JC News by Matt Jarvis

Sunrise/Sunset, Coos Bay, OR
Coos Bay, OR, Friday, March 1, 2024 – Sunrise: 6:51 a.m. and Sunset: 6:07 p.m., offering eleven-hours and 16-minutes of daylight.

Tides, Coos Bay, OR Estuary
Tides for the Coos Bay, OR Estuary, Friday, March 1, 2024 – High tide: 4:26 a.m., 7.1 ft.; Low tide: 11:14 a.m., 1.16 ft.; High tide: 5:29 p.m., 5.27 ft.; Low tide: 10:37 p.m., 2.74 ft.

Veterans Affairs S.A.V.E. Training – Four Ways You Can Help a Veteran in Crisis
SWOCC release – Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Veterans Center presents “VA S.A.V.E. Training,” Friday, March 1, 2024, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, with time for questions after the presentation. This free training will be held on Southwestern’s Coos Campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay) in the Eden Hall lecture room, and will be streamed live on the College’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/@SouthwesternOR/streams. Curry County residents can join us for a watch party in the Community Room on the Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings. What is VA S.A.V.E. Training? VA S.A.V.E. Training will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a Veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The acronym S.A.V.E. helps you remember the important steps involved in suicide prevention: S – Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized; A – Ask the most important question of all: “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”; V – Validate the Veteran’s experience; E – Encourage treatment and expedite getting help. Our presenter is Ariana Ryzebol, MSW, LCSW who is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the United States Veteran’s Administration, based in North Bend, OR. She has been in this position for three years. Ariana is from California’s Bay Area and has been in Oregon since 2014. Ryzebol completed her master’s in social work from California State University, East Bay in 2014 and has been licensed as a clinical social worker in the State of Oregon since 2020. For more information, please contact Shana Brazil, Southwestern’s Veterans Service Coordinator at 541-888-7236 or email sbrazil@socc.edu. For information regarding Veterans at Southwestern visit: www.socc.edu/veterans.

Chrisman & Gareiss Concert
WHAT: The North Bend Public Library is pleased to present Nic Gareiss and Simon Chrisman in Concert. Chrisman and Gareiss have been collaborating and exploring sound and movement since meeting at a folk music festival in 2007. Chrisman is known for his unusual and innovative playing of the hammered dulcimer and has redefined the instrument’s perception at a global level. Gareiss has been called “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” (Boston Herald). Together, Chrisman and Gareiss create a breathtaking evening-length performance of song, instrumental music, and percussive dance. WHEN: The concert will be held on Friday, March 1 at 7:00 PM. WHERE: This event will be held in the Meeting Room at the North Bend Public Library. WHO: The concert is a family-friendly event suitable for all ages. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.northbendlibrary.org or call (541) 756-0400.

Free Build Using Lego® Building Blocks at CBPL
Looking for a rainy-day activity? This winter, the Coos Bay Public Library will offer a series of building programs using Lego® building blocks. The program will be offered the first Saturday of every month (March 2) from 12:00pm until 1:30pm. Participants will use the library’s brick collection to build creations and then write a story about what they built. Creations will then be put on display at the library. All children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information about programs being offered by the Coos Bay Public Library please contact the library by calling (541) 269-1101 or visit the library’s website at https://www.coosbaylibrary.org/.

Oregon State University researchers are first to see at-risk bat flying over open ocean
By Steve Lundeberg, OSU release – CORVALLIS, Ore. – On a research cruise focused on marine mammals and seabirds, Oregon State University scientists earned an unexpected bonus: The first-ever documented sighting of a hoary bat flying over the open ocean. The bat was seen in the Humboldt Wind Energy Area about 30 miles off the northern California coast; the Humboldt area has been leased for potential offshore energy development, and the hoary bat is the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities on land. OSU faculty research assistant Will Kennerley, the first to see the bat, and colleagues documented the sighting with a paper in the Journal of North American Bat Research. The bat was spotted just after 1 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2022, in observing conditions rated as excellent. “I have spent a lot of time at sea in all oceans of the world, and I’ve seen a lot of amazing things,” said Lisa Ballance, director of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute. “A hoary bat was a first for all of us. It’s a reminder of the wonder of nature, and of its vulnerability.” Hoary bats are strong fliers and highly migratory, moving from breeding areas across North America to southern or coastal wintering areas, the scientists said. They are regular visitors to the Farallon Islands near San Francisco and to Bermuda, but a review of current and historic records of offshore bats in North America indicated that a hoary bat had never been spotted from a ship. Hoary bats can fly as high as 2,400 meters – well beyond the vision of human observers and outside the acoustic range of ultrasonic detectors, which could partly explain why the species has seldom been detected offshore, the researchers note. Kennerley and Oregon State marine ecologist Leigh Torres were aboard the R/V Pacific Storm as part of the MOSAIC Project, which studies the distributions and densities of seabirds and marine mammals around potential offshore wind energy areas. Ballance is the four-year project’s principal investigator. The bat appeared during a seabird survey 49 kilometers off the coast of Arcata, California. It was flying between 5 and 10 meters above the ocean, generally approaching the Pacific Storm from the north, and got as close as 50 meters to the vessel. “We of course didn’t set out to look for bats at sea, but this demonstrates the value of having observers out on the water ready and able to document unexpected observations like this,” said Kennerley, who photographed the bat. “I think surprises like this are one of the most exciting parts of doing science.” Research including a 2019 study led by OSU-Cascades suggests the hoary bat, known scientifically as Lasiurus cinereus, is declining at a rate that threatens its long-term future in the Pacific Northwest. Bat population declines are problematic for a host of reasons, researchers say. In many environments worldwide bats provide ecosystem services including pollination, pest control and seed dispersion. They are one of the most diverse groups of mammals but are not well understood, and have in recent years become at great risk both from wind energy production and from the invasive bat disease white-nose syndrome. Wind power affects bats through collision and barotrauma, which refers to injuries caused by rapid changes in atmospheric pressure like what can occur around the blades of a wind turbine. Examination of dead bats collected near turbines often reveals signs of the internal hemorrhaging associated with barotrauma rather than collision. The scientists on the Pacific Storm say their observation provides further evidence that the hoary bats sometimes use offshore habitat. That the sighting occurred within a leased offshore wind energy area highlights the potential for hoary bats to be affected by offshore energy development, they note. “Our study only documents a single individual but nonetheless suggests a greater need for studies looking at threats bats may face at sea,” Kennerley said. Donald Solick of the Electric Power Research Institute and Vesper Bat Detection Services is the corresponding author on the paper, which is based on work funded by the U.S. departments of Energy and the Interior. OSU marine ecologist Rachael Orben is also a co-author of the paper.

Fentanyl Bust on I-5, Linn Co.
LINN COUNTY, Ore. 29 Feb. 2024 – A recent traffic stop in Linn County resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of fentanyl powder and pills headed for the street. On Feb. 16, 2024, at approximately 4:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a silver Honda Accord at milepost 219 on I-5 for a traffic violation. The trooper observed suspicious behavior by the vehicle occupants that pointed to possible drug activity. A K-9 unit was called to assist. The K-9 alerted on possible illegal drugs. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 10,000 fentanyl pills and four pounds of fentanyl powder from a grocery bag behind the driver’s seat. A small amount of other illegal narcotics was also found in the vehicle. The vehicle operator, Danny Yohan Cruz Benitz (18) of Oakland (CA), was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and attempted delivery of a controlled substance. Passenger, Walter Omar Mayorga Aguilar (20) of Sacramento (CA), was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, attempted delivery of a controlled substance, and a parole/probation violation. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available for release at this time.

Public’s Assistance in Identifying Shooting Suspect, Florence Area
Lane Co. SO release – On Monday at about 10:30 p.m., Deputies responded with Florence Police to the area of the Goose Pasture Staging Area on South Jetty Road for a report of a male who was shot. The victim had been struck by gunfire while inside his trailer, causing significant injury. He was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition. Detectives have conducted extensive follow up on the case, but have been unable to locate the suspect. Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or has information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Hudson with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 option 1 and reference LCSO Case #24-0990.

Illegal Camping, NB
According to an entry on the NBPD log for Feb. 28, 7:50 a.m., Sheridan & Virginia, “illegal camping,” 50-year old Jewlia Winders “Operator.”

Violation City Code, NB
According to an entry on the NBPD log for Feb. 28, 7:50 a.m., Sheridan & Virginia, “violation city code.” At 4:45 p.m., Maine & Madrona, “violation city code.”

Warrant
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 5:10 a.m., 700 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, “warrant service” on 33-year old Justin Connell Stevens charging CQPD warrant for FTA on DUII & FTA on FTA on a Citation; and FTA on FTA II.

Illegal Camping, CB
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 5:58 p.m., No. 10th St. & W. Commercial Ave., “officer out with subject.” At 6:24 a.m., 243 W. Commercial Ave., Gould Law Firm, “illegal camping.” At 6:29 a.m., 4th & Anderson, “illegal camping.” At 9:55 a.m., 4th & Anderson, “illegal camping,” 49-year old Alexander Higgins “Ticket.”

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 8:26 a.m., 2001 No. Bayshore Dr., Coos Bay Toyota, “criminal trespass,” 37-year old Nicholas Paul Godwin charged with Criminal Trespass II, “Godwin lodged CCJ.”

Violation City Code, CB
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 10:02, 1200 block Newmark, “violation city code.”

Indecent
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 11:38 a.m., So. 1st & Johnson, “indecent exposure.” At 5:53 p.m., 982 Newmark Ave., old Empire Cleaners, “indecent exposure.”

Warrant
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 11:54 a.m., 500 block So. 4th St., “wanted subject observed in the area,” 63-year old Robert Dean Balch arrested on two NBPD warrants charging FTA on FTA on Criminal Citation & FTA on Criminal Trespass II, “transported to CCJ.”

Burglary
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 8:51 p.m., 2300 block No. Bayshore Dr. & Teakwood Pl., “burglary.”

Warrant
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Feb. 28, 9:28 p.m., 2051 Newmark Ave., Walmart, “check, welfare,” 35-year old Colleen Elizabeth Stone arrested on CCSO warrant charging FTA on Attempt to Commit Class A Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct II, and Assault on Public Safety Officer, “Stone was transported to CCJ.”

WX
Showers and thunderstorms this morning along the South Oregon Coast, then overcast during the afternoon with occasional rain. Highs in the upper 40s and winds from the South to Southwest at 10-20 mph. Rain likely tonight with lows in the mid 30s and winds continue from the South to Southwest at 5-10 mph. Steady rain Saturday morning, then showers continuing int the afternoon with highs in the mid 40s.

 

Sports

OSAA 3A State Basketball Tournament
The first day of the OSAA 3A Girl’s Basketball Tournament was held at Marshfield HS. In championship quarter-finals, Corbett beat Westside Christian 60-45; Vale over Banks 40-28; Amity downed Nyssa 62-38; and, Sutherlin won the day’s final game 48-32 over Creswell. The championship semi-finals Friday have Vale vs. Corbett at 6:30p & Amity vs. Sutherlin at 8:15p. Consolation semi-finals this morning at NBHS have Westside Christian vs. Banks at 9a & Nyssa vs. Creswell at 10:45a. Boys’ 3A first day at NBHS, Westside Christian beat Neah-Kah-Nie 67-39; Harrisburg 44, Burns 29; Cascade Christian 78, De La Salle North Catholic 60; and, Valley Catholic 62, Dayton 55. Championship semi-finals at MHS today have Harrisburg vs. Westside Christian at 1:30p & Cascade Christian vs. Valley Catholic at 3:15 p.m. Consolation semi-finals at MHS this morning have Burns vs. Neah-Kah-Nie at 9a and Dayton vs. De La Salle North Catholic at 10:45a. All games on Saturday will be played at MHS.

Bandon GBXB
Bandon’s girls won their opening game at the OSAA 2A State Basketball Tournament at Pendleton Thursday. The Tigers beat Oakridge 34-23 and will face Regis, Friday, March 1st, 8:15 p.m., on the OSAA Radio Network at www.osaa.org.

MHS gbxb
Marshfield’s girls open the 4A basketball playoffs at home Saturday, 4p, against Stayton. The winner advances to the OSAA 4A State Championships March 7-9 at Forest Grove HS.

MHS bbxb
Marshfield’s boys play at Philomath Friday, 7p, in the first round of the OSAA 4A State Basketball playoffs. The winner advances to the OSAA 4A State Championships March 7-9 at Forest Grove HS.

SWOCC Sports
Southwestern Oregon’s baseball team hosts Clackamas in two NWAC games at Coos Bay Saturday, March 2, noon & 3p. The Laker softball team is at Yakima Valley, Friday, March 1, 3p; Saturday vs. North Idaho at the Edmonds Crossover; Sunday, vs. Everett at 10a.

Pac-12 wbxb
Oregon’s women host Stanford in a Pac-12 basketball finale Saturday, 2p, at Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, on the Pac-12 Networks. Oregon State’s women host California, Saturday, noon, Pac-12 Networks.

Pac-12 mbxb
Oregon’s men take on Arizona at Tucson, AZ in a Pac-12 game Saturday, 11a, on ESPN.

Pac-12 bb
Oregon’s baseball team hosts UC Santa Barbara for three games at PK Park, Eugene, beginning Friday, March 1, 4:05p; Saturday, 2:05p; & Sunday 12:05p, all televised on Oregon Live Stream. Oregon State hosts North Dakota State for three games at Goss Stadium, Corvallis, beginning Friday, 4:05p, Pac-12 Insider; Saturday, 1:05p; and, Sunday, 12:35p. Final two games televised on Oregon State Live Stream-2.

Pac-12 sb
Oregon’s softball team downed Mount St. Mary’s 17-0, Thursday, at the Jane Sanders Classic, Eugene. The Ducks Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, 10:30a, followed by Maryland, 1p. On Saturday, Oregon vs. Maryland at 12:30p. All televised on Oregon Live Stream-2. Oregon State softball is at the Judi Garman Classic, Fullerton, CA. The Beavers open Friday, March 1st, 9:30a against Michigan. On Saturday, OSU plays Long Beach State at 10a, followed by San Jose State at 3p; Sunday it’s Weber State at 9a, and Cal State Fullerton at 11:15a on ESPN+.

Need for Umpires for Prep Baseball & Softball
OSAA release – WILSONVILLE (February 9, 2024) – The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the high school spring sports seasons. There is an immediate need for umpires in baseball and softball. Becoming a high school official has several benefits including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and earning money, according to OAOA Executive Director Jack Folliard. “Oregon has an urgent need for officials in all sports,” Folliard said. “Officials provide valuable service to high schools and students, make a positive impact in the community and build relationships.” Those interested should visit www.newofficials.org.