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Port Orford Mayor dodges recall effort
April 08, 2014 09:20 pm

Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn appeared to be on his way to keeping his seat in office — but only by an 11-vote margin — as of press deadline Tuesday night.

Vote counts are not final, but by 9:30 p.m., 204 voters cast their ballots to recall the mayor and 215 voted against the ballot question.

Brookings fisherman cited for dumping mink carcasses into port waters
April 07, 2014 02:40 pm

A Brookings commercial crab fisherman has been cited for first degree water pollution after he allegedly dumped nearly 5,000 pounds of rotting, skinned mink carcasses into the Port of Brookings Harbor last week.


No performing arts center for now
April 04, 2014 07:41 pm

Build it and they … might not come.

Such was the conclusion of Benjamin Jervis, who conducted an analysis to determine the feasibility of Brookings building and supporting a performing arts center (PAC).

Brookings pulls SDC charges
April 04, 2014 07:40 pm

The Brookings City Council has unanimously voted to discontinue collecting Systems Development Charges (SDC) on existing and previously occupied buildings when the business use changes. 

“For many years I have had a concern that collection of these fees has negatively impacted businesses wishing to open shop in our downtown core,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “We made this decision to encourage business owners to look at existing buildings downtown when they are seeking to start up a new business or relocate.”

Curry General back in the baby delivery business
April 04, 2014 07:37 pm

GOLD BEACH — Labor and Delivery services at Curry General Hospital have resumed, and on March 5 the first baby — a healthy boy — was born in the new program, followed by a second baby boy delivered March 28.

Port cleans up rotten mink carcasses
April 02, 2014 12:17 pm

A boom around a commercial fishing dock Wednesday contains rotten mink carcasses.

The sight of small, skinned animal carcasses bobbing on the water at the Port of Brookings Harbor Wednesday was disturbing. The smell was even worse.

Slides close Elk River Road
April 02, 2014 11:55 am


PORT ORFORD – Several slides caused by recent rains have closed the Elk River Road east of Port Orford, according to the U.S. Forest Service.


A road slide at Milepost Six (above the Elk River Fish Hatchery) has made the Elk River Road impassable. Repairs are planned after the next round of rain. See the latest forecasts at www.CurryPilot.com/weather.

Wildlife safari
April 01, 2014 07:48 pm
Roosevelt elk can often be seen on the outskirts of Brookings and eating on grassy areas along the coast near the Oregon/California border.

Photos by Cass Greene • Special to the Pilot

Local photographer Cass Greene found plenty of wildlife to take pictures of this week as rain clouds gave way to sunshine along the Southern Oregon Coast.

Marine sanctuary proposal pulled
April 01, 2014 07:43 pm
Bob Bailey, the Salem man who nominated the waters off Port Orford to be named a federally protected marine sanctuary, has withdrawn his submission, saying more public discussion has to be held to gain community support.
What price county services?
April 01, 2014 07:41 pm
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