Category Archives: Curry Coastal Pilot

Lawmakers OK new bills

A variety of bills came out of the 2017 state legislative session last week — some good, many bad, said State Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford. Dock repair Senate Bill 5530, which allocates lottery bond funds for dock repairs, will put a small dent in the cost the Port of Brookings Harbor will incur […]
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Important things to say about Legislative session — Guest Opinion

The Legislature has finished its work. All the votes have been bought and it is just a matter of going through the process. As was expected, the Democrats have had a successful session. I could talk about how we have now doubled down on Oregon being a “sanctuary state” or the fact the state is going to pay […]
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Senate OKs $8.2 billion for Oregon education

Spending plan means less cuts at Brookings’ schools An $8.2 billion spending plan for Oregon’s K-12 schools is headed to the House for a vote as early as next week, after it passed the Senate on a 25-5 vote Thursday. The original proposal was $7.8 billion. The $8.2 billion plan, if approved, means less cuts […]
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Schools get millions for quake retrofits

Brookings will use $4.5 million to make buildings safer The Brookings-Harbor School board learned Wednesday the district has received another $3 million in grant funds to retrofit buildings at three campuses for earthquake safety. At the same time, the board reluctantly approved the retirement and resignation of four more teachers. Also, the state legislature may […]
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No salmon season for Brookings, Gold Beach

Agency recommends season-long closure from Humbug to Eureka, Calif. Fishermen’s chances of catching ocean salmon in Brookings and Gold Beach this summer are sinking fast after a fisheries management agency on Tuesday approved a draft recommendation closing the season completely in Curry and Del Norte counties to preserve the species. The closure will likely impact […]
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Alcohol ban on Oregon beaches is unnecessary

The Oregon Legislature has once again proven it has too much time on its hands, proposing a new law that is unnecessary. House Bill 3441, introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives, would make it a crime to possess or consume alcohol, or to possess or discard “an alcohol container or any glass bottle designed […]
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Opinion – Don’t tax the coffee

You know the government is losing its mind when it’s debating about taxing our coffee. Yup. At first, I thought it was an alternate fact, but it was true. Sigh. The Oregon legislature was considering a bill — it eventually got dumped like so many bales of tea in a harbor — to raise revenue […]
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Sudden Oak Death battle continues

County Commissioner David Brock Smith — soon to be sworn in as a state representative — has teamed up with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley to co-convene the Sudden Oak Death Solutions Task Force approved by the state earlier this year. Source: Sudden Oak Death battle continues;