Current info on COVID-19 – Our station is currently closed to all visitors but KBOG staff are available through email at contact@kbog.org. We are working hard to keep you up to date and connected through community radio.

The Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 pandemic is here in Oregon. Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12. Worldwide, the virus has already killed over two million people, overwhelmed medical systems, millions have lost their jobs, many businesses are shuttered, and, experts say, this is far from over. To help you navigate how to respond to this public health challenge, below are some trusted sources of information for your review, including Frequently Asked Questions, the CARES Act, Unemployment and Small Business Resources:

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Inside

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Bandon Design and Cleanup Help Needed!

Two of the Greater Bandon Association’s major obligations as a Main Street organization are the preservation of our historical assets and the physical appearance of our town. Regarding economic development, we will attract visitors and new businesses only if our town is in top physical shape. This is the work of the volunteers on our Design committee.

So, what are some examples of the activities we engage in? We improve the overall maintenance for the town with community wide cleanup campaigns. We improve the visual and physical impression of our business district by developing financial incentives like façade improvement grants, doing cleanup days like painting doors and trim, or putting together flower baskets or planting more flowers. We are working on signage beginning first with replacing or refreshing existing signs to get people around our community. We are creating more gathering places and green spaces that the public can use.

If these activities really interest you or if you would like to see more of this going on in Bandon, let us now! We are more than just about Old Town. What happens on Highway 101 or in City Park can make just as an important impression of our town to those coming from the outside.

For now, because of indoor gathering restrictions, our Design committee is meeting via Zoom. If you are interested in our work and would like to help, we invite you to join us for our next meeting on February 18 at 10:30. We are not asking you to volunteer for the Design committee or to one of the jobs the committee is working on although we would be more than happy to have your help. Instead, we offer a chance to learn more about what the committee is doing as well as have a chance to input in the direction of our work.

If you would like to join our conversation, let us know and we will send you a link and Zoom invitation to our discussion. You can e-mail us at harv@greaterbandon.org, message us on Facebook at Greater Bandon Association, comment on our website www.greaterbandon.org or text or call us at 541-297-2342. We will get the link to that Zoom gathering on February 18th.

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February is Black History Month!

Join KBOG in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

By the time of Woodson’s death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all colors on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

Here are websites to help you learn more, find events and ways to celebrate African American History Month:

African American History Month

African American History Month Resources

National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture in the United States

National Park Service – Black History Month

Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African American History and Culture

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month

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February is American Heart Month!

Each February, NHLBI and The Heart Truth® celebrate American Heart Month by motivating Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Focusing on your heart health has never been more important. People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. President Biden’s Proclamation on Heart Month 2021 addresses heart disease as a leading cause of death in the U.S. and the ongoing fight to protect #OurHearts.

Research shows that we’re more successful at meeting personal health goals when we join forces with others. When we take care of #OurHearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same. Inspire and motivate yourself and those you love to make heart health a regular part of your self-care routine.

Start Planning and Get Involved! Download this American Heart Month Planning Checklist for practical steps for planning your outreach efforts and activities, to run from December 2020 through February 2021. Share posts from The Heart Truth  on Facebook and Twitter or create your own using these social media resources and don’t forget to use #OurHearts and tag us in your posts!  Find additional resources such as fact sheets, animated GIFs, drop-in articles, National Wear Red Day® (Feb. 5, 2021) resources and more in our American Heart Month outreach toolkit.

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February is Creative Romance Month!

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated specifically to showing your friends and significant others how much you care about them. But if you have no idea what to do for Valentine’s Day this year, welcome to the club!

Before this year, the biggest issue you had to worry about was coordinating and pre-planning your reservations before February 13th. But now, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, which makes things extra difficult.

Good news though: Just because we’re pretty much confined to our homes doesn’t mean the holiday has to be any less special. So to help, here are 27 stories from women on their best ever Valentine’s Day. Use these quotes as inspiration for what to do this Creative Romance month. Just remember that these dates happened during, well, non-COVID-19 Times. So for this year, be mindful about CDC guidelines and social distancing. Oh, and wear a mask. Seriously, wear a mask.

    1. “I found myself in a bit of a situationship with this girl around Valentine’s Day a couple years ago. I wasn’t sure if we were official or not, so I wasn’t really expecting to celebrate V-day with her. (I didn’t want to get my hopes up.) Well, she ended up surprising me by not only making plans with me, but cooking a v fancy dinner with pasta, and bread, and salad, and some of my favorite desserts. Like, she did not cook regularly—so this was a Big Deal. It was so sweet because it was her way of showing me she cared, and we became official that night.” —Michelle, 25
    2. “My favorite Valentine’s Day was cooking a new recipe together (Louisiana chicken pasta, which was just as good as it sounds), drinking a little too much wine, and falling asleep in their arms on the couch. Sometimes it’s the little things.” —Haley, 26
    3. “My best Valentine’s Day ever happened last year when I was single. I had the ultimate ‘treat yourself day’ and got my favorite lunch, a mani/pedi, and then bought my favorite coffee. Instead of being sad I was alone, I created an opportunity to celebrate the love I had for myself. I even made it a promise to myself to do it every year. Even though I have a boyfriend this year, I will still be doing it!” —Catherine, 25
    4. “My boyfriend jokingly used to complain how men don’t get the same treatment as women on Valentine’s Day by receiving cards and chocolates, so I decided to surprise him by making an edible arrangement of bacon roses and I gave it to him in the morning before waking up so he could have breakfast in bed. I also gave him a card where I wrote down the biggest surprise of all: tickets to a helicopter tour of our city. Ten years later, we are still together, got married, and that is still one of the best Valentine’s Days we’ve ever had.” —Rachel, 29
    5. “Several years ago, my boyfriend at the time (now husband) earned major points on Valentine’s Day. First, he dropped me off at a salon to get my hair and nails done. Then, he picked me up and brought me to his place and made me dinner. From there, we went to a comedy club and laughed the night away. It was such a thoughtful date that I will remember forever.” —Jacqui, 28
    6. “The cutest Valentine’s Day idea that I had was making a time capsule for our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. In three years, we get to open it up and we’ll get to relive so many great memories.” —Alyssa, 31
    7. “My partner’s birthday is the day after Valentine’s, and our anniversary is just two weeks later, so for our first Valentine’s together, I wanted to do something special. I’m a firm believer in more is more, so I surprised her with a trip to New York. I booked an incredible dinner at this cute Japanese place in Brooklyn, we hit MoMA, had Sunday brunch, it was really fun. The only bad part was it was below 10 degrees the whole time, but the rest was a blast!” —Elizabeth, 29.
    8. “Last year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I celebrated a little differently than most. We are both individually very serious about getting out of student loan debt in one to two years, so we added an extra couple hundred dollars onto our February debt payments so we could get that much closer to becoming debt-free. To me, it was so sweet because it’s so us!” —Joanna, 23
    9. “In college, my boyfriend went out and bought a bottle of champagne, two glass champagne flutes, and chocolates and flowers for me. I got him cigars and chocolate cigars. We still lived in the dorms but his roommate had moved out, so we took both mattresses and put them side by side on the floor to make one giant, super bed. We drank champagne, ate lasagna, and watched A Walk to Remember from the floor on the super bed. All these years later, I still have the boyfriend, the champagne flutes, and the cork from the bottle that night. We use the flutes every Valentine’s Day.” —Rebecca, 26
    10. “We’re broke and in our early 20s, and we do not spend a lot of money. But on Valentine’s Day, we like to go out to eat for dinner, wherever we want, and buy whatever TF we want. Our normal $30 to $40 bill is about $120 with multiple drinks, apps, main courses, and desserts. We just treat ourselves and I love every minute of it.” —Santina, 22
    11. My girlfriend at the time surprised me with a staycation in our own city. She booked a hotel downtown, reserved seats for us at the rooftop bar, and had our bed decorated with rose pedals and champagne when we returned.” —Alicia, 36
    12. “The guy I was casually hooking up with—not even really dating—surprised me by making a reservation at a trendy restaurant in our city. The weather that day was extremely cold, but we layered on coats and went out anyway. When we got to the restaurant, they had lost our reservation and didn’t have anything available for a few hours. We ended up going to a dive bar around the corner, sharing some beers, and having a super laid-back dinner at a restaurant with a prix fixe menu and open seating. It was all super unexpected, and just being together—even if we were hungry and freezing—made me realize this was waaay more than a hookup thing.” —Caitlin, 25
    13. “One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories is when my boyfriend decided to make a home-cooked meal. He surprised me with a dozen roses, a giant fuzzy heart with chocolate inside, and a handmade card. We didn’t have much money back then and he still lived with his parents, so he brought up a bunch of chairs to his room and used his nightstand as our table. He also lit candles, put on Frank Sinatra, and opened a bottle of Moët. We spent the rest of the night watching the first movie we ever saw together and playing video games. It was the best.” —Riley, 20
    14. “One year, my girlfriend surprised me with a super-romantic wine-tasting tour. It was such a shock because I never even thought about wineries being open during the colder months, but many are! We had such a fun time getting tipsy and drinking delicious wine together, then we took the train home, watched a movie on our laptop, and had a nice dinner together. And I got to be in bed early, which is honestly my favorite thing.” — Sarah, 27
    15. “You really can’t go wrong with breakfast in bed, which also happens to be the best Valentine’s Day I ever had. My husband makes me chocolate chip pancakes with extra chocolate chips just the way I like them, and I don’t get up until noon. I look forward to this day literally all year!” —Tina, 30
    16. “The best Valentine’s Day I’ve had was the first one with my boyfriend. We knew it was supposed to snow later that day, so we had to alter the plans we’d previously made to go to an extravagant dinner at a fancy restaurant and instead chose to go out to brunch and spend the rest of the day at home. We exchanged gifts after brunch and spent the afternoon simply being together and enjoying our uninterrupted time. That night, we made a delicious dinner at home and watched many corny Valentine’s Day movies. It was perfect because it was simply us spending time together and enjoying the love between two people.” —Rachel, 21
    17. “We started the evening by cooking a meal together and it was amazing. Getting to create something romantic together was beautiful. After we finished dinner, he brought us to the same place where we had our first date, Hyde Park, and we held hands while we walked around. At the end of the night, he surprised me by booking a hotel room. When we got there, he had my favorite kind of chocolates lying out on the bed. It was so simple yet so perfect. Best Valentine’s Day ever.” —Isabel, 20
    18. “My long-distance boyfriend was too busy with his new job to visit me regularly, but on Valentine’s Day, he mailed me a plane ticket and told me to come and visit him. He even rented a hotel so we could be alone without his roommates. When we got there, he’d laid roses all over the bed and there was champagne and fluffy robes. We ended up ditching dinner reservations and stayed in all night with room service. It was like a movie.” —Amanda, 21
    19. “My girlfriend surprised me with a downtown tour of our city. It’s hilarious because we’ve both lived here our whole lives, but we got to see the city from a tourist perspective and learned things we never knew. It was cheesy, but that’s what made it so freaking fun.” —Russia, 28
    20. “My boyfriend at the time had left the cheesiest teddy bear in front of my dorm room on Valentine’s Day along with a note that said, ‘I’ll pick you up for dinner at 6. Dress warm!’ We ended up having a super-romantic peanut butter and jelly sandwich dinner with a bottle of wine on this giant hill that overlooks our campus. It was probably the sweetest date ever!” —Kelly, 20
    21. “My high school boyfriend asked me to come over to his house on Valentine’s Day weekend to help him with chemistry homework, which I thought was really weird because he was taking chemistry classes and I was obviously not, but I didn’t hesitate to come by. I went to knock on his front door and there was a note saying ‘walk in’ on it. I walked into his house and heard my favorite sappy love song playing, and [there was] a huge trail of rose petals leading into his living room, where he was sitting with all my favorite things. There were candles and Disney stuffed animals and it was so romantic. Even though we’re not still together, it will definitely be my top Valentine’s Day memories!” —Jessica, 21
    22. “I was out of town on business for Valentine’s Day and my boyfriend was really bummed about it because apparently he had this whole big thing planned. When I came home a week later, he ended up making a whole Valentine’s Day meal and celebration anyway. He cooked steak and even bought a super-sweet cake that said ‘Happy (kind of) Valentine’s Day.’ He also got me flowers and chocolate. It was so sweet, especially because he sucks at keeping secrets and I had no idea he was planning this.” —Sally, 23
    23. “Last year was the first Valentine’s Day my long-distance boyfriend and I got to celebrate together in person. He came to visit me on Valentine’s Day and we went on an amazing hike. When we got to the top of the mountain, it had a beautiful view and we got to sit down and eat a late lunch together while watching the incredible sunset. Before we hiked back down, he grabbed my hand and told me he wanted to be together forever and gave me a promise ring. I was so surprised!” —Lauren, 21
    24. “My boyfriend and I had made plans to go out for dinner, but we waited too late to make reservations. He told me to leave it up to him and that he would find us a place. The morning of Valentine’s Day, he showed up to my house with roses, bags full of groceries, and told me that he was making me dinner instead of going out. I was a little hesitant at first about him cooking because he had never done it before, but it turned out pretty well. He made some really yummy enchiladas, and best of all, I didn’t even need to get dressed up. Afterward, we cuddled and watched a movie. It wasn’t the most extravagant date but it was the sweetest.” —Michelle, 22
    25. “The most memorable Valentine’s Day was when I showed up at my boyfriend’s house and he led me downstairs to his basement, where he’d prepared an indoor picnic. He knew I was tired from my week and didn’t feel like going out, so we stayed in. He doesn’t really cook, so he went around buying all my favorite foods from different restaurants like chicken and beef skewers, Indian bread, and chicken Caesar salad. I was so surprised because I’d never actually told him my favorite foods, but he’d figured it out from the times we went out to eat. Then for dessert, he made chocolate-covered strawberries. We ended the date by watching the movie we watched on our first date. It brought back memories of when we first started dating and we were both so nervous that we didn’t hold hands until the very end. There were no dimly lit mood candles or expensive presents, but it made a lasting impression on my heart.” —Kim, 21
    26. “My boyfriend’s birthday is only a couple of days before Valentine’s Day, so usually we skip celebrating V-Day. But a couple of years ago, we decided to go up to the Hudson Valley for the weekend and celebrate. There was a big snowstorm and we were trapped inside for a lot of it, but the house was beautiful and we got to snuggle and escape from the world. It was magical. I tried to surprise him by wearing some new lingerie too, but when I came out of the bathroom wearing it, he’d fallen asleep! It’s been an inside joke of ours since.” —Emily, 25
    27. “I know it sounds so simple, borderline tacky, but the most wonderful Valentine’s date I ever had was spent in a dorm room. We picked a movie we both loved, and to surprise each other, we each ordered a Seamless delivery with food we thought the other would love most. It was lazy and comforting but still cute and romantic!” —Tara, 23