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Highway 101/6 Project Update – 6/20/18

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Highway 101/6 Project Update – 6/20/18

By Sierra Lauder, Director of Events and Downtown Development, Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce

Great news! Paving has been going as smoothly and quickly as one could hope! The schedule with the detours and traffic control measures that Chief Wright relayed last week have gone according to plan, and all signs point to the last two nights following the same track.

A reminder of what lies in store this evening and tomorrow:

Wednesday Night, June 20th, the plan is to top lift and be done with Front Street and everything north of Pacific on North Main, both northbound and southbound. There will be detour if needed otherwise just flagging and one lane traffic.
We will also be out setting up all the signs and detour resources for the June Dairy Parade (which takes place on Saturday the 23rd), so please be extra careful driving through downtown this day.

Thursday Night, June 21st, First Street from Madrona to Main will be closed again for final paving and any other work in the area. The same detour as Monday will occur. (Depending on where the paving equipment is, you may be detoured onto Front Street and then west or south. In addition, First Street will be closed starting at 7 PM, from Madrona Avenue to Pacific. Madrona will be one way from First Street to Third Street. Detour for First Street will be Madrona to Fourth then Fourth to Pacific or Main.)

If you find yourself driving through the area, you can already see how much wider the road area is and appreciate the return of a turn lane in to Rosenberg’s.

If you happened to be sitting in the southbound line of traffic last night (6/19) at about 6:45 pm and witnessed the gentleman who spent ten minutes or so laying steadily on his horn and shouting obscenities at folks who were zipper merging- I feel your pain. Despite that particular gentleman’s passion for his perspective, zipper merging is STILL the right thing to do — take advantage of all of the lane capacity available, and minimize the backup in this (and) all construction areas.

View of First and Main, former Shell Station and the “sticky stomp” lane markers.

You can start to see the temporary “sticky stomp” reflective squares that are being laid out and used to delineate the lanes while the asphalt cures before final paving can go down in a couple of weeks. The temporary layout of the lanes with the sticky stomps will allow for more lanes and less bottle necking, which is wonderful, but will also require us to be paying lots of attention as we adjust to the wider traffic pattern.

Downtown, on Main between First and Third, construction activity is bustling. The work window has been condensed in to early in the day (as early as 5:30 some mornings) to 3PM, Monday through Thursday, to minimize lane closures and traffic interruptions during peak times during our peak traffic season. This week there are crews grading, forming, and pouring sidewalks between First and Second on Main, fiber-optic trenching between Second and Third, and prep for curb and gutter on that same block. The sidewalk on the corner of Third and Main in front of the Tora Sushi Lounge is ready for their Thursday Grand Opening, and the electrical contractor is optimistic that the pedestrian crossing pole will be live in time for that evening, so if you find yourself parking on Pacific or visiting other downtown businesses it will be an easy crossing from Sunflower Flats to the sushi destination.

Curb and gutter between First and Second

Let me take a moment here to encourage you to reach out if you have any questions about the project that I may have not covered in awhile or missed along the way. Over the last week, I’ve had a few people ask about the old Shell Station property, which we haven’t talked about in a few months. Each week the Chamber has a “Chamber Chatter” feature that we send out to local media and include in our newsletter, and I’ll be telling a longer version of this story in that article. The “Cliff Notes” version is: the tanks have been removed and there is some monitoring that has to go on before the final DEQ clearance. ODOT will hold the property through the end of the project, and then there is a protocol for the disposition process that looks for agencies and municipalities that might like to purchase it, or it could also go up for sale to the public, so a private buyer could purchase it. The temporary construction trailer that is placed there will be removed (likely in the fairly near future), but the Shell structure will remain in place until the parcel changes hands and the new owner takes steps to determine if they will repurpose it or remove it. The timeline for transitioning the property is unknown; ODOT will not begin the disposition process until the “no further action” clearance is received from DEQ and the project itself is completed, and then, as with any property sale, it is an unknown how long it will take for a buyer to come forward and take over. The City of Tillamook is following the process, and there is dialog about what it might look like if the parcel came in to City possession, but there are no specific plans at this time.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and be safe.

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OP/ED: Housing Update. Progress

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on OP/ED: Housing Update. Progress

By Bill Baertlein, Tillamook County Commissioner
The County and many Community partners have been actively working on the recommendations made by our 2017 housing study, Creating a Healthy Housing Market for Tillamook County. The study can be found on the CARE, Inc. website at:

Our partners are actively pursuing grants to fully fund a housing coordinator position in the Department of Community Development and to update our planning and zoning regulations. CARE hired a consultant to recommend changes to our housing regulations and guide us in providing some possible incentive programs to offer to our contractors, such as property tax deferrals and system development charge deferrals. Several properties throughout the County have been identified as possible sites for apartment complexes. The County supported the State grant application that awarded $300,000 to the Kiwanda Hospitality Group to build twelve workforce housing units in Pacific City. Congratulations to a valued community partner!
I serve on the Association of Oregon Counties Housing Subcommittee. This subcommittee has recommended that the Association of Oregon Counties, League of Oregon Cities, Oregon Housing and Community Services, and Land Conservation and Development Department work collaboratively as a team to apply for a state housing grant to establish a consulting group. This group would immerse in rural counties and function as the ‘boots on the ground’ for housing projects. We are optimistic that this will be funded and the technical assistance the team can provide will be invaluable to rural communities. I am also on the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization and the Greater Oregon Behavior Health Boards. One of the focuses of both organizations will be how housing is a social determinant of health. They both will be working with the County on housing.
Additionally, I am a board member on the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority (NOHA) that oversees Columbia, Clatsop, and Tillamook Counties. NOHA has teamed with Meyer Memorial Trust to attempt to build a modular housing project in Tillamook. NOHA also issues the Section 8 vouchers for Tillamook County and is willing to partner with local developers who build affordable housing with guaranteed project vouchers. I also sit on the Community Action Team (CAT) board based in Saint Helens. They are a partner with our local CARE organization. CAT has helped us by providing support to CARE for housing development in our community. The Tillamook County Economic Development Council will be looking at housing as one of the areas that has a substantial effect on new business recruitment in our community.
CARE has contracted with a developer to complete a feasibility study and actively pursue a housing project in Tillamook County. Through this process, he will be working with us to help find the flaws in our system and giving us guidance on how to make workforce housing more developer friendly. In addition, Catholic Charities is working on preserving affordable housing on one of our affordable housing complexes. Oregon Housing Alternatives is very interested in building some very much needed housing in our community. We have met with several developers who are interested in developing workforce housing.
We are creating a committee to assess the impact of short-term vacation rentals, which have negatively impacted the availability of the County’s long-term rentals and local home ownership. The committee will seek input from our unincorporated areas to help determine the number of short-term vacation rentals that should be allowed. It may be time for a cap on the number allowed. The committee will also advise the Commissioners on potential regulations that could protect the livability of our residential neighborhoods. The deadline for applying for the Short-Rental Committee has been extended to June 29, 2018.
At this point we have a lot of irons in the fire and it has become apparent that creating a County Housing Commission is essential to success. The Commissioners recently approved a Board Order setting up a framework for the Tillamook County Housing Commission. This organization will be the central processing hub of our housing initiatives. Hopefully it will provide an opportunity to focus our energies into areas’ of priority.
The Commission will be composed of eleven members: Two from non-profits that serve low income populations, two from our major employers, three from other industries (such as banking, legal, construction, development, and real estate), one from the City of Tillamook, one from a North County city, one community member from South County, and one non-voting County Commissioner liaison. The application process is now open for these positions and if you are interested in participating in the housing solution, I urge you to apply. Please contact the Commissioners’ Office at 503-842-3403 to receive an application for either the Housing Commission or the Short-Term Rental Committee.

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IN GOOD HEALTH: Can Mentally Ill Parents Create Mentally Ill Children? Nature vs. Nurture: Part III in a series

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on IN GOOD HEALTH: Can Mentally Ill Parents Create Mentally Ill Children? Nature vs. Nurture: Part III in a series

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Tillamook County Pioneer is pleased to announce our newest column “In Good Health” by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation. We are proud that NWOMF selected the Pioneer as it’s first media partner to increase their outreach and education about osteopathic medicine and general wellness. Weekly columns will focus on particular topics each month. If you have suggestions for health/wellness articles, please contact

Welcome back! Last week we read a heartbreaking story from Maggie Cook. Our hearts really went out to her and her family, didn’t they?
This week, we hear from a man who blogs anonymously as well, about his life growing up with parents who were hoarders. He will tell us what his life was like, and how that impacted him as a child, and eventually as an adult.

By Anonymous Contributor on June 19, 2018 in Health Care Issues
I was raised by hoarders. Not like what you see on TV exactly. No piles of rotting garbage or rodents running around. But it was still hoarding. What began as a garage full of junk started migrating through the house room by room. It affected me as a child and I carry those effects into my adult life.

I don’t blame my parents. I believe they did they best they could dealing with their own issues. But I didn’t know that at the time. All I understood at the time was that I couldn’t have friends over to play. Only rarely did my grandparents or other family come to visit. I was ashamed and embarrassed, even angry sometimes. I knew we were different from other families, but it was just the way things were.
The positive thing that came from this was I spent a lot of time playing outside. My father also worked the graveyard shift for much of my childhood, so playing inside our small home was already limited. We had a big open field, several acres at least, where we could build forts and make bike jumps and let our imagination run wild. We didn’t eat dinner at the table because it was always covered with stuff, but Mom could still cooked and we could still wash the dishes. The bathroom had a lot of extra stuff, but we could shower, do laundry and use toilet.
As I got older, I learned to live as much as possible without being home. Having a car and the independence to visit friends took away much of the shame and embarrassment. I learned to associate being home with ‘anxiety’ and being ‘on the go’ as normal. But as my sister and I spent more and more time away from home, the hoarding just got worse and worse. Christmas break from my freshman year of college was the last time I could still sleep on my bed and by the next summer my room was full to the ceiling. It was also the last time I saw the inside of my parents home. That was almost 40 years ago.
When I was growing up, I don’t think anyone would have considered my parents as “mentally ill”. Eccentric perhaps, because they never invited anyone to their home, but good people. But I look at my own physical and mental health issues and wonder if this childhood didn’t have at least some effect on my life. I don’t have a diagnosis of OCD, but I’m certainly borderline in many of my behaviors. To this day, clutter around the house, in my car or around my office is a trigger to my anxiety. “A place for everything and everything in it’s place” should have been the 11th Commandment! It is very difficult for me to invite people into my home (or car or office) without a lot of anxiety and obsessively putting things away.

Naturally, I fight my own demons when it comes to hoarding. Food is where I see it the most; my portions are always too big. Plus I feel the need to always clean my plate, then go back for more. I always have too many clothes, too many tools, too many books. Fortunately, when I no longer have a place for everything, I can give things away, but the collection process always seems to start again. Career opportunities has caused me to move every 5 to 7 years of my adult life, but I shutter to think what I would be like If I have live the past 40 years in the same home. Would I be my parents?

Dr. Charles Ross

And now, here is Dr. Ross and his response to this blog:
Yes….it seems as though children can certainly be affected by both their inherited genes and by their environmental and life experiences. Mental illness is not always black or white but rather many shades of grey. So as you discuss whether or not your parents would be considered mentally ill…you would probably find many different opinions. The more specific condition of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has also many variations. Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety like fear of germs, or having things symmetrical or in a perfect order or aggressive thoughts toward other or self. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought like excessive cleaning or handwashing or ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way or checking on things repeatedly. A person with OCD generally cannot control his or her thoughts or behaviors, spends at least 1 hour a day on these thoughts or behaviors, does not get pleasure when performing the behaviors (but may feel brief relief from the anxiety the thoughts cause, and experiences significant problems in their daily life due to these thoughts or behaviors). Symptoms may come and go. So if you think you have OCD…talk to your doctor. And you can also find information on the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) website at you are concerned that you might have anxiety disorder or OCD, there are many tools to help with anxiety and/or OCD. Psychotherapy or counseling can be helpful. Medications may be useful. Exercise helps some. A plant based diet has been shown to improve mood. Mindfulness training and meditation have helped many (consider the reading The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress Free Living by Amit Sood MD. Consider practicing meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn MD or Tara Brach PhD.
About Charles Ross
Charles S. Ross DO board certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Currently practicing Lifestyle Medicine. Has been a practicing physician in Oregon for 40 years. Currently, 1/2 time Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at COMP NW. Practicing Lifestyle Medicine in Oakridge, OR one day per week. Teaching total health improvement classes for free weekly in Oakridge and online for those with computers.

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Tora Sushi Pushes Back Opening One Day to Thursday June 21st

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tora Sushi Pushes Back Opening One Day to Thursday June 21st

Sushi, sushi, sushi … as anticipated as the opening of the new Tillamook Creamery, Tora Sushi’s opening has been push backed one day to Thursday June 21st at 11 a.m.

For more, see the Pioneer’s story:

Tillamook Readies for Opening of Tora Sushi Lounge June 21st

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Ribbon-Cutting VIP Grand Opening of Tillamook Creamery

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Ribbon-Cutting VIP Grand Opening of Tillamook Creamery

By Laura Swanson

Over 200 invited guests and dozens of media were on hand under sunny skies as the Tillamook County Creamery Association officially opened their new Visitor Center, which includes café, ice cream, gift shop and much more. And, yes there are lots of cheese samples available. Nearly every aspect of the cheese factory tour experience has been updated, upgraded and in every aspect increased the overall experience that is Tillamook Cheese.

Here it is the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the ribbon-cutting:

It’s official — a dozen local and state dignitaries cut the ribbon to officially open the new TCCA Visitors Center – the Tillamook Creamery on June 19, 2018. Photo by Don Best

AND, here’s a video of the action:
From the new expanded menu at the Café, to the barn-size expanse of the gift shop to the “herd you like cheese” sampler area, it truly is an enhanced experience. There were multiple “wow” moments for the Pioneer staff — the history display, the cheese samples, the improved signage and viewing areas, the shredded cheese walls in the elevator, the cheese samples, the open-air ice cream area, the soda fountain, the wood fired pizza oven … did we mention the cheese samples??

TCCAA CEO Patrick Criteser and Oregon Governor Kate Brown tour the new Tillamook Creamery Visitors Center June 19

The Tillamook Creamery opens to the public tomorrow June 20th at 8 a.m. and will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, go to

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Drew’s Reviews: INCREDIBLES 2—It’s good! … But …

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Drew’s Reviews: INCREDIBLES 2—It’s good! … But …

By Andrew Jenck
A lot has changed in the Hollywood landscape since the release of The Incredibles with the overabundance of superhero films and Pixar’s rough history with franchising outside of the Toy Story series. Hence, while I was looking forward to the follow-up to one of my childhood favorites, with director Brad Bird returning, I was a bit concerned how the film would turn out. Fortunately, Incredibles 2 proves to be a fun time at the movies, offering a deeper look into the characters and world, but with some noticeable writing issues that keep it from being on par with its predecessor.

Despite a 14 year hiatus, the story picks up right where the last one left off naturally, and creates an interesting premise from what was originally meant as a “the adventure continues” ending. The film follows two stories: Elastigirl going on solo missions to increase supers’ favorability and Mr. Incredible staying at home trying to raise the kids and deal with his infant son’s newfound abilities. While it is apparent this is an inverse of the first film, Bird does manage to make both plots refreshing enough to be enjoyable. The stay-at-home-dad trope has been run into the ground, but Bird understands which clichés to avoid and which to give their own spin to make them feel fresh. I love how the family’s powers serve as a metaphor for their personalities and put the family in believable situations with a super-powered spin on them.
Elastigirl gets more to do in this one, and it’s a welcome change; allowing for more development and showcasing her powers. It’s intriguing to see her, who was more accepting of the normal life than her husband, begin to enjoy the spotlight more but still take the job seriously. Both of these plots work well, but they don’t quite work in unison, lacking the flow and interconnectivity from the first film. The Mr. Incredible subplot doesn’t have as much bearing on the climax as it should be, and that leads to one of the glaring problems of the sequel. Apart from Toy Story, the Pixar sequels have lacked the slower paced, darker subject matter of the predecessors; Incredibles 2 can feel rushed and not as well thought out as it should be.
The characters are still likable, and the film has some interesting themes but I would’ve liked them explored a little more. I understand that today’s children’s attention spans are shorter and may not be able to handle some of the darker elements of the first, but if you’re going to make a sequel to that film, I expect a similar tone. The villain is the biggest drawback. I didn’t expect another Syndrome, but the Screen Slayer just feels like any other comic book villain nowadays. He gets the job done fine enough, but much like the rest of the film, it isn’t as thought-provoking or nuanced as it could’ve been.
Fortunately, the film is still very entertaining. The animators take advantage of the technological advancements, giving us incre-, I mean, amazing action scenes that are on par or even surpass most live action films. With so many animated films either being straight up comedies or just having, at most, generic car chases and fist fights, these sequences were such a breath of fresh air. The humor is consistently funny, with Jack Jack’s new powers offering some of the best scenes. Chemistry remains intact among the family members, allowing for some great interactions. Facial animation also contributes to the humor and character development that has made Pixar one of the leaders in animation.
The Incredibles didn’t really need a follow-up, despite the high demand, but the sequel delivers in most of the areas. I would’ve liked a little more substance but this movie still gave me one of the more enjoyable cinema experiences I’ll have all year. Despite my issues, most of them revolve around what the film isn’t and not what it is. Following up a 10 with an 8 or 9 is better than most sequels and I look forward to revisiting it again.

Source: Tillamook County Pioneer

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