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Councils oppose Measure 8-76

The mayors of Curry County’s three cities might support the home rule charter on the May 20 ballot, but their councils — with the exception of that in Brookings — have recently come out in opposition to Measure 8-76.

Earlier this week, the Port Orford City Council President Tim Pogwizd presented, and the council approved, a resolution outlining the reasons they do not support the measure, specifically citing District Attorney Everett Dial’s “white paper” that outlines some of the weak points he believes the measure contains.


Election 2014: Candidates take center stage

Al Wilson, left, moderates a public forum in Brookings Wednesday during which candidates running for county commission seat and Circuit Court judge answer questions submitted by audience members.

 More than 80 people attended a candidates forum at the Brookings library Wednesday, and they had plenty of questions for the political hopefuls.

It was the same at a second public forum at Gold Beach City Hall Thursday night, where a standing-room-only crowd grilled the four men running for Position 1 on the Curry County Board of Commissioners.


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.


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.


Kudlac challenges Beaman for judge’s seat

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.


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.


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. 


Bye-bye Brookings bowling: Azalea Lanes closing

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.”


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.


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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