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Storm Shooter convicted of endangering others warning issued for today By Valliant Corley Pilot staff writer

GOLD BEACH — A 74year-old man, who told the judge “I’ve been packing a gun since I was 12,” was convicted Thursday of recklessly endangering another for shooting targets and scaring neighbors across the Winchuck River.

tion, and from the reporting person’s home on the north side of the Winchuck River Road saw an older man, later identified as Torrance, pointing a handgun in the direction of the reporting person’s property. “Torrance was on his property located on the south side of the Winchuck River on State Line Road,”

Sheriff John Bishop said. Deputies contacted Torrance, detained him and seized the handgun he had in his possession. He appeared in Curry County Circuit Court on Thursday without his lawyer, who Torrance said had been delaying his court appearances against his wishes.

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By Kelley Atherton Wescom News Service The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a winter storm warning for the interior of eastern Curry and Del Norte counties for today (Nov. 20). Snow was reported at Hayes Hills as of 10 a.m. Friday night. Several inches of snow are possible as low as 1,500 feet, while 4 to 9 inches of snow are expected above 2,000 feet and up to 2 feet of snow is possible at the highest elevations, according to the NWS. Along the coast, showers are likely with possible small hail and thunderstorms today and into Sunday. This time of year leading into winter is when the area starts getting storms like the one expected today, said Treena Hartley, a meteorologist with the NWS. “It’s not unusual to get fronts this time of year,” she said, “but this one is colder and a little bit stronger.” Stretches of U.S. highways 199 and 101 could have snowfall. Rock slides are also possible, especially along Highway 199. The NWS recommends calling the California Department of Transportation at 1800-427-7623 for road conditions and chain requirements before traveling. Motorists are encouraged to check the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website, tripcheck.com, for road conditions and chain requirements. Chains are required when snow is possible at Hayes Hill Summit (elevation 1,640 feet) on Highway 199 between the Oregon border and Grants Pass. Since significant snowfall can make travel dangerous, the NWS advises drivers to carry an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in case of emergency. The storm warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. today to 8 a.m. Sunday. The heaviest precipitation will start midmorning through tonight. This early storm isn’t an indication that winter will be worse than normal, Hartley said. The seasonal forecast was already predicting a colder than normal winter, she said. Storms vary in how they form coming across the Pacific Ocean, Hartley said, adding that she “wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple more of these (storms).” On the bright side, there could be decent weather in store for Thanksgiving, Hartley said.

Gerald David Torrance was arrested on Aug. 27 and charged with recklessly endangering and pointing a firearm after a woman reported he was shooting across the river toward her property in her direction. Sheriff’s deputies received the report about 1:24 p.m., Sheriff John Bishop said. They then went to the loca-

“I’m through with him,” Torrance said. He said he wished to accept a plea bargain that had been offered to his lawyer by Deputy District Attorney Bob Meyer for Torrance to plead no contest to the recklessly endangering charge, with the second charge dismissed. See Shooting, Page 2A

Video at school raises eyebrows By Arwyn Rice Pilot staff writer

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Excited Harry Potter fans line up outside Brookings Redwood Theater for the midnight showing.

Latest Harry Potter film draws midnight crowd By Jef Hatch Pilot staff writer Waiting patiently in line since 5:30 p.m., Brookings-Harbor High students Ronnie Manley and Justin Goodwin were the first of over 50 people who were standing outside the Redwood theater before it opened at 11 p.m. Thursday night. With the temperature dipping into the low 40s through the evening, waiting for Redwood Theater to allow patrons in for the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows —

Part 1” couldn’t have been comfortable, but Manley and Goodwin stuck it out to get perfect seats for the nearly sold out show. With 220 total seats, being at the theater early was the difference between getting stuck in the front row or getting a prime “double seat” on the back two rows. The house was packed with fans of all ages with the majority being highschool aged. The youngest fan was eight and the youngest-at-heart fan 75. Loreen Smallwood, 75, is an avid

fan of the series and has been to see all of the midnight premieres of the Harry Potter films that have been shown at Redwood. “I actually have to drag her (pointing to her daughter Stacie) to these things,” Smallwood said. “I really love the Harry Potter movies.” The youngest fan, Kaidan Murray, was brought to the theater by his mother to enjoy the premiere. Groups of friends were the norm as people came in large groups to watch the show. See Movie, Page 2A

Volunteers sought today for lighting of Azalea Park By Charles Kocher Pilot staff writer Though volunteers last weekend nearly completed the job, there’s still some work to be done in preparing Nature’s Coastal Holiday for next week’s opening. Organizers estimate that just a few hours of effort are left for a final work party scheduled for 9 a.m. today (Nov. 20) at Azalea Park. The work will go on, rain or shine, and is organized

by the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor, one of the co-sponsors of the 14th annual lights display in the park. An estimated 300,000 lights are in the display, many in unique sculptures of animals, fish and insects that are a hallmark of Nature’s Coastal Holiday. Chair Don Tilton said this week he was overwhelmed by all the help coming from the community to get the show up and running again this year. See Lights, Page 3A

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When sixth grade social studies teacher Nancy Chew prepared her lesson plan on types of government, she turned to the website www.neok12.com, which collects educational videos for classroom use. However, when word spread into the community about what video she chose to show students, the Brookings-Harbor School Board got an earful from several citizens — and Chew learned a valuable lesson in checking her sources. The 10-minute video she chose, “A brief overview of all types of governments,” turned out to be a John Birch Society production, with the attribution edited out. The John Birch Society is a controversial ultra-conservative group founded in 1958. “There’s no way I could have known who produced that,” Chew said. “In hindsight, there should have been more research on my part.” Chew will use the experience as a teaching moment about the reliability of materials found on the Internet, she said. “You cannot believe everything you read, everything you see,” she said. The class completed a section on how to identify bias in materials earlier in the year, she said. The new lesson will include another discussion of bias, as well as a lesson in knowing your sources, she said. The video uses a scale of government types by degree of government control, and mixes government and economic systems. At one point, the video claims democracy is not a workable form of government. Four individuals brought the video to the attention of the Brookings-Harbor School Board Wednesday night, objecting to the video’s content. See Video, Page 3A

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Video reveals failed pipe old, poorly constructed By Arwyn Rice Pilot staff writer As a new storm approached Brookings Friday night, crews finished installing a pump and pipe system to divert Macklyn Creek water away from the sinkhole and debris-clogged culvert in front of Brookings City Hall. Engineers were concerned that a big rain event could overload the damaged system and cause flooding on Elk

Street, Fifth Street and across Chetco Avenue. The diversion to other storm drain systems should do the job and prevent flooding, City Manager Gary Milliman said Friday evening. Poorly constructed

A video inspection done Tuesday revealed the culvert is falling apart due to age and other factors. The video, shown at Wednesday’s emergency council meeting, clearly showed

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cracks in the pipe. About 90 feet from where the creek enters the culvert, the round pipe is flattened to an oval. At the site of the failure, crews had to use a 19-inch pipe to fit the flattened opening, Milliman said. Large cracks are clearly visible on the video, and there are several mystery openings where stormwater drains may have once emptied into the pipe. There are several abrupt drops in the culvert, and it changes from a 30-inch pipe to a 36-inch pipe at a point approximately midway between the entrance and the break. City Engineer Mike Erickson told the council that the depth of the culvert, an average of 25 feet below the ground surface, contributed to the failure. The unreinforced concrete pipe was not designed for the weight of that much fill, Erickson said.

The culvert’s joints were not tight and have several curves, he said. Erickson said he believes the culvert was simply placed in the natural drainage, then covered to raise the level of the land. The original crews made little attempt to make the seams between pipe sections tight, he said. No one knows exactly when the culvert was constructed, but it is believed that the work was done before the current city hall was built in the early 1970s. Funding and replacement

Brookings City Council voted Wednesday to approve more than $500,000 in funding for emergency and longterm repairs to the failed culvert beneath the city hall parking lot. Most of the funds will be taken from other city works projects. Replacement of the culvert,

which collapsed on Nov. 7 and resulted in a large sinkhole, will cost the city $470,000. In addition, the city is being charged $2,400 each day for a giant vacuum used to remove debris from the larger pipe downstream, Milliman said. The city engineer’s design to replace 540 feet of old culvert is expected to take two or three weeks. Once the design is ready, bidding is expected to last an additional two to weeks. Actual construction is likely to begin in mid-December. If the weather cooperates, the replacement of the culvert may be complete by mid-January, Milliman said. Temporary repairs to the existing culvert will be buried and filled, and the new 48-inch replacement will be constructed above it, Milliman said. The new design will meet 2007 standards for a 25-year storm event. The broken culvert carries Macklyn Creek underground from city hall to Mill Pond, and must be replaced from northeast corner of the city hall parking lot to Chase Bank, where it meets a larger, 48-inch culvert. The city is still investigat-

ing the condition of a larger and newer section of culvert, which runs from Chase Bank to Mill Pond. Crews are cleaning rubble washed downstream from the sinkhole. The larger culvert is almost completely blocked by rubble from the sinkhole, Erickson said. The water diversion pipe installed Friday will also make it easier for crews to finish removing the rubble, Milliman said. City Hall parking

The parking lot in front of city hall is closed. Arrangements for parking and access to the water payment box and mail box in front of city hall have not yet been set, Milliman said. There is parking available on the eastern side of city hall, at Ross Road and Elk Drive, and from the alley behind city hall on Fifth Street. The city’s large parking lot will be closed once construction of the new culvert begins. Possibilities for alternative parking include Fifth Street on-street parking and a cityowned parking area near Bankus Fountain, adjacent to Ray’s Food Place.

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But Torrance said he hadn’t shot across the river and wasn’t nude, as had originally been reported to sheriff’s deputies. Meyer’s reading of charges included a statement that Torrance had been wearing shorts. Torrance said he was shooting at a target near the rear of his house. He said it was a pile of sand with steel and plywood. “For 20 years I’ve been shooting at that target,” he said. “I’ve been shooting at the target 21 feet away. I’ve never put a bullet in that river in my life. When salmon were there, I was tempted to. But I never did,” Torrance said. He said the house where

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the complainant lived is 170 feet down the road. Judge Jesse Margolis, after some discussion, accepted Torrance’s plea and convicted him of recklessly endangering another. He sentenced Torrance to 36 months’ probation and charged him $885 in fines and fees and told Torrance he could not possess a firearm as long as he is on probation. The judge said anyone could have been alarmed if Torrance had been shooting in their direction. “I’m telling you what you were doing was stupid,” Margolis said. “You seem like a nice enough guy, but you’re making some pretty poor choices.”

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“I’m here because of the acting and the social aspect,” BHHS student Liz Lindley said. “All of my friends are here.” Lindley has never even read the books, she said, preferring the Twilight series. The owners of Redwood Theater, Tim and Cynthia Patterson, understand both sides of the Harry Potter spectrum. Tim has never read the books and doesn’t enjoy the movies at all, while Cynthia has read the books multiple times and has seen all of the movies. “I’ve read the first book at least four times,” Cynthia said. “The other books I’ve read at least twice.” According to Cynthia they are very readable and never get old. “Some books you can only read once but these can be read over and over again,” she said. Some fans had some quirky habits including Eileen Goodwin who hasn’t read the second half of the seventh book

so that she, “doesn’t get ahead of the movies.” Deciding where to call the split was a bit of a struggle for her though. “I stopped where I thought the most logical place to have a break would be,” she said. Some of Azalea Middle School’s teachers were in attendance to be able to better communicate with the children. Gloria Stehn, Tracy Byers, Kelly Singleton, Jennifer Berger and Ian Keusink all attended the premiere together. Another youngster in attendance was 10-year old Amaya Eckersley who has read all the books once and has attended all the Redwood premieres of the Harry Potter movies. “It’s my favorite series of all time,” Eckersley said. “The books are good too.” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” is showing daily at Redwood Theater in Brookings and Crescent City Cinemas in Crescent City.

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Lights: Azalea Park holiday display opens on Nov. 27 Continued from Page 1A

Tilton, who has been sidelined by illness, said his feelings go beyond appreciation. “Until you have been in my situation, you can’t begin to understand what it means to have so many people come forward to help.” Nature’s Coastal Holiday is scheduled to open to the public at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and remain open through Christmas night. The lights will be on from 5 to 9 p.m. every night. Admission is $1 for adults;

children 12 and under are free. Admission includes hot cider and cookies. For groups hoping to host an evening in the park, contact Moira Fossum at 541661-5126. A crew of seven people is needed for each evening, in either two-hour or four-hour shifts.

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BHHS Knowledge Bowl teams remain undefeated By Arwyn Rice Pilot staff writer The Bruins Knowledge Bowl teams are still undefeated after Thursday’s Marshfield Invitational Tournament in Coos Bay. Both Brookings-Harbor High School teams went 4-0 in competition and were designated first and second place by points scored. The combined team, which consists of two teams of five students, now has a combined record of 16-0 in Knowledge Bowl competition.

“We have a really great team,” senior Meredith Horel said Friday. “We’re dedicated, we want to be at the top.” The team has a chance to go undefeated if they continue to study and focus on their goal, Horel said. The team continues to produce Knowledge Bowl superstars, and several new members have shown promise to continue the tradition. “It amazes me,” she said. “In Brookings we seem to have a concentration of talent. I don’t know why.” However, there is one team

that will eventually ruin their perfect record. The Bruins themselves. “Our teams have not met each other in league play,” Knowledge Bowl coach Robert Wilson said. Team match-ups are determined through random drawing, and eventually the teams will probably face each other, Wilsons said. Although the A team is made up of students with stronger academic trivia skills, essentially the varsity team, with younger developing players on B team could give them

a run for their money, he said. Knowledge Bowl is a competition that pits teams of four students against each other in a game-show style tournament featuring academic trivia. The Bruin Knowledge Bowl team won the regional Knowledge Bowl championship for the last three years, in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The next Knowledge Bowl tournament will be on Dec. 8 in Reedsport. BHHS will host several schools for a Bruin tournament on Jan. 12.

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“I’m really bothered by this,” Gordon Clay said. “The video said that democracy is wrong.” Clay went on to add that the video had a heavy-handed bias and mis-defined the form of democracy used in the U.S. Other speakers described the video and the method of marketing of the video as “sneaky” and “promoting the atmosphere of fear.” Board Chair Bob Horel was contacted by a citizen and contacted Superintendent Brian Hodge regarding the allegations. Horel was provided a link to the video. “It was difficult to watch after the first few minutes,” Horel said. Horel and the board directed Hodge to review the district policy and procedures regarding the selec-

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Chew also has an open door policy, she said, and welcomes parents who have any questions about what their child is doing in her

class. It was not made clear how the four speakers learned of the video being used in the class.

in that election, with the top three finishers winning council seats. Hewitt had finished fourth with 276 votes, just four fewer than the 280 received by Caroline Clancy. “John filed with the Secretary of State on Tuesday. The Secretary of State notified us. We held the re-count on Wednesday. The result was exactly the same,” Higgins said. That recount will cost Hewitt $204.65. “It would have had to be within one vote difference for

an automatic recount,” Higgins said. Had it been an automatic recount, the county would have picked up the cost. The 77 percent of registered voters casting ballots in Curry County compared to a statewide average 70 percent turnout, Higgins said. The Curry County turnout compares to 76.23 percent in the governor’s general election four years ago and 87.5 percent from the presidential election in 2008.

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GOLD BEACH — There were no changes in Curry County’s November general election results when the ballots were certified this week. “The results remain the same as far as the percentages go,” Curry County Elections Official Connie Higgins said Thursday. The certified result in the race for County Commissioner Position 1, the only countywide race, showed David Itzen of Brookings the winner over Lucie La Bonté of Gold Beach 4,961 to 4,707 or 50.95 percent to 48.34 percent. There were 69 write-ins. The five-year county law enforcement measure was defeated 7,311 to 2,872 votes, or 71.80 percent to 28.20 percent. There were 10,493 ballots cast in the Curry County election, with 13,622 registered voters, for 77.03 percent. That added 32 votes to the total counted on election night, Nov. 2. Although mailed-in votes that arrive after 8 p.m. on election day are not counted, county residents can return their ballots to other counties while polls are still open. Those ballots are

then returned to the proper county before elections are certified. The County Clerk’s office has 20 days after polls close to certify the election, including the votes that come in from other counties. Higgins said the election was certified on Monday, well ahead of the Nov. 22 deadline. She said that immediately after the certification, John Hewitt, a Port Orford city council candidate, asked for a recount. There were five candidates

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See the video: The video clip used in the class can be found at www.neok12.com/Government.html The full version of the video, with attribution, is available at www. youtube.com/watch?v=F_ ciT1psaPc. tion of material used in class. Hodge, Chew and Azalea Principal Sheryl Lipski expressed frustration that no one contacted them regarding concerns about the video. Inquiries from the Curry Coastal Pilot, which received a news tip about the video earlier in the week, was the first time anyone at the school knew about the issue. “My phone is always there and my door is always open, Hodge said.

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she drifted into the center median for an unknown reason and struck the front of a car in the median waiting to turn left onto Floral Hill Drive, said Oregon State Police Trooper Brandon Smithers. The driver of the second car, Heidi Blagden, 38, of Brookings, refused treatment at the scene, but later went to the hospital complaining of whiplash, Smithers said.

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OPINION Editorial A wet, wild weekend: Drive carefully Winter isn’t waiting for December to start, with rain and even snow included in the weekend forecast. Temperatures across the region will dip into the 30 and 40s, with the possibility of hail and icy roads along the coast. It’s a combination that could spell trouble for motorists driving around town or long distances. It’s also a warning for all drivers to take precautions now and through the remainder of the winter season. Here are a few tips from the Oregon Department of Transportation: •Keep a larger than normal distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. A car needs two to three times more stopping distance on wet roads •Drive slowly and carefully — posted speeds are the maximums in good weather. Lowering your speed helps you prepare for sudden stops caused by disabled cars, debris and other wetweather hazards. •Turn on your headlights to improve visibility. • Disengage your cruise control. •Check your windshield wipers and replace if necessary. •Check your brakes. After driving through a puddle, check that brakes are working properly by tapping them gently a few times. •Check your tires. Make sure tires are in good condition and are at the recommended inflation level. Tires should have at least 1/32 of an inch tread depth at any two adjacent grooves, the minimum allowable by law. Driving on over-inflated or under-inflated tires is dangerous on wet pavement. Last but not least, before a trip visit www.Tripcheck.com or call 800-977-6368 for road conditions and chain requirements.

Elected Officials President Barack Obama White House, Washington, DC 20500 Comment line 202-456-1111 Sen. Jeff Merkley Washington office 107 Russell Senate Office Bldg. United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Phone 202-224-3753 Fax 202-228-3997 Website: www.merkley.senate.gov Sen. Ron Wyden Washington office 223 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone 202-224-5244 Fax 202-228-2717 Website: www.wyden.senate.gov U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio Washington office 2134 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone 202-225-6416 or 800-944-9603 Fax 202-225-0032 Website:www.house.gov/defazio

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State Rep. Wayne Krieger 95702 Skyview Ranch Road Gold Beach, OR 97444 Phone 541-247-7990 wkrieger@hughes.net

Curry County Commissioners Georgia Nowlin – e-mail:nowling@co.curry.or.us George Rhodes – e-mail:rhodesg@co.curry.or.us Bill Waddle – e-mail:waddleb@co.curry.or.us P.O. Box 746, Gold Beach, OR 97444 Phone 541-247-3296 Curry County Sheriff John Bishop P.0. Box 681, Gold Beach, OR 97444 Phone 541-247-3242; e-mail: bishopj@co.curry.or.us Brookings City Council Mayor Larry Anderson, Ron Hedenskog, Jake Pieper Dave Gordon, Brent Hodges 898 Elk Drive, Brookings, OR 97415 Phone 541-469-2163, Fax 541-469-3650

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It’s called fishing, not catching

Letters to the Editor Photo tells an interesting story

Editor: Interesting picture on the front page (Pilot, Saturday, Nov. 13). I wondered why one of our local heroes was pointing his assault weapon at the Oregon State Trooper. I also wondered as to how many more officers from our woefully understaffed law enforcement agencies were at the incident but not in the photo. Rafael Kosche Brookings

Bring back bench to Railroad building

Editor: To whomever this pertains to: We would like you to bring back the bench that has been outside in front of the old skating rink building for a very long time at 745 Railroad Street. Thank you, Milt and Betty Lou Gowman Brookings

Need kidney dialysis center in Brookings

Gov. Ted Kulongoski 900 Court St. N.E. #254, Salem, OR97301 Phone 503-378-3111, Fax 503-378-4863 State Sen. Jeff Kruse 900 Court St. Northeast Suite S209 Salem, OR 97301-1701 Phone 503-986-1701

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Editor: I am definitely an advocate for having a kidney dialysis center located in BrookingsHarbor. My very important person (VIP) has been having these life-saving treatments up north. He is not the only person that has to travel three times each week to receive this. If we could just have the “powers that be” listen to us and act upon it. Please remember that people that need this treatment cannot move here now without a facility, and some are having to move out of town. And remember, too, that many tourists and people on vacation pass through town. They would then have the opportunity to have their dialysis treatment here. Therefore, they’d stay at our motels and RV parks and shop, or even end up purchasing a home here. I had heard from a good source that Curry General Hospital with their new Brookings Medical Center is trying to get this set up in the spring of 2011. We desperately need this so people can stay here and not have to find other alternatives.

If the cruise lines can have dialysis accommodations and make it work, surely our medical community can and will make this happen! Judi Klein Brookings

Send your turkey to local soup kitchen

Editor: As the holidays approach, the volunteer staff of the St. Timothy’s Soup Kitchen would like to thank the community of Brookings-Harbor for all of the support we have received over the past year. We are averaging over 55 meals each Tuesday. Even though we call ourselves a soup kitchen, we serve much more than just soup. Our entrees vary from salmon to spaghetti with meatballs. But, the most important thing that we serve is love and hope. If anyone needs a home for an extra turkey or ham this holiday season, please bring it by on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., or you can call the church, 541-469-3314 to arrange for a drop off. And remember that everyone is welcome to come, eat lunch, and share in our blessings. Rev. Bernie Lindley St. Timothys Episcopal Church Brookings

This could be the demise of the party

Editor: Democratic strategists Pat Cadell and Dough Schoen are quickly moving away from President Obama’s far left liberal ideals, while Democrats are saying, “So what, listen closely and we’ll educate you.” Both men have had close ties with previous presidents: Cadell with Carter, Schoen with Clinton, and both are now employed by Fox News, explaining the weakness of this administration and being coy while doing so. Every news source agrees with them. Obama failed miserably on his recent far east trip. Accounts of the trip shows a failure rate of 100 percent at the cost of over $1 million a day. Normally our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would make that tour first and then report back that some countries are willing to work with us. President Obama wanted all the accolades and went first because in his arrogance he ex-

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pected India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Tokyo to fall in his lap — but no such luck for the anointed one occurred. President Obama will now back away from blaming George W. Bush, accusing him for our demise, and will slowly throw jabs at Bill Clinton, just you watch! Democrats behind the scene are now trying to organize a plan to keep him from running another term, and Hillary, of course, will be one of the saviours named. As long as liberals let the far-left media pick their candidate without checking their past — Clinton with women, and Obama’s old friends —you will be hard pressed to find a candidate that’s interested in the future of this country. The left-wing press pushing for a fresh face, virtually unknown, and unwilling to expose them for who they truly are, could be the demise of the party. Teri Dalrymple Gold Beach

Not fear, but disgust of our government

Editor: Below is my perspective on your editorial “Voters more afraid of tax bills than crime” (Pilot, Nov. 6). For me, it was not fear but rather disgust and distrust of government. The mentality and arrogance of government was eloquently stated in 1995 by Mark Johnson of Milliman & Robertson, the then State of Oregon pension fund actuary. When asked what would happen if the fund could not meet the 8 percent guarantee, Johnson responded that the rates charged to government agencies (taxpayers) would simply be increased. “There is something to fall back on,” Johnson said. “And it is the taxpayer.” http://oregonstate.edu/senate/a gen/reports/PERS0210.html A must read article titled “Class War: How public servants became our masters” http://reason.com/archives/2010 /01/12/class-war, focuses on the enormous growth in government hiring, pay, benefits, vacation, holidays, sick days and the pending public employee pension tsunamis. The article refers to http://grandfather-economic-report.com/ with charts created from Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the growth in state and local government employees since 1946. “The number has increased from 3.3 million then, to 19.8 million today — a 492 percent increase as the country’s population increased by 115 percent.” This has resulted in more agencies, more regulation, more waste, more control, more entitlement programs, more fraud, higher taxes and unsustainable levels of debt. This must stop and be reversed. Editor, nowhere in all the months of commissioner meetings, trips to Salem, news articles or $100,000 taxpayer paid studies evaluating the viability of even placing the tax levy on the ballot has one word been mentioned about public employee concessions. Next year the county will add hundreds of thousands of dollars to the budget to offset employee pension losses and reduce public services by an equal amount. It is not fear of the tax bill but rather how the taxes are used. Thomas Huxley Harbor

One day. Six hours. Two fishing holes. Two hundred casts. Zero salmon. Sigh. I guess that’s why they call it fishing, not catching. Nevertheless, it was a good day. The rising sun pierced the overcast sky Wednesday morning, warming the chilled bank of the Chetco River at Social Security bar where I stood with a dozen other anglers hoping to land a monster Chinook. Fishing lines whizzed through the air as we cast our baited hooks and flashy lures into deep holes along the swift moving river. For the first two hours, there was nary a bite. Then, floating in a drift boat at the top of Social Security bar, appeared a man and woman. Within 10 minutes, a Chinook hit the woman’s bait and the fight was on. The bank anglers stopped casting to watch the action. I did the same, watching in amusement for the next 20 minutes as the man used giant oars to paddle the drift boat down river and up river, and from bank to bank, as the woman slowly reeled the fish closer. An angler on a nearby rock, having spotted the fish just under the surface, yelled out “That’s a big one!” The woman smiled as she continued to struggle with the fish. Five minutes later she and her partner netted the Chinook — all 38 or 40 pounds of it (nobody had a scale). With the fish safely stowed, the pair paddled the boat back to the top of the bar, drifted back down and — yep, you guessed it — she hooked another one. Ten minutes later, a Chinook, half the size of the first, joined the other in the bottom of the boat. “If you catch another one, we’ll have to kill you,” a bank fisherman teased the woman, eliciting a few chuckles from the rest of us. That was the only action for the next hour. I and my fishing partners, father-in-law, Jim, and his long-time friend Bob, packed it in and headed upriver to Second Bridge. The two had some luck there last season. Jim stayed on the bridge, letting us known when he spotted fish in the water below. Bob and I picked a spot just under the bridge and cast our lines into the emerald green water. The noonday sun struggled to penetrate the patchwork quilt of clouds that darkened and solidified above us. For the next two hours, we shifted positions along the rocky bank, waved to the occupants of driftboats floating by, and enjoyed the antics of an otter playing on the opposite shore. Still, no fish. Not even a nibble. “I think that woman at Social Security bar stole all our fish,” I said. Bob smiled and cast his line once more. He was still smiling and casting as I drove my truck across the bridge, heading back to civilization. I pondered why I didn’t catch a fish. Was it my equipment? My bait? My technique? It was probably all three, considering I’m a novice fisherman with no clue about what I’m doing. Then again, perhaps it wasn’t me. There were at least a dozen other anglers that didn’t hook a fish, and most of them likely had more experience and fancier gear. Later, Pilot fish columnist Larry Elllis offered some consoling insight: Catching Chinook in low water conditions is difficult, at best. He suggested I find a mentor, someone who knows how to fish in various conditions. Hmmm. Perhaps I can track down that woman who caught two fish at Social Security bar. She could probably teach me a thing or two. At the least, I could paddle the boat for her (and hope her husband isn’t the jealous type.) Scott Graves is the editor of the Curry Coastal Pilot. He can be reached by calling 541-469-3123 or sgraves@currypilot.com.


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Businesses, offices closed for Thanksgiving

Businesses and government offices will be closed Thursday for observation of Thanksgiving Day. City and county offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, but police, sheriff, fire and other emergency services will remain in operation. City offices will be closed on Friday, but county offices will be open regular hours. All Brookings-Harbor District 17-C schools will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 28. The United States Post Office will be closed Thursday, mail to be delivered the following day. Chetco Community Public Library wil close early on Wednesday, at 5 p.m. They will be closed Thursday and Friday, and be

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Ed Gross tows a trailer that was found on lower Cate Road in the forest east of Brookings.

Trash Dogs recover abandoned trailer Ed Gross, co-founder of the Curry County Trash Dogs, hauled in the group’s latest catch on Thursday: a 31-foot abandoned camp trailer found on lower Cate Road near Gardner Ridge Road. “This long-time eyesore was recovered and recycled at Curry Transfer and Recycling,” said Gross,

a member of the Trash Dogs, a nationally-recognized group of volunteers that regularly collects trash from local wilderness roads. “The trailer was trashed and abandoned by the previous owner more than a year ago,” Gross said. “With lots of assistance and a tow from local rancher Byron Brimm, we were able to retrieve and recycle it.” Gross said he, volunteer Ray

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The wizardry of Harry Potter on readers of all ages Off the Beat Arwyn Rice

Ten years ago, I purchased my first Harry Potter book. I had been listening to the hype and wondered what the big deal was about a young adult book about a boy wizard. I grew up on “The Hardy Boys,” “Nancy Drew,” “The Black Stallion” and “The Happy Hollisters.” While they were all very good book series, most of which also spawned television series or movies, they never quite reached the insane hype of Pottermania. I resisted for a year. They were children’s books. But I was curious. If I could get through the first few chapters, then maybe there was something real in there. I didn’t read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” I devoured it. At the time, my son, Sean, was about to turn 8, and was not reading. He struggled with basic sight words and could barely sound out a simple picture book. He was in third grade, but read at a first-grade level even as he excelled in math and science. He had no interest in reading, there was no spark at all. He couldn’t read because he

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Is it coincidence that U.S. reading scores unexpectedly increased during Pottermania? Reading scores for the nation’s 12th-grade students have increased after a pattern of falling reading scores, according to results of the largest federal test, released Thursday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, was given in spring 2009 to 50,000 high school seniors. The results of the NAEP run counter to educational statistics, according to the federal report. But those students’ ages just happen to coincide with the age of young boys and girls who were introduced to Harry Potter during the height of Pottermania. Those young men and women were clearly under some kind of enchantment. Wizardry and witchcraft may be a thing of the imagination, but there is some magic in this world, and Rowling is the spellcaster.

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hadn’t yet found anything he wanted to read. I don’t remember if I just left my copy of the first Harry Potter book lying around, or if I actually gave it to him, but one day I found Sean with his nose buried in the pages. I purchased the next book in the series, and the next. The child who couldn’t read suddenly leapfrogged his peers. By the time he started the fourth grade, eight months after picking up Harry Potter, he was reading at the eighth grade level, and there was no stopping him. He ran out of Harry Potter books and began on science fiction and fantasy series written for adults. And Mark Twain, and Ayn Rand and... He never stopped. Somehow, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling inspired in him a love of reading. From what I have read and heard from other parents, Sean isn’t the only child she inspired. Parents and schools worldwide reported similarly inspired students.

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When I arrived at Redwood Theater late Thursday night for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I” the first thing I noticed was the din of several hundred excited voices. Deep, bass voices. Nine years ago, when I took my then 9 and 11 year old sons to the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the chatter was high, bright, and very youthful. In short – children. We were surrounded back then by hundreds of 8- to 12-yearold children, and a few parents. They dressed in wizard’s hats, robes and Britishstyle school uniforms. Thursday’s crowd was very, very different. Yes, there were a few pre-teens, teen girls and older adults, but the theater was filled with older teenage boys and young men. And they had little patience for “talkers.” Every once in a while the murmur of social chatter would overtake a quiet scene (from the tone of their voices, teenage girls), and a booming young male voice would shout “hush!” Those young men cared about what they were watching, and wanted to hear every word. What could bring hundreds of teenagers out at midnight on a school night to see a movie based on a children’s book, and for young men to insist on quiet respect? I think I know.

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Boys soccer banquet recognizes inspiration By Jef Hatch Pilot staff writer

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BHHS girls soccer team Far West League award winners are back row: Tiani Mitani, left, Emilee Bottoms, Ciara Freeman, Jillian McCool and Ashley Juarez. Front row: Kiara Evans, left, Gemma Cowan, Louie Deraita and Mahalee Evans.

Boys soccer Head Coach Pancho Garcia expressed his gratitude at being allowed to be a part of the players’ lives Thursday night at the boys soccer team’s year-end banquet. He was quick to point out that the team had to adapt to new styles and improvise quickly this year but he was grateful that they were able to do so easily. “We accomplished our goal of getting more united this year,” he said. “We drew closer together as a team and that allowed us to change quickly.” Garcia was full of advice to give his players about their future and the expectations for next year. “Next year’s group of players will have the largest bunch of seniors,” he said. “Our goal should be to win the Far West League title.” Varsity letters were awarded to over 15 members of the team including: Joe Budge, Travis Wiggins, Tyler Wood, Cole Hannan, Ben Cowan, Tyler Snow, Alan Anaya, Donaldo Peña, Tyler Frazee, Alex Garibay, Louis Rodriquez, Jake Vaughn, Nick Corpening, Pete Peterson, Chandler Gottfried, Brock Bristow, Thomas Spratt and Dylan Roberts. Garcia also awarded a co-MVP award to Pete Peterson and Nick Corpening for the

rolls they played in support of the entire team. “You have to have support people,” Garcia said. “These two guys played everywhere and were the support that the offense needed.” Budge was awarded the Most Inspirational award for always being a positive, supporting influence and never getting down on the team. “You inspire me with your hard work,” Garcia said as he handed Budge his award. Corpening, Peterson, Gotfried and Bristow were all awarded honorable mention honors for the Far West League all-league selection. Spratt and Roberts were selected for firstteam honors in the Far West League and Assistant Coach Dave Botnen expressed his surprise at Roberts receiving the award. “I never would have thought that Dylan would make first-team,” he said. “Not because he isn’t good enough but because he filled so many different positions as needed that I didn’t think they would be able to select him to any one position. I guess it didn’t hurt when it came time to be selected.” Garcia capped off the evening by expressing his hopes that every soccer player will come out for the team next season. “We can be champions but, we have to work hard.”

Lady Bruin soccer team honors Far West League champions By Jef Hatch Pilot staff writer The Brookings-Harbor High School girls soccer team had their season-ending banquet Wednesday night at the high school. Head Coach Fred Juarez presented a number of awards including the Far West League All-League team selections to nine of the Lady Bruins. Every girl who played Bruin soccer this year lettered. The list includes: Hannah Barron, Bethanee Bottoms, Savannah Dalby, Mimi Fernandez, Hannah Goergen, Samantha Henry, McCalla Murdock, Jade Heredia, Jessica McKee, Karlie Gonzalez, Emilee Bottoms, Gemma Cowan, Louie Deraita, Kiara Evans, Mahalee Evans, Jessica Fernandez, Ciara Freeman,

Ashley Juarez, Brianna Juarez, Tiani Mitani, Jillian McCool and Lynette Ochoa. One of the points that Juarez made is that the team is responsible for being Far West League champions for the fourth time in as many years. “There is nothing that any coach, including myself, has done that is responsible for these girls’ four-peat,” he said. “These girls are the reason for their success.” The other coaches in the Far West League seem to think that Juarez had something to do with the team’s success as they awarded him the league’s Coach of the Year award for this past season. The Bruins had nine allleague athlete honors awarded in addition to Juarez’ nod as coach of the year. Jillian McCool, Ciara

Freeman, Ashley Juarez and Emilee Bottoms were all awarded first-team all league honors. Second-team honors went to Tiani Mitani and Gemma Cowan. Kiara Evans, Mahalee Evans and Louie Deraita were awarded honorable mention awards. With five first-team award winners the Bruins had two more than league rivals North Bend and Sutherlin while South Umpqua was only able to put one player in the firstteam mix. All four of the first team honorees finished just out of running for the MVP award. Coach Juarez explained that any one of the Bruin first-team selections could have been MVP and he was surprised that one of them wasn’t chosen.

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Boys soccer team all-league honor recipients are, back row from left: Dylan Roberts, Brock Bristow and Nick Corpening. Front row from left: Pete Peterson, Thomas Spratt and Chandler Gotfried.

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raised game birds (pheasants, chukars) to train their hunting dogs without realizing that a permit is needed to release the birds. State statute defines game birds by taxonomic family and the term “wildlife” includes all game birds, meaning no distinction is made between captive-raised and wild-born birds. “ODFW wants to revise the rules so they provide an opportunity to conduct dog training and competitive trials for hunting dogs while

remaining consistent with statutes, policies and mandates,” explained Brandon Reishus, ODFW assistant game bird biologist. ODFW will accept public comments on the proposed revised rules at the public meetings. Comments can also be sent to odfw.comments@state.or.us; ODFW Wildlife Division, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem, OR 97302; fax (503) 9476330. Comments received before Jan. 20, 2011 will be included in the February 2011 Commission

Beauty and the Beast Bridget Adam, of Brookings, caught this over 40-pound king on a Chetco cocktail (roe and shrimp) while fishing with Guide Jimmy Day of Brookings at Social Security Bar. Bridget has been fishing since she was 10, throwing line off the pier in Imperial Beach, Calif. Since moving to Oregon, she has caught 10 salmon but this is her biggest fish to date.

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Team Pautzke catches Smith River kings SMITH RIVER — Pautzke Bait Co.’s owner and general manager took advantage of this year’s big run of fall kings on the Smith River to see first hand how effective their newest cure is for lunker salmon. Pautzke owner and CEO Casey Kelley and general manager Don Sherman fished the Smith Nov. 16 with pro staff guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing, field testing eggs cured in Pautzke’s Fire Cure and BorxOFire. The pair hooked six salmon and kept a limit of bright kings. “The river was low and clear and the salmon were holding in the deeper holes lower in the river,” Martin said. “We decided to fish smaller clusters of eggs with Corkies to help float them up off the bottom.” Eggs from salmon caught earlier this season on the Smith were used as bait. Both Pautzke cures contain krill, which seems to be a hot additive for salmon this fall on the Smith, Martin said. “There

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Pautzke Bait Co. general manger Don Sherman, left, and CEO Casey Kelley hold a pair of Smith River kings caught Nov. 16 while fishing with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. were guys fishing live sand shrimp, which is usually one of the best baits you can get, but the eggs cured with the Pautzke cure with the krill caught the first few fish out of the hole we were all fishing,”

Martin said. Pautzke Bait Co. is based in Ellensburg, Wash. It is best known for its jarred single salmon eggs, but in recent years has become a market leader in egg cures and scents.


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Hang on, the salmon and steelhead aren’t done yet More fish are expected up the river as storms alter the rivers’ water levels

Bank fishing made easy

After this weekend’s rain starts abating, the rest of the week is looking very promising for more fresh runs of salmon, and believe it or not — steelhead. I saw more than one metalhead being cleaned at the fillet station last week. So bank fishermen, get ready to stuff a steely for Thanksgiving. This column is especially geared for neophyte anglers, so if you are new to the sport of fishing, please have this column laminated and tape it to your refrigerator. What many experienced fishermen tend to forget is that at one time, we were also new to salmon fishing, and what appears to be common lingo to us is a foreign language to fledgling fishermen. Before I moved up here from Oceanside some 30 years ago, I was deckhanding for Joe Cacciola at Helgren’s Sportfishing, spending every weekend fishing the southern California coast, thinking I was a pretty good fisherman. Naturally, I thought catching Chetco River salmon would be a piece of cake. Was I ever surprised. My wide awakening came when fall Chinook made their first appearance on the Chetco. Kings of mammoth proportions were rolling and jumping on both sides of the river, and everyone seemed to have a fish on except for me. My ego was truly deflated. The lesson here is: When it comes to fishing rivers for salmon and steelhead, everyone is a beginner. If you’re really serious about becoming a successful angler for salmon and steelhead, there are several things you need to do. Believe it or not, fishing is work — hard work. It’s not a lazy man’s activity as some people think. So I’ve decided to make it a little easier on you by clueing you in on bank fishing the Chetco River.

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George Daves from Medford, Oregon was fishing on the Chetco River with Craig Paulson of Side Line Guide on Monday when this lunker Chinook fell for a back-trolled Kwikfish with a sardine wrapper. The first thing you need to do is realize that bad weather and good weather are only relative terms. When folks are depressed about having too much rain, I’m in seventh heaven. For good fishing, I’ll take a rainy, overcast day on the river any time. Rain makes the rivers rise, and when the Chetco rises, that sparks batches of fish to enter. So the manner in which you fish for salmon is totally dependent on water levels. There is no one method that consistently catches fish in coastal rivers. You must absolutely have a minimum of four different fishing techniques and the gear to match them for different river heights. In the old days, people knew when to fish by paying attention to weather reports,

sticking their head out the door and looking at the river. While that’s still done today, there’s an even more accurate way of gauging whether or not to use one fishing method over another — the internet. Reading the Chetco River gauge is absolutely critical to success. Get in the habit of looking at it every day. Water levels dictate the fishing method you’ll use. To view the Chetco’s daily river flows in real time, go to: www.rivervilla.com. At the top left-hand side of your computer screen you will see “Recreational River Flows.” Left click on that link. You will now come to a list of the most popular rivers in this area. Left click on the Chetco River and you will come to current river levels. In the last 10 years, plunk-

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ing from the bank or from a boat has taken its rightful place in the fishing repertoire, but it is only effective when the river has been high and is on-the-drop. In the Chetco, plunkers do quite well for steelhead and salmon from the bank when the river levels are between 5,000 and 9,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). Plunking is best done after the river has been blown out and muddy and has taken on a slate-gray or pea-green appearance while the river is dropping. For plunking, you will need size 2, 4 and 6 SpinN-Glos. The color Flame Chartreuse is a stalwart favorite on this river. You will also need a lot of different size lead sinkers ranging from 4 to 8 ounces. Just get a dedicated plunking box and the local tackle dealers will sell you the rest. Don’t bother plunking when the river is 2,000 cfs, unless you want a few rocks and four-letter expletives thrown your way. You’ll not only look like a fool, but you will hog all the good drift-fishing spots. See, the manner in which you fish changes with river levels. When the river is between 1,500 and 4,000 cfs, that’s textbook drift-fishing water for bank fishermen. You will need another dedicated fishing box full of slinkies, leadcore sinkers (AKA pencil lead), some Puff Balls, ‘Lil Corkies, Okie Drifters and roe. Roe is simply a term for salmon eggs. To drift-fish from the bank, find a tail-out and use enough lead to keep you bouncing on the bottom. Salmon are usually at the bottom pool of a riffle while steelhead will often be at the upper end. You will be cutting off pieces of pencil lead to match the speed of the current. Again, local tackle shops will show you how to rig up. When the river is 1,500 cfs and below, then you can cast and retrieve three-quarter ounce gold Kastmasters and one-ounce Krocodiles in the lower river and estuary. At this level, you can also use bobbers and sand shrimp, or bobbers and sand shrimp cocktails in the slacker water. We’re not talking about the

Golf News The Salmon Run Men’s Club held their 10th Annual “Turkey Shoot” Wednesday and despite the threat of rain, the turkeys, ‘er men, came out in a “flock.” The tournament featured 33 players in three and four man teams playing a scrambel format. “Our tournament director, Bob Almada, did a very good job,” men’s club President Ron Sloniker said. “Everyone seemed to have a good time out on the course and enjoyed the great lunch prepared by the Salmon Run restaurant staff.” On a cloudy, cool morning the golfers’ attire ranged from shorts to heavy jackets and ski caps. Results were: First Low Gross – Jim Barnes, Frank Congdon, Steve

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son, Team Strahm and Team Congdon. The men’s club also raffled off “goodies” that ranged from free hair cuts to golf equipment. Dick Craig, in a turn of good luck, won both pair of golf shoes raffled. The men’s club is planning a Super Bowl Tournament to be held either the week before the Super Bowl or on the day itself, Sloniker said.

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Obituaries Robert ‘Bob’ Lewis

Mary Lee Foglesong A funeral was held Nov. 19, in Central Point. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2350 Oakmont Way, Suite 205, Eugene OR 97401.

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Bob Lewis cia and Dakota; son-in-law Paul Edgerton of Grants Pass. Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Lewis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 770 Elk Drive, in Brookings. Grave dedication and interment will follow at W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the interment at the church. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel. Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.

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Ellen Mae Foley, 66, of Brookings, passed away Nov. 16, 2010, at her home in Brookings of natural causes. Ellen was born July 20, 1944, in Pipestone, Minn., to Richard and Juanita (Mackey) O’Connell. She spent her childhood there, and following high school, went to work for the phone company in Minneapolis. She married Patrick Foley June 6, 1964, in Pipestone. They moved to Southern California where they lived until moving to Crescent City in 1978. After Patrick passed the Oregon Bar Exam, the couple moved to Brookings. Ellen was a homemaker while her children were young. She later began working in her husband’s law office. She served as his office manager until her health would not allow it. Ellen was very artistic and enjoyed everything from needlepoint and crocheting to painting. She was a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church. A caring and loyal wife, mother and grandmother, Ellen will be missed deeply. Survivors include Patrick, her husband of 46 years, of Brookings; son Patrick M. and his wife Jennifer Foley of Albany; daughter Katie Pratt and her husband US Navy EM1 Travis Pratt, currently serving aboard the USS Enterprise; son Matthew Foley of Eugene; grandchildren Jennifer, Stephen, Michael and Cecilia; brothers Mike O’Connell and his wife Mary of Elkhart, Ind., Tom O’Connell

Ellen Mae Foley of Seattle; sisters Linda Shaw of Creswell, and Patricia Manau of Sioux Falls, S.D. Ellen was preceded in death by a brother David O’Connell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The Rosary will begin at 10 a.m. Rev. Luan Nguyen will be celebrating. A luncheon reception will follow the Mass in the Parish Hall. A graveside committal and interment will be at 1 p.m., Dec. 4, at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Pipestone, Rev. Gerald Kosse officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel in Brookings and Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.

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VaLeska Colleen Webb daughters Tammy Burton, of Inglewood, Calif., and Laurie Kennedy, of Omaha, Neb.; step-grandson Sean Solomon, of Huntington Beach, Calif. Also surviving are nine greatgrandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Donations may be made in her name to Curry County Home Health Hospice, P.O. Box 6042, Brookings OR 97314. Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

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Robert “Bob” Lewis, 81, of Brookings, died Nov. 11, 2010, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Brookings. Bob was born July 2, 1929, in Salt Lake City, to Leo and Genvieve (Atwood) Lewis. When Bob was 6 years old, the family moved to southern California where Bob would eventually graduate from Fullerton Junior College. He worked with his grandfather and stepfather in carpentry briefly before beginning what would be a 25-year career in law enforcement. Starting in the patrol division, Bob worked his way up to investigator with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. After retiring in 1993, he moved to Brookings where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bob married Margaret Clem March 11, 2003, in Crescent City. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1934. Survivors include his wife Margaret of Brookings; daughters Kandi Crow and her husband Richard of Cave Junction, and Connie Eaton of Merlin; stepchildren Richard Clem and his wife Paul of Norco, Calif., Gena Miller and her husband Doug of Indian Head, Md., Joanna Campfield and her husband Richard of Grand Junction, Colo., Jody Cantu of Santa Ana, Calif.; grandchildren Tina Edgerton, Cindy Brinkman, Robert Crow and Kimberly Crow, and numerous step-grandchildren. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Kevin, Brandon, Ali-

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Court Report Nov. 16 of driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was placed on a one-year diversion and ordered to pay $458. ~~~ Dale Robin Busko, 50, Gold Beach, was convicted Nov. 16 of driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was placed on a one-year diversion and ordered to pay $458. ~~~ Deborah Francesca Jacquez, 19, Brookings, was sentenced Nov. 16 for her Oct. 29 conviction for reckless driving and criminal mischief. She was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, 36 months’ probation and ordered to pay $322 plus restitution to be determined within 90 days for reckless driving and 36 months’ probation and to pay $102 for criminal mischief. ~~~ Jordan Travis McDonald, 22, Ashland, was convicted by default Nov. 16 for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. He was ordered to pay $1,045. ~~~ Breanne Kytola, 24, Port Orford, failed to appear Nov. 16 for arraignment on a show cause order. A warrant was issued for her arrest. ~~~ Donald Eugene Phillips, 28, Brookings, was convicted Nov. 16 of two counts of contempt of court. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail. ~~~ Steven John Specht, 23, Brookings, who was convicted Nov. 2 of commercial delivery of methamphetamine, possessing a firearm as a felon and three counts of identity theft,

was sentenced on Nov. 16 to five years in prison. That was 23 months for delivering meth, 13 months each for the three identity theft convictions, and one month for the possession of a firearm. All but three months are to be served consecutively. Restitution is to be determined within 90 days. He is to serve 36 months’ postprison supervision on the meth conviction and 12 months’ supervision each on the other three felonies. He received 36 months’ probation on the gun conviction. ~~~ Leslie Ann Martin, 37, Gold Beach, was convicted Nov. 16 of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. She was ordered to pay $500. ~~~ Cory Allen Bones, 24, Brookings, was convicted Nov. 16 of first-degree burglary. On Nov. 17, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 36 months’ probation and to pay $1,642 plus $102 restitution. ~~~ William D. Urie, 47, Medford, was convicted Nov. 17 of a misdemeanor treated as a violation. He was ordered to pay $500. ~~~ Denise L. Cairns, Brookings, was convicted Nov. 17 of probation violation. She was sentenced to four days in jail and her probation was continued. ~~~ Victor Manuel Pelayo, 25, Brookings, was convicted Nov. 17 of driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was placed on a one-year diversion and ordered to pay $458. ~~~

Lacy Lynn Rose Landers, 24, Harbor, was convicted Nov. 17 of possession of methamphetamine. He was given an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay $785. ~~~ Kerry Dallas Bolter, 45, Port Orford, was convicted Nov. 17 of contempt of court. He was ordered to pay $250. ~~~ Christopher Cole, 37, Trinidad, Calif., was convicted Nov. 18 of possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 18 months’ probation and was ordered to pay $785. ~~~ Kelly Shannon Bosch, 51, Petaluma, Calif., was convicted Nov. 18 of violation of two probations. Probation was continued and extended two years, and Bosch was sentenced to 20 days in jail and another 180 days suspended. ~~~ Donald Glenn Eldridge, 36, Harbor, was convicted Nov. 18 of assault. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 36 months’ probation and ordered to pay $1,135. ~~~ Jacob Benjamin Hefner, 27, Central Point, was convicted Nov. 18 of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, 24 months’ post-prison supervision and ordered to pay $107 plus restitution to be determined within 90 days. ~~~ Walter Reed Craft Jr., 34, Gold Beach, failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing on Nov. 18. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

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Possession of a controlled substance, 2:20 p.m.: Two men from Cave Junction were contacted after they were spotted picking mushrooms along Old Coast Road a mile north of Gold Beach. The trooper believed the mushrooms to be psilocybin. The mushrooms were confiscated and sent to the Central Point crime lab for analysis. Wednesday, Nov. 10

Agency assist, 3:49 p.m.: Two troopers assisted Brookings Police Department on a stolen vehicle stop. The driver was a wanted felon. The driver and passenger were taken out of the vehicle at gunpoint without incident on Fern Avenue. A small amount of methamphetamine, a needle and a pipe were found. Both men were transported to Curry County Jail. DUII, 6:44 p.m.: A motorist was pulled over on Highway 101 near milepost

356 for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. The driver failed a field sobriety test and later recorded a blood alcohol of .12. He was cited for DUII, driving while suspended, driving uninsured and switching license plates on his vehicle. Agency assist, 10:32 p.m.: A trooper assisted Brookings a police officer attempting to located a man who fled on foot into the woods in the 500 block of Fifth Street. The suspect was found hiding in the creek, taken into custody without incident and transported to Curry County Jail. Thursday, Nov. 11

Agency assist, 2:30 p.m.: Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to assist Brookings Police Department in investigating a fatal crash on Highway 101 near Carpenterville Road. DUII, 4:14 p.m.: A trooper took over investigation of a motorist driving under the

influence of intoxicants in the lower parking lot at Azalea Park after a Brookings police officer was sent on another call. The driver failed a field sobriety test, and was found with a .21 blood alcohol level. He was cited for DUII and having an open container in the vehicle. Friday, Nov. 12

Recklessly endangering, 11:40 a.m.: A driver was observed failing to stop for a construction flagger on Highway 101 near milepost 353. When pulled over, the driver said he was not paying attention and tried to slow down. The driver was cited for recklessly endangering a highway worker. DUII, 7:10 p.m.: A motorist was observed driving from the state line to the Chetco River bridge possibly under the influence of intoxicants with two children in the vehicle. A breath sample indicated blood alcohol of .22, almost triple the legal limit.

The driver was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts of recklessly endangering. Agency assist, 11:52 p.m.: A trooper assisted a Brookings police officer in a traffic stop. A police dog alerted officers to possible drugs. A search found 15 grams of methamphetamine. Both people in the car were booked into the Curry County Jail.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Heather Iverson, 22, of Gold Beach, for probation violation; no bail. Samuel Jefferies, 54, of Brookings, for probation violation; no bail. Troy D. Wells, 38, of Mount Vernon, for driving under the

influence of intoxicants; booked and released. Deetta Jean Wagner, 44, of Langlois, for failure to perform the duties of a driver; booked and released. Wednesday, Nov. 17

Michael Burke, 21, of Brookings, for probation violation. Freeman Watson Pope, 41, of Brookings, for contept of court; bail set at $7,500. Colby Shane Busch, 25, of Coos Bay for a wildlife offense; bail set at $15,000. Toby Wayne Stanley, 19, of Gold Beach, for unlawful possession of methamphetamine

and unlawful possession of marijuana; bail set at $35,000. Thursday, Nov. 18

Kiley William Ortman, 35, of Brookings, for unlawful possesion of marijuan, unlawful possesion of hashish, unlawful possesion of methamphetamines, controlled substance offenses, distribution of methemphetamine and driving under the influence of intoxicants; bail set at $135,000. Codey Allan Grable, 19, of Port Orford, for contempt of court; bail set at $2,500. David Michael Sanchez,

20, of Brookings, for an outof-state warrant; no bail. Donald Glen Eldridge, 36, 36, of Harbor, was relodged for a fourth-degree assault conviction; no bail. Scott Victor Davidson, 54, no residence listed, for driving under the influence of intoxicants; cited and released. Friday, Nov. 19

Wayne Mathew Brinkley, 35, of Medford, for parole violation; no bail. Amy Lee Crescioni, 45, of Florence, for unlawful possesion of marijuana and unlawful possesion of methamphetamine; bail set at $75,000.

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Jonathan Dean Wilbur, 19, Harbor, was convicted Nov. 18 of criminal mischief. He was given a two-year deferred sentence and ordered to pay $142 plus a $100 compensatory fine to Brookings Police Department and restitution to be determined. ~~~ Kelly J. Lovejoy, 37, Brookings, was convicted Nov. 18 of reckless driving and failure to appear on a criminal citation and was sentenced Nov. 19 five days in jail, 24 months’ probation and to pay $505 for reckless driving and 20 days in jail, to be served concurrently, 24 months’ probation and to pay $285 for failure to appear. ~~~ Bobby E. Jones, 40, Crescent City, failed to appear Nov. 19 for arraignment on a show cause order. A warrant was issued for his arrest. ~~~ Jon Gordon Miller, 34, Crescent City, was convicted Nov. 19 of identity theft. He was placed on 18 months’ probation and ordered to pay $762. ~~~ Vernon Dale Stewart, 43, Gold Beach, failed to appear Nov. 19 for a pretrial conference on a possession of meth charge. A warrant was issued for his arrest. ~~~ Alane Todd Vanhorn, 44, Brookings, whose diversion for driving under the influence of intoxicants was revoked, was sentenced for DUII on Nov. 19. He was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, 24 months’ probation and ordered to pay $1,635

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DUII, 4:30 p.m.: During a traffic stop on Highway 101 near milepost 356, the driver was found to have a strong odor of alcohol. The driver failed a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol was .00. He then consented to a urine sample. The driver was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants, possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving and failure to maintain a safe distance from an emergency vehicle.

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~~~ Chris Lynn Hobbs, 31, Lebanon, failed to appear Nov. 18 for arraignment on a show cause order. A warrant was issued for Hobbs’ arrest. ~~~ Killian Curtis Kemp, 26, Brookings, was convicted Nov. 18 of driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was placed on a one-year diversion and ordered to pay $458. ~~~ Cory Lee Lang, 21, McMinnville, was convicted Nov. 18 of assault. He was given a 24month deferred sentence and ordered to pay $567. ~~~ Justin Forest Martino, 30, Gold Beach, was convicted Nov. 18 of possession of methamphetamine. He was given an 18-month conditional discharge, sentenced to two days in jail and ordered to pay $785. ~~~ Joshua Thom Sanchez-Fosdick, 23, Coquille, was convicted Nov. 18 of possession of methamphetamine. He was given an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay $785. ~~~ John Robert Serna, 24, Eugene, was convicted Nov. 18 of harassment. He was sentenced to 160 hours of community and 24 months’ probation and ordered to pay $885. ~~~ Gerald David Torrance, 74, Brookings, was convicted Nov. 18 of recklessly endangering another. He was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, to pay $885, and to possess no guns during probation. ~~~

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Ex-Del Norte resident elected to Oregon Legislature CRESCENT CITY — It would be hard to call Jason Conger a late bloomer. He left home at age 16, married at age 21, and that same year made his first run for political office — for City Council in Crescent City — before he even finished his four-year college degree. Today, at 42, he's a partner with a prestigious Portlandbased law firm, founded a

company that invests in apartment complexes and sits on the boards of several other corporations as well as that of the Trinity Lutheran Church. And now he’s been elected to the Oregon Legislature as a Republican state representative after unseating Democratic incumbent Judy Stiegler in the Nov. 2 election. Conger says he decided to run because he disapproved of the 2009 Legislature, notably its tax increases. “I just sort of stuck my hand up and said ‘I’m willing

to do this,'” Conger said, adding his faith is part of why he ran. He cited “the call to serve and the obligation to serve. ... I feel like we all in some capacity should do what we can to make our state and our community better, and this felt like something I could do.” He will represent House District 54, which includes the central Oregon city of Bend. Conger made his personal history a staple of his political campaign, talking about his youth living under “crushing poverty.” In one of his radio ads, the female narrator said, “Once homeless and living out of the back of his dad's pickup, Conger worked his way through college and Harvard Law School.” The full story takes longer to tell. Conger’s parents were part of the hippie movement in the ’60s and ’70s, he said. His father, a contractor, declared bankruptcy and divorced his mother when Conger was 8. His father remarried and moved around a lot: Conger lived in Oregon, Colorado and Washington before, at age 12, the family settled in Crescent City. When he was a teenager, Conger left home because he didn’t get along with his father. He lived in a trailer park for a time and took night classes to finish high school while working day jobs at Burger King and Circle K. He moved to Sacramento and worked in the construction industry building homes and doing carpentry. Conger then returned to Crescent City to work and go back to school, eventually graduating from Sunset High School.

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PORTLAND (AP) — Portland Police Bureau spokeswoman Lt. Kelli Sheffer says two Portland officers have been arrested for investigation of drunken driving. She says Officer Joshua Sparks was stopped on the night of Nov. 6 by a Washington State Patrol trooper who clocked him at 72 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 205 in Clark County, Wash. On Sunday, Officer John Shadron was arrested by Gresham police after a collision with another vehicle. No one was injured. The spokeswoman says the officers have been placed on desk duty pending the outcome of their cases and an internal review. Both men were off-duty when they were arrested.

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PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland woman who wanted to warm up a cold can of spray paint put it in her oven. KGW reports the can exploded Tuesday, shot out the oven door and through the kitchen ceiling. Firefighters found it smoldering in the attic. Firefighters reminded her to read the safety label; it’s a bad idea to heat products that are under pressure.

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GRANTS PASS (AP) — An Oregon man who left his Volkswagen Beetle outside a Grants Pass video store with his poodle inside says he is very happy to get his dog back after the car was stolen. Paul Marshall told the Mail Tribune that his car was stolen Monday when he left the keys inside and the motor running to return a movie. Fortunately, the poodle was found safe inside the Beetle two days later, less than a mile from Marshall’s house. The suspect apparently ran out of gas and parked the car near an apartment complex. Marshall said leaving the keys in the car was a mistake, but he was happier to find the dog — named Beo — then he was the car.

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Defense attorney John Spicer said Bones had lived in Brookings since he was 8. “He was out with some of his friends and they were highly intoxicated and made some poor choices,” Spicer said. “It was not his idea. He tried to talk them out of it, but while he was there he did help them move a fireplace out of the building.” When Bones was given an opportunity to speak, he said, “I really did try to talk them out of it. I do accept responsibility for my actions. I’m so deeply sorry for hurting them. I wouldn’t want that to happen to me and my family.” Judge Jesse Margolis sen-

tenced Bones to 30 days in jail and three years’ probation, and ordered him to pay $1,642 in fines and fees, as well as $102 in restitution. “I considered giving you 90 days,” Margolis told Bones. “There are two reasons I didn’t. The jail is at capacity, and the other, today, for the first time, you actually said you’re taking responsibility for doing something wrong. If you had more of a criminal history, you would be facing prison.” Gallardo, 22, who pleaded guilty on Nov. 4 to first-degree burglary and criminal mischief, was sentenced to 13 months in prison. Atwood, 20, has a Dec. 1 court date scheduled.

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gree. They broke a window and began removing property. Dial said they put the items in a borrowed suitcase. “It was found on the beach. It had things stolen from the yurt inside,” he said. He said the three were scared off by IPH Security doing a building check before they could break into a second house. “Police were able to discover who did it. The abandoned suitcase had the name of the owner that Mr. Gallardo had borrowed it from,” Dial said. The DA said Bones had no prior property crimes, only hit and run in 2007 and a driving under the influence conviction in 2007.

By Valliant Corley Pilot staff writer Curry County has received funding for three projects awarded by the Oregon Department of Energy. Pacific High School in the

Port Orford-Langlois School District received the largest of the three awards, $65,062 for a lighting project at the school. The other two were for heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects in two county buildings, the South Annex

building in Brookings and the North Annex building in Port Orford. The South Annex project calls for installation of a heat pump and insulation. Chambers Plumbing and Heating submitted the successful bid, at $31,412. That contract was awarded by the county Board of Commissioners this fall. The North Annex project will cost around $32,000. Gold Beach Heating successfully bid $14,953 to install a heat pump, and Reese Electric received a $1,299 contract for high voltage work to disconnect baseboard and wall heaters. More than $45 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funds have been made available for 292 energy projects in Oregon’s 36 counties, including the three in Curry County. The total estimated energy saved and/or produced per year from the projects is anticipated to be nearly 195 million kilowatt hours — enough to heat more than 16,243 average Oregon homes per year. “We are pleased to make these awards in all 36 counties,” said Paul Egbert, Ameri-

can Recovery and Reinvestment Act acting manager at ODOE. “Not only will these projects save energy, but the funds will be used to put local contractors to work.” Energy-efficiency projects include upgrades or replacement for indoor and outdoor lighting, building control systems, HVAC systems, boilers, window replacement, weatherization, agricultural irrigation, refrigeration upgrades, waste heat recovery, and video conferencing to reduce vehicle miles traveled and employee travel time. The types of Oregon renewable energy projects that received funding included biomass, solar, geothermal, anaerobic digesters and upgrades to small-scale hydro systems such as turbine replacement. Each county was awarded funds for at least one project. The amount each county received ranged from the $84,670 that went to Yamhill County to the 19 projects in Multnomah County that totaled $7,937,511. Curry County’s total of $117,562 was the third lowest amount, just above Wheeler County's $88,370.

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