Substation Fire near Moro
Sherman Co. – The Substation Fire is now considered the number one fire in the nation. Additional resources arrived Thursday afternoon in the form of a Pacific Northwest incident management team. These 60 team members add greater depth to the operational forces currently employed on the fire and will assist in managing all aspects of the fire. The additional resources complement the 217 firefighters, who represent 73 fire agencies across the state, currently assigned to the fire.

Industrial Fire Restrictions Increase
Continued drying and increasing fire danger conditions have prompted Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) to impose a Level III (3) industrial closure in zones CS-5 and SK-2 for all lands protected by CFPA in Curry County. The closure will take effect at 12:01 AM, July 20, 2018. The Level III (Restricted Shutdown) industrial closure prohibits cable yarding (except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages or approved motorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and the chokers and during rigging). The following are permitted between 8p.m. and 1p.m. where mechanized equipment capable of constructing fireline is immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start: • Ground-based operations; • Power saws on ground-based operations; • Rotary head saw feller-bunchers with a continuous Firewatch; • Non-rotary head saw feller-bunchers; • Tethered logging systems.  The following are permitted to operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. in a Level III:  • power saws at loading sites; • loading and hauling of any product or material; • blasting; • welding cutting or grinding of metal; • any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned. For more information on fire prevention restrictions you can find CFPA on the web at, call the closure line at 541-267-1789 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

National Guard Activated
The Oregon National Guard (ONG) has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018. At the request of ODF, aviation assets will be made available to wildfire crews in Oregon. The Oregon Army National Guard will provide two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets. Other air assets include an additional HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to be on standby for medical evacuations and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to assist with aerial spotting. Other ONG assets and personnel could be activated if needed, including teams of service members to provide traffic assistance points and firefighting ground crews. Oregon National Guard ground troops have not yet been requested but are available if wildfire conditions worsen. Two teams (each with approximately 125 Soldiers and Airmen) have already been trained and are “Red Card” certified in preparation for wildfire season with an additional 125-person team scheduled to be certified by August 10. The teams are comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state. The ONG has an ongoing agreement with ODF known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how ONG members and assets may be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

Street Closure for Construction
CB release –  The City of Coos Bay will be replacing the public sanitary sewer system along South 10th Street. The contractor performing the work is Benny Hempstead Excavating Inc. Over the past two days, the City’s contractor has been saw cutting the road.  The cuts are in the wheel path.  As a result, there is a safety concern about allowing thru traffic on this road.  Therefore, the City has made the decision to close South 10th Street between Ingersoll and Johnson to thru traffic for the duration of the project.  The road will not be open on the weekends or evenings but local traffic will be allowed access.  It is anticipated that construction will be complete on Wednesday, August 8th.  Please exercise extreme caution when driving in the construction zone. There will be no on street parking in this portion of South 10th Street while the replacement is underway. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to please exercise caution within the construction zone and detour area. The Contractor will work with the affected home owners as needed. Any questions can be directed to Public Works, Engineering Division at 541-269-8918.

One Lane Road Closure on Anderson Avenue
CB release – The City of Coos Bay will begin sidewalk demolition on Anderson in front of First Call Resolutions on Friday, July 20, 2018. The anticipated completion date for sidewalk demo and replacement is three weeks or by August 13th.  On Friday, July 20th, one lane closure on the south side of Anderson Avenue will be closed to traffic between 2nd Street and 2nd Court from 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.  This daily closure will remain in effect for the duration of the project ending August 13, 2018.  Citizens are encouraged to use alternate routes when practical. If you have questions regarding this project, please contact Public Works Operations Division at 541-269-1181 extension 2201. Thank you.

North Bend July Jubilee
Come to North Bend July 20th, 21st & 22nd and enjoy “Something for Everyone” during the July Jubilee! Enjoy a weekend full of fun during the many free family activities! A new Parade Route runs from Lincoln Square to Grant Circle along Union Street and beyond! Parade starts at 1pm Saturday…  The 5thannual 5K Jaunt, Show N Shine, Car Cruise, free swimming, bowling, fishing, and Disc Golf Tournament is just the icing on the cake! Don’t miss the “Community Picnic in the Round” at Grant Circle on Saturday, Wildlife Safari will be there from 10am-1pm with animals on display.  There will be live music, Jump 4 Fun activities, Clowns and kids activity tables including face painting and the Marine Life Center to mention a few! Friday Festivities start with Coffee with a Cop at Ciccarelli’s Coffee Shop at 10am!  Children may enjoy a free lunch with the Princesses from 11-noon at the North Bend Library.  The Princesses will be reading from a wonderful selection of stories while children enjoy their lunch.  Then the library will include a fun event with glitter tattoos and Furry Friends Animals! At five o’clock Sip and Stroll through Downtown North Bend with a fun and festive wine tasting tour sponsored by LTOB starting at Engles Furniture. Make a donation of $10. and receive a Sip-n-Stroll glass and program with all proceeds going to South Slough Scholarship Program.  The Sip-n-Stroll ends at the Liberty Theatre at 7:00 p.m. just in time for the Honored Citizens Awards Reception and the traditional “Cutting of the City Birthday Cake”!  Enjoy cake, Honored Citizens and live theater as Little Theatre on the Bay entertains you! Saturday the July Jubilee 5K Jaunt starts at the Boardwalk. Walkers start at 9 a.m. and runners start at 9:45 a.m. Pre-register or register at 8:00 a.m. for $10 and receive a t-shirt… walkers need not register and may enjoy the jaunt for free! ($10 T-Shirts available while they last) If you get there early, you can watch the Princesses arrive in the North Bend Fire Boat. Celebrate at Grant Circle Community picnic with free hotdogs and ice cream! Listen to live music with “Back in Time”, Destyni & Frank from 11-1pm and “Coos Rhythm & Blues Quintet” from 1:30pm -3:30pm while the kids enjoy free crafts, games, face painting Wildlife Safari and Clowns. A couple new events on Saturday!  Micah and Me Dance Party at the Library 11-noon and another new event called the Triple Crown Run concludes at Grant Circle around 10:30am…medals for the Jaunt and the Triple Crown will be handed out there. Don’t miss the other Saturday events All Car Show & Shine, Car Cruise, Disc Golf Tournament, and the Parade. All are accepting new registrations at the event! Many festivities at North Bend Lanes including Mechanical Bull Riding and a BBQ. Enjoy Little Theatre on the Bay, “Country – Rock ‘N Roll 50’s “If you miss the show on Saturday you can still catch it on Sunday afternoon at 2pm! Sunday, delight in a walk starting at the Boardwalk!  The Historical Walk of Downtown North Bend begins at 10am ….no registration, no fees, just a pleasant time! Enjoy a free Sunday Swim at the North Bend Swimming Pool from 1:30 – 4pm. For more information and times please go to North Bend Information Center Facebook  ,   Facebook at North Bend Oregon July Jubilee , North Bend Oregon Information Center or call 541-756-4613. Make some memories and enjoy “Something for Everyone” in North Bend Friday, July 20th, Sat. July 21st, and Sun. July 22nd!

Campfires & Open Flames Prohibited at State Parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. The ban is in response to Gov. Brown’s declaration of a fire emergency. The campfire and open flame ban includes campgrounds, day-use areas, and all areas of the Ocean Shore and beaches managed by OPRD. The fire ban applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but cannot be left unattended. MG Devereux, OPRD deputy director, says the ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires on OPRD property that would further tax limited firefighting resources. “We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions,” said Devereux. “We appreciate the public’s patience and their willingness to help protect our natural areas.” The fire ban is expected to last at least one week, but will be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials. Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions at or by calling the state parks info line at 800-551-6949.

Oregon Youth Unemployment Rate at Record Low
Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in 2017, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. The unemployment rate for Oregon teens ages 16 to 19 was 9.5 percent in 2017, which was also the lowest unemployment rate since 1978 when comparable records began. This was a large drop from a year before when the unemployment rate for teens was 20.0 percent. The unemployment rate for Oregon young adults ages 20 to 24 was 7.6 percent in 2017, which was also the lowest unemployment rate recorded for this age category. The last time the unemployment rate for young adults was 7.6 percent was in 2005. In 2016, the unemployment rate for young adults was 9.6 percent. Having a part-time or summer job used to be the normal situation for many teenagers. The labor force participation of teens averaged around 59 percent from 1978 to 2000. The rate started falling dramatically in 2001 both in Oregon and the nation. During the recession and in the aftermath of the recession it continued to slip. Oregon’s strong job growth since 2013 attracted more teens and young adults into the labor force. The participation rate of teens ages 16 to 19 increased to 40 percent in 2017. Teen participation is close to its pre-recession rate of 42 percent, but still considerably less than what is was in the 1990s. The participation rate of young adults ages 20 to 24 increased to 74 percent in 2017. More information is available in “Unemployment Rates for Oregon’s Youth – Lowest on Record.”

South Slough: The Moon, the Marsh & More!
Another nature event sponsored by South Slough in Eastside, Saturday, July 21, 10 am, at Millicoma Middle School 4th Avenue. Meet us in the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Middle School on 4th Ave.  to view many marvelous marsh birds along the Millicoma Marsh Trail.   Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided.  Dress for weather.  To sign up go to: Questions?  Call Eric at: 541-888-5558 ext. 126.

Coos Bay Public Library- Spanglish!
Learn Spanglish at CBPL Saturday, July 21, 10:30 am.  Come to the library to practice speaking Spanish in an informal setting and help others improve their skills. Attendees will have the opportunity to converse with a group in Spanish for 90 minutes. Beginners Welcome! For more information call the library at 541-269-1101.

Coos Bay Public Library: Micah & Me Rocks
Micah & Me Rocks at CBPL Saturday, July 21, 3 pm, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay. For more information call the library at 541-269-1101.

Online Ticket Fraud
With the kickoff of professional and college football season upon us, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is advising fans to watch out for ticket scams.  According to the BBB Scam Tracker, football fans reported losing nearly $4,000 to scams last year. The most common scams around football include reselling fake or non-existent tickets through online classifieds, counterfeit merchandise, price gouging, ticket scalping and scammers who use bots to buy thousands of tickets and resell them at inflated prices.  Whether you’re cheering on the Ducks or Beavers, BBB advises fans to follow this advice when purchasing tickets: Pay with protection. Paying with a credit card offers consumers protection if scammed. The credit card company may be able to help obtain a refund if the tickets are fake. Be wary of online sellers that ask to wire money and don’t accept credit cards. Verify the tickets.To check the authenticity of tickets, ask for a copy of the seller’s invoice or purchasing receipt to check where the seller bought the tickets. It’s also recommended to contact the original promoter directly. Check out the seller/broker. Before you decide to purchase tickets on other sites, be sure to look the seller up on Secure, legal sites for second-hand purchases include BBB Accredited businesses SeatGeek and Vivid Seats. These sites guarantee their consumers and sellers a secure transaction. It’s also wise to check if the seller is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. NATB members offer a 200 percent purchase guarantee on tickets. Look up the seller on to confirm you are buying from an NATB-member resale company. Look for secure sites. The website should begin with https (the “s” is for secure) and include a lock symbol on the address bar. Also check the official website for a phone number, physical address and email address. Be wary of sites that rely on a contact form instead of offering a customer service phone number. Contact forms make it hard to reach someone from the company. Shop local. If you’re searching for ticket bargains on classified sites and apps such as Craigslist, eBay Classifieds, OfferUp and Letgo, it’s wise to meet sellers in person in a safe, public place. Any?fan who believes they are the victim of a scam is encouraged to report it to BBB Scam Tracker. For more information, consumers can

CBPD K9 Benefit
Get your tickets today and dust off your grass skirts and Hawaiian wear for a fun filled night at the 1st Annual Summer Luau to help support the City of Coos Bay Police Department K-9 Unit. The event will be held on Friday, July 27th, 2018 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Flappers Wine & Whiskey Bar/Roaring 20’s Event Center. You’ll enjoy a delicious Hawaiian style meal by Chef Jessica. Plus, you’ll be entertained with live surf and hot rod music by the Men from S.U.R.F. from Eugene as well as the local 5 piece Magic Hat Band featuring mandolin, harmonica, ukulele, and wash tub bass. Stillwagon Distillery will provide a Tiki Rum Tasting Station. Attendees can participate in a silent auction and a live mermaid photo booth. Everyone will have the opportunity to win items as drawings will be held throughout the night. No host bar. 21 years of age + ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASES – LIMITED SEATING; Old City Hall/Flappers Coffee House/Wine & Whiskey Bar; 375 Central Ave., Coos Bay.  $40 per Person; $75 per Couple; $225 Corporate Table of 6; $300 Corporate Table of 8. About Coos Bay Police Department K-9 Unit: The City of Coos Bay Police Department’s K-9 members are a valuable asset of the police force who serve the community with honor and integrity. The K9’s are normally used to protect specific personnel, search for criminals, help search and rescue missing people, search for drugs and to help do other important jobs in the police force. Trained in tracking and apprehension and narcotic detection such as methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, these members are an important asset to responding to our community needs and providing a safer environment in which we live.

Correction Deputies/ Officers Graduating
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL032 on Friday July 20, 2018 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL032 on their successful completion of basic training. The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony.  Sheriff Shane Nelson of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be the guest speaker. 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. Members of Graduating Class BCL032 from SW Oregon: Deputy Sheriff Devon Ross, Coos County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff Andrew Scherbarth, Curry County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Sheriff Krystle Toribio, Coos County Sheriff’s Office.

Sentenced to Federal Prison
Victor Joseph Contreras, 23, of Fresno, California, was sentenced today to 150 months in federal prison for charges stemming from a March 2016 shooting death on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. According to court documents, on March 19, 2016, Contreras and codefendant Julian Darryl James Simpson attended a party on the reservation. As a result of escalating disputes between suspected gang members at the party, Contreras and Simpson were asked to leave. When other party goers left the house, Contreras and Simpson opened fire on them using semiautomatic pistols. Simpson fired at least one shot at a victim, striking him in the back of the head, and fired additional shots into a nearby car. Contreras, upon hearing the gunshots, fired more than 20 rounds into the crowd of party goers, striking a second victim just above the ankle. The first victim was medically evacuated to a nearby hospital but later died from his injuries. Contreras fled the scene, but was arrested shortly thereafter. Simpson was arrested a week later in Lewiston, Idaho with the firearm used to kill the victim. Contreras previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence on July 5, 2017. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Contreras will be on supervised release for 5 years. Simpson pleaded guilty to second degree murder on October 27, 2017. He was sentenced 25 years in prison followed by a 5-year term of supervised release. The case was jointly investigated by the FBI and the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, and prosecuted by Scott M. Kerin, Jennifer J. Martin, Paul T. Maloney, and John C. Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

Probation Violation
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, July 19, 12:48 a.m., 2900 block Broadway St., “report of disturbance outside at location, officer respond, contacted subjects, subject arrested for Probation Violation,” 34-year old Vanessa Renae Johnson, North Bend, charged with Probation Violation on Detainer by Parole Officer.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, July 19, 2:11 a.m., Colorado Ave./Cessna Circle, “officer respond to a suspicious vehicle / male subject elude on foot / taser deployed / K9 Track,” 22-year old Ronald Lee Walter, Coos Bay, arrested on NBPD warrant charging Contempt of Court Violation; CCSO warrant charging Assault IV Domestic A Misdemeanor, Strangulation A Misdemeanor & two-counts Reckless Endangering A Misdemeanor.  Additional charges of Trespass II, Interference, False Info, & Escape III.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, July 18, 10:52 a.m., 1360 Aiport Ln., NB, OSP Command, “warrant service,” 25-year old Lindsay Sue Wright, arrested on CBPD warrant charging Theft III, & FTA on Criminal Citation.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, July 18, 12:07 p.m., 2051 Newmark Ave., Walmart, “location of wanted subject,” 28-year old Elizabeth Joi Reed arrested on CCSO warrant charging Probation Violation on UUV charge.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, July 18, 2:03 p.m., 900 block N. Bayshore, “burglary,” 30-year old Mark Anthony Dixon charged with Criminal Mischief II & Criminal Trespass II.  Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, July 18, 7:33 p.m., S. Front St. & Ingersoll Ave., “location wanted subject,” 50-year old William Bradley & 30-year old Briana Hutchison both arrested on Probation Violation Detainers and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.

Sunny but windy along the South Oregon Coast today with highs in the mid 60s and winds from the North at 25-35 mph.  Clear tonight with winds.  Lows near 50 and winds out of the North at 25-35 mph.  Mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday, but breezy through the weekend.




American Legion bb
North Coos Waterfront won an American Legion baseball doubleheader at Phoenix on Wednesday, 7-3 & 10-9.  South Coos ended its season with a split against Phoenix Friday in Coos Bay.  The visitors won the opener, but South Coos (4-16) got the nightcap 8-5.

Tips for fishing during hot weather
ODFW release – Fishing can get a little tough during these hot summer days – water temperatures increase, aquatic weed growth accelerates and fish get lethargic. Here are some ideas to help you beat the dog days of fishing: Fish early in the morning when waters are cooler and fish are more active. Look for fish in deeper water, where it’s cooler. Focus on warmwater species like bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye. Travel to higher elevation lakes and streams where the water, and you, will be cooler. Consider a trip to the coast where ocean and bay fishing can be good throughout the summer. Best bets for weekend fishing – Here are some highlights from this week’s Recreation Report: Trout in Diamond Lake; Chinook in the lower Rogue River; Summer steelhead in the Siletz and South Fork Santiam rivers; Walleye in the upper Columbia River; Lingcod and rockfish in the ocean;  Sea-run cutthroat in the tidewaters of the NW Zone; Smallmouth bass and other warmwater species in Willamette Valley lakes and ponds.

Umpqua River anglers: hot weather fishing tips
With the Umpqua River water temperature at 79 degrees today near Elkton, anglers are encouraged to practice hot weather ethical angling. The North Umpqua River temperature was 74 degrees this morning at Winchester Dam. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Evan Leonetti offers these tips for anyone fishing for salmon and steelhead in the Umpqua River during hot weather: Fish during the cooler early mornings or evenings. Land your fish quickly to help increase survival rates. Keep your fish in at least six inches of water while releasing it. Revive the fish before release. Keep the fish upright facing into the current, and if the current is slow, move the fish back and forth slowly to help oxygenate the gills. Please avoid angling in areas where fish are vulnerable while they are seeking cooler water. “Steelhead and chinook salmon are dealing with low river flows and higher water temperatures, so we really appreciate anglers helping the fish out by following these tips,” Leonetti said. “Our hot weather is expected to continue.” Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency for Douglas County on June 18 due to low snowpack and precipitation, low streamflows, and warming temperatures. Douglas County was the first region west of the Cascades to receive drought declaration this year.




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