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Coquille Tribal grants top $360,000

NORTH BEND — Forty-four community organizations collected nearly $362,000 on Friday from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, in the Coos Bay area’s biggest annual distribution of community grants.

“To know that we can help so many people is gratifying,” said Denise Hunter, a tribal elder who chairs the Community Fund’s board of trustees. “I feel blessed to be a part of it.”

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Tribal fund aids firefighters in Powers

POWERS — Like a milk carton or a quarterback’s knees, firefighting gear comes with an expiration date. That means keeping current with safety standards can strain a small town’s budget.

That’s certainly true in Powers, a Coos County town with about 700 residents and chronic economic hardships. But thanks to a $22,000 grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, Powers soon will outfit its volunteer fire department with all-new “turnouts” to replace its increasingly antiquated gear.

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Chase ends with two arrests

COOS COUNTY — Halloween night kept officers busy when a high speed chase led them in and around North Bend and Coos Bay.

The pursuit began near Walmart at 8:15 p.m. when a Coquille Tribal Police officer attempted to stop a 2013 Honda Civic for running a red light, according to a press release.

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