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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.

Firm hired to build hospital
April 11, 2014 07:01 pm

Illustration submitted by Curry General Hospital This conceptional illustration is one of three created to give Curry Health Network officials and citizens an idea of what the new Curry General Hospital might look like. The Erdmin company has been hired to design and build the facility.

A Wisconsin firm has been selected to design and build the new Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, bringing a new state-of-the-art facility one step closer to reality and closing a chapter on an aging facility that has served the community for more than six decades.

The Erdman Company, whose officials say provides “real estate healthcare solutions,” has been a national leader in healthcare consulting, facility planning, development and design-build projects for the past 63 years. The firm has built more than 550 hospital projects valued at more than $2.4 billion in the past decade.

New sewer system proposed for Harbor
April 11, 2014 06:59 pm

A new wastewater treatment process could open the doors to new business in areas south of Harbor that are not currently served by the Harbor Sanitation District (HSD).

David Scott, a former Port of Brookings Harbor manager, said his son told him about a company that makes sewage treatment facilities for municipalities across the United States that are less expensive, have a long life expectancy, are environmentally friendly and modern.

“Then we got a little bit interested,” Scott said with a laugh.

Brookings gets ‘quick-attack’ fire vehicle
April 11, 2014 06:57 pm

The Brookings Fire Department will soon receive a retrofitted “quick attack” vehicle for use during emergencies at the airport, city officials announced this week.

The vehicle replaces a 1993 first-response truck that had limited capacity, said Public Safety Director Chris Wallace. It was outfitted with foam-dispensing equipment and materials, and will be housed at a Cal-Ore Life Flight aircraft hangar.

‘A single phone call could save a life’
April 11, 2014 06:55 pm

Child advocate Jackalene Antunes urges people to make one simple phone call if they suspect any child who, through no fault of their own, is a victim of abuse.

“At any given moment (Curry County) averages approximately 35 children that need our help,” said Antunes, recently hired as director, interviewer and coordinator for the Curry Child Advocacy Center.

Officials discuss pros, cons of Measure 8-76
April 11, 2014 06:53 pm

County and city elected officials from Southern Oregon and Northern California gathered in Brookings Friday afternoon to discuss the pros and cons of a proposed home rule charter that would feature a commissioner/manager style of government.

Ballot measure 8-76 asks voters May 20 to change the form of county government from one of general law to a home rule charter. Under this home rule charter — and such documents can be changed by the voters at any time — the county board would comprise five, part-time, volunteer commissioners and a full-time paid administrator.

Harlem Hustle
April 08, 2014 10:41 pm

The Harlem Crowns bring their special brand of basketball entertainment to Brookings Harbor High School for a fundraiser Tuesday night.

 The Harlem Crowns entertained a full house at Brookings-Harbor High School on Tuesday night. Click here for story.

Firm guilty of illegal spraying
April 08, 2014 10:36 pm

A commercial aerial spray company falsified records, hampered the investigation and was ultimately found guilty of illegally spraying herbicides on property — and possibly residents — north of Gold Beach, according to a state agency report.

The results of a five-month investigation by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) will likely result in fines against Pacific Air Research, a White City-based firm owned by Steve Owen.

Findings don’t satisfy Cedar Valley residents
April 08, 2014 10:34 pm

Frustration and anger were the prevailing emotions at a briefing in Gold Beach Tuesday where state officials outlined to residents the details of an aerial spraying incident that left about 40 of them sick last fall.

Oregon Department of Agriculture investigators said their tests revealed aerial sprayer Pacific Air Research of White City contaminated their home lands with pesticides — and probably residents and some animals — during chemical operations in Cedar Valley, north of Gold Beach, last October.

Police nab suspected burglary suspect
April 08, 2014 10:33 pm

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies were able to apprehend 25-year-old Joseph Armfield after an off-duty police officer recognized him as one who allegedly broke into various businesses and cars over the past several months.

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