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County officials explore tax solutions

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop has a few ideas he garnered from the Public Safety Summit meeting last month, and thinks they might be plausible — albeit, partial — solutions to the county’s financial woes.

They include a property tax, gas tax and address tax.


Flood and landslide warnings issued for Curry County

The National Weather Service is predicting 2-3 inches of rain for the Curry County Thursday night, with another five inches possible through Saturday evening.

The new rain is on top of the more than four inches Brookings has received since Tuesday night. A “Pineapple Express” is responsible for carrying the moist air from near Hawaii to the Northwest.



Norovirus responsible for illnesses at Kalmiopsis

County public health officials confirmed that norovirus was responsible for causing hundreds of Kalmiopsis Elementary School students to become sick the past week.

Norovirus, a highly contagious virus, causes diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pains and fever and is not related to influenza. It is spread by coming into contact with infected individuals or food. People should wash their hands and avoid contact with those infected.



County braces for deluge

Courtesy of the National Weather Service An infrared satellite image measuring water vapor (red/pink) shows bands of heavy precipitation heading toward the Oregon Coast at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A series of powerful storms today through Saturday are expected to dump 7 to 10 inches of rain and may flood low-lying areas, creeks and rivers throughout Curry County. 

The first storm, which began Tuesday night, will bring rain and high winds, followed by another storm Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. 

A high wind warning from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. today was expected to bring gusts of up to 65 miles per hour. 

The windy weather will continue through Saturday, with gusts of up to 25 mph Thursday through Saturday.


County’s tsunami sirens face extinction

Curry County Emergency Preparedness Director Don Kendall is straddling a fine line between needing to repair tsunami sirens and wanting to maintain and expand the Nixle emergency notification system.

Sirens will become obsolete in a number of years, as more people connect to advanced technology — from iPads to smartphones. Even a simple cell phone can receive alerts from Nixle, a program set up to warn people of various emergencies in their communities.


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