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Out Our Back Door

    Autumn is the Time For Destinations in the Dunes
    Tom Baake

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    Photo Caption: A bench with an awesome view awaits visitors to Bluebill Lake in the Oregon Dunes near North Bend.

    Even in the sandy domain of the Oregon Dunes seasonal changes are marked in ways both obvious and subtle. Deciduous trees such as maples and alders, and deciduous shrubbery such as vine maple and willows, are found throughout forested parts of the Dunes and go through the same show of leafy color as their counterparts farther inland. And as in the forests, the Dunes support other lifeforms specific to autumn and winter, such as mushrooms, mosses and a variety of lichens.
    Perhaps the most obvious seasonal indicator is the sand itself. Right now, for example, is the interlude between the bone-dry, powdery sand of late summer, and the firmer footing that's created as the rainy season gets under way. It's like the difference between walking right at the waterline on a beach and slogging through softer sand higher up.
    And although I used the words "footing" and "walking," it's important to mention that the majority of Oregon Dunes visitors come to ride ATVs or other vehicles, but in this instance ATVers and walkers alike can potentially derive pleasure from firmer sand. For walkers, it's less tiring to plod through, while those in vehicles can up their speeds while enjoying nimbleness not possible on powdery sand.
    The rainy season also brings unique challenges in the Dunes, most obviously in lowland areas that routinely get flooded. Only hardy souls outfitted for the elements will want to brave some of the long (and sometimes deep!) sections of inundation, such as the west end of the Dellenback Dunes trail near Lakeside.
    Two years ago the flooding was so deep on the Horsfall Beach access road that it didn't reopen until well into the summer. That was a bit of an aberration – the road's floodwater usually drains off or sinks into the sand before then.
    Other areas are more predictably flooded; it happens every year. Among them is the trail around Bluebill Lake, along the just-mentioned Horsfall Beach Road at the south end of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA). In a typical year, the lake's western side is underwater for much of the winter, forcing visitors to either slog through the water or turn back.
    Visit before the rain really arrives or after the water has subsided, however, and you'll enjoy a fun little 1.7-mile loop walk around an inviting spread of sparkling blue water (on a sunny day, that is) surrounded by a classic mix of dunes and woodlands.
    Getting There
    From the North Bend/Coos Bay area, head north on US 101, crossing McCullough Bridge. About 0.7 miles from the bridge, turn west on Transpacific Ln., following signs to Oregon Dunes and Horsfall Beach. The road crosses a causeway, then a bridge, then railroad tracks. Just past the Boxcar Hill ATV site, turn right (N) on Horsfall Beach Rd., entering the ODNRA. A $5 day-use fee or seasonal pass is required.
    In about 1.6 miles is the Bluebill Lake trail parking lot, with an informational map sign. The trail heads south on a well-graded, pea gravel-lined trail 0.2 mile to a "T" intersection. Turn left, following a sign to Bluebill Lake Loop.
    The trail weaves through a dense understory of salal, Oregon grape, rhododendron and huckleberry, while in the towering shorepines long billowy beards of moss waft in the breeze.
    The trail passes overlooks and fishing spots, eventually arriving at a footbridge over the lake's south end. Once across the lake, the trail's marked by blue-banded posts, which lead to a brief uphill stretch of loose sand, then down to the lakeshore again. Watch for a trail sign on a section of split-rail fence.
    The trail heads north, following a route just inland from the lake, with occasional openings to the water's edge. Stay on the main path as it continues north into the seasonally-closed Bluebill campground. The trail threads through brush and grasses and comes to a footbridge over the lake's north end. (It's also marked by an informational sign in the adjacent campsite.) Cross the footbridge, and follow the blue-banded trail markers up past a nice overlook with a bench. The trail curves up and meets the intersection where this loop began. Turn left (N) to return to the parking area. And leave the mossy beards in the shorepines wafting gently in the breeze...
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks. Buy the books at local bookstores or at
    Autumn on the Wagon Road
    Tom Baake

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    Photo Caption:A visitor pauses to enjoy the sights along the Coos Bay Wagon Road at Cherry Creek County Park in McKinley.

    The Coos Bay Wagon Road is one of the region's original land routes, and it still provides an important link as well as offering up some impressive scenery. As might be deduced from the name, the Wagon Road goes back to the horse-and-wagon era; specifically, the 1870s. The 56-mile route connected the Coos Bay area to Umpqua Valley communities in the vicinity of Roseburg, with its eastern terminus in Lookingglass, near Winston.
    Much of today's route is paved, but there are places where little has changed in all the years. Two challenging sections of gravel road remain, as well as stretches where the Coquille River's east fork rushes right alongside and tumbles over waterfalls.
    The route was supplanted by a better road – today's Highway 42 – in just a few years, but the Wagon Road is still a viable east-west route, connected by settlements about 8 to 10 miles apart that once served as stage stops for fresh horses. The actual route changes names a few times along the way, but is well-signed.
    The official western terminus is at Coos City, about 4 miles south of Coos Bay on US 101, and as noted the eastern end is at Lookingglass. The two unpaved sections are between Sumner and Fairview, and Sitkum and the Douglas County line.
    In addition to the small communities along the way, there are also some county parks that offer day-use and camping.
    Besides its eastern and western terminus points, the Wagon Road can be reached via paved connector roads from Coquille and Myrtle Point. It's fun, in fact, to use the Wagon Road to make a "back way" tour between Myrtle Point and Coquille. You can get a taste of what's involved before taking on the whole challenging route.
    It's particularly satisfying in autumn, when awesome big-leaf maples and other deciduous trees and shrubs that line the way put on a colorful show. Since we haven't had much rain so far, many of the trees are still in full leafy glory.
    Getting There
    For the back way trip from Myrtle Point to Coquille, start at the last intersection at the north end of Myrtle Point on Highway 42, and take Sitkum Lane, following signs to Dora and Sitkum. The route twists out of town through soothing countryside, passing neatly-kept homesteads and ranches. At just under 4 miles it crosses the Coquille River's north fork.
    Climbing gently, the road crosses another bridge at about 8.1 miles. This would be Gravelford, and there's a county park of the same name a few hundred feet away. Meantime, the gentle ascent continues through field and forest, lined with much splendid fall foliage. At about 16.5 miles is Dora Cemetery, with headstones dating to the 1800s, some even made of wood.
    At 17.5 miles is the intersection with Lone Pine Ln., as the Wagon Road is called along this stretch. Turn left (W) on Lone Pine Ln. It corkscrews up, over and down a mountain flank – just take it slowly and imagine what it must have been like to travel this stretch in a wagon!
    The road bottoms out in the community of McKinley. This was another stage stop in the old days, with the horses swapped out for a new team before proceeding in either direction. The road passes William "Ham" Bunch/Cherry Creek County Park. The park is closed to camping for the season but it's still a pleasant place to enjoy the mellow autumn sunshine under some huge, aromatic myrtlewoods. A plaque set into a boulder explains the park was named after the county's first school superintendant.
    After another series of curvy ascents and descents, the road arrives at the Four Corners intersection in the community of Fairview. Originally known as Burton Prairie, it's said to have been changed after a visitor remarked on the "fair view" one could get here.
    To complete the loop and return to Coquille, turn left (S) on Fairview Rd. and follow its twists and turns 7.5 miles to Coquille, arriving at a "T" intersection with N. Central St. Turn left to continue into Coquille, or turn right (W) to return to Highway 42.
    (Get complete details and a map of the entire Wagon Road route in Tom Baake's guidebook "Out Our Back Door," available at the Coos Bay Visitor Center and online at
    Millicoma Marsh Trails Offer A Peaceful and Easy Getaway
    Tom Baake

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    Photo Caption: From a grassy trail atop a levee road, a visitor checks out the serpentine side channels of the bay at the Millicoma Marsh Trails in Coos Bay's Eastside district.

    The Millicoma Marsh Trail system in Coos Bay's Eastside district is one of the Bay Area's great little "back door" gems, offering opportunities in every season for easy walks and wildlife watching. It's especially useful now, as we enter those days of meager light, because it's out in the open and gets lots of sun (presuming it's not raining, that is).
    The trails run atop levees overlooking about 44 acres of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, with views of a vast expanse of the bay. The system also has four wooden shelters at strategic points along the way that were rebuilt by volunteers last weekend. Like the trail, they're wheelchair-accessible.
    The trails only add up to a couple of miles, but in an interesting turn of events, work on a nearby construction project has resulted in the re-opening of a connector trail to the Port of Coos Bay's White Point area, adding a couple more potential miles for visitors to enjoy.
    As with many of our local parks, Millicoma Marsh offers nearly-instantaneous relief from the noise and traffic of town, and seems worlds, not minutes, away. In a sense, it is indeed a world unto itself. Or maybe a more real world. For out here, time is marked by the changing of the tides, and each season brings unique rewards.
    Watch the ducks and geese float, paddle, and fly around the wetlands and bay. Listen to the melody of a songbird – is that a swallow or a wren? Cattails rock peacefully amidst thick carpets of sedge grass and rushes.
    Although much of this area has a wild, natural feeling, the hand of man has been heavy here, with diking, draining and filling the standard operating procedure for many decades. From the 1930s through the 1980s, this was also a designated area for depositing materials dredged from the Coos Bay shipping channel. But as the value of diminishing wetland habitat was recognized, the remaining marshes were set aside for protection.
    The potential for using the wetlands as an outdoor "classroom" for students from adjacent Millicoma Middle School and Eastside Elementary (in its day) led to placement of an interpretive trail along about one mile of levee. A land swap with the Port adjusted some property lines, and a Cape Arago Audubon Society donation helped restore a freshwater wetland. The trail system was extended to create a potential loop.
    The school district keeps the grass and gravel trails mowed and cleared of blackberry vines, and the area is still actively used for student studies and experiments. There's also a variety of bird and bat houses put up by students and enthusiastic birders.
    The South Coast Audubon Society's book, Birding the Southern Oregon Coast, states that bramble habitats here are great in the winter for passerines, including White-throated and Lincoln's Sparrows. Swamp sparrow and marsh wren may be spotted in the grasslands, while white tailed kites, bald eagles, redtailed hawks, Cooper's hawks, merlins and American kestrel have also been spotted, the book says.
    As for mammals, as recently as last year a beaver was active in one of the side channels, and there are also occasional nutria sightings.
    Getting There
    From the "Y" intersection at the south end of Coos Bay, follow the sign to Allegany, Coos River. Cross the Isthmus Slough Bridge. Once across, bear left (N) on 6th Ave. and follow it 0.5 mile to a "T" intersection with D St. Turn left (W) on D St. and in 2 blocks turn right (N) on 4th Ave. In one block, park in a cobblestone lot above the ballfield or go down the driveway and park by the field. Walk east across the ballfield toward the scoreboard and you'll see signs for the trail. You can take an out and back walk, or make the loop. To begin, follow the trail east about 0.2 to an intersection with a bench. Keep going east for another 0.2 mile to its end at a wooden shelter. To make the loop, go north from the bench just mentioned and follow the trail north, then west for about a half-mile. At a "Y" intersection, go left (S) back to the ballfield. Or go straight, which leads to the White Point area. (Just keep going west till you reach the bay, about 1 mile.)
    Whether you take the short or the long or even-longer route, here's hoping you have fun exploring!

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks. Buy the books at local bookstores or at
    Guided Tours Offer Ways To Learn and Enjoy More
    Tom Baake

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    Photo Caption: A longtime mushroom hunter shares some information during a plant identification walk.

    Time was when outdoor activities like mushrooming or kayaking were considered unconventional. If they weren't part of your family's DNA, you had to find someone knowledgeable to show you the ropes. They were definitely closed-loop things, maybe not as fastidiously guarded as a razor clam bed, but still fringe pursuits.
    These days, they've practically become mainstream, with well-attended and regularly-scheduled guided tours and group outings, even occasional nighttime forays.
    Yet mushroom picking and kayaking are still things you can do solo, or with family and friends, and require minimal (or no) investment. If you choose to go with a guided group, though, reservations are strongly suggested because as I said these are fast-growing leisure pursuits.
    The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve near Charleston is perhaps the best-known place to begin or advance your enjoyment of everything from fungi to waterways, and they also have lots of activities for youngsters. You can also check out upcoming South Slough events in the Shopper or at
    Their next paddling outing begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 27, with the five-mile trip from Charleston and to the Hinch Ln. put in/take out in South Slough. You must bring our own kayak and personal flotation device. A shuttle will return paddlers to their vehicles. There's a 12-boat limit and a $15 fee, and as noted reservations are strongly recommended. Get details and register online at South Slough's website, or call Eric Dean at 541-888-5558 ext. 126.
    As for mushroom identification, South Slough's popular fall workshop is set for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, when local expert John Schaefer will help participants identify at least 15 mushroom species and techniques for mushroom hunting. It's limited to 20 people, with a $20 fee. Again, register online or by phone.
    The educational group called Coast Range Forest Watch also has plant and mushroom identification walks in the spring and fall; monitor their website or Facebook page.
    Strictly for Looks at New River
    For a different take on mushrooming, consider the Bureau of Land Management New River area south of Bandon. Officially called an "area of critical environment concern," there are four miles of trails through coastal forests, pillowy meadows and brushy dunes all off-limits to the gathering of mushrooms and other plants. But why go somewhere off-limits to collecting? As it turns out, it's interesting to see what the forest floor looks like in an undisturbed condition. Especially after a number of years. It's like a protected reef, with a remarkable spectrum of mushrooms, actually more of a progression from the early-season varieties to others that await more rain to coax them out.
    In addition to trails and a remarkable array of birdlife, there's a seasonally-accessible boat ramp, restrooms, observation shelters and picnic tables. It's open for day-use year round and there's no entry fee.
    Still, this place is different from a lot of other parks and preserves on the Oregon coast. For one thing, the river runs north. It was formed when a particularly rainy winter in 1890 increased steam flows in the outlet of Fourmile Creek. With its mouth clogged at the ocean, the creek carved a northward channel to find another way, and it's now about 10 miles long. A local rancher supposedly took a look and exclaimed, "It's a new river!"
    Getting There
    From the stoplight in Bandon at US 101 and 11th Ave., go south on US 101 about 8.7 miles. Turn right (W) on Croft Lake Ln., which rolls through ranchlands and cranberry bogs. At a "Y" intersection in 1.5 miles, bear right, following a sign to New River. The road arrives at the Storm Ranch site, with a picnic area, restrooms, interpretive signs, the Ellen Waring Learning Center, and a camp host shelter. An excellent trail brochure is sometimes available, and a map/sign shows trail routes. Use several trails to make loops of varying distances.
    The access road continues west, passing trailheads for the Old Bog trail and East Muddy Lake trail, then the West Muddy Lake trail, before swinging north for 0.3 mile to a day-use area with restroom, boat ramp for small watercraft, and a couple of picnic tables, one of which is scenically situated near the riverside, with the ocean roaring just beyond. Another nifty place to enjoy a mellow autumn day!
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks. Buy the books at local bookstores or at
    Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trails Offer Lots of Options
    Tom Baake

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    Photo Caption: Bicyclists get ready to ride on the Whiskey Run mountain bike trails during the trail system's dedication ceremony last June. Work on the second phase of trails is set to begin soon.

    Among the many things I wanted to do before the rains really arrive was to check out progress at the Whiskey Run mountain bike trails in the Coos County Forest between Coos Bay and Bandon. This is a good time to visit as rain earlier this month tamped down the dust and helped with hardening-up efforts in some sections of the trails, yet didn't muddy-up the soil.
    Crews were scheduled to begin work this week on the trail system's second phase, although officials were concerned about potential forest fire danger in light of hot, windy weather and the flare-up of the Klondike fire near Agness, and may postpone trail-building.
    The second phase follows successful completion of the first section of what's envisioned as a 30-mile trail system opened last June. First-phase costs were covered with a $232,000 grant from Oregon State Parks and a Regional Solutions grant for workforce training. Phase 2 funding was secured this summer with a $100,000 grant from Travel Oregon -- the state's tourism agency – and $50,000 from Travel Southern Oregon Coast. Another State Parks grant will be sought for the third phase. The project is expected to be finished in 2020.
    The work is being done by Ptarmigan Ptrails, one of the Pacific Northwest's premier mountain bike trailbuilders, under supervision of Coos County forester Lance Morgan. In an interview this week, Morgan said he was pleased with the project, noting it was "very popular, more so than I ever thought."
    "There's always cars in the parking area," he said, and "people have been pretty respectful. It's a different crowd."
    While the main section of the first phase offers rides from moderate to technical, the trails in a lower area known as "The Snag" are described as "less-challenging, more family-friendly." I was particularly interested in seeing how they turned out, for in addition to being less strenuous, they may also serve as way of introducing (or re-introducing) less-skilled or lapsed bicyclists to the fun of riding. They're great for beginners or anyone out of the sport for some length of time to try things out on some easy trails, or if you're building up your stamina or checking some new gear, and don't want to commit to a longer ride.
    The whole system features what's known as "flow" trails that are characterized by rolling, contoured paths and reversals, avoiding long, straight runs and inordinately steep ascents and descents. Although there are a few spots where existing dirt roads were incorporated, most of the single-track trails are newly-created, with crews working mostly by hand and with small, specialized pieces of earthmoving equipment.
    Sculpting the trails to flow over the terrain cuts down the need for waterbars, among other things, said trailbuilder Ed Kessler in an interview. "Greater sustainability of your trail, which means less long-term maintenance, is achieved by following the contour grades. We work with the land not against it . . . there's nothing in the trail system that goes straight up or straight down because that increases erosion and we don't want to do anything to cause more erosion, so we follow the contour curvilinear alignment of the landscape and enhance them with grade reversals to help drain water off the trail so it's rideable as much as possible."
    The trails are also open to hikers, although it should be noted that these are not like traditional hiking trails that take the most direct way from point A to point B; there are many superfluous switchbacks and reversals solely intended to add distance.
    Spearheading the project is county commissioner Melissa Cribbins, who noted that in addition to adding to the region's recreational offerings, the trails "give people an opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle. People with kids discover pretty quickly that there aren't a lot of places for them to ride their bicycles that's off the road, so having an opportunity for kids and of course adults to go and be active is important as another of our goals."
    She said "thirty miles is enough to be a destination" to attract dedicated mountain bikers who will presumably patronize local motels, campgrounds, restaurants and other businesses, providing another boost for the local tourism industry.
    Indeed, when it comes to recreational tourism, Whiskey Run trailbuilder Ed Kessler summed it up neatly, saying "Coos County is kind of a dream" with its many facets just starting to be tapped. Said he: "You can bring your surfboard, your kiteboard, your dirt bike and your mountain bike and do it all right here."
    The Whiskey Run trail system is off Whiskey Run Ln., which itself is off West Beaver Hill Rd. From its intersection with US 101 near the summit of Beaver Hill, go northwest on West Beaver Hill Rd. about 2 miles and turn left (W) on Whiskey Run Ln. The main trailhead parking lot is 0.7 mile; the parking lot for The Snag trails is in another 0.9 mile. Admission is free. Get a map at the main trailhead, or at bike shops in North Bend and Bandon, or at .
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of "Oregon South Coast Bike Ride Guide," available at local bookstores and bike shops and online at
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Accepted Shopper Abbreviations  For consistency & clarity in the South Coast Shopper we use a set of standard classified ad abbreviations. They are listed here to help advertisers in writing their ads and readers in understanding the ads. (There is a fee for NOT abbreviating classified ads because our rates are based on these abbreviations)  UPDATE! We use abbreviations to save space in the paper, saving cost, that we pass on to our advertisers with lower classified rates than comparable papers across the Nation. A new way of naming products has developed that make product names unnecessarily longer. We will list these names in the traditional way to continue to save space in the paper, saving cost that we can continue to pass on to our advertisers. Examples: Ranger XLT by Ford would be abbreviated to: Ford Ranger XLT OceanRunner Rainbow Series by WildSeas would be abbreviated to: WildSeas Rainbow OceanRunner In the body of an ad always use numerals. Example: Newer 3bdr home. At the beginning of an ad spell out short numbers. (Example: Three bdr home.) As always, if you do not want your ad abbreviate we can use the longer version for $2. Miscellaneous: These apply to all classifications $ each — $/ea $ or trade — $/trade and — & approximately — approx best offer — b/o brand new — new board foot — bf #carat (gem stones) — #c (gem stones) CD or CD player — cd condition — cond excellent — exc electric — elec evenings — eves # of feet — #’ good — gd great — grt heavy duty — h/d home (after phone #) — home (after phone #) hours — hrs inches — #” #karat (gold) — #k (gold) large — lrg liner foot — lf make offer — m/o medium — med message — msg microwave — micro new in box — new or best offer — obo pints — pts plus — + possible — poss pounds — #lbs quarts — qts small — sm size — sz square foot — sf standard — std tongue & groove — t&g weekends — wknds wanted — want work (after phone #) — wk you haul — uhaul you move — umove Autos, Trucks, 4x4’s, Heavy Equip, Auto Misc. 2 wheel drive — 2wd 4 wheel drive or 4wd — 4x4 air conditioner or a/c — air all power options — all pwr all options — all opts all power — all pwr all terrain (tires) — AT all wheel drive — awd automatic — auto cassette — cass carburetor — carb CB or CB radio — cb CD or CD player — cd Chev, Chevrolet — Chevy Club cab — c-cab Cruise control — cc cubic inch — ci # cylinders — #cyl distribution (hitch) — dist # doors — #dr double — dbl engine — eng extended cab — x-cab extra cab — x-cab hatchback — h/b # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp # of hours — #hrs hydraulic — hyd International — Internat’l interior — int king cab — k-cab Limited Edition — Ltd Ed liter — ltr long bed — lb long wide box — lwb mag wheels — mags mud terrain (tires) — MT ##,000 miles — ##k miles — mi motorcycle — cycle motorhome — mh mount or mounted — mnt or mtd options — opts original — orig over drive — o/d # passengers — #pass pickup (if needed) — pu # pounds — #lbs power — pwr power brakes — pb power door locks — pdl power steering — ps power windows — pw power take off — pto quad cab — quad rebuilt — rblt short bed — sb # speed — #spd station wagon — sta wag or wagon T-Tops — t-tops take over payments — t.o.p. 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 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 Palmer

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.