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Jury finds Burkow guilty of assault

A jury of 12 took an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon to return guilty verdicts on all charges against Glenn Burkhow Jr., who stood accused of assaulting a Port Orford man and leaving him with life-threatening injuries on the beach in the middle of the night.

Burkhow, who will be sentenced June 27, was found guilty of first- and second-degree assault charges, kidnapping, robbery and felon in possession of a firearm in the beating of Wayne Russell Peters, 50, of Port Orford, at the beach at Paradise Point State Park in January 2013.

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Brookings voters to decide gas tax

Brookings City Attorney Martha Rice will draft a ballot title that would implement a 3-cent per gallon fuel tax to pay for street improvements throughout town.

Voters will face the ballot question in May 2015. 

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City cuts loss, offers new lease for course

The Brookings City Council is cutting its losses with The Claveran Group and going with a newly-formed firm to operate Salmon Run golf course.

Monday at its regular meeting, the council agreed to terminate the lease with the golf course management firm after 14 years of failing to turn a profit at the city-owned golf course, and instead sign on with Wild Rivers Golf Management, owned by current golf course manager Ed Murdoch and former county commissioner George Rhodes of Brookings.

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Deputies arrest pair linked to burglaries

A man wanted for a series of burglaries and theft in the Port Orford area bolted from a travel trailer Monday to avoid arrest, but authorities found him hiding in the brush. 

They also searched the trailer and found items such as jewelry, collectable stamps, family documents and a Purple Heart medal linked to recent burglaries.

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Richard Yock wants city’s biosolids

There are 1.47 million gallons of biosolids, give or take a few hundred thousand, just sitting at the wastewater treat- ment plant on Wharf Street in Brookings — and hyacinth farmer Richard Yock would like to take it off the city’s hands for use as fertil- izer.

And he’s got not only the support of the state Department of Environ- mental Quality but its encouragement, as well.

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Life under Nazi occupation

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Harbor resident Corry Prudden battled racism, starvation and bitter cold during German occupation of Amsterdam.

“Our neighbors were dropping dead in the streets, dying of starvation,” the Harbor resident recalled vividly. “I don’t know how I made it, but I did. I’m a survivor.”

When Hitler’s military force invaded the Netherlands in 1940, Prudden was 17 years old and living with her parents and three siblings in Amsterdam. 

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Teacher resigns in wake of complaints

A Brookings-Harbor High School English teacher has resigned following controversy over a piece of literature he handed out to students that riled parents and created a firestorm of comments on social media sites.

Teacher Chris McConnell, who was also the golf coach, turned in his resignation, effective Thursday, administrators said Friday. 

Prior to that, school officials had remained mum while they investigated complaints by parents and students that the material McConnell handed out was inappropriate.

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Medical marijuana proprietors want to bust stereotypes

Jim Klahr and Desmond Robinson, the proprietors of Curry County’s first medical marijuana dispensary, aren’t just out to help people ease the pain of their skin cancer, or stop the obsessive yelling of an Alzheimer’s patient.

They opened the shop in Harbor, in part, with a goal of educating people that medicinal marijuana isn’t the scourge the “War on Drugs” has led many to believe — and might just be the solution to chronic problems traditional Western medicine has been unable to alleviate.

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Harbor Shell gas station closes, employees laid off

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The Shell gas station in Harbor was unexpectedly shut down Wednesday morning and at least 12 employees were let go by Medford-based company Hays Oil.

Owner Steve Hays said the station was losing money and it will be converted to a 24-hour Pacific Pride commercial fueling station franchise. Pacific Pride operates more than 1,300 cardlock fueling sites in the U.S. sites,

“It was a hard thing to do,” Hays said about laying off the employees. “We hated doing it, but we can’t keep running it as a retail station if it’s losing money.”

The Shell station was closed at 9 a.m. and workers were told to leave.

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Sheriff says reported crime stats are skewed

Consider the source.

That’s Curry County Sheriff John Bishop’s attitude when it comes to crime statistics — whether they’re reported by the state, the feds or the media.

That was the case last week when The Oregonian, in a four-part series about crime in cash-strapped southern Oregon counties, provided a chart showing Curry County’s crime rate had spiked 94 percent in the past seven years.

Not so fast, Bishop said.

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