March 03, 2010 11:07 am
Curry County’s 911 Director Michael Brace canceled Monday’s 5 p.m.
tsunami siren test, figuring the real tsunami threat trigger by the
Chilean earthquake two days earlier had left enough people on edge.
The bone-chilling cry of a siren, even when its expected, has an
unsettling affect. A siren is sounded at 5 p.m. on the first day of
each month in the coastal towns of Harbor, Brookings, Gold Beach and
Port Orford. Often, the test catches some residents and unsuspecting
tourists off guard (judging by the worried phone calls the Pilot fields
The purpose of the siren test isn’t to strike the fear of God into
residents, well maybe a little. It’s to send a consistent message for
us to be ready to move to higher ground in the event of a major
earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
February 20, 2010 09:20 am
It’s hard to keep a secret. Just ask the handful of people,
including me, who received advance notice that Kalmiopsis Elementary
School had won $100,000 in U.S. Cellular’s contest.
It was even harder for PTO fundraising chairwoman Cindy Schofield
who, along with Principal Helena Chirinian, was the first to receive
“I just cried when I found out,” Cindy said. “I didn’t think we’d get it.”
That wasn’t the case, she said, at the height of the PTO’s efforts
to get people to vote in U.S. Cellular’s national “Calling All
Communities” Internet contest.
“When we were out there, standing outside the stores, doing all we
could, begging people to vote, I was confident we’d win,” she said.
“Once it was all over, I thought ‘Nah, we don’t have a chance.’”
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