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Northbound 101 opens

One lane of northbound traffic on Highway 101 will open at 9 p.m. tonight (Feb. 11) as work continues on repairs to the landslide and sinkhole between Hearing Health Care and the Fireside Diner in Harbor.

The southbound access will remain as it has been Feb. 3 when state transportation agency officials closed the southbound lanes in front of an encroaching sinkhole. Traffic has been detoured from Highway 101 to Lower Harbor Road since the beginning of February.

Two signs will be placed at Benham Lane to alert drivers to the change.

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Woman, dog rescued

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Search and rescue volunteer Ryan McGinnis helps stranded April Sachanowski and her dog climb nearly 200 feet up an oceanside cliff Monday. A small army of about 10 people are pulling on the ropes from the top of the cliff.

A Brookings woman and her rottweiler who spent the night trapped by the high tide at the base of a seaside cliff were rescued Monday afternoon by a search and rescue worker who rappelled down to her.

April Sachanowski, 34, and her 100-plus-pound dog, Achilles, were exhausted but otherwise uninjured after the ordeal, which began when the pair took a walk late Sunday evening at Mill Beach.

According to her boyfriend, James, the couple and their dog were staying at nearby Blue Coast Inn when April decided to take a walk. The extremely low tide that afternoon allowed her access to a boulder-strewn area north of Mill Beach, below Collis Lane. As the tide came in, she scrambled to a ledge about 50 feet above the water, where she stayed overnight.

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