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Memorial Day – Services in Nehalem, Rockaway Beach & Tillamook

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Memorial Day – Services in Nehalem, Rockaway Beach & Tillamook

It is the “unofficial” start of summer and for many, the original meaning of Memorial Day has been transformed into camping trips and picnics.

There are Memorial Day services at the American Legion Cemetery, 10755 Necarney City Road, between Nehalem and Manzanita at 11 a.m.; services at the Ocean Edge Wayside in Rockaway Beach at 11:45 a.m.; and at Sunset Heights Memorial Gardens cemetery, 7800 Trask River Road, Tillamook at 11 a.m.

Memorial Day originated in 1868 (Decoration Day), on which the gravesites of the Civil War dead were decorated with flowers — has morphed into a day that confuses the memorialization of killed soldiers with the glorification of war. The perennial flag-waving, ultra-nationalist speeches, garish street parades and hyper-consumerism of Memorial Day do not honor these soldiers. What might, however, is working to prevent future war and nurture peace,  honoring their memory by not sending more men and women into harm’s way. To have any chance at being effective, however, this work must include efforts aimed at increasing public awareness about the many causes and costs of war.

Long-time consumer advocate, lawyer, and author Ralph Nader affirms in the essay, “Strengthening Memorial Day”,  honoring our war casualties should be about more than their loss. According to Nader, “Waging strong peace initiatives is also a way to remember those human beings, soldiers and civilians, who never returned to their homes. ‘Never again’ should be our tribute and promise to them.”

Referring to the post-9/11 invasions, in “Remember This on Memorial Day: They Didn’t Fall, They Were Pushed,” Ray McGovern, former Army officer and senior CIA analyst, questions: what constitutes a show of respect for the U.S. troops killed in these wars and for the family members on Memorial Day? To which McGovern responds, “Simple: Avoid euphemisms like ‘the fallen’ and expose the lies about what a great idea it was to start those wars and then to surge tens of thousands more troops into those fools’ errands.”

Bill Quigley, law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, writes in “Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?” that, “Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace.  This is a contradiction, though based on the conduct of our government. Quigley asks: “Is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?” He offers five suggestions for how we might alter this reality, the first two being, “learn the facts and face the truth that the US is the biggest war maker in the world” and “commit ourselves and organize others to a true revolution of values and confront the corporations and politicians who continue to push our nation into war and inflate the military budget with the hot air of permanent fear mongering.” Quigley emphasizes that, “Only when we work for the day when the US is no longer the world leader in war will we have the right to pray for peace on Memorial Day.”

In an article published in The Boston Globe (1976), the people’s historian Howard Zinn urged readers to rethink Memorial Day, who we honor that day, and our national priorities. Dr. Zinn wrote: “Memorial Day will be celebrated by the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers on future Memorial Days. The memory of the dead deserves a different dedication. To peace, to defiance of governments ... Memorial Day should be a day for putting flowers on graves and planting trees. Also, for destroying the weapons of death that endanger us more than they protect us, that waste our resources and threaten our children and grandchildren.”

Each Memorial Day, members of Veterans For Peace (VFP), an international nonprofit that works to abolish war and promote peace, participates in a wide range of nonviolent protest actions in cities and towns nationwide. This year is no different. A major VFP action will be held in Washington, DC, through a series of events Veterans On the March! Stop Endless War, Build for Peace, May 29 and 30, 2017. VFP’s military veterans, military family members and allies will converge in Washington, DC in solidarity to end war as instrument of national policy; build a culture of peace; expose the true costs of war; and, heal the wounds of war.

On Memorial Day, VFP and its friends will gather on this solemn and respectful occasion to deliver letters at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, intended as a commemoration of all combatants and civilians who died in Vietnam and all wars. VFP will mourn the tragic and preventable loss of life, and call for people to strive to abolish war, in the name of those who have died and for the sake of all those who live today. The “Letters at the Wall” remembrance is an activity of the Vietnam Full Disclosure Campaign, a national project of VFP. In her essay, Preparing for the Next Memorial Day, CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin shares the story of one of the veterans who partakes in the Project: As Vietnam vet Dan Shea said when he reflected on the names etched and not etched on the Vietnam Memorial, including the missing names of the Vietnamese and all the victims of Agent Orange, including his own son: “Why Vietnam? Why Afghanistan? Why Iraq? Why any war? … May the mighty roar of the victims of this violence silence the drums that beat for war.”

On Tuesday, May 30, VFP will host a mass rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where speakers will boldly and loudly call for an end to war, to the assault on our planet, and to the abuse and oppression of all people. Calls will also be made for people to stand for peace and justice, at home and abroad. Following the rally, participants will march to the White House to present a list of demands to the President stipulating that the systemic state violence which is preventing a just, peaceful and sustainable way of life for current and future generations must stop immediately. Planning for this rally/march started in response to VFP’s galvanizing statement about Trump’s Military Budget and the desire and responsibility of veterans, citizens and human beings to express strong resistance to Trump’s racist and antagonistic policies and commit to find a better way to peace.

In addition to these actions, VFP will once again fill a void in the National Memorial space by offering people an opportunity to bear witness on a touring memorial to all the costs of war on all sides. Not only do we lack a memorial to the American combat dead in Iraq and Afghanistan and other post-Vietnam wars, but we lack a monument to the many suicide deaths and families torn by the traumas of exposure to war. The Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower, a 24-foot tall tower covered with silver wind-blown “bricks” made from recycled cans, provides an opportunity for tribute to these war victims. Initiated by VFP’s Eisenhower Chapter, the Belltower is dedicated to stopping the cycle of war and violence, healing the wounds of war that is caused on both sides of conflict, and providing a forum for all victims to start the healing process caused by wars.

Join VFP in Washington, DC on May 29 and 30 to stop hegemonic thinking, dismantle the military-industrial complex, and demand a transformation of national priorities from death and destruction to social uplift and peace. These shared goals can be achieved if enough people come together and engage in nonviolent social change for a better tomorrow.

Brian Trautman is a U.S. Army veteran, a national board member of Veterans For Peace, and a peace educator/activist. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianJTrautman.

 


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Tillamook Bay Watershed Council Speaker, The Life In the River, May 30th

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook Bay Watershed Council Speaker, The Life In the River, May 30th

The Tillamook Bay Watershed Council is pleased to announce the next installment in its 2017 Speaker Series featuring local ODFW Research Biologist Derek Wiley. Join us on May 30th at the Tillamook County Library for an in-depth update on salmon, steelhead and trout populations in the rivers of Tillamook County. Derek will share data collected by his Life Cycle Monitoring crew, as well as a compilation of amazing videos capturing underwater behavior of juvenile and adult chum salmon, Chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, and Pacific lamprey in our local rivers. The Council’s regular monthly business meeting will follow the presentation, including updates on habitat restoration efforts in the Tillamook Bay watershed. Doors will open at 6:00PM and the presentation will begin at 6:30PM. This event is FREE and open to the public!

 At the TBWC’s last meeting on April 25th Tillamook High School students shared a number of science projects relating to watershed health. The presentations  were scientifically impressive, many of them pointed to potential improvements in local industry practices ands profits.  Here is a recap:
 Clair Thomas introduced the students and their 2017 science projects relating to watershed health:
• Claire Bradley and Anna Mattson on “Measuring Oyster Growth in Response to the Addition of Salt Evaporates Using Fluorescing Stains”
• Sam Adams on “The Effects of Changing Ocean Acidity on Calcium and Magnesium Dissolved in Netarts Bay”
• Austin Weeks on the “Potential Geoduck Habitat in Netarts Bay”
• Dillon Pierce on “The Use of Biochar to Remove Sulfur Gasses From a Biogas Digester”
• Celeste Stout on “The Effect of Rainfall on Holden Creek Flooding”
• Ben Springs on the “Effect of Large Woody Debris in Mill Creek on Salmon Spawning and Rearing Habitat”

1. Claire Bradley and Anna Mattson were curious whether byproducts from the processing of Netarts Bay salt by Jacobsen Salt could improve the growth of oyster spat in the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery. They designed a study that measured lypoproteins and calcium in the baby oysters as they were exposed to calcium and magnesium sulfates (the byproducts). They found a direct correlation between the byproduct and increased oyster growth. Their findings may assist the hatchery in maintaining optimum water chemistry to maximize growth.

2. Sam Adams could not be present, so instructor Thomas shared a brief overview of Sam’s study. Sam found that there was significant buffering capacity of calcium and magnesium on the acidity of saltwater—a major issue considering the increasing problem of ocean acidification. Sam’s study showed that acidification can be mitigated using these natural chemicals, and Clair reported that the results have spurred on further study at OSU.

3. Austin Weeks started by explaining that in the 1970s, geoducks were relatively abundant in Netarts Bay, but due to over-harvest, they declined to the point of nearextinction. His study compared habitat conditions in Netarts Bay with those in Puget Sound (where geoducks thrive) to determine whether there is potential for reintroduction efforts. He found that conditions in Netarts are favorable for geoducks, but that limits on harvest would be necessary to maintain a population.

4. Dillon Pierce investigated the potential for using “bio-char” from the Hampton Lumber Mill to help remove sulfates from the liquid manure that is processed at the Hooley Methane Digester. His study showed that bio-char was very effective at removing sulfates, and that the practice could greatly improve digester efficiency and economics. He calculated that the use of bio-char at the Hooley Digester could result in annual costsavings of $750,000 to $1M annually.

5. Celeste Stout studied the capacity and functionality of the Holden Creek tide gates on the Trask River. Her investigations showed that the water level in Holden Creek cannot begin to drop until the Trask drops below a certain level. She also noted an improvement in function at the tide gates in the winter of 2016-2017 versus prior years. She found that flooding in Holden Creek could be reduced with larger tide gates.

6. Ben Springs could not attend, so Clair presented an overview of Ben’s study. Ben measured the response of Mill Creek to the placement of large-wood structures in 2016 by the TBWC. Kayne Oleman, Council member and TBCC student, mentored Ben in his investigations. They measured pebble counts, macro-invertebrate presence, and geomorphology before and after large wood structures were placed. They found that the diversity of macro-invertebrates almost doubled after the large-wood project—from 9 species to 17 species. They also found that the presence of coho salmon in the study area went from zero in 2016 to 4 adults and 6 redds in 2017.

Council members thanked the students and commended them for providing important information which could result in significant improvements to our watersheds and our local industries.


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Manzanita Radio hits the airwaves

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Manzanita Radio hits the airwaves

By Dan Haag
Ask a hundred people what retirement means to them and you’ll likely get a hundred answers: travel plans, gatherings with family and friends, and catching up on some reading to name just a few.
Or, as is the case with Manzanita’s Gary McIntosh, it’s a chance to dive into a new project.
Enter Manzanita Radio, a music and local news internet radio station that is gradually evolving from McIntosh’s retirement pastime to full-time gig.
Before this year, McIntosh’s experience with radio station operations didn’t go beyond being an on-air interviewee.
McIntosh, former State Elections Director for Washington state, had been having an ongoing conversation with a friend about creating an internet station focusing solely on the Manzanita-Nehalem area.
As the idea gained steam, McIntosh realized that the venture had broad possibilities.
“There’s a lot of interesting people living here,” McIntosh says. “We’ve got actors and actresses, authors, World War Two veterans, a lot of different people who make up this community.”
Plus, he adds, the wide variety of local events means something worth talking about is always happening.
Housed in his condo unit above T-Spot on Laneda Avenue in Manzanita, McIntosh works out of what he calls “Studio A” – a spare bedroom with a small desk that holds a computer, soundboard, and two microphones.
“We haven’t gotten big enough for a Studio B yet,” he says.
There’s also a “Traffic Observation Deck” (a small window facing east up Laneda) and “The Weather Deck” (an outdoor deck attached to Studio A).
Traffic reports often consist of letting listeners know where the garbage truck is, when delivery trucks are parked at Little Red Apple, and if the nearby winery construction is blocking Laneda.
“Listeners love the traffic report – ‘Traffic is light in and out of the city, east bound and west bound,’” McIntosh says with a laugh.
Weather reports only require a quick glance out the Studio A window.
“There’s other things people want to know, like what restaurants are open on a Tuesday, things like that,” McIntosh says.
Of course, there’s also a variety of music programs and event announcements, including applicable links.
The broadcast equipment came from McIntosh’s son, who gathered together the various components for his dad. Local tech expert Tim Garvin helped set up the necessary software.
Music is streamed from McIntosh’s I-Tunes collection through a platform that handles necessary licensing fees and advertising, a process McIntosh admits was much more convoluted than he expected.
“Internet radio is in a bit of a flux with a lot of the various platforms going out of business or being purchased by other companies,” he says.
Manzanita Radio has only been on the air roughly three weeks and already McIntosh is looking for ways to expand the station’s accessibility: namely, expanding on-air hours and adding the ability to have the station mobile.
For now, scheduling and travel prevent twenty-four/seven broadcasting, but certain days are set aside for certain music programs: funk music on Mondays, blues on Tuesdays, Latin music on Wednesdays and so on.
“We play it by ear on the weekends but people really seem to like jazz,” McIntosh says.
Manzanita Radio has the capability of conducting interviews – either live or recorded – and McIntosh looks forward to being on hand at events like the Manzanita Farmer’s Market and the Manzanita Music Festival.
While listener numbers are still small, McIntosh says he’s not highly promoting the station quite yet as he tinkers to perfect its on-air schedule and assorted technical issues.
Still, folks from as far away as Texas and Arizona have begun to tune in, a hopeful sign of things to come.
“People like me, who can’t be here all the time, want to find out what’s going on in the city they miss,” he says. “If you have internet access anywhere in the world, you can find out what’s happening in Manzanita.”
Manzanita Radio can be found at www.manzanitaradio.com

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Coast Guard rescues overturned boater near Astoria Friday May 26

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Coast Guard rescues overturned boater near Astoria Friday May 26

WARRENTON, OR, UNITED STATES 05.26.2017
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg 
U.S. Coast Guard District 13
A capsized vessel sits in the Lewis and Clark river after it capsized near Warranton, Ore., May 26, 2017. The overturned vessel has since been reported as sunk. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment.

The Coast Guard rescued a boater who capsized near the Lewis and Clark bridge in Warrenton, on Friday May 26th.

A Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene, safely hoisted the man and transported to Sector where he was released without medical concern.

Sector Columbia River watchstanders received the report of the overturned vessel through local 911 dispatch stating that a man was near the bridge clinging to the side of his boat.

Watchstanders vectored in a nearby Bar Pilot helicopter crew, who stayed on scene with the man until Coast Guard Assets arrived. Watchstanders then directed the launch of a Sector helicopter crew and a Station Cape Disappointment 29-foot Response Boat-small crew.

“In this case, the man in the water was not wearing a life jacket,” said Petty Officer 1st Class John Bennett, an operations specialist at Sector Columbia River. “Thankfully, nearby assets were able to quickly respond before this man could find himself in any more trouble.”

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 08 mph winds and clear skies.


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OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD FLYOVERS SCHEDULED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD FLYOVERS SCHEDULED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

News Release from Oregon Military Department

Posted on FlashAlert: May 26th, 2017 2:15 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or near the designated times on Monday, May 29.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868, as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday’s name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers:
11:00 a.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Klamath Falls, Oregon
11:10 a.m., Eagle Point National Cemetery Memorial Day Program, Eagle Point, Oregon
11:20 a.m., Roseburg National Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration, Roseburg, Oregon
11:50 a.m., Veterans Celebration, Brookings, Oregon
11:55 a.m., Curry County Veterans Memorial, Gold Beach, Oregon
12:15 p.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Grants Pass, Oregon

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers:
10:10 a.m., Willamette National Cemetery Memorial Day Program, Portland, Oregon
10:15 a.m., Mt. View Cemetery 2017 Memorial Day Commemorative Service, Oregon City, Oregon
11:00 a.m., Mt. Angel Towers Memorial Day Program, Mt. Angel, Oregon
11:10 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park Memorial Day Program, Beaverton, Oregon
11:15 a.m., Veterans’ Day Commemoration Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Portland, Oregon
11:20 a.m., Crescent Grove Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, Tigard, Oregon

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the only F-15 pilot training school in the nation for the U.S. Air Force.


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