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Fake cash circulating in Curry County

Counterfeit money has started filtering into Curry County from Del Norte County in California, with two $20 bills turned in to the Brookings Police Department this week.

The $20 bills were discovered by employees at Ray’s Food Place and Circle K/76 gas station; a $10 bill was turned into police by a citizen who said they received it as change at a local business.

That $10 bill was found to be legitimate — just old and worn, said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

According to Brookings Police Sgt. Terry Murray, today’s printing technology enables forgers to do a good job making counterfeit bills.

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Report evaluates schools progress

Brookings-Harbor schools have shown slight improvement in the areas of graduation rates, dropout rates and stand standards for testing, but continue to be below state averages according to a statewide report card released by the Oregon Department of Education.

The news comes as no surprise for school officials of a district that has been struggling for years to improve in these area. However, they are confident their ongoing efforts are and will continue to yield better results. 

“There’s a lot of positive growth,” Brookings-Harbor Superintendent Sean Gallagher said during Wednesday’s school board meeting.

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Schools get Go Pack survival kits

Seventy-seven Go-Packs filled with essential survival items were delivered to Curry and Del Norte county schools this week.

The packs were part of a year-long volunteer effort by the Wild Rivers Coast South Ford Institute Leadership Program to make sure teachers and students had supplies in case of a natural disaster or emergency.

“In a disaster to rural counties like ours, we need to prepare in order to protect the most vulnerable,” said  Geof Antil, a member of the leadership program.

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Redís Crescent Drive-in closes for good

CRESCENT CITY — After years of struggling to remain open, the local drive-in theater — a Del Norte institution for more than six decades — will close its doors for good this month.

Red’s Crescent Drive-in entered escrow about two weeks ago, said Bill Thomas, whose family has operated the theater since 1980. The Thomases are expected to move out by Oct. 30.

According to Bert Thomas, Gary and Todd Hartwick are the property’s new owners. The new owners do not plan to continue operating the drive-in, according to the theater’s Facebook page.

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Great green pumpkins: Watermelons with a pumpkin attitude

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Green pumpkins grown in Pistol River by Ron Adams are shown.

Pumpkins are popping up all over town this time of year. The giant squash are often carved into scary faces and adorn porches for Halloween. They make a tasty pie as well.

They are always orange — always! 

Until now.

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Man jailed after drive-by shooting

Port Orford Police arrested Robert Ryan Anderson, 29, for allegedly driving by the Port Orford Inn Apartments and firing five shots into a parking lot where people were gathered at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

No one was injured in the incident.

“That was incredible, considering he was shooting into a parking lot of a motel where a lot of people congregate,” said Police Chief Hank Hobart Monday, as he prepared to interview more witnesses. “I’m shocked that no one got hit.”

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Analyst: Emergency department a good deal

Dr. Ken Goettel, a cost-benefit analyst from Davis, California, said Monday having an Emergency Department (ED) in Brookings will be a venture that, over time, could be worth about $277 million for the Brookings-Harbor community — and save between 250 and 500 lives over 50 years.

Goettel was hired by the state of Oregon to conduct a benefit cost analysis (BCA) that determines if the benefits of a project — in this case, an expanded ED, chemotherapy and dialysis services — outweigh its costs.

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Burning restrictions eased

Cooler temperatures and recent rainfall have prompted the Coos Forest Protective Association to lower public use restrictions. 

Effective at noon Monday, Oct. 19, CFPA suspended its Regulated Use Closure on all lands protected by the Association.  The change now allows certain public activities in wildland areas.

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McDonald picks Brookings for dance conservatory

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Students at the Wild Rivers Conservatory of Dance warm up during a recent lesson at the Oak Street studio, which opened in August.

Local events such as the Pirates of the Pacific Festival, Baconfest! and most recently Bands, Brews and BBQ, have included performances by young dancers who are students at the Wild Rivers Conservatory of Dance, 430 Oak St., opened by Sky-Marie McDonald and her husband, Chris Schell, in August.

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Council likely to approve taller radio towers

The Brookings City Council Monday likely will approve an ordinance to allow ham radio towers up to 70 feet in height in residential neighborhoods, despite concerns residents outlined this summer regarding safety and aesthetics.

The issue caught the attention of residents in the Dawson Tract north of town in June, when residents there learned a ham radio operator on Susan Place wanted to extend his tower from 40 to 70 feet.

Neighbors expressed their concern about the aesthetics of such towers — many have arrays of protruding metal arms that point in numerous directions — and the safety of such large apparatus in an area prone to high winds and earthquakes.

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