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Schools implementing new grading system

The Brookings-Harbor School District will be implementing a new grading system across its three schools, called “standards-based grading.” 

The new system is a departure from the traditional A through F system that is the norm at most American schools and, while the new system will be applied to all grades at all schools, it will only be applied to math and language arts this year, with other subjects to be added in the future.

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Rumors of radioactive fish unfounded

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Radioecologist Delvan Neville tests tuna.
 

Go right ahead and enjoy that albacore tuna.

That’s the message an Oregon State University researcher has for those concerned about recent reports that the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan is leaking millions of tons of radioactive water into the ocean every day.

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Hospital hears plans for replacement

The Neenan Achistructure Co. will present next week its plans to help Curry Health Network — from start to finish — with its hoped-for Gold Beach Hospital replacement and determine the need for an emergency room in its Brookings clinic.

The health district plans to put on the Nov. 5 ballot a measure asking for a $10 million general obligation bond to replace the new hospital in Gold Beach. If approved, voters would see a property tax increase of 76 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation over a period of 30 years. And the $10 million would assist to secure federal funds to replace the aged building, said health district CEO Andrew Bair.

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Impact of Walmart was underestimated

CRESCENT CITY — Years before the Walmart Supercenter opened its doors, economic analysts predicted the expanded store may cause another supermarket to shut its doors, but any other impact on local businesses would be spread evenly.

Now that two supermarkets have closed following the expansion, it may appear that analysts underestimated Walmart’s impact on other businesses, but any impacts so far appear to have affected just one company.

 

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Blazes keeping crews busy

The Big Windy, Douglas Complex and Labrador wildfires in the Rogue River Valley are no longer the nation’s No. 1 priority, now that huge conflagrations have burned luxury resort homes and forced thousands of Idaho residents to flee what U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell is calling the “new normal.”
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Trash Dogs tackle Rogue refuse

Volunteers with the Trash Dogs place a discarded pickup canopy into a trailer near the Rogue River.
 

Thirteen Trash Dogs (including new Dog Todd) trekked 19 miles up the Rogue River Road to collect the contents of an illegally dumped trailer filled with garbage.

“Walking the 6 miles of the road the Dogs found a number of bags drivers disposed of,” said group leader Ed Gross. “Mostly bottles, cans — stuff drivers pitch out the window as they cruise up the road on vacation or on their way to work.”

The four-hour mission was the 121st the Dogs have completed in the past seven years.

This search resulted in the discovery of tires, a steel sheet, about 30 feet of steel cable and a pickup canopy, which had to be retrieved over the edge of a steep slope.

Metal was taken to the Curry Transfer and Recycling Center for recycling.


Bond to build new hospital on ballot

The Curry Health Network board voted unanimously Monday afternoon to place on the November ballot a measure asking voters in the district for a $10 million bond to build a new hospital in Gold Beach and make improvements to its facilities in Port Orford.
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Hospice sale starts Friday

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Early shoppers get first pick at bargains during last year’s rummage sale in Gold Beach.
 

Get ready to shop for bargains! The Coastal Home Health & Hospice will host its 14th Annual Market Place Sale in Gold Beach starting Friday and continuing through Sunday Aug. 25.


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Crescent City Police seek armed robbery suspect

Crescent City Police are seeking information leading to the apprehension of a suspect wanted in conjuction with the robbery of a Subway Sandwich Shop on Saturday morning.

The police have identified the suspect as Zachary Scott. He is described as a 33-year-old white male, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, of slender build, weighing 135 pounds. According to police, Scott has numerous tattoos on his body, including on both hands and the left side of his neck.

Scott is considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information should contact the Crescent City Police Department directly at 707-464-2133 or 707-464-4191. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call the Crescent City Tip Line at 707-218-4229 or send an email message to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Red Shirts make a special delivery

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Volunteers prepare cards that the Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts will mail to U.S. soldiers overseas. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins

A recent Saturday found 10 women at Sea View Senior Living Community in Harbor sorting greeting cards — birthday, Christmas, get well cards — to send to U.S soldiers overseas. 

It’s part of the Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts monthly endeavor to send packages to military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, among other war-torn areas of the world. They’ve been doing it for seven years.

Many of the cards comes from Pelican Bay Prison in Crescent City, from boxes undeliverable to prisoners there.

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