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BHHS class raises cash for ailing classmate

The leadership class of Brookings-Harbor High School surpassed their fundraising goal of $1,000 and made a major contribution to help fund treatment for  their classmate Edgar Canales, who is battling cancer.

The class held a fundraiser on Sunday night, charging $5 to see the film Forrest Gump at the Redwood Theater. The fundraiser yielded $1,589, all of which will be donated to Canales’ family to help them with the cost of treatment.

“We had a goal of $1,000, so we did good,” said leadership coordinator Kristy Kleespies. 


National Geographic films Brookings Bomb Site Trail

Filmmaker Peter Hankoff is used to going to obscure places for his work — and he’s also used to finding what he’s looking for. 

When he came to Brookings looking for the World War II Japanese bomb site, he found himself facing a new challenge: photographing something that he couldn’t find.

Hankoff and Richard Lyons, a Portland-based videographer, spent a recent afternoon searching for the display at the site where Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped a bomb during World War II — one of only two attacks on the continental U.S. during that war. The two spent several hours searching for the sites, following the signs at the trailhead and traipsing miles through the woods — but came up empty-handed.


Three arrested in car theft spree

Joshua Haussler

A Brookings man and two women linked to numerous car break-ins and thefts up and down the coast this summer were arrested Wednesday.

The man, Joshua Wayne Haussler, 24, was also wanted for stealing a vehicle last week, leading police on a car chase from Brookings to a Smith River beach and eluding capture, authorities said. Haussler, who was released from prison earlier this year, was also wanted for a parole violation.


Slam'n Salmon Derby continues

Fishing enthusiasts from across the country are competing at the 12th Annual Slam’n Salmon Ocean Fishing Derby, which continues today through Sunday at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

On Friday, the first day of the derby, the largest salmon recorded was a 20.1-pounder caught by Oregon resident Gary Parsons.


New chapter for Brookings bibliophile

Gordon Later has been surrounded by books nearly all his life.

Gordon Later is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.

The owner of Earl E Books in Brookings is selling his shop — filled with thousands and thousands of books — so he can spend what’s left of his youth, at 64, enjoying life.


Recent rain doesn't extinguish ban on campfires

Campfire bans on the Southern Oregon Coast and inland areas are set to remain in effect through at least Labor Day due to persistent wildfire danger. 

“Now is not the time for folks to let their guard down,” said state Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. 

Despite 2.5 inches of rain that fell on Curry County a week ago, campfire bans are still in effect in Curry County, including those in state parks and on beaches.


Annual Slam'n Salmon Festival begins Friday

Festival winner in 2012 receives a check for catching the biggest Salmon. Nearly 500 anglers are expected to participate in this year's event.

Fishing enthusiasts from across the country will be competing at the 12th Annual Slam’n Salmon Ocean Fishing Derby starting Friday at the Port of Brookings-Harbor.

The derby, which has attracted participants from as far away as New York in previous years, is considered the largest fishing derby on the West Coast. An estimated 450 contestants will vie for the $6,000 grand prize for the biggest salmon, and a chance to win some of the $10,000 in cash prizes, such as rods and reels, crab pots and other fishing gear. 


Moonrise at Harris Beach

Photo by Grant Fraley

A full moon rises Saturday evening as children climb on one of many rocks that dot Harris Beach in Brookings. The forecast calls for sunny weather with highs around 70 degrees today through Sunday. 

Officer subdues thief with Taser

Suspect Stanley Joe Stevens lays in the middle of Chetco Avenue after being Tasered by Brookings Police Officer Kyle Kennedy. Photo by Pamela Brown.

A Crescent City man suspected of punching the manager at the Brookings Bi-Mart and fleeing with stolen goods got as far as Chetco Avenue before being tasered by a police officer and arrested on Saturday.

Stanley Joe Stevens, 31, who has an extensive criminal history in Oregon and California, faces charges of robbery, theft, disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. Bail was set at $60,000.

At 6 p.m. Saturday an employee at Bi-Mart on Railroad Avenue called 911 to report the manager had been assaulted when he attempted to stop several shoplifters. 


Sheriff Ward will run for re-election

After a grueling year of financial uncertainties and staff turnover, Curry County Sheriff John Ward has decided to run for the office next year.

He plans to let the county commissioners know today (Sept. 2) at their regularly scheduled meeting that he plans to submit the required paperwork and hit the ground running for the May primary.

He doesn’t know — for sure — if anyone plans to throw their hat in the ring with his.


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