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Herbicide spraying prompts inquiry
November 19, 2013 09:37 pm

The state of Oregon is investigating complaints from at least 15 people who said they fell ill after a plane spraying insecticide flew over their homes near Hunter Creek last month.

“It feels like my head is in a vice,” said Jim Sweeney, a Gold Beach resident. “I’ve been sick since they’ve been doing it. I’m thinking about leaving here.”

Crab festival taking shape
November 19, 2013 09:37 pm

The 2014 Southwestern Oregon Crab Festival plans are beginning to take shape.

Organizers of the new event, to be held Jan. 25, is part of a plan to boost the local economy in the off-season. The City of Brookings Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the idea earlier this fall, and the council agreed to allocate $4,000 toward promoting the event.

Don Horton: A builder of history, a builder of dreams
November 19, 2013 09:33 pm

Don Horton and his wife, Marjorie, moved to Brookings in 1953. He soon started Horton Brothers Construction, which built many well-known structures. Submitted photo
Don Horton.

For longtime Brookings residents the name evokes memories of community buildings dating back to the 1950s — many of which are still standing:

Firefighters stop port blaze before it spreads
November 19, 2013 09:32 pm

A quick response from volunteer firefighters from Harbor and Brookings is what Harbor Fire Chief John Brazil credits for saving not only the Book Dock in the Port of Brookings Harbor Saturday afternoon, but possibly all the retail shops surrounding it.

“A firefighter in the area sized up the scene, shut off the utilities, and an engine showed up in four minutes,” Brazil said. 

Board considers major cuts
November 16, 2013 07:15 am

A somber county commissioner board determined Wednesday that it has two choices to make revenues meet expenses for this fiscal year: Make sweeping cuts across all departments or take more money from the road fund.

Cuts or road funds are needed to meet a $3.1 million budget since voters rejected another tax levy last Tuesday that asked for a three-year property tax increase of $1.34 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Revenue generated from that would have funded public safety, including the jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney, juvenile and probation and parole services.

Measure 8-73 lost, 4,733 to 3,422.

Even with the limited options, the three county commissioners could not come to agreement about what to do.

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. 

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