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County owns 900 parcels of land

Curry County commissioners agreed last week to create another committee, this one to identify the numerous parcels of land the county owns and decide what to do with them.

According to Economic Development Director Julie Schmelzer, the county has more than 900 parcels of property —  most through foreclosures — that it not only doesn’t know it has, but could sell for much-needed money.

She said a woman had come to her office a few weeks ago to complain that people kept walking on the property adjacent to hers and that she was unable to do anything about. The woman said she was told the land was owned by the Nature Conservancy, but she thought the county owned it.


New hospital hangs on conditions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given Curry Health District (CHD) 60 days to meet numerous conditions to secure a $19 million loan to make up the $29 million balance to build a new hospital in Gold Beach.

“There were many,” said CHD’s new CEO Ginny Razo. “Some are financially related, some were environmental mitigation conditions. … Others (address) if we uncover a burial ground, sacred ground, contaminated soil.”

She added, “We’re working to meet all the conditions of that letter. We fully expect to get the funding.”


Gold Beach school district begins search for new chief

The Central Curry School District has begun the search for an interim superintendent following the resignation of superintendent Dennis Johnson, effective at the end of the school year.

The school board hopes to have an interim superintendent in place by July 1.

“I could see us interviewing someone as early as next week,” said school board member Greg Marstall. 


Veterans bring plan for empty building to port

The green building at the Port of Brookings Harbor remains empty, unfinished and unoccupied more than 12 years after construction began.

Standing before the Port of Brookings Harbor Board of Commissioners last month, local veteran Brian Wagers explained a plan that he and his colleagues hope will breathe new life into the abandoned green building, formerly known as the “grey ghost,” located on Port property on Lower Harbor Road.

“We request a reprieve for the green building’s destruction in order to present what we think is a viable business plan,” Wagers said. “We think the remodeled building could be a good source of revenue.”


Beach emergency signs in place

Beachgoers may notice new signs at trailheads this summer that Oregon State Park (OSP) officials hope will reduce the amount of time it takes to find someone who’s lost or injured on the shoreline.

The last of Curry County’s allotment were placed in the past month, from Crissey Field at the California/Oregon border to Flores Lake to the north.

The idea was conceived by a former parks beach safety coordinator who brought together first responders and people from the public who had bad experiences while beachcombing, surfing or otherwise enjoying the 363 miles of Oregon’s coastline.


Brookings council supports expansion of health district

The Brookings City Council approved a resolution Monday night agreeing to accept Curry Health District’s invitation to join its district and supports putting the annexation question to county voters in November.

The proposed annexation would include the land south of Pistol River, where the current health district boundary ends, to the California border. All registered voters within the county will have the opportunity to vote on the issue, and the annexation will only be finalized if both parts — the in- and out-of-district voters — approve the measure.

“District voters vote, and Brookings and Harbor voters vote as one,” said City Manager Gary Milliman. “It’s not a city vote and a Harbor vote, but a Brookings-Harbor vote.”


Work on crosswalk begins May 26

The painting of a new  crosswalk near the intersection of Lucky Lane and Highway 101 in Brookings is slated to begin after Memorial Day, almost nine months after a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle there.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials said Tuesday they have one more pre-construction meeting before they can finalize the work schedule.

“The project is set to begin the day after Memorial Day and will be finished by the end of June,” said ODOT spokesman Jared Castle


Rogue gets starring role in movie

Director Curtis Sackett, left, and cinematographer Star Rosencrans, do some test filming during a visit to the Rogue River last summer. Submitted photo.

Filmmaker Curtis David Sackett describes his latest project as “my personal love letter to the Rogue.”

Sackett is in the process of creating his first feature-length film project, and it’s based on his experiences in his beloved home state — and the beauty of the Rogue River.

“I want to make a film to show the world the beauty I saw growing up,” Sackett said.

Sackett’s film, entitled “Boundary Springs,” follows the journey of Clay, mourning the death of his grandfather who raised him. Clay is followed throughout the story by the spirit of his grandfather, who wants him to scatter his ashes from the mouth of the Rogue River to the source, Boundary Springs. Along the way, the boy tries to find his estranged father who lives in Grants Pass. 


Regional publisher to lead the Pilot, Triplicate

Western Communications, the owner of the Curry Coastal Pilot and the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City, is changing the organizational structure of both newspapers.

Cindy Vosburg, publisher of the Triplicate will become the regional publisher of the two newspapers, which share a printing plant in Smith River. 

John Costa, president of Western Communications, said, “We believe that the service of both newspapers to their communities will be enhanced with a regionalized structure, taking advantage of the combined strengths of both organizations.”


Authorities respond to multiple incidents

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies were busy Wednesday, responding to three simultaneous car wrecks, a report of a woman who fell out of a tree, and the death of a man whose mower flipped over and killed him.

The first call came in at about 8:30 a.m. from 25-year-old Robyn Culley of Port Orford, who said she and 27-year-old Sean Richards thought police were chasing them through the woods south of the Sea Crest Motel. Culley climbed a tree — but then fell about 100 feet from it, she said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call along with the Port Orford Fire Department and ambulance personnel. Several cell phone calls were placed back and forth to Culley and Richards to determine their location. About an hour and a half later, deputies, Search and Rescue volunteers and ambulance crews found the two in heavy brush between Cemetery Loop and Old Mill roads.

Culley was wet, cold and suffering from hypothermia, and was transported to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach where she was treated and then taken into custody for violating her probation in connection with an attempted-murder case in January 2013. 


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