovery from COVID-19. The plan outlines strategies needed to address disparities made worse by the health crisis. The prioritized disparities include:  Institutional bias, Adversity, trauma and toxic stress, Behavioral health, Equitable access to preventive care. Key economic drivers of public health such as housing, transportation and providing a living wage. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the short- and long-term trajectory in each of these five priority areas, making implementation of the plan even more critical. OHA remains on track to launch the 2020-2024 SHIP this August.

Oregon Health Authority to take on role of reporting of large COVID-19 workplace outbreaks
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will begin reporting large COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, based on a directive from agency head Patrick Allen. Effective immediately, OHA will publicly report all past and future outbreaks that involve five or more COVID-19 cases in a workplace setting, no matter where the outbreak is located. The only exception to the new policy would be if the disclosure would identify an individual or a reporting source. As a home rule state, Oregon’s public health system is a partnership between OHA and county health departments. Currently, responsibility for investigating and reporting any communicable disease outbreak rests with a lead public health agency, in most cases a local public department, if the outbreak is limited to a single county jurisdiction. OHA is the lead agency in public health investigations that involve multiple counties or the Oregon portion of a national outbreak. Reporting on any public health investigation must balance public health and safety, the need to ensure full cooperation by people who are affected by the outbreak so health officials can best protect the public, and patient privacy. Oregon’s public health investigations statute limits the disclosure of information. Health officials are only permitted to report information when public health is at risk, or when the agency publishes the data. Director Allen said, “The COVID-19 pandemic demands that we all rethink how we accomplish necessary tasks that are vital to our roles. OHA believes a consistent, transparent statewide approach to reporting COVID-19 cases in workplaces will give Oregonians more information to help people avoid the risks of COVID-19 infections. We want to ensure employers, workers and customers know the same criteria will apply, no matter where they work or what businesses they support, everywhere in Oregon.” OHA will publish information about all workplace outbreaks involving 5 or more cases through news releases and other regular COVID-19 communications channels and publications, including its COVID-19 website.

Business News Around the State for 05/29/2020
Oregon Employment Dept. Interfor will curtail operations at its sawmill in Gilchrist due to COVID-19, laying off 130 of its 150 workers in late June. Fry Foods, a food processing plant in Ontario which closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, has reopened. It employs 280 people and is operating at about 80 percent of its normal capacity. Astoria Downtown Market will reopen with new owners. The Confederated Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon Tribal Council will reopen the Three Rivers Casino Resorts in Florence and Coos Bay that had been closed due to COVID-19. Samaritan Health Services is hiring entrance screeners for its facilities in Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City, and Newport due to COVID-19. World of Speed, a museum in Wilsonville dedicated to celebrating the world of motor sports, will close permanently due to COVID-19. Sweet Tomatoes restaurants in Beaverton, Clackamas, Tigard, and Vancouver closed permanently due to COVID-19. The Coquille Indian Tribe plans to build Hotel at the Cedars, a 111-room hotel, in south Medford on land next to its proposed casino. It will employ up to 20 people. Rogue Community College in Grants Pass furloughed 35 employees due to COVID-19.
Plank Town Brewery Company in Springfield will reopen after being closed due to COVID-19.

Fighting COVID-19
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) officials remind the public that viruses don’t discriminate – and neither should we. The COVID-19 virus spreads like the flu, when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes close to another person (close means within about 6 feet). No group of people is more likely to get COVID-19 or spread it to others. “I know it’s difficult to learn that we are seeing more active community spread of COVID-19, but this is something we’ve been expecting,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed, State Health Officer and Epidemiologist, OHA Public Health Division. “It’s a good reminder to take steps to protect yourself, and vulnerable friends and family members, by (DO THIS) washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home and away from others if you’re sick.” Officials continue to urge all Oregonians to take steps to protect themselves, their families, and those who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system. People vulnerable to complications should follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings. Every resident should take THESE BASIC STEPS to protect themselves and those most at risk: Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like bathrooms, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, toys and cell phones. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Stay home and away from others if you are ill. After someone contracts COVID-19, illness usually develops within 14 days. Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and general feelings of illness. Stay informed – Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response. United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response. Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

COVID-19 Website
Epuerto.com is pleased to promote covid-19bb.com, our local website. Welcome to the Our Community COVID-19 Bulletin Board. This site will function as a consolidated, one stop resource to find out the latest, accurate information as it relates to COVID-19 and its impacts on our Community.

Class of 2020!
EPuerto release – Because of the current circumstances, EPUERTO is creating a section on the website https://covid-19bb.com dedicated to your class. We would love to share your future plans with our community. Send up to 4 pictures and details to info@covid-19bb.com (Name, school you attended, school experience and future plans). We are taking Senior pictures for free. TEAM EPUERTO.

CB Schools Update
The Coos Bay School District’s latest updates can be found on our website. The update includes plans for caring, connection, and continued learning. Also, tune into KMHS Radio (91.3FM) Monday’s at 7:00am during the closure or on YouTube shortly after the radio show to hear Superintendent Bryan Trendell’s Weekly Update.

Friday Night Lights
Sporting venue’s outside lights will once again light up the skies of the South Coast tonight, 8:20 p.m. as a salute from school officials to its students and parents during this COVID-19 health crisis. The idea has spread across the Nation as many high schools turn on their football field lights, including Vic Adams Field at NBHS and Pete Susick Stadium at MHS at 20:20 military time, for 20:20. Other South Coast schools have joined the salute including Bandon, Coquille, Pacific and Gold Beach.

OHA partnering with multiple agencies to investigate COVID-19 outbreak at two Townsend Farms sites
PORTLAND, Ore.—State and county agencies are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at Townsend Farms operations in Multnomah and Washington counties, and are working to support seasonal workers who have fallen ill and protect others exposed to the virus. Public health investigators with Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah and Washington counties say the outbreak currently affects a total of 48 of about 350 people who arrived in the Portland metro area May 23 and 24 to harvest fruit from Townsend-owned sites in Fairview and Cornelius. The individuals are believed to have been exposed to the virus prior to coming to Oregon. An additional 13 samples are still pending at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. Seasonal workers were set to come to the Portland area over the Memorial Day weekend, and county and state officials coordinated with the company to plan for testing of all workers shortly after their arrival. As planning was under way, OHA also stepped in to provide additional testing capacity for the effort through the state lab. “People employed in agriculture are essential workers. They are also a vital part of our community,” said Patrick Allen, OHA director. “The agricultural work environment can put them at higher risk of infection from a communicable disease like COVID-19, and we need to do everything we can to reduce that risk. State and local public health officials are committed to working with the agriculture industry to reduce the risk of infection for workers.” The investigative team, including OHA, the counties and Oregon Department of Agriculture, are working with the company to ensure proper infection control, safety and health measures are in place to protect workers. These measures include: Providing separate housing so people exposed to COVID-19, and those who are sick, can quarantine and isolate themselves while they are ill (the company reports that employees are sheltering in place and not going out in public). Ensuring food is brought onto the properties for the workers during this period. Emphasizing infection control through hand hygiene, physical distancing, face coverings and use of PPE. Protecting drivers who bring workers to and from worksites with PPE. Ensuring proper housing so symptomatic workers can be separated from worksites. Providing education and outreach, through the counties and their community partners, directly to farmworkers to inform them about how to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection. The agencies also have been in contact with Oregon OSHA. This COVID-19 outbreak affecting workers in Fairview and Cornelius is separate from an outbreak at the same company that began April 29 when permanent employees at the company’s Fairview location tested positive for the virus. These cases were reported to OHA, which in turn reported them to the public as part of its daily case reporting. “This outbreak shows how we all need to continue to work together—individuals, businesses, local and state public health—to keep this virus from spreading to the most vulnerable and protect the health of everyone in Oregon,” Allen said.

Tribe protests casino project denial
Coquille Tribe release – NORTH BEND, Ore. – Shocked by a “complete disregard for the federally mandated decision process,” Coquille Tribal Chairman Brenda Meade today strongly criticized a Bureau of Indian Affairs abrupt decision to end further consideration of the tribe’s application to take land into trust for a casino project in Medford, Ore. “Instead of a fair and open process,” she said, “this agency has turned to the hidden, back-room dealing that is the hallmark of an overly political process – a process that federal law repeatedly has tried to prevent.” The Coquille Tribal Council will determine the tribe’s next steps. “I can assure you that this decision will not stop us from continuing to move forward with our plans to build businesses on our properties that will contribute to the growth and well-being of the entire community,” Meade said. The decision came in a May 27 letter from John Tahsuda, principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs. Meade said Tahsuda’s arbitrary decision ignores the government’s own established procedures that are designed to guarantee gaming decisions based on facts rather than politics. “By ending the normal, fact-based process for making trust land decisions, Tahsuda has silenced the many people in the community who are supporting our efforts,” she said. “He also is denying our local officials the opportunity to express their growing appreciation for the tribe’s work in the community and their interest in pursuing economic development on this property. They all were promised that their voices would be heard every step of the way.” The decision process normally would include local public comment and consideration of an in-depth Environmental Impact Statement. The tribe has pursued an EIS approval since 2012, facing repeated delays by federal officials and political opposition from the competition-wary Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. The project, known as The Cedars at Bear Creek, would be a Class II casino on 2.42 acres of south Medford commercial property. Class II gaming involves video gaming devices, but no table games such as blackjack or dice. The casino site is surrounded by several tribal parcels that the tribe hopes to develop for other commercial uses.

Convoy Planned to Raise Public Awareness of Klamath Water Crisis
(Merrill, Oregon) – Klamath Irrigation Project family farmers and ranchers, along with community leaders in the rural areas of the Klamath Basin are issuing a “Call to Unity” for supporters to join them in a water rally later this month in southern Oregon. The planned two-hour tractor convoy will start at 10:00 a.m. on May 29th in Merrill, Oregon. The route will wind its way through Klamath Project farmlands, proceed down Klamath Falls’ Main Street and end up in a local farmer’s field near Midland, Oregon. “We’re asking farm supporters far and wide to join our movement,” said Bob Gasser, a local businessman who is helping to organize the event. “It’s not going to be limited to just tractors and farm equipment. You can fire up your gravel truck, your logging truck, your pickup truck or even your car, and join us, too.” The convoy is intended to draw attention to a multi-decade federal water management scheme that has increasingly moved water away from farming and ranching and towards the perceived needs of fish protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). “We want to draw public attention to the need to fix the flows and save our farms,” said Mr. Gasser. Hopefully, this will also draw the attention of President Trump and his administration. We know how committed he is in securing America’s food supply and we need him to know that his goal is in danger here in the Basin.” For 20 years, federal agencies have been managing the Klamath River by placing priority on salmon and sucker fish populations protected by the ESA. For 20 years, the agencies have used stored water that was intended for local irrigators to set artificially high lake levels (to stabilize sucker populations in Upper Klamath Lake) and send an increasingly large amount of water downstream (intended to flush disease out of the river). “Unfortunately, the fish populations have not increased, while the local farming population continues to shrink,” said Mr. Gasser. “We can fix this problem, but we need our political leaders to hear our voice.” The 2020 irrigation season is the most challenging water year facing Klamath Project irrigation districts and contractors in at least two decades, if not ever. Unfortunately, this scenario is becoming the norm. Federal agency decisions threaten to bankrupt family farms, and send economic and psychological shockwaves throughout every local sector that has been dependent on agriculture for over a century. As a first step, community leaders have organized the route for the tractor convoy on May 29th. The rally will end in a local farmer’s field, where vehicles will park, and each driver will plant a symbolic white cross in the ground. “This symbolic act will honor those who farmed before us, including the unfortunate families who no longer operate because of the increasingly uncertain water supply,” said Scott Seus, whose family farms near Tulelake, California. “For the remainder of this summer, those crosses will provide a grim reminder to passersby of the fate that awaits our rural communities if things don’t change.” Event organizers are asking that residents show their support for local farmers by joining this unifying rally at the lineup to start the convoy in Merrill. Alternatively, supporters can join the convoy as it passes through downtown Klamath Falls later in the morning. Convoy participants will plant crosses provided by event organizers in support of this effort.

ODFW seeks comment on ODOT fish passage waivers in Tillamook County and an exemption request in Lincoln County
SALEM, Ore. – ODFW seeks public comments on a fish passage waiver application and an exemption request by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The requests are intended to address fish passage triggers at these three culverts replaced due to emergency conditions: Unnamed tributary to the North Fork Nehalem @ Highway 53, MP 11.4, Unnamed tributary to Vossburg Creek @ Highway 101, MP 48, Unnamed tributary to Rowdy Creek @ Highway 101, MP 111, These actions have triggered Oregon’s fish passage laws. Under the terms of the emergency repairs, ODOT must address fish passage requirements according to OAR 635-412-0035 by completing one of the following actions. 1.) Replace the culvert with one that meets fish passage criteria, 2.) Mitigate for the lost habitat, or 3.) Seek an exemption from fish passage requirements. Unnamed tributary to Rowdy Creek @ Highway 101, MP 111, In early February 2020, the ODOT culvert under Hwy 101 at mile point 111 began to fail and needed immediate replacement. The 24-inch culvert transports an unnamed tributary to Rowdy Creek, which has the potential to provide habitat for cutthroat trout. The current culvert does not meet the State’s fish passage requirements. ODOT seeks an exemption from fish passage requirements at this location. According to Katherine Nordholm, ODFW/ODOT Assistant Fish Passage Liaison, ODFW may grant a fish passage exemption if there are no appreciable benefits to native migratory fish if passage were provided at a location. ODFW has made the initial determination that providing passage at the Rowdy Creek tributary crossing would not provide an appreciable benefit to cutthroat trout. Unnamed tributary to Vossburg Creek @ Highway 101, MP 48 and Unnamed Tributary to the North Fork Nehalem River at OR53 MP 11.4, ODOT’s waiver request proposes to waive fish passage requirements at two locations in Tillamook County and mitigate for the lost fish habitat by removing a culvert on an unnamed tributary of Acey Creek. The culvert located at US 101 mile point 48 near Wheeler collapsed, causing a sinkhole in June of 2017. The resulting replacement culvert is perched, blocking access to approximately 0.55 miles of historic cutthroat trout habitat, however; an existing barrier currently blocks fish passage at 0.13 miles above the Highway 101 crossing. The culvert under OR 53 at mile point 11.4 is located in an area prone to landslides. An emergency replacement was completed in August of 2017 intended to meet fish passage criteria, however the culvert does not meet fish passage criteria and now blocks access to 0.6 miles of cutthroat trout habitat. ODOT proposes to mitigate for the loss of 0.73 miles of cutthroat trout habitat by removing a culvert, currently a full passage barrier, on a tributary of Acey Creek, restoring access to 0.89 miles of cutthroat trout habitat. According to Pete Baki, ODFW/ODOT Fish Passage Liaison, ODFW may grant a fish passage waiver if benefits to native migratory fish are greater at the mitigation site when compared to if passage was provided at the waiver sites. ODFW has made the initial determination that providing passage at the Acey Creek tributary crossing would provide a net benefit to cutthroat. The project-specific details (the fish passage exemption and waiver applications and ODFW’s benefit analyses) are available at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/passage/ The fish passage waiver and exemption requests will be presented to the Oregon Fish Passage Task Force for their recommendation at an upcoming virtual public meeting on June 26, 2020. Public comments will be provided to the Task Force for their consideration. Members of the public can send written comments to or request additional information from ODFW staff: Pete Baki, ODFW-ODOT Fish Passage Liaison, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, Pete.Baki@state.or.us, (503) 947-6234 for the fish passage waiver application including Highway 101 MP 48, Highway 53 MP 11.4 and Acey Creek or contact Katherine Nordholm, ODFW-ODOT Assistant Fish Passage Liaison, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, Katherine.e.nordholm@state.or.us, (503) 947-6274 for the fish passage exemption application at Highway 101 MP 111. Comments are due by June 17, 2020.

Poetry in three voices: Reading at NBPL
At 10:00 am on Friday, May 29, North Bend Public Library will host a virtual poetry reading, Poetry in Three Voices, featuring local poet Tom Mitchell, Stan Zumbiel of Sacramento, California, and Liana Sakelliou of Athens, Greece. This reading will be live via Zoom, but will be recorded and available on NBPL’s Youtube channel. To register for this concert, please click on the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoduiuqTMtHtFocbVZD-OhV4y14lGlF8AZ   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Tom Mitchell was raised in New York and California, but has lived in Oregon since 1980. He received his Masters from California State University, Sacramento, where he studied with the poet, Dennis Schmitz. He received an MFA from the University of Montana, where he worked with Richard Hugo and Madeline De Frees. His first collection of poems, The Way Summer Ends, was published in 2016. His new book of poetry, Caribou, was released in April 2018. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The New England Review and New Letters, and most recently in Valparaiso Poetry Review and Miramar Magazine. Stan Zumbiel taught English in middle and high school for thirty-five years in suburban Sacramento, California. He first tried to turn his thoughts into poetry in 1967 while serving in the Navy. In January 2008 he received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2016 Random Lane Press published his first book, Standing Watch. Previously his poems have appeared in Nimrod, Primal Urge, Convergence, and Sacramento Voices, and others. He continues to write in the Fair Oaks home that he shares with his wife Lynn. Liana Sakelliou is a poet, translator, critic, editor, and member of the Hellenic Authors’ Society. Currently, she is supervising the Greek and English publications of her monograph entitled Creative Reading, Writing, and Living: Volume 2, Poetry (co-authored with W. Schultz, Gutenberg, 2020). She is also editing the translation of H.D.’ s Helen in Egypt, and the Sea Garden, products of her MA seminars on “The Greek Element in H.D.’ s Poetry” for publication in the fall of 2020.

SW Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee
Salem, Ore. – The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet virtually Friday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. To join the call or provide public comment at this virtual meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 or Susan.Dominique@oregon.gov. Topics to be covered include:  Private Forests Division update; Siskiyou temporary rule request; Policy updates including: Wildlife Food Plots Rulemaking; Marrbled Murrelet Rulemaking; Coho Petition; Interagency Agreement work. There will be an opportunity for public comment near the beginning of the meeting. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 or susan.dominique@oregon.gov. Regional Forest Practices Committees are panels of citizens – mandated under Oregon law – that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practices Committees, serving the Eastern, Northwest and Southwest regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of the committees’ members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies. Oregon’s forests are among the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits. Additional information about ODF’s Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.

Columbia River Maritime Museum and Pacific Power Host “Mighty Miniboat Float” Live Events
ASTORIA, Ore., May 22, 2020 — We might not be traveling far these days, but a 5-foot long GPS-tracked miniboat, designed and launched by local students, sure is – as part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s Miniboat Program. On Friday, May 29, the public can join the adventure via livestream as the pint-sized vessel is launched into the mighty Columbia River. It’s the first in a series of three online distance learning events supported by Pacific Power that will follow the boat on its voyage between the Port of Vancouver to Astoria. The Miniboat Program provides a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity that introduces students to ocean science, international exchange, and the STEAM fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, helping to inspire future careers. Earlier this year, a fleet of seaworthy vessels cooperatively designed and built by participating elementary and middle school students was launched from the west coast. An identical fleet was launched by sister schools in Japan, ideally headed this way. While those boats navigate to distant shores (you can track their progress here), the Museum, together with Pacific Power, is hosting a mini adventure closer to home. On Friday, May 29, 2020, they will launch the “Mighty Miniboat Float” events, open to all students and the public.  Participants can view the livestreamed series on the Museum’s Miniboat Facebook page and YouTube channel, and are encouraged to tune in starting at 11:45 a.m. More details are available on the Museum’s website.

Oregon Learners Permit Prep-Class (Virtual)
Coos Bay Public Library, in collaboration with MCZ Drivers Ed’s state certified instructor, Mike Zinno, will be offering another OREGON LEARNERS PERMIT PREP-CLASS for individuals who need help with passing the Oregon DMV Permit Test. Class will be held on Zoom (virtual meeting software), temporarily replacing our physical class. This class will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Mike will go through the entire manual in a one session. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and eat while they learn! This FREE class is open to everyone. Email Paul at librarycoosbay@gmail.com for Zoom access code and electronic PDF version of Drivers Manual.

Winchester Hwy. 99 Improvement Project Douglas Co.
ODOT release – ROSEBURG, Ore. – Douglas County Public Works Department, in conjunction with contractors announced that, weather permitting, the work on the Winchester Area Improvement Project will be wrapping up soon. The project has experienced delays in its expected completion date due to adverse weather conditions, material delays, unforeseen ground conditions, as well as delays related to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvement Project includes the construction of bike lanes along both sides of the roadway; curb, gutter and storm sewer improvements along both sides of the roadway; a sidewalk along the eastern side of the roadway; transit bus pull-outs; and the replacement of two bridges to accommodate the wider roadway section. The project consisted of 3 major elements, the bridge work, road work, and sewer utility work. This project has required tremendous cooperation with all parties involved. The current anticipated wrap up schedule for the project is as follows: (subject to modification) – Now through Friday, May 29, Leveling Course Grinding and Paving, Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 5, Top Lift Final Paving, Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12, Road and Lane Striping. We understand the strain on local residents when there is nearby road construction, we ask for your continued patience as we work to complete the final stage of the Winchester Area Improvement Project. Once completed, we are positive citizens will appreciate the improvements for the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists that live, work and travel in this area. Safety is always a priority for the motoring public, as well as for the road construction crews. We are asking motorists to use caution as they travel through construction zones. Please follow and obey all posted signs, warnings and flagging instructions. The closures could impact your drive time and routes, so please plan and seek alternate routes whenever possible. For more information, please contact the Douglas County Public Works Department at (541) 440-4481.

SAR Douglas Co.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Deputies and Search & Rescue crews are searching for a reported vehicle crash which was relayed via CB radio this Thursday morning, May 28. At 9:14 am, the 911 center received a report from an individual who overheard a distress call on CB radio channel 17 from a male who stated he and his wife had been involved in a vehicle crash on Thunder Mountain and were in need of medical help. The caller told dispatchers he was near Tyee when he received the call. There was no further information to assist responders. Deputies and Search & Rescue Crews are searching Thunder Mountain area southeast of Glide for signs of a vehicle crash and have yet to locate anything. There are no other known locations within Douglas County referred to as Thunder Mountain. Anyone who overheard the radio traffic or has concerns about missing or overdue individuals is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471. The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police, BLM Law Enforcement and Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Fatal Helicopter Crash Douglas Co.
ROSEBURG, Ore. – Deputies are investigating a fatal aircraft accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon, May 28. Around 2:13 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received reports of a small aircraft which crashed near the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road. Deputies along with the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District #2 responded and located a downed burning helicopter on private property. It was determined that at least one individual died in the crash. The Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and are working with the Sheriff’s Office. No additional details are available at this time.

Hwy. 138E Fatal
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 138E near the Tokatee Falls area. On May 27, 2020 at about 3:55 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 138E near milepost 54. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford F250 pickup, operated by Owen BYERS, age 62, from both Lakeview and Coquille, was eastbound on Highway 138E and for unknown reasons crossed into the westbound lane and off onto the shoulder where it collided with guardrail. The pickup continued on the westbound shoulder and rolled down a dirt embankment coming to rest on its side. BYERS was pronounced deceased at the scene. BYERS was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Drug Bust Douglas Co.
In the late evening hours of Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, DINT executed a search warrant on an apartment in the 100 block of SE Gregory Street in Winston. DINT had generated information indicating drug possession and sales at the residence. Detectives found only a small amount of both methamphetamine and heroin, but also found a large amount of cash, drug scales, drug packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia. 28 year old Brandi Baker, of Winston, was arrested for several warrants for her arrest. She had a local warrant for Contempt of Court, A state parole board warrant for Parole Violation, as well as warrants from both Lane County, and Marion County. Additionally, Baker is being charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Heroin based on items found during the search of her residence. 32 year old Michael Baker-Guererro, of Roseburg, was arrested on several outstanding warrants for his arrest. Those warrants were for: Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II, and Parole Violation. Both Brandi Baker and Michael Baker-Guererro were lodged in the Douglas County Jail. 29 year old Blake Cupp, of Winston, was cited and released for the crime of Unlawful Possession of Heroin.

Attempted Murder Charge Central Coast
On May 19th, 2020 at about 10:00 PM, three Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Lincoln City Police Officer were in the Otis area investigating a disturbance call. While at the scene, deputies and officer heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the area of North Fawn Drive. Two units left the disturbance call and began investigating the shots they had just heard. Three minutes later, WVCC Dispatch received a 911 call from a resident near the shooting location. The 911 caller reported a subject came to his door saying he had been shot. Deputies went to the location where the shots were reported and began investigating the incident; however, they could not immediately locate the victim. A Sheriff’s Office K9 team was called to the scene to assist in finding the still-unknown victim. Deputy Smith and K9 Nix located the victim in the yard of a nearby property. The victim had not sustained life-threatening injuries. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was activated to continue the investigation. The Major Crime Team consists of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Investigators determined the incident had been a failed robbery attempt that escalated to the point of gunshots being fired at the victim. A search warrant was executed at a residence on North Fawn Drive, which yielded a firearm and other evidence of the firearm having been discharged during the robbery attempt. Three suspects were taken into custody in connection with the incident.  On May 28th, 2020, a Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted the following people: 35-year-old Otis resident Nelson Leonard Jackson- Attempted Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (x3), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Second Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm (x3), Attempted Assault in the Third Degree (x3), and Menacing. 31-year-old Otis resident Glenn Lavaughn Thompson- Attempted Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (x3), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Second Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm (x3), Attempted Assault in the Third Degree (x4), and Menacing. 49-year-old Otis resident Bobby Jo Monk- Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (x3), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Second Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, and Menacing.

ODNRA Fatal Accident
CCSO release on May 23, 2020 at approximately 6:21 PM the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Hauser Fire Department and Bay Cities Ambulance responded to a reported injury accident in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA). The accident occurred at the top of a dune called V8 Hill. The operator, Ivan Noriega, age 27, of Sacramento California and the passenger, Celmi Santos Lopez, age 25, of Sacramento California, were riding in a rental Polaris XP 1000 (Class IV ATV, side-by-side). They were southbound at high speed, cresting the top of the hill, when Ivan lost control of the vehicle and flipped it several times end over end. The passenger, Celmi Santos Lopez was ejected from the vehicle because she was not wearing her seatbelt. Celmi also lost her helmet in the crash. At about 6:26 PM Coos County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrived on scene. CPR was being conducted by persons on scene. Hauser Fire and Bay Cities Ambulance arrived and took over CPR. After several minutes, Celmi was pronounced dead on scene. Ivan Noriega was uninjured in the accident.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for May 27, 8:20 a.m., 1200 block So. Broadway, “possibly observed a subject in water, was actually a mannequin.”

Package theft
According to an entry on the CBPD log for May 27, 8:58 a.m., 3500 block Yew Ave., “theft of mail/packages.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for May 27, 10:20 a.m., 900 block Newmark Ave., “UEMV.”

Fraudulent Check
According to an entry on the CBPD log for May 27, 4:15 p.m., 700 block So. Broadway, Umpqua Bank, “subject in drive thru trying to cash fraudulent check,” 32-year old Jesus Mario Ornelas charged with Identify Theft, Forgery II, “Ornelas cited in lieu of custody.”

Mostly cloudy skies today along the South Oregon Coast with highs in the low 60s and winds from the North at 15-25 mph. Cloudy with occasional showers overnight and lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the North at 10-20 mph. Cloudy with periods of rain on Saturday.




BACC Golf Tourney
The Seventh Annual Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is coming up Sept. 26, 2020 at the Coos Golf Club, south of Coos Bay. Registration is 8 a.m., shotgun start at 9 a.m. Foursome is $500, and single $125. However, there is a team signup rate of $400 available in the month of May. That offer ends June 1, 2020 according to a news release from BACC. For more information contact Jolene Krossman at (541) 266-0868, or info@oregonbay area.org Sponsorships are also available for local businesses ranging from Major Sponsor $1,000 to Yard Sign for $100.


Ducks Collect 25 All-America Certificates
EUGENE, Ore. – Between its 17 national qualifiers, the University of Oregon track and field team racked up 25 All-America honors as announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Ducks’ 25 combined selections are the third most in the country while the Men of Oregon tied for the nation lead with 14 certificates. Individually, a total of 14 student-athletes are three-time All-Americans including Carmela Cardama Baez (3000m, 5000m, DMR) and James West (mile, 3000m, DMR). 2020 USTFCCCA Indoor All-Americans – Men of Oregon: Isaiah Griffith – long jump, triple jump, Cole Hocker – mile, Charlie Hunter – mile, DMR, Jackson Mestler – 5000 meters, Jacob Miller – DMR, Luis Peralta – 800 meters, Cooper Teare – 3000 meters, DMR, Max Vollmer – heptathlon, James West – mile, 3000 meters, DMR.  Women of Oregon: Gabby Beauvais – DMR, Carmela Cardama Baez – 3000 meters, 5000 meters, DMR, Taylor Chiotti – DMR, Brianna Duncan – 60 meters, Susan Ejore – 800 meters, DMR, Lexi Ellis – triple jump, Rhesa Foster – long jump, Mathilde Rey – pentathlon. Normal policies dictate All-Americans are awarded based on their performances at the NCAA Championships. However, criteria was adjusted this season due to the cancellation of the 2020 Division I NCAA Indoor Championships, which were to be contested March 13-14 in Albuquerque, N.M.  For individual events, all student-athletes listed on the start list for the anticipated event were honored. For the relay events, the four student-athletes who produced the qualifying performance were recognized.