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Police arrest theft suspect

Brookings Police officers were busy this week searching for a vehicle hit-and-run suspect and arresting a 41-year-old transient man suspected of stealing items from a Chetco Avenue store and breaking into vehicles.

Police contacted transient Ryan D. Martin on Wednesday and found stolen property in his possession. He was arrested and transported to Curry County Jail, where he was charged with three counts of breaking into vehicles, second and third degree theft and theft by receiving.

On Sept. 14, the Brookings Police Department received a report of an overnight burglary from the owner of Silver City Coins and Collectibles on Chetco Avenue

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New alert system coming to Curry

Curry County is just steps away from a having a new mass notification system that will alert residents to major emergencies such as earthquakes, tsunamis and fires.

“We’re in the final phase before we accept the contract,” Emergency Services Coordinator Don Kendall told county commissioners at their Wednesday meeting.

 The county will contract with an organization called Everbridge, and will soon implement a system that will contact people via phone, text or email to inform them of emergencies.

“I’m hoping to get going in the first part of October,” Kendall said. 

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Flights return to Crescent City

PenAir’s first flight out of Crescent City took off without a hitch Tuesday morning, carrying mostly media personnel and company executives safely over earth and stream to the city of Portland. 

After five months without a commercial carrier, Curry and Del Norte County residents are once again walking into the Del Norte Regional Airport twice a day to check their bags and hop on a short one-hour and 20-minute flight north. 

A quiet celebration was held in the twilight of Tuesday morning to mark this beginning, when some bleary-eyed Del Norte dignitaries chewed their bagels and lox, savoring whispers centering on the notion that a social event scheduled for 6 a.m. is one that’s scheduled too early. 

Just before the ribbon cutting, Del Norte County Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen welcomed the early risers and thanked “everybody who made this come to fruition.”

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Hazardous waste collection Saturday

Coos and Curry County residents can dispose of various household chemicals at a free “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event” scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

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Police search for hit-and-run suspect

Brookings Police officers on Thursday morning were searching for the suspect who fled the scene of a hit-and-run vehicle accident the night before.

The suspect does not pose a threat to the public, said Sgt. Terry Murray.

“We know who the suspect is and hope to arrest him sometime today,” Murray said.

The male suspect, whose name was not being released by police, was driving a 1990 Toyota 4Runner at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday when he allegedly struck another car near the corner of Highway 101 and North Bank Chetco River Road, Murray said.

None of the people in the other vehicle were injured, he said. The suspect, who may have been injured, drove away from the scene and crashed the Toyota near Thompson Road and fled the scene on foot.

It is likely the suspect is now somewhere in the general Brookings area, not up North Bank Chetco River Road, Murray said.


Brookings Baconfest Saturday

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David Scaggs (submitted photo)

Enjoy life.

That’s David Scaggs’ motto as he plans the first Brookings Oregon Baconfest, scheduled 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Salmon Run golf course.

The free event will feature vendors, live music and bacon-related activities, including a “Miss Baconfest” pageant. 

“It celebrates bacon, but bacon’s not what it’s really about,” Scaggs said. “It promotes the community, and it promotes the fact that you shouldn’t have to pay a ton of money to have fun. It’s a celebration of life — and bacon’s a fun excuse to do it.”

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Hospital in Brookings unlikely

The possibility of a new hospital being built in the Brookings area appeared less likely this week after officials with healthcare providers Asante and Providence stated they have no interest in pursuing such a facility on the coast.

The statements are good news for officials with the city of Brookings and Curry Health Network, who are championing a November ballot measure asking South County residents to join the network’s existing taxing district. 

If voters approve the annexation, the additional taxes will go into the network’s general fund and likely help fund a new hospital currently under construction in Gold Beach, and expand the network’s Fifth Street clinic in Brookings into an emergency room with additional services such as dialysis, MRI and infusion therapy.

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Brookings council OKs tentative tower rules

The Brookings City Council Monday tentatively approved new rules regarding the height and location of amateur communication towers, primarily for ham radio operations, on private property.

The council also approved a contract to resurface the public swimming pool, and a cable television franchise agreement.

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Fire danger remains despite cooler days

Don’t be fooled by the cool mornings and shorter days of September. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire officials say that they average more than 200 fires that burn in excess of 1,000 acres across the state each fall. 

In the early fall of 2014, the 36 Pit, Yellow Point and Scoggins Creek fires combined burned about 6,500 acres. More than 90 percent of the fires are caused by people during this time of year. To date in 2015, about 900 fires have burned more than 93,500 acres on ODF protected lands.

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GB council tackles bag ban, abandoned house

The Gold Beach City councilors on Monday directed the city attorney to prepare a ballot measure for a proposed ban on plastic grocery bags. 

They will then decide whether or not to place the measure on the May 2016 ballot.

If the council decides not to place the measure on the ballot, the measure will be offered to citizen Amy Timeus, who has been petitioning Gold Beach citizens on whether they support the bag ban.

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