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Uncertain future for BHHS preschool program
March 05, 2014 08:21 am

BHHS students get hands-on teaching experience with preschoolers at the high school’s child development program.

About 50 children will lose their inexpensive preschool services when the teacher of a Brookings-Harbor High School’s child development program leaves at the end of the school year.

The program, overseen by instructor Cindy Appanaitis, offers high school students hands-on teaching opportunities with children ages 3 to 5.

Preschoolers have class four days a week for 90 minutes, for which parents pay $125 per semester. Most of this money is used to purchase supplies and to make equipment purchases. 

Vandalism plagues Chetco River bar
March 05, 2014 08:19 am

Curry Transfer and Recycling has announced it will no longer service the portable toilet at Social Security Bar since vandalism and graffiti continue to plague the area.

The vandalism, coupled with damage done to the City of Brookings’ sign at the popular summer spot, has prompted a new round of staff discussion about the 1.6 acres the city owns along the north bank of the Chetco River.

Golf course approved, appeals likely
March 05, 2014 08:15 am
The Curry County Planning Commission last week approved a conditional use permit for Elk River Property Development to build an 18-hole golf course on 354 acres of a 1,008-acre cow pasture owned by Knapp Ranch just north of Port Orford.
School board renews superintendent’s contract
February 28, 2014 06:54 pm

The Brookings Harbor School board agreed to renew Superintendent Brian Hodge’s contract, but not without disagreeing about the process in which his annual job review was done.

The board spent several hours at Wednesday regular board meeting debating whether the format used to evaluate him had been actually agreed upon in prior meetings, and whether the board followed its policies in evaluating him. 

County delays advisory survey
February 28, 2014 06:51 pm

Curry County commissioners decided Wednesday to delay distributing “advisory” questions with the upcoming May ballot, but instead to wait and send them in a mass mailing later in the year so as to not confuse voters.

Advisory ballot questions are basically surveys questioning voters if they are in favor of municipalities pursuing certain issues or asking for their opinion about issues elected officials might be interested in placing on a future ballot.

Brookings man pursues Brookings' first marijuana dispensary
February 28, 2014 06:49 pm


“I’m doing alternative health care ... We’ll have a doctor here, a chiropractor, people from several different professions.” — Advocate Kenny Francis, with his wife April

Kenny Francis and his wife, April, are anxiously awaiting Monday when he can mail off an application to the state to begin the process of opening their shop in Brookings: South Coast Dispensaries, a medical marijuana supply firm at 1025 Chetco Ave.

He took a step forward Tuesday, when the state Senate gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill 1531 that says local government can regulate but not ban dispensaries. The state last year approved House Bill 3460 that legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal uses, including pain management, glaucoma, complications from AIDS and many other ailments.

Mayors support Home Rule Charter ballot initiative
February 28, 2014 06:44 pm

From left: Mayors Jim Auborn, Ron Hedenskog and Karl Popoff with letter they signed supporting Home Rule initiative.

The mayors of Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford gathered this week to sign an open letter in support of Measure 8-76, the Citizen’s County Home Rule Charter initiative on the May ballot.

The initiative would change the present form of government to that of a home rule, in which the county would be led by a five-person, part-time, volunteer board of county commissioners and managed by a paid administrator or manager.

Cost of inmate care hurts counties
February 26, 2014 09:39 am

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop says he’s sitting on a time bomb.

On any given day, an inmate could present themselves with a medical problem that requires more than a Band-Aid or aspirin.

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