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Kalmiopsis welcomes a crowd of K-schoolers

Brookings’ Kalmiopsis Elementary School will be greeting its largest kindergarten class in many years, when 135 boys and girls begin their school career on Tuesday Sept. 3. 

There will be six kindergarten teachers to greet youngsters on their first day of school, and they are already in their classrooms this week planning and preparing for the upcoming year. 

Annual Brookings fish derby starts Friday

The Labor Day Weekend event is open to fishermen of all ages, like this boy who did well last year. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The 10th annual Slam’n Salmon Ocean Derby starts Friday and continues through Sunday at the Port of Brookings Harbor, offering $16,000 in cash and prizes to successful fishermen. 

The event brings fishermen from around the country to ply the salmon-rich waters around Brookings with their lines. 


Closing The Nautical Inn

Sandy Hislop, owner of The Nautical Inn located about 5 miles south of Brookings, plans to close the oceanfront restaurant on Sept. 12 because of financial difficulties.The Pilot/Charles Kocher
Sandy Hislop’s decision to close The Nautical Inn is really a turning point in two stories: the history of the landmark and her personal career.

“It’s time,” she says. 


Big Windy fire continues to burn

The Big Windy Fire that ignited July 26 about 8 miles northwest of Galice has burned 23,708 acres as of Friday afternoon, despite sporadic rain showers that moved through the mountainous terrain the day before.

Those fires also brought lightning strikes to the area, igniting another 19 fires, of which 10 were in Josephine County and that crews were able to extinguish.


Port ponders police contract with city, other options

While the Brookings City Council approved a proposed contract to provide police services to the Port of Brookings Harbor, the port commission still has not approved the contract and has been considering other options for policing the port.

Gary Milliman said the city council has approved the proposal to enter into police services, but whether the port commission decides to go forward with it is entirely up to them.


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.


Rumors of radioactive fish unfounded

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.


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.


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.



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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