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Mission inundated by requests from families

Once again, for reasons he cannot fathom, the cupboards keep going bare at the Outreach Gospel Mission in Harbor, said executive director Michael Olsen.

The mission has been inundated with requests — increasingly from families — for food this month. Last Monday alone, OGM distributed more than 200 pounds of food in a three-hour time frame. That doesn’t include the 40 to 45 people who are seeking shelter that OGM is feeding each day.


Sheriff calls on volunteers to curb panhandling

Volunteers trained by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office will be going straight to the source — drivers leaving shopping malls — to educate them about the county’s new law regarding giving money or food to panhandlers.

The law goes into effect Sept. 4 and fines are $250.

“People don’t give them $1, or change,” Sheriff John Bishop told a group of residents, most from Harbor, in a meeting Wednesday night. “They’re giving them $5, $10. We’re causing our own problems by giving them cash.”


Suspect faces assault charges

Lorenzo Ignacio King, booking photo

A man is in Curry County Jail on $1 million bail after being charged with assault and sodomy following a 12-hour police standoff inside a Brookings home last weekend.

Lorenzo Ignacio King, 42, was arraigned in court Monday and is suspected of sexually assaulting an adult Brookings woman he met at a local bar. More charges are likely, said  Curry County Sheriff John Bishop.


Ordinance aims to stop handouts to transients

County commissioners have tried making it illegal to panhandle, but the nation’s First Amendment kept getting in the way.

Trying to ban it via loitering laws didn’t work. Neither did making it a safety issue. Sending Sheriff’s deputies — or even a security firm — to shoo them away only worked for an hour or so.

So commissioners finally went to the source: Drivers giving anything away — money, food, drugs — to people flying signs on corners of popular streets and highways can now be cited for doing so.


Burl poaching spreads to Oregon

A wildlife biologist stands next to a massive scar where a burl was cut by poachers from a redwood tree.

GRANTS PASS, (AP) –  The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon.

The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwoods, where they send out sprouts. Their intricate grain is prized for furniture and decorations.


Curry County realtors ready for uptick in sales

Real estate agents throughout the county are hoping a nationwide uptick in home sales rubs off on them this summer — but so far, it’s a slow slog.

“We had a great winter,” said Kelly McClain, who works for Century 21 Agate Realty in Brookings. “We all are thinking this summer’s going to be huge. This could be the calm before the storm. And it’s not summer yet.”


Brookings pursues Oregon grant for Crescent City airport

A grant for which the City of Brookings applied to help the Del Norte County Regional Airport is one step closer to approval, it was announced Monday.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) CO-V Final Review Committee voted last week to include Crescent City’s airport Runway Safety Area project among the 37 it is considering funding.


Police arrest man after 12-hour standoff in Brookings

Brookings Police officers shut down a section of Highway 101 Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a nearby house.

A 12-hour police standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a Brookings home ended at 4:18 a.m. this morning (June 15) when authorities fired tear gas canisters into the residence, stormed inside and found the suspect seriously injured from possible self-inflicted wounds. 


2014 fire season off to early start

A CFPA fire crew leaves the staging area Wednesday to battle the Euchre Creek fire near Ophir. Photo by Randy Robbins

The first day of the 2014 wildland season began at 12:01 a.m. June 11, and within 12 hours, nearly 100 firefighters were fighting their first blaze in Curry County on a steep hillside east of Euchre Creek near Ophir.

The Euchre Creek Fire began shortly after noon Wednesday, with fire rapidly progressing up a steep, densely-treed unit belonging to South Coast Lumber. Smoke was visible from the Curry County Fairgrounds and other locations along the Rogue River in Gold Beach.


Back to basics for Salmon Run golf course

George Rhodes, left, and Ed Murdock hope their efforts will turn Salmon Run golf course into a profitable operation. Photo By Jane Stebbins.

George Rhodes and Ed Murdock, the new managers of Salmon Run golf course, are taking it one hole at a time to make the Brookings facility a top-notch tourism amenity.

The Brookings City Council Monday night signed a letter of termination with The Claveran Group — the management firm that has held the contract for 14 years and only made one rent payment to the city — and penned a new one with Wild Rivers Golf Management.


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