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Hashtag #savetheboathouse surfaces to save Pier’s End in Garibaldi

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Hashtag #savetheboathouse surfaces to save Pier’s End in Garibaldi

By Sayde Moser-Walker

Photo by Don Best
Photo by Larry Andreasen

What do you do with an 80-year-old Coast Guard Lifeboat Station?
The possibilities are endless.
At least that’s how Kristen Penner and the Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative feel. The Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative is a 501(c)3 non profit that formed in 2015 to preserve and restore the dilapidated building commonly referred to as “The Pier’s End.”
“It’s an important piece of our history,” Penner said. “One we don’t want to lose or forget.”
The United States Coast Guard built the Lifeboat Station in 1937. Back then it housed two 36-foot lifeboats and a 26-foot, oar-powered surfboat. At the time, these lifeboats were the mainstay of the Coast Guard coastal rescue crafts. A rail line allowed for the boats to be launched at a rapid speed into the water – fully manned and ready for a rescue mission.

But, by the 1960s, these rescue missions had moved to 44-foot lifeboats and the Lifeboat Station was obsolete. Eventually the Port of Garibaldi took possession of it and over the years it has served a variety of purposes – including a residence on the second floor.
In 2015, the Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative took an interest in it and the conversation began about how to restore the 80-year-old structure – and what to do with it when it’s finished.
The Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative’s mission is “To restore and meaningfully use Pier’s End: Garibaldi’s historic United States Coast Guard boathouse, creating an inclusive community gathering place that enhances the Tillamook Coast’s economic strength, and to generate both educational and recreational opportunities for public-private partnerships to thrive.”
As part of their endeavor, the board has created a master plan to start tackling the renovations piece by piece – everything from the pilings to the boat launch to the pier itself. It’s a hefty job, to say the least. Just replacing the pilings is anywhere from $80,000-$100,000.
“We’re at this point after a two-year conversation,” Penner said. “The Port [of Garibaldi] has been very supportive and eager to see the restoration of this building.”
In fact, Port Board Member John Luquette dug up some historical photos of the boathouse when it was still operational. And they’re always looking for more.
“Kind of our ongoing project in the midst of fundraising is collecting photographs and stories,” Penner said.
She’s partnered with Rockaway Beach photographer Mike Arseneault to help facilitate this piece. Arseneault coined the hashtag #savetheboathouse and is using it to raise awareness of the building’s condition and encourage people to do something about it.
“There are no more lifeboat stations like this left in the Pacific Northwest,” Arseneault said. “It’s a treasure and we need to really take care of it before we lose it forever.”
The goal is to display the photographs they find inside the boathouse as part of an interpretive history of the area. A living museum, if you will, that can serve as a cultural hub and community space.
“We want it to be a useable space that at the same time can tell stories of the maritime history of the Bay and how Garibaldi came to be what it is today,” he said.
Renovation plans include the apartment upstairs, which has a full-sized kitchen and large communal space with epic views of Tillamook Bay.
“The kitchen will be important for catered events, and groups that want to include food,” Penner said. “ It really opens up the possibilities of the entire space.”
The Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative is planning a kick-off fundraising event in the fall, complete with live entertainment, a photography exhibit,  and a curated history of the boathouse that tells its story and explains the fundraising efforts
To prepare for the fall fundraising and exhibit, Arseneault is asking any photographers in the area who would like to photograph the architectural details of the boathouse to join him for a one-day photoshoot. Those who would like an invitation to partake can contact him at before July 25.
To learn more visit or email
And of course donations are always welcome. You can send a check to PO Box 671, Garibaldi OR 97118.

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Asian Food Just a Beachwok Away

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Asian Food Just a Beachwok Away

By April Bailey

Pacific City is home to some delicious eateries. Whether it is the incomparable scones at Grateful Bread, the tasty burritos of Los Caporoles, or the beer-bathed everything at Pelican Pub, this coastal town has menus to fill the belly and satisfy the taste buds. But something was missing, and Timm and Tammy Lakey took notice.

Timm and Tammy cannot seem to stay away from the restaurant business. In all fairness, Tammy was birthed into a family owned and operated restaurant. Her parents owned and operated several restaurants over the years that served food influenced by Tammy’s mother’s Vietnamese heritage. While Timm did not hail from a restaurant family, he began his restaurant career as a busser. “I worked my way from the front of the house to the back of the house,” said Timm. In fact, it was while working at a restaurant in San Diego that Timm and Tammy first met. You could say it was a match made in a food heaven.

During their early married years Timm and Tammy lived and worked with Tammy’s parents. Timm learned to cook Tammy’s mom’s Asian recipes. Being a fair-haired chap, Timm says the people give him a second look when he claims to cook Asain food. “When I tell people my wife is Asian, they give me some credit,” Timm jokingly stated.
The couple eventually branched out to owning their own restaurant. Their first restaurant did well, but the Lakeys “hated where they lived. “We realized we needed to love where we lived, and then build a business around it,” said Tammy. The couple then relocated to Hood River where they ran another successful restaurant. Over the years they have served Mexican food, American food, and Asian food.
Despite their success in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge area, Timm and Tammy loved Pacific City. Timm had visited the area with his family while growing up. They eventually made the decision to sell their restaurant in Hood River, and buy a house in Pacific City. Now in their mid-forties they decided to take a breather from owner and operated restaurants. They began working for others, and taking in the local community. After two years they decided to open up another restaurant, or as Tammy puts it “buy ourselves jobs for the next 15 years.”
The Lakeys purchased the former Fat Freddy building, and began the renovation process. Staying true to their entrepreneurial spirit, they remodeled the restaurant themselves. Having decided to offer menu items unavailable for 25 miles in any direction, they gave their restaurant a unique look of an Asain beach eatery with white walls and dark wood accents. The couple chose to accent their restaurant with local historical photos bequeathed to them by the former building owners. Even some of the wood trim can be considered local history as it was salvaged from a Pacific City boat dock.
Starting July 12th the Beachwok is serving up Asian inspired cuisine that includes all the favorite Asian sauces—sweet and sour, ginger, Szechuan. However, they are dishes that will be free of nuts and MSG. They also have several gluten free items—even a flourless chocolate cake. The curry is also gluten free. They offer chicken in both the traditional breaded and fried version or grilled. Their hope is to keep their price point moderate, while offering food products that are “responsible.”

Left to right in circular–Spicy Barbecue Sauce, Grilled Chicken and Vegetables in Ginger Sauce, Grilled Chicken and Vegetables in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Grilled Chicken and Vegetables in Szechuan Sauce, and Spicy Korean Meatballs

As a side note, this author must add that the Lakeys offered me a plethora of dishes to sample during their interview. I suppose this was their way of supporting Tammy’s assertion that, “We love the tourists, but we need the locals.” While I am very fond of Asian food, I have never found sweet and sour palatable. Timm’s version of this popular dish has forever changed my mind. His ginger sauce was equally excellent, and Szechuan was superb. I also enjoyed their spicy, Korean meatballs. I am very excited about sharing this restaurant with my special diet family in the future.
Beachwok is located at 6320 Pacific Ave., Pacific City, visit their website at

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Manzanita Music Festival July 21-23, promotes music education

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Manzanita Music Festival July 21-23, promotes music education

By Dan Haag
After a successful debut in 2016, Manzanita Music Festival is once more setting its sights on bringing the healing power of music to the north coast.

The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 21 – 23 in downtown Manzanita and south of town at Rex Champ Ball Field on Highway 101. MMF brings together some of the Pacific Northwest’s premier musical talent for a three-day, family-friendly “Lolapalooza” of a wide variety of genres: rock, blues, country, reggae, funk and more.

“It’s a lot bigger this year, a lot more venue space,” says MMF organizer Beth Carter-Boyer.
With a second year of planning and preparation tucked in their belt, MMF is also taking significant steps towards attaining summertime music festival royalty status. A 501 c3 non-profit, MMF was created by Carter-Boyer, Marcella Russo and Dawn Lind in 2016 as a way to share great music in a great setting.

While loads of live music certainly garners much of the attention, the festival’s main mission is to make music education accessible to area schools.
To that end, kids’ activities will be high on the list of priorities during the weekend, including a return of the Kid’s Zone where children can participate in face-painting, drum circles, dancing and coloring, all provided by North County Recreation District (NCRD).

Taking the art theme further, Neahkahnie High School’s Art Department has created a series of panels themed specifically for the festivities. “They’re beautiful,” Carter-Boyer says. “We’d love to eventually have them displayed year-round.”
Carter-Boyer is hopeful that MMF will serve as a springboard for several local music education endeavors. Possibilities include providing Neahkahnie students with volunteer opportunities for school credit and the eventual development of a music therapy outreach program. “Music therapy is a big deal, a proven drug-free option for kids and seniors,” Carter-Boyer says.
The 2017 MMF features some new tweaks that organizers think will offer more space.
That includes the introduction of a newly refurbished Rex Champ Ball Field as a venue. The site will open the festival on the evening of July 21 and was recently the recipient of new turf, billboards, and ADA ramps, among other items.
The work was undertaken by NCRD this spring and Carter-Boyer is thrilled to have use of it. “There’s so much more space,” she says.
Overall, the festival boasts 20 performers. Couple that with organizing various activities, food and drink and it’s no wonder MMF has a small army of volunteers to keep its engine running: stage set-up, gate attendants, concessions and security.
Several Manzanita residents have even opened their homes to house performers.
Still, more volunteers are needed for the weekend and Carter-Boyer says the more the merrier.
Staging a professional-level music festival also requires the support of the community, and MMF has seen an outpouring of sponsorship, over 40 from around the area. Carter-Boyer says that love of community is the main reason the Manzanita is the perfect venue. “It’s so much work, but so much fun. We couldn’t do any of this without the amazing local support we’ve received,” she says.
For more information, festival schedule, tickets and more go to

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Who knew? Impact of Industrial Forestry Presentation July 19 at Tillamook Main Library

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Who knew? Impact of Industrial Forestry Presentation July 19 at Tillamook Main Library

Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection (RBCWP) will host Chuck Willer, Director, Coast Range Association on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Tillamook Central Library. This is a free and public event.
Join us for this presentation and discussion about Western Oregon’s private forests and their role in our region’s economy and the impact on public health.
Chuck Willer, Director of the Coast Range Association will provide new information on who owns Western Oregon’s private forests and how that ownership affects management objectives. Mr. Willer will address how industrial forest ownership effects local economies and he will explain Oregon’s private forest property tax system which was transformed during the 1990s. The owners of large forest holdings in Western Oregon play a significant role in the region’s economies, impact public health, and affect the ability of local governments to provide needed services.
When: Wednesday, July 19th, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Tillamook Central Library, 1716 3rd St, Tillamook
About Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection:
RBCWP is a citizens group that was founded in 2012 in response to the clearcutting and aerial spraying of the Jetty Creek watershed that provides drinking water for the City of Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Our work has expanded to include working with neighboring communities to help protect watersheds all along the North Oregon Coast.
Those of us working with RBCWP want to know that the water we drink and the air we breathe are safe. With that in mind, we encourage all Oregonians to learn more about the status of the watershed that provides their drinking water. This is a matter of public health.
As a citizens group, we invite all to attend our meetings, educational events, and hikes. Please join us in learning about water and air quality issues that affect all of us at the Oregon Coast. or call 503-355-2516
Coast Range Association — www.coastrange.orgDon’t miss this exciting talk. New information with a fresh perspective.

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DREW’S REVIEWS: War for the Planet of the Apes – Wish I went bananas for it

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on DREW’S REVIEWS: War for the Planet of the Apes – Wish I went bananas for it

By Andrew Jenck

Andrew Jenck graduated from Tillamook High School and is a student at the University of Portland, studying business and competing with the Cross Country team. His hobbies include playing video games, reading comic books, and talking with friends. He is an avid movie fan, and he will show Pioneer readers which movies are worth the price of admission.

The new Apes trilogy is a bit of an odd species. The set of prequels to the 1968 original film have been well-received by both critics and audiences, yet don’t have the same cultural impact some other blockbusters have; which I attribute to their subject matter. Its themes of humanity, revenge, and personal demons have been exploited so much in entertainment that, although well-executed here, keep me from loving these films and War is no different. Make no mistake, this is a smartly-written, gorgeous film that will most likely be one of the best blockbusters of the year, but as much as the characters are worth investing, the themes may not stick with you for long.

I have to give great compliments to director Matt Reeves and his special effects team. The apes are some of the most realistic CGI creatures I’ve seen on film, and the expressions of the apes provide great nuances; all of which adds to these characters. The film is smart enough to not hammer in its message by allowing for slower moments to let the characters breathe. With most of the apes only able to speak in sign and paired with a mute girl, the film relies heavily on the character’s facial expressions. The way the characters look at each other or react to their actions speaks louder than a preachy speech of conflicting philosophies.
Great performances are abundant throughout. The motion capture done on the main character, Caesar, by Andy Serkis brings the character to life and makes you feel the inner struggle that this character is experiencing. Serkis has been known for great motion capture, such as Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and makes Caesar one of the best original movie characters from this decade. Woody Harrelson is engaging as the Colonel, and sells him as a mirrored version of Caesar. Steve Zhan as Bad Ape offers the right amount of comic relief for a dreary story, Karin Konoval as Maurice is great as Caesar’s emotional support, and newcomer Amiah Miller brings a great emotional range as the girl (her name is a spoiler).
It’s also refreshing that the marketing of a blockbuster revealed no plot revelations, to the point where I didn’t exactly know where the film was going by the third act; though it has been misleading. By the title, you would expect this to be an all-out war for, well, the planet, but the action is surprisingly miniscule. There are only three action set pieces, one of which is just a backdrop for the characters’ real struggles and all of which are restricted. This may turn off some, seeing how the marketing shows a grand finale to a trilogy. Still, I do think the story presented is more interesting than a global-scale war film. You’re still invested with these characters, and their chemistry with each other is believable.
Still, with all the nuanced performances, great cinematography, natural-sounding dialogue, and stunning visuals, I kept wishing that I was more invested. I wanted to see Caesar lead his tribe to safety, I wanted him to overcome his demons, and I cared for every major character. However, I wasn’t on the verge of tears, such as some other emotional movies have left me. I’ve loved films that didn’t have the most compelling themes, but something about the subject matter of this film just doesn’t hit as close to home as other films. Even films that are objectively not as good as this left a bigger impact on me. Nevertheless, this is just nitpicking. I can’t necessarily disagree with the acclaim it has received; it probably just boils down to my personal taste. At the end of the day, it’s a really good, not entirely thought-provoking film, that’s well worth the price of admission.

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“BEST of History”: In the beginning … of the settlement of Tillamook County

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on “BEST of History”: In the beginning … of the settlement of Tillamook County

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a true Tillamook County Pioneer, and local historian, we are pleased to have Don R. Best provide regular stories about the “Best” of History from throughout Tillamook County. Don gave a special presentation on Rockaway Beach history on July 4th where he took his audience through Rockaway’s history — with a hop, skip and a jump. The Pioneer will feature these history stories from time-to-time, including never before seen maps, images and more. Come along with the “Best” of history and relive our county’s past.

By Don R. Best, Tillamook County Pioneer

Don Best was born and raised in Northern Tillamook County.  He “explored, hunted and fished the seasons around” during his formative years along the beautiful coast of Oregon. After college and serving his country in the air part of the Navy, he returned to Oregon… after several decades of “living in the city” he returned to the land of his birth to care for his mother in 1991.
He began to take pictures of his native lands, bays, rivers, seas and mountains to share this God-given beauty with others. When asked to explain the beauty of his images, Don just smiles and says, “God’s better at posing than I am at taking pictures… so it just works out.” Don’s photos are featured here on the Tillamook County Pioneer website, and you can see (and purchase them) at

The original settlers of Tillamook County area were, of course, the local Native American tribes that thrived and prospered all along the coast and bays of what is now Tillamook County. It was estimated that at one time 22,000 Native Americans lived along the Northwest coast of Oregon in what is now Tillamook and Clatsop county but their numbers were drastically reduced by the 9.2 earthquake and tsunami on January 26th, 1700 and in the late 1700’s smallpox, measles, influenza and other diseases had killed an estimated 28,000 Native Americans in western Washington and Oregon brought by the first EuroAmerican settlers and maritime sailors.

As maritime trade along the West Coast increased in the 1600’s, several of the ships were lost at sea or became shipwrecked along the Pacific Coast. One of these ships (circa 1695-1698) was carrying beeswax from Manilla, intending to deliver it’s cargo to south and central American monasteries to be made into candles,  but wrecked on what is now called the Nehalem Spit or Manzanita Beach. It was reported that as many as 30 sailors survived and lived among the Native Americans, took wives and raised families.

In May of 1792, Captain Robert Gray sailed into the Columbia River becoming the first recorded European to navigate this “River of the West”.  He and his crew also entered a small bay now called Tillamook Bay. As the crew was taking fresh water and hay back to the ship, one of the crew members left his cutlass laying on the ground and it was picked up by one of the local Indians and when the sailor tried to retrieve it from the person who took it, he was brutally murdered and the rest of the ship’s crew had to run for their lives to get back to their ship. Capt. Gray called this place Murderer’s Harbor.

In 1804-1806 the Lewis & Clark Expedition was the first American expedition to cross the western portion of the United States. On November 24th, 1805 the party voted to move their camp to the south side of the Columbia River and they constructed “Fort Clatsop” a few miles southeast of the present day city of Astoria.  Thus establishing the first American presence there. During one of Clark’s adventures, he traveled south along the coast into Tillamook County and drew a map of the Tillamook Bay area from the information given to him by a local Indian.

In the year 1841, a missionary, Joseph Frost, who resided in Clatsop Plains, ran out of supplies and hired an Indian to take a small crew down the coast thru Tillamook County to go to the missionary headquarters along the Willamette River.  They had to cut a new trail through heavily overgrown hillsides and valleys all the way down coast as far as Cascade Head where they headed east until they reached their mission headquarters and bring back 58 head of cattle and several horses back the way they way they had come. This EuroAmerican missionary was not the first recorded “settler” because he did not stay in Tillamook County area but was one of the first to travel through this area.

In 1851 the first true settler, named Joe Champion arrived by whale boat that was rowed by two of his friends and delivered him to what is now known as Kilchis Point where a large population of Native Americans lived. Joe Champion asked Chief Kilchis where he might find a place to live amongst the Indians. Chief Kilchis showed him a tree which had a large opening at the base of the tree.  Joe Champion accepted the chief’s offer and he became the first Tillamook County settler.

In 1852-1854 many other settlers started arriving in the Kilchis and Tillamook valley. Many of the familiar names of today are from the first settlers: Vaughn, Trask, Smith, Dougherty, Higinbotham, Alderman, and many unfamiliar names such as Lyman, Pervine, Tripp, Thomas, Quick, Keaton, Clark, Hague and many more.

The Census Roll for 1854 Territory of Oregon, Tillamook County was 42 males and 34 females of various ages:
33 Males over 21 years of age
3 Males under 21 and over 10 years of age
9 Males under 10 years of age
12 Females 18 years of age and older
10 Females under 18 and over 10 years of age
12 Females under 10 years of age.
and it was recorded that there were 153 Indians counted

(source for the census role “Tillamook Memories” a publication of the Tillamook Pioneer Association Copyright 1972)

To be continued …

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