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Vandals shatter windows at Democratic headquarters

This window and the front door to the Democrats’ Brookings office was vandalized during daylight hours. Photo by Tina Martin.

For the third time in as many years, someone has vandalized the Curry County Democrats’ office on Chetco Avenue in Brookings, breaking a plate-glass window in the building and another in the front door. 

The incident occurred in broad daylight Wednesday.


Health advisory issued for coastal waters

Public health advisories were issued due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Harris Beach State Park and Mill Beach, both located in Curry County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as storm water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.


Commissioners send tax plan to voters

County commissioners agreed Tuesday to ask voters Sept. 16 to increase their property taxes by 68 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to fund the jail — but dropped the idea to add an additional 4 cents per $1,000 for a Veteran’s Service officer (VSO).

Commissioner Susan Brown was the sole vote against the proposal. She is pursuing the creation of a survey to find more definitive answers about what services voters are willing to pay for.


Brookings-Harbor Shopping center on auction block

Dori Randall — and others whose businesses occupy the Brookings Harbor Shopping Center — is more than a bit concerned about their future since an auction has been scheduled to sell the property in Harbor.

The deadline for auction bids, which will be hosted by Hilco Real Estate of Northbrook, Ill., is July 15.

“Right now we’re a little nervous,” admitted Randall, the founder of the Brookings Harbor Community Theater. “We don’t know what’s going on; we know very little.”


Burl thefts hit Oregon forests

Shut down the spur roads.

That’s the message one environmental group is trying to get to the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon after one of its members stumbled upon a redwood tree on a spur road off Peavine Road and another along the Smith River from whose sides burls had been carved out and stolen.

“So far, most media attention has been focused on burl removal from ancient redwoods in Redwood national and state parks in Humboldt and Del Norte counties in California,” Steve Pedery, the conservation director with Oregon Wild, wrote to forest officials earlier this month. “Forest Service lands also contain many centuries-old redwoods, and these trees are now also subject to this same destruction.”


Mountain men rendezvous at Rowdy Creek

Jed Smith Mountain Men shoot old rifles, many that use black powder, during Tall Trees Rendezvous.

Some may see the nation’s birthday as a time to look to the future, but for others the week leading up to Independence Day is a time to return to the country’s roots.

New and experienced mountaineers and their families bring their muzzle-loading rifles, tomahawks and bows and arrows at the 36th annual Jed Smith Mountain Men Tall Trees Rendezvous, which starts on Saturday and ends on July 5. 


Cougar kills family’s goat

Mellodee Behunin, 14, holds the family goat on Friday after it was attacked by a cougar the night before. The animal was euthanized a short time later.

The commotion that woke Jason and Darcie Gutierrez’s daughter late Thursday night wasn’t the  delivery of twin goats they were awaiting.

It was a cougar, attacking their pregnant goat, Opal.

“It was a monster cat,” Jason said Friday morning. “It came right over the top of a 6-foot livestock fence, pretty much crushed the fence, grabbed her and started hauling her off. He buckled (the fence) over like it was a napkin; bent a post on the fence almost halfway to the ground. If it hadn’t been for her extra size, he would’ve just pulled her over the fence and been gone with her.”


Goodwill coming to Brookings

A banner is up, workers are building walls and the rumors have been confirmed: Goodwill Industries is coming to Brookings.

The rumors had floated around town for months, with the former owners of Chetco Pharmacy — C&K Markets — saying they knew nothing about the arrival of the nonprofit agency except what they’d heard on the streets, as well.

But building owner Ann Bauer of Grants Pass said the sale closed in late April; the thrift store is slated to open in mid-September.


County considers property tax

Curry County commissioners plan to take an additional $400,000 from the road fund to pay for sheriff’s deputies as well as pose a property tax increase to voters on the September ballot.

The decision to take more funds from the road department was unanimous, but Commissioner Susan Brown tried to put an immediate stop to a September ballot measure, saying the board still needs to learn what citizens are willing to pay for before they “toss everything at the wall and see what sticks.”


Mission inundated by requests from families

Once again, for reasons he cannot fathom, the cupboards keep going bare at the Outreach Gospel Mission in Harbor, said executive director Michael Olsen.

The mission has been inundated with requests — increasingly from families — for food this month. Last Monday alone, OGM distributed more than 200 pounds of food in a three-hour time frame. That doesn’t include the 40 to 45 people who are seeking shelter that OGM is feeding each day.


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