Oregon Coast News - April 2, 2010
Daily news and sports coverage for the Oregon coast plus a variety of guides and directories useful to Oregon residents and visitors.
Wind & waves
A High Wind Warning is in effect for the South Oregon Coast until noon today with winds out of the south at 25 to 40 mph. A High Surf Advisory is also in effect from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 11 p.m. Saturday night.
With severe weather upon us, the Coast Guard reminds boaters to be prepared and stay aware. Strong winds and heavy surf are in the forecast over the next several days. With heavy weather in the Pacific Northwest the Coast Guard is strongly encouraging mariners to take the necessary steps to ensure that their boats are properly secured. Boaters should follow these guidelines to ensure their safety: Ensure you have a storm anchor. The anchor that comes with a boat is often inadequate for the storms in the Pacific Northwest. An improper or inadequate anchor can cause your boat to drift and may lead to unnecessary search and rescue calls. Check all of your anchor and mooring lines. Double the lines up for added strength. Ensure all lines and tackle are in good condition. Small boats should be removed from the water and moved to a secure location well above tidal and flood areas to ensure they are not washed out to sea. Cover your boat: Heavy rains can flood boats and even cause sinking in extreme cases. Protect your boat and be sure your vessel is adequately covered when it is moored up to prevent flooding. If you can't bring your boat onto shore, make sure it is securely fastened to its dock. Vessels that break free from their moorings can become a hazard to navigation and endanger the lives of those who must retrieve them.
As assessment report by a Central Oregon Coast firm concludes that Oregon has “tremendous infrastructure capability” for the rapidly emerging wave energy industry. The 130-page report came from the Newport firm Advanced Research Corporation (ARC). It was commission by the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), a non-profit public-private partnership funded by the Oregon Innovation Council. John Lavrakas, president of ARC, states, “We conclude that Oregon has tremendous infrastructure capability to develop and deploy wave energy technology, not only into Oregon coastal waters, but throughout the Pacific Northwest.” Test buoys have been previously deployed off of Newport; however, Ocean Power Technologies, of New Jersey, is planning to deploy a 140-foot long, 40-feet wide buoy weighing 200 tons, off of Gardiner in Western Douglas County this fall. OPT is also looking to locate nine more in the area next year.
Representatives of the Coos County Complete Count Committee will be in Lakeside at the Lakeside Fire Department’s Easter Party on Saturday, April 3rd at Tugman Park from 11 AM to approximately 1 PM to provide information about the importance of completing and returning the Census forms. Promotional materials provided by the U.S. Census will be available. If you are curious about how well your community is participating in the census log on to http://2010census.gov/2010census/take10map/.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the death of a 61-year old Tenmile man Wednesday night, 9:45 p.m., on Tenmile Valley Road in Douglas Co. According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, Gary R. Cunningham was found lying in the middle of the road by a passing motorist. He suffered major trauma to his head. His 1997 Ford pickup truck was found nearby in a ditch. “Based on the evidence at the scene and the injuries sustained by Cunningham, investigators believe that Cunningham had stopped in the roadway, got out of his vehicle and was attempting to light a cigarette when his vehicle began rolling backwards. While attempting to stop the vehicle, Cunningham was run over. The vehicle continued rolling until coming to rest in the ditch.” An open container of alcohol was found inside the truck and Cunningham had a strong odor of alcohol about him.
A 2.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded Thursday night near Cape Mendocino, CA. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at 7:58 p.m., 15-miles west to southwest of Eureka, CA.
A May 17th trial date has been set for two adults accused of more than 20-counts related to dog fighting in the small Oregon Coastal Range community of Alsea 40-miles east of Waldport on the Central Oregon Coast. Thirty-two year old Cody Hufeld was arraigned Wednesday in Corvallis. Authorities uncovered evidence of dog fighting during a search of a home shared by Hufeld and 29-year old Victoria McKenna. Fifteen pit bulls were chained to stakes in the ground and the bodies of three dogs were recovered from the property.
The prison population, which is now about 14,000, will grow very little over the next two years, the state Office of Economic Analysis said Thursday in its semi-annual Oregon Corrections Population Forecast. The prison population will remain under 14,150, and will grow more slowly than previously expected, to reach 16,000 by the end of the decade, according to the forecast. The forecast projects the populations of offenders supervised by the Oregon Department of Corrections. It estimates the number of inmates in the state prison system, as well as the number offenders on probation, parole, and post-prison supervision. It also estimates the number felony offenders serving sentences of 12 or fewer months in county jails.
OIMB 2010 Spring Seminar Series
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston, Oregon. All seminars at 3:30 PM, April 2, Cynthia Trowbridge, OIMB, University of Oregon, "Marine specialist herbivores on Japanese shores." OIMB Boathouse Auditorium. Please park on Boat Basin Road and walk down to the OIMB Boathouse. Call 541 888-2581 for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CB Wine Walk
April 2, 2010, benefits North Bend High School Catering Program, begins at Express Blinds & Beyond.
Mr. Bulldog Pageant Saturday, April 3rd at 7pm in the NBHS Gym. You can purchase your tickets at the door or from any Mr. Bulldog contestant.
North Bend Indian Education Parents are hosting a PowWow Saturday, April 3rd at North Bend Middle School Gym. Grand Entries are at 1:00 pm and 6:30pm. There will be vendors, raffles, informational booths, fun activities and dancers. If you have any questions call: Alicia Mueller (541) 217-1539 or Annette Brainard (541)751-6782.
The parents for the MHS senior class of 2010 will hold a garage sale on April 3rd at Blossom Gulch Elementary School to raise money for the Senior All Night Party this year.
4/3/2010 - DEVILS LAKE SHORELINE RESTORATION, Devil's Lake, Lincoln City, 9:00AM - 1:00PM Work with private landowners to restore their shoreline property using native vegetation. Snacks and drinks will be available through out the day. Info & Registration: Project Oregon or contact Seth Lenaerts at email@example.com, or 920-860-9880
A request for an officer at the Mill Casino/Hotel early Thursday morning, 1:01 a.m., resulted in an arrest. According to an entry on the North Bend Police log, 52-year old Dean Stanley Cole was cited in lieu of arrest for Criminal Trespass II.
An “anonymous report of a male subject who is driving around town with a suspended license” led to a citation Wednesday night. According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for 8:17 p.m., 26-year old Jonathan Lee Alan Carpenter was stopped at 16th & Everett and cited for DWS – Violation and Failure to Carry Proof of SR-22. He was additionally warned for Improper Lane Change and Failure to Carry/Present License. “Vehicle secured on scene.”
A vehicle reported hit a light pole near Taco Bell at Pony Village Mall Wednesday afternoon, 4:10 p.m., and left the scene. According to an entry on the North Bend Police log, “officer made contact with driver at Chevron Station on Virginia. Advised not as reported. Driver pulled over at nearest safe spot.” Thirty-four year old Michael D. Gardner, North Bend, cited.
A contractor stuck in a crawl space on the 1600 block of Garfield St. in North Bend Wednesday, 3:08 p.m., was rescued by members of the North Bend Police & Fire Dept. According to an entry on the police log, “RP advised her contractor is stuck in crawl space and cannot breathe. Officers responded and successfully removed subject from the crawl space.”
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, 11:13 a.m., 2500 block Fir St., 25-year old Kiel M. Smith, Coos Bay, arrested on a CBPD warrant. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
“Subjects smoking marijuana at location.” According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for 10:29 a.m., California St. Boat Ramp, “subjects contacted, negative on marijuana but they were drinking alcohol. All warned for drinking at an unlicensed premise.”
A report of a “large fight in progress” on the 400 block of Madison St. in the Empire District of Coos Bay Wednesday, resulted in a Probation Violation arrest. According to an entry on the police log for 6:56 p.m., 21-year old Ramon Rodriguez was charged with Probation Violation and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille. Fifteen-year old Joseph Cardoza was also charged with Probation Violation and transported to Coos Co. Juvenile Detention.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, 11:25 a.m., “North Bend Police Dept. arrested subject on warrant.” Twenty-five year old Kiel Maston Prewitt Smith wanted on CBPD warrant for two-counts of Failure to Report as Sex Offender. Transported and lodged in the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Wednesday, 7:22 p.m., Cape Arago Hwy., 34-year old Wilson Davis arrested on a Probation Violation charge.
According to an entry on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Wedensday, 5:48 p.m., Hwy. 101, “suspicious subject. Intoxicated male on porch of red storage building behind Taylor Maid, in the Bunker Hill area of Coos Bay, “throwing stuff at RP’s (Goats).” Forty-six year old Joseph Allen Boyd, Coos Bay, was arrested on a Parole Violation. He was transported to the county jail at Coquille.
Rain along the South Oregon Coast today with highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s and very windy out of the south at 25 to 40 mph, but shifting to the southwest at 25 to 30 by afternoon. Rain showers tonight with lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s and west winds 10-20 mph. Cloudy with a chance of rain on Saturday.
Bay Area Rivalry bb
The Bay Area Rivalry baseball series goes to Marshfield this spring following a doubleheader in Coos Bay Thursday. The Bulldogs won the first game 6-4 to even the series at a game a piece, but the Pirates came back with seven runs in the bottom of the third inning in the nightcap to post a 12-5 win over North Bend in a game called after five innings because of darkness. Bulldog senior Dalton Iveans connected on a two-run homer in the third game to put North Bend in front 5-3 before the Pirates erupted in the next inning with 13 batters going to the plate against Iveans, the second game starter on the mound. All seven of the runs came with two out. Marshfield opened with Josh Perkins on the mound. The senior right-hander was replaced by junior Hank Silva in the fourth and then junior Kane Rowely closed the game out in the fifth with two strike outs and a pop out to left field. Senior Elliot Aurdahl got the nod in the first game against North Bend’s Cody Anderson. Anderson went the distance to pick up the win, while Aurdahl struggled with seven walks in his two innings. Fresham Doug Molzahn went to the mound for the next three innings for Marshfield, while senior Ryan Campbell pitched the last two innings. North Bend went up 4-1 after two innings, only to have the Pirates rally back with three in the bottom of the third to tie the score at 4-4. In the top of the fifth, the Bulldogs picked up the final two runs from their number seven and nine batters in the lineup. Austin Parker and Hayden Davisson both got hits off Molzahn and scored runs on rbi’s by Duke Mitchell and Ryan Johnson.
Marshfield swept a pair of one-run non-league softball games from visiting Brookings-Harbor Thursday at Coos Head Field in Coos Bay. The Lady Pirates won 2-1 and 5-4. Chelsie Derby hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seven in the first game for Marshfield, while Brianne Johnson threw a complete game and had a two-run single in the second game. Kirby Neale also had two hits in the second game for the Lady Pirates.
Salmon Ck. Run
The South Coast Running Club will hold its Salmon Creek Run at the Powers Hotel, 2nd & Hemlock, 10 a.m., Saturday, April 3. A 5K & 10K runs will be held with ribbons presented to finishers.
North Bend will host its annual Frosh-Soph Invitational track meet Saturday, 10 a.m., at Vic Adams Field.
North Bend will host Hidden Valley of Grants Pass in girl’s tennis at noon, Saturday. Marshfield’s girls will play the Mustangs at 3 p.m. in Coos Bay. The Pirate boys will host Hidden Valley at noon, while North Bend hosts them at 3 p.m.
Southwestern Oregon Community College’s baseball team will play a baseball doubleheader at Linn-Benton in Albany on Saturday. The Lakers unbeaten softball team competes at an Inter-Region Tournament at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, WA this weekend. The Lakers play Bellevue and Everett today. On Saturday they take on Skagit Valley.
Civil War sb
Oregon beat Oregon State 8-3 in the first game of three in a Pac-10 “Civil War” series at Corvallis Thursday. The Ducks improve to 25-5 on the season and 1-0 in the conference, while the Beavers fall to 19-15 and 0-1. They’ll play again today and Saturday.
Oregon State (17-5, 1-0) opened a three-game Pac-10 baseball series with a 4-1 ten-inning win over USC (13-13, 1-3) at Los Angeles Thursday night. They’ll play again today and Saturday. No. 1 Arizona State got a one-run homer in the top of the third to beat Oregon 1-0 in Eugene Thursday night. The Sun Devils are 24-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Pac-10. Oregon is 18-9 and 1-3. The two will play two more games today and Saturday.
The Denver Nuggets handed the visiting Portland Trailblazers a 109-92 NBA loss Thursday night in Denver. Andre Miller scored 24-points to lead the Blazers. Portland has now lost 13 of the last 14 games in the “Mile-High” city. The Blazers play at Sacramento on Saturday.