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Fukushima radioactivity reaches West Coast

It’s official.

Scientists announced this week that radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown has reached Western shores — but tests show the levels of that radioactivity are so negligible as to be insignificant.

Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in collaboration with volunteers at more than 60 sites along the Eastern Pacific Coast and Hawaii in the past 15 months, have found trace amounts of cesium-134 and -137 that are “well below” the level of concern for human and marine life.


Study says Rogue and Smith rivers threatened

American Rivers has named the Rogue and Smith rivers in Curry County among its Top 10 most threatened waterways due to proposed nickel mining operations in their respective headwater areas, the nonprofit reported this week.

The Washington, D.C.-based organization works to protect wild rivers, restore damaged waterways and conserve clean water throughout the nation. The report, they noted in an announcement, is not a list of the nation’s “worst” or most polluted rivers, but rather serves to highlight rivers confronted by critical decisions that will determine their future. 

This year, the status was bestowed upon the two regional rivers because two companies continue working toward development of three nickel mining sites.


Gold Beach school district pursuing ways to address challenges

GOLD BEACH — The Central Curry School District is busy developing a strategic plan to deal with ongoing issues such as retaining teachers and students, lack of funds, limited extracurricular activities for students, and low morale of students. 

The school board on Wednesday met with the strategic plan committee, a group that has been meeting regularly since November to formulate a long-term plan to help the district succeed. 


Career fair offers students peek at future jobs

A U.S. Marine answers questions from a Kalmiopsis Elementary School student during Thursday’s Career Fair.

Brookings students from fourth grade to high school considered potential careers as they spent Thursday afternoon at the Wild Rivers Coast Career Fair. 

Held at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, the event lasted from 1 to 4 p.m. and featured representatives from 50 different businesses, government programs and job fields throughout Curry County. 


All hail the Cottontails!


Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail take a break from Easter preparations Wednesday to stroll down Chetco Avenue in downtown Brookings.


Scenic status sought for Chetco

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) officials will hold a meeting to discuss the proposal to designate part of the Chetco River as a state scenic waterway and keep it pristine.

The meeting, open to the public, is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 14, at the Harbor Water District Office in Harbor.

The group of citizens will discuss with the OPRD staff a draft management plan for the river upstream from Alfred Loeb State Park. The draft plan will review existing conditions of that section of the river and recommend ways to manage different sections if the segment becomes a designated state scenic waterway.

The public is invited to attend and observe, but there is no set public comment time, according to state officials. Public comment about the plan will happen in July when the plan is opened for review. 


More details of city’s gas tax

Brookings needs more than $2 million in road repairs — and can get those done in the next 10 years if voters approve a gas tax on the ballot May 19.

Measure 8-80 would implement a 4-cent fuel tax for three years and generate an estimated $300,000 to fund everything from preventive slurry seals to the entire replacement of some streets and sidewalks. The tax would also replace the current $2.98 System Development Fee that goes to street repair.


Electric charging station for Brookings

An electric car charging station was installed this week at the Brookings Fred Meyer.

 One of Brookings’ largest businesses has taken a major step in environmental consciousness: On March 27, Fred Meyer began installing an electric car charging site on their property. 

By Friday, the station was done and ready for business.


City partners with students on aquatic center plans

Brookings Parks Supervisor Tony Baron learned this month that if you give a class of college students maps, cardboard, laser cutters, a few surveys and a basic premise, the designs they can craft for proposed recreation center are limitless.

Baron is assisting the Community Recreation Center Task Force in their goal to get an aquatic and recreation center built in town, and he enlisted the University of Oregon architecture students to develop ideas for what such a facility could include.


Medal for deputy who saved teen’s life

Survivors Deputy Terry Brown and Joshua Peterson give a thumbs up from a hospital room last June.

Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Brown’s efforts to save a Brookings teen from drowning in the ocean last year has garnered another recognition: the Carnegie Medal.

The award, issued to 20 recipients annually by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to individuals who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save another life.

“We don’t do it for the awards or recognition — it just what we do, but it’s nice to be appreciated,” Brown said Tuesday.


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