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Cabezon season opens, salmon in KMZ ports­

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Jessica Pearson and Kevin Pearson, both from Redding, California slew the fatted Chinook on Wednesday while fishing with Jim Bithell of Charthouse Sportfishing.

Cabezon aficionados were in seventh heaven last week when the season opened last Tuesday, July 1, with plenty of large cabbies being filleted at the Port of Brookings Harbor’s cleaning station.

I have a lot of cabezon stories, all of which are pretty boring, so one day I swore to myself that I would never tell another cabezon fable again as long as I lived.

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Gold Beach lifters are state champs

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Tammy Walker and Ryan Girard pose with their medals at the USPA Oregon State Championships on June 14. Photo courtesy of Ryan Girard.

Ryan Girard and Tammy Walker are not your average couple. The Gold Beach duo, who co-own Wild Rivers Acupuncture and Massage in Brookings, appear normal enough except for one glaring characteristic. They are the strongest couple in Oregon after they both won their group at the United States Powerlifting Association’s Oregon state championships on June 14 in Newport.

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Youth wrestlers earn medals at recent meets

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Joshua Hannan (front left) and Hayden Rosencrans (front right) pose with medals they earned from recent regional and national meets. Behind them are coaches (from left to right) Tony Hannan, Mike Larson and Juan Ortega. Photo courtesy of Tony Hannan.

Both Joshua Hannan and Hayden Rosecrans, of the Brookings-Harbor/Del Norte Mat Club, earned three medals each while wrestling in regional and national meets in June. 

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Crabby Crew happy with Wild Rogue Relay performance

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The 2014 Crabby Crew included, from left, Sheldon Thuemler, Seth Castagnola, Michael Glare, Kevin Baxter, Nan Latimer, Mike Castagnola, Josh Norris, Scott Lindsay, Roy Waessbacher, Dan Brattain, Ralph Hirt, Linda Blundell and volunteer worker Clay Speaker. Photo courtesy of Kathy Brattain

For the second year in a row, Ralph Hirt organized a local team consisting of two runners from Brookings and 10 runners from Del Norte for the second annual Wild Rogue Relay on June 20–21.

Hirt’s team, the Crabby Crew, improved in its second attempt at the grueling 214-mile course through the Cascade Mountains starting near Applegate Lake and ending at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

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Braided lines for deep salmon

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Daniel West of Klamath Falls limited out on some huge black rockfish and caught a few lingcod to boot with a couple of friends while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Last week, the fillet tables at the Port of Brookings Harbor were once again abuzz with the humming of electric fillet knives, as anglers carved up a smorgasbord of briny delights caught out of Davy Jones’ Locker.

Fishermen were whistling a happy tune as a combination of redtail and striped surfperch, black rockfish, lingcod, Chinook salmon and a few coho salmon were being filleted or steaked out.

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Beat the Heat offers teams early advantages

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BHHS' Vanessa Hernandez (right) guards a Phoenix High School player during the Beat the Heat basketball tournament at BHHS on Wednesday.

It has been long said in the sports vernacular that championships are won in the off-season.

The dedication and hard work that athletes put into improving themselves and their team during their off time can be the difference between a championship run or sitting at home during the playoffs the following season.

In its own way, the Brookings-Harbor High School “Beat the Heat” summer basketball tournament is the high school equivalent of a pre-season or spring training.

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Gold Beach police announce Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

At noon on Monday, July 7 the Gold Beach Police Department, in support of the Oregon Special Olympics, will be hosting the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics through Gold Beach.

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Pennies for Pooches tickets still available

GOLD BEACH -— The Second Annual Pennies for Pooches Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 19 at Salmon Run golf course in Brookings.

Organized by Curry County Animal Shelter/Pennies for Pooches, the event offers something for everyone, according to organizers. Serious golfers, amateurs, first-time golfers, and even those who don’t want to golf, but love a good party are welcome.

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Curry athletes shine at regionals

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Gold Beach police chief Dixon Andrews (far left) poses for a picture with his team of Curry County Special Olympians at the recent Special Olympic Regionals held in Grants Pass. The team earned 19 medals including seven gold.

Gold Beach Chief of Police Dixon Andrews smiles when asked about the 45 athletes under his charge. He is, after all, their head coach. Now in his third year as head coach of the Curry Special Olympics, Andrews and his crew are preparing to travel to Newberg, where they will represent Curry County at the Oregon statewide Special Olympics during the second week of July.

According to Andrews it won’t be an easy task: There will be 10,000 athletes gathered for the big event from counties across the state. 

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Runners from across nation compete in relay

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Members of the relay team “Milk was a bad choice” cheer as they make the final approach to the finish line at the Wild Rogue Relay last Saturday in Gold Beach.

Hunreds of enthusiastic runners from across the country descended upon Gold Beach this weekend as the second annual Wild Rogue Relay came to a close.

The race, which spans 200-plus miles across some of the toughest terrain Oregon has to offer, attracted running teams from places such as New York, New Mexico and Los Angeles.

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