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Goodwill coming to Brookings
June 20, 2014 08:27 pm

A banner is up, workers are building walls and the rumors have been confirmed: Goodwill Industries is coming to Brookings.

The rumors had floated around town for months, with the former owners of Chetco Pharmacy — C&K Markets — saying they knew nothing about the arrival of the nonprofit agency except what they’d heard on the streets, as well.

But building owner Ann Bauer of Grants Pass said the sale closed in late April; the thrift store is slated to open in mid-September.

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County considers property tax
June 20, 2014 08:25 pm

Curry County commissioners plan to take an additional $400,000 from the road fund to pay for sheriff’s deputies as well as pose a property tax increase to voters on the September ballot.

The decision to take more funds from the road department was unanimous, but Commissioner Susan Brown tried to put an immediate stop to a September ballot measure, saying the board still needs to learn what citizens are willing to pay for before they “toss everything at the wall and see what sticks.”

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Mission inundated by requests from families
June 20, 2014 08:24 pm

Once again, for reasons he cannot fathom, the cupboards keep going bare at the Outreach Gospel Mission in Harbor, said executive director Michael Olsen.

The mission has been inundated with requests — increasingly from families — for food this month. Last Monday alone, OGM distributed more than 200 pounds of food in a three-hour time frame. That doesn’t include the 40 to 45 people who are seeking shelter that OGM is feeding each day.

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Sheriff calls on volunteers to curb panhandling
June 20, 2014 08:23 pm

Volunteers trained by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office will be going straight to the source — drivers leaving shopping malls — to educate them about the county’s new law regarding giving money or food to panhandlers.

The law goes into effect Sept. 4 and fines are $250.

“People don’t give them $1, or change,” Sheriff John Bishop told a group of residents, most from Harbor, in a meeting Wednesday night. “They’re giving them $5, $10. We’re causing our own problems by giving them cash.”

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Suspect faces assault charges
June 17, 2014 10:19 pm

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Lorenzo Ignacio King, booking photo

A man is in Curry County Jail on $1 million bail after being charged with assault and sodomy following a 12-hour police standoff inside a Brookings home last weekend.

Lorenzo Ignacio King, 42, was arraigned in court Monday and is suspected of sexually assaulting an adult Brookings woman he met at a local bar. More charges are likely, said  Curry County Sheriff John Bishop.

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Ordinance aims to stop handouts to transients
June 17, 2014 10:15 pm

County commissioners have tried making it illegal to panhandle, but the nation’s First Amendment kept getting in the way.

Trying to ban it via loitering laws didn’t work. Neither did making it a safety issue. Sending Sheriff’s deputies — or even a security firm — to shoo them away only worked for an hour or so.

So commissioners finally went to the source: Drivers giving anything away — money, food, drugs — to people flying signs on corners of popular streets and highways can now be cited for doing so.

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Burl poaching spreads to Oregon
June 17, 2014 10:12 pm

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A wildlife biologist stands next to a massive scar where a burl was cut by poachers from a redwood tree.

GRANTS PASS, (AP) –  The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon.

The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwoods, where they send out sprouts. Their intricate grain is prized for furniture and decorations.

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Curry County realtors ready for uptick in sales
June 17, 2014 10:08 pm

Real estate agents throughout the county are hoping a nationwide uptick in home sales rubs off on them this summer — but so far, it’s a slow slog.

“We had a great winter,” said Kelly McClain, who works for Century 21 Agate Realty in Brookings. “We all are thinking this summer’s going to be huge. This could be the calm before the storm. And it’s not summer yet.”

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Brookings pursues Oregon grant for Crescent City airport
June 17, 2014 10:07 pm

A grant for which the City of Brookings applied to help the Del Norte County Regional Airport is one step closer to approval, it was announced Monday.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) CO-V Final Review Committee voted last week to include Crescent City’s airport Runway Safety Area project among the 37 it is considering funding.

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Police arrest man after 12-hour standoff in Brookings
June 15, 2014 09:52 am

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Brookings Police officers shut down a section of Highway 101 Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a nearby house.
 

A 12-hour police standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a Brookings home ended at 4:18 a.m. this morning (June 15) when authorities fired tear gas canisters into the residence, stormed inside and found the suspect seriously injured from possible self-inflicted wounds. 

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