Bowling to furniture

It will soon be moving day for Barron’s Home Furnishings.

Owners of the Harbor-based store are working through final building, fire and planning details prior to relocating its main store from the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center in Harbor to the building formerly occupied by Azalea Lanes bowling alley.

The bowling alley has sat vacant since May 2014, and recent activity there has piqued the interest of Brookings residents. Much of the kitchen equipment was sold to a restaurant in Hiouchi, the bowling equipment was sold to a company in South Korea, and a sale was held for the rest.

The building has been on the market since the bowling alley vacated it, and ideas were discussed about its possible use. Among them was a community center, a theater and farmer’s market.

Moving vans — lots of them — will begin relocating furniture in November, and the doors will be open for business in December. A grand opening is planned for March, said owner Terry Adams. Barron’s Furniture Warehouse between Shopping Center Avenue and Highway 101 will stay put.

“The good stuff is at the warehouse, and the better stuff is at the main store,” Adams said, explaining the difference. The warehouse also features particular types of furniture such as mattresses, futons and furniture for youth.

Azalea Lanes is 21,000 square feet in size, about twice the size of the current location.

“It’s definitely the size we’re looking for, and the location is great, as well,” Adams said. “We’re looking forward to being in Brookings.”

Barron’s Home Furnishings has been in Harbor for 20 years.

“We’re definitely going to miss the location and what it has done for us,” Adams said. “But the new opportunity will be really good.”

Schedule burning

Residents of the area and those driving along Highway 101 north of town might see smoke in the air next week near Lone Ranch Beach, as numerous slash piles will be burned on the Borax property, said Project Manager Burton Weast.

The burns will take place, weather permitting.

South Coast Lumber has been harvesting timber there for several months, and will burn a number of slash piles adjacent to the water tank at the Brookings Airport over the next several months.

Marijuana tax harvest

The city of Brookings, with its plethora of marijuana shops, received $18,669 for its share of sales tax revenue for the first 18 months since voters made recreational marijuana legal, City Manager Gary Milliman said Monday.

It received an additional $1,538 for July and August. The money will go into the city’s general fund coffers.

“Based on the most recent receipts, I would estimate we would receive $9,000 annually from the local share of the state tax on marijuana,” he said.

Brookings, Gold Beach and Curry County voters agreed to tax recreational marijuana by 3 percent. In a complex formula, local governments receive part of that back based upon where the product was sold.

No one at the county level could be reached for comment. The unincorporated area of the county has three dispensaries south of the Chetco River Bridge and another in Wedderburn.

Gold Beach, which is not yet home to any dispensaries did not get any funds. Two stores might open in that city in the coming months; the city approved one proposal last month and another is in the process.

Title III funds

Curry County commissioners will likely approve a resolution at its regular meeting today (Nov. 1) to accept Title III funding for almost $1 million for two fire organizations and the Curry County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue program.

The first allocation will go to Coos Forest Protective Association which is working with the Cape Ferrelo Rural Fire Department to develop a Firewise program and help its area become more resilient to wildfire. CFPA will receive $187,000 for fiscal year 2017 and $281,150 for 2018.

Harbor Rural Fire Protection District will also receive $8,600 for its fire hazard reduction program and the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue project received $500,000.

More parking!

Bernie Bishop Mazda has driven all its new cars from the parking lot behind the Central Building and parked them in their used-car lot in anticipation of the city using the lot as public parking.

The new cars are now across the street from the repair shop.

The city, which owns the lot and has leased it to Bernie Bishop Mazda, will have the lot striped and install directional signage.