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County hands septic services to state

Curry County will no longer operate its Environmental Sanitation program and will hand the duties back to the state Department of Environmental Quality, forcing residents here to go north to obtain permits for septic systems.

Effective June 16, residents and sanitation professionals seeking permits and licenses for onsite septic systems installation, maintenance and repair will be required to contact the regional office in Coos Bay.


Rash of Brookings criminal activity

The theft of a “few hundred dollars” — and a cash register — a vehicle, cameras and other items over Azalea Festival weekend are believed to all be related, Brookings Police reported Friday.

The money and register were stolen from Vista Pub in Brookings when someone forced their way in through a door at the restaurant at 1009 Chetco Avenue late last Saturday night or early Sunday morning, said Police Chief Chris Wallace.


Milliman attends China summit

Gary Milliman, left, uses earphones to hear translation by Chinese officials during the summit.

Editor’s note: Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman was part of an U.S delegation that met with Chinese government officials and educators earlier this month to explore how American council/manager form of government might work in China. 

This is his report.


Man injured in rollover accident

Paramedics treat a man after his truck rolled over on South Bank Chetco River Road this afternoon.

An 61-year-old Harbor man was injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident a mile or so up South Bank Chetco River Road at 1 p.m. Friday.


Memorial Day ceremony: Remember the fallen

Veterans, family members and friends of U.S. soldiers killed in action place flowers at a mock grave site during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

A crowd of more than 100 people filled the boardwalk at the Port of Brookings Harbor Monday for a solemn ceremony that honored soldiers who had died in U.S. wars.

County sets fees on pot dispensary

Curry County commissioners are taking advantage of Oregon’s newest business and establishing fees on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The board decided not to enact emergency sanctions to give them time to enact local rules, noting that they can always impose new regulations under emergency declarations. Unless counties or cities enact regulations of their own, dispensaries must abide by those crafted by the state.


Federal funding for SOD battle

U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas L. Tidwell notified Gov. John Kitzhaber Tuesday that portions of federal land in Curry County will be designated as insect and disease areas under the Farm Bill passed earlier this year.

The inclusion means Curry County could be eligible for federal assistance to address Sudden Oak Death (SOD), which, if left untreated, could spread into the agricultural lands northeast of the county, affecting the third largest industry in the state.


Buddy the Bruin statue finds home in Brookings

Evergreen Bank President Jeff Hyde and a bank employee unveil Buddy the Bruin, a new statue that has been installed in downtown Brookings.

Buddy the Bruin bear was unveiled, transported with police escort and installed on the sidewalk in front of the Downtown Coffee Lounge Friday afternoon.


Lewis wins cardboard boat race

Contestants in their home-made cardboard boats paddle for the finish line Saturday. Doug Lewis, in the white boat called Slice of Life, placed first.

Doug Lewis in his sleek Slice of Life boat zipped across the chilly waters to win the Second Port of Brookings Harbor International Cardboard Boat Races Saturday, a far cry from his attempt last year in which his craft folded in half and sank.


Azalea Festival Parade coverage

Members of the Harbor Fire Department ride in an antique fire truck during the parade.

Photos and videos of this morning's Azalea Festival Parade in downtown Brookings are now available at the Pilot's Facebook page.

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