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Local officials wrestle with Sheriff Bishop’s resignation

Elected officials and others throughout the county expressed their dismay, but not surprise, over Friday’s announcement that Curry County Sheriff John Bishop has resigned.

“Oooh, I hadn’t heard the news,” said Commissioner David Itzen on Friday. “I suspected. But there’s nothing that should be surprising about this course of events, with the stability of the county still in doubt. This is huge.”

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Pilot launches `Go Wild’ mobile app

Imagine having a tour guide, mapping system, phone book, events calendar and daily updates all available at the tap of your finger – and all focused on America’s Wild Rivers Coast.

Covering 150 miles of coastline, the Go Wild Rivers Coast mobile application has been launched by the Curry Coastal Pilot and Del Norte Triplicate, the sister newspapers serving Curry and Del Norte counties.

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C&K Market exits from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Brookings-based C&K Market, which operates Ray’s Food Place and other grocery stores in Oregon and California, is emerging from bankruptcy protection following a judge’s order this week, the company announced today.

The order, signed by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Alley, allows the company to operate without court supervision.

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Sheriff John Bishop resigns

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Sheriff John Bishop
 

Stress is killing Curry County Sheriff John Bishop.

The stress — fiscal insecurity in his department, huge turnover among his deputies, the constant fighting on behalf of his employees, an inability to get support to fund public safety — has prompted him to give notice and take a job in Salem.

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Fireworks show a go at the port

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Fireworks, bonfires and barbecues are the norm for people at Sporthaven Beach every Fourth of July.

The Brookings chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has received enough donations to meet the $16,000 price tag for the Fourth of July fireworks show at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

“We got everything paid for. The deposit is paid and everything is ready to go,” said VFW post commander Rick Bremer.

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Bonfires OK despite tight fire restrictions

As far as Port of Brookings Harbor Director Ted Fitzgerald is concerned, Fourth of July revelers are free to have bonfires on the beach at Sporthaven.

“It’s business as usual on Sporthaven Beach,” he said Tuesday after a meeting between port and Coos Forest Protection Association officials. Fire restrictions were enacted earlier than usual this year because of dangerously dry conditions. In the past, CFPA officials have held off putting them in place until after the Fourth of July.

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County workers, officials get pay increase

Curry County commissioners agreed Monday — the day before changes the 2014-2015 fiscal year — to grant a 2.8 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase to county employees and elected officials, including themselves.

Additionally, the board agreed to end its practice of paying for county employees’ share of their retirement — 6 percent of pay — and then approved the budget committee’s recommendation to increase employee’s pay by 6.4 percent to offset their having to pay it themselves. The additional .4 percent addresses pre-tax issues of government employees.

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School district’s business manager resigns

The Brookings-Harbor School District has another major vacancy to fill — Business Manager Don Sweeney has resigned to take a similar position in the Rogue Valley.

It’s the latest in a a series of resignations for the struggling school district.

“I appreciate Don and all the work he’s done for the district,” said board member Bruce Raleigh on Monday.

Board member Katherine Johnson added, “Because of his expertise, he found money we didn’t even know we had. He helped us get the new (classroom) curriculum and with union negotiations. It’s important that we find someone with similar financial background.”

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King faces multiple sex counts

A grand jury has indicted Lorenzo Ignacio King, 42, of Washington, on 13 counts including sexual assault, strangulation and menacing in connection with an incident that included a police standoff in Brookings on June 20. 

King was arrested after authorities forced their way into a home in which he had barricaded himself for 12 hours and threatened to kill anyone who entered.

A grand jury decides if there is enough information to officially charge an alleged criminal with a crime; the accused is then arraigned in court on the formal charges.

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