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Care centers, restaurants deal with salty water

The residents of Sea View Senior Living Community in Harbor have a new activity in their exercise regimen: Rain dancing.

Executive director Jan Ramelli was only half-joking when she said that.

More than 1,500 Harbor Water District customers have heard that their tap water is brackish and that those with illnesses related to sodium — or those who don’t like the taste — should purchase bottled water.

High ocean tides and low water levels in the Chetco River have combined far enough upriver to result in salt intrusion to the community’s intake well.

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Voters reject county jail levy

Ballot Measure 8-78 lost Tuesday night on two fronts: it didn’t get the minimum 50 percent turnout as required for a special election, nor did it get the majority of votes to win.

The measure lost 3,548 to 2,634, with 47.8 percent of eligible voters casting ballots.

The measure asked voters to approve a property tax hike of 68 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to fund the jail — and only the jail.

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Drinking water update

As of today (Monday, Sept. 15), Brookings tap water remains safe to drink and will likely remain so, city officials said.

Meanwhile, tap water in Harbor still contains some ocean water and, while it does not pose a health hazard to most people, Harbor residents with sensitive stomachs or on low sodium diets are encouraged to drink bottled water or obtain water from an alternative source.

The salt water intrusion into Harbor’s water is likely to continue until significant rain increases the flow of the Chetco River and keeps the ocean tides at bay.

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Residents speak up about Chetco River designation

South Coast residents love their Chetco River — and weren’t shy about saying so during an Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department meeting Thursday night.

The meeting was held to solicit input about the scenic, natural and recreational values of the river and if the 14 miles from Loeb State Park, 8 miles upriver from Highway 101, to the Steel Bridge should be designated as a state Scenic River.

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Police warn of warrant, jury duty scams

Curry County authorities are warning residents not to fall for a “warrant scam” in which con artists call people and threaten to arrest them for unpaid driving citations or for missing jury duty.

The scam alert was issued this week after Gold Beach Police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from residents who were contacted by con artists.

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Departing hospital CEO offers final advice

Curry Health Network CEO Andrew Bair addressed his staff and district board Tuesday afternoon, offering them words of encouragement and recommending steps they should take as the hospital district evolves without him.

The popular CEO has accepted a position as vice president of Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Orlando, Florida. The move also enables him to be closer to various family members. His last day is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 31.

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Brian Scott: Brookings art supporter dies at 75

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Brian Scott, left, and Horst Wolf hold Wolf’s watercolor portrait of Scott that was honored at an art show in 2004.
 

Longtime Brookings resident Brian Scott was not an artist, but he was an aficionado who dedicated himself to supporting local artists and helped build what has become a thriving art community in his hometown.

Scott died Friday at age 75 after a two-year battle with kidney failure.

The public is invited to say a few words and raise a glass to toast Scott at the conclusion of the regularly scheduled Second Saturday Art Walk from 4-6 p.m. today (Sept. 13) at the Brian Scott Gallery

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Harbor tap water will remain salty until first rain

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The level of the Chetco River has reached a record low, and there is no sign of significant rain in the long-range forecast.
 

Harbor residents better get use to salt-flavored tap water because it won’t get better until the first good rain storm comes along, Harbor Water District officials said.

And that could be weeks from now, according to long-range forecast by the National Weather Service.

“We need rain. It’s that simple,” said Dave VanCleave, superintendent for Harbor Water District PUD.

The brackish water, the result of ocean water infiltrating the fresh water of the low-flowing Chetco River, does not pose a health risk to most people at this time, VanCleave said.

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Forest fire danger moves to extreme

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has moved fire danger levels to "extreme" and revised public use restrations to match.

The danger level and restrictions are expected to continue until weather conditions change -- and there is no change in the current forecasts.

The limits include:

- keeping all fires to campfire rings in designated campgrouds,

- keeping vehicles on designated roads, and

- forbidding smoking outside of safe sites such as enclosed vehicles and buildings, on watercraft, or with three feet of bare soil on all sides.

See the full restrictions by clicking here


Authorities issue scam alert

Curry County authorities are warning residents not to fall for a “warrant scam” in which con artists call people and threaten to arrest them for unpaid driving citations or for missing jury duty.

The scam alert was issued today (Sept. 10) after Gold Beach Police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from residents who were contacted by con artists.

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