Coos County, OR Government

This week in Coos County History

100 YEARS — 1922 Bridge in way of moving logs Peculiar condition exists on the north fork If freshet brings logs down the bridge will go — if logs can’t be moved loss is great A peculiar and somewhat unfortunate...

Farm ushers in Fall with a 4-day celebration in Coos County

LANGLOIS, Ore. — The Fall Equinox is here, and as we step into a new season, some Coos County plant lovers are opening their farm for fall festivities. This weekend, Dragonfly Farm in Langlois welcomes the community in celebration of the changing of the seasons. It's their Fall Equinox...
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Employment on South Coast: August 2022, Sept. 21

South Coast Employment Lagging Pre-Pandemic Total – Oregon Employment Dept. report – Coos County total payroll employment rose by 320 jobs in August. Professional and business services had the largest estimated gain, up by 200. Smaller private-sector gains were tallied in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+30); retail trade (+30); and private education and health services (+20). Manufacturing employment dipped by 30 jobs, with 20 of the loss in wood product manufacturing. Government employment gained 40 jobs in August, with gains in local government (+40), state government (+10) offset slightly by a decline of 10 in federal government. Coos County total payroll employment fell by 190 jobs over the past year. The largest drop was in professional and business services which lost 90 jobs. Private education and health services (-40); mining and logging (-40); manufacturing (-20); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-20) showed job losses since August 2021. Retail trade (+60); leisure and hospitality (+40); wholesale trade (+20); and construction (+20) had job increases over the year. Curry County payroll employment grew by 30 jobs in August. Leisure and hospitality gained 20 jobs while smaller changes across a number of sectors left the county’s employment total up just slightly for the month. Over the past year, Curry County payroll employment rose by 70 jobs. Gains were estimated in leisure and hospitality (+70); construction (+30); and other services (+10). Job losses were posted in wood product manufacturing (-20); financial activities (-20); and health care (-10). The South Coast area is still down 1,000 payroll jobs from the total in August 2019.

Coos Co. Airport District, Sept. 19

This is to notify you that the Board of Commissioners of the Coos County Airport District will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2022, starting at 7:30 a.m. This meeting will be held in the District’s Board Room at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport’s main hangar office located at 1321 W Airport Way, North Bend. The meeting may be attended in person or remotely by calling (224) 501-3412 and using Access Code: 560-722-917.

South Coast voices must be heard about offshore wind energy proposals

Oregon’s South Coast residents will begin a dialogue on floating offshore wind energy development in a series of three community conversations throughout Coos County on September 28 and October 5. Residents are mobilizing to advocate for community priorities in the conversation about whether they will consider floating offshore wind energy project proposals in Coos Bay. Floating offshore wind energy has the potential to bring benefits to the Coast—but only if the decision-making and planning processes are community-led and include meaningful Tribal consultation, marine ecosystem preservation, protecting the fishing industry from displacement, and local economic benefits. ...

How measure 110 funding is being put to work in Coos Bay

Your browser does not support the audio element. In Coos County, there are five facilities approved to be a part of the behavioral health resource network. This means for places like Bay Area First Step, a peer-run addiction treatment center, they would receive a share of the roughly $4.5 million that is expected to come to the county from Measure 110. This grant funding is to be used for drug addiction recovery, treatment and other services. For Bay Area First Step, the money will allow them to purchase more housing for those seeking treatment, and to expand their working hours so that they can provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Steve Sanden is the executive director of Bay Area First Step. Devin Bailey-Wilson is the lead peer mentor there. They join us to share what drug use looks like on the coast and the impact M110 funding makes in a community like Coos Bay.

Non-profit disbands to help fund Bandon marina rebuild

After nearly 30 years of loaning money to start and expand Coos County businesses, the non-profit Port of Bandon Economic Development is disbanding. The dissolution allows the organization to sustain economic growth by transferring its assets to the Port of Bandon to help fund the Port’s planned marina upgrade. Through the years, Port EDF funds have helped launch 43 businesses such as the Face Rock Creamery, Oregon Pacific Seafoods’ expansion, mom and pops such as Mack’s Saw Shop, Outlaw Auto, The Human Bean and Prowler...

This week in Coos County History

100 YEARS — 1922 Coos Bay gets its share of the heat wave Temperature Sunday reaches 94 degrees which is excessive for this locality Was equaled Sept. 22 in 1919, records say In the same month of 1918 the temperature...

What homelessness looks like in Coos Bay

In Coos Bay, homelessness is a growing concern for residents, with some saying it is impacting every facet of their life. Last year, Coos County reported eight deaths of people experiencing homelessness within a two month period. Tara Johnson is the executive director of the Devereux Center, a local homeless shelter. She joins us to share what is happening in the community and what she is seeing at her shelter.