Woman found in creek had drowned

The Curry County Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Portland woman recently found submerged in a Curry County creek as accidental drowning.

The body of Michella Craft, 27, was found underwater in Emily Creek May 26 by a group of four friends hiking the Emily Creek drainage, about 10 miles east of Brookings.

Sheriff John Ward said on May 17, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Craft, who was reported missing by her mother in Medford. It was reported that Craft had been living in Portland but had been seen in Curry County recently.

Deputies called to the scene found the body in about two feet of water against a log in the current, Ward said.

Deputies were able to take fingerprints from the victim and sent them to the state crime lab for comparison. Deputies also found clothing and camping items believed to belong to Craft. The area where the items were found was above the Second Bridge on the Chetco River and on Tidewater property.

Chetco Community Library Newsletter June 2019

The library staff and board want to acknowledge the passing of beloved longtime library supporter and board member Vi Lovejoy.

As with former director Susana Fernandez, you can see Vi’s name and impact here daily — building and vendor contracts, board decisions, fundraising efforts, the plaque in our library lobby, and more. Even though I didn’t know Vi, I appreciate all the work she did for this library, and we all express our sympathy for her family.

It’s Summer Reading Time. To launch this year’s summer reading “A Universe of Stories” program, we are having a big Kick-Off BBQ and Touch-a-Truck Party on June 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join us outside in the overflow lot for free food, games, prizes, fire trucks, coast guard boats, and more. Entry is free, and we’ll help you get signed up for our summer reading program. We’ll have reading goals and prizes for kids and adults throughout the summer.

June Events

All library events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions please contact us at 541-469-7738 or visit our website, www.chetcolibrary.org.


Story Time (Pre-K), Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Legos 4 Little Ones (Ages 0-6), Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon.

STEAM (Ages 7-plus), Thursdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

TechKnow (Ages 10-plus), Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. (No TechKnow June 5.)


Touch-a-Truck and BBQ on June 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday Night Movie Series (G or PG), Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. To find out the movie titles we’re showing, check out our website events calendar or call us and ask.

Movie Night (PG-13), June 14 at 6:30 p.m.

“Dig into Your Library” gardening program, Friday and June 14, 3:30 p.m.


Saturday, 3 p.m., hand loom weaving demonstration with Jane Opiat

June 14, 9 a.m., library board meeting with executive session displays: This month’s book display is “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The covers of our recommended reads have been replaced with the first line of the book. Like the preview? Then check out the book.

The Large Meeting Room will feature art by Christina Olsen, Dale Wells, and Horst Wolf with the theme of “Whimsy.” The lobby display will be all about the Kite Festival.

Summer Reading at Curry Public Library

“A Universe of Stories,” the free 2019 Summer Reading Program begins June 10 at Curry Public Library.

“A Universe of Stories” opens with a Summer Reading Launch Party at Buffington Park in Gold Beach. All ages, birth to adult, are welcome to drop by the park, sign up for summer reading, get prizes and dinner, visit Spike the Library Tortoise, and participate in activities. In the event of rain, the launch party will be held instead at Curry Public Library.

Over the course of the summer, participants can read and track their hours to win prizes. Prizes include a variety of books, a family trip, a sleepover party at the library, and more. Join us for presentations from guest musician Dylan Vila, Penny’s Puppets, movie nights, a kids’ space program, and more.

Highlights for children include weekly story times, card games, and Lego play time. Activities for teens include movie and game nights, anime club, middle school field activities, and more. Adults can track their reading progress on a Summer Reading BINGO Card and enter a drawing for prizes.

The program will conclude with a Summer Reading Splash Down Party with crafts, games, water balloons, and lunch Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the library. Winners of the grand prize for each summer reading age group will be announced at 1:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events go to: www.currypubliclibrary.org

For more information, please call Curry Public Library at 541-247-7246.

Forestry Board meets today

The Oregon Board of Forestry meets Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Department of Forestry, with an Executive Session scheduled at the end of the day. ODF headquarters is located at 2600 State St., Salem.

The Board of Forestry’s meeting agenda and materials are available online by visiting https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

A livestream option will be available for those who wish to view the meeting remotely. For more details, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

—Curry Pilot