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Bonfires OK despite tight fire restrictions
July 01, 2014 08:04 pm

As far as Port of Brookings Harbor Director Ted Fitzgerald is concerned, Fourth of July revelers are free to have bonfires on the beach at Sporthaven.

“It’s business as usual on Sporthaven Beach,” he said Tuesday after a meeting between port and Coos Forest Protection Association officials. Fire restrictions were enacted earlier than usual this year because of dangerously dry conditions. In the past, CFPA officials have held off putting them in place until after the Fourth of July.

County workers, officials get pay increase
July 01, 2014 08:03 pm

Curry County commissioners agreed Monday — the day before changes the 2014-2015 fiscal year — to grant a 2.8 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase to county employees and elected officials, including themselves.

Additionally, the board agreed to end its practice of paying for county employees’ share of their retirement — 6 percent of pay — and then approved the budget committee’s recommendation to increase employee’s pay by 6.4 percent to offset their having to pay it themselves. The additional .4 percent addresses pre-tax issues of government employees.

School district’s business manager resigns
July 01, 2014 08:01 pm

The Brookings-Harbor School District has another major vacancy to fill — Business Manager Don Sweeney has resigned to take a similar position in the Rogue Valley.

It’s the latest in a a series of resignations for the struggling school district.

“I appreciate Don and all the work he’s done for the district,” said board member Bruce Raleigh on Monday.

Board member Katherine Johnson added, “Because of his expertise, he found money we didn’t even know we had. He helped us get the new (classroom) curriculum and with union negotiations. It’s important that we find someone with similar financial background.”

King faces multiple sex counts
July 01, 2014 07:59 pm

A grand jury has indicted Lorenzo Ignacio King, 42, of Washington, on 13 counts including sexual assault, strangulation and menacing in connection with an incident that included a police standoff in Brookings on June 20. 

King was arrested after authorities forced their way into a home in which he had barricaded himself for 12 hours and threatened to kill anyone who entered.

A grand jury decides if there is enough information to officially charge an alleged criminal with a crime; the accused is then arraigned in court on the formal charges.

Avoid swimming at Mill and Harris beaches
July 01, 2014 07:56 pm

Sporthaven Beach is also among those in which Fourth of July partiers can go swimming, as beachcombers are discouraged from swimming at Mill and Harris beaches in Brookings due to bacterial contamination.

Work on multi-purpose path starts Monday
July 01, 2014 07:53 pm


Construction begins Monday on a $1.3 million multi-purpose path extension near Harris Beach State Park.

According to Dan Latham of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s public information office, the existing path at the north end of Brookings from Ransom Avenue to the state park will be extended about 3,000 feet from the entrance of the campground into the park and then to the intersection of Highway 101 and Dawson Road near the lumber mill.

Ocean beaches impacted by fire restrictions
June 27, 2014 08:06 pm

A recently posted No Beach Fires sign visible at Harris Beach State Park in Brookings.

Sporthaven possible exception to moratorium

The holiday week has arrived, the campgrounds are already full with hundreds of visitors, and the fire danger is rising.

Which may bring a conflict over a traditional Fourth of July beach activity: bonfires and fireworks.

City gives nod to plan community center
June 27, 2014 08:00 pm

The Brookings City Council Monday night gave staff permission to help research and develop a conceptual plan to determine if a community pool and recreation center would be a good fit in the city.

Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center (FBHAC) outlined its idea, which comprises building a permanent structure around the city pool to make it a year-round facility and using adjacent city property — including the tennis courts — land to construct a recreation center home to an array of community and sporting activities.

Vandals shatter windows at Democratic headquarters
June 27, 2014 07:55 pm

This window and the front door to the Democrats’ Brookings office was vandalized during daylight hours. Photo by Tina Martin.

For the third time in as many years, someone has vandalized the Curry County Democrats’ office on Chetco Avenue in Brookings, breaking a plate-glass window in the building and another in the front door. 

The incident occurred in broad daylight Wednesday.

Health advisory issued for coastal waters
June 26, 2014 12:44 pm

Public health advisories were issued due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Harris Beach State Park and Mill Beach, both located in Curry County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as storm water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

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