Advertising scam

Brookings-Harbor High School reported Monday that someone is soliciting advertisements for the fall football program — but it’s a scam.

People with concerns or questions about any fundraising or donation request and whether it is organized by the schools, athletics or other activities is asked to call the district office at 541-469-7443 before providing information or donations.

To see a list of current approved fundraisers — some of which do include football events — visit https://www.brookings.k12.or.us/fundraiser/ or https://www.brookings.k12.or.us/apps/pages/index.jsp.

Stamp out Hunger

The Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank and the post office will “Stamp out Hunger” May 11 during a one-day food drive to help local food banks.

Food bank Executive Director Pam Winebarger said the post office will have two barrels inside their offices in which people can drop off non-perishable canned goods. The Chamber of Commerce will have a barrel in their offices, as well.

Canned food can also be set out next to customer mailboxes that day or delivered to the food bank at 539 Hemlock St., Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fun Family Fourth

The Fun’d the 4th Committee is ramping up the renamed 4th of July Family Fun Festival and is offering booth space for nonprofits and community organizations looking to earn money or spread their word about their group.

A pancake breakfast and hot-air balloon rides will kick off the day at The Kite Field at the Port of Brookings Harbor, followed by tri-tip barbecue, bands — The Boys of Summer Eagles tribute band and the local Fleetwood Back ‚ kids games and fireworks at night.

Shuttle service will be available from various locations.

Those interested in a booth are asked to call Barbara Ciaramella at the Brookings-Harbor Visitor Center at 541-813-2300.

Brookings school dates

Brookings-Harbor will hold its regular school board meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Kalmiopsis Library.

•PTO meeting, 5:30 p.m. May 9 at Kalmiopsis Elementary School.

•Early release day, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

•Scholarship Night Award Reception, 6 p.m., May 22, in the high school cafeteria.

•No school on Memorial Day, May 27.

•Early release day on May 28.

•Student Achievement Night, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. May 29 at the high school.

•Graduation day on June 8.

•Regular school board meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. June 12 at Kalmiopsis Library.

•Last day for students and early release day on June 13.

The first copy of the 2019-2020 academic year calendar is at https://www.brookings.k12.or.us/apps/news/article/1026819

House bans bags

The Oregon House on Thursday approved a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, voting 42-18 Thursday to prohibit large retailers and grocery stores from them to customers.

Stores can still offer recycled paper bags and reusable plastic bags for a 5-cent fee.

Republicans complained the move limits consumer choice and that such decisions should be left for local communities to decide. Many Oregon cities have already banned plastic checkout bags. Amy Timeus of Gold Beach is among those working to get the bags banned in that community, citing the damage they do to the environment and wild animals, particularly in the ocean.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration. Oregon would become the third state to enact a ban on plastic shopping bags, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The state is also considering bans on plastic straws and styrofoam to-go containers.

Redfish Rocks news

Redfish Rocks in Port Orford is looking for volunteers for its summer programs, including black oystercatcher monitoring, the Oregon Coast Aquarium Bioblitz and for summer rangers.

The oystercatcher monitoring will take place May with a Port Audubon training volunteers to gather data about the population and protect its rocky shore habitat.

The training is at 6:30 p.m. at the Oregon State University Field Station. More information can be found at https://audubonportland.org/about/events/black-oystercatcher-community-science-south-coast-training or by contacting Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@audubonportland.org .

Oregon Coast Aquarium Bioblitz, slated for June 7, will be held at Port Orford Heads where volunteers will conduct sea star and juvenile cabezon surveys. At least five volunteers are needed.

The Redfish Ranger season starts June 1. The nonprofit needs rangers for at least one Saturday or Sunday a month through September to educate the public about the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.

Volunteers will be trained on the ecological, cultural and physical aspects of the reserve.

Those interested in the Bioblitz or the Redfish Ranger season, can contact Volunteer Coordinator Maya Holiman at maya@redfishrocks.org or 541-332-9999.

Forest jobs

A new report by state economist Gail Krumenauer shows that Curry County has the highest wages — $53,000 — of three Southwest Oregon states in the forest sector jobs.

Coos County forestry workers make an average of $51,000 and Douglas County, $52,000.

Those salaries are more than 30 percent higher than wages for all jobs in Coos and Douglas counties and 50 percent higher than average wages in Curry County, the report reads.

Statewide, there are 61,000 forest-sector jobs in Oregon. In Southwestern Oregon, they total 8,300, and make up 11 percent of the region’s workforce.

Curry in Travel Oregon feature

Travel Oregon featured three Curry County coastal attractions in its April website developed to attract Oregonians and visitors to explore the coast’s mystifying natural wonders, historical oddities and curious sites.

Among the 12 highlighted were the “fishing dock like no other” in Port Orford, the natural wonders of the Arch Rock area and the Myrtle Tree Trail near Gold Beach.

Most of the state’s fishing ports are protected from the Pacific Ocean’s raging storms — except that in Port Orford, where boats must be put in and hauled out each time they return to shore.

It is one of six dolly docks in the world. Visitors can watch the daily catch lifted off boats before they’re lifted out of the water to be placed on trailers every night.

One of the best places to see where all that myrtlewood jewelry and wooden gift items originate is along the Myrtle Tree Trail near Gold Beach — including what might be the oldest in the world, the magazine said.

The tree trunk is believed to be 400 years old with a sprawling 70-foot canopy.

The Oregon Coast, well known for its bridges, has nothing on those formed by Mother Nature, Travel Oregon writer Gary Hayes said.

Tucked in the lush forests of the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, there is a 12-mile stretch of arched rock formations, small tree-covered islands, fairy-tale coves and natural bridges. Overlook views showcase two natural bridges over a cove where the water glitters in gem-like greens. Nearby, a short walk to Thunder Rock Cove offers more views of similar natural bridges.

Directions to each can be found at https://traveloregon.com.

FA Brookings gets grant

Northwest Farm Credit Services awarded the Brookings-Harbor Future Farmers of America a $1,000 Rural Community Grant this week

“The financial partnership will continue to help us not only teach our students valuable carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills on our project house, but also assist a local community supporter in improving his home with much needed repairs,” said local spokeswoman Kari Schultz. “We appreciate the opportunity your funding helps provide us to give back to the community. Thank you for your commitment to agriculture by keeping our next generation educated.”

This year, Northwest FCS has committed more than $91,000 to 75 projects in rural communities across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Since the program’s inception in 2007, it has awarded 1,067 grants totaling more than $1.85 million.

The next rural grant deadline is June 1. For eligibility requirements or to apply, visit northwestfcs.com/Stewardship/Rural-Communities.

League to talk water

The League of Women Voters of Curry County (LOWV) will discuss “Water, Uses and How Much do we Have?” for its May unit meeting.

In Brookings, from 2 to 4 p.m. May 16 at the Chetco Library annex in Brookings, LOWV member Debra Worth will present “Water Use of the Chetco River in regard to Climate Change.”

The Central County Unit meets May 21 at noon at the Rogue Landing. Guest Speakers will be Gold Beach Public Works watermaster Greg Wacker and Will Newdall.

The two will discuss water catchment as an alternative for the dry wells Hunter Creek residents sometimes experience in late summer; the testing Gold Beach does on its water and what chemicals might be going into the Rogue River water that supplies the area.

The North County Unit will meet May 23 at 5 p.m. at Beck Flake’s home and discuss Port Orford city water concerns and other North County problems.

SOD vols needed

Wild Rivers Coast Forest Collaborative is looking for citizen volunteers to help with the early detection of Sudden Oak Death using stream baits and bucket baits.

Participants become citizen science volunteers and learn the hands-on project including early detection methods, how to collect and process samples, a greater understanding of how Sudden Oak Death is spread and prevention and restoration approaches.

A free workshop will be held at the Gold Beach Extension Office from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 13. Sign up by May 10 by emailing Norma Kline atNorma.Kline@Oregonstate.edu or calling 541-808-7771.

Senate votes on pot limitations

The Oregon Senate voted 18-10 Monday with a plan to limit the state’s supply of recreational, legal marijuana.

The plan would freeze marijuana production at current levels for the next two years. The state will not issue new production licenses to marijuana growers, but current growers will be able to renew their licenses.

Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, said the state produces so much marijuana that Oregon has enough to last it for the next 6.5 years. That surplus has caused prices to plummet.

Lawmakers shot down another version of this bill earlier this month. Republicans said at the time that the marijuana industry should be regulated by the free market, not the state.

Some Republicans reversed their vote this time around saying the amended proposal is narrower in scope.

The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

Coast Trail gets funds

The Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources met last week and passed the budget for the Oregon State Parks, including $1.25 million to assess the coastal trail, facility needs, restoration or trail reroutes, and to design and construct trail side facilities and improve signage.

The Oregon Beach Bill was established in 1967 when the Legislative Assembly affirmed the public’s right to uninterrupted use of Oregon’s shoreline and beaches. The 50th anniversary of the act was acknowledged in 2017.

The Oregon Coast Trail spans more than 350 miles of Oregon coastline from the south jetty of the Columbia River on the north to the Oregon-California border, taking advantage of the publicly owned beaches and providing connections between the beaches.

During the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session, Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, sponsored HB 3149 that outlined steps to complete the Oregon Coast Trail. Gov. Kate Brown then designated the Oregon Coast Trail as an Oregon Solutions Project and named Smith a co-convener.

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