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LETTER TO EDITOR: Misleading “survey” distorts truth, not Tillamook Way

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on LETTER TO EDITOR: Misleading “survey” distorts truth, not Tillamook Way

Tillamook County has just experienced a new low in political campaigning. A person, who wishes to remain anonymous, has paid for a push/pull telephone survey in our County regarding the proposed 1% construction excise tax. This telephone survey has been described to me by those who responded to it as biased, unethical, sleazy, and a total distortion of the truth. In other words, it was done to force people to come up with a predetermined answer by Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous.
I have lived in Tillamook County my entire life and participated in many campaigns. Never have I seen our politics brought down to this level of a moral and ethical low. This is definitely not the Tillamook Way! Whether you support or oppose the tax is not the issue. The issue has become do you support an honest and fair democratic process in our County, State, and Nation, or do you support Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous, someone who does not believe in an open, transparent, and democratic process in our country.
When you lose faith in the political system, you put into jeopardy all of our American core beliefs. I challenge Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous to disclose him or herself so that we can see who opposes workforce housing for the Creamery, hospital, schools, lumber mills, farmers, and almost all other industries in our community. Full-time workers in the tourist industry should not be living in their cars due to a lack of housing. I have taken the lead on finding solutions to our workforce housing crisis and on proposing the 1% tax as a step in the right direction. I believe it is my role as a County Commissioner to improve the quality of life for all in the County. I have also taken the political abuse for supporting a tax that 90% of our population will never pay! I encourage you to talk to me if you have questions on the workforce housing crisis or the 1% tax on new construction.
I am not asking any more of Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous than I ask of myself. If you want to be a leader, then lead, don’t hide behind anonymity. I ask our political parties, both Republican and Democrat, to write a letter to the editor outlining their stance on biased, unethical, and sleazy push/pull surveys. I am also asking those who supported putting the workforce housing issue on the ballot to write letters to the editor outlining their thoughts on why they think it is unethical and wrong to hide behind being anonymous for negative advertising. Lastly, I encourage the public to weigh in with letters to the editor with your opinion of negative advertising paid for by Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous in our County. Tillamook County, we are better than this!
Bill Baertlein, County Commissioner

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Highway 101/6 Project Update – 9/21/17

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Highway 101/6 Project Update – 9/21/17

By Sierra Lauder, Director of Events and Downtown Development, Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce
This week the big action news is the transition of demolition on First St from in front of the Pioneer Museum westward to the block in front of the Rodeo. Right now, traffic directly in front of the Rodeo is two lanes eastbound to access northbound Pacific and go across the bridge- we will see the lane closest to the sidewalk in front of the Rodeo close for the demolition process and traffic from southbound Main and eastbound First St. will have one lane to utilize for the left hand turn on to Pacific headed north. In summary, this should not cause much disruption to the traffic pattern as we have come to know it.
What you are not seeing this week is any more excavation on Main St. When accessing the large vault in front of Sunflower Flats in preparation to start the dig, contractors discovered a large amount of private property debris which was not present during the original inspection. The debris will need to be removed prior to reinforcing the vault and filling it with lightweight concrete. Rather than start the excavation and expose the vault to flooding potential, the contractors are on hold while ODOT and the property owners come to an arrangement about removing the debris. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly and we will see that vault work wrap up quickly so Main St. work can get going.
From a pedestrian perspective, sidewalks continue to be a top priority for crews. They are moving as quickly as possible to get the route over the bridge completed. Some final spots along the east side of Pacific, combined with signage attempting to explain the pedestrian detour to avoid the bridge have given the misconception that access to the Pioneer Museum is not open. This is not the case! Please do not be dissuaded from visiting the museum, using either the south entrance on Second or the ADA ramp which starts on Second and wraps around the building to First. Museum staff has worked hard to keep the ADA ramp clear, and invites the public to join them this fall during regular hours, Tuesday through Sunday 10-4. A quick reminder that Tillamook Transportation District continues to provide the shuttle (or Dial-A-Ride after hours) free of charge to pedestrians who need to cross the bridge during this time.
You may have also noted the striping of the crosswalks along Pacific varies depending on the intersection. Fun Fact! The parallel line style that is painted at the intersections of Third and First across Pacific are the standard style used at signalized intersections. The style that is painted at Second and Pacific, which may remind you of the cover of Abbey Road, is called the “continental style” of crosswalk striping, and is used at non-signalized intersections.
While I very much wish I could sign off with a reference to the album by saying: “Here Comes the Sun,” I will have to settle for asking you all to continue to “Come Together.” Every week I am more impressed with our community’s efforts to weather this construction gracefully, and if there are any questions you have, please feel free to reach out to us at the Chamber and we will do our best to track down answers for you.

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Kindercamps and School Readiness

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Kindercamps and School Readiness

By Michelle Jenck, Years of Wellness Coordinator
Kids of all ages are back in school. For some, this will be their first year in a formal school setting. Experts say Kindergarten has become the new first grade. Students are expected to arrive with the necessary skills. Preschool and day care can provide the foundation for behavior and emotional skills necessary for school success but not all kids have these opportunities.
Enter “Kindercamps,” which are funded by the state and administered by the Northwest Early Learning Hub. Offered at local schools throughout Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties, Kindercamps help students make the transition from home to school, something that is often difficult for parents and children alike.

Local Kindercamps took place in August, before the start of the school year. These are typically geared for children who may find it more challenging to make the transition, especially kids with no day care or preschool experience.
Smaller class sizes and increased adult support help students become familiar with new routines, learn to follow directions, and pay attention. Through group activities, stations, and sharing, kids learn how to take turns, care for classroom space and materials and socialize with other students.
According to Eva Manderson, Early Learning Specialist and Preschool Promise Manager for the Northwest Early Learning Hub, “Kids rise to the occasion when we set expectations and give them goals. It warms my heart to go into the classroom and see these children settling into routines, becoming leaders and role models for their peers.”
Parent education is another important component of Kindercamps. Support and partnerships are offered to encourage parent involvement in their child’s development. Research shows that parent support and engagement improves a child’s school readiness, reduces problem behaviors, enhances social skills and promotes academic success.
“Our teachers love Kindercamp,” said Liberty School Principal, Jennifer Guarcello. It is so great to have 45 students here for 2 1/2 weeks in the summer learning routines and expectations. It makes the beginning of the year so much smoother as these kiddos arrive confident, excited, and aware of expectations and routines. These 45 kinder campers became our peer models and are amazing resources for other students.”
As Sue Cody, from the “Way to Wellville” in Clatsop County notes, another important component of early learning is a focus on developing social and emotional skills. These include setting and achieving positive goals, feeling empathy and maintaining positive relationships. “Kindergarten teachers report that, of the 32 million children living in poverty or low-income homes in the United States, nearly half lack strong social-emotional skills and are not ‘ready to succeed in school,” according to a brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Penn State University.
Just as we teach the ABCs as a foundation for literacy, current research points to the need to teach children about emotions. By recognizing, communicating about and learning to regulate emotions, students are more likely to gain the skills they need to thrive academically, mentally and physically in Kindergarten and beyond.

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“20” is the Theme & Only 180 Trashion Show tickets will be sold—Don’t Wait!

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on “20” is the Theme & Only 180 Trashion Show tickets will be sold—Don’t Wait!

What kind of clothes can be made out of recycled “20”?  Twenty grocery bags?  Or 20 light bulbs? Or maybe 20 laundry detergent boxes? Plan to attend the 6th annual Trashion Show/Upcycle Party (TSUP) and find out how this year’s trashionistas translate “20” into wearable garments made out of recycled materials.

This unique and inspiring fundraiser pays homage to CARTM’s 20th Anniversary on Saturday, October 7 at  7 p.m. at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, 36155 9th Street in Nehalem.  Tickets are on sale now at CARTM.  The $30 ticket includes the runway show, admission to the Upcycle Party, delicious food catered by the Bleu-eyed Baker, beverages (adult and alcohol-free) and dancing to music by DJ AfTim Rhythm.  TSUP regularly sells out so don’t wait to purchase tickets. If available, tickets at the door will be $35.

Genevieve Blaettler’s 2016 trashion outfit made from corrugated paper and lids of all kinds.  Photo by trav williams, broken banjo photography

For those who have not attended before, this colorful and creative event is a two-part experience opening with a classic fashion (trashion!) runway show in the historic auditorium and culminates in an after-party which celebrates the joy of re-use and offers an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the models and their creations.
“The amazing outfits we feature in the show are made and modeled by men, women and teenagers from our local community and from as far away as Bellingham, Washington,” said Trashion Show coordinator Mary Beth Moran.  “Every year we look forward to seeing the remarkable spark of creative genius that turns trash into something not only wearable but beautiful.”
“Where else can you see your local farmer, teacher, high schooler, business owner, parent, musician, and happy retiree coming together on the same stage to strut their stuff!” said Moran.  “Everyone is represented, everyone wants to be a part of this amazing event whether they are on stage, back stage or in the audience.  Everyone wants to see how their friends and neighbors turn something they would typically throw away into something unique and fun to wear.”
Purchase advance tickets at CARTM Refindery cashier, Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 34995 Necarney City Road in Manzanita.
Event attendees don’t have to be on stage to wear something created with upcycled materials to the event.  Everyone is encouraged to become part of the ambiance by using everyday disposable materials to create a hat, a jacket or an accessory that embraces the trashion ethic.
CARTM’s TSUP is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Recology and Oregon Coast Cannabis  For more information call 503-368-7764 or
CARTM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is “to eliminate waste by inspiring our community to rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle.  CARTM is celebrating 20 years of offering its unique trio of services to North Tillamook County.

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FIRST THE GREEN FENCE, NOW THE NATIONAL SWORD – Accepted Recyclable Materials to Change

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on FIRST THE GREEN FENCE, NOW THE NATIONAL SWORD – Accepted Recyclable Materials to Change

Remember four years ago when the Chinese “Green Fence” was put up? It was a virtual wall constructed to prevent mixed and contaminated recyclable materials from entering China. For many years, China has been the world’s biggest buyer of recyclable materials – no other country comes close. This “fence” radically changed what we were able to recycle in our community. Without a place to send mixed ‘rigid’ #6 and #7 plastic for recycling, CARTM had to stop collecting it.

Fast forward to February 2017, when China announced “The National Sword.” The government no longer wants to import used containers. Although CARTM customers rigorously sort their recycling to prevent contamination, we are affected again. After October 1, CARTM can no longer accept the following packaging: #1 clamshells, #4 and #5 plastic, and plastic caps and lids. Other materials may be affected in the future.

Traditionally conscious consumers have trained themselves to look for containers with the #4 or #5 labels on packaging of yogurt, sour cream, crumbled cheeses, salsas and prepackaged grab and go food items in. These buying decisions were often made knowing that the packaging could be recycled. Not anymore. Until a new market opens, these items must be landfilled.

Tillamook County’s mobile recycling trailer, which travels around the county collecting recycling, will also stop accepting these items.

“Because we can’t guarantee that these materials have a way to be recycled, we can’t in good conscience continue to collect them,” said CARTM’s executive director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “We will stockpile the clamshells, #4s, #5s and caps we that come in this month, hoping for another market to open up. Unfortunately, after October 1 they will have go to the landfill and that is the opposite of our mission. It breaks my heart.”

This latest blow to the recycling world means that consumers have an opportunity to make their voices heard by contacting the companies whose products they enjoy and regularly purchase.

“It is time to put pressure on the manufacturers to take responsibility for the packaging they create,” said Karen. “If we don’t, they will continue to use materials that are not recyclable. This could be a moment in time where we could affect change in a big way.”

“In addition, consumers can go back to buying whole produce rather than bagged or packaged produce to minimize waste. Of course we regret the inconvenience this may cause to CARTM users, and we look forward to the discussions the “National Sword” will stimulate.”

CARTM will continue to accept plastics that do have a recyclable value. Those are: #2 frosty milk jugs, #1 bottles, #2 colored bottles and 10 cent deposit soda, water and beer bottles. CARTM also accepts a vast array of paper, glass and metal. For the full list visit

CARTM, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is located at 36994 Necarney City Road in Manzanita. CARTM’s recycling, trash transfer station and The Refindery, a creative re-use store, are open Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information call 503-368-7764.

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