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No pot moratorium in Curry

Curry County commissioners decided Wednesday not to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, noting that delaying the opening of such facilities would not benefit anyone. 


Hard-core whale watchers

Photo by Agatha Conrad

Friday’s rainy weather did not deter at least two people from trying to spot migrating whales off the coast of Harris Beach State Park.  Nearly 160 gray whales pass along the coast each day this time of year as the mammals make their annual migration north to their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas. 

Weather, landslide alerts for today

Storm front heads right at us.
Both storm warnings and landslide warnings have been issued today for Soutwestern Oregon.

The National Weather Service has issued the following alert for today and tonight:  Flood Potential Outlook for rapid rises on rivers and streams in the following counties in Oregon: Coos, Curry and Josephine.

A very wet system will move through the area Friday and Friday night bringing heavy rain to the coast and coastal mountains and moderate to heavy rain to some inland areas.


Demand outstrips supply

Brookings Harbor High School students deliver donated food to the Brookings Community Helpers food bank last Christmas as part of a school project.

Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank volunteers didn’t expect to see an increase in people using its services the first two months of 2014.

They expected to see a small uptick in need and possibly an equally small decline in donations after five businesses — Shop Smart, Pharmacy Express, Chetco Pharmacy, the Brookings Inn, and the Nautical Inn immediately south of the border — closed their doors.



CEO: Split beds between cities

Andrew Bair, CEO of Curry Health Network, is still trying to get the word out that the north end of the county will not be left behind if he obtains permission to divide the number of hospital beds between Gold Beach and Brookings.

He approached the Curry County Board of Commissioners Wednesday to ask for a letter of support for a proposal to split the number of beds between the hospital in Gold Beach and the urgent care facility on Fifth Street in Brookings



Group wins public disclosure on spraying

Beyond Toxics has made a dent in the armor of the Oregon Department of Agriculture in regard to disclosures it must make about chemical spraying.

The Eugene-based nonprofit health advocacy organization tackled the issue last fall when several residents in Cedar Valley, near Gold Beach, complained about a variety of health problems after a helicopter sprayed private timberlands near their homes last October.


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