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BPA line fails, 4,700 out of power

More than 4,700 Curry County customers were without power this morning when a Bonneville Power Administration line failed, according to Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative.

Power was out to most of Gold Beach, Pistol River and two major substations in Brookings when the line failed about 9 a.m., according to Coos-Curry spokesman Jacob Knudsen.

By 10 a.m., Coos-Curry had restored service to all but Pistol River customers by using a second BPA line into the area. 

There was still no word, Knudsen said, on the initial cause of the problem in the BPA line.

The Curry Coastal Pilot will keep this site updated as more information becomes available.


New federal funds for counties

Curry County has again secured a two-year Secure Rural Schools (SRS) extension after Congress approved HR 2, a Medicare bill to which the legislation was attached, federal representatives announced early Wednesday morning.

O&C funds to Curry County should total about $1.1 million, which is $488,493 more than the $657,013 it has already received in timber sale receipts, said Curry County Accountant Gary Short. The SRS extension will provide local roads and schools $1.9 million, instead of the $111,000 from timber sales on national Forest Service land, which is split, 75-25, between roads and schools.


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