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Federal funding for SOD battle

U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas L. Tidwell notified Gov. John Kitzhaber Tuesday that portions of federal land in Curry County will be designated as insect and disease areas under the Farm Bill passed earlier this year.

The inclusion means Curry County could be eligible for federal assistance to address Sudden Oak Death (SOD), which, if left untreated, could spread into the agricultural lands northeast of the county, affecting the third largest industry in the state.


Buddy the Bruin statue finds home in Brookings

Evergreen Bank President Jeff Hyde and a bank employee unveil Buddy the Bruin, a new statue that has been installed in downtown Brookings.

Buddy the Bruin bear was unveiled, transported with police escort and installed on the sidewalk in front of the Downtown Coffee Lounge Friday afternoon.


Lewis wins cardboard boat race

Contestants in their home-made cardboard boats paddle for the finish line Saturday. Doug Lewis, in the white boat called Slice of Life, placed first.

Doug Lewis in his sleek Slice of Life boat zipped across the chilly waters to win the Second Port of Brookings Harbor International Cardboard Boat Races Saturday, a far cry from his attempt last year in which his craft folded in half and sank.


Azalea Festival Parade coverage

Members of the Harbor Fire Department ride in an antique fire truck during the parade.

Photos and videos of this morning's Azalea Festival Parade in downtown Brookings are now available at the Pilot's Facebook page.

Brothers in arms

Photos from the past: Al James, left, and Ron Adams, both served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. They didn’t know one another then, but the do now as neighbors in Pistol River.

There, as young men in the dark, thick foliage of shadowy marshes, they played a dangerous hide-and-seek game with the enemy — the Viet Cong. 

Ron Adams, now 63 and Al James, 85, unflinchingly served their country. They didn’t know each other then, but they do now.

Adams and James weren’t drafted into that battle half a world away. Rather, both voluntarily enlisted during a tumultuous time in U.S. history. 

The telling of their stories speaks to a  shared commitment to patriotism; of wanting to curb the growing threat of communism.


Wall display honors vets all year long

Lyman Cox, left, Fran Thurman, and Ted Clawson are veterans featured on the Wall of Honor.

Communities often honor their veterans for Veteran’s Day with miniature American flags or with red, white and blue banners. At the Sea View Senior Living Community in Harbor, they make sure their veterans know they are appreciated year-round.

Located on the second floor in one of the main hallways is a Veteran’s Wall of Honor, a beautiful, patriotic monument erected three years ago to honor the veterans of the Sea View community, both past and present.


Residents will testify on aerial spray risks

Armed with new knowledge about aerial chemical spraying, three Curry County citizens will trek to Salem next Wednesday to share with legislators their experiences after a helicopter sprayed their property with herbicides northeast of Gold Beach last October.

The spraying resulted in the almost immediate sickness of 42 people, a blinded horse, a dog whose owner was forced to euthanize him May 20 after he lost more than half his body weight in the months following the spraying — and a small community that continues to struggle to get answers about aerial chemical spraying in Oregon.


Higher than usual staff turnovers at schools

At least eight Brookings-Harbor School district employees, including several teachers and school administrators, have resigned in the last two months. 

At the same time, the district has hired seven employees: two principals, one vice principal, two teachers and two speech pathologists.

The large number of resignations of staff members — especially that of two teachers who’ve been employed for only two years — worried school board member Bruce Raleigh, who broached the subject during Wednesday’s regular school board meeting.


Measure 8-76 (Home Rule Charter) fails

For the third time, Curry County voters have defeated a measure that would have made home rule the form of government under which the county is operated.

Measure 8-76, received 2,153 “yes” votes compared to 3,627 “no” votes; 44.5 percent of Curry County’s 12,985 eligible voters cast ballots.


Itzen, Huxley headed for runoff; Beaman wins judge seat

Read more...Incumbent Curry County Commissioner David Itzen will face off against Harbor resident Tom Huxley in the November elections after neither secured 50 percent plus one vote to win the majority and take the Position 1 county commissioner seat.


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