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Couple arrested on drug charges
May 16, 2014 09:23 pm

Brookings Police, acting on a tip, arrested two people Thursday at the lower Mill Beach parking lot on charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

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Crumley: Leave road funds alone
May 16, 2014 09:22 pm

Curry County Roadmaster Dan Crumley pleaded with county commissioners and the budget committee to use road fund monies for the maintenance and repair of county roads — and nothing else.

His budget outline was among the many shared Monday and Tuesday by department heads as county officials go into the 2014-2015 budget cycle discussions. And his road budget is arguably among the most important, they agree, because it’s the only one with money.

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Curry County voter turnout approaching 35 percent
May 16, 2014 09:20 pm

As of Friday afternoon, the Curry County Elections Department reported that 4,540 ballots — a 34.8 percent return —  have been submitted for the May 20 primary election. 

That is comparable to the last primary election in May 2012, when 35.7 percent of voters had cast ballots by this time. When votes were tabulated for the 2012 election, 55.73 percent of voters had cast ballots, said Shelley Denney, supervisor of elections.

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Flowers brighten downtown
May 13, 2014 09:05 pm

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City employee George Kreger and Flora Pacifica employee Vicente Zavala install flower pots Tuesday.

Brookings parks employee George Kreger and Flora Pacifica employee Vicente Zavala secured 32 hanging flower arrangements to light poles along Chetco Avenue Tuesday morning as part of the city’s beautification plan.

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Brookings fireworks show in trouble
May 13, 2014 09:04 pm

The Brookings Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 966 is seeking the community’s help to ensure the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Port of Brookings Harbor happens this year.

A late start on fundraising combined with a downturn in donations and volunteers has left the show in a precarious situation.

“It’s always an arduous trip, begging for money and volunteers,” said Rick Bremmer, VFW post commander and coordinator of the fireworks show. “Last year we met our goal close to the holiday. This year we got a late start and it’s made it difficult.” 

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Sheriff needs $1.6 million
May 13, 2014 09:02 pm

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop told county commissioners Monday he’s been trying to work with them through their fiscal challenges, but he can no longer limp along with inadequate staff levels.

He added that, after much thought, he will need $1.6 million from the county’s road funds to even staff his department to “adequately functional” levels.

He and other department heads outlined their financial needs for next year during budget discussions Monday. The talks continue through the week and address the $57.3 million budget, of which only $2.11 million goes to the county’s general fund.

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Tourism advisory group digs in
May 13, 2014 09:00 pm

The Brookings Tourism and Marketing Advisory Committee is now a permanent group with a more focused goal to help others create new events, increase visitor numbers and decrease the “blood, sweat and tears” that committee member Candace Michael said went into their work this past year.

The need to codify the eight-member board came about because many on the board believe they have a better idea of what kinds of promotions, advertising and marketing works — and because the demands it places on city staff time have become onerous.

The city staff, City Manager Gary Milliman said, has helped put together contracts, coordinate photo shoots and research topics the committee wished to pursue.

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County DA: Prosecution severely underfunded
May 13, 2014 08:59 pm

District Attorney Everett Dial surprised county commissioners Monday when, during budget discussions, he mentioned the wide disparity between what his department gets from the county and how much public defenders get from the state.

His budget request for the 2014-2015 fiscal year came after Sheriff John Bishop asked the board to take $1.6 million from the road fund to pay for patrol deputies and communication tower operations.

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Putting emergency operation center to good use
May 09, 2014 06:20 pm

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Representatives of several agencies participate in the Emergency Operations Center training in Brookings Wednesday.

Brookings city employees spent much of this past week learning how the new Emergency Operations Center will work in the event of a major disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami, wildfire or severe weather event.

The purpose of the center, City Manager Gary Milliman told council members in a work session, is to coordinate resources that might, in a worst-case scenario, not arrive for weeks. Those who will actually work in the facility will be emergency coordinators.

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Sheriff is neutral on Home Rule Charter
May 09, 2014 06:18 pm

Sheriff John Bishop has issued a press release that pointedly states the Sheriff’s Office is not taking a stance on the Home Rule Charter on the May 20 ballot.

Measure 8-76, crafted by citizens last fall, would change the form of government in Curry County from one of general law to home rule. Under the terms of the proposed charter, the board of commissioners would be comprised of five, part-time, elected citizens who receive an annual stipend of $10,000. Commissioners would hire an administrator that would oversee the county’s 20 departments, freeing up the board to address issues at the state and local level that affect the county.

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