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One lane of Highway 101 open near sinkhole

One lane of southbound traffic was rolling along Highway 101 as of Tuesday afternoon, the first step toward normalcy since two sinkholes compromised that road and a landslide wiped out a section of Shopping Center Avenue parallel to it last month.

The Oregon Department of Transportation will announce which company has won the bid to repair the damage Thursday — and the winner will have a tight deadline to complete the work. Work could start as early as Friday.

According to ODOT spokesman Jared Castle, the agency wants Shopping Center Avenue and the pipe to the Port of Brookings Harbor repaired by Feb. 22 so the detour route can be diverted off Lower Harbor Road and closer to Highway 101. 

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Spike in power bills prompts complaints

Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative hosted two meetings Friday afternoon to address complaints about electric bills, which some customers said increased dramatically in the past month.

About 20 customers attended the meeting at the Best Western Beachfront Inn, where Coos-Curry employees explained the reasons for the company’s increased rates. 

The cooperative raised its rates by 9 percent in July 2015, and again by 3 percent in January 2016. Several customers complained about their increased bills, especially for the month of December — some citing increases of between 40 and 70 percent, or $70 to $180.

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