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Salt plagues drinking water

Harbor Water offered free, potable water to its customers last Friday and again Tuesday as it continues to battle salinity levels that have been yo-yo-ing from “okay” to “ick” since mid-summer.

“Let people know I’ll be out again at 9:30 a.m. Saturday,” said Jeff Patten, owner of A+ Water, who was contracted by Harbor Water PUD to provide drinking water to residents via his tanker truck. 

Harbor Water purchased the water from the city of Brookings and hired Patten to fill up his tanker and distribute it at the parking lot of the Harbor Fire Station at 98069 Benham Lane.


Juvenile arrested following car chase

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to two incidents over the weekend — one that resulted in the arrest of a teenager who lead a deputy on a high-speed pursuit on Highway 101, and an ATV accident involving two teenage girls. 


El Nino’s impact on Curry unclear

As winter draws nearer, a warm, wet El Nino seems certain to soak a desiccated California, but what that means for the Oregon Coast remains unclear.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center gave El Nino a 95 percent chance of lasting through the winter in its latest diagnostic report, issued Sept. 10. And what’s expected is a strong one.

Between June and August, ocean surface temperatures were 4 or more degrees Fahrenheit higher than normal in the eastern tropical Pacific. This, coupled with low atmospheric pressure and weakened west-blowing Trade Winds, that conditions are likely just right to send the jet stream to drench the southern United States this winter before the pattern is predicted to weaken in the spring.


Fence will keep Brookings airport free of elk

Fencing to keep deer and elk from wandering onto the county’s airport in Brookings will be erected this fall and winter, after county commissioners rescinded a contract when the fence company failed to sign it — and then started suggesting changes to engineered design plans.

Curry County Commissioners plan to ask the second-lowest bidder, 2G Construction of Eugene — to take over the project.


Response to Roseburg rampage

People gather for a candlelight vigil at the Port of Brookings Harbor Thursday to show support for the victims, and families, of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Photo by Bill Schlichting

Brookings authorities tightened security around school campuses Thursday and Friday as a precaution in the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

Also, on Friday morning, a possible online threat against schools in Coos County prompted Southwestern Oregon Community College officials to close campuses in Coos and Curry County.

Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace sent officers to the Curry County campus, north of Brookings, to walk the facility and talk with staff.

“We just wanted them to know that we are there,” Wallace said.


Oregon Coast thefts on the rise

There is a glaring rectangular hole on the monument at House Rock in Samuel Boardman State Park, north of Brookings. The brass plaque honoring Samuel H. Boardman was stolen from the monument some time last month. 

“Sign and trail markers get stolen occasionally. We typically see more vandalism and graffiti than theft,” said Anna Krug, park manager for Oregon State Parks Harris Beach Management Unit. 

The theft, while an unusual one, is indicative of a growing theft problem along the entire coast from the California border to Gold Beach. 


Animal shelters will share director

Director Mark Curran

The animal shelters in Gold Beach and Brookings this week announced a new partnership that includes sharing the same director — Mark Curran.

Curran, the director of the Curry County Animal Shelter in Gold Beach since January 2014, will assume the directorship of both facilities, effective immediately. The South Coast Humane Society has been without a director since August.

The shelters will maintain separate identities, board of directors and locations.


$10.8 million profit for hospital in 2014

CRESCENT CITY — Sutter Coast Hospital made a $10.8 million profit in 2014, according to a financial report released this week, despite projected losses that were expected to grip the hospital through 2018.

“Productivity monitoring in 2013 and strong labor management in 2014” were responsible for some of the gains, the performance review states, accounting for $2.6 million less paid in salaries last year compared to the year before.

AB1393 funds, which subsidize the costs of running smaller hospitals with the profits of larger ones, accounted for $7.8 million of the hospital’s revenue last year. The remaining $2.8 million was made in other ways, including some cost cutting.


Facebook scam in Curry County

Have you just received a personal Facebook message about a large sum of money you won via a lottery? Sorry, but that promotion, lottery, or award is nothing but another hoax.

Several Curry County Facebook users have reported receiving such scam messages in recent weeks. The scam, in various forms, has been going for years, according to research by the Curry Coastal Pilot


Coos and Curry college campuses closed as a precaution

A possible threat against schools in Coos County this morning has prompted Southwestern Oregon Community College officials to close campuses in Coos and Curry County as a precaution.

The action comes just one day after ten students were killed and seven injured in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace sent officers to the Curry County campus north of Brookings this morning to check the facility and talk with staff.

“We just wanted them to know that we are there,” Wallace said.

On Thursday, police presence was increased around Brookings public schools immediately following the shooting in Roseburg. The increased patrols would continue today, Wallace said. 

A Coos Bay police representative told The World newspaper this morning that the Coos Bay college campus is closed for the day. Students at Coquille High School were sent home this morning.

A North Bend police representative characterized the threat as a “fourth-hand report of something on a website” and said it was under investigation, according to The World.

Curry campus spokeswoman Aleta Mankamyer said there were two classes in session this morning at Brookings facility. The students and teachers in those classes were informed of the situation and the school was closed for the rest of today. Fortunately, Mankamyer said, there are no more classes scheduled this afternoon.

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