KCIW Special Programs

Special Program: County Commission, Brookings Mayor, and Brookings City Council Candidate Forum

On October 18, 2018, KCIW hosted a special Candidate Forum in Chetco Community Library. The forum was moderated by Douglas Bunn, Dean of the Curry Campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College. All candidates for the current races of Brookings Mayor, Brookings City Council, and Curry County Commission were invited to attend and to share their ideas and hopes concerning issues that we face in Brookings-Harbor and Curry County.

Speaking to a standing-room-only audience, the candidates answered questions written by audience members and read by moderator Doug Bunn. Questions covered a wide range of topics, from local government administration to the protection of our parks and forests.

The entire event was recorded by KCIW volunteers, so if you weren’t able to attend in person, you’ll want to listen to this podcast before you vote on November 6.


The opinions expressed here are those of the individual participants. Curry Coast Community Radio takes no position on issues discussed in this program. Curry Coast Community Radio does not endorse candidates for elected office.


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Special Program: Curry Coast Community Radio’s Inaugural Texas Hold’em Tournament Winners

Curry Coast Community Radio’s inaugural Texas Hold’em Tournament fundraiser took place at High Noon Saturday, October 10, at the Brookings’ Elks Lodge. The event was a huge success with nearly fifty players joining KCIW’s cadre of volunteers to help support Curry Coast Community Radio’s fundraising campaign.

In this program tournament organizer Skip Hunter talks with Danny Mitani who took home the first place trophy and Terry Bowers who garnered the trophy for second place.

Skip Hunter and Ron Hedenskog

Tournament Organizer Skip Hunter and Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog

The Poker Tournament was the brain-child of the station’s marketing, programming, and development committees. “We are no longer selling the idea of a radio station, we have built the station’s organizational structure. We are producing a wide variety of excellent work product from arts and culture programming to community-building news programming,” said tournament organizer Skip Hunter.

“First we had to develop the committee structure, then we had to develop the programming that would be supported by the proceeds of the tournament, and then we had to develop and coordinate the tournament with the [Oregon] Department of Justice requirements,” Hunter elaborated.

Ready to Play

Ready to Play

The tournament, which lasted over five hours from start to finish, began with Mayor Ron Hedenskog stopping by to kick-off the event. Poker players competed for a total prize pool of $2,400 in gift cards from our Brookings Fred Meyer store. The players were treated to Italian cuisine lunch (kitchen crew captain was Jim Newman of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America) and were automatically entered into prize drawings for gift certificates from local businesses including Barron’s Home Furnishings, Vista Pub, Wild River Pizza, and tickets to the Brookings Fire Department’s “Taco Feed and Fundraiser.”

The tournament “livened up” as the friendly competition began to reduce the number of players until the final table’s top ten players remained. The final table of ten players included Richard Donald, Mike Cornelius, Ruby Bryson, Desi Robinson, Nicole Stephens, Danny Mitani, Jim Bowers, Vidal Soberon and Teri Stilt.

First and Second Place Winners

First Place Winner Danny Mitani and Second Place Winner Terry Bowers

After competing for forty-five minutes, the final table was reduced to eight players, who voted to “chop the pot” — split the $2,400 prize pool equally among themselves and continue to play for the first and second place trophies. Demonstrating the spirit of the event, the final eight players also voted to contribute an extra donation to the poker tournament’s proceeds at $50 each for a total of $400.

KCIW plans to hold this fundraising event quarterly with the next event planned for early February, 2016.  KCIW is also considering providing Texas Hold’em poker classes for those players who would like to learn new skills.

For more information on possible poker skills training or to pre-register for the February tournament, please call 541-412-1224 or email to Skip Hunter at skiphunter888@yahoo.com.

Host: Skip Hunter; Producers: Skip Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Cultural Connections: NorCal Disability Pride Day Special Event Coverage

Disability Pride DayIn this edition of Cultural Connections, Michael Penney hosts special coverage of the 2nd Annual NorCal Disability Pride Day event at Beachfront Park in Crescent City, California, on Sept. 4, 2015. NorCal Disability Pride Day is a platform to publicly embrace disabilities and empower people with all abilities to raise their voices and pursue their dreams.

Sit back and enjoy the program as Michael hosts the opening ceremony with Native American philosophy, storytelling, and traditional music. Special thanks to Joseph Fernandez on the flute, drums, and back-up vocals. Share in the enthusiasm as Michael interviews event coordinator and Master of Ceremonies Steve Jackson, and keynote speaker Chris Miller (special needs advocate from Redwood Coast Regional Center).

This year’s Disability Pride Day was organized by New Dawn Support Services, Pelican Bay State Prison, and Party Girls of Del Norte and Curry County.

Host: Michael Penney, Producer: Skip Hunter, Music by Michael Penney, Recording Tech: Jim Newman, Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Special Program: Oregon’s Poet Laureate

Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears

Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears

Did you know that we Oregonians have our very own poet laureate? Well, we do, and his name is Peter Sears. He normally divides his time between Corvallis and Portland, but he recently ventured south to Curry County to honor us with his presence and poetry at the Curry Public Library in Gold Beach.

Our senior arts and literature correspondent Angela Ewing reports …

It was an immense pleasure to meet our State’s Poet Laureate, Peter Sears at the Gold Beach Library. With sincerity and fervor, Peter read from his collection of free-verse poetry. He has served as Community Services coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission and is director of the Oregon Literary Coalition. His poetry reveals his own life experience in humor and satire. His work has appeared in several national magazines such as Saturday Review, The New York Times, and many other literary magazines, and he is author of three full-length poetry collections.


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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.


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


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Special Program: Sam Spade and the Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail Caper

Fireball Productions and the Rogue Grange and Community Center present the old-time radio drama Sam Spade and The Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail Caper.

Sam Spade Mystery

Chip Weinert, left, Tracy Ellenbecker and Rob Brown – Curry Coastal Pilot photo

Dashiell Hammett’s 1930’s era fictional detective Sam Spade takes on a case involving an elaborate scheme to steal a wealthy socialite’s crown.

But where do Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail come in?

You’ll have to listen to the program to find out!


Organizations:

Produced by Fireball Productions and Hosted by the Rogue Grange and Community Center in Nesika Beach

Producer:

Cheryl Seaton

Director:

Michael Hall

Cast:

The Announcer — Brad Wood
Sam Spade — Chip Weinert
Effie — Amy Pike
Fritz — Bob Miller
Mrs. Montague — Laurie Meredith
Mr. Montague — Rob Brown
Charmaine Roget — Carrie Crook
Renaud Roget — Tracy Ellenbecker
Anne — Anne Tlaker-Hall

Crew:

Special Effects — Anne Tlaker-Hall

Technical Assistance:

Ellensburg Theater Company, Inc., Gold Beach, Oregon


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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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