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Coast Guard vessel capsizes near 36th Street pier in Astoria on Jan. 4th

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Coast Guard vessel capsizes near 36th Street pier in Astoria on Jan. 4th

ASTORIA, Ore. — A 26-foot Coast Guard Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat capsized Saturday, January 4th with four crew members aboard near Pier 39 in Astoria.
Four Coast Guardsmen were aboard the vessel conducting routine operations when the capsizing occurred. The vessel reportedly encountered a series of heavy wakes that came over the bow, which resulted in an unrecoverable starboard list that capsized the vessel.

At 11:39 a.m., watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District command center in Seattle received four Personal Locator Beacon alerts registered to Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Astoria.
The beacons’ positions correlated with multiple good Samaritans’ reports of visual distress signals in the vicinity of Pier 39 in Astoria, Oregon. Correlating reports were also received by Astoria 911 dispatch.
At approximately 11:50 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River issued an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and directed a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk crew and a Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to respond.
At 12:09 p.m., crew members aboard the Columbia Bar Pilot vessel Connor Foss contacted the Coast Guard reporting they had recovered the four Coast Guardsmen from the water after responding to the UMIB and were en route to awaiting medical personnel at the 17th Street pier.
Clatsop County Sheriff Marine Unit assisted in the recovery by towing the capsized vessel to the 17th Street pier.

All persons involved are reported to be in healthy condition after being evaluated at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
The Coast Guard is overseeing salvage operations and has initiated the mishap board review process.

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Tillamook County Wellness: Choose Well, Tillamook County!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2020 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook County Wellness: Choose Well, Tillamook County!

By: Michelle Jenck, M.Ed., Wholly Healthy LLC, Tillamook County Wellness Coordinator
The term “wellness” can mean different things to different people. In the past, people considered the word wellness to mean the degree to which someone is not sick. Now, people are beginning to understand that “being well” is much more than “not being sick.”

Dr. Halbert Dunn, former chief of the U.S. Public Health Service National Office of Vital Statistics, came up with the term “high-level wellness” many years ago, describing it as:

  • Far more than the absence of disease or infirmity.
  • An awareness and aliveness to the world in which one lives.
  • Having a sense that our body and mind are in tune with the world around us.
  • An energized spirit where no task is too difficult, no hurdle too high

We recognize these traits and are attracted to them in other people, but they often seem out of reach. How does a person achieve high-level wellness? In order to answer that question, it might help to break down the idea of wellness a bit more.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Wellness Initiative states that there are eight dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Social, Financial, Occupational, Physical, Intellectual, Environmental and Spiritual. Each dimension is interconnected and dependent upon the others. When one is out of balance, it often affects the other dimensions. For example, financial stress might cause emotional distress and that, in turn, can hurt our social or work relationships. At first glance, this can seem overwhelming. These eight areas encompass so much of our already busy lives, it is difficult to determine what is causing our stress and what we can do about it. How on earth can we be expected to resolve the myriad issues that go sideways in any one of the dimensions, let alone across multiple areas?
In looking at how Dunn further describes wellness, we do get some clues. He cites three qualities of high-level wellness which include:
1) A direction of progress toward a higher potential of functioning;
2) A continual challenge to live at a fuller potential;
3) The integration of the total individual in body, mind and spirit in the functioning process.
Notice the words Dunn uses to describe this process: direction, continual challenge and integration. These are not end points in a process. They are the process. It is in the approach – in the “doing” – that we become well. When we choose an apple instead of a candy bar for that late afternoon snack, we are moving in a direction. We are helping ourselves realize our full potential in that one simple act. When we choose to meet a friend for a walk instead of a glass of wine. When we decide to make coffee and meals at home instead of spending the extra money eating out. When we choose to turn off the screen we are watching at night so we can get eight hours of sleep. When we decide to set aside fifteen minutes each morning for prayer or meditation. Over and over, day after day, we are presented with the “continual challenge” to move toward wellness. Over time, these micro-changes in our lives add up, functionally changing who we are in every aspect of our lives allowing us to realize our full potential from that one simple act.
With that in mind, we are excited to launch our Tillamook County Wellness “Choose Well” campaign. During this year you will see opportunities to Eat Well, Move Well, Work Well and even Screen Well with preventive health screenings. To kick things off, we invite you to follow us as we share simple tips and tricks for improving our eating habits. Consider choosing one small change each week, maybe try one of our delicious recipes or even just setting aside one night each week for a family meal.
According to Dunn, these changes can lead to “an intoxicating and contagious sense of joy.” Ah, yes. That sense of awareness and aliveness that we observe in others and seek for ourselves. This is the what Tillamook County Wellness is all about. Collectively, we are Making Healthy Happen. We can lead by example as individuals, parents, friends, family members and co-workers; making small changes in our daily lives and invite others to join us along the way.
For more local health and wellness information, go to, follow Tillamook County Wellness on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Heap up the habitat at NCLC’s Circle Creek stewardship day Jan. 15

Posted by on Jan 4, 2020 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Heap up the habitat at NCLC’s Circle Creek stewardship day Jan. 15

They may not look like much, but “habitat piles” are a boon to wildlife. Join North Coast Land Conservancy for a volunteer stewardship day Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 10 am to 1 pm and help create habitat heaps at Circle Creek Conservation Center in Seaside.

Large piles of woody debris create perching sites for songbirds. They shelter frogs and salamanders seeking dark, wet refuges. On floodplains such as the one at Circle Creek, they help slow the movement of water, creating resting places for juvenile salmon. As they age, the wood in habitat heaps slowly breaks down, adding richness to the soil. NCLC has used habitat piles as part of its forest restoration project high on Boneyard Ridge. Now volunteers are being sought to build habitat heaps on the former pasture at Circle Creek.

If you’d like to help, contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126 or to let her know you’re coming. Wear sturdy boots and gloves. All necessary tools will be provided. Bring drinking water and lunch; there will be no toilets or potable water on site. Dogs are not allowed on NCLC properties.

For more about North Coast Land Conservancy, go to

Circle Creek Conservation Center is at the end of Rippet Road in Seaside; look for it on the west side of US 101, 0.7 mile north of the junction with US 26. Follow the road west and north a short distance, passing a gravel quarry on your left, to where it ends between two barns.

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2020 Polar Plunges – Manzanita “cancelled” – Many Still Plunge; Tillamook YMCA at Cape Lookout

Posted by on Jan 4, 2020 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on 2020 Polar Plunges – Manzanita “cancelled” – Many Still Plunge; Tillamook YMCA at Cape Lookout

“The ocean was big that day, my friend” would be the caption for January 1, 2020.
The word went out on social media early that the Manzanita Polar Plunge was “cancelled.” What started as a bunch of friends jumping in the ocean on New Year’s Day, has become “the” polar plunge in recent years attracting hundreds to Neahkahnie Beach. Early on January 1st, Janice Gaines-Ehlen from the original group, shared this post:
“PLEASE SHARE! Happy New Years to all! We have been soooo lucky all these years and we all knew this day would come. It seems that is most prudent for the plunge to be CANCELLED for today. The ocean is very alive and rambunctious and starting its New Decade out with a bang. I will be on the beach to greet those that show up and well you get points for that. My suggestion is to come back on a mellower day and do the plunge even if its just with a friend or two. Post it on FB and share with North County News! Please share with others and remember:
IF YOU NEVER HAVE YOU SHOULD, THESE THINGS ARE FUN AND FUN IS GOOD! Stay healthy, kind and grateful!” – Janice Gaines-Ehlen

BUT – as Dave Dillon’s caption said on the North County News Facebook page later that day, “Nevertheless they persisted. While the annual, informal, totally unofficial, Manzanita Polar Plunge 2020 was cancelled out of concern for dangerous waves, the crowds still showed up this morning and jumped in the ocean.”

Photo by Dave Dillon, North County News

From Janice Gaines-Ehlen, later in the afternoon on January 1st, “I want to personally apologize for making the decision to say the Polar Plunge was cancelled. I should have just said be very careful and have fun! It is not MY plunge to say anything really. It is a public event that many come to do together and enjoy. A few original “plungers” and myself made the call only because we were concerned about your safety and I think that was a correct train of thought. We were doing what we thought was right. No one wanted to see anyone get swept out to sea and that is a real concern. For those of you who did not come to the plunge (many did plunge), I suggest going tomorrow morning and making up for it. I promise it will count! Please share if you do and we will make a fuss 🙂
The Plunge has a life of its own… Have a Great New Year!”

Meanwhile, the Polar Plunge in Tillamook, sponsored by the Tillamook County Family YMCA, held at Cape Lookout State Park day use area scheduled at 10 am went on. There was some confusion that both polar plunges were “cancelled”, but the earlier start time, was still an incoming tide, and the local fire department was on hand – along with numerous life guards from the Y. There are always as many spectators as plungers, and most quickly dip and dash back to the warming fire.

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Top Stories 2019 – August to December – Fires, Thefts, Closures – Oh My!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Top Stories 2019 – August to December – Fires, Thefts, Closures – Oh My!

Photo by Karen Holland Riske from Cape Lookout looking south toward Camp Meriwether from the evening of July 7th.

PHoto by Cynthia Jamsgard Tuel

Portrait Session

The Pioneer publishes Memory Tracks: Diary of a Depot by Virginia Carrell Prowell starting in September, by the chapters …

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

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Jazz Artists John Stowell and Anandi Gefroh Return to the Bay City Arts Center January 11th

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Jazz Artists John Stowell and Anandi Gefroh Return to the Bay City Arts Center January 11th

The Bay City Arts Center (BCAC) has announced the return of jazz musicians John Stowell and Anandi Gefroh for daytime workshops and a special evening concert on Saturday, January 11th. John Stowell is one of the leading jazz guitarists and teachers in the world, and has taught and performed internationally for over 40 years. Anandi Gefroh is one of the most gifted jazz vocalists to come out of the Portland jazz scene, and a regular collaborator with Stowell. Both artists are offering jazz workshops for musicians of all levels of skill and experience, starting at 1:00PM on the 11th. Later that evening, the two will perform two sets, combining jazz standards and original compositions. The Arts Center crew will be serving fresh-made desserts, coffee and tea, which the audience can enjoy in a classic dinner-club setting. Doors will open at 6:30PM and the concert will begin at 7:00PM. The concert is open to all ages.

“John and Anandi performed for us last June, and it was an incredible show,” said Rob Russell, President of the BCAC. “The audience was completely blown away, and we had a lot of requests to bring them back. We’re so excited that they agreed to return and we know the local jazz community will appreciate it.”

Tickets for the guitar and vocal workshops are $20 per person. Concert tickets are $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the BCAC music program. To register for a workshop, call the BCAC at (503) 377-9620, or drop us an email at Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door the evening of January 11th.

The Bay City Arts Center is a community workshop, gallery, art school, auditorium, yoga studio, dining hall and radio station wrapped up in one historic building in downtown Bay City. It’s also a collection of volunteers and friends who come together in the name of art, expression, and reverence for the beauty of the North Coast. The Arts Center offers monthly art shows, with First Friday receptions. Tuesdays feature evening yoga classes by Emily Fanjoy, and the third Sunday of every month begins with its legendary pancake breakfast.

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