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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


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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Special Program: Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff Sheriff’s Patrol Ride-Along

Curry County Sheriff's DepartmentIn this special program, Curry Coast Community Radio’s Bryan Tillung and Connie Hunter use the occasion of Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff’s Sheriff’s Patrol ride-along to discuss the many challenges facing the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and how they relate to the public safety property tax measure that will appear on the May 16th ballot.

Participating in the discussion are Mayor Popoff, Curry County Sheriff John Ward, Operations Commander Lt. Mike Espinoza, and Deputy Jared Gray.


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Special Program: Public Safety Property Tax Levy Town Hall Meeting

Curry Coast Community Radio is pleased to provide this special public interest program.

On Saturday, March 21st, 2015, the Curry County Democratic Central Committee hosted a special town hall meeting in the Gold Beach City Council chambers. The purpose of the meeting was to help inform the voters of Curry County about the Sheriff’s Department property tax levy that will appear on the May 19 ballot.

Sheriff John Ward

Sheriff John Ward

Almost every seat was occupied as Curry County Sheriff John Ward and members of his command staff fielded a wide range of questions about Sheriff’s Department operations and the rationale for the public safety property tax levy, including patrol staffing levels and what happens if the jail is forced to close due to lack of funds.

The moderator is Carl King, Chair of the Curry County Democratic Central Committee. Fielding questions are Sheriff John Ward, Lieutenant Mike Espinoza, and Jail Commander Sergeant Joel Hensley.


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Curry Matters: County Commissioner Susan Brown

Curry Coast Community Radio is pleased to bring you a wide ranging interview with Curry County Commissioner Susan Brown.  Jan Barbas talks with Susan about her background, Curry County economic development, her public opinion survey about County government, and the county financial situation.

Curry County is in the midst of an unprecedented financial crisis. Don’t miss this must-hear interview of one of the three County Commissioners who, more than anyone else, will decide the future of Curry County.


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Curry Matters: Curry County Sheriff John Ward

Curry County Sheriff John WardThis is the inaugural show for “Curry Matters” on Curry Coast Community Radio, KCIW. It’s community radio. I, your host Jan Barbas, have never done anything like this before. I didn’t ask my guest, Curry County Sheriff John Ward if he had ever done a radio show before, but my guess is that while he has probably been interviewed by local reporters when a story breaks, this is likely his first experience with an extended interview for radio or podcast. This is community. Real people, real challenges, the real faces of Curry taking a moment out to share with you, our listeners.

At Curry Matters we’ll try to bring you the news makers in Curry County in their own voice. It’s a chance to get a little deeper and more personal look at the issues we face in our community.

I’d like to thank Sheriff Ward for taking the time to do this first show, and I’d to thank our listeners for taking their time as well. We’d love to hear from you. Please let us know how you liked the show, who you’d like hear on a future show and what issues you’d like to know more about. You may leave comment in the 3C Radio General Discussion forum section of our website or on our Facebook page.


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Intro and end music “Devil on my Shoulder” from the album “The ExtraOrdinary Adventures of…“, by The Underscore Orkestra. The ExtraOrdinary Adventures of… (The Underscore Orkestra) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0