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Coos Bay Walmart Will Limit Shoppers

The Coos Bay Walmart will be following company policy starting Saturday to ensure safe social distancing practices. The guidelines are put out by the CDC. Because of a large influx of people, the Coos Bay store will set up markers outside the store where shoppers will have to wait. Greeters will control the number of [...]


Friday April 3 2020

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Sawdust Theatre 2020 Season Canceled

The Sawdust Theatre has canceled the 2020 season for the first time ever since it opened in 1967. Spokesman Michael Thurman said the season even went on the fire destroyed the theatre in 1994. The season normally runs every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The cast and crew runs from about 50 to [...]


Friday April 3 2020

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Carson Oil Gas Stations Allow Self Serve at Gas Stations

Some locally-owned gas stations who were pumping gas are now allowing self-serve. Chris Davis of Carson Oil says the decision came in the interest of safety for customers and employees. All regular staff at the company’s five stations in North Bend, Coos Bay, Bandon and Coquille are still working. Davis says since announcing earlier this [...]


Thursday April 2 2020

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Reedsport Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed

Douglas County Public Health officials have confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in Reedsport. Spokeswoman Vanessa Becker says the county’s epidemiology team has made contact with the patient to determine how it was contracted, symptoms as well as with whom that person might have come into contact. Once those determinations are made, the team will alerting [...]


Thursday April 2 2020

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Coos County Commissioners Ban Temporary Stays for Tourists

Coos County Commissioners, in a split decision, adopted an order restricting short term rentals in the county. They cited public health authority to enact the emergency prohibition. Short-term rentals are defined as rentals for less than 30 day. It does allow for local county residents and their families to use lodging facilities and provided an [...]


Wednesday April 1 2020

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City of Coos Bay Adopts Resolution for Temporary Lodging

The City of Coos Bay has adopted a resolution asking hotels and temporary lodging facilities to so stop booking tourist stays in light of COVID-19 Coronavirus concerns. Last week Councilors passed a resolution asking the governor to mandate a protection for coastal communities. She denied the request. In light of the denial, the city asked [...]


Wednesday April 1 2020

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Port Continues Work on Charleston Ice Plant

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay continues work to rebuild the Charleston Ice Plant that was destroyed by fire last year. Port staff in tandem with contracted engineering and construction firms have been working aggressively to rebuild the plant as quickly as possible to mitigate impacts to the local commercial fishing fleet. Currently, 13 [...]


Tuesday March 31 2020

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Rhododendron Festival Cancelled Second Time in 113 Years

Florence officials have cancelled the Rhododendron Festival for only the second time in 113 years. Florence Chamber Events and Tourism Coordinator Mitzi Hathaway said the decision was difficult. Once the stay at home order was extended, cancelling was the only viable option. She says since the festival in May draws 17-thousand visitors to Florence. Since [...]


Tuesday March 31 2020

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Coos Health and Wellness Addresses Rumors

Coos Health and Wellness address rumor circulating throughout the community about a positive COVID-19 case in Coos County. A recent rumor was started stating that an individual in Bandon was in contact with a positive case from Wisconsin. This was been proven to be false with no factual basis. If you have questions of a [...]


Friday March 27 2020

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BLM Closes Developed Recreation Facilities

Bureau of Land Management has closed developed recreation facilities in an effort to encourage the public to stay home and observe social distancing mandates. Access points to Bastendorff Beach south of Charleston, the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area near Reedsport, and North Spit Boat Ramp are closed. Restrooms and parking areas are also closed. Spokeswoman [...]


Friday March 27 2020

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