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Youth golfer takes 1st in competition

Golfer Lucas Vanderlip, who attends Kalmiopsis Elementary, exhibits the swing form he used to earn four first place ribbons at a recent Drive, Pitch & Putt qualifying event.

When he was barely old enough to remember Lucas Vanderlip, now 7-years-old of Brookings, would hit golf balls against a metal shed and practice putting in the family room at his father Chad’s domicile in Gold Beach.

“One day I was cooking in the kitchen and kinda keeping an eye on him,” Chad Vanderlip said. “Out of the corner of my eye I would hear him swing but wouldn’t hear the bang of the ball against the shed. I went over and watched him and he’s standing there and he opens that blade (of the golf club) and takes a full swing and the ball was just gone. He was hitting the ball over the shed and into a lot where a new house was being built and I said, “Whoa, great shot! Don’t ever do that again. He’s got a knack for it. It came pretty easy to him.”

Lucas has proven his father’s words to be prophetic as he combined technique, talent and mental fortitude to sweep every blue ribbon at the Drive, Chip & Putt qualifying event held on July 14 at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell.


Fair kicks off with bull riding and barrel racing

Nearly 30 children lined up to take part in Thursday’s Mutton Bustin’ race as part of the festivities at the 2014 Curry County Fair Rodeo in Gold Beach.

A full house packed the Curry County Fairgrounds Arena as bull riding, barrel racing and mutton bustin’ kicked off a weekend’s worth of events at the Curry County Fair in Gold Beach.


When the going gets tough, the tough go deeper

George Clearwater of Medford caught this 20-pound Chinook while trolling an anchovy outside of the Port of Brookings Harbor on Tuesday.

Soft velvety fog blanketed the ocean outside the Port of Brookings Harbor on Tuesday morning. The sea was as flat as a sheet of liquid mercury, and the wind was quieter than a church mouse. Droplets of Oregon mist glanced upon the faces of three salmon warriors. Their eyes were filled with the hope of salmon dreams to come, but the outcome was yet uncertain.

Straddling a combination of glassy-flat travel lanes and furtive rip currents, colonies of murres could be heard flapping their wings, as their blackened beaks bobbed for baitfish near the California/Oregon border. 54-degree water was omnipresent. More idyllic ocean salmon conditions have never existed.

Had it been any other day in July, it would have been a safe bet that almost every angler would have been experiencing the thrill of a line-peeling, thumb-burning king salmon at the end of his rod.

But being an Oregon State Beaver fan, I know that there is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.


Tight lines, my friend!: Remembering Jim Welter

Jim Welter, who lost his battle with cancer last week at the age of 85, is a legend in the Oregon fishing community for his tenascious work and wonderful character.

It comes with great sorrow that I bid a poignant farewell to one of the most respected members of the Brookings fishing community. Long-time resident and friend to both commercial and sport fishermen, Jim Welter, lost his battle with cancer last week at the age of 85.

I cannot find enough superlatives to appropriately describe the qualities that Jim possessed. He was not only a true friend to the commercial and sport fishing community, but he was represented, was respected by, and was extremely influential to the Port of Brookings Harbor, NOAA Fisheries, various other governmental bodies and a plethora of biologists in the fish and wildlife agencies of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.


2nd annual Pennies for Pooches a success

Pennies for Pooches third place finishers (left to right) Steve Carter, Neil McCann, Tom Anderson, and Mark Harshman.

Over 70 golfers and 100 hungry people turned out for the second annual Pennies for Pooches fundraising golf tournament held at Salmon Run golf course in Brookings on Saturday, double the amount of attendees for last year’s fundraiser.

The event, which also featured a dinner catered by Art Alley Grille and a silent auction, was held to benefit the Curry County Animal Shelter.


Anglers sick of catching Chinook

BIG COHO - BIG KINGS: Mark Roland (left) of Brookings nailed this 14-pound coho last week while Tommy Berg, also of Brookings whaled on this gigantic Chinook while trolling anchovies out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Action for Chinook salmon out of the Port of Brookings Harbor has and will continue to be totally off the charts, but only during those short windows of opportunity when anglers can catch a lucky break with Mother Nature.

This weekend, the National Weather Service is calling for 2- to 4-foot wind waves and gusty north winds in the 15- to 21- knot range at the salmon fishing grounds. If the NWS is right in their predictions, salmon anglers should again be seeing some fishable seas at the salmon grounds after the weekend is over.


Top two teams keep rolling along

Vista Pub's Davene Adams beats a throw to first base during her team's 30-5 win on Thursday.

Teams representing the 101 Bar and Grill and Vista Pub continued their winning ways on Thursday in Brookings-Harbor Recreational Softball League play.

Vista Pub’s offense scored often and early as they found a groove against Laflor for a 30-5 win.


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