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Fishing tournament pays tribute to Faith

Friends of Faith Fulmer are creating a new fishing tournament at a frequent former hangout of the Central Point girl who died of cancer last year at 8 years old.

The inaugural Faith Fulmer Foundation's "Off-The-Hook Fishing Derby" will be held Aug. 4 at Fish Lake, with the festivities centered around Fish Lake Resort.

Faith had served as Crater High School's Sparrow Club honoree until succumbing to cancer last September. The foundation was established by her parents, Louis and JoLayne Fulmer, in hopes of raising money for children's cancer research and helping the families of childhood cancer patients with travel expenses.

Participants will vie for the top prize of a chartered fishing trip, overnight casino stay and a restaurant gift card, all out of Coos Bay, says Darrin Thornton, an Eagle Point man who is helping with the derby.

Other prizes will be available in various age categories, with the largest fish judged via weight. Length will be used as a tie-breaker, Thornton says.

The derby will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with no fishing until the 9 a.m. horn sounds. Only fish by anglers in line at the weigh-in site near the resort boathouse will be eligible for awards, which are slated for 2:30 p.m.

Kids age 12 and younger fish for free, with others paying on a sliding scale. Those 13 or older will pay $20 for one, $35 for two and $60 for a family of four if all are age 13 or older. Each additional family member after that can be added for $10.

Participants can register at the resort or at The Black Bird Shopping Center in Medford, which is a cosponsor, Thornton says.

Participants also can register online at www.faithfulmerfoundation.org, which contains information about the derby, Thornton says.

Participants who register by July 25 will receive a goodie bag and a ticket to a 50-50 raffle, Thornton says. Those who also bring a new Beanie Babies animal will get two extra tickets, he says.

The Beanie Babies will be donated to patients at the children's cancer ward at Oregon Health Sciences University, where Faith was treated, Thornton says.

The foundation plans to continue the event annually.

The Port of Brookings-Harbor is in store for nearly a quarter-million dollars in improvements from damage caused by the spring 2011 tsunami that followed an earthquake off the Japanese coast.

Three major tidal surges destroyed nearly one-third of the Sports Basin, including the port's A Dock, according to the Oregon State Marine Board.

The surges also deposited enough extra sediment to make mooring a boat with a large draft virtually impossible.

The Marine Board is one of several entities financing a $222,0000 project that will repair the docks, replace the pumpout/dump station and dredge the harbor.

The largest donor to the project is $104,500 from the federal Clean Vessel Act fund, with another $61,125 from the federal Boating Infrastructure Grant. The Marine Board last week voted to put $51,875 from state boater funds toward the project, and the remaining $4,500 will come from in-kind contributions.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.