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

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

County plans additions to pot dispensary regulations
April 18, 2014 06:43 pm

Curry County commissioners are drafting an ordinance that will add to existing state law regarding marijuana dispensaries.

The propose additions include restricted hours of operation and places where they can’t be opened.

Injured man rescued from hillside
April 15, 2014 08:01 pm

Curry County Search and Rescue Team members use ropes and a Stokes litter to bring injured hiker up a hill near Rainbow Rock.

A Brookings man whom bystanders thought fell 200 feet from a hillside to the beach near Rainbow Rock Condominiums Friday evening was released after being treated for a sprained ankle at Curry General Hospital.

Three linked to home robbery
April 15, 2014 07:59 pm

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies and Brookings Police Department officers arrested three Brookings-area residents this week in connection with a home robbery, assault and drug possession.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. John Ward, Gerald Haussler of Brookings called the Sheriff’s Office to report that two masked men had entered his house at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, attacked him with a Taser, assaulted him, and took his money, a cell phone and other items.

Group opposes Measure 8-76
April 15, 2014 07:58 pm

A political action committee called Protect our Right to Vote was formed earlier this month to advocate against Measure 8-76, the question on the May 20 ballot asking voters to change the form of county government here.

The PAC is headed by Phil Dickson of Gold Beach — he served on the Citizens Committee that developed 19 recommendations as to how to address Curry County’s fiscal problems — and Sandra Ensley of Brookings, who is listed as the treasurer.

Food or medicine? Tough choice for many
April 15, 2014 07:57 pm

WASHINGTON — Nearly 1 in 3 adults with a chronic disease has trouble paying for food, or medicine or both, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine.

Using data from the 2011 National Health Interview Study, lead author Seth Berkowitz, a fellow at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco examined almost 10,000 adults who indicated they have arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, a mental health problem or stroke. Of those, 23.4 percent said they sometimes can’t afford their medicine, 18.8 said they hadn’t been able to afford food at some point within the previous month, meaning they fit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s definition of “food insecurity.” 

October BLM funds for county finally here
April 15, 2014 07:55 pm

The announcement that SRS funds have been disbursed to the state’s O&C counties has many again thinking Curry County’s elected leaders are crying wolf about the financial status of the county.

But the money being released this spring — $1.205 million, $42,967 more than County Accountant Gary Short calculated — is the same money the federal government announced in October it would be distributing.

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