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October 25, 2014

Police release name of Cloverdale man who died in auto crash

Beaverton man arrested in connection with crash on charges of manslaughter, DUII and reckless driving
Fatal Crash II

The following is a news release from Oregon State Police regarding a fatal traffic accident that occurred yesterday afternoon, Thursday, Oct. 23: October 24th, 2014 9:06 AM HEBO, Ore. – Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office, are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver died and the other driver was arrested. The victim’s name is released in this update as well as added information related to the offending driver also …continue reading

Police release name of Cloverdale man who died in auto crash

Fatal Crash II

The following is a news release from Oregon State Police regarding a fatal traffic accident that occurred yesterday afternoon, Thursday, Oct. 23: October 24th, 2014 9:06 AM HEBO, Ore. – Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office, are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver died and the other driver was arrested. The victim’s name is released in this update as well as added information related to the offending driver also …continue reading

Police investigating cause of fatal collision near Hebo

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The following is a news release from Oregon State Police: October 23rd, 2014 4:16 PM HEBO, Ore. – Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, are on scene of Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver is deceased and a second driver was injured. Names and other details will be released following confirmation of next of kin notification. Preliminary information indicates on October 23, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a pickup was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge …continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Say no to proposed Bayocean Spit ‘eco resort’

Letter

Locals of Tillamook County, I write today to offer my perspective regarding the proposal pertaining to the “Eco-Resort” on the Bayocean Spit. The issue is that this Portland-based real estate firm Canterbury Commercial is intending to construct an “Eco-Resort” along the pristine Bayocean Spit. First off, I want to present the setting a little for those who don’t frequent the area. Bayocean Spit is a proverbial “hidden” gem of Tillamook County. There aren’t too many places along the Oregon coast where you can walk for four miles in one direction and often not see one other person. Its the home of …continue reading

Tillamook County Planning Commission to hold hearing on proposed Bayocean ‘eco-resort’ conditional use request

Bayocean Tree

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Next month, the Tillamook County Planning Commission will consider a conditional use permit request related to converting a portion of Bayocean Peninsula into an “eco-resort.” The Commission will hold a public hearing on the request at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Rooms at the Tillamook County Courthouse. Dale Bernards, of Portland’s Canterbury Commercial real estate firm, submitted the conditional use permit to the county in late August. The previous spring, he told county officials of his plans for the 53-acre parcel, which is appraised at $500,000 and zoned recreation management. …continue reading

R.I.P., Susan Rathbun

Portrait of Susan Rathbun by her granddaughter Anne Mersereau.

A memorial service and celebration of life for Susan Rathbun, of Nehalem, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at St. Catherine Episcopal Church, located at 36335 U.S. Highway 101 between Nehalem and Manzanita. Susan Tate Rathbun was born on June 5, 1929 and died on Oct. 16, 2014. She is survived by her daughter Kathryn Rathbun, of Nehalem, as well as children Sydney McKay and Peter Rathbun, and four grandchildren. For many years, Susan authored a weekly newspaper column about the Nehalem Bay area, which she called home. In it, she once wrote, “When I decided to make …continue reading

Geezer World: Tales of squishy squash and nasty fruit flies

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Several weeks ago I talked about the wonders of fall. I’d like you to think of all the good things I mentioned, while remembering that I was still in a summer state-of-mind. I said that fall was my favorite season. I loved it. Whoops. Seems I forgot a couple of things. I do love the colors of this season, return of the rain, harvest of the garden and picking of the grapes. I don’t mind putting away the chairs and tables, fuchsias and emptied planters, which go away for winter. I don’t mind sweeping leaves. I really enjoy those last …continue reading

Removing campaign signs is vandalism and violation of constitutional rights

Letter

Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long wrote the following open letter in response to a letter by Thomas Donohue: To those who removed the campaign signs. We were all taught in preschool to leave someone else’s property alone. If it’s not yours and you remove it and are caught, you could get at the very least a criminal citation for vandalism. But what should bother you, and this is very important, is that removing a campaign sign in many ways violates a person’s first amendment rights, and is disrespectful to those expressing free political speech. You were committing the crime of …continue reading

An open letter to Sheriff Long regarding campaign sign vandalism

Letter

The following is an open letter to Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long from Thomas M. Donohue, chairman of the Tillamook County Republic Central Committee: Dear Sheriff Long: As you know, we’re into the General Election cycle once again. Politics being what it is, partisan passion sometimes gets out of hand. A recent example is the vandalism of Republican political signs in south Tillamook County. At the junction of Brooten Road and U.S. Highway 101, a campaign sign was stolen and just south of there at milepost 91 a similar sign was pulled up and thrown some distance away. Finally, in …continue reading

Fairview Grange to host indoor winter market in conjunction with Souper Sunday

Fairview Grange (Photo courtesy of Fairview Grange)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Thanks to its growing popularity, Souper Sunday is about to evolve into a full-fledged indoor public market. The Fairview Grange, which hosts Souper Sunday, invites vendors to submit applications to market their wares at the event, held the second Sunday of each month at the grange. Souper Sunday is known for its variety of homemade soups and live music. The Souper Sunday market season will be held from November through May, with each event occurring from noon to 2 p.m. The vendor fee is $10 per table. Contact Souper Sunday market organizer Robyn Norwood at 503-815-1160 or …continue reading

National Weather Service raises Nehalem River flood stage by 1 foot

Downtown Nehalem during  the record-breaking flood of 1996. (Photo by Gary Braasch)

The following is a press release from Tillamook County Emergency Management Director Gordon McCraw. The Pioneer initially reported on this flood stage change in an article covering McCraw’s winter preparedness meeting in late September.  NEHALEM, Ore. – The flood stage for the Nehalem River at Foss has been raised from 14 feet to 15 feet. The National Weather Service in Portland changed the flood stage in early October in coordination with Tillamook County Emergency Management. There were multiple high flows in recent winters where the river crested between 14.0 and 15.0 feet, based on data from the Foss stream gauge. …continue reading

NCRD to host free day, open house to introduce community to facility, programs, partners

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NEHALEM, Ore. – The North County Recreation District is inviting the public to join the more than 1,600 people who use its facility’s pool, fitness center, classrooms and other components each month by visiting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. “The facility itself will be open to the public for free for the entire day,” said NCRD General Manager Steven Cangelosi. “During the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. timeframe we will have sample classes, tours of the facility, raffles, open swim, a bounce house, performances by our children’s drama camp in our newly refurbished auditorium, …continue reading

TAPA announces holiday production cast and prepares for annual membership meeting

'The Game's Afoot' cast, back row, left to right: producer Chris Chiola, Robert Kratz, Steele Fleisher, Robert Buckingham, RJ Wynia, Director Richard A. Coon, and front row, left to right: Sarah Edwards, Barbi Fox, Sandra Koops and Briar Smith. (Courtesy photo)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts is busy this month preparing for its annual meeting and its next production. TAPA will perform Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot; Or Holmes for the Holidays,” directed by R.A. Coon. It is December, 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up …continue reading

Tillamook County Commissioners to consider formalizing deficit forgiveness for Health Department

Tillamook County Board of Commissioners, from left to right: Tim Josi, Mark Labhart and Bill Baertlein. (Photo courtesy of the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce)

MANZANITA, Ore. – At its regular meeting tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners will consider an order formalizing its 2012 decision to allow the Tillamook County Health Department to skip paying back a $431,000 deficit incurred in 2011. The “order just cleans up the record for the motion made, seconded and approved at that time,” said Commissioner Tim Josi. Once approved, the order would negate a transfer of funds from the Health Department to the County General Fund in the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget. Although it operated at a deficit during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the …continue reading

Geezer World: ‘Tis the season for politics

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I’m not sure about you, but I’m already weary of the political season. I love our country and the power each of us has to vote but with that power comes the responsibility of trying to make the right choices. We are bombarded daily with information about political issues and candidates from about August on, depending on how much money is behind the issue or candidate. I stop liking some of them just because they make me crazy. That’s probably not the best logic to use in choosing the fate of our state and nation! I try to be an …continue reading

Tillamook Anglers process fresh coho for local food bank

Jim Devine with a tote full of fresh coho from the Trask River Hatchery.

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The nonprofit Tillamook Anglers have spent the better part of several recent mornings processing fish donated by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Trask River Hatchery for donation to the Oregon Food Bank in Tillamook County. The Anglers volunteer their time using their own equipment and supplies to clean, fillet and vacuum-seal the food-grade coho salmon before delivering the final product to the food bank, said Jim Devine, a Tillamook Anglers Board member. As of today, Tuesday, Oct. 14, they have processed about 3,000 pounds of fish this month. They work at the Tillamook home of …continue reading

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