Promoting the South Oregon Coast
Hugh Link, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, just returned from promoting Oregon Dungeness Crab at the Boston Seafood show.  And, off this week is Visitor Convention Bureau’s Janice Langlinais – She is part of a group headed to San Francisco for the Bay Area’s Travel & Adventure Show.  According to a report, she will participate along with the rest of the South Coast delegation in promoting Oregon’s Bay Area. “This is a huge trade show that attracts 20,000 consumers looking for their next travel destination and this year, the South Coast is going as one big destination!”

Safety Tips While on Spring Break at the Coast
Longer days and warmer temperatures herald the return of spring to the Oregon coast, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) reminds visitors to be safe while exploring the shoreline. “People are so excited for the spring sunshine that sometimes safety takes a back seat,” says Lisa Stevenson, OPRD beach ranger. “But preparation and common sense go a long way to keeping you safe on the coast.” Stevenson lists several tips for ensuring your trip to coast is a safe one: Always keep one eye on the ocean so you won’t be caught off guard if a bigger wave surges up the beach. These “sneaker waves” are unpredictable, powerful and especially dangerous for children. Stay away from logs on the wet sand or in the surf. These logs can weigh several tons and can be moved by only a few inches of water. The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it over you. Be careful on cliffs and rocks. They can be unstable due to erosion. Stay on marked trails and do not climb over fences. Both are there to keep you safe. Know when the tide is coming in, especially when exploring tidepools. It’s easy to become stranded by the incoming tide when your attention is elsewhere. You can keep track of tides with a tide table; pick one up for free at an Oregon State Park or at many coastal businesses. Be wary of rip currents; the fast-moving water channels can quickly carry even the strongest swimmers away from shore. If you’re caught in a rip current, stay calm! Rip currents are narrow channels of water; swim parallel to the shore to escape them, then swim back to land at an angle. Ocean water temperatures can still be chilly, despite the higher temps on land. Don’t overextend your ocean swim, especially during evening hours. Periodically return to the beach to dry off and warm up. For more Oregon coast safety information, watch the new Cape Kiwanda State Park safety video.

Coast Guard urges Pacific Northwest mariners to secure, label paddlecraft
USCG release – SEATTLE — The Coast Guard is urging paddlecraft owners to properly secure and label their vessels after responding to two unmanned-adrift vessel cases Tuesday evening, March 19. Coast Guard crews treat every unmanned-adrift vessel as a search and rescue case and immediately launch a search for potential mariners in distress. “Every unmanned-adrift vessel is treated as a potential distress situation, which takes up valuable time, resources and manpower,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Brook Serbu. “When the craft is properly labeled, the situation can often be quickly resolved with a phone call to the vessel owner, which minimizes personnel fatigue and negative impacts on crew readiness.” Helicopter and boat crews individually search an average of two hours per response and a similar amount of time is spent by other government agency personnel. Additionally, Coast Guard command center and 911 center personnel spend an additional four hours investigating the incident. Coast Guard officials encourage all paddlecraft owners to label their vessels using a permanent or waterproof marker covered with clear, waterproof tape for increased durability. You can also check with a local outdoor recreation retailer or Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla to obtain a Paddle Smart Identification Sticker. At the very least, the label should include the name of the vessel’s owner, a number to reach them and a secondary point of contact. In the event that the vessel is adrift, crews can use that information to contact the owner and avoid launching an unnecessary search. If the owner of a vessel is unable to be located after a reasonable amount of time, Coast Guard crews are forced to destroy the vessel or turn it over to the state for disposal. Mariners who encounter unmanned-adrift vessels or other hazards to navigation are encouraged to contact the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center at 206-220-7001 or via VHF-FM Channel 16.

Oregon Albacore Commission Promotion Committee Conference Call
Friday, March 22, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.  The Oregon Albacore Commission Promotion Committee will hold a conference call at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 to discuss the following agenda items. Proposed Agenda: 1:00 p.m. – 1. Call to Order / Roll Call; 2. Review Messaging Committee notes; 3. Discussion of promotional activities focusing on promoting frozen loins; 4. Adjourn. Contact the Oregon Albacore Commission with questions or for more information: Office #541-994-2647; cell #541-921-8309; email nancy@oregonsalmon.org

Oregon Albacore Commission Budget Committee Meeting Conference Call
Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. – The Oregon Albacore Commission budget committee (Rick Goche, Larz Malony, Shawn Ryan, Clay Archambault, Nancy Fitzpatrick) will hold a meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 to prepare the budget for FY 2019/20 to be presented at the Commission April 3 & 4, 2019 budget meeting.

SWOCC Hosts Executech Technology Conference
Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College and Exeutech are co-hosting a Technology Conference. Get answers to your essential Information Technology (IT) questions on topics like cloud storage, cybersecurity, and more! Exeutech Technology Conference, Friday – March 22, 2019, 8am – 1pm, Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, Empire Hall – Lakeview Rooms E, F, G, Cost is $25 per attendee. Seating is limited. Breakfast and lunch provided. Register at www.bit.ly/soccIT  Participants select from two separate tracks that run concurrently: Business Professionals Track: Includes topics like “Business IT Basics”; “What is the Cloud, how can my business use it”; and “Technology planning for the future”. This session is designed for business owners and managers to help you get up to speed on technology issues for businesses large and small. IT Professionals Track: Include topics like “Cloud & Azure”; “Endpoint & Network Security”; and “Cybersecurity: Managed Detection & Response”. This session is designed for people already working as an IT professional. Take it to the next level! Thank you to participating sponsors and speakers: CampusGuard, Exeutech, Secuvant, Sophos, and Southwestern Oregon Community College. For more information contact Mike Green at Exeutech (mike@exeutech.com) or Piper Lisseveld, Computer Information Systems Instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College (Piper.Lisseveld@socc.edu).

Water Board Flushing Schedule
During the week beginning March 25, 2019 the Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board crews will continue routine maintenance flushing of water lines within its distribution system in Coos Bay.  Flushing of water lines will be in the Empire, Barview and Charleston areas. Flushing will begin in the morning each day about 7:30 a.m. and end at approximately 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  In some locations flushing may begin earlier in the morning and end earlier in the afternoon. Customers within the affected areas may experience periods of reduced pressure and may notice a discoloration of the water during these flushing periods.  Customers should avoid doing laundry if their water appears discolored.  If the discoloration does not clear up promptly, please notify the Water Board
at (541) 267-3128.

Yachats Original Arts & Crafts Fair Returns March 23-24
In the artsy coastal village of Yachats, Pacific Northwest artists usher in Spring Break at the 49th annual Yachats Original Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend. The fair features quality arts and crafts produced by more than 70 regional artists and crafters.  Media include paintings and prints, furniture, jewelry, woodwork, art glass, stained glass, pottery, mixed media, sculptures, woven textiles, art quilts, carvings, fine art photography, specialty foods and drink, bath products, candles, leatherwork, upcycled arts and crafts, garden art, paper arts, clothing, handcrafted toys, and more. The fair takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101. Admission is free.

Spring Whale Watch Week
The Spring Whale Watch Week event returns to the coast March 23 – 31 to celebrate the more than 20,000 Gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. A map of the volunteer-staffed sites is available on whalespoken.org. The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. Rangers from Oregon State Parks will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales. An online live stream of whale activity in Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel during the event. Gray whales migrate north along the coast of the western U.S. annually during spring; they return to Alaskan waters after wintering in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Many of the Gray whales will be accompanied by their new calves, born during the winter. The first large groups of whales pass by Oregon mid-March and the migratory stream typically continues into June. For more information about coast parks and campgrounds, visit oregonstateparks.org.

Bandon Dunes Hike
Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Bandon Dunes is more than just a world class golf resort.  There are more than six miles of trails on the resort grounds.  We will explore those trails. Short Hike:  There are several opportunities to shorten the walk and return to the starting point. Long Hike: 6 mile scenic loop trail with woodlands, dunes, wetlands, a labyrinth (pictured below) and an optional side trip to the beach at Bandon Dunes Resort.  Rated moderate. You can end the trip at the Trails End Grill where you can eat your sack lunch or, better yet, order from the menu. The labyrinth that you will have an opportunity to walk. Location and Time: Meet at 10:00 in the parking lot near McKee’s Pub. From the North, take Hwy 101 south from Coos Bay for about 18 miles and turn right at North entrance to Bandon Dunes Resort (Randolph Rd).  Continue past guard station, turn right at stop sign then  follow signs to the main lodge (which will be a left turn).  Turn into  parking lot on right and go to North end, past McKee’s Pub. From the South, take Hwy 101 north from Bandon for about 3 miles.  Turn left into the south entrance to the Bandon Dunes resort (Fahy Rd, becoming Round Lake Rd) and follow signs to the main lodge (about two miles).   You will take a left toward the main lodge, followed by a right into the parking lot.  Go to the North end of the lot (past Mckee’s Pub).

Becareful of Tax Scams
It’s never safe to let down your guard, warns the Oregon Department of Revenue. Scam tactics are always evolving and becoming more effective. Scammers try many different methods to trick people into giving them personal information or money. The best way for taxpayers to make payments directly to the Department of Revenue is through Revenue Online. It’s secure and includes all the information necessary to ensure the payment is properly applied to the correct account. Go directly to oregon.gov/dor to find Revenue Online. Payment providers may provide links that appear to take you to the government site, but just end up taking you to another area of the provider’s site. Scams mainly come in the form of a phone call, email, or standard mail. Here are some tips to help you identify scam attempts. Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be representatives of the Oregon Department of Revenue or other tax officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill and may use threats or a sense of urgency to con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The Department of Revenue never uses methods like these when making calls. Hang up on suspicious phone calls. No matter how urgent a message makes a situation sound, you can always hang up, call the Department of Revenue at their published phone numbers [(503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free)], and know that you’re dealing with an actual government employee. Scammers send letters. Letters often contain legitimate logos, addresses, and phone numbers to fool you. Sometimes, these letters expose themselves as scams through blurry logos, misspellings, and poor grammar. Letters are usually in the form of a fake tax bill or claiming an error with your account. Letters from the Department of Revenue will have information that is verifiable through our website and every letter is printed with an identification number in the upper right corner. Scammers set up fake websites. Some scams that start as unsolicited calls or letters may also try to send you to fake websites. These websites are designed to look like and official federal or state agency site. Remember that the Oregon Department of Revenue’s web address will always begin with an “https://” designation and be from the “.gov” extension. Look for these in the web address when entering financial information to make sure you’re dealing with us directly. For more information on protecting yourself or what to do if you’re a victim of identity theft, visit: www.irs.gov   www.consumer.ftc.gov   www.identitytheft.gov   You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing- or speech-impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

Passing Counterfeit Money
On Thursday, 03-21-2019 Lincoln City Police arrested two subjects in connection with an investigation involving the passing of counterfeit currency at businesses in Lincoln City. 28 year-old Cody Olin Yankee of Mesa, Arizona was taken into custody and charged with two counts of Forgery 1, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Identity Theft. 37 year-old Sylvia Sharee Schelske of Mesa, Arizona was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery 1, Criminal Possession of Forgery Devise and Fugitive with an out of state felony warrant. On 03-20-2019 at about 2:50 PM, the Lincoln City Police responded to the North Shell Station on a report that a male subject had attempted to pass a counterfeit $100.00 bill. When confronted about the bill, the male subject quickly left the area in what was described as a blue Ford sedan. The investigating officer obtained a description of the suspect and a good photo of him from the store’s video surveillance system. This photo was provided to other officers. On 03-21-2019 at about 6:46 PM, Lincoln City Police received a report of subjects passing counterfeit bills at Schucker’s bar. While officers were responding, it was reported that the suspects fled north bound from the bar in a blue Ford sedan with witnesses giving a partial license plate for the vehicle. Responding officers spotted the described vehicle traveling north bound near the SE 2100 block of Hwy 101 and conducted a traffic stop on that vehicle. During the subsequent investigation officer’s learned that Sylvia Sharee Schelske had an extraditable felony warrant issued for her arrest for failing to appear on a smuggling contraband charge out of Navajo County Arizona. In addition Cody Olin Yankee initially identified himself using his brother’s name, who coincidently had a warrant issued for his arrest. Cody Yankee was detained while officers continued their investigation and once Cody learned his brother had a warrant out for his arrest, he then gave his real name to officers. During the course of the investigation officers found evidence implicating the suspects with the listed charges. A third subject in the vehicle, the driver was questioned and eventually released. Cody Yankee and Sylvia Schelske where initially transported to the Lincoln City Police Department before later being transported and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on their listed charges. The Lincoln City Police Department encourages citizens and business to be sure to take the time to examine the currency they receive, especially larger denomination bills to be sure they are real US currency and to contact the local law enforcement agency immediately if they receive any suspected counterfeit currency. Information regarding counterfeit currency and how to spot it is available at the police department free of charge.

Missing Douglas Co. Male
**UPDATED RELEASE 03/21/2019 9:00 AM** RIDDLE, Ore. – On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 11:46 am, the Sheriff’s Office was alerted by a citizen that a Dodge pickup had been found burned approximately 6 miles up West Fork Cow Creek Road outside of Riddle. Deputies and investigators from the Sheriff’s Office arrived and determined the vehicle to be that of Justin Grant Bibow, who had previously been reported missing. After searching the area, Bibow was located deceased away from the vehicle. The Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office is continuing its investigation into the death. Foul play does not appear to be a factor. Next of kin has been notified.

Fatal on Hwy. 97 near Redmond
On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at approximately 6:46 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 125, just south of Redmond in Deschutes County. Preliminary investigation determined that a silver Honda Pilot, operated by Sara Edwards (19) of Redmond, was traveling southbound on Hwy 97 when she attempted to avoid a vehicle that was entering Hwy 97 from the Desert Terrace Mobile Estates.  Edwards lost control of her vehicle and slid into the northbound lanes and collided with a Mack Concrete Pumping Truck, operated by Michael Cucera IV (36) from Redmond. Edwards sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Cucera sustained minor injuries. Oregon State Police is requesting anyone that witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP.

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Rain today along the South Oregon Coast with highs in the low 50s and winds from the South at 10-20 mph.  Shoers tonight with lows in the lower 40s and winds from the South at 5-10 mph.  Morning clouds followed by afternoon sunshine on Saturday.  Partly cloudy on Sunday.

 

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SPORTS NEWS

MHS sports
Fri, March 22 – 4pm, track intrasquad on Prefontaine Track; 2pm, Baseball: Varsity vs. Rogue River @ MHS; 2pm, Baseball: JV Game (Cancelled) @ Rogue River; 3pm, Softball: Varsity Game vs. Phoenix @ MHS; 3pm, Softball: JV Game @ Phoenix; 4pm, Baseball: Varsity Game vs. Rogue River @  MHS; 4pm, Baseball: JV Game (Cancelled) @ Rogue River; 5pm, Softball: Varsity Game vs. Phoenix @ MHS; 5pm, Softball: JV Game @ Phoenix. Sat, March 23 – 2pm, Tennis: Girls Varsity Match vs. North Bend @ Boys and Girls Club; 4pm, Tennis: Boys Varsity Match vs. North Bend @ Boys and Girls Club.

NBHS sports
Fri, March 22 – 9:46a, Spring Break Assembly. Sat, March 23 – 1p, Softball Girls JV Home Churchill High School (Double-Header); 1p, Softball Girls V Away Springfield High School (Double-Header); 2p, Tennis Girls V Away Marshfield High School; 3p, Softball Girls JV Home Churchill High School; 3p, Softball Girls V Away Springfield High School; 4p, Tennis Boys V Away Marshfield High School.

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North Bend opened the 2019 prep track season at the Siuslaw Icebreaker Meet in Florence Thursday.  No team scores were kept, but the Bulldogs definitely dominated the five-team competition.  Senior Jonathan Chilcote won both the 100 (11.06), 200 (22.87) & anchored the winning 4X100 Relay (44.79) with Divenson Willis, Jake Posey & Coel Stark while classmate Teron Catanzaro won both the Long Jump (20-00.25), Triple Jump (42-01) and took first in the 110HH (16.47).  Junior Chelsea Howard lead the Bulldog girls with wins in the 100 (12.79), Long Jump (17-00.50) & Triple Jump (34-08.50).  Senior Ty Hampton won the boy’s Javelin with a throw of 198-11.  All three of his attempts were in the 198-00 range.  North Bend next competes at April 2nd at the 111th Annual Coos Co. Meet at Marshfield.

SWOCC sports
Southwestern Oregon’s softball team will host Mt. Hood CC in an NWAC doubleheader in Coos Bay Saturday.  The Laker baseball team will play a doubleheader at Lane CC in Eugene.

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Oregon’s basketball team will open the 2019 NCAA Tournament Friday, 1:30 p.m. against Wisconsin at San Jose, CA on WTBS.

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Oregon opens the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday, 6 p.m., Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene against Portland State.  The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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Oregon State’s women host Boise State in an NCAA Basketball Tournament first round game Saturday, March 23, 2:30 p.m., in Gill Coliseum at Corvallis.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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Oregon & Oregon State’s softball teams have home Pac-12 games in the Willamette Valley this weekend. The Beavers host Arizona Friday through Sunday in Corvallis, while the Ducks have Washington Saturday through Monday in Eugene.

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Both Oregon State & Oregon have home Pac-12 baseball games this weekend. The Ducks host Arizona State in Eugene Friday through Sunday, while the Beavers have California Friday through Sunday in Corvallis.

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Oregon’s track teams are at the SDSU Aztec Invitational in San Diego Friday and Saturday.  Oregon State’s women are at the Willamette Invitational in Salem Saturday March 23.

 

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