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Record low Chetco River level may threaten habitats

The Chetco River Tuesday afternoon continued it slow, steady fall, to 161 cubic feet per second, almost half of the lowest recorded level in 45 years of reporting.

The mean for May 19 is 1,300 cfs. 

Rain forecast for last week didn’t transpire, and overcast skies this week have yet to let loose any moisture, either. Brookings has seen no rainfall in May, compared to a 3.6-inch average over the past four and a half decades.

And low water levels mean warmer water — which might be nice for people playing in the river, but can spell death for fish.

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Sheriff losing more deputies

The failure of Measure 8-81, a ballot question that, if approved May 19 would have funded the sheriff’s office for the next three years, is not the only issue that has discouraged Sheriff John Ward.

In the two days following its defeat by about 1,000 votes, three of his deputies have told him they intend to look for work elsewhere.

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