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Oregon and Oregon State open Pac-12 volleyball tonight, 7 p.m., against one another in Eugene. 

OSU at Lakeside
The Oregon State men’s rowing team officially begins fall practice this week as it leaves for its annual trip to Eel Lake at William M. Tugman State Park. During the three-day trip, team members will get into the water where they will work on fitness and fundamentals. Head Coach Steve Todd’s crew already has one workout under its belt after taking part in land exercises Monday afternoon in Corvallis.

UO tryouts

The 2012 NCATA National Champion Oregon Ducks acrobatics and tumbling team is holding an open tryout for the 2012-2013 squad on Oct. 22nd.  The tryout takes place at the Moshofsky Center (2727 Leo Harris Pkway) and runs from 4-5:30 p.m. All current full-time U of O students are welcome to attend and should come dressed ready to stunt and tumble.  Stunting and tumbling experience is preferred. Please bring proof of insurance and RSVP to assistant coach Angela Ucci at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NB Boosters
The North Bend Booster Club meets at noon today at the high school's Hall of Champions.  Cost of lunch is $6.

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Playing for the third time in four days, the Marshfield volleyball team downed visiting Willamette 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 25-12) Tuesday night in a 5A Midwestern League match in Coos Bay.  The win gives the Lady Pirates a 2-0 record in league and 5-2 overall.  Senior Brea Mosieur had ten kills for Marshfield, while sophomore Alycia Wodke had 15 kills, four aces and 11 digs for the Wolverines.  The Lady Pirates also got seven kills from Emily Moe, and Peyton Babb, and six from Hannah Olson.  Server Lauren McGowne had five kills and 30 assists.  Babb led digs with 11, Moe with seven and sophomore Libero Gabby Bryant seven.  Marshfield also won the JV match (25-16, 25-10), and Frosh match (25-16, 25-10).  

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North Bend opened 4A Far West League boys soccer with a 4-0 win over visiting Sutherlin Tuesday night at Vic Adams Field.  The Bulldogs (3-0, 2-0) scored two goals in the first half and two in the second.  

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North Bend's Levi Graber won the boy's 5K race at the Bullard Beach Run Tuesday north of Bandon.  The senior clocked a 17:59 to win by :46 seconds.  The Bulldogs Strider Myhre (18:50) was third, followed by Nick Hossley (18:59) in fourth, and Matthew Stewart (19:19) fifth.  Other North Bend runners:  Noah Langlie (7 19:32); Quade MacDonald (13 20:24); Reno Ancheta (15 20:40); Adam Urban (26 21:40); Griffin Clark (27 21:41); Noah Graber (21:54); Kenneth Stiennon (41 23:29); Christopher New (57 25:57); Tyler Muchmore (64 30:48); Charles Grimes (68 39:02).  Bandon's junior Hailey Iverson (21:58) won the girl's 5K.  North Bend's girls were led by senior Zenora Burris who was fourth overall (22:02).  She was followed by:  Emalie Gauntz (12 24:01); Larissa Schreiber (13 24:02); Jorden Banks (16 24:59); Lorien Deyo (28 28:40); Elizabeth Sevier (38 30:18); Cassie McCutcheon (43 34:18).

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Marshfield is scheduled to host Springfield for a 5A girl's Midwestern League soccer match at 4 p.m. this afternoon in Coos Bay.  The Pirate boys are scheduled to follow at 6 p.m.

WBC Forum
The  September 19th Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Business Connection (WBC) will feature Dr. Patty Scott and Karen Pringle, from the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC), with a presentation on the upcoming Culinary Olympic Competition in Erfurt, Germany in October. This professional competition will be entered by 45 nations from all over the world. Six students from SWOCC’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute won the honor of represent the USA and will be in the competition. The WBC Luncheons in September are sponsored by Yellow Cab Taxi Company. This WBC session will be held in the Salmon Room at the Mill Casino-Hotel from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, September 19, 2012.These luncheons are open to all who are interested in attending, but we ask you contact the Chamber office at 541-266-0868 or by email to ensure there is enough food prepared. Remember, there are 5 minute presentation segments available for chamber businesses to introduce themselves and their products, prior to the featured presentation each week. If you are interested in one of these spots, please contact the Chamber at 541-266-0868.  The mission of the WBC Forum committee is to provide an opportunity for business to network with each other, market products and expand their knowledge of the Bay Area business climate. The Forums focus on the positive aspects of doing business in Oregon’s Bay Area. Speakers and subject matter include new businesses moving to the area, business expansions, and issues or items that can impact your operations.

Oregon Arts Commission

Revealing critical trends about school-based arts classes and profiles of model programs.  The Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) has released two groundbreaking publications shedding light on the status of arts education in Oregon.  The first, Access to Arts Education in Oregon Schools II, is a research-based report by Sarah K. Collins, a Lead Researcher at the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC).  Using existing school data collected by the Oregon Department of Education, the report provides state aggregate data about in-school access to stand-alone arts classes.  When data from the 2009-10 school year was compared with the 2010-11 school year, Oregon showed a 1% decrease in overall access to arts education through school-based classes.  This statistic is the result of 75 schools who did not offer any arts classes in the previous year adding at least one arts class and 82 schools that used to provide arts instruction removing classes so that they no longer had any arts coursework.  This trend indicates a lack of stability in arts-based programming in schools.  The second publication, Connections: Arts Learning in Oregon, is a companion piece to the first, highlighting outstanding programs that contribute to a holistic arts education beyond school-based coursework.  Organizations like Portland Taiko, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Opera take arts learning into schools around the state, adding richness to school-based programs and frequently providing access for students who might not otherwise experience the arts.  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Jackson Elementary School and Wordstock provide support for teachers and parents who want to include more arts instruction in classrooms. And Wallowa Valley Music Alliance and Oregon Children's Theatre, located in opposite corners of the state, both provide tools to help students launch successful careers in the arts and beyond.  Both publications are available on the Arts Commission's website:

A magnitude 3.0 quake was recorded 118-miles west of Coos Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 18.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the horizontal quake occurred at 11:57 a.m., at a depth of 13.8-miles.

Fire in Brookings Area Stretches Crews
Coos Forest Protection Association (CFPA) crews have been engaged with the 15-acre Jimmy Creek Fire in the Scottsburg area since 1:00 a.m. September 18th. At 2:00 p.m. a fire in the Brookings area also started. The Carpenterville Fire is approximately 3 acres as of 3:00 p.m. It is burning in a replanted logged unit and second growth timber. CFPA has three engines, a tender and a helicopter working the fire and a dozer en route. They are also being assisted by Cape Ferrelo RFD and South Coast Lumber Company. Fire crews are making good progress and are cautiously optimistic about catching the fire in initial attack.  Having the two fires at once adds some complexity to the situation but we have a number of agencies to help us and always keep some initial attack resources at the ready. “If we have another fire, we will attack it as well”, said District Manager Mike Robison.  The fire is in an area of homes but none are threatened at this time and no injuries have been reported. The cause is under investigation.

Crews Battle Steep Jimmy Creek Fire
The 15-acre Jimmy Creek Fire located at approximately mile marker 16 on Highway 38 was reported about 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 18th. Crews from Coos Forest Protective Association, Douglas Forest Protective Association and Scottsburg RFD initially responded to the fire. The fire is burning in timber and reproduction in very steep ground with rock bluffs. The 30 firefighters with four engines, a tender and a dozer that initially attacked the fire have been joined by an additional 50 firefighters and two Type 2 helicopters.  Eighty people on a fire this size is more than normal but the ground is tough and the going is slow. The dozer is helping get crews closer to the fire and putting in a contingency line, but most the work will have to be done by hand. “Our goal is to have the fire trailed and a hose lay around it before dark. To accomplish that we are still working the initial attack crews, but they will have to be released soon”, said Incident Commander Kyle Gibbons.  The fire is on private timber land and in an area of homes, but no evacuations are needed at this time. Highway 38 remains open but drivers may encounter smoke, congestion and sightseers. Luchsinger Road should be avoided as there are rocks rolling into the road and firefighters working off the road. No injuries have been reported.

Extreme Fire Danger
"We can't afford to have a careless fire now," says Tom Fields of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).  "We haven't had a reprieve from the hot, dry weather for several weeks," the fire prevention coordinator said, "and with vegetation as dry as it is, it won't take much to get a fire going." Fire activity across the Pacific Northwest has also depleted firefighting resources, leaving wildland firefighting agencies thin should a large fire break out.  He noted that fire patrols across the state have been seeing an increasing number of illegal campfires that, when left to smolder, could lead to a major wildfire.  To date in 2012, not counting the numerous campfires engine crews have put out during patrols, 30 illegal campfires have burned close to six acres and cost over $25,000 to suppress.  "That's roughly the size of six football fields: all because campfires are being left to burn in precarious areas," he said.  Open fires, including campfires, are prohibited on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, about 16 million acres of private, county, state and Bureau of Land Management (west of the Cascades) forestland. Campfires may be allowed in some designated areas and travelers should check with their local forestry or protection association office for details.  When campfires are allowed, they should be put completely out before leaving the campsite. To do so, drown the fire with an abundance of water, stir and separate the hot coals, and drown again until all of the heat has been removed.  Fields adds that even if campfires are allowed this is not a good time to have one.  For more information on campfire safety and preventing human-caused fires, visit

Fire Danger on the Rise
Current fire danger has prompted the Coos Forest Protective Association to impose tighter restrictions for workers in some wildland areas. The CFPA will place an Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) III (3) on all private, county, state and Bureau of Land Management lands that fall within regulated use zone CS-2 Wednesday, September 19.  Industrial operators are advised to check their notifications for the area in which they are working. Under IFPL III, industrial operators are prohibited in performing the following:  • Cable yarding – except that gravity operated logging systems with non-motorized carriages may operate before 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above ground, except the line between the carriage and the chokers; • Power saws – except at loading sites and at tractor skidder operations before 1 p.m. and after 8 p.m. local time; In addition, the following are permitted before 1 p.m. and after 8 p.m.; •     Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start; • Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material; • Blasting; • Welding or cutting of metal; • Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.  Under the current Regulated Use Closure, use of non-industrial chainsaws is now prohibited in Regulated Use Area CS-2.  For further information on fire danger levels and closures, contact the CFPA 24-hour closure information line at (541) 267-1789 or access CFPA’s website at

Oregon's jobless rate
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in August and 8.7 percent in July. Meanwhile, the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in August and 8.3 percent in July.

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