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Osprey wear out their welcome

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An osprey with a fish in its talons perches atop a 150-foot-tall communication tower next to Brookings City Hall. Photo by Donny Dotson.

Brookings City Hall has new residents — a pair of osprey — but the mess the predatory birds are making has officials looking for a way to gently evict them from their perch at the top of a 150-foot radio tower.

“They are beautiful birds, and we don’t want to harass them, but we want them to go elsewhere,” said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

The birds were spotted two weeks ago bringing sticks and other woody debris to the top of the tower rising above the city’s emergency communication center on Elk Drive. The birds’ efforts to build a nest have not been very successful, Dotson said. There’s not enough of a nest built yet for eggs.

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Groups mobilize to help women veterans

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Elizabeth Estabrooks, the women veterans coordinator for statewide veteran services, says women are less likely to identify themselves as veterans than men.

Representatives from the state of Oregon were in Brookings recently to find out how they can improve services for a group that often falls through the cracks — female veterans struggling with issues such as homelessness and suicide.

Many Curry County organizations are currently working to build veteran services in the area. A new Veteran’s Affairs clinic is currently being constructed on Railroad Street, and local veterans advocates are trying to treensform the now-defunct Green Building at the Port of Brookings Harbor into a resource center for veterans. 

Members of local organizations gathered at Southwestern Oregon Community College to discuss what else can be done to support veterans — specifically, women veterans. Following the community discussion, local women veterans were invited to a closed session to discuss some of their specific experiences and issues following their military service.

Elizabeth Estabrooks, the Women Veterans Coordinator for Statewide Veteran Services and Taher Christensen, the Women Veterans Program Manager for the Roseburg V.A., were present to help facilitate the discussion. 

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