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Hwy. 199 project waiting on report

Work to widen Highway 199’s most dangerous curves could begin anew if an environmental report Caltrans officials submit early next month is approved.

As the closest east-west corridors to the Rogue Valley from Brookings and Crescent City, Highways 199 and 197 are critical to the economic vitality of Curry and Del Norte counties.

Highway 199 features narrow, winding roads, a precipitously steep cliff to the south and overhanging rock walls to the north. Highway 197 wends through tight curves banked by old redwood trees inches from the asphalt.


Found: Gold Beach man missing since Nov. 6

Thomas Moore

Authorities on Tuesday found a 34-year-old Gold Beach resident who had been missing since Nov. 6.

The family of Thomas Glenn Moore said they last saw him when leaving his Gold Beach house with a plastic bag containing clothes and toiletries. He did not carry a cell phone.


Judge sends Sutter Coast Hospital case to mediation

CRESCENT CITY — A lawsuit alleging Sutter Coast Hospital violated a contract through which it received land to build the hospital might be settled in private mediation this week.  

If a settlement is not reached, Judge Leslie C. Nichols announced during a court hearing last Thursday that he is inclined to decide the case from the bench and not grant a jury trial as requested by the plaintiff, Beverly Hussey.

Hussey, widow of the man who donated land for the hospital to be built, alleges Sutter Coast’s pursuit of a Critical Access Hospital designation, which brings in higher Medicare reimbursement for rural hospitals, would degrade the hospital to a point that it would violate the covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) contract that outlined how the donated land could be used.


BHHS singers heading to All-State Choir

BHHS students: Patrick Fulton, Elizabeth Freeman, Chantelle Nelson, Shelby George, Jessie Good and Dylan Panter.

Six Brookings-Harbor High School have passed the audition stage and are heading to All-State Choir, a statewide high school choral event Jan. 15 to 17. 

Elizabeth Freeman, Patrick Fulton, Shelby George, Jessie Good, Chantelle Nelson and Dylan Panter will travel to Eugene in January, where they will join students from around the state in a three-day choir workshop. Last year’s event featured between 500 and 600 high school students from around the state.


Herbage retiring after 34 years serving Curry County

Jerry Herbage

When Curry County Attorney Jerry Herbage was hired on in 1981, the Dow Jones closed the year at $875, the yearly inflation rate was 10.35 percent, the median price for an existing home was $66,400, the average income was $21,050 a year and the cost of a gallon of gas was $1.25.

Boy, have things changed — and not just at the national level.

Herbage remembers that the commissioner board back then was elected along party lines. The county usually was flush — sometimes obscenely so — with money. And he was a young attorney, just embarking on his career.


Operation Christmas child underway

Last Christmas, there were more than 627 boxes — stacked one atop another, row after row — filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene products donated by Curry County churches and residents.

The boxes, which often include uplifting notes, were mailed to needy children around the world who live in impoverished conditions. The gifts might very well be the only Christmas they will ever know.

This year, Operation Christmas has joined forces with Samaritan Purse, and representatives of both groups hope that Curry County residents will fill even more boxes than last year.


Authorities: Attempted murder suspect may be in Brookings area


Layla Strnad

A woman wanted for attempted murder in Del Norte County may be in the Brookings area, said the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Layla Strnad, 20, is wanted for pointing a handgun at two Smith River residents and threatening to kill them earlier this week, the sheriff’s office said. Strnad is also a suspect in a carjacking a week earlier in Del Norte County.


Oregon crab off limits — for now


A state agency on Friday closed recreational crab harvesting along the Curry County coast because the crab contain high levels of domoic acid, a toxin that can be fatal.

Any crab caught between Heceta Head, near Florence, south to the Oregon-California border should not be eaten, officials said.


Veterans Day: Keeping history alive

VFW Post Commander Rick Bremer’s collection of models includes one his father flew in World War II.

“This building was in shambles when I got here — they were talking about tearing it down,” Rick Bremer said as he sat in his sunshine-filled office at the VFW Post 966 in Brookings. 

Bremer has served as the post commander for the last decade and, under his direction, the VFW hall has been transformed from derelict property to a community treasure. 

A large mural dominates the north end of the hall, while a small part of Bremer’s World War II memorabilia and model aircraft collection lines all available wall space.


Election shows a county divided

Talk about a county divided.

Voters looking to place blame — or take credit — for the failure of the hospital annexation question on the ballot Nov. 3 need look no further than themselves.

According to the Curry County Elections Department, all of the 14 precincts in the south county — regardless of whether they’re in the city or Brookings or unincorporated county areas — voted against annexing into the hospital district. It lost 1,653 to 2,927.

The district roughly runs from south of Pistol River to Langlois and east to the county line with Josephine County.


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