Local grant workshop

Wild Rivers Community Foundation, in partnership with Humboldt Area Foundation, is offering a grant workshop for Curry and Del Norte County nonprofits on Wednesday in Crescent City.

The workshop, set for noon to 2 p.m. at the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, 494 Pacific Ave., gives organizations an opportunity to learn about WRCF and HAF grants, the application process, and how to write strong, effective proposals.

To register online, visit https://tinyurl.com/DNRoadshow2019.

For more information call 707-465-1238. Visit the WRCF website at www.wildriverscf.org.

Wildfire protection

Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday signed a bill to require an annual report to the Legislature on efforts to protect communities near forest lands from wildfires.

House Bill 2222 orders the Oregon Department of Forestry to tell lawmakers about implementation and enforcement of property notifications and certifications required under the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act.

The bill was inspired, in part, by the wildfire last year in Paradise, California that killed 85 people and destroyed thousands of buildings. Brookings was one of the communities mentioned in testimony on HB 2222 that could be susceptible to similar fires.

The bill’s co-sponsors included Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, and Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles.

graduation set

Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony will take place noon June 14 in Prosper Hall on the Coos Bay campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Additional information can be found on the graduation webpage located at https://www.socc.edu/graduation.

Guest attendance will be by ticket only. For more information about Southwestern and graduation please contact the Admissions Office at 541-888-7636.

Forest committees meet

The Regional Forest Practice Committees for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Oregon will meet Wednesday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3528 Gateway St., in Springfield.

The committee will discuss and receive updates on the following topics:

Siskiyou Streamside Protection Review

Marbled Murrelet Rule Analysis Update

Updates to Smoke Management Rules

Emerald Ash Borer, Invasive Species

Implementation Study

Fish passage Memorandum of Understanding

The meeting is open to the public with opportunity for public comment. Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens — mandated under Oregon law — that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches.

Calling all photographers

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) invites all photography enthusiasts to enter their best images of Oregon agriculture in the annual OFB Calendar Contest.

Twelve selected photographers will have their work featured as month images in the 2020 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“Spring is a fantastic time to look for photo opportunities within Oregon agriculture,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Farmers markets are in full swing, fields are blooming, farmers are preparing for summer harvest, and young farm animals abound.”

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic views — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons.

Subject ideas include scenes from farmers markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying Oregon-grown ag products, portraits of farmers/ranchers/families, farm animals, state or county fairs, 4-H and FFA events, on-farm festivals, to name just a few.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2020 calendar, which is mailed to 67,000 Farm Bureau members, and copies of the calendar. Everyone who submits an image will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar ($20 value), provided they include their mailing address.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, 2019.

Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

Photo specifications and contest rules are attached and are at www.oregonfb.org/calendar.

Police seek man in case of missing mother and son

Oregon authorities searching for a single mother and her 3-year-old son identified the child’s biological father as a person of interest in the case Thursday, the same day they converged on two rural properties in the 10-day-old hunt.

Police in Salem, want to question Michael John Wolfe of Gaston, in the case. Court papers show that the missing woman, 25-year-old Karissa Alyn Fretwell, went to court last year to establish that Wolfe was the father of her son, William. A DNA test verified her claim, and Fretwell then filed a petition seeking more than $1,000 a month in child support from Wolfe, court records show. She has full custody of the child.

Fretwell hasn’t been heard from since May 13, and her family reported her and her son missing when she didn’t show up for work May 17. She is a student at Western Oregon University.

Authorities declined to comment on the court case involving Wolfe and Fretwell. Fretwell’s Facebook page is full of smiling photos of her and William, including one in the hospital right after his birth. In her profile, she wrote “My son is my world ...Future WOU graduate, BIG DREAMER!”