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Federal road funding loss may delay local projects

Inflation, gas-sipping vehicles and increases in the use of mass transit has put the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highway funds on the brink of insolvency, and unless Congress acts immediately, the agency will be out of money by the end of the year.

And that, said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming, could mean delays for Brookings’ planned Railroad Street redesign, and the county’s funding request for two new Coastal Express vans and repaving a 4-mile stretch between Sixes and Port Orford.

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Commissioners defend decision to give cost of living raises

County Commissioner David Brock Smith declared “asinine” the rumors that the board’s decision earlier this month to grant cost of living adjustments (COLAs) and retirement benefit (PERS) reimbursements to all county employees — including themselves — will jeopardize September’s jail levy.

Three issues are entangled in the debacle, including the COLAs and PERS reimbursements commissioners granted; the fact Sheriff John Bishop abruptly resigned July 4; and the Sept. 16 property tax increase proposal.

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Beach advisories lifted

A public health advisory for contact with marine water at Harris State Park Beach and Mill Beach, both in Brookings, was lifted Thursday by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued June 26 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

The advisories are normal after periods of rain, which was the case in this event.

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Lizzie loses her leg

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Lizzie, a 6-year-old miniature Austrailian shepherd before she was shot.

Four children visiting Brookings late last month had just returned to their grandmother’s house on Wharf Street from the beach when the dog accompanying them began to yelp.

Two hours later, Lizzie, a 6-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, was in surgery to have her left front leg amputated at the shoulder.

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County parole director leaving

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop’s leaving late this summer won’t be the only hit to the county’s law enforcement team: He’s taking the Parole and Probation director, his wife Kris, with him.

Bishop announced his resignation last week, citing work-related stress. He will take a job with the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, a nonprofit organization that lobbies at the legislature on behalf of sheriffs’ issues, in Salem.

Sgt. Kris Bishop has applied for a job as a lieutenant in the parole and probation in Albany.

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Sea star disease in Port Orford

The sea star wasting disease has crept into Port Orford — and the demise of the colorful creature could spell the collapse of the entire ecological system in which they live.

The disease is spreading quickly. 

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County begins search for new VSO officer

No one knows the challenges a war veteran faces like another veteran.

That’s what a handful of vets told Curry County commissioners Tuesday before the board began its day of interviews to replace Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Kimberly O’Neal.

O’Neal resigned — then retracted her resignation, then resigned again — last month. She cited frustration with her workload, created by the county’s financial inability to hire an assistant for her.

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Local officials wrestle with Sheriff Bishop’s resignation

Elected officials and others throughout the county expressed their dismay, but not surprise, over Friday’s announcement that Curry County Sheriff John Bishop has resigned.

“Oooh, I hadn’t heard the news,” said Commissioner David Itzen on Friday. “I suspected. But there’s nothing that should be surprising about this course of events, with the stability of the county still in doubt. This is huge.”

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Pilot launches `Go Wild’ mobile app

Imagine having a tour guide, mapping system, phone book, events calendar and daily updates all available at the tap of your finger – and all focused on America’s Wild Rivers Coast.

Covering 150 miles of coastline, the Go Wild Rivers Coast mobile application has been launched by the Curry Coastal Pilot and Del Norte Triplicate, the sister newspapers serving Curry and Del Norte counties.

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C&K Market exits from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Brookings-based C&K Market, which operates Ray’s Food Place and other grocery stores in Oregon and California, is emerging from bankruptcy protection following a judge’s order this week, the company announced today.

The order, signed by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Alley, allows the company to operate without court supervision.

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