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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Geezer World: Open wide now … don’t bite me!

Geezer World Logo

It seems I am stuck in some kind of rut when it comes to things about Geezer bodies … specifically the parts of their heads. We’ve already covered ears, sound, sight and seeing. I thought we were finished with all of this nonsense, but life had another plan. This week at our house we were reminded about teeth. We both still have them, which is good. It is their condition which truly sucks. This is bad. Let’s just say that if we were living on a raw meat diet, we’d starve. Come to think of it, carrots and celery might …continue reading

Learning Garden renovations include hoop house, children’s garden and inclusion on the Tillamook County Quilt Trail

The new hoop house is visible behind the ergonomic raised garden beds.

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Brightening a section of the Tillamook County Fairgrounds is what members of the Tillamook County Master Gardener Association alternately refer to as the Learning Garden and the Serendipity Garden. They’re right on both counts. “There are a lot of people who have come together to create this garden,” said Pam George, TCMGA president, during a July 24 dedication of the recently improved garden. “A lot of people, including students, come through this garden. Every time I come here, there’s someone here wandering around.” The group is a non-profit educational organization that helps to promote the OSU Extension …continue reading

Happy birthday to us. … And thanks to all of you!

Birthday Cake

One year ago yesterday, we decided to say, “Conventional wisdom be damned, let’s start an online news outlet dedicated to the people and happenings of Tillamook County.” On July 28, 2013, the Tillamook County Pioneer was born. We chose the name “Pioneer” to reflect the fact that what we were doing was new – at least in our community – as well as the fact that we personally have deep roots in Tillamook County. It also sounds like a fine name for a newspaper. Which the Pioneer isn’t. But newspapers are where we all cut our journalistic teeth, so we …continue reading

CARTM welcomes ‘evangelist-in-chief’

Karen Reddick-Yurka became the new 'Evangelist In Chief 'of CARTM on July 1, replacing Jan Hamilton upon her retirement as Executive Director. (Photo by Lorraine Ortiz)

By Lorraine Ortiz MANZANITA, Ore. – There is a new diva at the dump. On July 1, Manzanita resident Karen Reddick-Yurka began her new position as CARTM’s fourth executive director. After an exhaustive national search which did not deliver a candidate, CARTM’s board of directors unanimously voted to offer the position to Reddick-Yurka and were delighted when she accepted. “The Board is committed to taking a strong leadership role and believes CARTM is ready for the new challenges it will face as we move forward,” said Linda Kozlowski CARTM’s new board chair. “We are all excited and very optimistic about …continue reading

Meeting to focus on increasing Tillamook County waste recovery rate

Recycling Bins

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Tillamook County Solid Waste Department plans to host a meeting to discuss ways to increase the county’s recycling and waste recovery rate. The meeting, which is open to the public, is intended to assist the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in developing waste reduction proposals for possible introduction during the 2015 Oregon Legislature session. Tillamook County’s has had a waste recovery goal of 30 percent since 1992, during which time recovery rates in Oregon as a whole have increased from 27.1 percent to 49.7 percent. Those who attend the meeting will have the chance to learn …continue reading

Tillamook County Major Crimes Team investigating suspicious death of local woman

Police Line

The following is a press release from Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long: TILLAMOOK, Ore. – On July 22, 2014 around 3:30 p.m., detectives from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and the Tillamook City Police Department responded to 6510 Weber Road south of Tillamook regarding a report of an adult female who had suffered from a possible drug overdose. Upon arrival at the address a deceased adult female was located in an outbuilding adjacent to the residence. The female was identified as Cheritee Yvonne Vance age 39 from Tillamook. At this time the Tillamook County Major Crimes Team …continue reading

Victim in fatal Highway 6 accident identified

Photo courtesy Oregon State Police.

The following is a news release from Oregon State Police: Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office, is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 6 east of Lees Camp in Tillamook County. The initial investigation led the arrest of a Portland woman located and stopped in Washington County whose vehicle was identified by witnesses as causing the crash. On July 27, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., a 2001 Chrysler Sebring driven by RUSSEL JOHN FALOTICO, age 56, from Beaverton, was eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost …continue reading

Police arrest Portland woman for allegedly causing fatal crash on Highway 6

Trisha Jo Homan (photo courtesy the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office)

The following is a news release from Oregon State Police: Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office, is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 6 east of Lees Camp in Tillamook County. The initial investigation led to the arrest of a Portland woman located and stopped in Washington County whose vehicle was identified by witnesses as causing the crash. On July 27, 2014 at approximately 4 p.m., a 2001 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 56-year old male was eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 27 when …continue reading

Highway 6 to remain blocked for several hours following fatal crash

Police Lights

The following is a news release from Oregon State Police: Oregon State Police (OSP) is beginning an investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 6 about two miles east of Lees Camp in Tillamook County. The crash has the highway blocked with detours being established for traffic. Travelers are urged to use alternative routes for travel to and from the north Oregon coast. Preliminary information indicates on July 27, 2014 at approximately 4:19 p.m., a report was received of a two-vehicle head-on crash with injuries on Highway 6 near milepost 27. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed one person was deceased and …continue reading

‘A Fair to Remember’ to feature 90th annual Pig-N-Ford Races along with Oakridge Boys, Uncle Kracker and Phil Vassar

A Fair to Remember

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – In just 10 days, The Tillamook County Fair will open its gates offering entertainment for all ages. This year’s event, with the theme “A Fair to Remember,” is scheduled to run Wednesday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. Look for exhibits ranging from textiles and photography to livestock and garden produce. “The 4-H and FFA exhibits will heighten your enjoyment of this year’s fair and will feature all kinds of animals,” said John Davy, fair manager. “There will be lots of livestock and animal shows throughout the fair and in our Aufdermauer …continue reading