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December 2013

Coquille: Indian Tribe's gaming plan should prod wide debate about gambling statewide: Editorial - It's difficult to argue with the logic of the Coos Bay-based Coquille Indian Tribe in deciding it should open a gaming facility in Medford, more than 150 miles away. While gambling, whether in casinos or through the Oregon Lottery, is a mature industry with only so many Oregon dollars to capture, the greater Medford area is relatively underserved for the casino-like gambling experience.

Coquille: Medford casino proposed by Coquille Tribe drawing criticism, opposition - Add U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to the list of politicians opposed to a Medford casino. Oregon has nine casinos, each owned by a different tribe. The Coquille Indian Tribe has a casino along the central Oregon coast at North Bend and now plans to turn a Medford bowling alley into a casino with video gambling.

October 2013

Coquille: Tribal Police K-9 program marks successful first year - Without her black work harness, K-9 “Stormy” looks and acts much like any other young black Labrador retriever. Her human partner, Coquille Tribal Police Officer Rob Scoville, said the pair’s day-to-day work is just a game to the dog.

Coquille: Congressional subcommittee raises questions over Coquille Tribe's proposal for a casino in Medford - A Congressional subcommittee took a dim view of the Coquille Indian Tribe's proposed move into Medford because it would be a competitive threat to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians. "The Cow Creek tribe in Oregon is facing a difficult situation, and I'm concerned, if we're not careful, that it could create an epidemic across the country," said Rep. Don Young, chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

Coquille: Tribe releases data to back casino plan - The Mill Casino pumps more than $13 million a year into the coffers of North Bend vendors, and the Coquille Indian Tribe anticipates a gaming facility in Medford would help local landscapers, electricians and other merchants, as well.

Coquille: Medford casino plan meets with skepticism - The Coquille Indian Tribe’s proposal to open its second casino has met with opposition from public officials and a second tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, in Southern Oregon. The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians operates a casino north of Medford on Interstate 5 and fears losing business to one in the city.

Coquille: Rule change is ill-advised - A move by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to hasten the process of transferring land into trust threatens the ability of the city of Medford to object to plans for a Coquille Indian Tribe casino on South Pacific Highway.

June 2013

Coquille: Tribe plans Medford video-gambling operation - Gov. John Kitzhaber's attempts to limit Oregon casinos to one per tribe are getting a test from a video gambling establishment the Coquille Indian Tribe proposes in Medford.

Coquille: Tribe Doubles Down On Medford Casino - The tribe proposes a video-gaming operation at the Roxy Ann Lanes bowling alley and the former Kim's Restaurant along South Pacific Highway. The tribe also agreed to lease Bear Creek Golf Course, adjacent to the two buildings.

Coquille: Is the idea of one casino per tribe a false one? - Coquille Tribal Chief Ken Tanner told a reporter that the tribe has the right to build a second casino. "The idea of one casino per tribe is a false one. Evidence of that is that the governor signed our compact which allows us a second casino," he said in a radio report that aired April 24, 2013, on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Coquille: Tribe Moving Ahead With Medford Casino Plans - Representatives of the Coquille Indian Tribe say they're moving forward with a proposal to build a casino in Medford, despite opposition from the Governor's office.

Coquille: Tribe donates logs for chainsaw event - When contestants in this year’s Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championship start their chainsaws, they will be carving into logs donated by the Coquille Indian Tribe.

Coquille: Tribe schedules golf clinic, camp - The annual Coquille Indian Tribe Southwestern Oregon Golf Clinic will be held on June 27 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The free clinic, held at the resort’s practice center, is for golfers who will be in second to 12th grade next fall.

Coquille: Tribe’s casino would hurt Medford - The Coquille Indian Tribe’s proposal to establish a gambling casino in Medford has drawn strong opposition from Gov. John Kitzhaber and from the Jackson County commissioners and concern — but not yet formal opposition — from the Medford City Council. Count us among the doubters that a Class II casino would benefit the local community in any substantial way.

May 2013

Coquille: "Ko-keel" or 'Ko-kwel' depends on context - According to Brenda Meade, tribal council chairwoman, when you are discussing the tribe, the correct pronunciation is "ko-kwel."

Coquille: Medford council hears debate over Coquille tribe's casino plan - A proposal to turn a Medford bowling alley and restaurant into a tribal casino has drawn opposition at a public hearing and spotlighted a division between two tribes. The City Council held a public hearing on the proposal Thursday but isn't expected to take a stand until later.

Coquille: A casino of controversy? - Around 80 people packed a steamy meeting room Thursday night to voice their concerns or support for a proposed Indian casino that could be built on South Pacific Highway in Medford.

Coquille: Tribe Wants Second Casino In Medford - The Coquille tribe is meeting with local officials this week to discuss their proposal to build a casino in Medford. It would be the tribe's second casino, and could end an informal agreement that has limited gambling in Oregon.

Coquille: Tribe Responds To County's No Vote - The Coquille Tribal Council has responded to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners decision to oppose the tribe's gaming project on South Highway 99.

Coquille: Medford council cautious on casino - Medford City Council on Thursday expressed serious concerns about a proposed casino planned along South Pacific Highway, but it stopped short of making a formal statement about where it stands on the issue.

Coquille: County opposes casino in Medford - Jackson County's Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose a proposal for an American Indian casino in Medford, and will send a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs outlining its opposition this week.

Coquille: Officials Set To Deal With Medford Casino Arguments - Battle lines will be drawn between two tribes next week over a proposed casino in Medford that has set off alarms with Jackson County and city officials.

Coquille: Jackson County says No to casino, Cow Creek agrees - Officials with Cow Creek say they support the commissioner's decision, and hope the Coquille Tribe will do the same. Wayne Shammel, the Cow creek Tribe's general council, said, "Just because there's an opportunity there doesn't necessarily make it OK, there's a balance, and that's sort of where we've come from on this."

Coquille: Superheroes swoop in at SWOCC - The Coquille Tribe is the first superhero to give $10,000 to the foundation to create a permanent scholarship fund. The Tribe has given the college more than $100,000, over the years for scholarships for tribal members, but this new permanent scholarship fund is for any SWOCC student.

Coquille-Cow Creek Umpqua: 'Reservation shopping' at center of tribal casino tiff - A congressional effort led by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein hopes to slow the proliferation of tribal casinos. And the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians say a proposal by the Coquille tribe for a Medford casino could be Exhibit A in the debate. "What they are doing is 'reservation shopping,' " said Wayne Shammel, attorney for the Cow Creeks.

Coquille-Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw: Tall ships return in May - The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will bring educational programs, public excursions and walk-on tours to the Coos Bay waterfront May 1-12. The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw and the Coquille Indian Tribe will participate in a reconciliation ceremony with the crew of the Lady Washington.

April 2013

Coquille: County, Medford Stand Pat On Casino Prospect - Jackson County and the city of Medford have upped the ante in the debate over a proposed casino by asking for more time from federal officials to analyze concerns over local impacts. Letters written by both the county and the city raise potential issues over the Coquille Indian Tribe's proposal to build a casino in Medford. Concerns range from traffic and infrastructure impacts to possible increased demand for gambling addiction recovery programs.

March 2013

Coquille: Tribal Casino Plans Being Reviewed By The Governor - Last year, the Coquille Indian Tribe purchased Kim's restaurant and Roxy Ann Lanes along South Pacific Highway in Medford, with intentions to build a casino and reservation. The governor, who has previously opposed efforts to build more casinos in Oregon, has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 60 days additional time for careful review of the casino plan before he officially comments.

Coquille: Tribe gives over $200,000 to nonprofits - The Coquille Tribal Community Fund awarded $207,000 in grants Feb. 21 to 34 area nonprofit organizations and public agencies.

Coquille: Feds review Coquille casino plans - A 500-video game casino proposed by the Coquille Indian Tribe in Medford is under review by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs in what could be the first phase of a lengthy process.

Coquille-Cow Creek Umpqua: Medford Casino Plan Reviewed by Feds - In September of last year the Coquilles purchased the Roxy Ann lanes Bowling Center and the former Kim’s Restaurant, plus agreed to lease the Bear Creek golf Course in hopes of opening a Medford Casino. The Tribe owns and operates the Mill Casino in North Bend. The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua tribe, owners of Seven Feathers has indicated they will take steps to block the proposal, first administratively, and possibly through the courts.

Coquille: Zonta Foundation receives $3,500 grant - The Coos Bay Area Zonta Service Foundation announces receipt of a $3,500 grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund to support Zonta's Little Red Schoolhouse Project.

December 2012

Coquille: Tribal leader bows out - Although he originally had to be talked into running, Ed Metcalf remained the chairman of the Coquille Tribe for 21 years. When Metcalf's wife, Jane, retires next summer from her job as the tribe's community center coordinator and Head Start director, the pair will travel and indulge their passion for golf.

November 2012

Coquille: Excavations reveal Southern Oregon history - New archaeological work at three locations in southern Oregon — including the newly-found sites of “Camp Castaway” and the Battle of Hungry Hill — will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson. The free event is jointly sponsored by the Coos County Historical Society and the Coquille Indian Tribe.

Coquille: Melissa Cribbins, an attorney for the Coquille Indian Tribe, elected - Melissa Cribbins bested Don Gurney, a retired logger and farmer, for Coos County Commissioner Position No. 3. 'I feel good," Cribbins said. 'I feel ready to work."

Coquille: Tapping body heat to power monitoring devices - Perpetua, which was founded in 2005 in Corvallis, Oregon, develops commercial applications for a thermoelectric thin-film technology that the company has an exclusive license to commercialize from Battelle Memorial Institute, which runs a lab for the US Department of Energy. The company, which currently has about 25 employees, has received “significant” funding from the Coquille Indian Tribe, which is based in Southern Oregon, and has also leveraged grants that total about $2 million to develop its technology.

October 2012

Coquille: Tribal casino brought in $165M for Coos County, analysis shows - An economic analysis shows how much of a financial powerhouse the Coquille Indian Tribe and The Mill Casino in North Bend are for the Coos County economy. The ECONorthwest study, which was released July 9, analyzes the economic impact of the tribe and the casino during 2010. The ripple effect of the casino and tribal operations throughout the state amounted to $165 million in direct and indirect impacts, generating 1,555 jobs, the study concluded.

Coquille: If you wonder what would be the impact of a casino in Medford, take a ride to North Bend - A casino in Medford could be a windfall for the local economy even as it potentially strains city services and increases emergency calls for local police and fire. The Coquille Indian Tribe, which runs The Mill Casino in North Bend, hopes to open a second casino with more than 500 video gaming machines in Medford. It has purchased Kim's Restaurant and Roxy Ann Lanes along South Pacific Highway and agreed to lease the Bear Creek Golf Course nearby.

Coquille: The Mill powers Coos County - An economic analysis shows how much of a financial powerhouse the Coquille Indian Tribe and The Mill Casino in North Bend are for the Coos County economy. For Coos County, the economic impact of both the tribal government and the casino totaled $125 million, including direct revenues of the casino and tribes and their effect on other businesses in the county. By itself, gaming and other services related to The Mill Casino generated $47 million in 2010, employing 512. Employment income amounted to $26 million.

September 2012

Coquille: Tribal casinos in every city? - The Coquille tribe has acquired a bowling alley and adjacent property in Medford with the view to starting a casino. If that’s allowed, Oregon might as well scrap its constitutional ban on casinos. But it should not be allowed. We have enough tribal casinos in Oregon, mostly in out-of-the way places. We don’t need them in the middle of Oregon cities.

Coquille: Tribe buys land for casino in Medford - The Coquille Indian Tribe has acquired Roxy Ann Lanes and the former Kim's Restaurant in hopes of opening a Medford casino along South Pacific Highway. The tribe also has agreed to lease Bear Creek Golf Course, adjacent to the two buildings. Chief Kenneth Tanner said Thursday the Coquilles, based in North Bend, will officially announce their intentions today and are preparing to put the property into a U.S. government-held trust that would pave the way to reservation status.

Coquille: Iconic meals mark tribal tradition - Nearly 2,000 pounds of fresh salmon helped feed around 1,800 guests at this year’s ninth annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration Friday through Sunday at The Mill Casino-Hotel.

Coquille: Casino plans surprise Medford officials - Medford officials were surprised to learn about the Coquille Indian Tribe's plans to build a casino in Medford. “We obviously didn't know about it,” Councilman Bob Strosser said. “It is somewhat of an unknown to us.” He said the fact the tribe is interested in locating a casino in Medford is some evidence that the tribe considers Medford a viable community.

August 2012

Coquille: Tribe seeks use for logging trash - Coos County burns slash from about 600,000 acres of logged-off land each year. The tons of debris can't be sold but can't be left at the sites. Three years ago, the Coquille Tribe began researching alternatives. Scientists have found several methods of producing energy with slash -- they even can make diesel and rocket fuel from it.

Coquille: Where's the casino? - Can anyone seriously doubt that The Mill Casino is in Coos County? Have a map handy? Find Coos County. Now locate The Mill Casino. It's inside the county, right? Of course it is. Yet an absurd argument has arisen on that very subject. The Coos County commissioners held a public hearing on Tuesday, to hear people's views on possibly hiring a county administrator. The Coquille Indian Tribe generously offered its convenient meeting facilities for free. The gracious response from county officials and taxpayers should have been, 'Thanks, tribe!" Instead, some zealous opponents of the administrator proposal raised a stink. They said a county meeting at The Mill would be illegal, because tribal property is outside county authority. So Commissioner Bob Main, employing the twisted logic for which he is infamous, boycotted the hearing.

July 2012

Coquille: Tribe’s tourney funds Dunes golf clinics - The annual fundraiser tournament for the Coquille Indian Tribe Youth Golf Clinic was a big success, with 29 teams taking part in the event at Watson Ranch. The tournament funds both the annual Youth Golf Clinic this coming Thursday at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and participation for several local golfers in a youth golf camp at Oregon State University this weekend.

Coquille: Tribe's tourney funds golf clinic - The annual fundraiser tournament for the Coquille Indian Tribe Youth Golf Clinic was a big success, with 29 teams taking part in the event at Watson Ranch. The tournament funds both the annual Youth Golf Clinic this coming Thursday at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and participation for several local golfers in a youth golf camp at Oregon State University this weekend.

May 2012

Coquille: Finding euphoria by trail - ou don’t have to go far to find euphoria on a hike in the Coquille Forest. Euphoria Ridge, as it’s aptly named, is a trail near Bridge maintained by the Coquille Tribe that leads through meadows and colorful, abundant wildflowers while offering plenty of intoxicating views of the forest below.

Coquille: Tribe’s golf clinic will be July 12 - The Coquille Indian Tribe’s annual junior golf clinic will be held on Thursday, July 12, at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s practice center. The free clinic is for students entering second through 12th grade next fall.

Coquille: Give Cribbins the chance to succeed - The Coquille Indian Tribe is the employer of Melissa Cribbins. Good for her, she has a job. The fact that the tribe donated $1,000 to her campaign is a great recommendation for a job well done. The Coquille Indian Tribe is one of the largest employers in Coos County. The Coquille Indians have a historical claim to the public forest lands.

Coquille: Project Blessing receives $5K grant - Project Blessing received a $5,000 grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, which will be used to help stock the pantry and feed people in the community.

April 2012

Coquille: Wagon Road timber sold - The Wagon Road Pilot Timber Sale sold Friday at an oral auction, the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday. Scott Timber Company of Dillard purchased the 6.1 million board feet of timber for $561,990.80. The Coos Bay Wagon Road Pilot Timber Sale was the result of a cooperative effort between the BLM and the Coquille Indian Tribe to design a timber sale that demonstrates the ecological restoration principles of forest researchers Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin.

March 2012

Coquille: Timeless trash offers clues to the past - Most people would not be excited to discover trash while on the job. Chelsea Rose is not most people. Old animal bones, scraps of paper and porcelain tableware are signs of a good day for the staff archaeologist at Southern Oregon University's Laboratory of Anthropology and her crew. Faculty and students also work with the nonprofit Southern Oregon Historical Society, which collects and preserves artifacts, and they have ongoing research projects with the Coquille Indian Tribe.

Coquille: At this week's county commissioners meeting - Commissioner Bob Main wants citizens to cast an opinion vote on whether the Coquille Indian Tribe should help the county harvest the 59,000 acres of federal land. Commissioners Fred Messerle and Cam Parry failed to support Main's proposal, calling it premature. The legislation is still in an early form and has not entered congress yet.

February 2012

Coquille: Tribal fund awards $345K in grants - The Coquille Tribal Community Fund awarded $345,800 in grants to 47 area non-profit organizations and public agencies this year.

Coquille: No bidders for Wagon Roads timber sale - A forest management experiment between the Coquille Indian Tribe and Bureau of Land Management failed to attract any bids in a timber sale held Feb. 17. The auction for the 127 acres of forest was held at the BLM office with a minimum bid price of $727,288.20.

Coquille: Tribe awards nearly $350K to community projects - The Coquille Tribal Community Fund awarded $345,800 to local non-profits and public agencies Thursday. This year, the Fund’s Board of Trustees focused on feeding the hungry, with over $100,000 going to food programs and community gardens. With gas prices on the rise, these funds can help food banks continue filling up their trucks to deliver meals. Other groups receiving big funding were youth programs and veteran’s outreach groups.

Coquille: Main calls for vote on Wagon Road proposal - As consensus frays among the Coos County commissioners, a proposed partnership between Coos County and the Coquille Indian Tribe to harvest 59,000 acres of federal forest may be put to a public advisory vote.

Coquille: County would manage Wagon Road lands - In addition to promising to refill county coffers, the proposed federal bill may open the door to a separate partnership between Coos County and the Coquille Indian Tribe to harvest 59,000 acres of federally owned forest.

January 2012

Coquille: Tribe's logging drawing attention: The Coquille Tribe has been honored for the management of its 5,000-acre forest - While the rules set out in the Northwest Forest Plan that govern federal forests also apply to the tribe’s forest, the tribe’s management strategy also takes into account its cultural values and long history, Vrendenburg said. The tribe’s longer harvest cycle, willingness to plant other species besides the dominant Douglas fir and other environmentally friendly efforts resulted in its forest being certified by the Forest Stewardship Council this year. The Coquille Indian Tribe has 900 members, owns 7,043 acres of land and has had full sovereignty rights since 1989. The tribe is the second largest employer in Coos County and its business ventures include a casino and hotel, assisted living and memory care facilities, high-speed telecommunications and renewable energy projects.

December 2011

Coquille: Tribe’s forestry-management practices praised - The Coquille Indian Tribe’s forest management practices got a favorable look in the November issue of Solutions Journal, a nonprofit peer-reviewed publication for “policy makers, business leaders and engaged members of the public” that examines sustainable solutions to the world’s ecological, social and economic problems.

Coquille: Monkey Business offers free Christmas dinner - Tribe and other members of the community donate cash and food to provide a Merry Christmas!

November 2011

Coquille: Community Sports: South Coast Sharks plan tryouts

Coquille: High winds from storm fell trees

Coquille: Development continues on Nasomah Memorial

Coquille: Nasomah memorial plans being finalized

Coquille: Home break-in prompts after-school lock-downs

Coquille: Oregon casino opens state’s first online gaming lounge

Coquille: Commissioners push economic initiatives

Coquille: Oregon casino helping families in need

October 2011

Coquille: Ancient trash a modern treasure

Foot Prints in the Sands of Time [Hardcover]: This is the true story of of a person who started out at eleven years of age working as a saw mill worker to a logger and a high climber, yarder operator to truck driver, coal miner, ship yard worker, apartment manager, bar tender, politician, Indian Organizer, to executive of the Coquille Indian Tribe. These are just a few of the things I have done. I have walked and talked and became friends with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Kings.

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