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Health care available to uninsured

While there are rumblings in Washington about defunding the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, local efforts in Oregon are still going forward to get the uninsured health coverage as required under the act. 

Beginning Oct. 1, Oregonians without health insurance — an estimated 560,000 people — can enroll in a plan through “Cover Oregon,” the state’s new health insurance exchange.

 

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Memorial dedicated

 

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Members of various Curry County military organizations, city and county officials and citizens gather for the dedication of the Gold Beach Veterans Memorial on Saturday. The Pilot/Don Iler
A crowd of a couple hundred gathered to dedicate the new memorial at South Beach Park, with representatives from many local service and veteran’s organizations and others gathering to honor those from Curry County who served, as well as those who donated their time, money and energy to bring the project to completion.

“The memorial is dedicated to those who have served in the past and now,” said Vietnam veteran Sam Vitale. “Let’s not forget those serving today and those who will serve in the future.”

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Schools’ test scores below state averages

While showing improvement, the Brookings-Harbor School District continues to lag behind state averages in most areas according to test score results released last week by the Oregon Department of Education.

Brookings-Harbor was below state averages in reading, writing and mathematics at nearly all grade levels. The district, however, scored better than the state average in science.

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Suspicious packages lead to drug arrest

After being alerted by U.S. postal inspectors about two identical packages that had been sent from Texas to the Brookings area, law enforcement officials discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation on Carpenterville Road.

James Gillaspie was arrested for a parole violation by Curry County Sheriff’s deputies, and the operation is under investigation, with further arrests expected. 

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Brookings K-9 gets bulletproof vest

Brookings Police Reserve Lt. John McKinney has one more layer of protection in his job, as his K-9 Officer Kona just acquired new duds.

The German shepherd is one of three dogs in the city’s K-9 unit, and will soon be sporting a bulletproof vest garnered from a grant McKinney recently secured.

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Oceanside homeowners struggle with hillslides

Paul Carlin shook his head as he peered over the edge of what used to be his backyard on Buena Vista Loop.

Most of it — dead trees and shrubs — are sloughed off into a pile on the beach below. The dirt on the bluff is exposed, save for a wad of tattered plastic sheeting, set in place last fall to deflect raging water. Sandbags that held that tarp down now hang on bare dirt.

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Pair arrested in marijuana bust

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Two Curry County residents were arrested on drug charges this week after authorities discovered a marijuana grow operation on private timber land off Hunter Creek Road southeast of Gold Beach.

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End of the journey

Tai Lee, ride coordinator for the Amgen People’s Coast Classic, poses with two of the 45 cyclists who completed the 340 mile trek from Astoria to Brookings to raise awareness and money for the fight against arthritis. The group ended their fourth annual trip on Friday in Brookings.


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