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Pool opens for summer with focus on safety

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Lifeguard Veronica Hernandez vigilantly observes a group of swimmers at the Brookings Municipal pool during open swimming on Tuesday.

Brookings Municipal Pool manager Jimmy Trudeau has a focus on safety and it shows. He has increased the amount of personalized swimming lessons available, began instituting special aquatic exercise programs, and improved the lifeguard-to-swimmer ratio in the short few years he has been manager at the pool.

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OFDW sets big game tags, trapping regulations for 2014

 SALEM—Fish and Wildlife Commission set 2014 fall controlled big game tag numbers and 2014-16 trapping regulations during a meeting last Thursday in Salem.

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Swimmer is a Junior Olympian

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Abby Walker (far right) dives into the pool during a recent meet in Redding, California Walker qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 50 and 100-meter breaststroke. Photo courtesy of Doug Walker.

If there is a swimming equivalent of a “gym rat” Crescent City Swim Club’s Abby Walker would be it.

The 10-year-old fifth grader from Brookings would rather be in the pool than on dry land, practicing the breaststroke in preparation for a meet. 

At last month’s Sun Oaks Aquatic Racing Meet held in Redding, California, Walker blew away the competition in her signature events, the 9-10 year old 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke, winning by more than five seconds in the 50 and seven seconds in the 100-meter race. More importantly, Walker’s times in the two races have qualified her for the USA Swimming PC Junior Olympic Championships July 11-13 at Independence High School in San Jose, California.

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All-league honors awarded at annual banquets

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Members of the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team congratulate Hannah Barron (on left with yellow shirt) during the team's season ending awards banquet Thursday evening.

Both the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball and softball teams held their banquets for the 2014 season on Thursday as both senior laden teams were stacked with all-league honors.

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Play the fish trifecta for free fishing weekend

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With inclement weather predicted this weekend, you might think about throwing a Pineapple butterfly trap at the Brookings Harbor crab pier like seasoned veteran crabber George Davis did on Thursday.

As of Friday, the National Weather Service is predicting that northwest gale-force winds between 15 and 25 knots will continue hammering the southern Oregon and northern California coast this weekend and well into next week.

Until those winds abate, that pretty much puts the kibosh on salmon, rockfish and lingcod fishing in the ocean; however, it does open the door for a wealth of other fishing opportunities, particularly the fishing trifecta.

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Robotics team wins racing event

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Members of the Brookings-Harbor High School robotics team pose for a team picture after winning the Power Racing Series event at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif. They are the only high school team to ever win the event.

The Brookings-Harbor High School advanced robotics class didn’t know what to expect when they attended last month’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif. They were there to enter the Power Racing Series, an event where engineering teams make an electric race car on a $500 budget, using the body of a child’s Power Wheel vehicle. It being their first time ever competing in an event against professionals and being the first high school team to ever enter a car into the series, their event organizers, competitors and spectators weren’t sure what to expect either.

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Local sailor to compete in trans-Pacific race

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Gary Burton of Brookings stands next to his 1973 Westsail 32 sailboat as he makes preparations for the Singlehanded TransPac race from San Fransisco to Hawaii.

For the past four years, local yachtsman Gary Burton has had a goal to sail his boat more than 2,100 miles across the Pacific Ocean, all for a belt buckle.

Burton will soon depart on the “Elizabeth Ann,” his 1973 Westsail 32 sailboat, en route to San Francisco to compete in the 19th edition of the Singlehanded TransPac Race set to begin on June 28.

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Free fishing weekend happening this weekend

ROSEBURG – Oregonians can fish, crab and clam for free during Free Fishing Weekend, June 7-8, when fishing and shellfishing licenses and tags are not required.  Events held around Southern Oregon give families an opportunity to try their hand at landing a trout.

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Anglers haul in Chinook despite winds

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Dave Marrone of Eureka fished with the author on Monday out of Del Norte Harbor in Crescent City and limited out on four salmon from 20 to 25 pounds.

Announcing how well Oregon ports did last week in salmon fishing on the ocean is not much different than calling horse races at Santa Anita.

*BELLS RINGING* And they’re off!

And it’s Brookings Harbor breaking out of the gate out on top leading by a length with Depoe Bay second on the rail. Newport is showing some speed as well, with Bandon trailing by a nose in fourth. Charging down the home stretch and gaining ground in fifth is Charleston with Garibaldi on the outside sixth.

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