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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Retired banker turns wildlife photographer

Kodiak Bears at Fraser Falls on Kodiak Island, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Moore)

BEAVER, Ore. – Following the Great Recession, former banker Tim Moore channeled a lifelong interest in photography into a bonafide business as a freelance photographer. “‘What’s a retired banker to do?’ I asked myself, as retirement flashed before my life in my late 50s,” said Moore. “I picked up my camera and started to shoot things that I loved to see while we were on vacations. No special schools, no degrees in fine arts, just a love for the outdoors and wildlife.” Through Moore Northwest Images, he photographs a wide variety of wildlife and scenic photos while hiking throughout the …continue reading

Yarn Crawl 101 to feature 14 shops along the Oregon coast

Aina Tonjes, who owns T-Spot, in Manzanita, loves yarn, even in its raw form.

MANZANITA, Ore. – Coastal knitting and crocheting shops will unite in mid-September, like an uncoiled skein of yarn stretching from Ocean Park, Wash. to Brookings, Ore. during the first ever Yarn Crawl 101. The crawl is designed to appeal to knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists from the Coast and beyond. Organizers chose the dates Sept. 12-14 because, “Knitting and crocheting are more popular in the fall and with kids back in school and gardening chores tapering off, September is when many come back to these hobbies,” said JJ Foster, of West Linn’s Wool ‘n Wares, who is helping coordinate …continue reading

Sheriff’s Office teams with Astoria Police Department and a civilian to locate missing woman with dementia

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PACIFIC CITY, Ore. – Thanks to the team effort of the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Astoria Police Department and a civilian, a previously missing senior citizen diagnosed with dementia is safe and sound. Police were looking for 90-year-old Eva Lovvold this morning after learning she was missing from her home in Astoria since about 6:30 a.m. today, Sunday, Aug. 31, reported the APD. The department indicated she was driving a Toyota Camry and shared her license plate number with other law enforcement officials. She was dressed in pink pajamas and one slipper. APD Detective Andrew Randall said his department issued …continue reading

Local city officials to share concerns with state legislators during City Hall Week


NEHALEM, Ore.  - Cities across Oregon designated Sept. 8-12 “City Hall Week” in an effort to put local and state government officials on the same page regarding constituents’ concerns. Nehalem City Hall will serve as one of 21 host locations throughout the state for the occasion, hosting a local forum on Thursday, Sept. 11 for local municipal officials and state legislators on issues that support the economic vitality and stability of communities throughout Tillamook County. “City officials know best the issues that impact their communities,” said Dale Shafer, Nehalem City manager. “Local officials have been elected to represent their communities …continue reading

Netarts Post Office reopens after one-year closure

Debbie Hanners and Ron Trambley at the recently reopened Netarts Post Office. (Photo by Linda Shaffer)

NETARTS, Ore. – Thanks to Debbie Hanners, the Netarts Post Office has reopened to serve local residents and visitors, alike. Hanners has been a part-time resident of Netarts since she bought a home here in 2002. Since that time she has made many friends in the area and was one of the locals affected by the closure of the Netarts Post Office on Sept. 1, 2013. “I knew we needed a post office,” Hanners said. “I thought if I could help the community, I would. But I had no idea what I was getting in to! The process of applying …continue reading

Bay City Council to host town hall on public rights-of-way

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BAY CITY, Ore. – Bay City officials plan to address confusion and “misinformation” concerning an off-the-table draft ordinance that some feared would have put a crimp in private property rights during a town hall meeting. The City asked its attorney to put together a potential ordinance in response to a “neighbor versus neighbor” conflict, said Mayor Shaena Peterson. “Now we have a dispute over ownership of rights of way. They’re public in Bay City.” However, ultimately, “The ordinance was a draft that the City Council decided not to consider,” said Peterson. Officially, “It was never on the table.” At the town …continue reading

Lucas Mackay 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to serve as tribute, fundraiser and mental health awareness vehicle

Lucas Mackay

NETARTS, Ore. – Five years after her little brother Lucas Mackay, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, ended his life, Kalie King Savage announced the Lucas Mackay 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Sept. 27 at the Netarts Community Park. The Starbird Project, a nonprofit organization Savage founded in Mackay’s memory, will host the tournament, she said. “Money raised will support efforts to maintain The Lucas Mackay Court, affectionately named by Matt Kelly, fellow basketball enthusiast and childhood friend,” wrote Savage in a press release on the event. Kelly handcrafted the sign that now hangs at the …continue reading

Owner of site of proposed Bayocean Spit eco-resort submits land use application to Tillamook County

Bayocean Spit. (Photo by Kelly Benson)

BAYOCEAN, Ore. – The Portland man who hopes to develop a 53-acre eco-resort on Bayocean Spit submitted his application for a conditional use permit to Tillamook County on Wednesday, Aug. 27, giving the county 30 days to respond. Late this week, neither Tillamook County Senior Planner Sarah Absher nor Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart had taken a close look at the application, but both said they would as soon as their schedules allow. “I will review it next week,” Absher told the Pioneer on Aug. 27. “We will also scan the application and post it on our website.” Last spring, …continue reading

YMCA Foundation golf tournament to feature two-person scramble format


TILLAMOOK, Ore. – This year’s Tillamook County Family YMCA Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament will feature a two-person scramble format, versus the four-person scramble of past years. The 13th annual tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 with a 7:30 a.m. check-in and a fog-horn start at 8 a.m. at Bay Breeze Golf Course, 2325 Latimer Road, Tillamook. Lunch will provided for participants following the tournament. Registrations may be made individually for $60 or in two-person teams for $120. Carts will cost extra. Pick up your registration form at the Y, located at 610 Stillwell Avenue, Tillamook. Call the Y at …continue reading

Memaloose Point boat launch to remain accessible only during high tide until county obtains dredging permit

Tillamook Bay, slightly southwest of the Memaloose Point boat launch facility. (Photo by LeeAnn Neal)

BAYOCEAN, Ore. – Sports fishermen accustomed to launching their boats at Memaloose Point, on the south side of Tillamook Bay, will have to carefully time their departures and returns by the tide or find another launching facility during the peak fishing months of September, October and November. The popular boat launch is plugged during low tide by accumulated silt, which tends to catch driftwood and rocks. “I have received several calls from anglers who have problems launching at Memaloose Boat Ramp at low tide,” wrote Rick Klumph, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife North Coast Watershed District manager, in a …continue reading