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Explore Oyster Beds and Ancient Plants with the Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Explore Oyster Beds and Ancient Plants with the Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS

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What do oysters have to do with healthy ecosystems?
According to Chrissy Smith with the Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, the oyster industry is an important part of the North Oregon Coast economy but these shellfish also improve the environment around them.
“Oysters depend on clean water and healthy ecosystems,” she said. “A single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water in a day.”
And, Smith added that “oysters taste better when you understand how they grow and realize the impact they have on their environment.”
That’s why the Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS is hosting another popular ‘Art of Growing Oysters Tour’ on June 26 to help connect people to our coastal oysters and give them an opportunity to learn about the industry and its impact on clean water and environments. This free tour includes a stop at Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery and ends at JAndy Oyster Company’s processing facility.

“The tour is a rare opportunity to learn about these facilities, the state of the art scientific research going on at the hatchery, and the issues faced by the shellfish industries and wild shellfish along the Pacific Northwest,” Smith said. “People love oysters and one thing folks walk away knowing is how they impact our bays and food. It’s an important connection to make.”
Registration is required and the tour is limited to the first 18 people.
Then, on June 28th WEBS is offering another free event – this time exploring ancient coastal plants in the Netarts area.
“This is a brand new event we’re offering this year and we are really excited about it!,” Smith said. “We’re going to be making a few stops along the Bay talking about how the plant kingdom evolved from protista algaes migrating from the oceans, into fresh water and then up onto land in the form of mosses and liverworts and we will discuss the evolution of our forest overtime.”
Participants will explore both the bay side and an older growth forest along Netarts and Cape Lookout. This event will include a brief presentation before participants head out for a tour around the bay that includes a few shorts walks and a longer two-mile hike through Cape Lookout State Park.
“This hike is being led by an educator and trained biologist with a background in plant ecology,” Smith said. “He is going to let the plants tell the story and although the route may change, he is planning a short walk near the Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery and approximately a 2-mile round trip hike along Cape Lookout headland.”
Both the Art of Growing Oysters and Ancient Coastal Plants are part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Explore Nature programs are hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, these meaningful nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy.
To register, or find another adventure near you, visit And be sure to follow both Explore Nature Tillamook Coast and Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all their county-wide events.

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Werner’s Beef & Brew Celebrates Official Flag Dedication Saturday June 22nd

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Werner’s Beef & Brew Celebrates Official Flag Dedication Saturday June 22nd

Saturday June 22nd was a busy day in Tillamook. Following the Dairy Parade, the US Army Band marched to Werner’s Beef & Brew for the official flag dedication ceremony. In 2016, Werner’s hoisted the 135’ tall American flag over their production facility in the heart of Tillamook. It has since become a landmark for both residents and visitors alike. The band played, and the ceremony included guest speakers from VFW Post 2848 and songs from an artist with local ties, Connor Ackley. Keeping with their commitment to honor those who serve our country, Werner Beef & Brew provided all veterans a free meal between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on June 22nd, and 20% of all sales at Werner Beef & Brew will be donated to Kilchis-Tillamook Bay VFW Post 2848.
Photos by Don Best

Panorama of crowd at Werner Beef & Brew flag dedication June 22nd. Photo by Don Best

Click here for video of the US Army Band performing the Star Spangled Banner at the Werner Flag dedication on June 22nd. Video by Don Best

Werner Beef & Brew Flag Dedication June 22nd. Photo by Don Best

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Dairy Parade 2019 – Photos by Don Best

Posted by on Jun 23, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Dairy Parade 2019 – Photos by Don Best

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Many views of the 2019 Tillamook Dairy Parade – from horses, dance groups, music, floats and more – it was “Udderly A-Moo-sing” for everyone.
An especially appreciated and surprise appearance by Senator Betsy Johnson was just one of the highlights.
Here are photos of the parade and parade-goers as Pioneer photographer “jumped on a float” – riding along the route in the Warehouse 10 “float.” Said Don, “I was shooting photos of people as they were shooting photos of me!”
Be sure to look at the crowd photos, share and tag yourself, friends and family and the Tillamook County Pioneer.
Photos by Don Best


Click here to view video of the dancers …



Click here for a video of the Queens drill team.




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Like a Phoenix from the Ashes, the “Cowbell” to Re-open Soon in Rockaway Beach

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Like a Phoenix from the Ashes, the “Cowbell” to Re-open Soon in Rockaway Beach

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By Brian Halvorsen
Do you believe in second chances? Jeremy Horton does, as he gears up to re-open the Cowbell Homestyle Café within the next week. The restaurant had been a staple of the Rockaway Beach community for 23 years before its abrupt closure last year.
The former owner Patrick Creech and his sister Cleta opened the Cowbell(e) Cafe in 1996 as a place that catered to local clientele. Now Horton, who purchased the business from Creech this year, wants to keep that mission going.

In 2018, the Cowbell was forced to close when the Internal Revenue Service placed liens on Creech’s property due to his unpaid personal tax liability. According to Horton, Creech tried to work out payments to keep his business, but the IRS told him he was too late.
The Cowbell sold at auction, but Creech assigned retention rights to Horton, which allowed him to redeem it within six months at a 20% price increase.
After an initial investor fell through, Horton was able to secure a loan and purchased the business. Horton says part of the money was secured through an angel investor who would like to remain anonymous. Even with the money, Horton needed the help of the Tillamook based law firm, Albright Kittell PC.
“Without the knowledge of Mr. [Michael] Kittell, we would have lost it for sure,” Horton said.
On the last day of the six month period Horton had to assert his retention rights, the payment was made to the IRS and the business was secured. The wire transfer from the loan company came in 15 seconds before the close of their business. The payment to the IRS was made with just minutes to spare in their workday.
Work on the building — which was necessary due to the time it had sat empty and damage done between the transfer of the property to Horton — began almost immediately.
Horton is no stranger to the restaurant industry. He previously owned an establishment in Ormond Beach, Florida and managed two large restaurants in Daytona Beach.
In 2015, Horton moved to Rockaway Beach to manager the Sea Treasures Inn after visiting the town the year prior. He looked around and noticed that most of the businesses focused solely on tourists. He visited the Cowbell where he was surprised to see how Patrick Creech was doing something different.

“Pat has always been a pillar of the community,” Horton said, “On any given day you could go in and find Pat whistling and happily talking to guests and being his cheerful self no matter what was happening.”
Horton says he has not been intimidated by the process. In fact, it lit a fire underneath him.
“The Cowbell and the fight to bring it back has breathed life back into me and gave me a real purpose,” according to Horton, “The residents of Rockaway have been absolutely amazing and helpful as well. I wouldn’t even be able to name them all but they know who they are.”

There will be familiar faces among the Cowbell crew when the restaurant reopens, likely within the next week. Watch for details. Photo by Brian Halvorsen

While the decor and the name might change slightly (tweaked from the Cow Belle Cafe to simply the Cowbell), not much about the business’ personality will change. It still intends to target locals, offering them a home away from home for breakfast or lunch, hours will be 8 am to 2 pm. Even Creech is returning — this time as an employee.
More information about the Cowbell, including the opening date (soon!) when its announced, can be found on their website at and their Facebook page. The Cowbell is located at 194 Highway 101 S, Rockaway Beach.

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CARE, Inc. Micro Shelter Project: FAQs

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on CARE, Inc. Micro Shelter Project: FAQs

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This will be the first Micro Shelter village in Tillamook County designed to provide temporary shelter for those experiencing homelessness. While this concept is new to Tillamook County, it is finding success in other communities along the west coast. CARE Inc. compiled this “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) to provide all the information available about this project. If you have additional questions, please contact CARE Inc.’s executive direction Erin Skaar at or 503-842-5261.

What is the CARE Micro Shelter Project?
CARE is partnering with community and faith-based organizations to create short term solutions for people experiencing homelessness by creating the first Micro Shelter Village in Tillamook County. CARE received a State grant to create a model temporary housing solution for Tillamook County. This project is following the models used in other communities like Seattle, Portland and Oakland, to create micro shelter communities to provide secure, safe and stable short-term housing. Micro shelters provide better protection from the elements, allow for residents to securely lock and store their possessions and contribute to the aesthetic of the community.

What is a Micro Shelter?
Based on the increasingly popular tiny home concept, a micro shelter is a small, secure living space containing all the essentials for temporary shelter for those experiencing homelessness. The model unit CARE is using for this project is about 100 square feet. Inside, the unit will feature a double platform bed, attached counter and table, a small refrigerator and microwave oven, overhead lighting and a heater. The plans for the shelters have been reviewed with the County and will be thoroughly inspected to ensure they meet all public safety standards for the community and residents. All units will also come with a secure locking door inside a fenced community, ensuring safety, security and privacy for the residents of the village and their neighbors.

Where will you place these Micro Shelters?
CARE is partnering with Tillamook Adventist Church and the Tillamook Christian Center to place micro shelters on their respective properties. Our first village model, that is a site with more than one micro shelter, will be placed behind the Herald Center at the Tillamook Adventist Church. This village will be able to accommodate a maximum of six micro shelters. In accordance with City planning guidelines, the village will be set back from the roadway and fenced, providing privacy for the residents as well as their neighbors. The Tillamook Christian Center will also be hosting one micro shelter on its property. With the success of this project, we hope additional partners throughout the county will come forward to host a shelter or small village on their property.

Who will be living in these shelters?
CARE serves our neighbors in the community who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. The residents of these shelters will be CARE clients who are currently experiencing homelessness. In order to be placed on the wait list to go into a Micro Shelter an individual or family will need to be currently experiencing homelessness, have completed an assessment and be working with a case manager at CARE, and be selected using criteria set by each community. Candidates for the initial phase of this project will be CARE clients who are working toward securing long-term housing, but who need a stable environment to complete that transition. Ultimately, CARE will be well acquainted with the residents of these shelters and will work diligently to find a good match between the client and the village community where they will be placed.

How many people will live in each village?
The village hosted by the Tillamook Adventist Church can accommodate a maximum of six micro shelters. In the first phase of this of this project CARE will place one resident or family into a micro shelter as a proof of concept. Each unit can comfortably accommodate, and is approved for, a maximum of two people. Upon successful completion of our proof of concept and when all the shelters are occupied, the village should be able to comfortably accommodate 6 families or somewhere between 6 to 12 residents at a time.

What amenities will be available in the Micro Shelter villages?
All host sites have agreed to provide water, toilet and shower facilities for residents hosted on their property. These amenities will be available to the residents 24 hours a day, with an exception for routine cleaning. Hosts have also agreed to provide access to laundry facilities where residents may wash their linens and clothing. The host sites will also provide for trash disposal for the residents of the shelters on their properties. Thanks to our host sites, we believe these villages will remain clean and tidy and blend in well with their surrounding community.

Will the residents of the Micro Shelters live their permanently?
No. The micro shelter villages are intended to provide temporary shelter to individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness and who are working toward securing long-term, stable housing. The intention of this program is not to provide a long-term housing solution, but temporary shelter for those on the cusp of securing housing but who need some temporary stability and security to complete their journey to housing stability. Residents may stay in the shelters for a matter of weeks or months if necessary, but the intention is to provide short-term stability and quickly move clients from shelters to long-term housing.

Who is responsible for managing the micro shelter villages?
CARE, Inc. will manage this project with the support and assistance of the host sites of the shelters, Tillamook Adventist Church and the Tillamook Christian Center. CARE will conduct the initial intake and placement of residents, in consultation with the host site. Any issues that emerge at the village will be addressed by CARE, Inc. Ultimately, residents will be free to manage their own affairs, and CARE will be available to provide ongoing support, encouragement and case management for the shelter residents just as they would for any of their other clients.

Why is this project even necessary?
Tillamook County, along with the rest of state and nation, has seen a rise in the number of people experiencing homelessness. We have a serious lack of housing inventory including temporary and transitional shelter beds to stabilize the homeless. Due to a lack of options, our neighbors are forced into tent camping, couch surfing, and living in their cars. Temporary housing helps stabilize families or individuals that are experiencing homelessness while they wait for permanent housing. CARE believes this project provides a cost effective strategy to provide this sort of temporary shelter for our neighbors in the community.

“Micro Shelters provide safe, secure and affordable shelter for those experiencing homelessness,” says Erin Skaar, Executive Director of CARE, Inc. “The great thing about these shelters is that they provide a safe place for those experiencing homelessness to rest and secure their belongings while they work toward transitioning to more stable, long-term housing. We are excited about the success similar projects are having elsewhere and are looking forward to bringing this model to Tillamook County.”
For more information about this project or to learn more about the work that CARE does in the community and how you can get involved, please contract Erin Skaar at 503-842-5261 or, or

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Low Chinook salmon forecast leads to reduced bag limits in the Nehalem River Basin

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Low Chinook salmon forecast leads to reduced bag limits in the Nehalem River Basin

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(June 21, 2019) TILLAMOOK, OR. — With 2019 Chinook salmon returns forecasted to be below average again, fishery managers have taken action to reduce the daily and seasonal bag limit for wild adult Chinook salmon in the Nehalem River Basin. Effective July 1 – Sept 15, 2019, the bag limit for adult wild Chinook salmon will be 1 per day and 1 for the season. The bag limit for jack Chinook salmon will remain 5 per day.

The bag limit change is prompted by measures outlined in ODFW’s Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan (CMP), which was adopted in 2014. The reduced forecast for this year, combined with low escapements observed in 2018, triggered the reduction in bag limits.
The early returning “summer-run” portion of the Chinook salmon population in the Nehalem River Basin is unique to the Oregon coast. The reduced bag limit during this period is a measure to protect this important part of the population.
The reduced bag limit is a necessary conservation measure to manage this population during these low run years, according to Robert Bradley, District Fish Biologist for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed District. This is the first time since the CMP was adopted that poor conditions have induced a bag limit change. Furthermore, additional in-season regulation changes may need to be considered as necessary.
Bag limit and other restrictions for fall-run Chinook salmon in Oregon coastal basins (including the Nehalem River after Sept. 15) will be announced later this summer. For more information about upcoming North Coast fishing seasons, including regulation updates, visit ODFW’s online fishing reports at

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