COOS BAY — The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation congratulates its 2020-21 scholarship recipients. Thanks to generous donors, the organization awarded 107 scholarships totaling more than $160,000 for students attending Southwestern for the upcoming academic year.

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COOS COUNTY — Reopening school in the fall has been a “moving target,” North Bend School District Superintendent Kevin Bogatin said.

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COOS BAY — The Coos Bay School District plans to reopen this fall with a hybrid schedule. The new schedule is in an effort to reduce the number of students in the classroom and follow Oregon guidelines for reopening schools. 

COOS BAY — Columbia Pacific Maritime will offer three no-cost, no-obligation informational seminars about maritime employment opportunities and how to get your career started in the industry.

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SOUTH COAST — Schools are making plans to protect students and staff from the ongoing pandemic while also keeping buildings clean before starting the new school year.

SOUTH COAST — While some national leaders have said they want all students to be back in school buildings this fall, Oregon is giving its schools a choice of three options.

MILL CITY — Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s longest-running tuition-free online public charter school, recently honored nearly 500 seniors with a virtual graduation ceremony. Several of those graduates are from Oregon’s South Coast.

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COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College fall term courses will start on Monday, Sept. 14. The college is taking steps to begin fall term two weeks early to better serve its students during the COVID-19 situation.

SOUTH COAST — School districts along the South Coast are making plans to reopen in the fall under the state’s new guidelines.

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COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering free GED and Adult Basic Education classes online summer term. These classes prepare individuals to take the GED exam and update skills to enroll in college or career training programs. Students enrolled in these classes can build …

NORTH BEND — “A drive-through graduation” is how Principal Darrell Johnston described Friday’s non-traditional event, where 165 students drove up to get their diploma.

SOUTH COAST — “I’m putting on my happy face and am excited for students,” said Superintendent Tim Sweeney as the Coquille School District gets ready for its Class of 2020 graduation.

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The Coos County Fair & Rodeo opened with big crowds Tuesday. While spectators enjoyed carnivals rides, games and food, most of the activity was at the livestock stalls as children prepared for the annual livestock shows.

A Celebration of Life for Ronald Allen Oakes will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Coos County Museum, 1210 N. Front Street, Coos Bay.  A Toast to Ron will be held that evening 6:00 p.m. - Closing at the Coney Station, 295 S Broadway, Coos Bay with Timberwolf M…

Gary L. Schmith, 78, of Coos Bay died July 18, 2021 in Coos Bay.  Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave. 541-267-3131. www.coosbayareafunerals.com

Katherine "Kathy" L. Moore, 67, of North Bend, passed away on July 19, 2021 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440, www.coosbayareafunerals.com.

Temperatures have moderated in many areas of the state. However, drought and low water levels persist and we can expect water temperatures to spike again later in the summer. Here’s what you should know about fishing in these conditions.

A free public reception for two recently opened exhibitions will take place on the second floor of the Coos Art Museum on Friday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception honors two Oregon artists Susan Dimock of Bandon and Claire Duncan of Ashland. The exhibitions are Rocks, Vines and Lines …

Shutter Creek has made its case and now community is waiting for Gov. Kate Brown to make a final decision on the future of the state prison.

While many areas were impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one area few talk about is the music industry.

Born in Walden, Colorado in 1938 to Eugene and Edna Scoville. George moved to Oregon and graduated from Marshfield High School in 1957.  He later worked at a newspaper in Redondo Beach, California where he met his wife, Sally and married in 1961. A few years later moved his family back to Co…

Bert and Frannie Davis have seen and participated in the biggest rodeos in the world. National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas? Been there, done that. Massive shows in Oklahoma, Texas, California? Every single year.

A split board of directors for the Southern Coos Health District voted to terminate the employment of CEO Eugene Suksi during a special meeting Wednesday.

The first picture I am sharing this week was definitely from the "good ole' days," which, sadly, we will probably never see again. It is the fishing boat Antelope with a huge load of salmon, caught on the Coquille River.

Barry W. Blake, 89, of North Bend died July 14, 2021 in North Bend.  Services will be announced under the direction of North Bend Chapel.  2014 McPherson Ave. 541-756-0440. www.coosbayareafunerals.com

A memorial mass will be held for Robert "Bob" W. Clawson, 84, of North Bend, on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 2250 16th Street in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

Oregonians will soon have a choice about how they display their support for salmon habitat. A new salmon license plate design will be available September 1st, or Oregonians can opt for the classic salmon license plate until August.

One day, COVID-19 will have its own tab in local and world history. But for now, with the pandemic not quite over, it is a reminder of how far things have come in the last 18 months.

Almost everyone agrees, the ancestors of the Coquille Indian Tribe were the first settlers in what is now the Coos Bay-Bandon region of Oregon.

Carol Turner, selected artist of the month by Bay Area Artists Association, will exhibit three works at Coos Art Museum from August 1-31. One of the three oil paintings is actually a triptych connected with rods and hung as one unit.

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. Let’s continue to focus on those BOLD ideas.

As part of the Wastewater Facilities Plan process, the city of Coquille will be conducting smoke tests of sanitary sewers throughout the city the week of July 19.

Vickie D. Haynes, 72, of Coos Bay died July 6, 2021 in Eugene.  Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave. 541-267-3131. www.coosbayareafunerals.com

A memorial mass will be held for Robert "Bob" W. Clawson, 84, of North Bend, on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 2250 16th Street in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition was founded July 29, 1971. On July 29, the group will celebrate five decades of protecting the coastal environment with a special slate of activities on its 50th anniversary day. The events, both on the shore and online, are free and open to all.