The Curry Coastal Pilot

silence is deafening

I read David Brock Smith's letter in the Curry Pilot on May 15, 2013.

As chair and obvious spokesman for the Curry County Board of Commissioners he states nothing new, just business as usual. We have spent all you have given us, please may we have some more?

What better time to unveil new policies? With county employment at an all time low, how about some plans to ask new employees to make a larger contribution to their pensions and health benefits? The unions probably would not let them change the conditions for existing employees. How about the commissioners taking pay more in line with the average pay and benefits of the local population? The silence is deafening.

Our problems are not local. Many public agencies are negotiating their financial obligations downward.

I see the need to replace some of the timber income but will not vote for a tax increase without some changes to make our local government more affordable and have it offer alternatives to a property tax.

Roger Mitchell


fill md boot for boy

On Memorial Day weekend, our local firefighters will be out trying to fill the boot for MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). This fund helps kids with muscular dystrophy go to camp, and helps pay for research.

Many folks in Brookings don't realize that it is helping one of our own. My son Kian, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He is going to camp this year. Kian is 12, and is still walking, but uses a scooter to get around Azalea Middle School.

I wondered if our residents might be more inclined to fill the boot, if they knew it was helping one of our own Brookings residents.

Christine Good


we had a field day!

This year's 4-H Natural Resource Field Day was a huge success with over 85 fifth-grade students participating from Gold Beach and Port Orford.

With the help of professionals from agencies such as Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service, South Coast Andronomous Fishermen's Association and the South Coast Watershed Council, students learned about coastal, estuary and river ecosystems.

During the morning sessions, students had a chance to feed some very hungry fish, spray a fire hose while learning fire safety, learned how to identify rocks and minerals and explored the wetlands and ecosystem for macro-invertebrates.

After lunch the kids scurried around with live crabs at Fisherman's Direct and took a tour of the local Gold Beach fish packing facilities. Thanks to the Ocean Resource Team from Port Orford, students also got a chance to identify marine life native to our Southern Coastline while learning about the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. Wrapping up the on land tours, local deep-sea divers laid out their gear for the group to get a hands-on look at what it takes to work beneath the sea in cold water environments. Youth talked to each other through Dive Communication systems while wearing the heavy duty dive helmet and weight belts, experiencing what professional divers work in on a daily basis.

And last but not least, a big thank you to Jerry's Rogue Jets, for providing the fifth graders a whirling, white water Rogue River Estuary Tour.

We would like to recognize all of the volunteers and local businesses who help put this fun filled event on each year and extend a very special thank you from Oregon State University Extension Service.

Michelle Carrillo, coordinator, 4-H Youth Development

Gold Beach

Tribe a part of area

It seems to me that most of the county is indeed willing to vote for ballot measure 8-71. The community realizes the needed to continue important services, including but not limited to the Veterans Service Officer and the police departments.

Some say, "Taxes have been raised in other counties but there isn't any improvement so raising taxes won't work." It is not the taxes that are not making things work; it is the people who administer them. When you vote, find out what their true reason is for running, what are their special interests. Fresh minds are needed for a good turnover during elections so no one gets comfortable and get a big head.

When a person makes comments such as a letter writer did in the May 11 paper, it only causes hate, discontent, and half-truths. The statements about the Smith River Rancheria were unfair. Having been employed by the Rancheria from 1996 to 2003, I watched this tribe and its administration grow from a one-room office beginning in 1986 to what it is today. Yes, they do have a lot of interest in this area: The federal government recognizes that their territory does indeed extend from Wilson Creek to the Sixes River and covers Curry, Del Norte and Josephine counties.

Many tribal members reside in these areas. The Tribe has donated to and supported many Brookings Harbor and Curry County programs as well.

Marie Garcia


scared? get a gun

First off, I would like to say I'm a retired cop and I realize the multiple front page articles concerning the lady in Harbor that surprised a burglar in her house are designed by the Pilot to scare people into voting for law enforcement levy Measure 8-71.

Unfortunately, if there had been 10 cops on duty in Curry County the night the burglar entered the lady's house it still very likely would have happened.

Whether the law enforcement levy passes or not, the best thing the lady can do is learn to protect herself. A person can suffer a lot of physical damage in the 5 to 10 minutes or more it takes a cop to get there. Pepper spray is nice, but usually the type a civilian can buy is half the strength a cop carries, and it must hit the perpetrators eyes.

The best home defense weapon for a woman is a short tactical pump or coach double barrel 20 gauge shotgun. They are not complicated and are point-and-shoot accurate. Normally you only have to point it at the bad guy and you have his attention. They will not shoot through a wall and kill your family member in the next room like a rifle or high power handgun.

Under stress, not many men or women can even hit a close moving target with a handgun and many bad guys are not intimidated by a woman with a small handgun.

A gun is like a fire extinguisher. You hope you never need it, but when you do you need it right now. You don't have time to go buy one, to load it or to train to safely use it.

Ralph Martin


rescued lives, hearts

Some days do you feel down; even maybe blue or lonely?

You wished you had some little friend that would be there by your side to talk to or tell about your day and share good news with? Or just to feel unconditional love of a devoted friend?

Believe it or not there is such a little friend: it would be furry and has four legs and a tail that would wag no matter if you were gone five minutes or five hours when they saw you. Yes, a true, pure love of a pet.

Pennies for Pooches/Curry County Animal Shelter in Gold Beach is celebrating their five years of saving lives - not only the pet's but sometimes us humans feel like we were saved by having one. We rescue their lives; they rescue our hearts.

On Saturday, May 25, at the Port of Brookings Harbor, after the Azalea parade, we are having an adoption day booth. The adoption fee will be only $50; this includes shots, spay or neuter, and license for a year if you live in Curry County. If you live in another county the adoption fee will be only $25, as you would get your license from your own county.

So if you saw that special furry friend that stole your heart walking in the parade, come on down to the port and go to the booth of Pennies for Pooches and get your cute little fellow.

We look forward to seeing you down there and walking away with a friend you will have forever.

Beverly Duncan