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Volunteers selected for disaster training exercise

Curry County’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will send three volunteers to a statewide exercise in disaster preparedness next month.

The exercise, called Operation Pathfinder Minutemen 2015, is a chance for volunteers to practice a coordinated, simulated response to a large-scale natural disaster, including an earthquake and tsunami.

Participants include the Oregon National Guard, Oregon Air Guard, Oregon Disaster Medical Team, the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon and, this year, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.

“It’s a ramp-up to Cascadia Rising 2016,” said Beth Barker-Hidalgo, a Curry County MRC unit leader. “In June 2016, we’ll have a four-day FEMA Region 10 exercise to simulate Cascadia rising — but Oregon decided to do a pre-exercise exercise.”


Honoring the past

Fred Pate spends hours painstakingly building models and dioramas depicting scenes from various wars. The veteran enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps at 18 and fought in the Pacific. He was on Iwo Jima. “We lost 5,800 men in 36 days,” he said.

The day before his 91st birthday, Fred Pate walks into his study ready to talk war.

Sitting down in his chair, Pate is surrounded by military memorabilia as well as projects of his own making. His hobby is creating models and dioramas of scenes from various wars. His desk is lined with rows of tiny jars of paint, and cartons full of paintbrushes and tools for carving out fine details.

Pate, a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946, also creates models of airplanes.

“I started making these when one of my daughters gave me a model set for a gift,” Pate said. “I found it was a great hobby, and then one of my friends gave me a model of a tank. I found it was a nice change of pace, and I’ve been making models ever since.”


State pulls Druzdzel’s medical license

The Oregon Medical Board (OMB) has placed the license of Dr. Janusz Druzdzel, 63, of Gold Beach, on inactive status to give the state agency time to complete an investigation into his ability to “safely and competently” practice medicine.

The investigation is anticipated to be complete before the end of the year and, in the meantime, the general practitioner is not allowed to practice medicine. 

According to documents from the Oregon Medical Board, the state last year initially received “credible information” regarding Druzdzel’s practice and the distribution of prescribed medicine, and issued an interim stipulated order (ISO) on Dec. 22, 2014 that limited some of his work.


Residents irked by pesticide ruling

Residents of Cedar Valley said they feel invalidated and ignored after state officials settled a case between the Curry County citizens and pesticide pilot Steve Owen, who illegally sprayed the people then lied to state authorities about it during an investigation.

The agreement reached indicates Owen’s personal pesticide license will be suspended for one year, effective July 1. His business license under Pacific Air Resources will likewise be suspended for one year. He will pay no fines. The Pilot’s attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.


The graying of Oregon

(AP) — The retirement-age boom is well underway in Oregon.

Oregon’s 65-and-older population grew by 18 percent between July 2010 and July 2014, according to newly released population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. That outpaces the country as a whole, which saw its senior population grow by 14.2 percent in the same time period.

Most Oregon counties saw their 65-and-older population grow by more than 10 percent in the same time period. No county saw a decrease.


Health district annexation proposal progresses

The Curry County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday, after much discussion about taxation, representation and equity, to put on the November ballot a question to annex the southern end of the county to Curry Health District (CHD).

The resolution was the first step to getting a question on the ballot; the city of Brookings approved one last month that has been accepted by the state with a few corrections.

This was the second public hearing at the county, as required by law, and gave time to hospital officials to get correct maps of the two areas in question.


Chalk artists work their magic on Harbor wall

Others soon join the effort to decorate the wall on Thursday.

On Thursday morning, Melissa Buffa and Tim Dufour Jr. were just beginning the outlines of their mural, sketching out their designs in chalk on the block-long wall.

Drivers, bikers and joggers passed the wall on Benham Lane at the south end of the Port of Brookings Harbor, looking on in curiosity and, once they realized what the artists were doing, appreciation.

By 3 that afternoon, the mural was complete — a six foot-tall recreation of the genie from Disney’s “Aladdin,” with fireworks and the words “Happy 4th of July” arched over the top of the scene.


Big ling = Happy fishermen

Photo by Andy Martin

Medford resident Don Stow, left, and Joey LeFebvre of Wild Rivers Fishing In Brookings, hold a trophy lingcod Stow caught Sunday out of the Port of Brookings Harbor. The big ling hit a large herring that LeFebvre jigged up at the boat docks the day before. 

Board OKs $58 million budget

Curry County commissioners adopted its $57.98 million budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year during a special meeting Monday, two days before it must have one in place for the upcoming year.

The budget is slightly higher than that of last year’s — $57.3 million — but dramatically smaller than that of, say, 2010-2011, the heyday of Curry County’s revenue stream, when it was $75.6 million, noted County Accountant Gary Short in his budget message last month.

The bulk of the property tax revenue, in either case, merely transfers through the county to special districts, including schools, fire departments, libraries and scores of others. The county ultimately keeps about 6 percent, or $1.4 million for its general fund, from which all county services are supposed to be funded.


Harbor sanitary district hires Rhodes as manager

The Harbor Sanitary District board on Monday voted to hire outgoing board chairman George Rhodes as the new general manager with a one-year, $60,000 salary. 

In the same meeting, the board agreed to pay $26,000 in accrued sick leave to recently-terminated general manager Kelly Beebe (formerly Kelly Wilson). 

The board meeting attracted about 20 people, some concerned about the recent firing of Beebe, as well as rumors that the board was considering annexing the district to Brookings.

Rhodes, acting as board chair, was quick to quell the rumor about annexation.


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