Make it a double!
McDonald’s customers might have to wait a lot less longer — but possibly risk getting into a road-rage incident — when the popular fast-food restaurant in Brookings puts in a second drive-thru lane to accommodate more people on the go.
The goal of double drive-thrus, which feature two side-by-side locations where people place their order, then merge into one lane, is efficiency.
Getting the order delivered to the correct vehicle isn’t the problem. That’s solved by using cameras that take photos of license plates and match them with the order.
But if two drivers complete their orders at the same time …
In some cities where the double lanes have been built — and they’re not just featured at McDonald’s restaurants — hungry customers haven’t always been so nice to one another, with people purposely bumping into other cars and starting fights.
The Miami Herald even wrote an article about how to “survive” double drive-thrus.
Signs posted at some — “Any lane, any time” — don’t help.
And there isn’t any particular etiquette involved other than one driver acquiescing to the other and waving them on.
Plans submitted to the city also call for an interior remodel and redesign of the roof.
Open, closed, open …
The commercial crab season’s restrictions have been lifted — again — after tests showed domoic acid levels in the crustacean are at acceptable levels.
Domoic acid levels have persisted off and on along the South Coast since the season was supposed to open Dec. 1.
Evisceration restrictions for crab caught south of Cape Blanco have been lifted retroactive to Feb. 27.
Reports are mixed this season. Pots were stuffed — in some locations — in the early season. In other places, they’ve averaged a half-crab per pot.
Jump on Food Trail
Applications are being accepted until April 9 for food producers or retailers who want to participate in the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail, which is slated to open on Earth Day, April 21.
Eat Fresh & Local, the local agritourism team, is looking for food growers, producers, harvesters, restaurants, brewpubs and bed-and-breakfasts who offer local food to consider applying for a spot on the “trail.”
Members receive signage, marketing materials and are listed with a variety of tourism-focused organizations to attract visitors who are increasingly wanting to see where and how their food is produced.
The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail is an expanded version of the original Wild Rivers Coast “Farm” Trail, which was started in North Curry County in 2015 by Cathy Boden, team leader for the Eat Fresh & Local Action Team.
“With three years under our belts,” Boden said, “we felt we were ready to expand the focus and the location of the trail to more accurately reflect the wide diversity of local food grown, harvested, produced and served in the Wild Rivers Coast region of Oregon.”
The food trail includes Curry, Coos and coastal Douglas counties and might expand to include Del Norte County in California in 2019 or 2020.
To obtain an application for inclusion, contact Elizabeth Gronert at firstname.lastname@example.org . Applications will be reviewed to ensure criteria are met; the annual cost for membership is $100.
For more information, contact Gronert or visit the Facebook page, “Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail.”
More than $3,500, mostly in quarters, was stolen from The Old Wash House Landromat in Harbor last weekend when burglars broke into the establishment, stole the keys and broke into the change machine.
Owner Lorraine Gordon has been in business since 1984 and is known for allowing the homeless and needy do their laundry for free through St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings.
Gordon reported the early-morning theft to the sheriff’s office and has contacted casinos and banks, where people might not think twice about someone having a large number of coins in their possession.
She said Tuesday that the perpetrators broke into her office in a separate building, stole her keys, rifled through the desk drawers and took spare change totalling about $1,300. Then they cut the camera feeds into the laundromat before breaking into the change machine.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Curry County Sheriff’s office at 541-247-3242 or Gordon at 541-469-3975.
Smith goes to caucus
State Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, was nominated by the Oregon Coastal Caucus as vice chair of the organization.
The Oregon Coastal Caucus creates solutions and advocates for a variety of interests across the state, including ports, farms, tourism and housing, among other issues.
“David is a worker who understands our communities from Astoria to Brookings, as well as the industries that support them,” said caucus Chair Sen. Betsy Johnson. “He continues to impress us, and I’m glad he’s part of the leadership team.”
Smith, who sits on numerous organizations and committees throughout the district and state, said he was honored to have the support of his colleagues.
The coastal caucus’ summit seminar this year will address coastal and rural economic development, according to Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, who is organizing the event.
“Our communities from the coast to the I-5 corridor face some unique yet similar issues across the region,” Smith said. “I look forward to expanding our partnerships to find solutions and better the lives of our constituents.”
Smith represents House District 1, which includes Curry, Coos, Douglas and Josephine counties.
Fanning goes to state
The Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal has announced it has hired Brookings former part-time GIS analyst Jordan Fanning to the state Incident Management Team, meaning he could be sent to serve in any fire emergency throughout Oregon.
While in Brookings, he provided GIS assistance to the city, was a volunteer on the fire department, and was instrumental in search and rescue and the Chetco Bar Fire.