2nd large earthquake in 1 week hits off Oregon coast
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — An underwater earthquake with an initial 5.9 magnitude has struck off the southern Oregon coast.
The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday that no tsunami is expected...
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rumbles 150 miles off Oregon coast
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Thursday off the Oregon coast but did not generate a tsunami or cause any damage or injuries, authorities said.
Oregon announces free fishing this weekend
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — State officials say it will be free to fish, crab or clam in waters around Oregon this weekend.
The World reports the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife declared...
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A former Bandon School District employee has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after he was convicted of sexually abusing a 2-month-old girl and distributing...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed natural gas export project on Oregon's southern coast are claiming they've made major headway addressing one of regulators' biggest concerns as...
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an emergency communication tower near the Oregon coast has been destroyed, causing over $60,000 in damage.
Police dog stuck by 200 porcupine quills during pursuit
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A police dog that stumbled on a porcupine and got more than 200 quills stuck on his face while pursuing a suspect is resting comfortably Tuesday and will not lose his...
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A police K-9 in Oregon is recovering after encountering a porcupine and getting stuck with over 200 quills.
The Coos County Sheriff's Office on Monday said Odin was...
Georgia-Pacific to shutter Coos Bay mill, lay off 111
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Georgia-Pacific Wood Products has notified employees at its Coos Bay lumber mill that it will shutter the facility and lay off all of the site's 111 workers.
Man killed in North Bend house fire
GLASGOW, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed in a house fire just north of Coos Bay in North Bend.
The World reports firefighters responded to a fire in the house early...
Jackson County asks state to deny pipeline permit
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Jackson County commissioners are asking the state to block a proposed natural gas pipeline that would ferry gas over 229 miles of southern Oregon to an export terminal near Coos Bay.
Oregon State wants Elliott State Forest for research
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After years of struggling to figure out what to do with the Elliott State Forest, Oregon officials now have a proposal they like. Members of the State Land Board voted Tuesday to start work on a plan to transfer the 80,000-acre forest near Coos Bay to Oregon State University.
The university's idea is to create the "Elliott State Research Forest."
Sea turtles rescued from Oregon beaches die
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two endangered sea turtles rescued in separate incidents after being stranded on the Oregon coast last week have died after attempts to rehabilitate them were unsuccessful.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the first turtle, a female olive ridley, was spotted by a resident on a beach north of Coos Bay.
Train derails on Coos Bay Rail Line; no injuries
LAKESIDE, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a train on the Coos Bay Rail Line derailed Tuesday night.
The World reports the train went off the tracks between Reedsport and Lakeside.
The Port of Coos Bay hasn't released the cause of the derailment, referring to the incident as a service interruption.
Study to help prevent whale entanglements off Oregon
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission is supporting a multi-year study to prevent whale entanglements off the Oregon Coast.
The Coos Bay World reports that the board of the industry-funded agency approved nearly $45,000 toward the three-year $300,000 project.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute plan to gather data on whale distributions and populations.
Famous tall ships to visit Coos Bay and Astoria
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The famous tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be dropping anchor in two different Oregon coastal communities next month for naval buffs to visit.
Earthquake, aftershock reported off the Oregon coast
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — An earthquake and aftershock have been reported off the coast of south-central Oregon.
The United States Geological Survey says an initial quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck just after 1:30 a.m., more than 170 miles (264 kilometers) west of Coos Bay, about 220 miles southwest of Portland.
Robert Sanders of the USGS says there is no tsunami threat associated with the quake. He says people as far away as Portland reported feeling the temblor.
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COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A man who nearly decapitated his grandfather at a home in Coos Bay has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
The World newspaper reports 29-year-old James Thomasson received the sentence Monday after pleading guilty to murder.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld a decision, opposed by environmentalists, by the state lands department to allow the dredging of the port of Coos Bay for a proposed deep-water marine terminal where ships could load liquefied natural gas from a planned pipeline.
Petitioners, who are environmental advocacy groups, said the permit was invalidly issued because the lands department had not considered the negative effects of the terminal, such as a fuel spill.
DA: Coos Bay man shot 8 times by police
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A Coos Bay man fatally shot by police last month sustained eight gunshot wounds.
The World newspaper reports Eric Sweet was shot in the head, neck, abdomen and legs after allegedly pointing a rifle at an officer.
Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier has scheduled a Tuesday press conference to discuss the facts of the shooting and say if it was legally justified.
Police fatally shoot Coos Bay man
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say police fatally shot a Coos Bay man who pointed a rifle at an officer.
Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier says the shooting happened Saturday after police had twice stopped pursuing suspect Eric Sweet for safety reasons.
They later found the car parked haphazardly outside Sweet's home.
Man charged with killing dog in illegal trap
BANDON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested after a dog was caught and killed last week in an illegal trap south of Coos Bay.
The World reports 57-year-old Monte Callaway of Bandon has been arrested by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Two tall ships plan to visit Astoria and Coos Bay this summer after they were unable to find moorage at the Port of Newport.
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school district is accused of forcing students to read Bible passages as a form of punishment, among other accusations.
The Coos Bay World reported Tuesday that the North Bend School District initially denied the claim, but the building administrator later acknowledged in an interview with state education officials that he demanded Bible reading for punishment.
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Bureau of Land Management employees have put up signs declaring Bastendorff Beach a day use only site.
The World reports that park rangers and Coos County Sheriff's deputies walked the beach on Tuesday, telling people who have been sleeping there that they must pack up and leave by nightfall.
Man dies in Douglas County after logging accident
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Coos Bay man died after getting caught in logging equipment at a logging site in Douglas County.
The News Review reported that 49-year-old James Jarrett died at the scene on Monday.
Douglas County authorities say the logging equipment was owned by LA Logging, a Coquille logging contractor.
A Coos Bay man is dead following a logging accident near Hubbard Creek Road in Umpqua Monday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Arcadio Garcia-Martinez, 50, died after lifesaving efforts by emergency personnel and others on scene failed.
The dispatch center received a call about the accident around 1:02 p.m.
Coos Bay man, 50, dies in logging accident
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Coos Bay man has died in a logging accident.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Monday afternoon in the unincorporated community of Umpqua. Paramedics arrived to find people trying to save the man's life, but he died at the scene.
Sgt. Brad O'Dell identified the man as 50-year-old Arcadio Garcia-Martinez. The investigation remains active.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Coos Bay woman who responded to a man's request for assistance has been arrested for violating a restraining order that prohibits her from going near him.
Douglas County expects to receive nearly $30,000 this year for its lands covered in the Coos Bay Wagon Road Act, a number much lower than in the past.
According to county data, Coos Bay Wagon Road funds reached $155,016 in 2007, but dropped over the years to $27,913 a decade later.
Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman said the amount of money the county receives is based on a formula.
House fire in Englewood area of Coos Bay kills two
COOS BAY — Two people were killed in a house fire early this morning in Englewood, according to Coos Bay Fire Chief Mark Anderson.
Just after 1:30 a.m., the Coos Bay Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a possible fire near South 19th Street and Idaho Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood.
2 killed in Coos Bay fire; house lacked smoke alarms
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Two people died in a fire at a home without smoke alarms in Coos Bay.
Fire Chief Mark Anderson tells The World newspaper that the blaze was reported Monday at 1:30 a.m. It was mostly contained to one room, but the entire house was exposed to thick, black smoke.
Body of missing Coos Bay man found near bay
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The body of a missing Coos Bay man has been found near the North Bend boat ramp.
Coos Bay police say the North Bend Police Department contacted them early Tuesday about officers on the scene of a man who had died.
Coos Bay police identified the man as Willard Dean Canfield, who was reported missing in mid-December.
A business led by Veneta entrepreneur Greg Demers and Creswell developers Norman and Melvin McDougal is among four entities competing for a state grant of up to $25 million to build an “intermodal” facility in the Willamette Valley where freight could be swapped among trucks, trains and other bulk carriers.
A single-vehicle crash near milepost 14 on Highway 38 claimed the life of a Coos Bay man Saturday.
On Saturday at 4:47 p.m., Oregon State Police and other first responders were called to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 38, 15 miles east of Reedsport.
Grand jury indicts man in grandfather’s death
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A Coos County Grand Jury has indicted a man in the death of his 80-year-old grandfather in Coos Bay.
The World reports 29-year-old James Thomasson was indicted Thursday on charges of murder, attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.
It wasn't immediately clear if Thomasson had a lawyer.
COOS BAY — Coquille turned a close game into a 20-point victory Thursday night at the Les Schwab South Coast Tournament in Coos Bay, beating the Sutherlin Bulldogs 63-43 in the first round of the tournament.
Sutherlin (4-2) kept hanging around until senior guard Henry Scolari broke loose for 12 points in the third quarter and six more in the fourth on the way to a 26-point game.
Coos Bay man killed; grandson held as suspect
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man in Coos Bay was killed and his grandson is in custody as a suspect.
The World reports officers responded to a Coos Bay home Sunday afternoon for a reported assault.
COOS BAY — An 80-year-old Coos Bay man has died of “homicidal violence,” and his grandson has been arrested, Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said in a news release Monday.
Autopsy: Coos County inmate died of coronary artery disease
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an autopsy shows a jail inmate who died hours after his arrest on suspicion of assault died of natural causes.
Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said in a news release Tuesday that that 42-year-old Rocky Alan Stewart was suffering from severe coronary artery disease.
Frasier says because of the autopsy results, the manner of death will be listed as natural and cause of death will be severe coronary artery disease.
Coos County inmate dies in cell 9 hours after arrest
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — An inmate in Coos County has died in his cell nine hours after his arrest on suspicion of fourth-degree assault for a fight with a relative.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday that 42-year-old Rocky Alan Stewart sustained minor injuries in that fight but refused medical treatment.
Stewart was booked into the jail Saturday night and was found dead in his cell around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
COOS BAY — An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death of an inmate who died mysteriously after being found unconscious at the Coos County Jail early Sunday morning.
Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier wrote in a news release that Rocky Alan Stewart, 42, of Bandon was brought to the jail Saturday night on a charge of misdemeanor assault related to a domestic disturbance at a residence south of Bandon “involving a fight with another family member.”
Earthquake recorded off Oregon Coast
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 4.7-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon.
The temblor struck Friday at 9:36 a.m., about 108 miles (174 kilometers) west of Coos Bay. It occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).
Inmate, 24, dies after losing consciousness in Curry County
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A 24-year-old female inmate was taken off life support and died after going into cardiac arrest at the Curry County Jail.
The Oregon State Police said Wednesday that Cassadi Renee Bond, of Harbor, told deputies she used heroin before her arrest Oct. 19 on an outstanding warrant.
Two days later, she was found unconscious in her cell and taken to Curry County Hospital.
Investigation finds 30 children, adults exposed to pesticide
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At least 30 children and adults are believed to have been affected at a Coos Bay childcare center where they were exposed to pesticide, according to a state investigation.
The Oregon Health Authority released the findings Monday about its investigation of the May outbreak, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
Oregon residents whose land would intersect the proposed Pacific Connector pipeline filed a letter Oct. 3 asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny the pipeline and Jordan Cove Energy project.
Oregon environmental regulators fine inmate for trash
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Oregon environmental regulators issued a fine against a Coos County man for tons of trash piled up around his property near the Oregon Coast, but the case has a twist.
The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2y4gVs1 ) the state Department of Environmental Quality sent him notice of the $25,393 fine while he's serving a five-year prison sentence.
Coos Bay sues over restrictive flood map recommendations
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The city of Coos Bay has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the National Marine Fisheries Service over its recommendation for more restrictive floodplain regulations, which would restrict development in most of downtown.
Police: Man resisting arrest knocks officer unconscious
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man in Coos Bay wanted for failing to appear in court temporarily knocked an officer unconscious who had been trying to take him into custody.
Oregon State Police Lt. Cari Boyd says Coos County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Adam Slater went to a home Tuesday where a tipster had reported that Eric Wadkins was hiding.