Jobs Corps training sites saved

Following a conversation with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced that federal Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) Job Corps sites will remain open and operated by the U.S. Forest Service, according to a press release from Merkley.

The announcement follows the Trump administration’s earlier announcement of plans to shut down CCC sites and end the program in its current form.

“Today’s news is a huge victory for the people of Oregon and for rural communities across the country,” Merkley said. “CCCs play an invaluable role not only in providing job training for young adults who come from low-income and at-risk backgrounds, but are also critical to protecting our communities from wildfire.”

CCC students have provided hundreds of thousands of hours of support fighting wildfires and making our forests more resilient to fire, according to Merkley. He called dismantling the CCCs a reckless and wrong-headed decision, said he pushed back and was happy colleagues on both sides of the aisle joined him in fighting to retain the sites.

Merkley — the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee — co-led legislation with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) to require the administration to keep the centers open.

Retail fireworks sales season opens June 23

The 2019 Oregon fireworks retail sales season opens June 23 and runs through July 6, according to a press release from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office.

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Fire risk in Oregon is already high, and as the weeks go by that risk will only increase, so there is no room for error in fireworks safety.”

July 4 holiday public land visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, Oregon state parks, and beaches. Residents statewide can still enjoy fireworks at officially sponsored community events.

For residents who purchase legal fireworks, the OSFM encourages everyone to practice the four Bs of safe fireworks use:

Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.

Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.

Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.

Be aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

For the last reported five years through 2018, there were 1,264 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon recorded by the state’s structural fire agencies, resulting in more than $3.5 million in property damage. During that same period, fires resulting from fireworks resulted in one death and 26 injuries. The data from structural fire agencies do not include incidents that occurred on federal and other state lands.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

Brown authorizes OSP to retrieve State Senators

Governor Kate Brown released the following statement June 20 on the Oregon Senate’s request for assistance of the Oregon State Police (OSP) to bring back the Senate Republicans:

“After many hours of well-intentioned, respectful negotiations on Wednesday, the Senate has come to an impasse. The Senate Republicans have decided to abandon their duty to serve their constituents and walk out. The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward for Oregonians. As the executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill the Senate Democrats’ request. It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their backs on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building. They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do.”

OSP representatives said state senators left the Salem area before various bills made it through our legislative process to a final vote. A bill cannot move forward to a vote without a quorum. The departure of the senators leaves the Senate without the minimum number of members required to constitute a quorum, so the legislative process has stalled.

Consistent with the provisions in the Oregon Constitution, the Senate president requested the assistance of the OSP to bring senators back to the capital to resume the legislative process, according to Brown’s press release. Consistent with her authority under Oregon law (ORS 181.050), the Governor has directed OSP to provide that assistance, the release said.

Community Theater holds Tiny Art show

Brookings Harbor Community Theater (BHCT) is holding it’s Second Annual great big Tiny Art Show and Silent Auction at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art, 810 Chetco Ave., in Brookings.

This annual event benefits the ongoing remodel of BHCT’s new building at 15542 U.S. 101 South, Harbor. A call to artists has been issued for submissions which can be dropped off at Wrights between June 6th and July 6th. The artwork will be on display and available for bids during the silent auction which opens July 8 and will culminate with the July 13 Second Saturday Art Walk.

The Tiny Art Show encourages the community to discover and bid on 2D and 3D artwork by local artists. Each 2D piece is not larger than 9 square inches. Each 3D piece is no larger than a Rubik’s Cube of 27 Cubic inches.

Bid on your favorite pieces during the week long silent auction which ends on July 13 at the Second Saturday Art Walk. For additional information, check out the event’s Facebook page (Tiny Art Show and Silent Auction) or email . Out of area submissions can be mailed to BHCT P.O. Box 6172 Brookings, OR 97415.

— Curry Pilot