Monday, July 23, 2018
* The City of Brookings has selected Sgt. Kelby McCrae as its next public safety director, a post that serves as chief of police. McCrae will take over on Aug. 1, replacing long-time chief Chris Wallace, who is retiring. McCrae has been with the Brookings Police Department for 15 years. He also served 22 years with the Oregon Army National Guard, including several overseas deployment.
* A four-year effort by dubbed “Operation Yurok” has eliminated all large-scale marijuana grows on the reservation, according to tribal authorities. The program started in 2013 in response to large numbers of individuals using tribal lands for cannabis operations. Many of these illegal grows caused major environmental damage. In 2015, more than 1 ton of marketable marijuana was eradicated. In comparison, last week, officials spent two days in a helicopter flying over the lower 44 miles of the Klamath River without finding a single large marijuana plantation.
* The Brookings City Council is expected to authorize signatures for the Brookings Airport purchase and transfer at tonight’s 7 o’clock meeting, which will be held at the city hall council chambers on Elk Drive.