Curry County seeks applicants from North County for Planning Commission

Due to a resignation, Curry County commissioners are seeking an applicant to fill the North County position on the planning commission with a term expiring Sept.6, 2022.

The Curry County Planning Commission is appointed by the BOC and provides recommendations to the board regarding county land use regulations and policies, hears appeals of the planning director’s decisions and takes action on applications for division of land and other land use actions not assigned by the zoning code to the planning director.

Residents north of Mussel Creek (Arizona Beach) who would like to serve on the planning commission should apply on the county’s website at: http://www.co.curry.or.us or call 541-247-3296 to obtain an application. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., June 6.

Brown signs $1B school tax package

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a sweeping tax package set to raise $1 billion a year for schools. The governor wrote in a tweet on Thursday that “this is a big day for our kids, and their future.” Schools will be required to use the funds to decrease class size and boost student performance. Oregon has some of the largest class sizes and lowest graduation rates in the nation. The funding will be dependent on a half a percent tax on less than 10 percent of all businesses in the state.

Expansion of free lunch program OK’d

Oregon has approved the largest statewide expansion of the federal free lunch program. The state will ensure all students living up to 300 percent above the federal poverty level will have access to free lunch and breakfast. Schools with high poverty rates will be able to provide free meals to all their students no matter their income level. One in seven Oregon households don’t know where they’ll get their next meal.

Work to resume on Chetco River Bridge

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will resume work to repair the Chetco River Bridge at mile post 1.0 of Forest Service Road 1376, also known as the North Bank Chetco River Road.

The project is located on the Gold Beach Ranger District, approximately 9 miles northeast of Brookings. Work will include placement of a concrete overlay at the bridge deck. Expect traffic delays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the following days:

June 1: Closed for eight consecutive hours (7 a.m.-5 p.m.), followed by a 12 hour open period.

June 2: Closed for 8 consecutive hours (7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.), followed by a 12 hour open period.

The bridge repair work will be completed using Congressionally-authorized disaster relief money awarded following the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire.

Public meetings to discuss salmon regulations planned

State Department of Fish and Wildlife public meetings to discuss regulation changes in response to low returns of fall Chinook salmon kicked off Wednesday and continue for the next two weeks, culminating with sessions in Port Orford and Brookings.

ODFW is proposing temporary harvest limits and closures for coastal wild fall Chinook fisheries due to low escapement in 2018 and poor forecasts for this year. For more information about staff proposals, see

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Proposed temporary regulation changes provide fishing opportunity while reducing harvest and increasing spawning escapement of wild fall Chinook, according to an ODFW press release. The meetings seek public input that will help balance these two objectives and assist managers should additional regulations be needed during the season, the release said.

Proposed harvest reduction measures are in line with actions developed through the 2014 Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan for addressing low wild fall Chinook abundance. Proposals for streams and rivers from Euchre Creek to the California border are also in line with the 2013 Rogue Fall Chinook Conservation Plan, according to the release.

Meetings took place Wednesday in Nehalem and Thursday in Tillamook. The remaining public meeting schedule:

North Bend

May 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

North Bend Public Library

1800 Sherman Ave.

Newport

May 29, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Hallmark Resort

844 Elizabeth St.

Mid Coast (Siuslaw to Salmon River)

Port Orford

May 30, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Port Orford Public Library

1421 Oregon St.

Brookings

June 5, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Chetco Community Public Library

405 Alder St.

Ride public transit for free today

Curry Public Transit is adding Saturday to its Coastal Express and Brookings Dial-A-Ride services and is celebrating by offering free rides to all today.

Beginning Saturday (May 18), Brookings Dial-A-Ride will run 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dial-A-Ride is a reservation based, curb-to-curb service open to everyone within boundary areas, according to a press release from the agency. Coastal Express travels between Smith River and North Bend Monday through Saturday.

To celebrate, Curry Public Transit is offering all rides free on Saturday (May 18) only. Call for a Dial-a-Ride reservation at 541-412-8806. No reservation necessary on the Coastal Express, but be early to the stop to assure a seat.

See www.currypublictransit.org for schedules.

Bear Camp Road Snow Removal Complete

After removing snow on Wednesday, Bear Camp Road is open for the season, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release.

A road crew from the Umpqua National Forest completed the plowing on Wednesday. Gates on the Galice Access Road will be open May 23.

Not all Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management roads have been maintained or checked after severe winter weather. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and avoid using less-traveled roads, particularly early in the season before road surfaces have dried completely, the release said.

Forest road conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared with extra blankets, food and water, clothing, and emergency equipment. When driving, use headlights, drive slowly and be prepared to stop for oncoming traffic, particularly on blind corners.

U.S.199 and U.S. 101 are recommended for trailers, motor homes, and oversized vehicles year-round and for all vehicle traffic during winter months.

For additional information on the Bear Camp Road and current road status, contact the Gold Beach Ranger District at 541-247-3600, Grants Pass Interagency Office at 541-471-6500 or Wild Rivers Ranger District at 541-592-4000.

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