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Brookings pulls SDC charges
April 04, 2014 07:40 pm

The Brookings City Council has unanimously voted to discontinue collecting Systems Development Charges (SDC) on existing and previously occupied buildings when the business use changes. 

“For many years I have had a concern that collection of these fees has negatively impacted businesses wishing to open shop in our downtown core,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “We made this decision to encourage business owners to look at existing buildings downtown when they are seeking to start up a new business or relocate.”

Curry General back in the baby delivery business
April 04, 2014 07:37 pm

GOLD BEACH — Labor and Delivery services at Curry General Hospital have resumed, and on March 5 the first baby — a healthy boy — was born in the new program, followed by a second baby boy delivered March 28.

Port cleans up rotten mink carcasses
April 02, 2014 12:17 pm

A boom around a commercial fishing dock Wednesday contains rotten mink carcasses.

The sight of small, skinned animal carcasses bobbing on the water at the Port of Brookings Harbor Wednesday was disturbing. The smell was even worse.

Slides close Elk River Road
April 02, 2014 11:55 am


PORT ORFORD – Several slides caused by recent rains have closed the Elk River Road east of Port Orford, according to the U.S. Forest Service.


A road slide at Milepost Six (above the Elk River Fish Hatchery) has made the Elk River Road impassable. Repairs are planned after the next round of rain. See the latest forecasts at www.CurryPilot.com/weather.

Wildlife safari
April 01, 2014 07:48 pm
Roosevelt elk can often be seen on the outskirts of Brookings and eating on grassy areas along the coast near the Oregon/California border.

Photos by Cass Greene • Special to the Pilot

Local photographer Cass Greene found plenty of wildlife to take pictures of this week as rain clouds gave way to sunshine along the Southern Oregon Coast.

Marine sanctuary proposal pulled
April 01, 2014 07:43 pm
Bob Bailey, the Salem man who nominated the waters off Port Orford to be named a federally protected marine sanctuary, has withdrawn his submission, saying more public discussion has to be held to gain community support.
What price county services?
April 01, 2014 07:41 pm
No pot moratorium in Curry
March 28, 2014 07:57 pm

Curry County commissioners decided Wednesday not to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, noting that delaying the opening of such facilities would not benefit anyone. 

Hard-core whale watchers
March 28, 2014 07:56 pm

Photo by Agatha Conrad

Friday’s rainy weather did not deter at least two people from trying to spot migrating whales off the coast of Harris Beach State Park.  Nearly 160 gray whales pass along the coast each day this time of year as the mammals make their annual migration north to their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas. 

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