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More Than 72,000 Pounds Of Trash Removed By Volunteers

More than 4,600 volunteers collected trash on September 23rd to improve Oregon as part of the annual SOLVE Beach Cleanup. This year, an estimated 72,000 pounds of trash and marine debris were collected from 140 sites across the state. Beach cleanups took place along 362 miles of the Oregon coast, removing litter and invasive, non-native [...]


Wednesday September 27 2017

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Recreational Bottomfish To Re-Open For Some Species Outside 40 Fathoms

Recreational fishing for bottomfish for some species will re-open on October 1st outside the 40 fathom line for anglers with “long-leader” gear. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that several species of rockfish found outside of 40 fathoms are abundant and catches are well under quota, including yellowtail and canary rockfish. Long-leader gear [...]


Wednesday September 27 2017

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Chetco Bar Fire Now At 97% Containment

The fire that began on July 12th is now at 97% containment. Firefighters continued equipment recovery and suppression on the Chetco Bar Fire on Monday, September 25th. Over 160 miles of hose has been retrieved from the fire perimeter. Crews continue to work with chippers to dispose of brush that was cut when fire lines [...]


Tuesday September 26 2017

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Animal Friends Blessing At Mingus Park

[ October 1, 2017; 1:00 PM; 1:00 PM; ] The Blessing of Our Animal Friends on Sunday, October 1st at 1pm in Mingus Park, gathers pets and people together to celebrate the bonds of love and trust. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Emmanuel Episcopal Church continue a centuries-old tradition. The service will be held whatever the weather at the park’s playground area on 10th [...]


Monday September 25 2017

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ODFW To Hold Public Meeting In North Bend

[ September 26, 2017; 6:00 PM; 6:00 PM; 6:00 PM; ] The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host two public meetings on the 2018 recreational Pacific halibut fisheries. One will be on Tuesday, September 26th at 6pm in the North Bend Library, the other on Wednesday, September 27th at 6pm in the ODFW Marine Resources Program conference room, 2040 Marine Science Drive Newport.   ODFW staff [...]


Wednesday September 20 2017

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Evacuation Levels Dropped For Umpqua North Fires

Umpqua North fire evacuation levels have dropped. Effective Tuesday, September 19th at 12 Noon, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office and fire managers will lift all evacuations related to the Umpqua North Fires. Residents living in the Dry Creek/Illahee area (Highway 138 E, milepost 46.5 to 49.5), Slide Creek area (Highway 138 E, milepost 53 to [...]


Tuesday September 19 2017

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Seminar On Changes In Oregon Employment Laws

[ September 29, 2017; 7:45 AM; ] On Friday, September 29th, the South Coast Oregon Employer Council will host “Oregon Sick Time Update and New Employment Laws”---a seminar presented by The Bureau of Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers Unit. This seminar is targeted toward human resources personnel, business owners, managers and front line supervisors who have employees working in Oregon.   [...]


Tuesday September 19 2017

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Governor Signs Bill Increasing Age To Buy Tobacco To 21

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill raising the age to buy tobacco to age 21. According to Coos Health and Wellness, 12% of 11th graders in Coos County are smoking cigarettes and 21% of 11th graders are using non-cigarette tobacco such as cigarillos, chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes.   The Governor’s signing of SB 754, known [...]


Monday September 18 2017

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Gonzalez Wins Top Prize In Bay Area Teen Idol

14-year old Alliah Gonzalez of Coos Bay sang her way to the title and a prize package valued at over $3,200 on Sunday as the 16th season of Bay Area Teen Idol wrapped up. It is Coos County’s premier vocal competition for teens. It was Gonzalez’ solid performances of “What A Feeling,” “A Change is Gonna [...]


Monday September 18 2017

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Coos Bay Vessel Rescued By Coast Guard

A Coast Guard lifeboat crew from Coos Bay assisted the 58-foot fishing vessel Car Tanya, Sunday night, September 17th. Watch standers at the Coast Guard station in North Bend received a request for assistance from the mariners aboard the vessel at 5:42pm, reporting the vessel was taking on water and losing power.   A crew aboard a [...]


Monday September 18 2017

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