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Another Round of Storm Activity Pounds Oregon

By Jim McCoy Tue 4th December Newscoastal newsfloodingstormsweather
Another storm is clobbering the southern and central Oregon coast, with high winds knocking down trees and highway crews clearing them off the roads. Several trees fell across Oregon 18 west of Lincoln City, and one blocked U.S. 101 north of Florence for a time Tuesday morning.Read More »

Religious Retreat Center On Oregon Coast Up For Auction

By Jim McCoy Tue 4th December Newscoastal newsJesuitsretreat center auctioned
A religious retreat on the Oregon coast is on the auction block. The Oregonian reports the Jesuits plan to sell their 93-acre Nestucca Sanctuary. It's on a spit near Pacific City. A Jesuit official says the sale is part of a trend within the group nationally, as retreat use has declined. The Jesuits developed the site in the 1930s for novitiates to study and reflect.Read More »

Handover Preparations Made For Historic Lighthouse

By Jim McCoy Mon 3rd December NewsCape Arago lighthousecoastal news
The Coast Guard is preparing to turn the historic Cape Arago Lighthouse near Coos Bay over to Indian tribes. Part of the work involves removing a 74-year-old bridge that has been condemned for some time. The Coos Bay World reports the lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.Read More »

Developer Looking To Sell Coos Bay Sand

By Jim McCoy Mon 26th November Newscoastal newssand
A development company hopes to sell about four million cubic yards of sand from a 69-acre property in Coos Bay and then build a 500-unit housing project. Ocean Grove Development Group sees a growing demand for sand for big construction projects and because of the special sand used in hydraulic fracturing drilling for natural gas. But other businesses that sell sand in the area told The WRead More »

Draft Proposal To Accept Wind Turbines in Coos Bay

By Jim McCoy Fri 16th November Newscoastal newsrenewable energy
The city of Coos Bay has drafted an ordinance to allow wind turbines in town. The World of Coos Bay reports that turbines have been under a moratorium, but the city plans to take public comment in early 2013. The draft ordinance would allow turbines no higher than 70 feet - industrial wind turbines are more than 250 feet. For large turbines, residents would have to show that noise woulRead More »

Coastal Wave Power Project Suffers Setback

By Jim McCoy Thu 4th October Newscoastal newsrenewable energywave energy
The company planning a wave energy installation off Reedsport won't have its first buoy in the water this year as planned.Read More »

Man Sentenced In Coos Bay Kidnapping

By Jim McCoy Wed 3rd October Newscoastal newskidnapping
A 32-year-old man convicted of kidnapping two Coos Bay girls was sentenced Monday in Coquille to a mandatory 13 years in prison. With the added sentence for unrelated burglary convictions Robert Perez faces a total of more than 17 years in prison. The World reports Perez was convicted last month of kidnapping, coercion and furnishing liquor to a minor.Read More »

Man Convicted For Kidnapping Coos Bay Girls

By Jim McCoy Thu 20th September Newscoastal news

A man accused of taking two Coos Bay girls to a park and giving the marijuana and alcohol was convicted in Coquille of kidnapping. The Coos Bay World reports Robert Perez wept in court Wednesday. He faces about six years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 1. He's also facing time for a separate conviction last week on burglary and theft charges.
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Firefighters Resign In Port Orford

By Jim McCoy Wed 29th August Newscoastal newsfirefighters

The chief and at least six firefighters have resigned from the Port Orford fire department. That's about one-third of the volunteers in the Port Orford Rural Fire District.
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Study Predicts Rising of Sea Levels Off of West Coast

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd June Newscoastal newsscientific forecasts

A new report is giving planners their best look yet at how melting ice sheets and warming oceans associated with climate change will raise sea levels on the West Coast.

     The report issued Friday by the National Research Council is generally consistent with earlier global projections, but trains a finer lens on California, Oregon and Washington.Read More »


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