COOS BAY — For the third time in one week, the Nancy Devereux Warming Center was open and may be again tonight.
The criteria needed to open its doors to shelter and feed the homeless means wind chill must drop to 32 degrees or below, or if there is an extreme weather event such as high winds or snow.
The warming center opens from 6 p.m. and closes at 8 a.m. If needed, the warming center is prepared to also be open on Sunday and Monday.
“The maximum amount of people in the warming center at any given time is 49,” said Director Tara Johnson, adding that the center has two staff members on site, one for each shift. “It’s so important to have a warming center because without that you have people desperate to stay warm and go places that aren’t supposed to keep people warm, like walking around Walmart. It drives people to sleep in doorways for protection from the wind, which isn’t good for businesses. This gives them a place to be safe and warm.”
This is the third year that the warming center has been available for the homeless community. Though not a shelter where they can sleep, it has saved lives in the past.
“We’ve had people who come in on the edge of hypothermia and we had to call ambulances,” Johnson said. “A sleeping bag on a cold night isn’t enough to stay warm and if it gets cold or damp, it increases the potential for physical harm.”
The warming center will announce later this morning if it is open again tonight.
“Once we close the warming center in the morning, we transition people from downstairs to upstairs,” Johnson said. “Our clients are often volunteers. The meal is cooked by a volunteer, all because we have a program where if they need a tarp or tent, we ask them to volunteer, to step up and give back.”
The new warming center at College Park Church in North Bend is not open yet, but has plans to open on cold nights after the first of the year.
So far, it costs the Devereux Center around $300 a night to open the warming center due to increased prices for electricity, trash, food and paid staff.
“Anyone who wants to donate or underwrite a night, we’d appreciate that,” Johnson said. “We also welcome food items. We have games down in the warming center and people appreciate if there is something they can do to occupy their time.”
Donations can be dropped at the center, located at 1200 Newmark Ave., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at the warming center directly on nights when it is open. The warming center can be found below the Devereux Center, with an entrance at the side of the building.
Former President George H.W. Bush's state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday.
The guidelines for state funerals date back to the mid-1800s and have been shaped over time. Seating arrangements, for example, are detailed with precision, with the presidential party followed by chiefs of state, arranged alphabetically by the English spelling of their countries.
Ronald Reagan's state funeral in 2004 was the first of its kind since Lyndon Johnson died in 1973. Gerald Ford's state funeral overlapped the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007.
The president, former presidents and a president-elect are all entitled to a state funeral, but the family decides if they actually get one or just how involved it will be. Richard Nixon's family, acting on his wishes, opted out of the Washington traditions when he died in 1994, his presidency shortened and forever tainted by Watergate.
The rules and what actually happens are based on what has come before.
John F. Kennedy's services were modeled after those of Abraham Lincoln, at the request of his widow, Jacqueline, in her first public statement after the assassination. Historians examined musty documents by flashlight in the middle of the night as the stunned country waited for a plan — the Library of Congress' automatic lights could not be rigged to come on after hours.
Bush is the 12th president to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Like many presidents, Bush and Ford served in Congress. Reagan did not.
Eight presidents have had funeral processions down Pennsylvania Avenue, including all four presidents to die by assassination — Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and Kennedy. Bush decided his state funeral would not include a formal procession through downtown Washington.
Washington National Cathedral, which will host Bush's national service Wednesday, served the same function for Dwight D. Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford.
Two presidents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery: Kennedy and William Howard Taft. Bush will be buried at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, near his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.
Only sitting presidents and immediate family members have ever lain in the White House for viewing. Ex-president John Adams didn't even lie in the White House, though his son, John Quincy Adams, was the sitting president at the time of the death. The older Adams died the same day as Thomas Jefferson — July 4, 1826 — possibly complicating his chances for a White House viewing.
The Capitol has a more expansive policy for lying in state. Congressman Henry Clay, in 1852, was the first to lie in the Capitol Rotunda. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover lay in the Capitol in 1972. Police officers killed in 1998 while protecting the Capitol also lay in state there. Sen. John McCain lay in state after his death earlier this year.
The first presidential state funeral was for William Henry Harrison, who in 1841 became the first president to die in office, just 30 days after his inauguration. Alexander Hunter, a Washington merchant, was tasked with putting on a first-of-its-kind American ceremony. He draped the White House in black. Official buildings and many private households followed suit, starting a now-lost tradition that was repeated at Lincoln's funeral 25 years later.
COOS COUNTY — Along with opening its new downtown office, Jordan Cove LNG hopes to achieve some lofty goals in 2019.
The company’s biggest hope is that it will be prepared for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision on Jordan Cove’s Environmental Impact Statement, which is scheduled to be announced in November 2019. The draft statement is scheduled to be prepared in February for public comment.
“Anticipating the November 2019 FERC decision we want to be able to engage people as much as we can during the year during permitting so that we’re set up, if all goes well, to just build out all those businesses if we get the go-ahead,” said Michael Hinrichs with Jordan Cove.
The draft environmental impact statement includes all evaluations included under the National Environmental Policy Act. That covers subjects such as environmental impacts, mitigation and benefits, geotechnical analyses and technical design review.
According to Hinrichs, there are 36 major permits on the federal, state, and local levels that Jordan Cove will try to obtain in 2019.
Recently, the Department of Environmental Quality received over 43,000 comments from members of the public and tribal representatives on Jordan Cove’s Clean Water Act application.
The first of many public hearings in 2019 will occur on Jan. 10 at The Mill Casino-Hotel, held by the Oregon Department of State Lands. Following that, federal and state agencies will have several public hearings in the four counties that would potentially be affected by the project throughout the first half of 2019.
Finishing off this year the company will be holding the second of its bi-annual grant awards. According to Jordan Cove, this round of grants received a record-breaking 118 applications for various projects throughout the community.
“This was the most amount of applications we’ve ever received, which is encouraging from a community engagement standpoint. We’re pretty happy with that,” Hinrichs said.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, Jordan Cove will be holding an event at the Coquille Community Center. The event which lasts from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. will begin with the company handing out a number fishing poles to kids in a partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Kids Fish Free program. Following that, Jordan Cove will be presenting a $50,000 sponsorship check to the Tioga Sports Park, which provides additional training facilities for local law enforcement as well as public access to the sports park’s services.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn's cooperation as "substantial."
The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn's assistance in the Russia investigation, including that he participated in 19 interviews with prosecutors and cooperated extensively in a separate and undisclosed criminal probe. But the filing's extensive redactions also underscore how much Mueller has yet to reveal.
It was filed two weeks ahead of Flynn’s sentencing and just over a year after he became one of five Trump associates to plead guilty to lying to the FBI in the Russia probe, in his case about conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Though prosecutors withheld specific details of Flynn's cooperation because of ongoing investigations, their filing nonetheless illustrates the breadth of information Mueller has obtained from people close to Trump as the president increasingly vents his anger at the probe — and those who cooperate with it.
This week, Trump accused his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, of making up "stories" to get a reduced prison sentence after pleading guilty to lying to Congress and also praised longtime confidante Roger Stone for saying he wouldn't testify against Trump.
It's unclear if Trump will now turn his fury on Flynn, whom Trump bonded with during the 2016 campaign.
Trump has repeatedly lamented how Flynn's life has been destroyed by the special counsel's probe. At one point, he tried to protect Flynn by asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his alleged false statements, according to a memo Comey wrote after the February 2017 encounter.
That episode, which Trump has denied, is among those under scrutiny by Mueller as he probes whether the president attempted to obstruct the Russia investigation.
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend between zero and six months in prison, and Mueller's office said Flynn's cooperation merits no prison time.
Prosecutors said Flynn's early cooperation was "particularly valuable" because he was "one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight" into the events under investigation. They noted his cooperation likely inspired other crucial witnesses to cooperate.
Mueller's team credited Flynn with serving 33 years in the U.S. Army, including five years in combat. But prosecutors also said the long military and government service that sets him apart from all other defendants in the investigation made his deception more troublesome.
"The defendant's extensive government service should have made him particularly aware of the harm caused by providing false information to the government, as well as the rules governing work performed on behalf of a foreign government," they wrote.
Flynn's case has stood apart from those of other Trump associates, who have aggressively criticized the investigation, sought to undermine it and, in some cases, been accused of lying even after agreeing to cooperate.
Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is accused of repeatedly lying to investigators since his guilty plea. Another Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, is serving a 14-day prison sentence and, though he pleaded guilty to the same crime as Flynn, was denied probation because prosecutors said his cooperation was lacking.
In Tuesday's filing, prosecutors emphasized that the conduct Flynn lied about cuts to the core of the investigation into any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Flynn's false statements stemmed from a Jan. 24, 2017, interview with the FBI about his interactions with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's then-ambassador to the U.S., as the Obama administration was levying sanctions on the Kremlin in response to election interference.
Mueller's office blamed Flynn for other senior Trump transition officials making misleading public statements about his contacts with Russia, an assertion that matches the White House's explanation of Flynn's firing.
As part of his plea deal, Flynn said members of Trump's inner circle, including his son-in-law and White House aide Jared Kushner, were involved in — and at times directing — his actions in the weeks before Trump took office.
According to court papers, in mid-December 2016, Kushner directed Flynn to reach out to several countries, including Russia, about a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements. During those conversations with Kislyak, Flynn asked Russia to delay or vote against the resolution, a request the Kremlin ultimately rejected.
Flynn also admitted that later in December 2016 he asked Kislyak not to retaliate in response to the Obama administration sanctions, something he initially told FBI agents he didn't do.
Flynn was forced to resign his post on Feb. 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn's false statements. The White House has said Flynn misled officials— including Vice President Mike Pence — about the content of his conversations.