The Curry Coastal Pilot

'fate' of the museum

In response to the front page article "Fate of Loring's museum unknown" ( Pilot, Nov. 14), I am taking this opportunity to set the record straight.

My late husband Alden always intended for the museum to be built and left specific instructions within his trust. Clearly, the "fate" of the museum rests entirely upon the execution of my husband's trust.

As for the missing "artifacts andndash; guns and automobiles," the antique cars are safe and dry in storage until the museum building is completed, as was intended. The guns intended for the museum are, to the best of my knowledge, actually in the possession of Randy Loring at Loring's Lighthouse Sporting Goods store. In October, 2010, these guns intended for the museum were all cataloged by my husband and his son-in-law Forest Green for the purpose of the trust. I am in possession of the original, handwritten document that lists each gun by make, model, year and serial number.

And finally, the "artifacts" which included many family photos, heirlooms and assorted memorabilia were delivered to Randy's residence on Sept. 19, 2012.

The circumstances involving this situation are too complex and personal to discuss in this letter, but it is my belief that daughter-in-law was acting in a vindictive manner when she was quoted in your story. Brie Bateman was not the best person to talk to for the story because she is not a beneficiary of Alden's trust.

If anybody has any questions, feel free to call me at 541-254-0601.

Daphne Loring


when did hate come?

My sweet and wonderful sister was going to town the other day. It was cold so she put on a headscarf to cover her ears.

She started noticing the clerks in the stores that are normally nice to her, were downright rude and mean. She also noticed men in a pickup was giving her hateful looks; she was scared out of her wits and hurried home. She looked in the mirror and realized people must have thought she was Muslim.

She and I are both horrified that this is what America has come to. To think that a person can be so hated and mistreated because of what she is wearing in a country that was founded on religious freedom ....when did Americans get so hateful?

There are a couple of old men living in our neighborhood that are so full of hate it spurts out of them like pus from an infected wound. Try being cheerful and nice ... you'll live a lot longer and when you do die some one might actually give a damn.

By the way ... do you know if you're doing something just to annoy you neighbors and you stop doing it when they are on vacation, that means you've been watching their home and that's called "stalking."

Maggie Burton


rumors, suspicions

We, the family of Debbie Blair, the woman found dead in the Port of Brookings May 3, 2012, are still being asked what happened to her, how did she get in the water and what is law enforcement doing about it.

The answers are difficult and raise even more questions. Due to injuries sustained just prior to death, it is our belief that Debbie was met with foul play.

There have been many rumors that are incorrect. Toxicology reports show that Debbie was not intoxicated and did not decide to go for a swim down in the dirty boat basin water in the middle of a stormy night. Anyone who knew Debbie knew she did not like to be cold and, even though she had been a commercial fisherwoman, did not like to swim. There were suspicious circumstances and persons of interest.

Law enforcement say they only have one detective and are too busy to pursue an investigation and unless someone comes forward or confesses we may never know what happened.

If anyone out there saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary down by the ice plant in the Port of Brookings, on the night of May 2nd or the early morning of the 3rd, please call the Curry County Sheriff's office and report it to Det. Gardner.

We would like to thank the person who found Debbie and called for help, along with all those who helped in recovering her body. To all of you that knew Debbie and care about what happened to her, we appreciate your concern, outrage and well wishes.

Cindy Davis

Terry Estes


it's close, close it

The 3.25 percent real estate sales tax part of Obamacare kicks in 2013.

Get that escrow closed, time's awasting.

Paul Milazzo


Send feds a tax bill

The county services are paid for by property tax. Here is the crux of our problem andndash; the owner of the biggest real estate holding in the county, the federal government, doesn't pay any property tax. It is not broke. It sends taxpayer money overseas by a boatload.

Under the OandC Railroad plan the federal government's land was supposed to be sold to pay for the railroad. What the county needs to do is to motivate the federal government to revive the railroad plan or at least to sell the land.

To do this the county should assess the federal government's land and send to federal government the property tax bill.

If the federal government fails to pay the assessed property tax, there is already a process in place, the one that involves selling of the delinquent property on the steps of the county court.

Andrew Conrad


candle lighting gift

On behalf of the Northwest Coast Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) I would like to thank Mayor Ron Hedenskog and the City of Brookings for issuing a proclamation designating the second Sunday of December as Worldwide Candle Lighting Day.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. The proclamation reads, in part, "WHEREAS every year in the United States nearly 150,000 infants, children, teens, and young adults die and countless tens of thousands are born still or are miscarried, and; andhellip; WHEREAS, the work of local chapters of The Compassionate Friends provides a caring environment in which bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents can work through their grief with the help of others traveling the same road."

Thank you, again, Mayor Hedenskog and the City of Brookings for your support of this important annual event for our community's bereaved.

Locally the Candle Lighting will be held Dec. 9, from 6:15-8:15 at the Kalmiopsis School, at 650 Easy Street, Brookings. The public is invited to participate. Candles and refreshments are provided. Program takes place under shelter, therefore weather will not cancel. Dress warm. For questions call Georgia at 541-469-5814.

Georgia Cockerham, Zach's mom, chapter leader, TCF Northwest Coast vice president, TCF, Inc. Board of Directors


dental dilemma

Something rotten in Brookings?

Thank you Jason Ledford for saying what I've wanted to regarding dental problems here (Pilot, Nov. 14).

I've just had a year of difficulty trying to deal with this problem. Oh, for " the good old days" when you could go to one "dentist" and have your fillings and extractions and polishing done by him, leave with one set of X-rays, one bill and some TLC.

Now they have "trained" assistants and pass you on to their colleagues and you pay again.

Janice M. Mercer


help keep Sutter as is

I want to encourage the Brookings-Harbor community to sign one of the petitions here or in the Crescent City area to encourage Sutter Coast Hospital's Board of Directors to change their decision about allowing the hospital to become "Regionalized" and hence, managed and owned elsewhere.

Besides the loss of true local control, Sutter Health wants to reduce the beds available so the hospital can qualify for a federal "Critical Access" designation which would allow it to get a special federal subsidy from Medicare. However, if this were to happen, rather than expanding Sutter Coast's scope of services, the hospital will actually have its capacity "Reduced" from 49 beds to just 25 beds (hence, about a 50 percent loss). This would require the hospital to "transfer" some arriving patients to other hospitals to keep from going over the 25 bed restriction.

Also, patient length of stays may not exceed four days with the Critical Access designation. Hence, even more patients are likely to be transferred to other hospitals! If this happens, there will of course be extra transportation costs, plus everyone locally loses the advantage of family and friends being close by for visiting.

And lastly, if given this new designation, Sutter Coast would actually no longer even be required to have a doctor on duty in the ER, or even a general surgeon or critical care specialist available "on call," as currently required! This is really scary.

If you would like to support the effort to maintain Sutter Coast Hospital as it is now, please register your concern to the current Sutter Coast Hospital Board by signing one of the petitions available:

In Brookings: Oregon Sports Rentals, 630 Fleet St.

In Crescent City: Medical office of Gregory Duncan M.D., 1200 Marshall St.

Thank you for your support in (hopefully) keeping all 49 beds currently available,

John Mathison


Beyond Kindness

Another reason to love living in Brookings.

Our yard on Mountain Drive received considerable damage from the last rainstorm. My husband is unable to physically do the labor required to remove the mud and debris from the area.

Sunday after the storm, our inland neighbor, Darren, showed up with wheelbarrow and tools to pick up large tree limbs and debris without being asked to do so. Monday, our neighbor closer to the river, Miguel, showed up fully equipped to pick up the small clumps of limbs, etc., that had gotten jammed against fences and other hard to reach areas.

These two gentlemen saved us lots of worry, and we're very grateful for their thoughtfulness. We're extremely glad they are our neighbors.

Gayle Huffsmith


de-rock the river

Most of you know that I've written about the buildup of rock up the Chetco River and what will happen if it's not removed.

We kinda dodged the bullet on the 20th because if we'd had any kind of a snowpack in the back country, people's homes would have floated down the river.

I've been to numerous planning commission meetings where companies have wanted to remove rock from dry river bars and were turned down.

Something has to be done with the rock buildup up the river. Not only would it create jobs, make Oregon more money, but would make people sleep a lot better who have homes in the flood zone.

Reg Pettinger