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September 22, 2014

‘True West,’ TAPA’s final production for 2014, to open Saturday, Sept. 26

Carolyn Olson, as 'Mom' and Mark Johnson as Lee, in a heated argument. (Photo courtesy of TAPA)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The latest Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts production is a character study, according to director Craig Wakefield. “True West,” written by Sam Shepard, examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother’s home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother Lee, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin’s car. In addition, Lee somehow manages to take over Austin’s screenplay, which he …continue reading

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‘True West,’ TAPA’s final production for 2014, to open Saturday, Sept. 26

Carolyn Olson, as 'Mom' and Mark Johnson as Lee, in a heated argument. (Photo courtesy of TAPA)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The latest Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts production is a character study, according to director Craig Wakefield. “True West,” written by Sam Shepard, examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother’s home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother Lee, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin’s car. In addition, Lee somehow manages to take over Austin’s screenplay, which he …continue reading

Commissioners respond to Neahkahnie residents concerned about poor quality of neighborhood roads

Pothole

The following is a letter from the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners to Sarah Avery Johnson and roughly 60 other Neahkahnie residents who submitted a petition requesting Tillamook County officals “assess the condition of the county-maintained and local access roads in our community and perform the appropriate repairs.” View the original letter here: Sarah Avery Johnson Neahkahnie Roads Dear Ms. Johnson and Residents of Neahkahnie Beach: Thank you for your letter of August 11, 2014 and petition regarding the condition of the roads in Neahkahnie. We asked our Public Works Director to assess the roads in your community and she …continue reading

Bicyclist injured in collision on Highway 131 dies

This photo, taken following the accident on Sept. 20 on Highway 131, is courtesy of Oregon State Police.

The following is a press release from Oregon State Police regarding a motor vehicle accident involving a bicyclist that occurred on Friday, Sept. 19: Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon’s crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook. OSP was notified this morning that the bicyclist died from injuries sustained in the crash early Monday morning at a Portland-area hospital. An enforcement decision is pending. On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway …continue reading

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to open Brooten Marsh in October for duck hunting

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The following is a press release from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: ORETOWN, Ore. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest ducks and coots on a portion of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. “Duck hunting has been not been offered on any part of Nestucca Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 141 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity, which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Nestucca Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan,” said Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife …continue reading

Tillamook fire marshal offers indoor heating safety tips

Indoor Heater

By Rueben Descloux The following are tips for staying safe while using indoor heat this fall and winter: 1. Did you know that many electric wall heaters, including baseboard heaters don’t turn off? They actually are designed to be turned down unless the power is isolated. When the temperature dips down to below the lowest temperature setting (many times around 50 degrees F) the heater will turn on. Think of all those projects we stacked in front of the heaters during the summer that are now getting cooked. … It’s time to clean out the areas in front of and …continue reading

Port of Tillamook Bay lays groundwork for food cart ‘food court’ at industrial park

Sky's Food Cart. (Photo courtesy of Sky Veek)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Roughly 400 people work on or near the Port of Tillamook Bay Industrial Park, most of whom don’t have time to drive 4.5 miles into downtown Tillamook and 4.5 miles back to grab a quick bite on their lunch breaks. To remedy that problem and to diversify its offerings, the Port is looking for food cart vendors to populate an open area near its Warehouse Business Complex, said Michele Bradley, Port general manager. The first vendor to respond was Sky Veek, who owns and operates Lucky Bear Soap Co. and, soon, Sky’s Food Cart, which will offer …continue reading

Bicyclist seriously injured in collision along curve on Highway 131

Oregon State Police Cruiser

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – A bicyclist was injured about 5:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, when he was struck by a pickup truck along Highway 131 near Fraser Road. According to Oregon State Police, Kerry Lee Kunsman, 67, of San Diego, Calif., was pedaling westbound near milepost 5 when the accident occurred. Frank B. Bohannon, 74, of Oceanside, was driving a 2011 Ford F350 pickup, also westbound, when he struck the bicycle from behind along a curve in the road, according to OSP. Tillamook Ambulance transported Kunsman, who was seriously injured, to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. Kunsman was then taken by helicopter …continue reading

Linfield College hosts exhibit on Pacific City Dory Fleet

Dory Derbies

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A traveling exhibit showcasing the historical and contemporary role of the dory fleet in Pacific City is on display at the Linfield College Nicholson Library. “Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City” will run through Monday, Nov. 10. A reception will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Nicholson Library. Exhibit hours are Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The exhibit is the result of the collaboration between Linfield College and the Pacific City community. In 2011, Linfield students …continue reading

Last local farmers markets of 2014 on the horizon

Local band, Rhythm Method will perform at the last 2014 Manzanita Farmers Market, Friday, Sept. 19.  (Courtesy photo)

MANZANITA, Ore. – Tillamook County’s farmers market season is winding down, with the last 2014 Manzanita Farmers Market set for 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 19. To commemorate a successful season, the Manzanita market is offering free Tillamook Ice Cream and free Pelican Beer along with an also free souvenir cup, said Laura Swanson, market manager. Local band Rhythm Method will perform as well, she said. The Tillamook Farmers Market will occur on Saturday, Sept. 20 and, for the final time this year, Saturday, Sept. 27, said Lauren Sorg, market manager. The popular market draws about 3,000 shoppers …continue reading

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership celebrates two decades with Governor’s proclamation

TEP initially focused on Tillamook Bay before expanding its mission to include all Tillamook County estuaries.

GARIBALDI, Ore. – Two decades following its inception, the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is one of two such organizations in the state named in Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proclamation of Sept. 20 through 27 as National Estuaries Week. “It certainly helps elevate the awareness of the importance of estuaries in the State of Oregon – socially, economically and environmentally,” said Lisa Phipps, TEP executive director, of the proclamation. “It’s an opportunity to highlight the value and uniqueness of the estuaries as a natural resource.” Read the Governor’s proclamation here: Governor’s Proclamation – National Estuaries Week TEP is also hosting a 20th anniversary …continue reading

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