Nancy Shoemaker, 62, of North Bend, passed away on September 12, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

Doris Lorene Murray, 87, of Coos Bay passed away April 4, 2020 in Coos Bay. An urnside service will be held at 1:30 pm, Friday, September 25 at Sunset Memorial Park, 63060 Millington Frontage Road in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafu…

OREGON COAST — The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of the South Coast beaches for recreational mussel harvesting. Recent mussel results indicate the marine biotoxin paralytic shellfish poison has exceeded the closure limit.…

COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College welcomes Dr. Jason Hafner from Rice University in Houston, Texas to present at the first lecture of the college's 2020-21 Physics and Astronomy Virtual Lecture series. Dr. Hafner is a physics, astronomy and chemistry professor who will discuss…

SOUTH COAST — The Unlimited Book Club will meet on Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. The Unlimited Book Club is a joint venture of the Coos History Museum, the Coos Bay Library and the North Bend Library. The club formed to encourage awareness and foster community discussions on equity, diver…

PORTLAND — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from Wednesday and remains at 521, but the state has crossed the 30,000 mark in total cases, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.

COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Public Library will be offering ¡Spanglish Virtual! via Zoom (virtual meeting software). Starting in October, the group will meet twice a month on every first Wednesday at 12 p.m. and every third Saturday 10:30 a.m.

BANDON — The North Bank Road fire at mile marker 8 is 100% contained, the Coos Forest Protective Association announced Wednesday, Sept. 16. 

COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Public Library, in partnership with Coos Head Food Co-op, will co-host Community Cooking with the Co-op starring Jamar. The next event will be held via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, then every fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m. also via Zoom. 

COOS BAY — In partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay Fire Department officials feel they are fortunate to have a resident intern firefighter program. The program allows college students pursuing a career in firefighting or emergency medical services the opportunity …

COOS BAY — The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay received its certificate of occupancy on Thursday, Sept. 10 and confirmation that the new Charleton Ice Plant was ready to open. The facility began serving customers on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

As I mentioned last week, every year, about this time, I conduct a one-on-one conversation with each of the 21 members of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Board. The purpose is to get their sense of where the organization is at and where it’s headed. I shared some of those insights with you …

SOUTH COAST — Estuaries protect communities from flooding, provide habitat for wildlife and offer abundant recreational opportunities. The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to join them in celebrating these national treasures located right in our own backyard.

BANDON — The Bandon School District is working with the Bandon Police Department to determine the owner and/or driver of a big yellow box truck that was parked outside Ocean Crest Elementary School earlier today. A photo of the bus was also shared on Facebook.

COOS BAY — Sept. 14, marked the 20-year anniversary for Detective Ken Labrousse as a police officer for the City of Coos Bay. Detective Labrousse currently serves as the senior detective for the department. Detective Labrousse has held numerous roles and responsibilities in the department, i…

BANDON — The Bandon Holiday Meals program has lovingly provided meals to the Bandon community every Thanksgiving and Christmas for over 25 years.

PORTLAND — Oregon Health Authority's Weekly COVID-19 Report on Wednesday showed that new cases in Oregon have continued to decline as 1,294 cases were recorded from Sept. 7-13 — down 12% from last week’s tally of 1,477.

SOUTH COAST — The Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District extended a closure order for a number of recreation sites do to fire risk Wednesday, according to a release from the agency.

COOS BAY — A private investigator told the Coos Bay City Council Tuesday night that allegations of misconduct by police officers at an August protest were unfounded, and that any misconduct that may have occurred would have been justified.

BANDON — The North Bank Road fire at mile marker 8 is 100% contained, according to the Coos Forest Protective Association.

COOS BAY — On Tuesday, Sept. 22, The League of Women Voters of Coos County will register voters at the Coos Bay Public Library as part of a massive nationwide effort to register new voters or re-register voters who need to edit their voter information. League members will be outside the Coos…

YREKA, CALIF. — A new wildfire was detected Sept. 14 in the Trinity Alps Wilderness about 6 miles southwest of Callahan, Calif., according to the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Klamath National Forest.

OREGON — In response to the catastrophic loss of homes, businesses and livelihoods for many Oregonians, Rotary has established a Fire Relief Fund to help victims of the fires rebuild their lives. Oregon communities that have been severely devastated, if not eliminated, in the wake of these u…

BANDON — The North Bank Road fire at mile marker 8 is still holding. The fire is 70% contained, according to an update from the Coos Forest Protective Association on Tuesday morning.

BANDON — Coast Community Health Center welcomes Dr. Emily Reinig, who is joining CCHC to practice family medicine at the center's Bandon location.

NORTH BEND — The Liberty Theatre, home of Little Theatre on the Bay, along with Restaurant O are partnering to bring entertainment and a discounted three-course pre-theater meal for South Coast residents from the comfort of their own homes or with reservation at the bar at Restaurant O for L…

COOS BAY — Renovations are underway at the historic Tioga Hotel and Koski Building, with help from the City of Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency Facade Improvement Program.

BANDON — The North Bank Lane fire is 60% contained with no new growth, the Coos Fire Protective Association announced Monday morning. The fire that started Tuesday morning, Sept. 7, burned 350 acres and hasn't grown in size since last Wednesday.

COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Public Library is hosting a virtual talk about the planet Mars with Dr. Aaron Coyner, physics and engineering professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

PORTLAND — Over the weekend, COVID-19 claimed 13 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 509, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. The state reached a total of 500 deaths on Saturday.

CURRY COUNTY — Curry County Public Health was notified of one new case of COVID-19. The case notification came through the official medical record system provided by the Oregon Health Authority on Saturday afternoon, according to a press release from Curry County Public Health Administrator …

COOS COUNTY —  The 13th annual Pinwheels for Peace 2020 will be held Monday, Sept. 21, in private homes and open gathering spaces. The event is organized by the Human Rights Advocates of Coos County and is held on International Day of Peace.

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by wildfires beginning on Sept. 8, 2020, and continuing.

DOUGLAS COUNTY — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Board of Commissioners and agency partners held a drop-in information session Sunday afternoon at Glide High School for residents of certain areas of the Glide and Idleyld Park communities which were impacted by the Archie Creek Fire.

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SOUTH COAST — Registration is now open for SOLVE’s annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup, happening from Saturday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 4. This statewide volunteer event includes beach cleanups, inland cleanups and habitat restoration events, all of which keep Oregon’s watersheds cle…

SALEM — Well over 1 million acres of land has burned, over 1,500 square miles in the past several days. Air quality in Oregon is the worst in the entire world due to wildfire smoke, said Governor Kate Brown at the Sept. 11 press conference.

Richard “Dick” Cochran, 100, of Albany, passed away at Lydia’s house in Albany. Services will be held at a later date, Fisher Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donald P. Lane “Don Green”, 70, of Coos Bay died September 10, 2020 in Coos Bay. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave. 541-267-3131.

COOS BAY — Crystal Barr began her career with the City of Coos Bay in September 1985 as an employee at the wastewater treatment plant No. 1. She was the secretary there for seven years before transferring to Coos Bay Fire and Rescue.

BANDON — A fire on North Bank Lane that charred 350 acres, destroying one structure and damaging a barn's roof and another structure was a challenge for firefighters, who now have that blaze 30% contained with no additional structures threatened.

I sat down to eat my lunch in the sun just a couple of feet from the tray of bird seed — and they flew down to grab their own lunch even with me sitting close enough to touch them.

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