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Storm damages Port Orford dock

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Debris from the Port Orford docks collects on the beach
 A storm packing winds of more than 90 mph Saturday morning damaged the Port Orford dock, doused lights in Crescent City and left debris all along the Wild Rivers Coast.

Wind gusts above 90 mph were reported at Cape Blanco between 6 and 7 a.m. Saturday.

In nearby Port Orford winds and waves damaged the dock and washed away the Hallmark Fisheries building and equipment from the end of the pier. The Port Orford Beacon shared photos and information about the damage with the Curry Coastal Pilot.

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Relaford: Annex port to city of Brookings

 Tuesday’s Port of Brookings-Harbor meeting took an unexpected turn when Port Commissioner Jim Relaford stunned the audience and his fellow board members with a proposal: to annex approximately 50 acres of port property to the city of Brookings.

“I’ve spent a lot of the last year thinking about the growth of the port, and we’ve just unanimously adopted a strategic plan.” Relaford said. “It’s my opinion that we can’t do that without discussing annexation of the port to the city of Brookings.”

Everyone in the room sat up. Audience members — about seven of them — looked on in surprise, some bristling visibly. In the past 20 years, the discussion of annexation has been a source of dispute between some residents of Brookings and unincorporated Curry County, especially Harbor.

Relaford continued that he wanted the commission to vote on the annexation at next month’s meeting. 

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YMCA in Brookings?

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More than 70 people attended a town hall Thursday to hear David Clark, executive director of the Grants Pass YMCA, describe how his organization overcame many financial hurdles to build a successful recreational facility.

A YMCA-affiliated recreation center may be possible in Brookings, but it depends on several things: significant community support, millions of dollars in funding, and a detailed operational plan that convinces YMCA officials to go for it.

That was the main message that came from Thursday’s town hall meeting hosted by the city’s newly formed Recreational Center Task Force Team.

More than 70 people attended the meeting at the Chetco Community Public Library to hear from Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog, the task force and Kevin Clark, executive director for the Grants Pass YMCA.

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Write-in candidate’s eligibility disputed

The eligibility of write-in candidate Brent Thompson, who is running for Gold Beach City Council Position 5, has been called into question over whether his primary residence is in Gold Beach

Thompson, who is challenging incumbent Tamie Kaufman on the Nov. 4 ballot, said he decided to run as a write-in candidate after the city denied his application for lack of residency. He said he owns a home in Gold Beach, and he has a driver license with a Gold Beach address, meeting at least two of the requirements necessary for eligibility. 

On Friday, Mayor Karl Popoff acknowledge the complexity of the issue.

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Walk-in clinic opens in Harbor

Brookings has Urgent Care, and now, Harbor has immediate care.

A medical walk-in clinic, called Valley emmediate Care, has opened next to Rite Aid in the South Coast Center, according to Kim Hulford, a telemedicine technician there. The clinic is privately owned by doctors from Medford, Grants Pass, Ashland and White City.

“This is one solution to healthcare access in the state,” said CEO Brent Kell. “A big barrier to health care in the United States is insurance. And in Oregon, another problems is the number of doctors.”

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Harbor tap water back to normal

Harbor Water District officials announced Thursday that its tap water is back to normal — and will likely remain that way.

“We tested our water from several sources today and compared it to bottled water, and both tested the same,” said water district Superintendent Dave VanCleave.

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Weller enters commissioners race as write-in

 

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Chuck Weller

Brookings resident Chuck Weller wants to be the next Curry County Commissioner, but he’s not on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

So he’s asking voters to write in his name.

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Five vie for two Gold Beach City Council seats

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In Gold Beach, it’s unusual to see two people vying for a city council seat. But this year, one seat is more hotly contested than usual — three candidates are running for City Council Position 3.

The candidates are Rebecca “Becky” Campbell, Evald Nelson IV, and Kathleen “Kitty” Root-Bunten. 

Two people — incumbent Tamie Kaufman and write-in candidate Brent Thompson — are vying for Position 5.

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