March 7, 2014
Oregon Coastal Dredging funding included in FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act
Nine Oregon coastal ports will receive much needed federal support for maintenance dredging from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers according to an announcement made Tuesday. The majority of Oregon ports were slated to receive no federal funding in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Forty million dollars was made available through a competitive program by the U.S. Congress in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act which became law on January 17th. Oregon shallow-draft ports successfully competed for a portion of this money, and will receive more than $6 million in additional dredging funds. Maintenance dredging of coastal ports has long been a responsibility of the federal government. However, for the past several years, funds to dredge Oregon’s shallow-draft ports have been largely non-existent. In 2013, Governor Kitzhaber and the Coastal Caucus worked to secure $5 million in state funds to pay the USACE to dredge several ports on the southern Oregon Coast. In recognition of their shared interests and the importance of finding a solution to meet their dredging needs, a coalition of coastal ports formed and has been serving as an additional unified voice in this process. The announcement of additional federal funding helps ensure river mouths up and down the coast will continue to be safe for commercial and recreational users. The nine shallow-draft ports that received funds for dredging include: $717,000, Chetco River, OR; $413,000, Coquille, OR; $380,000, Depoe Bay, OR; $1,262,000, Port Orford, OR; $638,000, Rogue River at Gold Beach, OR; $730,000, Siuslaw River, OR; $1,227,000, Skipanon Channel, OR; $659,000, Tillamook Bay & Bar, OR; $861,000, Umpqua River, OR. For a complete list of USACE funded projects in Oregon: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Budget.aspx.
FEMA Maps and Adoption
On April 29, 2011, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided the City with preliminary copies of the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and FIRM maps that identify updated flood hazards in our community. Since that time, there have been numerous open houses, letters sent to affected property owners, and published notices regarding the process. The City of Coos Bay is proposing amendments to Coos Bay Municipal Code Chapter 17.195 Flood Damage Prevention including adopting updated Flood Insurance Rate Report and Maps dated March 17, 2014. The maps have been developed using new technology to increase the accuracy for the location of the floodplain. The proposed text amendments are considered necessary in order to remain in compliance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 and for the City to continue to be eligible for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The purpose of the NFIP is not to prohibit floodplain development, but to guide development in floodplain areas in such a way as to lessen the economic loss and social disruption caused by impending flood events. Federal flood insurance is only available in those communities that participate in the NFIP program, and flood insurance is required for federally-backed loans to purchase or build structures located in special flood hazard areas. The City must adopt or show evidence of pending adoption of the updated maps prior to March 17, 2014 as a requirement of continued eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). On February 11, 2014, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps and text Amendment to the City Council. The Flood Insurance Rate Report and Maps of March 17, 2014 Final Summary of Map Actions dated February 22, 2014, the Planning Commission Final Recommendation, and the proposed text amendments were posted on the City’s web site for public review on March 5, 2014. They can be found at www.coosbay.org
New FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps & Study
Proposed Action: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has notified the City of North Bend that new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for all of Coos County will become effective on March 17, 2014. The new Maps and Study must be adopted by the City by the effective date in order for it to continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The only change to the zoning text will be to change the effective date of the maps and study. The new FIRMs FIS Flood Profile for Pony Creek have been significantly revised. Background: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been revising the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) for Coos County during the past few years. The new maps incorporate and are based upon new highly accurate elevation maps from new light detection and ranging (lidar) data. A new, revised draft Flood Insurance Study (FIS) has also been completed as of April 29, 2011. The City received the draft Maps and Study in April of 2011. The City participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) primarily through its Floodplain Zone ordinance, codified as Chapter 18.48 of Title 18 Zoning, NBCC. Property owners in the City are eligible for NFIP coverage because of this. The City must adopt the FIRM Maps, FIS and a local ordinance that meets the standards and criteria of FEMA in order for its property owners to participate in the insurance program. In order to maintain our local program, the City will be required to: • Revise its existing floodplain ordinance. • Adopt the new FIRM Maps. • Adopt the new FIS. The City has been officially notified by FEMA via a Letter of Final Determination that the new DFIRM maps and the related study have been certified. This means that the map boundaries are those that must be used by the City for our local floodplain management program. Changes to the FIRM Maps: The new lidar-based maps were produced by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) under contract for FEMA. The new maps are substantially improved, compared to the maps adopted in 2009 and currently in effect. Some notable changes include: • Air photo base maps have been replaced with topographic base maps derived from the lidar, making these features much more visible. • Buildings are shaded dark gray, making them clearly visible and showing their footprints. • Adjoining map panels are listed on each edge of the map. • Floodplain areas and boundaries are more clearly and boldly defined. Changes to the Floodplain: Very substantial changes have occurred in the location and extent of the floodplain in the City, more so than anywhere else in the County. Overall, the floodplain in North Bend has shrunk in area and extent. Some notable general city-wide changes include: • 328 acres currently in the floodplain will be removed, and only 2 acres previously not in will be added. There are no structures on the 2 acres to be added, which are also wetlands. • 193 structures will be removed from the floodplain. Only 74 of the current 267 structures will remain in the floodplain. • The vast majority of the land remaining in the floodplain is located around the airport runways or is designated wetlands around Pony Creek. • Discrepancies in floodplain elevations shown on the FIRM and the FIS Flood Profile for the area south of Newmark Street along Pony Creek have been rectified. Changes to the City Floodplain Ordinance: No changes will be made in the Floodplain Code Chapter 18.48 Floodplain Zone F-P except for the effective date of the maps and study.
ODFW to issue four coast-wide bay clam dive permits
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will award four coast-wide bay clam dive permits April 11, 2014 at ODFW headquarters in Salem. “The commercial bay clam dive fishery in Oregon is limited to 15 permits –ten coast-wide permits and five south-coast permits,” said DeAnna Erickson, license service manager for ODFW. “If the number of permits falls below 15 we hold a lottery to bring the number back up to 15. Currently there are four coast-wide permits available.” Bay clams are harvested by licensed inter-tidal commercial harvesters and also by permitted sub-tidal divers. Harvest focuses on cockles and gapers, though butter, littlenecks and softshells are also landed. “Historical landings patterns and species targeted vary depending on market demand, environmental conditions and population abundances,” said Mitch Vance, shellfish project leader for ODFW’s Marine Resources Program. Some restrictions also exist for conservation purposes. “For instance, the season for gapers is closed from January to June when they are spawning,” Vance said. Only one application per vessel or individual will be accepted. Applications must be received in the Salem office or postmarked no later than March 31, 2014. Successful applicants for individual permits will be required to purchase a personal commercial license within 30 days. Individual commercial licenses cost $82 for residents and $132 for nonresidents. To renew a permit for the next year, the holder must meet minimum landing requirements of five landings of at least 100 pounds each or an annual total of 2,500 pounds with dive gear. If there are no landings, the permit reverts to the state. For more information on applying for a permit please contact ODFW’s licensing services, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE., Salem, OR 97302 or call (503) 947-6101 or (800)720-6339 ext. 76142.
BLM Coos Bay District Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coos Bay District Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on Friday, March 7, 2014, to review proposals and recommend projects for funding under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Approximately $395,000 is available to implement natural resource restoration and maintenance projects that benefit federal lands in Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties. The meeting will take place at the BLM office in North Bend, OR from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend all portions of the meeting and address the RAC during the public comment period at approximately 11:00 a.m. The Coos Bay RAC is one of five committees established in western Oregon BLM districts that contain Oregon and California Grant Lands and Coos Bay Wagon Road lands. The RAC operates under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, as reauthorized for one additional year as part of the 2013 Helium Stewardship Act. The committee members review project proposals and recommend their highest priorities for funding to the Secretary of Interior. The committee consists of eleven members representing varied interests and areas of expertise. County departments, watershed councils, forest protective associations and the BLM submitted twenty-six projects totaling $2.2 million to the RAC for stream restoration, law enforcement services, road maintenance, and youth corps projects. For further information on the RAC or the upcoming meeting, contact Glenn Harkleroad or Megan Harper at the Coos Bay District Office, (541) 756-0100. Additional information about the RACs is available online at: www.blm.gov/or/rac/ctypayracinfo.php
Commission meets March 7 in Salem
The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, March 7 in Salem. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and proceeds through this agenda: The Commission will consider the following business: •Suspension of sea urchin permit lottery for two years due to stock and fishery conditions. •Amending the Wildlife Integrity Rules to put several species on the Noncontrolled or Prohibited list based on the level of risk they present to native wildlife (through disease, habitat competition, or hybridizing). •Appointing a Hunter and Landowner Representative to the statewide Access and Habitat board. •Considering Access and Habitat funding for the New River Aleutian Goose Project along the southern coast, which would provide fertilizer to private landowners experiencing goose damage in return for continued hunting access. •Amending falconry rules that govern the take of peregrine falcons for use in falconry, and adding a new species to the list of species allowed for use by falconers. Finally, the Commission will be briefed on the 2013 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report. The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. Public testimony before the Commission is held Friday morning immediately following the expenditure report. Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044. Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Members of the public unable to attend the meeting can watch it live streamed at the following link: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/
A 2.7-magnitude earthquake shook the Cape Mendocino area of Northern California early Friday morning, March 7. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at 3:25 a.m., 39-miles south to southwest where two fault lines enter the Pacific Ocean and eventually turn north to run parallel with the Oregon Coast.
Relay for Life Fundraiser for American Cancer Society
Something for everyone, First United Methodist Church, 123 Ocean Blvd, Coos Bay, Friday, March 7, 8:00am to 4:00pm and March 8, 9:00am to 2:00pm. Contact: Barbara Martin, 541-269-1506.
Meetings to Cover Critical Changes to Commercial Vessel Safety Requirements
Coos Co. Airport District Workshop Meeting
This is to notify you that the Board of Commissioners of the Coos County Airport District will hold a Workshop Meeting on Saturday, March 8 2014, at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will be held in the District’s Board Room on the mezzanine level of the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport Terminal Building, 1100 Airport Lane, North Bend.
Coos Co. Airport District Workshop Meeting
The Coos County Airport District Board will hold a workshop meeting on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Coos County Airport District Board Room, Terminal Building, North Bend. Agenda: CALL TO ORDER; PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE; INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS; I. FINANCIAL OUTLOOK; 1-5 Years; 20 Years; II. LONG TERM DEBT; III. LEASES; Long Term; Short Term; Government; IV. MASTER PLAN; V. FACILITY DEMOLITION; VI. AIRPORT PROJECTS; VII. AIRPORT ADMINISTRATION NEEDS; VIII. ARFF – PERSONNEL COMPENSATION; IX. FUNDING; X. MARKETING; CHAIRMAN & COMMISSIONER COMMENTS; PUBLIC COMMENTS; ADJOURN.
Coastal Bridge Corrosion Discussion
The Academy of Arts and Sciences is presenting Bernard (Bernie) Covino,Corrosion expert, in a presentation about our coastal bridges on Saturday, March 8, 6:30 PM at the Yachats Commons. The bridges (McCullough) along the Oregon coast are critical to our coast life style. The bridges provide us with deliveries and critical services. Without the bridges, a trip from Yachats to Newport may take two days with ferry rides across Alsea Bay and Yaquina Bay. Bernie Covino spent a career monitoring and developing methods of protecting our bridges from corrosion. Our constant salt air corrodes not only the steel reinforcement, but also eats away at the concrete. Corrosion is a natural process that causes $276 billion (3.1% of Gross Domestic Product, GDP) damage each year to the Nation's infrastructure (buildings, autos, bridges, etc.). A focus will be made on bridges because they are a vital link in our highway system and should have a priority when infrastructure repairs are funded. The 590,000 bridges in the United States are of concern because 1 in 5 are over 50 years old, 1 in 4 are in need of repair. It is estimated that $140 billion is needed to bring current non-compliant bridges into compliance. This presentation will include a short primer on corrosion, a brief look at the cost of corrosion, a history of Oregon Coastal McCullough bridges, an examination of steel-reinforced concrete bridge corrosion issues and corrosion prevention strategies with reference to the coastal McCullough bridges. Time permitting, a brief discussion on Oregon atmospheric corrosion of metals and coatings will be presented. There is no admission charge for this presentation. A $5.00 donation is requested to cover publicity expenses. More information is available at GoYachats.com/events or by calling 541-961-6695.
South Coast Community Barn Dance
When: Saturday Evening, MARCH 8, from 7:00PM to 10:00PM; Where: Greenacres Grange Hall, 93393 Greenacres Lane, Coos Bay, OR; Music by: THE SOUTH COAST OPEN BAND; Guest Caller: JAMES HUTSON from Los Angeles; Greenacres Barn Dance Mar. 8 Features Local Musicians. The South Coast Folk Society will host a public Barn Dance on Saturday evening, March 8, at the Greenacres Grange Hall. This month’s Barn Dance brings together talented musicians from throughout the South Coast for three hours of lively dance music. There will also be professional instruction for new dancers taught by our guest caller, James Hutson of Los Angeles. Barn dancing is a fun event for singles, couples and families. All ages are welcome. James Hutson has been a perennial favorite for our contra dances. He loves to create a joyous atmosphere and specializes in exciting, east-to-learn dances appropriate for all levels of experience. Fiddle players from Coos and Curry Counties are joined on stage this month by guitar, mandolin, piano, harpsicord and concertina players to create wonderful old-timey and celtic tunes perfect for dancing. It’s a special treat. Come join us. The Second-Saturday Barn Dance is sponsored by the non-profit South Coast Folk Society. The program includes contras, circle mixers, and a waltz or two. Refreshments are available. Doors open at 6:45PM. Admission: General $7, Students w/ID and Seniors over 60 $6, Members $5, and Supervised Children under 6 are free. First timers who arrive in time for the 7PM lesson will receive a ticket for free admission to their second dance. The dances are alcohol and fragrance free. For more information call 541-572-5370 or visit http://southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com or Facebook. The South Coast Folk Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment, and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music, and song.
ODFW puts fishing “on ice” at Diamond Lake workshop
ODFW will show anglers how to make the best of snowy, icy conditions at a March 8 Family Ice Fishing Workshop on Diamond Lake. According to Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator, ice fishing can be a great winter-time activity for the whole family. “It’s easy for kids to participate,” Newell said. “And if the fishing is a little slow most of them enjoy the chance to play in the snow.” Participants in the workshop will learn all ice fishing basics – safety on the ice, appropriate gear and how to use it, and how to care for and clean their catch. The cost of the workshop is $52 per adult and $12 per child under age 18. This includes the use of equipment and instruction. Lunch is not included. Children under 13 years old do not need a fishing license to participate, but adults must have a valid Oregon fishing license and youth ages 14-17 will need an Oregon juvenile angling license. Youth must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information about the workshop, and to register, go to the ODFW website.
Change your Clock Sunday
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 9. “Spring” your clock ahead by one hour at 2 a.m., or, you might be about an hour late all day.
Coos Co. Sheriff’s log
Some of the entries on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Wednesday, March 5. 11:43 a.m., Penny Road, Coos Bay, “Shots Fired.” 1:59 p.m., Flower Road, Coos Bay, “Weapons Offense.” 4:03 p.m., Hwy. 101, Bandon, “Child Neglect.” 8:48 p.m., Hwy. 101, North Bend, “Burglary.” For more information: Coos County Sheriff's Office, 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, Oregon 97423, 541-396-7800, 541-396-7801. Closed for Lunch from 11:30a - 12:30p. Sheriff's Office Records 541-396-7802.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, March 5, 12:47 p.m., 2200 block State St., “RP reports his son was expelled from the school today for stealing a laptop. RP picked him up from school and was waiting for a call from his Parole Officer. Juvenile left the residence out of the bedroom window. Officers responded, juvenile taken on PO Detainer. Additional charges Disorderly Conduct, Elude, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on a Public Safety Officer. Juvenile transported to Juvenile Dept. in Coquille.”
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, March 5, 4:09 p.m., 3201 Tremont Ave., “officer was advised that attempt to locate vehicle for a welfare check was at the 76 gas station on Tremont. Officers located vehicle, children will be placed with DHS and subjects will be referred for carrying a concealed weapon. Subjects trespassed for 1 year from the Casino.”
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, March 5, 4:21 p.m., 1500 block Grant St., “RP reports trampoline on top of a house and is on power lines.” At 5:16 p.m., Bayview & Simpson, “RP reports large tree across the roadway near the disc golf course. Officer responded, coned off the street. Street Dept. notified, they will be en route to clear the hazard.” At 5:32 p.m., Broadway & Newmark, “RP reports line broke from the stop light, hanging down in the turn lane.”
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, March 6, 3:46 a.m., Brookings PD served CBPD warrant on 32-year old Kacey Samuelson charging Resisting Arrests, Attempt Assault of a Public Safety Officer, Theft II, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct II.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, March 5, 10:49 p.m., 200 block No. Cammann, 30-year old Andrew Thomas Wallace charged with Violation of Restraining Order and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, March 5, 8:11 p.m., Commercial & No. 8th, “man with a knife.”
Stop sign thieves
Two entries on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, March 5, regarding missing stop signs. At 5:23 p.m., 28-year old female reported “stop sign missing from intersection” at Blanco & Morrison. At 7:10 p.m., “stop sign missing” at intersection of Kentucky & So. Morrison.
Sunshine with a mixture of clouds today along the Oregon Coast. Highs in the lower 60s and winds from the South to Southwest at 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy tonight, but giving way to cloudy skies late. Lows in the mid 40s and winds from the Southeast at 5-10 mph. Cloudy skies on Saturday and rain by Sunday.