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PenAir is new carrier for Crescent City airport if agency agrees

CRESCENT CITY — Travelers using Crescent City airport will soon be Portland-bound.

Having pitched two northbound flights a day out of Crescent City, PenAir won the approval of the local airport authority this week and stands to be the only carrier considered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to take over area skies. 


Sheriff’s PAC eager to promote levy

Curry County Sheriff John Ward and members of his Political Action Committee (PAC) say an early-morning fire that killed three people Wednesday illustrates the importance of voters approving a levy providing funds to have deputies on duty 24 hours a day.

“Harbor, Brookings, Winchuck fire, Cape Ferrelo were all there,” Ward said of the tragic fire. “We didn’t have anybody on (duty). A lieutenant was called in, a sergeant from down south, and here’s this 10-year-old girl, holding a little baby. …”

All involved at the scene agree emergency responders could not have gotten to the fire any faster, as it was well underway by the time the 911 call was received. A Brookings Police officer arrived within two minutes of the call.


Rancheria celebrates opening of new apartments in Brookings

A crowd of about 30 people recently gathered on the road in front of 1122 Fifield St., admiring the new apartments that had just been constructed. 

The sign reading Chit-xu Mee-ne’, or “Chetco Homes,” welcomed visitors and residents to a housing unit for tribal members of Smith River Rancheria.


Brookings fire claims three lives

Investigators with the Oregon State Fire Marshal office on Wednesday dig through the charred remnants of a house fire that took the lives of two adults and a 4-year-old child

Authorities believe that Brookings resident Douglas Landers rescued two grandchildren from a burning trailer Wednesday morning before he, his wife and another grandchild perished.

A fast-moving blaze destroyed the family’s single-wide trailer around 4 a.m., claiming the lives of Douglas, 54, his wife Kelly, 52, and their 4-year-old granddaughter Arianna.

Two other grandchildren, Michael, 1, and Kelly, 10, escaped.


New redwoods for Curry County

Submitted photo Curry County children help plant a redwood sapling at a county campground in the mountains east of Gold Beach.

Sunday’s tree planting in Lobster Creek Park marked the beginning of what could be a 3,000-year life for 10 redwoods — themselves cloned from a stump in Northern California that was around before Jesus was born.

Two youths involved in the juvenile department, along with Juvenile Director Jay Trost and County Commissioners Susan Brown and David Brock Smith, helped plant the 3- and 4-foot-tall saplings in the county campground northeast of Gold Beach.

Some 30 more trees will be planted there later.


Port Orford home listed as historic landmark

The Lindberg home stands out because of unique architectural features.

The Lindberg home in Port Orford joined the ranks of buildings in the U.S. National Parks Register of Historic Places Jan. 7, bringing to five the number of structures in Curry County that carry the prestigious listing.

It is located at 906. N. Washington Street.

The others include the Central Building in Brookings, which just celebrated its 100th birthday, the Gold Beach Ranger Station (1936), the Patrick Hughes house in Port Orford (1898), and Sixes Hotel (1895) at the north end of the county.


City considers fee for sidewalks

The Brookings City Council decided in a workshop to again jettison its latest idea to change how Deferred Improvement Agreements are managed, and will meet later this month to discuss the option of changing that fee structure to pay for sidewalks in town.

Deferred Improvement Agreements (DIAs) are created when a developer can’t, or opts not to, put the final improvements — curbs, gutters and sidewalks — in their project. But it’s resulted in a patchwork of sidewalks in neighborhoods with individual lots, where some people have put the infrastructure in and others have deferred the work through the agreements with the city.


‘Clean’ audit bright spot for struggling Curry County

Curry County again received a clean annual audit, but county commissioners were warned that they have tough times ahead in light of the fiscal problems they face.

Those challenges will begin later this month as the county begins to discuss its budget requirements for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and continue until it knows if Sheriff John Ward’s property tax increase is approved by voters May 19.

Federal timber revenues ended last year, although numerous counties throughout the West have passed resolutions urging Congress to extend them again. Ward is hoping voters approve a three-year tax increase to fund the sheriff’s department, separate from county operations. The ballot questions asks for a tax increase of $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.


Message in a bottle: A letter from Japan

Long before there was Internet dating, there might just have been secret notes tucked into wine bottles and tossed asea.

That’s what’s been surmised from what has been translated from a two-page note Steve Johnson of Brookings found while walking near Pistol River Tuesday.

“You usually don’t find that much garbage on that beach,” he said of the long stretch of mostly log-strewn sand. “I picked it up, saw the message inside; I just put it in my sack of garbage, and sorted through it and pulled it out when I got home.”


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