Community Conversations

Community Conversations: Candidates for Curry County District Attorney – Everett Dial

2016 Special Election Coverage

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

Everett Dial and Friend

Everett Dial and Friend

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


The opinions expressed here are those of the individual participants. Curry Coast Community Radio takes no position on issues discussed in this program.


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Community Conversations: Veterans Services in Curry County

This edition of Community Conversations is a very special veterans edition with Curry County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Anthony “Tony” Voudy and Vietnam veteran Richard Donald discussing current veterans issues with show host Connie Hunter. All involved with this interview truly honor veterans and their families through their community service.

Curry County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy

Curry County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy

Tony is responsible for providing services to the veteran community and their families in Gold Beach, Port Orford, and Brookings, Oregon. Commissioner Susan Brown is the supervisor over the County VSO position.

An Iraq War veteran who understands the complex issues associated with being a veteran, VSO Tony ensures a caring compassionate and safe environment for veterans and their families. Tony is credited with building trust to meet the individual needs of veterans from all conflict areas. Quoting the Winter Edition of the Curry County Newsletter, “Regardless, if a veteran is 80 years old and served in WWII, or a newly discharged veteran, Anthony is always ready and willing to help.”

Richard works with Curry Coast Community Radio’s programming committee developing the new veterans advocacy series called the Wild Rivers Veterans Program. He belongs to a number of veterans groups including the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In addition, Richard sits on the working committee for the “green building” that is developing a business plan to fill gaps in care for our veterans through a variety of programs, including vocational rehabilitation. Richard was previously an employee of the Veterans Administration healthcare system and is always willing to speak on behalf of veterans.

PRODUCERS’ NOTES: Special thanks to Jim Newman, tech guy extraordinaire, for co-producing this show. As an Associate of Vietnam Veterans of America,  Jim is a staunch supporter of veterans. Jim also drives veterans to medical appointments on behalf of the VA. We can’t wait until the Wild Rivers Veterans show is “on the air”!

Much appreciation to our donors, sponsors, and founding members for helping us serve those who have served us.


Host: Connie Hunter; Producers: Connie Hunter, Jim Newman, Richard Donald; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: 2nd Texas Hold’em at High Noon Tournament Winner

In this edition of Community Conversations, Skip Hunter interviews Mario Pereira, KCIW’s second Texas Hold’em at High Noon Tournament Champion. With the City of Brookings’ radio tower as a backdrop, the tournament was held on February 28, 2016 at the Brookings Elks Lodge. KCIW has an agreement with the City to be able to tap into that radio tower – a generous opportunity for KCIW.

Tournament Winner Mario Pereira

Tournament Winner Mario Pereira

Mr. Pereira, the facilities director for Sutter Coast Hospital, is a regular Texas Hold’em player at Lucky Seven Casino in Smith River.  Besides the biggest gift card prize purse, our tournament champion receives a custom, hand-carved plaque made by local master wood craftsman Michael Noonan.

Second place prize was earned by Elie Hobeika, M.D., who is a doctor at Sutter Coast Hospital.  Third place went to Brookings resident, Jerry Norman – KCIW’s very first founding member. Top five players also included Lee Forest of Harbor. Players in the top five received a share of a prize pool over $2,000 awarded through gift cards from our local Fred Meyer store.

KCIW’s signature fundraising event was well-attended by Texas Hold’em enthusiasts and volunteers who have big hearts. KCIW will hold tournaments every quarter with the 3rd event scheduled for early June, 2016.

Very special thanks go to all of our sponsors and …

The City of Brookings staff and leaders for their steadfast support of Curry Coast Community Radio,

Marine Corps League newsletter publisher, veteran Mike Noonan, for all his hard work and for building the portable custom poker tables used in the tournament,

KCIW’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board members, and volunteers who make the event extra special with added touches such as the 21 free raffle prizes giveaway handled completely by Advisory Board member, Jim Newman.  Newman also is the kitchen boss of the all star kitchen crew that included Julie Schmelzer, Curry County Director of Administration and Economic Development,

Curry Coastal Pilot, especially Jane Stebbins, for the support and coverage of KCIW’s journey to get on the air, and

Azam Carlson for being a true gift to KCIW as our volunteer coordinator. If you want to know more about volunteering with the KCIW family, our Facebook page is a great place to visit!

Hosts: Skip Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: Wally’s House

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”
  — Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health 1981

The KCIW Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter toured Wally’s House with Jackalene “Jackie” Atunes, Executive Director of Wally’s House. Wally’s House is a Child Abuse Intervention Center which provides a community-based collaborative, child-focused response to child abuse. Its primary focus is the reduction of trauma to children, with a secondary focus to provide improved investigative outcomes in child abuse cases.

Wallys HouseThe child-friendly, warm environment at Wally’s House is a huge improvement over the sterile, somewhat public facilities often provided in government buildings. Wally’s House has been privileged to have a commercially zoned home provided, remodeled, and furnished in order to provide these needed services. Services include forensic interviews in a child-focused setting, medical services, victim’s advocacy, case review and tracking. Jackie shares the story and vision of Wally’s House and tells how it provides a safety net for the children throughout Curry County.

Wally’s House is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteer board members with the energy and guidance of Jackie at the helm. The center is currently being operated with funding provided by the Curry County District Attorney along with other grants and donations. Wally’s House is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that will operate completely apart from the County using public funding such as state Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Intervention grants and other fundraising and donations.

For more information about how you can support Wally’s House or about their prevention education program, please visit: wallyshouse.org. Adult workshops include Darkness 2 Light trainings. Children’s education includes school-based workshops for I Am the Boss of My Body and teen prevention education for recognition and prevention of abuse.

Hosts: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter


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Community Conversations: Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman’s Weekly Reports and Highlights

This episode of Community Conversations highlights Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman’s Weekly Reports. These reports help our City Councilors and citizens stay informed, and are also used by show host Connie Hunter as a source for Community Conversations. Connie suggests that if you are just getting interested in local politics, reading Gary’s Weekly Report is more fun than a college level study guide. There’s something for just about everyone!

Brookings City Council MeetingNot everything will read like a Facebook post; however, some of the points that City Manager Gary makes are worthy of discussion in social media groups … that is, if the group maintains an emphasis on critical thinking, civility, and intellectual honesty.

Listen to this program to find out how you can receive Gary’s Weekly Report.

Homelessness issues: Our county’s homeless statistics demonstrate that there are many students in our local schools who are homeless. Gary’s Weekly Report shares information regarding a community-supported homeless solution at Ft. Bragg, California, where Gary previously served as city manager.

The upcoming Curry County League of Women Voters March forums will provide awareness and substantial information regarding local homeless resources. Dates of these forums are:

  • March 8 at 1:00 PM in the Port Orford Library;
  • March 15 at 5:30 PM at South Western Oregon Community College Curry Campus in the Krieger Community Room;
  • March 24 at 5:30 PM in the Gold Beach City Hall (or Firehouse if construction at in the way in the City Hall).

Each panel will provide information on local resources. For example, the Brookings panel includes Brookings PD’s Sgt. Kelby McCrae; Janice Scanlon, Executive Director of the Brookings-Harbor Food Bank; Mike Lehman, Executive Director of Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA); Maria Walker from Oregon Employment Department; and Jay Trost, Director of Curry County Juvenile Department who has been homeless … on purpose in order to understand what it is like to be in that situation.

Hosts: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Special thanks to Joyce Heffington


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Community Conversations: Brookings-Harbor Vietnam Veterans of America President Bill Farrell

KCIW Community Conversations is grateful to have this special interview with Bill Farrell, President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 757. Chapter President Bill shares information about our local chapter’s 2015 highlights and 2016 projects, and gives a special invitation to veterans of all conflict eras and their supporters to join the fun and be part of the effort support our veterans and families.

Bill Farrell

Bill Farrell

In full disclosure, both show host Connie Hunter and tech guy extraordinaire Jim Newman are AVVA members – associate members of VVA. With that in mind, please enjoy the chapter’s uplifting end of the year report and the spirited interaction between Chapter President Bill and Connie. The respect, joy, passion, and deep commitment of the leaders and members of our local VVA/AVVA chapter are shared through the efforts of veterans and veterans’ supporters who are there for each other.

The military/veteran community is a unified family where healing, sharing, fun, and hard work are part of the safety net of a supportive community. The VVA’s efforts save lives and provide reintegration support through the chapter’s veterans outreach program. A special fund provides direct financial aid for our veterans and family members most in need.

This program includes exciting news for 2016, such a second Vet Fest and VVA Chapter 757’s celebration of its 20th Anniversary with food, fun, and dancing!

VVA chapter general meetings will continue to be at the Brookings Elks Lodge on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Members bring a dish to share and the chapter provides the main entrée.


Host: Connie Hunter; Producers: Jim Newman, Connie Hunter; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn Endorses Veterans’ Healthcare Stakeholders Meeting

In this edition of Community Conversations, Port Orford’s Mayor Jim Auborn and host Connie Hunter discuss the upcoming meeting concerning veterans’ healthcare needs.

Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn

Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn

On Friday, January 15, stakeholders in the Veterans Administration (VA) Roseburg Healthcare System will meet at Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus to explore ways to close the many gaps in Curry County veterans’ healthcare. Mayor Auborn is a community leader on veterans’ issues, especially in the areas of mental health, transportation, and housing, and he endorses community-based programs to address these needs. As a veteran himself, he is in a good position to understand the needs of fellow veterans.

The January 15 Veterans’ Healthcare Stakeholders Meeting is an important step in efforts to build partnerships between the Roseburg VA Healthcare System and community-based providers, placing Curry County veterans in position to benefit from improved services. Sign-in for the meeting is at 9:30 AM.


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


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Community Conversations: Senator Jeff Kruse Discusses Veterans’ Healthcare Needs in Curry County and Oregon

State Senator Jeff Kruse meets with Community Conversations’ host Connie Hunter during his time off from the State Legislature to urge Curry County stakeholders to work together with the Roseburg Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System to build community partnerships for the benefit of Curry County veterans and their families in the areas of medical and mental healthcare. Senator Kruse praises VA Roseburg Healthcare System’s Director for his leadership implementing the VA’s new direction to fill gaps in care for our rural veterans.

Senator Jeff Kruse

Senator Jeff Kruse

Listeners will learn more about the VA’s new push to eliminate gaps in care. The strategy consists of building community partnerships with local service providers in order to better serve our local veterans’ health and mental healthcare needs. Senator Jeff Kruse endorses the efforts of KCIW Outreach and Community Conversations for providing the necessary call to action and coordination of the January 15, 2016, VA Roseburg’s Healthcare System and community stakeholders’ meeting. Senator Kruse praises Community Conversations’ vision and acknowledges the importance of growing KCIW to be a vital and community-building tool.

As the interview progresses, Hunter and Senator Kruse spotlight the issue of the State of Oregon’s unwillingness to provide sufficient mental health funding for its citizens. With the State of Oregon being ranked in the lowest position for mental health care funding (number 51!) – below all others states – Kruse makes “no bones about” acknowledging that there is a mental healthcare crisis in Oregon. Curry Community Health (CCH) has done much in a short period of time to build new programming, but funding shortages systemically create a shortage of resources and gaps in care. Hunter acknowledges CCH’s efforts and that more needs to be done.

During this in-depth interview, Senator Kruse crafts a high-level means to create the much needed funding solution. Senator Kruse reveals plans to initiate a state top level work group. The mission of the group will be to develop new resources and funding for the State of Oregon to build a mental healthcare system that supports its citizens’ needs and has an interoperable relationship with law enforcement to benefit public safety. Senator Kruse invites and Hunter agrees to participate in this newly conceived work group.


PRODUCER’S NOTES:

A very heart-felt thank you to Jim Newman and Skip Hunter for their efforts to make this interview successful when a technical glitch caused communication problems. In addition, I’d like to acknowledge that Senator Kruse spent over four hours exchanging ideas and strategies about healthcare and mental healthcare solutions, with this recorded interview as the concluding portion of this in-depth discussion.

This episode of Community Conversations is truly breaking news! – Connie Hunter

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Assisting Producers: Jim Newman, Skip Hunter; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: City of Brookings’ 2015 Highlights and Accomplishments

SPECIAL EDITION! Community Conversations’ show host Connie Hunter interviews Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman and Parks and Technical Services Supervisor Tony Baron about the City’s 2015 highlights and accomplishments. With much angst about “no new taxes,” this conversation demonstrates the importance of stable, transparent governance and the benefits of well-managed fiscal and pro-growth policy. Find out how your tax dollars are being put to good use and building our community!

Brookings City HallThis special episode provides a closer look into the hard work of our City staff members and why they are pleased with their long list of stellar strides in the areas of public works, parks, and creating community vitality for local citizens and visitors to our area.  Gary and Tony provide an enthusiastic sneak peak into 2016 and what good things are in store for our special rural small town!

For more information about the City of Brookings and its various projects, visit the City of Brookings’ website (brookings.or.us). If you have questions regarding these various projects, contact City Manager Milliman. Gary’s Email address is gmilliman@brookings.or.us. If you have questions about the City of Brookings’ parks system, you may email Tony Baron at abaron@brookings.or.us.  Most of all, let’s keep the conversations going in 2016!

If you have enjoyed Community Conversations in 2015, please consider a new-year donation to ensure this programming for 2016!


PRODUCERS NOTES:

A very special thanks to KCIW’s programming committee members, Gary Milliman and the City of Brookings’ staff, Carl King, Mayor Ron Hedeskog, Susan Brown, Julie Schmelzer, Lt. Michael “Mick” Espinoza, Jay Trost, Brian Wagers, Skip Hunter, Curry Coastal Pilot staff, Bruce Ellis, and The Insider of Southern Oregon, Richard Hall and Rotary Interact Club and our tech guys extraordinary – Justin Only, Tom Bozack, and Jim Newman. Thank you for your support and for building Community Conversations with both heart and integrity. You devotion and love of community are an inspiration to me daily.

MORE LOVE! Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Community Conversations would like to thank the KCIW board of directors, listeners, donors, volunteers, and our Community Booth supporters. We are grateful for your faith in KCIW: Curry Coast Community Radio. In our neck of the woods, taking the first step meant inspiring the vision. That is, we needed KCIW to help build our staircase to a better future. With much love, hope and audacity, let’s rock n’ roll together in 2016!

You make me a better person! – Connie Hunter

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


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Community Conversations: Health District Expansion with Board Member Laurie Van Zante and Curry Health Foundation’s Dale Thomas

Help stamp out low information voting … with in-depth analysis.

EmergencyIn this ongoing series of Community Conversations, host Connie Hunter talks with Friends of Curry Health District Political Action Committee (PAC) and Curry Health District (CHD) board members Laurie Van Zante and Curry Health Foundation board member Dale Thomas about the proposed CHD expansion under ballot initiatives 8-83 (North County) and 8-84 (South County).

Laurie and Dale describe how the CHD works to promote fiscal responsibility, catalyze economic benefits, and save lives. As a nonprofit organization, funds earned by the Health District are invested back into healthcare rather than into shareholder profits.

In this program, Laurie and Dale share more than financial information. You’ll hear about the board’s heart-felt commitment to expand quality life-saving services to the people of Curry County.

Community Conversations’ commentator Connie Hunter searches for important answers to complex questions about Curry Health Network and Ballot Measures 8-83 and 8-84.

Host: Connie Hunter, Producer: Connie Hunter, Recording tech: Justin Only, Sound editor: Justin Only


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