Park rangers needed

The city of Brookings is accepting applications for its new volunteer park ranger program.

The primary responsibility of a ranger is to protect and monitor designated outdoor areas by patrolling city parks to ensure pedestrians, hikers and other visitors are following the rules and aren’t disrupting the natural environment or fellow guests. Rangers may be responsible for giving guided tours or presentations of the park.

They also provide guests with maps and inform them of areas that are off-limits.

The ranger would be responsible for reporting problems such as blocked trails and overflowing drains and streams. They would also monitor restrooms, report vandalism or needed repairs, and periodically prepare and submit reports regarding incidents observed in the parks.

The ranger would greet visitors, explain rules distribute flyers and other information and maintain cordial relations with the public and city officials.

Controlled burn

A controlled burn that began Tuesday at the Alderwood Subdivision project at Fourth Street between Easy Street and Ransom Road is slated to continue through Thursday.

John Rapraeger Construction will burn debris in a pit, fans will be used to keep the heat intense and help minimize smoke. Rapraeger will also use 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.

Merkley town hall

Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Port Orford Community Center at 419 11th St.

Carpools are being coordinated and will leave from the Democrats office at 619 Chetco in Brookings at 9:30 a.m. Call or text Calla Felicity at 541-698-7022 for details.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., answer questions and solicit suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. The Port Orford town hall represents his 372nd visit with citizens.

Verizon update

The 911 outage that affected primarily Verizon customers last week was caused by a fiber cut in the Light Speed Networks fiber optic cable, which provides services for Verizon’s network in Southwest Oregon, said external communications official Heidi Flato.

While many here said they reported outages lasting 12 hours, most areas in the network area were out for seven, she said.

No pay for Coast Guard

Tuesday was payday for the 42,000 men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard — and they didn’t get a penny, due to the partial government shutdown.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA), a nonprofit organization that helps guardsmen in financial straits, usually helps about 14 people a week, according to retired Rear Admiral and CGMA CEO Cari Thomas, quoted on NPR radio Tuesday. Emergency loans, grants, counseling and referrals are offered to help clients with housing, medical, education and other emergency financial needs.

During any single pay cycle, approximately $150 million is required to pay all Coast Guard military and civilian employees, the CGMS website says.

Typically, a married guardsman who needs assistance during the shutdown will receive $1,000 — an unmarried one, $750 — from the CGMS this month, Thomas said. The association estimates it will help about 22,000 guardsmen this month.