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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

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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)

p5rn7vb 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 …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

Bay City’s Pearl Festival to feature parade, live music, Kilchis Point tours, vendors and OMSI’s ‘React-o-Blast’

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BAY CITY, Ore. – This deceptively quiet community known for its oyster industry is about to turn it up a notch or two with the Pearl Festival, set for Saturday, Aug. 30. “It’s a group thing,” said Bay City Mayor Shaena Peterson, of those organizing the event. She credited Sara Charlton, director of Tillamook County Libraries and a Bay City resident, with spearheading much of the effort. The festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with vendors opening booths across from City Hall. Free guided tours of Kilchis Point Reserve will start at 10:30 a.m. Tillamook County Commissioners Bill Baertlein, …continue reading

Geezer World: Mr. S., Weather Whisperer, predicts fall

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You may not know this, but it is fall. Our resident weather whisperer said so on the morning of Aug. 18. He went out on the porch, walked the yard, and came back inside to make his announcement. I dare not call these predictions, they are statements of fact. “It is fall,” he said. “How do you know this?” I ask. “It was really cold with a lot of dew. I have seen a leaf fall off a tree. The potato plants are turning brown.” The best one? “I feel it.” I do not argue with these prophesies because he’s …continue reading

Oyster tour to offer close look at local aquaculture industry


BAY CITY, Ore. – Have you ever wondered about where Pacific Northwest oysters come from? Thanks to a local tour offered this weekend, you have the chance to find out. The oyster industry is an important part of Tillamook County, and includes a number of farms, like Pacific Seafood operating out of Bay City, and one of the largest oyster hatcheries in the country, Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery located along Netarts Bay. If you are curious about oysters, you can join a free tour from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, which will feature an estuary walk to …continue reading

Tillamook man arrested in connection with suspicious death of local woman

Michael Steven Radovich (photo courtesy of Tillamook County Sheriff's Office)

The following is a press release from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office: TILLAMOOK, Ore. – As a result of the ongoing investigation by the Tillamook County Major Crimes Team, Michael Steven Radakovich, 42, of Tillamook, was arrested and charged with multiple crimes in connection to the July death of Charitee Yvonne Vance, 39, of Tillamook. On July 21, 2014 around 3:30pm, Detectives from the Tillamook County Major Crimes Team responded to 6510 Weber Road south of Tillamook regarding a report of an adult female who had died from a possible drug overdose. Upon arrival at the address a deceased adult …continue reading

Local teams sweep Oregon Tuna Classic

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Pioneer staff attended last weekend’s Oregon Tuna Classic for the event’s 10th anniversary. The OTC benefits the Oregon Food Bank both financially and in cans of freshly caught tuna to be distributed to the hungry in Tillamook County. Proceeds also benefit Ducks Unlimited.  The following event summary is by Del Stephens, OTC chairman: The 2014 Garmin Oregon Tuna Classic is in the books and in a big way! Another great year and a great event. The Garibaldi OTC started off on the right foot when fishermen were greeted with nice ocean conditions and tuna galore. The pre-fishing event “Big Fish …continue reading

Economic Development Council executive director to resign

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – After three years serving as the executive director of the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County, Dan Biggs has announced his intent to resign. “I’ve enjoyed my three years serving the Tillamook community; I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and we’ve accomplished a lot,” Biggs wrote in a letter to the EDC board at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The EDC is composed of municipalities, public agencies and members whose purpose is to form partnerships in matters relating to economic development in Tillamook County. These partnerships include business development, recruitment and expansion activities. Biggs joined …continue reading