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Historic Rockaway Beach Visitors Center’s Caboose Gets TLT Grant-funded Remodel

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Historic Rockaway Beach Visitors Center’s Caboose Gets TLT Grant-funded Remodel

Pictured: Michele Bradley and Pami Boomer, POTB, Meghan Burdick, Visit Tillamook Coast, Emma Poulsen, Kristine Hayes, Jeremy Horton, Maureen Taylor, Anne McBride PHOTO BY DON BEST

On Friday June 23rd at 4 pm the ribbon cutting for the Rockaway Beach Visitors Information Center and historic caboose re-model resulting from a local TLT grant launched the weekends activities, including the Pirates Festival. The Rockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce is excited to share the recently completed remodel to the Visitors Information Center and Historic Caboose.
The Rockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce would like to give a special thanks to the Port of Tillamook Bay for our continued partnership, sponsoring the Chamber, and allowing us to achieve the goals of the grant.

 

The improvements made for the project were done as a result of a grant awarded by the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners and generous donations. Grant funds were through a transient lodging tax (TLT) grant. The grant allowed us to improve safety, re-roof, and repaint the caboose. It will last for many years to come.
By updating the exterior of the Historic Caboose the local 60-year-old Chamber of Commerce volunteers to keep providing information to thousands of visitors a year. Information that is distributed from the Historic Caboose comes form local and state agencies to better educate visitors of our area as well as all other areas of Tillamook County.

Our Visitors Information Center Historic Caboose is already a local landmark strategically placed along Hwy 101 in the middle of the downtown corridor. We offer sought after information, so that every visitor will leave informed of the wonderful opportunities available throughout Rockaway Beach and the surrounding cities. Come visit the caboose you will find a treasure trove of, literature, maps about attractions, and services countywide. Information Center materials include; natural recourses, parks, historical landmarks, trails, community events, as well as serving the local businesses. We help to maintain the local economy by placing added emphasis on local services, businesses, and points of interest in the area that the visitor wants to see when they enjoy our coast.

The Chamber would like to say a special THANK YOU, for support of this project to; Tillamook County Commissioners, Port of Tillamook Bay, Tillamook County Tourism Advisory Committee and Economic Development Council, Divinci Roofing, Brown Roofing, Carlson Roofing, Rosenbergs Builders Supply, and Sherwin Williams

www.RockawayBeach.net


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Science on the Grill with ODFW Marine Reserves Program June 27

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Science on the Grill with ODFW Marine Reserves Program June 27

Science on the Grill, June 27th 2017, 12 – 3 pm, Garibaldi (near the boat launch).

Enjoy an afternoon of free BBQ with a side of science! The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program is hosting a BBQ for fishers and interested community members to share some results of our Spring 2017 marine research, let people know about upcoming Fall 2017 fieldwork, provide information about how to volunteer / get involved with our science, and be available to answer any general questions about marine science and the reserves. Bring the family and any marine science questions you have – ODFW biologists will be on hand to answer them!


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Nehalem Bay Health District Board Vacancy – The Rest of the Story …

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Nehalem Bay Health District Board Vacancy – The Rest of the Story …

(From the North Coast BBQ — www.northcoastbbq.com)

Hi BBQ Land!
Perhaps you saw the recent announcement for a Board Vacancy on the Nehalem Bay Health District. If you wondered why there was a vacancy so soon after the May election, here’s the rest of this story. The Board, at it’s last meeting on June 15, appointed current board member Jennifer Angelus to replace the “CEO” David Godsey, who recently resigned. (They did not advertise for this job opening). Ms. Angelus then had to resign her position on the board, creating a vacancy. At this same board meeting, the board was poised to appoint Ted Weissbach, who lost to Lynda Chick in the May election, to the vacancy created by Ms. Angelus’ resignation. Thankfully, members of the public who were present were able to convince the board to have a more open and democratic process to fill the vacancy. Time is very limited, as the board wants to appoint someone to this position at a meeting they intend to hold on July 3. They have not provided any criteria for how they will determine who is qualified for this position. If you have any interest in serving on this board, please submit your name with a letter of interest and a resume by June 27, 2017 to Nehalem Bay Health District, PO Box 6, Wheeler, OR 97147 or electronically to nbhdistrict@gmail.com.  Mr. Weissbach lost the last election, and your vote should matter. Let’s give this board some choices!
 If you have concerns about this process, please do one or all of the following things right away:
 1. Send an email to nbhdistrict@gmail.com or call 503-368-5119 to express your concern with the rapidity of this decision and ask them to reconsider to allow more individuals to apply for the vacancy.
 2. Contact the members of the board directly – they don’t provide their personal emails but here is a list of the current board members. Perhaps you know how to reach them:
Larry Zagata
Joel Sacks
Tom Mock
Ted Weissbach
 3. Plan to attend the Board meeting scheduled for July 3 – they haven’t shared the time or place for this meeting yet but they usually post a meeting notice in the Post Offices in Wheeler, Nehalem and Manzanita. 

Patricia L. Johnson, PhD


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Nehalem Bay Health District: VACANT BOARD POSITION

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Nehalem Bay Health District: VACANT BOARD POSITION

The Nehalem Bay Health District seeks a qualified voter to fill the balance of a vacant board position, term beginning July 3rd, 2017.  Applicants must reside within District boundaries which are the same as the Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue boundaries.  Please send letter of interest with a resume by June 27, 2017 to Nehalem Bay Health District, PO Box 6, Wheeler, OR 97147 or electronically to nbhdistrict@gmail.com.  The Board will fill the empty seat at a July 3rd, 2017 Special Meeting. 


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MICROPLASTIC CLEANUP MATTERS 3rd Annual Marine Microplastic Cleanup on Neahkahnie Beach in Manzanita June 24- 27

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on MICROPLASTIC CLEANUP MATTERS 3rd Annual Marine Microplastic Cleanup on Neahkahnie Beach in Manzanita June 24- 27

Manzanita, Oregon – Calling all beach lovers! Come help to remove microplastics from Neahkhanie Beach! The 3rd Annual Neahkhanie Beach Cleanup is coming up. Join us for four days, starting Saturday, June 24 through Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend four days making a difference on our beautiful beach. A microplastic-free beach is important for wildlife, pets, beach goers, and the ocean.
Shifts begin at 10am and 1:15pm with orientations at the start of each shift on the beach at the end of Laneda Avenue in Manzanita. Parking is available in town and along the beach. Following the training, groups of volunteers will work along the high tide line sifting sand and debris. Debris will be bagged and taken to CARTM for disposal.
Teenage volunteers and older are welcome to join this exciting event. Opportunities range from collecting debris, running materials, helping with set-up and take down, and food service.
Lunch will be provided each day by the generous donations of Manzanita Fresh Foods, Manzanita Market Grocery & Deli, Bread & Ocean, and The Bunkhouse. Bring a water bottle and your own snacks. Refill water will be available on site. This is a light rain or shine event. Heavy rains can delay start times so come down to the beach to get the plan for the day. Wear weather appropriate attire. Gloves and equipment will be provided.
To sign-up in advance email Kate Eskew at microplasticfreekate@gmail.com or simply come down during the event for a shift or the whole day.

 

In 2015 volunteers and Sea Turtles Forever staff covered 1.37 miles over 6 days, removing 315lbs of microplastic and debris. In 2016 24 volunteers, led by Marc Ward of Sea Turtles Forever, covered 300 meters and removed 115lbs of debris in 1 day. In those 7 days, over 100 volunteers dedicated their time, shared their stories, and their energy to make our beach clean and healthy. How much will we remove this year?
We are grateful for the support from so many organizations, businesses and individuals in Manzanita, along the coast, Portland, California, and beyond. We thank Tillamook County Solid Waste Department, CARTM, Sea Turtles Forever, SOLVE, NCRD, Manzanita Visitors Center, Unfurl Clothing, New Seasons Market, Wells Fargo, Manzanita Market Grocery & Deli, Manzanita Fresh Foods, Bread and Ocean, The Bunkhouse, Salt & Paper, Alix Lee, Becca Perhay, and many more yet to come.
If you can’t join us for the day of the event, please consider making a donation by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/microplastic-cleanup-matters-manzanita-or-2017/fundraiser/kateeskew or by mail to Sea Turtles Forever Trust, PO Box 845, Seaside, OR 97138. Be sure to include “Manzanita Cleanup” in the message section or on the memo line.
For more information, contact Neahkhanie Beach Microplastic Removal Coordinator, Kate Eskew at microplasticfreekate@gmail.com.


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Coast Guard issues violations, stresses water safety before record heat wave hits Washington

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Coast Guard issues violations, stresses water safety before record heat wave hits Washington

(Editor’s Note: This Coast Guard report is from Washington, but a good reminder to all mariners about boating safety.)

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard responded to three separate reports of disabled and adrift vessels in Washington, Friday afternoon, rescuing a total of eight adults and three children.
One incident resulted in issuing a safety violation after the vessel was found to be missing two adult life jackets but all 11 boaters were reported uninjured and were safely transferred back to shore.
At 1:32 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report of a vessel setting off an orange smoke flare near Mukilteo. A crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark arrived on scene in a rescue boat, towed the disabled vessel and discovered the violation while conducting a boarding.

 

“While we commend the vessel operator for utilizing their signal flare and helping us to locate them quickly, it’s important to have all of the required safety gear aboard your vessel before you go out on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Madden, a watchstander stationed at the Sector Puget Sound Command Center. “The number one cause of boating fatalities is drowning, most often by sudden and unexpected entry into the water. Wearing a life jacket increases the chances of surviving a boating accident.”
Just one hour before the Blue Shark crew responded to the disabled vessel, a Station Seattle crew towed two more disabled vessels, a 30-foot boat near Elliot Bay and an 18-foot pleasure craft near Maury Island.
According to the National Weather Service, a record heat wave is expected this weekend with temperatures into the mid-90s on Sunday.
With the hot weather, people will likely seek rivers and lakes for swimming and other water activities. Many bodies of water are experiencing run off from melted snowpack in the mountains and are still cold enough to put swimmers in danger of hypothermia and drowning.

Regardless of which water activity you choose, remember to be prepared before you go out on the water and to have the proper safety equipment aboard your vessel at all times. While not all safety equipment is required by law, the Coast Guard urges boaters to carry survival gear in the event of an emergency:
A well-fitted and Coast Guard approved life jacket
Two forms of water-proof communication (VHF Radio, cell phone in water-proof bag)
A fire extinguisher
A first aid kit
Navigation lights
Sound signals (fog horn or whistle)
Visual distress signals such as flares or mirrors


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