Deer vs. auto

The Bureau of Land Management is cautioning drivers that deer and elk are on the move this time of year, meaning more roadway crossings — and collisions with vehicles — are possible.

Deer are particularly active between 6 and 9 p.m., according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Oregon Department of Transportation released a highway map that shows the frequency of animal collisions on the state’s highways from 2009 to 2017. Parts of U.S. 101 in Curry County have had deer vs. vehicle collision rates of up to 34 deer per mile in those eight years. The worst areas in Curry County are in the Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach and Port Orford north.

Starting Jan. 1, drivers in Oregon will be allowed to salvage deer and elk killed on the road. To learn what to do if you strike or kill a large animal in your vehicle, visit https://goo.gl/xcYgtm.

Suggestions to reduce the risk of collisions with wildlife can be viewed at https://goo.gl/CvXNmT.

Pete Happ Trail

The finishing touches are set to take place at Chetco Point Park, including building an informational kiosk on the point overlooking the ocean and erecting a plaque on a boulder o honor the parents of the Washington woman who donated $200,000 toward the project.

The donation was the result of discussions after Kim Hunter, the recreation programs manager for the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, said she’d received a letter in 2017 from Lea Wagner, who sought to develop or create a coastal trail in Oregon or Washington to commemorate the lives of her parents, Peter and Stella Happ.

The parameters included the project have a coastal view, beach access, picnic benches, close proximity to a major highway, easy hiking and a dedication plaque. Multiple parties received the letter.

This summer, contractors widened and paved the path to and around the loop on the bluff and rebuilt the bridge to better accommodate wheelchairs.

No postal deliveries

The United States Post Office will be closed today (Dec. 5) to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30.

There will be no regular delivery, and package delivery will be limited.

Post office hours will continue as normal Thursday.

Controlled burn

A controlled burn was scheduled to begin Tuesday and continue through the end of the week at the Alderwood subdivision project at Fourth Street between Easy Street and Ransom Avenue. John Rapraeger Construction is burning in a pit and using fans to keep the heat intense and minimize smoke. Rapraeger is also using heavy equipment to feed the piles into the burn pit.

Rapraeger has secured a burn permit from the Brookings fire chief and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Citizens called emergency officials last week when orange and dark gray smoke wafted into the skies during an unannounced slash burn at Borax’s Lone Ranch property.

Foster families needed

The film “Instant Family,” the story of a family that stumbles into the world of foster care adoption, will be shown this Friday at Redwood Theater.

The storyline depicts a couple who hopes to take in one child, but they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl, and find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, they must try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hope of becoming a family.

At a Community Health Improvement Plan meeting last week, officials announced there is a huge need for foster families in Curry County, and that benefits for those families have been improved to include higher stipends and funds for childcare.

People interested in foster care or helping children and families in the system in Curry County can call Monica Picatti at 541-756-5500, or email her at monica.picatti@state.or.us.

For showtimes, visit www.redwood-cinema.com or call 541-412-7575.

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