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Board picks temporary super to lead district

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Tenneal Wetherell

The Brookings-Harbor School board on Monday appointed Tenneal Wetherell as superintendent-of-record until the district can find an interim leader for the school district.

The superintendent position became available when Brian Hodge resigned last week.

“The new administrative staff is fabulous and committed to working together and moving forward,” Wetherell told the board. “I will do everything I can to support them.” 

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Council cracks down on signs

The Brookings City Council decided Monday afternoon to more vigorously enforce an ordinance that bans signs — garage sales, lost pets, upcoming events and others — taped to light poles throughout town.

The tape used to hold them down — often duct tape, to combat high winds — leaves behind a sticky residue, and in some cases, wire chips paint from the poles.

“This weekend alone, signs were staked up in the park, there were garage sale signs, tarp and tool signs, art festival signs — including one that covered an entire park bench,” said City Manager Gary Milliman. “There was quite a proliferation of signs on public property. There was even signs on — ON — stop signs.”

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City looks at possible performing arts center

Brookings City Council will investigate the possibility of transforming a vacant bowling alley into a performing arts center, but a variety of factors must be considered before it could ever become reality, the group agreed Monday.

“The Harvard student said right now it wouldn’t work,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog of a recent feasibility study that indicated the local arts groups aren’t yet strong enough to financially support such an endeavor. “But I think it’s a great idea. It doesn’t mean I’m ready to kill anything.”

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Fire destroys High Hopes vessel

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Harbor firefighter Bart Kast talks with witnesses while a fishing boat High Hopes is consumed by flames in a parking lot at the Port of Brookings Harbor Saturday. Photo courtesy of Martin Shepherd.

The 24-foot recreational vessel High Hopes was completely destroyed in a fire at the public boat dock Saturday afternoon.

According to Port of Brookings Harbor Director Ted Fitzgerald, the owner, Robert Phillips of Brookings, had just filled the tank of his 2005 Trophy with fuel and launched the boat in the water. Phillips was trying to start the motor and, failing to do so, pulled the boat from the water.

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City law makes it easier to catch service stealers

Brookings city officials have made it faster to prosecute people who use other people’s trash cans or Dumpsters — or city receptacles — as their personal dump sites.

Effective Aug. 27, a new ordinance adopted by the Brookings City Council will take the 90-day nuisance abatement process out of the equation, making it easier to catch and prosecute violators.

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School board, union ratify 3-year contract

The Brookings-Harbor School District and the teachers’ union have agreed on a 3-year contract that both sides are calling a success — and resulted in raises in salaries and health benefits for most of the districts’ 190 employees.

 “The teachers and staff are very happy with the way things turned out,” Matt Bennett, union negotiation chairman for the Brookings Harbor Education Association (BHEA), said Friday.

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Brookings flood victim sues city

Memory Lane residents are keeping an eye on fellow neighbor David Smith, who is suing the city of Brookings in hopes of obtaining the former value of his oceanview home — before the storm of 2012 flooded his neighborhood.

That flood is still fresh in the minds of those whose houses were inundated with water that November night when storms powered by 80 mile-per-hour winds dumped 8 inches of rain on Curry County in two days.

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Country fans flock to Cape Blanco music festival

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Country music fans from across the Pacific Northwest descended on the Sixes River area as the Cape Blanco Music Festival kicked off Friday.

Organizers expect more than 15,000 fans throughout the weekend.

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Brookings Superintendent Hodge resigns

 

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Superintendent Brian Hodge’s desk remained empty all week as school board members discussed his resignation.

The Brookings-Harbor School Board Thursday unanimously accepted the resignation of embattled Superintendent Brian Hodge and agreed to a $75,000 buyout agreement.

Hodge’s initially asked for a $212,000 buyout.

“It was with a heavy heart that Brian asked to resign; I’m aware that he knows that he is not without fault in this situation,” said school board member Katherine Johnson.

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