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Man pleads guilty to felony abuse of corpse
November 10, 2013 01:20 pm

Corey Theodore Starks pleaded guilty in Curry County Circuit Court this week to felony abuse of a corpse in an incident in which he allegedly buried his father under a trailer in their RV park in Port Orford.

Starks also could face homicide charges, as well as federal charges of collecting his father’s Social Security checks since his death.

After the tax measure fails
November 10, 2013 01:19 pm

Curry County Juvenile Director Ken Dukek last week extended a job to a man — and has since had to rescind it, citing the failure of tax Measure 8-73 that would have kept funding in place for his office.

Measure 8-73 asked voters to increase property taxes by $1.345 per $1,000 assessed valuation to keep public safety funding at current levels. It failed Tuesday by almost 1,300 votes.

Dad’s war stories
November 10, 2013 01:18 pm

The Pilot / Jef Hatch Jerry Conger makes and sells military-themed decorations to honor those who have served. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Jerry Conger grew up not knowing that her father, Dale Goodman, had witnessed one of the most iconic events in World War II — Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

While Goodman wasn’t in the Joe Rosenthal photograph of the second flag-raising, he was among the 42 men who made it to the top of the mountain that dominates the 8-square-mile island 750 miles south of Tokyo. 

Curry County voters reject public safety tax
November 05, 2013 11:06 pm

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Almost 58 percent of Curry County’s 13,251 registered voters cast ballots for four property tax issues Tuesday, approving tax hikes to build a new hospital in Gold Beach and to reinstate Port Orford’s police department.

But tax measure 8-73, the county’s request for a $1.345 per $1,000 assessed valuation to maintain county services at their current levels, was defeated 4,464 to 3,169, a loss of 1,295 votes. In May, when a similar measure was presented to voters, it lost by 839 votes.

A measure asking Gold Beach residents for a 35-cent per $1,000 assessed valuation increase to purchase a new fire truck failed, as well.

Gold Beach voters OK new hospital
November 05, 2013 11:05 pm

The General will be replaced. 

About 65 percent of voters in the Curry Health Network’s special district voted in favor of a $10 million bond to construct a new Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach and improve the Port Orford clinic.

“It’s so great for the community,” said Deb Wilson, a board member for Curry Health Network, who joined other supporters of the measure at a Gold Beach restaurant Tuesday night.

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.
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