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Bring pets to the Clam Scram COOS BAY — Bring your best running buddy to Clamboree for a romp around Empire during the se co n d a n n u a l C l a m Scram pet run and walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29. Registration is 9-9:45 a . m . a t T h e Do l p h i n Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave . , in E m p i re . Participants may preregister at Reese Electric, 1750 Sherman Ave. in No r t h Be n d , a n d a t Huggins Insurance, 445 Last year’s Clamboree featured Lab Band musicians. Elrod Ave. in Coos Bay. Contributed photo Registration forms are also available online at Weather dampened things during the first Clam Scram, but some pets w w w. p a c i f i c c ove .o rg . were able to convince their loved ones to take them anyway. The $20 entry fee comes w i t h a C l a m Sc ra m - are welcome, too. to their goal of building a themed pet bandanna and Pacific Cove Humane new pet care center for registers participants for Society is an all-volun- this area. For more inforCOOS BAY — The Community Coalition of prizes. Runners without teer, nonprofit organiza- m a t i o n , c o n ta c t K a te Empire will present the fifth annual Clamboree 10 f o u r - l e g g e d tion, and proceeds from Sha rpl es a t 5 41- 404- a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, around Ed Lund running/walking partners the event are dedicated 6704. Park in historic downtown Empire. The family-friendly event is sponsored in part by NW Natural Gas, The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw and West Coast Clams. Get started working up a health appetite by walking the Sawmill & Tribal Trail. The walk begins at the Empire Boat Ramp and you can join others if you get there by 8:30 a.m. Pets are invited to walk their owners in the second annual Clam Scram, a fundraising walk/run for Pacific Cove Humane Society. Registration begins at 9 in front of the Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., downtown Empire. Fee is $20 for Clam Scram and it begins at 10 a.m. All day West Coast Clams has committed to providing clams for this year’s event so that Oregon Coast Culinary Institute can offer new clam dishes. Don’t worry if clams aren’t your favorite, other food vendors will be present. There also will be arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ events tent that features the South Slough National Reserve. For car enthusiasts, there will be a classic car show, tours of the Coos Bay Boat Building Center and the historic Tower House. Live music will be provided by local talent, which includes Lab Band and African drummers. Shuttle service between Ed Lund Park on S. Wall Street and the Coos Bay Boat Building Center at 100 Newmark Ave.

By Lou Sennick, The World

Visit Empire for the fifth annual Clamboree and a hollering good time



Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Walk the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to the Clamboree in Empire. Meet at 8:30 a.m. the Empire boat ramp. 10 a.m. — Second annual Clam Scram Pet Walk/Run, sponsored by Pacific Cove Animal Shelter. Preregister at Reese Electric, Huggins Insurance, online or prior to the the event. Fee is $20, which includes a bandanna for pet and entry into prize drawing. For more information, call 541-404-6704. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Classic car show. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Y Marina will give free demo rides across the bay and back (weather permitting). 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Live music by Lab Band. Noon-2 p.m. — Open house of the oldest building in Empire, the Tower House, which is currently a B&B. 1-2 p.m. — Live music by African Drummers. 1-3 p.m. — Bicoastal Media live broadcast at Coos Bay Boat Building Center. 2:30 p.m. — State of Oregon historical markers dedication at the Hollering Place Wayside. 3-5 p.m. — Hollering contest at main stage — Prizes are awarded to those who holler the loudest. The contest is inspired by the traditional Native American method of communication between the spit and the inner bay.


GO! Enjoy Prepare to run from zombies for relay COOS BAY — Test your endurance and preparedness skills at the second annual Zombie Run noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June 29. It’s a 2k fun run through the trails at John Topits Park, Coos Bay. This year there are additional fun obstacles to make the challenge a bit more exciting. Racers must make strategic choices to find the quickest route to the finish line wearing a belt with “life flags.” Zombies can lay in wait along the race route for their potential “victims” (runners) or chase them to grab their life flags. The Zombie Run is a familyfriendly event. There should be nothing but fun, mud, fake blood and laughs — all for a great cause, to benefit The American Cancer Contributed photo Society. Each runner pays Last year the zombies were happy taunting runners. $10 and each Zombie $5. Zombie makeovers are $5 each, the official Zombie (under the age of 18 requires Norman Ave., Coos Bay. Run T-shirt is $15, and spec- guardian signature). Cash Registration begins at noon and credit cards will be and race starts at 1 p.m. tators can watch for free. For additional informaPrizes will be awarded for accepted at registration on tion call Nicole at 916-715fastest survivors and the day of event. Parking and registration 7539 or visit zombie with the most flags collected. Participants must will be at the Oregon ZombieFest2KObstacleRun sign a waiver to participate National Guard Armory, 255 on Facebook.

Resurrect your zombie and party COOS BAY — Coos Bay Public Library and the Marshfield Teen Library Council will host a Zombie Party 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the library. Zombies of all ages are welcome to attend this free summer kick-off event. Prizes will be awarded to best costumes in three different age categories: 0-6 years old, 7-11 years old, and 12 and

older. A scavenger hunt takes place from 6 to 7 p.m., refreshments and zombie board games for all ages will be available from 7 to 8 p.m., and at 8 p.m. awards will be presented for the best costumes. Everyone is invited to join the fun at this free program sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library. For more information call 541-2691101 or visit


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Free lighthouse tours for dads on Father’s Day The Umpqua River Lighthouse Keepers will give all dads (and granddads) free tours of the Umpqua River Light, a fully functioning 119-year-old lighthouse, on Father’s Day, June 16. Sign up for tours at the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum, 1020 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay. Tours are on a first come basis and limited to a maximum of 10 people. The lighthouse is open daily May through October, 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Fees are adults $5, students and seniors $3, children ages 3-5 free. Parking and museum admission are free. To learn more, visit

Discovery Center gives dads a break during Chainsaw REEDSPORT — Show your Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships stub and receive discounted admission June 13-16 to the cultural exhibits at the Umpqua Discovery Center. Also, UDC will admit dads free Sunday in honor of Father’s Day.

Rose garden Sunday for dad Take dad to see the roses at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston on Sunday. The garden house will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day. Volunteers will serve cookies and refreshments and rose experts will be available to answer questions.

Teach dad to ballroom dance Adult ballroom dance workshops with Brett Granstrom begin soon at Pacific School of Dance on Thursdays. No partner is needed. Thursday night classes are $35 for singles and $65 per couple. June classes • Beyond the Basics Waltz 6-7 p.m. Thursdays — June 20, 27 and July 4, 11 and 18 • Beginning Salsa 7-8 p.m. July classes • Beginning Cha-cha 6-7 p.m. Thursdays — July 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15, and 22 • Beyond the Basics Salsa 7-8 p.m. Pacific School of Dance is located at 303 D St., Coos Bay. For more information, call 541-269-7163.

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Classes & Workshops SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Soul Collage workshop with Jennifer Starr, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Coast Hospice Education Center, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. Tap the subconscious through creative expression. Registration $45 in advance or $50 day of event.

Siegel presents Oregon’s Model of Development Code for Small Cities information. 541271-3603 Intro to Power Pilates Mat Class 5-6 p.m., Pacific School of Dance, 303 D St., Coos Bay. Class taught by certified instructor, Pam Chaney. Wear comfortable clothing. Mats will be provided. 541-269-7163


Intro to Power Pilates Mat Class 8:30-9:30 a.m., Pacific School of Dance, 303 D St., Coos Bay. Class taught by certified instructor, Pam Chaney. Wear comfortable clothing. Mats will be provided. 541-269-7163

KitzCare-Oregon’s Version of ObamaCare 5:30-8 p.m., ESD Building, 1350 Teakwood, Coos Bay. Information session presented by American’s for Prosperity group. 541-290-5144



Transportation Growth Management Work shop 3-4 p.m., Reedsport City Council Chambers, 451 Winchester Ave., Reedsport. Scot

Financial Fitness Class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., NeighborWorks Umpqua Housing Center, 1984 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Registra-

tion is required. Cost is $45, includes soft credit report and credit score. or 541-756-1000 Landscaping with Color 1:30-4:30 p.m., Coos Bay Public Library Cedar Room, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Oregon Landscape Architect and land use planner George McNair offers suggestions on selecting plants for year-round color. Space is limited, preregister by calling 541-267-7400 or by emailing

Dragon Eggs. Marionettes. 11 a.m., June 27. • Hart’s Reptile World: Trekking with Turtles. Fantastic variety of turtles and tortoises. 11 a.m., July 11. • Meg Balaconis: Rocks Talk! Find what’s beneath our feet and enjoy great crafts. 11 a.m., July 18. • Rich Glauber: Music in Action. Interactive songs, music and fun dances. 11 a.m., July 25. • Jason Robb: Dragon Theater Puppets. I Dig Dinosaurs: An incredible puppet show you really don’t want to miss. 11 a.m., Aug. 1.

Laker Basketball Camp 1:30-4 p.m., Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Day camp is for fifth through 12th grade students, June 2427. Instruction will be provided by SWOCC coaches and alumni players. For more information, call 541-888-7705.

Preschool to grade 1 • Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 26-July 31. Grades 2-6 • Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Mondays, June 24-July 29. Preschool to grade 5 • Dig Into Reading. Independent reading and listening for prizes. June 24-Aug. 1. Prize drawing Aug. 2. Grade 6-12 • Beneath the Surface. Independent reading and listening for prizes. June 24-Aug. 1. Prize drawing Aug. 2.

Learn to color your world year round with landscaping COOS BAY — Two free seminars, “Landscaping with Color,” will focus on colorful ornamental plants, trees, shrubs and ground covers that can be used for low maintenance landscaping. These presentations are hosted by George McNair, a registered Oregon landscape architect and land use planner, who will introduce plants, landscaping methods and design options. McNair will help you learn to select plants from

nurseries or by ordering online. A discussion, which will include local landscapers, will focus on ways to achieve colorful landscapes year-round. These events will be held at the Coos Bay Public Library in the Cedar Room from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, June 29. Seating is limited, so preregistration is suggested. Reserve your spot by calling 541-267-7400 or by emailing

ORCCA and partners hold a block party and open house COOS BAY — ORCCA and its partner agencies will host a block party June 22 at their new LaClair Avenue campus to showcase of all of their new buildings and the programs that enrich lives in the community. As well as learning about local agencies, people of all ages can enjoy fun, food, music and games 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for ORCCA’s Child and Family Resource Center and South Coast Food Share will be at 11 a.m., and the public is invited to walk through the new buildings. C M Y


After Earth — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:20; M-W, F: 2:50, 5:20, 8:00

Epic 3D — PG • Pony Village Cinema: Daily: 3:20, 8:20

Epic 2D — PG • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:45; M-W, F: 5:50 • Florence Cinema: S-Th: 2:15

Fast and Furious 6 — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:00; Daily: 3:00, 6:05, 9:05


Coos Bay Library offers summer reading events for kids COOS BAY — Calling all prospectors, preschool to 12th grade. Dig into a good book and join the fun at Coos Bay Public Library this summer. Enjoy storytelling, comedy, music, weird and wonderful creatures, and the opportunity to win prizes for reading. All ages • Under Your Feet: Write your name on one cut-out for each book you read this summer, and the library will decorate the Children’s Department with them. • Celeste Rose: Green Hats and


To join the festivities, enter through South Coast Food Share, 225 LaClair Ave., across from the Frontier offices. The event will be free to the public, although donations of food and clothing will be accepted. Parking is available in the upper lot at 1855 Thomas Ave., or at Frontier’s offices. Oregon Coast Community Action is a non-profit network of programs that help feed, house, warm, and educate the communities of the South Coast. For more information, call 541-435-7080 or learn more at

Iron Man 3 — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 11:45; Daily: 2:35, 5:35, 8:35

Man of Steel 3D — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:55; Daily: 4:20, 7:45 • Redwood Cinema: S: 7:00; Su: 1:00

Man of Steel 2D — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 2:00; Daily: 5:25, 8:50 • Florence Cinema: S-Th: 1:45, 5:15, 8:15 • Redwood Cinema: S: 1:00; S-Su: 4:00; S-Th: 7:00; W: 2:00

Monsters University — G • Florence Cinema: Th: 8:00

Now You See Me — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 1:05; Daily: 3:50, 6:35, 9:20

Star Trek: Into Darkness 3D — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: Daily: 2:40

Star Trek: Into Darkness 2D — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Th: 11:50; Daily: 5:40, 8:40 • Florence Cinema: S-Th: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30

The Great Gatsby 3D — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: Daily: 2:40

The Great Gatsby 2D — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:20; Daily: 6:15 • Florence Cinema: S-Th: 2:00, 5:00

The Hangover III — R • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 1:55; M, W-F: 4:30, 7:00, 9:35 • Florence Cinema: S-W: 7:45

The Internship — PG-13 • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:10; Daily: 3:05, 6:00, 8:55 • Florence Cinema: S-Th: 5:30, 8:00 • Redwood Cinema: S-Su: 1:00, 4:00; S-Th: 7:00; W: 2:00

The Purge — R • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 12:15, 2:35; Daily: 4:55, 7:15, 9:30

This is the End — R • Pony Village Cinema: S-Su: 1:30; Daily: 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

World War Z — PG-13 • Florence Cinema: Th: 8:00 Pony Village Cinema, North Bend: 541-756-3447 Redwood Cinema, Brookings: 541-412-7575 Florence Cinema, Florence: 541-590-0040


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Leaving the docks before dawn in search of fish BY GEORGE ARTSITAS The World

CHARLESTON — I’m not a morning person. I enjoy casual fishing in the ocean as much as the next guy, but to really do deep sea fishing right it’s necessary to wake up at what my mom used to call “oh-dark thirty.” Usually nothing short of an earthquake will wake me up at 4:30 a.m., but after three months of living in our Pacific Northwest deep sea fishing haven and hearing from multiple fishing aficionados around the area that the best charter to take was Betty Kay in Charleston, I forced myself up to see what all the fuss is about. Betty Kay is actually the only U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified charter of their size in Charleston. They have built quite a reputation, and for good reason. Even at 5:30 a.m., the entire crew is chipper and top notch from the beginning. Once we all got on the boat and had a quick introduction of the rules by the deck hand — who goes only by Bam Bam — and Capt. Kathy Johnson, we were on our way toward open ocean. It takes about an hour for the boat to get far enough to start tracking down fish, during which I took in the gorgeous early morning ocean. I always had thought the best view in the area was the McCullough Bridge viewed from Pony Village Mall. I didn’t understand the

By George Artsitas, The World

Water was calm in Charleston Marina as the Betty Kay set out on a deep sea fishing charter adventure. beauty of the area as viewed from the ocean. There aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe the effortless majesty of the Pacific at that hour. The bag limit on the charter was two lingcod and seven rockfish species per fisherman. Of course, as the wait grew longer, my anxieties about catching fish at all heightened. What if we don’t catch any fish? What if this is just a waste of time? Bam Bam, who took the time to learn everyone’s name, said just the right thing to alleviate my concerns. “Captain could catch fish in a toilet.” Naturally, my concerns went to the other extreme. But what if we catch too

many? What if I have all my fish in 30 minutes? Do I have to sit down and wait for everyone else to finish? “We’re not gonna make you stop fishing because you’re good at it,” Bam Bam said. Initially, the water was so choppy I felt like a hand

was on top of my gut, bouncing it up and down like a basketball in rhythm with the wake. A woman next to me couldn’t quite handle the sea sickness as well. Her boyfriend was Toby Anderson, a 41-year-old from Antlers, Okla.

Anderson was visiting to celebrate his nephew’s graduation. When the landlocked Sooner got an opportunity to fish in the ocean, he booked the trip with Betty Kay Charters a month before coming to Oregon. “It’s been a good time,” Anderson said between fishing and checking on his girlfriend. “This is just something to do while we’re out here visiting.” Once we finally got to where we could drop our lines, it was like being at a fish farm; it felt too easy. I was so busy reeling in fish the first hour, I started feeling fatigue in my right arm and had to switch cranking hands. Rock fishing is perfect for the impatient fisherman like me. You drop your baitless lure down, wait until it hits the bottom and then slowly reel up until you can see your lure from the surface. Then you drop it back down. You’re never really bored. Over the years, Johnson and Bam Bam have come across octopuses, sharks and squid — even tsunami

debris from Japan. While we were out there, three sea cucumbers were reeled up. No one kept them, but having that experience is all part of what Betty Kay is trying to accomplish. “We’re in the business of giving people memories,” Johnson said. “Out in this environment, it’s a magical place.” Johnson knows first hand how magical the ocean can be. She quit her auditor job in Three Rivers, Calif. in 1993 and moved north. Her car broke down in Coos Bay and she ran into the owners of Betty Kay Charters, Margery and Bill Whitmer. She begged for a ride on the boat just to experience the ocean. Johnson and the Whitmers hit it off and they asked for her help as a deckhand. For the first three months, Johnson said she was sea sick every day, but kept coming back because she loved the ocean. After eight years as a deckhand, she became a licensed captain and has been steering the Betty Kay ever since. SEE FISH | PAGE 6


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Continued from Page 5 “I love it. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be here for 22 years,” Johnson said. “It really is a dream come true.” Once, Johnson’s boat reached its fishing limit in just 22 minutes. My trip was not so lucky. After the quick start, I couldn’t catch a fish for the life of me. Even when I did, I was plain unlucky. I caught two fish that had to be sent back into the ocean because they were either too small to keep or were endangered. When all was said and done, I only

Once you catch the fish, the next step is figuring outhow to cook them. Here’s a few recipes Betty Kay offers: Famous baked fish ■ Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Betty Kay special fish bake

■ Place the fish in a baking dish. ■ Chop onions and grate cheddar cheese. Sprinkle the

mixture over the fish. ■ Mix 4 ounces of sour cream with one can of mushrooms and one can of cream of mushroom soup. ■ Spread the creamy mixture over the fish and bake for 45 minutes.

By George Artsitas, The World

Once back to the docks, fish are cleaned immediately. caught six keepers. Still, it was quite a memorable experience. Tuna season starts in

RK’s favorite ■ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine one box of Parmesan-flavored bread crumbs, 1 July. For the first time ever, tablespoon of onion salt, 1 tablespoon of paprika and 1/2 I’m looking forward to cup grated Parmesan cheese. Dust the fish with the dry mixwaking up at oh-dark ture. thirty. ■ Place the fish on a greased cookie sheet. ■

■ Preheat oven to 500 degrees. ■ Dry and cut 2 pounds of fish fillets into six pieces. ■ Combine 2 tablespoons dry onion soup mix and 1 cup sour cream. ■ In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup of dry bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon of paprika. ■ Dip the fish into the sour cream mix, then roll in bread crumbs. ■ Place the breadcrumbed fish in a buttered, shallow baking pan and pour 1/4 cup of melted butter over the fish. ■ Sprinkle with paprika. ■ Bake for 45 minutes or until the fish flakes.

■ Bake 15 to 20 minutes.



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The local lakes will not be stocked again with trout until October. The water temperatures in the area lakes are warming up quickly, making it a little tougher to catch trout. The best fishing will be in the early mornings or late evening. Anglers are catching trout on small spoons, spinners, or bait fished near the bottom. Trout have been stocked in the Millicoma Pond at the Millicoma Interpretive Center and fishing is excellent. Millicoma Pond is set aside for kids fishing only and is a great chance for them to hook into fish. Please call before traveling to Millicoma Pond to make sure the gates are open. The phone number is 541267-2557. Anglers are catching largemouth bass and bluegills in the smaller area lakes/ponds. Fishing for yellow perch in some of the dune lakes has been

decent. Most of the yellow perch in these lakes are small so anglers will have to sort through the smaller fish to find any bigger keepers.

Coos River Basin Trout fishing in streams is open. Anglers should have good success fishing with small spinners or flies for cutthroat trout. There have been no reports of sturgeon being caught in Coos Bay yet. Fishing for rockfish and greenling inside the lower Coos estuary has been spotty. The best fishing has been near the rocks/jetties. A few anglers also are picking up occasional lingcod fishing near the rocks/jetties. A few shad were caught in the South Fork Coos River and Millicoma River but overall fishing has been slow. The number of returning shad to the Coos Basin has been very low the past several years. Crabbing in Coos Bay has been slow for those that ventured out on the bay or crabbing from the docks. Crabbers are reporting pulling pots with

lots of females and sublegal males with an occasional legal male. Best places to crab are from the jetties up to the BLM boat ramp off the North Spit. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay.

Coquille River Basin Trout season for streams in the Coquille River Basin is open. The larger streams/rivers were a bit off color due to the recent rains but anglers should have good success catching cutthroat trout casting spinners or using flies. A few shad are still being caught on the Coquille River this past week but overall the fishing has been slow. Shad fishing is usually best on the Coquille River from the town of Coquille up to the Arago Boat Ramp. Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass in the Mainstem and South SEE REC | PAGE 7


The thing in the sand rough concentric It was weirdNATURE circles. looking. GUIDE Dave Gray had The mystery JOURNAL found the mystery item was about 8 item in the Oregon inches long, dunes, and he gave roughly cylindriit to me at the end cal, and had a of one of my prostubby branch. grams about sand. The rather tough I had a guess of surface seemed to what it might be, be made of a dark but needed confirsandy skin, but mation. I took it inside the lighthome and poked colored sand could MARTY around with it, be easily scraped GILES took photographs, with a fingernail. and sent an e-mail Most intriguing, the wider end had a sort of out to several people, seeksecond skin, an irregular ing an answer or an expert. My contacts came dark-sand circle inside the body. Inside that was a through, and I was directed narrow band of sand, then to Dr. Daniel Luoma, an a beige, fibrous center — Oregon State University the whole set making professor and researcher

OUTDOORS D I G E S T Heceta Head lighthouse reopens FLORENCE — Heceta Head Lighthouse, one of the country’s most photographed lighthouses, is open after two years of extensive restorations. The nearly $1.6 million project helped bring the brightest light on the Oregon Coast back to the same way it would have looked when the first lantern — a fivewick kerosene lamp — was lit in 1894. With paint, new cement stucco and brand new windows that open to the Pacific, Heceta Head has never looked better. More than 100 subcontractors and craftspeople worked to replace and restore the tower’s historic metalwork and masonry and repair the lens rotating mechanism. The original wood floor of the work room was uncovered and reconditioned. The project was financed through a combination of federal, state and private dollars. The restoration

project won the Oregon Heritage Commission’s 2013 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. Heceta Head has the only active British-made lens of its size in the country. The Heceta Head Lighthouse and assistant light keeper’s house (now the Heceta Head Bed & Breakfast were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint is located 12 miles north of Florence off of U.S. Highway 101. The lighthouse is open for tours daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a $5 day-use parking permit, State Parks camping receipt, or Oregon Pacific Coast Passport is required to park at the State Scenic Viewpoint. For information, visit www.oregonstate

the fruiting body (“mushrooms” and such), most of the actual fungus is the hidden mycelium, a mass of fine threads that wind through the soil or in and around organic material, such as wood. Fungi do not have chlorophyll and cannot produce their own food as do green plants; so, as animals do, fungi “feed” entirely on other living or once-living things. One way to group fungi is by what they feed on. Saprophytes subsist on dead or decaying matter (usually plant); parasites feed on living organisms; mycorrhizal associates form mutually beneficial relationships with other plants. Mycorrhizal associates form those intimate relationships through their

mycelium and the green plants’ rootlets in a sort of nutrient-trade-agreement. This relationship makes it more efficient for the green plant to draw and use water and minerals from the soil, adding considerably to its ability to thrive. The fungus, in trade, receives carbohydrates critical to its survival. Such relationships are the key to survival for many trees and shrubs that live in the Oregon dunes. Dr. Luoma confirmed that the Weird Thing is sand held together by the mycorrhizal mass of a helpful fungus; the fibrous center is the remains of the root -- likely a shore pine -- and the dark skin the outer edge of the mass. The inner dark-sand halo is probably the evidence

from the first year’s growth. Other research botanists confirmed the identification of the general formation of the Weird Thing, although there was no consensus on which species of fungi formed it. In the end, the Weird Thing from the dunes turned out to be the body of a fungus that produced some sort of brownish puff-balls on the forest floor. For information on how you can arrange an exploration of our fascinating natural history, contact Marty at 541/267-4027,, or ecrestdiscoveries. Questions and comments about local natural history are welcome.

Saturday when a group run is scheduled to the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Winchester Bay. Riders will collect a playing card at each location. Riders will then return to The Mill Casino to show their poker hands and celebrate a successful ride. From Winchester Bay riders may opt to head north as far as Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport or south as far Cape Blanco Lighthouse and the historic Hughes House in Port Orford. They will likely travel east to Loon Lake and through Coos Bay out to Charleston. To learn more, go to for details or call 541-266-7051.


shallower water right away in the mornings but will move into deeper water as the days goes on. One hundred hatchery rainbow trout were tagged and released into Tenmile Lakes this past week for a tagged fish contest sponsored by Ringo’s Lakeside Marina. The trout were tagged with 2-inch long, blue, numbered tags that when caught by anglers can be redeemed for a prize at the marina. Bass fishing has been decent for anglers in Tenmile Lakes. Largemouth bass can be found in shallow water near weed lines and/or

submerged logs. The lake water temperature is in the mid-60s. Anglers are catching many medium to small yellow perch and a few large yellow perch (12-15 inches).

Continued from Page 6 Fork Coquille. Anglers are picking up a few surfperch along the beaches near Bandon but fishing has been slow this year.

Tenmile Basin Trout fishing in the streams of the Tenmile Basin is open. The lakes within the basin are open for trout fishing all year. Anglers trolling with wedding rings tipped with night crawlers are picking up trout up to 20-inches long. Trout can be found in

Winchester Bay Surfperch fishing is starting to pick up at the North Beach. A few people are starting to catch crab. Fishing for bottomfish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful. Check with the Coast Guard for new deadlines in the lower Umpqua when the bar is closed, 541-2714847.

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Lighthouse Run fun COOS BAY — Highway 101 Harley-Davidson is hosting the 13th annual Lighthouse Run Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23. The event begins with a show ‘n’ shine at The Mill Casino on Friday,and most riders are checked in by 6:30 p.m. Bikers will be all over the county, starting at 9 a.m.


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GO! Calendar of Events SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Tour De Fronds XVI all day, Powers to Glendale, Siskiyou National Forest. 541-439-2418 Reedsport Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Feed 7-10:30 a.m., Reedsport Fire Hall, 124 N. Fourth St., Reedsport. Adults, $7 and children, $3.50, includes sausage, eggs and hash browns. Proceeds to help purchase unbudgeted equipment.

Center, 777 N.W. Beach Drive. Sawdust Theatre Melodrama 8 p.m., Sawdust Theatre, 114 N. Adams St., Coquille. Melodrama “Mischief, Mayhem & Matrimony” or “Have Some Madeira, M’dear!” General admission, $12.50. 541396-4563 3 Leg Torso Concert 8 p.m., Pistol River Friendship Hall, 94235 Carpenterville Road, Pistol River. $15. at or 541-247-2848. Dolphin Playhouse “Greater Tuna” 8 p.m., The Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. $10 seniors, $8 students. 541-808-2611. Saturday Night Orphans 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Mill Casino Warehouse 101, 3201 Tremont, North Bend. Cover.


14th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Reedsport Rainbow Plaza, Riverfront Way and state Highway 38, Reedsport. Admission is $3. Bowhunters Father’s Day 3D Target Fun Shoot 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. near West Fork Millicoma Fish Hatchery, Coos River, Coos Bay. Adults/seniors, $12; youth/cub, $8 and peewee free. Food and beverages available. 541-290-7093 Not So Amazing Race 9 a.m., North Bend Boardwalk. Teams race for Women’s Safety and Resource Center. 541-888-1048 Tide of the Toddlers — Crabs 10-11 a.m., South Slough Interpretive Center, 61907 Seven Devils Road, Charleston. Program for children ages 1-5. Maximum of 15, $1 each. Register at 541-888-5558 Daddy Dance Off and Kids Free Fishing 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pony Village Mall, 1611 Virginia Ave., North Bend. Dads and Grads Free Umpqua River Lighthouse Tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Umpqua River Lighthouse, 120 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay. Tours limited to 10. Adults, $5; students and seniors, $3 and ages 3-5, free. 541-271-4631 No Lazy Kates 1 p.m., Wool Company, 990 Highway 101, Bandon. Visitors are welcome. 541-347-3115. Old Town Reedsport Art Walk 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rainbow Plaza area, Old town Reedsport, Riverfront Way and state Highway 38. Roleplaying Game Night 5:30-9:30 p.m., Coquille Community Building, 105 N. Birch, Coquille. Bring snacks to share during tabletop roleplaying games. 541-396“Leading Ladies” 7 p.m., Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence. Limited seating. Tickets, $15 at or at the door. 541997-1994 Writers on the Edge 7 p.m., Newport Visual Arts C M Y


14th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Reedsport Rainbow Plaza, Riverfront Way and state Highway 38, Reedsport. Admission is $3. Bowhunters Father’s Day 3D Target Fun Shoot 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. near West Fork Millicoma Fish Hatchery, Coos River, Coos Bay. Adults/seniors, $12 or 20 for Saturday and Sunday; youth/cub, $8 or $15 for Saturday and Sunday and peewee free. Food and beverages available. 541-290-7093 Umpqua Discovery Center Father’s Free Admission 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., UDC, 409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport. Father’s Day special — dad’s admitted free. 541-271-4816 Rose Sunday/Father’s Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shore Acres State Park, 89814 Cape Arago Highway, Charleston. Rose experts available to answer questions. Garden House open with cookies, punch and coffee. Vagabond Opera “The Pocket Watch” 1 p.m., Azalea Park, 412 Azalea Park Road, Brookings. “Leading Ladies” 2 p.m., Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence. Limited seating. Tickets, $15 at or at the door. 541-9971994 Dolphin Playhouse “Greater Tuna” 2 p.m., The Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. $10 seniors, $8 students. 541-808-2611.

p.m., Coquille Community Center, 105 N Birch St., Coquille. Register for the Coquille Public Library summer reading program and skate free. Comedy with Todd Johnson and Travis Kenny 7 and 9 p.m., The Mill Casino Warehouse 101, 3201 Tremont, North Bend. Cover.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Singles Bowling 9:15 a.m., North Bend Lanes, 1225 Virginia Ave., North Bend. Egyptian Theatre Night Out 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Coach House Restaurant and Lounge, 604 Sixth Ave., Eastside. A portions of dinner sale and commemorative wine glass proceeds will go to the Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association. Reservations suggested, 541-267-5116. Zombie Party 6-9 p.m., Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay. Three age categories: 06 years old; 7-11 years-old; and 12 and older. Scavenger hunt, 6-7 p.m.; games and refreshments, 7-8 p.m. and awards for best costumes, 8-9 p.m. 541269-1101.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 13th Annual Lighthouse Run Show ‘n’ Shine 6:30 p.m. The Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont, North Bend. Sponsored by Highway 101 Harley-Davidson. 541266-7051 Coos Bay Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Downtown Coos Bay on Central Avenue. Arlene Roblan Retirement Celebration 5-7 p.m., Sunset Middle School, 245 S. Cammann, Coos Bay. Light refreshments served. 541-267-1310 Alive After Five Art Walk 5-8 p.m., Bandon. Galleries and merchants in Bandon will be open for extended hours. Presented by the Greater Bandon Area, 541-297-2342. “Coastal Intensive: Color and Light” Artists’ Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Fisher’s Flowers & Fine Art, 638 W. Harrison St., Roseburg. Featured artists: S.L. Donaldson, Sharon Jensen, Susan Lehman, Michael William Ousley, Ava Richey, and Pat Snyder. 541-672-6621

MONDAY, JUNE 17 Author Night “Fantasy/Science Fiction” 7 p.m. Bandon Public Library Sprague Room, 1204 11th St. SW, Bandon. Refreshments served. “Fantasy/Science Fiction” presented by Leandra Martin. Hilary Watson and Kate Feldtkeller Concert 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 592 Edison Ave. SW, Bandon. Love offering.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Coos Bay Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Downtown Coos Bay on Central Avenue. Summer Reading Skate Party in Coquille 4-5:30

Dolphin Playhouse “Greater Tuna” 8 p.m., The Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. $10 seniors, $8 students. 541-808-2611. Mr. Wizard 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Mill Casino Ware-

house 101, 3201 Tremont, North Bend. Cover.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Blooms and Butterflies Garden Celebration and Barbecue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 state Highway 38 W., Elkton. RSVP at 541-548-2692 Coos Bay Kiwanis Club Annual Golf Scramble 9 a.m., Bandon Crossings, 87530 Dew Valley Lane, Bandon. Teams of 4, $320 or individual, $80. Includes: cart, practice balls, 18-holes and box lunch. Register by calling 541-954-2031 or 541-7561769. 13th Annual Lighthouse Run 9 a.m. The Mill Casino and group run to the Umpqua River Lighthouse. From there riders will travel both north and south to designated poker run stops and return to The Mill Casino to show their hands. Pistol River Wave Bash times vary, Skippers meeting 10 a.m., Pistol River State Park, Pistol River. South Slough Big Canoe Trip 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center, 61907 Seven Devils Road, Charleston. Participants will be expected to: paddle for two hours; raise to standing from seating on the bottom of the canoe; lift 50 pounds and one mile up uneven terrain. Canoe, PFD and paddles provided. Dress for muddy launch and take out, and weather. Register by calling 541-888-5558. ORCCA and Partners Block Party and Ribbon Cut ting 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ORCCA Campus, 225 LaClair, Coos Bay. Ribbon Cutting and open house, 11 a.m. Community partners will showcase their services. There will be free food, music and games for the entire family. Donations will be accepted. 541-4357080 In-Water Boat Show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Port of the Siuslaw River, 100 Harbor St., Florence. Y-Marina will have 14 power boats 16 to 28 feet long in the water. Vendors on the waterfront. Admission is $3. 541-997-3427 AARL Field Day 11 a.m., East end of the Port of Siuslaw River, Harbor Street, Florence. Central Oregon Coast Amateur Radio Club will be testing ham radio operators ability to communicate in an emergency. Testing continues through 11 a.m. Sunday. 541-997-3427 Relay for Life 2-6 p.m., Sunset Middle School track, 245 S. Cammann St., Coos Bay. 888-604-5888 or Sawdust Theatre Melodrama 8 p.m., Sawdust Theatre, 114 N. Adams St., Coquille. Melodrama “Mischief, Mayhem & Matrimony” or “Have Some Madeira, M’dear!” General admission, $12.50. 541396-4563 Dolphin Playhouse “Greater Tuna” 8 p.m., The Dolphin Playhouse, 580 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. $10 seniors, $8 students. 541-808-2611. Mr. Wizard 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Mill Casino Warehouse 101, 3201 Tremont, North Bend. Cover.

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