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Noise parade video
October 11, 2013 04:35 pm
To watch the video of the Brookings-Harbor High School Noise Parade, click here.
Regulating medical marijuana
October 09, 2013 08:30 am

Dude, it’s all good.

That was pretty much the attitude Brookings city councilors took at a work session Monday afternoon to discuss how the city might want to regulate medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

Hospital reinstating obstetric servicesq
October 09, 2013 08:30 am

Curry General Hospital announced this week it will reinstate obstetric services in January.

The hospital temporarily suspended such services about five months ago due to a lack of qualified personnel. 

City will install fence to keep bikers out of skatepark
October 09, 2013 08:29 am

The city plans to make it a little more difficult for people who flaunt the rules at the skatepark in Bud Cross Park to slip in a little bike-riding.

And the obstacle is likely to come in the form of a 6-foot-tall fence, the city council agreed at a work session Monday afternoon. Signage isn’t working. Neither is peer pressure. Not even repeated warnings from Brookings police officers is deterring the two-wheelers.

Mill Beach toilets arrive
October 09, 2013 08:13 am

A crew uses a crane to unload and place a prefabricated public restroom at Mill Beach as part of an improvement project there. Submitted photo
A 43,000-pound pre-built public restroom was placed by crane at Mill Beach in Brookings Friday.

City public works employees have been grading the site and installing utility lines, while volunteers assisted with the construction of a retaining wall. Future work will include a log barrier between the beach parking lot and the beach, picnic benches and paving the parking lot, walkways to the restroom and the access road at the end of Macklyn Cove Drive.

Body of missing man retrieved from port waters
October 07, 2013 11:00 am

The body of Harlen Wade Smith, 23, was found Sunday afternoon in the water by the commercial docks in the Port of Brookings Harbor. Smith had been missing since Sept. 22.

The Coast Guard retrieved the body from the water after it had been found floating near a commercial fishing vessel. Sheriff’s deputies confirmed it was Smith and notified the next of kin on Sunday evening.

Lt. John Ward of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office said there appeared to be no foul play involved, but that an autopsy would be performed.

Smith, who attended Brookings-Harbor High School, worked as a commercial fisherman out of the port. According to the sheriff’s department, he had last been seen drinking with friends the night of Sept. 22. That night, the Coast Guard received calls of voices and splashing in the water near the icehouse at the port. Smith’s shoe was found that night near the icehouse.

Several efforts were made to find Smith: Divers from Lakeside Fire Department searched the docks on Sept. 25; the Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue made an extensive search on jet skis on Sept. 28.

See full story in Wednesday’s edition of The Curry Coastal Pilot.
Animal advocate dies
October 04, 2013 09:45 pm

Catherine Powers, with the help of volunteers, rescued and found homes for dogs such as this one.

Curry County this week lost a champion for both animals and people. 

Catherine Powers, 54, executive director of the Curry County Animal Shelter and founder of Pennies for Pooches, who was known for her tireless efforts to save and adopt animals, died of a heart attack early Wednesday morning.

“My heart was saddened this morning when I heard the news that our community lost a very loving, caring, kind woman who would go out of her way to help out, said Nicole Legg, one of dozens of people who posted comments on the Shelter’s Facebook page. “The dedication she showed our town was enormous as was her heart.”

Man admits stealing vehicles
October 04, 2013 09:42 pm

Police have arrested Timothy J. Burris, 26, of Harbor, in connection with a series of automobile thefts in Port Orford, Albany, Brookings and Harbor. 

Burris has been charged with six counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, six counts of unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, theft in the second degree, and he was arrested on warrants for burglary, theft, criminal mischief and a probation violation and outstanding warrants in California.

Exploring marijuana dispensary regulations
October 04, 2013 09:40 pm

The city of Brookings will take up the topic of medical marijuana storefronts and to what extent they should be regulated when the Oregon Health Authority establishes statewide licensing rules next March.

The discussion will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Brookings City Hall on Elk Street.

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