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Lackluster light show?
November 05, 2013 11:03 pm
New turf for Harbor dog park
November 05, 2013 10:16 pm
ELECTION 2014: Voters approve new hospital, reject public safety tax
November 05, 2013 07:27 pm

preliminary results
The polls in Curry County closed at 8 p.m. tonight and initial results show a majority of voters were willing to raise their taxes to help build a new hospital in Gold Beach, but not to support a countywide public safety measure.

More than 65 percent of voters in the Curry Health District, which stretches from Port Orford to Pistol River, approved a $10 million obligation bond to replace the Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach.  

At the same time, 58 percent of all Curry County voters rejected a county public safety tax measure that would have raised taxes by $1.34 per $1,000 of accessed property value.

In Port Orford about 57 percent of the voters approved a local option tax levy for funding the police department. 

In Gold Beach, 53 percent of voters said no to a seven-year tax levy to purchase a new fire truck.

Water line break leaves 75 homes without water
November 04, 2013 01:47 pm


About 75 homes lost water because of a water line break on Memory Lane.

About 75 homes are without water because of water line break at the corner of Memory Lane and Buena Vista Loop in Brookings. Water service is expected to return by 6 p.m.


The city was excavating a hole, preparing to replace a water valve the next day, according to Richard Christensen, public works supervisor for the city of Brookings. While excavating the hole, the water pipe broke, causing flooding and the need to shut off the water to homes on Memory Lane, Buena Vista Loop, Cypress and Cedar street.  


Flooding was minimal and caused no damage to private property, with the water draining to storm drains. The city has been replacing the intake pipe on Memory Lane since earlier in the fall.
Boys vandalize graveyard
November 01, 2013 07:01 pm

Two boys, ages 10 and 11, vandalized 24 headstones in the Gold Beach Pioneer Cemetery around 9 p.m. earlier this week. 

The parent of one of the children brought his son to the Gold Beach Police Department on Tuesday to report that his son and another boy had vandalized the headstones. The parent had heard a rumor about the cemetery being vandalized and had questioned his son about it. Police accompanied the father and son to the cemetery where police determined 24 headstones, most of them dating from the 19th century, had been toppled or damaged.

Renaissance woman
November 01, 2013 07:00 pm

Liz James listens to a group of limericists during a celebration in her honor in 2009 hosted by the Pelican Bay Arts Association at Manley Art Center in Brookings. Photo courtesy Nola Range
Brookings artist and overall Renaissance woman Liz James died in October at the age of 87, but she left behind a legacy of community involvement in the local arts and music scenes, and served as an inspiration to many people.

Liz, or Lizard as she was known to friends and colleagues, died peacefully at her home on the Winchuck River on October 12. She was a talented artist and musician. She was a prolific watercolorist and also dabbled in silver jewelry and sculpture. 

She was born in Sonora, California, in 1926. As a child Liz wanted to be a concert violist and she pursued that goal from her first lessons in the fourth grade until she was in college. She played in symphonies, stringed trios and quartets. She remembers her music teacher trying to discourage her from making music a career because of the limited opportunities for women in symphony orchestras at that time. Most professional classical musicians were men. Her second love was art so she also practiced and took art lessons during her musical career. 

Secure Internet service for Curry
November 01, 2013 06:55 pm

The start of the new year will mark a new era for Curry County, as a few of the county commissioners’ economic development projects that have been in planning stages finally go live.

The first of these is the Internet redundancy loop — mere feet from being complete and ready for calibration and to flip the switch on Jan. 1, making Internet crashes a thing of the past.

C&K sends prescriptions to Rite-Aid
November 01, 2013 06:54 pm

With Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts in Brookings and Pharmacy Express in Harbor slated to close on Nov. 14, many customers are wondering what will happen to their prescriptions. 

Prescriptions from both pharmacies will be transferred to Rite-Aid in Harbor unless other arrangements are made, representatives at both stores said Friday. 

District seeks more control over services
November 01, 2013 06:54 pm

Looking to potentially save money and provide more local control over certain services, the Brookings-Harbor School Board voted Wednesday to withdraw 100 percent of its funding from the South Coast Educational Service District for 2014-2015 school year under the provisions of Senate Bill 529. 

Don Sweeney, the district’s fiscal services director, said the district wants to remove 65 percent of the total $466,314 that is allocated to the ESD for the district, but needed the vote to remove all funding in order to be able to negotiate with the ESD. The district is removing its funding ostensibly to save money providing services it currently contracts for with the ESD.

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