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Wave Bash’s impact can be felt near and far

For a few blustery days each June, the world’s windsurfing stage veers toward Eagle Rock, on the Pistol River shoreline. 

“Everyone loves to come here and sail, to rip it up, to take advantage of what we have,” Harbor native Luke Mathison said. “It’s a big playground.”

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All-Stars named at closing ceremonies

The Brookings-Harbor Little League will be sending three all-star teams to play in post-season competition beginning June 18 in Grants Pass.

During Saturday’s closing ceremony festivities, all-star teams were named for Minor League baseball, Intermidiate baseball, and the Minor League softball divisions.

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Bruins camp puts the fun in fundamentals

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Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins basketball coach Buell Gonzales Jr. leads campers through drills during the BHHS “Fun”damentals Basketball Camp on Friday.
 

Brookings-Harbor High School players and coaches hosted several budding basketball stars at last week’s BHHS “Fun”damentals Basketball Camp at the Kalmiopsis Elementary School gymnasium.

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Baitfish thrills anglers at Brookings-Harbor

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Roland Hart from Stockton (shown) and his friend Howard Jones of Sporthaven Marina Bar and Grill both fished out of the Port of Brookings Harbor with Captain Jim Bithell of Charthouse Sportfishing on Tuesday when the two anglers limited out on rockfish and lingcod. Photo by Larry Ellis.

Last week, sardines, herring, smelt and American shad were being caught in copious quantities by anglers at the crab pier on the south jetty at the Port of Brookings Harbor, and anglers are all using sabiki rigs to catch them.

A sabiki rig is not a brand name, but a generalized name denoting a type of baitfish rig commonly used to catch herring and sardines.  They go by numerous brand names, but they all consist of at least six very small hooks.

Some sabiki rigs have wings and others only have colored beads.  Sometimes you will find that the baitfish will hit the rigs with wings, while on other days, they seem to go for the beaded varieties.

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Big surf, strong winds make for great competition

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A windsurfer grabs some air during Wednesday's competition at the 2015 Pistol River Wave Bash. Photo by Mike Perry.

With strong wind gusts, big surf swells and plenty of sunshine the weather at the 2015 Pistol River Wave Bash has been perfect for the throngs of professional and amateur windsurfers competing at this year’s event.

“It’s been incredible,” said Russ Faurot, a 10-year pro rider based in Maui. “It’s extreme conditions. We’ve had 30-knot winds, 40-knot gusts and 10-foot wave faces — even bigger occasionally.”

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Spring and summer pool schedule released

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2015 Brookings public pool summer schedule

The Brookings public pool will be opening their spring schedule beginning at 8 a.m. on June 6 to both resident and non-residents.

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PIstol River Wave Bash Preview: The bashers are back in town

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A windsurfer soars above the waves during the 2014 Pistol River Wave Bash. Several of the best windsurfers in the world will be competing at “The Rock” in Pistol River from Thursday through Saturday. Photo by Si Crowther/American Windsurfing Tour.

Several of the world’s premiere windsurfers are back in Curry County to compete in the 6th Annual Pistol River Wave Bash from Thursday through Saturday.

The Wave Bash, which takes place approximately one-and-a-half miles north of the Pistol River Bridge, is the third leg on the American Windsurfing Tour’s seven-event schedule.

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Wildlife Refuge introduces new “Seabird” app

BANDON — Ushering in an era of digital engagement and fun for the millions of smart device-carrying visitors to Oregon’s spectacular coast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with Shoreline Education for Awareness, is launching an interactive, place-based game app.  The public is invited to attend a launch party at Coquille Point in Bandon at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 22. Called “Discover Coquille”, the game-based app will teach visitors about the diverse seabirds, marine mammals, rocky shore habitats and creatures that make the Oregon Coast such a vibrant and wondrous ecological system.  

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NFHS makes rule changes regarding basketball contact

INDIANAPOLIS — The rule prohibiting excessive contact in high school basketball has been expanded to include all ball-handlers on the court, include post players. 
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