BANDON — After 35 years, Bandon Mercantile Company's owners Ed and Beth Wood will close the doors of its popular store later this summer.

COOS BAY — Coos Bay City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that will lower the fees on little-used local social gaming licenses.


Over the past few months we have talked about the various teams, activities and opportunities the Chamber is involved in. But why be a Chamber member? I ask that question periodically of our Directors, who are your friends and neighbors. Here’s a little of what they had to say this time:

COOS BAY – The COVID-19 health crisis has been hard on small businesses, and food service in particular, as people stay inside and the government calls for businesses to close. There is hope, however, demonstrated by Darrell’s Devils Food, a bakery that recently reopened after a temporary shutdown.


As I listen to the news and walk around my neighborhood, I’m reminded of a line from “O Brother Where Art Thou?” spoken by George Clooney. “We’re in a tough spot!" Certainly we are, but with the united community response, the skills and talents of our people throughout this country, we will …

Volunteers fill garden boxes with soil Saturday in North Bend. The boxes, which were part of the "Growing Together" program, was donated to foster families in Coos County.


At a workshop I was coordinating, to supplement the biographical information for each speaker, I asked them, “Who was your childhood hero?" The results were interesting and enlightening.

In today's challenging times, Edward Jones financial advisers are thinking about the health of their clients, their families and their colleagues, what's happening in their communities and the effect of COVID-19 on the markets.

We live in an area rich in natural resources with our forests, sand dunes and ocean. Why 85% of Coos County is forest land. So it makes a lot of sense that your Chamber would have a Natural Resources Team.

Coos Elderly Services is temporarily reducing its hours in response to the unexpected increase of foot traffic at its Coos Bay office over the past couple of days.

As a business person one of the most important things you do is to get the word out about what you produce, its excellent value, your great staff and where you can be found. In today's world they call that networking. Here are just a few of the great networking opportunities your Chamber provides.

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I recently watched a year-old clip from “CBS This Morning” where anchors interviewed LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. The interview was part of a series focusing on issues facing the American workforce. I played this particular clip several times because its message is powerful. 

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The Coos Bay Downtown Association recently received a grant from Travel Oregon to conduct an Economic Vitality Study to create a plan for future development, including business expansion, revitalization and tourism development.

As a business person one of the most important things you do is to get the word out about what you produce, its excellent value, your great staff and where you can be found. In today's world they call that networking. Here are just a few of the great networking opportunities your Chamber provides.

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly time passes and what is important to community life changes? Do you remember Vollsted Volkswagen or the Emporium or the Hub in downtown Coos Bay? Change, that is directed with vision, can chart a course to a great future.

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When I entered the work “initiative” into my computer, I got a definition. When I typed “finishative” into it, I’m told it isn’t a word. But it should be.

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Admit it. Most of us are guilty of using the same username and password on multiple accounts – it’s just so much easier to remember. But here’s the thing, that one simple short cut puts you at a much higher risk of getting hacked than ever before through a new method called “credential stuffing”.

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At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, the North Bend Public Library will present storyteller Michael McCarty. This will be live on Zoom at, and the link will also be available on the library’s webpage and Facebook page.

Several pro-hunting conservation organizations have challenged the draft language of the ballot title and summary for Initiative Petition 13, which they contend do not adequately convey the initiative’s devastating impact to legal hunting, fishing and trapping. The groups have submitted comm…

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners hosted a special presentation on June 2 during their weekly meeting at the Douglas County Courthouse. Troopers from the Oregon State Police – Fish and Wildlife Division joined the meeting and presented Douglas County Senior Deputy District Attorney A…

The first picture I am sharing this week is the former Leep Memorial Hospital building on First Street, which had been abandoned for a number of years before the first "new" hospital was built on the hill off Ocean Drive overlooking the river and the lighthouse, which opened in 1960. It was …

Harbor Lights Middle School will be holding its annual 8th Grade Recognition Program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, in the Harbor Lights Middle School Gymnasium. Each student will be limited to the amount of guests they are allowed to invite based on capacity restrictions.

Bay Area Hospital, North Bend Medical Center, Bay Clinic and Advanced Health officially go live with Epic, an electronic health record system, June 19. Using one common EHR allows Coos County’s major healthcare providers to standardize practices, support care coordination, improve evidence-b…

COOS BAY ─ Over the weekend, Marshfield High School had its first outdoor graduation ceremony.

NORTH BEND ─ North Bend High School’s graduating class of 2021 overcame the pandemic, a year of distance learning and even the rain.

Dorman "Doc" Robbins 82, of Coos Bay died June 9, 2021 in Coos Bay.  Services will be announced and held at a later date. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.

A cryptside service for Matyln M. Peterson, 86, formerly of Coos Bay who died June 5, 2021 in Texas will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 2:30 PM at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum 63060 Millington Frontage Road Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave.  541-267-313…

Earlier this month, the Coos Bay City Council unanimously approved their city goals for the next two years.

Thursday, July 8 at 6 p.m., the Unlimited Book Club will meet on Zoom. Unlimited is a joint venture of Coos History Museum, Coos Bay Public Library and North Bend Public Library. The club was formed to encourage awareness and foster community discussions on equity, diversity and inclusion th…

After months of exploring locations in and around Coos Bay and North Bend, I thought I had seen almost everything.

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The number of search and rescue missions in Oregon has steadily increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

The adult summer reading program at the North Bend Public Library starts with an award-winning documentary, Belonging in the USA: The Michael D. McCarty Story.

Southern Oregon is mourning the loss of the iconic Galice Resort, a lodge, restaurant and outpost along the Rogue River, after a structure fire broke out Tuesday.

On Wednesday, June 16 at 11 a.m., North Bend Public Library’s artist-in-residence Janne LaValle will present a lecture over Zoom. The link is The link will also be available on the library’s webpage and Facebook page.

Coos Bay Shakespeare in the Park is proud to announce its 5th annual summer production, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Mingus Park Amphitheater June 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 3 p.m. Admission is free. The show is outdoors and great for families.

A community tradition was born in 1987 when the Friends of Shore Acres decided to "string a few lights" to help celebrate the holidays. That first season, 6,000 miniature lights, one large Christmas tree and the decorated Garden House drew 9,000 visitors.

The Coos Bay City Council unanimously approved the 2021-22 budget last week, agreeing to a budget that will spend $70.2 million over the next year. The budget will be down $16 million over the current budget due to several large projects being completed.

After more than 26 years in his “fantasy job,” John Klynman said farewell to his family at the North Bend Fire Department for the last time Saturday.

Mavis I. Montgomery, 91, of North Bend, passed away on June 4, 2021 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440,

After being listed as one of the worst counties in the state for months in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coos County has made almost a complete turnaround.

The pyramid scheme has a new look and the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is warning consumers to steer clear. Gifting clubs, such as Death Row, are illegal pyramid schemes that are scamming several Oregonians.

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Oregon is moving into a more dangerous and more intense wildfire season complicated by the state’s continued and deepening drought.

Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering free GED® and Adult Basic Education classes (including English as a Second Language) online Summer Term 2021. These classes prepare individuals to take the GED® exam and update skills to enroll in college or career training programs. Students…

As Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced last week, once Oregon reaches the 70 percent vaccination threshold, the state will not require masks and face coverings in almost all settings, with some exceptions following federal guidance, including airports, public transit and health care settings. T…