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Sirens a reminder of danger lurking offshore

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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.

Fair enough.

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 each time).

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.


Bad experience in paradise?

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$100,000!

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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 the news.

“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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