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Spend a day hiking to Curry County’s third-highest peak

The summit of Vulcan Peak is within sight from trail, which climbs more than 900 feet to the top. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
A place for a hiker to feel on top of the world is Vulcan Peak, a 4,655-foot high mountain on the western edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness east of Brookings.

The summit, the third-highest in Curry County, offers views of Collier Butte, Preston Peak, Point St. George and, although a tiny speck, St. George Reef Lighthouse. According to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest website, hikers have also reported views of Mount Scott, the highest point along the rim of Crater Lake, and a sliver of Mount Shasta.

Vulcan Lake, a body of water created by a glacier that once was on the mountain, can be seen below.


Salmon in the raw

Photo by Bryant Anderson, Wescom News Service
Whether it’s called gravlax or lox, the end result is cool, tender salmon with a hint of salt and herbs.

In Jewish-American cuisine, lox (Yiddish for salmon) is served on a bagel with cream cheese. In Scandinavian countries, they eat gravlax as an appetizer or on an open-face sandwich with a mustard-dill sauce.

There’s numerous ways to prepare this delicacy.


At 10 Shawntisha Bailey is making her mark

Shawntisha Bailey stands outside the shed she painted. The Pilot/Sharon Kanna
The shed on Oak Street can’t be missed – it’s decorated on three sides with colorful artwork.

Who is this whimsical artist who desires her shed to be more than a plain old building? Shawntisha Bailey.

It’s not just sheds – Shawntisha leaves an artistic imprint on everything she touches: light switch covers, outlet covers, ceramic tiles, pens, and the like.

Recently she left an artistic imprint upon Curry County: She won first-place in the 10- to 17-year-old talent contest at the Curry County Fair and won a first place ribbon for all four of her painting entries.


A wet and wild Ducky Derby

Moira Fossum prepares to snag a stray duckie in the Chetco River. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Rain did not stop die-hard fans of the 2010 Wild Rivers Ducky Derby from seeing who would be the lucky winner of a $2,600 prize.

All together, Saturday’s Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor event raised more than $16,000 for the community, with nearly $6,000 going to nonprofit organizations that participated in adopting out ducks, each representing a chance in the third-annual raffle.



"You saw what?!”

Rebecca Page and Jason Blanton are joined by their pet potbelly pig Petunia as they travel across the Chetco River bridge Thursday. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
In my two years working for the Curry Coastal Pilot, I thought I had seen it all.

With Brookings located on Highway 101 – along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world – it is inevitable that we get regular visitors stopping by while they are pursuing some kind of life-changing trip.

Summers in Brookings bring cyclists by the hundreds, riding the coast from Canada to Mexico. Car clubs with vehicles from Model Ts to Ferraris drive through almost daily. Hikers and transients,  traveling musicians and circuses have all passed by the Pilot’s front-row location.


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