Category Archives: Curry Coastal Pilot

Keeping the dream alive

Curry County group advocates for new state, separate from Oregon and California. People driving through Gold Beach are greeted at the city limits by large, green signs with two “Xs” encircled by the words “The Great Seal of the State of Jefferson.” Bewildered tourists might feel inclined to look up the state of Jefferson on […]
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Officials update hundreds of people on status of fire burning near Brookings

Evacuation order issued near Pistol River drainage area. About 400 people filled the Brookings-Harbor High School gym Sunday night to get an update from officials on the Chetco Bar Fire that had burned about 108,000 acres and was about five miles east of Brookings. Source: Officials update hundreds of people on status of fire burning […]
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Fire jumps lines, triggers evacuations

Officials: Danger far from over as winds fan Chetco River wildfire. The steady march of the Chetco Bar Fire slowed overnight and by this morning most of the residents in the Wilderness Retreat, Gardner Ridge Road and Loeb State Park had left their home under a mandatory evacuation order. Source: Fire jumps lines, triggers evacuations; […]
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No FEMA funds for Harbor port

Oregon was able to secure federal funding for infrastructure damage caused by last winter’s storms, but Curry County won’t be getting any. The Port of Brookings Harbor requested $3 million in January for 14 projects to address damage caused by last winter’s storms. Source: No FEMA funds for Harbor port;

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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