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Brookings pursues Oregon grant for Crescent City airport

A grant for which the City of Brookings applied to help the Del Norte County Regional Airport is one step closer to approval, it was announced Monday.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) CO-V Final Review Committee voted last week to include Crescent City’s airport Runway Safety Area project among the 37 it is considering funding.

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Police arrest man after 12-hour standoff in Brookings

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Brookings Police officers shut down a section of Highway 101 Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a nearby house.
 

A 12-hour police standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a Brookings home ended at 4:18 a.m. this morning (June 15) when authorities fired tear gas canisters into the residence, stormed inside and found the suspect seriously injured from possible self-inflicted wounds. 

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2014 fire season off to early start

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A CFPA fire crew leaves the staging area Wednesday to battle the Euchre Creek fire near Ophir. Photo by Randy Robbins

The first day of the 2014 wildland season began at 12:01 a.m. June 11, and within 12 hours, nearly 100 firefighters were fighting their first blaze in Curry County on a steep hillside east of Euchre Creek near Ophir.

The Euchre Creek Fire began shortly after noon Wednesday, with fire rapidly progressing up a steep, densely-treed unit belonging to South Coast Lumber. Smoke was visible from the Curry County Fairgrounds and other locations along the Rogue River in Gold Beach.

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Back to basics for Salmon Run golf course

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George Rhodes, left, and Ed Murdock hope their efforts will turn Salmon Run golf course into a profitable operation. Photo By Jane Stebbins.

George Rhodes and Ed Murdock, the new managers of Salmon Run golf course, are taking it one hole at a time to make the Brookings facility a top-notch tourism amenity.

The Brookings City Council Monday night signed a letter of termination with The Claveran Group — the management firm that has held the contract for 14 years and only made one rent payment to the city — and penned a new one with Wild Rivers Golf Management.

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Group seeks opinions on Home Rule

The Curry County Charter Committee — the group appointed by county commissioners — is soliciting input from residents regarding their feelings about home rule charters in local government.

On May 20, voters rejected a citizens-drafted charter that would have replaced the current three, full-time, paid county commissioners with five volunteers who would have received a $10,000 annual stipend, and required the hiring of a county manager to oversee day-to-day operations of the county to free up commissioners to address legislative and other matters affecting Curry County.

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Disease ravaging sea stars

The future of the purple ochre sea stars is up in the air — or, more accurately, dissolving into the ocean.

Scientists in April found a starfish with sea star wasting syndrome in Newport, and the epidemic has increased in exponential leaps.

“This is unprecedented,” said Bruce Menge, a professor of marine biology at Oregon State University. “We’ve never seen anything of this magnitude before.”

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Firefighters get upper hand on Curry County wildfire

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Fire burns South Coast Lumber property Wednesday afternoon near Euchre Creek, north of Gold Beach.
 

A sudden change in the weather and an aggressive attack were credited for helping firefighters contain the Euchre Creek Fire to 80 percent as of Thursday morning.

The fire, which began around noon Wednesday — the first day of the 2014 wildfire season — had spread to 56 acres by the following morning; crews had completely surrounded it with fire line.

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Fire season opens with a blaze

UPDATE: Officials estimate that the Euchre Creek Fire will have burned 55 acres by 1:30 p.m. 

 

The first wildfire of the summer season ignited north of Ophir in the north end of Curry County around noon Wednesday.

Those on scene reported that the fire was burning in second-growth trees and spreading rapidly up a hillside.

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Gold Beach mother drowns

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A map shows the area where Cherie Michelle Jarnigan fell into the Rogue River Monday afternoon.

A Gold Beach woman drowned in the Rogue River Monday afternoon, leaving behind her husband and two young children, according the Curry County Sheriff’s Department.

Cherie Michelle Jarnigan, 38, was spending the day at the east end of Huntley Bar with her two children, ages 2 and 5, and friend Chandra Sinnot and her infant child. At 3 p.m., Jarnigan was trying to retrieve a flying disc from the river at Huntley Park, about six miles east of Gold Beach, when she entered deep water and lost her footing, according to eyewitness reports.

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Jury finds Burkow guilty of assault

A jury of 12 took an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon to return guilty verdicts on all charges against Glenn Burkhow Jr., who stood accused of assaulting a Port Orford man and leaving him with life-threatening injuries on the beach in the middle of the night.

Burkhow, who will be sentenced June 27, was found guilty of first- and second-degree assault charges, kidnapping, robbery and felon in possession of a firearm in the beating of Wayne Russell Peters, 50, of Port Orford, at the beach at Paradise Point State Park in January 2013.

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