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ANNOUNCEMENT: CARTM is Closing After All – Tillamook Board of Commissioners Votes to Not Renew Contract; Public Meeting to be Held Wed. Dec. 19, 6 pm at Pine Grove in Manzanita

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on ANNOUNCEMENT: CARTM is Closing After All – Tillamook Board of Commissioners Votes to Not Renew Contract; Public Meeting to be Held Wed. Dec. 19, 6 pm at Pine Grove in Manzanita

To our dear community and supporters:
We are heartbroken to announce that after many months working in good faith with county staff to continue operations at the Manzanita Transfer Station, today the Board of Commissioners voted to not renew our agreement, which expires December 31.
We were blindsided by this decision, which means that we have a little over two weeks to wind down our operations, as we continue to serve our customers. Please be patient with our staff, who were notified 10 days before Christmas that they are losing their jobs. A board member will be on site this weekend to respond to your questions.

In order for us to remove all materials from the site within two weeks time, we must begin closing certain services right away. Effective immediately:
• We will no longer accept reusable items so that we can sell our existing inventory in the Refindery.
Please take them to the Hope Chest, Habitat for Humanity, Teen Challenge or Goodwill.
• The contractor’s lane is closed. Building contractors should take large C&D loads to Tillamook Transfer Station.

We will have more information on the site closure next week, after we meet with county staff. PLEASE COME TO A PUBLIC MEETING AT THE PINE GROVE COMMUNITY HOUSE AT 6 PM ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19. The CARTM Board will answer your questions as best we can about what the next few weeks will look like.

In the meantime, please direct your questions about what will happen with the Manzanita Transfer Station beginning January 1, and the future of recycling, reuse, trash services and waste reduction to the Board of County Commissioners. They did not share their plans for North County with us. They can be reached at: (503) 842-3403 or via email at:,,

Karen Reddick Yurka, Executive Director

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Six Local Officers Receive Life-Saving awards

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Six Local Officers Receive Life-Saving awards

Tillamook County – Six local officers received life saving awards at the 49th Annual Oregon Peace Officers Association awards banquet, held at the Spirit Mountain Casino, on November 30, 2018. The officers receiving the awards represent three agencies which provide police services within Tillamook County; The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Manzanita Police and the Oregon State Police. The events that were the subject of the awards occurred during the past 12 months in Tillamook County.

Manzanita Police Officer John Garcia received a life-saving award for his efforts in assisting a swimmer in distress in the Pacific Ocean. Officer Garcia entered the water, and using a borrowed boogie board, was able to reach the person in distress and assist them safely back to shore.
Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division’s Sgt. Greg Plummer received a life-saving award for his efforts in also assisting a person in distress in the ocean. Sgt. Plummer entered the Pacific Ocean in Pacific City and rescued a surfer in distress, pulling the person safely to shore.
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Berger and Oregon State Police Trooper Walter Andrew Silkwood received their life-saving awards for an incident in which they jointly searched for man who had taken psychedelic drugs and had wandered off and was considered missing and endangered. The two officers located the man after several hours of hiking. Because the man was hypothermic, Deputy Berger started a fire to warm the man before he was returned safely.
Oregon State Police Fish and Game Division’s Trooper Aaron Miller and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Marine Deputy Paul Fournier received life-saving awards for their actions in recovering a commercial diver who had drowned while the officers were on boat patrol on Tillamook Bay. When the two officers retrieved the diver from the water, he was unconscious and not breathing. Trooper Miller performed CPR on the diver as Deputy Fournier rushed him to an awaiting ambulance. The diver was resuscitated successfully while in the police boat and subsequently made a full recovery.
“I am very proud of these officers and their heroic and selfless acts while performing their duties. They represent the kind of men and woman that serve and protect the residents and visitors of Tillamook County every day,” said Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office’s Lt. James Horton. “It is also an example of the unique cooperative working environment that exists here in Tillamook County between all of our law enforcement agencies.”

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Stranded Sea Turtle Rescued by Dedicated Samaritan in Coos Bay

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Stranded Sea Turtle Rescued by Dedicated Samaritan in Coos Bay

Newport, Oregon – The Oregon Coast Aquarium admitted a severely injured and hypothermic olive ridley sea turtle this morning for care.
Civilians found the turtle the afternoon of December 12th while walking near Horsefall Beach in North Bend, Coos Bay. Pictures and a video of the sea turtle were posted in a Facebook group, “What’s Happening Coos Bay.” Unfortunately, due to the rising tide and dangerously large surf, the turtle was not able to be retrieved before washing back out to sea.
A good Samaritan, Misty White, saw the post on Facebook and a comment linking to the Aquarium’s sea turtle rehabilitation program. “I didn’t think the sea turtle would make it through another high tide,” she explained. “And if the Aquarium could rescue it, then all I had to do was find it.”

White gathered her family to search for the missing sea turtle on the beach after dark during low tide. At 9:52 p.m., the Aquarium received a picture of the turtle via Facebook message: “I found the turtle on the beach and called State Police.”
In the late-night hours that followed, White assisted in transporting the sea turtle to the Horsefall Beach parking lot, where it was picked up by State Trooper, Josh Mullins. Mullins brought the turtle to a nearby state police office until early this morning, when Aquarium staff traveled south to Reedsport to retrieve the reptile.

Upon pickup, Oregon Coast Aquarium Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, Evonne Mochon-Collura reported extreme injuries sustained by the turtle, with external bleeding and broken scutes on its carapace and plastron, or top and bottom of shell, respectively. Its body temperature measured 46° F, which is about 30° lower than the healthy, standard temperature of a sea turtle. Staff are currently evaluating the turtle’s condition, administering fluids, taking X-Rays and performing a blood draw.
Oftentimes in cases of extreme cold-stun and injury, the animal is compromised beyond repair. Cold-blooded reptiles like sea turtles are slow to get sick and slow to recover. While the prognosis is uncertain at this time, if a sea turtle is left in the ocean or on the beach, it will die without question. “Thank you to Misty for finding the turtle and making the call to Oregon State Police,” said Mochon-Collura. “If there is even a slight chance of rehabilitation, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will give it our best shot.”

Sea turtle at Oregon Coast Aquarium. Photos provided by Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is the only rehabilitation facility in Oregon authorized to rehabilitate sea turtles. Partnership with other organizations, like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon State Police, Seattle Aquarium and SeaWorld, is essential to the successful rehabilitation and release of these endangered species. To donate to sea turtle rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, please visit
Sea turtles are not found on Oregon or Washington beaches unless stranded. The Aquarium typically sees these extremely sick turtles in the winter, possibly due to the cold water temperatures, changing currents, and high frequency of harsh storms that wash the hypothermic turtles ashore. If you find a sea turtle on the beach, immediately note its location, remain nearby to observe it, and contact the Oregon State Police Tipline at 800-452-7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Oregon, Washington, and California at 1-866-767-6114.
The Aquarium is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit or call (541) 867-3474.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR., 541-867-3474. Follow us on, or for the latest updates.

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Learn to Safely Preserve Foods Online with Preserve @ Home

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Learn to Safely Preserve Foods Online with Preserve @ Home

Interested in safely preserving food for you and your family but don’t have time for traditional classes? It is time to think about gifting yourself or a loved one with an online, hybrid course, Preserve @ Home. Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve @ Home, a national award winning, food preservation course. Participants learn how to safely preserve a variety of tasty food products with high quality. The science behind food preservation and food safety will be explored. Individuals with full-time jobs or live in remote areas may be very interested in this course because it is self-paced. There are weekly topic releases and a hands-on lab offered in several regions in Oregon at the end of the series. The Tillamook hands-on lab will be Saturday, March 9, 2019 9 am.

The first session of the 6-week course opens on-line on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Each lesson includes online text that can be downloaded and printed. Additionally participants discuss topics in an online forum and a real-time weekly chat with instructors. Beginning on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. Topics to be covered include: Foodborne Illness – causes and prevention, Spoilage and Canning Basics, Canning High Acid Foods, Canning Specialty High Acid Foods – pickles, salsa, jams, jellies, etc., Canning Low Acid Foods, and Freezing and Drying.
The optional regional hands-on labs will feature pressure canning and boiling water canning. The Tillamook session will be on March 9. Other hands-on session locations include March 1 in Wallowa County, March 2 in Deschutes County, March 7 in Klamath County and March 9 in Polk County. Harney County will also host a hands-on lab, date to be determined. In the online registration, participants choose a location to attend.
Cost of the course is $55. The registration deadline is Monday, January 14, 2019. Many of the supplemental materials are available free, online or may be picked up at the Oregon State University Extension Tillamook County office. Class size is limited. This course is offered cooperatively with the University of Idaho Extension Service and Oregon State Extension, a national resource for online courses offered by Extension professionals. For more information and to register, visit this web site: For other questions contact Glenda Hyde, Oregon Preserve @ Home Coordinator, OSU Extension educator in Deschutes County at or call 541-548-6088 or Nancy Kershaw, Tillamook County FCH faculty at, 503-842-3433.
Preserve @ Home won the 1st Place Award for Food Safety Education from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2016.

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Tillamook County Cultural Coalition Grants Funds to Eight Tillamook County Organizations

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook County Cultural Coalition Grants Funds to Eight Tillamook County Organizations

Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC) board recently voted to award 2019 grant funds to eight Tillamook County cultural organizations. The Coalition administers and distributes Oregon Cultural Trust funding in Tillamook County. The organizations receiving 2019 funding are:
Bay City Arts Center, for The DaVinci Art Project (5th grade educational/experiential)
City of Tillamook, for preservation/restoration of Lucia Wiley mural at Tillamook City Hall
Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative, for Garibaldi Historical Coast Guard Boathouse heritage/educational signage
Lower Nehalem Community Trust, for Teaching Trail signage at Alder Creek Farm
North Oregon Coast Symphony, for a concert with Neah-Kah-Nie High School students
Padres Unidos, for Mexican Ballet Folklorico Workshop
Rockaway Beach Lion’s Club, for Lost at Sea Memorial wayfinding sign
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, for Shop at the Dock 2019 Contract Coordinator

Founded in 2002, the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) works to protect and stabilize Oregon cultural resources by creating a solid foundation for the future; expanding public awareness of the quality of, access to, and use of culture in Oregon; and ensuring that Oregon cultural resources are strong and dynamic contributors to Oregon’s communities and quality of life.
Each year, one-third of OCT funds go to 45 Oregon County Cultural Coalitions. Coalitions, in turn, grant those funds to local cultural programs or projects in their counties. The Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC) selects projects to receive funding in the following areas: education, community arts, heritage, environment, and traditions.
To learn more about the Trust, go to For TCCC grant application guidelines and deadlines, visit and like us on Facebook. TCCC is looking for new cross-county Board Members who are aligned with the Oregon Cultural Trust and TCCC missions to enhance local arts, heritage and humanities in Tillamook County. Contact TCCC at to request information on board membership.

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MEMORIAL SERVICE: Loretta Erickson to be held Sunday Dec. 16th at Calvary Bible Church

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on MEMORIAL SERVICE: Loretta Erickson to be held Sunday Dec. 16th at Calvary Bible Church

The family of Loretta Erickson is saddened to share with the community that she passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 11, 2018 at the age of 85 surrounded by her children. She was a sweet and feisty spirit and will be missed by many in the community. A memorial service will be this Sunday December 16th at 2pm at Calvary Bible Church in Manzanita. An informal reception will be held afterwards.

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