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November 24, 2014

Ocean Dungeness crab season opens Dec. 1

Dungeness Crab

GARIBALDI, Ore. – Fresh Dungeness crab will likely appear on the menu for holiday feasts after fishery managers determined the Oregon commercial crab season is ready to open at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1. Quality testing showed crab exceeded minimum pre-season test criteria in Oregon, Washington and California waters, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fishery managers from the three states recently met and agreed to open commercial crabbing from the Klipsan Beach, Wash., to Point Arena, Calif. on Dec. 1. Commercial crabbers are allowed to set their gear three days before the season opens, so …continue reading

Ocean Dungeness crab season opens Dec. 1

Dungeness Crab

GARIBALDI, Ore. – Fresh Dungeness crab will likely appear on the menu for holiday feasts after fishery managers determined the Oregon commercial crab season is ready to open at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1. Quality testing showed crab exceeded minimum pre-season test criteria in Oregon, Washington and California waters, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fishery managers from the three states recently met and agreed to open commercial crabbing from the Klipsan Beach, Wash., to Point Arena, Calif. on Dec. 1. Commercial crabbers are allowed to set their gear three days before the season opens, so …continue reading

2014 Sagittarius Soul Forecast

Kagaya-Sagittarius

On Nov 22, the Sun moved into the sign Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, which means that it is a flame that is always changing, like a softly flickering candle flame. It is not as bold and bright as the fire generated by Leo and Aries, but it still burns with an extroverted desire to express itself. It is ruled by the planet Jupiter, the most massive planet in our solar system. So Sagittarius likes to do things on a grand scale. Jupiter’s giant gassy mass is 10 times the diameter of Earth, which fits with its astrological …continue reading

Tillamook County Secret Angels to host fundraising event to kick off season of giving

Angels

MANZANITA, Ore. – The nonprofit Tillamook County Secret Angels plan to host a gathering to kick off the group’s annual Christmas Holiday giving campaign. The event, which will feature finger foods courtesy of local restaurants, is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Pine Grove Community House. Having just finished preparing food baskets for the Thanksgiving holiday the group is collecting food and gifts for the Christmas holiday. Focusing on children and seniors, Secret Angels provide special gifts for requesting individuals and those whose names have been submitted as likely candidates for help with the …continue reading

Nehalem woman with Hollywood ties to sell costume jewelry collection

Imie Camelli (Photo courtesy Movie Prop Collectors)

ROCKAWAY BEACH, Ore. – Imie Camelli’s accessories tend to fetch a nice chunk of change for local causes. It is with this in mind that the 91-year-old Nehalem resident is selling 600 pieces of her own costume jewelry with 10 percent of proceeds dedicated to the Neah-Kah-Nie High School Scholarship Fund. “I’ve collected the pieces over the several hundred years that I’ve been alive,” said Camelli, who, two years ago, donated 360 of her hats to the Tillamook County Breast Health Coalition. The Coalition then auctioned the hats, a few of which had appeared on the Silver Screen, for a …continue reading

TBCC President Connie Green honored with prestigious Howard Cherry Award

Connie Green

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – “In nearly every important activity involving higher education policy in the past two decades, Connie Green’s name pops up as participant, speaker, facilitator, task force member, or the responsible staff person.” So noted Tillamook Bay Community College Board Chair Deborah Lincoln in a letter co-nominating Connie Green for the Howard Cherry Outstanding Administrator Award. Green was honored with the award earlier this month at an Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) conference. The Howard Cherry Award is OCCA’s highest honor, and represents outstanding accomplishments on behalf of community colleges. It is named after the late Howard Cherry, a …continue reading

New technology capable of analyzing, classifying landslide risk in 50-square-mile areas within 30 minutes

Landslide

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Engineers have created a new way to use light detecting and ranging technology to identify and classify landslides on a landscape scale, which may revolutionize the understanding of landslides in the U.S. and reveal them to be far more common and hazardous than often understood. The new, technology, created by researchers at Oregon State University and George Mason University, can analyze and classify the landslide risk in an area of 50 or more square miles in about 30 minutes – a task that previously might have taken an expert several weeks to months. It can also identify …continue reading

Entrepreneurship series returns to TBCC

TBCC Square Logo

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – For the third year in a row, Tillamook Bay Community College, the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce, Oregon State University/Open Campus, Small Business Development Center and Worksource Oregon – Tillamook are partnering to bring you “Take it to Market.” This five-week entrepreneurship series is designed to help potential and existing business owners learn how to plan a business model and develop new skills and resources to help them be successful. “It’s an effort to help entrepreneurs get started,” said Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Justin Aufdermauer. “We bring in local experts and teleconference with professionals …continue reading

Bacteria affecting oysters found to be a case of mistaken identity

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NETARTS, Ore. – The bacteria that helped cause the near-ruin of two large oyster hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest have been mistakenly identified for years, researchers say in a recent report. In addition, the study shows that the bacteria now believed to have participated in that problem are even more widespread and deadly than the previous suspect. Dramatic oyster larvae losses were suffered at Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in 2005 along Netarts Bay, and Washington hatcheries were also hard hit. Although the hatchery industry has largely recovered, primarily by better control of ocean water acidity that was also part of the problem, the …continue reading

Police release name of victim in Highway 103 crash

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The following is a press release from Oregon State Police: JEWELL, Ore. – Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 103 at milepost 6.5. On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver, identified as …continue reading

Geezer World: Wanted – new thermostat for old body

Geezer World Logo

If 98.6 degrees sounds familiar, it should because that is what our body temperatures are supposed to be … or at least somewhere around that number. There was also a song by that name while we were in our teens but that’s another matter. It seems to me that I can no longer rely on my thermostat. Like an assortment of my other body parts, the darned thing is acting up on me. This isn’t the first time either so I’ve decided I want a new one. I figure that if people can get new joints, faces and other miscellaneous …continue reading

Tillamook Narcotics Team arrests three and seizes firearms and drugs during Garibaldi search warrant

Richard Scott Seward

The following is a press release, issued this afternoon, from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office: GARIBALDI, Ore. – On Nov. 12, Tillamook Narcotics Team detectives served a narcotics search warrant at 204 5th Street in Garibaldi and arrested Richard Scott Seward, 40, of Garibaldi and Bronte Laurie Ammerman, 39, of Tillamook for Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, Frequenting a Drug House and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Seward’s residence is approximately 500 feet southeast of Garibaldi Elementary School. As a result of the execution of the …continue reading

Pickup passenger dies following ice-related crash on Highway 103

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The following is a press release from Oregon State Police issued this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 18: JEWELL, Ore. – Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 103 at milepost 6.5. On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Preliminary investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck …continue reading

Densovirus named top suspect in devastating sea star wasting disease

Photo, by Kevin Lafferty, courtesy of Cornell University.

The following is a press release from Cornell University (read the Pioneer’s coverage of the local impact of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome here): Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin; a disease researchers say could trigger an unprecedented ecological upheaval under the waves. Now, a researcher in the Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has identified the deadly culprit as the Sea …continue reading

Tillamook Ecumenical Community churches take lead in local Christmas basket program

Christmas Tree

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The churches composing the Tillamook Ecumenical Community are teaming up with other local organizations in hopes of making Christmas a bright day for all local residents. TEC, which consists of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. Peter Lutheran Church and Tillamook United Methodist Church, took over the local Christmas Basket Program after the Tillamook Salvation Army Food Pantry closed its doors in the late summer of 2013. Last year the group delivered Christmas food boxes and toys to about 250 local families, according to Dave Stuck, TEC moderator. …continue reading

Tillamook County OSU Extension invites youth to participate in Washington, D.C. leadership experience

U.S. Capitol at Dusk

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Staff at Tillamook County’s OSU Extension Office recently announced a new opportunity through 4-H: Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), a youth leadership and citizenship week-long experience in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2015 for youth in seventh through 12th grades. “We welcome you to participate in this program by sharing this with any Tillamook County youth who may be interested and by joining us at upcoming fundraising events,” said Emily Henr, OSU Open Campus Coordinator. There is an informational meeting on the program scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the OSU Extension Office (2204 …continue reading

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