The Curry Coastal Pilot

Leaders and community members in Curry County have engaged Oregon's Kitchen Table to consult with Curry County residents about their opinions, values, and beliefs about county services and county funding.

Residents of Curry County are invited to take a seat at the table by joining Oregon's Kitchen Table (via the website andndash; and then responding to an online survey. "Our county's fiscal crisis will affect us all, one way or another," said former Curry County Commissioner Georgia Nowlin. "The Kitchen Table will give everyone the opportunity to be engaged in the important dialogue of what Curry County's future should look like."

All Curry County residents are invited to take a seat at the table and share their thoughts, including students. Michelle Carrillo, OSU 4-H Youth Development coordinator said, "In a time when we need to all sit down at the table, youth must have a strong presence if we are to find a successful long term solution to the crisis our county is facing. Their ideas and viewpoints can lend valuable insight into the issues we face. The Kitchen Table Survey is a way for us to invite youth to engage in the conversation and address the future needs of our county."

For residents needing assistance accessing the website or responding to the survey online, Curry County libraries and community college campuses will be holding assistance hours. Visit for posted locations and hours to receive assistance in signing up for Oregon's Kitchen Table and in responding to the online survey. Residents will have until Dec. 15 to submit their input but can sign up at the website at any time.

The responses residents provide will be compiled and presented to the new County Commission and Curry County residents in January. Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn encouraged residents to take part in the consultation. "Please take this opportunity to make yourselves heard on Curry County services and how to pay for them. We can all make sure we are listened to."

Oregon's Kitchen Table is a new way to bring all Oregonians to the table. Oregon's Kitchen Table isa project of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, and was created by a group of non-partisan, non-profit community organizations dedicated to helping Oregonians have a voice. Our advisory board of highly-regarded leaders representing diverse community perspectives works closely with public opinion researchers to create in-depth consultations andndash; without the spin andndash; to reflect the needs of real Oregonians. Previously this year, Oregon's Kitchen Table consulted with all Oregonians about the state's budget priorities.