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Softball team advances

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The BHLL Majors softball team won the District 8 championship last weekend. Submitted photo.

The Brookings-Harbor Little League Majors Division softball team won the District 8 championship by defeating Gold Valley, 12-2 and 14-7, last weekend.

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Locals head north for tuna

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Bernie Reis from Brookings, hoists one of the many tuna he and a few friends caught out of Charleston Harbor in Coos Bay on Wednesday. Several local anglers made the trip north to take advantage of superb tuna fishing.

This fishing columnist rarely uses the phrases wide-open or red-hot in one sentence to describe any kind of fishing action. But a wide-open, red-hot tuna bite has been hammering the southern Oregon coast for more than two weeks now, primarily off the Coos Bay area.

The stellar tuna action has drawn Brookings-area anglers to make the 110-mile trek and tow their boats up to Coos Bay to launch at Charleston Harbor.

What is odd about this particular tuna action is that it is much earlier than usual. The flurry of activity has been going on steadily since the beginning of June. Generally speaking, tuna don’t go on-the-bite off the southern Oregon coast, with any consistency, until July.

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Softball with a friendly dash of sarcasm

This is no place for the weak-hearted. The thin-skinned need not apply. There are no “safe spaces” and it’s definitely not a league for the “politically correct” crowd. In part, that’s what makes it a great place to be.

The Brookings-Harbor Adult Softball League began its 2016 season last week at Azalea Park. 

The long-running league is beloved by those who participate year after year, and the camaraderie amongst the players is palpable.

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2016 Pistol River Wave Bash: Familiar faces atop the podium

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Morgan Noireaux carves up a wave en route to a first-place men's pro finish at the 2016 Pistol River Wave Bash on Sunday.

The wind in Pistol River could only hide for so long. When it finally kicked in, the Wave Bashers made the most of it.

A three-day delay didn’t dampen the competition at the 2016 Pistol River Wave Bash on Saturday and Sunday, as strong weekend winds allowed for a fantastic spectacle of athleticism.

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2016 Wild Rogue Relay: Finish line festivities planned for Azalea Park on Saturday

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The Wild Rogue Relay mascot, ‘Sissy Squatch,’ gives high-fives to runners as they cross the finish line of the 2015 race at Azalea Park in Brookings. File photo.

More than 1,000 runners comprising 90 teams will descend upon Azalea Park on Saturday as they complete the two-day, 220-plus mile trek that is the Wild Rogue Relay.

The runners come from all over North America, with teams registered from such far-away locales as Georgia, Virginia, Illinois and British Columbia.

Competitors will be greeted to a more streamlined course and finish line area, as race officials implemented various changes based on previous feedback, to improve the overall experience.

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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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