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Dogs enjoy the open space provided by the new dog park at Brookingsí Stout Park Wednesday.

“Let loose the hounds!” Mayor Brookings Ron Hedenskog exclaimed during Wednesday’s grand opening of the city’s first official dog park at Stout Park. 

The event was attended by nearly a dozen dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, who brought along their humans to celebrate the completion of a project created by Brookings-Harbor High School student Spencer Loring.

“I feel like it’s a great accomplishment,” said Loring, who thought of the idea to complete his Eagle Scout requirement. “It was a lot of work and I’m glad it’s complete.”

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Citizens question senatorís apology

Cedar Valley residents whose property was illegally sprayed by herbicides don’t think much of a public apology issued this week by Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse, who denigrated them on the Senate floor this spring.

“Number one,” said resident Kathryn Rickard, he didn’t actually apologize for what he said. “He said he knew for a fact we were alcoholics and drug addicts. He doesn’t know me. He’s apologizing to make himself to look better. Yeah, he’s contrite — because he’s getting so much flack from everyone.”

Residents of the community near Gold Beach were illegally sprayed by a chemical aerial applicator almost two years ago and Steve Owens, of Pacific Air Research, was found guilty of obstructing the state investigation and lying about the work he did.

Owen and the Oregon Department of Agriculture — which regulates and investigates chemical applications — settled “out of administrative hearing” to a one-year suspension of his personal pesticides license. His business license will likewise be suspended for one year. There was no fine.

The residents fell victim to symptoms ranging from dizziness to skin burns; a dog lost so much weight it had to be euthanized and a horse was said to have gone blind.

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