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Monday, May 23

Curry County’s sheriff vowed to “leave no stone unturned” to find those responsible for the theft of racing equipment from the Jot’s Resort parking lot on the eve of the 2022 World Championship Jet River Marathon on Friday.
“Everyone knows we have race teams from here and far in Gold Beach competing in the world racing championships,” Sheriff John Ward said via Facebook. “They come here and it brings people from all over who help our local economy out…. It makes me sick that we have thieves in our county who steal from our visitors.”
Ward said his office was investigating some leads, but asked the public to call the sheriff’s office at (541) 247-3244 if they had more information.

The Brookings City Council on Monday will get its first look at a draft ordinance banning safe injection sites. City staff is approaching the topic as a land-use issue, according to a staff report from City Manager Janel Howard. 
According to the draft ordinance, the purpose of it is to “prohibit activities detrimental to the residents and visitors in all zones of the city.” It mentions safe injection sites — or supervised drug consumption facilities — as a hygienic environment where individuals can consume “illicit drugs intravenously or by other means.”
The Brookings City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in City Council Chambers, 898 Elk Drive in Brookings. Agenda packets are available at

COVID vaccines and testing will no longer be available at Sutter Coast Hospital starting Tuesday, the Del Norte Public Health Branch announced Friday.
Vaccines are available at local healthcare providers and pharmacies as well as through the Public Health Branch the first and third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at 400 L Street in Crescent City.
Free antigen testing is available via OptumServe from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Crescent City Cultural Center Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; at the former Ray’s Food Place in Smith River on Tuesdays and at Pay Men Fuel Mart in Klamath on Wednesdays.
To register, call 888-634-1123. For more COVID-19 information, visit

Del Norters have until Friday to submit their nominees for Hometown Hero. Part of Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce’s annual 4th of July celebration, the chamber is looking for folks who have shown courage, strength or honor through adversity while living in Del Norte County. For more information, call Valerie Starkey at or (707) 490-9177.
Meanwhile, the chamber is still seeking sponsors, vendors and parade entries for the celebration. For more information, call (707) 464-3174 or email

Regional News

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker in Oregon is calling for an investigation into a ballot-printing fiasco that will delay results from Tuesday’s primary by weeks, with a key U.S. House race hanging in the balance in a state that prides itself on voter access and election transparency.
Tens of thousands of ballots in the state’s third-largest county were printed with blurred barcodes, making them unreadable by vote-counting machines — a mistake that wasn’t caught until ballots were already being returned in the vote-by-mail state. Elections workers must now hand-transfer the votes from those ballots to new ones that can be read in a painstaking process that also raises the possibility of duplication errors.
As the scope of the crisis became apparent, local, state and federal lawmakers Friday all escalated their criticism of Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall, who defended her actions at a news conference Friday and said she had learned from the mistakes.

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Several people were injured when a bull jumped a fence and escaped an arena during a popular Northern California rodeo, authorities said.
The escape occurred Friday during the final section of the Redding Rodeo’s bull riding event, the Redding Rodeo Association said on Facebook.
The bull leapt over a fence then ran through a crowd of spectators and across a parking lot before it was captured near a bridge about a half mile (800 meters) from the arena.
At least six people were treated for minor injuries, including 15-year-old Jordan Greco, a sophomore at Redding’s Enterprise High School.
Greco told the Redding Record Searchlight the bull’s horn’s clipped his leg as the animal charged through the arena’s VIP section.

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