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SPRING WHALE WATCH WEEK RUNS MARCH 23-31

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on SPRING WHALE WATCH WEEK RUNS MARCH 23-31

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The Spring Whale Watch Week event returns to the coast March 23 – 31 to celebrate the more than 20,000 Gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months.
Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. On the North Coast, there are volunteers at these sites: Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (Cape Disappointment/Long Beach, WA), Fort Stevens State Park–Peter Iredale Shipwreck, Ecola State Park, Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, Cape Lookout State Park, and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

A map of the volunteer-staffed sites is available on whalespoken.org.
The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. Rangers from Oregon State Parks will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales.

The Whale Center in Depot Bay will provide a live stream starting on March 23rd – 10 am to 4 pm each day of Whale Watching Week.


An online live stream of whale activity in Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel during the event.
Gray whales migrate north along the coast of the western U.S. annually during spring; they return to Alaskan waters after wintering in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Many of the Gray whales will be accompanied by their new calves, born during the winter. The first large groups of whales pass by Oregon mid-March and the migratory stream typically continues into June.
For more information about coast parks and campgrounds, visit oregonstateparks.org.


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ASTROLOGY: Spring Equinox and the Shadow illuminated by the Full Moon

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on ASTROLOGY: Spring Equinox and the Shadow illuminated by the Full Moon

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By Madame Dana Zia
This is one of those rare years when the full Moon lands right smack on the Spring Equinox—on March 20, 2019, in North America. This only happens three times a century, on average. Plus, it’s the third and final “supermoon.” Enjoy the extra-bright equinox full Moon Wednesday night! It will be worth going out to visit especially since we’ve had such clear nights lately here in the NW.

The other super cool thing about this super Moon is that since it is happening on the Spring Equinox it is occurring at 0 degrees Libra while the Sun is at 0 degrees Aries. This is the degree of new life being born. Most indigenous tribes around the world all picked Spring Equinox as their new year because of the obvious; it is when the Earth wakes from her winter slumber and new life pushes forth. Their new year was celebrated at 0 degrees Aries with letting go of the woes of old man winter and welcoming the child of spring.
With this Full Moon taking place on this EXACT degree it is a powerful time to let it illuminate what winter woes you are letting go of and then spring forward into new life. To punctuate this, Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces till the 28th, so we have the opportunity to see our emotional baggage that we feel attached to even though we can feel it weighing us down. Do not look away, do not hide from the light. Let this Moon shine its light into that shadowy region and give us the courage to face it. After all, Aries is one of the signs most blessed with courage.
This is particularly woven into this Full Moon because Chiron, the planetoid that represents the place of the original wound, is setting right next to the Sun and opposing the Moon. So even though we want this alignment to be all jolly and playful, it has a shadowy element to it. Chiron in Aries is about having the courage to say “It hurts” but not allowing that to derail you.
As we enter a new season, consider what wounds are being exposed. Sometimes Chiron is about where you stand out – you’re the outlier. Aries is the pioneer and warrior – always the first into the breach. Always taking the first hit. Challenges like these give Aries life, so consider how pain and new life are manifesting for you. What are you starting that makes you uncomfortable? Where are you pushing, even though it hurts?
Take strength in the New Year and know that the first steps to moving forward are seeing what is holding you back. See them in the light of this Moon, acknowledge them, and reach back with the knife in your teeth and cut the cords that bind you and be free. It is that simple… and that complicated.


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Where There’s Smoke … Second and Third Hand Smoke & Diabetes

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Where There’s Smoke … Second and Third Hand Smoke & Diabetes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Tomorrow, March 20th is the first day of Spring – a time of renewal and re-awakening. March 20th is also “Kick Butts Day” – and nationwide effort to reduce youth smoking and set a day to quit. Here’s more about the impacts that smoking has on our community’s health.

By DeAnna Pearl, MAT, BS, CPS, SOS Tillamook Prevention Program
Tillamook Family Counseling Center

“I have diabetes but I don’t smoke – how does smoking impact me?” Most everyone is aware of “second-hand smoke.” Second-hand smoke is the byproduct of the act of smoking made up of particulates of ash and dust that holds up to 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, which is inhaled by others.
But what about “Third-hand smoke” — what’s that? Third-hand smoke is the ash and dust that holds up to the same 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, that gets absorbed into the surface of other materials such as walls, clothes, and floors. Then are slowly released back into the air of your home.

According to Prof. Manuella Martins- Green UC Riverside CA, “Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to Third-Hand Smoke (THS) and its impact on health. Because infants frequently crawl on carpets and touch objects exposed to exhaled smoke, they are at high risk for THS exposure. The elderly are at high risk simply because older organs are more susceptible to disease.” While the toxic byproducts of the act of smoking is dangerous, the chemical nicotine causes the veins to swell and blood flow is slowed.

This is especially serious when people who have diabetes that are vulnerable to peripheral vascular disease or narrowing of blood vessels that carry blood to the leg and arm muscles. There is danger of a blood clot blocking a narrowed artery, and the result could be damage to or the loss of an arm or leg. Exposure to nicotine, in any form, is a major risk factor of peripheral vascular disease and more severely for smokers than nonsmokers.
Diabetics who smoke or are exposed to second/third hand smoke are twice as likely to develop this disease and increase dramatically their chances of amputation.
The good news is that when smokers quit, the swelling is reduced immediately and blood flow returns to parts of the body like hands and feet. And in cases where surgery is needed, it’s more likely to be successful in people who’ve stopped smoking!

Thinking about quitting? Setting a date is a great first step – and March 20th is Kick Butts Day – a national day to encourage smoking cessation, and in particular end youth smoking. There is help and effective programs, call Oregon Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), or www.quitnow.net/oregon.
For local programs and classes, contact SOS Tillamook Prevention Program at 503-815-5426, or www.sostillamook.og.
For more on this subject go to “Where there’s Smoke, There’s Diabetes”
https://endocrinenews.endocrine.org/innocent-bystanders/

“Thirdhand Smoke Linked to Type 2 Diabetes.” – https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/35360


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Tillamook County Futures Council Seeking Public Input on Tourism-Related Facilities at Sessions March 19-22

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook County Futures Council Seeking Public Input on Tourism-Related Facilities at Sessions March 19-22

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Tillamook County citizens are invited to attend community engagement sessions to discuss the future of tourism-related facility investments. These sessions will be held March 19-22, as a follow up to the Think Tank workshop held on February 15th.
The 2-hour sessions are being offered at a variety of times and locations throughout Tillamook County to encourage citizens to attend and give input.

Times and locations include:

Tuesday, March 19—5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Kiawanda Community Center, Pacific City
Wednesday, March 20—8:30-10:30 a.m. @ Tillamook Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, March 20—1:30-3:30 p.m. @ Rockaway Beach Community Center
Wednesday, March 20—5:30-7:30 p.m. @ North County Recreation District
Thursday, March 21—8:30-10:30 a.m. @ Pine Grove Community Hall, Manzanita
Thursday, March 21—1:30-3:30 p.m. @ Hebo Fire Station
Thursday, March 21—5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Tillamook Bay Community College
Friday, March 22—8:30-10:30 a.m. @ Netarts Community Club

These sessions will give county residents and stakeholder a chance to hear about the tourism facilities planning outcomes from the February 15th Think-Tank workshop (read the full report here), and provide input on future tourism-related facility planning and development.

The sessions will be highly interactive, with an opportunity for citizens to have direct input into shaping future investment priorities in the County. The workshops will also include a short survey, where citizens can record their individual perspectives. Citizens are encouraged to attend and may attend multiple workshops.


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142ND FIGHTER WING TO CONDUCT TEMPORARY NIGHT FLYING OPERATIONS MARCH 19-21

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on 142ND FIGHTER WING TO CONDUCT TEMPORARY NIGHT FLYING OPERATIONS MARCH 19-21

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PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 Eagle night training missions on March 19-21, 2019.
Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted as essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24/7 Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.


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SOS Tillamook Awards Artists Featured in 2019 Calendar Prevention is Intention: Building Safety Resiliency in Our Youth

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on SOS Tillamook Awards Artists Featured in 2019 Calendar Prevention is Intention: Building Safety Resiliency in Our Youth

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By Laura Swanson
In late 2018, DeAnna Pearl, SOS Tillamook Prevention Specialist, spent time in the fourth and fifth grade classrooms at Garibaldi Grade School talking about safety and about how to stay safe in our community. The conversations were about wearing bike helmets, wearing life jackets in the water, looking both ways before crossing the street, staying away from strangers, not taking drugs, what to do in an emergency, and many more. With this theme in mind, SOS Tillamook invited all Garibaldi Grade School 4-5th grade students to submit a picture depicting what being safe means to them for 2019 SOS Tillamook Calendar. The top drawings were voted on during a Parent Night event featuring preparedness and emergency information, and then published and distributed to every Tillamook County household.

“By talking with students about these issues and giving them information about how to be safe and how to stay safe, we are empowering them and helping them to build resiliency,” said Pearl.

Children represent a quarter of the population in Tillamook County, and informing them about safety and preparedness is an integral part of our community’s resiliency. Youth are strong and resilient in the face of disasters, often adapting to stresses that weaken most adults, and yet they are incredibly vulnerable.

Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Further, kids’ responses can be quite varied. It is important to recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions. For many kids, reactions to disasters are brief. But some children can be at risk for more enduring psychological distress. Three risk factors for this longer-lasting response are:
•Direct exposure to the disaster such as being evacuated, observing injuries of others, or experiencing injury
•Loss/grief relating to the death or serious injury of family or friends
•On-going stress from secondary effects, such as temporary housing, loss of social networks, loss of personal property, or parent’s unemployment
For information on how to plan with your kids go to: https://www.ready.gov/kids
Emergencies can happen at any time.
Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together? Before an emergency happens, have a family discussion to determine who would be your out of state point of contact and where you


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