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Two survive Gold Beach plane wreck

Two Del Norte County men walked away from a plane crash at Gold Beach Airport Monday. A tire on the plane clipped the perimeter fence during landing, causing it to flip. Photo: Joshua McPherson.

Two Del Norte County residents escaped major injuries Monday after their Cessna plane crash landed at the Gold Beach Airport.

Pilot Daniel R. Harrison, 76, of Fort Dick,was approaching the runway from the north at 10:25 a.m. when one of the plane’s tires clipped the 5-foot-tall perimeter fence, causing the plane to flip upside down and land on the cockpit roof, according to Gold Beach Police Chief Dixon Andrews.


Construction work on Harbor sinkhole begins

Tidewater Contractors employees use excavators to move tons of dirt where a slide destroyed a section of Shopping Center Avenue in Harbor.

Work has begun on $3.7 million in repairs to Shopping Center Avenue, the parking lot of the Fireside Diner, Highway 101 and the replacement of culverts that run underneath all of them after a sinkhole and landslide developed in Harbor over the past two months.

Northbound traffic, which has been detoured to Lower Harbor Road to Benham Lane for the past few weeks, could reopen on Highway 101 as early as Saturday, said ODOT spokesman Jared Castle.

Tidewater Contractors won the bid to do the work, beating out three other firms. Work will start at the east side of Shopping Center Avenue between the Rice Bowl restaurant and Pacific Hearing Center and move east.


Brookings woman and her dog rescued from base of 250-foot ocean cliff

SAR climber Ryan McGinnis helps April Sachanowski and her dog, Achilles, up the side of the cliff Monday afternoon.

A Brookings woman and her rottweiler who spent the night trapped by the high tide at the base of a 250-foot seaside cliff were rescued Monday afternoon by a member of search and rescue who rappelled down to her.


Ongoing rescue in Brookings

Law enforcement officials and a sheriff search and rescue team are currently working to rescue a woman and her dog who are trapped 100 feet below the top of a cliff near Collis Lane in Brookings.

SCORE! Brooking man gets wish, going to Super Bowl

Desi Robinson has tried for 25 years to get tickets to the Super Bowl. He learned on Christmas that he was only one of a handful of fans with disabilities given the opportunity to purchase a pair of tickets and parking pass.

For any die-hard NFL football fan, attending a Super Bowl is the holy grail of bucket list items.

Thousands of fans try, and fail every year to garner tickets to the year’s most watched sporting event.

As was the case with Brookings resident Desi Robinson, who, for the past 25 years, submitted his name into the NFL’s annual Super Bowl ticket lottery — a drawing where a scant few tickets are made available to the general public. 

Like clockwork, Robinson submitted his postcard to the drawing every year — and was subsequently rejected, year after year.

“They send you a letter saying ‘yay’ or ‘nay,’ said Robinson. “I always got ‘nay.’

Until this year. 


Armored car driver robbed at Brookings Fred Meyer

Authorities arrested four people Friday afternoon after they allegedly robbed an armored car security guard at the Brookings Fred Meyer store and led police on a short, high-speed chase on Highway 101 near Gold Beach.

The suspects crashed their getaway truck near the intersection of Highway 101 and Hunter Creek Road. Two suspects were arrested at the scene, and the other two were found hiding in the nearby brush and apprehended with the help of a Brookings K-9 officer, according to Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

Arrested were James Goff, 20, of Gold Beach; Brittney Chisholm, 25, of Agness, Drake Wright, 19, of Gold Beach; and Anthony Bonnell, 29, of Agness.


Tough times for county offices

Curry County’s financially-strapped departments will have to prove their value to commissioners to get funding for 2016-17 fiscal year or risk major cutbacks — or even elimination.

The direction came this week as Curry County commissioners  began budget talks.

“We’re going to be seriously looking at cutting things selectively,” said County Accountant Gary Short. “Once we get past (this fiscal year’s) budget, it’s going to take radical tools to get where you’re going. You need to determine what you want to accomplish first.”


Downtown revitalization plans remain unrealized

At the turn of last century, the Brookings Town Center Revitalization Study envisioned Brookings in 2010 as having a “vital hub that reflects a real ‘hometown’ atmosphere enjoyed by everyone.”

The downtown master plan, called the PROUD study, stated in 2010 that downtown will offer an “interesting and rewarding pedestrian experience while presenting a wide variety of goods and services to both residents and tourists.

The plan stated, “This area reflects community pride, history and prosperity through attractive well-kept businesses, signage and landscaping. The public areas in downtown encourage people to park their cars and walk around and include convenient and well-maintained parking lots, streets, sidewalks and underground utilities.”

Many would agree those goals have yet to be met.


Cal-Ore Life Flight pilot Brattain makes emergency landing

Airport staff and Crescent City firefighters stand by to assist pilot Dan Brattain and his two passengers after he made an emergency landing caused by faulty equipment. Photo by Bryant Anderson / WesCom News Service

CRESCENT CITY — A single failed bolt nearly spelled disaster Tuesday for three people on a Cal-Ore plane, which managed a successful emergency landing at Jack McNamara Field in spite of malfunctioning gear.

Lead pilot Dan Brattain, of Harbor, as well as a business partner and a co-pilot in training, were returning to the Crescent City airport from a meeting in Roseburg around 3 p.m. when landing gear on the nose of the 7-passenger Piper Cheyenne failed to deploy.

“That was my first time doing a landing like that,” said Brattain, who founded Cal-Ore Life Flight more than 20 years ago. “That was the first, and hopefully the last.”


Two robbery suspects in custody, search for other suspects continues

Two robbery suspects are in custody and police are searching for two more in the Hunter Creek Loop area near Gold Beach this afternoon after they allegedly robbed an armored car security guard at the Brookings Fred Meyer store this morning.


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