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Injured man rescued from hillside

Curry County Search and Rescue Team members use ropes and a Stokes litter to bring injured hiker up a hill near Rainbow Rock.

A Brookings man whom bystanders thought fell 200 feet from a hillside to the beach near Rainbow Rock Condominiums Friday evening was released after being treated for a sprained ankle at Curry General Hospital.


Three linked to home robbery

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies and Brookings Police Department officers arrested three Brookings-area residents this week in connection with a home robbery, assault and drug possession.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. John Ward, Gerald Haussler of Brookings called the Sheriff’s Office to report that two masked men had entered his house at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, attacked him with a Taser, assaulted him, and took his money, a cell phone and other items.


Group opposes Measure 8-76

A political action committee called Protect our Right to Vote was formed earlier this month to advocate against Measure 8-76, the question on the May 20 ballot asking voters to change the form of county government here.

The PAC is headed by Phil Dickson of Gold Beach — he served on the Citizens Committee that developed 19 recommendations as to how to address Curry County’s fiscal problems — and Sandra Ensley of Brookings, who is listed as the treasurer.


Food or medicine? Tough choice for many

WASHINGTON — Nearly 1 in 3 adults with a chronic disease has trouble paying for food, or medicine or both, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine.

Using data from the 2011 National Health Interview Study, lead author Seth Berkowitz, a fellow at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco examined almost 10,000 adults who indicated they have arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, a mental health problem or stroke. Of those, 23.4 percent said they sometimes can’t afford their medicine, 18.8 said they hadn’t been able to afford food at some point within the previous month, meaning they fit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s definition of “food insecurity.” 


October BLM funds for county finally here

The announcement that SRS funds have been disbursed to the state’s O&C counties has many again thinking Curry County’s elected leaders are crying wolf about the financial status of the county.

But the money being released this spring — $1.205 million, $42,967 more than County Accountant Gary Short calculated — is the same money the federal government announced in October it would be distributing.


Firm hired to build hospital

Illustration submitted by Curry General Hospital This conceptional illustration is one of three created to give Curry Health Network officials and citizens an idea of what the new Curry General Hospital might look like. The Erdmin company has been hired to design and build the facility.

A Wisconsin firm has been selected to design and build the new Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, bringing a new state-of-the-art facility one step closer to reality and closing a chapter on an aging facility that has served the community for more than six decades.

The Erdman Company, whose officials say provides “real estate healthcare solutions,” has been a national leader in healthcare consulting, facility planning, development and design-build projects for the past 63 years. The firm has built more than 550 hospital projects valued at more than $2.4 billion in the past decade.


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.


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.


‘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.


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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