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Curry County commissioner position 3 candidate: Eric Hanson

Eric Hanson

Eric Hanson, the county’s maintenance director, said he’s seen it all in his years with Curry County. And he believes he can bank on that insight.

The first thing he’d address as a county commissioner is cooperation, the key to getting anything accomplished at that level in the future, he said.

“I’ve worked with nine commissioners and seen the plusses and minuses of all of them,” Hanson said. 


Curry County commissioner position 3 candidate: Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Curry County Commissioner Susan Brown, who is running to retain her seat in the May 17 primary election, plans to build her next term on the foundation she’s built in the past four years.

Brown has spent much of the last year talking with citizens about the county’s budget and what can be done to fill the general fund coffers.  


Curry County commissioner position 3 candidate: Court Boice

Court Boice

Candidate Court Boice believes the key to everyone’s success — and to get back to the robust times of almost 40 years ago — is getting Curry County a voice in the politics that affect the forests that surround us.

“O&C lands are so vital to this county,” he said. “The amount of logging we’re not allowed to do, the control the federal government has over it? Change is critical to putting this coastal community back on track.” 


Beached dolphin offers rare opportunity

Necropsy results from the dolphin that beached itself near the Winchuck River two weeks ago didn’t reveal much about how the animal died, it was reported Monday.

Tissue, however, has been collected for further analysis.

The situation is a double-edged sword — and a conundrum — for researchers at Humboldt State University’s Marine Mammal Education and Research Center, who conducted tests on the body of it and one other dolphin this year.


Politicians need to be wary of sign placement

With the Oregon primary and local elections set for May 17, political signs are popping up, but candidates and others are reminded that there are rules about placing them in public areas.

Dave Thompson of the Oregon Department of Transportation said political signs may not be posted on any Oregon state highway right or way and also that there are restrictions for signs placed on private property visible from state highways.

No signs except official traffic control devices are allowed in the state highway right of way including on trees, utility poles and fence posts within the highway right of way, Thompson said. 


911: Calm to crisis

Answering phones, tracking jail activity on numerous monitors and talking to patrol deputies is just part of the daily job for DJ Storns.

The room is dark, save for one bright desk lamp shining on a keyboard and a stack of paper.

She usually works alone, monitoring the actions — and ensuring the safety — of scores of emergency responders: fire, police, ambulances, Search and Rescue volunteers and many others. She’s in charge of “popping open” numerous doors throughout the jail upstairs, a safety measure that in the 54-year-old jail can only be done by radio. She answers the phone — 911 and business lines — and places and removes warrants from state criminal data banks.

“I wanted something less stressful,” she said of her former job as a medical assistant almost two years ago. “People laugh when I say that.”


Report: Annexation of Harbor a bad idea

Harbor residents who oppose annexation to the city of Brookings might be able to breathe a little easier.

The Center for Public Service at Portland State University has submitted its report regarding the city of Brookings annexing its neighbor to the south — and advises against it.

Instead, consultants suggest the two burgs work together to solve the problems they both share, including police protection limitations and water and sewer infrastructure maintenance.


Curry County commissioner position 2 candidate: Chris Paasch

Christopher Paasch

Christopher Paasch has done a lot in his life — raced horses, worked on Wall Street and founded a nonprofit; now he hopes to make the step into public service as he runs for Curry County Commissioner position #2.

Paasch is an 8-year resident of Gold Beach.  


Curry County commissioner position 2 candidate: David Itzen

David Itzen

The words “David Itzen for County Commissioner” may sound familiar, and they are: Itzen, who served as a Curry County commissioner from 2011 to 2014, is vying for a seat at the table once again.

A Brookings native, Itzen has been involved with local politics since the 1990s.  


Curry County commissioner position 2 candidate: Ron Hedenskog

Ron Hedenskog

Ron Hedenskog of Brookings is used to answering to the title “Mayor,” but now he seeks a different office — Curry County commissioner.

Hedenskog, 68, identified personnel management as a county priority — specifically, hiring a general manager as a liaison between commissioners and employees. 


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