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Findings don’t satisfy Cedar Valley residents

Frustration and anger were the prevailing emotions at a briefing in Gold Beach Tuesday where state officials outlined to residents the details of an aerial spraying incident that left about 40 of them sick last fall.

Oregon Department of Agriculture investigators said their tests revealed aerial sprayer Pacific Air Research of White City contaminated their home lands with pesticides — and probably residents and some animals — during chemical operations in Cedar Valley, north of Gold Beach, last October.


Police nab suspected burglary suspect

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies were able to apprehend 25-year-old Joseph Armfield after an off-duty police officer recognized him as one who allegedly broke into various businesses and cars over the past several months.


Promising salmon season ahead

This year’s recreation salmon season has been set and it should be a good one, Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioner Jim Relaford told the Brookings City Council in a work session Monday evening.

The season, he said, will extend from May 10 to Sept. 7, and be limited to 80,000 pounds of Chinook.



Port Orford Mayor dodges recall effort

Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn appeared to be on his way to keeping his seat in office — but only by an 11-vote margin — as of press deadline Tuesday night.

Vote counts are not final, but by 9:30 p.m., 204 voters cast their ballots to recall the mayor and 215 voted against the ballot question.


Brookings fisherman cited for dumping mink carcasses into port waters

A Brookings commercial crab fisherman has been cited for first degree water pollution after he allegedly dumped nearly 5,000 pounds of rotting, skinned mink carcasses into the Port of Brookings Harbor last week.



No performing arts center for now

Build it and they … might not come.

Such was the conclusion of Benjamin Jervis, who conducted an analysis to determine the feasibility of Brookings building and supporting a performing arts center (PAC).


Brookings pulls SDC charges

The Brookings City Council has unanimously voted to discontinue collecting Systems Development Charges (SDC) on existing and previously occupied buildings when the business use changes. 

“For many years I have had a concern that collection of these fees has negatively impacted businesses wishing to open shop in our downtown core,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “We made this decision to encourage business owners to look at existing buildings downtown when they are seeking to start up a new business or relocate.”


Curry General back in the baby delivery business

GOLD BEACH — Labor and Delivery services at Curry General Hospital have resumed, and on March 5 the first baby — a healthy boy — was born in the new program, followed by a second baby boy delivered March 28.


Port cleans up rotten mink carcasses

A boom around a commercial fishing dock Wednesday contains rotten mink carcasses.

The sight of small, skinned animal carcasses bobbing on the water at the Port of Brookings Harbor Wednesday was disturbing. The smell was even worse.


Slides close Elk River Road


PORT ORFORD – Several slides caused by recent rains have closed the Elk River Road east of Port Orford, according to the U.S. Forest Service.


A road slide at Milepost Six (above the Elk River Fish Hatchery) has made the Elk River Road impassable. Repairs are planned after the next round of rain. See the latest forecasts at www.CurryPilot.com/weather.


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