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December 21, 2014

High water closes number of Tillamook County roads

Flood warning remains in effect until 4 p.m.
U.S. Highway 101 is closed north of downtown Tillamook. (Photo by Dean Burdick)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Thanks to the 3-plus-inches of rain that fell in the region overnight and through the morning, a number of Tillamook County roads are closed owing to high water. As of 12:45 p.m., today, Sunday, Dec. 21, U.S. Highway 101 is closed just north of downtown Tillamook, with traffic detouring to 3rd Street, Highway 6 and then Latimer Road. Other local road closures include Wilson River Loop Road, Long Prairie Road at U.S. Highway 101, Posetti Road (located off Alderbrook Road) and Resort Drive in Pacific City. Stay current on county road closures at this website, maintained by the …continue reading

High water closes number of Tillamook County roads

U.S. Highway 101 is closed north of downtown Tillamook. (Photo by Dean Burdick)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Thanks to the 3-plus-inches of rain that fell in the region overnight and through the morning, a number of Tillamook County roads are closed owing to high water. As of 12:45 p.m., today, Sunday, Dec. 21, U.S. Highway 101 is closed just north of downtown Tillamook, with traffic detouring to 3rd Street, Highway 6 and then Latimer Road. Other local road closures include Wilson River Loop Road, Long Prairie Road at U.S. Highway 101, Posetti Road (located off Alderbrook Road) and Resort Drive in Pacific City. Stay current on county road closures at this website, maintained by the …continue reading

Weather officials predict heavy rains with potential for minor flooding

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  TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The National Weather Service predicts the north Oregon coast will receive between 3 and 6 inches of rain today, Saturday, Dec. 20, followed by another 3 to 6 inches on Sunday, Dec. 21, setting the stage for potential flooding. “Nearly all … rivers in Tillamook County are now forecasted to a least reach minor flood stage in the morning on Sunday, cresting Sunday night then falling below flood stage on Monday morning,” said Gordon McCraw, meteorologist and director of the Tillamook County Emergency Management Department. “As an example, the Wilson River is forecasted to reach flood …continue reading

Nestucca Access Road reopens at former slide site

Photo courtesy of BLM.

BLAINE, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management today reopened the Nestucca Access Road about 15 miles east of Beaver. The road had been closed since late October, owing to a landslide that blocked both lanes at milepost 17 about one-quarter mile east of Alder Glen Campground, according to BLM. The road is known as Blaine Road on its west end, as Meadow Lake Road on the end closer to Carlton, and as Nestucca Access Road to the BLM. Those using the road bypassed the slide via Bald Mountain and Bible Creek roads during the closure. In addition to removing …continue reading

Tillamook Main Street Program director resigns for ‘personal reasons’

Tillamook Main Street

The following is a news release from the Tillamook Main Street Program: Emily Johnson, Director of the Tillamook Main Street Program and an Americore RARE participant, is no longer in the Tillamook Main Street office. The RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) program director notified the Main Street Advisory Committee on Friday, Dec. 12, that, for personal reasons, Emily would not be completing her assignment in Tillamook. The Main Street Program is continuing its mission of downtown revitalization even as it looks at options for replacing its director. The Main Street Program contact is: tillamookmainstreet@gmail.com. Many window paintings in the …continue reading

Ring in the new year with a dip in the ocean or a hike on a headland

Revelers at last year's Y Polar Plunge in Oceanside. (Photo by LeeAnn Neal)

CAPE LOOKOUT, Ore. – Celebrate the start of 2015 with a hike or dip in the ocean on Jan. 1. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will ring in the new year with a series of guided hikes at state parks throughout Oregon. This is the fourth year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America’s State Parks to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 940 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon. OPRD …continue reading

Muddy Waters Coffee House & Cafe to hold grand re-opening at new Main Avenue location

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TILLAMOOK, Ore. – This Saturday, Dec. 20, Muddy Waters Coffee House & Cafe and the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce will host a grand re-opening to celebrate Muddy Waters’ move to Main Street. The longtime local establishment recently relocated from 1904 3rd Street to 308 Main Avenue, next to the Tillamook Coliseum Theater. The grand re-opening is slated for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Stop by for free coffee and cookies. Check out the Pioneer’s Tillamook County Holiday Gift Guide, featuring products and services from local merchants, here.  

Don Schmidt resigns from YMCA executive director post

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TILLAMOOK, Ore. – In a press released issued this afternoon, Tillamook County Family YMCA Board of Directors Chief Volunteer Officer Joel Stevens wrote that Don Schmidt recently resigned from the position of Y executive director. According to Stevens, Schmidt resigned for “personal reasons.” In the mean time, the Y Board is forming a committee to recruit and hire a new executive director, wrote Stevens. That committee will be composed of Y Board members, Y members and “community leaders,” he added. Read the complete release here: YMCA Press Release Schmidt was hired as the local Y’s fifth executive director in 2002. …continue reading

Tillamook Coast tourism ready to roll on destination marketing and community funding initiatives

Members of the Tillamook County Tourism Advisory Committee are, from left to right: Eugene Tish of Garabaldi House Inn & Suites, Mayor Shirley Kalkhoven of Nehalem, Committee co-chair, Mary Faith Bell Tillamook Regional Medical Center, Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, Nan Devlin Tourism Director for Visit Tillamook Coast, Judson Randall of Oceanside, Co-Chair Doug Olson, Douglas NW Properties, Pacific City and Chair of the EDC and Jeremy Strober, Kiwanda Hospitality Pacific City. Members not pictured are Betty Baumgart, Rockaway Beach, Valerie Folkema, Bay City, Gloria Scullin, Pacific City and Justin Aufdermauer, Tillamook Chamber of Commerce executive director. (Photo courtesy Visit Tillamook Coast)

One year after Tillamook County residents approved a county-wide transient lodging tax by a two-to-one ratio, the stage has been set to roll out the brand of “Tillamook Coast, it’s the natural choice,” and make TLT grants available to the community. At the time of the ballot measure, it was estimated that the county would realize $1.4 million in TLT funds in 2014. However, as of Nov. 30, the fund had already exceeded the original estimate, and is expected to reach as high as $2.3 million by year’s end. “Our goal for a county-wide tourism initiative is to improve the …continue reading

Manzanita’s Cloud & Leaf among nation’s independent bookstores to receive grants from James Patterson

Jody Swanson, left, with a customer at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita. (Photo courtesy Hipfish Monthly)

MANZANITA, Ore. – The final remaining bookstore in Tillamook County recently received a grant from renowned author James Patterson. “I really appreciate the grant not only for myself and for my store, but for what Mr. Patterson is doing to alleviate some of the pressures that are on independent bookstores to survive,” said Jody Swanson, who owns Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita. Patterson has sold 300 million books worldwide and has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Patterson kicked off the 2014 holiday season with a gift to independent …continue reading

Lucky Bear Soap Co. to occupy permanent retail, manufacturing and classroom location in downtown Tillamook

Lucky Bear, for whom Lucky Bear Soap Co. is named, and Sky Veek. (Photo courtesy of Sky Veek)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – When she learned the owner of the former 2nd Street Public Market building had terminated the market’s lease, Sky Veek began looking for another downtown retail space for her Lucky Bear Soap Co., which was among a number of local businesses displaced by the move. “I really see the value of downtown,” said Veek, who launched Lucky Bear in 2010 from her home south of Tillamook. “Tillamook is all about baby steps right now, but it’s up-and-coming.” Veek is in the process of buying the building at 1907 2nd Street, next to the former de Garde Brewing …continue reading

National Weather Service warns of potential flooding Saturday night through Monday in Northwest Oregon

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The National Weather Service in Portland issued the following advisory this afternoon: A storm system developing over the Pacific is expected to bring heavy rain to the Pacific Northwest Saturday evening, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 21. As of now, it looks like the heaviest rain will be in the north Oregon Coast Range and the north Oregon and south Washington Cascades. … But this forecast is uncertain. Meteorologists will be keeping a close eye on the development of this storm. This is a classic atmospheric river event that could produce some areas of very heavy rain. Rainfall amounts are …continue reading

Tillamook County residents can register mobile phones for local emergency notifications

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TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Tillamook County Emergency Communications District, also known as Tillamook 911, recently contracted with unified critical communications company Everbridge to deliver Tillamook 911’s emergency notifications. The emergency notification system will be used when Tillamook 911 needs to deliver emergency information to targeted groups of Tillamook County residents. Tillamook 911 maintains access to the phone database for traditional land lines located within Tillamook County. Due to emerging technologies, many households within Tillamook County do not have traditional land line phones and are using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and/or cellular services. With this Emergency 911 Notification system, residents …continue reading

Geezer World: If you have ‘little ones’ … you’re the lucky ones!

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I will always love Christmas, but honestly … the fun factor was way up when we had kids at home and in later years, grand kids. In those days the traditions of Christmas were so different for us than they are now. Those of us who no longer have those little ones around will always have memories of the times when we did. I love to call them back during the holidays. There was another time in our lives though … when we were kids and those memories are still alive and well for most of us. We have passed …continue reading

YMCA Healthy Lifestyles coordinator to speak on movement-mind connection on Wednesday, Dec. 17

Balance Exercises

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Michelle Jenck, Tillamook County Family YMCA Healthy Lifestyles coordinator, will speak about how physical movement affects brain function during a free “Beyond Balance” talk tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Prestige Living Five Rivers. At 2 p.m., Jenck will cover the benefits of the Y’s Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance classes along with how movement in general plays a significant role in brain function, from birth on. “The brain and the body both follow the ‘use it-or-lose-it-principle,” said Jenck. “What most people don’t realize is how much the brain and the body work together to influence, not …continue reading

Chamber Awards nominees run the gamut from oyster company to brewery

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TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Nominees for this year’s Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce Awards range from an oyster company to a local brewery and include both public and private organizations. The 78th annual chamber awards banquet will feature dinner, drinks and auction items, but Executive Director Justin Aufdermauer said the focus of the evening is really on the awards. “The chamber and peers want to say thank you and recognize those business owners and individuals who have made an effort to improve our community for the greater good,” he said. Last year’s winner’s included North Coast Lawn, Imago Dei Photography, Pelican …continue reading

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