Economic Development

Ewing’s Doings – Out and About: A Carousel for Brookings

A Carousel for Brookings

Painting courtesy of Dale Wells, a well-known artist in Brookings

A Carousel for Brookings was a vision that Bud Halliday carried with him since his youth as a “carnie”. With this idea in mind, he set about planning it literally from the ground up. Not an easy task, but this dedicated group of enthusiasts now spend many hours planning fund-raisers in Brookings for their mission to bring entertainment and industry to the Brookings-Harbor Wild Rivers Coast.

Hear Angela’s interview with Burrill Catanach, one the Board members of A Carousel for Brookings.

Host: Angela Ewing; Producer: Angela Ewing; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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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!

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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


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: 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?

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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: 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 Organizer: Disc Golf with Shane Stephens and Ian Hannum

Did you know that Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in America? And did you know that the Brookings-Harbor area is poised to become a disc golf Mecca.

Southern Oregon Disc Golf AssociationIn this edition of Community Organizer Shane Stephens and Ian Hannum from The Southern Oregon Disc Golf Association talk with Scott Clapson about the growing disc golf community on the Wild Rivers Coast. They talk about the fun, recreation, and community building this sport provides and the three new courses in our area at McVay Rock State Park, Azalea Park, and Salmon Run Golf Course.

The Southern Oregon Disc Golf Association is a non-profit organization started in 2014. Based in Brookings, Oregon, their goal is to help build disc golf courses through direct action and to educate those new to the sport in the Southern Oregon/Northern California area. They’re able to do these things thanks to the generous support of the City of Brookings, local businesses and private individuals.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Conversations: Brookings City Update with City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

In another in-depth Community Conversations interview, Connie Hunter talks with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman following the May 11, 2015 City Council meeting about important issues and events affecting the City of Brookings.

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Our Community: Shop Local with Bonnie Wilson

Downtown Brookings, Oregon

Downtown Brookings, Oregon

Why is buying locally important? How does it benefit you as well as your community? Join Shop Local First’s Bonnie Wilson as she discusses this and more on Curry Coast Community Radio’s latest Our Community podcast with host Candice Michel.


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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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Curry Matters: Port Annexation With Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog and Port Commissioner Jim Relaford

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Curry Matters is excited to bring you Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog and Port of Brookings-Harbor Commissioner Jim Relaford on the issues surrounding annexation. Mayor Hedenskog discusses the study that the city has commissioned and Jim Relaford tells us about the new measure on the Port’s February 17, 2015 agenda … and more.


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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

Our Community: Kathleen Dickson on the Local Farmers Markets and Locally Produced Food

Candice Michel talks with Kathleen Dickson of OtterBee’s Farm & Fungi about Brookings-Harbor Farmers Markets and the many health and economic advantages of locally-produced food.


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