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Sneaker wave alert

Dangerous sneaker waves are expected to increase to 18 feet on Saturday, posing an extreme danger for people along Southern Oregon beaches, the National Weather Service has advised.

The danger could be exacerbated by an increase in the number of people visiting the coast on the Columbus Day weekend. Additionally, the weather will not be stormy, giving people a false sense that conditions are safe.

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In the black, port launches RV park renovations

After years of economic instability, the Port of Brookings Harbor is finally in a financial position to start pursuing new development projects.

First is the renovation of Beachfront RV park, which Port Commissioner Jim Relaford hopes will be completed by April, just in time for the busy summer season.

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Police chief: Jail closure will impact city

Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace told city councilors Monday they are entering uncharted territory, now that Sheriff John Ward has announced he is crafting a matrix by which to close the jail.

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City of Brookings crafting marijuana tax ordinance

Brookings city councilors agreed Monday to craft, but not yet enact, an ordinance that would tax medical and recreational marijuana.

About a half-dozen cities throughout the state are proactively addressing the issue before — and if — Measure 91 is approved by Oregon voters. 

That question, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, asks to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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Candidates Itzen, Huxley polar opposities

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David Itzen, left, and Tom Huxley debate issues during a League of Women Voters forum Monday.

A League of Women’s Voter candidate forum Monday night revealed again how polarized County Commissioner David Itzen and his opponent Tom Huxley are on issues affecting the county.

Itzen wants to stay the course and find a Curry County solution.

Huxley wants to wipe the slate clean and start anew.

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Garage sales ready for Saturday rush


Bargain hunters today will find more than 81 garage sales across the Brookings-Harbor area. A special locator map inside this issue will help readers find specific treasures.

The number of this fall’s participants in the Pilot’s Garage Sale Saturday event surpasses the 79 who did so last year. The sales, offered by local merchants, non-profit groups, churches and individual residents, will occur as far north as Gold Beach and as far south as the Winchuck River Road Area. 

Tell us how you participated in Garage Sale Saturday. Take our special survey at www.CurryPilot.com/garagesalesurvey

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New sheriff, same issues

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Curry County Sheriff John Ward is sworn into office Wednesday by county Judge Jesse Margolis.

John Ward has been Curry County Sheriff for four days, and already he’s facing many tough decisions — the first of which is how to close the county jail.

It must be closed because Curry County, like many Oregon timberland counties, is no longer receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies. For years, the 18 Oregon counties received tax dollars to replace revenue lost when the forests were closed to protect endangered species. Those federal funds provided the bulk of the county’s operational monies.

Adding insult to injury, three tax proposals posed to Curry County voters in the past two years failed at the polls. The first one asked for a property tax increase to fund county government. The second was a tiered property tax separating the cities from unincorporated areas of the county. The third, on a Sept. 16 special ballot, asked voters to fund only the jail. 

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Officer saves little girl from busy road

Two Harbor women were arrested — one facing drug and child neglect charges — after an off-duty Brookings Police officer found an 18-month-old girl wandering alone on South Bank Chetco River Road near Salmonberry Road Thursday morning.

Officer Dustin Watson, a father of two daughters, said he was alarmed to see the toddler when he drove around the corner. She was wearing only a diaper and T-shirt.

“A couple of cars had passed her, and I said, ‘Wait a minute. That’s not a deer; that’s not an animal. It’s a little baby,’” he said.

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Brookings explores possible tax on marijuana

Call it the toke tax.

Brookings city leaders Monday will discuss the possibility of enacting a tax on medical marijuana and recreational pot if voters approve Oregon’s Measure 91 in November.

The issue is on the agenda for a 4 p.m. workshop Monday at City Hall.

“Quite a number of other cities are taking this up,” said Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman, who has been following discussion among other city officials on listserve, an electronic mailing list.

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Board launches efforts to fix day-to-day operations

The Brookings-Harbor School Board is making efforts to reverse years of inadequate internal operation systems that it believes led to low employee morale, inconsistent hiring procedures and a myriad of other problems.

“We found that we’re lacking a lot of the systems and processes to run on a day-to-day basis,” board chairman Bruce Raleigh said after a special board meeting Wednesday.

“Our ultimate goal is to have an expert come in and find where we can improve,” he said.

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