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Great Oregon ShakeOut

Students take cover during an Great Oregon Shakeout several years ago. This year, children at Brookings’ Kalmiopsis Elementary School will conduct earthquake and fire drills.

Although it’s easy to dismiss it as a distant hypothetical, a massive earthquake is a genuine possibility for citizens of Curry County. Residents of the Oregon Coast consistently hear the phrase, “the big one,” and it’s a scary unknown. 

On Thursday, people will get the chance to practice how to protect themselves should “the big one” hit — with the Great Oregon ShakeOut and “Tsunami Fun Walk.”  

Firm unveils hospital floor plans



Retiring the flag


Frontier Communications employees uses a boom to reach a flag stuck at the top of pole in Harbor.

Twenty years ago, Carol Chiado surprised her husband Franklin, a Korean War veteran, by giving him an American flag and a 55-foot flagpole for his birthday.

Franklin installed the pole next to a building on Highway 101 in Harbor that used to house a welding business and, more recently, a roofing company.  

When her husband died in 2005, Carol became responsible for maintaining the flag and pole. 

“The flag was becoming frayed and needed to be taken down, so I asked my friends to help me,” Carol said.


Bizarre behavior lands man in jail

Michael Leroy Behrens was arrested this week after allegedly breaking into an Oceanview Drive home in Harbor and calling 911, claiming to be the homeowner and reporting a home invasion robbery, authorities said.

Just 24 hours earlier, authorities responded to a Harbor restaurant where Behrens, 54, and armed with several knives, had locked himself in the bathroom because he thought people were trying to kill him.

In both cases, Behrens was high on drugs, including methamphetamine, and he might possibly have mental health issues, authorities said.

Now that he’s been arrested, Behrens might receive the help he needs, but the people impacted by his actions have questions. Why didn’t Behrens get help and why was he released after the first incident only to commit a crime the very next day?


Sneaker wave alert

Dangerous sneaker waves are expected to increase to 18 feet on Saturday, posing an extreme danger for people along Southern Oregon beaches, the National Weather Service has advised.

The danger could be exacerbated by an increase in the number of people visiting the coast on the Columbus Day weekend. Additionally, the weather will not be stormy, giving people a false sense that conditions are safe.


In the black, port launches RV park renovations

After years of economic instability, the Port of Brookings Harbor is finally in a financial position to start pursuing new development projects.

First is the renovation of Beachfront RV park, which Port Commissioner Jim Relaford hopes will be completed by April, just in time for the busy summer season.


Police chief: Jail closure will impact city

Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace told city councilors Monday they are entering uncharted territory, now that Sheriff John Ward has announced he is crafting a matrix by which to close the jail.


City of Brookings crafting marijuana tax ordinance

Brookings city councilors agreed Monday to craft, but not yet enact, an ordinance that would tax medical and recreational marijuana.

About a half-dozen cities throughout the state are proactively addressing the issue before — and if — Measure 91 is approved by Oregon voters. 

That question, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, asks to legalize marijuana for recreational use.


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