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Nestucca Valley Athletic Supporters, Dreaming Big and Working Hard Together

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Nestucca Valley Athletic Supporters, Dreaming Big and Working Hard Together

By April Bailey
The Nestucca Valley Athletic Supporters have come a long way since their beginnings. What started as a plan to improve existing ball parks on several school grounds, has expanded to a full use sports facility multiplex in one location. Through the combined efforts of Nestucca Valley Athletic Supporters, Nestucca Valley School District, and the community at large, the project is realizing some of its lofty goals.
Officially NVASi came to formation as a 501c3 non-profit in November 2015. However, the concept began with former Nestucca Junior Senior High School principal, Randy Wharton, and Nestucca Senior High School Athletic Director, John Elder. Wharton and Elder originally came to Kenny Hurliman with their idea for an improved sports facility on the former Beaver Middle School property. However, as the project progressed it became apparent to Hurliman that the better choice for new facility was the unused school property around the Nestucca Valley Elementary School. Hurliman became the community champion for the project, and recruited like-minded community members to join him—Josh Armstrong and Jon Strader. Hurliman credits teacher, and former lawyer, Chad Halloway for completing the 501c3 paperwork for the group to became a non-profit.


This three man board has continued to grow, and gain support. Early fundraisers were mostly coordinated by the board members, their wives, and family members. But, as their plans became more public they gained more support resulting in several established fundraisers, both continuous and annual. In fact, in September 2016, NVASi inherited the former Nestucca Booster club’s concession sales. “They [Nestucca Boosters Club] were looking for a way out,” said Hurliman. Some of the ladies had been serving in the Booster’s Club since he had attended Nestucca. This has significantly boosted NVASi fundraising power, and gives them an opportunity to share profits directly with the Nestucca High School athletics programs.
Another continual fundraiser is the bottle return program, initiated by Kelly Armstrong. Armstrong began with a bottle return can placed in front of the Cloverdale TCCA Feed Store. Recently, the group gained the bottle returns from Cape Lookout State Park, giving the group a double raise on returns – with a five cent increase with each bottle, and significantly more bottles.
Of course the group has also benefited from grants, such as those from the Tillamook Rotary and the Nesko Womens’ Association. The group is currently working on several other possible grants. And, of course, there have been many local donations of time and money. These were donations were mostly directed toward the covered play structure that was completed in December 2016.

So what is next for NVASi? Well aside from getting $4-5 million to finish their multi-phased project, just a few small items like managing all sports youth (Junior High or below) programs, getting their master plan professionally developed, and building, building, building. One project the group is excited about finishing this summer is a controlled training burn by local, state and federal forestry and fire personnel to clean up the debris left over from the clearing of the property surrounding the school. The burn is scheduled to take place between July 1st and July 15th.

NVASi is hosting a few fundraisers through the summer. This Saturday, July 1st, starting at 7 a.m. they will be hosting a breakfast at Nestucca Junior Senior High. The price for the breakfast is $8 per adult, $5 kids ages 5-12, and free for kids 4 and under.
NVASi will also be hosting their 3rd Annual Co-ed Softball Tournament on July 29th. The entry fee per team is $300, and is limited to 10 teams. Interested parties should contact John Strader at 541-921-8784. Winning team will receive a trophy with their team name imprinted on the trophy, and a year to display the trophy. The winning team will also receive donated gift certificates.

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: SHOULD WE ALLOW BUILDING CONSTRUCTION IN HAZARD ZONES?

OK, I think we’ve all learned a bit about earthquakes, tsunamis, and global warming over the last 20 years. And learned that the Oregon Coast is a major impact area for all of those. (

Good news! Seaside is relocating their schools out of the tsunami zone. (Hooray!)
Manzanita is relocating their city offices outside the inundation zone into earthquake resistant buildings. (Hooray #2!)

But it seems time that we take some more extensive actions.

* SHOULDN’T WE BE UPDATING OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLANS AND ZONING ORDINANCES to include policies dealing with these massive issues? (Or at least acknowledge their existence?)

* SHOULD WE BE ALLOWING NEW CONSTRUCTION IN THOSE HAZARD ZONES, and sale of condos, etc. to unsuspecting newbies to the coast?

Who pays for the increased risk of new construction like this in areas known to be in high risk from tsunami or global warming?

Current development standards still allow construction such as this, with its toes almost in the ocean even under normal conditions. Should we pay insurance for new development certain
to be impacted by tsunami and global warming?

* Back in 2006/2008, most insurance companies stopped writing insurance policies near ALL the coastlines in the US. Seems they figured something out – that location in those areas is disastrous. (

* SHOULD WE BE ALLOWING REBUILDING IN THOSE ZONES AFTER THE BIG ONE? Sendai, Japan, has a big rock that has had carved into it for 300 years, “Do NOT build closer to the ocean than this point.” It was ignored, with loss of 10s of thousands of lives and billions of dollars of damage from Fukushima.

These are big and scary questions, but the answers seem to be weaving together into multiple POSITIVE benefits. Manzanita’s new “Civic Center” will presumably be “Net-Zero-Energy” construction to reduce global warming, with solar panels that would provide electricity after the Big One, and a large gathering space for refuge from that event. Any maybe solar cars that would store the solar electricity for night-time use. And . . . . . !

Doesn’t it seem better to be investing for a future in locations that are less vulnerable? With better standards, construction, power that can help REVERSE global warming.

WE ARE THE IMPACT ZONE. IT’S TIME FOR US TO TAKE LEADERSHIP. 100 cities have now signed on to achieve 100% renewable energy. It’s time for our cities and counties to join in. We need to start there. We can also quickly become the SIXTH city in the US to have 100% renewable electricity. Yes . . . cowshit can reverse global warming!!!

Tom Bender * 26 June 17

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Obituary – Jeanne Michelle “Shelly” Suzanne Bowe

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Jeanne Michelle “Shelly” Suzanne Bowe was born Sept. 25, 1955 in Riverside, Calif. and died June 22, 2017 in Gresham, Ore.
Shelly is preceded in death by her parents Donovan K. and Patricia M. Bowe, and brother Kenneth M. Bowe.
Shelly is survived by her husband Richard Jones of Tillamook Ore.; daughter Coral and husband Ryan, granddaughters Stella and Freya Hammond of Portland, Ore.; daughter Laurel Genzoli of Ashland, Ore.; and sister Melanie and husband Neil Tatom of Abilene, Texas.

The daughter of a career Air Force officer, Shelly spent her childhood in Texas, California, Maine, South Dakota, Alabama, New Jersey and New York where she graduated from Bayside High School in Queens. Shelly moved west and attended College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. She worked in the dairy industry in Ferndale California before moving to Tillamook, Ore., where she ultimately shifted to social services employment. Shelly co-founded ArtSpace restaurant and gallery in Bay City, Ore. Shelly’s strong sense of environmental responsibility and social justice manifested when she established Food Roots, the non-profit organization founded to grow a more robust food system on the north Oregon coast by engaging the community, supporting farmers and entrepreneurs, and improving access to local food.
Shelly was a loving, kind, and nurturing mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and friend to many. She was a creative chef, a gardener with an eternally green thumb, a resourceful repurposer of found treasures, a community organizer, and an adventurous traveler. After being diagnosed with ALS two-and-a-half years ago, Shelly fought the hateful disease with the same vigor, determination, and stubborn optimism that she pursued all other endeavors in her life with.
The family thanks the friends and caregivers that supported Shelly through the course of her disease, the team at the Providence ALS Clinic, and the caregivers and Hospice team who cared for and supported Shelly and her family in the final months of her life.

A memorial service and celebration of life is anticipated in the early autumn in Tillamook County. Memorial donations in her honor may be made to Food Roots or the Oregon Food Bank.
Shelly will be missed by all who loved her.

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on “Drew’s Reviews”: TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT — I WISH THIS WAS THE LAST ONE

By Andrew Jenck

The Transformers movie series is widely regarded as everything that is wrong with modern Hollywood blockbusters, being overly long, pandering, mindless action movies that still appease the mainstream audience. While I don’t hate the franchise as much as others, I do find it sad that we’ve now made it to part five. I want to make this abundantly clear: if you’ve seen any of the previous Transformers movies, you’ve seen The Last Knight. Nothing new is added to this installment as it involves the same basic plot and problems from the previous entries.
There’s a McGuffin that the Decepticons are after that stumbles into the hands of our main human lead. The story is over-bloated with seven different subplots, it raises the question of whether the Autobots’ presence actually protects the world. It has stereotypical characters, the humor is low brow, arch nemesis Megatron becomes a henchman for the new villain, and, of course, the Transformers are not the main stars of their own film. A major criticism of the franchise is that too much focus is dedicated on the human characters, to the point where it might as well be called Humans. In fact, there are more human characters with arcs than Autobots. Even the Last Knight title itself belongs to a human character. I understand that these types of movies require an audience-perspective character to make its universe more relatable, but none of these characters are relatable, being either too boring or too over-the-top.


Mark Wahlberg tries to convince us that he’s a “kick-butt” action star, but still has his signature, awkward quips. He has two sidekicks: the stereotypical, quippy nerd and the more-adult teenage girl who has the cute robot to sell toys. There are also the square-jawed military men who are conflicted of whether they’re fighting for the right cause. The old man who spews exposition, explaining the needlessly complicated mythology of the series. Finally, there’s the headstrong, eye-candy woman whose relatives feel like she needs a man in her life, and yes, it’s as obvious as you think it is. While I don’t find the Transformers themselves to be interesting or likeable, for being the title characters, they’re pushed to the side until the action scenes call for them.
The big selling point of this film is Bumblebee fighting against an evil Optimus Prime, and if you think that’s worth the price of admission, you’ll be greatly disappointed. Optimus sits out most of the film, even though he’s on all the posters, and the film never explores his relationship with Bee, as they’ve had no real relationship throughout the films. The whole reason why Optimus is evil is a cop-out (I’m not surprised). Finally, there’s as much fighting between the two as Batman fighting Superman in Batman v. Superman, complete with its resolution as idiotic as the Martha scene.
The climax is the only serviceable aspect of this film, as it’s well directed and has great effects; though, it lacks emotional appeal since, again, these characters are unmemorable. The action scenes always focus on the human characters. The Transformers action is either cut short or happens off screen and nothing is memorable in any way. Don’t expect anything on the level of Yondu vs the Ravengers or Wonder Woman in No Man’s Land.
You might think that I hate this movie. Although I do think it’s objectively awful, I can’t muster up such hatred. I’m more frustrated that, despite having the same flaws and story, casual moviegoers will flock to see this and excuse it as dumb-popcorn fun. I don’t find this to be fun in the least bit; when it’s not boring, it’s eye-rolling. I’ll see bad movies so that I can appreciate good movies and see why they don’t work. With this series, however, I feel like I’ve seen the same film five times. This is not a fun distraction because, between this and re-watching the previous films to refresh my memory, it was one of the most challenging mental workouts I’ve experienced. And I’m a college student.

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CARTM overflows with stuff, pausing to unclog

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on CARTM overflows with stuff, pausing to unclog

CARTM knew this day would come, but never imagined it would need to be at the beginning of the busy summer season. “We’ve run out of room!” said CARTM’s Executive Director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “Our community has been so generous, donating their reusable items that we have no space left to process anything else – for now. We moved a ton of wonderful stuff at our sidewalk sale in May, but the building is full again already! We must overhaul our donations building and processing systems now or we will burst at the seams.”

Beginning July 7, CARTM’s donations building will be closed for six weeks to undergo a much-needed renovation and systems upgrade. The recycling line, trash station and The Refindery will remain open, as usual, Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the overhaul.

“We realize that summer is the time people really go through their “stuff” and decide what to donate to CARTM to support our operations,” Karen continued. “Knowing this closure will impact people with large items, we will continue to accept a few categories of reusable items so our community can keep making space in their garages and homes.”

During the building closure, CARTM will accept ONLY: FURNITURE that is clean and immediately reusable (no pressboard, no entertainment centers or TV stands, mattresses or box springs); BOOKS (these are easy to process and sell quickly); and ELECTRONICS (computers, TVs, printers, keyboards, DVD/CD players, mice and peripherals).

“While we are paused next month, we encourage everyone to evaluate their discards. Consider dropping non-working small appliances in the metals recycling bin. Items that are chipped or broken, such as dishes, ceramic lamps or decorative items can be recycled in the rubble bin,” explained Karen. “If you’ve never thrown something into the rubble bin, it can be very therapeutic….”

CARTM counts on donations of reusable items to help fund its operations. “The community has come to count on our services and is so very generous in supporting CARTM. We are still a very lean operation for the tremendous amount of recycled and donated materials our staff processes weekly,” said Karen. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the staff to clean or repair donations, so we count on clean reusable items that are immediately resalable in The Refinery.”

Karen shared that part of the reason for the clog in the donations building is that items that actually belong in the trash or recycle bin are instead donated. “Most of our donors are very careful about what they bring to us for reuse. Even with that kind of careful attention, we typically have to send 3/4 to 2 tons of what comes in as “donations” to the landfill every month at CARTM’s expense. This costly expense hurts our budget and in the end it erodes our mission.”

CARTM’s Box Truck program is a very efficient way to donate reusable items for The Refindery. “For $20-$35 the truck will come to your home, assess your donations and pick up useful items,” said Karen. “The Box Truck is also an easy way to have Refindery purchases delivered right to your door for the same minimum charge.” A small additional fee is assessed beyond a 10-mile radius of CARTM.

“We respect and appreciate our community’s partnership in CARTM’s operation. It is what makes us a strong, sustainable local non-profit. I know the community is proud of CARTM, because they regularly tell me so,” Karen shared.

CARTM is celebrating 20 years of operations in north Tillamook County. For more information call 503-368-7764 or

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