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Council: Crosswalk good, but not ideal

The Brookings City Council Monday night somewhat reluctantly agreed to support the state’s transportation agency recommendation to paint crosswalk stripes and build an island in the center of Chetco Avenue near Lucky Lane.

The crosswalk is needed, public officials and the community agree, after a man struck and killed a woman who was crossing at Chetco Place and Highway 101 last summer. But councilors aren’t sold on the island proposed to be built that would provide pedestrians an interim place to stop.

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Solving law enforcement dilemma a group effort

Cam Lynn didn’t much like the idea of more government when he joined Sheriff John Ward’s Citizen Advisory Committee, formed to find a way to finance a special law enforcement district.

But the Brookings man has changed his mind, he told county commissioners at a workshop Wednesday.

“It’s a little amazing to me, as a tea party-ish person, to be involved with this,” he said. “But I feel strongly about law enforcement.”

He said he formed his opinion after working for the past month on the committee, listening to the financial problems the county faces and the repercussions they have had — and the worse ones anticipated by mid-year — on Ward’s department.

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Feral felines a growing issue at Brookings port

The feral cat population at the Port of Brookings Harbor is growing, and with it so are the complaints, port officials said.

Port Director Ted Fitzgerald informed the port of commissioners at its Jan. 20 that he has received multiple complaints about the 14 feral cats living on the south jetty at Sporthaven Beach. 

Fitzgerald said that residents drop off food for the cats every day, and that the food was also attracting both raccoons and rats. He suggested that the port look into asking citizens to stop feeding the cats in order to prevent more wild animals from coming to the port. Commissioners encouraged Fitzgerald to do so.

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Medical pot: Gold Beach will follow state law

The Gold Beach City Council decided Monday that when it comes to medical marijuana, they are going to let the current moratorium expire, and follow the laws set forth by the state of Oregon.

The motion, which passed 3-2, was the result of months of debate on the council, and did not address the issue of recreational marijuana, which Gold Beach will revisit next month.

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Boater missing in Port Orford

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A Coast Guard helicopter joins the search.- Photo by Randy Scholten

The Coast Guard this morning has suspended the search for a missing man near Paradise Point in Port Orford.

Crews searched for the man for nine hours, covering more than 169 miles without locating the man. 

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Test-driving Common Core

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This spring, students of the Brookings-Harbor School District will participate in the usual state testing, but the tests will bear little resemblance to ones they’ve taken in previous years.

Oregon, along with 20 other states, has adopted a new program called the Smarter Balanced testing system. This new system is based on a set of standards known as the Common Core State Standards, which are consistent at schools throughout the country, and emphasize high performance and a focus on preparing students for college or careers.

Brookings-Harbor High School English teacher Erika Backs was part of a team that conducted a pilot of the Smarter Balanced tests when she taught in Kansas. She explained some of the differences with the new testing system.

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Home Rule Charter nixed

Halfway into its two-year project, the county-appointed Home Rule Charter Committee will disband after unanimously deciding to recommend to county commissioners that Curry County remain under a general law form of government.

“I just don’t think things are broken,” said board member Jacqueline Moger.

On the other hand, the committee voted 3-2 to recommend the commissioners consider creating a county administrator position to address daily departmental issues and free them up to concentrate on issues that affect the county on a larger scale, such as the impending fiscal crisis.

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GB council hashes out marijuana legalization

When Oregon voters voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November, some thought it would be a simple transition from the back-alley dealings to the “weed for sale” signs on main street.

It’s not that easy. At least not for Gold Beach City Council members who met Monday for a marijuana workshop to discuss the transition.

“It is not the purpose of this meeting to say that marijuana is good or bad; that is not why we are here tonight,” said Gold Beach City Administrator Jodi Fritts.  

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Council considers gas tax brochuresThe city decided to propose a fuel tax after it became apparent t

The Brookings City Council on Monday will discuss whether it should mail a series of three informational brochures to voters to explain how a 4-cent gasoline tax will help the city keep up with its anticipated road maintenance and repair.

Voters will cast ballots on the measure May 19.

It will cost the city $6,045 to produce and mail the three brochures. City Manager Gary Milliman pointed out that the Secretary of State has already ruled that none of the brochures violate election laws regarding the promotion or advocacy of ballot measures.

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Police seek hit and run driver

Laying in a hospital bed Friday with a broken hip, knee and multiple cuts, Brookings resident Tim Price was thinking about only one thing.

“I hope they find the guy who did this,” the 29-year-old resident said. “I could have died that night.”

 

Price was heading home from work at 6 p.m. Wednesday, riding his motorized bicycle on North Bank Chetco River Road, when he was hit head on by a large pickup. The driver of the truck fled the scene, leaving Price’s crumpled body on the side of the road, about 2 miles east of Brookings.

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