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Monday, May 28, 2012
Descendents of Nobuo Fujita will visit Brookings – perhaps for the last time – as part of the 2012 Azalea Festival this weekend.
“I was a child when he first came over,” said reference librarian Brenda Jacques, who is organizing the family’s visit. “Meeting his daughter is going to be very interesting. Unless grandchildren start coming, there won’t be any more visits from the family.”
Fujita’s daughter, Yoriko Asakura, her husband, Sumiki, and their son Fumihiro Fujita, arrive Thursday for the Memorial Day weekend that coincides with the 50th year Nobuo first visited Brookings.
Nobuo Fujita was a Warrant Flying Officer of the Imperial Japanese Navy and flew a floatplane from a submarine aircraft during World War II.
He dropped two bombs northeast of Brookings – the only time enemy aircraft had bombed the U.S. until 9/11 – in hopes of starting the forest on fire and drawing attention away from the Pacific Theater. The incident is now known as the Lookout Air Raid.
In 1962, the Brookings Jaycees invited him to town, in part for the Azalea Festival and also to build a friendship between the two countries.
He returned to Oregon in 1990, 1992 and 1995. In 1992, he planted a tree at the bomb site as a gesture of peace.
Fujita died in 1997, but not before bestowing upon the town a 400-year-old samurai sword, currently on display at the Chetco Community Public Library.
The last time his daughter was here was in 1998 to spread some of Fujita’s ashes at the site of the Lookout Air Raid.
While in Brookings, the family plans to attend a reception in their honor at Brookings City Hall, watch the parade, visit the bomb site and observe a traditional Japanese swordsmanship demonstration – iaido –at the library.
The reception will be held at City Hall, 898 Elk Dr., at 9 a.m. Friday, and the iaido presentation will be held at 1:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the library, 405 Alder St., weather permitting.
Iaido is the art of using a sword in a counter-attack to a surprise attack.
The Southern Oregon Iaido Club will perform a form of swordsmanship called Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, the Siskiyou Iaido Dojo will demonstrate a form called Muso Shinden Ryu, and the Ashland Taiko of Southern Oregon will perform Taiko drumming.
The Asakura family, descendents of the Japanese man who dropped two bombs on Brookings in World War II, was greeted at an informal reception attended by about 20 city officials, veterans and other citizens in Brookings City Hall Friday.
The highlight was a 1992 film the family had never seen of Nobuo Fujita planting a redwood tree representing peace between the two nations.
City Manager Gary Milliman presented Fujita’s son-in-law, Sumiki Asakura, with pins of the city emblem and literature about the historic bombing. He also read a letter of appreciation and friendship from Oregon’s Japanese Consulate.
The family, including Nobuo’s daughter, Yoriko, and grandson, Fumihiro Fujita, later attended a traditional Japanese swordsmanship demonstration at the Chetco Community Public Library, where author Mike Adams presented them with his new book about the area, “Chetco.”
“Everybody had a good time,” said children’s librarian Brenda Jacques, who coordinated the family’s visit.
“They did say they really enjoyed the Iaido presentation, that the group took the effort to do that for them. They were asking the (team) how they knew how to do it, who taught them – they were surprised people here knew how to do that. It’s been a pretty exciting day.”
Yoriko Asakura receives a vase from Lily Allen, 9, after a swordsmanship demonstration at the library Friday.
Gaylord Klinefelter, Jerry Schroeder, Keith Reitz, William Davis and John Brannon will be forever young in the hearts of those at the Vietnam Veterans of America Roll Call Friday evening.
The Brookings celebration honored the 672 men who died in the war, and in particular, the five from the Brookings-Harbor area. Roll Call is held every Memorial Day weekend at Brookings City Hall.
Sporting camouflage, uniforms and Stars and Stripes outfits, about 50 veterans, friends and family read the names of those who hailed from Oregon.
They started with Andrew Abramson, Army, 1969, and ended – more than an hour later – with Gordon Zimmerle, Army, 1970.
“We who are combat veterans know some things others will never know,” said Jim Dearmond, a Navy veteran from Brookings. “Something the movie screen will never portray, something ‘real-time’ media coverage can never communicate. We know the smell of war, but do not possess the vocabulary to share the smell of death.”
More than 58,200 veterans were killed in Southeast Asia.
“Each man we knew who fell in combat remains as old as he will ever be,” Dearmond said. “I speak for those who experienced the daily horrors of the Vietnam War and who are still alive.”
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Friday, April 27, 2012
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
The future of Curry County and its current financial crisis weighed heavy on the minds of residents attending Town Hall meetings hosted Thursday by State Rep. Wayne Krieger and Sen. Jeff Kruse in Brookings and Gold Beach.
“What do you think about the proposed sales tax for Curry County?” asked one of 25 people at the Brookings meeting.
The Curry County Commissioners are considering putting a sales tax or property tax on the ballot later this year in an effort to raise enough money to keep the county solvent and services intact.
Krieger was first to field the question, saying he preferred a 1 percent sales tax on most items.
“Curry County doesn’t have many options, but if you go with a sales tax, and it excludes too many items, it won’t pass,” he said. “If they stay with 1 percent on most items, then I will support it.”
He also said a sunset clause, which would place a limit on how long the sales tax is in effect, should be included to increase its chances of getting voter approval.
Kruse, along with Krieger, has been campaigning at the federal level to get an extention of federal timber payments for rural counties.
“That bill, which some call the ‘federal bailout,’ is in serious doubt right now,” Kruse said. “Even if it passes, it’s a short-term solution. And, in a best-case scenario, it’s two years off. How does Curry County survive in the meantime?”
He asked the audience: “Do you want public health, the county clerk’s office managed by the state?”
Kruse said “Curry County is the poster child. No doubt about it.”
He believed that, with a sales tax, tourists would be paying most of it, and that may impact local businesses.
“It may be the best option out there but I haven’t come down to a decision on this yet.”
Another audience member suggested that
employee benefits through PERS be cut.
Kruse said PERS is a very complicated system of compensating state employees for health and
retirement benefits and is its based on contracts.
“There’s not much we can do about it,” he said. “Also, we can’t make any changes to the people who currently received PERS, just future employees.”
Another resident wanted to know if the county could file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
But Krieger explained that Oregon, unlike some states, such as California, does not allow cities and counties to
file for bankruptcy.
When asked if he would pursue possible legislation to remedy that, Krieger said he’d have to research it more.
“In Oregon there are many shared services between the state and municipalities, and I’d have to look into how those services would be impacted if a county was to file for bankruptcy,” he said.
Kruse said if Curry County ceased to exist, the state would have two options:
•Have surrounding counties absorb Curry County services and its debt;
•Redraw the county lines and distribute the debt among counties.
“It’s going to cost the state more money to run county services from a distance; it would have to hire more people. Restructuring is a better way to go and I’m willing to look at that,” Kruse said.
“There is no easy solution,” he said, then added, “The easiest solution is to cut trees.”
Krieger and Kruse left Brookings for a Town Hall meeting at Gold Beach City Hall.
One member of the audience said that all levels of government are broken and asked what could be done.
Krieger said the Legislature has had three different task forces in the last year.
“The question is, what happens when the money goes away. We still don’t have a clear picture what will happen,” he said. “When all is said and down, what do we have?”
Krieger said Oregon’s resources are natural resources, which are not available.
“That’s why we can’t fund veterans, K-12 schools, senior citizens,” he said.
“The land use system is broken,” Krieger said.
Kruse said that Congress is working to set up an O&C Trust that would provide conservation and jobs.
“In the House, they tried to roll it into a more comprehensive piece of legislation. The chair, Doc Hastings of Washington, was not cooperative,” he said.
“Now the O&C lands are the same as the Forest Service. If you have a timber sale, anybody for any reason can sue and stop it. If we can get the trust created, if you file a suit to stop it, you would have to have a real reason to stop it. You have to have standing,” Kruse said.
“That would increase income $135 million a year, which would make everyone whole again,” he said.
But he said if that legislation got out of the House this year, it would be 2013 before the Senate would act.
“There’s a whole lot of protection there for the environment,” Krieger said.
Gold Beach resident Bill Douglas had several statements for the two.
He complained of being unable to purchase gasoline without ethanol.
“I’ve had to replace all the carburetors on small motors,” he said. He said the ethanol leaves a residue which breaks down the small motors.
He said another concern is recreational gold prospecting.
Douglas said the state, BLM and the Forest Service keep the recreational prospector from operating.
“I would hope the Legislature could help us with these issues. We’re not discharging anything in the river that isn’t already there,” he said. “Now the Forest Service says no mineral recovery from Lobster Creek up.”
Krieger said the problem is “uninformed public employees in the Federal Government. Nothing gets done that doesn’t turn into a quagmire.”
Monday, April 2, 2012
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Sunday, April 1, 2012
The National Weather Service has cancelled the severe weather warning as of 5:25 p.m., replacing it with a high wind warning for wind gusts up to 45 mph possible through 8 p.m. tonight (March 31). The agency issued a severe weather warning at 3:10 p.m. as a line of thunderstorms stretching from Port Orford to Brookings threatened to bring rain and winds up to 70 mph. As of 5 p.m.,
a gust of 52 mph was recorded at the Pilot's weather station in downtown Brookings, while reports of winds up to 60 mph were reported in Gold Beach and Port Orford. No major accidents were reported, although some telephone lines and power lines were reported down in the Brookings area earlier today. Real-time weather reports can be found by clicking on the AccuWeather link at the top of this page.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
As darkness fell Friday afternoon, torrential rains had stopped short of flooding major rivers but left numerous roads and highways undermined and blocked entirely by tons of saturated, sliding soil, rocks and trees.
The latest winter storm dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on downtown Brookings and up to 6 inches in other areas of the county on Thursday and Friday. The forecast called for 100 percent rain through Sunday.
Rain-soaked hillsides began to collapse Thursday evening, starting with the
complete blockage of Highway 101 at milepost 310, south of Humbug Mountain. The highway remained closed until Friday afternoon, when one lane of traffic was opened. Oregon Department of Transportation officials at the scene could not guarantee the one lane would remain open as the hillside above and below the narrow section of highway continued to move.
On Friday, a slide closed Highway 197 in northern California, that links Highway 101 and Highway 199, and many Curry County roads were closed by high water Friday afternoon.
Also on Friday, access to the small, rural town of Agness, 35 miles east of Gold Beach, was blocked on both sides due to slides on Forest Road 33. Carpenterville Road, about 10 miles north of Brookings, remained closed in some areas because of slides.
County and state road crews struggled to keep up with the failing roads as rains kept falling.
“We are working closely with the Curry County Sheriff’s office to address
public health and safety needs for the community of Agness,” Gold Beach District Ranger Alan Vandiver said. “Our forest road engineers are working diligently to open the road as quickly as possible. However, with the predicted continued precipitation, there is potential for additional slides and road closures.”
FR33 was blocked in the vicinities of China Flat at milepost 53 and Quosatana Campground at milepost 15. Between the two blockages, approximately 5,000 cubic yards of material sloughed off nearby mountain slopes and onto the roadway.
A road maintenance contractor worked to clean up the slide near Quosatana, but there was no estimate on when FR 33 would be open for public use. Road engineers were posting “road closed ahead” signs to warn motorists of the blocked locations.
The slide on Highway 101 near Humbug Mountain affected Curry County
Circuit Court Friday morning, as Curry County District Attorney Everett Dial was unable to make the drive from his home, and attorney Rick Inokuchi, who commutes from Coos County, was stuck on the north side of the slide.
Deputy DA Jake Conde handled court sessions and Inokuchi made appearances by telephone. However at least one sentencing was delayed for a week and other defendants, awaiting arraignment, were not brought in from the jail.
Southbound traffic on Highway 101 was stopped at Port Orford and northbound traffic at Nesika Beach north of Gold Beach. The Curry Coastal Pilot sent News Alert emails about the slide to 2,400 readers late Thursday night; the Curry County Sheriff’s Office made recorded message calls to everyone signed up for its emergency warning notifications.
ODOT advised drivers to use alternate routes, in this case via Interstate 5 through Roseburg and Grants Pass – a detour of more than 250 miles.
“An estimated 400 yards of rocky debris make up the slide,” ODOT reported.
Crews held off repair because it remained active due to the saturated soils and, for safety reasons, they could not begin the cleanup until it became stable.
In addition, some lanes of Highway 101 were closed between Brookings and Gold Beach because of slumping roadbeds. Traffic was still moving through those areas, however.
As heavy rains continued Friday morning, Curry County reported several road closures, and the U.S. Coast Guard closed the Chetco River Bar to all marine traffic. A North Bank Chetco River resident whose home was surrounded by flood waters in January reported that the river had come up around her home again Friday.
The storms are forecast to continue through the day on Saturday, slacking off to showers. The Pilot’s weather station recorded 2.65 inches on Thursday, the heaviest daily total so far in March.
The Curry County Road Department reported that current slide areas caused by previous January storms on or along county roads seemed to being holding steady with the exception of Old County Road outside Brookings. It was down to one lane, with another lane collapsing downhill into a nearby driveway.
Also affected was Carpenterville Road with landslides at two locations, near its intersections with Pistol River Road and Cape Ferrelo Road.
Additionally, Euchre Creek Road, 1.5 miles past the end of the county road, was closed with 400 cubic yards of slide debris.
Other affected roads included Cedar Valley Road with a new small slide north of Hendricks, Floras Creek had pipes and culverts plugged, Hunter Creek Loop was closed at the north entrance by a slide just north of the bridge.
Hunter Creek Road had water encroaching road sides, Langlois Mountain Road had pipes plugged, Little South Fork was closed a half mile from Hunter Creek Road, North Bank Rogue River Road was closed at Rogue River Park and Lobster Creek Bridge, with water 2 to 3 feet over the road.
Pistol River Loop Road had high water signs placed at intersections, had water over the road. Sixes River Road had a hillside slumping into the road. North Bank Pistol River Road had water over the road at mile post 1.5 and the South Bank Chetco River Road had a slide.