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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tillamook Farmers’ Market: Become a volunteer in 2014!

Farmers Market

Tillamook Farmers’ Market is seeking community volunteers to support the 2014 market season! Are you passionate about local food, farms, and direct markets like ours? If you’ve been thinking, “What’s a great way to get involved at the community level, meet new people, and have a good time outside?” then volunteering at TFM could be a really great experience for you. We’ve got a ton of great activities and events in the works for this season, but we need your help! Here is a list of our volunteer opportunities at the market, all of which are also outlined on our …continue reading

Medical Exploring program accepting Tillamook County high school students

Medical Explorers Jordan Brown and Edemus Nutt hang IV bags with Laura Fournier, RN. (Courtesy photo)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Tillamook Regional Medical Center launched its Medical Exploring program for high school students his spring, with three Tillamook County teens initially signing up as charter members. The group meets at 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month to learn about different career opportunities in the medical field. Healthcare providers from a variety of departments will host the Explorers and provide hands-on learning experiences. At their first meeting Explorers learned about ultrasound imaging technology. They heard from Dennis Grosulak, staff sonographer about his career, education and certifications, and the wages an entry level sonographer can expect …continue reading

North Coast Food Guide now online


TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Finding local food on Oregon’s north coast just got easier. Food Roots and North Coast Food Web, two independent non-profit organizations working to increase access to local food in the region, recently announced the launch of the new North Coast Food Guide website: The website is an online companion to the annual printed “North Coast Food Guide,” which the two organizations have produced jointly for the past five years. The online guide is a searchable directory of local farms, farmers markets, farm stands, seafood at local docks, and other local food outlets and resources. Taking the …continue reading

Tillamook Narcotics Team investigation leads to two arrests and seizure of 7 pounds of meth, guns and meth lab in Salem

Methamphetamine allegedly found at the scene. (See press release for photo credit)

The following is a press release from Oregon State Police: Following a lengthy multi-agency investigation led by the Tillamook Narcotics Team (TNT), in conjunction with the DEA – Salem Task Force, detectives arrested two Salem-area residents Friday morning and seized approximately 7 lbs of methamphetamine, seven guns (two stolen), ammunition, cash and a clandestine methamphetamine reduction lab. The drug, property and evidence seizures were the result of a traffic stop and subsequent search warrant served at a residence. During the early morning hours of April 18, 2014, a traffic stop was conducted on a 2002 Subaru Impreza driven by LISANDRO …continue reading

News Briefs: April 18, 2014

Soup Bowl

Umpqua Bank buys Sterling Savings Bank GARIBALDI, Ore. – Beginning at the close of business today, Friday, April 18, local Sterling Savings Bank branches here and in Tillamook will be owned and operated by Umpqua Bank. Umpqua, which is headquartered in Portland, Ore., announced the proposed merger in September. Sterling Savings Bank is headquartered in Spokane, Wash. Under the merger, its branches will operate as part of the Umpqua Holdings Corporation under the Umpqua Bank brand. Umpqua Bank, which started in — in Oregon, offers branches between Seattle and San Francisco along the West Coast, as well as in Central …continue reading

Commissioners vote to impose a temporary medical marijuana dispensary ban

No Marijuana

HEBO, Ore. – With Commissioner Tim Josi holding out until the last second, the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners voted to impose a temporary countywide moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, beginning May 1. “I’m pretty upset at the Legislature,” said Commissioner Mark Labhart, prior to voting. “I think they punted to the cities and counties. … I think they shirked their duties.” However, he added, “I think it’s too early for us to be putting rules (regulating the siting of medical marijuana dispensaries) in place, so I support the moratorium.” During their regular weekly meeting on April 16 at the …continue reading

Geezer World: The good. The bad. The computer.


There are some of us who can’t stay away from a computer. I am one of those people and have learned that many of you are in this same boat. The problem is that we are floating around in a sea of technology that is beyond our imaginations and often, our abilities. We are not techno-geeks. We are techno-geezers. Most of us went into ‘computer world’ kicking and screaming because we had to learn to use the “*#@&! ^” things to keep our jobs. Since our parents taught us to be obedient and respectful, we followed orders and learned. What …continue reading

Vitality With Kelly: Introducing the Tillamook County Hikers

Captain Gray Mountain

With all the beautiful weather we’ve been having, I’ve been spending more time outside, exploring the hillsides and headlands of Tillamook County. Recently it occurred to me that there are probably plenty of people in the area who would love to be part of a hiking group that makes its way around this gorgeous place we call home. … Enter Tillamook County Hikers, a new, informal group that I plan to lead on weekly hikes through the spring, summer and early fall. We’ll mix it up with a blend of difficult, moderate and easy hikes, from north Tillamook County to …continue reading

County to appoint tourism advisory committee members, hold second medical marijuana dispensary hearing

Tillamook Cheese Postcard

HEBO, Ore. – Tomorrow night’s Tillamook County commissioners’ meeting agenda is heavy on matters relating to marketing the county with new transient lodging tax funds. In addition to discussing a 2014 Visit Tillamook work plan, draft marketing plan and budgets pertaining to both, commissioners will consider approving recommendations for the new Tillamook County Tourism Advisory Committee. The Economic Development Council of Tillamook County is recommending the following individuals be appointed to the new committee: Nehalem Mayor Shirley Kalkhoven, as designated by the Tillamook County Mayor’s Consortium. Jeremy Strober, designated by the EDC, to represent south county transient lodging providers. Strober …continue reading

Six NKN Future Business Leaders of America members headed to national competition in Nashville

FBLA Advisor Brad Gerards and NKN FBLA State Competition attendees.
Front, left to right: Mr. Gerards, Libby Eckstrom, Kalli Swanson, Sokcali Hansen; Middle, left to right:  Mariah Johnstone, Annie Kelly, Annie Romig, Dylan Wacker, Alaina Holm, Sam Finlay, Dani Finlay; Back, left to right: Kelsey Nelson, Ariel Breazile, Julian Croman, Alejandro Quintana, Nathan Imholt, Colin Purcell, Max Hooley, Jonathon Woodward (Courtesy photo)

By Laura Swanson PORTLAND, Ore. – On April 10 through 12, more than 3,000 Future Business Leaders of America members converged on the Portland Convention Center for a statewide competition in various business oriented contests. Among them were 18 Neah-Kah-Nie High School students. Although NKN’s delegation was among the smallest to attend, its members came away winners. “This is the most students we’ve had qualify for state in several years,” said FBLA advisor Brad Gerards. “I’m just so pleased with the results.” Topping the winners were Max Hooley, Dylan Wacker and Julian Croman with first place in marketing, and Colin …continue reading