Emergency Preparedness/Response

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


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


If you enjoy this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.


Music is Never Ending Optimism, licensed from audioblocks.com.

Our Community: The Chetco Bar Fire – BAER Team and Richard Heap

Join host Candice Michel for this two part show about the aftermath of the Chetco Bar Fire.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team leader John Chatel discusses the work his team did in assessing the toll the fire took on the forest lands and watershed, and Richard Heap, a member of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and longtime Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) volunteer, talks about how the salmon and their spawning grounds will likely be impacted.

Host: Candice Michel; Producer: Candice Michel


If you enjoy this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.


Intro and end music: The Best Is Yet to Come, licensed from audioblocks.com.
Photo is from the Chetco Bar Post-Fire BAER web page.

Our Community: The Chetco Bar Fire – Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

As of September 15, 2017, the Chetco Bar Fire, which started as a lightning strike deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, has burned nearly 190,000 acres and is only 38% contained.

Join host Candice Michel as she talks with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman about the impact of this fire on Our Community.

Host: Candice Michel; Producer: Candice Michel


If you enjoy this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.


Intro and end music: The Best Is Yet to Come, licensed from audioblocks.com.
Photo is from the United States Department of Agriculture Forrest Service, taken on August 17, 2017.

Community Conversations: Fighting Fire with Fire – Update on the Chetco Bar Fire

Terry A. Krasko, Planning/Public Services Staff Officer from the USDA Forest Service, with Community Conversations host Connie Hunter

In this edition of Community Conversations, show host Connie Hunter interviews Terry A. Krasko, Planning/Public Services Staff Officer from the USDA/Forest Service about the issues surrounding the Chetco Bar Fire.

Mr. Krasko’s duties include serving as the Public Information Officer for the Chetco Bar Fire Incident Command Operation, currently located outside of Brookings, in Harbor, Oregon.

Get the scoop on what we, as citizens, can do to be proactive in our area. Learn how fire incident command operations works. Listening to this program will help citizens understand the techniques and concerns of wilderness firefighting, locally, and in general, and will provide perspective and hope in spite of the hardships surrounding this local natural disaster.

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.


If you enjoy this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.


Music is Never Ending Optimism, licensed from audioblocks.com.

Community Organizer: Pelican Bay Amateur Radio Club

In this episode of Community Organizer, Paul Carlin of the Pelican Bay Amateur Radio Club (PBARC) sits down with community organizer Scott Clapson to talk about PBARC and their extensive community involvement. They have installed radios at many strategic locations around our area. They also teach new interested people about amateur radio. This is a dynamic and engaged group of volunteers.

Pelican Bay Ameture Radio Club LogoPaul is encouraged by the mutual support and collaboration between PBARC and local fire departments, schools, municipalities, nonprofits, and churches supporting emergency preparedness. He encourages others to get involved in this incredibly important, educational, and engaged community organization.

Pelican Bay Amateur Radio Club meets on the last Friday of the month at 6:30 PM downstairs at the Chetco Activity Center.

You can learn more about PBARC at pelicanbayarc.com.

Host: Scott Clapson; Producer: Scott Clapson; Sound Editor: Peter Schreiber


If you like this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.


Music is Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon, from freemusicarchive.org, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Community Conversations: U.S. Forest Service Preparations for Upcoming Wildfire Season and Unfavorable Wildfire Trends

ForestThis special edition of Community Conversations covers a nationwide press conference where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell address U.S. Forest Service discuss preparations for the 2016 wildfire season, unfavorable wildfire trends, and funding issues that limit the ability of the Forrest Service to manage forest resources while fighting a growing number wildfires.

Show host Connie Hunter supplies additional commentary and follow up with information from our local Curry County fire districts. Alongside Associated Press and other reporters, Connie was able to participate in the Press Conference via telephone. Hear what our KCIW show host asked on behalf of our neck of the woods!

The national policy governing our forests has deep and long lasting impact on our local forests. What can we do to save our forests? Listen to this program and find out!

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.


If you enjoy this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.


Music is Never Ending Optimism, licensed from audioblocks.com.
Photo by Hansueli Krapf from Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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.

Community Resiliance Grant Banner

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


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


If you enjoy this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.

Community Organizer: Project Go Pack

In this edition of Community Organizer, Jodi Hulbert and Scott Clapson from the Ford Leadership Institute Wild Rivers South Cohort discuss Project Go Project Go PackPack.

Jodi and Scott talk about their experience in the Ford Leadership Program, how their Cohort came to decide on this project through consensus, and how they are working on making these Emergency Go Packs a reality for our local elementary schools in Smith River, Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford.

It’s vital for all residents of the Oregon Coast to be prepared for a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Our youth are one of the most vulnerable segments of our population. It’s important that they be an integral part of our emergency preparedness planning.


Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


If you like this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.

Community Organizer: The Curry County Medical Reserve Corps

Curry County Medical Reserve CorpsAndy Stubbs, the volunteer Fire Captain at the Brookings Fire Department, talks with Scott Clapson, The Community Organizer, about The Curry County Medical Reserve Corps. During a natural disaster or other catastrophes medical facilities and healthcare professionals become overwhelmed in the area where the catastrophe occurs. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national registry of healthcare and emergency service professionals that was implemented after 9-11 to prepare and register these professionals so that in the event of a disaster it is easier to identify and organize people that can help.

Curry Community HealthAndy and Scott talk about the future Cascasdia Subduction Zone earthquake and the huge tsunami that will follow, and how we can prepare for this and other events.

As Andy points out during the interview, it’s one step at a time. Taking on disaster preparedness can be a daunting and scary process for some people. It doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of resources and people who are willing to help you prepare to protect yourself and your family. It all starts with education and being open to learning what we each can do to prepare. By everyone doing their part we will all better prepared.

Thank you to Andy Stubbs, The Medical Reserve Corps, and Curry Community Health for helping provide this excellent necessary program.


Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


If you like this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.

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.

Topics include:


If you enjoy this program and want to hear more like it, consider supporting Curry Coast Community Radio. Here’s How.