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Final days of 2013
December 31, 2013 09:07 am


Photo by Bryan Tillung

Balmy weather and the setting sun accompany a paddleboarder waiting to surf the waves at Sporthaven Beach at the Port of Brookings Harbor on Sunday. Cooler, foggy weather is expected the next few days.  

Property crimes spike in Harbor
December 31, 2013 09:07 am

Crime, mostly car thefts and home burglaries, has spiked in Harbor over the past few months, and it’s only going to get worse, said Curry County Sheriff Lt. John Ward.

“We’ve been saying it’s just going to get worse, and it is,” he said.

The county is down to its last few months to find a solution to its financial woes, which exist due to the county’s low property tax rate of .599 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation — the second lowest in the state — and the discontinuation of federal timber revenue.


Crab season a bust in Brookings
December 31, 2013 09:05 am
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. ...’”

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