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Zia opens practice at Brookings office
October 27, 2010 05:00 am

Sheila Zia, FNP, Brookings’ newest family nurse practitioner, is a native Oregonian. She grew up in Ashland, graduated from Ashland High School in 1981, and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in 1989.

She moved on to Oregon Health Science University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2004, a master’s degree and FNP certification in 2008, and worked in labor and delivery.

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Kurt Madar returns to the kitchen after career spin
October 27, 2010 05:00 am

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Kurt Madar prepares a healthy dish in the kitchen of The Shack on Chetco Avenue. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Ballet dancer, U.S. Navy Seal, journalist, and now  restaurateur, describes in a nut shell the career of Kurt Madar, co-owner, with Donald Dowden, of the Shack Island Grill on Chetco Avenue, which opened Sept. 15.

The two men said they are on a mission to encourage healthy eating. Mader said, “Most of the U.S. is addicted to fast food.”

He added, “One reason Don and I started this is that we want to change the model for fast food. It doesn’t have to be heavy in fat, cooked, frozen and reheated. It can be quickly cooked and fresh, with healthy veggies.”

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Bringing a new atmosphere to an old tavern
October 20, 2010 05:00 am

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Dale Lowcock and Dani Kitchel have been busy breathing new life into a nearly 100-year-old tavern in downtown Brookings. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Dani Kitchel and Dale Lowcock met as single RVers and spent 12 years on the road together, totally committed to the roaming life, until Kitchel’s son, Adam Bryan, suggested they reopen the Pine Cone Tavern.

Bryan, a consultant who travels the U.S. advising new bar owners, turned them on to the Pine Cone Tavern.

“It’s a wonderful little bar and has great atmosphere,” he told them.

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Brookings dentist to perform implants in India
October 20, 2010 05:00 am

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Dr. Kevin Hardesty, who will be traveling to India in November to perform dental implants, looks at computer images at his Brookings office. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Brookings dentist Dr. Kevin Hardesty is looking forward to a trip to India in November with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).

Because of his expertise in implantation dentistry, Hardesty was invited to participate in the academy’s annual Indirect World Congress three day meeting in New Delhi.

Hardesty, who will be out of his office from Nov. 18 to 26, will join other members of AAID in India  to do implant surgery and sinus grafts. Participation is by invitation only.

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The Salty Dog Coffee House has new manager
October 13, 2010 05:00 am

Jason Ramsey, who took over management of the The Salty Dog Coffee Bar at the Port of Brookings Harbor Sept. 3, said he is excited about his opportunity to become part owner.

Ramsey worked for the previous owners of the coffee house and “They brought me in and I kinda’ caught on real quick,” he said.

In addition to his experience at The Salty Dog, Ramsey has also worked at MoJoe’s in Brookings, and said enjoys the business.

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Home values drop, taxes increase
October 13, 2010 05:00 am

GOLD BEACH — Curry County homeowners are receiving their property tax statements this week and discovering that while the estimated real value of their homes has dropped, their taxes are higher than last year.

“I need to remind people, at least annually, that we are in a recession and property values are dropping, but with Measure 50, they’re not going to get lower taxes,” County Assessor Jim Kolen said Tuesday.

“For the most part, market values remain higher than assessed values,” he added.

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Curry General honored by psychiatric association
September 29, 2010 05:00 am

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Dr. Tom Dodson, of Oregon Psychiatric Association, presents award to Jan Kaplan, director of Curry County Health and Humane Services, and Tom Soule, Curry General Hospital director of nursing. The Pilot/Val Corley
GOLD BEACH – Curry General Hospital’s opening last October of a special holding room to hold people with mental issues for up to five days while their condition is stabilized, or it’s decided they need to be transferred to another facility, has earned the hospital the 2010 Oregon Psychiatric Association Access Award.

The award was presented to the hospital on Thursday by the association’s Dr. Tom Dodson of Portland, who came up with the idea for the award about three years ago.

“This award is to honor and acknowledge people who are doing good things in community access to mental health,” Dodson said before presenting the award.

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Wednesday Farmers Market moves indoors starting Oct. 6
September 29, 2010 05:00 am

Kathleen Dickson, market manager for the Wednesday Farmers Market at the Chetco Grange Community Center, announced that the market will be moving indoors, Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., shoppers will continue to find fresh produce from local farms, homemade, special bakery goodies, jams and jellies, and hot ready-to-eat specialties, plus arts and crafts from local artisans.

Dickson said, “In addition to local farmers and food artisans, we will have a few local crafters and artists, including Vi and Len Burton and jewelry artist Jean Johnston.”

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Tribble honored as Realtor of the Year
September 25, 2010 05:00 am

President of the Curry County Board of Realtors, Evonne Tribble, said she was completely surprised when past president Skip Watwood announced the winner of the Realtor of the Year Award at the board’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 16.

“He caught me unaware,” she said. “He said that the award winner wasn’t at the meeting, but he would make the announcement anyway, so when he called my name, it was a big surprise.”

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Emerald Coast Estates changes hands
September 11, 2010 05:00 am

Six years after opening the 19-acre Emerald Coast Estates manufactured home park in Harbor, the Itzen family has sold the property to Roy and Judy Lindsey, of Fallbrook, Calif.

The new name of the development will be Emerald Coast Estates MHP, LLC., Dave Itzen said.

“The Lindsey’s are long time successful and experienced owners and operators of manufactured home parks, and we are certain they will continue to operate the development as the first-class community we worked hard to build,” Itzen said.

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