A Coos County native currently living in Nashville, Tenn., to pursue country music aspirations is helping a terminally ill Coos Bay girl achieve some of her own dreams. Nichole Cooper, formerly of Myrtle Point, recently found out that Natalie Hill, a young girl from Coos Bay battling terminal cancer, needs help achieving a list of things she wishes to accomplish before she passes away. The list touched Cooper and spurred her into action. Cooper and her production team decided to use music to raise funds to help Natalie accomplish her goals. All the proceeds from sales of the single “Christmas in my Heart” – a song written by Cooper and David Norris and sung by Cooper – will be donated to the Natalie Hill bucket list fund up until Christmas day. The song is available for purchase on iTunes and CD Baby. The “Christmas in my Heart” music video can be viewed online at om/coopermusic. Cooper also has been working hard to help make Natalie’s wish to meet Taylor Swift (No. 22 on the bucket list) come true by helping to set the wheels into motion. A former Miss Coos County (2005) and Miss Multnomah County (2008), Cooper moved to Nashville on her birthday this year to make big things happen in launching her music career. She had just finished her studies at Portland State University, packed up her VW van and hit the road. The van broke down about halfway there and she has experienced many trials and tribulations, but just 9 months later many people who have met her in Nashville can’t believe how much she has accomplished in such a short amount of time. Cooper’s persistence is paying off. She recently signed on with a producer to cut a full record, and has produced two music videos in the past two months that have created a considerable amount of buzz on the Web. Recently she was asked to be featured in a Christmas Special in downtown Nashville that will be broadcasted live on country music’s most famed radio station, WSM The Legend.


STOP Human Trafficking

December 2, 2011

JW1Coos Bay, Oregon – Last night at 9:19 p.m, Jonathan Walker aka “John-John”, a 20 year old male was arrested at a residence on Idaho Ave. in Coos Bay by the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force (OFTF), the Coos Bay Police Department, and the Oregon State Police.  Walker was wanted in connection with two separate shooting incidents involving three victims in the past 8 months.  The most recent attack stems from an incident last June in Vallejo California where Walker shot and killed 22 year old Michael Ross in a parking lot outside Sonoma Apartments.  Walker is also wanted for a shooting that happened in January of this year when Walker shot two men in San Francisco, one being 19 year old Robert O’Bryant who was fatally wounded.  The other man was hospitalized but is now recovering.  Both men were attending a party at a private residence when an altercation broke out and the two were shot allegedly by Walker.  Walker is also currently on state parole in California for robbery.

The OFTF received information from investigators in California assigned to the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force that Walker was hiding out in Coos Bay possibly with friends.  The OFTF developed the information on a possible location for Walker and in conjunction with the Coos Bay Police Department were able to positively Identify Walker inside the residence.

The Oregon State Police SWAT Team served a search warrant at 1601 Idaho Avenue in Coos Bay where Jonathan Walker was taken in to custody without incident.   Walker was taken to the Coos County Jail where he was lodged on felony warrants for Homicide and Parole Violation. 

The U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force is supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program and is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Probation & Parole, and the Oregon National Guard.  The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of U.S. Marshals Service investigators from the Districts of Alaska, Oregon, Eastern Washington, and Western Washington.  For more information you can go to


Contact: DUSM Cory Cunningham,

District of Oregon

(503) 326-5276; cell: (503) 969-1667

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) is offering an Outdoor Climbing Class this summer for all climbing enthusiasts.  The class will teach participants the necessary skills and safety standards to climb outdoors.  Course material will also discuss stewardship and challenging students to consider the impact of outdoor recreation on the outdoors.

There is one session of the course offered this summer, two weeks in length.  The class will culminate in a class trip to the Callahans, a climbing area near Roseburg.  Session dates are July 25 to August 6, with the field trip held the last day of class.

The class is instructed by Byron Bird.  Participants should wear athletic clothing, though high-cut running shorts are prohibited.  All other materials are provided.  The one-credit class is open to anyone wanting to attend, including those wishing to audit the class for no credit (50% audit discount on tuition rate). For more information, contact Bird at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Those interested in registering can contact Student First Stop at 541-888-7352 or complete their registration at via their online student account.

The course will also be offered this fall, running longer and offering a greater number of field trips.  Details will be provided in the Fall Schedule of Classes.

PRESS RELEASE: July 7, 2011

For More Information Contact:

Pamela de Jong

Director of Development

541-888-8893 ext 56

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Today, July 7, 2011, Star of Hope Activity Center and South Coast Hospice Thrift Store joined forces. South Coast Hospice generously donated space and services for Star of Hope to display and sell their hand woven rugs. The proceeds of the rug sales will go towards the Star of Hope. This is a terrific example of community partnership between two non-profit organizations.

The Star of Hope hand woven rugs are made of recycled materials such as chenille, denim, cotton and plastic shopping bags. The shopping bags are great for outside mats and can be hosed off to clean. All the others wash up great in the washer and dryer! Rugs may be custom ordered at the Oregon Connection also.

It takes commitment to learn the skill of hand weaving rugs. Many of the people in Star of Hope programs have developed this skill and created their own weaving career or business.

South Coast Hospice is a quality thrift store at 1955 Meade Street in North Bend. Every dollar you spend and every item donated helps the South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care program in Coos County. . phone541-269-9611.

A huge thank you to South Coast Hospice Thrift Store for donating their time and space to assist the Star of Hope rug weaving program.

For more information, please contact:

Pam de Jong

541-888-8893 ext 56

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COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) is hosting a Traffic Control Flagger training class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 22 in Coos Bay.

The college is offering the training sessions in order to meet demand for certified flaggers created by road construction projects in the county. This course meets Oregon Department of Transportation requirements for traffic control flaggers, and students who complete this course will receive certification cards.

The course covers certification, as well as re-certification, and class space is limited. The $85 class fee includes materials. Pre-registration and payment is required.  For more information or to register, those interested can contact Community Education at 541-888-7328.


Monical, Bradley William



Hood River Oregon



Robbery I, unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated theft I, 11 counts menacing, felon in possession of a firearm, obliteration or change of a identification number on a firearm

On 04-29-11 Coos Bay Police Officers responded to a report of a bank robbery that had just occurred at Sterling Savings Bank at 212 S. 5th Street.  While responding, a witness was reported to be following the suspect away from the bank.  This witness directed responding officers to the location of the suspect and Bradley Monical was placed into custody without any further incident.  Bradley Monical initially gave a false name to officers.  He was later positively identified through the use of the fingerprint identification system at the Coos County Jail.

The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He was found to be in possession of a firearm and what appeared to be money taken during the robbery.

Prepared By


Case #

Sgt. Robert Lounsbury



COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) has announced the hiring of Mike Herbert to replace longtime SWOCC athletic director John Speasl.  The athletic director position organizes and monitors the 16 athletic programs and related activities at the college.  Herbert will also continue to coach women’s basketball.

An employee of SWOCC since 2007, Herbert worked the last three years as a physical education instructor and head coach of the women’s basketball team.  Herbert was recently awarded tenure by the college and coached the women’s basketball team to the NWAACC basketball tournament.  Previous to his employment at SWOCC, Herbert filled many roles in education and coaching, most recently in the Fort Worth area of Texas.  He has taught physical education at the junior high school and college level while coaching basketball at the high school, junior college, and NCAA Division II levels.

Herbert earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from the University of New Mexico in 2007.  He also holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University.

“I am honored for the opportunity to continue to share my knowledge and experiences with the student-athletes of SWOCC in a more administrative role,” said Herbert.  “Nobody can immediately replace John Speasl, but I look forward to being a part of the long tradition that he has created here at SWOCC.”

Speasl started at SWOCC 38 years ago as a Health and Physical Education Instructor.  He coached wrestling from 1973-77 and 1979-87, coached volleyball since 1979, and became athletic director in 1986.  Speasl was named OCCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1981, NJCCAA Jr. Pan American Coach in 1984, and NWAACC Regional Coach of the year in 1985, 1990, and 2005. He joined the Northwest Champions in 1994 and was presented with the Dutch Triebwasser Award in 1995, given to the NWAACC’s most outstanding administrator.  The home court for basketball, volleyball, and wrestling was named in his honor last fall.

SWOCC is in the Southern Region of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) conference.  The wrestling team participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United Way of Southwestern Oregon is seeking local service clubs and other groups and individuals interested in helping seniors and persons with disabilities during this year's Day of Caring, scheduled for Saturday, April 30th. The annual event brings volunteers in the Bay Area together to mow lawns, trim bushes, carry away trash and do other manual labor jobs for seniors and persons with disabilities unable to do the work themselves. Last year 15 groups with over 100 volunteers helped at 41 homes. United Way Day of Caring Chair Jayson Wartnik, CPA, Hough, MacAdam & Wartnik, noted “it's great to come together as a community and help those in need. Not only does it brighten their day, but it's a very rewarding experience that makes a real difference so we hope to have a large turnout for this year's effort.” If you or your organization are interested in helping, contact United Way of Southwestern Oregon at (541) 267-5202 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Harsh, 267-5202 United Way of Southwestern Oregon
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