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Home values drop, taxes increase

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

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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

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

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

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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Rumiano wins big at national competition

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Rumiano’s dry Monterey cheese was a first-place winner at American Cheese Society competition.
CRESCENT CITY, Calif. – Rumiano Cheese Company took top honors at the Annual American Cheese Society Competition last month.

The Crescent City cheese-maker won first place awards for its Monterey Jack, Dry Monterey Jack and Sicilian Jack cheeses. A third place award was given for its Dry Monterey Jack with whole peppercorns.

Joby Rumiano, one of the owners, said he was pleasantly surprised by the multiple medals.

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Bee business abuzz about Brookings

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Beekeepers dressed in protective gear remove honeycombs from hive to extract honey. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
“It’s a hobby that pays off,” Babette Rose said about the beekeeping activities she and her husband, Russ, began five years ago. “We started in 2004 with six hives at our home on Ocean View Drive in Smith River, and today we have eight hives at the house, 10 hives at the blueberry farm and seven a little farther up the north bank.”

The blueberry farm she referred to is the Winter Flowers Farm owned by their friends, Cheryl and Duane McKinney, approximately seven miles up the North Bank of the Chetco River, and the other property is a mile or so farther up.

When Babette added, “There are 20,000 to 40,000 bees to a hive,” the multiplication table began to ring up some serious numbers that indicate a lot of honey gathering activity this time of the year.

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Resale shop opens in Brookings

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Mindie Gottlieb, left, Brodie Gottlieb and Rosie Gottlieb are ready to help customers at Love Me 2 Times on Chetco Avenue in Brookings.
Love Me 2 Times, the new upscale resale shop on Chetco Avenue, is a group effort, according to grandma Rosie Gottlieb, mama Mindie Craig, and little Brodie, who doesn’t sell much, but certainly entertains the clients.

The family is pretty well known by those who frequented the Salty Dog in its early days. “Lots of people knew my dad,” Mindie said about her father, Craig Gottlieb, the original owner of The Salty Dog espresso shop at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

When Brodie was born in January, grandma Rosie said she headed south from her San Francisco home to meet her new grandson, and, after meeting him, she hasn’t been able to leave.

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MoJoes, serving up locally roasted coffee

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One of MoJoe’s owners, Anne Bouley, stands behind the counter of Brookings’ most recent coffee shop with Jason Ramsey, an employee. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
They say that two heads are better than one, and owners of the newly opened MoJoes adjacent to MoVino Wine Bar appear to believe that four heads are even better.

MoVino’s owners Ken and Rebecca Streaker, television interviewer Candace Michel, and Anne Bouley, known for her cooking classes, on television and in magazines, have joined to offer special food and drinks at MoJoes, across the hall from MoVino, 625 Chetco Ave.

Bouley, whose article about wine maker Silvio “Tony” Ciccone, Madonna’s father, is featured in the latest issue of Food magazine, serves as chef in charge of MoJoes.

“I will be writing other articles,” she said.

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Love for fishing results in Ultimate Catch

Captain Scott Stewart has loved fishing and the outdoors since he can remember and has now taken his love and turned it into his profession.

Stewart, along with his first mate Frank Castro and secretary Angela Stewart, has created a new charter fishing company out of the Port of Brookings Harbor and aptly named it Ultimate Catch Charter.

Trying to offer an experience unlike any current charter operation in business, Stewart uses light gear rather than the more typical medium- or heavy-weight gear.

“We really feel it gives the people a good experience,” Stewart explained. “We really want them to enjoy the experience of getting the fish rather than just catching them.”

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