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No second chance for Fely’s Cafe

Fely Johnson has been serving breakfast lunch at her small cafe at the port’s Beachfront RV Park since 1993.

The popular Fely’s Cafe at the Port of Brookings Harbor’s Sporthaven Beach will stay open until January, 2015, but after that it will have to close for good.

“There’s not much I can do about it. I’m not the one that’s in control of it,” cafe owner Fely Johnson said Tuesday morning.

The reason is twofold: The port is planning to renovate the building that holds the cafe; and the cafe is in noncompliance with certain federal regulations by which the port must abide.

“There really is no easy way to handle this,” Port Commissioner Jim Relaford said Tuesday. “We’re doing whatever we can to make it as easy as possible for Fely, but it has to happen.” 


New store raises concerns

The Brookings-Harbor community is soon to be bookended by two discount stores: the Dollar Tree at the south and Dollar General to the north.

The general merchandise and grocery company pulled a building permit from the city of Brookings last week, and surveyors were scurrying over the intersection of Easy Street and Chetco Avenue in preparation for construction.

“Our sweet spot is small-town America,” said Dan MacDonald, senior director of corporate communications of the firm. “We’re very successful in meeting the needs of folks in smaller towns.”


Schafer misses court appearance

Wedderburn resident Marlyn Schafer failed to appear in court last Friday to be arraigned on charges of aggravated theft, or theft over $10,000, from the Gold Beach Senior Center over the past six years.

She did, however, show up in court Monday morning, which is considered a “voluntary appearance” because her case was not on the docket, according to Assistant District Attorney Jake Conde, who is prosecuting the case.

Schafer served as the treasurer for the nonprofit organization since she was appointed to the board in 1998. She has also served as city councilor and mayor of Gold Beach, Curry County commissioner and on numerous other boards.


Care centers, restaurants deal with salty water

The residents of Sea View Senior Living Community in Harbor have a new activity in their exercise regimen: Rain dancing.

Executive director Jan Ramelli was only half-joking when she said that.

More than 1,500 Harbor Water District customers have heard that their tap water is brackish and that those with illnesses related to sodium — or those who don’t like the taste — should purchase bottled water.

High ocean tides and low water levels in the Chetco River have combined far enough upriver to result in salt intrusion to the community’s intake well.


Voters reject county jail levy

Ballot Measure 8-78 lost Tuesday night on two fronts: it didn’t get the minimum 50 percent turnout as required for a special election, nor did it get the majority of votes to win.

The measure lost 3,548 to 2,634, with 47.8 percent of eligible voters casting ballots.

The measure asked voters to approve a property tax hike of 68 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to fund the jail — and only the jail.


Drinking water update

As of today (Monday, Sept. 15), Brookings tap water remains safe to drink and will likely remain so, city officials said.

Meanwhile, tap water in Harbor still contains some ocean water and, while it does not pose a health hazard to most people, Harbor residents with sensitive stomachs or on low sodium diets are encouraged to drink bottled water or obtain water from an alternative source.

The salt water intrusion into Harbor’s water is likely to continue until significant rain increases the flow of the Chetco River and keeps the ocean tides at bay.


Residents speak up about Chetco River designation

South Coast residents love their Chetco River — and weren’t shy about saying so during an Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department meeting Thursday night.

The meeting was held to solicit input about the scenic, natural and recreational values of the river and if the 14 miles from Loeb State Park, 8 miles upriver from Highway 101, to the Steel Bridge should be designated as a state Scenic River.


Police warn of warrant, jury duty scams

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 this week after Gold Beach Police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from residents who were contacted by con artists.


Departing hospital CEO offers final advice

Curry Health Network CEO Andrew Bair addressed his staff and district board Tuesday afternoon, offering them words of encouragement and recommending steps they should take as the hospital district evolves without him.

The popular CEO has accepted a position as vice president of Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Orlando, Florida. The move also enables him to be closer to various family members. His last day is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 31.


Brian Scott: Brookings art supporter dies at 75

Brian Scott, left, and Horst Wolf hold Wolf’s watercolor portrait of Scott that was honored at an art show in 2004.

Longtime Brookings resident Brian Scott was not an artist, but he was an aficionado who dedicated himself to supporting local artists and helped build what has become a thriving art community in his hometown.

Scott died Friday at age 75 after a two-year battle with kidney failure.

The public is invited to say a few words and raise a glass to toast Scott at the conclusion of the regularly scheduled Second Saturday Art Walk from 4-6 p.m. today (Sept. 13) at the Brian Scott Gallery


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