A 4.7 earthquake was reported at about 7:11 a.m. Wednesday off the coast near Coos Bay, but there were no reports of tsunami danger nor of anyone feeling it.
The quake was 244 miles west of the coastline and 6 miles deep, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The Cascadia subduction zone parallels the Oregon Coast and hasn’t “ripped” in more than 300 years. If it does, it could result in a 9.0 magnitude quake and send a tsunami wall of water 115 feet tall on shore.
Scientists predict there will be extensive damage and lives lost from the coast to the Interstate 5 corridor.
Yellow Car Parade
The first-ever Yellow Car Parade will be held during the Azalea Festival Parade on Saturday morning, May 25, in Brookings, Oregon.
Hosts hope to gather as wide a variety of yellow vehicles as possible, from bicycles to cars, SUVs, trucks and heavy equipment. Each vehicle in the parade must be unique. Vehicles will be organized according to size, with the smallest leading the way.
Those interested in participating are asked to submit a photo of their yellow vehicle, name, contact information and decoration plans and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . The entry fee for parade participation has already been paid so no fee will be required from participants.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Blast From the Past” and while decorations are not required, they are strongly encouraged. Suggested ideas include the styles of the 1940s to 1960s.
Local man awarded
Kevin Bane of Brookings was one of only two in Oregon to receive the Broadcast Heritage Award from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters March 14 at the Salem Convention Center.
The award honors an individual in radio or television who has worked in the industry for at least 15 years. Bane has been with KURY for 30 years.
Bane served as program manager, sportscaster, morning and mid-day show host for KURY FM radio. He still broadcasts high school sports for the station.
Municipal Court was held last Thursday afternoon with 20 people on the docket — seven of whom failed to appear, five people called in prior to court, pleaded no contest and were fined the maximum for their infractions.
One trial involved the offense of temporary use of a recreational vehicle, and Judge Richard Harper found the defendant guilty and reduced his fine from $720 to $576.
Seven other people appeared in court pleading no contest and receiving the maximum fine for their offenses as most of them were repeat offenders.
Truancy Court was held that night, with 13 parents and students on the docket. There were a few positive reports on progress students had made since the last time they appeared in court.
A measure that would keep Daylight Saving Time year-round heads to the House of Representatives in Salem after the Senate approved it on a 23-4 vote Thursday.
Gov. Kate Brown has indicated she supports the measure.
If approved in the House, voters would decide whether to move forward with the plan in the next general election. It would then need approval from Congress.
Washington is considering a similar measure, and last November, California voted to do away with standard time.
Tree salvage sale
The Long Ridge Roadside Danger Tree Salvage Sale is a Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) project that was sold in February and will begin operations on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in June and continue into autumn.
This project well remove “danger trees” along 17 miles of the Forest Service roads 1917-0600 system, which is an important access area for the Upper Chetco River and future fire operations. These roads access the north side of Long Ridge, north of Packer’s Cabin.
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has contracted with the U.S. Forest Service to prepare the sale to South Coast Lumber in Brookings. It’s expected to produce nearly 2 million board feet — about 500 log truck loads — for local mills.
ODF has one additional Chetco Bar Fire-related timber sale left to prepare. The Eagle sale is up Gardner Ridge past Hazel Camp. This sale will also remove dead and dying trees adjacent to public roads in the national forest and is estimated to produce an additional 2 million board feet of lumber.
“This Good Neighbor Authority project is a great example of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Oregon Department of Forestry working together to actively manage the forest and reduce hazardous fuels while helping local economies,” said Forest Supervisor Merv George, Jr.
Food Bank plans
Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank board member Connie Hunter said the nonprofit is forging ahead with a strategic plan to organize and direct the organization and let funding agencies know it is at a “certain point of development and can be trusted with larger grants,” she said.
We have a work group under the development committee comprised of board members, Al Unsiger, Jim Newman and Hunter.
Hunter would like to see a strategic plan developed at the other two food banks in Curry County.
“If all of our local food banks were to participate in a stakeholders/community partners/coalition-type strategic plan for our area, major funders would be even more likely to fund Curry County food banks,” she wrote Curry County Commissioner Court Boice in a letter.
The South Coast Humane Society in Brookings received an unexpected gift when Dick Wilson came to the facility with money to cover the shelter’s dog food bill for the year.
“What an amazing day of generosity,” shelter officials said. “The employees, volunteers and supporters cannot thank you enough.”
“The one you should be thanking is Jenifer (Alcorn),” Wilson said. “She is such an asset to the South Coast Humane Society. She does an outstanding job in placing dogs and cats. I’ve never seen such a hard worker.”
The popular Loon Lake Recreation Area in Coos Bay won’t open this year after some of its buildings were destroyed in a storm April 6.
The main campground, day-use facilities and boat ramp all suffered severe damage, the Bureau of Land Management reported Wednesday. Snow there toppled trees that destroyed the potable water treatment system and building, the maintenance shop and a restroom in the day-use area. Electrical components for the sewer treatment system were also damaged.
“Without water and sanitary services at this high use area, the BLM cannot provide a safe or quality experience at the recreation area this summer,” said Kathy Westenskow-Davis, Coos Bay district manager. “Staff members looked at several options to get the cleanup, repairs and construction complete to open this summer, but it just isn’t possible.”
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East Shore Campground, located 1 mile from Loon Lake Recreation site, will open May 23, with six campsites.