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Home Rule Charter proponent, opponent go head-to-head

Nesika Beach resident Carl King sat comfortably in his seat in front of the standing-room-only crowd at city hall in Gold Beach Thursday night, calmly clearing up what he called misinformation about the proposed Home Rule Charter on the May 20 ballot.

 

But for Measure 8-76 opponent Philip Dickson, of Gold Beach, the issue was about little more than protecting one’s right to vote — and he reiterated that point over and over throughout the evening.

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Cover Oregon ends in failure

SALEM – The board that governs Oregon’s health insurance exchange voted unanimously Friday to move to the federal exchange following yesterday’s recommendation from its technology committee.

Cover Oregon officials say going the federal route will cost the state between $4 million and $6 million compared with $78 million to try to repair the embattled exchange in time for the start of 2015 open enrollment in November. Had they gone with that option, not all functionality would have been ready in time.

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Kudlac challenges Beaman for judge’s seat

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Shala McKenzie Kudlac (left) and Cynthia Beaman (right)

Come May 20, Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Beaman hopes her years of experience on the bench and in the legal profession will trump that of challenger Shala McKenzie Kudlac of Sixes.

The 15th Judicial District is comprised of circuit courts in Coos and Curry counties, and deals with all cases brought to court except for taxes. 

Beaman and Kudlac both participated in  League of Women Voters’ candidate forums in Brookings, Port Orford and Gold Beach this week.

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Brookings police chase ends in Smith River

Authorities arrested a Smith River woman at 2:30 p.m. today after she led police on a car chase from Brookings to the Lucky 7 Casino.

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Third suspect in car chase arrested

UPDATE: Suspect Chase Weatherby Best was captured without incident in Bandon on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Brookings Police Department, an off duty Bandon police officer spotted Best walking near the crash scene. Bandon Police Chief Bob Webb responded to the area and arrested Best without incident. Best was brought back to the Curry County Jail and faces multiple felony charges. 

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Bye-bye Brookings bowling: Azalea Lanes closing

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In its heyday, Azalea Lanes was filled with league and recreation bowlers drawn by the sound of crashing pins and good food. Curry County’s only bowling alley will close next month after 35 years of business.

Brookings’ Azalea Lanes, Curry County’s sole bowling alley for the past 35 years, will be closing it’s doors for good on May 8.

“We want to thank the community for a great 35 years,” said owner Gary Kerr. “We’ve enjoyed ourselves but there comes a time when all good things much come to an end.”

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Itzen sole county candidate to file campaign funds

In the fiscal race to County Commissioner Position 1 seat, incumbent David Itzen is the clear winner.

According to the state OreStar records, to which candidates are required to report campaign contributions and expenditures, Itzen is the only one who has reported anything to the state.

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City seeks money to improve regional airport

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman believes he will succeed in obtaining grant money to improve runway safety at an airport that’s not in Brookings — nor even in the state of Oregon.

The airport is the Del Norte County Regional Airport in Crescent City, and the city’s interest revolves around the fact that the facility is vital for the region’s commerce and economic vitality.

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Brookings tackles transportation needs

It’s been almost 20 years since the city of Brookings updated its Transportation System Plan and the new one is likely to include a bunch of new elements, reflecting how the city has grown and changed in those years.

The city has received a $190,000 grant — it must provide a $35,000 match — to hire a firm to conduct a study to determine what transportation will be needed in the future. A major component will include bicycles, ADA improvements and best routes for students to get to school and for ambulances to leave the city, said Donna Colby-Hanks, planning manager for the city.

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Popular tall ships bring nautical history to area

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The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, high-masted replicas of past maritime ships, are schedule to sail into Crescent City Harbor on Monday, April 21, for an eight-day visit featuring nautical history activities. Full story and schedule on Page 10A.
 

CRECENT CITY — With massive, fossil-fueled vessels ruling today’s modern seas, it’s humbling to be reminded of the wind-powered tall ships of the past.

South Coast residents will have that chance next week when the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, high-masted replicas of past maritime ships, return April 21-28.

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