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Trash Dogs leashed

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The Trash Dogs take a break during a cleanup project near the mouth of the Rogue River in February. Submitted photo.

The Trash Dogs, a volunteer group that makes forays into U.S. Forest Service lands and collects illegally-dumped trash, has been forced to put all its efforts on indefinite hold.

“We recently determined that the Trash Dogs — a strictly volunteer group — is required to have liability insurance,” said leader Ed Gross. “And to date, we have had little success finding insurance, much less a rate that is within the Trash Dogs’ budgetary means.”

Gross recently traveled to Gold Beach to introduce two new Dogs to the Lower Rogue Watershed Council, under whose 501(c)3 nonprofit status the Dogs operate.

Someone mentioned liability insurance.

“It seemed like the meeting was going pretty well, and then, someone mentioned something about liability,” Gross said. “It just kind of dawned on everybody.” 

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DA candidates field questions at forum

Incumbent Curry County District Attorney Everett Dial and challenger Eric Bryant answered the public’s questions during a forum Saturday that was relatively mild despite recent tension between the two. 

About 50 people attended the forum, hosted by the Curry County Democrats, asking the candidates questions about their policies and how they’d handle specific situations. 

Dial, county district attorney for nine years, discussed his experience with a variety of cases, and listed his accomplishments such as starting a mental health court, working with child advocates and expanding victim advocacy services.

Bryant talked about his vision for the DA office as well as the many ideas he would like to implement in the community. He said he’d like to have a better presence in southern Curry County, see more commitment to rehabilitating people with drug problems, and offer better victim services.

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