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By Extension: Do not wash the turkey! And other helpful tips for turkey day

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on By Extension: Do not wash the turkey! And other helpful tips for turkey day

By Nancy Kershaw & Jessica Linnell, Family & Community Health, OSU Extension Service Tillamook

When it comes to preparing, cooking, and storing Thanksgiving dishes, there are a number of things to plan for. An important consideration is potential food safety hazards that can pose serious risks to your family’s health. During Thanksgiving, protect your family from start to finish with these five tips from Oregon State University Extension Service Family & Community Health Food Preservation & Safety program.

1. Thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator. If you’ve got time, place the wrapped turkey on a tray in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days; allowing 5 hours per pound of turkey to completely thaw. If you only have hours and not days, place the turkey in a large ice chest or clean sink. Cover with cold water. Allow 30-minutes for each pound of turkey to completely thaw. Changing the water every half-hour will speed the thawing. Refrigerate when thawed or roast immediately.

2. Don’t wash the turkey! Washing results in splatters that will spread bacteria all around the kitchen and contaminate other foods. You do not need to rinse the turkey before cooking because properly cooking the turkey will kill the bacteria.

3. Use a meat thermometer to know when it’s done. It’s hard to tell if the turkey is done by looking at it. Check if the turkey is done by inserting a meat thermometer in three places – the thickest part of the breast and the innermost part of the wing and thigh. The turkey is done when meat thermometer shows 165 degrees or higher.

4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. Bacteria will multiply when the meat is in the danger zone between 40 degrees and 140 degrees. Once you’ve taken the turkey out of the oven, it must be served and stored in the refrigerator within 2 hours. It’s easy to get distracted when enjoying time with family, so set a timer for 2 hours to remind you to get the leftovers into the refrigerator. Leftover turkey, stuffing, and gravy will last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator, or can be frozen for 2-4 months.

5. Reheat leftovers to a temperature of 165 degrees. Bring gravy to a boil before serving. Reheat sliced turkey and other dishes in a tightly covered baking dish at 325 degrees until it registers 165 on a meat thermometer.
If you would like to read more about turkey: check out these publications from Oregon State University Extension Service: Turkey Fact Sheet and Turkey Basics. Also check out
You can also call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-MPHotline (888-674-6854).

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Letter to Editor: From Kate and Brian Johnstone – Heartfelt Thank Yous

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Letter to Editor: From Kate and Brian Johnstone – Heartfelt Thank Yous

On the evening of October 19th, 2017 we lost our house and all our belongings to a house fire. In the aftermath of that tragedy, the wonderful community in which we live, came to our aid immediately. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the community as a whole, and especially to the brave firefighters of the Nehalem Bay Fire Department, and the Tillamook County Sheriff (unfortunately, we didn’t get his name) who just happened to be driving by the house, saw the smoke and immediately came to our aid (as we were frantically trying to get a fire extinguisher to work) and led us away from the house to safety while the firefighters did what they do best. The generous response by the community was amazing, and the list of people and business owners who have helped us is too long to recount here, but you know who you are. We are currently relocated in a rental house, where we will stay while our Nehalem house is rebuilt. It will probably be at least a year, and luckily, I happen to be married to a very capable architect/designer. In closing, it’s hard to express how fortunate we consider ourselves to live in a community with such great heart. We can’t thank you enough!
With love and appreciation,
Kate and Brian Johnstone and Buck Kitty

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you to this wonderful community that takes care of those in need. The raffle winner was Lori Dillon. As Kate says above – thanks to all our generous donors.

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Tillamook County Democrats Election Review

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook County Democrats Election Review

The old sayings goes: “You win some and you lose some.” With regard to the local election results, we won one, we lost one, but we gained a lot even where we lost. We gained experience, and we did a great job communicating with people. How many more people will we recognize at the store, post office, or bank?
One of the most important lessons we learned is that the County Clerk’s office does a fantastic job ensuring the integrity of our elections. The system of checks and balances they follow lets us rest easy, knowing that the ballots cast by our informed and educated electorate will be counted fairly, without bias. Anyone who has doubts about the vote-by-mail system need only observe the system in place here, and they will come away believers.

42.8% of registered voters turned in ballots. In numbers, this translates into 7,772 of the 18,163 registered voters in Tillamook County. 55% of those voters agreed with us that smoking and tobacco use should be banned on county property. Unfortunately, only 31.4% of the voters agreed with us that applying a tax on new construction would result in an important first step in solving the housing crisis in the county.
By comparison, three years ago, before the Oregon Motor Voter system was implemented, there were 14,382 registered voters in the county. Yes, the number of registered voters has grown by nearly 4,000 people, by over 26% in just three years. More voters means that we need to reach out to more people, and expand our efforts to communicate with voters. Our canvassing campaign reached more people than ever before. We knocked on well over one thousand doors. We communicated with hundreds of voters, and enabled them to become educated and informed voters, even though the text on the ballot was neither informative nor clear.
It is clear that the electorate in Tillamook County is now much more aware of the housing crisis that hundreds of families face on a daily basis. They majority of voters may not have voted for Measure 29-152, but there should be no question that we need a solution, and we need to work together to find a solution to this challenge.
Because we are Democrats, we will not forget about those in need of housing, nor those in need of health care, just as we will continue to support quality education, justice and equality for all. The need for your activism has grown, and we count on you to reach our goals. Over the next two months we won’t be hosting regular monthly meetings. During this time your officers will continue our efforts to plan, and represent our interests at higher levels.
We’ll be ready to canvas in January for Measure 101, which enables hundreds of thousands of Oregonians to receive health care. Until then, pat yourself on the back for all we accomplished this past month, and rest up so that we can achieve a whole lot more in the New Year!

As proud Tillamook County Democrats, we support and elect Democrats who share and fight for the ideals, values, and policies that improve the lives of all Oregonians. We inspire and strive for civic engagement, and provide access to and transparency in the political process at all levels.
Tillamook County Democrats
Dave McCall, Chair
Annie Naranjo-Rivera, Vice-Chair
Karen Mahurin, Secretary
Jacob Van Buskirk, Treasurer

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Highway 101/6 – Construction Update 11/15/17

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Highway 101/6 – Construction Update 11/15/17

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

Main Street View

Work to the south of the Diamond Art entrance continues this week. Where just a week ago sidewalk removal was beginning, now the bioswale is beginning to take shape, with the infrastructure for the storm water coming this week, and concrete forms coming in next week (weather dependent, of course.)

Things continue to progress quickly, despite a turn toward the wetter weather. This week on Main St., the bioswale area in front of Sunflower Flats with the beehive structure has been established and concrete crews have been hard at work putting together forms to start the curb and gutter work there. Further south, from Diamond Art Jewelers to the corner of 4th, excavation has continued, and the underground pipe work for the bioswale and the beehives is underway. The goal on Main is to push through until Thanksgiving, and then return from the holiday ready to dive in to the two vaults in front of Tangled Yarns and Pacific Restaurant. In order to start that work, pedestrian access to Tangled Yarns, Everything Pets, and Annie’s Country Sportswear, will be swapped so that the approach is from Third St, and the Sunflower Flats corner.

The excavation crew and the concrete team are involved in an elaborate dance across the entire downtown construction zone. In addition to taking turns on those corners along Main, they are continuing to try and wrap up the sidewalks north of the new bridge, get the grading complete in front of the museum, and begin the foundational work in front of America’s Mattress for the next step of rebuilding the road there.





Bridge work is a continuation of last week’s report- the drilling and pouring continues, and things still appear on track for the removal of the old bridge after Thanksgiving. I was able to pop down there and snap a few pictures, which I have attached below, along with a few shots of the work in front of Sunflower Flats.

If you have family coming for the holiday, you may want to remind them that things have changed downtown, and encourage them to look out for new traffic patterns. Happy Turkey Shopping!

For more information about the project, including conceptual drawings that help visualize the project in its entirety, you can check out the ODOT page:

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Salem PD Serve Warrant in Beaver, OSP SWAT Team assist

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Salem PD Serve Warrant in Beaver, OSP SWAT Team assist

The reverse 911 system was utilized yesterday evening to alert Beaver area residents to lock doors and stay inside, and social media sites erupted with “What’s going on?”
Today about noon, Salem Police Department released the following information:

November 14, 2017
Salem Police detectives with the assistance of the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police SWAT arrested a subject on multiple outstanding warrants on the evening of November 13, then later charged him in the murder of Kenny Kalugin.
Twenty-one-year-old Jose Ricardo Barboza-Manzo was located at a residence in unincorporated Tillamook County on Monday afternoon. When he refused to obey commands to exit the residence, Oregon State Police SWAT was activated to assist in the arrest.
Barbanzo-Manzo later surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. In addition to warrants for his arrest on charges of:
Felony Attempting to Elude,
Misdemeanor Attempting to Elude,
Reckless Driving and Harassment.
Detectives later charged him with:
Aggravated Murder,
Robbery in the First Degree, and
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
in the murder of Kenny Kalugin that occurred on November 10.
(Detectives investigate death in northeast #SalemOR, Salem Police Department·Saturday, November 11, 2017
Salem Police detectives are investigating a death in northeast Salem.
Officers responded to an alley west of the 1800 block of Liberty ST NE shortly after 7:00 a.m. this morning on a report of an unconscious subject in a vehicle. Officers and medics located an adult male victim in a vehicle and confirmed he was deceased.
#UPDATE: November 13, 2017
The victim in this incident has been identified as 37-year-old Kenny Kalugin of Gervais. Autopsy results indicate that Kalugin died as a result of gunshot wounds.)

This investigation is continuing and no further information is being released at this time.

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LETTER TO COMMUNITY: Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Holiday Gifts for Children – Resources for Giving

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on LETTER TO COMMUNITY: Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Holiday Gifts for Children – Resources for Giving

Dear Folks,  
Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets are being done by the Rockaway Beach Lions Club.  If you would like to help them buy foods for one or both of these events, please send them a check.  Address would be Rockaway Beach Lions, PO Box 611, Rockaway Beach, Or. 97136. All donations are greatly appreciated.  Kids will be out of school for 2 days at Thanksgiving therefore those eligible will miss the free breakfast and lunch program. Christmas break generally runs 2 weeks-with lots of meals to make up. Please give what you can-so important to feed these children. I’ve heard they anticipate feeding 60 families at Thanksgiving. 
Christmas presents for Children is being done through the Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church with a program called CHILD, Christ’s Hands In Loving Devotion.  Gift request tags are already in some local banks and more will be going up as time goes on. If shopping isn’t your thing check can be mailed to CHILD, PO Box 56, Nehalem, Or. 97131. For those in need, applications may be picked up at the NBUMC in Nehalem or you can call Bobbie Mosher at 503-368-5612 or email at 
Editor’s Note: Read more about the CHILD program here –

I will be back at you around the first part of December to let you know how things are going. 
Many thanks for your time and donations.
Patty Rinehart

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