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Roseburg and North Bend airports get federal funding for improvements

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Local airports are getting a big chunk of change to make improvements and expand. The Roseburg Regional Airport will get $200,000 to reconfigure its taxiway to meet Federal Aeronautics Administration standards. The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North bend will receive more than $1 million to update the existing northwest apron pavement and add another southwest apron to accommodate increased use on the Oregon coast. The money for these improvements is part of the $2.9 billion that the U.S. Department of Transportation announced for infrastructure projects under President Biden’s Bipartisan infrastructure Law.
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Fourth of July at Mingus Park, July 1

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce website – Fourth of July at Mingus Park, Coos Bay – Presentation of the Flag. Boys Scouts of America at 11:00 am; Fishing ponds, face painting, FREE swimming, family competitions, clowns, kid’s entertainment, horse viewing & petting, Boy Scouts, Furry Friends Therapy Dogs. Crafts and goodie bags, food available, and much more. Fireworks by the City of Coos Bay at dusk on the waterfront. Free swimming at the Mingus Pool from 1:30-4:00 pm. ACTIVITIES AND VENDORS: 11:00- 3:00 pm – Coos bay Fire Axillary- Info Booth & Free Giveaways; Coos Bay Firefighter Volunteer Association & ODFW- Fishing Derby; Coos Bay Fire Dept.- Show & Tell of Fire Truck; Bay Cities Ambulance- Info & Giveaways; Coos Bay Police Dept.- Games, Candy & Prizes; Tender Spirit Ranch- Popcorn, Horse Petting & Info; Coos Art Museum- Face Painting; Coos Bay Public Library- Free Books & Storytelling; Boys Scouts of America- Flag Ceremony & Food Booth; Operation Home Front & American Heritage Girls; Shoreline Community Church- Cotton Candy & Snow Cones; Jump for Fun & Furry Friends; Coos Watershed Association- Lawn Games; Coos Bay Elks # 1160- Info & Giveaways; Too Sweet Photography- Selfie Station; Coos County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse; Special donations made by Coquille Indian Tribe; Coos Forest Protective Association- Smokey The Bear; Fireworks provided by the City of Coos Bay at Dusk on the Water-Front. For more information call 541-269-1191.
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Travelers may experience construction-related delays on several southwest Oregon highways over the July 4th holiday. Gary Leaming of the Oregon Department of Transportation said as many lanes as possible will be open for the long weekend, but some lane restrictions will remain in effect. Leaming said drivers should budget extra...

New Oregon law overhauls pre-trial release for less dangerous offenders

SALEM, Ore. -- A new law passed by the Oregon government during the 2021 legislative session and signed by Governor Kate Brown may affect public safety, according to police. Senate Bill 48 is intended to reduce counties’ reliance on the use of jails to hold offenders before trial, provide a consistent framework for when arrestees are released from jail, and balance the rights of the defendant against community and victim safety. It went into effect Friday, July 1.


U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have announced that the Roseburg Regional Airport and the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend, will receive more than $1.2 million combined from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for improvements and expansions. Wyden said that Oregonians and small businesses in rural parts of...

Oregon gun safety measure may make it onto fall ballot

Four weeks ago, the interfaith nonprofit Lift Every Voice Oregon had about 300 volunteers and had collected just a quarter of the signatures they needed to put a gun permit law on the ballot this fall. As of Thursday morning, organizers said 1,500 people from Coos Bay to Pendleton have gathered 115,000 signatures – more than they need to qualify.

DEQ Fine in Coos Bay, June 30

DEQ release – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued four penalties totaling $78,040 in May for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at Fines ranged from $2,250 to $62,290. Alleged violations include a metal parts manufacturer in Albany storing drums of unknown solid and hazardous waste that posed a risk to workers and the environment and a cargo ship discharging prohibited ballast water into Coos Bay. DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations: Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Company, $10,200, Coos Bay, ballast water; City of Union, $3,300, Union, wastewater; Hood Septic LLC, $2,250, Sandy, onsite septic; Selmet Inc., $62,290, Albany, hazardous waste. In addition to the penalties listed above, DEQ issued an amended notice of civil penalty and order to J.H. Baxter and Co. in Eugene on May 4, 2022, adding new violations that include storing hazardous waste longer than allowed, failing to properly label containers of hazardous waste, and allowing untreated stormwater overflows in December 2021 and January 2022. The amended order supersedes the original notice that DEQ issued on March 3, 2021. The total penalty increased by $82,000, from $223,440 to $305,440. The wood treatment company appealed the original notice and may amend its appeal. Organizations or individuals must either pay the fines or file an appeal within 20 days of receiving notice of the penalty. They may be able to offset a portion of a penalty by funding a supplemental environmental project that improves Oregon’s environment. Learn more about these projects at Penalties may also include orders requiring specific tasks to prevent ongoing violations or additional environmental harm. DEQ works with thousands of organizations and individuals to help them comply with laws that protect Oregon’s air, land and water. DEQ uses education, technical assistance, warnings and penalties to change behavior and deter future violations.

Fire officials warn Oregon and Washington partiers to be extra careful with fireworks

Firework-related injuries and deaths spiked during the pandemic. So authorities in the Pacific Northwest are asking people to be more careful this Fourth of July. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission found a 50 percent increase in deaths and injuries from fireworks during the pandemic. The injuries came as many municipalities canceled July 4th public displays, prompting some people to celebrate at home, where fireworks can be more dangerous.