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Crescent City Walmart not one of 154 closing in U.S.

Crescent City’s Walmart store apparently isn’t one of the more than 100 across the nation, including nine in California, targeted for closure.

Walmart announced Friday it planned to close 269 stores worldwide, including 154 stores in the U.S.

“I had no idea. It came as a complete surprise,” said Crescent City Walmart Manager Peter Davis. 


Heading out to sea

Photo by Grant Fraley

The crew of a Brookings crab boat takes advantage of a relatively-calm ocean to cross the bar at the Port of Brookings Harbor. 

Voters to decide marijuana tax

The Gold Beach City Council decided Monday to ask voters in November to approve a 3 percent tax on sales of recreational marijuana within city limits.

The action, 4-1 with Councilor Becky Campbell dissenting, followed several months of discussion about how to handle Oregon’s new law regarding the substance. 

City Administrator Jodi Fritts will now begin drafting an ordinance, which will be placed on the November 2016 ballot for voter approval. The tax will not affect medical marijuana sales in the city. It will require a simple majority vote.


Six vie for seat on Brookings council

For a job that doesn’t pay anything, a vacant Brookings City Council seat has attracted its fair share of citizens interested in the work.

The deadline is Jan. 15; applications can be picked up at City Hall on Elk Drive.


Some oppose Chetco River development

A half-dozen citizens spoke out at a Brookings City Council meeting Monday against a proposed development on the north bank of the Chetco River that has aroused anger about its proximity to the river, riparian and estuary areas, flood zones and risk to salmon.

Property owner Ron Tribble is trying to get it rezoned from commercial and industrial uses to residential. He wants to build 59 units on 13.3 acres annexed into the city limits last year.


Brown: 2016 a ‘year of opportunity’ for Curry

Curry County Commissioner Susan Brown named 2016 the “year of opportunity” during her State of the County address Wednesday.

She outlined a list of accomplishments of the past year and goals for the next — although any talk of the county’s financial situation was conspicuously absent.

The outgoing commissioner chair said she was proud of county staff and how it has worked under tight financial constraints.


Pot of gold at Brookings port?

Visitors to the Port of Brookings Harbor this week were treated to a double rainbow as one of several storms came through. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a brief break Sunday, with more rain expected Monday through Wednesday. — Photo by Michael Kew

Increase in transient complaints sparks debate about community kitchens

Brookings officials and church representatives this week were quick to squelch rumors that police wanted to shut down community kitchens because of an uptick in crimes and calls from concerned citizens about transient activity in the area.

At the same time, representatives of the kitchens agreed to send a delegation to the city to discuss the issue — and possible solutions.


Sen. Merkley addresses local issues at town hall

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, right, presents Trash Dogs volunteers Ed Gross, middle, and Harve Timeus an American flag that had been flown over the nation’s capitol, as a symbol of appreciation for the Dogs’ efforts to collect illegally dumped trash in national forests.

U.S. Sen Jeff Merkley greeted a standing-room-only crowd Thursday night to address local issues ranging from small-port dredging and homelessness to international trade agreements that weaken the U.S. middle class.


County financial chief retiring

County Accountant Gary Short is finally delivering on his promise to retire.

For months, he has been telling Curry County commissioners that the 2015-2016 budget was the last — the absolute last — he will work on. He cites challenges with the county’s teetering fiscal status, increased “takings” from the Road Fund to pay for other county functions, and general frustration at crafting budgets with little to no funding.

“And I’m 72 — it’s time!” he said Thursday.


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