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Collision claims man's life
August 20, 2014 09:13 am
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Firefighters check on the driver of a semi-truck involved in the crash.

A 39-year-old Crescent City man traveling on the Dr. Fine Bridge on Highway 101 was killed Tuesday morning when his car drifted across the double line and collided head-on with a 70,000-pound 18-wheeler driven by a Harbor man.

The driver was traveling northbound on the bridge shortly before 11 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he crossed the double line into the 18-wheeler’s path, according to California Highway Patrol. 

The truck driver, William Terebesi, 42, of Harbor, walked away uninjured. The Mazda driver’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

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Two apply for county sheriff job
August 19, 2014 09:15 pm

Curry County commissioners posed a total of 10 pre-written, generic questions to sheriff’s candidates as part of the hiring process to find a replacement for John Bishop who is leaving in late September.

Only two candidates — Curry County Lt. John Ward and Dep. Joel HHensley — submitted letters of interest for the position. Short interviews were held Monday afternoon; commissioners will select a new sheriff Tuesday, Aug. 26, at a 10 a.m. meeting.

Bishop is taking over as executive director with the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, a nonprofit organization that lobbies the legislature on behalf of sheriffs’ issues, in Salem. His last day is Sept. 30.

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No water restrictions yet for Brookings
August 19, 2014 09:13 pm

Water levels might be low in the Chetco River, but demand is low, so city officials are not putting in place any restrictions on water use, said City Manager Gary Milliman.

The city’s municipal code requires two things to occur — water flows dipping below certain levels and use increasing — before any restrictions are announced, and both criteria must be met.

Voluntary restrictions are triggered when river flows drop below 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) and water withdrawal is above 4.5 cfs. Mandatory curtailment may be implemented when river flows drop below 80 cfs and water withdrawals exceed 4.5 cfs.

As of Aug. 19, water flow was at 56 cfs, but withdrawal — demand from consumers — was only 2.2 cfs, most likely because few people are watering their lawns in the cooler, overcast weather Brookings has been experiencing.

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County must interpret marijuana ordinance
August 19, 2014 09:10 pm

It can’t be said that Curry County Attorney Jerry Herbage didn’t warn county commissioners what they were getting themselves into Monday morning.

“You’ll be sitting like judges or juries today,” he told them in a special board meeting. “This is an exercise in interpreting an ordinance.”

At issue was the appeal of a denial of an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Wedderburn, and the appeal was based on missing wordage in a section of county law regarding such businesses in unincorporated Curry County. 

The ordinance indicates that only employees and volunteers — and not the owners — in medical marijuana dispensaries must pass a background check.

“It doesn’t say ‘owners’ in that section,” Herbage said. “It’s for you to interpret this ordinance. One could conclude that ‘owners’ have the standard set for the state of Oregon.”

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Plane crashes after leaving Brookings
August 19, 2014 09:07 am

A California man piloting a single-engine plane that left Brookings Monday died when the plane crashed that night in Marin County, north of San Francisco, officials said.

The pilot, a Redwood City resident, was flying to San Carlos when he reported engine trouble at 9:30 p.m., according to the FAA. The man has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

 

The pilot used his radio to report that he would try to make it to Gnoss Field in Novato. Radio contact was lost shortly after that.

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Twice upon a time ...
August 15, 2014 08:32 pm

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Dori Randall, right, is the new childrens’ librarian at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, taking the place of Rose Hedenskog, who retired from the position this summer after 32 years.

In the waning days of summer vacation, Dori Randall and Rose Hedenskog sit together in the empty library at Kalmiopsis Elementary School.  

For Hedenskog, 65, the moment is bittersweet — she retired this year after serving as the school’s librarian for 32 years.

For Randall, 57, the moment is exciting and full of promise — this month she takes Hedenskog’s place after 17 years as the childrens’ librarian at the Chetco Community Public Library.

Randall spent three days in May job-shadowing Hedenskog at the school library.

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Residents sprayed by herbicide file suit
August 15, 2014 08:30 pm

Cedar Valley residents didn’t wait one day before filing a lawsuit in Curry County Circuit Court to change state law to better protect landowners from being sprayed by farm or forestry operations.

The suit stems from an incident last fall in which Steve Owen of Pacific Air Research of White City sprayed herbicides over their property, causing about 40 of them to fall ill, blinded a horse and is blamed for the ultimate death of a dog.

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Board hires firm to find interim super
August 15, 2014 08:29 pm

The Brookings-Harbor School Board this week selected a consulting firm to find and vet potential candidates for an interim superintendent position.

At the same time, the board delayed finalizing a list of qualities and qualifications for the job so board members could have more time to review pages of comments and suggestions submitted by the public.

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Thrift store, ODOT tackle parking woes
August 15, 2014 08:28 pm

The South Coast Humane Society’s new thrift store has been a victim of its own success since it relocated to a much larger building on Highway 101 in Harbor. It’s popularity has produced a parking problem.

Customers apparently love the new location, with their vehicles going in and out of the parking lot all day, every day the store is open. The old venue, on Hemlock Street, had off-street parking and room for about four cars in its lot.

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ODOT plans sidewalk near bridge
August 15, 2014 08:26 pm

Oregon Department of Transportation officials hope to get a sidewalk on the east side of Highway 101 just south of the Chetco River bridge next year — but other improvements will have to wait at least another five years.

That’s the way the funding cycles work, explained ODOT spokesman Dan Latham, when asked when safety issues would be addressed along that dark section of highway in Harbor.

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