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Fair offering 'Razzle Dazzle'
July 23, 2014 11:04 am

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The Ferris Wheels looks out to the ocean.
Curry County Fair Manager Ron Crook is excited about this year’s event — scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Gold Beach — and has every reason to be.

“Last year was a great year!” Crook said. “The fair shattered all records across the boards. Food concessions, displays, attendance — you name it. We had it all.” 

Crook isn’t one to rest on his laurels. He and a small army of volunteer fair friends have been laboring all year to make this year’s fair better than the last. 

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County no closer to solving cash crisis
July 22, 2014 07:13 pm

Tick-tock; tick-tock.

Day by day, month after month, the county coffers are dwindling.

There’s a property tax measure on the September ballot that would benefit jail operations. County commissioners continue to work on the “smaller” economic development pieces. And House Bill 3453, which would allow the state to restructure county government here, still lurks in the corner as a safety net.

But the money will be gone — all of it — July 1, 2015, if not a week or two earlier. 

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Harbor center auction canceled
July 22, 2014 07:10 pm

Some merchants at Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center in Harbor are breathing a little easier now that the property has been taken off the auction block.

Others, however, are still wondering what the future might hold for the shopping center that lost a major grocery store and a number of businesses have moved or closed in the last few years. 

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Brookings man dies in crash after prison shift
July 22, 2014 07:08 pm

Authorities believe that fatigue may have played a part in the death of a Brookings man who crashed his car on Highway 101 Saturday morning near the stateline after working a double shift at Pelican Bay State Prison.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) said that Joel Ramos, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2007 Dodge Caliber he was driving crossed into the oncoming lane, then off the road and crashed head-on into a tree, about one mile north of the Oregon/California border.

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Cape Blanco Festival: Rotary clubs prep for hungry music fans
July 22, 2014 07:06 pm

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Members of several Rotary clubs build a vending booth at Cape Blanco.

SIXES — The three Rotary clubs in Curry County are putting the finishing touches this week on special vending booths for the upcoming Cape Blanco Country Music Festival.

Starting from the milling of the lumber for the three booths, Rotary volunteers from Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach and Port Orford are cooperating on the project. Together, they will operate one of the food booths at the festival July 31 through Aug. 3. 

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Extreme fire danger on the Rogue River
July 21, 2014 10:50 am

Officials have banned open fires in the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, as fire danger levels were moved to "extreme" over the weekend.

The ban covers a popular rafting section from Grave Creek to Watson Creek, on lands managed both by the Bureau of Land Management upstream from Marial, and the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest manages lands downstream from there.

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Brookings man dies in single car accident
July 21, 2014 09:27 am

Authorities believe that fatigue may have played a part in the death of a Brookings man who crashed his car on Highway 101 Saturday morning near the stateline after working a double shift at Pelican Bay State Prison.

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Trouble brewing at Brookings’ schools
July 18, 2014 08:51 pm

Things have been anything but quiet this summer at the Brookings-Harbor School District, where union members have issued a vote of no confidence in the superintendent, at least two dozen employees have resigned, and the implementation of a new grading system has been declared a disaster.

“We are in a meltdown,” said school board member Sue Chambers. “I am very concerned about the way things are going.”

“We can’t sugarcoat what’s happened,” said board member Katherine Johnson. “It’s been a very difficult year, but I’m a big-picture person. I want to understand the ‘why” of things. We have to look at what we can do now. We can’t put our heads in the sand.”

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Head-on collision claims life of Harbor resident
July 18, 2014 08:47 pm

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Firefighters use the Jaws of LIfe to extricate the body of Harbor residents George C. Bradshaw who died when his truck collided head-on with a motor home near the Oregon border.

A Harbor man died Friday when his pickup truck drifted into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason and collided head-on with a motor home on Highway 101 at the Oregon/California border.

George C. Bradshaw, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene and fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract his body from the wrecked 2007 GMC Canyon pickup truck.

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High-flying weekend
July 18, 2014 08:45 pm

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Conner Doran, a nationally-renowned kite flyer, struts on the floor while making his indoor kite dance in the windless Brookings-Harbor High School gym during a demonstration Friday night.

Colorful kites will be soaring, diving, careening, twirling, spinning and carving through the skies this weekend at the 22nd annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival at the Port of Brookings Harbor Kite Field.

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