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Washout closes highway

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Construction is underway to repair a washout along the Ophir dike.

Traffic will be detoured for the rest of the week on Highway 101 after a portion of the roadway washed out when a culvert failed near Ophir.

Ophir is about 10 miles north of Gold Beach; drivers are being detoured to an existing county road paralleling the highway.

The washout occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday, after days of steady rain saturated the ground throughout Curry County. Apparently, the culvert failed in the center, creating a giant hole in the center of the roadway. The sides were hanging, somewhat intact, when an Oregon State Patrol trooper arrived on the scene, said ODOT Region 3 Project Manager Chris Hunter.

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Food bank manager Davis dies

Julie Davis will always be remembered as a vivacious fireball whose actions touched just about everyone in the community.

She died last Thursday after a battle with cancer.

“I come fairly well qualified to make a judgement like this,” her husband Tom said. “Julie Davis has done more for the people of this community than anyone, more than all the mayors, all the councils, all the commissioners, all put together. That’s because she was real, and she helped real people with real needs.”

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