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Harbor tap water will remain salty until first rain

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The level of the Chetco River has reached a record low, and there is no sign of significant rain in the long-range forecast.
 

Harbor residents better get use to salt-flavored tap water because it won’t get better until the first good rain storm comes along, Harbor Water District officials said.

And that could be weeks from now, according to long-range forecast by the National Weather Service.

“We need rain. It’s that simple,” said Dave VanCleave, superintendent for Harbor Water District PUD.

The brackish water, the result of ocean water infiltrating the fresh water of the low-flowing Chetco River, does not pose a health risk to most people at this time, VanCleave said.

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Forest fire danger moves to extreme

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has moved fire danger levels to "extreme" and revised public use restrations to match.

The danger level and restrictions are expected to continue until weather conditions change -- and there is no change in the current forecasts.

The limits include:

- keeping all fires to campfire rings in designated campgrouds,

- keeping vehicles on designated roads, and

- forbidding smoking outside of safe sites such as enclosed vehicles and buildings, on watercraft, or with three feet of bare soil on all sides.

See the full restrictions by clicking here


Authorities issue scam alert

Curry County authorities are warning residents not to fall for a “warrant scam” in which con artists call people and threaten to arrest them for unpaid driving citations or for missing jury duty.

The scam alert was issued today (Sept. 10) after Gold Beach Police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from residents who were contacted by con artists.

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Tides blamed for salty tap water

High ocean tides and low water levels in the Chetco River do not make a good glass of drinking water, Harbor residents learned this week. 

The odd, salty flavor of their tap water is expected to remain for at least another four days, but officials said it is safe to drink for most people, except for those who must restrict their salt intake or have sensitive stomachs.

“In my 33 years, I’ve never seen something likes this. We were all caught off guard,” said Jackie Adams at Harbor Water District. “We’re used to our water tasting really good. It tastes brackish; it’s just terrible.”

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City annexes river property

After years of fighting, Ron Tribble is one step closer to building homes on a parcel of land overlooking the Chetco River.

The Brookings City Council granted the Roseburg developer an annexation request and amended the city limits and zoning map to reflect that in its meeting Monday night, much to the chagrin of many who stuck around for hours to ask the council to consider continuing the discussion for two weeks.

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Clinic closer to earning emergency designation

The city of Brookings could very well have a permit in hand by the end of the year to begin the process to get an emergency department at the clinic on Fifth Street, it was announced at a city council meeting Monday night.

Andrew Bair, the outgoing CEO of Curry Health Network, said the city and Curry Health Network could have the documentation by November.

 “This could happen very quickly,” he said.

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Gold Beach voters to decide fire truck tax ballot measure

The Gold Beach City Council decided Monday to place a question on the Nov. 4 ballot asking its city’s voters to approve a 27-cent per $1,000 assessed valuation to purchase of a new fire truck.

The ballot question will ask voters for $60,000 a year for seven years to raise about $420,000; the Gold Beach-Wedderburn Rural Fire Protection District will provide $100,000 toward the cost of the truck. Such vehicles cost between $400,000 and $700,000.

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Board may change fair dates

The Curry County Fair board is considering moving its event next year, possibly to Aug. 27 through the 30th, to avoid the lure the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival might have on fairgoers.

The country music festival is slated for July 31 to Aug. 2.

It’s not as easy as just switching the date, noted Fairgrounds Manager Ron Crook.

“No matter what date we have for the fair, there’s a part — be it entertainment, the stock show, something —  that we have a problem (with schedule conflicts),” he said. “So we’re still looking at options.”

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Official: Salty Harbor tap water safe to drink

High ocean tides and low water levels in the Chetco River do not make a good glass of drinking water, Harbor residents learned this week. And the odd, salty flavor of their tap water is expected to remain for another four days.

The water is safe to drink for most people, except for those who must restrict their salt intake, officials said.

“We’re spoiled,” said Jackie Adams at Harbor Water District. “We’re used to our water tasting really good. It tastes brackish; it’s just terrible.”

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School road project complete

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City, school and state agency representatives, along with those of private construction and design companies, celebrate the completion of a new road, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and crosswalks at Kalmiopsis Elementary School Friday.

Kalmiopsis Elementary School children returning to school this week discovered a brand new road, sidewalks, gutters and crosswalks on Easy Street.

The project is the result of $663,000 in grant funding and collaboration among city, state and federal agencies and private contractors. Planning for the project started in 2008. 

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