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Athletes in a pickle over new sport

Luan Nguyen (left) leaps to make a play during a game of pickleball on Sunday at the BHHS gym. Nguyen's doubles partner, Paul Wittenmeier, looks on.

What do you get when you combine two parts tennis, one part ping pong, and a sprinkle of badminton?

The answer is pickleball — a small yet burgeoning sport that is spreading across the country rapidly and has found its way to Brookings.

A small group of dedicated pickleball players has met every Sunday in Brookings for the past nine months; playing a sport that attracts both young and old to play competitively on the same court and the ease at which one can learn to play.


New section of coast closed to mussel harvesting; Curry County closure remains in effect

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of recreational and commercial mussel harvesting on the Oregon coast from Cape Meares, south of Tillamook Bay, to Heceta Head, north of Florence, because of elevated levels of PSTs. The closure includes mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the coast.

A closure remains in effect for harvesting of mussels from Cape Arago, south of Coos Bay, to the California border.


Youth football camp continues through Thursday

Photo by Ryan Sparks/Curry Coastal PIlot

Brookings-Harbor High School head football coach Drew Carter leads players through drills at the BHHS Youth Football Camp on Tuesday at the Gibney Center. Approximately 14 participants in grades 3-8 participated in Tuesday’s session.


Tuna thrills anglers all week

Larry Astell from Jacksonville, Oregon whacked this Chinook in the ocean last week while fishing 120 feet on-the-wire out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

I smell like fish. I smell like fish and I’m proud of it.  When every feral cat in the neighborhood starts looking at me like Meow Mix on two legs, that’s walking verification that I’ve been spending lots of quality time at the Port of Brookings Harbor’s fish-cleaning station. I mean, my shoes are constantly at risk of losing their soles.

For seven straight days, anglers were making the royal albacore while fishing anywhere between 23 and 30 miles out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Last Saturday was the best day, when Brookings port samplers counted way over 400 tuna. The number was probably easily over 500 because port samplers cannot count every single tuna that meets the sharpened end of a fillet knife.  After all, port samplers are not ubiquitous, like the fog that was blanketing the port toward the end of last week.


Local racer wins at Camas Valley

Brookings’ Tony Arneson (left) poses with his father, Chuck, after winning first place in the Top Eliminator class at the Camas Valley Fun Days off-road race on July 17-19. Photo by Aubree Hopkins.

Driving a custom sand rail race car he built with his father, Brookings resident Tony Arneson won the prestigious Top Eliminator class at the Camas Valley Fun Days racing event held July 17-19 in Camas Valley.

“I was in disbelief,” said Arneson, a mechanic who works at Arneson Motor & Machine in Brookings with his father, Chuck. “It was pretty exciting. I never thought it would happen in my lifetime.”


Salmon Run wins Coastal Clash title

Tournament organizer Judy Hulbert presents the Coastal Clash trophy to Salmon Run’s Marilyn Almada on Wednesday. Salmon Run defeated Cedar Bend by one-half stroke to win the title.

The Salmon Run pair of Dixie Sloat and Diane Riley scored a low-round of 45 to lead Salmon Run to a half-stroke victory over Cedar Bend during Wednesday’s Coastal Clash Tournament at Cedar Bend Golf Course.

The event, which features the best women golfers from Salmon Run, Cedar Bend and Del Norte golf courses, is scored by taking the best two net rounds from each team.


ODFW to set bird hunting regulations

SALEM — The 2015-2016 bird hunting regulations and an update on efforts to simplify the 2016 fishing regulations will top the agenda when the Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Friday, Aug. 7 in Salem.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE. The full meeting agenda can be found here: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/15/08_august/index.asp .

The Commission will be asked to adopt 2015-16 bird hunting regulations. Among the major changes being proposed from last year are:


Steelhead/salmon workshop on Aug. 8

SALEM — The summer steelhead season is just around the corner, and ODFW is partnering with the Sandy Chapter of the NW Steelheaders to sponsor a summer steelhead and salmon fishing workshop on Aug. 8 at the Sandy River near Portland.


Azalea course an ace with golfers

Sid Pearson throws from the tee box during the Azalea Park Double Round on Saturday.

The freshly-minted disc golf course at Azalea Park was a smash hit with the approximately 15 golfers that competed at Saturday’s inaugural event, the Azalea Park Double Round.

The course, which opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, hosted its first tournament which featured pairs of competitors playing two rounds of best-throw disc golf on the 9-hole course. 

The pair of Barry Jones and Jesse Johnson won the event by shooting 13-under-par, three strokes ahead of the second-place duo of Ian Hannum and Jef Hatch (-10).


Rare fish caught off the Port of Brookings Harbor

Photo by Larry Ellis/Curry Coastal Pilot

Steve Wallace from Escalon, California slew the fatted tuna on Friday plus this colorful 65-pound Opah, a fish that is rarely caught off the coast of Oregon and by anglers in general.. Also called “moonfish,” opah tend to be solitary but are known to school with tuna. 

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