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Scam alert: Calls from IRS seeking tax payments is a hoax

The Curry Coastal Pilot and the Brookings Police Department has received numerous calls in the last few days from citizens targeted by scam artists pretending to represent the IRS.

In most instances, the callers identify themselves as working for the IRS and tell victims there is a warrant out for their arrested for not paying taxes.

 To avoid being arrested, the victim can pay the taxes, via money order or pre-paid debit card, to avoid arrest.

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Police brace for heroin rise

Heroin use was declared an epidemic in Coos County last week, and if it’s there, said Gold Beach Police Chief Dixon Andrews, the problem will find its way south to Curry County.

“It’s coming, no question about it,” Andrews said. “Five years ago Portland was awash in heroin. Still is. If they’re seeing that in Coos Bay, it’s not going to be too long before we see it down here.”

According to the state Medical Examiner’s Office, in 2012, the last year for which information is available, Multnomah County alone saw 130 drug overdose deaths. That year, Coos County had four methamphetamine overdoses. Curry reported none.

Here, there has been a slight uptick in heroin arrests, jail reports and court dockets indicate, but it’s not substantial, said Curry County Sheriff John Ward. 

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Hwy. 199 project waiting on report

Work to widen Highway 199’s most dangerous curves could begin anew if an environmental report Caltrans officials submit early next month is approved.

As the closest east-west corridors to the Rogue Valley from Brookings and Crescent City, Highways 199 and 197 are critical to the economic vitality of Curry and Del Norte counties.

Highway 199 features narrow, winding roads, a precipitously steep cliff to the south and overhanging rock walls to the north. Highway 197 wends through tight curves banked by old redwood trees inches from the asphalt.

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Found: Gold Beach man missing since Nov. 6

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Thomas Moore

Authorities on Tuesday found a 34-year-old Gold Beach resident who had been missing since Nov. 6.

The family of Thomas Glenn Moore said they last saw him when leaving his Gold Beach house with a plastic bag containing clothes and toiletries. He did not carry a cell phone.

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Judge sends Sutter Coast Hospital case to mediation

CRESCENT CITY — A lawsuit alleging Sutter Coast Hospital violated a contract through which it received land to build the hospital might be settled in private mediation this week.  

If a settlement is not reached, Judge Leslie C. Nichols announced during a court hearing last Thursday that he is inclined to decide the case from the bench and not grant a jury trial as requested by the plaintiff, Beverly Hussey.

Hussey, widow of the man who donated land for the hospital to be built, alleges Sutter Coast’s pursuit of a Critical Access Hospital designation, which brings in higher Medicare reimbursement for rural hospitals, would degrade the hospital to a point that it would violate the covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) contract that outlined how the donated land could be used.

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BHHS singers heading to All-State Choir

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BHHS students: Patrick Fulton, Elizabeth Freeman, Chantelle Nelson, Shelby George, Jessie Good and Dylan Panter.

Six Brookings-Harbor High School have passed the audition stage and are heading to All-State Choir, a statewide high school choral event Jan. 15 to 17. 

Elizabeth Freeman, Patrick Fulton, Shelby George, Jessie Good, Chantelle Nelson and Dylan Panter will travel to Eugene in January, where they will join students from around the state in a three-day choir workshop. Last year’s event featured between 500 and 600 high school students from around the state.

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Herbage retiring after 34 years serving Curry County

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Jerry Herbage

When Curry County Attorney Jerry Herbage was hired on in 1981, the Dow Jones closed the year at $875, the yearly inflation rate was 10.35 percent, the median price for an existing home was $66,400, the average income was $21,050 a year and the cost of a gallon of gas was $1.25.

Boy, have things changed — and not just at the national level.

Herbage remembers that the commissioner board back then was elected along party lines. The county usually was flush — sometimes obscenely so — with money. And he was a young attorney, just embarking on his career.

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Operation Christmas child underway

Last Christmas, there were more than 627 boxes — stacked one atop another, row after row — filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene products donated by Curry County churches and residents.

The boxes, which often include uplifting notes, were mailed to needy children around the world who live in impoverished conditions. The gifts might very well be the only Christmas they will ever know.

This year, Operation Christmas has joined forces with Samaritan Purse, and representatives of both groups hope that Curry County residents will fill even more boxes than last year.

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Authorities: Attempted murder suspect may be in Brookings area

 

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Layla Strnad

A woman wanted for attempted murder in Del Norte County may be in the Brookings area, said the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Layla Strnad, 20, is wanted for pointing a handgun at two Smith River residents and threatening to kill them earlier this week, the sheriff’s office said. Strnad is also a suspect in a carjacking a week earlier in Del Norte County.

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Oregon crab off limits for now

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A state agency on Friday closed recreational crab harvesting along the Curry County coast because the crab contain high levels of domoic acid, a toxin that can be fatal.

Any crab caught between Heceta Head, near Florence, south to the Oregon-California border should not be eaten, officials said.

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