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…

Jerome M. Johnson, 49, of Central Point, passed away on September 16, 2020 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

COOS BAY — A faulty extension cord likely caused a structure fire and destroyed a home Friday night, according to a post from the Coos Bay Fire Department.

SOUTH COAST — Anna Huit's whiteboard is full: "Monday" through "Friday" listed down the side, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. listed hour by hour across the top. In each box, four different, color-coded schedules are meticulously laid out in 45-minute chunks.

SALEM — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum wants the public to be aware of a potential for charitable scams as wildfires continue to burn across the state of Oregon.

COOS COUNTY — Since Sept. 18, there have been six additional COVID-19 cases reported in Coos County, according to Coos Health & Wellness. Coos County now has 104 confirmed and 38 presumptive* cases, for a total of 142 total cases. 

COOS BAY — It wasn’t anything like a normal year, but a number of South Coast runners and walkers kept up the tradition of the Prefontaine Memorial Run on Saturday.

CURRY COUNTY — Curry County Public has been notified of two new cases of COVID-19. Notification came through Del Norte County Public Health and the official medical record system provided by the Oregon Health Authority, according to Curry County Public Health Administrator Sherrié Ward. Both…

SALEM — On Friday, the Oregon Department of Education filed a temporary administrative rule with the Secretary of State, adopted Thursday by the State Board of Education, that focuses on the health and safety of our students and educators by creating a safer and more inclusive school climate.

PORTLAND — Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in August from 10.4 percent in July, according to a press release from the Oregon Employment Department. The unemployment rate was more than double last year’s rate of 3.6 percent in August 2019. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment ra…

PORTLAND — COVID-19 claimed six more lives in Oregon over the weekend, raising the state’s death toll to 526, according to the Oregon Health Authority.The Oregon Health Authority also reported 208 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state total to 30,801.T…

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio-D, Ore., chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced he has secured $5 million in emergency relief funding for the Oregon Department of Transportation to start to repair damage caused to Oregon highways from the wildfires that have…

BANDON — Volunteers in Bandon picked up approximately 300 pounds of trash along Bandon beaches from Seven Devils Wayside north to the China Creek Beach south of town Saturday morning.

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It’s been over a month since our last column. Have we learned anything about containing the virus yet? I’d like to think that we have. Still, memories tend to be short, and 40,000 new cases daily would suggest that we forget quickly. How did the Labor Day weekend go? Well, if the other two h…

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.

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.

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…

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchas…

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…

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