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Lifeline with some kick

The line throw, which operates like a gun, uses CO2 canisters to fire a safety line.

For hours last summer, treacherous rip currents kept a Brookings teenager and his would-be rescuer, a sheriff’s deputy, from reaching the shore.

Today, the Brookings Fire Department has a new lifesaving device that could have cut that rescue effort down to mere minutes.

The CO2-operated line throw, which fires just like a gun, uses canisters of compressed air to shoot up to 500 feet of rope. If someone is in a place inaccessible to rescue crews, the fire department can “shoot” the rope out, giving the person something to hold onto while rescuers reel in that person.


Reactions to sheriff’s proposed levy mixed

A ballot measure asking voters to increase their property taxes to pay for the sheriff’s department hasn’t even been written yet, and it’s already attracting mixed reviews throughout Curry County.

As proposed by Sheriff John Ward’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), a ballot question on the May 19 election would ask voters to increase their property taxes by $1.34 per $1,000 assessed valuation for those living in cities, and $2.52 per $1,000 for those living in unincorporated Curry County.

The disparity in the two rates reflects the cost of patrols in the unincorporated areas, as each of the three cities have their own police protection. The rest of the revenue raised would pay for sheriff’s operations, including the jail — the most expensive element — 911 dispatch offices, Search and Rescue operations and administrative duties associated with the department.


City will notify residents of new building projects

The city of Brookings next week will introduce a new public notification system to alert citizens about all new private development projects proposed in the city.

The notifications are part of the city’s attempts to bring citizens into the development process as new businesses come to town. Many people were upset when O’Reilly Auto Parts opened its door at the entrance to town, but that frustration was exacerbated by what initially looked like a tin shed going in at Chetco and Easy Street a few months later.

Citizens said they had no idea anything was proposed for either lot and wished they could have had a say in the matter. 


Community garden, lights proposed for Azalea Park

Installing lights in a dark parking lot at Azalea Park and transforming the existing sand volleyball court there into a community garden were proposals warmly received by the Brookings City Council during a workshop Monday.

The council did not make any decisions during the workshop, but they instructed staff to investigate both proposals and bring them back for a final decision later this month.


Rain returns with special warning

This week's weather service forecast.


February may be less than 36 hours old, but it has already posted a quarter of the rainfall recorded in Brookings during January. In fact, it could break the January total by midweek.

With rain forecast through next weekend, the National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for Southern Oregon, warning of wet and windy conditions that will be heaviest along the coast.

To find links to all the latest forecasts and weather conditions, go to www.currypilot.com/weather


Shannon: Gold Beach’s newest police officer

Garrett Shannon is sworn in as a police officer during Monday’s city council meeting.

The Gold Beach Police Department was delighted to add a new member to their team at Monday night’s city council meeting.

Garrett Shannon, 28, stood before the council and repeated his oath after Mayor Karl Popoff. 

A former U.S. Marine and a volunteer firefighter for the city of Gold Beach since his teenage years, Shannon is eager to begin his career with the police department.

“My family has always been involved in law enforcement,” Shannon said. “Growing up, it was something I always wanted to do.” 


Group proposes split-rate law levy

Now, the hard work begins.

So said Curry County Sheriff John Ward’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Friday afternoon in agreeing to recommend a split-rate property tax increase to fund the sheriff’s department, the jail and dispatch for three years.

The rate the CAC gave to Ward — he will present it to the Curry County Board of Commissioners Feb. 4 — is $1.34 per $1,000 assessed valuation for those living in the cities and $2.52 for those living in unincorporated parts of the county. 


River project kicked back to city

The state has sent plans for a proposed development along the Chetco River back to the city of Brookings with instructions to address the project’s potential impact to the city’s water supply and nearby river habitat.

The Land Use Appeal Board (LUBA) has agreed with the Oregon Coastal Alliance’s (ORCA) complaints regarding the annexation and rezoning of the 13-acre Maher/Tribble property into the city of Brookings.

The city council approved the annexation of the land into the city last September. The owners of the so-called Tribble property said they plan to build a residential development on the land, less than a mile up North Bank Chetco River Road.

And ORCA officials protested, citing the fact that infilling the area will harm salmon habitat, and that it is too low on the bank and subject to flooding.


Economic development at top of Smith’s list

Curry County Commissioner David Brock Smith plans to continue working on an array of economic development projects during the upcoming few years, he said during a overview of his goals for the year.

Smith was the last of the three commissioners to outline goals for the next year; the board will now meet in a work session Feb. 4 to prioritize them.


Man hurt in car vs. tree Chetco River wreck

Parrish Shelton was seriously injured when he drove his Volvo station wagon into a tree along North Bank Chetco River Road Thursday night.

A Brookings man was seriously injured after he launched his 1980 Volvo station wagon off North Bank Chetco River Road near Loeb State Park on Thursday night, authorities said.

Parrish Leon Clifton Shelton, 21, was listed in serious condition Friday afternoon at UC Davis Hospital in California.


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