DeFazio town halls

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio will hold two town hall meetings in Curry County April 21.

The first is 11 a.m. at the Chetco Community Public Library in Brookings; the second at 2 p.m. in the Port Orford City Hall.

DeFazio will discuss the federal budget, jobs and transportation legislation, recent tax reform legislation and issues affecting coastal Oregon. The meetings also give constituents an opportunity to share their opinions and have the congressman answer questions about federal issues.

Voter registration

New residents are reminded the deadline to register to vote in the primary election is April 24, said Curry County Clerk Reneé Kolen.

“If a voter who is currently registered has moved or changed a mailing address, they need to update their address by election day,” she said. “Oregon law does not allow the post office to forward ballots.”

Voter registration cards are available at post offices, libraries or on line at www.oregonvotes.gov or by contacting the county clerk’s elections office at 541-247-3297 or toll free at 877-739-4218.

Mail completed registration cards to Curry County Clerk/Elections Division, 94235 Moore St., Suite 212, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

Ballot packets will be mailed out to registered voters between April 25 and May 4. Those who haven’t received packets by May 1 should call Kolen’s office.

New forest supervisor

Merv George Jr. will be the new forest supervisor on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, it was announced Friday.

George, who currently serves on the Six Rivers National Forest in the Eureka, California, region, will begin his new job May 13, said Forester Jim Peña.

“His skills and background serve as an outstanding complement to the needs and current direction of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest,” Peña said. “Merv’s experience building and nurturing relationships are well matched to the forest as well as its community and partners. I am confident he will do an outstanding job.”

George has been the deputy forest supervisor in Eureka from 2011 to 2014, at which point he was promoted to forest supervisor.

George succeeds Rob MacWhorter, who retired in January.

George has 25 years of natural resource management experience.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies from Humboldt State University, and spent 15 years in tribal government positions, four on the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and a term as its chairman. He also served as the executive director for the California Indian Forest and Fire Management Council and Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish and Water Commission.

He joined the forest service in 2008 as the regional tribal relations program manager in Eureka and worked with the 18 national forests and Indian tribes in California. He also worked as acting forest supervisor on the Los Padres and Lassen national forests.

Fire money available

The Farm Service Agency in Curry and Coos counties is accepting applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners affected by the Chetco Bar Fire and need help in recovering their lands.

Qualifying Emergency Forest Restoration Program funds can be used for debris and dead tree removal, temporary soil cover, timber replanting, wildlife enhancements, seeding firebreaks, herbicides, tree protection devices and road restoration.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, June 1.

Those who believe they are qualified can call FSA County Executive Director Bret Harris, FSA at 541-396-4323 ext. 2, or email at bret.harris@or.usda.gov .

Clams to crabs

If razor clams test above the limit for domoic acid, a pathogen that can make people sick, state officials say they might again test crab in the ocean from Cape Blanco south to the California border with Oregon.

Clam testing will take place next week in Gold Beach. If clams test below the allowable limit of 20 parts per million, crab testing for April 23 will be cancelled. So far, razor clams tested in two regions north of Gold Beach have been fine for human consumption.

Crab fishermen in Southern Oregon were frustrated this season when domoic acid tests continually came back too high, thus delaying the season opening. It finally opened for nine days, only to close again.

Compensation board

Curry County Board of Commissioners is seeking citizens to fill a vacancy on its compensation board for three years.

The board reviews county elected officials’ pay and benefits relative to other counties of comparable size, then makes salary recommendations to the budget committee. There is usually only one 90-minute meeting.

Interested citizens are encouraged to apply on the county’s website, at www.co.curry.or.us or call 541-247- 3296 to receive a paper application.

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