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Firm raises cash to light Rogue bridge

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Paul Hill, CEO of Freeman Marine, holds an aluminum plaque, with the words “Turn on the Lights,” that will be placed on the bridge.

For County Economic Development Director Julie Schmelzer, lighting the Isaac Lee Patterson bridge — at a cost of $10,000 — is all about Gold Beach making a big splash for motorists coming into town.

But for the 140 employees of Freeman Marine Equipment, who helped raise the money, it’s all about community.

The firm, owned by Advantec Global Innovations of Canada, has a core value summarized in two words, said Paul Hill, CEO of the company in Hunter Creek.

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Neighbors protest radio tower request

Residents in the Dawson Tracts north of Brookings tried to convince the city council Monday night that the sky is not the limit when dealing with ham radio towers and how tall they can be.

The city was poised to add to its municipal code provisions to allow amateur radio towers up to 70 feet in height when they heard opposition about it.

Ham radio operators are often hobbyists who use a radio frequency that isn’t used by law enforcement or airlines to talk to others around the world. They also are presumably the only ones with the equipment to provide communications in mass casualty incidents, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis that often wipe out other systems.

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