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Firm raises cash to light Rogue bridge

Paul Hill, CEO of Freeman Marine, holds an aluminum plaque, with the words “Turn on the Lights,” that will be placed on the bridge.

For County Economic Development Director Julie Schmelzer, lighting the Isaac Lee Patterson bridge — at a cost of $10,000 — is all about Gold Beach making a big splash for motorists coming into town.

But for the 140 employees of Freeman Marine Equipment, who helped raise the money, it’s all about community.

The firm, owned by Advantec Global Innovations of Canada, has a core value summarized in two words, said Paul Hill, CEO of the company in Hunter Creek.


Neighbors protest radio tower request

Residents in the Dawson Tracts north of Brookings tried to convince the city council Monday night that the sky is not the limit when dealing with ham radio towers and how tall they can be.

The city was poised to add to its municipal code provisions to allow amateur radio towers up to 70 feet in height when they heard opposition about it.

Ham radio operators are often hobbyists who use a radio frequency that isn’t used by law enforcement or airlines to talk to others around the world. They also are presumably the only ones with the equipment to provide communications in mass casualty incidents, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis that often wipe out other systems.


Suspects run from police

A Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Ensley keeps an eye on car theft suspect Travis White, who was the passenger in a truck reported stolen in Gold Beach Wednesday.

Authorities were busy this week chasing suspects wanted in two separate incidents in Brookings and Harbor.

On Friday morning, a man wanted for probation violation eluded capture by Curry County Sheriff’s deputies searching an area of Harbor, including an RV park behind Rogue Credit Union building.

A sheriff’s detective attempted to stop and talk to resident David Scoma, 50, at 9:35 a.m., near the corner of Highway 101 and Hoffeldt Lane, but the man ran off, said Sheriff’s Lt. Mick Espinoza.


State OKs scenic bikeway on coast


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission designated the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway — a 60-mile loop that begins in Port Orford and meanders along the Elk River — into its State Scenic Bikeways system this week.

The designation means the area will get publicity through Travel Oregon, the state’s tourism board, and open up to bicyclists a route that starts with rugged and rocky ocean views, wanders through old-growth forests, goes to the craggy bluffs near the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and ends back in Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon Coast.


Authorities capture two suspected car thieves


Authorities capture one of two men suspected of stealing a car in Gold Beach and driving it to Brookings.

Two men suspected of stealing a car in Gold Beach, and possibly another in Bandon a day earlier, were arrested this morning in Brookings.

One of the suspects was captured immediately; the second was captured about an hour later, at 10:40 a.m., when a Brookings police dog found him hiding in vegetation in the area of Railroad Street and Mill Beach Road.


Landing the lingasaurus

Photo by Dick Moore

Brookings resident Cindy Fox displays a 42-pound lingcod she caught while fishing off the Brookings Coast Saturday. A 6-pound lingcod first took the herring that Fox was using for bait but, while she was reeling it in, the small ling become bait itself, attracting the attention of the 42-pound giant. 

Drought prompts city caution

Water flows in the Chetco River are at a 50-year low, prompting Brookings city officials to examine its departments’ water use and consider curtailing water sales to people outside the city should the river reaches 100 cubic feet per second (cfs).

As of Monday, the Chetco River was flowing at 107 cfs. Normal for this time of year is about 300 cfs

The drought is already impacting some in the Brookings-Harbor area.


Missing woman alive after four days

Search and rescue personnel retrieve Joyce Huffman from a tangle of gorse plants near her house, four days after she was reported missing by her husband. Submitted photo.

Port Orford resident Joyce Huffman, the subject of a massive search and rescue effort last weekend, was in good condition Tuesday and expected to return home later this week.

“She’s tough,” said Joyce’s husband Ray. “She was pretty dehydrated, but she’s doing fine.”

Ray contacted the Curry County Sheriff’s Office at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday to report that his wife had been missing from their property on the top of Hensley Hill for about an hour.


New interim school chief hired for Gold Beach

Roy Durfee

The Central Curry School Board this week hired Roy Durfee as interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year.

Durfee, of Carlton, will begin his term July 1 and will serve as both the district superintendent and principal of Gold Beach High School. His salary is $105,000.

“In my opinion, Mr. Durfee was a standout applicant,” said board chair Scott McNair. “He was approachable from the get-go, and his experience stood out for me. He worked his way up from a teacher to assistant principal, and then a principal and superintendent.”


Marijuana legal in Oregon in seven days

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Oregon in seven days,  but that doesn’t mean anything goes.

State officials are spending $350,000 to help new and current users learn the rules.

The campaign, called “What’s Legal?” launched earlier this month with a website, paid media advertising and a social media blitz. The tagline: “Educate before you recreate.”

The follow questions and answers may help:


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