In a letter to library users, Chetco Community Library will close but still offer limited services starting Friday, March 20. Following is the letter sent by Director Julie Retherford:

The Spring Whale Watch Week event returns to the coast March 21-29 to celebrate the more than 25,000 Gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months.

Curry Office of Emergency Management has a new web address that is linked to the Oregon Health Authority and Curry Public Health. It is kept updated with the current and valid information for Curry County.

The dark wizard will be back in one hour to wreak havoc on the world — unless you and your team can defeat him. All you need to do is find the hidden clues in his lair, solve challenging puzzles and riddles, and collect all seven wizardly items on the list. If you succeed, you will save the …

Salomeja Lescinskas, who goes by the name “Sunny,” recently became a U.S. citizen and a newly licensed Realtor, now working at Century 21 Agate Realty in Brookings at 1016 Chetco Ave.

Students in Jock Headlee’s most recent ODFW hunter safety class were excited about the hands-on, live-fire component held Saturday, Feb. 29. The students recently completed 14 hours of classroom instruction.

Del Norte and Curry County organizations, churches and agencies offering youth recreation and education programs this summer could be eligible for grant funding from the Wild Rivers Community Foundation.


Eleven Trash Dogs completed a busy week of trash collection and road-side cleanup of abandoned camps. This is the 179th cleanup for the local Trash Dogs group.


Zen teachers, Debra “Seido” Martin of Empty Field-Zen West near the Eugene area, and Abby Mushin Terris of Corvallis Zen Circle will facilitate a one-day workshop on death and dying in Pistol River on March 7.


U.S. Coast Guard members are hailed as heroes in local coastal communities. You’ve seen the stories in the news. They rescue crews from fishing boats and search for people who’ve fallen overboard. Helicopters fly in to rescue people stuck on cliffs, and those “Coasties” will even jump out of…

As Gold Beach approaches its 130th birthday under that name, Curry Arts has planned four art workshops that will encourage community members to creatively express aspects of Gold Beach’s history, culture, and environment.

Joby Rumiano tears it up at the Sporthaven Beachfront earlier this week. Photos captured by Brookings photographer Grant Fraley.

What will happen if you have an emergency, but no one can respond right away? Often with a major disaster, help could be hours, days or weeks away. Would you like to be better prepared?

Lynette McPherson is becoming known as the seed lady. She is the driving force behind the first seed library in Brookings.

“You get up one day, eat a donut, read the paper and some clown in a Good Humor suit says you’re going to die!” exclaims Gladys Overmeyer, the feisty 87-year-old heroine of Brookings Harbor Community Theater’s next production, “Gladys in Wonderland, “ now in rehearsal.


If you don’t know the store is there, you might just drive right on by the local used building supply and resale shop at 616 Memory Lane. “It’s Brookings’ best-kept secret,” says Jerry Balogh, store manager for Curry Community Cares.

One million dollars — that is the amount that the Curry Health Foundation (CHF) strives to reach this year in grant-giving with the assistance of their new executive director, Janet Hoffman. Curry Health Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that is quiet but amazingly effective in sup…


“The fair IS happening!” So say Kaitlyn Coleman and Michelle Wills, the two new smiling faces in the office at the Event Center on the Beach. Coleman is the Event Center manager and Wills is the office manager. Both have been on the job just two weeks, but have been quite busy getting things…

The executive director of Oregon Coast Community Action is getting ready to say goodbye to a position he has held since 2013.

FEMA is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The council is an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C.

Arguably the sweetest festival in southwestern Oregon is back for its 15th consecutive year — the Winter Art and Chocolate Festival. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 9 at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy St., Brookings. 

The graduation rate for Brookings-Harbor High School Class of 2019, released by the Oregon Department of Education on Jan. 23, was 80.58 percent, an increase of 6.14 percentage points over the previous year.

Little League signups for this season are coming to a close on Feb. 9 online. Players can also sign-up in person from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Chetco Community Public Library.

The Oregon Department of Revenue will begin processing state tax returns on Jan. 27, the same day the Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns.

Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC), which is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, said it is updating its accreditation in 2020 through an evaluation process that involves a visit from an accreditation team, plus public input and comments.

In 2019, the Curry County Cultural Coalition reported awarding grants totaling $8,135 to 11 organizations whose projects most closely fit the goals and guidelines of the coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Manley Art Center has announced a new show by Susan Fowler, whose work incorporates themes of sorrow and loss, bodies and history. This is her first show in Brookings. It will be held Saturday from 3-6 p.m. and feature wine, food and an interview with Fowler and Pete Chasar at 4 p.m. Her…

You would think a rainy, dreary weekday in Gold Beach would see relatively few visitors at a local place like Arch Rock Brewing’s cozy, four-barstool tasting room at 28779 Hunter Creek Rd.

The U.S. Coast Guard gives a friendly assist to a disabled crab boat last Friday morning, towing it back to the Port of Brookings Harbor.

The Event Center on the Beach in Gold Beach was in full holiday mode Christmas Day, when hundreds of local residents enjoyed a free Christmas Dinner, plus all the trimmings, catered by the Friends of the Fair.