Community Conversations

Community Conversations: County Commissioner – Fire Follow-Up

In this edition of Community Conversations, show host Connie Hunter interviews Curry County Commissioner Court Boice about the Chetco Bar Fire recovery effort and the importance of a clear economic vision for the Curry County’s future.

Court Boice

This conversation highlights include recognizing the gift behind people coming together in the face of adversity, assessing the negative impact of one-fifth of Curry County being burned, and brainstorming recovery ideas. Click HERE to see an inspiring video “After the Fire is Out” (mentioned in this conversation), shown at a recent Curry County Board of Commissioners meeting. Skip forward to 2:05:25 to see “After the Fire is Out”.

Find out from the Commissioner Court what each of us can do to help be an instrument of hope in our County’s recovery efforts. We can all be proactive on behalf of Curry County by becoming advocates for our area. Learn how hope begets hope! Listening to this podcast will help people understand the details of the wildfire devastation while we envision the economic recovery and future forest stewardship in our “neck of the woods.”

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: Fighting Fire with Fire – Update on the Chetco Bar Fire

Terry A. Krasko, Planning/Public Services Staff Officer from the USDA Forest Service, with Community Conversations host Connie Hunter

In this edition of Community Conversations, show host Connie Hunter interviews Terry A. Krasko, Planning/Public Services Staff Officer from the USDA/Forest Service about the issues surrounding the Chetco Bar Fire.

Mr. Krasko’s duties include serving as the Public Information Officer for the Chetco Bar Fire Incident Command Operation, currently located outside of Brookings, in Harbor, Oregon.

Get the scoop on what we, as citizens, can do to be proactive in our area. Learn how fire incident command operations works. Listening to this program will help citizens understand the techniques and concerns of wilderness firefighting, locally, and in general, and will provide perspective and hope in spite of the hardships surrounding this local natural disaster.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations – The Gary Milliman Report: Airport Project, Urban Renewal Plan, and More

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman discusses the Airport Project, revisiting the Urban Renewal Plan, and other important topics such as local and regional economic development and the relationship between the City of Brookings and some of our local special districts.

Community Conversations‘ show host Connie Hunter gives a special thank you to City Manager Gary for his gift of time, perspective, and encouragement during the start up of KCIW.

Gary’s interviews provide in-depth information for those who want to learn more about local issues and how folks – no matter what age – can become more engaged in the democratic process.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: New KCIW Advisory Board Member Alyssa Babin Inspires Environmental Advocacy

KCIW’s Advisory Board’s newest member is Alyssa Babin, founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit called Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Alyssa Babin

Alyssa Babin

With much enthusiasm about environmental issues, Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter talk with Alyssa about her lover for our beautiful natural environment and her work dedicated to nurturing relationships, understanding local values, articulating threats, and presenting solutions for conservation efforts on the Wild Rivers Coast.

One of Alyssa’s environmental awareness initiatives is the upcoming Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which will take place at the Port of Brookings Harbor Kite Field on Saturday, May 28th, with a mingle starting time beginning at 7:00 PM and films starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on-line at bpt.me/2549565. Proceeds will benefit Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Beyond her extensive knowledge of environmental issues and advocacy, Alyssa shares a bit about her work with the Curry County League of Women Voters where she serves as Vice President.

KCIW is grateful to have Alyssa’s energy, knowledge, and sprite contribute to the Curry Coast Community Radio team.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: U.S. Forest Service Preparations for Upcoming Wildfire Season and Unfavorable Wildfire Trends

ForestThis special edition of Community Conversations covers a nationwide press conference where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell address U.S. Forest Service discuss preparations for the 2016 wildfire season, unfavorable wildfire trends, and funding issues that limit the ability of the Forrest Service to manage forest resources while fighting a growing number wildfires.

Show host Connie Hunter supplies additional commentary and follow up with information from our local Curry County fire districts. Alongside Associated Press and other reporters, Connie was able to participate in the Press Conference via telephone. Hear what our KCIW show host asked on behalf of our neck of the woods!

The national policy governing our forests has deep and long lasting impact on our local forests. What can we do to save our forests? Listen to this program and find out!

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter

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Photo by Hansueli Krapf from Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Community Conversations – Volunteers Make the World Go ‘Round: County Commissioner Susan Brown Discusses Volunteer Needs

In honor of April being National Volunteer Month, Curry County Commissioner and community volunteer Susan Brown joins Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter to talk about volunteerism and to encourage county residents to become community volunteers.

Susan Brown

Curry County Commissioner Susan Brown

Learn about how volunteers make a huge difference in our local county government. Find out about volunteer opportunities in Curry County government and at local nonprofits. And don’t miss Commissioner Brown’s story about volunteering to be “mock” arrested and put in a “dunk tank” for charity. Volunteering can be fun, too!

Community Conversations celebrates volunteers and volunteerism, not only in April, but throughout the year, with the introduction of this new series – Volunteers Make the World Go ‘Round! Many thanks to Commissioner Brown for helping KCIW podcasts reach 10,000 downloads!

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations – Wild Rivers Veterans: Fun and Fellowship in the Veterans Community

VVA Chapter 757 LogoIn this edition of Community Conversations, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 757 President Bill Farrell shares the latest chapter news with Associate VVA Head Jim Newman and military/veteran family member Connie Hunter. Find out more about the chapter’s veteran-supportive community building efforts and its members’ dedication to service.

Vietnam Veterans of America is a national nonprofit corporation founded in 1978 that is committed to serve the needs of all veterans. VVA is the only such organization chartered by the United States Congress and dedicated to Vietnam veterans and their families. Its founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.

Find out how Chapter 757 is helping veterans, communities, and the greater good in Curry and Del Norte counties.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations – Volunteers Make the World Go ‘Round: Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog on Volunteerism

In honor of April being National Volunteer Month, Brookings mayor and community volunteer Ron Hedenskog joins Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter to talk about volunteerism and to inspire and encourage people to become community volunteers – including volunteering at the City of Brookings!

Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog

Brookings Mayor and Community Volunteer Ron Hedenskog

Before running for the City Council position of Mayor, Mayor Ron served on the City of Brookings’ Planning Commission, one of the City’s many volunteer positions. He encourages people to volunteer to serve on one of the City’s commissions and committees or to consider running for one of the three City Council positions that will be on the ballot in the next election cycle.

Mayor Ron is also a volunteer at St. Timothy’s Community Kitchen. He talks about the history of the Brookings area free lunch program and how an idea can grow into a program that can make a real difference in peoples’ lives.

For more information on the many volunteer opportunities at the City of Brookings, go to brookings.or.us. Also, if you want to volunteer to help at Party at the Port during the upcoming Azalea Festival weekend (Memorial Day weekend), you can contact Crissy Cooper-Perry at 541-787-1703. And, of course, KCIW is looking for more volunteers as we get closer to going on the air. To find out more about volunteer opportunities at KCIW, go to our web site (kciw.org) and click on GET INVOLVED.

Join KCIW’s Community Conversations program in celebrating volunteers and volunteerism, not only in April, but throughout the year!

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations – The Gary Milliman Report: Salmon Run Golf Course and Harbor Annexation Study Report

In this edition of Community Conversations, host Connie Hunter tackles two important subjects with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman.

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

The conversation starts with a discussion of the latest news concerning the Salmon Run Golf Course. Here you’ll learn about Salmon Run becoming a municipal amenity.

Next, Connie and Gary explore numerous and varied aspects of the recently completed Portland State University Harbor Annexation study.

Gary describes the findings of the study and puts them in context by explaining some important, but often misunderstood, concepts relating to Harbor annexation. Learn what a “urban growth area” is and why it’s important to the residents of Brookings and Harbor. Find out the relationship between the controversial concepts of annexation and eminent domain. Learn how the residents of Harbor benefit from “subtle subsidies” paid for by the taxpayers of Brookings.

Gary discusses these subjects and more in this comprehensive interview. This is an important program to hear if you’re interested in the future of Brookings, Harbor, or Curry County as a whole.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: Candidates for Curry County District Attorney – Eric Bryant

2016 Special Election Coverage

Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter interviews the two candidates running for the office of Curry County District Attorney.

Eric Bryant

Eric Bryant

Incumbent District Attorney Everett Dial is running for reelection. His challenger is local attorney Eric Bryant.

We hope that these interviews will help inform listeners about the candidates and encourage a conversation about the issues facing Curry County.

With the election just around the corner, we encourages everyone who is able to vote to do so!


Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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