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Agency: No vehicle activity in the Chetco

Using vehicles to cross or play in the Chetco River will no longer be permitted, the state land board ruled earlier this month.

The board’s decision was reached after the Chetco River Watershed Council submitted a request last fall to the Department of State Lands asking it to adopt a rule restricting vehicles in the wetted channels of state-owned parts of the main stem of the river. It was part of a 14-page document addressing various rules about rivers throughout the state.


State dismisses election complaints

The state elections division has ruled that complaints against Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman regarding his activities in the weeks leading up to the failed property tax measure are unfounded.

County Commissioner David Brock Smith filed three complaints with the state this spring several weeks before the May 21 property tax ballot question. Voters rejected the measure by a 56 to 44 percent margin.


Brookings girl missing

Marilyn’s mother, Erica McKay, and family members distributed this poster throughout Brookings Thursday. Submitted photo
Brookings 8-year-old Marilyn Grimsley has been missing for two weeks and her mother is seeking the public’s help in finding her or her ex-husband, who is believed to have left town with their daughter in an effort to elude warrants for his arrest.

“We just want to know that she is okay,” said mother Erica McKay, 29. “We haven’t seen or heard anything about her since June 4.”


Thank you America

Ryo Ambe stops in Brookings Friday during his 1,860 mile trek up the West Coast. The Pilot/Scott Graves
The fit, smiling man is in the middle of a West Coast “never forget 3/11” bicycle tour to say thank you to America for its help after the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. 

The United States sent money, supplies and volunteers to Japan after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggering a tsunami that engulfed the northeast and wiped out entire towns.


Brookings port mulls police options

For the last three months, Michaelle Hamblin has watched criminal activity — thefts, vandalism and possible drug deals — increase at the Beachfront RV Park at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

“If something isn’t done soon, it’s going to get bad real fast,” said Hamblin, who is co-manager of the RV park with her fiance George Fleek. 


Port OKs $5.2M budget

After struggling for several years to make ends meet, and following the destruction caused by the 2011 tsunami, the Port of Brookings Harbor is doing better financially and hopes to make a few improvements to existing facilities.

“We’re not striking it rich, but we’re paying the bills,” said Port Manager Ted Fitzgerald.


Cycling on the straight and sharrow

“Sharrow” symbols, like the one shown above, will be painted on Railroad Street in the coming weeks. Photo courtesy of The Spec Department
The city of Brookings is joining the ranks of such cities as Portland, San Francisco and New York that have made safe passage for bikes a priority.

In the next few weeks, Brookings city workers will begin painting markings, known as “sharrows,” on Railroad Street, from Pacific Avenue to Alder Street. The markings are part of the city’s transportation plan and are intended to help make city streets safer for local and touring bicyclists, and raise motorists’ awareness of bicycle laws.


$6.55B state school budget denied

SALEM — After what one lawmaker called a “good old-fashioned legislative debate,” the state Senate on Monday rejected a $6.55 billion public school budget. 

A single Democrat, Sen. Chris Edwards of Eugene, joined 14 Republicans in voting against the measure, ensuring its failure with a 15-15 vote. 


Pesticide spraying tops list of concerns

Jim Sweeney of Gold Beach understands the importance of timber to the economy.

He doesn’t begrudge the timber owners their right to spray herbicides to give fledgling trees a better chance of growing.


Samples to be taken from floodplain

SMITH RIVER — More than $30,000 will be spent on a water testing project planned to begin late this summer in the Smith River floodplain, the “Easter Lily Capital of World,” located about 15 miles south of Brookings.

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will start sampling water from the Smith River estuary in the late summer and will continue the project through next spring, ultimately obtaining 36 samples from six sites downstream of agriculture where contaminants are likely to accumulate.


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