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Out Our Back Door

    Coos Bay Boatbuilding Center Keeps Tradition Alive with Variety of Projects
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: Coos Bay Boatbuilding Center volunteers Mike Leigh and Akane Nakanishi discuss the next steps in the creation of a new boat. They're part of the crew that will available at an upcoming skateboard building workshop at the Center.
    Perched atop a sturdy concrete dock along the waterfront in Coos Bay's Empire district, the Coos Bay Boatbuilding Center is heading into its 11th year of hand-crafting and restoring everything from one-of-a-kind boats to carousel decorations to myrtlewood furniture to wooden spoons. Their latest offering is a one-day skateboard building workshop set for Dec. 14, about which more at the end of this article.
    The Center keeps alive a boatbuilding tradition that goes back to the 1850s in the North Bend/Coos Bay area, when skilled woodworkers built oceangoing vessels that were sent all over the world with the bounty of Oregon's forests. Local historians have found records of more than 130 vessels built here, ranging from wood-hauling schooners to specialized military ships. Indian traditions of carving elaborate and often sea-worthy dugout canoes go back even further.
    In recent years, interest was keen in maintaining the tradition, and a boatbuilding center was a suggested project as the city rehabilitates the historic Empire waterfront. The area is known as the "Hollering Place," for this was a narrow part of the bay where in pioneer times one had to call out for someone from the other side to come ferry them across.
    Improvements in recent years included a boat ramp with floating docks, a public fishing pier, fish-cleaning station and other amenities. When local landowner Doug Devine donated property for the Boatbuilding Center -- then offered to sell it to the city for $1 -- the city used Urban Renewal funds to purchase the property and help with construction costs.
    Guiding the efforts through the years have been realtor Jim Avery and Tom Lahey, a retired educator now a realtor, who explained the center added a second-floor shop to the main building, and later another weather-protected work area. One of the Center's first projects was called a Six-Hour Canoe, which as the name implies involves building a canoe in just six hours – depending, of course, as Tom points out, "if you had the materials ready."
    It was followed by a cedar-strip canoe-building course, offered again several times in ensuing years.
    These days, volunteers Mike Leigh and Pete Perrin form the nucleus of the Center, helping with a variety of projects. "My knowledge increases with every project," says Mike. Echoing the sentiment is volunteer Akane Nakanishi, who has built everything from a screen-vented door for one of her kitchen cabinets to wooden urns.
    She first came for a wooden spoon-making class, and was immediately impressed by the knowledgeable volunteers. "They have amazing patience, and they're willing to share what they know," she says. "It's a real community of people helping each other."
    Other workshops have included wooden paddle-making, wooden boxes with dove-tail joints, and "free libraries" – wooden boxes people set up next to their mailboxes to offer free books. Another project is a "wherry boat," a sleek rowing/sailing skiff also called the Oregon Dory.
    Yet Tom Lahey says "we do more than just building boats. We want it to be more of a folk art school, and offer things like scrimshaw." The Center works with the Northwest School of Boatbuilding, among other entities and groups, and helps with annual visits by the Lady Washington.
    Lahey encourages anyone interested in wood-working projects, teaching a class or knows someone who will, to "come on board. This is a great resource, a real community workshop."
    For Christal Kralicek of Bahama Boards in Coos Bay, the Boatbuilding Center is an often-overlooked community asset. "I want people to discover what a cool place it is," she says. To that end, they'll be offering a 2-hour skateboard building workshop beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Boatbuilding Center, which is in the distinctive red building at the foot of Newmark Ave. in Empire. Only
    10 spots will be available, so register as soon as possible, she says. Cost is $75 with a $50 deposit to hold the spot, and $25 on the day of the class.
    Participants will get a blank wooden (maple) skateboard deck, a set of name-brand trucks, a set of name-brand wheels, set of (independent) risers, grip tape and a hardware package. Upgrades will be available, and there will be free snacks, drinks, prizes and drawings. Bahama Boards and Boatbuilding Center volunteers will be on hand to help.
    Christal says this is a family function, and she hopes parents and their children will take part. "We're trying to give kids something else to do, and hopefully with their parents. We want them to make memories." (You may also send another adult to accompany your child." In addition to being a fun workshop, kids will leave with a new skateboard "at half the price of what they'd pay if purchased retail," notes Christal.
    Call Christal at 541-297-8002 for more information.
    A Holiday Open House will be held at the Boatbuilding Center on Friday, Dec. 13. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, featuring brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, baked beans and dessert will be available for a suggested donation of $15 or come as a pair and eat for $25. A choice of beverages will be served as well with brew available from 7 Devils Brewing Co.
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center or at
    'Pocket Parks' Offer Ways To Enjoy Coos Bay Scenery
    Tom Baake

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    Even as the city of Coos Bay area gets more developed and built-out, there are still some parks and protected places that retain a wild, natural feel, as well as providing a bit of exercise.
    They range from well-known destinations such as Mingus Park and the Empire Lakes trails, to less-visited sites such as Blossom Gulch Trail and Bay Area Hospital's Wellness Trail.
    Some of these places are in such beautiful settings that walking around them hardly feels like exercise. The walking path around Mingus Lake is paved and perfectly level, but the trails that head up the hillsides above it are gravel and mostly vertical. The upper trails can be made into nifty loops short and long, and there's even a disc golf course with the basket "holes" situated on the occasional flat places. Some of the upper trails lead to a residential district above the park, where you can connect with other nearby trailheads and head back down.
    In addition to the centerpiece lake with its fountains and little islands, there's a municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball hoops, two playgrounds for youngsters, a baseball field and a skatepark. Sheltered by stately cedars, towering spruce and robust Douglas firs, there's an open-air arboretum with some prized rhododendrons. An open-air stage has concerts, plays and special events.
    Considered a jewel of Bay Area parks, it's named for respected early-day physician Everett Mingus, who also headed the city's parks commission. Mingus Park also honors Coos Bay's sister city of Choshi, Japan, with a formal garden at the north end. In addition to the carefully-tended trees and foliage in Choshi Garden, the distinctive red bridge is officially called The Morning Song Bridge across Whispering Waters.
    To get to Mingus Park from US 101 in downtown Coos Bay, go west on Commercial St. for 8 blocks and turn right (N) on 10th St. and go 2 blocks to the park.
    Bay Area Hospital Wellness Trail: The main trailhead is just south of the Bay Area Hospital (BAH) Radiation Therapy Center parking lot, adjacent to a maintenance building. A sign identifies the BAH Employee Wellness Trail and requests you use the trail only during daylight hours and in the company of another person.
    The trail plunges into a deep forest of spruce, cedar and hemlock, and negotiates the first of many hand-hewn steps. But the footing is firm and the way ahead full of promise as the trail threads a route down through a classic mix of coastal forest foliage – swordfern, salal, huckleberry, salmonberry and rhododendron, among other flora and fungi.
    Turn right (W) at the first intersection, which bottoms out in the ravine and swings back to the east, passing the lower North Bend Medical Center parking lot before heading downhill. The trail passes some of the largest trees, and repeats the pattern of bottoming out in the ravine and heading back uphill a couple of times before returning to the BAH parking area.
    Empire Lakes Trails in John Topits Park: This is another in-town jewel, with sparkling lakes, tall shorepines and outstanding examples of native foliage, from salal to huckleberry to Oregon grape to multiple kinds of ferns. To get there from US 101 in downtown Coos Bay, go north on US 101 for 1.7 miles and turn left (W) on Newmark Ave. In 1.8 miles turn right (N) on Hull St., following the sign to Topits Park. There are 4 miles of interconnected trails around the lakes. Most are paved. A couple of loops are identified on a sign in the parking area, and marked with color-coded discs,
    The Ackerman St. park entrance is 5 blocks past the Hull St. access.
    Blossom Gulch Trail: From US 101 in downtown Coos Bay, go west on Elrod St. for 7 blocks and turn right (N) on 10th St. In 1 block is Blossom Gulch School. (Check in at the office if you visit during school hours.) To find the 0.96-mile trail, follow Blossom Creek, located on the north edge of the parking lot. If the main gate is closed, another gate on the left side can be opened by pushing down on the long plastic pin. Follow the fenced-off creek past school buildings and a ballfield. At the west end of the ballfield are a couple of signs identifying the trail. Take the right fork (straight ahead), which leads to a raised wooden walkway and pavilion over marshlands with huge skunk cabbage. The well-worn path goes east under big trees, then swings east and continues climbing, passing a stairway up to Elrod St., then switchbacks downhill. Connect with the trail you came in on and return to the parking area.
    If you'd like some company for a Blossom Gulch walk, the South Coast Striders hiking group will visit there on Dec. 14. Get details at
    Whether you go with family and friends, or with the hiking group, as might be deduced, you don't have to travel far to enjoy the great outdoors around here – it's right out our back door!
    (Find more information on local trails in Tom Baake's guidebook, "Out Our Back Door," available at bookstores, visitor centers and at

    Horseback Ride on Beach Tops Lots of 'Bucket Lists'
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: Horses and their riders enjoy Baker Beach north of Florence.
    It's remarkable how often the subject of riding a horse along the beach comes up on people's wish lists of things to do on the South Coast. Maybe blame it on TV and the movies – those familiar images of horses galloping along right at the surfline, manes and tails flying in the wind.
    As it turns out, that classic beach galloping can be hard on the horses' tendons, but the good news is there are lots of places on South Coast beaches for leisurely riding.
    Indeed, for horse person Lisa R (she asked not to use her last name), all the riding opportunities seemed like "paradise" when she first moved here. "When I was taken out to North Spit, I thought I'd gone to heaven," she says. In addition to beautiful beach and forest riding, she noted South Coast trails also offer opportunities for horses to get accustomed to water.
    But owning, preparing to ride, riding responsibly and caring for horses afterwards is a big commitment, Lisa adds. "They have to be in your heart and soul, and you can't live without them," she says. "Otherwise go to a stable."
    On the South Coast, equestrian opportunities begin high in the hills north of Florence in the Siuslaw National Forest on the Cape Mountain trails, created by the Forest Service (USFS) with the help of local equestrians and also featuring a horse campground. Signs at each intersection help visitors navigate the trails.
    In this vicinity north of Florence is the USFS Baker Beach campground and day-use area popular with equestrians, with hitching posts and other modest accommodations. The beach here can be ridden for about 1.2 miles north, and about 2.75 miles south to Sutton Creek; farther if you want to ford the creek. There are forested trails from the campground, some of which can be made into short loops. The nearby C&M Stables offers rides to the just-mentioned beach and forest places. Owner Jeff Chastain says riders can "walk, trot and canter," on their steeds, "but we don't gallop" because of potential injuries to horses (and riders, too, if they fall). Best riding conditions are in the dead of winter, he says. "Storms scour the beach and the rain-soaked sand gets firmer." They're closed Monday and Tuesday from November to February, then return to a seven-day schedule.
    Horses are allowed on several beaches south of Florence, but the next official place is the USFS Wild Mare Campground in the Horsfall Beach access of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area just north of the North Bend/Coos Bay area. (Incidentally, the name Horsfall Beach isn't about horses, it was named for respected early-day doctor William Horsfall.) In addition to corral enclosures and hitching bars, Wild Mare has campsites and an adjacent day-use area. The main trail goes to the beach, with the potential for long rides north and south. There are also other trails accessible from the Wild Mare day-use area on sand service roads closed to vehicles.
    Just south is the Bureau of Land Management's bespoke "paradise" North Spit area, with a 12-mile trail system for hikers and horses but closed to vehicles. Signs at each intersection help visitors get around.
    South of the Bay Area is Whiskey Run Beach, although riders have to share the beach with occasional vehicles.
    A bit farther south, in Bullards Beach State Park, are the Cut Creek Trails, another place developed with equestrian help. There's a horse campground with enclosures and hitching bars.
    Continuing south, Bandon Beach Riding Stables along Beach Loop Drive offers five different rides to visitors 6 and up on mellow horses ranging from big sturdy Belgian drafts to distinctively patterned paints. Owner Karen Johnston and her daughter Wendy smile to recall how many people tell them "it's always been their dream to ride on the beach. People have even gotten married on our horses."
    They're open seven days a week year round.
    There's another designated horse campground at Cape Blanco State Park north of Port Orford. Explore loop trails or go down to the beach on the cape's south side, and ride about 1 mile to the mouth of Elk River; farther if the river can be forded.
    A couple of miles down the beach is Paradise Point State Recreation Site, where horse people sometimes stage for a ride, and also at the far south end of the beach at Agate Beach in Tseriadun State Recreation Site.
    In Gold Beach, the beach immediately west of town beckons, as does Kissing Rock Beach south of town.
    A dozen or so miles south of Gold Beach is the long stretch of connected beaches at Pistol River, with staging areas at the north end. Except during a June windsurfing contest, these beaches get few visitors. In Brookings, the beach south from town offers potential places all the way to the California border and beyond. The riding fun continues at Crescent Trail Rides in Crescent City, Calif., with tours to redwood groves and beaches.
    As might be deduced, there's plenty to explore on horseback, so get off your bucket and ride!
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center or at
    Land of the Giants; Part II
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION:A visitor checks out the big cottonwood tree in Wallace Dement County Park near Coquille.

    Last week's column offered information about some of the so-called champion trees found in our region, ranging from well-known specimens to others discovered more recently. I mentioned the Doerner Fir in eastern Coos County and the Big Cedar on the Powers Ranger District, along with some of the largest Monterey Pine and Monterey Cypress specimens, and of course the fabled California Redwoods.
    As far as I know, some species don't have a definitive champion. Consider the myrtlewood. For many years a big one across from the Coos County Logging Museum in Myrtle Point was said to be the largest. There's another contender at a myrtlewood shop along US 101 south of Bandon. On another occasion, I was told the largest myrtlewood resides in a grove on private property along the Coquille River. If you have further information, please email me at
    A contender for one of the largest cottonwoods has been identified in Wallace Dement County Park outside Coquille. The tree awaits a visit from representatives of the Portland-based Ascending the Giants group, which maintains a registry of some of the largest tree specimens. Meantime, county officials are trying to decide what to do about Dement Park. Among the challenges is that it's routinely flooded during the rainy season. The access road has some gigantic potholes, and the park doesn't even a rate a sign.
    In an interview, Coos County Parks official Craig Storm said the sign was removed because "we're not advertising the park because of the nature of the property" in its current undeveloped state. He discussed efforts through the years to maintain the road, but said "we can't see trying to fix it every year." Options range from re-routing the access road to installing a "big culvert" to selling off the property. He noted three successive county attorneys have studied the issue to try to help county commissioners make a decision on the park's future.
    In another interview, County Commission Bob Main said a public meeting last year drew supporters for keeping the park. He noted its original purpose was to provide access to a couple of fishing holes on the adjacent Coquille River, and agreed that developing some way to showcase the big cottonwood would be "something for tourists to visit."
    Despite its "non-advertised" status, the park remains open to the public. You can park at the entrance and walk on the access road, which is still paved in places that weren't ravaged by annual flooding. The road/trail is muddy in a couple of spots, but otherwise it's an easy walk through the level flatlands of the peaceful Coquille River Valley. Although the season is past, it's also a great blackberrying place, with the thorny vines lining the road most of the way.
    Getting There
    Transport yourself to Coquille on Highway 42 and take the Highway 42S exit to Bandon. The road passes Sturdivant Park and goes over a bridge across the Coquille River. Once across, go right on Fish Trap Rd. and follow it 3.4 miles to Dement Park, which as noted isn't signed. (The signposts are still standing.) GPS coordinates N 43°08.222 W 124°11.283.
    Park and secure your vehicle but don't block the access road. Proceed south along the access road, which as noted is a mix of potholes, broken asphalt and still-intact blacktop. Verdant pasturelands lie just to the west, while the other direction is a thick mix of myrtlewood, big-leaf maples, alder and cottonwoods trees, with a dense brush and blackberry understory.
    There's a parking area at about 0.3 mile, with some rough trails heading east to the river. Continue south on the now-gravel road. This road ends definitively at about 0.43 mile, with more rough footpaths heading east to the river. However, about 300 feet before road's end, look for a trail into a grove of myrtlewood trees. It's marked by some green flagging.
    Once inside this grove of strangely-contorted myrtlewoods (a result of periodic flooding), walk north a few dozen feet to the big cottonwood, which has a remnant section of wooden dike next to it. GPS coordinates N 43°07.968 W 124°11.542.
    The tree has a massive, singular base of approximately 21 feet, 5 inches in circumference, but about 30 feet up it's divided into five separate trees that soar skyward – you can't even see their tops.
    Like so many trees, the cottonwood has been invaded by English ivy spreading its relentless tentacles upward. Volunteers have cleared around the tree's base, but its upper reaches await more attention – perhaps by skilled climbers who can pull away the ivy.
    Meantime, the tree remains as the impressive anchor of this shady grove tucked into a corner of the Coquille Valley. And who knows? There may be some even bigger ones just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. All part of Coos County's "Land of the Giants."
    (Read Part I of this story at )

    (Get details, directions and maps to the Doerner Fir, Big Cedar and other large specimens in Tom Baake's guidebook "Out Our Back Door" available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center
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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Amanda Libbett

Display Advertising Sales

Amanda has resided 10 years in the community, with 6 years sales and marketing experience.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.