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“It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone West.

On May 25, the Biden Administration announced an agreement to lease two areas off the coast of California for the development of wind farms. Oregon is also investigating offshore wind in light of the potential benefits it would offer to Oregonians. Those benefits range from the promise of su…

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I love fish — the way they look, the way they fry up, the secret lives they live under the water.  And of all the fish in the sea, river or lake, I most prize those that descended from the great oceangoing salmonids, trout and char. 

You can judge a society by how it treats its truthtellers and liars. A society that rewards its liars and punishes its truthtellers has morally decayed.

 I don't really understand what the city of Brookings City Council workshop re: St. Timothy's Church is all about, but my inclination suggests the city is trying to shut down St. Timothy’s meals and case management services to Brooking's unhoused citizens.I was around St. Tim’s offices while…

What to do about the "unhoused" is a challenge for every city in America and it's been an issue as long as I've lived in Brookings. Local ordinances to prevent people from camping on public property or from sleeping in cars isn't working - it only addresses a symptom, not the underlying prob…

This letter is in response to Spike In Homeless Deaths On Oregon's South Coast Highlights Holes In Safety Net on JPR.

Imagine a science fiction story where the people would rather believe a lie then face reality, where they would accuse those in the Asian community of tyranny, and instead of evidence they listened to deceit. Not so science fiction. Wish it were.

Here’s the dilemma: You want to explore the West’s huge treasure of public land, but you don’t want to be accompanied by crowds of people. How do you avoid places that wind up on everyone’s bucket list or that have been Instagrammed and geo-tagged to death?

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On May 23, a fighter jet intercepted Ryanair Flight 4978 as it was about to exit Belarus's airspace en route from Athens, Greece to Vilnius, Lithuania. Citing a supposed bomb threat (apparently contrived by regime agents on board the plane), Belarus air traffic control ordered the Boeing 737…

Recently on the advice of a friend, a Zoom meeting was arranged with a local estate attorney; purpose - initial consultation to hire or not to as a trustee.

The Langlois Lions wish to thanks an entire "village" of people and businesses that helped make our recent open-air Mary Hildebrand Memorial Plant Sale an overwhelming success. This was our first major fundraiser since 2019 and has enabled us to continue to fund our charitable programs.

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Imagine a science fiction story where the government crawls in bed with China to make a virus to scare its citizens underground, to control them, to make them afraid to go out or come in contact with one another to make rules as to where they may go and how and with whom, to cull great swath…

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Would you like to earn money and prizes by killing coyotes, foxes, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons, squirrels, crows, rattlesnakes, rabbits, prairie dogs, woodchucks or skunks?

I am bedridden with an untreated left fractured tibia for the 11th day after a motor vehicle accident which was my fault. On May 13, I left an urgent message about my injuries with the VA Roseburg operator/call center to forward to my VA Brookings clinic. VA-BR did not call me for over five …

I currently live in Ashland, but I am a frequent visitor to the coast. I am on a waiting list for an apartment in Brookings and look forward to spending my "golden" years there. As a child growing up in Oregon, conservation and appreciation of nature was taught at home and in school: a lesso…

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In the mid-1960s, my dad served on the school board in Cortez, in rural southern Colorado. He recalled that at one meeting he said something a little too liberal because a fellow board member invited him to “step outside.”

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As we enter the 16th month of the COVID pandemic, many problems still remain.  Why after 16 months does it often feel like we’ve really made so little progress?

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One hundred thirty thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Bozeman, Montana. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $3,000 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their household’s paychecks if they make the median income for …

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Once again the Klamath River Basin is in a "water crisis." With not enough water to fulfill all needs and demands, irrigators, federal tribes and fishermen are all clamoring for more water and for "emergency disaster assistance" from the federal government. In the middle are the federal and …

My wife, Connie and I thank you, Curry County Board of Commissioners, for your thoughtful consideration of our concerns for the future of our SWOCC Curry Campus. Your leadership on behalf of all Curry County regarding how Curry's tax dollars are being used is important for the future of Curr…

The headlines in the Pilot tell the story. Something is wrong with Curry County and with the city of Brookings.

Interesting to read the police blotter for Brookings and find so many notations of transients with outstanding warrants who are cited and then released. The old catch and release. What is the repercussions for that person? Another citation which they will not appear for. Another outstanding …

May 9 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Approximately fifty percent of chronic mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and 75 percent by age 24. 15 million children have a mental, emotional or behavioral health condition…

I write to urge your support for Joel Hensley for Curry Health District Board Position #3. In my 5+ years working for the Curry County District Attorney's Office as both a Deputy DA and now the elected DA, I have worked with Lieutenant Hensley in his role as jail commander for the Curry Coun…

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Regarding National Volunteer week...This letter is a bit slow in its arrival to honor our Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council’s Veterans Task Group’s work along with all those who volunteer.

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Some Colorado River tribulations today remind me of a folk story: A young man went to visit his fiancé and found the family trembling and weeping. They pointed to the ceiling, where an axe was embedded in a rafter.

I don’t know if it’s possible to brain damage an entire population, but it seems that’s what’s happening. People are angry, depressed, annoyed, agitated, confused or an awful combination of these. You see it everywhere. We don’t need psychiatrists to tell us. It’s obvious.

Ruth is a 67-year-old woman living with metastatic lung cancer. She receives care at a treatment center near her home in rural southern Illinois. There are larger hospitals over an hour away in St. Louis, but she doesn’t have the time or financial resources to travel there as often as she wo…

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Wild winter steelhead and Pacific lamprey are now actively spawning in southern Oregon coastal streams. Unfortunately, spawning is happening during low water flows that are more characteristic of early summer than spring and may put these and other fish species at risk from human activity.

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Life is filled with challenges. There are many external circumstances outside of your control. The weather, actions of others, the economy and politics are just a few examples. However, your response to these circumstances is completely within your control. You chose your thoughts, emotions,…

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, once was sustained by the waters of the Santa Fe River, which begins in the high country of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, flows through the city and then onward to the Rio Grande.

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Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation. Twenty-six of Colorado’s 64 counties adopted “meat-in” proclamations. Governors…

COVID internment camps? The walls are closing in and I feel the squeeze. It gets tighter and more insane every day and at an alarming rate. Hopefully to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Shouldn't we say something while we still can? Before we are all censored. Before we will need special pa…

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Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation. Twenty-six of Colorado’s 64 counties adopted “meat-in” proclamations. Governors…

A few years ago, I wrote a letter to the editor that seemed too resonant with a few (however few) people. It was about an experience with three young people responding to a sign: “In This House We Believe….” Well, as much as things have changed (for the better) many things have not changed, …

The last five weeks (February 17-March 24), we've had 150 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Curry County or 4.3 a day. That's 28% of the total number of cases since we started recording cases. As of today, Curry County joins Coos County as the only two counties that are in the Extreme Risk cate…