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Brookings police chase ends in Smith River
April 24, 2014 03:53 pm

Authorities arrested a Smith River woman at 2:30 p.m. today after she led police on a car chase from Brookings to the Lucky 7 Casino.

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Third suspect in car chase arrested
April 23, 2014 03:26 pm

UPDATE: Suspect Chase Weatherby Best was captured without incident in Bandon on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Brookings Police Department, an off duty Bandon police officer spotted Best walking near the crash scene. Bandon Police Chief Bob Webb responded to the area and arrested Best without incident. Best was brought back to the Curry County Jail and faces multiple felony charges. 

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Bye-bye Brookings bowling: Azalea Lanes closing
April 22, 2014 09:16 pm

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In its heyday, Azalea Lanes was filled with league and recreation bowlers drawn by the sound of crashing pins and good food. Curry County’s only bowling alley will close next month after 35 years of business.

Brookings’ Azalea Lanes, Curry County’s sole bowling alley for the past 35 years, will be closing it’s doors for good on May 8.

“We want to thank the community for a great 35 years,” said owner Gary Kerr. “We’ve enjoyed ourselves but there comes a time when all good things much come to an end.”

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Itzen sole county candidate to file campaign funds
April 22, 2014 09:13 pm

In the fiscal race to County Commissioner Position 1 seat, incumbent David Itzen is the clear winner.

According to the state OreStar records, to which candidates are required to report campaign contributions and expenditures, Itzen is the only one who has reported anything to the state.

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City seeks money to improve regional airport
April 22, 2014 09:12 pm

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman believes he will succeed in obtaining grant money to improve runway safety at an airport that’s not in Brookings — nor even in the state of Oregon.

The airport is the Del Norte County Regional Airport in Crescent City, and the city’s interest revolves around the fact that the facility is vital for the region’s commerce and economic vitality.

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Brookings tackles transportation needs
April 22, 2014 09:11 pm

It’s been almost 20 years since the city of Brookings updated its Transportation System Plan and the new one is likely to include a bunch of new elements, reflecting how the city has grown and changed in those years.

The city has received a $190,000 grant — it must provide a $35,000 match — to hire a firm to conduct a study to determine what transportation will be needed in the future. A major component will include bicycles, ADA improvements and best routes for students to get to school and for ambulances to leave the city, said Donna Colby-Hanks, planning manager for the city.

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Popular tall ships bring nautical history to area
April 18, 2014 06:51 pm

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The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, high-masted replicas of past maritime ships, are schedule to sail into Crescent City Harbor on Monday, April 21, for an eight-day visit featuring nautical history activities. Full story and schedule on Page 10A.
 

CRECENT CITY — With massive, fossil-fueled vessels ruling today’s modern seas, it’s humbling to be reminded of the wind-powered tall ships of the past.

South Coast residents will have that chance next week when the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, high-masted replicas of past maritime ships, return April 21-28.

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Series of election forums scheduled
April 18, 2014 06:50 pm

As the May 20 primary election nears, Curry County voters puzzling over commissioner and circuit court judge candidates, and the Home Rule Charter ballot measure, may want to attend a series of several public forums that start today and continue through next week.

The Brookings Tea Party will host a county commissioner candidate forum at 2 p.m. today (April 19) at the Chetco Activity Center in Brookings.

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BHHS staff, students pick Lisa Dion as new principal
April 18, 2014 06:47 pm

 

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Lisa Dion

Brookings Harbor High School has a new principal: Lisa Dion.

The school board this week unanimously approved hiring Dion, saying she brings years of experience, excellent references, and a focus on collaboration.

Oh. And the high school students who interviewed her said they really liked her.

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Officials hope to curb panhandling
April 18, 2014 06:44 pm

Curry County commissioners will ask state officials if laws banning hitchhiking in rights-of-ways can be extended to include panhandling.

If it’s found to be legal, it could give local law enforcement a way to discourage panhandlers — particularly those who spend their days flying their signs at the South Coast Shopping Center in Harbor — where no other prior efforts have worked.

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