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End of the road for Crumley
November 16, 2013 07:12 am
Emblem Club campaign surpasses 13,000
November 16, 2013 07:10 am

Harbor Postmaster Gene Reiling is joined, from left, by Emblem Club members Carol Swain, Terry Clawson, Karen Lennartz and Virginia Frizzle. The group mailed letters to troops on Thursday.

Terry Clawson had neat piles of letters stacked around her living room. Lots of letters, 13,669 letters all ready to be sent off to service members overseas.

“I want them to know how much we appreciate them and what they do,” Clawson said. “Sometimes they don’t know that or hear it enough.”

Free dictionaries for third graders
November 12, 2013 08:48 pm

Kalmiopsis students line up to receive dictionaries from Rotary Club members Tuesday. The Pilot/Don Iler
The Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club donated more than 125 dictionaries to third graders at Kalmiopsis Elementary School on Tuesday. 

The program has provided dictionaries to third graders for more than 10 years. The Rotary Club purchases the dictionaries from the Dictionary Project, a program which helps local civic organizations distribute dictionaries to school children throughout the country. 

Itzen offers homestead tax exemption
November 12, 2013 08:46 pm

County Commissioner David Itzen hopes a homestead tax exemption idea he has might be part of the solution to Curry County’s fiscal woes, particularly after last week’s tax levy failure at the ballot box.

Currently, Curry County’s tax rate is 59.9 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation, the second lowest in the state. A homestead exemption would grant certain homeowners a set exemption from the assessed value of their house.

Pharmacies compete for C&K customers
November 12, 2013 08:45 pm

With Pharmacy Express and Chetco Pharmacy both closing in the Brookings area, many are apprehensive about what is going to happen to their prescriptions once the two pharmacies have their final day on Thursday. 

Unless other arrangements are made, prescriptions will be transferred to Rite Aid pharmacy on Friday. Ashley Flower, a spokesperson for Rite Aid, said the store will continue to offer its customers free delivery, something Chetco Pharmacy and Pharmacy Express provided for customers. 

Police seek info on gunfire incident
November 12, 2013 08:44 pm

The Brookings Police Department is asking for help in finding the person responsible for firing a gun and striking two houses and a vehicle along Easy Street early Tuesday morning.

According to Chief Chris Wallace, between 2 and 4 a.m. Nov. 12, an unknown person fired multiple rounds from a .45-caliber handgun from First to Fifth streets.

County’s economic development efforts show promise
November 12, 2013 08:43 pm

Economic development projects proposed over the years are coming to fruition, the Curry County Board of Commissioners said at a recent special meeting outlining the progress of those ideas.

The meeting, held earlier this month in Brookings, attracted about 50 citizens interested in updates on the Internet redundancy loop, the Healthy Forest Collaborative, ReHome Oregon, wind energy, biomass and efforts to attract new businesses to Curry County.

Board considers Brookings satellite hospital
November 10, 2013 01:22 pm

The Curry Health Network board of directors has decided to bring on a law firm to investigate the legality of moving some Curry General Hospital beds to Brookings in order to make it a satellite hospital.

The board had previously hired the Neenan Group to consult on obtaining a certificate of need to establish hospital services in Brookings. 

Group says cut leaders’ salaries
November 10, 2013 01:21 pm

The Citizens Charter Committee is calling for each Curry County commissioner to take a $40,000 pay cut and use the savings to hire a full-time paid administrator to run day-to-day operations of the county.

The charter committee is an offshoot of the Financial Independence Committee, started by Commissioner Susan Brown, who was seeking more public input before pursuing a tax measure. She has since distanced herself from the group to allow them to gather citizen opinion. 

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