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Recall campaign bombs

Recall campaign bombs

The clumsily run campaign to recall Coquille City Councilor Matt Rowe has failed to turn in the required 250 valid signatures to put the matter before the voters. Comprised of what amounted to little more than a Matt Rowe enemies list which included Coquille Mayor Kathi Simonetti, Councilor Ann Parker, newsprint publisher Jean Ivey-Gurney and […]

Double, double toil and trouble

Double, double toil and trouble

Time is running out for the Committee to Recall Rowe to turn in 250 valid signatures of registered Coquille voters by September 1, in order to put the matter on the ballot. The committee is being run out of Jean Ivey-Gurney’s office on the corner of Central Avenue & First St in Coquille and the […]

Coquille councilors violate ethics laws?

Coquille councilors violate ethics laws?

Coquille Mayor Kathy Simonetti acknowledges downtown business owners failed to meet their fiscal responsibility to fix sidewalks that caused multiple serious falls. In a letter to the editor of a local newspaper meant to disparage City Councilor Matt Rowe, Mayor Kathi Simonetti admits that Coquille City funds Urban Renewal funds were misdirected toward sidewalk repairs […]

McGuffin conviction overturned due to Oregon State Police error

McGuffin conviction overturned due to Oregon State Police error

A Malheur County circuit court judge has overturned the 2011 manslaughter conviction of Nicholas McGuffin in the death of teenager Leah Freeman. After a trial for post-conviction relief last August, Sr Judge Patricia Sullivan rendered a decision last Friday finding that the Oregon State Police laboratory violated McGuffin’s constitutional rights when it failed to provide […]

Brooks arrested for Animal Neglect II

Brooks arrested for Animal Neglect II

According to a Coquille Police Department press release and as previously reported here, officers investigated a complaint of animal neglect at a N Baxter residence located near the courthouse.  The apartment in question was found full of trash and animal feces spread throughout every room and officers were overwhelmed by the stench. Police were unable […]

Coquille PD open investigation into case of severe animal neglect

Coquille PD open investigation into case of severe animal neglect

Coquille Police have opened a full investigation into a case of severe animal neglect at a Baxter Street duplex. Around 10PM last evening, after repeated complaints from neighbors, police rescued a severely malnourished dog living amidst its own waste for as long as a month. Chief Janice Blue was on the scene and took possession […]

Coquille unanimously votes to tax marijuana

Coquille unanimously votes to tax marijuana

The City of Coquille voted to impose a 5% tax on medical marijuana and 10% on recreational marijuana sold within the city limits if and when the State legalizes marijuana dispensaries. Measure 91 legalizes the use and tightly regulated sale of marijuana to adults 21 and over if it passes in November. The city tax […]

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