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Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on MAN SWEPT AWAY OFF ROCKS IN DEPOE BAY

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News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 18th, 2018 2:00 PM

On January 18, 2018 at approximately 11:20am the Oregon State Police responded to Depoe Bay for a report of a male that had been swept off the rocks near the sea wall in Depoe Bay. Witnesses reported the male went over the sea wall to look at the ocean and was then swept off the rocks.

Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Coast Guard responded to assist with the search. The Coast Guard helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Facility Newport responded to the area within ten minutes and the crew, aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, is continuing the water search but the male has not been seen since.

People are urged to be aware of the sneaker waves, high water, debris pattern from ocean waves, and not to cross closed parking lots or parks that are closed due to the ocean conditions.

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Highway 101/6 Project Update – 1/18/18

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2018 SOS Tillamook Calendar

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

The rain has returned with a vengeance this week, and much of the concrete and sidewalk work that will need to happen over the next few weeks will be at the mercy of the weather. As you drive through the project area you are sure to notice that curb, gutter and sidewalk crews are all over the place. In addition to big leaps forward in the radial work in front of the Pioneer Museum, the work continues on Main between Second and Third, and around the bioswale on Fourth and Main.

Excavation on First St between Pacific and Main in front of the Rodeo Steakhouse is one of the most striking new developments. Please note that the Rodeo is open regular hours throughout construction, and that access is available through their side door, which is on the west side (Main Street side) of the building, set back in their parking lot. A recent lunch there reminded me that I would cross any barrier for those spicy cheesy egg rolls…

Things are also moving efficiently on the bridge work. There are some big pours scheduled through the end of this week and in to next week, which will provide the base structure for the new bridge. This is exciting for progress, but also an easy way to get distracted as you’re driving through the area. Please be mindful of the stop and start traffic through the project area and stay safe.

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

FAQ’s about the project:

Why is the width of the sidewalks downtown being reduced?

In some areas the width of sidewalks will be reduced in order to increase the size of U.S. 101 travel lanes to meet the current ODOT standard of twelve feet. Currently the travel lanes in downtown Tillamook are only ten feet wide and there have been a relatively high number of low-speed crashes in downtown Tillamook that can be attributed to the narrow lanes. These accidents tend to involve large trucks and recreational vehicles side-swiping
parked cars. Some traffic congestion in downtown can also be attributed to the sub-standard lanes.

The environmental study phase of the project explored the tradeoffs associated with narrowing sidewalks in order to widen travel lanes. Downtown Tillamook is considered a Special Transportation Area because the highway goes through compact urban development. As such, ODOT guidelines prioritize local access needs over highway mobility. However, public feedback received during the environmental study indicated that it would be preferable to narrow the sidewalks and widen the travel lanes in order to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the number of vehicle conflicts. This trade-off was considered acceptable with regards to the STA guidelines because the existing 12-foot sidewalks are two feet wider than the minimum standard. Although the sidewalk width is being reduced, sidewalks will still meet ADA requirements.

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Manzanita’s Big Wave Cafe continues tradition to support local community groups, hosts spaghetti dinner for Eugene Schmuck Foundation January 28th

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MANZANITA, Ore. – The Big Wave Cafe in Manzanita is a restaurant with a purpose – to support and give back to the community, and that includes donations and fundraisers for select nonprofits each year. “The Williams family feels so lucky and blessed to be part of such a special place in our world, and we feel it is part of the sense of community and our responsibility to give back whenever possible,” said Chef/Owner Brian Williams, who owns the business with his wife Carol. Their son, Sam Williams, is the restaurant manager.

The first fundraiser will be for the Eugene Schmuck Foundation (ESF), a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the charities in the North Tillamook County area, and has provided funding and scholarships to local charities for over 25 years with proceeds from the Manzanita Open golf tournament. Join the Eugene Schmuck Foundation for a spaghetti dinner at the Big Wave Café on Sunday January 28th. The menu will include spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert with coffee or soft drink, for $15.00 at the door. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. The special dinner is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. and dinners are tax-deductible. There will also be opportunities to win some special raffle prizes as well.
The ESF mission includes:
* Recognize the needs of the citizens of North Tillamook County;
* Conduct an annual event intended to draw support from local citizens and visitors;
* Generate funds from this event at a minimum cost;
* Distribute funds raised to bonafide organizations serving North Tillamook County;
* Provide educational scholarships to North Tillamook County students.

The Big Wave makes a practice of supporting the community year-round by employing up to 30 people, all local residents, and sourcing as many of its food items as possible from Tillamook County, said Williams. “It costs more to buy from our local farmers, ranchers and fisherman, but it provides a better product and keeps money in our county.” In past years, the Big Wave Café has hosted dinners on behalf of a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Pine Grove Community Club, Friends of North Tillamook Library, Rinehart Clinic, and Manzanita Business Alliance, and others.

It’s in the spirit of continuing to support the local economy and community that the Big Wave Café also donated twenty $25 gift certificates to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay Guardsman and Guardswoman for the unit’s annual holiday party. “The Coast Guard’s over 40 local active personnel keep our commercial fishing fleets and sports fishermen safe year-round,” said Williams, who enjoys sports fishing himself. “This is a way for us to say ‘thank you.’”

Watch for information about the Big Wave Café’s other spaghetti fundraiser for the North Tillamook County Food Bank on Monday February 26th.

“Please join us in supporting these great local organizations that play a role in making this the best place in the world to call home.”

The Big Wave Cafe is located at 822 Laneda Avenue, in Manzanita.

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Coast Guard helo crew hoists 3 men at Ecola State Park Today Jan. 17th

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A GoogleMaps photo shows Indian Beach where a Coast Guard aircrew rescued three men after they became stranded by the rising tide at Indian Beach, January 17, 2018.

ASTORIA, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued three men after they became stranded by the rising tide at Indian Beach, Wednesday.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the men and transported them to Canon Beach Fire Department personnel waiting on shore.

Sector watchstanders received a report from Seaside 911 dispatchers with a request for assistance at 12:20 p.m. after the three men, who were fishing in tide pools, became stranded due to high tide.

There were no reported injuries at the time of the rescue.

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North County Pie Day Auction and Feast Coming Saturday, January 27th to White Clover Grange

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on North County Pie Day Auction and Feast Coming Saturday, January 27th to White Clover Grange

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NEHALEM, OR, (January 12, 2018) — The 10th Annual North County Pie Day is coming on January 27th at 3 pm! Once again, this fun and fantastic event will be taking place at the White Clover Grange in Nehalem (36585 Highway 53) and will be a joint fundraiser for Food Roots and the White Clover Grange.

For just $10 in advance or at the door ($5 for children 12 and under) you will gain entry to an exciting pie auction with the funny and entertaining Susan Tone, returning for her fourth year as auctioneer. This auction will feature two dozen creative, delicious, and impressive pies from local bakers, chefs, and restaurants, many of which can’t be found anywhere else. Following this fast-paced auction will be an all-you-can-eat pie and ice cream feast! In addition, the incredible Liz Cole will kick off the festivities with her traditional and always compelling performance of “Ode to Pie.”

For those who like their pie, this event is a particular treat. Fruit pies, custard pies, savory pies, vegan pies, gluten-free pies, and various pies-but-not-pies–all of them will be at this event! The creativity of North Coast pie bakers knows no bounds.

It all takes place on Saturday, January 27th from 3 to 5pm at the White Clover Grange. Doors open at 2:30pm so come early for pie viewing and a good seat. There’s nothing better to get you through a winter’s afternoon than bidding on a delicious, locally made pie and then celebrating by eating as much pie and ice cream as you can, all while supporting two great community organizations.

Learn more and purchase advance tickets at

The presenting sponsors of North County Pie Day are and Manzanita Grocery & Deli. This event’s other sponsors include the Salmonberry Saloon; Susan Tone, RE/MAX Broker; Valerie Schumann, Principle Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Hans Tonjes, Real Estate Broker; Unfurl; and the Tillamook County Creamery Association.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, baking a pie for the feast or auction, or sponsoring North County Pie Day, please contact Joel Caris at or 503-705-7100 for more information.

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Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce: MORNINGS ON MAIN STREET

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce: MORNINGS ON MAIN STREET

2018 SOS Tillamook Calendar

By Sierra Lauder, Tillamook Chamber of Commerce

Highlights from January 16th – upcoming visits from legislators and upcoming TURA projects:

  • Representative Kurt Shrader will be in Tillamook for a Town Hall meeting this Saturday, Jan. 20th at noon at the Tillamook High School Auditorium.
  • Senator Ron Wyden will be in Tillamook this Sunday Jan. 21st at 4:30 pm at the Officer’s Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay.
  • Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency has funded four key public projects, two of which include building safe sidewalks for near schools (along 12th St east of the High School toward Evergreen, and a second project with several short sidewalk stretches in the neighborhood to the east of East School and the Junior High), a third that will repair Fifth St between Main and Stillwell and address sewer concerns there, and a fourth project that will bring sidewalks and lighting along First, Ivy and Front, connecting downtown and the Sue H. Elmore Park.

If you have questions or would like more info about these projects, feel free to email or call the Chamber at (503) 842-7525.

Our goal with Mornings on Main Street is always to balance sharing information with learning about each other’s businesses and goals for the community.

Join us Tuesday, February 20th, 8 AM-9 AM for a Drop in/Open House gathering at Chamber Headquarters, 208 Main Ave.
Anna Shapiro from the Small Business Association will be here to share a unique entrepreneur training program that the SBA is offering.
Ted Bender from Oregon Saves will be here to share a new savings program that the Oregon Treasury is rolling out.

Mornings on Main Street happens the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Sierra at (503) 842-7525 or

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