Employee of the Year

Tim Brush, Brookings Public Works lead utility worker, was the 2018 Employee of the Year, as voted by his fellow employees. He has been with the city more than five years, during which time he has earned seven certifications and was promoted to utility worker in 2016 and to lead utility worker/foreman earlier this year.

Music scholarships

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame is accepting applications from high school seniors interested in pursuing a music degree — either instrumental or voice — in any college in the U.S.

This year, scholarships have increased from $1,000 each to $2,500 each due to an increase in contributions from donors.

The application deadline is Feb. 14.

Applicants should be currently studying music, graduating in spring 2019 and planning to major or minor in music in college.

“We strive to inspire the continuing of higher musical education by offering assistance with college expenses, so music students may aspire to the level of those that have musically made an impact before us and the immense variety of music they created,” said J.M Rundel of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Questions can be sent to info@omhof.org . Applications and more information are available at http://www.omhof.org.

All items must be mailed together to qualify: Oregon Music Hall of Fame, PO Box 82173, Portland, OR 97282.

China Mountain fire

Firefighters are monitoring a slash burn that rekindled in high winds Friday on China Mountain outside Port Orford.

“It walked around the unit a little bit,” said Jeff Chase with Coos Forest Protective Association. “We have resources there making sure it stays nice and safe.”

Port Orford firefighters helped keep the fire from spreading further.

A similar slash burn rekindled on Carpenterville Road late last month, igniting a firestorm that concerned nearby residents, some of whom were evacuated during the 2017 Chetco Bar and 2018 Klondike wildfires.

That fire was reignited in extremely dry conditions, but the China Mountain fire started weeks ago after a heavy rainfall and reignited as last Friday’s 75 mph wind gusts dried out fuels in the area, fire officials said.

“Fires are something that happen on the coast year round,” Chase said.

To see a video, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PortOrfordFire/videos/628561124229169/.

Snowy plover

Curry County, the state and the Bureau of Land Management will extend their management agreement to close down a section of beach near Floras Lake, as it does every year to provide the federally-endangered snowy plover safe sanctuary in which to breed.

The plover nests on eight locations in Oregon between March and September.

The temporary beach restrictions are needed, BLM officials said, because last year’s season was successful, with four nests hatching out six birds — an increase over the prior year, which itself was recognized as the most active in years.

“Our area contains some of the best plover nesting habitat south of the BLM’s habitat restoration area,” said Lisa Van Laanen of the state Parks and Recreation Department.

Current dry sand restrictions for snowy plover breeding total approximately .07 percent, or 17.5 miles, of Oregon’s coast. In Curry County, a half-mile of beach accessed near New River will be closed to all recreation.

Last year, BLM officials encountered an increase in the number of visitors to the area — and witnessed a subsequent increase in violations. Most violations involved dogs entering the roped-off area.

South Coast Watershed Council held several public outreach days on the trail to the beach to educate the public about the bird and maintain the ropes and signs.

The beach will reopen when the nesting season ends.