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Freeman, James are all-state

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David Freeman, left, and Noah James both earned all-state, honorable mention honors last week.

It’s the icing on the cake of what was a memorable season.

Brookings-Harbor High School juniors David Freeman and Noah James were both named to the OSAA 4A All-State team as Honorable Mentions last week. Freeman as a utility player and James as an infielder.

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Brookings anglers catch first ocean salmon

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Brian Gagnon and John Kehoe, both from Brookings, were fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor last week when the two anglers both caught a Pacific halibut that weighed approximately 35 pounds each.

The long-awaited first ocean Chinook of the year out of the Port of Brookings Harbor was finally caught last week on Saturday, the very first day of Free Fishing Weekend. An ODFW port sampler measured the fish as being 31-inches long, and the fish was caught just inside the 30-fathom curve.

It would be five days later until the next salmon would be measured by ODFW.

On Thursday, five Chinook that I know of were caught by sportfishermen trolling flashers-and-baitfish setups out of the Port of Brookings Harbor, and well more than a dozen kings were caught commercially as well. I asked one of the Port’s fresh seafood market owners where the commercial fish were being caught on Thursday.

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Lack of wind delays Wave Bash competition

Unusually light winds caused competition at the 2016 Pistol River Wave Bash to be delayed through the first three days of the event, according to American Windsurfing Tour officials.

With no heats completed in any division, the AWT will attempt to get in as much competition on Saturday, and if need be, Sunday, as the weekend forecast calls for stronger winds than the previous few days.

“Saturday is looking good,” said AWT director Sam Bittner.

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Summer pool schedule begins Monday

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The Brookings Community Pool begins its summer schedule this Monday under new director Emilie Aliamus.

Though the schedule remains relatively unchanged, the staff is working to improve the day-to-day operations of the pool.

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Fish and Wildlife Commission sets hunting regulations, approves 2017-19 budget

SALEM — The Fish and Wildlife Commission met June 9-10 at the ODFW Headquarters in Salem and  formally adopted 2016 fall controlled hunt tag numbers. The controlled hunt draw began this afternoon and results will be available (at My Hunter Information /866-947-6339) no later than June 20.

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Wave Bash this week

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Dana Miller practices for the American Windsurfing Tourís 2016 Pistol River Wave Bash near Eagle Rock on Monday. The event, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday, features some of the best pro windsurfers in the world. Photo by Agatha Conrad.

When people think of summer they think of Little League baseball, barbecues with friends and family, and long days spent at the beach. The week after Memorial Day in Curry County, that beach is filled with some of the best windsurfers in the world.

The Pistol River Wave Bash opens it’s 2016 competition, the seventh in the event’s history, today and runs through Sunday.

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Giants, Sun Devils earn league championships

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The Oregon Coast Dental Giants defeated the Curry Health Network Red Sox in a thrilling 10-9 game on Friday to earn the Majors title. Submitted photo.

One championship team could kick back and smile — the other one had to sweat it out.

The Sears Sun Devils and Oregon Coast Dental Giants both won Brookings-Harbor Little League Majors Division championships on Friday —both in dramatically different fashion.

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Pondís Free Fishing Weekend a success

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Enthusiastic anglers gather at Libby Pond for the ODFW Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday morning. Submitted photo.

A total of approximately 200 people attended the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Weekend event at Libby Pond near Gold Beach on Saturday and Sunday.

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Free fishing weekend means free

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Bob Schlumpberger from Grants Pass limited out on rockfish and lingcod last week while escaping the valley heat and fishing the cool onshore breezes that frequent the ocean out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

This weekend, June 4-5, is Oregon Free Fishing Weekend.  

On these two days, anyone may fish, clam or crab in Oregon and not have to worry about buying a fishing license, a shellfish license or any tags. So clam, crab or fish to your hearts’ content courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

And when ODFW says “free” they literally mean “free.” You are not required to tag fish such as Chinook salmon or Pacific halibut.

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Bruins, Lady Bruins honored at athletic awards banquet

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BHHS athletic director Buell Gonzales Jr., left, embraces Ted Burdett, who was awarded the Bruin Spirit Award.

Brookings-Harbor High School honored the 2015-16 student-athletes one last time on Wednesday at the 2nd-annual BHHS Athletic Awards Banquet.

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