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Project aims to slow traffic south of border

Curry County motorists traveling south on Highway 101 through Smith River may have noticed a recent increase in radar feedback signs letting them know how fast they’re going.

The signs are one component of a larger project spearheaded by the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation that will create a 7-mile-long safety corridor between the Oregon border and Rowdy Creek Road in the Smith River area. 


Port of Brookings sets sights on new lift

The Port of Brookings Harbor continues to improve its infrastructure and has identified a list of top priorities — repairing the docks, repaving, and updating some of its buildings — as they refinance their current debt.

The port also has immediate plans to purchase a new travel lift to replace the current, worn out model.


Search for car wreck suspect continues

Brookings Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspects of last week’s hit-and-run vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 101 and North Bank Chetco River Road.

Police have identified the suspect as 33-year-old Harbor resident Donald Eugene Phillips. Phillips is wanted for driving with a suspended license, felony reckless endangerment and failure to stop at the scene of an accident. Additional charges may be filed, according to police.


West Nile virus confirmed in Brookings

West Nile virus has been detected a second time in Curry County — this time in a horse in Brookings, based on testing done on Sept. 16, state officials reported Tuesday.

The first time the virus was detected in Curry County was in 2007, when a dead crow found near Port Orford tested positive. 

Dr. Emilio E. DeBess, DVM at Oregon Health Authority, said Tuesday that the Oregon State University Veterinary  Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis confirmed the positive horse.


Bigger boat has right of way

Recreational fishermen at the Port of Brookings Harbor learn first-hand just how small their vessel is compared to the commercial trawler Miss Pacific. Photo by Grant Fraley

City questions tribe’s property transfer request

Members of the Smith River Rancheria celebrate the grand opening of the tribes new apartment complex in Brookings in March. File photo.

The Brookings mayor and city manager aren’t happy with the request by a regional Indian tribe to transfer its Brookings apartment property to federal ownership, effectively making it exempt from local taxes, development fees and building and zoning codes.

“The transfer means they would get out of paying property taxes but keep using the city services — police, water, sewer — for free,” Mayor Ron Hedenskog said Thursday.

Also, the property owners, Smith River Rancheria, would be exempt from paying county taxes and those for special districts 


Police arrest theft suspect

Brookings Police officers were busy this week searching for a vehicle hit-and-run suspect and arresting a 41-year-old transient man suspected of stealing items from a Chetco Avenue store and breaking into vehicles.

Police contacted transient Ryan D. Martin on Wednesday and found stolen property in his possession. He was arrested and transported to Curry County Jail, where he was charged with three counts of breaking into vehicles, second and third degree theft and theft by receiving.

On Sept. 14, the Brookings Police Department received a report of an overnight burglary from the owner of Silver City Coins and Collectibles on Chetco Avenue


New alert system coming to Curry

Curry County is just steps away from a having a new mass notification system that will alert residents to major emergencies such as earthquakes, tsunamis and fires.

“We’re in the final phase before we accept the contract,” Emergency Services Coordinator Don Kendall told county commissioners at their Wednesday meeting.

 The county will contract with an organization called Everbridge, and will soon implement a system that will contact people via phone, text or email to inform them of emergencies.

“I’m hoping to get going in the first part of October,” Kendall said. 


Flights return to Crescent City

PenAir’s first flight out of Crescent City took off without a hitch Tuesday morning, carrying mostly media personnel and company executives safely over earth and stream to the city of Portland. 

After five months without a commercial carrier, Curry and Del Norte County residents are once again walking into the Del Norte Regional Airport twice a day to check their bags and hop on a short one-hour and 20-minute flight north. 

A quiet celebration was held in the twilight of Tuesday morning to mark this beginning, when some bleary-eyed Del Norte dignitaries chewed their bagels and lox, savoring whispers centering on the notion that a social event scheduled for 6 a.m. is one that’s scheduled too early. 

Just before the ribbon cutting, Del Norte County Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen welcomed the early risers and thanked “everybody who made this come to fruition.”


Hazardous waste collection Saturday

Coos and Curry County residents can dispose of various household chemicals at a free “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event” scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach.


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