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Coos Bay closes Central Avenue to remove sidewalk

COOS BAY — The City of Coos Bay will be closing Central Avenue between Broadway and Second Street from Tuesday, Jan. 16-Thursday, Jan. 18. The purpose of the road closure is to allow city maintenance crews to access to the American Building sidewalk, which will be removed.

For more information, contact the Public Works and Community Development Department at 541-269-8918.

South Coast Digest, Jan. 13, 2018

Southwestern hosts scholarship fundraiser event

COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation and the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute will host the scholarship fundraiser 'Uncorking Opportunity!' from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

'Uncorking Opportunity!' is the college’s fourth-annual scholarship fundraiser, featuring an evening of conversation, excellent hors d’oeurves by OCCI chefs paired with fine wines from Oregon vineyards.

Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds will go towards scholarships at OCCI and Southwestern’s Coos and Curry campuses. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 541-888-7211 or

Forest officials seek public input on dunes restoration

REEDSPORT — Officials with the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Central Coast Ranger District are seeking public input on a proposal to restore portions of the Oregon dunes. The proposal includes various treatments to remove and prevent the spread of nonnative invasive plants that have dramatically altered the dunes’ ecology and greatly reduced the areas of open sand.

The treatments being proposed include mechanically removing sections of foredune; removing invasive plants using targeted herbicide application, mechanical treatments, and prescribed fire; improving and increasing habitat for western snowy plover; and increasing open sand riding areas for off-highway vehicle use. The project area includes a number of parcels totaling 13,600 acres and stretching between Baker Beach and Coos Bay.

Those who are interested in the Oregon Dunes Restoration Project are encouraged to become involved in the planning process. Written comments should be submitted to: Michele Jones, District Ranger, c/o Donni Vogel, Central Coast Ranger District, P.O. Box 400, 1130 Forestry Lane, Waldport, OR 97394-0400. Comments can be emailed to: Comments are requested by Jan. 25.

What's up, Jan. 13, 2018


Seventh Ever Agate Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Yachats Common, 441 US 101, Yachats. Guest speaker at 1 p.m. More than 30 vendors. Raffles.

Family Fun Day 1-3 p.m., Coos History Museum, 1210 N Front St., Coos Bay. Featured craft past and future packs and Henna by Makahla.

Cecile Boutin's 100th Celebration 1-4 p.m., Powers Senior Activity Center, 120 Fir, Powers. 503-866-3185

Winter Music Festival 1-5 p.m., Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence. Featured: Gospel Gumbo — Billy Jones, On the Rocks. Tickets $16., 541-997-1994.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration 1-3 p.m., Pony Village Mall, 1611 Virginia Ave., North Bend. Hosted by Human Rights Advocates of Coos County, 70th anniversary of signing Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Bethany Baker, The World 

The American Building sits on Central Avenue in downtown Coos Bay. In May 2016, several loose bricks fell from the century-old structure, forcing the city to cordon off a section of the street along with So It Goes Coffeehouse and American Family Insurance for three days.

Oregon Coast Community Action hosts a Winter Gathering at Egyptian Theatre

COOS BAY — Oregon Coast Community Action invites you to join them for the 2018 Winter Gathering from 1:15-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at The Egyptian Theatre in downtown Coos Bay.

Last year, you may have heard the amazing Dr. Donna Beegle. This year you'll hear a dynamic talk from Donna's cousin, Lynda Coates. 

Lynda has an authentic voice, born into generational poverty, who grew up homeless with her parents and five siblings. Her life began to change when at 15 years old she came to Portland, Ore. to live with her cousin, Donna Beegle, who at the time was a single mom struggling in poverty. Donna got connected to mentors and was encouraged to obtain a GED and eventually she earned a Doctorate degree. Witnessing Donna's journey, Lynda was influenced and guided by Donna who connected her to other mentors and resources that allowed her to obtain an education. 

RSVP to Rebecca Yaeger at or 541-435-7080, ext. 374. 

SWOCC cancels 2018 South Coast Writers Conference

BROOKINGS — Southwestern Oregon Community College has canceled this years South Coast Writers Conference, which had been originally scheduled for Feb. 16-17, in Brookings.

The college will return all funds from registrants, and thanks volunteers who worked in preparation for the event.

For more information, contact Karim Shumaker at 541-247-2741.