State News

Fire Season Over But Fire Prevention Continues

Fire season has ended, but fire prevention is not over. The Coos Forest Protective Association has lifted fire season on all lands under their protection. They urge the public to use caution when burning or doing other activities that could cause a fire to start. The CFPA does not prohibit the burning of household paper [...]


Monday October 16 2017

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Two Stranded Women Rescued By Coast Guard

Two women were rescued after getting stranded on a rock. Watch standers at the Coast Guard received a request for assistance at 5:50pm from police, who received a mobile phone call for help from the stranded women. The Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene at approximately 6:30pm and deployed a rescue swimmer to assist the [...]


Friday October 13 2017

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Deadline To Claim Expired Refund Checks

Thousands of taxpayers across Oregon have tax refund money awaiting them. After state checks expire, two years from their issuance date, there’s a limited window of time to get them re-issued before additional requirements apply. That window closes at the end of business on October 13th.   Each October, Revenue has to send any expired check amounts [...]


Friday October 13 2017

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First Marijuana Tax Revenue Distribution

The first distributions of state marijuana tax revenues, totaling nearly $85 million, are on their way to the State School Fund; the Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Drug Services Account; Oregon State Police; the Oregon Health Authority; and Oregon’s cities and counties. All distributions will be complete by October 12th.   Between January 4th, 2016 and August 31st, [...]


Thursday October 12 2017

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“Pounder” Trout Being Stocked In Coos Bay Lakes

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking Empire Lake with trout. This week, the ODFW is stocking “pounders”, rainbow trout averaging just over a pound each, into Coos Bay area lakes for a fall trout fishing opportunity. Upper Empire Lake is getting 3,500 trout. Lower Empire is reportedly clogged with weeds and has [...]


Wednesday October 11 2017

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Firewood Permits Available In Reedsport/Waldport

Firewood permits are available for purchase at Siuslaw National Forest offices. Permits are required regardless if the firewood is for personal use or to be sold commercially. Firewood cutting season usually runs from October through the end of February, although cutting and removing firewood outside that timeframe may be authorized on a case-by-case basis.   Personal use [...]


Tuesday October 10 2017

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BLM Issues Revised Emergency Closure Of Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District has issued a revised emergency closure of public lands in Curry County. This closure affects public lands within and adjacent to the Chetco Bar fire. The emergency closure has been limited to the fire perimeter. Motorized and non-motorized travel, including foot traffic, is prohibited in the closed [...]


Monday October 9 2017

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Governor Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Vegas Shooting Victims

Governor Kate Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on October 6th to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.   “My thoughts are with the families of those tragically killed in Las Vegas,” Brown said. “My heart breaks that this will never be enough to [...]


Thursday October 5 2017

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Reedsport Residents Fined By DEQ

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Michael Leon Mast and Jared Michael Mast of Reedsport, $15,357 for allowing storm water and sediment to wash or drain into a wetland, at a property they own in Lakeside,. The pair own the property on Wind Song Lane (a private road in Lakeside). In 2016, they [...]


Wednesday October 4 2017

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Coffee With A Cop In Winchester Bay And Myrtle Creek

The Douglas County Sheriff’s office invites everyone to have “Coffee with a Cop” on Wednesday, October 4th. The goal of this event is to break down the barriers between law enforcement and the community – one cup at a time. Residents are invited to stop by to have a cup of coffee with law [...]


Tuesday October 3 2017

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