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2013: second driest on record
December 27, 2013 09:03 pm

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With no rain in the forecasts through the remainder of the year, Brookings will end with half its normal rainfall.

The total is just 35.03 inches, as recorded at the Curry Coastal Pilot’s downtown weather station.  The average since the Pilot’s station was installed is 62.5 inches. The average in records kept from 1912 to 2002, chiefly at the Brookings airport,  is 76.34 inches.

Could Curry become like Josephine?
December 27, 2013 09:02 pm

Elected officials from O&C counties might look no further than Curry County to see what a decimated general fund budget looks like, but they only have to peek at the police log in Josephine County to see what some residents there are doing about their depleted public safety ranks.

“I just hear they’re a mess,” said Curry County Sheriff John Bishop. “Crimes are way up, the Grants Pass Police Department is losing officers — they’re all moving away. They can’t arrest anyone and put them in jail, even though they have money to have beds (but no one to watch over inmates).”

EPA saving species for 40 years
December 27, 2013 09:00 pm
Nesika Beach resident uses ‘ray gun’ to convert radioactive materials into inert elements
December 23, 2013 08:04 pm

Andrew Hohmann claims ray gun changes radioactive material into inert elements.

Joseph Cereola has been hearing strange, deep sounds that keep him awake at night in his Nesika Beach home.

They’re coming from his neighbor’s house, he told county commissioners Wednesday afternoon, and he’d like the county to make them stop.

The neighbors, he said, have told Cereola they’re conducting “radiation remediation” — taking radioactive materials emanating from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan and converting them into inert elements using a “ray gun” and a long corrugated pipe through which sounds rumble onto the sandy beach below.

Cereola, a retired nuclear submarine captain, is having a little trouble believing that.

Regardless, the constant booming sounds are adversely affecting the rental income his mother’s house overlooking the beach is bringing in — to the tune of $275 a night — much less, his nights of peaceful sleep.

“For last December, I had 25 inquiries; this year I have one,” he said of his vacation rental. “People left comments on the Internet saying, ‘It’s a beautiful place, but the noise. ...’”

Layoffs loom for Curry County
December 20, 2013 05:06 pm

County commissioners have about 100 days in which to either lay off employees in a methodical and orderly fashion or dump pink slips on them all come March 31 and send county government into a tailspin.

“My analogy to this situation is that we are all on this large bus, driving down the road and we can all see the road ends at a brick wall,” Ken Dukek, director of juvenile services, told commissioners at a regular meeting Wednesday. “We can either slow down and let people off to lighten the load, or we can slam into the wall at 70 miles an hour and see what happens.”

The county is suffering from a lack of federal timber dollars and has been unsuccessful in getting voters to approve property tax increases to pay for essential services. It has left the county with a $2.1 million budget, a staff half the size it was two years ago and an uncertain future.

C&K Market plans to keep operating
December 20, 2013 05:04 pm

EUGENE — An attorney representing the Brookings-based parent company of Ray’s Food Place said Thursday that C&K Market Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will emerge a “good company” that will continue to operate and pay its creditors.

Albert Kennedy, an attorney with Tonkon Torp LLP in Portland representing C&K Market Inc., said the goal is to emerge from bankruptcy quickly.

“Debtors and major creditors are very concerned with the professional fees and expenses of this case, and we do believe the best way to minimize the expenses is to move the case forward as fast as reasonably possible,” Kennedy told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Frank Alley during a hearing on Thursday.

Brookings port in the black
December 20, 2013 05:03 pm
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