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e*IK N Pages 10 Loca00 Volume 130 Number 11 [ Coos County paper of record [ Wednesday, March 14, 2012 I 50 cents i Winterlake students take part in Dr. Sues Week by reading to primary students in Coquille Talent at Coquille Fiesta Saturday night the public was treated to a taco Dinner and talent show at the community building sponsored by the CHS Freshman School Fund. After a delicious taco dinner served up by the Freshman Class of 2015, the audience enjoyed a variety of local talent. Photos are continued on page 12. Pictured from left to right are: Front row, 2nd place winner Kaylee Green for her original song, "I Pray", 1st place winner, T.J. Spanberger for his rendition of "Dapper Dan" and 3rd place winner, Coffin Wesman ........ whosang "Chain of Fools". Corrin was also the 2011 winner of The bay Area Teen Idol. In the back is Kaitlyn Davidson, talent show stage manager and tro- ; phy presenter. Photos by Dian Courtright Amanda McCarthy played the cello and the piano at the talent show. Riley Ranch, A Project Worked on by Griffith, Completed by Main When Coos County pur- chased the 135-acre Riley Ranch near Hauser in 2002, the county's dream was for it to become an ATV mecca, com- plete with dunes access. That dream came true this week with the opening of the trail and bridge that connects the ranch to the dunes and Sand Fest coming in July. The Riley Ranch project has broad appeal to the ATV community, as it offers a new point of direct access to the middle of the dunes, roughly halfway in between the south- ernmost access at Horsfall Campground and Spinreel to the north. Those areas are crowded in the peak ATV sea- son. "A lot of times on a really busy weekend, it's tough. You have to make your reservation way in advance," said Gary Potter, motorcycle sales man- ager at Honda World in Coos Bay. He added that there are economic benefits to the coun- ty from ATV use."The more Started on former Commissioner John Griffith 's term and finished on Commissioner Bob Main's watch, both men take pride in completion of the Riley Ranch project access, the more people who would come here. There's so much residual business," he said.The Forest Service announced the plan early in 2007 and received three com- ments, all supportive. When it released the preliminary envi- ronmental report. The property has been developed over the years with camp sites, septic system, access roads and finally a bridge to connect the camp sites to the dunes. Environmental groups held up the completion of the bridge for over a year and a half but the county was finally given the go-ahead last winter. Commissioner Bob Main handed the scissors to former Commissioner John Gritiith to cut the opening ribbon, saying; Here, John. You started this project. You fmish it." Main went on to say how pleased he is that Sand Fest will be held at the new access site this year. Sport and Commercial fishing looks good Sport and commercial salmon fishermen can expect lots of time on the water this year, as preliminary forecasts for ocean seasons look good for fishermen south of Cape Falcon on the northern Oregon Coast. The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies last week worked through the scientific reviews and forecasts from all three West Coast states. They determined the primary Chinook runs that sustain Oregon and California fisheries are sufficiently abundant to allow better seasons this year. "It is great to see such a nice rebound for California' salmon populations and prospect of good fishing in 2012," Council Chairman Dan Wolford said in a statement. In past years, both sport and commercial fishermen have been hampered by limited sea- sons or outright closures due to poor returns of fall Chinook to the Klamath and Sacramento rivers in California. But this year, the forecasts for returns look good: four times more than last year and 15 times more than 2006 returns to the Klamath and an ocean abundance of 819,400 Sacramento fall Chinook, high- er than the 729,000 forecast last year. "We're expecting a lot of opportunity," Wayne Butler, owner of Prowler Charters in Bandon, said. "Any opportuni- ty is good opportunity." In another boon to local sport fishermen, the ocean sea- son opens Thursday, March 15. Commercial fishermen can expect to head to sea April 1. Butler said his business already has received quite a few requests for salmon fishing trips. And if there are any fish around, all the better. "Once you start catching fish, it just snowballs," he said. "It's very high in demand." The PFMC will publish three options for both sport and commercial fishermen to con- sider for the remainder of the year, after May 1. It will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 26, at the Red Lion Hotel, 1313 N. Bayshore Dr., Coos Bay, Ore., to present the options and take public com- ment. Similar hearings will be held in California and Washington. The Council will take the input from all those meetings into consideration when it determines final sport and commercial seasons for all three states at its meeting April 1-6 in Seattle. Those decisions will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval before May 1. I I llr Ill m rap,. 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