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Twitter message prompts rumor of attack, investigation at Gold Beach High School
January 06, 2014 01:40 pm

A tweet from an anonymous user on Twitter about a potential cyber attack against Gold Beach High School computers appeared to be the source of rumors of a physical danger at the school.

Dixon Andrews, chief of the Gold Beach Police Department, said there was never a direct threat against students or staff, but that police had beefed up security at Gold Beach schools on Monday. The tweets at the source of the rumor appear to be about a potential cyber attack against the school’s computer system.

Burglaries, car thefts continue
January 04, 2014 09:09 am

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies started the new year responding to three more burglaries in unincorporated parts of the county.

The three incidents follow an uptick in theft reports from citizens in the Harbor area, including six vehicles, two trailers, home burglaries and car break-ins.

Sheriff Lt. John Ward said that in light of the county’s financial woes, crime is likely to get worse.

Meeting the needs of Curry’s homeless
January 04, 2014 09:08 am

A new group headed by Curry County Commissioner Susan Brown met last week to address the issues of the homeless and how their needs can be met in the future.

About a half-dozen citizens agreed they need to conduct a needs assessment of local businesses and a survey of homeless people — similar to one conducted in 2008 — to determine what changes have taken place in that population.

That three-year study was conducted by the Curry County League of Women Voters and found that “nowhere in Oregon was there a more alarming rise in the number of homeless than in Curry County,” it was reported then. “There are the chronically homeless with life and health issues and no support systems, families who lose jobs and homes, and homeless young people, many of whom do not want to be identified.”

Final days of 2013
December 31, 2013 09:07 am


Photo by Bryan Tillung

Balmy weather and the setting sun accompany a paddleboarder waiting to surf the waves at Sporthaven Beach at the Port of Brookings Harbor on Sunday. Cooler, foggy weather is expected the next few days.  

Property crimes spike in Harbor
December 31, 2013 09:07 am

Crime, mostly car thefts and home burglaries, has spiked in Harbor over the past few months, and it’s only going to get worse, said Curry County Sheriff Lt. John Ward.

“We’ve been saying it’s just going to get worse, and it is,” he said.

The county is down to its last few months to find a solution to its financial woes, which exist due to the county’s low property tax rate of .599 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation — the second lowest in the state — and the discontinuation of federal timber revenue.


Crab season a bust in Brookings
December 31, 2013 09:05 am
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