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POEM: The Calendar Family

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on POEM: The Calendar Family

Editor’s Note: Here is Virginia Prowell’s reference to August as “THE STEP CHILD”

By Virginia Prowell (8-1-2015)

                 Introducing the Calendar family
                 Best known for their size and longevity,
                 Each of them is renowned for a special day
                 Except for one who has been neglected this way
                 Jan is famous for her big celebration,
                 Bringing in the New Year for all the nations.
                 Feb has cupid to mark the day when love is in the air
                  Hundreds of valentines and candy make a big flair.
                 Doubly blessed is March as spring is ushered in
                 And happy St. Patrick’s day is an Irishman’s win
                 April dances in with showers and beautiful flowers,
                 Easter’s blessings, sounds of bells in Church towers.
                 May Day, dance around a pole, make baskets of flowers
                 And praise our Mothers on their special day of honors.
                  June, summer begins along with her many celebrations
                  Wedding Bells, Father’s day, Flag Day, and graduation. 
                 Marking the birth of our nation with a colorful flair
                 On July 4th, tremendous fireworks blast into the air
                 Not special, not grand, nothing of extravagance                               
Step child August makes his unheralded appearance.
                 September marches in a Labor Day parade
                 Autumn begins and the school bell calls each grade.
                 October twelve we remember Christopher Columbus
                 And on the thirty-first it’s Halloween and hocus pocus
                 Our War Veterans are honored on November eleventh
                 Thanksgiving is Thursday, not the first, but the fourth.
                 December brings winter and the North winds blow
                 On the 25th, Christmas decorations and lights aglow.

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“Ode to Eclipse” — DDD & SEH

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on “Ode to Eclipse” — DDD & SEH

by Virginia Prowell (8-9-2017)

   Two years ago, I wrote a poem about the Calendar Family, referring to August as the step child, because nothing of importance happens in August.
   Now I must retract my words and apologize to this month.
August, you are gaining the recognition that you deserve and may become as famous as “Washington Crossing the Delaware” or The Gettysburg Address. 
   On the 21st, you may be known as DDD (Double Dawn Day) or SEH (Solar Eclipse Hysteria).
   It has been 99 years since a Total Solar Eclipse has crossed the entire US, from Oregon to South Carolina; however, there have been partial eclipse in between that have been observed here on the west coast and I’ve witnessed them. There was mention of them on the radio (old fashioned news media) and I remember the chickens went to roost early that day.
   The publicity that this phenomenon has generated is beyond belief.  In my 92 years of living I have never seen so much hype over a Solar Eclipse.  Yes, it is a rare occasion and is worthy of note and observation; but, the length of hysteria that the population is going to is sheer nonsense.  Hey, folks, it is only going to last three minutes!
   For all those people who have spent hundreds of dollars more than the normal rate for hotels and motels, my sincere hope for you is that it won’t be a foggy, cloudy day.
    For the millions of people who have purchased those special sun glasses, save them.  In the year 2024 there is going to be another solar eclipse, but save your money because you’ll have to travel much farther south for this one!  Have a great DDD and a SEH! 

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Existing large fires in central Oregon spread quickly yesterday  

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Existing large fires in central Oregon spread quickly yesterday  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Winds helped fan the spread of two existing large fires in central Oregon yesterday while a third in southern Oregon crossed a river barrier.
With hundreds of homes threatened, the Milli Fire just west of Sisters has become the top priority fire within the regional and national fire response system. ODF’s Central Oregon District continues to be heavily engaged in fighting the fire along with the Deschutes National Forest. The fire was reported yesterday at 4,565 acres. It has affected at least 300 acres of ODF-protected land. ODF has contacted affected landowners. The fire’s spread into areas of standing dead timber creates additional hazards for firefighters. The fire has generated evacuation orders and closures of roads and recreational areas in and around the Three Sisters Wilderness. A community meeting yesterday about the fire was attended by some 400 people.
An ember Thursday afternoon blew across containment lines on the Nena Springs Fire, dramatically increasing the fire size from 40,000 to 46,000 acres and threatening homes. No additional ODF-protected lands were involved in yesterday’s breakout. The fire is burning on the Warms Springs reservation some 30 miles south of The Dalles.
Yesterday the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County crossed the Chetco River and grew to the southwest. As a result of the fire’s movement, more resources arrived today with more expected in coming days, including engines, crews and overhead. With strong north winds and lower relative humidity the fire moved to the south and is now established in the Quail Prairie drainage. The fire’s size is estimated at 10,963 acres. Visibility is expected to worsen in the Brookings and Harbor area as a result of fire growth. A community meeting will be held in Brookings at Azalea Middle School, this Sunday Aug. 20th at 3 p.m.

New fires on ODF-protected lands

A lack of lightning and moderate temperatures across inland Oregon meant relatively few new fire starts yesterday. Aggressive initial attack by ODF firefighters has kept most of the few that did start on ODF-protected lands to small size.
In southern Oregon, temperatures have been in the 80s and 90s and the energy release component levels (a measure of the available energy per square foot at the flaming front of a fire) are in some places setting records. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District responded yesterday afternoon to a fire in steep, brushy terrain five miles east of Grants Pass near I-5 at milepost 53. That fire quickly grew to about 30 acres. ODF sent 11 engines, nine hand crews, two water tenders and four dozers to the fire.
The Staley Fire south of Oakridge is burning just a few miles from ODF-protected land. ODF is engaging with the Incident Management Team managing that fire. 
Updates on other existing wildfires
Umpqua North Complex – Douglas Forest Protective Association
Because the fire continues to move west towards the Umpqua National Forest boundary, fire managers have entered into a Unified Command structure with the U.S. Forest Service, ODF, Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Bureau of Land Management.

Increased fire activity is expected this afternoon. ODF and Douglas Forest Protective Association personnel remain engaged in protecting private lands threatened by the group of fires that started on the Umpqua National Forest.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Umpqua North Complex Fire Managers, issued a Level One “Get Ready” evacuation notice today for the Susan Creek residential area and the Bureau of Land Management Susan Creek Campground. The Umpqua National Forest remains closed in areas of the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake ranger districts.

Whitewater Fire – Willamette National Forest / ODF North Cascade District

More burnout operations to remove vegetation between this fire and control lines are planned. This should help keep the fire from spreading into private forestland. The fire size is holding at 6,716 acres. Two Oregon Army National Guard Ch-47 helicopters from Pendleton continue dropping water on the fire.
Fire conditions forecast
Eclipse viewers will be pleased to note that skies will be sunny everywhere but the coast over the next few days. Temperatures away from the coast will moderate this weekend into the low to mid-80s except around Medford, which will be in the 90s. Sunny skies, however, mean fuels will remain dry and vulnerable to ignition.
Lightning is expected to return to south-central Oregon Tuesday, spreading more widely to central and eastern Oregon on Wednesday. With it comes the almost certain risk of new wildfires. Fire restrictions and closures remain in effect. To find those for ODF-protected lands, go to

For more information on wildfires and wildfire readiness, please go to the department’s wildfire blog.  

Source: Tillamook County Pioneer

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The Littoral Life: Say Anything

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on The Littoral Life: Say Anything

By Dan Haag

I was born and raised in the heart of the Midwest, a small town combining the musings of Garrison Kellior and the paintings of Norman Rockwell: Boy Scouts, parades, a butcher who knew everyone by name, bikes with streamers, swimming holes, cookouts, potlucks.
Not unlike the towns of the Oregon Coast, it was gentle, small town America.
We were blissfully tucked away from the specter of racism that hovered over larger cities.
Burning crosses existed only in hot, angry places like Alabama or Mississippi and our fields and back yards were for barbecues and freeze tag, not men in white hoods.
World War II and The Civil Rights Movement were over and the good guys had won. The history books said so and there was no need to talk about that kind of nonsense anymore.
Racism was treated like an urban legend: Did you hear about the elderly Jewish couple down the street? Someone shot their dog and stuffed it in their mailbox. Or that the Hindu gentleman around the corner had his new car spray-painted with swastikas?
Surely an exaggeration.
Casual racism was always with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Go to any bowling alley, VFW or Thanksgiving dinner table and you’d inevitably hear someone’s grandpa or uncle share a racist joke, also known as “off-color humor.”
The sentiment was that it never hurt anyone and was always in good fun. Adults were quick to point out to curious youngsters such as myself that it was a generational quirk: “That’s just how people talked when your great-grandma was young.”
It always upset me but I didn’t feel it was my place to raise a fuss.
Soon, I was given three chances to articulate that discomfort.
The first came when a black kid moved into the neighborhood. I was about 12 and he was the first person of color most of us had ever seen in person.
The first day of school, he was late for the bus and got there just as it was pulling away.
When he boarded, a hush fell. All the stupid school bus chatter faded as everyone regarded him with curious hostility.
“Back of the bus!” one of the older kids yelled. Everyone laughed.
I was old enough to know what “back of the bus” meant but afraid of being singled out, I stayed silent.
The second time was during a high school soccer match. One of the referees was a college kid, an exchange student from Kenya.
After he made a call that went against our opponents, their coach got in the refs’ face and screamed, “I’m gonna have your coaching license, boy!”
I knew that “boy” was the same as the “n-word,” but I stayed silent. No need to rock the boat.
After the game, no one offered condolences or apologies to the referee. Instead we lined up and exchanged handshakes with the opposing team, congratulating one another on our excellent sportsmanship.
Finally, my Political Science professor during freshman year of college was African-American.
As he was handing back our final term papers, a student announced he had something to say about the poor grade he’d been given.
Suffice to say that none of it had to do with the professor’s ability as an instructor, only the color of his skin.
The professor merely nodded in acceptance and dismissed us, but not before he got to see the angry student’s buddies reward him with a round of celebratory high-fives.
Not one word of rebuke to them, not one of support to the professor. Because I wanted nothing more than to remain unnoticed, I was silent.
With time and distance, I wonder why the urge to say something, to say anything wasn’t as strong as my need to remain anonymous.
I wonder if the adult version of me is any better, or is his head firmly buried in the sand?
Mostly, I wonder what my voice would have sounded like had I used it when I was offered a chance to show my quality.
Would it have been clear, forceful, influential? I’ll never know.
But I am an expert on how silence feels.
Silence is snake venom. Silence is a knife to the throat. Silence is a malignant tumor.
Silence is a killer.

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Q&A with Jay Sennewald, Ocean Shores Coordinator, Oregon Parks & Recreation

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Q&A with Jay Sennewald, Ocean Shores Coordinator, Oregon Parks & Recreation

Here is helpful information from Jay Sennewald, Ocean Shores Coordinator with Oregon Parks & Recreation, answers to questions from the Pioneer’s South County correspondent, April Bailey.

Will there be extra personnel stationed near the ropes to keep people from hiking to the end of Cape Kiwanda?
[SENNEWALD Jay]  Safety at that site is one of our top priorities, in light of recent tragedies there and our stepped-up efforts to protect people from their own bad decisions. We are planning to have all of our rangers and managers on-duty during the actual eclipse event, but our resources will be spread thin if the predicted crowds materialize. We intend to have two rangers at the cape, plus we have contracted with the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Department to have one of their deputies assist us with ocean shore rule enforcement and crowd management.

Are you concerned about people camping on the beach given the tide fluctuation predicting for the day of the eclipse?
[SENNEWALD Jay]  We are very concerned about people camping on the beach before the event. A new moon coincides with the eclipse, and the high tide tides during the middle of the night prior to the event will be in the 9-foot plus range. We are expecting this high tide to reach the upper-most portion of beaches state-wide which will make camping risky or even possibly dangerous. We have had some help from local television news agencies and radio stations recommending that people not camp on the beach around the time of the event.

Any general advice for locals about avoiding issues (i.e., traffic gridlock, increased trespassers, general safety, etc.)?
[SENNEWALD Jay]  The important thing to remember is that we are expecting extremely large crowds and with them comes the potential for problems. The biggest concerns of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are for public safety, and protection of our parks and the ocean shore from damage.  A total ban of fires along the coast, effective this week, will help to minimize the potential for larger fire-related problems, so we hope that visitors and locals will respect the fire ban. Also, now is a good time to remind everybody that fireworks are strictly prohibited within all State Parks and on the Ocean Shore State Recreation Area.

Private property owners and local residents should be aware that emergency service providers will also be stretched thin and will face response time challenges if traffic predictions become a reality, and therefore they will need to be vigilant in safeguarding their homes and property. OPRD staff and rangers have no law enforcement authority on private property.

Parking on the beach at Pacific City has limitations, and we often reach capacity on crowded weekends during the summer months. The eclipse will undoubtedly create a huge demand for on-beach parking, and at the same time we need to keep the dory ramp open for boat launching and for emergency vehicle access, so we expect the majority of visitors to Pacific City to find parking in “town” and then walk down to the beach once capacity is reached.

Our staff has been preparing for this event for a long time, and we feel that we are ready to manage our parks during this unprecedented event. Of course, much of how things unfold will depend largely on the public’s behavior. We are asking visitors to be patient with others, leave extra time to arrive at their destination, pack their trash, and most of all to be safe, have fun, and respect our State Park and Ocean Shore rules so that everybody can enjoy this special event.

Jay Sennewald|  Ocean Shores Coordinator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
12735 NW Pacific Coast Highway
Seal Rock, Oregon 97376
(541) 563-8504
Ocean Shore SRA

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“Full Staffing” Positioned to Prevent Wildfires in Tillamook State Forest

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on “Full Staffing” Positioned to Prevent Wildfires in Tillamook State Forest

(TILLAMOOK, Ore.) – Eddy Wallmark, Tillamook Protection Unit Forester said his wildland firefighers will be at “full staffing” and where they need to be, before, during, and after the Eclipse.  Because of the uncertainties, numbers of people and where they will be, the Eclipse event has become an unusual event to plan and prepare for.  To cover this uncertainty staggered work shifts and preparations to “spike out”, camp primitively, have been made and will be started today, August 18th.

Firefighters will be working staggered shifts covering the hours from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with longer hours possible in case of fire start.  As Wallmark put it “everybody plus our Stewardship Forester will be out in the forest”.  A recent plus is that all firefighters that had been helping on other fires around the Oregon have now returned.  In addition to firefighters stationed in Tillamook a helicopter based crew has been brought in from Canada that can quickly be flown to a fire from their temporary base in Dallas, Oregon.  When firefighters do leave the Tillamook District office they will all be prepared to spend at least three days out in case traffic becomes impassible, Wallmark adding “we will try and get people home”.
All of the changed shifts, spiking out, and additional firefighters are focused on one thing now, wildfire prevention.  There was strength is Wallmark’s voice when asked if they will be putting out abandoned campfires “Absolutely” adding “it is unfortunate when the public doesn’t take the time to put out their campfire”.  Forest land is currently under Regulated Use fire regulations which regulate public activity in the forest.  Among other requirements campfires are not permitted outside of Designated Campsites, requirements that each vehicle traveling into the forest to have a shovel and a fire extinguisher and/or a gallon of water, and smoking is only permitted within a closed vehicle.  Asking Wallmark if there was anything else he would like to add, he said “don’t park on dry grass” and “to enjoy this once in a lifetime event while ensuring our forests benefit future generations to come”.  

Source: Tillamook County Pioneer

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