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By Arwyn Rice Pilot staff writer Audience comments at future Brookings-Harbor School Board meetings will be more carefully controlled, the board decided in a special session Monday. The sometimes heated session, which lasted nearly two hours, addressed board policy and events surrounding the Nov. 17 board meeting. “What happened in the public comment session was a fiasco,” Board Member Jamie Ryan told the board. Discussion at that Nov. 17 meeting should have taken place behind closed doors in executive session, Ryan said. “It shouldn’t have been handled in a public forum in front of the newspaper.” Concern about the Nov. 17 meeting centered around five individuals who addressed the board on two topics. Four spoke regarding a video shown in an Azalea Middle School class, and a fifth speaker made complaints against Superintendent Brian Hodge and a district special education specialist. At Monday’s special session, Ryan, who was absent from the Nov. 17 meeting, voiced concern about whether speakers made personal attacks on school employees, and whether board policy was followed during the meeting. “The policy specifically states that (the public speaking portion) is not to be used for complaints against an individual, by position or by outright naming of the individual,” Ryan said. The board spent about 20 minutes listening to a recording of the public comments from the Nov. 17 meeting so Ryan could hear for herself what was said, and to refresh the memories of the other board members. However, despite listening to a recording, it remained unclear how much of the issues addressed at the meeting were about individual personnel, and how much dealt with district policy. “The farther away you get from the event, it gets muddy, more unravelled,” Hodge said. Findings on special education complainant

Parent Sue Cruickshank had brought a complaint to the board at the Nov. 17 meeting regarding the special education program at the high school. See Policy, Page 2A

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Chris Teague of South Coast Bird Rescue, above, holds an endangered surf scooter that was found beaten and tired from a recent storm. The bird was given a place to recuperate and was returned to the wild Monday at Chetco Point. The first thing the bird did was stretch its wings, right, before paddling out to sea. Teague said the rescue group is in need of donations, which can be given at Evergreen Federal Bank. For information, call 541-469-3483.

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Cal-Ore recognizes firefighters efforts By Charles Kocher Pilot staff writer Cal-Ore Life Flight handed out free dinner, praise and thanks — along with $6,000 in donations — to volunteer fire departments Monday night. “We can’t do it without you guys,” said Dan Brattain, owner of the ground and air ambulance service. “We wanted to get you here and thank you.” Brattain said that through his work with statewide associations, he realizes that the “harmony” the ambulance service has with the fire departments is unusual. “Just this Saturday, we had call after call after call, and we had you guys there helping us all day long,” he said. “Our crews and your volunteers were pulling together; that’s what makes this thing work.” Brattain added that through the comment sheets answered by their clients, he knows that the community appreciates the

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Cal-Ore Life Flight owner Dan Brattain, bottom left, offers kudos to members of local fire departments. quality of care that results. “They are 99.9 percent positive,” Brattain said of the call sheets. “On a lot of these calls, you guys are there too.” The donations from Cal-Ore Life Flight included $500 each to the Winchuck, Cedar Valley, Pistol River, Agness and Cape

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Crab season officially opens today (Dec. 1), but the Oregon crab fishing fleet is still in port. It may be a week or more before the first commercial crab hits the market, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Executive Director Nick Furman said Tuesday night. But this time the delay is not due to adversarial relations between crab fishermen and processors. “The level of cooperation between fishermen and processors was unprecedented,” said Bernie Lindley, Brookings crab fisherman and member of the crab commission. Lindley had just come from a meeting with about 40 Port of Brookings Harbor crab fishermen Tuesday night. The meeting was closed to the public and media. The situation for both fishermen and processors this year is unique, he said. In most years, crabbers know that the crab are ready, he said. This year, no one is quite sure. Negotiations between crab fishermen and crab processors resulted in a rare agreement to wait for more information on the condition of the crab off the coast of Brookings, Port Orford and Astoria. At least 25 percent of the weight of the crab needs to be crab meat, Lindley said. When the last state test was done two weeks ago, crab off Brookings, Port Orford and Astoria had been on track to make weight, but no one was certain if they had.

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Brookings students among first in state to take new exam By Arwyn Rice Pilot staff writer Brookings-Harbor School District students will get an early look at the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) writing exam in coming weeks. That practice may mean better scores for students on future exams. District students in grades 5, 8 and 11 were selected to be part of a small statewide test group, Kalmiopsis Principal Helena Chirinian said. “They chose a variety of sizes of school districts from all over the state,” Chirinian said. “We were probably chosen because we are in the southwest corner of the state.” The OAKS exam, which includes sections on reading, writing, mathematics and science, is used to evaluate student progress, and determine overall school performance. Beginning with the class of 2014, the OAKS will also serve as an exit exam. Students will be required to meet standards on all portions of the exam before they can receive an Oregon diploma. Portions of the writing exam given to the test group will be selected to create writing samples to establish baseline standards used by test graders to evaluate future test takers. Students in grades 4, 7 and 11 will take the written test during January’s exam cycle. Their essays will be compared to the earlier essays written by the test group. See Testing, Page 2A

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Students will take the writing exam preview before Dec. 15, but have already begun taking regular OAKS exams in other subjects. This year’s math and reading exams will be more difficult to pass than in past years, especially at the elementary school level, Chirinian said. “They moved the cut score (the score required to pass the test) seven points higher for the fourth graders,” Chirinian said. Passing scores for middle and high school students were also raised, but by only a single point. Elementary school stu-

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Cruikshank violated district policy by naming and verbally abusing two separate employees, either by name or by position, Ryan said. “(Cruickshank) was really upset,” Board Member Brad Peters said. Several board members said they felt that Board Chair Bob Horel handled the matter poorly at the time. Horel failed to stop the speaker or remind her of the board policy on the use of names when she stepped over the line, they said. It was Horel’s job to stop the speaker once an employee name or exact job title had been used in a complaint, Ryan said. Superintendent Brian Hodge finally spoke up to tell the speaker not to use names or positions, she said. Other board members said that they were waiting for Horel to say something, but will speak up in the future if the board chair fails to do so. Horel maintained that the speaker did not violate board policy and did not need to be stopped. “She talked about the position, not the name,” Horel said Tuesday. However, once he informed Cruickshank that her time was up and she began attacking Hodge, Horel said he preferred to use the time issue to stop Cruickshank’s angry tirade against the superintendent. “There was no benefit in engaging her in what she said about Brian,” he said.

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The four speakers who brought the video issue to the board’s attention broke district policy in two ways, board members said. First, the complaints had not yet gone through the established system, and second, they used employee names. According to district policy, complainants should first speak to the teacher or employee involved. If there is no resolution at that level, the complaint

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would go to the principal of the school, then to the superintendent, then to a district committee. Only after these avenues are exhausted and the issue has not been resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, should the school board be contacted. Even then, the board does not handle complaints against individuals in open meetings, Ryan said. State law directs boards to hear such complaints in closed session unless the personnel involved have asked for an open meeting, Ryan said. Accused individuals must be notified before the meeting, and enough time must be given for all parties to prepare for the meeting, she said. However, there was disagreement among board members over whether the group’s complaint was about a teacher, or about the video. “Nobody complained about the teacher; their complaint was against the video,” Board Member Allene Fewell said. However, one speaker, Anne O’Dell, did mention the name of the teacher during her allotted time. O’Dell was told not to bring names into the discussion, and other speakers on the subject stayed within policy regarding identifying individuals. Board Member Brad Peters said that while O’Dell did mention the name of the teacher who showed the video, she also praised that teacher’s classroom

abilities. The video in question is a John Birch Society production on the nature of various government systems. Speakers alleged that the video contains politically biased material and is no more appropriate than showing liberal bias films in classrooms. John Birch Society is a controversial conservative political group. Instead of commenting on the video after the speakers had their say, Horel should have directed them to the district’s established complaint system, Ryan said. “The only proper re sponse is to instruct them,” she said “None of these people were directed to take it through the proper process,” she said. Ryan is the senior member of the board, having been served since May, 2009. Fewell, Peters and Slewing took their seats on the board in July 2009, and Horel was appointed to fill Linda Morgan’s seat when she resigned in July 2010. “This was a learning tool,” board Member Carol Slewing said. Policy needs to be enforced

No changes to board policy need to be made, members said, but the board chair should more actively enforce that policy. The board agreed that, at future meetings, the entire policy, which is printed on the back of comment cards, will be read by the

board chair before the public comment session begins, and be more careful to remind speakers to stay within the rules. “We don’t want it to become a free-for-all,” Ryan said. Ryan and Horel d isagreed about how strictly the policy should be applied. Many complaints against the superintendent are not against the superintendent at all, Horel argued. As the district’s administrator, the position becomes a symbol or face of the district’s policies, he said. Those complaints may actually be policy complaints, and therefore appropriate to bring to the board, he said. Ryan disagreed, stating that it’s the board’s responsibility to show that they support district employees. “We have to show that we’ve got their backs,” she said. Discussion between Horel and Ryan became heated at times, but the board was able to agree on how future policy should be applied. “If we were all supposed to agree all the time, they would just elect one of us,” Horel said. Radio interview

The board also listened to a recording of Horel’s interview on the Lars Larson Show. Larson, a conservative radio talk host, interviewed Horel last week. Larson questioned Horel about the board’s reaction to the John Birch Society video, and whether the board banned only conservative material, or all material. Horel responded that any politically-produced material, including Michael Moore and other liberal-bias videos, would fall under the same approval rules as the John Birch Society video that was shown. “He wanted to make a political fight of it,” Horel said. Board members praised Horel’s handling of the radio interview.

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So, rather than put out major efforts for a low-quality catch, fishermen and processors decided to wait for confirmation of the condition of the crab, Lindley said. “Every time someone opens up a crab, we want them to get what they paid for,” he said. After negotiations were completed Friday, and an

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On Monday, Nov. 29, the Gold Beach Police Department was notified by the National Town Watch Association that it was their recipient for the “Rookie of the Year” award for their work on the 2010 National Night Out event that occurred Aug. 3. Gold Beach Police Chief

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SALEM – Safety advocates are gearing up to bring the message home about driving sober, and it begins with December being proclaimed “Drinking and Drugged Driving Awareness Month” by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Also known as “3-D Month,” the campaign includes increased enforcement around the state aimed at reducing crashes caused by impaired drivers. “Whether you are out shopping, visiting friends or celebrating with family, we encourage you to plan ahead, be alert, and don’t drink and drive,” said Linda FisherLewis, Safety Division DUII program manager. “We hope you will do everything you can to make the holidays safe.” The national “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” campaign will be on the air and on the minds of law enforcement as they work to get impaired drivers off the road. Last year during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays in Oregon, two people died in alcohol-involved crashes; in 2008, there were six fatalities from alcohol-involved crashes over the holidays. Motorists are attaching red ribbons to their vehicles to serve as reminders to drive safe and sober. Ribbons are free and available at DMV offices while supplies last.

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OPINION Editorial Crab fishermen deserve community’s support Being a crab fisherman is no easy task. It’s a brutal schedule of danger, sleepless nights and worried families — one that will begin this month as soon as a price is set and the weather settles. We won’t be able to watch the drama unfold — a la the “Deadliest Catch” TV show — as crabbers leave the ports of the Southern Oregon Coast and risk their lives at sea. Yet, they still deserve strong community support. Because of Oregon’s, Washington’s and California’s crabbers, we and the rest of the world will have delicious seafood for the new year, and the local and state economies will receive an influx of millions of dollars that will create economic opportunities for coast residents. Officials report the total value of the 2009-10 crab season for the Oregon and Washington fishing fleet exceeded $60 million — at least 25 million pounds of Dungeness! That is a heck of a lot of crab cakes, and a lot of back-breaking labor. There’s no denying that crab fishing is a grueling job. And there’s no guarantee of success— booms and busts are an infamous part of the business. In fact, landings of Dungeness crab in the West Coast fisheries have maintained a cyclical pattern for nearly 50 seasons, according to the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Project. Harvests have ranged from 8 million to 54 million pounds, peaking approximately every 10 years. And the weather. It’s going to be rough. Meteorologist have predicted an onslaught this winter of La Nina-fueled storms for the Oregon Coast. While we cannot control the weather or the crab population, the community, as a whole, can support our local fishermen by observing what regulatory agencies do, and by commenting on any rules and regulations that have a potentially negative impact on the industry. Also, if you are so inclined, you can say a prayer for our fishermen’s continued success and safety at sea. And eat lots of crab!

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Memories of Thanksgiving

Letters to the Editor We can balance the budget by 2011

Editor: Can we stop the madness? I did not elect anyone to any office — be it two years, four years, or six years — to do anything but act in our interest. To receive a pension after one term in office is ridiculous, to accept it is a crime. To get free health care, and additional benefits on our dime is insane. If they do a good job, reelect them and give them a watch. If they want benefits, let them contribute like we do. I have never met anyone who worked in the private sector who retired with full benefits before 20 years service. If you did, good for you. We can balance every city, country, state and the federal budget by the end of 2011, and not touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. I’m dead serious. Clifton Siemens Brookings

‘Poof!’ There goes another way of life

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Editor: Once upon a time in a land called Oregon, all was happy and the people were prosperous. There were massive forests, abundant water and oceans and streams teeming with fish. Then one day, a group of strangers came to Oregon. These strangers called themselves environmentalists. They complained to the government that loggers were cutting down too many trees needed by owls to build their nests. So the government said to the loggers, “Stop cutting down trees.” They did, and the timber industry went, “poof!” Then these environmentalists complained to the government that farmers were damming and diverting rivers which interfered with the freedom of fish to swim where they pleased. So the government said, “Remove the dams and let the water flow freely.” The farmers did, and the agriculture industry went, “poof!” And the environmentalists complained to the government that too many fish were being removed from the waters. So the government said to the fishermen, “We will tell you where

Meetings Wednesday, Dec. 1 •Brookings Site Planning Committee, 10 a.m., Brookings City Hall council chambers, 898 Elk Drive, Brookings. Thursday, Dec. 2 •Curry County Safety Committee, 9 a.m., Curry County Courthouse Annex, 94235 Moore St., Gold Beach. •Brookings Public Art Committee, noon, Brookings City Hall council chambers, 898 Elk Drive, Brookings. Friday, Dec. 3 •Chetco Community Public Library District, 9 a.m., library, 405 Alder St., Brookings. Monday, Dec. 6 •Curry County Board of Commissioners, 10 a.m., Curry Count y Courtho use Annex, 94235 Mo ore St ., Gol d Beach. Work session at 1:30 p.m. •Brookings City Council workshop, 4 p.m., Brookings City Hall council chambers, 898 Elk Drive, Brookings.

and when you can catch fish, and how many you can catch.” The fishermen followed the orders of the government, and the commercial fishing industry went, “poof!” One day, the government came to the people to collect taxes as they so often do. They found that the people had no money. So the government said to the people the often repeated words, “We are here to help you.” And, “Since you have no jobs, we will give some of our money to your counties so they may continue to serve you.” There was great rejoicing among the people. But the government soon tired of giving money to the counties. They decided they needed this money that they had been paying to the counties to instead pay for the many other things government spends money on, so they told the counties that this money would no longer be paid. So, soon the counties will go, “poof!” I find it difficult to understand why the good people of Oregon continue year after year to elect politicians to office who are of the mindset that owls and fishes are more important than human beings, when voters know full well that the same people produce the same results. Alan Jensen Brookings

A holiday thank you to the community

Editor: The Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts want to thank our wonderful giving community. Again this year, our Christmas program and our ongoing mission to send care packages and moral support to our troops and wounded warriors serving in harm's way could not have happened without all of you in our Brookings-Harbor community. From the Brookings-Harbor High School cheerleaders who helped host our Sept. 11 memorial, to the Brookings Presbyterian Church who made all those wonderful Christmas stockings, we are grateful. To you students at Azalea Middle School and Kalmiopsis who wrote wonderful cards and letters and packed your own care packages, you were awesome. We want to also thank The Brookings Emblem Club 265 for their wonderful support, the Marine Corps League for helping us with gaining local contacts for troops and also for their honoring our mission and supporting us with donations.

We also want to thank our local businesses who continue to help the Red Shirts throughout the year. Thanks to Fred Meyer, the Grocery Outlet, Ray’s Food place and all the businesses that help support our troops and our local community. We cannot list all the individual supporters who have helped the Red Shirts throughout the year, but you have made such a difference in our ability to sustain this program. A special thank you to our local post office and its great employees for helping us throughout the year, too. May you all have a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Frank Muller and the Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts Brookings

TSA? Where is the moral outrage?

Editor: Who exactly is running the TSA (Transportation Security Administration these days? Where are all the big- mouth Obama supporters when it comes to people getting groped and fondled at the airports? Where is the moral outrage from crazy Keith Olbermann? Maybe Keith was too distracted from his painful one-day suspension from MSNBC, or maybe Fascism is a good thing when it is being promoted by Barry Obama and Joe Biden. I will take this opportunity to congratulate Keith Olbermann on his ratings going through the roof since his triumphant return. His ratings have tripled from nine viewers to 27! This means that Keith Olbermann has more viewers than everybody else at MSNBC and CNN! Speaking of morons, I always hear Glenn Beck talk about his TV show being on at 5 p.m. “at night.” But 6 p.m. is when the evening starts. The Glenn Beck program comes on during the afternoon, not at night! Maybe Glenn Beck does not know how to tell time because maybe Glenn Beck is still a drunk and an asinine idiot. Maybe Glenn Beck should change the name of his show and call it the Alex Jones show, because that is who he has been ripping off for the last couple of years. Don’t cry Glenn. I’m buying a round for the house! Joe Thomas Brookings

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Full of turkey and feeling sleepy last Thursday afternoon, Wife Polly and I discussed the many things for which we’re thankful. Then the subject shifted to memories of our first Thanksgiving in Brookings in 1962, and how the electricity went out, not only on that day, but for the next five Thanksgivings as well. The electrical lines certainly weren’t as trustworthy back then as they are today, and more easily fell prey to our winter storms. But people in this area were experienced with that type of weather, and the resultant electrical outages, and thought nothing of using candles to illuminate their homes and fireplaces to cook their meals. However, Polly and I had just arrived in Brookings from Los Angeles, where winters tend to be a bit milder. The day before Thanksgiving, she bought a small, frozen turkey either at C & K Market or at Hanscam’s Market in Harbor, the only two grocery stores in town at that time. When the lights went off early Thanksgiving morning, the “bird” was still slightly iced (as seems to happen often since we don’t anticipate how long the gobblers take to defrost). Son Chris and I dressed warmly and armed ourselves for bringing home Thanksgiving dinner. We didn’t take guns. We didn’t have any. We took what fishing poles we had, with some lines and hooks, and worms from the garden. That morning, a beautiful, dancing, shiny steelhead we caught at Low Water Bridge got our hearts pumping and provided us with supper. We cooked her in foil on coals in the fireplace, and kept her eggs to be used as bait in many great fishing excursions. She was delicious, and ample for our family of five, and lit a passion in me for fishing that has lasted to this day. Chris was 11 at the time, a city kid who changed his attitude about many things on that one exquisite Thanksgiving Day. He later earned a Masters Degree in Marine Biology because of his fascination for aquatic ventures. He’s now an attorney, but he can often be spotted in waders covering his threepiece suit and vest, throwing a fishing line out into one of Curry County’s rivers. Although I’ve been both lauded and criticized for telling too many dog stories, I apologize for now telling one more. Taking note of a small story in The Pilot inviting people to have a photograph taken of their pet visiting Santa Claus, we recently loaded our media-star dog, Bob, into our car and drove to the Wild Bird and Backyard General Store. There, a small, fluffy, white poodle was taking a turn in Santa’s lap as we arrived. Bob is friendly, all black and weighs 90 pounds. When he saw the poodle, he took two, 20-foot leaping bounds in that direction, but being a polite fellow, stopped short of bowling over Santa and Fluffy. He loves to sit on laps, and when Santa invited him up, he didn’t hesitate for an instant, and was soon kissing the white-bearded elf with long gooey slurps. The family of Scott Graves, the Pilot’s editor, was helping out with the photo shoot. His mother-inlaw, Joyce, was collecting donations for the South Coast Humane Society as Bob zoomed past with his eyes on the poodle, while Scott’s wife, Jacque, aimed her camera. She informed Santa that, from her angle, all she could see was a large black backside and a big wagging tail.

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Rivers of California: Author plans visit, slide show Dec. 3 By Kelley Atherton Wescom News Service

High water levels flood alder trees along Patrick Creek in Del Norte County.

Tim Palmer many people have done to keep the Smith a wild and scenic river and to remove the dams on the Klamath. He made a trip to Patrick’s Creek to catch a glimpse of salmon spawning, which ended up in his epilogue. “It made, for me, a perfect ending for the book,” Palmer said. “We still have these fish and they’re still coming back each year.” He wrote: “Muscling its way upstream, following the route of flowing water, the fish symbolized for me, the wild nature of that exquisite river. The salmon dove again and and disappeared as rapidly as it had surfaced, but surely it continued on its incomparable journey of life.” A picture book on California’s rivers has not been done before, Palmer said, so the idea beckoned him. “Rivers of California” was a chance to photograph and

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write about a diverse range of rivers from the ones here in the rainforest of the North Coast to those in the Mojave Desert, he explained. This diversity provides for a variety of life, such as the salmon and steelhead that run in the Smith and Klamath rivers. California’s population has put a great strain on the rivers, Palmer said, adding, “there’s only so much water to go around.” Because of California’s development, there’s only a few natural rivers left, Palmer said. “The stage of conflict is so intense here,” he said. Palmer went into this project as a writer as well as a photographer and took the task of writing about California’s rivers seriously.

He did lots of research and interviews for the book because rivers “deserve more attention than they get,” he said. Palmer has written 20 books, including “Rivers of America,” Trees and Forests of America,” “Luminious Mountains: The Sierra Nevada of California” and California Wild. He’s working on two other books right now: a picture book of California’s disappearing glaciers and a field guide to the state’s rivers. His presentation should last about an hour with questions. There will be time for him to sign books. “Rivers of California” and a few of Palmers’ other books will be for sale. The book is available through the publisher at heydaybooks.com.

My View: Bob’s visit with Santa a highlight of season Continued from Page 1A

Santa (his voice sounded uncannily like Scott’s) hitched the whole 90-pound dog clear up into his lap, hugging him and looking around toward the camera. At the same time, his 7-year-old daughter, Alia, activated a squeaky toy. Bob turned toward the noise with a look of wonder. The toy squeaked and the camera clicked. Although we can’t see the photos for a few days, you can bet they will be a part of our next year’s family Christmas card. (By the way, the Graves family will be taking pet photos with Santa again from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at a Wild Bird and Backyard General Store.)

Ore. terror suspect pleads not guilty PORTLAND (AP) — A 19year-old Somali-American man has pleaded not guilty to an alleged plot to blow up a car bomb at an Oregon Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland. Mohamed Osman Mohamud entered the plea Monday in federal court in Portland. An indictment filed earlier in the day charged him with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud was arrested Friday evening near the crowded Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, amid an FBI sting operation that followed months of investigation. A judge set a tentative trial date for Feb. 1.

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Previously, Wife Polly and I took a picture of Bob for our Christmas letter — it looks like he has chewed up his Santa’s hat and appears only as a faded, black, shiny-shadow of himself. I’ve already come up with my first New Year’s resolution: I’ll try not to run another dog story in this column (unless it’s a really good one.) In fact, like 2010 and that photo of Bob, My View may, too, soon fade.

Bob, Dick Kuesink’s playful puppy, stops his antics long enough to get his photo taken with Santa during a fundraiser for the South Coast Humane Society

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Gold Beach Panthers going to state final

One Last Point...

By Jef Hatch Pilot staff writer The Gold Beach Panthers got redemption Saturday night as they defeated the Kennedy Trojans 18-0 in an OSAA 2A semi-final game. The Panthers, ranked sixth in the 2A OSAA state rankings, were defeated in the pre-season by the second-ranked Trojans 26-14. “We were playing more like individuals then,” said Panther tight end Thomas Morris. “We weren’t that close as a team. It just wasn’t all clicking together.” With the defeat of the Trojans behind them, the Panthers will have this week to prepare to face the number-one ranked and yet undefeated Loggers of Scio on Saturday. Scio squeaked by the Kennedy Trojans 30-20 during the regular season and while the Panthers last showing against Kennedy showed a much improved team their 12point loss would seem to swing the favor to Scio. The other squad that both teams faced during the season was the Reedsport Braves. Both teams smashed the Braves, 490, for Gold Beach and, 50-8 for Kennedy. The offensive scoring for both teams was extremely close but the eight points that Kennedy allowed Reedsport to put on the board may indicated a chink in the Loggers chain saw. Scio is ranked number one in the OSAA 2A division, but Gold Beach has shown that they are a tight-knit team that can play in any conditions. Saturday’s game begins at 5 p.m. at Liberty High School, 21945 N.W. Wagon Way, Hillsboro.

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A new life

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Senior quarterback Josh Busko (#15) pitches the ball to tailback Travis Wood (#22), who ran for 128 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 2A semi-final win over the Kennedy Trojans.

Brookings Mat Club Peewees and more take the floor Brookings-Harbor Mat Club hosts wrestling tournament By Jef Hatch Pilot staff writer Young wrestlers from southern Oregon and northern California converged on Brookings to try their skills Saturday at the BrookingsHarbor Mat Club Tournament held in the BrookingsHarbor High School gymnasium. Over 75 kids were registered according to event organizer and volunteer Mat Club coaches, Justin Ortega. “Kids came from Gold Beach, Del Norte, Illinois Valley, Fortuna and Medford to wrestle.” Children as young as three wrestled for a chance at a first place trophy. Brooklyn Hagood, a threeyear-old from Gold Beach, is in her first year of wrestling, and Saturday marked her fourth tournament this year. “She took first in her first tournament,” her father Tommy said. “She took second in the second and third in the third. She didn’t do so well today, but she had fun.”

The wrestlers are divided into age groups and then are loosely divided into weight classes for competition. Winners of each weight class in each division include: Peewee

•Ryan Griffin, Illinois Valley. •Kaelynn Hamilton, Gold Beach. Bantam

•Skyler Wylie, Illinois Valley. •Kailina Hamilton, Gold Beach. •Joshua Hannon, Brookings-Harbor. •Tim Taylor, Gold Beach Intermediate

•William Lacy, Del Norte. •Domanic Mendolia, South Medford. •Orencio Calleja, Del Norte. •Evan Fronckowiack, Brookings-Harbor. •Adam Medeiros, Eel River Fortuna. •Joseph Pontes, Eel River Fortuna.

The Pilot/Jef Hatch

Josh Hannan tightens his hold on his opponent on his way to securing a first place finish in the bantam weight division Saturday. •Austin Sherier, Illinois Valley. Novice

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•Gina Perata, Illinois Valley.

•Bryce Bond, BrookingsHarbor. •Jack Norton, McKinleyville. •Zach Williams, Brookings-Harbor. “We really had a successful tournament,” Ortega said. “Even with the road closure on 199, we still had a great turnout.”

The Pilot/Jef Hatch

The Pilot/Jef Hatch

Vince Gowman arches his back as he works to pin his opponent during the Brookings-Harbor Mat Club tournament Saturday.

Brooklyn Hagood tries to avoid the takedown during Saturday’s tournament.

With a roar of approval, I high-fived my best friend as Boise State University took one in the shorts and lost Friday night to Nevada. BSU’s kicker caved under the pressure of the game being on the line, not only once, but twice. I felt like I had the same pressure on my shoulders Monday morning as I bundled my wife into the driver’s seat of our van at 4:45 a.m. and headed off to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She wouldn’t let me drive her to the hospital because it “sways too much when I’m not driving,” she said. We arrived, and after the hospital staff got her prepped for surgery, our beautiful baby boy, Austin Alan, was born at 8:13 a.m and weighed nine pounds, six ounces. Now I’m no slouch when it comes to babies. I have four of my own, and I babysat quite a lot when I was younger, but I was still feeling nervous headed into the surgery suite. I held my wife’s hand and for the first time in four csections the anesthesiologist believed me when I told him I didn’t need a chair to sit in as the surgery proceeded. You see, I’ve always watched the surgery; I find it amazing to watch the deftness with which the surgeon makes the incision and the miracle as my children come into the world. As we wheeled my newborn son into the recovery room to be bathed and checked out, I felt the weight lift and knew that I hadn’t choked and the coach wouldn’t be calling for a new papa. My wife was a trooper, she came through with only a scratch, and is happily recovering as I write this. My mom came down from Monmouth to help out for a week, and the only thing different from this birth and the previous ones is, Holly’s mom is unable to be here as she is serving a mission for the LDS church in Germany. Now, of course, we have to tie this all back into sport. I’ve two girls and two boys and I’m starting to think about their sport futures. Do I want them to play? Will I force them to choose a sport? Or, will I just let it happen as they want it to happen? I asked my oldest if she wanted to play soccer last year and her response to me was, “I think I’ll wait until I’m eight or nine and then play.” I’m fine with that for my daughters, but I’m not sure if that will hold true with my two sons. Some people have already laid claim to my oldest son, Patrick, as a football player. I’m sure that I want them to do something, only because I know that learning to be part of a team does help later in life. If you can play together as a team, and overcome differences in high school — even if you don’t win a state championship — you will be able to advance further in life and your chosen career path. This will be the last hatchling; four is enough. Austin Alan Hatch. AAH. Even his initials have a nice ring to them. He was named after my best friend from college and my best friend here, with whom he now shares a birthday. Happy birthday Alan! Now, back to the hospital. ~~~ Usually there are some funny or witty words in this space ... oh, why not. Every child begins the world again. — Henry David Thoreau


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BUSINESS

Millers making pizza for 30 years Darrel and Becky Miller, owners of Wild River Pizza, received a heart-warming jolt when they reached the back page of the first section of the Nov. 27 issue of the Curry Coastal Pilot last Saturday. The page was filled with loving tributes and joyful greetings, all because they have been serving pizza to the Brookings-Harbor community and environs for 30 years. That’s a lot of pizza. It’s obvious that everybody loves their pizza, but that isn’t the whole story. All of those published pats-on-theback included loving tribute to the friendship and warmth served with the pizza over the last three decades. Darrel became an ownermanager of the former Pizza Deli shortly after graduation from high school, on Nov. 28, 1980, the day after Thanksgiving, and the business became his life. Within six years, Becky Batten, one of the employees at the time Darrel began his entrepreneurship, became his wife. “I bought her with the business,” he said, smiling. The two of them ran the

place together, while literally raising three children — Kelsie, Cody and Kara — in the pizza parlor. “We carried them in packs on our backs while we served pizza,” Becky said. Today, Kelsie’s young children, 3-year-old Baylie, and Braxton, who’s 1, are also a part of Wild Rivers Pizza. “Three generations. It’s so neat,” Becky said. The pizza connection began with Darrel’s parents, Jerry and Bertha Miller, who were good friends with the Taylors of Taylor Sausage fame. Jerry was working as a meat cutter for Taylor Sausage in 1970 when he discovered a sandwich shop for sale in Cave Junction. “Mom and Dad bought the sandwich shop building as a retail outlet for Taylor sausage,” Darrel explained. However, five years later, his parents decided pizza might be a better business and built the original Pizza Deli in Cave Junction. In 1980, they discovered that Our Place Pizza in Brookings was for sale and thought it would be another good place to offer their prized pizza.

They may also have thought it could be a good way to keep Darrel off the streets and out of mischief. If so, they were right. The pizza business has been keeping Darrel far too busy to get into much mischief. “We’ve been blessed with the people in this community,” Darrel said. “It’s been so neat to have the kids working here and seeing them go on with successful lives. It’s great to help people move on, and to see kids who worked here come in with their kids. We’ve been blessed to know people who have survived, succeeded or excelled.” He added, “I think this community is wonderful, and we love to hear the thoughts and the stories they have to tell. It reminds us how lucky we are to be here.” Becky said, “It’s God’s blessing, that’s what it is.” The title on that printed page of appreciation for Wild River Pizza and the Miller family is right on target, “30 Years of Family, Friends, Food and Fun.” Both Becky and Darrel laughed as they noted how appropriate the ring tone on his cell phone is. It’s Tim McGraw’s “The Next 30 Years.”

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Becky, left, and Darrel, right, operate Wild River Pizza along with daughter Kelsie, and grandchildren Braxton and Baylie.

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Addie Meedom House hires administrator CRESCENT CITY — Nancy Giovannetti is the new administrator of The Addie Meedom House Assisted Living and Memory Care Community located at 1445 Parkway Drive. She succeeds Michelle Villarreall who recently moved to Florida. Giovannetti grew up in Gold Beach, and began her career at an assisted living facility there owned by the local hospital. She has had seven years experience in the assisted living and memory care business, and formerly served as both administrator and regional administra-

tor for a multi-facility company. Prior to her career in assisted living, she worked for several years for Curry County in the social services department, primarily dealing with adults with disabilities. Giovannetti is married and has two adult children. “I’m extremely fortunate to be surrounded with a very seasoned staff who have run Addie Meedom so well that for the last eight years they have not had a single deficiency recorded in a state survey,” Giovannetti said. “Quality is a major focus

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Line down, 3:04 a.m.: 28300 block of Mateer Road. Unauthorized use of a vehicle, 8:31 a.m.: 16300 block of Highway 101. Threats, 9:28 a.m.: 42500 block of Port Orford Loop. Criminal trespass, 9:35

Theft, 8:53 a.m.: A 20-yearold man and a 55-year-old man were arrested in Gold Beach. Lost property, 11:35 a.m.: 15700 block of Goshen Lane. Non-injury vehicle accident, 3:44 p.m.: Highway 101, near Cape Sebastian. Suspicious subjects, 5:22 p.m.: China Beach. Unauthorized use of a vehicle, 5:49 p.m.: 16100 block of West Hoffeldt Lane. Suspicious conditions, 5:53 p.m.: 97000 block of Bluebird Lane. Controlled substance, 6:31 p.m.: 1000 block of Oregon Street.

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Dorine Linda Burgess, 45, of Brookings, for contempt of court and a bench warrant charging driving under the influence of intoxicants; bail set at $7,500. Monday, Nov. 29

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Fire, 1:10 a.m.: 600 block of Hassett Street. Assault, 9:18 a.m.: 98300 block of North Bank Chetco River Road. Traffic hazard, 11:31 a.m.: near truck stop in Harbor. Fight, 11:40 a.m.: 98300 block of North Bank Chetco River Road. Found property, 3:23 p.m.: Port of Brookings-Harbor.

Non-injury vehicle accident, 3:03 p.m.: Chetco Avenue and Oak Street. Possession of drugs 9:09 p.m.: Chetco Avenue and Oak Street. Threats, 9:40 p.m.: 500 block of Ransom Avenue. Sunday, Nov. 28

Loud noise, midnight: 200 block of Cypress Street.

Criminal trespass, 9:22 a.m.: 96100 block of Foxglove Way. Water problem, 12:39 p.m.: 800 block of Railroad Street. Loud noise, 9:01 p.m.: 500 block of Fern Street. Help Stop Crime CRIME STOPPERS HOTLINE (541) 412-0989 or toll free: (888) 974-0000

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American Red Cross sets First-Aid class The American Red Cross is offering a First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and AED (automated external defibrilator) class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Brookings Campus, 420 Alder St. The cost for the First Aid, CPR and AED class is $45. First Aid only, and CPR/AED only, is $35. The First Aid certification card is valid for

three years and the CPR certification is valid for one year. Preregistration is required, and class size is a minimum of four students. To register or get more information call 800-433-9285. The next scheduled class in Brookings is the first Saturday in February. Special arrangements may be made for organizations and businesses that wish to schedule classes for members and/or employees.

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Possession of a controlled substance, 3:38 p.m.: During a traffic stop on Highway 101 near milepost 344, a trooper spotted a pipe and less than an ounce of marijuana. A search found the driver had a second pipe in his pocket. A 29-year-old Gold Beach man was cited on charges of driving while suspended, driving uninsured and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Friday, Nov. 19

Non-injury traffic crash, 7:15 a.m.: A motorist called to report that while rounding a curve he lost control when he hit hail on the road on Highway 101 near Denmark. He reported going into the ditch and crashing into a dirt embankment. Because the nearest trooper was 60 miles away in Brookings, and there was no damage to anything but his own vehicle, a report was taken over the phone. Injury traffic crash, 9:55 a.m.: A vehicle making a left turn on Highway 101 near milpost 360 was rear-ended. Minor injuries to one driver’s hand were reported. The same driver was cited for following too closely. Injury traffic crash, 11:04

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3:45 p.m.: A driver struck a deer on Highway 101 near milepost 331. Parole violation, 8:15 p.m.: A motorist was spotted possibly driving under the influence of intoxicants near the Chetco River bridge. The driver, 51, of Brookinngs, was found to be violating his parole by consuming alcohol, possessing alcohol and being out past his curfew. His blood alcohol was found to be .11 and he was transported to Curry County Jail. Tuesday, Nov. 23

Failure to perform the duties of a driver, 11:15 a.m.: A motorist swerved to the right to avoid a car making a left turn onto Knapp Road north of Port Orford. After swerving, the motorist skidded through a grassy area, collided with the Coos-Curry Electric headquarters sign, became airborne and landed in the brush and trees. The leftturning vehicle fled the scene.

Sunday, Nov. 21

Parole violation, 9:25 p.m.: A driver on parole was found in possession of marijuana and an alcoholic beverage during a traffic stop in the 300 block of Fifth Street. A 27-year-old Brookings man was taken to Curry County Jail.

Wednesday, Nov. 24

Driving while suspended, 12:56 p.m.: A 49-year-old Medford man was cited for driving while suspended on Highway 101 near milepost 337. DUII, 4:48 p.m.: A driver pulled over for following too

Monday, Nov. 22

Theft, 3 a.m.: A rod and reel were taken from the back of a driftboat parked in the Cape Blanco State Park campground. Non-injury traffic crash,

closely was found to be visibly intoxicated. After refusing to take a breath test, the 52year-old Brookings man was transported to Curry County Jail. Thursday, Nov. 25

Non-injury traffic crash, 8:40 p.m.: A single-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 101 near milepost 322. A 57-year-old Gold Beach woman was cited on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane of travel and refusal to take a breath test. Non-injury traffic crash, 11:05 p.m.: A single-vehicle roll-over crash was reported a mile up Carpenterville Road. The driver reported hitting black ice when taking a turn too fast. Friday, Nov. 26

Death investigation, 9:24 p.m.: Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a male with a gunshot wound on Langlois Mountain Road. Oregon State Police responded from Gold Beach because the only deputy was in Brookings. The trooper secured the scene before ambulance personnel entered. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Sunday, Nov. 28

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a.m.: A head-on collision was reported on Highway 101 near milepost 359. An 83year-old woman was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital. Injury traffic crash, 2:40 p.m.: A driver encountered heavy hail on Highway 101 near milepost 298. He lost traction, slid across the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was transported to a hospital with possible chest injuries. Possession of a controlled substance, 7:33 p.m.: A driver, 36, of Brookings, was found in possession of methamphetamine in the 300 block of Fifth Street and transported to Curry County Jail.

Warrant service, 5:46 p.m.: A Curry County Circuit Court bench warrant was served in the Loeb State Park campground.

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Report: Water issues, extreme weather among concerns CORVALLIS – In the not-too-distant future, Oregon will face summer water shortages, an increase in wildfire risk, more extreme weather events, new environmental responses to climate change and myriad economic challenges — and opportunities, according to the first Oregon Climate Assessment Report, released this week. Written by 70 authors from universities, state and federal agencies and other groups, it was produced by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, an Oregon University System entity housed at Oregon State University. The legislatively mandated report was delivered to Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Sen. President Peter Courtney, and House Speaker Dave Hunt. The 400-plus page report is available

online at: www.occri.net/ocar. “Oregon faces some significant challenges because of a changing climate, and this report synthesizes some of the best available science to gain a glimpse of our future,” said Philip W. Mote, a professor of oceanic and atmospheric sciences at Oregon State who directs OCCRI. “Having said that, there are some clear gaps in our research knowledge that must be addressed — especially the economic impacts of climate change — if we are to help communities, businesses and organizations better prepare for the future.” Kathie Dello, a research associate with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, coordinated production of the report with the help of nine lead authors and peer-review panels. The report examines the potential

social, physical and biological responses to an Oregon climate that may increase in average temperature from 0.2 to 1.0 degrees Fahrenheit per decade through the 21st century, according to the authors. A key variable to these and other changes is global greenhouse gas emissions. “The key ‘drivers’ of emissions are population, consumption and the emission intensity of the economy,” Dello said. Oregon’s supply of fresh water may be one of the most critical components of climate change. A compilation of different climate models suggests that the state’s average summer precipitation will decline by about 14 percent by the year 2080, but the impacts will vary over time and space, said Heejun Chang, a Portland State University geographer and hydrolo-

gist who led the section on freshwater resources. “In terms of water supply, some lower Willamette River sub-basins — including the Tualatin, Clackamas and Molalla rivers, where population is growing — are more vulnerable to climate change,” Chang said. “And with reduced summer precipitation, summer flow is projected to decline in the Western Cascade regions, which in turn will increase stream temperatures and further stress coldwater fish species. “The warming by itself makes both floods and droughts likely to occur more frequently in the future,” Chang said. “If you couple hydroclimate and transportation models, it shows that winter floods might occur more frequently, which may damage regional transportation systems in

urban areas and landslide-prone areas.” The Oregon Climate Assessment Report is partly modeled on similar reports produced in Washington and California, but covers new ground, including greater emphasis on the marine environment, on fish and wildlife, and on human dimensions, Mote said. Increases in ocean temperatures and acidification likely will further disrupt marine ecosystems and could lead to more near-shore hypoxia and so-called dead zones, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and challenges for shellfish and other sea creatures, the report concluded. Oregon’s coastal region also will be subjected to more intense storms and higher waves, creating a greater risk of flooding.

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