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Huxley, Itzen vie for commission seat

Curry County voters have two choices in a contentious race for the county commissioner Position 1 seat on Nov. 4.

Ballots are to be sent out between Oct. 17 and 22 and are due back to the elections office by 8 p.m. election day.

The two running for the seat are incumbent Commissioner David Itzen and candidate Tom Huxley — and the two hold opposite stances on almost every issue the county faces.

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Agent Orange meeting Sunday

Stephanie Holybee suffers the repercussions of her father’s stint in the Vietnam War, where he was repeatedly doused by lumbering airplanes spewing chemicals to kill foliage in the jungle.

The soldiers were told the planes were spraying for mosquitoes, that the stuff was harmless. But it was really the defoliant Agent Orange contaminated with dioxin. And the effects of that exposure wouldn’t be realized for years.

Stephanie’s father, Ken, of Forestville, California, has no symptoms from his exposure to the chemical.

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Panhandling and related issues ease in Harbor

Panhandling in Harbor is down, according to reports received from business owners, County Commissioner Susan Brown said Tuesday.

“Businesses have reported fewer issues relating to panhandling, such as littering, theft and customers being solicited for cash,” she wrote in a press release. “Residents have also reported less trash on the beaches.”

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Great Oregon ShakeOut

 
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Students take cover during an Great Oregon Shakeout several years ago. This year, children at Brookings’ Kalmiopsis Elementary School will conduct earthquake and fire drills.

Although it’s easy to dismiss it as a distant hypothetical, a massive earthquake is a genuine possibility for citizens of Curry County. Residents of the Oregon Coast consistently hear the phrase, “the big one,” and it’s a scary unknown. 

On Thursday, people will get the chance to practice how to protect themselves should “the big one” hit — with the Great Oregon ShakeOut and “Tsunami Fun Walk.”  
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Firm unveils hospital floor plans

 

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Retiring the flag

 

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Frontier Communications employees uses a boom to reach a flag stuck at the top of pole in Harbor.

Twenty years ago, Carol Chiado surprised her husband Franklin, a Korean War veteran, by giving him an American flag and a 55-foot flagpole for his birthday.

Franklin installed the pole next to a building on Highway 101 in Harbor that used to house a welding business and, more recently, a roofing company.  

When her husband died in 2005, Carol became responsible for maintaining the flag and pole. 

“The flag was becoming frayed and needed to be taken down, so I asked my friends to help me,” Carol said.

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Bizarre behavior lands man in jail

Michael Leroy Behrens was arrested this week after allegedly breaking into an Oceanview Drive home in Harbor and calling 911, claiming to be the homeowner and reporting a home invasion robbery, authorities said.

Just 24 hours earlier, authorities responded to a Harbor restaurant where Behrens, 54, and armed with several knives, had locked himself in the bathroom because he thought people were trying to kill him.

In both cases, Behrens was high on drugs, including methamphetamine, and he might possibly have mental health issues, authorities said.

Now that he’s been arrested, Behrens might receive the help he needs, but the people impacted by his actions have questions. Why didn’t Behrens get help and why was he released after the first incident only to commit a crime the very next day?

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Sneaker wave alert

Dangerous sneaker waves are expected to increase to 18 feet on Saturday, posing an extreme danger for people along Southern Oregon beaches, the National Weather Service has advised.

The danger could be exacerbated by an increase in the number of people visiting the coast on the Columbus Day weekend. Additionally, the weather will not be stormy, giving people a false sense that conditions are safe.

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