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Our Community: A Hospital in Brookings with Catherine Wiley

Catherine Wiley

Catherine Wiley believes healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and has spent her entire adult life championing healthcare for the under-served and underprivileged populations.

Since moving to our area almost 20 years ago, she continues to advocate for good healthcare for our rural communities. Could we actually have a hospital here in Brookings? And what would need to happen to make that dream a reality?

In this edition of Our Community join your host Candice Michel as she chats with the one person who might have the answers.

Host: Candice Michel; Producer: Candice Michel


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Our Community: Who is Jim Crary and Why is He Running for Congress?

Jim Crary

In the latest episode of Our Community, host Candice Michel meets with Jim Crary, candidate for Oregon’s 2nd congressional district.

Oregon’s 2nd district is the seventh-largest congressional district in the country, covering nearly two-thirds of the State. Crary is running against an incumbent of nearly twenty years, armed with monetary backing from big donors, and admits that winning the race is a long-shot.

In this episode, learn more about who Crary is, his approach to the campaign, and why he is running for Congress.

Host: Candice Michel; Producer: Candice Michel; Copy Editor: Katlyn Temple


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Community Conversations – The Gary Milliman Report: Airport Project, Urban Renewal Plan, and More

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman discusses the Airport Project, revisiting the Urban Renewal Plan, and other important topics such as local and regional economic development and the relationship between the City of Brookings and some of our local special districts.

Community Conversations‘ show host Connie Hunter gives a special thank you to City Manager Gary for his gift of time, perspective, and encouragement during the start up of KCIW.

Gary’s interviews provide in-depth information for those who want to learn more about local issues and how folks – no matter what age – can become more engaged in the democratic process.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations – The Gary Milliman Report: Salmon Run Golf Course and Harbor Annexation Study Report

In this edition of Community Conversations, host Connie Hunter tackles two important subjects with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman.

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

The conversation starts with a discussion of the latest news concerning the Salmon Run Golf Course. Here you’ll learn about Salmon Run becoming a municipal amenity.

Next, Connie and Gary explore numerous and varied aspects of the recently completed Portland State University Harbor Annexation study.

Gary describes the findings of the study and puts them in context by explaining some important, but often misunderstood, concepts relating to Harbor annexation. Learn what a “urban growth area” is and why it’s important to the residents of Brookings and Harbor. Find out the relationship between the controversial concepts of annexation and eminent domain. Learn how the residents of Harbor benefit from “subtle subsidies” paid for by the taxpayers of Brookings.

Gary discusses these subjects and more in this comprehensive interview. This is an important program to hear if you’re interested in the future of Brookings, Harbor, or Curry County as a whole.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: Candidates for Curry County District Attorney – Eric Bryant

2016 Special Election Coverage

Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter interviews the two candidates running for the office of Curry County District Attorney.

Eric Bryant

Eric Bryant

Incumbent District Attorney Everett Dial is running for reelection. His challenger is local attorney Eric Bryant.

We hope that these interviews will help inform listeners about the candidates and encourage a conversation about the issues facing Curry County.

With the election just around the corner, we encourages everyone who is able to vote to do so!


Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Conversations: Candidates for Curry County District Attorney – Everett Dial

2016 Special Election Coverage

Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter interviews the two candidates running for the office of Curry County District Attorney.

Everett Dial and Friend

Everett Dial and Friend

Incumbent District Attorney Everett Dial is running for reelection. His challenger is local attorney Eric Bryant.

We hope that these interviews will help inform listeners about the candidates and encourage a conversation about the issues facing Curry County.

With the election just around the corner, we encourages everyone who is able to vote to do so!


Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter


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Community Conversations: Veterans Services in Curry County

This edition of Community Conversations is a very special veterans edition with Curry County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Anthony “Tony” Voudy and Vietnam veteran Richard Donald discussing current veterans issues with show host Connie Hunter. All involved with this interview truly honor veterans and their families through their community service.

Curry County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy

Curry County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy

Tony is responsible for providing services to the veteran community and their families in Gold Beach, Port Orford, and Brookings, Oregon. Commissioner Susan Brown is the supervisor over the County VSO position.

An Iraq War veteran who understands the complex issues associated with being a veteran, VSO Tony ensures a caring compassionate and safe environment for veterans and their families. Tony is credited with building trust to meet the individual needs of veterans from all conflict areas. Quoting the Winter Edition of the Curry County Newsletter, “Regardless, if a veteran is 80 years old and served in WWII, or a newly discharged veteran, Anthony is always ready and willing to help.”

Richard works with Curry Coast Community Radio’s programming committee developing the new veterans advocacy series called the Wild Rivers Veterans Program. He belongs to a number of veterans groups including the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In addition, Richard sits on the working committee for the “green building” that is developing a business plan to fill gaps in care for our veterans through a variety of programs, including vocational rehabilitation. Richard was previously an employee of the Veterans Administration healthcare system and is always willing to speak on behalf of veterans.

PRODUCERS’ NOTES: Special thanks to Jim Newman, tech guy extraordinaire, for co-producing this show. As an Associate of Vietnam Veterans of America,  Jim is a staunch supporter of veterans. Jim also drives veterans to medical appointments on behalf of the VA. We can’t wait until the Wild Rivers Veterans show is “on the air”!

Much appreciation to our donors, sponsors, and founding members for helping us serve those who have served us.


Host: Connie Hunter; Producers: Connie Hunter, Jim Newman, Richard Donald; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: Wally’s House

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”
  — Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health 1981

The KCIW Community Conversations show host Connie Hunter toured Wally’s House with Jackalene “Jackie” Atunes, Executive Director of Wally’s House. Wally’s House is a Child Abuse Intervention Center which provides a community-based collaborative, child-focused response to child abuse. Its primary focus is the reduction of trauma to children, with a secondary focus to provide improved investigative outcomes in child abuse cases.

Wallys HouseThe child-friendly, warm environment at Wally’s House is a huge improvement over the sterile, somewhat public facilities often provided in government buildings. Wally’s House has been privileged to have a commercially zoned home provided, remodeled, and furnished in order to provide these needed services. Services include forensic interviews in a child-focused setting, medical services, victim’s advocacy, case review and tracking. Jackie shares the story and vision of Wally’s House and tells how it provides a safety net for the children throughout Curry County.

Wally’s House is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteer board members with the energy and guidance of Jackie at the helm. The center is currently being operated with funding provided by the Curry County District Attorney along with other grants and donations. Wally’s House is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that will operate completely apart from the County using public funding such as state Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Intervention grants and other fundraising and donations.

For more information about how you can support Wally’s House or about their prevention education program, please visit: wallyshouse.org. Adult workshops include Darkness 2 Light trainings. Children’s education includes school-based workshops for I Am the Boss of My Body and teen prevention education for recognition and prevention of abuse.

Hosts: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter


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Community Conversations: Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman’s Weekly Reports and Highlights

This episode of Community Conversations highlights Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman’s Weekly Reports. These reports help our City Councilors and citizens stay informed, and are also used by show host Connie Hunter as a source for Community Conversations. Connie suggests that if you are just getting interested in local politics, reading Gary’s Weekly Report is more fun than a college level study guide. There’s something for just about everyone!

Brookings City Council MeetingNot everything will read like a Facebook post; however, some of the points that City Manager Gary makes are worthy of discussion in social media groups … that is, if the group maintains an emphasis on critical thinking, civility, and intellectual honesty.

Listen to this program to find out how you can receive Gary’s Weekly Report.

Homelessness issues: Our county’s homeless statistics demonstrate that there are many students in our local schools who are homeless. Gary’s Weekly Report shares information regarding a community-supported homeless solution at Ft. Bragg, California, where Gary previously served as city manager.

The upcoming Curry County League of Women Voters March forums will provide awareness and substantial information regarding local homeless resources. Dates of these forums are:

  • March 8 at 1:00 PM in the Port Orford Library;
  • March 15 at 5:30 PM at South Western Oregon Community College Curry Campus in the Krieger Community Room;
  • March 24 at 5:30 PM in the Gold Beach City Hall (or Firehouse if construction at in the way in the City Hall).

Each panel will provide information on local resources. For example, the Brookings panel includes Brookings PD’s Sgt. Kelby McCrae; Janice Scanlon, Executive Director of the Brookings-Harbor Food Bank; Mike Lehman, Executive Director of Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA); Maria Walker from Oregon Employment Department; and Jay Trost, Director of Curry County Juvenile Department who has been homeless … on purpose in order to understand what it is like to be in that situation.

Hosts: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Special thanks to Joyce Heffington


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Community Conversations: Brookings-Harbor Vietnam Veterans of America President Bill Farrell

KCIW Community Conversations is grateful to have this special interview with Bill Farrell, President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 757. Chapter President Bill shares information about our local chapter’s 2015 highlights and 2016 projects, and gives a special invitation to veterans of all conflict eras and their supporters to join the fun and be part of the effort support our veterans and families.

Bill Farrell

Bill Farrell

In full disclosure, both show host Connie Hunter and tech guy extraordinaire Jim Newman are AVVA members – associate members of VVA. With that in mind, please enjoy the chapter’s uplifting end of the year report and the spirited interaction between Chapter President Bill and Connie. The respect, joy, passion, and deep commitment of the leaders and members of our local VVA/AVVA chapter are shared through the efforts of veterans and veterans’ supporters who are there for each other.

The military/veteran community is a unified family where healing, sharing, fun, and hard work are part of the safety net of a supportive community. The VVA’s efforts save lives and provide reintegration support through the chapter’s veterans outreach program. A special fund provides direct financial aid for our veterans and family members most in need.

This program includes exciting news for 2016, such a second Vet Fest and VVA Chapter 757’s celebration of its 20th Anniversary with food, fun, and dancing!

VVA chapter general meetings will continue to be at the Brookings Elks Lodge on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Members bring a dish to share and the chapter provides the main entrée.


Host: Connie Hunter; Producers: Jim Newman, Connie Hunter; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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