Crab season closed due to acid levels

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announced the closure of recreational crabbing and the establishment of a Biotoxin Management Zone for commercial crabbing from Cape Blanco to the California border.

Crab samples taken from the Brookings area indicate that levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have risen above the action level, according to a May 10 press release from both agencies.

Crabbing remains open and without restrictions along the remainder of the Oregon coast.

It is always recommended that crab be eviscerated and the guts, or butter, discarded prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended to discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, roux, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

ODA and ODFW plan to continue monitoring domoic acid in crab from the Bookings area in coming weeks. Two rounds of tests below the action level will be required to reopen the area for unrestricted crabbing.

For up-to-date recreational shellfish and crabbing information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline before fishing, at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at

DeFazio announces grant for Airport

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced a $6.5 million grant for the Southwest Oregon Regional airport from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport is located in North Bend, Coos County and was formerly the North Bend Municipal Airport.

The grant is funded through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program and will be used to fund the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station. At present, the airport’s new ARFF truck does not fit inside the existing ARFF facility and is being stored in a nearby hangar.

The grant will support the construction of a new ARFF building meeting eligibility requirements for vehicle bays, maintenance bays, administrative space, support rooms, personnel, and training facilities.

“An investment of this size in our regional airport will keep passengers and airport workers safe, while maintaining a critical economic engine in the area,” DeFazio said. “It’s imperative that we keep the airport and supporting facilities in good working order to maintain access to air service, which will lead to increased economic development for the region.”

Basic Nursing Assistant Training Scheduled

People looking for entry-level training to begin a career in the health care industry should contact Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) to access training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

This summer, SWOCC is offering a Basic Nursing Assistant class in Brookings. Students who complete this class can then test to become a CNA.

The college is now accepting applications for the Basic Nursing Assistant class during summer term at the Curry Campus in Brookings. This course is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Those interested are encouraged to complete the application, CPR training, and provide proof of immunization. Participants must have a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Health Care Provider CPR card. This CPR training is scheduled at the Curry Campus May 31. The cost is $50.

The Basic Nursing Assistant class includes both lecture and clinical skills. The class is limited to 10 students, selected on a first-come, first-served basis from fully completed applications. The Basic Nursing Assistant application is available at the Curry Campus or online at: class="Apple-converted-space">

Applications are due by June 3. Class starts Monday, June 24. For more information or to talk to an advisor, call the Curry Campus in Brookings at 541-813-1667.

Scholarship assistance is available for residents of all ages who live in the Gold Beach or Port Orford/Langlois school districts from the Candy Cronberger Memorial Health Fund through the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation. These funds cover tuition, course and other fees, uniforms and supplies, along with immunizations and licensing fees for eligible students.

Schools get
scholarship check

The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) has awarded the Brookings-Harbor School District School Board a $5,000 scholarship check through the Promise Scholarship Program (PSP). The board decided May 9 to give five $1,000 scholarships to students next year.

The PSP consists of a multi-step process involving meetings of school leadership designed to make a long-term investment in student success. The board will also re-apply for the program next year. Should the school district be selected again, they will qualify not only for more leadership workshops but an additional $2,500 in scholarship funds.

Merkley introduces act to stop robo-calls,

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA)have introduced the Regulatory Oversight Barring Obnoxious (ROBO) Calls and Texts Act of 2019 to crack down on unwanted calls and text messages.

The act would create a new “Robocall Division” under the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.

“Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get scam calls or texts or my phone, and sadly, most Americans today can say the same,” Merkley said. “These calls are a nuisance at best, and at worst, downright predatory — threatening to put Americans in jail or cut off their Social Security if the recipient doesn’t hand over financial information. Right now, robocalls are the wild west, and consumers are paying the price for this chaos. It’s time for a concerted effort to restore order and sanity to our cell phones.”

Eschoo said Americans received 48 billion robocalls last year and that it’s time for Congress to force regulators to act.

In a recent congressional hearing, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said robocalls are currently the single largest source of consumer complaints at the FCC.

—Curry Pilot