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State OKs preliminary rules for pot sales

Local medical marijuana dispensaries were quick to expand their offerings when sales of recreational cannabis became legal earlier this month. But under a new set of “preliminary” state regulations issued last week, that will have to change before 2017.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), the agency in charge of regulating marijuana sales, said stores offering both medical and recreational marijuana are operating under temporary authority from the medical end of the program. 

The preliminary regulations — outlined in a 70-page document — are said to address the health, safety and security of products; most of its rules are relatively uncontroversial, OLCC members agree.

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Voters slow to return ballots

With only six days left before Election Day, only a third of Curry County’s eligible voters have cast their ballots, county website statistics show.

But election officials aren’t concerned.

“Curry County’s pretty consistent in getting 55, 60 percent turnout,” said Elections Official Reneé Kolen. “We rank high when we have an election. We’re usually in the top five in voter turnout in the state.”

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Officials mull problems at local river bar

The Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to about 50 calls to Social Security Bar this summer, leaving Brookings city officials debating the implementation of closing times or even posting a campground host at the popular river bar.

The bar, located about 3 miles down North Bank Chetco River Road, is popular among fishermen, sunbathers and a myriad of river users.

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Garden of inspiration

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Volunteer Lynette McPherson and BHHS freshman Angel Idol with some of the bounty from the garden.

On one of the first misty mornings of October, Michelle Prudden’s class gets ready to go to the garden.

“But it’s so cold out,” a student complains.

“I know!” Prudden shoots him a grin. “I was outside all last class — if you work, you won’t be cold!”

The students trudge out, but pretty soon forget about the weather as they begin shoveling dirt, pulling out plants, and picking tomatoes and peppers they’ll later turn into salsa. Not a bad way to spend third period.

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Fake cash circulating in Curry County

Counterfeit money has started filtering into Curry County from Del Norte County in California, with two $20 bills turned in to the Brookings Police Department this week.

The $20 bills were discovered by employees at Ray’s Food Place and Circle K/76 gas station; a $10 bill was turned into police by a citizen who said they received it as change at a local business.

That $10 bill was found to be legitimate — just old and worn, said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

According to Brookings Police Sgt. Terry Murray, today’s printing technology enables forgers to do a good job making counterfeit bills.

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Report evaluates schools progress

Brookings-Harbor schools have shown slight improvement in the areas of graduation rates, dropout rates and stand standards for testing, but continue to be below state averages according to a statewide report card released by the Oregon Department of Education.

The news comes as no surprise for school officials of a district that has been struggling for years to improve in these area. However, they are confident their ongoing efforts are and will continue to yield better results. 

“There’s a lot of positive growth,” Brookings-Harbor Superintendent Sean Gallagher said during Wednesday’s school board meeting.

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Schools get Go Pack survival kits

Seventy-seven Go-Packs filled with essential survival items were delivered to Curry and Del Norte county schools this week.

The packs were part of a year-long volunteer effort by the Wild Rivers Coast South Ford Institute Leadership Program to make sure teachers and students had supplies in case of a natural disaster or emergency.

“In a disaster to rural counties like ours, we need to prepare in order to protect the most vulnerable,” said  Geof Antil, a member of the leadership program.

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Redís Crescent Drive-in closes for good

CRESCENT CITY — After years of struggling to remain open, the local drive-in theater — a Del Norte institution for more than six decades — will close its doors for good this month.

Red’s Crescent Drive-in entered escrow about two weeks ago, said Bill Thomas, whose family has operated the theater since 1980. The Thomases are expected to move out by Oct. 30.

According to Bert Thomas, Gary and Todd Hartwick are the property’s new owners. The new owners do not plan to continue operating the drive-in, according to the theater’s Facebook page.

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Great green pumpkins: Watermelons with a pumpkin attitude

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Green pumpkins grown in Pistol River by Ron Adams are shown.

Pumpkins are popping up all over town this time of year. The giant squash are often carved into scary faces and adorn porches for Halloween. They make a tasty pie as well.

They are always orange — always! 

Until now.

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Man jailed after drive-by shooting

Port Orford Police arrested Robert Ryan Anderson, 29, for allegedly driving by the Port Orford Inn Apartments and firing five shots into a parking lot where people were gathered at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

No one was injured in the incident.

“That was incredible, considering he was shooting into a parking lot of a motel where a lot of people congregate,” said Police Chief Hank Hobart Monday, as he prepared to interview more witnesses. “I’m shocked that no one got hit.”

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