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District seeks more control over services
November 01, 2013 06:54 pm

Looking to potentially save money and provide more local control over certain services, the Brookings-Harbor School Board voted Wednesday to withdraw 100 percent of its funding from the South Coast Educational Service District for 2014-2015 school year under the provisions of Senate Bill 529. 

Don Sweeney, the district’s fiscal services director, said the district wants to remove 65 percent of the total $466,314 that is allocated to the ESD for the district, but needed the vote to remove all funding in order to be able to negotiate with the ESD. The district is removing its funding ostensibly to save money providing services it currently contracts for with the ESD.

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Headliners: Paisley, Houser
October 29, 2013 10:55 pm

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Country stars Randy Houser, pictured, and Brad Paisley are the first artists announced for the Cape Blanco concert. Submitted photo
Organizers of Bi-Mart’s 2014 Cape Blanco Country Music Festival have scored their first coup, landing country music stars Brad Paisley and Randy Houser as headliners for the inaugural event in Curry County next August.

“We want to kick this festival off with a bang, and Nashville was more than willing to help with that,” said BootsNBeach President Anne Hankins, organizer of the event. “If you’ve never seen Brad Paisley before, he’s amazing — absolutely breathtaking. He leaves you wanting more.”

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Seven days left to vote
October 29, 2013 10:53 pm

Almost half of Curry County’s eligible voters have posted their ballots, with six more days left before the votes will be tallied.

More than 4,600 voters — or 34.78 percent — of the 13,273 eligible voters had cast their ballots as of Tuesday afternoon, said Elections Clerk Reneé Kolen.

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Reef restrictions may lift
October 29, 2013 10:52 pm

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Visits to the lighthouse have been limited since sea lions were placed on threatened list. Rick Hiser/file photo
A federal agency announced that eastern Steller sea lions will be taken off the threatened species list, a move that should make life easier for local folks behind restoration efforts at St. George Reef Lighthouse 6 miles off the coast south of Brookings.

Steller sea lions’ protected status required the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society to obtain a stringent permit for all operations conducted on the 144-foot-tall lighthouse.

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Helo airlifts patient from parking lot
October 29, 2013 10:49 pm

A helicopter in the parking lot?

Yes, if you were in Gold Beach Monday afternoon and saw a helicopter landing in the parking lot of Curry General Hospital, you saw right. 

 

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Talk on the streets: Tax measure will fail
October 29, 2013 10:48 pm

If public comment is any indication regarding next Tuesday’s ballot questions, there are fewer sabers rattling and more shoulders shrugging than there were in the weeks leading up to the May election.

Then, county commissioners asked voters to approve a property tax increase of $1.84 per $1,000 assessed valuation for those living in cities and $1.97 per $1,000 for those living in unincorporated Curry County. Revenue raised was to fund county coffers, which were about $3.5 million short since federal timber payments ended last year.

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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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