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Teenager learns lessons from grandparents’ actions


The following essay won eighth place in the Through My Eyes Essay Contest VII, which is being published in conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Month.

The author is an anonymous senior at Brookings-Harbor High School and will receive a $10 gift certificate from Wild River Pizza and $5 from Fred Meyer. Essays will be available online at bit.ly/GVJrwS as winners are announced.



Training for the worst: Two scenarios involve 16 victims in mock exercises

 Emergency personnel rescue victims of an auto accident during training exercise in Gold Beach. The Pilot/Jef Hatch

Making Curry County accident free may be impossible, but the members of Gold Beach and Ophir fire departments – with assistance from Brookings, Port Orford, and Harbor fire departments – and employees of Curry General Hospital, Curry Medical Center and Cal-Ore Life Flight Ground and Air Ambulance put their recent training to the test in Saturday’s Mass Casualty Incident Response exercise.

The day began with a briefing offered by Cal-Ore General Manager Joe Gregorio, who was responsible for putting the exercise together, to let the departments know to what they would be responding: a two car accident at the old mill site on Jerry’s Flat Road, or a boiler explosion at the Ophir fire hall.

“We had two scenarios with 16 patients,” Gregorio explained. “Eight patients at the old mill site with one dead, and seven patients at Ophir.”



Shakespeare play opens April 13

Brookings-Harbor Community Theater is opening Shakespeare’s, “The Taming of the Shrew” on Friday, April 13, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center. 

The gala begins at 6:30 p.m.with hors d’oeuvres and medieval punch. The performance will begin at 7:30.

Directed by Barbara Holmes, the production will run two weekends, April 13-15 and 20-22. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors and $7 for students. Ticket outlets are Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and New Wave Video in Harbor. Call the theater for more information and reservations at 541-469-4700 or 541-661-2473.


A rare breed


Petra Beltran rides Generale Ariosa XLVIII-4 during a dressage competition. Submitted photo
Sometimes the stars align and the most interesting combination of people and events come together in a small window of time. Such is the case at the small horse breeding farm of Kelly and Debra Itzen in Brookings.

Take a rare Kladruber stallion; a young woman who immigrated from the Czech Republic with a handful of these rare and beautiful horses; and Melissa Simms, former head rider and trainer for the famous Reitinstitut von Neindorff in Germany; and then consider how they all came together in a small coastal town in Oregon.



Whale Watching Week begins

A whale fluke is spotted offshore from Brother Jonathan Point in Crescent City. The Pilot.

Dress in layers, carve out  an hour of time and head to the beach to see the record numbers of gray whales and calves that have already been spotted migrating north. It’s Spring Whale Watch Week along the Wild Rivers Coast

 “You’re looking (for) an animal that’s as big as a school bus ... and when you finally see one, it’s exciting,” Harris Beach State Park Interpretive Ranger Angela Stewart said. “It’s just something magical. I can’t put it any other way. It still excites me after 26 years.”

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 through 31 trained volunteers will be at 24 spots along the Oregon Coast ready to share their knowledge about gray whales with visitors and help watchers spot the whales.



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