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Clinic closer to earning emergency designation

The city of Brookings could very well have a permit in hand by the end of the year to begin the process to get an emergency department at the clinic on Fifth Street, it was announced at a city council meeting Monday night.

Andrew Bair, the outgoing CEO of Curry Health Network, said the city and Curry Health Network could have the documentation by November.

 “This could happen very quickly,” he said.


Gold Beach voters to decide fire truck tax ballot measure

The Gold Beach City Council decided Monday to place a question on the Nov. 4 ballot asking its city’s voters to approve a 27-cent per $1,000 assessed valuation to purchase of a new fire truck.

The ballot question will ask voters for $60,000 a year for seven years to raise about $420,000; the Gold Beach-Wedderburn Rural Fire Protection District will provide $100,000 toward the cost of the truck. Such vehicles cost between $400,000 and $700,000.


Board may change fair dates

The Curry County Fair board is considering moving its event next year, possibly to Aug. 27 through the 30th, to avoid the lure the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival might have on fairgoers.

The country music festival is slated for July 31 to Aug. 2.

It’s not as easy as just switching the date, noted Fairgrounds Manager Ron Crook.

“No matter what date we have for the fair, there’s a part — be it entertainment, the stock show, something —  that we have a problem (with schedule conflicts),” he said. “So we’re still looking at options.”


Official: Salty Harbor tap water safe to drink

High ocean tides and low water levels in the Chetco River do not make a good glass of drinking water, Harbor residents learned this week. And the odd, salty flavor of their tap water is expected to remain for another four days.

The water is safe to drink for most people, except for those who must restrict their salt intake, officials said.

“We’re spoiled,” said Jackie Adams at Harbor Water District. “We’re used to our water tasting really good. It tastes brackish; it’s just terrible.”


School road project complete

City, school and state agency representatives, along with those of private construction and design companies, celebrate the completion of a new road, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and crosswalks at Kalmiopsis Elementary School Friday.

Kalmiopsis Elementary School children returning to school this week discovered a brand new road, sidewalks, gutters and crosswalks on Easy Street.

The project is the result of $663,000 in grant funding and collaboration among city, state and federal agencies and private contractors. Planning for the project started in 2008. 


Hospital CEO Bair resigns

The search will begin soon for a new chief executive officer for the Curry Health Network, after Andrew Bair announced his resignation Wednesday. He had served in that capacity since November 2012.

“It had nothing to do with your article over the weekend,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a family reason. I have an opportunity to consolidate the family.”

The Pilot article to which Bair was referring discussed the arrest of health district board member and secretary/treasurer Marlyn Schafer, who was charged last week with embezzling more than $10,000 from the Gold Beach Senior Center. She volunteered as treasurer for that organization for six years.

One of the alleged misappropriations of funds is $950 from the senior group toward the purchase of campaign signs for the hospital district encouraging voters to approve a $10 million bond to build a new medical facility. The “Save the General” campaign worked.


Sue Gold appointed to school board

Sue Gold

Longtime Brookings resident, current port commissioner and veteran teacher Sue Gold is now a member of the Brookings-Harbor School Board.

Gold, one of four people who applied for an open seat on the board, was appointed during the board’s Thursday night meeting.

“I think I can do some good; that’s why I applied,” Gold said.


Chetco River considered for scenic status

The Chetco River has made the cut and qualified to be a contender for designation as a state Scenic Waterway, it was announced this week.

Representatives of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department want to hear all there is to hear about the 56-mile-long river. A meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Brookings library to solicit comment about the Chetco and why it should be included in the designation. 

If the river, or a particular section of it, is selected, it will be the 21st river in the state to sport the designation. The status is meant to raise awareness and “lightly manage” the recreational and scenic waterway.


Third medical marijuana dispensary in Curry County opens

Earl Crumrine picked up his license Tuesday to open Club Sockeye, a medical marijuana dispensary in Wedderburn, after changing his application to reflect the fact he will own, but won’t work, at the facility.

The county public health department and county commissioners denied Crumrine’s first application late last month, citing two felony convictions from 1999 for the manufacture and delivery of Schedule I and II controlled substances.


Smoke from distant wildfire reaches coast


A shift in winds has sent smoke from a distant California wildfire to the Southern Oregon Coast, causing hazy conditions in Brookings and Harbor.

The Happy Camp Complex fire has burned more than 72,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest since it was ignited by a lightning strike Aug. 11. Happy Camp is located in California’s Siskiyou County, east of Del Norte County.

The fire, now the largest wildfire in California, was just 15 percent contained this afternoon, according to the the U.S. Forest Service. And it’s expected to grow to to high winds and extremely dry conditions.


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