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Bright outlook for ocean salmon season
April 12, 2013 08:01 pm

PORTLAND — The proposed 2013 ocean salmon seasons announced by the Pacific Fishery Management Council this week include good news for sport and commercial anglers off the Oregon Coast.

Recreational and commercial troll Chinook salmon fishing on the central and south coast looks especially good thanks to strong returns to the Sacramento and Klamath rivers. Anglers on the north coast also can expect good returns of Chinook to the Columbia River but quotas will be similar to last year. 

Point Blank: Officers in training
April 12, 2013 07:57 pm


Officers from different agencies draw guns Tuesday during a training scenario at an abandoned school.
Brookings Police Officer Dusty Watson breached the classroom door with his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and pointed it directly at me ... and I realized: I can trust this man with my life.

I knew he wouldn’t shoot me, but rather the “bad guy” standing next to me.

I was laying on the floor of a classroom at the abandoned Cape Blanco Elementary school in Langlois on Tuesday, taking photographs of Watson and other law enforcement officers participating in an “active shooting” training session.

Japanese boat in Crescent City
April 09, 2013 10:22 pm

Humboldt State University‘s Lori Dengler checks out a boat, found on South Beach Sunday, that is coated with gooseneck barnacles. Wescom News Service/Bryant Anderson
CRESCENT CITY — A 20-foot fishing boat that washed ashore in Crescent City Sunday night is believed to be the first tsunami debris to land on California shores from the 2011 disaster in Japan.

“This is the first piece of debris that we will be sending through the consulate (general of Japan),” said Sherry Lippiatt, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s California regional coordinator.  “There hasn’t been any other debris in California with unique markings that could possibly be even traced back to the tsunami.”

Post Office cuts hit Brookings
April 09, 2013 10:18 pm

The Post Office has posted signs explaining the changes on collection boxes throughout Brookings. The Pilot/Desireé Hood
Brookings residents will have to change their mail schedules come May 1. The United States Postal Service is eliminating the 3 p.m. outgoing mail pickup and removing four blue collection boxes from city locations.

Brookings: Home rule ready to go public
April 09, 2013 10:14 pm

Brookings City Attorney Martha Rice has completed a draft home rule charter for the county – and already a group of citizens is eager to run with it.

City Manager Gary Milliman presented the draft document at its city council meeting Monday evening.

Council supports alternative senate bil
April 09, 2013 10:12 pm

Brookings City Council unanimously threw its support behind Senate Bill 173 – a possible alternative to House Bill 3453 that would allow the state to restructure the services a fiscally insolvent county needs to provide and bill the county for its services.

City: 5 weeks for Salmon Run
April 09, 2013 10:09 pm

The Brookings City Council has drawn a line in the sand trap regarding the immediate future of Salmon Run golf course.

Council members agreed Monday to give course manager Ed Murdock five weeks to formulate a business plan for the course with three other investors he hopes to line up to come in and save the course’s bottom line.

New plan for Salmon Run?
April 05, 2013 09:03 pm

The owners of Salmon Run golf course have been struggling to make their lease payment for years. Photo courtesy Salmon Run golf course
Salmon Run golf course general manager Ed Murdock hopes he has the solution for the financial woes that have beleaguered the course for more than a decade.

He will outline his proposal to the Brookings City Council Monday regarding the possible acquisition of the golf course lease, currently held by the The Claveran Group. Murdock’s proposal could involve other investors, as well.

Cities oppose house bill 3453
April 05, 2013 09:01 pm

The mayors and city councils of all three Curry County cities have signed a letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber expressing their opposition to a House bill that could let the state take control of specific county services if the May 21 public safety levy fails.

It is the first time in memory the three cities have agreed so adamantly on an issue, said Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff and Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog. Port Orford Mayor James Auborn also signed the letter.

Going virtual
April 05, 2013 08:55 pm

The Brookings-Harbor School District, which is losing more students each year to homeschooling or online education services, is exploring virtual options to stop the defections or lure back those who have left.

“We asked the question, ‘Why do they chose not to come to Brookings?’ and the answer was, ‘Options.’ They don’t have the options,” said Barron Guido, the district’s special education director. 

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