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The fun continues!

Members of the high-energy Street Drum Corps on Friday delight fairgoers by playing percussion on plastic buckets, metal garbage cans, kitchen utensils. The group will perform three times today (July 27). The Pilot/Randy Robbins
The Curry County Fair is in full swing, with plenty of events, activities, displays and food available today and Sunday in Gold Beach. 

The fair opens at 10 a.m. today and closes at 10 p.m. On Sunday, the fair opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, children 6-12 are $2,  and children younger than 6 enter free. 


Tough times for C&K Market

The continuing economic downturn and increased competition — mostly in the form of Walmart Supercenters —  has forced C&K Market Inc. in recent months to close several stores and lay off employees at the corporate office.

Still, the Brookings-based company’s situation is not as bad as some people think, said Greg Sandeno, president and CEO.


Building a hospital, ER possible in Brookings

Brookings could soon be home to an emergency room and hospital, due to a loophole found in Oregon law prohibiting two hospitals from being within 30 miles of one another.

Mayor Ron Hedenskog announced the news to county commissioners during their work session Tuesday. It comes after discussions he had with Curry Health Network executive director Andrew Bair, who has been working on health care access concerns of residents in the south end of the county.


Advisories issued for Brookings beaches

The state Health Authority’s advisory regarding elevated levels of Enterococcus faecalis bacteria in the waters around Mill and Harris State Park beaches will remain in place through the weekend.

The waters were tested July 23 as part of a twice-monthly schedule and found to have a bacterial level of 771 colony-forming units per milliliter of water, said Rebecca Hillwig, program coordinator for beach monitoring with the state agency. The acceptable level is 158 colony-growing units per mL.


Commissioners Brown, Smith at odds over property tax rate

County commissioners Susan Brown and David Brock Smith are 15 cents apart on a property tax rate each believes could alleviate Curry County’s financial woes.

Brown is proposing the commissioners put on the November ballot a question asking for a $1.15 per $1,000 assessed valuation, while Smith said $1.30 per $1,000 would give the board a little more “wiggle room” if something unexpected occurs.


Health advisories issued for Mill and Harris beaches

The Oregon Health Authority today issued public health advisories due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Brookings’ Mill Beach and Harris Beach.


Fair fun starts Thursday

Read more...The Curry County Fair opens in Gold Beach at 10 a.m. Thursday and continues daily through Sunday. It features carnival rides, exciting shows, 4-H competitions, demonstrations, displays, contests and plenty of corn dogs and cotton candy.

Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for children age 6 to 12, and free for children younger than six. Seniors are $5. Four-day passes are available for $20.


Brown proposes new tax idea

County Commissioner Susan Brown presented to the Brookings City Council Monday a multi-tiered plan she believes can make the county solvent in the three years commissioners have until their terms end.

“I’ve taken this to all the public service officials and no one’s thrown me out of their office,” she said. “Some thought it might work. It’s reasonable to taxpayers, we’d get more patrol deputies and it’s short-term.”


Housing market improves slightly

Optimistic —  but guardedly so — is the buzzword for the local housing market.

After a brutal period since 2008 that devastated the housing industry, things are looking up this year, if only slightly.


Dredging: good new, bad news

When the Yaquina dredge pulled into the Port of Brookings Harbor earlier this month, port Director Ted Fitzgerald was surprised.

“I’ve always been known as a whiner,” he said. “And I’ve been whining. We’ve been leading a big push between here and Salem, mostly on behalf of Port Orford, to (obtain funds for dredging).”


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