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Fely’s Cafe opens in Harbor

Fely Johnson takes a well-deserved break at her new cafe in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center in Harbor.

After a nearly six-month hiatus, Fely Johnson is back in business. 

The new storefront of Fely’s Cafe, which had its soft opening on Saturday, sparkles with freshly-painted walls, an ocean-themed mural, a wall of lighthouse photographs and new floors. 

A couple coming into the restaurant around noon walked up to the front of the restaurant to order, when Johnson reached across the counter and embraced them. “Hi, honey!” she said, smiling warmly.

“It’s sure good to see you back behind the counter,” the man said.

“Thank goodness,” Johnson agreed. “I’m happy to be back.” 


Rescued dogs coming to Curry

A group of dogs on death’s door will arrive in Gold Beach Friday where they will get a second chance at life.

It’s a cooperative venture that starts with Operation Paws Rescue in the Bay Area in California and ends with volunteers at Pennies for Pooches in Gold Beach, that takes in a group of dogs from a high-kill shelter for safe haven.


Port officials want to refinance $7 million state debt

The Port of Brookings Harbor board of commissioners is looking to refinance the remainder of its $7 million debt to the state after a state agency sought to increase the port’s monthly payments. 

The port had taken out several loans from the Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA), a state entity that loans money to cities, counties and special districts for infrastructure projects, over the past three decades. In 2009, port leaders negotiated a payment plan — at $62,500 every three months — to the IFA for the remaining debt. 

Recently, the port received news that the IFA wants to change the terms of their agreement.  


Series of quakes off Oregon Coast

The West Coast of North America isn’t about to be left out of the recent seismic activity going on throughout the Ring of Fire in the Pacific OCean.

Starting in the wee hours this morning morning, four quakes rumbled at the juncture of the Pacific Plate and the Blanco Fault Zone about 130 miles west of Newport.

The most severe was a 5.8 magnitude temblor at 12:52 a.m.


Gettin’ their Jam on!

Photo by Grant Fraley

Rod McLeod and Troy Spence Jr. play guitar licks on the same guitar during a recent Sunday Music Jam session at Zola’s Pizzeria at the Port of Brookings Harbor. 

Hospital gets $19 million loan

Curry Health Network officials learned this week they will receive a $19 million USDA loan to build a new Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach.

 The letter from the USDA, dated May 15, states the federal agency’s finance office has set aside $19,061,000 for the project.

“We have been anticipating the arrival of this letter for weeks,” said the network’s CEO Virginia “Ginny” Razo. “The USDA has been very supportive throughout the entire process.” 


Deputy cleared in election complaint

The Secretary of State’s Elections Division has cleared Curry County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Krohn of any wrongdoing in connection with allegedly campaigning for Measure 8-81 in a letter to the editor in the Curry Coastal Pilot.

According to investigator Alana Cox, Brookings resident John Johnson filed a complaint with the office saying Krohn had violated state law in connection with the property tax question.


State mulls idea of free community college

SALEM — Lawmakers hoping to make community college free for most students got a resounding message from the higher education community during a hearing on the matter Thursday: The proposal isn’t ready for prime time.

Senate Bill 81 was proposed as a way to create a free college degree for low- and middle-income students. The cost to the state is estimated at around $20 million every two years, and aspects of the proposed law could bring in a rush of federal student aid to help carry the program.

But representatives from community colleges and Oregon’s university system said the bipartisan group of legislators proposing the bill still isn’t taking into account the cost of an unexpected rush of students hopeful to take advantage of the free program.


Disc golf, new trails planned for Azalea Park

Changes are coming to Brookings Azalea Park — the addition of an 18-hole disc golf course and a new set of trails — made possible not only by the city of Brookings, but with help from volunteers from the local high school and the community.


Memorial Day ceremony

Brookings Veteran Larry Smith, who has fought in three wars, gives a thumbs up to people applauding him during Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Struggling to write a speech for Monday’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Port of Brookings Harbor, U.S. Marine Sgt. Chris Crawford decided to tell a story — his story — about battling Saddam Hussein and serving in Afghanistan. 

He stood tall at the podium in full military dress, speaking to the dozens of veterans in a crowd of more than 100 people who filled the port boardwalk.

“Because of you,” he said, “I stand here today, doing what you did many years ago. We eliminated a dictator in Iraq who killed thousands of his own people — he was no better than Hitler.”


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