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City mulls vandalism deterrent for park
November 26, 2013 09:57 pm

Zoning and ordinance changes would have to be made in Brookings to allow the city to build a permanent caretaker unit at Azalea Park for the purpose of deterring vandalism.

“It’s against city ordinance,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “City ordinance says there is to be no permanent placement of an RV to be used as a residence there. And can we have a residence in an open space? There are zoning and ordinance problems.”

Details of new GB hospital emerge
November 26, 2013 09:57 pm

With the success of the ballot measure now behind them, the Curry Health Network board of directors is now focusing on the next steps for Curry General Hospital, as well as expanding services in Brookings. 

During its meeting Monday, the board of directors heard a presentation about what the new Curry General Hospital could look like, discussed the next steps in beginning work on the new hospital and authorized $17,000 to explore expanding services in Brookings. It also moved to issue requests for quotation for an architecture and design firm and a feasibility study.

City, Charter at odds over 2 channels
November 26, 2013 09:49 pm

Use it or lose it.

That’s the message Charter Communications is sending the city of Brookings regarding the two channels it has licensed for “Public, Education and Government” (PEG) broadcasts.

The city and Charter have been negotiating a new franchise agreement since 2009, with the major sticking point centered on Channels 4 and 98, on which city and county meetings are respectively broadcast.

Port to study police options
November 22, 2013 08:19 pm
Group plans golf course near Port Orford
November 22, 2013 08:17 pm

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Officials of the new Elk River Property Development plan to submit paperwork next week to the Curry County Planning Department and begin the process of building two, nine-hole golf courses between Port Orford and Cape Blanco.

The plans for Pacific Gales, debuted on a website Nov. 18, would comprise the two courses on 330 acres of the 1,100-acre Knapp Ranch, a pro shop and restaurant. The developer is shooting for a 2016 opening.

“It’s a pretty exciting project,” said General Manager Troy Russell.  “The property is spectacular. The team that’s putting it together, we’re all veterans in the industry and have been all over the planet and built, worked or played on a lot of great golf courses. This is a once-in-a-lifetime site; it’s hard not to get excited about it.”

Curry County remembers: Where were you when Kennedy was killed?
November 22, 2013 08:15 pm

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At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, a sniper shot and killed John F. Kennedy as he and his wife Jacqueline traveled in a presidential motorcade through downtown Dallas, Texas.

Investigators later determined that shooter was Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot and killed by another man before he could stand trial.

Kennedy, one of America’s most admired and charismatic presidents, was known for his leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis and his Cold War speech in Berlin.

Brookings residents often recall exactly where they were and what they heard, saw and felt as the news of JFK’s assassination came from radios, black and white TVs or were announced in schools and workplaces.

Here are some of their stories:

C&K files Chapter 11 bankruptcy
November 19, 2013 09:45 pm

C&K Market Inc., operator of Ray’s Food Place and Shop Smart, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday. 

The Brookings-based company will close 16 stores in Oregon and California, including the Shop Smart in Harbor . It will not close Ray’s Food Place stores in Brookings, Gold Beach, Port Orford and 44 other stores.

Herbicide spraying prompts inquiry
November 19, 2013 09:37 pm

The state of Oregon is investigating complaints from at least 15 people who said they fell ill after a plane spraying insecticide flew over their homes near Hunter Creek last month.

“It feels like my head is in a vice,” said Jim Sweeney, a Gold Beach resident. “I’ve been sick since they’ve been doing it. I’m thinking about leaving here.”

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