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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.

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.

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.

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

Coos Bay URA
The Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.  The meeting will be held immediately following the City Council Meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Public Library, 525 Anderson Avenue – Coos Bay.  Agenda:  1. Public Comments; 2. Consent Calendar; a. Approval of the minutes of August 21, 2012; b. Acceptance of August Combined Cash Report; 3. Approval of Refinancing the Downtown and Empire 2003 Umpqua Loans – Approval will Require Adoption of Resolutions 12-08 and 12-09; 4. Discussion on Future Uses of the Pedway; 5. Adjourn.

Coos Bay City Council
The Coos Bay City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – 7:00 p.m., Library Meeting Room – 525 Anderson Avenue – Coos Bay.  6:15 p.m. – City Council Interviews; Interviews of Applicants for the Library Board will be held in the Manager’s Conference Room at city hall.  7:00 p.m. – City Council Agenda:  1) Flag Salute; 2) Public Comments; 3) Consent Calendar; a)    Approval of the minutes of September 4, 2012; b) Acceptance of August Check Register; c) Acceptance of August Combined Cash Report; 4) CH2MHill OMI Annual Report by Project Manager Patrick Kavan; 5) Appointment to the Library Board; 6) Approval of a Supplemental Budget for Emergency Repairs Due to the Library Fire – Approval will Require Adoption of Resolution 12-22; 7) Presentation on Current Interest Rates by Finance Director Susanne Baker; 8) Approval of the Purchase of a Police Patrol Vehicle; 9) City Attorney’s Report; 10) City Manager’s Report; 11) Council Comments; 12) Adjourn.

Coos Co. Commissioners
The Coos Co. Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m., in the Owen Building in Coquille for a regular meeting.

Fish thief
A seafood seller on the docks at Charleston lost a report $1,200 worth of frozen fish Friday, Sept. 14, when a male stole 51-pounds of Halibut and three 10-pound boxes of Snapper from a freezer on the D Dock.  The daytime theft was discovered by the owners of Fishermen's Wharf when they noticed the suspect carrying the frozen Halibut from the docks to a Nissan Ultima, with Washington license plates, parked in a loading zone at the top of the dock.  Owner Matt LeDoux followed the suspect's vehicle to Davey Jones Locker at Cape Arago Hwy. and Boat Basin Drive.  After blocking it in a parking space, he waited for the suspect to come out of the store.  He was accompanied by a female and a baby was in a back seat.  After confronting them and seeing the baby, LeDoux backed off and couple drove over a curb to flee south on Seven Devils Road.  LeDoux lost them.

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