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DeFazio concedes to Wyden’s timber plan
February 08, 2014 10:00 am

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio conceded to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden Thursday morning regarding their respective O&C forest management plans, to the dismay of the supporters of DeFazio’s plan and Oregon county commissioners who were holding out hopes it would make it through the Senate this year.

Wyden’s bill calls for forest management plans that would allow for twice as much cutting in the forests — 300 million board feet (mbf) — as is done now, and limit the environmental review process for logging in some designated harvest areas while guaranteeing protection for stands of trees more than 120 years old.

Possible flu epidemic strikes Kalmiopsis Elementary
February 06, 2014 03:03 pm

Kalmiopsis Elementary School is in the grips of what appears to be a flu epidemic, with 124 students absent Thursday and another 38 sent home because of illness throughout the day.

One class had only five students and many teachers are out sick too according to Principal Helena Chirinian.

Officials from the Oregon Health Department visited the school Wednesday and took samples to test. Results should be available Monday confirming whether the illness is influenza.


Dry times for coast
February 05, 2014 09:35 am

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Where’s the rain? 

Dry winter weather has translated into months worth of great weather. But all that extra sunshine could create problems for the region. 

The National Weather Service has declared the South Coast, as well as most of the rest of Oregon, as a severe drought region. 


Brookings council proposes fee hikes this year
February 05, 2014 09:34 am

Almost all fees charged by the City of Brookings — from business licenses for circuses to park use fees — will see a slight uptick if the city council approves the recommendations discussed at a work session Monday afternoon.

The city council reviews the fees every year, said City Manager Gary Milliman, and decides whether to apply a cost-of-living adjustment.

The costs haven’t increased much over the years, noted Mayor Ron Hedenskog.

“I remember in 1979 when I bought my first business license for $60,” he said. “Now it’s $62.”

Local jobs remain few in number
February 05, 2014 09:33 am
Missing man’s body found
February 05, 2014 09:31 am
Oregon court tosses teen driver’s conviction
January 31, 2014 08:38 pm

A 17-year-old Brookings student whose SUV veered into oncoming traffic after she fell asleep at the wheel and killed a motorcyclist in 2010, had her 2011 conviction overturned Wednesday by the Oregon Court of Appeals

Sierra Nicole Rigel, who graduated Brookings-Harbor High School in 2011, had been found guilty in juvenile court in 2011  of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault. She was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and had her license revoked for the rest of her life. 

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