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Assault victim allegedly beaten by brother
 
 09.12.17

CHARLESTON — A Charleston man faces assault charges in the alleged August beating of his brother, also from Charleston. 

According to court documents, on Aug. 11, Andrew Pierson was allegedly beaten by his brother for the second time in the past year.

The suspect, Nicholas Lathem Pierson is accused of assault in the second and fourth degree, unlawful use of a weapon, theft in the second degree, recklessly endangering another person, domestic violence, and possession of methamphetamine.

According to Andrew Pierson’s statement, he confronted his brother about his drug use. His brother responded to this by striking Andrew Pierson in the face and tried to put him into a headlock, the documents stated. When he broke free from his brother, he reportedly threw him against a wall and hit him with a golf club.  After wrestling the club away from his brother, Andrew Pierson said his brother picked up a soda can threw it at him, then ran off.

Nicholas Pierson is also accused of stealing his brother’s cell phone, laptop, wallet, hoodie, and cordless landline phone.

Nicholas Pierson told police that his brother was the aggressor. The defendant also claims his brother was high on Klonopin, which is a prescription drug used to treat seizures and anxiety.

When police found Nicolas Pierson, he was in possession of meth, and a cordless landline phone.

Nicholas Pierson has a criminal record, including a previous assault conviction from last year also involving his brother.

Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Pierson’s trial is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 12. 


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South Slough Reserve celebrates National Estuaries Week
 09.05.17

CHARLESTON - Estuaries represent unique and important natural systems that provide untold benefits to people and animals. Coos Bay is fortunate to have a place dedicated to estuary conservation, education and research. For National Estuaries Week, which is Sept. 16 to 23, the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is providing special events dedicated to getting the public more involved with this amazing resource.

“Estuaries benefit our coastal communities in many ways, including providing food, boosting the economy and reducing floods,” said Deborah Rudd of the South Sough. “But estuaries do even more than that. Our estuary is an 'outdoor classroom,' providing opportunities to learn and have fun in a natural environment. That’s what we want to showcase during Estuaries Week.”

Events include Birds on the Estuary from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 stop by the “Salty & Fresh” booth at the downtown Coos Bay Farmer’s Market. From 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 23, meet at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology for a seaweed art class. To culminate Estuaries Week, celebrate with South Slough and Surfrider on the Coos Bay Boardwalk for the annual Stand Up for the Bay Celebration. South Slough will debut their new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Exhibit, Surfrider will host a shoreline clean-up, a community paddle followed by music, food, beverages and a paddle jousting contest. Sign up and learn more on the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Facebook page under events.

Estuaries are defined as ecosystems along the oceans where freshwater and saltwater mix to create wetlands, bays, lagoons, sounds or sloughs. These ecosystems are not only home to unique plant and animal habitats, but they provide communities with food, recreation, jobs, and coastal protection. Many fresh water estuaries along the Great Lakes also possess similar characteristics. Of the 32 largest cities in the world, 22 are located on estuaries.

The South Slough Reserve is part of a national system of reserves that protects more than 1.3 million acres of coastal land and water. Each of the 29 sites receives support from NOAA and local partners. The research and environmental monitoring performed at each reserve plays an important role in protecting environmental health, both locally and nationally.


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WHAT'S UP?
 09.13.17

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13

Coos Bay Farmers Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 50-400 Central Ave., Coos Bay. www.coosbaydowntown.org

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14

Central Coast Christian Women Luncheon & Program 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1313 N Bayshore Drive, Coos Bay. Guest speaker: Niki Davis; special music by Debbie Dumonceaux. Reservations required. Please call 541-294-9969. Complimentary childcare is provided with advance request. Cost $13 all inclusive.

Steve Prefontaine Murals Ribbon Cutting 5:30 p.m., in the Pre-Way (ped-way) south of 229 S Broadway, Coos Bay.

United Way of Southwestern Oregon Dinner & Fundraiser 5:30-9 p.m., Coos History Museum, 1210 N Front St., Coos Bay. For info, call 541-267-5202 or visit www.unitedwayswo.org.

Coquille Valley Seed Community Meeting: Taste the Harvest 6-8 p.m., Pioneer United Methodist Church, 180 N Baxter St. Coquille. In addition to the annual tomato tasting, it's an end of season garden goodie potluck. Bring your own beverage and table service. Heike-Marie Eubanks will give tips on fermenting as a form of preservation.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 15

Reedsport Farmers Market 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fifth and Highway 38, Reedsport. www.facebook.com/ReedsportFarmersMarket

Free Admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Courtesy of Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee.

Old Town Marketplace 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Town Marketplace, 250 First St. SW, Bandon.

Wine Tasting 5-7 p.m., Mindpower Gallery, 417 Fir Ave., Reedsport. 

'Breaking Up is Hard To Do' 7 p.m., The Liberty Theatre, 2100 Sherman Ave., North Bend. A Neil Sedaka tribute show featuring his greatest hits. Tickets: Adults $15, seniors $13, children $10. www.thelibertytheatre.org

Hollering Place Radio Show 7 p.m., Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children. www.thedolphinplayers.webs.com

SATURDAY, SEPT. 16

Bay Area Fun Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Downtown Coos Bay at various locations. Prefontaine Memorial Run, Coos Art Musuem, Fourth Street. Live music and vendors. www.coosbaydowntown.org

Live Music Day noon 7 Devils Brewing Co., 247 S Second St., Coos Bay. Featuring: Sam Densmore, Dale Inskeep and Balance Trick.

Port Orford Farmers Market 9 a.m.-noon, Co-op parking lot at Eighth Street and US Highway 101, Port Orford.

Free Admission 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Courtesy of Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee.

Old Town Marketplace 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Town Marketplace, 250 First St. SW, Bandon.

A Sea of Quilts XXII 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon, 3333 Walnut Ave., Coos Bay. Admission $5, under 12 admitted free. More than 200 entries, accessories, demonstrations, vendor mall member boutique, quilt raffle.

Southwestern Oregon  Meeting noon, Mingus Park, 1100-1298 W Park Road, Coos Bay. Topic: Too Close for Comfort, preparing for wildfire. All meetings start with Q&A. meetup.com

Meet & Greet the Artist noon-4 p.m., Second Street Gallery, 210 Second St., Bandon. Featured Artist: Evea Subias, fiber: knit, crochet, felt.

'Breaking Up is Hard To Do' 7 p.m., The Liberty Theatre, 2100 Sherman Ave., North Bend. A Neil Sedaka tribute show featuring his greatest hits. Tickets: Adults $15, seniors $13, children $10. www.thelibertytheatre.org

Hollering Place Radio Show 7 p.m., Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children. www.thedolphinplayers.webs.com

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17

A Sea of Quilts XXII 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon, 3333 Walnut Ave., Coos Bay. Admission $5, under 12 admitted free. More than 200 entries, accessories, demonstrations, vendor mall member boutique, quilt raffle.

Meet & Greet the Artist noon-4 p.m., Second Street Gallery, 210 Second St., Bandon. Featured Artist: Evea Subias, fiber: knit, crochet, felt.

Free Admission 1-4 p.m., Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Courtesy of Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee.

'Breaking Up is Hard To Do' 2 p.m., The Liberty Theatre, 2100 Sherman Ave., North Bend. A Neil Sedaka tribute show featuring his greatest hits. Tickets: Adults $15, seniors $13, children $10. www.thelibertytheatre.org

Hollering Place Radio Show 2 p.m., Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children. www.thedolphinplayers.webs.com

Live Music with Finavarra & the Nor'Westers 4-6 p.m., 7 Devils Brewing Co., 247 S Second St., Coos Bay.

MONDAY, SEPT. 18

City of North Bend Fall Brush Pick-up Begins. Brush must be near the curb, no obstructions. Limited to a 5 cubic yard pile, less than 5 yards. No grass, sod, twine plastic, or other materials that are not suited for grinding. Questions? Call North Bend Sanitation at 541-756-5211. Pick-up begins in Simpson Park area and moves south and west through town.

Readers Book Club 7 p.m., Bandon Public Library, 1204 11th St. SW, Bandon. A Little Less Nice by Charlotte Armstrong.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 19

Siuslaw Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society Meeting 7 p.m., Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw 3996 US Highway 101, Florence. Topic: Rhodies 101, native R macrophllum - May's pink rhodys. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. www.siuslawars.org

Music on the Bay Starlight Series: Toyz 7-9 p.m., Mingus Park, 600 N 10th St., Coos Bay. Free shuttle from Blossom Gulch, CAM and the Old City Hall parking lots. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

Coos Bay Farmers Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 50-400 Central Ave., Coos Bay. www.coosbaydowntown.org


MEETINGS
 09.13.17

Wednesday, Sept. 13

North Bend Public Library Board — 5 p.m., library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend; regular meeting.

Bay Area Health District Board-Quality and Patient Safety Committee — 5:30 p.m., hospital, 1775 Thompson Road, Coos Bay; regular meeting.

Coos Bay Planning Commission — 6 p.m., City Hall, 500 Central Ave., Coos Bay; regular meeting.

Bunker Hill Sanitary District — 7 p.m., district office, 93685 E. Howard Lane, Coos Bay; regular meeting.

Thursday, Sept. 14

Cammann Road District — 7 p.m., fire hall, 92342 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay; regular meeting.

Douglas County Coastal Advisory Board — 10 a.m., Umpqua River Lighthouse, 1020 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay; regular meting.

Umpqua Soil and Water Conservation District — 6:30 p.m., district office, 1877 Winchester Ave., Reedsport; regular meeting.

Lakeside City Council — 7 p.m., City Hall, 915 North Lake Road, Lakeside; regular meeting.

Monday, Sept. 18

North Bend Planning Commission — 7 p.m., City Hall, 835 California St., North Bend; regular meeting.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

South Coast Early Learning Hub — noon, ORCAA, 1855 Thomas Ave., Coos Bay; regular meeting.

Douglas County Veterans Service Advisory Committee — 3 p.m., courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg; regular meeting.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Charleston Sanitary District — 10 a.m., district board room, 63365 Boat Basin Road, Charleston; workshop, regular meeting.

Monday, Sept. 25

North Bend School District — 5:30 p.m., district office, 1913 Meade St., North Bend; special work session.

Coos Bay School District — 5:30 p.m., Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay; special meeting.

Reedsport Planning Commission — 6 p.m., City Hall, 451 Winchester Ave., Coos Bay; regular meeting.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Lower Umpqua Hospital District Board — 7:30 a.m., hospital, 600 Ranch Road, Reedsport; regular meeting.

Oregon Coast Community Action Board — 5:30 p.m., ORCCA, 1855 Thompson Ave., Coos Bay; regular meeting.


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The ARK Project is out of food
Food donations accepted at ARK location and Banner Bank
 Jillian Ward  / 
 09.12.17

COOS BAY – The ARK Project is out of food.

Since the start of the new school year, more homeless youth and their families have come to the At Risk Kids (ARK) Project for help. Overwhelmingly, these families are from out of the area and don't know anyone here.

“They came into homelessness through unfortunate events, just really down on their luck and have never been homeless before,” said Melinda Torres, ARK Project program manager and homeless liaison. “A lot of the time they need an emergency food box after their first visit because people are running out of food themselves.”

Banner Bank is holding a food drive at it's Coos Bay location throughout the rest of September for the ARK. Torres asks that the public donate both non-perishable canned goods, as well as perishable fresh food that can go into the emergency food boxes they hand out.

“We're excited that Banner Bank is doing this for us,” Torres said. “When we are able to give food to these families, to these kids, their faces are so thankful because they don't know where else to go. The ARK is a good starting point for them, and those emergency food boxes are good for a couple days. We continue to help them until they are on their feet.”

Just last year alone, the ARK Project served over 350 families and individual students.

“They just need some extra support,” Torres said. “That's why we're here.”