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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.


Mayor: ‘If you don’t like it, get involved’

There weren’t more than a dozen wooden survey stakes in the ground at the corner of Easy Street and Highway 101 in Brookings last week before people started to wonder what was going on.

It was “bad enough,” some said, that a third auto parts store had moved to town earlier this summer. And now, they learned, a Dollar General was breaking ground — in a residential area. At the entrance to town.


Del Norte airport wins long-awaited federal grants

“This is it. This is one of the major reasons we formed the airport authority.”

That was Del Norte County Supervisor David Finigan’s response when he learned the Oregon Transportation Commission approved funding for the airport in Del Norte County.

Tuesday, Brookings leaders attended a meeting held to show the appreciation Border Coast Regional Airport Authority officials have in the city’s effort to secure grant funding for safety improvements at the facility.

The airport, while located in another state, is felt to be of vital significance to the economic well being of those across the border in Oregon.


Harbor grower seeks biosolid waste

Brookings city leaders hope to pen an agreement with a Harbor flower grower to let the city give its biosolids to the hydrangea farmer to fertilize his plants.

Currently, the city pays $60,000 a year to dispose of biosolids — the dry, caked organic material recycled from sewage — at the landfill in White City. If Curry Transfer and Recycling, which hauls the material, only had to go across the bridge, the city could save about $50,000 a year, City Manager Gary Milliman said in a report to council.

The city council will discuss the agreement at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 22).


Police arrest two in counterfeit cash case

The Brookings Police Department has arrested two people so far in connection with counterfeit money, forgery and possession of methamphetamines.

“We will be executing more search warrants and expect more arrests,” Sgt. Terry Murray said Friday.

Murray said phony $100 bills have shown up in Brookings and in Del Norte and Josephine counties.


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