Arizona Author to Visit Curry Public Library

Author and writing instructor Jennifer Spiegel will visit Curry Public Library in Gold Beach on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Spiegel’s latest novel is “And So We Die, Having First Slept” and is available for checkout at Curry Public Library.

Spiegel is mostly a fiction writer with three books and a miscellany of short publications, though she also teaches English and creative writing. Spiegel has a master’s degree in politics from New York University, and a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Arizona State. She teaches college classes and writes.

She is the author of three books: “The Freak Chronicles,” “Love Slave” and “And So We Die, Having First Slept.” Currently, Spiegel is working on a memoir, “Cancer, I’ll Give You One Year: A Non-Informative Guide To Breast Cancer.”

Spiegel is also half of the book-reviewing team, Snotty Literati. She lives with her husband and two kids in Arizona.

Spiegel will be available to read from and talk about her work, answer questions, and sign copies of her books. To learn more about the author, visit her site at www.jenniferspiegel.com.

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

Coast Guard opens seasonal search and rescue detachment

The Coast Guard opened its seasonal search and rescue detachment (SARDET) on the Rogue River May 25, according to an agency press release.

As a part of the SARDET, Coast Guard Station Chetco River will provide a 29-foot response boat and will continue their presence as often as practicable with respect to maritime vessel traffic and available water depth, the release said.

The Coast Guard provides the SARDET on the Rogue River in Gold Beach each year to ensure the safety of the maritime community along the Southern Oregon Coast during periods of increased recreational vessel activity. The SARDET covers an area of responsibility from Cape Sebastian to Humbug Mountain.

Normally, Station Chetco River provides a 47-foot motor lifeboat as a part of the SARDET but this year Rogue River experienced significant shoaling due to winter weather so mariners will experience shallower water depths than normal. As a result, the Coast Guard will not be able to provide the 47-foot motor lifeboat until the channel is dredged.

The channel is scheduled to be dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers in July.

The SARDET will have limited maritime response capability until the dredging is completed, the release said. The Coast Guard Sector North Bend Command Center will transmit regularly scheduled broadcast notices to mariners informing the boating public in the immediate area of the Rogue River of any limited Coast Guard response capability.

Seed to Supper course to be offered

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener Program, in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, is offering Seed to Supper in Curry and Del Norte Counties.

Seed to Supper is a comprehensive six-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools and confidence they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget, according to a press release from the extension service.

Classes generally meet for two hours, once a week for six weeks. At the first week’s class, participants will be given a gardening booklet that is theirs to keep. At the completion of classes, participants may also be given seeds and/or plant starts to take home.

Over the course of six weeks participants learn about building healthy soil; planning, planting, and caring for their garden; and harvesting and using their bounty.

Course topics:

Garden site and soil development

Garden planning

Planting a garden

Caring for a growing garden

Harvesting and using garden bounty

For more information, contact either Deb Lando (deborahlando@gmail.com) or (Rturner.schs@orcca.us.)

Merkley pushing thinning legislation

As communities across the country brace for another potentially explosive wildfire season, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore, is pushing forward with legislation aimed at thinning overcrowded forests that have become tinderboxes for out of control wildfires.

Merkley’s Wildfire-Resilient Communities Act, a bill first introduced in 2018, would create a $1 billion fund for the U.S. Forest Service to speed up projects aimed at reducing catastrophic wildfires, according to a press release Wednesday from the senator. The bill will also empower federal agencies to work with local communities to prepare for wildfires.

Out-of-control wildfires have increased in scale and destruction in recent years — in 2017 more than 71,000 wildfires burned 10 million acres nationwide, the second largest figure on record in terms of acreage. Another nine million acres burned last year.

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