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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 – 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: 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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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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Community Conversations: Economic Development with Julie Schmelzer

Got vision?  KCIW’s Community Conversations explores what a sustainable, prosperous future for our neck of the woods “looks like!” Connie Hunter interviews Curry County’s Director of Economic Development and Administration, Julie Schmelzer.  Julie shares her vision of growing a sustainable economy through tourism development and a creative economy.  Julie suggests more cooperation with the cities is an integral part of creating a good “perfect storm” for a more hopeful economic future!

Curry County, Oregon

Curry County, Oregon

Data collected in Oregon’s Creative Vitality Index gives rise to the idea of a unique tourism “recipe” for Curry County – a unique blend of cultural, stewardship and eco-tourism. A stellar example of arts and culture tourism as an engine of economic development is cited in the Index:  the annual $58 million positive economic impact in Ashland, Oregon, because of the Shakespeare Festival.  This interview poses the question, what can a creative economy do for Curry County?


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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 Jail Tour

KCIW LogoKCIW’s Jan Barbas, Connie Hunter, and Jim Newman speak to Curry County Sheriff John Ward, Operations Commander Lt. Mike Espinoza, and Jail Commander Sgt. Joel Hensley in an extended interview at the Curry County Jail for Curry Matters and KCIW, Curry Coast Community Radio.  This is part two in our ongoing coverage of the Sheriff’s office, which faces a funding shortfall beginning in July, and seeks increased taxpayer support.

We touch on veteran’s affairs, substance abuse and mental health, dive into the intricacies of jail design, and deliver insight into the daily lives of inmates and their jailers.


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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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