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County fair sets 2015 dates

The Curry County Fair board has set its new dates for 2015, so as to not coincide with the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival.

 The fair will be held a week prior to Labor Day weekend, from Aug. 27 to 30, fair officials announced Monday.

And the popular event will be even bigger, as the date change has enabled the contractor to free up new rides. Paul Maurer Shows officials said the company will bring back the Zipper, Giant Wheel, Drop Tower and Gravitron.


Ray Marrington joins Brookings police force

Ray Marrington returns to his home town to patrol the streets of Brookings.

The last time Ray Marrington saw Tyler McCourt it was on a baseball team at Brookings Harbor High School about a decade ago.

Now the two are co-workers on the Brookings Police Department, making the agency look a lot like a high school reunion, with Det. McCourt, Lt. Donny Dotson, Chief Chris Wallace, Officer Gavin McVay and Sgt. Terry Murray collectively making up almost half the department.


Garage Sale Saturday is here!

The garage sale ads are piling in and the Treasure Map is under construction for the semi-annual Garage Sale Saturday event on Oct. 4.

And the forecast is for great weather: sunny and warm. 

About 100 sales are expected to be on the official list and Treasure Map in the Saturday edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot.

To list your ad, call the Pilot classified advertising desk at 541-469-3123. The deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, to get a spot on the map.

To go treasure hunting on Saturday, get a copy of the Pilot on Saturday morning.

And here's a hint: Some sales are listed in the Wednesday, Oct. 1, edition and plan to be open Friday, Oct. 3. Get a copy of Wednesday's paper to find out where early birds are welcome.

Crosswalk for Chetco

Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation

The August death of 73-year-old Joyce Betties, who was truck and killed by a car while walking across an unmarked section of Chetco Avenue, sparked a demand among residents to get a crosswalk installed before tragedy strikes again.

What residents don’t know is, a year before Betties’ death, plans to do so were already underway.


Recent rain eases drought problems

The rain dances apparently paid off.

Curry County was hit with its first rain storm of the season Wednesday, with more than 3 inches in the first 24 hours in town and more than 4 inches upriver.

The area, like others throughout the west, is suffering through a drought, and low levels in the Chetco River have resulted in saltwater intrusion more than 3 miles upriver into the intake valve for Harbor’s drinking water.


No arrests likely in case of state park vandalism

The results of a state investigation into the illegal digging of pits in Floras Lake State Park nearly three years ago are inconclusive — and even raises more questions than answers.

The state Department of Justice (DOJ), which released the results earlier this month, knows who dug the holes and who was billed for the work, but officials were unable to determine where the money came from.

The end result is, no one will be prosecuted.


Commissioner Brown preps citizen survey for release

Curry County Commissioner Susan Brown’s has created a citizens survey to gauge peoples’ confidence in county leaders and learn their thoughts on county services, taxation and how to fund said services.

The only thing holding up the process is determining how to distribute the 10-page document effectively and inexpensively. 

Also, she’d like to have about 10 citizens “test” it before it goes out. And she’d prefer to have people fill it out online, despite the fact that people say about only half of Curry County residents have computers.


Body of Gold Beach man found at base of Thomas Creek Bridge

Authorities have recovered the body of a 50-year-old Gold Beach man who they believe committed suicide by jumping off the Thomas Creek Bridge on Highway 101 sometime Tuesday night.


Itzen, Huxley debate county issues

Candidates Tom Huxley, left, and incumbent Curry County Commissioner David Itzen discuss topics at Saturday’s forum.

If Curry County commissioner candidates David Itzen and Tom Huxley agree on one thing regarding county operations, it’s that there’s very little upon which they agree.

That was apparent at a candidate forum Saturday afternoon at the Best Western Beachfront Inn, where they elaborated on questions submitted before the event, additional queries posed by Sue Gold of the Tea Party and from the audience.

The two shared their opinions on topics ranging from the use of road funds for county government to the justification of employee raises to department consolidation and staffing levels.  


Handling mentally ill a challenge for police

All the law enforcement training in the world doesn’t always prepare police officers for the wide array of what they see when dealing with the mentally ill.

That’s why people are getting shot — as in the incident last week in Medford — Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace recently told members of the League of Women Voters.


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