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Couple survives hiking ordeal
October 25, 2013 11:44 pm

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Mark Baxter and his girlfriend Amy Regan with their dogs, who were instrumental in efforts to rescue Amy after a hiking accident. Submitted photo
Brookings resident Mark Baxter still isn’t sure what to make of what he calls his misadventure along Damnation Creek near Klamath last weekend — an afternoon jaunt that landed his girlfriend, Amy Regan, in ICU in Portland with a broken back and no feeling in her arms and legs.

“There was a bunch of stupid decisions all down the line,” Baxter said Wednesday of what was supposed to have been an easy afternoon hike. “I got lucky. I got damn lucky.”

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Crab festival in the making
October 25, 2013 11:41 pm

Robert Grosz of Brookings hopes to make his crab festival rival the success of the Slam’n Salmon Derby and the Southern Oregon Kite Festival.

He pitched his idea to the city’s Tourism Promotion and Advisory Committee (TPAC) Thursday. 

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Port ponders building’s fate
October 25, 2013 11:40 pm

Tear it down or bring it up to code?

Those were the two main options reached by a group of citizens and officials discussing the fate of the long-empty, unfinished green building at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

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Legislation promises dredge funding
October 25, 2013 11:39 pm

Legislation passed by the U.S. House this week promises much needed dredging funds for Curry County’s struggling ports.

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 — a bill to provide funding to dredge small ports — passed by a 417 to 3 vote in the U.S. House and is now ready to be reconciled with a Senate bill passed earlier this year.

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State gas tax could be replaced by mileage tax
October 25, 2013 11:37 pm

Drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles will soon be paying what state officials believe is their fair share of gasoline excise taxes, when the Vehicle-Miles Traveled (VMT) program goes into effect in 2015.

The bill addresses an issue officials throughout the United States have been discussing in recent years as states try to preempt an anticipated decline in gas-tax revenue as cars are built to get better gas mileage and consumers increasingly switch to alternative energy to fuel them.

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Concert at the Cape
October 23, 2013 08:27 am

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Country superstar Brad Paisley performs at last year’s Bi-Mart country festival in Brownsville. Bi-Mart will be hosting a similar event with big names during a 4-day festival near Curry County’s Cape Blanco.
 

County commissioners Tuesday approved a Mass Gathering permit to allow Bi-Mart to bring big-name country acts to the stage, thousands of music lovers to the coast and money to the community’s cash registers in 2014. 

It’s all part of an expansion of Bi-Mart’s Willamette Country Music Festival, which for six years has been held in Brownsville, north of Eugene, and last summer featured artists such as Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood, among others.

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Report: Why CFCU failed
October 23, 2013 08:26 am

An overextension of loans, oversights and inadequate examiner training led to the failure of Chetco Federal Credit Union in 2012, a report released this month by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) reads.

About 30 credit union members attended a forum Monday afternoon, apparently not so much to hear the details of a failed institution that had been in business since 1957, but to hear the success stories — and learning experiences — the credit union that took over had to share.

 

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