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Recreational marijuana in, GMO labels out

A majority of voters in Curry County and throughout Oregon said yes to legalizing recreational marijuana Tuesday, making Oregon the third state to do so.

In Curry County, voters approved Measure 91 55.38 percent (3,801 votes) to 44.62 percent (3,062 votes).

Statewide, voters approved the measure 53.70 percent (512,668 votes) to 46.30 percent (442,215 votes).


Harbor man arrested on meth charges

Authorities arrested a 60-year-old Harbor man Monday after officers found methamphetamine in a car he was a passenger in and drug-related items at his residence on Hanscam Lane.

Theodore Ward Ketchem, who authorities believed was dealing large amounts of methamphetamine in the community, was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful delivery and manufacture of the drug. Bail was set at $125,000.

According to Curry County Sheriff’s Det. Dave Gardiner, his office and the Brookings Police Department received information starting in September that Ketchem was selling methamphetamine from his 5th-wheel home on Hanscam Lane, behind the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center.


Initial election results


Initial election results show winners in the following:


Curry County races:


Commissioner Position No. 1: Tom Huxley 59%.


Gold Beach City Council Position 3: Becky Campbell 61.5%.

Gold Beach City Council Position 5: Tamie Kaufman 83%.


Port Orford City Council (vote for 3): Tim Pogwizd 24%, Brett Webb 17%, Caroline Clancy 16%.



State races:


Governor: Kitzhaber defeats Richardson to win historic 4th term as governor.


U.S. Senator: Jeff Merkley defeats Monica Wehby in U.S. Senate race


U.S. Representative, 4th district: Peter DeFazio defeats Robinson with 60 percent of vote.


State Representative, 1st District: Wayne Krieger defeats Jim Klahr with 67 percent of the vote.



State Measures (selected)


Measure 86: Creation fund for Oregonians: No 59%


Measure 88: Driver card without proof of legal presence: NO 67%


Measure 90: Single primary ballot: NO 67%


Measure 91: Legalize recreational marijuana: YES 54%


Measure 92: GMO labeling: NO 51% 

Gold Beach man dies in crash

The body of Gold Beach resident Ray Shane Gibson, 46, was recovered Tuesday after he was found inside a vehicle that went off Quosanta Creek Road, about 15 miles east of town.

Gibson was the nephew of Sheriff John Ward, who was first on the scene.


Happy Halloween!

Photo by Jayati Ramakrishnan/Curry Coastal Pilot

Children Shaylin and Landen Holmes, front, get into the holiday spirit with David Holmes and Brandi  Tribur Friday afternoon during a community trick-or-treat event in downtown Brookings. Scores of costumed children, accompanied by adults, visited at least 46 participating businesses in the Brookings-Harbor area starting at 11 a.m. Children also enjoyed games and making arts and crafts.

Authorities tentatively ID body as Callaway

Authorities announced today that identification found with the skeletal human remains discovered Sunday in the woods east of Brookings was that of 26-year-old Keith Callaway.

“We’re tentatively identifying the body as Mr. Callaway, but we won’t know for sure until we get a DNA sample from the family to do a comparison,” said Curry County Sheriff’s Det. Gardiner said.

The Curry County medical examiner is scheduled to do an autopsy of the remains to help confirm the identity and determine the cause of death, Gardiner said.


Officials clash over citizens survey

County Commissioners David Brock Smith and David Itzen say their cohort’s community survey is too long, too technical and too detailed, and plan to “take more time and do it right,” Itzen said Tuesday during a special meeting.

Brown, who was not in attendance for the special meeting, has been working since February to craft a survey to determine what county services citizens value and are willing to fund. It comes on the heels of three failed tax proposals voters rejected in the past year, and is hoped to provide information to the board so it can get the county back on its fiscal feet.

The survey asks citizens to evaluate county services, rate their trust in county government and solicits input as to what officials could do to make things better, both in the service and spending realms.

She even had 15 people test the survey.


Council sets marijuana tax rates

The Brookings City Council this week established sales tax rates for medical and recreational marijuana in anticipation voters may approve Measure 91 on the state ballot Nov. 4.

Medical marijuana has been legal for those who carry a qualifying card from the state, but voters will decide Tuesday if the herb should be available for recreational use by people older than 21.


Pickup driver cited for destroying guardrail

Oregon State Trooper Dean Trent is still scratching his head over how a small pickup managed to take out a 60-plus-foot long section of guardrail on Highway 101 in Harbor.

“When I saw the guardrail, I was looking for a large truck that was absolutely destroyed, but it wasn’t” Trent said.

The vehicle responsible for hitting the guardrail, and knocking if off at least two dozen wooden support beams, was a Dodge Ram 150, he said.


Tentative identity of human remains released

Authorities announced today that identification found with the skeletal human remains discovered Sunday in the woods east of Brookings was that of 26-year-old Keith Callaway.


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