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New sewer system proposed for Harbor

A new wastewater treatment process could open the doors to new business in areas south of Harbor that are not currently served by the Harbor Sanitation District (HSD).

David Scott, a former Port of Brookings Harbor manager, said his son told him about a company that makes sewage treatment facilities for municipalities across the United States that are less expensive, have a long life expectancy, are environmentally friendly and modern.

“Then we got a little bit interested,” Scott said with a laugh.

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Brookings gets ‘quick-attack’ fire vehicle

The Brookings Fire Department will soon receive a retrofitted “quick attack” vehicle for use during emergencies at the airport, city officials announced this week.

The vehicle replaces a 1993 first-response truck that had limited capacity, said Public Safety Director Chris Wallace. It was outfitted with foam-dispensing equipment and materials, and will be housed at a Cal-Ore Life Flight aircraft hangar.

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‘A single phone call could save a life’

Child advocate Jackalene Antunes urges people to make one simple phone call if they suspect any child who, through no fault of their own, is a victim of abuse.

“At any given moment (Curry County) averages approximately 35 children that need our help,” said Antunes, recently hired as director, interviewer and coordinator for the Curry Child Advocacy Center.

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Officials discuss pros, cons of Measure 8-76

County and city elected officials from Southern Oregon and Northern California gathered in Brookings Friday afternoon to discuss the pros and cons of a proposed home rule charter that would feature a commissioner/manager style of government.

Ballot measure 8-76 asks voters May 20 to change the form of county government from one of general law to a home rule charter. Under this home rule charter — and such documents can be changed by the voters at any time — the county board would comprise five, part-time, volunteer commissioners and a full-time paid administrator.

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Harlem Hustle

The Harlem Crowns bring their special brand of basketball entertainment to Brookings Harbor High School for a fundraiser Tuesday night.

 The Harlem Crowns entertained a full house at Brookings-Harbor High School on Tuesday night. Click here for story.


Firm guilty of illegal spraying

A commercial aerial spray company falsified records, hampered the investigation and was ultimately found guilty of illegally spraying herbicides on property — and possibly residents — north of Gold Beach, according to a state agency report.

The results of a five-month investigation by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) will likely result in fines against Pacific Air Research, a White City-based firm owned by Steve Owen.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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