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The pandemic has shown Oregonians the critical importance that small business plays in both our local and national economies.  It was critical for entrepreneurs to immediately change their business models and pivot to a new way of selling their products and services overnight. The U.S. Small…

I grew up in radio and got to work at a number of radio stations in the west. When I started in radio, you could bring your own records into the station and play them on the air. In San Luis Obispo, California, I met the live news feed from CBS on the hour with Eric Sevareid and Walter Cronk…

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Fire in the West is expected, and not so long ago, it seemed something the West experienced more than anywhere else. Nationally, big fires were treated as another freak of Western violence, like a grizzly bear attack or another California quirk like Esalen and avocados.

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This past week, as I was driving along Chetco Avenue, I noticed some 30 or so people near the fountain in front of Grocery Outlet. I could not help but wonder what they were doing there.

Last week when I passed St. Timothy's Church, I saw more cars parked in the parking lots and along the street than for any big concert in the park. It was not because of the free meals they often serve, that were recently described in a letter to the editor as akin to feeding wild animals, b…

How can our three county commissioners fight against safety measures from the state when Curry is one of the worst hit counties in the state?

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This summer, three of us were hiking in Alaska’s western Brooks Range when we encountered a pack of eight wolves. We were far from any help when they moved toward us, paused and then disappeared behind a low ridge.

Speaking on behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Curry, we are writing to voice our concern over losing control of our local sovereignty. You voted to give up our rights as an independent county when you turned our health over to the state and for bad reasons.

When the COVID crisis first hit, we were quarantined for months because the lawmakers were trying to keep the hospitals from being overwhelmed. As of today, August 18, there is only one ICU bed available in the four Southern Oregon counties. What's changed?

Our Congressional Representative Peter DeFazio is a pro at the politician's side-step. Rather than address the current fiasco at Kabul, he blames Donald Rumsfeld for moving the U.S. to Iraq after 9/11. WHAT? Rep. DeFazio also said the Kabul exodus was inevitable because Donald Trump cut a de…

In the last 14 days, Curry County has had 308 cases, almost three times the number for the previous two week period (105), which means almost 36% of the COVID cases we've had in the last 18 months have happened in the last four weeks.

It feels like an apocalypse in the Southwest — wildfires, floods, drought, heat, smoke. This was not the norm when I moved to Colorado 35 years ago. Climate scientists may have predicted the arrival of these extreme events, but many admit their predictions have come true faster than they expected.

As you are well aware, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church has been in the news lately, first for stepping to feed the needy when other churches closed down during the pandemic. Now they are again making news because they have once again stepped up to provide COVID testing and vaccinations when t…

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A little-noticed initiative by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR and five other senators would boost local jobs, accelerate sales and improve economies. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, S. 2434, is designed to help local news media support their newsgathering missions.

St. Timothy’s is a neighborhood church. If their neighbors no longer feel safe, then St. Timothy’s needs to be held accountable as would any other neighbor that was making life difficult for others.

With rising inflation, increased crime in Democrat controlled cities, the fall of Afghanistan, the oversell of Critical Race Theory and continuing COVID lockdowns, the Democrats appear to be in disarray. President Biden cannot seem to find the door to the White House without help from secret…

The 2020 election mistake has turned into a nightmare. It took President Trump three years to establish the United States as energy independent. It only took Biden four months to increase gas prices 100 percent and make us once again dependent on OPEC.

Get off your high horse. A few years back our now convicted felon, former sheriff issued a proclamation letter to the media proclaiming that he would not enforce a non-existing law that would require him to take away our citizen's guns.

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On Sunday, Aug. 1, the free Billy Joel/Elton John tribute concert at Brookings’ Azalea Park was a big hit, drawing nearly 1,100 music fans. Afterward, one of those fans asked us a good question: “How did we get so lucky? A professional Vegas band! A Grammy nominated, mind blowing, amazing ba…

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As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control moves to extend a federal eviction moratorium that (including its original CARES Act version) has now been in place for most of 18 months and that President Joe Biden himself concedes is "not likely to pass constitutional muster," most of the public rh…

Covid Report. In the period of July 28-August 6, Curry County had 132 new cases of COVID transmissions plus another death. (See Transmissions at https://bit.ly/3lL4Fr7 ). That's 15% of 893 cases in the last 10 days. The primary cause is the large share of Curry citizens who remain unvaccinat…

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New Mexico, the third-ranking U.S. oil producer, has moved to curtail methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, moving it closer to neighboring Colorado’s leadership. Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and also damages human health.

We celebrated the Fourth of July this past month and I am reminded once again of the many freedoms I enjoy because I live in the United States of America. Although our country struggles and sometimes stumbles through these ever-changing times, I find comfort in the knowledge that we are a co…

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate – and will benefit every member of this community. Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to local c…

I would like to commend you on your efforts of providing local news to us. I especially appreciate the interesting letters that show people's concerns and not politically motivated. I have been reading the past letters and find how people are truly interested in our community.

Where is the reporting? Large local businesses have been shut down due to recent COVID infections. Locally, people have been hospitalized and are getting sick but what are the numbers?

On July 19, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3291. This bill allows for ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and received no later than seven days after an election to be accepted and counted. Oregon will now join 17 other states that allow ballots to count if they are postmarked…

Is it just me, or am I the only local to notice the increase in prices? Gas is 30 cents more per gallon here then the I-5 corridor. Food prices are 10-15% higher than elsewhere. Local entertainment has increased; for instance, the jet boats went up 36% from $50 pre COVID, to $68 today. My 4-…

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Homelessness is a growing problem in virtually every state. Nowhere is it more pressing than in California, which in the past three years spent more than $13 billion, roughly $30,000 annually for each homeless person, to address it. Tragically, its “housing first” approach is a colossal fail…

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Hikers are flooding our public lands, so I ask the question: Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone?

I'm writing in regard to the upcoming August 2 Brookings City Council Workshop about Accessory Dwelling Units and the System Development Fees assessed by the city upon such housing units. The city should be commended for allowing such units within the city under its' Land Use Ordinance. Whil…

Recently, we drove to the Bombsite Trail on the windy, gravel road that continues beyond Winchuck Road (alternate route South Bank washed out). After 1 hour, 13 miles, assuming we missed it, we turned back. Suddenly we heard something. Our back right tire was flat. We got the new jack and ti…

The premise of Thomas Knapp, guest opinion in the July 16, Pilot, that the government is trying to censor social media is false.  It is true that some social media companies have censored groups and individuals they feel post patently false and conspiratorial content, but they are private co…

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"If [Donald] Trump and [Bernie] Sanders take the same position on Big Tech censorship," David Catron writes at The American Spectator, "the issue deserves serious attention."

This should be the weekend of the Southern Oregon Kite Festival. Unfortunately, it is not and never will be again. The SOKF was a huge benefit to the Brookings-Harbor area, bringing visitors from over the West.

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On May 9, protected by neoprene, I bobbed around in a flooded canyon in Utah’s Lake Powell. The reservoir had fallen below 35 percent full, which gave me the unique opportunity to free-dive through an underwater bridge that was now suddenly within reach.

Here we are, at the beginning of what could prove to be worst wildfire season ever and the world's best firefighting tool sits unused and not ready to go because of decisions made by the U.S. Forest Service and states not to use it.

The perception of the manner in which the Curry County Board of Commissioners operates is that of bullyism and ego-feeding. Department heads are ridiculed and silenced while airing legitimate concerns.

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Giant sequoias come as close to immortality as living organisms can. Many live over a thousand years, an almost unimaginable span of survival in the face of all of nature’s challenges.

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St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church has been doing a very Orthodox and very Christian thing for years: serving Christ by serving the poor, the naked the hungry (Matt. 25). This is a refreshing change from a Western Christian emphasis on Luther’s “faith alone” justification for individual, self-ce…

June was PTSD Awareness Month. Here is info that demonstrates that we have much to do in our PTSD awareness efforts — including outreach to PTSD suffers. Who are our PTSD suffers?