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Jimmy Farmer, 88, of Lakeside, died January 15, 2022 in Coos Bay. At his request, no public services will be held. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Myrtle Grove Funeral Service-Bay Area. 541-269-2851.   www.coosbayareafunerals.com

A graveside inurnment will be held at a later date at Roseburg National Cemetery for George H. Bessey, 83, of Coos Bay who died January 6, 2022 in Coos Bay. Cremation rites have been held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel.  541-267-3131. …

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Coos and Curry county residents can dispose of various household chemicals at a free “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event” scheduled for February 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beaver Hill Transfer Site (1/4 mile south of Milepost 253) on Highway 101 between Coos Bay and Bandon.

The first picture I am sharing shows the Bandon High School football stadium, better known as Dave Miller Field, which was located on the north side of 11th Street, south of the  high school complex. Many years later it had fallen into disrepair and was torn down. Seating was replaced by ste…

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More comprehensive data analytics could help the Oregon State Police (OSP) Patrol Services Division better project future staffing needs, deploy current resources, and project overtime needs, according to a just-released OSP audit by Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan.

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The statewide graduation rate for the class of 2020-21 is 80.6 percent, the second highest graduation rate ever recorded in Oregon, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

Burnout. Anxiety. Fear. Confusion. Depression. Lack of focus. The pandemic has prompted a heightened awareness around these very emotions. Even more concerning is the fact that many of us have experienced firsthand the struggles involved in navigating these feelings.

Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman was a featured panelist and host for this month’s Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Project Leadership workshop on the Role of Government. The full-day educational workshop for members of the 2022 Project Leadership program was held at the Douglas Co…

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Have you ever wondered what lives in the ocean nearby? Do you want to see the kinds of fish, crabs and other creatures that thrive near Coos County? Believe it or not, that can all be done at the Charleston Marine Life Center.

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Brad Parks, a longstanding conservationist and supporter of the Washed Ashore Project, has come on board as the new conservation/education director. Parks brings his education in biology and leadership as well as his extensive experience working in zoos and nature museums to the Washed Ashore team.

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The public is invited to learn about plans to close gaps along the Oregon Coast Trail (OCT). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is hosting an online open house and webinar for people to learn about the Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan that aims to improve safety, access and convenie…

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It’s been a while since I’ve written in this space, and I regret that. My regret is partially due to not having things like this for you to read, but moreso because it means I haven’t been out exploring.

BANDON - Due to another surge in COVID-19 cases in Bandon and Coos County and for the health and safety of our patients, staff and the community, we are reinstating a no-visitor protocol and not allowing visitors to Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center at this time.

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The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is warning Oregonians to use caution when investing in cryptocurrencies, nonfungible tokens, or other new or volatile products.

A Celebration of the life of Hardy Christensen will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Faith Baptist Church of Bandon with military honors to follow at the IOOF Cemetery in Bandon. Arrangements are under the direction of Amling Schroeder Funeral Service, Bandon.

Nancy Lou Crouse, 79, of Coos Bay, passed away January 8, 2022 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has increased the income limits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program to 200% of the federal poverty level, or $2,147 a month for an individual or $3,660 for a family of three.

Southwestern Oregon Community College is excited to announce it has received $32,182 to expand its veterans center on the Coos Bay campus and increase support for students at its Brookings campus. The funding is part of an Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs grant package totaling $600,00…

The Coos History Museum will relaunch their First Tuesday Talk program in February with a space-tastic presentation titled, “Apollo 14: Coos Bay Connection” presented by Becky Soules. This program will be held on February 1 and has a new start time of 6 p.m. with the museum doors open from 5…

As the Omicron variant surges through Coos County, case counts have already topped even the highest counts at any other time in the pandemic.

And the winner for new location of the Coos Bay Public Library is the “Ridge” location at John Topits Park near the Old Armory. At least that’s the recommendation by the city council appointed library steering committee as of Thursday morning.

This educational program assists forage producers in making decisions on managing pastures and hayground. Topics include using maps to determine physical soil properties, to estimate current and potential production, and to form management units. This information is then used to take soil sa…

The Friends of the Coquille Public Library Inc. are optimistic that their popular bookstore will reopen in the future. The Coquille store was closed down when a portion of the building’s roof blew off during last week’s windstorm causing about 40% of the book inventory to be damaged by water…

Kristin N. Mason, 35, of Coos Bay died December 28, 2021 in Coos Bay.  Cremation rites have been held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.   www.coosbayareafunerals.com

Douglas County is excited to announce that Commissioner Tim Freeman has been appointed to one of only two seats from Oregon on the Western Interstate Region Board of Directors, which is a subset of the National Association of Counties. Additionally, Commissioner Freeman was appointed to the …

You may have noticed an “extra” ocean on some maps in 2021. That brings the world-wide count of oceans to five: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern.

With the Coos Bay – North Bend Visitor & Convention as major sponsor, the Charleston Crab Feed is set for Saturday February 12. The location is the North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway Ave. North Bend, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Oregon Department of Revenue is offering tips to taxpayers in preparation for the 2022 tax filing season. The IRS and DOR will begin accepting e-file tax returns on Jan. 24. The tax filing deadline this year is April 18.

Last week we talked about how you can make a difference in our local business climate by working on one of your chamber’s teams. We didn’t get through all the opportunities at that time, so let me introduce you to more of them.

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The distant tsunami advisory affecting beaches, harbors, marinas, and ports on Saturday, January 15, 2022 has been cancelled.

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Jimmy Farmer, 88, of Lakeside, died January 15, 2022 in Coos Bay. At his request, no public services will be held. Cremation rites will be held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Myrtle Grove Funeral Service-Bay Area. 541-269-2851.   www.coosbayareafunerals.com

A graveside inurnment will be held at a later date at Roseburg National Cemetery for George H. Bessey, 83, of Coos Bay who died January 6, 2022 in Coos Bay. Cremation rites have been held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel.  541-267-3131. …

Coos and Curry county residents can dispose of various household chemicals at a free “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event” scheduled for February 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beaver Hill Transfer Site (1/4 mile south of Milepost 253) on Highway 101 between Coos Bay and Bandon.

The first picture I am sharing shows the Bandon High School football stadium, better known as Dave Miller Field, which was located on the north side of 11th Street, south of the  high school complex. Many years later it had fallen into disrepair and was torn down. Seating was replaced by ste…

More comprehensive data analytics could help the Oregon State Police (OSP) Patrol Services Division better project future staffing needs, deploy current resources, and project overtime needs, according to a just-released OSP audit by Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan.

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The statewide graduation rate for the class of 2020-21 is 80.6 percent, the second highest graduation rate ever recorded in Oregon, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

Burnout. Anxiety. Fear. Confusion. Depression. Lack of focus. The pandemic has prompted a heightened awareness around these very emotions. Even more concerning is the fact that many of us have experienced firsthand the struggles involved in navigating these feelings.

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On Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 at approximately 5:52 p.m., the Newport Police Department responded to the 200 block of SE Bay Blvd on a disturbance. Initial information was that a vehicle, that had been reported stolen from Coos Bay, had been located at that location by the vehicle owner.

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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense as we close out 2021.

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark recently announced the introduction of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act, legislation that would greatly boost the availability of mental health resources in America’s public schools.

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Guided 2022 First Day Hikes are set for several state parks on Jan. 1, 2022 and the normal $5 day-use parking fee is waived for the 25 parks that normally require a parking permit. 

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The Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq) is saddened to announce the passing of an injured sea otter that was transported to the Aquarium for assessment and care last week.

The Coast Guard is conducting a Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study (PAC-PARS) at Yaquina Bay, Coos Bay and Astoria in Oregon and other Pacific Coast seaports.

A five-judge Special Judicial Panel recently upheld the congressional redistricting plan passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly during its September special session. The panel released a unanimous opinion this morning dismissing a petition challenging the plan, finding that the Legislativ…

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Employers with 100 or more workers across Oregon and around the nation who were previously facing a federal mandate to either enforce mandatory vaccination in the workplace or have their employees undergo regular COVID-19 testing, now are not immediately facing the mandate.