Bear attacks car

Bette Reed woke up Tuesday morning to find a bear had torn the bumper off her 1990 Honda to get to two 20-pound bags of birdseed.

One of the bags spilled all over the ground at her Winchuck Road property; the bear hauled another halfway up a steep hillside nearby, Reed reported.

“Somehow it got into a side slot and pulled out the two bags,” she said. “He just tore my bumper off.”

Reed typically secures her bird seed in bear-proof containers and had recently thought about removing the bags from the vehicle.

“I think God gave me a little tip and I didn’t move on it, and here I am,” she said. “I didn’t realize we were in bear season already.”

Residents are reminded to secure bird seed and trash in appropriate containers and clean barbecues to deter bears and other animals.

Yard waste pickup

Curry Transfer and Recycling urges customers to prepare for its free yard waste disposal days.

The event runs April 29 to May 4 in Brookings and Harbor, May 15 in Gold Beach and May 16 in Port Orford.

Customers can bundle their yard debris or place it in environmentally-friendly paper landscape bags at the curb on garbage day, or take it loose, bundled or bagged to the Wridge Creek or Port Orford transfer sites Tuesday through Saturday, May 7 to 11.

The 30-gallon landscape bags can be purchased at local stores where garden supplies are sold. Yard waste in plastic bags cannot be accepted.

Skate park closed

The skate park at Bud Cross Park in Brookings was recently vandalized with obscene graffiti and will be closed for repairs.

Brookings recently adopted a policy to close areas of the parks that have been damaged, vandalized or egregiously misused.

The policy reads, “The City of Brookings is committed to providing clean and well maintained Parks and Facilities. In the event that a park facility is damaged, vandalized or egregiously misused the public works director has the authority to close that area for repairs and maintenance. Closures should not exceed two weeks. In the event that an area has been damaged to the point of requiring contracted services the area will be closed until those services can be scheduled and rendered.”

Anyone with information about the damage done to the park is asked to contact the Brookings Police Department.

Brew, Art fest moved

Gold Beach’s 11th annual Gold Beach Brew & Art Festival — the longest running brewfest on the Oregon Coast — has been rescheduled to noon to 9 p.m. June 22.

More than 10,000 people have attended the local fundraiser since it began in 2007 to sip craft brews, and wines, partake of food-truck fare, enjoy the art show and sale, and be entertained by musicians performing on two stages.

Six bands will play throughout this year’s event. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and can be purchased at Wright’s Custom Framing in Brookings, in Gold Beach at Gold Beach Books, and Interiors, the Sassy Seagull in Bandon or online at