Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Temporary Road closures for The Coos Bay Farmers Market

Temporary Road closures for The Coos Bay Farmers Market

Every Wednesday Starting May 4th through October starting at 6am and ending at 3pm The following streets will be closed to through traffic:
2nd street between Anderson and Commercial
3rd street between Anderson and Commercial
And Central Avenue from 101 south bound to 4th street
 Remember streets must be clear of ALL vehicles by 6am on Wednesdays!
All traffic AND parking on these roads is prohibited during these times. Business personnel and residents on these roads will have access thru manned barricades. A detailed traffic plan will be available upon request.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you in advance for your continued support and patience during this community event! For more info call 541-266-9706

Thursday, April 28, 2016

EOTSC20160509 SWOCC Budget Meeting

B oard Clerk: Patty Scott
Campus Contact: Deb Nicholls
(541) 888-7400, dnicholls@socc.edu

Southwestern Oregon Community College supports student achievement by
providing access to lifelong learning and community engagement in a sustainable manner

(Revised February 25, 2013)
Learning and Achievement * Access * Community Engagement * Sustainability


Board of Education – Budget Committee Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Tioga Hall, Room 505, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, Oregon

If necessary, the Board Budget Committee will hold a follow-up meeting on
Monday, June 6, 2016, 5:30 p.m. in
Tioga Hall, Room 505, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, Oregon

The meeting room is ADA accessible.

When a request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired is made at least 48 hours prior to a scheduled meeting, the Board of Education will make every effort to provide an interpreter. For additional information feel free to contact the Office of the President at (541) 888-7400.

Southwestern Oregon Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, national origin, age, disability status, gender identity, or protected veterans in employment, education, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Vice President of Administrative Services in Tioga 511. Phone 541-888-7206 or TDD 541-888-7368. All other issues, concerns, and complaints should also be directed to the Vice President of Administrative Services for referral to the appropriate administrator.

NOTE: This notice is sent to district media contacts as
information from the Office of the President.
This is not a paid legal notice.

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Coos Bay Public Library’s  “Mindful Mondays” series continues on Monday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.  The insightful and powerful documentary “The Homestretch” will be screened.
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and create a new life. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their educations while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.
With unprecedented access into Chicago public schools, The Night Ministry “Crib” emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families, and a school system on the front lines of the homelessness crisis.
The Homestretch examines the struggles these young people face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth often struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young and homeless in America today while striving to build a future.
This free program, sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library is open to the public.  For more information call 541.269.1101 or visit www.coosbaylibrary.org.
Ellen Thompson, Assistant Library Director
Coos Bay Public Library
541.269.1101 x228

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

EOTSC20160501 JobFair June 1st

TO: News Media

FROM: Gary Furuyama

DATE: April 25, 2016

SUBJECT: June 1st Job Fair at Coos Bay Library


Coos Bay Public Library will be hosting a FREE job fair on Wednesday, June 1st, from 1:00-4:00pm in the Coos Bay Library’s Myrtlewood Room.
This job fair will be an excellent opportunity for job seekers to make connections with local employers and staffing agencies. All job seekers are encouraged to attend. This is a FREE event for both employers and job seekers. This job fair is made possible by a partnership between Coos Bay Public Library and AmeriCorps. Whether you are an individual searching for work, or an employer in search of candidates, please call 269-1101 for further information.

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April 19, 2016


*Elevated mercury levels found in fish tissue from many state water bodies*

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a statewide advisory for bass due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue sampled from a number of water bodies across the state.

The fish consumption advisory affects bass in all water bodies statewide, including river systems.

"Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, especially migratory fish like salmon, steelhead and trout," said Dave Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist in the Environmental Public Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division. "The elevated mercury levels we're talking about in bass are of concern to us, but there are some simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to mercury when consuming bass."

Bass is the focus of the advisory because it is a resident species--it lives in one place its entire life--and is considered a top predator, eating other mercury-contaminated fish within an ecosystem. The longer bass live, the more mercury they accumulate. In addition, bass are found across the state in many popular fishing waters, and the amount of data the state has for this species is adequate to warrant a statewide advisory.

OHA recommends the following monthly meal allowances for bass from all water bodies across the state, including river systems:
* General population--Limit consumption to no more than six meals per month.
* At-risk populations--Limit consumption to no more than two meals per month.

Mercury was found at levels above established screening values. This means it is high enough to be of concern to human health if fish contaminated with mercury are not eaten in moderation. For reference, the screening values used by OHA when determining if the concentration of mercury found in fish tissue is a health risk are 0.2 mg/kg for at-risk populations (infants, children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women), and 0.6 mg/kg for the general public. Average total concentrations found in fish tissue from across the state ranged from 0.08 mg/kg to 0.86 mg/kg of mercury.

Tissue samples were taken from 62 bass from 11 water bodies across the state, including eight rivers, two reservoirs and one lake covering each region of the state, from 2008 through 2014.

The statewide advisory and recommended meal allowances cover those water bodies that do not currently have an individual advisory in place for resident fish, including bass. For a list of water bodies with an existing advisory, see the advisory table at HealthOregon.org/fishadv. People should follow the recommended meal allowances for fish from these individual water bodies, rather than the statewide meal allowance of six and two.

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand; for children, a meal is about the size and thickness of a child's hand.

People who eat too much fish contaminated with mercury can suffer negative health effects over time, such as damage to organs, the nervous system and reproductive system. Fetuses, babies and small children are most vulnerable to the health effects of mercury and, if exposed to high levels, can suffer life-long learning and behavior problems. For this reason, OHA recommends that pregnant and nursing women, and women of childbearing age (18 to 45), follow the consumption recommendations closely. Anglers also should not give bass to others unless the recipients are aware of the mercury contamination issue and they understand the recommendations in the fish advisory.

Fish consumption advisories are issued when fish tissue data collected and analyzed verifies that a particular contaminant is over Oregon's established screening value for that contaminant. OHA has several advisories currently in place for mercury in resident fish including bass, although fish tissue in many water bodies has not been sampled and analyzed.

Because data for mercury in fish tissue is available for some, but not all, lakes across the state, and because environmental conditions are such that mercury is present in recreational waters and can accumulate in the fish that live there, OHA believes it is necessary to issue a statewide advisory to protect public health.

Issuing a statewide advisory helps prevent confusion and reduces the public's exposure to mercury when consuming bass from non-monitored water bodies.

The advisory is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future because mercury can come from both natural and human-made sources, and is transported globally through air pollution. The monthly meal allowances represent the most consistent health protective recommendations possible based on available fish tissue data. Should more mercury data become available, OHA will evaluate those data and update this and other advisories as practical and necessary.

By issuing the advisory, health officials hope to increase the public's awareness of fish species they should avoid or limit consumption of, and those they can keep eating. While it is important for people to know about contaminants in fish, it is equally important to keep fish on the table. Health officials continue to encourage people, including pregnant women, to eat a variety of fish as part of a healthy diet. Migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead are an essential source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and are low in contaminants.

Visit HealthOregon.org/fishadv to learn more about why fish is good for you, and for other fish-related topics.

Florence Pourtal-Stevens, Public Health Administrator

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