The Curry Coastal Pilot

Latest expose of the U.S. Congress


Kudos to 60 Minutes for their latest expose of the U.S. Congress.

Our elected representatives are exempt from the Insider Trading Act. Is it any wonder their investment portfolios outperform those of the rest of us.

Most senators and Congress persons leave Washington as multi-millionaires with pensions at full salary and the best health insurance in the world. Yet we are to be content when they throw us a bone or, in the case of senior citizens, a scrap.

Maybe the Occupy Wall Street protestors are just the beginning of a winter of discontent.

Joe Willett


A Gardenā€ˆMarket thank you


The Brookings Harbor Garden Club (BHGC) thanks all who supported the Garden Market last Saturday.

This fundraiser helps us continue to make improvements to the botanical garden. The garden club also appreciates all of the local firms andndash; too numerous to mention andndash; that have donated time and materials to this ongoing project. Also, local residents have donated trees, bushes and hours of machinery use to move boulders and create paths. This is in addition to over 1,100 hours of annual support by BHGC members.

Without continued support by the community, North Bank Chetco River Road and Highway 101 would be just an intersection. Also, we must recognize Stan Easley who donated a drift-boat trip down the Chetco.

Thanks again to all who made the Garden Market a success.

Katylu Burke

publicity chair Brookings

Students seek help for Winter Wishes


This letter is a request for you as a business to donate to a worthy cause.

Unfortunately, not every student at Brookings-Harbor High School (BHHS) will be able to make a Christmas list. There will be those who will find hundreds of dollars worth of presents under the tree. But there are also those who will wake to a cold house, and no presents at all. Of course, we cannot tell the difference between those in need and those with plenty. What we can do is make a difference this holiday season for everyone.

At BHHS, we have put together a program called Winter Wishes. This program allows every student one wish to be granted. It can be anything from a simple chocolate bar all the way to something as special as dinner plans with a parent. This program makes every student feel important and remembered.We are asking for your help to grant these very important wishes.

In order to fulfill each of the 500 winter wishes we received this year, it will cost about $1,500. Any donation you can make will get us closer to being able to give every student at least one gift for the holidays from the BHHS Leadership Class.

To make a contribution to the Winter Wishes program, contact Kambri Coleman, 541- 661-9483 or Shantell Goodwin, 541-254-1158. To mail: BHHS Leadership Class: Winter Wishes, BHHS 625 Easy Street., Brookings, OR 97415.

We trust that you will give as you are able. Happy holidays!

Kambri Coleman, BHHS

Associated Student Body vice president

Shantell Goodwin, BHHS

senior class


Sidewalk needed on Fifth Street


Why is there no sidewalk or pedestrian path at the new Curry Health Network building off Fifth Street in Brookings?

Not very walk friendly!

Karen Nelsen


A very charitable group of people


As Thanksgiving approaches, the Curry County Cruisers Car Club would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the many Brookings and Harbor businesses as well as some in Gold Beach, Smith River and Crescent City that supported our Community Benefit Car Show in May, and the MDA Benefit Car Show in September.

We know that you all get hit up by every charitable group in town, and we very much appreciate your sponsorship.

Thank you to the Port for all you do to allow us to hold our car show in your parking lot. Thank you also to the Lucky 7 Casino for your sponsorship, and for hosting the MDA Benefit Car Show. It is great working with you all.

We wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Holiday Season, and hope you will continue to support our car shows.

Vicki Townsend, secretary, for

Curry County Cruisers Car Club

Suggestions for county's new plan


After reading the story in this morning's paper (Pilot, Nov. 12), I breathed a temporary sigh of relief.

It will be hard for the county commissioners to come up with a worse plan than MUMPz (Mixed Use Master Plan).

I'd like to give a few suggestions about any new plan they try to get approved and make it easier for them:

andbull;Rhodes is quoted as saying, "We need to move forward and develop a reasonable master plan for development." The new plan, if you want to get it approved, must contain adequate protections "for" the citizens and taxpayers, and not be so one-sided "for"development.

andbull;The new proposal must apply to Port Orford and Gold Beach. You're never going to get a "county master plan for development" approved if it applies to only Brookings UGB (Urban Growth Boundary) and not the whole county.

Duncan Lagoe


Help Curry animal shelter win contest


Hi! I'm writing to tell you about The Animal Rescue Site $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge of 2011 andndash; together with Petfinder (

The Animal Rescue Site is awarding $300,000 in grants to eligible member rescue organizations to help animals. The grand prize in each voting round is a $5,000 grant, and there are many other prizes! Visit to vote every day and learn more. You don't have to register, and voting is free.

Support your favorite shelter and vote today! Thank you!

Catherine Powers

Curry County Animal Control

Gold Beach