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FedEx facility proposed for Harbor property

County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss a zoning change at 15887 Benham Lane for a proposed FedEx building.

The 9.38 acre property, bordered by Highway 101, south of Mattie’s Pancake House, is currently zoned rural residential, and the proposed use is heavy commercial. The developer would also like to divide the lot into parcels of 4.64 and 4.76 acres in size.

Various municipal and state officials offered suggestions, primarily related to traffic volume and how it could affect surrounding neighborhoods and the adjacent highway.

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Rain hampers, cancels local holiday events

The past week’s inclement weather has affected not just homeowners and city employees trying to keep up with the wind and rain, but also those who have volunteered their time for the annual Christmas light show and parade.

The parade, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, was supposed to be a new attraction this year organized by the Coastal Christmas in Brookings-Harbor group. It was canceled due to the heavy rain and wind that pummeled the city for most of the weekend.

“We were going to try to reschedule for next weekend, but several of our organizers will be out of town, and there’s really no more weekends after that,” said Kathy Breshears, one of the coordinators for the Coastal Christmas group. 

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Expect long lines at mailing facilities

There were almost two dozen people standing in line at the U.S. Postal Service office in Brookings Monday afternoon, the organization’s busiest day of the year.

The line trailed to the door. People were muttering, checking watches and smartphones for the time. Someone said the post office should offer a bench on which to sit. Others huffed or cursed under their breath, and left.

Most of those in line weren’t happy. They knew that when the post office in Harbor closed, the lines in Brookings would get long.

“Not this long,” a woman muttered.

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Search for missing Gold Beach man continues

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A member of the Curry County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team attaches a chain to a truck owned by Ray Hunnicutt. The truck was found in Cedar Creek Sunday.

A Gold Beach man is missing after his pickup was found upside down in the rain-swollen Cedar Creek near Ophir Sunday afternoon, authorities said today.

Ray Hunnicutt was last seen around midnight Saturday at a party in the Ophir area. Family members believe that he left at that time to drive a friend home.


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Bracing for the next Storm

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A visitor to Sporthaven Beach at the Port of Brookings Harbor Friday enjoys a close up view of waves in the 20 to 25-foot high range. Photo by Scott Graves / Curry Coastal Pilot.

While northern Oregon was flooded by this week’s series of major storms, Curry County emerged relatively unscathed, with residents and officials dealing mostly with minor flooding, fallen trees and short power outages.

But the wet and wild weather isn’t over yet —  the National Weather Service issued a flood watch Friday afternoon for today (Dec. 12) and Sunday.

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A safe place for abused children

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The house features child-friendly themes to help kids feel comfortable around adults and authorities.

There a safe haven for children of abuse in Gold Beach — Wally’s House.

The facility allows Department of Health Services staff working with abused children in Curry County to move toward development of a Child Abuse Intervention Center. 

And with case numbers increasing, that’s more important than ever.

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Debate over ‘hold room’ for mentally ill continues

Local law enforcement officials plan to keep their existing protocol when responding to calls concerning people with possible mental illnesses and take them to the emergency room in Gold Beach which will soon no longer have a “hold room” in which to stabilize them.

With the closure of the room, patients likely will be evaluated and released back into the community, officials noted at a meeting Friday. And that might not sit well with the community.

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Gold Beach, Port Orford and Brookings police departments, and mental health officials from Curry Community Health and Aging and People with Disabilities hoped to talk with hospital officials, but no one from the hospital or its district board showed up

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Weather stymies construction of new Gold Beach hospital

Steady rain and high winds have put construction of the new hospital in Gold Beach “weeks and weeks” behind schedule, it was announced at a special meeting of the Curry Health District (CHD) Tuesday night.

So far, Erdman Healthcare Real Estate Solutions, the design-build firm contracted to handle construction, has only been able to pour two of the four concrete floors, said Curry Health Network CEO Ginny Razo.

“We’re supposed to do one tomorrow (this past Wednesday) another this weekend, but the weather …” she said. “Some equipment is showing up now, and they didn’t get notified to slow it down. The building should be skinned in by now. I anticipate Erdman will rapidly work to get this on track. The most important thing is to get that building skinned so we can get the important work done indoors.”

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Financial officer disputes report of fiscal crisis

Ken Landau, who recently resigned as Chief Financial Officer for Curry Health Network (CHN), has quite a different take on the hospital district’s dire financial straits.

He and CEO Ginny Razo amicably agreed to part ways in November after she learned there was a “significant shortfall” in the budget she was led to believe could leave to the district’s insolvency by the end of the year.

Not so fast, Landau said.

“I have never stated that Curry Health Network would be insolvent by the end of the year,” he wrote in an email to the Pilot. “In the October financials, I showed we would be out of cash by June 2016 without recommended adjustments.”

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Christmas Light Parade cancelled

Weather has cancelled the Christmas Light Parade and Santa visits planned for Saturday, Dec. 12, according to a post on the Facebook page of A Coastal Christmas in Brookings.

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