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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.


Curry athletes shine at regionals

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. 


Runners from across nation compete in relay

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.


Man seeks to set paddleboard record in honor of vets

Will Schmidt is attempting to paddleboard from Canada to Mexico to raise awareness for wounded veterans.

Will Schmidt is a paddleboarder on a mission. 

The former Marine and Laguna Niguel, California, resident is in the midst of a record-breaking journey for stand-up paddleboarding. Schmidt will spend several weeks navigating the Pacific Ocean in hopes of becoming the first paddleboarder to travel from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, and he’s doing it to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. 


Battle on Beach highlights 21st annual Gold Beach Football Camp

Gold Beach High School's football team (right) faces off against St. Paul in a scrimmage game at the Gold Beach Team Football Camp at Gold Beach High School. Photo by Randy Robbins.

They came, they saw, they played football. 

Hundreds upon hundreds of student athletes, their coaches, and families, all making the gridiron trek to the small seaside burg of Gold Beach.

The Gold Beach Team Football Camp (GBTFC) now in it’s 21st year, is widely known as the premier prep football camp of it’s kind in the United States and is run by Gold Beach High Athletic Director Kevin Swift. They played host for the last two weeks to two dozen high school football squads from locations all over the western U.S. and Canada.


Save the whistle buoy

Jim Custis of Brookings played the daily double on Thursday and caught rockfish and Chinook salmon out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

The Whistle Buoy desperately needs your help and it needs your help now. Also known as the Whistler and the CR Buoy, it is without a doubt, the single-most relied-upon AtoN (Aids to Navigation) that boaters (commercial, sport fishermen and sailboaters) use to find the entrance to the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Now, the United States Coast Guard is planning on dismantling the Whistler, erased from existence (and the charts) forever.


Cedar Bend improves course before rehandicapping

Current Cedar Bend Golf Course President Gil Davis looks across one of the newly renovated fairways that his staff and many volunteers have worked on.

Cedar Bend Golf Course president Gil Davis has been working hard the past few years to improve all aspects of the now 44-year-old course; and the fruits of his labor are beginning to show.

Davis and clubhouse general manager Shawna Webster have overseen several renovations and projects aimed at improving both the way the course plays, the infrastructure and clubhouse experience in the hopes to get people excited about golf.


World’s best compete at Pistol River

Pro division winner Levi Siver carves up a wave during the 2014 Pistol River Wave Bash held near Gold Beach this past week. Photo courtesy of Si Crowther/American Windsurfing Tour.

The Wild Rivers Coast is known for it’s blustering winds, challenging ocean conditions, and the hospitality of it’s people; making the area prime real estate for the best windsurfers from around the globe to compete in the American Windsurfing Tour’s fifth annual Pistol River Wave Bash held in Gold Beach last week.


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