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County must interpret marijuana ordinance

It can’t be said that Curry County Attorney Jerry Herbage didn’t warn county commissioners what they were getting themselves into Monday morning.

“You’ll be sitting like judges or juries today,” he told them in a special board meeting. “This is an exercise in interpreting an ordinance.”

At issue was the appeal of a denial of an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Wedderburn, and the appeal was based on missing wordage in a section of county law regarding such businesses in unincorporated Curry County. 

The ordinance indicates that only employees and volunteers — and not the owners — in medical marijuana dispensaries must pass a background check.

“It doesn’t say ‘owners’ in that section,” Herbage said. “It’s for you to interpret this ordinance. One could conclude that ‘owners’ have the standard set for the state of Oregon.”

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Plane crashes after leaving Brookings

A California man piloting a single-engine plane that left Brookings Monday died when the plane crashed that night in Marin County, north of San Francisco, officials said.

The pilot, a Redwood City resident, was flying to San Carlos when he reported engine trouble at 9:30 p.m., according to the FAA. The man has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

 

The pilot used his radio to report that he would try to make it to Gnoss Field in Novato. Radio contact was lost shortly after that.

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Twice upon a time ...

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Dori Randall, right, is the new childrens’ librarian at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, taking the place of Rose Hedenskog, who retired from the position this summer after 32 years.

In the waning days of summer vacation, Dori Randall and Rose Hedenskog sit together in the empty library at Kalmiopsis Elementary School.  

For Hedenskog, 65, the moment is bittersweet — she retired this year after serving as the school’s librarian for 32 years.

For Randall, 57, the moment is exciting and full of promise — this month she takes Hedenskog’s place after 17 years as the childrens’ librarian at the Chetco Community Public Library.

Randall spent three days in May job-shadowing Hedenskog at the school library.

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Residents sprayed by herbicide file suit

Cedar Valley residents didn’t wait one day before filing a lawsuit in Curry County Circuit Court to change state law to better protect landowners from being sprayed by farm or forestry operations.

The suit stems from an incident last fall in which Steve Owen of Pacific Air Research of White City sprayed herbicides over their property, causing about 40 of them to fall ill, blinded a horse and is blamed for the ultimate death of a dog.

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Board hires firm to find interim super

The Brookings-Harbor School Board this week selected a consulting firm to find and vet potential candidates for an interim superintendent position.

At the same time, the board delayed finalizing a list of qualities and qualifications for the job so board members could have more time to review pages of comments and suggestions submitted by the public.

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Thrift store, ODOT tackle parking woes

The South Coast Humane Society’s new thrift store has been a victim of its own success since it relocated to a much larger building on Highway 101 in Harbor. It’s popularity has produced a parking problem.

Customers apparently love the new location, with their vehicles going in and out of the parking lot all day, every day the store is open. The old venue, on Hemlock Street, had off-street parking and room for about four cars in its lot.

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ODOT plans sidewalk near bridge

Oregon Department of Transportation officials hope to get a sidewalk on the east side of Highway 101 just south of the Chetco River bridge next year — but other improvements will have to wait at least another five years.

That’s the way the funding cycles work, explained ODOT spokesman Dan Latham, when asked when safety issues would be addressed along that dark section of highway in Harbor.

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Fire destroys North Bank home

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Todd MacCloud and a friend living with him at his North Bank Chetco River Road home watch as firefighters extinguish a fire that started sometime after 6 a.m. this morning.
 

A fire about a mile up the North Bank Chetco River Road this morning destroyed a house, but the two occupants and their dog were able to escape without injury.

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Superintendent search begins

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A group of about 30 people that includes school administrators, teachers and citizens prioritize a list of qualifications that will be included in the job description the Brookings-Harbor School Distict will use to hire an interim superintendent.

A group of 30 people gathered at Kalmiopsis Elementary School library Monday night. Their assignment: determine the key qualifications for candidates applying for the interim superintendent job at the Brookings-Harbor School District.

“This is really exciting. This is a wonderful opportunity to effect change in our school district,” said Bette Moore, Brookings resident and education advocate. 

She joined other residents, school administrators, teachers and staff who accepted the school board’s offer be help create the job description for the position that opened when Superintendent Brian Hodge resigned two weeks ago.

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Outreach medical clinic closing

It is with bittersweet emotions that Bernie Lindley, vicar of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings, closes the doors of the Outreach Clinic there.

“It’s kind of sad to see it close, to know it’s going to come to an end,” he said of the clinic’s last day, Aug. 19. “It’s ‘mission accomplished.’ I hate that phrase.”

The clinic started in 2010 as an effort to provide free medical care in Brookings and Harbor to those who had no insurance. The vast majority of Outreach Clinic patients now have health-care insurance through the expanded Oregon Health Plan or the Affordable Care Act.

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