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Schools facing edge of fiscal cliff?
December 26, 2012 11:05 am

WASHINGTON – With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, and no deal yet struck between Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington, Oregon officials are faced with the possibility that a slew of federal spending cuts will go into effect on Jan. 1.

“If sequestration is the road that they go down, then I think the effects are fairly limited in Oregon,” said George Naughton, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s main budget advisor.

Curry outlook bleak
December 26, 2012 11:04 am

Curry County Commissioner David Itzen said he’d like to tell everyone all is well with county government, he said in his annual State of the County Address on Dec. 19.

“That would be a complete distortion of reality and disingenuous at best,” he said. “Curry County is at a crossroads. It is operating with a skeleton workforce. Many county services are not funded, and those that are, are done so without a full complement of employees.”

Boys honored for saving woman
December 26, 2012 11:02 am

Six-year-old Conner Krieger and his brother Landyn Miller, 8, were presented with life saving awards from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) at a county commissioner’s meeting Wednesday morning.

The presentations were part of the organization’s annual conference in Bend the boys could not attend. Curry County Sheriff’s Office garnered an additional six awards during the week-long conference.

Mitchell retires from college board
December 26, 2012 11:01 am

Cherie Mitchell was relentless in her efforts to secure a location and build a college in Brookings. When asked what her biggest accomplishment was as a board member for Southwestern Oregon Community College, she talked about the process for a good 50 to 60 minutes.

“I always felt that we needed a college,” Mitchell said. “This driving to Coos Bay was expensive and tiring and expensive to live up there to study.”

County, union enter negotiations
December 26, 2012 11:00 am

County officials and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) representative officially entered into collective bargaining negotiations Wednesday, after years of letting the contract stay the way it is.

“From our standpoint, (the lapse in bargaining) was useful,” said County Commissioner David Itzen, who was not in attendance. “They understand the financial problems at the county. We didn’t have anything to give them, so there wasn’t much point in bargaining.”

Migration along South Coast
December 21, 2012 10:06 pm
A gray whale breaks the surface of the ocean during its annual southern migration to warmer waters.

The best time of year to watch whales migrate is Dec. 24 to 30 — and the best place to see the vast majority of them is in Curry County.

According to Oregon Parks and Recreation statistics, 590 whales were spotted along the Oregon coast during the week-long period last year – and 296 of them were seen in the ocean off Cape Ferrelo and Harris Beach.

Ban on vehicles draws fire
December 21, 2012 10:04 pm

A group of more than 50 people descended upon Brookings City Hall Wednesday evening to express outrage and opposition to a group’s proposal that would ban vehicles from crossing or driving in the Chetco River.

Some likened it to a land grab or a taking of rights.

Brookings moves forward on airport annexation
December 21, 2012 10:03 pm

Curry County Commissioners agreed to contact Brookings Airport hanger lessees as a matter of courtesy as the city of Brookings moves forward with its annexation plans of the airport and  adjoining parcels of land.

The city has completed its due diligence in the matter, having received letters of approval from the three property owners who have a total of 47 acres in the area. The city has another seven acres there. Obtaining letters of approval from affected property owners is one of three ways a municipality can annex property, said County Attorney Jerry Herbage.

Tourism committee nixes visitor center plan
December 21, 2012 10:01 pm

The Brookings City Council this summer delayed its decision to create a visitor center at city hall until it could name a Tourism Marketing Committee from which it would solicit input about the idea – and the first thing the committee did was put the kibosh on the visitor center plans.

“I am strongly opposed to spending one dollar to remodel and make a visitor center,” said committee member Peter Spratt at the group’s second meeting. “I bet there isn’t a count of the number of people that ask for information from the city.”

Brookings man cited for firing gun in city
December 21, 2012 10:00 pm

A Brookings man was cited for reckless endangering Wednesday after he fired a hand gun while walking his dog on Easy Street, hitting another dog and an occupied vehicle.

Nobody was injured, but police believe William Hammond, 68, over reacted when he pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic gun to scare off a large dog that Hammond believed was attacking his, said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

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