Community Conversations

Community Conversations: Natural Disaster Resilience Competition Overview with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

In this edition of Community Conversations, two special guests help decipher the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Natural Disaster Resilience Competition Grant Competition (NDRC) request for federal funding. This special report provides an in-depth look at the life-saving advantages of having an Emergency Department with expanded healthcare services in south Curry County.

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Community Resilience Grant Presentation (click to view, PDF file)

Find out why the premier BCA analyst in the U.S. gives a 20 to 1 ratio (benefit over cost) for this NDRC project. Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman provides factual information regarding the BCA prepared by Dr. Ken Goettel demonstrating that expanded healthcare project in the NDRC application is overwhelmingly cost-effective.

Milliman is joined by Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Sociology instructor Skip Hunter, who provides a better understanding of Goettel’s research method. If you aren’t sure about the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods, Skip’s clarification may be very helpful.

After a recent public meeting in which the Port Commission discussed Goettel’s BCA in less than stellar terms, Community Conversations’ show host, Connie Hunter, continues to provide fair, balanced, factual, and credible commentary. Access to critically important healthcare is a fundamental human right and is cornerstone to a healthy community. Geottel’s work provides an understanding of how an emergency department with expanded healthcare services will benefit OUR community at large.

Click HERE to view or download Dr. Goettel’s Benefit Cost Analysis (PDF file).
Click HERE for al list of all Curry Coast Community Radio programs covering Brookings’ participation in the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

Hosts: Connie Hunter, Skip Hunter, Producer: Connie Hunter, Recording tech: Justin Only, Sound editor: Justin Only


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Special Program: Curry Coast Community Radio’s Inaugural Texas Hold’em Tournament Winners

Curry Coast Community Radio’s inaugural Texas Hold’em Tournament fundraiser took place at High Noon Saturday, October 10, at the Brookings’ Elks Lodge. The event was a huge success with nearly fifty players joining KCIW’s cadre of volunteers to help support Curry Coast Community Radio’s fundraising campaign.

In this program tournament organizer Skip Hunter talks with Danny Mitani who took home the first place trophy and Terry Bowers who garnered the trophy for second place.

Skip Hunter and Ron Hedenskog

Tournament Organizer Skip Hunter and Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog

The Poker Tournament was the brain-child of the station’s marketing, programming, and development committees. “We are no longer selling the idea of a radio station, we have built the station’s organizational structure. We are producing a wide variety of excellent work product from arts and culture programming to community-building news programming,” said tournament organizer Skip Hunter.

“First we had to develop the committee structure, then we had to develop the programming that would be supported by the proceeds of the tournament, and then we had to develop and coordinate the tournament with the [Oregon] Department of Justice requirements,” Hunter elaborated.

Ready to Play

Ready to Play

The tournament, which lasted over five hours from start to finish, began with Mayor Ron Hedenskog stopping by to kick-off the event. Poker players competed for a total prize pool of $2,400 in gift cards from our Brookings Fred Meyer store. The players were treated to Italian cuisine lunch (kitchen crew captain was Jim Newman of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America) and were automatically entered into prize drawings for gift certificates from local businesses including Barron’s Home Furnishings, Vista Pub, Wild River Pizza, and tickets to the Brookings Fire Department’s “Taco Feed and Fundraiser.”

The tournament “livened up” as the friendly competition began to reduce the number of players until the final table’s top ten players remained. The final table of ten players included Richard Donald, Mike Cornelius, Ruby Bryson, Desi Robinson, Nicole Stephens, Danny Mitani, Jim Bowers, Vidal Soberon and Teri Stilt.

First and Second Place Winners

First Place Winner Danny Mitani and Second Place Winner Terry Bowers

After competing for forty-five minutes, the final table was reduced to eight players, who voted to “chop the pot” — split the $2,400 prize pool equally among themselves and continue to play for the first and second place trophies. Demonstrating the spirit of the event, the final eight players also voted to contribute an extra donation to the poker tournament’s proceeds at $50 each for a total of $400.

KCIW plans to hold this fundraising event quarterly with the next event planned for early February, 2016.  KCIW is also considering providing Texas Hold’em poker classes for those players who would like to learn new skills.

For more information on possible poker skills training or to pre-register for the February tournament, please call 541-412-1224 or email to Skip Hunter at skiphunter888@yahoo.com.

Host: Skip Hunter; Producers: Skip Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: Port Orford Rotary Exchange Student

Community Conversations meets KCIW’s Multi-cultural programming!

Eneko Arregi

Eneko Arregi

Guest show host Skip Hunter interviews Port Orford Rotary Clubs’ foreign exchange student Eneko Arregi as he prepares to leave after his year-long stay in Curry County. Eneko, from the Basque Region of Spain, tells of how his year in Curry County is helping to shape his future and inspired him to pursue a career in music.

Learn more about Rotary’s foreign exchange student program from Jo Rieber, youth services coordinator for Rotary of Port Orford, and Rotary member and host parent John Johnston.

A special thank you to our guest producer Carl King who helped with making this special connection with Eneko, his host family, and the three local Rotary Club chapters here in Curry County.

For more information about Rotary Club’s special projects, visit their web site at http://portorfordrotary.org.

Host: Skip Hunter; Producers: Connie Hunter, Carl King; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: Expanding Healthcare with Curry Health Network CEO Ginny Razo and Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog

Did you know that Curry Health Network has already invested $21 million in our community at the Fifth Street clinic?

Emergency

In this edition of Community Conversations host Connie Hunter reaches out to Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog and Curry Health Network CEO Virginia “Ginny” Razo to provide factual information and perspective about Ballot initiative 8-84. Measure 8-84 provides for the expansion of the Curry Health District into south Curry County.

Ron, Vice Chair of the Friends of Curry Health District Political Action Committee (PAC), gives his perspective on the importance of the improved access to health care that the expanded healthcare district will provide. Ginny provides facts absent any opinion – the law does not allow her to make any political statements because of her position as CEO of the Curry Health Network.

The recent Tea Party town hall meeting on this issue is a good place to start one’s personal search for information, but the community dialog shouldn’t stop there. As the debate unfolds, it’s up to individual citizens, the media, and advocates on both sides of the issue to go the extra mile to address the the misconceptions and illuminate the facts. This issue is literally a matter of life and death.

The purpose of Community Conversations, particularly in this interview, is to remind people that freedom is a two-sided coin. One side is freedom, one side is responsibility. With an open mind, please exercise your responsibility and delve into this important issue. Additional pertinent information might well change your mind!

 Producer: Connie Hunter


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Community Conversations: Brookings Tea Party Presents Curry Health District Expansion Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Ron Hedenskog and Catherine Wiley

If you don’t have the back story, you don’t have the whole story!

TEA Party Public Forum - Curry Health District Expansion

Photo by Eric Bryant

At the Sept. 26, 2015 Brookings TEA Party meeting and forum, City of Brookings’ Mayor Ron Hedenskog, Vice Chair of the Curry Health District Political Action Committee, and retired healthcare professional, Catherine Wiley, provide two different perspectives about Curry Health District’s service and territory expansion plans for south Curry County. KCIW’s tech crew and Community Conversations’ show host, Connie Hunter, record the discussion to provide food for thought for Curry County voters.

Hedenskog explains Curry Health Network’s position that the accompanying District residents have an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen healthcare services and still maintain local control. Conversely, Wiley provides a philosophical and historical perspective taking the Tea Party’s position that this tax levy is just one more tax. Espousing the opposite opinion from Hedenskog and CHD, Wiley explains why she believes that the “Taxed Enough Already” philosophy is a reason to vote down the two measures.

Recorded on location, at the Beachfront Inn conference room, this special report focuses on whether or not local residents are willing to vote for a property tax increase to fund an Emergency Department and other expanded healthcare services in Brookings-Harbor.

In July, the Curry County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to allow two ballot measures to be included during the November election. Both measures must pass to allow the expansion of Curry Health District to include the Brookings-Harbor area. Coincidently, Hedenskog’s candidacy was announced on the front page of the Curry Coastal Pilot as he will run for Curry County Commissioner in the upcoming election. Wiley does not seem intimidated by Mayor Ron and provides many details that shape her opinion. It is up to voters to decide what is most important to them – no more taxes or life saving convenient services.

 Producer: Connie Hunter: Recording tech: Justin Only, Jim Newman; Sound editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: National Disaster Resilience Competition with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

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Community Resilience Grant Presentation (click to view, PDF file)

This segment of Community Conversations provides additional information about the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition Grant Competition (NDRC), phase 2. This is perhaps the single most important funding opportunity that our “neck of the woods” has ever had and will provide both economic and public safety resiliency benefits to the Brookings-Harbor Community. This grant application could bring well over $20 million in federal funding to Brookings-Harbor and Curry County.

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman and show host Connie Hunter provide additional in-depth reporting on this very important effort to make our “neck of the woods” more resilient to disasters. An important part of the NDRC grant application is citizens’ participation which demonstrates community buy-in and support. Milliman encourages citizens to get involved and be a part of the solution. Hunter believes that people will pull together over the NDRC grant application opportunity.

Questions or letters expressing support for the NDRC project should be directed to City Manager Gary Milliman at gmilliman@brookings.or.us.

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


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Community Conversations: Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

What would you do with $20 million? Most of us wouldn’t know where to begin … Build economic resiliency? Build disaster preparedness infrastructure? Both? City Manager Gary Milliman shares detailed insights regarding developing the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) program grant application which could potentially bring those millions to our Brookings-Harbor community.

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Following-up on the City Council meeting of August 24, 2015, Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman provides the whole story for KCIW’s Community Conversations. As part of a national effort to make cities more resilient to disasters, the State of Oregon has chosen two cities – Brookings and Reedsport – to be included in this competitive round of grant funding. Show host Connie Hunter investigates which projects have been selected as being the most grant-worthy and, therefore, most likely to be funded.

Included in the top three projects is developing an alternative water source for benefit of both the residents of the City and the Harbor Water District. The project would include construction of an intertie, a directional bored pipeline under the Chetco River, providing the infrastructure between the City and Harbor Water systems which would be activated in the event of an emergency such as salt water intrusion or a major fire. The grant funding would also provide for the reactivation of the City’s abandoned Tide Rock water source, and much more.

Citizen Involvement Opportunity! Questions or letters expressing support for the project should be directed to City Manager Gary Milliman at Brookings City Hall, 898 Elk Drive, Brookings, OR 97415. Emails are welcome (gmilliman@brookings.or.us)! Milliman is hopeful that residents of Brookings and Harbor will come together to support all of these projects, which offer great economic and public safety resiliency benefits to the Brookings-Harbor Community.

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


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Community Conversations: Curry County Outreach Forums with County Commissioner Susan Brown

What’s Curry County’s greatest asset? According to Curry County Commissioner Susan Brown the answer to that question is easy. The citizens of Curry County are the innovators, community builders, and strategic planners whose many gifts will craft the future success of Curry County.

Curry CountyThis installment of KCIW’s Community Conversations provides an in-depth report and update on Curry County’s Community Outreach Forums with Commissioner Brown. The forums consist of a three-part series of 15 meetings held at locations across the County.

As part of the ongoing mission to provide factual and nonpolitical information for citizens, show host Connie Hunter and Commissioner Brown work together to make sure that the citizens of Curry County have one more avenue for citizen involvement and civic engagement. Brown provides important County information and highlights the County’s efforts to initiate a call to action for the citizens of Curry County.

With Curry County poised on the edge of a fiscal cliff, the Curry County Outreach Forums challenge and empower the county citizens to “be the change” they want to see. These forums provide a jumping-off point for the Curry County visioning process. Commissioner Brown hopes to encourage citizen involvement in creating a vision for what “we want to be when we grow up.”

Beginning with a “state of” Curry County report, Brown discusses recent survey results, provides a civics lesson regarding the county’s budget, and explains “the money-in and money-out” relationship with the 45 districts that provide services for Curry County citizens. Brown also discusses how part two of Curry County’s Outreach Forums provides a simple format for county-wide “brain storming.” Brown asks citizens to share their ideas for increasing our County’s income/revenue and for suggestions for county priorities as input to a Curry County strategic plan. Beyond recruiting businesses to come to Curry County, citizens’ suggestions include everything from a sales tax, gas tax, and transient lodging tax, to event fees and even revenue from a toll bridge.

Join in the conversation that is kicking off the new smart growth strategies for Curry County economic development.

Show host Connie Hunter embraces Brown’s core values supporting a safe culture of civic engagement and citizen involvement. This is the beginning of a brighter future for Curry County – and, this conversation is filled with hope and direction.

Host: Connie Hunter, Producer: Connie Hunter


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Community Conversations: Growing Grassroots Civility, Episode 1

Curry Coast Community Radio’s Community Conversations announces a new year-long series called Growing Grassroots Civility.

During the inaugural episode of this important series, Host Connie Hunter talks with Julie Schmelzer, head of Economic Development and Administration for Curry County, Lt. Michael “Mick” Espinoza, Curry County Sheriff’s Department Operations Commander, and Jonathan “Jay” Trost, Director of the Curry County Juvenile Department, about how to grow grassroots civility in Curry County.

Born out of frustration with community divisions, Curry County leaders and citizens are working together to “grow grassroots civility.” In recent months, issues of incivility began to be discussed in local social media groups because of acknowledged abuses. Beyond social media, a recent “Law Enforcement Night” sponsored by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Associated Student Government, provided a real life lesson in civility, with both good and bad examples of what was supposed to be a “civilized debate.” Our local newspaper suddenly changed its letter-to-the-editor standards to emphasize quality of arguments and to avoid abuses.

The question remains: can we citizens of Curry County disagree without being disagreeable? (Show host Connie Hunter admits to stealing the that line from local Vietnam veteran, Terry Brayer!) This conversation lays it on the line — let’s work it out, People!

Look for upcoming programs to include a KCIW collaboration between Our Community’s Candice Michel and Connie Hunter as they address civility issues in our schools, community organizations, and between the cities and the county.

Host: Connie Hunter, Producer: Connie Hunter, Recording Engineer: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations – The Backstory: Brookings City Update with City Manager Gary Milliman

Affecting change in rural Southern Oregon is another challenge local leaders face, even beyond providing a stable municipal government in Curry County at it edges toward a fiscal cliff. Following-up on the City Council meeting of June 22, 2015, Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman provides perspective, insight, and the backstory for KCIW’s Community Conversations.

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Show host Connie Hunter talks with Gary Milliman about the latest hot button issues facing the city of Brookings, including:

  • Upcoming county public hearings regarding the proposed Curry Health Network’s improved health care services for Brookings, including annexation of the South County to the Curry Health District,
  • A decision by the City Council to delay action on the Planning Commission’s recommendations concerning ham radio towers,
  • The four-way impasse between the City of Brookings, Curry County, the Federal Aviation Administration, and South Coast Lumber that has stopped progress on water service improvements in and around Brookings Airport,
  • … and more

Host: Connie Hunter, Producer: Connie Hunter, Recording Engineer: Justin Only


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