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Sinkhole appears in Harbor parking lot

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A sink hole appears in a restaurant parking lot adjacent to Highway 101 near Hoffeldt Lane in Harbor Thursday morning.
 

A 30-foot wide, 25-foot deep sinkhole appeared today in the parking lot of the Fireside Grill adjacent to Highway 101 in Harbor.

No people were injured nor vehicles damaged when the hole opened up this morning, according to property owner David Allen. The hole doesn’t pose a threat to any lanes on the highway, yet.

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Body found in Euchre Creek

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Ray Hunnicutt

Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a Gold Beach man from the muddy Euchre Creek near Ophir, two days after his 4x4 truck was found submerged in the nearby Cedar Creek.

Ray Hunnicutt, 23, was last seen around midnight Saturday at a residence in the Ophir area. Family members believe that he left at that time to drive a friend home.

According to Curry County Sheriff John Ward, the owner of property adjacent to Cedar Creek spotted the tires of a submerged 4x4 Toyota pickup in the creek around 1 p.m. Sunday. 

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More rain on the way

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Curry County Search and Rescue volunteer George Edwards attaches a chain to a truck found submerged in Cedar Creek Sunday. The body of the driver, Ray Hunnicutt was recovered Tuesday afternoon. Submitted photo.

With another major storm barreling down on Curry County this week, officials have delayed work to repair a section of Carpenterville Road damaged during last weekend’s storm that dumped about 7 inches of rain in the area.

Meanwhile, authorities’ on Tuesday afternoon located the body of a missing Gold Beach man whose truck was found Sunday submerged in Cedar Creek.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for heavy rain, up to 4 to 7 inches, between tonight through Friday.

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FedEx facility proposed for Harbor property

County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss a zoning change at 15887 Benham Lane for a proposed FedEx building.

The 9.38 acre property, bordered by Highway 101, south of Mattie’s Pancake House, is currently zoned rural residential, and the proposed use is heavy commercial. The developer would also like to divide the lot into parcels of 4.64 and 4.76 acres in size.

Various municipal and state officials offered suggestions, primarily related to traffic volume and how it could affect surrounding neighborhoods and the adjacent highway.

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Rain hampers, cancels local holiday events

The past week’s inclement weather has affected not just homeowners and city employees trying to keep up with the wind and rain, but also those who have volunteered their time for the annual Christmas light show and parade.

The parade, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, was supposed to be a new attraction this year organized by the Coastal Christmas in Brookings-Harbor group. It was canceled due to the heavy rain and wind that pummeled the city for most of the weekend.

“We were going to try to reschedule for next weekend, but several of our organizers will be out of town, and there’s really no more weekends after that,” said Kathy Breshears, one of the coordinators for the Coastal Christmas group. 

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Expect long lines at mailing facilities

There were almost two dozen people standing in line at the U.S. Postal Service office in Brookings Monday afternoon, the organization’s busiest day of the year.

The line trailed to the door. People were muttering, checking watches and smartphones for the time. Someone said the post office should offer a bench on which to sit. Others huffed or cursed under their breath, and left.

Most of those in line weren’t happy. They knew that when the post office in Harbor closed, the lines in Brookings would get long.

“Not this long,” a woman muttered.

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Search for missing Gold Beach man continues

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A member of the Curry County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team attaches a chain to a truck owned by Ray Hunnicutt. The truck was found in Cedar Creek Sunday.

A Gold Beach man is missing after his pickup was found upside down in the rain-swollen Cedar Creek near Ophir Sunday afternoon, authorities said today.

Ray Hunnicutt was last seen around midnight Saturday at a party in the Ophir area. Family members believe that he left at that time to drive a friend home.


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Bracing for the next Storm

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A visitor to Sporthaven Beach at the Port of Brookings Harbor Friday enjoys a close up view of waves in the 20 to 25-foot high range. Photo by Scott Graves / Curry Coastal Pilot.

While northern Oregon was flooded by this week’s series of major storms, Curry County emerged relatively unscathed, with residents and officials dealing mostly with minor flooding, fallen trees and short power outages.

But the wet and wild weather isn’t over yet —  the National Weather Service issued a flood watch Friday afternoon for today (Dec. 12) and Sunday.

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A safe place for abused children

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The house features child-friendly themes to help kids feel comfortable around adults and authorities.

There a safe haven for children of abuse in Gold Beach — Wally’s House.

The facility allows Department of Health Services staff working with abused children in Curry County to move toward development of a Child Abuse Intervention Center. 

And with case numbers increasing, that’s more important than ever.

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Debate over ‘hold room’ for mentally ill continues

Local law enforcement officials plan to keep their existing protocol when responding to calls concerning people with possible mental illnesses and take them to the emergency room in Gold Beach which will soon no longer have a “hold room” in which to stabilize them.

With the closure of the room, patients likely will be evaluated and released back into the community, officials noted at a meeting Friday. And that might not sit well with the community.

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Gold Beach, Port Orford and Brookings police departments, and mental health officials from Curry Community Health and Aging and People with Disabilities hoped to talk with hospital officials, but no one from the hospital or its district board showed up

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