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I- 7 Page 6 The Coquille Valley Sentinel October 27? 2010 CAPITAL CREDITS CHECKS TO ARRIVE MID-DECEMBER At their regularly scheduled meeting last week, the Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CCEC) board of directors approved the final documents that will be mailed with the capital credits checks later this year. A few months ago, the board of directors approved returning capi- tal credits for the years 1977 through 1979 in the amount of approximately $2.1 million. Capital credits are unique to cooperatives. Unlike a for- profit company, a cooperative does not earn profits and does not sell stock to get operating funds or build equity. Instead, cooperatives collect the money they need to oper- ate and build equity through the rates they charge for the services they provide. At the end of each year and after all expenses have been paid, any remaining revenue is allocat- ed back to members in proportion to their usage of the cooperative's services or energy purchased. That share of the "capital" or "equity" of the cooperative is called capital credits. Depending on financial conditions, cooperatives will make the decision to "retire" or return capital credits. Members who were purchasing electricity from the cooper- ative during the 1977 through 1979 timeframe should expect their capital credits checks mid-December. The CCEC board of directors also assessed the current practice of holding quarterly Town Hall meetings intended to update members on events affecting their electric cooper- ative. "Only two members attended the last Town Hall meeting," Roger Meader, General Manager/CEO told the board. "Some members have suggested that we transition the Town Hall meeting format into forums that focus on specific issues like energy efficiency, renewable energy or operations; and we think we'll do that next year." The cooperative expects to hold the first member forum early next year. The first forum is expected to focus on energy efficiency tips and opportunities, followed by a question and answer session with Meader and board mem- ber representatives. More details will be provided in the January edition of Ruralite magazine. Preparations are also underway for next year's Annual Meeting of the Membership, scheduled for May 14, 2011 at the Event Center on the Beach in Gold Beach, Oregon. Executive Assistant Dian Marple reviewed the timeline leading up to next year's meeting, which will begin with a review of the cooperative's bylaws in October. Nominating committees will be announced late-January with ballots in the mail the first part of April 2011. In addition to business reports, the cooperative will feature energy efficiency and renewable energy exhibits. About Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CCEC) was founded in 1939 by a group of Coos County, Oregon, resi- dents who wanted electricity in their area. Today, the non- profit cooperative has approximately 14,000 members, over 17,000 meters in Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties, and 1,626 miles ot line, including 52 miles of transmission line between Gold Beach and Brookings. CCEC serves the rural populations east and south of Coos Bay in Coos County, a portion of Douglas County and all of Curry County except for the town of Langlois. Headquartered in Port Orford, Oregon, CCEC has area business offices in Port Orford, Coquille, Gold Beach and Brookings. A Recent Bigfoot Sighting Bob's Market, Scottsburg, Oregon, played the friend to bigfoot believers in that a man there recommended a couple report their bigfoot sighting to our blog, Bigfoot Ballyhoo, ( Shellie captivated our imagination as she drew us into the scene of a bigfoot eating apples from a tree located on an old farmstead. The bigfoot watched the couple with just as much curiosity as the couple held for it, or so was implied by Shellie's account. The sight- ing was Oct. 20th, 8:15 am, 2010. "We watched a strange creature in a field next to the road (Weatherly Creek?) that goes over to Smith River. We watched this upright thing eat- ing apples from a tree by this old abandoned farmhouse." They clicked away with their cell phone but got nothing but grey with a little black "mixed in." Shellie's words allowed us to easily visualize the eight foot tall, several hundred pound being that finally limped out of sight behind an old pump house. What a great sighting; it was told so well it gave Chris and I goose bumps. Shellie ended her comment with, "Neither of us believed in the bigfoot stories before. Now we do believe it is real." Please check out Bigfoot Ballyhoo if you are at all interested in this captivating ani- mal. Ballyhoo has been getting sighting reports of just a day or two old. We do nothing with these reports, no follow-up, and do not require a name. We realize this allows the possi- bility for hoaxes but that is the nature of a no-name required biog. Enjoy the blog and comment; remember, encouraging "bigfoot talk" is one of the main reasons for the biog. Good news, in that we are now awaiting a photo that the ESP Team took Aug. 8, 2010. We received this encouraging information from a friend of the team. Chris and I will be shown the photo first and then some time in the future it will be published here on Ballyhoo. For a couple of weeks now, Ballyhoo has labored under the impression that we wouldn't be allowed to publish any of the results of the team's find. So, you can imagine how excited we were when we read the email informing us that Emery will allow one photo to be published on the site. For information about the ESP Team's "Discovery" click Aug. 8th in the search tool on the blog. Linda Newton-Perry, along with her husband Christopher Perry, is the author of four children's bigfoot fiction books, (soon a fifth). You may order a copy on Amazon.corn: Search Amazon books under Linda Newton-Perry. I1 7J A Margaret Ruth Shull Wood Flom, 95, of Myrtle Point died October 21, 2010 in Myrtle Point. Arrangements are pending with Myrtle Grove Funeral Service, 541-396- 3158. Myrtle Voyles, 89 of Coquille passed away on October 23, 2010 in Myrtle Point. Myrtle Grove Funeral Home Nina Henry, 83 of Coquille passed away on October 23, 2010 in Coquille Services are under the direction of Myrtle Grove Funeral Home Margaret Marche, 83 of Coquille passes away in Myrtle Point on October 22, 2010. Contact Myrtle Grove Funeral Home 541-396-3158 II HEARTS & HANDS Crafter's Guild Christmas Sale Nov. 5, 2010 5pm to 8:30pm Nov. 6, 2010 8am to 4 pm Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 1290 Thompson Rd. Coos Bay All your Favorite Crafters Have been Bussy with New Ideas! Please come by and See what Surprises we have for you COOS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION WINTER WEATHER APPROACHES The National Weather Service has just announced that a storm should be moving onshore Friday the 22nd, bringing moderate to heavy rain this weekend. Along with the rain, the weather service is predicting some strong gusty southerly winds are likely to develop Saturday evening. While it's not expected to be severe, it is our first high wind event of the season, and a reminder to get ready for the harsher weather to come. Winds are generally strongest along the shore line, so our residents along the coast should take special precautions. But the river valleys and canyons can funnel the winds fur- ther inland too. Everyone in the county should take a few minutes to prepare for the season. 1) Prepare for possible power outages. Lay in a supply of alternative fuel such as firewood or wood pellets, or if electrical heating is your only method of heating your home, make some preparations to stay with family or friends if the power goes out. *do not use heat- ing sources not intended for use in your home; bar-be-que grills, and gas cook stoves and gas generators can create dangerous fumes and should not be used inside the home* Write down the outage number for your local power company. Be patient when reporting your outage, often many others are calling at the same time. Only your power provider can give you an estimated repair time. Have an emergency lighting source on hand - ideally flashlights or battery operated lanterns. Be cautious if using oil or kerosene lamps, or candles. Make sure any light source that needs to bum is on a hard, inflammable surface where it can't be knocked over, and away from curtains or other materials that could blow into the way and catch fire. Keep an old fashioned corded telephone available to plug into wall jacks. (The kind of phone that doesn't require a power supply) If power is interrupted, cordless phones will not work, but usually standard telephone serv- ice will continue to function. Keep a supply of canned, freeze dried, or other foods on hand that don't require cooking. If your water comes from a well or spring that requires an electric pump to deliver it to your home, draw some water ahead of time. Fill the bathtub, or a few buckets to get you through the outage. People who require special medical devices, such as pumps for oxygen need to make sure all batteries are charged, or make arrangements to stay in town near med- ical facilities. Nina Victoria Henry October 9, 1919 - October 23, 2010 A memorial service to celebrate the life of Nina Henry, 91, will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, at Faith Lutheran Church, 970 N Central Blvd. in Coquille. Nina was born October 9, 1919 in Armel, CO to Paul and Jennie (Schmidt) Rahricht. She died October 23, 2010 in Coquille. She moved to Coquille in 1955 with her husband, Chuck, and their four children. She joined Faith Lutheran Church and was an active member helping with a variety of activities such as making banners and folding bulletins. She had a variety of jobs throughout the years including selling Avon (for 10 years) and Royal Neighbors Insurance, and cooking at the Myrtle Point Senior Center. Cooking was Nina's favorite job, as well as pas- time. She was an avid coupon clipper and seamstress. She enjoyed taking Sunday drives to the beach and traveling around the U.S. and Canada to visit family and friends. Nina is survived by son, Jim and wife Gail of Sandspit, B.C.; son, John and wife Kathie of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Trish Luckman and partner Tom of Coquille; son, Bill and wife Loralee of Portland, OR; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters, June Phillips of Coos Bay; Ivonna Elston of Vancouver, WA, and Hazel Gossard of Killin, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister, and her husband, Chuck Henry. The family suggests memorial contrubutions to Faith Lutheran Church or FAWN. Arrangments by Myrtle Grove Funeral Home. 2) Prepare for potentially damaging winds... Secure any loose items in your yard that could blow around and cause further damage. Tie down tarps securely. Put away children's toys and construction equipment, boards and plywood. If you live on a rural road, or up a long private drive- way, check ahead of time for any dead trees or debris that might fall, blocking you in. 3) Stay well away from any downed lines, and report them to your utility provider. Emergency threats to safety can be reported by dialing 9-1-1, but avoid calling 9-1-1 if there is no immediate dan- ger. The 24 hour non emergent number for the Sheriff's Office dispatch center is 541-396-2106. If you have any additional questions about the wind pre- dictions, contact the National Weather Service in Medford at You may also phone them at 541-776-4304. Automated reports for State Highways are available by calling ODOT at 1-800-977-6368. You may also check conditions and view road cams on the ODOT website: The Coos County Road Department can be reached at 541-396-3121 ext 366. Coos County Emergency Management can be reached at 541-756-8213 during regular business hours. Average retail gasoline prices in Oregon have risen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, aver- aging $2.96/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Oregon during the past week, prices yesterday were 24.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.