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Pedestrian killed on Chetco Avenue

Brookings resident Joyce Marie Betties, 73, was struck and killed by a car when she walked across Chetco Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon near Chetco Lane.

The driver of the vehicle, Wayne Eugene Welbourn, of Gold Beach, was not injured in the crash, according to Brookings Police Sgt. Terry Murray. 

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Medical marijuana grows exceed legal limit

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A sheriff’s deputy secures marijuana plants confiscated during a bust on South Bank Chetco River Road.

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies had their first two busts related to medical marijuana grow operations this month, Lt. John Ward said Thursday.

The investigations resulted in two people being cited for manufacturing marijuana.

The Sheriff’s office received two complaints from citizens in the past two weeks regarding suspicious activities, and discovered marijuana growing operations that were not operating within the law. 

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Four-cent gas tax for road repairs

The Brookings City Council will discuss a resolution to place a 4-cent-per-gallon fuel tax on the May 19, 2015 ballot during its regular 7 p.m. meeting on Monday.

The proposal was crafted to generate funds for road repair and improvements throughout town as the current method — a Street System Replacement Fee (SRF) that shows up on water and sewer bills — isn’t generating enough money to keep up with the city’s needs.

Under the terms of the resolution, any tax approved by voters would be adjusted, to a maximum of 4 cents per gallon, to garner up to $300,000. The first year of the tax, too, will provide city officials with much-needed information regarding fuel consumption in the city.

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Caretaking days over for Azalea Park group

After 20 years of tending the rhododendrons and azaleas in the “formal” gardens of Azalea Park, the foundation in charge is calling it quits.

The Brookings City Council will discuss the ramifications of the organization’s disincorporation at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

“It’s been 20 years,” said Azalea Park Foundation (APF) President Shirley Hyatt. 

“My friends and I have worked in the gardens for years, and I’ve gotten to the point that when I do the work I enjoy, I get sick. I can’t do it anymore,” she said.

It’s difficult, too, to attract volunteers and train them to the specifics of pruning and clearing of the flowers, some of which are natives dating back to the early 1800s.

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District hires 10 teachers

Staff changes continue at Brookings Harbor School District as the school board this week hired 10 new teachers  — bringing the total number of new hires in recent months to 28.

The board also accepted the resignation of three teachers — bringing the total number of resignations this summer to at least 27. Teachers who resigned were Marci Kime, Eric Sullivan and Michelle Arnold.

School board members were surprised by the calibre of the new teachers and were curious as to what attracted them to a rural area such as Brookings.

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Work on new Curry hospital continues

Curry Health Network officials don’t yet have the final results of soil testing on land where the new hospital is slated to be built, but they’re forging ahead with details such as the location of cabinets and furniture in the four-story facility.

Voters in the hospital district, which extends from the Pistol River area north to the Coos County line and out to Agness, voted earlier this year to approve a $10 million bond to build a new hospital on the site of the present one.

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Brookings pedestrian killed on Chetco Avenue

Brookings resident Joyce Marie Betties, 73, was struck and killed by a car when she walked across Chetco Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon near Chetco Lane.

The driver of the vehicle, Wayne Eugene Welbourn, of Gold Beach, was not injured in the crash, according to Brookings Police Sgt. Terry Murray. Welbourn was driving a 2013 Huundai Santa Fe north on Chetco Avenue and when he struck Betties.

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Group says Wyden’s timber bill is flawed

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) is urging U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D) to have an expert analysis conducted of his O&C Lands bill, saying it is “grossly deficient” and could result in its failure as it wends its way through Congress.

The proposed legislation outlines how the 2.1 million acres of O&C lands in Oregon would be used, designating some areas for preservation and others for timber harvest. 

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Warning lifted at Mill Beach

It’s safe to go back in the water at Mill Beach, the Oregon Health Authority announced today.

The agency lifted a public health advisory for contact with water there, after just over two weeks of its placement when fecal bacteria was discovered during routine testing.

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Collision claims man's life

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Firefighters check on the driver of a semi-truck involved in the crash.

A 39-year-old Crescent City man traveling on the Dr. Fine Bridge on Highway 101 was killed Tuesday morning when his car drifted across the double line and collided head-on with a 70,000-pound 18-wheeler driven by a Harbor man.

The driver was traveling northbound on the bridge shortly before 11 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he crossed the double line into the 18-wheeler’s path, according to California Highway Patrol. 

The truck driver, William Terebesi, 42, of Harbor, walked away uninjured. The Mazda driver’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

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