Bay Area Chamber announces Excellence in Education awards
BACC release – COOS BAY, Ore. – The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce believes that great education and a great economy go hand in hand. Thriving businesses support a healthy education, and graduates who are ready for work or college strengthen our local businesses and community. The Chamber has a goal of building bridges between business and education throughout the Bay Area. To that end, the Chamber hands out three awards annually, open to educators from pre‐school to college, in public, private and alternative settings. This year’s awards are: Innovation in Teaching — Stephanie Howe, Marshfield High School: Stephanie Howe came to Marshfield High School in 2012 as a 10-grade English teacher and hit the ground running. Catherine Hampton, a former Chamber education winner, stated: “I have watched Stephanie over the past few years build a strong award-winning yearbook program even though she had no previous experience. Not only is she highly respected by her students, but she is also an excellent leader among her peers as the department chair of the English Department. She is very intelligent, motivated and organized in all she does and an all-around amazing educator.” Contributor to Education – Bill Berrian, North Bend School District: Bill Berrian is a counselor and supporter of students daily. While completing arduous numbers of psychoeducational evaluations, Bill maintains a positive attitude and performs all tasks with grace, compassion and the highest of ethics. Allyson McNeill, special education director for North Bend School District, said this about Berrian: “Bill has a knack for leading student teams to student focused decisions and helps teams problem solve mental health issues, behavior concerns, and learning problems.  He treats everyone with dignity and respect; he follows all moral and ethical expectations of his role. Countless students have been successful graduates due to their relationship with Bill or due to the assessments/work he has done in their behalf. “ Unsung Hero – Nicole Ault, Blossom Gulch Elementary School: Nicole Ault is a first-grade teacher who loves her students not just for a school year, but throughout their educational journey. She has been known to go to events and graduations of her former students, to remind them of how proud she is to have known them and taught them. Ault is known to spend her own money on school supplies and ensures no student goes without.  Her love for education shines through each day she works. Blossom Gulch Assistant Principal Kara Davidson said, “Nicole is a dedicated teacher who is driven by her desire to constantly meet the ever-changing needs of all of her students” From these three honorees, the Chamber will select its Bay Area Educator of the Year, to be announced at the Chamber’s annual awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 26. For more information, or to reserve banquet tickets, please contact: Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (541) 266-0868

Southwestern to host Community Resource Fair
SWOCC release – Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will host a Community Resource Fair on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in Empire Hall, on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The event is free and open to the public. Local businesses and community resource providers are encouraged to participate. Table space and a banner with your organization’s name will be provided. There is no registration fee to join; however, reservations are required and we are almost full, so save your space by contacting Sierra Kasney at Businesses and resource providers are encouraged to bring handouts, gifts, coupons, games, and other entertaining ideas to this fun, interactive event. Students and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in this fun and exciting way to learn what our community has to offer. Please share and bring your family and friends! We are excited to bring our businesses, resources, students, and community together on January 18th! Questions?  Please contact Sierra Kasney at or Genavieve Sharkey at

Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council in Bandon
The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet Jan. 18th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bandon Conference and Community Center, 1200 11th St. SW, Bandon. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda includes presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives, including updates on: Oregon State Parks’ South Coast trail projects; Oregon Coast Bike Route; Coquille Water Trail; Coos County’s Whiskey Run Trail System; Lower Rogue River Trail; Oregon Mountain Biking Coalition; the Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, and more. View the agenda online:  ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise OPRD and its partners in the development and promotion of high quality non-motorized trail systems throughout Oregon. The council is made up of seven volunteer members representing the five congressional districts and two coastal representatives. Members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The council holds quarterly meetings in different locations across the state. For more information about ORTAC, visit The meeting location is ADA accessible. Individuals that need special accommodations to attend should contact Holly Emery, Administrative Support Specialist, at 503-986-0803 or, at least three days in advance.

Police Academy Graduates
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 384th  Basic Police Class. The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects. Basic Police Class 384 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation.  Chief Heath Kula of Oregon Health Sciences University Police Department will be the speaker. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP384 on their successful completion of basic training. The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. Graduating members of BP384 from the South Coast: Deputy Sheriff Spencer Bell, Coos County Sheriff’s Office; Police Officer Zachary Carpenter, Bandon Police Department; Deputy Sheriff Levi Noel, Coos County Sheriff’s Office; Police Officer Andrew Perry, Port Orford Police Department.

Uncorking Opportunity!
Uncorking Opportunity at OCCI in Coos Bay on Friday, January 18, 2019, 6pm, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute at SWOCC at 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  COST $75, Buy Tickets Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation 541 888 7211. Join us at the 5th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. 100% of ticket sales and funds raised support college scholarships. Event features fine Oregon wines paired with the excellent cuisine of Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Executive Chef Randy Torres and OCCI’s chef students.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Artwork
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with artwork on Saturday, January 19, 2019 – all day at the Pony Village Mall in North Bend. Human Rights Advocates of Coos County presents Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Monday Jan 21st 1pm to 3pm and Artwork Sat Jan 19th through Thurs Jan 24 Mall Hours Suite #138 between AT&T and Sears at Pony Village Mall *MLK Video Footage *Songs and Music by local artists *Carl Siminow will receive the 2019 Lila Bidwell Human Dignity Award *New Color Prints and Presentation of the 30 Human Rights *Students’ Artwork will be on display Info: Bittan Duggan (541)217-4095

Tide of the Toddlers
Tide of the Toddlers First Impressions at South Slough, Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10am, South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center at 61907 Seven Devils Road, Charleston. Bring your child, ages 1-5 years old to learn how they think and feel about animals.  We will combine movement, art, music and math to better understand our first impressions of various animals and ways to promote pleasant experiences engaging in the natural world. [Max-20] ($2/child) Registration online: Questions?  Call Deborah- 541.888.5558 ext. 158.

Annual Craft Sale at CBPL
Friends of the Coos Bay Library Annual Craft Sale will be held Saturday, January 19 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 20 at 10 a.m. A wide range of supplies, books, and other items all related to crafts will be offered.

Annual Agate Festival
The picturesque coastal town of Yachats, Oregon is gearing up for its “Eighth Ever” Agate Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday, January 19th and 20th 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the weekend of the Martin Luther King three-day holiday.  The event is free. Dubbed the “Gem of the Oregon Coast”, Yachats is internationally known for its natural beauty, including the treasures uncovered by winter storms and winds, making January a prime time for agate hunting.  Vendors from throughout the state as well as from Washington and Northern California will be on hand to display and sell rough specimens and finished artistic creations of minerals, gems, crystals, and fossils.  The show will take place at the Yachats Commons, located at Highway 101 and West 4th Street in the heart of town.  In addition, there will be speakers, demonstrations, and fun things to do for all ages. On Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m., the featured speaker will be Marli Miller, a geological sciences faculty member at the University of Oregon since 1997. She is a geologist, photographer and author of the new second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon.  Her work showcases the state’s splendor while also helping enthusiasts understand geologic processes at work.  She will be available to sign her book at the Agate Festival.  Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. Cameron Rauenhorst (also known as Captain Clameron because of his knowledge of clam digging in this area) will speak about the variety of treasures that can be found on local beaches.  Rauenhorst has been an enthusiast of beach rock-hounding for many years.  He has been a part-time Oregon Park Ranger and has given many talks for kids of all ages on what you can discover on the beach – agates and much more. The speaker on Sunday, January 20th: at 11:00 a.m. will be K. Myers, who has served as the Yachats Agate Festival’s “Rock Doc” for a number of years.  Myers is the author of Agates of the Oregon Coast, a handy guide to finding agates, jaspers and other natural treasures on the Oregon Coast. Other attractions will include demonstrations in the art of making cabochons and the age old art of flint knapping. Once again this year the Yachats Area Presbyterian Church, also known as the “church of the agate windows”, will offer access to the sanctuary where the six large agate panels are displayed in their glory.  A volunteer will be available at the church from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday the 20th. The festival will be offering three separate drawings for valuable baskets of fine prizes from many local merchants.  This year all proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR), which provides a well-trained and equipped professional team of volunteers who are prepared to respond rapidly, effectively, and safely to serve as an additional resource in the search and rescue of lost, missing, and overdue persons.  Currently there are 28 trained volunteers in the non-profit organization. Since the festival began in 2012 the January event has been a big success, drawing visitors from throughout the northwest and beyond.  Merchants, restaurants and lodging providers enjoy participating in the weekend activities. More information may be obtained by visiting the Yachats Agate Festival Facebook page, the festival’s website at, or by contacting the Yachats Visitor Center at 800-929-0477.

Film Noir Series
Film Noir- at CBPL on Sunday, January 20, 2019, 4pm, Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay. The Film Noir series is held on the third Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome at this free program sponsored by the Friends of the coos By Public Library. Please call 541-269-1101 or visit for further information about this program.

Bullying/Threat in North Bend
NBPD release – On the evening of 01/16/19, a North Bend High School teacher was made aware of an on-line discussion among high school students in the area regarding a North Bend high school student who was being cyber-bullied. One North Bend student wrote that he knew who was doing the bullying to which a 14-year-old North Bend high school student responded, “I’ll bring the guns.” The North Bend Police Department was notified by North Bend High School administrators on 01/17/19 at 7:19 am. Officers responded immediately and contacted the student in the cafeteria at the high school. The student was isolated and a thorough investigation ensued. No weapons were found and the student admitted to writing the message. While the student reported that he didn’t actually intend to bring guns, North Bend Police Department takes all such statements and threats seriously. The student was removed from the school and the case will be reviewed by the Coos County District Attorney’s Office. The North Bend Police Department would like to remind (1) parents to monitor their children’s on-line activity closely; (2) all to report threats to authorities immediately (even if they are not thought to be credible); and (3) parents and teachers to remind children that even a fake threat can have serious consequences on their future. The children of our community and their safety remain a high priority for this police department.

Bonfire Altercation
Myrtle Ln, Coquille, CCSO release – On January 10th, 2019, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Coos County Parole and Probation Department regarding a report of an adult providing alcohol to minors, as well as possible damage to personal property. An investigation was launched and multiple juveniles were interviewed in connection to the case over a period of several days. Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that on or about January 4th, 2019 a bonfire party was hosted at 91485 Myrtle Lane, in the Riverton district of Coquille. It was learned there was an altercation during in which the suspect, 28 year old Brian Gulseth, pushed or otherwise grabbed three male juveniles. One juvenile was pushed with such force into a pickup as to cause a dent with an estimated value of over $1500 to fix. Further, it was learned Gulseth provided alcohol to at least two juveniles under the age of eighteen, and provided a place for more juveniles to consume alcohol. Lastly, the investigation showed Gulseth provided marijuana to a minor under the age of eighteen. Gulseth, who is on parole for Robbery II, was arrested with the assistance of Parole and Probation for Criminal Mischief I, Providing Marijuana Items to a Minor (both C Felonies), three counts of Harassment (B Misdemeanor), two counts of Providing Alcohol to a Minor (A Misdemeanor) and Providing a Place for Minors to Consume Alcohol (A Misdemeanor). Gulseth was booked and lodged at the Coos County Jail for the above listed crimes. A detainer was additionally placed by Parole and Probation for Gulseth to be held.

Saddler Rd., CCSO release – On the morning of January 17th, at about 1:35 A.M., Coos County Deputies were called to a trailer located at 64274 Saddler Rd. for a reported burglary. Once at the residence Deputies were informed the victim had his trailer broken into by his landlord, 39 year old Jennifer Bradley. While in the trailer Jennifer reportedly stole a TV. Deputies attempted to contact Jennifer, a Coos County Probation client, in regards to the burglary. Jennifer would not come to the door. Deputies applied for and were granted a search warrant for Jennifer’s house. The search was carried out, and James’ TV was located. Jennifer was also located in the residence and placed under arrest for Burglary in the first degree, a class A felony, and Theft in the second degree. Jennifer was transported to the Coos County Jail where she was lodged.

Probation Violation
Garden Valley Rd. & Hwy. 42, CCSO release – On January 16th, 2019 at 0923 hours, a Deputy with the Coos County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Garden Valley and Highway 42, Coquille, Coos County, Oregon for multiple traffic infractions. A narcotics detection K9 was called to the traffic stop. The narcotics K9 alerted to the vehicle and a search was conducted. Narcotic paraphernalia was located on the passenger side of the vehicle where 36 year old Sarah Latimer was seated. A can of pepper spray was also located on the floor board on the passenger’s seat near the narcotics. Sarah’s Probation Officer was contacted and a detainer was authorized. Sarah was taken into custody and lodged in the Coos County jasil without incident. Sarah was charged with Probation Violation and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. The narcotic paraphernalia was sent to the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab for controlled substance analysis. Sarah will be referred to the Coos County District Attorney’s Office for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Elrod Ave. & So. 7th St., CCSO release – On January 16th, 2019 at 2:19 PM, a Deputy with the Coos County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle near Elrod Avenue and S 7th Street, Coos Bay, Coos County, Oregon, for multiple traffic infractions. As the Deputy was approaching he observed 35 year old Richard Luck sitting in the driver’s seat. The Deputy checked Richard Luck through the state and national data base and learned he was Driving While Suspended at the Misdemeanor Level. The Coos County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center also advised Richard was on Parole through the Coos County Community Corrections Office. Richard’s Parole Officer was contacted and a detainer was authorized. Richard was taken into custody without incident and a narcotics detection K9 was called to the scene. The narcotics detection K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search was conducted and a spoon with residue and a scale with residue were located. Both were sent to the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab for a controlled substance Analysis. Richard was transported to the Coos County Jail and lodged without incident. Richard is currently on a downward departure, and if his parole is revoked, he could face 12 years in prison for the previous and current charges. Richard was issued a citation for Driving While Suspended at the Misdemeanor Level. Richard will be referred to the Coos County District Attorney’s Office for Unlawful Possession of Heroin.

Rain today along the South Oregon Cost with highs in the mid 50s and winds from the South to Southeast at 15-25 mph.  Rain tonight with wind.  Lows near 50 and winds out of the South to Southwest at 20-30 mph.  Light rain and fog on Saturday, and rain on Sunday.





MHS sports
Fri, Jan 18 – Wrestling: Varsity Tournament @ Oregon Classic, @ Deschutes Fair Grounds, Redmond; 4pm, Swimming: Varsity Meet vs. TBA @ Mingus Park Pool; 4:15pm, Basketball: Girls JV vs. Siuslaw @ MHS Main Gym; 4:15pm, Basketball: Boys JV vs. Siuslaw @ Harding Gym; 5:45pm, Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Siuslaw @ MHS Main Gym; 7:15pm, Basketball: Boys JV2 vs. Siuslaw @ Harding Gym; 7:15pm; Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Siuslaw @ MHS Main Gym. Sat, Jan 19 – Wrestling: Varsity Tournament @ Oregon Classic; 3pm, Basketball: Girls JV vs. North Bend @ MHS Main Gymnasium; 4:30pm, Basketball: Boys JV vs. North Bend @ MHS Main Gym; 6pm, Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. North Bend @ MHS Main Gym; 6pm, Basketball: Boys JV2 vs. North Bend @ Harding Gym; 7:30pm, Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. North Bend @ MHS Main Gym.

NBHS sports
Fri, Jan. 18 – 4p, Basketball Boys JV Home Eagle Point; 4p, Basketball Girls JV Home Eagle Point; 5:15p, Basketball Boys V Home Eagle Point; 6p, Basketball Boys FR Home Eagle Point; 6:45p, Basketball Girls V Home Eagle Point High School. Sat, Jan 19 – NBHS OMEA Solo Ensemble; TBA -Wrestling Coed V Away TBA (Nick Lutz Invitational); 3p, Basketball Girls JV Away Marshfield; 4:30p, Basketball Boys JV Away Marshfield; 6p, Basketball Boys FR Away Marshfield; 6p, Basketball Girls V Away Marshfield; 7:30p, Basketball Boys V Away Marshfield. Sun, Jan 20 – NBHS OMEA Solo Ensemble; Bowling Boys V Away TBA (Firs Bowl); Bowling Girls V Away TBA (Firs Bowl).

SWOCC sports
Southwestern Oregon’s basketball teams have NWAC games at Portland CC on Saturday.  Women at 2 p.m., men at 4 p.m.

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Oregon beat Arizona on the road 59-54 in Pac-12 men’s basketball Thursday night.  The Ducks (2-2, 11-6) play at Arizona State Saturday, 6:30 p.m., on the Pac-12 Networks.  Oregon State fell at Arizona State 70-67.  The Beavers (3-1, 11-5) play at Arizona on Saturday, 4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks.

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Oregon’s women host Arizona State Friday, 6 p.m., Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, in a Pac-12 basketball game.  Oregon State hosts Arizona at 7 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Corvallis.  Both on the Pac-12 Networks.

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago–Saturday, January 19
Hike Description:   We will start at the Sunset Bay Day Use Area, and follow the trail to the headland, where we will walk along the bluff, with great views of the ocean. As we continue around the group campground, we’ll descend to Norton Gulch, and then take the trail along the bluff to Shore Acres, viewing incredible sandstone formations along the way. The trail from Sunset Bay to Shore Acres is about 2 miles, and those desiring a shorter hike can turn around there (for a total of 4 miles). The longer hikers will continue past Shore Acres to Simpson Beach, and then follow the Coast Trail to the Simpson Reef overlook, and then through the woods to Cape Arago. The whole trip to Cape Arago will be about 4.5 miles, one-way, with a shorter return, using the Cape Arago Highway. Along the way to the Simpson Reef Overlook, we’ll branch off on some lesser known trails that provide great views.






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