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Extreme fire danger on the Rogue River

Officials have banned open fires in the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, as fire danger levels were moved to "extreme" over the weekend.

The ban covers a popular rafting section from Grave Creek to Watson Creek, on lands managed both by the Bureau of Land Management upstream from Marial, and the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest manages lands downstream from there.

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Brookings man dies in single car accident

Authorities believe that fatigue may have played a part in the death of a Brookings man who crashed his car on Highway 101 Saturday morning near the stateline after working a double shift at Pelican Bay State Prison.

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Trouble brewing at Brookings’ schools

Things have been anything but quiet this summer at the Brookings-Harbor School District, where union members have issued a vote of no confidence in the superintendent, at least two dozen employees have resigned, and the implementation of a new grading system has been declared a disaster.

“We are in a meltdown,” said school board member Sue Chambers. “I am very concerned about the way things are going.”

“We can’t sugarcoat what’s happened,” said board member Katherine Johnson. “It’s been a very difficult year, but I’m a big-picture person. I want to understand the ‘why” of things. We have to look at what we can do now. We can’t put our heads in the sand.”

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Head-on collision claims life of Harbor resident

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Firefighters use the Jaws of LIfe to extricate the body of Harbor residents George C. Bradshaw who died when his truck collided head-on with a motor home near the Oregon border.

A Harbor man died Friday when his pickup truck drifted into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason and collided head-on with a motor home on Highway 101 at the Oregon/California border.

George C. Bradshaw, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene and fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract his body from the wrecked 2007 GMC Canyon pickup truck.

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High-flying weekend

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Conner Doran, a nationally-renowned kite flyer, struts on the floor while making his indoor kite dance in the windless Brookings-Harbor High School gym during a demonstration Friday night.

Colorful kites will be soaring, diving, careening, twirling, spinning and carving through the skies this weekend at the 22nd annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival at the Port of Brookings Harbor Kite Field.

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House OKs more cash for highway fund

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday voted to infuse $19,972,603 to keep the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent early next month — and keeping road construction on state highways going until then.

The resolution, H.R. 5021, funds highway and transit programs through May 2015. It passed 367-55, and now goes to the Senate.

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$3 million grant will aid road safety

The Smith River Tribal Council broke ground on a multi-million dollar safety corridor project that will allow for safer travel for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists along a 4.1 mile stretch of Highway 101 in Smith River. The tribal council was awarded a $3 million “TIGER III” transportation grant from the United States Department of Transportation that aims to improve roadways to address safety concerns along Highway 101 as it runs through tribal lands, and held a groundbreaking event at the intersection of Highway 101 and North Indian Road to celebrate.
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Man dies in head-on collision at Oregon state line

UPDATE: At 2:55 p.m. today, authorities confirmed that the man trapped in a truck that collided head on with a motorhome this afternoon at the Oregon/California border is dead. His identity has not been released, but the truck he was driving has an Oregon license plate. The people in the the motorhome that was hit head on by the man's GMC Canyon pickup received minor injuries. 

UPDATE: As of 1:25 p.m. today, law enforcement is advising motorists not to travel on Highway 101 in the area of the Oregon/California border unless absolutely necessary. A traffic accident at the border has caused a major traffic jam, with the backup reaching several miles in both directions. 

Highway 101 is closed in both directions at the Oregon/California border as rescue crews work to free a man pinned inside a small pickup truck after it collided headon with a motorhome. The condition of the man is unknown at this time. A Pilot reporter is on scene. The California HIghway Patrol said it did not know when all lanes would be open. We will report more information as it becomes available.


Accident closes one lane near stateline

Highway 101 has been opened to one lane of controlled traffic just south of the Oregon/California border because of a two-vehicle accident: a motorhome vs. a truck. The accident initially closed both lanes for about a half hour. A reporter has been dispatched to the location to get more information. The California HIghway Patrol said it did not know when all lanes would be open. We will report more information as it becomes available.

Communication outage reported in Southern Oregon area

According to Lt. Donnie Dotson of the Brookings Police Department, a communication outage has been reported Wednesday evening in both Curry and Coos Counties due to a fiber optic line being "cut" just outside of Myrtle Point. The outtage affects the ability to call long distance from land-line phones, cellphone coverage and Frontier cable subscribers.

Crews are working at fixing the outage and estimate communications issues to be resolved in four to five hours. 

Currently, there is very little service for land-line phones calling long distance and that there is only a slight chance of the call going through. Local calls are still functioning at this time. 

Cellphone coverage appears spotty and may or may not work depending on your location. Dotson states that the coverage does not appear to be affecting any specific cellphone provider, rather the coverage of certain cellphone towers irregardless of the cellphone service provider.

Lt. Dotson informs the public to keep their options open if they are unable to get cellphone coverage and need to contact the authorities. Dial 911 in case of an emergency. If that fails he states to contact the Brookings Police Department at 541-469-3118 extension 0, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  


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