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Man fined for lying during herbicide spraying probe
August 12, 2014 06:44 pm

The state of Oregon has fined the owner of a company that sprayed Cedar Valley residents with herbicides almost a year ago — not for making 40 residents fall ill, but for lying in the ensuing investigation.

Steven Owen, the applicator found responsible in the incident, has been fined a $10,000 civil penalty for providing false and misleading information in connection with the application northwest of Gold Beach. 

Additionally, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has revoked Owen’s license and fined his company, Pacific Air Research, of White City a corresponding $10,000 fine.

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Slides taking toll on road budget
August 08, 2014 06:57 pm

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A 2012 storm caused the Chetco River to rise high enough to undermine the slope below North Bank Chetco River Road. The cost to stabilize the slope will drain the city’s road repair budget.

The impacts of the November 2012 storm and flood just won’t quit.

The cost to repair two landslides in Brookings is likely to consume the city’s entire annual revenue for street repairs and resurfacing, City Manager Gary Milliman reported earlier this week.

At its July 28 meeting, the city council decided to proceed with geologic testing and plan preparation for the repairs on North Bank Chetco River Road and Marine Drive.

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South Coast summer
August 08, 2014 06:56 pm

Photo by Liz Cohen

A heron keeps a watchful eye on a sea lion swimming in the sea near the Port of Brookings Harbor. 

 
Transition underway at sheriff’s office
August 08, 2014 06:55 pm

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop has promoted two of his men as part of a transition before his last day Sept. 30.

Lt. Jail Commander Dave Denny will now be a sergeant in parole and probation, replacing Kris Bishop, the sheriff’s wife; Jail Deputy Mike Espinoza will then take over Denny’s job as jail commander.

“He’s asked for (the position), and it makes sense because he works closely with parole and probation,” the sheriff said of Denny’s move. “He’ll have a learning curve, but he’s the easiest to put in there to train. He’s a good fit because he works so closely with corrections already; he knows the back-end of sanctions.”

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Source of Mill Beach pollution remains elusive
August 08, 2014 06:54 pm

Oregon Public Health officials have issued a second health advisory for water at Mill Beach after tests revealed a higher-than normal level of fecal bacteria.

The advisory does not have scientists overly concerned at this point, as Mill Beach has only had an incident rate of 12.5 percent for the year, said Aaron Borisenko of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Usually, it hovers around a 15 percent incident rate.

The bacterial level was found to be 763 colony-forming units per milliliter of water on Aug. 6, Borisenko said. The acceptable level is 158 units per ml.

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County says gaining voters’ trust is key to passing jail tax
August 08, 2014 06:52 pm

Curry County commissioners always talk about making everything they do obvious to the public, and now might take it a step further in a resolution outlining exactly where tax revenue will be spent if voters approve a jail ballot measure next month.

It worked for Lane County, after its board of commissioners put a ballot measure to voters asking for a tax increase to fund juvenile services and jail beds, and commissioners here believe it could help provide them with enough “accountability and transparency” to allay trust issues voters have with the board and get the measure approved at the ballot box.

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City seeks way to resolve DIA issues equitably
August 08, 2014 06:51 pm

The Brookings City Council plans to notify all property owners who hold Deferred Improvement Agreements (DIAs) that they plan to call them in soon.

The problem is, many of those who have them don’t even know it.

“The purpose is to get these off the books, and not surprise property owners — some of whom are four property owners removed,” said City Manager Gary Milliman at a town work session Monday. “Part of the effort is to increase awareness. When we dealt with DIAs on Hassett Street, half the property owners indicated they’d never heard about it.”

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Advisory issued for Mill Beach
August 07, 2014 04:16 pm

A public health advisory was issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Mill Beach, located in Brookings.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

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Country’s local impact
August 05, 2014 08:08 pm

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Brookings Byron Bishop, 11, shares the limelight on stage with mega-country artist Brad Paisley during last weekend’s Cape Blanco Country Music Festival near Port Orford. Photo courtesy of Tammy Ross Photography.

Country music fans weren’t the only ones bearing face-splitting grins last weekend; retailers throughout the north end of the county were smiling, as well. 

The throngs of music fans that descended on Sixes for Bi-Mart’s Cape Blanco Country Music Festival arrived in a flurry of excitement and left behind enough money to help retailers break sales records.

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Board picks temporary super to lead district
August 05, 2014 08:06 pm

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Tenneal Wetherell

The Brookings-Harbor School board on Monday appointed Tenneal Wetherell as superintendent-of-record until the district can find an interim leader for the school district.

The superintendent position became available when Brian Hodge resigned last week.

“The new administrative staff is fabulous and committed to working together and moving forward,” Wetherell told the board. “I will do everything I can to support them.” 

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