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Facebook scam in Curry County

Have you just received a personal Facebook message about a large sum of money you won via a lottery? Sorry, but that promotion, lottery, or award is nothing but another hoax.

Several Curry County Facebook users have reported receiving such scam messages in recent weeks. The scam, in various forms, has been going for years, according to research by the Curry Coastal Pilot


Coos and Curry college campuses closed as a precaution

A possible threat against schools in Coos County this morning has prompted Southwestern Oregon Community College officials to close campuses in Coos and Curry County as a precaution.

The action comes just one day after ten students were killed and seven injured in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace sent officers to the Curry County campus north of Brookings this morning to check the facility and talk with staff.

“We just wanted them to know that we are there,” Wallace said.

On Thursday, police presence was increased around Brookings public schools immediately following the shooting in Roseburg. The increased patrols would continue today, Wallace said. 

A Coos Bay police representative told The World newspaper this morning that the Coos Bay college campus is closed for the day. Students at Coquille High School were sent home this morning.

A North Bend police representative characterized the threat as a “fourth-hand report of something on a website” and said it was under investigation, according to The World.

Curry campus spokeswoman Aleta Mankamyer said there were two classes in session this morning at Brookings facility. The students and teachers in those classes were informed of the situation and the school was closed for the rest of today. Fortunately, Mankamyer said, there are no more classes scheduled this afternoon.

Candlelight vigil for shooting victims tonight

A candlelight vigil for the victims of today’s shooting at Umpqua Community College has been scheduled for 8 p.m. today at the Port of Brookings-Harbor boardwalk, according to Brookings resident Connie Hunter.

“This is to show solidarity with Umpqua Community College, in support of the family members and loved ones and in memory of the victims of the mass shooting,” Hunter said.

Participants are asked to bring their own candles.

Ten dead, seven injured in shooting at Umpqua Community College campus

UPDATE at 5 p.m.

The official death toll has dropped to 10, with seven reported injured, according to Sheriff John Hanlin. 


UPDATED at 2 p.m.:

At least 13 people were dead and more than 20 others were injured after a gunman opened fire Thursday morning on the campus of Umpqua Community College in southwest Oregon, according to various news agencies and press releases from authorities.

The gunman was killed in a firefight with Douglas County sheriff’s deputies, Sheriff John Hanlin said. 


Recreational pot sales begin Thursday

Budtender Josh Conduracki uses a scale to measure marijuana bud at South Coast Dispensaries in Brookings.

Dispensaries in Curry County are stocking up on and packaging product in anticipation of big sales Thursday, the day that Oregon residents — 21 years and older — can legally buy a limited amount of recreational marijuana.

“We anticipate a higher number of people rolling in the door,” said Ryan Campbell, store manager of Club Sockeye, one of four licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Curry County.

Campbell said his dispensary in Wedderburn, just outside of Gold Beach, increased production of it’s own marijuana crop this year to meet the expected demand.

“We’ll be open normal hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, but if a lot of people line up, we might open early,” Campbell said.


Debate focuses on CHD annexation proposal

The Brookings TEA Party on Saturday provided the backdrop for two passionate Curry County residents to debate the merits and drawbacks of a proposal to annex the southern end of the county into the Curry Health District. 

Mayor Ron Hedenskog, a supporter of the annexation, and Curry County resident Catherine Wiley, a former health care professional and vocal opponent of the measure, discussed the issue and fielded questions from a packed audience.

The debate over whether to annex the southern end of the county into the Curry Health District has elicited strong reactions from Curry County residents since it was announced in August that the issue will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. 


Measure would hike minimum wage

SALEM — A top Democratic lawmaker and a coalition of unions and other groups made clear Monday that either the Legislature will raise Oregon’s minimum wage to the highest in the nation, or Oregon voters will decide for themselves in November of next year.

Raise the Wage, one of two groups that might ask voters to raise the minimum wage, filed a ballot measure Monday to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by January 2018 over two years.


No more smoking in Brookings’ parks

The city of Brookings approved a proposal Monday to ban smoking in all areas of city parks, altering a 2011 ordinance that allowed smoking in specific parts of parks property.

Parks Director Tony Baron presented a proposal to the council in May 2015, noting that after frequently receiving complaints from park visitors about litter from cigarettes, fire hazards, and secondhand smoke, the parks commission had unanimously voted to propose a complete ban on smoking in city parks.


Leader of the pack

Photo by Grant Fraley

Recreational fishermen make sure they stay out of the path of the Brookings-based commercial fishing vessel Miss Sarah as it heads into the Port of Brookings Harbor earlier this week.

Hedenskog seeks county job

Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog will run for one of two Curry County Commissioner seats in the May 2016, election, but he’s going to do so at the foundation level and without spending much money.

“I intend to run a grassroots campaign (based) on my record of participating in the operation of a successful city, and will carry that forward to the county,” Hedenskog said Thursday.

He filed for Curry County Commissioner Position No. 2 on Sept. 21, competing against incumbent Commissioner David Brock Smith, who filed for reelection on Sept. 11.


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