The Curry Coastal Pilot

Shepherds lend paw to pooches

Wild River Shepherds (WRS) raised over $350 for Pennies for Pooches, Curry County Animal Shelter in three hours.

Residents of Brookings opened both their hearts and wallets by donating money, bags of rawhide bones, and blankets to help homeless dogs.

WRS is a Brookings-based dog club composed primarily of German shepherd dogs. You may have seen our dogs perform in the Brookings and Gold Beach parades. WRS members endured the cold winds while parading their holiday-decorated dogs in front of Les Schwab. While their handlers asked for donations, the dogs showed off their obedience skills wearing Christmas antlers and scarves. Brookings is a wonderfully dog-friendly town.

WRS and Pennies for Pooches wish to thank Les Schwab for allowing us to use their parking area for the fundraising event. Your company's generosity contributed greatly to our success.

My personal thanks goes to WRS members Judy Shafer, Rip Gardner, David Bond, Walt Banacheck, Francisca Van Lith, and Pam Lewis for their time, assistance, and especially their good humor.

To the many dog lovers who donated, thanks for your continued support of Pennies for Pooches. If you missed the event and wish to support Pennies for Pooches, please call Cynthia Nichols, 541-425-0506.

Denise Gardner,

Wild River Shepherds


Donations keep program alive


We have just completed a great summer of Rogue River Estuary fishing for fall Chinook.

This was probably one of the best seasons we've had in the last five-seven years.

About five years ago, it became a serious problem trying to land a salmon because of the sea lions and seals. A sea lion hazing program, operated by Curry Sportsfishing Association, was initiated to help the fishermen land their prey. It was very successful.

I attended a meeting and was informed that Curry Sportfishing Association has been operating the last three years with about a $13,000 deficit. Help is needed to keep the program going. Once it goes away the likelihood of getting another permit is pretty slim.

I'm a small business located in Gold Beach and I know how important our fisheries are to our community.

I would like to challenge everyone who benefits from this program to match my $100, tax-deductible donation. All of our businesses benefit financially from this program as well as the pleasure the fishermen derive from catching the fish.

Remember, once the permit and program are gone, it will be too late andndash; it will be over.

Checks should be made out to Curry Sportfishing Association, and mailed to me so I can keep track of the amounts: 24797 Pistol River Loop, Gold Beach, OR 97444; or stop by my shop, Milt's Barber Shop, at Beach Mall in Gold Beach.

Please, help keep this program alive! Thank you.

Milt Walker

Gold Beach

Donors help health care


On behalf of the Board of Directors of Curry Health Foundation, I'd like to again thank the donors for their support of health care in Curry County.

The foundation was established in 1994 and began granting funds to non-profit entities throughout Curry County in 1996.

It's important to recognize that it is the gifts (large and small) that we've received from concerned citizens, that have made it possible to contribute over $480,000 toward worthy projects in our community. Working together, we continue to make a difference in Curry County.

In accordance with the mission of Curry Health Foundation, in 2009 special grants and donated funds were used in support of the following:

andbull;Sole Pursuits andndash; a county-wide health and fitness hiking program;

andbull;A computed radiography system andndash; using funds from the Bill Griggs Memorial Fund to supply Brookings Medical Center with instant radiography capabilities;

andbull;An orthopedic surgical table andndash; using funds from the Annual High on Health fundraiser to help purchase this specialized item for Curry General Hospital;

andbull;Cardiac materials and equipment andndash; donated funds were directed to the Cardiac Health Center for special materials and a new exercise bike;

andbull;Pediatric audio-monitor andndash; parts, testing, and recalibration for instrument at Curry General Hospital;

andbull;Family Suite furnishings andndash; using funds from the Lewis Lytal designated donations to purchase visitor bed, etc., for a special room at Curry General Hospital.

Thanks for your continuing support and dedication to ensuring quality healthcare.

Leone Sharp,

board member, Curry Health Foundation

More than 40 descendants


I am writing to comment on a Curry Coastal Pilot news article entitled "Discovering Chetco Culture" (Pilot, Dec. 2).

The newspaper got it wrong when they stated, "Today, only about 40 people remain who are descendants of the Chetco." I was at the Local Native American History presentation at the Harbor Grange Hall on Nov. 28. What Lynda Timeus said in her presentation was that she thought there were about 40 Chetcos living in the Brookings-Harbor area.

There are thousands of Chetco Indian descendants who live throughout Oregon, the United States, and who are serving in the armed forces on different continents. I am one of those Chetcos. In my immediate family (nine brothers and sisters), there are 28 of us. We are all Chetco descendants who have met a blood quantum level, and are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.

The newspaper article stated that the Chetco Tribe is not federally recognized. I would like to set the record straight. It is. In the 1850s the Chetcos were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in the Chetco Valley to the Siletz Reservation. Many died on the Oregon Trail of Tears from sickness, hunger, exposure, and violence. Many survived, despite unimaginable hardships. Some Chetcos who were taken to the reservation eventually returned to their homelands. Today the Chetcos are part of a confederation of 20-plus separate bands of coastal tribes. Each of these tribes has a unique individual history, culture and legal relationship with the federal government. This group became incorporated into the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

I am grateful to Ted Fitzgerald, Kathy Lindley-Hall, and the other port commissioners who have demonstrated support for the Chetco Indian Memorial. I applaud them for paving the way and making it possible to preserve the rich history of the Chetco people.

Adrienne Crookes

Cottage Grove

Give credit where credit is due


Oops, you did it again!

In the weekend edition (Pilot, Dec. 5) on the Coastal Living cover you featured the Azalea Festival of Lights, which included a picture of the living statues portrayed by my husband Mike Vest and son Sennett Vest. The article said my son Evan was pictured with his dad, and I can understand the mistake, as we are a large family with talented children who are all involved in local theater. Evan Vest is currently in the excellent production of Little Women.

So to give credit where credit is due, it is my son, Sennett Vest, who is seen in the picture with his father presenting "Family Time," a living statue presentation for the holidays. I hope everyone goes to see the wonderful lights at Azalea Park and enjoys Mike and Sennett's unique contribution to the holidays!

Thank you and happy holidays to everyone.

Victoria Vest