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New quake data won’t halt plans for hospital

The Curry Health Network (CHN) district board plans to forge ahead and build its new hospital on the site of its existing facility despite dire new warnings about earthquakes and tsunamis, their likelihood and predicted severity.

“We have a deadline; we have a building here that’s worn,” said district CEO Andrew Bair. “The fire marshal has said, ‘We’ve turned a blind eye to it long enough. Fix it or you can’t provide care there.’ That’s really the driving factor.”

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Students receive $200K in scholarships

More than $200,000 in scholarships going to more than 65 students will be celebrated Wednesday in the annual reception held by the Brookings-Harbor Scholarship Foundation.

The scholarships handled by the foundation itself total $180,000 this year, according to board president Doug Nidiffer.  In addition, a new fund will grant a $1,000 scholarship to every graduating senior enrolled in college who applied – which could end up at more than $50,000.

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Curry Commissioner: 4 choices

 

See the candidate profiles in Local News.

Curry County Commissioner David Itzen faces three challengers for his Position 1 seat on the board that is elected to lead Curry County.

The challengers in the May 20 primary election include Jim Relaford, owner of Mainbrace Technologies and board member of the Port of Brookings Harbor; Tom Huxley, retired businessman from Harbor; and Randy Dubbs Dowler, owner of Blinds and Draperies Express in Brookings. If one candidate receives “50 percent plus one vote” of those cast, they will take the Position 1 seat, joining commissioners David Brock Smith and Susan Brown.

If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters proceed to the elections in November.

See the candidate profiles by Jane Stebbins in the Local News section .


Candidate profile: Jim Relaford

Jim Relaford

After four debates, weeks of listening to other county candidate positions, Jim Relaford has come to the conclusion that reorganization — from the bottom up — is the only way the county can solve all its problems.

Reorganization, he said, does not need to be as drastic as that outlined in House Bill 3453, in which the state would, upon the county commissioners’ request, evaluate and change how local government is run.

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Candidate profile: Tom Huxley

Tom Huxley

Tom Huxley of Harbor has attached his platform to the proposed Home Rule Charter, also on the May 20 ballot.

He said he preferred to submit his comments by email, noting that his concerns are not prioritized.

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Candidate profile: David Itzen

David Itzen

If the citizens want change, David Itzen says he’s got the team and the track record to do it.

That’s what he hopes sets him apart in the primary election May 20 — although he stands apart from his three opponents on almost every issue the county faces anyway.

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Candidate profile: Randy Dowler

Randy Dowler

Dire situations call for drastic measures, in the eyes of county commissioner candidate Randy Dubbs Dowler. 

Hence his campaign platform: Cut Spending! Cut Taxes! Cut to the Chase!

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$550,000 grant for port of Brookings

The Port of Brookings Harbor has received a $550,000 grant from the Oregon State Marine Board to replace the parking lot between the public boat ramp and Harbor Sanitation District, and install sidewalks, curbs and a stormwater treatment area.

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Councils oppose Measure 8-76

The mayors of Curry County’s three cities might support the home rule charter on the May 20 ballot, but their councils — with the exception of that in Brookings — have recently come out in opposition to Measure 8-76.

Earlier this week, the Port Orford City Council President Tim Pogwizd presented, and the council approved, a resolution outlining the reasons they do not support the measure, specifically citing District Attorney Everett Dial’s “white paper” that outlines some of the weak points he believes the measure contains.

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Election 2014: Candidates take center stage

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Al Wilson, left, moderates a public forum in Brookings Wednesday during which candidates running for county commission seat and Circuit Court judge answer questions submitted by audience members.

 More than 80 people attended a candidates forum at the Brookings library Wednesday, and they had plenty of questions for the political hopefuls.

It was the same at a second public forum at Gold Beach City Hall Thursday night, where a standing-room-only crowd grilled the four men running for Position 1 on the Curry County Board of Commissioners.

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