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Sterling Financial, Umpqua merger nears completion
March 18, 2014 07:45 pm

Sterling Financial and Umpqua Holdings officials are counting down the days when the two financial institutions merge into one.

The deal will likely be finalized by the end of the month, pending approval by shareholders and regulators. Worth $2 billion, it is the largest transaction this century for both institutions.

Safety summit highlight challenges
March 18, 2014 07:41 pm

Curry County commissioners Tuesday were compared to a reality show and called a “spirited little group,” as they vehemently argued about what should be on the agenda of a proposed meeting to address public safety funding.

The “passionate discussion,” as Commissioner Susan Brown called it, took place during a followup meeting of the Public Safety Summit held in Gold Beach in January. This meeting, in Central Point, was held to expand upon ideas to generate revenue for public safety in Oregon’s 18 O&C counties. 

Fire threat on the horizon
March 18, 2014 07:39 pm


Trees in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness east of Brookings burn during the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

Don’t let the recent rain fool you.

Despite sometimes heavy rainfall over the past several weeks, Oregon’s drought is not over, nor have the odds of extreme fire danger in the forests decreased, fire officials throughout the state are warning.

Hands-on nature lesson
March 15, 2014 08:07 am

Fourth grade students dig holes and plant native trees and shrubs along the bank of Jack Creek Friday.

The steelhead in Jack Creek caught the attention of the Kalmiopsis Elementary School students. They marveled at the fish, a demonstration of the important work the children did that day.

Outfitted in rubber boots and work gloves, children from Dawn Bennett’s fourth grade class from Kalmiopsis Elementary School took a field trip Friday to Salmon Run golf course to plant trees and learn more about riparian habitats. 

Golf course appeal filed
March 15, 2014 08:05 am

The nonprofit Oregon Coast Alliance (ORCA)has filed a notice of appeal with Curry County, stating that the planning commission erred in granting approval to a proposed golf course north of Port Orford.

The matter will be discussed in a yet-to-be-scheduled meeting of the Curry County Board of Commissioners.

Lady Bruins’ season ends against Henley, 62-41
March 13, 2014 12:47 pm
The Brookings-Harbor girls high school basketball team's shooting woes continued as they were upended by the Henley Hornets, 47-36, Thursday morning in the consolation round of the OSAA 4A state tournament held at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, ending their season.
Highway 101 closed Sunday
March 12, 2014 02:52 pm

U.S. Highway 101 south of Crescent City will be entirely closed to traffic for most of this Sunday, starting at 9 a.m., while Caltrans removes unstable slide material. 

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