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Brothers in arms
May 23, 2014 09:39 pm

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Photos from the past: Al James, left, and Ron Adams, both served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. They didn’t know one another then, but the do now as neighbors in Pistol River.

There, as young men in the dark, thick foliage of shadowy marshes, they played a dangerous hide-and-seek game with the enemy — the Viet Cong. 

Ron Adams, now 63 and Al James, 85, unflinchingly served their country. They didn’t know each other then, but they do now.

Adams and James weren’t drafted into that battle half a world away. Rather, both voluntarily enlisted during a tumultuous time in U.S. history. 

The telling of their stories speaks to a  shared commitment to patriotism; of wanting to curb the growing threat of communism.

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Wall display honors vets all year long
May 23, 2014 09:35 pm

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Lyman Cox, left, Fran Thurman, and Ted Clawson are veterans featured on the Wall of Honor.

Communities often honor their veterans for Veteran’s Day with miniature American flags or with red, white and blue banners. At the Sea View Senior Living Community in Harbor, they make sure their veterans know they are appreciated year-round.

Located on the second floor in one of the main hallways is a Veteran’s Wall of Honor, a beautiful, patriotic monument erected three years ago to honor the veterans of the Sea View community, both past and present.

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Residents will testify on aerial spray risks
May 23, 2014 09:33 pm

Armed with new knowledge about aerial chemical spraying, three Curry County citizens will trek to Salem next Wednesday to share with legislators their experiences after a helicopter sprayed their property with herbicides northeast of Gold Beach last October.

The spraying resulted in the almost immediate sickness of 42 people, a blinded horse, a dog whose owner was forced to euthanize him May 20 after he lost more than half his body weight in the months following the spraying — and a small community that continues to struggle to get answers about aerial chemical spraying in Oregon.

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Higher than usual staff turnovers at schools
May 23, 2014 09:32 pm

At least eight Brookings-Harbor School district employees, including several teachers and school administrators, have resigned in the last two months. 

At the same time, the district has hired seven employees: two principals, one vice principal, two teachers and two speech pathologists.

The large number of resignations of staff members — especially that of two teachers who’ve been employed for only two years — worried school board member Bruce Raleigh, who broached the subject during Wednesday’s regular school board meeting.

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Measure 8-76 (Home Rule Charter) fails
May 20, 2014 09:08 pm

For the third time, Curry County voters have defeated a measure that would have made home rule the form of government under which the county is operated.

Measure 8-76, received 2,153 “yes” votes compared to 3,627 “no” votes; 44.5 percent of Curry County’s 12,985 eligible voters cast ballots.

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Itzen, Huxley headed for runoff; Beaman wins judge seat
May 20, 2014 08:54 pm

Read more...Incumbent Curry County Commissioner David Itzen will face off against Harbor resident Tom Huxley in the November elections after neither secured 50 percent plus one vote to win the majority and take the Position 1 county commissioner seat.

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Bears invade Brookings
May 20, 2014 08:07 pm

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Sean Nelson, left, Marcie Woudstra, middle, and artist Mike Woudstra erect a 1,500-pound concrete sculpture at the city of Brookings’ Oasis pocket park on Chetco Avenue Monday. See full story on Page 3A.
 

Kelly McClain has finally got his bear — sort of.

The Brookings City Councilor readily admits he loves the artistic bears Evergreen Federal Bank loaned the city last summer. And he’s eagerly awaiting the arrival of the city’s first permanent Evergreen bear, called Bruin, depicted as a football player. Bruin arrives at the local bank and will be unveiled and introduced to the city at 4 p.m. Friday.

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Law enforcement memorial: Honoring the fallen
May 16, 2014 09:31 pm

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Members of the Calvin E Murphy Detachment 578 Marine Corps League fire a gun salute during Wednesday Law Enforcement Memorial in Gold Beach honoring officers who died while on the job.

About 75 people, including law enforcement officers, family members of fallen officers, and Curry County officials, gathered in Gold Beach Wednesday to remember officers who had died in the line of duty.

Under warm sunny skies, the quiet assembly filled the recently completed Veterans Memorial as a large American flag waved above. 

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Election complaints filed with state
May 16, 2014 09:25 pm

Complaints have been filed with the state against opponents of the Home Rule Charter on the May 20 ballot, as well as against County Commissioner David Itzen, who is up for reelection on the same day.

Carl King, who authored the Home Rule Charter, filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s office last week alleging that the opposing Political Action Committee (PAC) Curry County Protect Your Right to Vote has not reported expenses it should have incurred from placing ads in a Gold Beach newspaper.

County Commissioner David Brock Smith laughed, and said he just received the bills this week. 

Smith is one of two people involved with the campaign to defeat Measure 8-76 and who, on behalf of the PAC, has access to the state’s campaign reporting system ORESTAR.

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Couple arrested on drug charges
May 16, 2014 09:23 pm

Brookings Police, acting on a tip, arrested two people Thursday at the lower Mill Beach parking lot on charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

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