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SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016 SERVING CURRY COUNTY SINCE 1946 BROOKINGS, OREGON

Port Orford

Proposed golf course clears latest challenge

Man creates flashing tsunami sign

By Jayati Ramakrishnan Pilot staff writer When Oregon Coast residents are scrambling for safety during a tsunami threat, Joe Ross hopes his new signs will be in place to lead them to safety. Ross, a Gold Beach resident, has developed a tsunami warning sign with flashing blue lights that would be installed close to the ocean and along roadsides to lead people to safe areas outside of the tsunami zone. ?I came up with this technology, and we?ll be marketing it up and down the coast,? Ross said. He has built a prototype of the sign and the patent is pending. ?There?s nothing like this anywhere we know of,? he said of the solarpowered signs. ?People will be panicked when the ?Big One? hits ? so it seems like a nobrainer ? ?follow the blue light to safety.?? He estimated the cost of each sign at $1,300 and $1,600. See Sign, Page 9A By Jane Stebbins Pilot staff writer The Land Use Board of Appeals again sided with the developers of the proposed golf course near Port Orford, in a second appeal filed by the Oregon Coastal Alliance in its opposition to the county?s approval of the project. The developer, Elk River Property Development, wants to build Pacific Gales, an 18-hole course on about 350 acres of the 1,100- acre Knapp Ranch north of Port Orford. The course would be situated along ocean bluffs overlooking the Pacific and Cape Blanco Lighthouse. Developers said last October they hoped to begin construction this spring, but at the earliest, pre-construction won?t begin until late this year, they said. Project Manager Troy Russell acknowledges it?s been a slow process. See Golf, Page 2A

Upgrade for Brookings? 911 system

By Jane Stebbins Pilot staff writer The Brookings Police Department has installed hardware, software and other infrastructure to bring its 911 emergency system into the next generation of wireless public safety communications. Brookings was among the first to receive funds from the state Office of Emergency Management to update all the 911 systems in the state. Money came from surcharges on phone bills. See 911, Page 5A

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Pilot program offers children hands-on gardening experiences

By Scott Graves Pilot staff writer Children participating in the Junior Master Gardener program happily dug up dirt and planted vegetable seeds and plants in raised flower beds at the Chetco Community Library Annex property this week. The program, a collaboration among

Diggin? in the dirt

Photo by Amy Vick OSU Master Gardener Scott Thiemann helps student Cohen Vick plant a seedling in one of several raised beds at the Chetco Community Public Library this week. Oregon State University Master Gardeners, the library and AllCare Health, helps children learn about sustainable living. ?So far the kids have learned about seeds. Then they helped build raised garden beds, and today they transplanted seeds,? said mother Amy Vick. See Garden, Page 2A Photo by Amy Vick Students receive starter plants, such a broccoli, to take home.

Gold Beach

Vandalism sparks generous reactions

By Randy Robbins Pilot staff writer Jim and Deb Turner, owners of the D & J Shell gas station and mini-mart in Gold Beach, stared at the shattered front glass door ? and the rock in the middle of the sales floor. The rock had been thrown through the door by a transient man also suspected of doing the same to the window of a bank down the street. It wasn?t the Turner?s first encounter with the man. The couple, who have been in Gold Beach for 30-plus years, had experienced two previous problems with the transient, and this time, last week, they had ordered him to leave the premises and not return. The transient responded by throwing a rock through the front door. However, the Turner?s bad day was about to get better. One of the next customers to enter the mini-mart was Greg Davidson, a glass specialist from Culver Glass Company. He was installing windows on the new Curry General Hospital under construction nearby. Eyeing the door Davidson, immediately offered to help and set about securing the damaged door with tape. ?That really helped because every time the door opened more glass fell out.? Debbie Turner said. See Vandalism, Page 2A

Index

Classifieds ............................7B Comics ..................................6B Art Scene ..............................3B Police log ..............................8A Sports....................................6A Bulletin Board ......................5B Letters ...................................4A

Weather

Past four days TUE WED THU FRI HIGH 57 54 62 62 LOW 45 46 48 52 5-day forecast: Page 4B ? 24-hour: www.CurryPilot.com

Rain totals

Past four days TUE WED THU FRI 0? .25? 0? 0? Since Jan. 1....32.80 Normal ...36.60 Since Oct. 1 ....69.80 Normal ...64.39

Sunrise/Sunset

SAT SUN MON TUE RISE 6:14 6:12 6:11 6:10 SET 8:16 8:17 8:18 8:19 For information on tides, see Page 7A 4 sections, 114 pages

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