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Brookings man dies in crash after prison shift

Authorities believe that fatigue may have played a part in the death of a Brookings man who crashed his car on Highway 101 Saturday morning near the stateline after working a double shift at Pelican Bay State Prison.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) said that Joel Ramos, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2007 Dodge Caliber he was driving crossed into the oncoming lane, then off the road and crashed head-on into a tree, about one mile north of the Oregon/California border.


Cape Blanco Festival: Rotary clubs prep for hungry music fans

Members of several Rotary clubs build a vending booth at Cape Blanco.

SIXES — The three Rotary clubs in Curry County are putting the finishing touches this week on special vending booths for the upcoming Cape Blanco Country Music Festival.

Starting from the milling of the lumber for the three booths, Rotary volunteers from Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach and Port Orford are cooperating on the project. Together, they will operate one of the food booths at the festival July 31 through Aug. 3. 


Extreme fire danger on the Rogue River

Officials have banned open fires in the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, as fire danger levels were moved to "extreme" over the weekend.

The ban covers a popular rafting section from Grave Creek to Watson Creek, on lands managed both by the Bureau of Land Management upstream from Marial, and the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest manages lands downstream from there.


Brookings man dies in single car accident

Authorities believe that fatigue may have played a part in the death of a Brookings man who crashed his car on Highway 101 Saturday morning near the stateline after working a double shift at Pelican Bay State Prison.


Trouble brewing at Brookings’ schools

Things have been anything but quiet this summer at the Brookings-Harbor School District, where union members have issued a vote of no confidence in the superintendent, at least two dozen employees have resigned, and the implementation of a new grading system has been declared a disaster.

“We are in a meltdown,” said school board member Sue Chambers. “I am very concerned about the way things are going.”

“We can’t sugarcoat what’s happened,” said board member Katherine Johnson. “It’s been a very difficult year, but I’m a big-picture person. I want to understand the ‘why” of things. We have to look at what we can do now. We can’t put our heads in the sand.”


Head-on collision claims life of Harbor resident

Firefighters use the Jaws of LIfe to extricate the body of Harbor residents George C. Bradshaw who died when his truck collided head-on with a motor home near the Oregon border.

A Harbor man died Friday when his pickup truck drifted into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason and collided head-on with a motor home on Highway 101 at the Oregon/California border.

George C. Bradshaw, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene and fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract his body from the wrecked 2007 GMC Canyon pickup truck.


High-flying weekend

Conner Doran, a nationally-renowned kite flyer, struts on the floor while making his indoor kite dance in the windless Brookings-Harbor High School gym during a demonstration Friday night.

Colorful kites will be soaring, diving, careening, twirling, spinning and carving through the skies this weekend at the 22nd annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival at the Port of Brookings Harbor Kite Field.


House OKs more cash for highway fund

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday voted to infuse $19,972,603 to keep the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent early next month — and keeping road construction on state highways going until then.

The resolution, H.R. 5021, funds highway and transit programs through May 2015. It passed 367-55, and now goes to the Senate.


$3 million grant will aid road safety

The Smith River Tribal Council broke ground on a multi-million dollar safety corridor project that will allow for safer travel for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists along a 4.1 mile stretch of Highway 101 in Smith River. The tribal council was awarded a $3 million “TIGER III” transportation grant from the United States Department of Transportation that aims to improve roadways to address safety concerns along Highway 101 as it runs through tribal lands, and held a groundbreaking event at the intersection of Highway 101 and North Indian Road to celebrate.

Man dies in head-on collision at Oregon state line

UPDATE: At 2:55 p.m. today, authorities confirmed that the man trapped in a truck that collided head on with a motorhome this afternoon at the Oregon/California border is dead. His identity has not been released, but the truck he was driving has an Oregon license plate. The people in the the motorhome that was hit head on by the man's GMC Canyon pickup received minor injuries. 

UPDATE: As of 1:25 p.m. today, law enforcement is advising motorists not to travel on Highway 101 in the area of the Oregon/California border unless absolutely necessary. A traffic accident at the border has caused a major traffic jam, with the backup reaching several miles in both directions. 

Highway 101 is closed in both directions at the Oregon/California border as rescue crews work to free a man pinned inside a small pickup truck after it collided headon with a motorhome. The condition of the man is unknown at this time. A Pilot reporter is on scene. The California HIghway Patrol said it did not know when all lanes would be open. We will report more information as it becomes available.

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