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Firefighters get upper hand on Curry County wildfire

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Fire burns South Coast Lumber property Wednesday afternoon near Euchre Creek, north of Gold Beach.
 

A sudden change in the weather and an aggressive attack were credited for helping firefighters contain the Euchre Creek Fire to 80 percent as of Thursday morning.

The fire, which began around noon Wednesday — the first day of the 2014 wildfire season — had spread to 56 acres by the following morning; crews had completely surrounded it with fire line.

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Fire season opens with a blaze

UPDATE: Officials estimate that the Euchre Creek Fire will have burned 55 acres by 1:30 p.m. 

 

The first wildfire of the summer season ignited north of Ophir in the north end of Curry County around noon Wednesday.

Those on scene reported that the fire was burning in second-growth trees and spreading rapidly up a hillside.

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Gold Beach mother drowns

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A map shows the area where Cherie Michelle Jarnigan fell into the Rogue River Monday afternoon.

A Gold Beach woman drowned in the Rogue River Monday afternoon, leaving behind her husband and two young children, according the Curry County Sheriff’s Department.

Cherie Michelle Jarnigan, 38, was spending the day at the east end of Huntley Bar with her two children, ages 2 and 5, and friend Chandra Sinnot and her infant child. At 3 p.m., Jarnigan was trying to retrieve a flying disc from the river at Huntley Park, about six miles east of Gold Beach, when she entered deep water and lost her footing, according to eyewitness reports.

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Jury finds Burkow guilty of assault

A jury of 12 took an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon to return guilty verdicts on all charges against Glenn Burkhow Jr., who stood accused of assaulting a Port Orford man and leaving him with life-threatening injuries on the beach in the middle of the night.

Burkhow, who will be sentenced June 27, was found guilty of first- and second-degree assault charges, kidnapping, robbery and felon in possession of a firearm in the beating of Wayne Russell Peters, 50, of Port Orford, at the beach at Paradise Point State Park in January 2013.

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Brookings voters to decide gas tax

Brookings City Attorney Martha Rice will draft a ballot title that would implement a 3-cent per gallon fuel tax to pay for street improvements throughout town.

Voters will face the ballot question in May 2015. 

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City cuts loss, offers new lease for course

The Brookings City Council is cutting its losses with The Claveran Group and going with a newly-formed firm to operate Salmon Run golf course.

Monday at its regular meeting, the council agreed to terminate the lease with the golf course management firm after 14 years of failing to turn a profit at the city-owned golf course, and instead sign on with Wild Rivers Golf Management, owned by current golf course manager Ed Murdoch and former county commissioner George Rhodes of Brookings.

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Deputies arrest pair linked to burglaries

A man wanted for a series of burglaries and theft in the Port Orford area bolted from a travel trailer Monday to avoid arrest, but authorities found him hiding in the brush. 

They also searched the trailer and found items such as jewelry, collectable stamps, family documents and a Purple Heart medal linked to recent burglaries.

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Richard Yock wants city’s biosolids

There are 1.47 million gallons of biosolids, give or take a few hundred thousand, just sitting at the wastewater treat- ment plant on Wharf Street in Brookings — and hyacinth farmer Richard Yock would like to take it off the city’s hands for use as fertil- izer.

And he’s got not only the support of the state Department of Environ- mental Quality but its encouragement, as well.

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Life under Nazi occupation

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Harbor resident Corry Prudden battled racism, starvation and bitter cold during German occupation of Amsterdam.

“Our neighbors were dropping dead in the streets, dying of starvation,” the Harbor resident recalled vividly. “I don’t know how I made it, but I did. I’m a survivor.”

When Hitler’s military force invaded the Netherlands in 1940, Prudden was 17 years old and living with her parents and three siblings in Amsterdam. 

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Teacher resigns in wake of complaints

A Brookings-Harbor High School English teacher has resigned following controversy over a piece of literature he handed out to students that riled parents and created a firestorm of comments on social media sites.

Teacher Chris McConnell, who was also the golf coach, turned in his resignation, effective Thursday, administrators said Friday. 

Prior to that, school officials had remained mum while they investigated complaints by parents and students that the material McConnell handed out was inappropriate.

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