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November 1, 2014

Reader scary stories feature the unexplained … and the inevitable

Photo by Rachel Bustamante

This fall, we at the Pioneer issued a call for scary stories from readers. … We received the following, each of which is entirely different from the next. Initially we had planned to choose our favorite as the lead story, but since they are so varying in style, and since – it being our first year to try such a thing – we have a handful, we thought we would simply post them in the order we received them. … Willamina This is a true story. One day, we decided to explore the backwoods up by Willamina, Oregon. We took …continue reading

Reader scary stories feature the unexplained … and the inevitable

Photo by Rachel Bustamante

This fall, we at the Pioneer issued a call for scary stories from readers. … We received the following, each of which is entirely different from the next. Initially we had planned to choose our favorite as the lead story, but since they are so varying in style, and since – it being our first year to try such a thing – we have a handful, we thought we would simply post them in the order we received them. … Willamina This is a true story. One day, we decided to explore the backwoods up by Willamina, Oregon. We took …continue reading

Tillamook County Fair Board fires manager, John Davy

Former Fair Manager John Davy (Photo courtesy the Tillamook County Fair)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Tillamook County Commissioner Bill Baertlein confirmed this morning that last night, Thursday, Oct. 30, the Tillamook County Fair Board fired Fair Manager John Davy during its regular monthly meeting. The Fair Board serves under the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners. However, Baertlein said, “It has been and is my policy not to comment on employee related items,” and referred the Pioneer to Fair Board President Rita Hogan for more information. The Pioneer has not been able to reach Hogan so far this morning, Friday, Oct. 31. The Fair Board hired Davy, a fourth-generation Tillamook resident, last spring. …continue reading

Downtown Tillamook may feature double-decker tour bus and Native American art

Double-Decker Bus

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Downtown Tillamook may soon be home to a double-decker bus shuttling residents and visitors to local destinations. That’s according to Paul Wyntergreen, Tillamook City manager, who told those gathered at the Tillamook Community Strategic Action Plan public workshop, held tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Tillamook Library, that Denny Pastega, who owns such a bus, is willing to sell it for $1. Pastega, said Wyntergreen, suggested an organization such as the Tillamook County Transportation District or Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce purchase, refurbish and operate the bus, which is currently parked along Pastega’s Blue Heron French Cheese …continue reading

‘Shop small, shop local,’ say Tillamook County Small Business Development Center and Tillamook Main Street

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TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Tillamook County Small Business Development Center is teaming up with Tillamook Main Street to encourage holiday shoppers to purchase their gifts from local businesses this year. Together, they are producing a Shop Small, Small Business Saturday event coinciding with the national campaign, sponsored by American Express. Shop Small, Small Business Saturday is set for Saturday, Nov. 29, the day following Black Friday. To participate, local business owners and managers should email Carla Lyman, administrative specialist with SBDC and the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County, at carlalyman@tillamookbaycc.edu by Nov. 1 and indicate their interest. “It’s our chance …continue reading

TBCC instructor honored with regional award

Sydney Elliott (Photo courtesy TBCC)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Last week, Tillamook Bay Community College English instructor Sydney Elliott was selected for the 2014 Nadine Hata Regional Humanities Educator’s Award for her outstanding work both in the classroom and the community. Each year, this award honors a community college instructor in the northwest region who demonstrates teaching excellence in either the humanities or social studies, provides college leadership, develops innovative curriculum, and strives to be a community leader. Elliott was nominated by her colleague, John Sandusky, and accepted the award at a conference in Seattle where she presented on a topic she calls “writing scared” – …continue reading

Historic Tillamook Apartments building piques interest of ‘savvy investors’ aware of Tillamook’s ‘rising popularity’

The Tillamook Apartments building today. (Photo by LeeAnn Neal)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – More than 100 years ago, the woman who served as first owner of the Tillamook Hotel commissioned its construction as Tillamook was experiencing the rumblings of economic boom times. Today, the real estate agent representing current owners of the building says the situation is similar. “It’s a new Tillamook County,” said Beau Blixseth, agent with RPI Real Estate, of Portland, which recently listed the three-story building, located on Third Street and Pacific Avenue and known today as the Tillamook Apartments, for $2.875 million. The mix of longtime locals committed to revitalizing downtown along with “new people coming in has …continue reading

Tillamook Area Chamber invites 2014 award nominations

TILLAMOOK AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JUSTIN AUFDERMAUER (FAR LEFT) AND TILLAMOOK MAYOR SUZANNE WEBER (FAR RIGHT) CONGRATULATE BOB WEEKS, WINNER OF THE 2014 BUSINESS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD. (PHOTO BY LEEANN NEAL)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – It’s that time of year again – time to recognize and honor outstanding businesses, citizens and projects within the community. The winners will be recognized at the annual banquet on Jan. 17 at the 76th Annual Chamber Awards Banquet. Last year, more than 300 people attended the banquet as the Chamber celebrated what was truly a year of innovation and accomplishment. Besides helping to recruit four new businesses to Tillamook, relocating two and helping to retain one, the Chamber also launched a new website and won several statewide awards. Chamber Executive Director Justin Aufdermauer said 2014 has …continue reading

Geezer World: To Mr S: I’m sorry I crunched Blanche Pearl

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This is a public apology, which must be made before there will be peace in the valley of the Shaffer family. I know we aren’t alone in this situation. This has probably happened to you but I sincerely hope it wasn’t this painful. Mr. S loves me but I believe I am in a three-way tie with Grover and the car. I’m his beloved wife and co-conspirator. I have been with him since 1979. Grover is his best dog buddy and rides shotgun in the red pickup truck. We have had Grover since 2010. We have had the red truck …continue reading

Harlem Ambassadors to square off with Tillamook Tornadoes

The Harlem Ambassadors

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, high-flying slam dunks and hilarious family comedy, with the Harlem Ambassadors basketball players at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Tillamook High School. The Ambassadors will take on the Tillamook Tornadoes, a team of Tillamook residents organized on behalf of the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center. Watch Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long, Justice of the Peace Joel Stevens, Tillamook County Family YMCA Executive Director Don Schmidt and past Tillamook High School Basketball State Champion Todd Obrist, along with other locals, square off with the Ambassadors in this one-night-only show. Tickets …continue reading

Hoffman Center to offer iPad art class

Work by Wes Copper.

MANZANITA, Ore. – The Hoffman Center will host a workshop for those interested in creating art with their iPads or Android devices Saturday, Nov. 22. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. Tuition will be $50. Newberg-based artist Wes Cropper will lead the class. It is designed for beginner or intermediate artists from middle school age up through adults. “This class is intended for those who use a hand held devices but have little experience creating art with one,” said Cropper. “We will explore various art applications for iPad and Android platforms, …continue reading

Senator Betsy Johnson Wins ‘Legislator of the Year’ from Economic Development Professionals

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  EUGENE, Ore. – Yesterday, Monday, Oct. 27, the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA), the state’s leading trade organization for economic development agencies and professionals, named Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) “Legislator of the Year.” At the group’s annual meeting in Eugene, OEDA President Charlie Mitchell thanked Johnson for her dedication to job creation and her focus on economic development. In his comments to the 150 economic development professionals in attendance, Mitchell said, “Sen. Johnson represents the best of Oregon. Fiercely independent, and a tireless advocate for jobs and opportunity for Oregonians. There’s really no one else like Sen. Johnson.  She’s …continue reading

Nehalem Bay Area to host three holiday gift fairs Dec. 6

Santa astride the cow sculpture in front of White Clover Grange, in Nehalem. (Courtesy photo)

For the last three years, three Nehalem Bay area organizations worked together to publicize and coordinate their holiday gift fairs. It’s become a successful tradition and will continue on Saturday, Dec. 6. Great lunches will be available. The Nehalem Methodist Church is hosting its 44th annual Chowder and Pie Lunch, with soup and ice cream as added options. The White Clover Grange will offer locally raised sausage and sauerkraut, vegan chili, desserts and pie from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Alternative Gift Market’s several soup and bread options will benefit the North County Food Bank. All three bazaars will …continue reading

2014 Scorpio Soul Forecast

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Scorpio is a uniquely deep and intense sign. Elementally, it is water, so it is emotional in nature. But it is fixed water so it does not always flow very easily. Think of a stagnant pond, a murky swamp or an icy glacier where strong emotions can become toxic or frozen because they have nowhere to go. When we cling to hard feelings and don’t allow our emotional energy to flow, those dark feelings can harden into resentments which are associated with Scorpio. Scorpio has a dual planetary rulership which gives it its complicated, multi-layered energy. On the lower octave, …continue reading

Authorities arrest three in countywide domestic violence warrant sweep

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The following is a press release from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office: On Oct. 22, in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Tillamook City Police and Tillamook County Parole and Probation participated in the 12th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. Law enforcement officers from the participating agencies conducted a countywide domestic violence warrant sweep searching for active warrants related to domestic violence crimes and violations of protective orders. Tillamook County had four serviceable domestic violence arrest warrants on record, three of the four wanted individuals were located and taken into custody. …continue reading

City of Tillamook issues bike-skate park RFP

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TILLAMOOK, Ore. – A number of design-build firms are getting a look at the City of Tillamook’s request for proposals for construction of a permanent, concrete bike-skate park at Goodspeed Park. The City released its RFP for the project last week, said Aaron Palter, a member of the Tillamook Bike-Skate Park Committee. “The RFP has been direct-emailed to multiple specialty design-build firms,” he added. “Hopefully, there will be a lot of interest.” In August, the Tillamook City Council approved contributing $40,000 to the project. The amount will be awarded in two equal payments spread over two years to help finance …continue reading

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