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Hire a guide for hot chinook action

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Robin and Danny Clyde of Brookings were trolling anchovies out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on Wednesday when they caught a pair of Chinook salmon.

I keep telling my non-fishing friends that the salmon fishing in the ocean in this neck of the woods has never been better. They tell me that I have been saying the same thing every year. In actuality, I’ve only been making this statement with zeal for the last three years.

I truly don’t remember when the fishing has been better, and I’ve been fishing the Brookings area for 33 years now. So when I say the salmon fishing is good, I have over three decades of experience to draw from. I truthfully do not know if we will ever experience another season as good as the one that is taking place at this very moment. I mean, it could happen next year, or it could happen 10 years from now — or it just could be never.

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Co-ed softball league still going strong

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KMJ's Megan Strain drives a single to left field against the team from Dairy Queen during a Thursday evening game at Azalea Park.

Barbara Glazebrook has been involved in the Brookings-Harbor recreational softball league since its beginning, and after more than 30 years of league history, she is overjoyed to see generations of players participating.

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Torch Run blazes through Curry County

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Several participants in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics had an opportunity to carry the Flame of Hope through parts of Curry County.

Curry County Special Olympians joined their supporters and members of the law enforcement community on Monday as the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics made its way through Brookings and Gold Beach.

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Burton among leaders as TransPac hits final stretch

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The Elizabeth Ann (right) currently sits in fourth place in the Singlehanded TransPac race, just over 26 hours behind the leader, and is a legitimate threat to win the race. Photo courtesy of Serge Zavarin/ http://ultimate-yachtshots.smugmug.com

Before heading to San Francisco on his sailboat, Elizabeth Ann, to compete in his first Singlehanded TransPac race, Gary Burton of Brookings stated he was just hoping to finish the race and didn’t have any misconceptions about winning the event his first go-around.

Burton may have to make some room in his trophy case as he currently sits in fourth place and is a serious contender to win the race with about 865 nautical miles remaining in his journey. 

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Brookings captain assists in landing 480-pound halibut in Alaska

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Capt. Rye Phillips stands next to the 95-inch, 482-pound halibut he helped Jack McGuire catch July 3 near Gustavus, Alaska.

 GUSTAVUS, Alaska — A charter boat captain from Brookings, who guides anglers in Alaska during the summer, helped a Southern California man catch a giant Pacific halibut in Southeast Alaska last week that rivals the sport fishing world record.

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Local takes half-marathon at third annual Funky Foot Race

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Patrick Murphy (right) of Grants Pass gets a high five from Matthew Pillman of Menomoni, Wisconsin after Murphy crossed the finish line of the Funky Foot Race at the Port of Brookings-Harbor on July 4.

Entering Friday’s Funky Foot Race at the Port of Brookings-Harbor, Hanna Leonard, a Brookings-Harbor High School junior, had run a half-marathon just once in her life. Just under two hours later, the 16-year-old crossed the finish line a mere 16 seconds ahead of her closest competitor to win the 13-mile race.

“I’m really happy and ecstatic. The last time I ran one I got 15th place so this was a big improvement,” said Leonard. “This is the first time I’ve ever won a race this big.”

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Gold Beach surfer wins group at Otter Rock n’ Roll contest

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Seven surfers from Gold Beach competed in the Otter Rock n Roll Surfing Contest in Newport. Photo courtesy of Dave Lacey.

Seven Gold Beach youths competed in the sixth annual Otter Rock n’ Roll Surf Contest and Beach Cleanup Challenge on June 21 at Otter Rock Beach in Newport, Oregon.

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