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Nick" in question foundation which by Community :s Director Rochelle donating money to s SWimming pool reno- the foundation's rep- Wiese and City that they small and sug- .Coquille should ex- its needs will be over Years. haven't said 'yes' yet given us pretty solid and commitment," said. "I think their gen- was '$5 million ,. they have said Irearn and dream big," lhasbeen this; we didn't even start." start by form- comprised of lozen prominent com- er- businesses and government and (hence Dr. Sinnott's met for the first EXI*LORING THE FUTURE--Committee members toured the Community Building July 13 with an, eye toward how it could be expanded with millions in potential grant money. (Photo by Corey Albert) Myrtle Point and Powers. In general, however, Wiese said "it's wide open at this point." The suggestions came fast and furious after the meeting was opened up to committee members for their ideas. A sampling of those sugges- tions follows: A recreation center which could potentially include a cov- ered pool, gym, tennis and rac- quetball courts, an indoor running track, shower facilities and a locker room. A state-of-the-ann conven- tion center which would include large rooms that ould be rented out for amyriad o f purposes (meet- ings, a makeshift theater, etc.). It would have top notch kitchen fa- cilities and, potentially, a covered area for outdoor events and/or Ken Means' carousel. A new Chamber of Com- merce o ffice/museum which could house the entire antique tool col- lection and other historical arti- facts. A youth center. An expanded public library and/or a new City Council meet- time July 13. Ross Sisson, man- ager of Fart's, was elected i t d3ai r "We basically have someone who has handed us a blank check," Sisson said. "It almost sounds too open." There are, of course, some re- strictions. The foundation is not interested in helping to renovate area schools and has stipulated that the City must be able to maintain what- ever is ultimately built. In addi- tion, the project built must be able to serve the entire South Coast, with a particular emphasis on ing chambers. The potential to build up- wards two or three stories, includ- ing the possibility of a multi-level parking structure. An amphitheater. An R.V. park. While several possible loca- tions were discussed, it seems most likely that whateve r is fi nall y built will be located where the Com- munity Building now stands. Architect Joe Slack was asked to sketch some preliminary ideas and bring them back to the next meeting, which is set for July 27 at 7 p.m. at Washington School. Residents with suggestions may call Wiese at 396-5131. The committee will continue to hash out suggestions over the course of several additional meet- ings and then the City is slated to make its formal presentation/re- quest for funds to the unnamed foundation in February. Until then, other renovation plans involving the swimming pool are on hold even though fund- raising efforts will continue. Along with the very real possi- bility of acquiring a multi-million dollar structure at virtually no cost to the City, Wiese also views the project as a catalyst for boosting morale and contributing to the overall growth of Coquille. "I think it's really going to change people's attitudes about the way they feel about their com- munity," Wiese said. School seeks new location By COREY ALBERT Sentinel Editor By the time the fall semester begins, Trinity Christian School hopes to be comfortably situated within the old Pacific Power building. The schoolwhich serves approximately 10 students per year--needs to move out ot' its temporary home at ttope Church md into a permanent facility, according to teacher Cathy Stermtt. "We're homeless at the mo- ment," Sterrett told the Coquille City Council Monday night. "[The Pacific Power building] would be a perfect place for school kids." While Council members in- dicated they would support Trinity's plans to rent or lease the vacant building, City Attor- ney Carol Cyphers did state that the request Ior a zomng ordi- nance chmge must be approved first by Coquille's Planning Commission. "This is just an issue that has to have [Planning Commissionl input," Cyphers said. "To have the Council amend it now ... that's going outside the whole process." Consequently, the Planning Commission will consider lhe ssue at its Aug. 9 meeting. The Council, meanwhile, has re- scheduled next month's meeting to Aug. 16 so that it can make a finn decision at that time. Football coach impressed with administration in Fairview results MIP citations man received 15 alcohol to Sheriff's deputies a report of a large Fairview. Owner, Roger A. 5 citations to minors for posses- according to Sheriff's reports. Approximately 35 juveniles were in attendance. When the first Sheriff's deputy arrived, most at- tempted to hide in the brush. Two of the fleeing juveniles ran over a 40-foot embankment. They were treated for minor inju- ries at Coquille Valley Hospital and then released to their parents. By JANDY BUCKLES Staff Writer Mitch Crossley, the new head football and baseball coach at Coquille High School, decided to come here for many masons, but the main one was how impressed hc is with the district's adminis- trators. "It was one of the first times I felt the administration really had a hands-on approach," said Crossley. Other reasons he decided to move here from Brookings was that he wanted to be a head foot- ball coach and he is familiar with the area, knew some of the kids and he wanted to stay in the league. Another factor was the close- ness to Coos Bay. Crossley has four kids, ages 11, 7, 4 and 2. He and his wife have been married almost 15 years. In Brookings, Crossley was the head baseball coach and the de- fensive coordinator and offensive line coach for football. Before that he coached at Lake Ridge in Lake Oswego for two years. There he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He has coached five state play-off games and won a cham- pionship once. Crossley got his undergradu- ate degree at Western Oregon State University and his Masters in Education at Pacific Univer- sity. NEW COACH--Coquille High School's new head football and baseball coach, Mitch Crossley, talks with senio (from left to right) Andrew Vie, Jered Thommen Kyle Thaxton and Juan Lucatero about new plays for the upcoming football ason. (Photo by Jandy Buckles) Crossley lived in Roseburg until the fifth grade and then moved Albany. He likes playing golf, fishing and hunting deer and elk. "I enjoy watching the Ducks play, doing stuff like that," said Crossley. He was understandably reluc- tant to reveal any of his actual coaching strategies but he plans to take advantage of his best play- ers. "We are going to run multiple set offense and defense. We'll use sets and formations that will help make use of our best players," he said, Crossley said that he believes in the kids in the district. "I believe that We can find a way to win," hc said. He feels that there is a core of good players and hc is looking forward to meeting the rest of them. He has actually only met about a third of them. "I can't believe how good na- tured and respectful they are," Crossley said. As football coach he replaces Joe Volek, who resigned after last season. His appointment was confirmed by the Coquille School Board at its July 12 meeting. Along with his coaching du- ties, Crossley will be teaching math at CHS.