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Message in a bottle: A letter from Japan

Long before there was Internet dating, there might just have been secret notes tucked into wine bottles and tossed asea.

That’s what’s been surmised from what has been translated from a two-page note Steve Johnson of Brookings found while walking near Pistol River Tuesday.

“You usually don’t find that much garbage on that beach,” he said of the long stretch of mostly log-strewn sand. “I picked it up, saw the message inside; I just put it in my sack of garbage, and sorted through it and pulled it out when I got home.”

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Law levy looms over budget talks

Commissioner discussions regarding the county’s financial situation are all leading up to talks about the 2015-2016 budget, which might be dramatically different if voters reject Sheriff John Ward’s proposed tax question on the May 19 ballot.

The tax question has yet to be approved by the state for inclusion on the ballot; it would ask voters to approve a property tax increase of $1.34 per $1,000 assessed valuation for those living in cities and $2.52 per $1,000 for those in unincorporated parts of the county.

Revenue would be used to fund law enforcement activity in the county, and would serve as the first step to give Ward and his citizen’s committee three years to draw up a special law enforcement taxing district separate from county operations.

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