Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
* After years of proposals, negotiations, planning and construction, the new Del Norte County Regional Airport Terminal will be the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 4 p.m. today. Various speakers and ceremonies are planned, including tours. The new terminal is located at 150 Dale Ruppert Way.
* An economic impact assessment has determined that by spending $30 million in treatments to slow sudden oak death over the next 20 years could offset the loss of $580 million in wages. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the disease was first found in Curry County in 2001 and has slowly spread. Along with lost jobs, the disease could also reduce residential property values, and reduce recreation and tourism revenues.
* The Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery is playing host to the annual steelhead derby today through Sunday on the Chetco and Smith Rivers. The event is a major fund-raiser for the hatchery, the only independent salmon and steelhead facility of its type in California.
* Town hall meetings covering medical services provided by the Veterans Administration have been put on hold in the region, including in Brookings. The V.A. wants to wait unil the region’s new medical director, Keith Allen, takes over next month.
In sports news:
* Del Norte High’s girls basketball team tonight will try to do what it has never done before … win a North Coast Section championship. The No. 2 Warriors faced top-seeded St. Vincent-St. Patrick High at 7 p.m. at Bencia High School near Vallejo. Listen to the game live on KPOD 97.9, or at delnortesports.com.
* Both of Brookings-Harbor High’s basketball teams will open the Oregon Class 4-A playoffs this weekend. Tonight at 7 o’clock, the Bruin boys will tackle top-seeded De La Salle Catholic High in Portland. On Saturday at 2 p.m., the Brookings-Harbor girls will play host to Yamhill-Carlton High in a game between the bracket’s eighth and ninth seeds.