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Gold Beach man dies in crash

The body of Gold Beach resident Ray Shane Gibson, 46, was recovered Tuesday after he was found inside a vehicle that went off Quosanta Creek Road, about 15 miles east of town.

Gibson was the nephew of Sheriff John Ward, who was first on the scene.


Happy Halloween!

Photo by Jayati Ramakrishnan/Curry Coastal Pilot

Children Shaylin and Landen Holmes, front, get into the holiday spirit with David Holmes and Brandi  Tribur Friday afternoon during a community trick-or-treat event in downtown Brookings. Scores of costumed children, accompanied by adults, visited at least 46 participating businesses in the Brookings-Harbor area starting at 11 a.m. Children also enjoyed games and making arts and crafts.

Authorities tentatively ID body as Callaway

Authorities announced today that identification found with the skeletal human remains discovered Sunday in the woods east of Brookings was that of 26-year-old Keith Callaway.

“We’re tentatively identifying the body as Mr. Callaway, but we won’t know for sure until we get a DNA sample from the family to do a comparison,” said Curry County Sheriff’s Det. Gardiner said.

The Curry County medical examiner is scheduled to do an autopsy of the remains to help confirm the identity and determine the cause of death, Gardiner said.


Officials clash over citizens survey

County Commissioners David Brock Smith and David Itzen say their cohort’s community survey is too long, too technical and too detailed, and plan to “take more time and do it right,” Itzen said Tuesday during a special meeting.

Brown, who was not in attendance for the special meeting, has been working since February to craft a survey to determine what county services citizens value and are willing to fund. It comes on the heels of three failed tax proposals voters rejected in the past year, and is hoped to provide information to the board so it can get the county back on its fiscal feet.

The survey asks citizens to evaluate county services, rate their trust in county government and solicits input as to what officials could do to make things better, both in the service and spending realms.

She even had 15 people test the survey.


Council sets marijuana tax rates

The Brookings City Council this week established sales tax rates for medical and recreational marijuana in anticipation voters may approve Measure 91 on the state ballot Nov. 4.

Medical marijuana has been legal for those who carry a qualifying card from the state, but voters will decide Tuesday if the herb should be available for recreational use by people older than 21.


Pickup driver cited for destroying guardrail

Oregon State Trooper Dean Trent is still scratching his head over how a small pickup managed to take out a 60-plus-foot long section of guardrail on Highway 101 in Harbor.

“When I saw the guardrail, I was looking for a large truck that was absolutely destroyed, but it wasn’t” Trent said.

The vehicle responsible for hitting the guardrail, and knocking if off at least two dozen wooden support beams, was a Dodge Ram 150, he said.


Tentative identity of human remains released

Authorities announced today that identification found with the skeletal human remains discovered Sunday in the woods east of Brookings was that of 26-year-old Keith Callaway.


Port Orford storm damage: County seeks state’s help

Twenty-foot-plus waves driven by sustained winds of more than 100 mph on Saturday sweep structures and other equipment from the dock at the Port of Port Orford into a turbulent sea.

Curry County commissioners, along with those at the Port of Port Orford, have requested the governor to declare a state of emergency after last Saturday’s storm blew through the area.

Sustained wind speeds of more than 100 miles an hour — equivalent to a Category II hurricane — helped whip up waves 28 feet tall, taking out port infrastructure, numerous crab totes and the Hallmark Fisheries building. The waves were cresting higher than the cranes that haul boats out of harbor and flooded the port offices in a foot of water, tossed up large boulders “like projectiles” from the nearby jetty, said County Commissioner David Brock Smith, who lives in Port Orford.


Curry berries heading to China

One man can make a difference the whole world over — with the help of county and state officials.

That man is Robert McKenzie III, a Curry County cranberry farmer who wanted to make it easier for himself and others to export their frozen food products overseas.

McKenzie, the owner of McKenzie Cranberries, Inc., grows cranberries in the north end of Curry County. And while he’s been able to sell them abroad as fresh fruit, his attempts to send them overseas in frozen form has run into nothing but frustration due to federal policy, he said this week.

It’s a big economic issue, he said.


Vandals target Democrats’ office again

Piles of broken glass littered the walkway. Volunteers swept the splinters into neat piles, collecting them from the base of the boarded-up windows. They dumped the shards into buckets, trying to make the room usable — as soon as they could get the glass out of the carpet.

The Brookings office of the Curry County Democrats, at 619 Chetco Blvd., was vandalized twice in the last week, marking the fourth and fifth acts of vandalism on the office in the last two years.


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