JC News by Matt Jarvis

Oregon reports 388 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 620, Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. OHA reported 388 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, bringing the state total to 39,316. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (30), Columbia (4), Coos (5), Crook (5), Deschutes (13), Douglas (7), Jackson (24), Josephine (2), Klamath (1), Lane (48), Linn (8), Malheur (13), Marion (49), Morrow (1), Multnomah (95), Polk (8), Umatilla (13), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (50), and Yamhill (6). Oregon’s 612th COVID-19 death is a 50-year-old man in Jefferson County who tested positive on Oct. 6 and died on Oct. 14, in his residence. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 613th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Sept. 24 and died on Oct. 12, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 614th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Curry County who tested positive on Oct. 5 and died on Oct. 12. Place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 615th COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Sept. 23, at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 616th COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Hood River County who tested positive on Oct. 8 and died on Oct. 14. Place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 617th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 6 and died on Oct. 2, in his residence. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 618th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Oct. 3 and died Oct. 9 at Portland Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 619th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old woman in Wallowa County who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died Sept. 29 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 620th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Oct. 3 and died Oct. 16 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

OHA Releases Modeling Update
Friday, Oct. 16, OHA released its latest update to the modeling projections which show that COVID-19 has continued to spread in Oregon over the past several weeks and has the potential to continue to keep increasing in its spread. The model examined three scenarios: The first scenario is where transmission continues at its current level for the next several weeks, new infections and cases will increase substantially. The model suggests new infections would increase to 2,200 from 1,300 and daily reported cases will increase to 570. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 would increase to 40 a day. The reproductive rate would remain at 1.15. The next scenario assumes a 5-percentage point increase in transmission. Daily infections would increase to 3,400 and 740 daily reported cases. Hospitalizations would increase to 48 per day. The reproductive rate would be 1.30. The most optimistic scenario assumes a drop in transmission by 10 percentage points. That would result in 1,400 daily infections amounting to about 290 daily reported cases. Hospitalizations would drop to 20 per day. The reproduction rate would drop to 0.88.

COVID-19 at Two Bay Area Schools
Two student cohorts within the Coos Bay School District have reportedly been exposed to COVID-19 after a family member tested positive for the virus. The cases were reported at both Madison and Sunset schools in the Empire District. School officials have placed ten First Grade students and ten Third Grade students in quarantine as a safety measure. Classrooms have been heavily sanitized, and the quarantined students will move to the Distance Learning Program.

COVID-19 SW Oregon
OHA report for Oct. 17 – Coos Co. – 210 cases; 0 deaths; 8,176 negative tests. Curry Co. – 56 cases; 1 death; 2,169 negative tests. Douglas Co. – 313 cases; 4 deaths; 14,519 negative tests.

Oregon Flu Report
Oregon’s Weekly Surveillance Report for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses – Just Posted: Flu Bites Report for Week 41, October 4-October 10, 2020. Summary: During Week 41, 2.1% of all emergency department visits in Oregon were due to influenza-like illness (ILI). Among Oregon labs reporting to the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) and the state health department, 0.6% of specimens tested were positive for influenza. No influenza-related hospitalizations were reported during the week in the Portland tri-county metropolitan area. No influenza outbreaks were reported. We invite you to share this Flu Bulletin with your colleagues! Please link to the report listed above for more information regarding flu activity in Oregon. Additional information is also available on our website: http://healthoregon.org/fludata

Feds & Election Coverage
PORTLAND, Ore.— United States Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Austin Rice-Stitt will lead local efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 3, 2020 general election. AUSA Rice-Stitt has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for Oregon and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington. United States Attorney Williams said, “Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud. The Department of Justice will always act appropriately to protect the integrity of the election process.” The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur. The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these goals, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations through election day.

City Hall Parking Lot Striping
The City of Coos Bay has contracted to re-stripe the City Hall parking lot. Work will commence in the west parking lot on Monday, October 19th at 6:00 a.m. There will be no parking in west parking lot for most of the day. On Tuesday, October 20th re-striping of the City Hall parking garage will commence at noon. There will be no parking in the City Hall parking garage on October 20th. Please use caution while in the work zones. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact Public Works and Community Development Director Jim Hossley at 541-269-8918 or email at jhossley@coosbay.org Thank you.

North Bend Parks Advisory Board
North Bend Parks Advisory Board Special Meeting Monday, October 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Ferry Road Park, North Bend, OR North Bend Parks Department – nbparks@northbendcity.org Phone 541-756-2656. 1. Call to order; 2. Review of disc golf course layout and park walk though; 3. Public Comment; 4. Adjournment.

Christmas at the Coast
Local release – We need a little Christmas! Shore Acres will be dark this year, so we need lights. Lights everywhere. On your house, your boat, your business. * Sign up on a form on the Christmas at the Coast Facebook page or on a paper form found at the Coos Bay Visitor’s Center at 50 Central Avenue, Coos Bay. * Give your name, address, and promise to turn your lights on Thanksgiving night, and every night till New Year’s Eve, just as Shore Acres usually does. * Pick up a list of addresses at the Visitor’s Center so you’ll know where to drive around to see the most lights. A trophy will be awarded to the best home and business displays. For more information contact Catherine Walworth 541-260-7205 or Janice Langlinais 541-269-0215.

Check Your Oregon Tax Withholding
The Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that now is the perfect time to review their Oregon tax withholding and payments to avoid a surprise when filing next year. “We encourage Oregon taxpayers to check their withholding for tax year 2020,” said Personal Tax and Compliance Division Administrator JoAnn Martin. “Not withholding enough during the year could lead to an unexpected tax bill in 2021.” Oregon’s Form OR-W-4 and Revenue’s online withholding calculator allow taxpayers to determine the correct amount to withhold for Oregon personal income tax. The 2020 Form OR-W-4 and the withholding calculator are available on the department’s website. Generally, wage earners should periodically review their withholding, especially when they had a recent personal or financial change that may affect their tax situation such as a change in income, filing status, or number of dependents. This year, thousands of Oregon taxpayers have had to file for unemployment benefits, many of them for the first time. Unemployment compensation is taxable and withholding is not done automatically. If recipients did not elect to have state income tax withheld when applying for benefits, they will need to fill out Form 1040WH from the Oregon Employment Department website and submit it to the OED to authorize withholding. To get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. You can also call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), we accept all relay calls.

Bureau seeks nominees to help improve public land management in Western Oregon
BLM release – Portland, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on the Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee. This citizen-based committee assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues. The BLM maintains RACs chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Federal Policy and Land Management Act (FLPMA) across the West. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members from interests in local communities. “The Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committees provide the BLM with vital feedback on current issues, concerns, and proposals, and enable us to engage local communities and stakeholders to improve our management of public lands,” said Elizabeth Burghard, Medford District Manager. “The Western Oregon RAC is responsible for distributing Secure Rural School Title II funding, reviewing recreation fee proposals, and more. Our goal is to ensure that the membership of the Western Oregon RAC encompasses a variety of perspectives and backgrounds to guide our work as effectively as possible.” The BLM maintains RACs as a means of gaining expert advice, ideas, and diverse opinions on issues including land use planning, fire management, off-highway vehicle use, recreation, timber development, noxious weed management, grazing issues, and wild horse and burro herd management issues. The RACs support the Bureau’s commitment to building a shared conservation stewardship legacy in the communities it serves. Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on a RAC. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed based on their training, education, and knowledge of the RAC’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference must accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. The Western Oregon RAC has different 9 positions open in the following categories: Category One – Representatives of organizations associated with energy/mineral development; Federal grazing permit holders; the timber industry; transportation or rights-of-way; off-highway vehicles users; and commercial and developed outdoor recreation. Category Two – Representatives of archeological and historic organizations; dispersed recreation users; wild horse and burros organizations; and nationally or regionally-recognized environmental organizations. Category Three – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; Indian tribes located within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; academicians employed in natural resource management or natural sciences; employees of a state agency responsible for management of natural resources; and the public at large. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days until November 13, 2020. For more information, please contact Kyle Sullivan, 541-613-2340, ksullivan@blm.gov.

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake shook the southern end of the two fault lines that run parallel with the Oregon Coast early Sunday, Oct. 18. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was located east to northeast of Petrolia, CA near Cape Mendocino in Northern California.

Toll Bridge Fatal, Hood River Co.
On Friday, October 16, 2020, at approximately 8:00 P.M., a Hood River County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant attempted to contact a Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Baseline Rd. for a traffic violation. The motorcycle accelerated, turned northbound onto Toll Bridge Rd. and eluded the sergeant. The sergeant, approximately one minute after the attempted initial contact, came upon the motorcycle crashed on Toll Bridge Rd. south of the intersection of Hwy 35.  Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded. Oregon State Police is investigating the crash and preliminary investigation revealed that the Suzuki, operated by Lyle Halverson (34) of Hood River, was northbound on Toll Bridge Road at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a right hand corner, entered the southbound lane and crashed into a Ford F-150 pickup operated by Guy Wertgen (53) of Parkdale. Halverson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Wertgen was not injured.

Douglas Co. Fatal, DUII
SUTHERLIN, Ore. – A two-vehicle crash south of Sutherlin Thursday night has claimed the life of a Roseburg man. On Thursday, October 15, 2020, shortly before 8:00 PM, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a two-vehicle crash which occurred on Highway 99 North near Deady Crossing outside of Sutherlin. Deputies responded and determined a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer, operated by 29-year-old Breanna Marie Adkins of Wilbur, drove into the path of an oncoming 2011 Subaru WRX, operated by 33-year-old Carlos Alberto Rivas of Roseburg. Rivas was pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office as well as members of the Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded and took over the investigation. Adkins was transported to Mercy Medical Center where she received treatment for her non-life-threatening injuries. Adkins was determined to be under the influence of intoxicants and was ultimately arrested. She was transported to the Douglas County Jail where she was lodged on the following charges: Manslaughter 2nd Degree; Assault 2nd Degree; Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Detectives are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information pertinent to the investigation to call (541) 440-4458 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

Traffic Stop
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 15, 8:12 a.m., 4th & Donnelly, “result attempt to locate drunk driver,” 52-year old Joel Alexander Johnson cited for Operating without ID When Required, Failure to Maintain Lane & Failure to Carry Proof of Current Insurance Proof, “Johnson cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 15, 10:18 a.m., 900 block So. 1st St., Oregon Pacific Bank, “counterfeit money.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 15, 12:59 p.m., 1600 block Newmark Ave., “caught subject breaking into his vehicle,” 28-year old Brian Douglas Lane charged with UEMV, Criminal Mischief III, Disorderly Conduct II & Harassment. Also, Probation Violation Detainer for Coos Co. Parole & Probation, and CBPD warrant charging Criminal Mischief II & UEMV.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m., Broadway & Park, 48-year old Joseph Diaz charged with DWS Misdemeanor, “cited in lieu of custody.”

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 15, 11:05 p.m., 1000 block Evans Blvd., “subject at location lit 2 fires in the bushes, refused to leave property,” James Quintana arrested on CBPD warrant charging Resisting Arrest & Criminal Trespass II, additional charge o Criminal Trespass II, Unlawful Possession of Meth & Resisting Arrest.

According to an entry on the CQPD log for Oct. 15, 7:08 a.m., 100 block E. 2nd St., 42-year old Jason Dwayne Thomsen charged with Theft III, Criminal Mischief II, “cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 16, 10:54 a.m., 400 block Shorepines Ave., “UEMV.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 16, 3:07 p.m., 4755 SW Griffith, Beaverton, “warrant service,” 73-year old Roy R. Fernandez arrested on CBPD warrant charging Harassment & two-counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, “served by Beaverton PD.”

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 16, 3:49 p.m., 2051 Newmark Ave., Walmart, 32-year old Paige Elizabeth Hall charged with Criminal Trespass II, “cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CQPD log for Oct. 16, 9:55 a.m., 200 block No. Central, “counterfeit money.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 17, 3:55 p.m., 900 block So. 2nd St., “follow up,” 39-year old Robert Field charged with Criminal Mischief II, “Field was cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 17, 7:01 p.m., 250 No. Baxter St., CCSO, “warrant service,” 35-year old Matthew Tyler Michel charged with Failure to Appear I.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Oct. 17, 9:50 p.m., 800 block Stillwater Dr., “dispute family,” 45-year old Brian L. Rigg charged with Domestic Harassment, “Rigg lodged at CCJ.”

According to an entry on the CQPD log for Oct. 17, 11:18 p.m., Hwy. 42 & Hwy. 101, “assist CCSO,” 31-year old David Evan Hubly charged with Burglary I, Possession of Burglary Tools & Criminal Mischief I, “Hubly transported to CCJ.”

Sun and clouds mixed today along the South Oregon Coast with highs in the mid 60s and winds from the North at 10-20 mph. Mainly clear tonight with lows in the upper 40s and winds from the North to Northeast at 10-15 mph. Sunshine with some clouds on Tuesday with highs in the mid 60s.





Prep BB & SB
The “Mini Season” continues for Marshfield and North Bend today with baseball scheduled at Clyde Allen Field and softball at Coos Head Field. Both games begin at 4 p.m. The baseball game will be broadcast live on FM 105.1, KMHS.

ODFW’s Williamson River boat ramp reopens
ODFW release – Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Williamson River boat ramp at Chiloquin will be reopening to the public on Oct. 17 after improvements to the site were completed. The construction project removed the outdated, inoperable and unsafe boat slide and replaced it with a concrete boat ramp as well as a new ADA vault toilet restroom and ADA accessible parking lot. Due to site limitations and minimizing construction impacts, the new boat ramp is steeper than usual and includes a wheel stop to help prevent users from backing into the river. These improvements were completed in partnership with Klamath Tribes and funded with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) funds along with an Oregon State Marine Board facility grant. This facility is day-use only and intended for drift boat and small water-craft use. Users are asked to use extra caution when launching or retrieving boats at this site. Catch and release rainbow trout fishing is open thru Oct. 31 on this section of the Williamson River. Call the Klamath ODFW office (541) 883-5732 for more information.