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Brookings’ stormwater system due for repairs

The city of Brookings needs $10 million in stormwater infrastructure repairs over the next 10 years, it was announced at a city council work session Monday.

The news came on the heels of various studies of the system after the storms and flooding in November 2012, and will be included as part of the update of the city’s infrastructure master plan.

According to Aaron Speakman, engineer with The Dyer Partnership of Coos Bay, the master plan is designed to assist the city in managing its storm water infrastructure for the next 20 years. The master plan was updated last in 2008, and since then, the city has experienced a “significant amount of damage,” Speakman wrote in his executive summary.


142 cities, 26 counties pass pot moratoriums

SALEM — Cities and counties across Oregon spent the past two months rushing to adopt temporary bans on medical marijuana dispensaries, after a new state law created a brief window for officials to pass the moratoriums.

By the May 1 deadline, the map of cities and counties with moratoriums on the retail outlets looked like a patchwork quilt spread across the state: 142 of 242 cities and 26 of 36 counties had reported bans to the Oregon Health Authority by Friday, and the agency expects to receive more reports.


Home Rule Charter?

Curry County Commissioner David Itzen, middle, and State Rep. Wayne Krieger, right, outline their stance against Measure 8-76 to a television reporter from Medford-based KDRV on Wednesday.

Voters in Curry County have just over two weeks to decide how to cast their vote on ballot Measure 8-76, which asks citizens to change the form of government by which the county operates.

It’s been a contentious issue over the past couple of months, with those for and against the initiative holding forums, engaging the community on social media and even accusing each other of disseminating false information about the question.

The measure was created by an offshoot of County Commissioner Susan Brown’s Financial Independence Committee formed to address the monetary woes of Curry County. 


Judge Beaman seeks reelection

Shala McKenzie Kudlac (left) and Cynthia Beaman (right)

Incumbent Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Beaman has served on the bench for nearly seven years and it’s the variety of her work and the ability to make a positive difference in people’s lives that makes the job exciting.

“As a judge in Curry County, I preside over all different types of matters. The variety of the work is what keeps me interested,” Beaman said.

Beaman, 47, of Brookings, has been serving as judge in Coos and Curry counties since 2007, when she was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski after the retirement of Judge Richard Mickelson. 


Kudlac challenges Beaman for judge seat

Shala McKenzie Kudlac (left) and Cynthia Beaman (right)

After nearly nine years of being an attorney, Sixes resident Shala McKenzie Kudlac is ready to take the next step — challenging incumbent Cindi Beaman for the Circuit Court Judge seat in the May 20 election.

“It is time to take the next step towards assisting individuals and the community from a higher level,” Kudlac said.

“As judge I can reach more people and be a positive influence on this area ... I think a judge should be active in the community and lead by example without ever using their position as judge beyond the bench.”


New quake data won’t halt plans for hospital

The Curry Health Network (CHN) district board plans to forge ahead and build its new hospital on the site of its existing facility despite dire new warnings about earthquakes and tsunamis, their likelihood and predicted severity.

“We have a deadline; we have a building here that’s worn,” said district CEO Andrew Bair. “The fire marshal has said, ‘We’ve turned a blind eye to it long enough. Fix it or you can’t provide care there.’ That’s really the driving factor.”


Students receive $200K in scholarships

More than $200,000 in scholarships going to more than 65 students will be celebrated Wednesday in the annual reception held by the Brookings-Harbor Scholarship Foundation.

The scholarships handled by the foundation itself total $180,000 this year, according to board president Doug Nidiffer.  In addition, a new fund will grant a $1,000 scholarship to every graduating senior enrolled in college who applied – which could end up at more than $50,000.


Curry Commissioner: 4 choices


See the candidate profiles in Local News.

Curry County Commissioner David Itzen faces three challengers for his Position 1 seat on the board that is elected to lead Curry County.

The challengers in the May 20 primary election include Jim Relaford, owner of Mainbrace Technologies and board member of the Port of Brookings Harbor; Tom Huxley, retired businessman from Harbor; and Randy Dubbs Dowler, owner of Blinds and Draperies Express in Brookings. If one candidate receives “50 percent plus one vote” of those cast, they will take the Position 1 seat, joining commissioners David Brock Smith and Susan Brown.

If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters proceed to the elections in November.

See the candidate profiles by Jane Stebbins in the Local News section .

Candidate profile: Jim Relaford

Jim Relaford

After four debates, weeks of listening to other county candidate positions, Jim Relaford has come to the conclusion that reorganization — from the bottom up — is the only way the county can solve all its problems.

Reorganization, he said, does not need to be as drastic as that outlined in House Bill 3453, in which the state would, upon the county commissioners’ request, evaluate and change how local government is run.


Candidate profile: Tom Huxley

Tom Huxley

Tom Huxley of Harbor has attached his platform to the proposed Home Rule Charter, also on the May 20 ballot.

He said he preferred to submit his comments by email, noting that his concerns are not prioritized.


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