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Residents speak up about Chetco River designation

South Coast residents love their Chetco River — and weren’t shy about saying so during an Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department meeting Thursday night.

The meeting was held to solicit input about the scenic, natural and recreational values of the river and if the 14 miles from Loeb State Park, 8 miles upriver from Highway 101, to the Steel Bridge should be designated as a state Scenic River.

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Police warn of warrant, jury duty scams

Curry County authorities are warning residents not to fall for a “warrant scam” in which con artists call people and threaten to arrest them for unpaid driving citations or for missing jury duty.

The scam alert was issued this week after Gold Beach Police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from residents who were contacted by con artists.

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Departing hospital CEO offers final advice

Curry Health Network CEO Andrew Bair addressed his staff and district board Tuesday afternoon, offering them words of encouragement and recommending steps they should take as the hospital district evolves without him.

The popular CEO has accepted a position as vice president of Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Orlando, Florida. The move also enables him to be closer to various family members. His last day is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 31.

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Brian Scott: Brookings art supporter dies at 75

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Brian Scott, left, and Horst Wolf hold Wolf’s watercolor portrait of Scott that was honored at an art show in 2004.
 

Longtime Brookings resident Brian Scott was not an artist, but he was an aficionado who dedicated himself to supporting local artists and helped build what has become a thriving art community in his hometown.

Scott died Friday at age 75 after a two-year battle with kidney failure.

The public is invited to say a few words and raise a glass to toast Scott at the conclusion of the regularly scheduled Second Saturday Art Walk from 4-6 p.m. today (Sept. 13) at the Brian Scott Gallery

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Harbor tap water will remain salty until first rain

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The level of the Chetco River has reached a record low, and there is no sign of significant rain in the long-range forecast.
 

Harbor residents better get use to salt-flavored tap water because it won’t get better until the first good rain storm comes along, Harbor Water District officials said.

And that could be weeks from now, according to long-range forecast by the National Weather Service.

“We need rain. It’s that simple,” said Dave VanCleave, superintendent for Harbor Water District PUD.

The brackish water, the result of ocean water infiltrating the fresh water of the low-flowing Chetco River, does not pose a health risk to most people at this time, VanCleave said.

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Forest fire danger moves to extreme

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has moved fire danger levels to "extreme" and revised public use restrations to match.

The danger level and restrictions are expected to continue until weather conditions change -- and there is no change in the current forecasts.

The limits include:

- keeping all fires to campfire rings in designated campgrouds,

- keeping vehicles on designated roads, and

- forbidding smoking outside of safe sites such as enclosed vehicles and buildings, on watercraft, or with three feet of bare soil on all sides.

See the full restrictions by clicking here


Authorities issue scam alert

Curry County authorities are warning residents not to fall for a “warrant scam” in which con artists call people and threaten to arrest them for unpaid driving citations or for missing jury duty.

The scam alert was issued today (Sept. 10) after Gold Beach Police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from residents who were contacted by con artists.

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Tides blamed for salty tap water

High ocean tides and low water levels in the Chetco River do not make a good glass of drinking water, Harbor residents learned this week. 

The odd, salty flavor of their tap water is expected to remain for at least another four days, but officials said it is safe to drink for most people, except for those who must restrict their salt intake or have sensitive stomachs.

“In my 33 years, I’ve never seen something likes this. We were all caught off guard,” said Jackie Adams at Harbor Water District. “We’re used to our water tasting really good. It tastes brackish; it’s just terrible.”

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City annexes river property

After years of fighting, Ron Tribble is one step closer to building homes on a parcel of land overlooking the Chetco River.

The Brookings City Council granted the Roseburg developer an annexation request and amended the city limits and zoning map to reflect that in its meeting Monday night, much to the chagrin of many who stuck around for hours to ask the council to consider continuing the discussion for two weeks.

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Clinic closer to earning emergency designation

The city of Brookings could very well have a permit in hand by the end of the year to begin the process to get an emergency department at the clinic on Fifth Street, it was announced at a city council meeting Monday night.

Andrew Bair, the outgoing CEO of Curry Health Network, said the city and Curry Health Network could have the documentation by November.

 “This could happen very quickly,” he said.

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