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City seeks way to resolve DIA issues equitably

The Brookings City Council plans to notify all property owners who hold Deferred Improvement Agreements (DIAs) that they plan to call them in soon.

The problem is, many of those who have them don’t even know it.

“The purpose is to get these off the books, and not surprise property owners — some of whom are four property owners removed,” said City Manager Gary Milliman at a town work session Monday. “Part of the effort is to increase awareness. When we dealt with DIAs on Hassett Street, half the property owners indicated they’d never heard about it.”

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Advisory issued for Mill Beach

A public health advisory was issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Mill Beach, located in Brookings.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

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Country’s local impact

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Brookings Byron Bishop, 11, shares the limelight on stage with mega-country artist Brad Paisley during last weekend’s Cape Blanco Country Music Festival near Port Orford. Photo courtesy of Tammy Ross Photography.

Country music fans weren’t the only ones bearing face-splitting grins last weekend; retailers throughout the north end of the county were smiling, as well. 

The throngs of music fans that descended on Sixes for Bi-Mart’s Cape Blanco Country Music Festival arrived in a flurry of excitement and left behind enough money to help retailers break sales records.

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Board picks temporary super to lead district

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Tenneal Wetherell

The Brookings-Harbor School board on Monday appointed Tenneal Wetherell as superintendent-of-record until the district can find an interim leader for the school district.

The superintendent position became available when Brian Hodge resigned last week.

“The new administrative staff is fabulous and committed to working together and moving forward,” Wetherell told the board. “I will do everything I can to support them.” 

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Council cracks down on signs

The Brookings City Council decided Monday afternoon to more vigorously enforce an ordinance that bans signs — garage sales, lost pets, upcoming events and others — taped to light poles throughout town.

The tape used to hold them down — often duct tape, to combat high winds — leaves behind a sticky residue, and in some cases, wire chips paint from the poles.

“This weekend alone, signs were staked up in the park, there were garage sale signs, tarp and tool signs, art festival signs — including one that covered an entire park bench,” said City Manager Gary Milliman. “There was quite a proliferation of signs on public property. There was even signs on — ON — stop signs.”

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City looks at possible performing arts center

Brookings City Council will investigate the possibility of transforming a vacant bowling alley into a performing arts center, but a variety of factors must be considered before it could ever become reality, the group agreed Monday.

“The Harvard student said right now it wouldn’t work,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog of a recent feasibility study that indicated the local arts groups aren’t yet strong enough to financially support such an endeavor. “But I think it’s a great idea. It doesn’t mean I’m ready to kill anything.”

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Fire destroys High Hopes vessel

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Harbor firefighter Bart Kast talks with witnesses while a fishing boat High Hopes is consumed by flames in a parking lot at the Port of Brookings Harbor Saturday. Photo courtesy of Martin Shepherd.

The 24-foot recreational vessel High Hopes was completely destroyed in a fire at the public boat dock Saturday afternoon.

According to Port of Brookings Harbor Director Ted Fitzgerald, the owner, Robert Phillips of Brookings, had just filled the tank of his 2005 Trophy with fuel and launched the boat in the water. Phillips was trying to start the motor and, failing to do so, pulled the boat from the water.

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City law makes it easier to catch service stealers

Brookings city officials have made it faster to prosecute people who use other people’s trash cans or Dumpsters — or city receptacles — as their personal dump sites.

Effective Aug. 27, a new ordinance adopted by the Brookings City Council will take the 90-day nuisance abatement process out of the equation, making it easier to catch and prosecute violators.

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School board, union ratify 3-year contract

The Brookings-Harbor School District and the teachers’ union have agreed on a 3-year contract that both sides are calling a success — and resulted in raises in salaries and health benefits for most of the districts’ 190 employees.

 “The teachers and staff are very happy with the way things turned out,” Matt Bennett, union negotiation chairman for the Brookings Harbor Education Association (BHEA), said Friday.

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