News and Events

Southwestern Oregon is on the road Saturday for NWAACC games.  The Lakers' softball team plays at Lower Columbia CC in Kelso, WA, while the baseball team travels to Salem to play Chemeketa.  SWOCC's track team is at the John Knight Meet at Western Oregon University in Monmouth today.

Pac-12 bb
Oregon State hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff in three non-conference baseball games this weekend in Corvallis beginning today.  Oregon has a Pac-12 three-game series at Stanford Friday through Sunday.    

Pac-12 sb
Oregon State opens a three-game Pac-12 softball series at Stanford today and running through Sunday.  Oregon is at Utah Friday through Sunday.

Pac-12 tr
Oregon State and Oregon both travel to the John Knight Twilight Track Meet at Western Oregon University in Monmouth Friday. 

NB bb
North Bend downed visiting Sutherlin 3-0 in a 4A Far West League opener for the two schools Wednesday at Clyde Allen  Field in North Bend.  Nick Cole had two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs to lead the Bulldogs (6-3, 1-0).

MHS tn
The Marshfield Boys’ tennis team lost a hard-hitting battle to the visiting Sheldon Irish Wednesday. Senior captain Will Moriarty led the Pirates with a 9-8 (3) singles victory over Sheldon’s Read Wager and combined with Ty Cutting to take down the Irish team of Login Ellison and Read Wager 3-6, 6-3, (11-9) at the number one doubles position.  “I was proud of our effort today. We competed well on all courts and the boys are improving every time they step on the court, " coach Bryan Trendell said.  The Pirates will return to action next Tuesday when they battle the South Eugene Axemen at 3:00pm on the Southwestern Oregon Community College tennis courts or in case of inclement weather the William J. Sweet Memorial Tennis Center. Admission to all tennis matches is free.  Singles:  No. 1. Isaac Klump, SHS def. Logan Alix, MHS 6-2, 6-1; No. 2. Will Moriarty, MHS def. Read Wagar, SHS 9-8 (3); Doubles:  No. 1. Ty Cutting/Will Moriarty, MHS def. Login Eillison/Read Wagar, SHS 3-6, 6-3, (11-9); No. 2. Blake Nelson/Luke Coury, SHS def. Brandon Ball/Derek Duenas, MHS 6-3, 6-0; No. 3. Fen Wang/Connor Jordan, SHS def. Shayne Sadler/Chase Davidson, MHS 2-6, 6-4, (10-8); No. 4. Isaac Klump/Dorian Yeh, SHS def. Parker Forte/Frank Montenegro, MHS 6-0, 6-0.  Sheldon 4, Marshfield 2.

CEVA Volleyball
The April 28 CEVA volleyball tournament has been re-scheduled to Sunday, April 15 due to a new scheduling rule.

Coos Co. Track Meet
All of the public schools in Coos County will come together tonight for the 104th Annual Coos County Track Meet at Pete Susick Stadium in Coos Bay.  Field events will begin at 4 p.m. and running events at 5:30 p.m.

MHS sb
Marshfield's softball team travels to Springfield for a 5A Midwestern League game today.

MHS bb
Marshfield's baseball team hosts Springfield at SWOCC in Coos Bay today at 5 p.m.

NB sb
North Bend's softball team hosts Brookings-Harbor in a 4A Far West League doubleheader at the Oaks Park Field, 3 p.m.

NB bb
North Bend's baseball team travels to Brookings-Harbor for a 4A Far West League doubleheader today at 3 p.m.

Prep tn
North Bend's tennis teams travel to Independence to play Central and North Marion on Saturday.

Prep gf
North Bend's girls' golf team is at Forest Hills in Reedsport on Saturday, 1 p.m. 

Catch the Tidal Wave at Coos Bay Library

Special Events at Coos Public Libraries Before Author Arrives April 19.  West of Here by the acclaimed Seattle novelist Jonathan Evison is the featured book of the Title Wave program of the Coos County Library Service District.  West of Here just won the 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.  Title Wave brings readers together with a great northwest book and its author.  Evison speaks at public libraries on the south coast in April, so catch the Title Wave by reading West of Here and come meet the author at the Coquille Public Library at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 19 or at the North Bend Public Library, on Friday, April 20 7:00 pm.  And catch the Title Wave by attending these special events that tie-in with West of Here and Jonathon Evison’s visit  to Coos libraries:  Sunday April 15 Coos Bay Public Library 7:00 pm, The Bigfoot Phenomenon:  Is it an “it” or a “they?  Presenter Thom Powell is the author of a non-fiction book The Locals, and the recently released novel, Shady Neighbors, which uses a fictional story to describe some of the more surprising secrets behind the phenomenon.  Tuesday April 17 North Bend Public Library 7:00 pm, Talk About It:  West of Here Book Discussion program.  Get together with other readers to discuss the book before the author arrives on April 19.  The 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award committee noted that in West of Here “Evison gleefully chews up the Northwest landscape from 1890—when dreamers, drifters, entrepreneurs, scoundrels and hardworking settlers dove in with unrestrained ambition to harness the wilderness for profit and posterity—to 2006 when their descendants face the consequences of that wild enthusiasm.  The Olympic Peninsula is some of the most beautiful country in the world, and Evison has paid tribute to it.”  Evison is also the author of All About Lulu, which won the Washington State Book Award in 2009.  Evison’s visit is made possible by the Friends of the Library and library foundation groups of Coos County , the Coos County Library Service District, The Mill Casino Hotel, Books byThe Bay and Winter River Books.  West of Here is available for checkout at Coos public libraries and Southwestern Oregon Community College Library.  It can be purchased at a discount at Books by the Bay and Winter River Books.    For more information about Title Wave, visit  For more information about Jonathan Evison, visit

Big Foot Program in Coos Bay

The Bigfoot Phenomenon: Is it an ‘it’ or a ‘they’? will be presented by Thom Powell at the Coos Bay Public Library on Sunday,  April 15th at 7:00 p.m.   Mr. Powell will examine the competing scenarios that might serve to explain a phenomenon that is so persistent and widespread in its scope that there must be a factual element that underpins Sasquatch. He is the author of a non-fiction book, The Locals (Hancock House, 2003), and the recently released novel, Shady Neighbors, which uses a fictional story to describe some of the more surprising secrets behind the phenomenon.  Everyone is welcome at this free public program sponsored Coos Bay Public Library.  For more information call 541.269.1101 or visit

Coos County Families Invited to 9th Annual Family Fun Day at John Topits Park, Empire Lakes
WHAT: For the ninth year in a row, the Child Abuse Intervention Center will host Family Fun Day, offering lunch, activities and prizes to the more than 700 people expected to attend.  NW Natural is a sponsor of the event and will serve a free lunch to attendees. NW Natural employees are also volunteering to staff the event.  WHERE: John Topits Park, Empire Lakes, Coos Bay OR 97420.  WHEN:  Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  WHY: To encourage our community to increase their awareness & prevention of child abuse.

NBHS Skills Day Winners at SWOCC
North Bend High School Skills Day Winners 2012 at Southwestern Oregon Community College: Hunter Jackson 1st place Oxy 1; Tyler Pulse 3rd Oxy 2; In GMAW, MIG Welding, Cody Anderson took 1st, Tyler Pulse took 2nd and Geordy Blower took 3rd; Nick Carder was 2nd in GTAW, TIG; Overall Welder went to Tyler Pulse; In Machine Shop Lathe, Adam Hood took 2nd and Max Stuntzner-Gibson took 3rd; and in Machine Shop Milling, Max Stuntzner-Gibson took 1st place and Adam Hood took 2nd.

Mr. MHS will “Keep it Country” at the annual Mr. MHS Pageant on Saturday, April 14th, at 7:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium. Come and support the contestants as they dance, showcase their individual talents, and wow the judges. Mr. MHS 2012 will be crowned and the money raised goes to help feed needy families in our community along with continued support for the Share Bear Snack Pack Program.  Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at the door or from one of the contestants. We hope to see everyone there!

A Watery Summer-Kayak Travel Presentation
Please join us on Saturday, April 14 for a unique presentation co-sponsored by the Coos Bay Boat Building Center and the Friends of south Slough Reserve, Inc.  The evening will take place at the Boat Building Center in Empire beginning with an open house at 6pm.  At 7:00 pm Helen Wilson will present “A Watery Summer” featuring sea kayaking ventures in Holland, Norway, Sweden, Extonia, Canada, Japan, Wales, Isreal and the United States.  Helen Wilson is a sea kayaker and instructor from Arcata, California, specializing in traditional paddling skills using traditional equipment.  She competed in the Greenland National Kayaking Championship in 2008 and 2010, receiving five medals in four disciplines.  For more information about this free program, please call the South Slough at 541-888-5558 or go to the website at:

SICBA Rummage Sale
The Soroptimist International of the Coos Bay Area’s Annual Rummage Sale will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 14th at the First United Methodist Church, 123 Ocean Blvd., top of Central at Ocean, Coos Bay.  A huge variety of items will be offered, some of them with the store tags still attached.  The proceeds of the sale support educational scholarships for local Women and Girls.  Soroptimist is a nonprofit service organization of professional and executive women. The local Soroptimist chapter hosts the annual Community Baby Shower, Backpacks for Kids collection, the Children’s Oral Hygiene Program for Success and may other needs in the community.  They also support the Beloni Ranch and Wineva Johnson Center for Girls in addition to recognizing individual Women and Girls through scholarships and achievement awards.

Oregon’s Community Colleges Recognize Scholars
Oregon’s Community Colleges have recognized scholars every year for the last 20 years. Each of Oregon’s community colleges have selected two outstanding students from each campus to be recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement. Student achievement was celebrated at a brunch in Salem today, April 12, 2012. Oregon Community College Association honored 38 students ranging in age from 19 to 55 and coming from all walks of life. Diana Avila and Tanchel Reasor, are the students chosen by Southwestern Oregon Community College. Diana Avila is focused on becoming a structural engineer and Tanchel Reasor is interested in nursing.  Following the brunch, Governor John Kitzhaber will greet members of the All-Oregon Academic Team in the State Capitol Galleria and then have a group photo taken with him on the steps of the Rotunda.The Oregon Community College Association partners with Phi Theta Kappa to ensure that the students selected have the opportunity to be eligible for over $350,000 in Coca-Cola Foundation scholarships and USA Today scholarships. In addition, all four-year institutions in Oregon, both public and private, offer a minimum of $1,000 in transfer scholarships to each All-Oregon Academic Team member. All but a handful of these scholars will further their education in one of Oregon’s higher learning institutions.

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