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Buddy’s back! Stolen library pet returned unharmed

Buddy the bearded dragon is back home at his terrarium at the Brookings library. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
Dori’s dragon is home.

“She’s home, home, she’s home!” exclaimed Dori Blodgett, the children’s librarian at the Chetco Community Public Library in Brookings. “All’s well that ends well.”


Gold Beach school district hires Johnson

GOLD BEACH — Dennis Johnson has been selected as the new superintendant of the Central Curry School District. 

Johnson, who hails from New York state, will also serve as Gold Beach High School principal. Johnson accepted a two year salary package of $104,000 per year starting July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2015.


Missing woman’s body found

The body of Jennifer Evert, 34, a Crescent City woman reported missing more than three weeks ago, was found Wednesday evening in the wilderness 20 miles east of Brookings, authorities said.

Evert appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a press release from the Curry County Sherif’s Department.


County gives nod to 3% sales tax

Voters: Sharpen your No. 2 pencils.

Curry County commissioners Wednesday afternoon agreed on first reading an ordinance that will ask voters this fall to implement a 3 percent sales tax on most goods sold throughout the county.


Voters may see sales tax this fall

Curry County commissioners will debate today (June 12) the details of a proposed 3 percent sales tax that will likely go to the voters this fall.

It’s only been a month since voters rejected a property tax designed to help the county preserve public safety services, but commissioners plan to ask voters this September or November to approve a sale tax that could generate approximately $5.7 million in the first year.


Helping the Haitians: Doctor, family taking a year to help others

Doctor Luther Ward, his son Broderick and the rest of the family will be heading to Haiti this summer. The Pilot/Randy Robbins
Dr. Luther Ward’s 2-year-old son, Broderick, squealed in delight. One tiny arm hugged his father’s neck in a tight embrace, while the other pointed to the aluminum foil hat that his dad had good naturedly placed upon his head. 

The hat, a gift from fellow physician Dr. Carlin Utterback, was designed to “ward off harmful ultraviolet rays” for Luther’s shaved head.


County to borrow $950K to cover jail, deputies

Curry County will borrow $950,000 from its road department to help pay for sheriff’s deputies and fire suppression at the jail, commissioners decided Tuesday.

Three commissioners, county Treasurer Gary Short and two members of the a budget committee poured over 306 pages of figures and spent more than five hours examining their 2013-2014 budget, which served as a reminder of how little they have with which to work, how much they have to borrow from other county funds and that few decisions are made with any ease.


Full-service hotel opening soon

The 71-room Lucky 7 Hotel will open next month adjacent to the rancheria’s casino in Smith River. Wescom News Service/Bryant Anderson
SMITH RIVER— Del Norte County’s first and only full service hotel, about 9 miles south of Brookings, will soon be open for business.

The 71-room Lucky 7 Hotel in Smith River, which will open to the public in July, cost about $10 million and is part of a $25 million expansion project for the Lucky 7 Casino.


Scam targets CCEC customers

Another scam targeting utility customers in Washington state and now Oregon has reached members of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CCEC). Identity thieves posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.

“We began to investigate Saturday after our after-hours call center received a report from one of our members who had been the target of this most recent scam,” Marketing and Member Services Manager Christine Stallard said. According to a recent press release issued by Pacific Power, scammers had targeted their customers in Washington state and Oregon since mid-March. Now, thieves are apparently targeting members of CCEC as well.


Two vie for Gold Beach superintendent job

Candidates Brian Mentke, left, and Dennis Johnson.
The two candidates, wearing business suits and ties, put on their best grins, shook hands, mugged for cameras and then tackled tough questions posed by audience members filling the Gold Beach High School library Wednesday.

The men — Dennis Johnson and Brian Mentke — were finalists vying for a chance to become the next superintendent for the Central Curry School District. The school board hopes to make a final decision soon.


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